And he said to me: 'Unto two thousand and three hundred 'days' (or for 2300 years). Then shall the sanctuary be set right.'298 Cf. the ongoing Protestant Reformation, and its future success throughout the Church Universal!
Now the above prophecy, Daniel was told, would start to unfold probably only after Alexander the Great's Grecian Empire had been succeeded by the Hellenistic four kingdoms out of the (Grecian) nation — but not in his (Alexander's) power.'299 For only 'in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full – a (Roman) king of fierce countenance understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.' Cf. the 'vaticanistic' cruelties and superstitious claims of the Romish Popes!
'And his power shall be mighty…. And he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and practise and shall destroy the mighty and holy people.' Cf. the Romish-Papal persecution also of true Protestant Christians! 'And through his policy [or politics] also, he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand.' Cf. the Romish jesuitical ethics! 'And he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many.' Cf. the Romish-Papal pax vobiscum!
'He shall also stand up against the Prince of princes.' Cf. the blasphemous pretensions of the Romish Papacy! 'But he (the horn) shall be broken without hand' — or without man's aid!300
'And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told, is true' – the angel Gabriel told Daniel.301 'Therefore, you must shut up the vision! For it shall be for many days'302 – namely, for fully 2300 years.303
Then, or at some time between 1992 and 2370 A.D., the Romish Papacy shall be broken and Christ's Church shall be cleansed.304 For the saints of the Most High shall gain the victory over the Romish-Papal horn.
'And they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the dominion and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole Heaven shall be given to the people of the most High Whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom. And all dominions shall serve and obey Him!'305
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6. THE PROPHECIES OF DANIEL NINE TO ELEVEN AND OUR AGE
The next prediction, contained in Daniel nine, seems to have been made in the first year of Darius in 538 B.C.306 Yet whatever its exact terminus a quo or date of departure, it clearly establishes the day-year principle of predictive interpretation by accurately foretelling the very time of the then-future baptism and death of Jesus the Messiah. But it also predicts the desecration and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by the Romans – and possibly also the even later destruction of the Roman Empire itself in all of its various later forms.307
In Daniel nine, Luther held to the day-year historicist interpretation of the Prophet's predictions of the seventy 'weeks' (alias the 490 prophetic 'days') — as well as of the 1290 and 1335 day-years in Daniel twelve. Daniel 9:24-27 & 12:7 & 12:11 cf. 7:19-25 and Leviticus 23:3f & 23:16 with 25:4 & 25:8-11 and Numbers 14:24 cf. Ezekiel 4:6 and Revelation 11:2f & 11:9-11 & 12:6,14 & 13:5. In his Preface to Daniel, Luther explains:308 "The ninth chapter opens with a splendid prayer in which Daniel prays for his people who are held captive in Babylon…. To Daniel is revealed the number of years, until Christ would come and begin His eternal Kingdom….
"These 'seventy weeks' [of Daniel 9:24-27]…are unanimously regarded by all teachers as weeks of years, and not as weeks of days. That is, one week denotes seven years — and not seven days…. Seventy weeks of years, total four hundred and ninety years. This is how long men were still supposed to wait for Christ — and then His Kingdom was to begin."