Daniel 8:23 Index
"And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up."
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"...in the latter time of their kingdom..."

  • That is, after the divisions of Alexander's empire had existed for some time. The empire of Rome arose gradually, and attained supremacy only after the divisions of the Macedonian Empire had become weak. The prophecy applies to Rome in both its pagan and papal forms. There appears to be a blending of application, certain features applying to both, others more specifically to one or the other (Daniel 8:11). That papal Rome was, for all practical purposes, the continuation of the Roman Empire is a well-established fact of History:
    • "Whatever Roman elements the barbarians and Arians left... were... put under the protection of the Bishop of Rome, who was the chief person there after the Emperor's disappearance.... The Roman Church in this way privily pushed