and the Great Tribulation
A Study of
the Last Two Visions of Daniel,
and of the Olivet Discourse of the Lord Jesus Christ
by Philip Mauro
Written in 1921
"Writings and addresses on
prophecy always excite interest, because they appeal to the element of
curiosity which is prominent in human nature. But such writings and
addresses are of benefit only so far as they rightly interpret the
Scripture. In the case of unfulfilled prophecy this is oftentimes a
matter of difficulty; while on the other hand writers on prophetic
themes are under constant temptation to indulge in surmises and
speculations, and even in flights of imagination. Much has been put
forth as interpretation of prophecy which is utterly unproved, but
which could not be disproved except, as in cases where dates have been
set for the coming of Christ, by the event itself."
Philip Mauro wrote these words just after
the turn of the century. At this time, the popular Scofield Reference
Bible had just appeared on the Christian book market with its claim
to restore "Dispensational truth" to the Church. With great
skill and readability, Mauro's work aptly repudiates the
"parenthesis theory" that has been perpetuated even in our own
day by modern Dispensational writers on prophecy, and lays the
foundation of what the biblical teaching concerning the destiny of the
nation of Israel.
That Should Govern in the Interpretation of Prophecy
Nothing Should be Based upon Surmise-Proofs Should be Drawn
from the Scripture Itself, which is the only Authority in Matters of
Interpretation-But History Must be Appealed to in order to Show
Fulfilment of Prophecy. BIBLE CHRONOLOGY: The Bible Contains its own
Chronology.- "DANIEL THE PROPHET"-An Exact Time-Measure to
the Coming and Crucifixion of Christ-Special Features of the Prophecy
of The Seventy Weeks.
Commandment To Restore and To Build
Differences of opinion as to the Starting Point of the
Prophecy Arising from Disregard of Bible Chronology-The Defectiveness
of all Systems Based on the "Canon" of Ptolemy -Martin
Anstey's Chronology Based on the Bible Alone. THE DECREE OF CYRUS THE
GREAT-Isaiah's Prophecies Concerning Cyrus. Josephus' References to
Cyrus-Decrees by later Persian Kings-Nehemiah's Work on the Wall.
of The Seventy Weeks
The Six Predictions of v. 24. The Division of the Period
into Three Parts-"To Finish the Transgression To Make an End of
Sins"-"To Make Reconciliation for Iniquity"- "To
Bring in Everlasting Righteousness"-"To Seal up Vision and
Prophecy"-"To Anoint the Most Holy Place."
The Messiah The Prince"
The Terminal Point of the Sixty-Nine Weeks; The Baptism and
Anointing of Jesus- The Manifestation to Israel Beginning of the
Lord's ministry-Proofs which fix the Terminal Point of the 483
The "Time" and the "Hour"-The Lord's
Earthly Ministry -The Judgment: "The Prince that Shall
Come"-Different Opinions as to the Time of His Coming-Titus, Son
of Vespasian- was the Prince (or Commander) of the Roman Armies which
Destroyed the City and Desolated the Land- The Terms of the Prophecy
Forbid its Application to a Future Personage.
The Interpretation of verse 27-Who is the Person Referred
to? What "Covenant" is it? And what Sacrifices?-"For
One Week"-The Septuagint Rendering.
The Seventy Weeks Consecutive?
The Idea of a Detached and "Postponed" Seventieth
Week Examined-Various Proofs that the Seventy Weeks are a Continuous
Measure of Time-The Past Fulfillment of verse 27 Proves this-Many
Bands that Clasp the Seventieth Week Firmly to the Other
Sixty-nine-Why the Entire Period is Divided into Three Parts-The
Overspreading of Abominations-The Decree of Cyrus Again - The
Remainder of the Seventieth Week-God's Prophetic Time-Measure.
Outline of the Visions of Daniel 7, 8, and 9-How the Last
Vision Came to be Given-The Prophetic History of Daniel 11-The
"Latter Days"-The "Thing" Revealed to Daniel -The
Persian Era-The Macedonian Era-Alexander the Great and His
Successors-Ptolemy Philadelphus-Antiochus the Great-Ptolemy Epiphanes-Antiochus
Epiphanes (the "Vile Person")-His Persecutions of the
Jews-The Uprising of the Maccabees, and their "Exploits."
Various Attempts to Identify this Personage-The
"Break" Theory-Proof that the Prophetic Narrative is
Continuous -"Herod the King"-Herod's Dynasty Filled Out the
Last Stage of Jewish History "Until the
Indignation"-"According to His Will"-Exalting and
Magnifying Himself-"The Desire of Women"-"The God of
Forces"-The Testimony of Josephus as to Herod-The Time of the
End-Farquharson's Commentary-Defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by
Octavius Caesar-Edom, Moab and Ammon-The Treasures of Egypt-Tidings
from East and North-Herod "Troubled"-His Outbreak of
"Great Fury"-His Palace and His End.
Time Of Trouble
Michael the Great Prince-A Time of Trouble such as Never
Was-Many Awakened-They Who Make Wise- Many Shall Run To and Fro-How
Long the End?-A Time, Times and a Part-The Taking Away of the Daily
Sacrifice-The Period of Three and a Half Years in Scripture.
Wise Shall Understand
Who are "the Wicked" and "the
Wise"?-Many Purified and Made White, and Tried-False
Prophets-Have These Prophecies a Future Application?
Lord's Olivet Prophecy
Christ's References to the Approaching Destruction of
Jerusalem-The Importance of that Event in History, and in God's
Dealings with Mankind-Prophecies Concerning Jerusalem-Wrath to the
Uttermost-Future Troubles for Mankind-Concerning Antichrist.
of the Olivet Prophecy
The Three Main Purposes of the Discourse-The Great
Tribulation or the Days of Vengeance-The Sign to Flee- The Three
Parallel Accounts of the Olivet Prophecy- "When Ye Shall
See" Self-Inflicted Sufferings-Tribulation "Such as Never
Account of The Olivet Prophecy
The Question of the Four Disciples-The Stones of the
Temple-The General Warnings-The Sign of the Approaching
"Desolation"-Those Days to be "Shortened"- False
Christs and False Prophets-Proof that the Three Evangelists Refer to
one and the same Tribulation-The Siege and Dispersion Foretold by
Moses-The Abomination of Desolation was the Roman Armies, not an Idol
in the Sanctuary-Luke's Account: Is it the Same Discourse?- Israel's
Last Probation-The Time of Jacob's Trouble- The Great Tribulation of
Description of the Siege of Jerusalem
The Days of Herod Agrippa II and His Great Oration-Felix
and Festus-The Sicarii-False Prophets-"That Egyptian"-Three
Million at the Passover-The Cruelties of Florus-Tlie Strange Retreat
of Cestius-The Days of Vengeance-Josephus Taken Prisoner by Vespasian-Titus
Succeeds Vespasian in Charge of the Roman Armies-The Internal Strife
in Jerusalem-The Cruelties of the "Tyrants" -The Last
Passover-Flamine, Blood, and Fire-Unspeakable Sufferings-The Capture
of the City and Dispersion of the Nation.
Edersheim on Matthew XXIV-The Four Divisions of the
Prophecy-The Beginning of Sorrows-A Strong and Illuminating
Contrast-The Two Illustrative Parables: The Fig tree and The Man
Taking a Far Journey-Signs in the Sun, Moon and Stars-The Times of the