The Fall of Arrogant Rulers

Wed, 30/08/2017 - 10:48 -- James Oakley
Great empires become ruins
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“There seems to be one fundamental law of a very solemn kind which touches this question of judgement; and when I turn to the ancient prophets and recall the limited area of history they had at their disposal for making their inductions, I am always surprised at the curious aptness with which they seem to have found the formula in this connection — a formula which they put in a special position of priority. Judgement in history falls heaviest on those who come to think themselves gods, who fly in the face of Providence and history, who put their trust in man-made systems and worship the work of their own hands, and who sway that the strength of their own right arm gave them the victory.”

Herbert Butterfield, page 82 of Christianity and History, quoted in Ernest Lucas, page 222 of his commentary on Daniel, discussing the overall message of Daniel 8.

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