“Shattering the power of the ‘holy people'”

Deuteronomy 32:36 "For the Lord will vindicate His people, and will have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their strength is gone, and there is none remaining, bond or free."

Daniel 12:7 "I heard the man dressed in linen. who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed."

Well, I always thought Why would the holy people be shattered? You would think it would be the wicked power that is crushed. But not so, as Matthew Henry states "God’s time to help and relieve His people is when their affairs are brought to the last extremity; in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen that Isaac is saved just when he lies ready to be sacrificed, cf. Gen. 22.14. Now the event answered the prediction; Josephus says that Antiochus surprised Jerusalem and held it three years and six months, and was then cast out of the country by the Maccabees. Christ’s public ministry continued three years and a half, during which time he endured the contradiction of sinners against himself, and lived in poverty and disgrace; and then, when at his death, his enemies triumphed over him, he obtained the most glorious victory and said, It is finished." pg.1137…Henry goes on to say "When we take a view of the affairs of this world, and of the church of God in it, we see things move as if they would end in the utter ruin of God’s kingdom among men. When we see vice and impiety, the decay of religion, the sufferings of the righteous, and the triumphs of the ungodly, we may well ask, My Lord, what will the outcome of all this be?………As long as the world stands, there will still be in it a mixture of good and bad, v. 10 Bad men will do bad things; and a bad tree will never bear good fruit Luke 6.4. Wicked practices are the natural products of wicked principles and dispositions. We are told, before, that the wicked will continue to be wicked…….Yet, bad as the world is, God will secure to himself a remnant of good people in it. There shall be many, to whom the providences and ordinances of God shall be a savour of life to life. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, by their troubles. The word of God shall do them good. When none of the wicked will understand, but stumble at the word, the wise will understand."pg.1137

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