This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1902 Excerpt: ... ZACHARIAS THE PRIEST "I am Gabriel, that stand m the Presence of God." When we read of the second coming of the Archangel Gabriel to man, some five hundred years have passed since he appeared in Elam (Dan. viii. 11). Then, cruel, unreasoning Eastern despots ruled "every people, nation, and language"; now he came to find the world under the stern, hard rule of a great Western power, that of Rome. All things were changed. Babylon the Great had fallen. All that the Archangel had been sent to foretell had come to pass. The Empires of Babylon, Syria, Media, Persia were no more. Alexander, the King of Grecia, or Javan, had conquered the world. Antiochus TV. Epiphanes, the Illustrious (also called in mockery "the Frantic"), whose reign had been so clearly defined by Daniel as marked by treachery, he having, as had been foretold (Dan. xi. 21), "obtained the Kingdom by flatteries," had ravaged the Church of God, and finally died a miserable death in Persia, a victim to terror and remorse. And now Gabriel stands again upon the earth. All untouched by time, he comes to Zacharias in the glorious Temple of Herod: so called because restored by him after forty-six years' labor. It was the third Temple erected on that site, and rose high above the city of Jerusalem, its snow-white marble walls and brazen gates glittering in the gorgeous light of the early Eastern sun. Alone and apart from aught else in this city of Palaces stood the Tabernacle of God. From the valley beneath, terrace upon terrace rose up to the four principal gates. Its pinnacles towered toward Heaven, and from distant Kedron appeared lost in its blue depths. Rabbis could never say enough of the splendor of this glorious and beautiful House of their God. Its pillared cloisters, its magnificent courts, its ...
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