Daniel 8:24 Index
"And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people."
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"...but not by his own power..." (Daniel 8:12)

  • Some see a reference here to the fact that the papacy reduced the civil power to subservience and caused the sword of the state to be wielded on behalf of its religious objectives. (4BC 846)
  • The success of the Romans was owing largely to the aid of their allies, and divisions among their enemies, of which they were ever ready to take advantage. Papal Rome also was mighty by means of the secular powers over which she exercised spiritual control. (US 190)

"...he shall destroy wonderfully..."

  • Or "cause frightful destruction." This power persecuted even unto death those who opposed its blasphemous claims, and would have extinguished "the holy people" had not the Lord intervened on their behalf. (4BC 846)
  • "He shall destroy wonderfully." The Lord told the Jews by the prophet Ezekiel that He would deliver them to men who were "skillful to destroy" (Ezekiel 21:31); and the slaughter of eleven hundred thousand Jews at the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman army, was a terrible confirmation of the prophet's words. Rome in its second, or papal, phase was responsible for the death of millions of martyrs. (US 190)