PROPHECY REVEALED IN SPITE OF THE UNORTHODOX MOVEMENT!
The Books of Maccabee’s reveal the fullfillment of many of the prophecies in Daniel and contains true history that show what took place between the time of Daniel and the time of our Lord Jesus Christ. There was a lot of things that happened in these years. Many events that we know of and have fallen short of understanding. When you know this part of history, everything becomes crystal clear as to the politics and events at the time of Jesus. But, maybe, just maybe, that is why certain men, crept in to forbid the reading and teachings of it. So we ask now the hard question….
Why did they take the Book of Maccabee’s Out of our King James Bible in 1881?
Was because it was Jewish history and told the story of Hanukkah? A tradition celebrated to this very day for the restoration of Israel? Was it because it told of the fullfillment of many of the prophecies and Daniel and didn’t fit with the new dispensational dispensed theology taught by Darby? Let’s explore this.
THE FIRST BOOK OF THE MACCABEES
The books of Maccabees were in the original King James Bible. They were removed in 1881. They were removed 1881, due to the influence of wildly liberal textual critics, Westcott and Hort, the Apocrypha was removed from non- Catholic Bibles. The Catholics ignored Westcott and Hort, but the Protestants and the Anglicans fell into line, and when the influence of the popular textual critics said, “Well, this should not be in the Bible,” everybody just followed like lost sheep doing as they were told. So in lockstep,Bibles for protestants and Anglican’s no longer had what Westcott and Hort deemed Apocrypha. If they keep this up, you will all soon have a small leaflet that tells you what? Keep it up and you will have one scripture left that says, “Jesus wept.”
It has been men who crept in and influenced others, probably with money bribes and might of force to do a they are told or else. Definity the mark and means of the ruler of this world. But the gates of hell shall not prevail against God’s word and we are grateful that the Jews have kept records of the true writings of the prophets. Even moreso that the word of God has survived the centuries of demonic attacks to keep men blind. The words deemed Apocrypha by men, who for what ever intent they deem them unorthodox, many of these were written 400 years before Christ. And some way beyond that. Noah brought with him on the ark the books of Enoch.
And so many of these so called Apocrypha document the history of what happened to the Jewish people just before Christ came. And it was part of the scrolls, and the temple. It was part of Jesus’ bible. When He walked the earth as a human, He went into the temple to read from the scrolls. He would have had the Old Testament and the Apocrypha. Obviously He wouldn’t have had the New Testament because it was written about Him, after he died and rose and ascended into Heaven. So let us all investigate the scriptures for ourselves, all of them…and especially the ones that slipped through the cracks at the first gathering of men to decide what can and cannot be read by the common man of the Word of God at the Council of Nicea, mandated by a Roman Caesar named Constantine who worshipped Roman Gods. That in itself speaks volumes!
In the first book of The Maccabees, we see the fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel being fulfilled through the interpretation of his vision by the Arch Angel Gabriel. We see the war between the King of the North and the King of the South. We see the Ram Horn and the Little Ram Horn, we see the Kingdom of Grecia being broken and divided up into four kingdoms by the generals of Alexander. Wow…all of that was fullfilled already…so why are some still looking for this now? Let’s look at some of what Gabriel told Daniel it meant…
20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
24 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.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
And we see in the Book of McCabbees the Ram that pushed and the name of him which is Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian. We see the fulfillment of that vision of prophecy.
And now let’s look at the first chapter of the Book of The Maccabees
1:1 And it happened, after that Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian, who came out of the land of
Chettiim, had smitten Darius king of the Persians and Medes, that he reigned in his stead, the first over
1:2 And made many wars, and won many strong holds, and slew the kings of the earth,
1:3 And went through to the ends of the earth, and took spoils of many nations, insomuch that the earth
was quiet before him; whereupon he was exalted and his heart was lifted up.
1:4 And he gathered a mighty strong host and ruled over countries, and nations, and kings, who became
tributaries unto him.
Wow! Who knew ALEXANDER THE GREAT WAS WRITTEN ABOUT IN THE BIBLE? The books of the Maccabees still remain in the Catholic Bible and in the Greek Septuagint.
1:5 And after these things he fell sick, and perceived that he should die.
1:6 Wherefore he called his servants, such as were honourable, and had been brought up with him from
his youth, and parted his kingdom among them, while he was yet alive.
1:7 So Alexander reigned twelves years, and then died.
1:8 And his servants bare rule every one in his place.
1:9 And after his death they all put crowns upon themselves; so did their sons after them many years:
and evils were multiplied in the earth.
1:10 And there came out of them a wicked root Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the
king, who had been an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and thirty and seventh year of
the kingdom of the Greeks.
1:11 In those days went there out of Israel wicked men, who persuaded many, saying, Let us go and
make a covenant with the heathen that are round about us: for since we departed from them we have
had much sorrow.
1:12 So this device pleased them well.
1:13 Then certain of the people were so forward herein, that they went to the king, who gave them
licence to do after the ordinances of the heathen:
1:14 Whereupon they built a place of exercise at Jerusalem according to the customs of the heathen:
1:15 And made themselves uncircumcised, and forsook the holy covenant, and joined themselves to the heathen, and were sold to do mischief.
1:16 Now when the kingdom was established before Antiochus, he thought to reign over Egypt that he might have the dominion of two realms.
1:17 Wherefore he entered into Egypt with a great multitude, with chariots, and elephants, and
horsemen, and a great navy,
1:18 And made war against Ptolemee king of Egypt: but Ptolemee was afraid of him, and fled; and
many were wounded to death.
1:19 Thus they got the strong cities in the land of Egypt and he took the spoils thereof.
1:20 And after that Antiochus had smitten Egypt, he returned again in the hundred forty and third year, and went up against Israel and Jerusalem with a great multitude,
1:21 And entered proudly into the sanctuary, and took away the golden altar, and the candlestick of
light, and all the vessels thereof,
1:22 And the table of the shewbread, and the pouring vessels, and the vials. and the censers of gold, and the veil, and the crown, and the golden ornaments that were before the temple, all which he pulled off.
1:23 He took also the silver and the gold, and the precious vessels: also he took the hidden treasures
which he found.
1:24 And when he had taken all away, he went into his own land, having made a great massacre, and
spoken very proudly.
1:25 Therefore there was a great mourning in Israel, in every place where they were;
1:26 So that the princes and elders mourned, the virgins and young men were made feeble, and the
beauty of women was changed.
1:27 Every bridegroom took up lamentation, and she that sat in the marriage chamber was in heaviness,
1:28 The land also was moved for the inhabitants thereof, and all the house of Jacob was covered with
1:29 And after two years fully expired the king sent his chief collector of tribute unto the cities of Juda,
who came unto Jerusalem with a great multitude,
1:30 And spake peaceable words unto them, but all was deceit: for when they had given him credence,
he fell suddenly upon the city, and smote it very sore, and destroyed much people of Israel.
1:31 And when he had taken the spoils of the city, he set it on fire, and pulled down the houses and
walls thereof on every side.
1:32 But the women and children took they captive, and possessed the cattle.
1:33 Then builded they the city of David with a great and strong wall, and with mighty towers, and made it a strong hold for them.
1:34 And they put therein a sinful nation, wicked men, and fortified themselves therein.
1:35 They stored it also with armour and victuals, and when they had gathered together the spoils of
Jerusalem, they laid them up there, and so they became a sore snare:
1:36 For it was a place to lie in wait against the sanctuary, and an evil adversary to Israel.
1:37 Thus they shed innocent blood on every side of the sanctuary, and defiled it:
1:38 Insomuch that the inhabitants of Jerusalem fled because of them: whereupon the city was made an
habitation of strangers, and became strange to those that were born in her; and her own children left
1:39 Her sanctuary was laid waste like a wilderness, her feasts were turned into mourning, her sabbaths into reproach her honour into contempt.
1:40 As had been her glory, so was her dishonour increased, and her excellency was turned into
1:41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all should be one people,
1:42 And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of
1:43 Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion, and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned
1:44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Juda that they should
follow the strange laws of the land,
1:45 And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drink offerings, in the temple; and that they should
profane the sabbaths and festival days:
1:46 And pollute the sanctuary and holy people:
1:47 Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and sacrifice swine’s flesh, and unclean beasts:
1:48 That they should also leave their children uncircumcised, and make their souls abominable with
all manner of uncleanness and profanation:
1:49 To the end they might forget the law, and change all the ordinances.
1:50 And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of the king, he said, he should die.
1:51 In the selfsame manner wrote he to his whole kingdom, and appointed overseers over all the people, commanding the cities of Juda to sacrifice, city by city.
1:52 Then many of the people were gathered unto them, to wit every one that forsook the law; and so
they committed evils in the land;
1:53 And drove the Israelites into secret places, even wheresoever they could flee for succour.
1:54 Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the
abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda on every
1:55 And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the streets.
1:56 And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with
1:57 And whosoever was found with any the book of the testament, or if any committed to the law, the
king’s commandment was, that they should put him to death.
1:58 Thus did they by their authority unto the Israelites every month, to as many as were found in the
1:59 Now the five and twentieth day of the month they did sacrifice upon the idol altar, which was
upon the altar of God.
1:60 At which time according to the commandment they put to death certain women, that had caused
their children to be circumcised.
1:61 And they hanged the infants about their necks, and rifled their houses, and slew them that had
1:62 Howbeit many in Israel were fully resolved and confirmed in themselves not to eat any unclean
1:63 Wherefore the rather to die, that they might not be defiled with meats, and that they might not
profane the holy covenant: so then they died.
1:64 And there was very great wrath upon Israel.
2:1 In those days arose Mattathias the son of John, the son of Simeon, a priest of the sons of Joarib,
from Jerusalem, and dwelt in Modin.
2:2 And he had five sons, Joannan, called Caddis:
2:3 Simon; called Thassi:
2:4 Judas, who was called Maccabeus:
2:5 Eleazar, called Avaran: and Jonathan, whose surname was Apphus.
2:6 And when he saw the blasphemies that were committed in Juda and Jerusalem,
2:7 He said, Woe is me! wherefore was I born to see this misery of my people, and of the holy city, and
to dwell there, when it was delivered into the hand of the enemy, and the sanctuary into the hand of
2:8 Her temple is become as a man without glory.
2:9 Her glorious vessels are carried away into captivity, her infants are slain in the streets, her young
men with the sword of the enemy.
2:10 What nation hath not had a part in her kingdom and gotten of her spoils?
2:11 All her ornaments are taken away; of a free woman she is become a bondslave.
2:12 And, behold, our sanctuary, even our beauty and our glory, is laid waste, and the Gentiles have
2:13 To what end therefore shall we live any longer?
2:14 Then Mattathias and his sons rent their clothes, and put on sackcloth, and mourned very sore.
2:15 In the mean while the king’s officers, such as compelled the people to revolt, came into the city
Modin, to make them sacrifice.
2:16 And when many of Israel came unto them, Mattathias also and his sons came together.
2:17 Then answered the king’s officers, and said to Mattathias on this wise, Thou art a ruler, and an
honourable and great man in this city, and strengthened with sons and brethren:
2:18 Now therefore come thou first, and fulfil the king’s commandment, like as all the heathen have
done, yea, and the men of Juda also, and such as remain at Jerusalem: so shalt thou and thy house be in
the number of the king’s friends, and thou and thy children shall be honoured with silver and gold, and
many rewards. 2:19 Then Mattathias answered and spake with a loud voice, Though all the nations that are under the
king’s dominion obey him, and fall away every one from the religion of their fathers, and give consent
to his commandments:
2:20 Yet will I and my sons and my brethren walk in the covenant of our fathers.
2:21 God forbid that we should forsake the law and the ordinances.
2:22 We will not hearken to the king’s words, to go from our religion, either on the right hand, or the
2:23 Now when he had left speaking these words, there came one of the Jews in the sight of all to
sacrifice on the altar which was at Modin, according to the king’s commandment.
2:24 Which thing when Mattathias saw, he was inflamed with zeal, and his reins trembled, neither
could he forbear to shew his anger according to judgment: wherefore he ran, and slew him upon the
2:25 Also the king’s commissioner, who compelled men to sacrifice, he killed at that time, and the altar
he pulled down.
2:26 Thus dealt he zealously for the law of God like as Phinees did unto Zambri the son of Salom.
2:27 And Mattathias cried throughout the city with a loud voice, saying, Whosoever is zealous of the
law, and maintaineth the covenant, let him follow me.
2:28 So he and his sons fled into the mountains, and left all that ever they had in the city.
2:29 Then many that sought after justice and judgment went down into the wilderness, to dwell there:
2:30 Both they, and their children, and their wives; and their cattle; because afflictions increased sore
2:31 Now when it was told the king’s servants, and the host that was at Jerusalem, in the city of David,
that certain men, who had broken the king’s commandment, were gone down into the secret places in
2:32 They pursued after them a great number, and having overtaken them, they camped against them,
and made war against them on the sabbath day.
2:33 And they said unto them, Let that which ye have done hitherto suffice; come forth, and do
according to the commandment of the king, and ye shall live.
2:34 But they said, We will not come forth, neither will we do the king’s commandment, to profane the
sabbath day. 2:35 So then they gave them the battle with all speed.
2:36 Howbeit they answered them not, neither cast they a stone at them, nor stopped the places where
they lay hid;
2:37 But said, Let us die all in our innocency: heaven and earth will testify for us, that ye put us to
2:38 So they rose up against them in battle on the sabbath, and they slew them, with their wives and
children and their cattle, to the number of a thousand people.
2:39 Now when Mattathias and his friends understood hereof, they mourned for them right sore.
2:40 And one of them said to another, If we all do as our brethren have done, and fight not for our lives
and laws against the heathen, they will now quickly root us out of the earth.
2:41 At that time therefore they decreed, saying, Whosoever shall come to make battle with us on the
sabbath day, we will fight against him; neither will we die all, as our brethren that were murdered im
the secret places.
2:42 Then came there unto him a company of Assideans who were mighty men of Israel, even all such
as were voluntarily devoted unto the law.
2:43 Also all they that fled for persecution joined themselves unto them, and were a stay unto them.
2:44 So they joined their forces, and smote sinful men in their anger, and wicked men in their wrath:
but the rest fled to the heathen for succour.
2:45 Then Mattathias and his friends went round about, and pulled down the altars:
2:46 And what children soever they found within the coast of Israel uncircumcised, those they
2:47 They pursued also after the proud men, and the work prospered in their hand.
2:48 So they recovered the law out of the hand of the Gentiles, and out of the hand of kings, neither
suffered they the sinner to triumph.
2:49 Now when the time drew near that Mattathias should die, he said unto his sons, Now hath pride
and rebuke gotten strength, and the time of destruction, and the wrath of indignation:
2:50 Now therefore, my sons, be ye zealous for the law, and give your lives for the covenant of your
2:51 Call to remembrance what acts our fathers did in their time; so shall ye receive great honour and
an everlasting name. 2:52 Was not Abraham found faithful in temptation, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness?
2:53 Joseph in the time of his distress kept the commandment and was made lord of Egypt.
2:54 Phinees our father in being zealous and fervent obtained the covenant of an everlasting priesthood.
2:55 Joshua for fulfilling the word was made a judge in Israel.
2:56 Caleb for bearing witness before the congregation received the heritage of the land.
2:57 David for being merciful possessed the throne of an everlasting kingdom.
2:58 Elias for being zealous and fervent for the law was taken up into heaven.
2:59 Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, by believing were saved out of the flame.
2:60 Daniel for his innocency was delivered from the mouth of lions.
2:61 And thus consider ye throughout all ages, that none that put their trust in him shall be overcome.
2:62 Fear not then the words of a sinful man: for his glory shall be dung and worms.
2:63 To day he shall be lifted up and to morrow he shall not be found, because he is returned into his
dust, and his thought is come to nothing.
2:64 Wherefore, ye my sons, be valiant and shew yourselves men in the behalf of the law; for by it
shall ye obtain glory.
2:65 And behold, I know that your brother Simon is a man of counsel, give ear unto him alway: he shall
be a father unto you.
2:66 As for Judas Maccabeus, he hath been mighty and strong, even from his youth up: let him be your
captain, and fight the battle of the people.
2:67 Take also unto you all those that observe the law, and avenge ye the wrong of your people.
2:68 Recompense fully the heathen, and take heed to the commandments of the law.
2:69 So he blessed them, and was gathered to his fathers.
2:70 And he died in the hundred forty and sixth year, and his sons buried him in the sepulchres of his
fathers at Modin, and all Israel made great lamentation for him.
3:1 Then his son Judas, called Maccabeus, rose up in his stead.
3:2 And all his brethren helped him, and so did all they that held with his father, and they fought with
cheerfulness the battle of Israel.
3:3 So he gat his people great honour, and put on a breastplate as a giant, and girt his warlike harness
about him, and he made battles, protecting the host with his sword.
3:4 In his acts he was like a lion, and like a lion’s whelp roaring for his prey.
3:5 For He pursued the wicked, and sought them out, and burnt up those that vexed his people.
3:6 Wherefore the wicked shrunk for fear of him, and all the workers of iniquity were troubled, because
salvation prospered in his hand.
3:7 He grieved also many kings, and made Jacob glad with his acts, and his memorial is blessed for
3:8 Moreover he went through the cities of Juda, destroying the ungodly out of them, and turning away
wrath from Israel:
3:9 So that he was renowned unto the utmost part of the earth, and he received unto him such as were
ready to perish.
3:10 Then Apollonius gathered the Gentiles together, and a great host out of Samaria, to fight against
3:11 Which thing when Judas perceived, he went forth to meet him, and so he smote him, and slew
him: many also fell down slain, but the rest fled.
3:12 Wherefore Judas took their spoils, and Apollonius’ sword also, and therewith he fought all his life
3:13 Now when Seron, a prince of the army of Syria, heard say that Judas had gathered unto him a
multitude and company of the faithful to go out with him to war;
3:14 He said, I will get me a name and honour in the kingdom; for I will go fight with Judas and them
that are with him, who despise the king’s commandment.
3:15 So he made him ready to go up, and there went with him a mighty host of the ungodly to help him,
and to be avenged of the children of Israel.
3:16 And when he came near to the going up of Bethhoron, Judas went forth to meet him with a small
company: 3:17 Who, when they saw the host coming to meet them, said unto Judas, How shall we be able, being
so few, to fight against so great a multitude and so strong, seeing we are ready to faint with fasting all
3:18 Unto whom Judas answered, It is no hard matter for many to be shut up in the hands of a few; and
with the God of heaven it is all one, to deliver with a great multitude, or a small company:
3:19 For the victory of battle standeth not in the multitude of an host; but strength cometh from heaven.
3:20 They come against us in much pride and iniquity to destroy us, and our wives and children, and to
3:21 But we fight for our lives and our laws.
3:22 Wherefore the Lord himself will overthrow them before our face: and as for you, be ye not afraid
3:23 Now as soon as he had left off speaking, he leapt suddenly upon them, and so Seron and his host
was overthrown before him.
3:24 And they pursued them from the going down of Bethhoron unto the plain, where were slain about
eight hundred men of them; and the residue fled into the land of the Philistines.
3:25 Then began the fear of Judas and his brethren, and an exceeding great dread, to fall upon the
nations round about them:
3:26 Insomuch as his fame came unto the king, and all nations talked of the battles of Judas.
3:27 Now when king Antiochus heard these things, he was full of indignation: wherefore he sent and
gathered together all the forces of his realm, even a very strong army.
3:28 He opened also his treasure, and gave his soldiers pay for a year, commanding them to be ready
whensoever he should need them.
3:29 Nevertheless, when he saw that the money of his treasures failed and that the tributes in the
country were small, because of the dissension and plague, which he had brought upon the land in
taking away the laws which had been of old time;
3:30 He feared that he should not be able to bear the charges any longer, nor to have such gifts to give
so liberally as he did before: for he had abounded above the kings that were before him.
3:31 Wherefore, being greatly perplexed in his mind, he determined to go into Persia, there to take the
tributes of the countries, and to gather much money.
3:32 So he left Lysias, a nobleman, and one of the blood royal, to oversee the affairs of the king from
the river Euphrates unto the borders of Egypt:3:33 And to bring up his son Antiochus, until he came again.
3:34 Moreover he delivered unto him the half of his forces, and the elephants, and gave him charge of
all things that he would have done, as also concerning them that dwelt in Juda and Jerusalem:
3:35 To wit, that he should send an army against them, to destroy and root out the strength of Israel,
and the remnant of Jerusalem, and to take away their memorial from that place;
3:36 And that he should place strangers in all their quarters, and divide their land by lot.
3:37 So the king took the half of the forces that remained, and departed from Antioch, his royal city, the
hundred forty and seventh year; and having passed the river Euphrates, he went through the high
3:38 Then Lysias chose Ptolemee the son of Dorymenes, Nicanor, and Gorgias, mighty men of the
3:39 And with them he sent forty thousand footmen, and seven thousand horsemen, to go into the land
of Juda, and to destroy it, as the king commanded.
3:40 So they went forth with all their power, and came and pitched by Emmaus in the plain country.
3:41 And the merchants of the country, hearing the fame of them, took silver and gold very much, with
servants, and came into the camp to buy the children of Israel for slaves: a power also of Syria and of
the land of the Philistines joined themselves unto them.
3:42 Now when Judas and his brethren saw that miseries were multiplied, and that the forces did
encamp themselves in their borders: for they knew how the king had given commandment to destroy
the people, and utterly abolish them;
3:43 They said one to another, Let us restore the decayed fortune of our people, and let us fight for our
people and the sanctuary.
3:44 Then was the congregation gathered together, that they might be ready for battle, and that they
might pray, and ask mercy and compassion.
3:45 Now Jerusalem lay void as a wilderness, there was none of her children that went in or out: the
sanctuary also was trodden down, and aliens kept the strong hold; the heathen had their habitation in
that place; and joy was taken from Jacob, and the pipe with the harp ceased.
3:46 Wherefore the Israelites assembled themselves together, and came to Maspha, over against
Jerusalem; for in Maspha was the place where they prayed aforetime in Israel.
3:47 Then they fasted that day, and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes upon their heads, and rent their
3:48 And laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.
3:49 They brought also the priests’ garments, and the firstfruits, and the tithes: and the Nazarites they
stirred up, who had accomplished their days.
3:50 Then cried they with a loud voice toward heaven, saying, What shall we do with these, and
whither shall we carry them away?
3:51 For thy sanctuary is trodden down and profaned, and thy priests are in heaviness, and brought low.
3:52 And lo, the heathen are assembled together against us to destroy us: what things they imagine
against us, thou knowest.
3:53 How shall we be able to stand against them, except thou, O God, be our help?
3:54 Then sounded they with trumpets, and cried with a loud voice.
3:55 And after this Judas ordained captains over the people, even captains over thousands, and over
hundreds, and over fifties, and over tens.
3:56 But as for such as were building houses, or had betrothed wives, or were planting vineyards, or
were fearful, those he commanded that they should return, every man to his own house, according to
3:57 So the camp removed, and pitched upon the south side of Emmaus.
3:58 And Judas said, arm yourselves, and be valiant men, and see that ye be in readiness against the
morning, that ye may fight with these nations, that are assembled together against us to destroy us and
3:59 For it is better for us to die in battle, than to behold the calamities of our people and our sanctuary.
3:60 Nevertheless, as the will of God is in heaven, so let him do.
LET’S SKIP OVER TO SEE WHAT ELSE IS IN THIS FIRST BOOK…
11:1 And the king of Egypt gathered together a great host, like the sand that lieth upon the sea shore,
and many ships, and went about through deceit to get Alexander’s kingdom, and join it to his own.
11:2 Whereupon he took his journey into Spain in peaceable manner, so as they of the cities opened
unto him, and met him: for king Alexander had commanded them so to do, because he was his brother
11:3 Now as Ptolemee entered into the cities, he set in every one of them a garrison of soldiers to keep
11:4 And when he came near to Azotus, they shewed him the temple of Dagon that was burnt, and
Azotus and the suburbs thereof that were destroyed, and the bodies that were cast abroad and them that
he had burnt in the battle; for they had made heaps of them by the way where he should pass.
11:5 Also they told the king whatsoever Jonathan had done, to the intent he might blame him: but the
king held his peace.
11:6 Then Jonathan met the king with great pomp at Joppa, where they saluted one another, and lodged.
11:7 Afterward Jonathan, when he had gone with the king to the river called Eleutherus, returned again
11:8 King Ptolemee therefore, having gotten the dominion of the cities by the sea unto Seleucia upon
the sea coast, imagined wicked counsels against Alexander.
11:9 Whereupon he sent ambasadors unto king Demetrius, saying, Come, let us make a league betwixt
us, and I will give thee my daughter whom Alexander hath, and thou shalt reign in thy father’s
11:10 For I repent that I gave my daughter unto him, for he sought to slay me.
11:11 Thus did he slander him, because he was desirous of his kingdom. 11:12 Wherefore he took his daughter from him, and gave her to Demetrius, and forsook Alexander, so
that their hatred was openly known.
11:13 Then Ptolemee entered into Antioch, where he set two crowns upon his head, the crown of Asia,
and of Egypt.
11:14 In the mean season was king Alexander in Cilicia, because those that dwelt in those parts had
revolted from him.
11:15 But when Alexander heard of this, he came to war against him: whereupon king Ptolemee
brought forth his host, and met him with a mighty power, and put him to flight.
11:16 So Alexander fled into Arabia there to be defended; but king Ptolemee was exalted:
11:17 For Zabdiel the Arabian took off Alexander’s head, and sent it unto Ptolemee.
11:18 King Ptolemee also died the third day after, and they that were in the strong holds were slain one
11:19 By this means Demetrius reigned in the hundred threescore and seventh year.
11:20 At the same time Jonathan gathered together them that were in Judea to take the tower that was in
Jerusalem: and he made many engines of war against it.
11:21 Then came ungodly persons, who hated their own people, went unto the king, and told him that
Jonathan besieged the tower,
11:22 Whereof when he heard, he was angry, and immediately removing, he came to Ptolemais, and
wrote unto Jonathan, that he should not lay siege to the tower, but come and speak with him at
Ptolemais in great haste.
11:23 Nevertheless Jonathan, when he heard this, commanded to besiege it still: and he chose certain of
the elders of Israel and the priests, and put himself in peril;
11:24 And took silver and gold, and raiment, and divers presents besides, and went to Ptolemais unto
the king, where he found favour in his sight.
11:25 And though certain ungodly men of the people had made complaints against him,
11:26 Yet the king entreated him as his predecessors had done before, and promoted him in the sight of
all his friends,
11:27 And confirmed him in the high priesthood, and in all the honours that he had before, and gave
him preeminence among his chief friends.
11:28 Then Jonathan desired the king, that he would make Judea free from tribute, as also the three governments, with the country of Samaria; and he promised him three hundred talents.
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