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derfully preserved as a distinct people, while their great conquerors are every where destroyed; their land lying defolate, and themselves cut off from being the people of God, while the Gentiles are advanced in their room. You fee Nineveh fo completely destroyed, that the place thereof is not, and cannot be known; Babylon made a desolation for ever, a polleson for the bittern, and pools of water; Tyre become like the top of a rock, a place
for fishers to spread their nets upon; and Egypt a base kingdom, the basejt of the kingdoms, and still tributary and subject to strangers. You see of the four great empires of the world the fourth and last, which was greater and more powerful than any of the former
, divided in the western part thereof into ten leffer kingdoms; and among them a power with a triple crown divers from the first, with a mouth speaking very great things, and with a look more stout than his fellows, speașing great words against the most High, wearing out the saints of the most High, and changing times and laws. You see a powercast down the truth to the ground, and prosper and practise, and destroy the holy people, not regarding the God of his fathers, nor the desire of wives, but honoring Mahuzzim, Gods-protectors or faintsprotectors, and causing the priests of Mahuzzim to rule over many, and to divide the land for gain. You see the Turks stretching forth their hand over the countries, and particularly over the land of Egypt, the Libyans at their steps, and the Arabians stíll escaping out of their hands. You see the Jews led away captive into all nations, and Jerusalem troden down of the Gentiles, and likely to continue so until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, as the Jews are by a constant miracle preserved a distinct people for the completion of other prophecies relating to them. You fee one who opposeth and exalteth himself above all laws divine and human, sitting as God in the church of God, and showing himself that he is God, whose coming, is after the working of Satan with all power and pgns, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness. You see a great apostacy in the Christian church, which consists chiefly in the worship of demons, angels or departed faints, and is promoted thro' the hypocrisy of VOL. II. Dds
liers, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats. You see the seven churches of Asia lying in the fame forlorn and desolate condition that the angel had fignified to St. John, their candlestick removed out of its place, their churches turned into mosques, their worship into superstition. In Short you see the characters of the beast and the false prophet, and the whore of Babylon, now exemplified in every particular, and in a city that is seated upon seven mountains; so that if the bishop of Rome had sat for his picture, a greater resemblance and likeness could not have been drawn.
As there is a near affinity between this and what. Dr. Clarke (1) hath said in the conclufion of his discourse of prophecies, it may be proper to confirm and illustrate the argument with so great an authority: and indeed these things are of such importance, and so deserving to be known, that they cannot be inculcated too frequently, nor shown in too many lights.
“ I thall conclude this head with pointing at some “ particular extraordinary prophecies, which deferve to " be carefully considered and compared with the events, “ whether they could possibly have proceeded from “ chance or from enthufiafm. Some of them are of such
a nature, as that they can only be judged of by per“ fons learned in history; and these I shall but just “ mention. Others are obvious to the consideration of " the whole world; and with those I shall finish what " I think proper at this time to offer upon this subject.
Concerning Babylon it was particularly foretold, " that it should be lhut up and befeged by the Medes, Ela.“ mites, and Arminians; that the river should be dried
up; that the city should be taken in the time of a feast, “wchile her mighty men were drunken; Which accord
ingly came to pats, when Belthazzar and all his thou“ fand princes, who were drunk with him at the feaft, Cós were flain by Cyrus's foldiers. Also it was particu
larly foretold, that God would make the country of Baby:“ lon á polje/fron for the bittern and pools of water; Which
(1) Clarke's Works, Vol. 2. The Evidences of natural and revealed religion, p. 720, &c.
was accordingly fulfilled by the overflowing and
drowning of it, on the breaking down of the great “ damm in order to take the city. Could the cor
respondence of these events with the predictions, be “ the result of chance? But fuppose these predictions “ were forged after the event, can the following ones "s also have been written after the event? or with any. “ reason be ascribed to chance? The wild beasts of the “ desert fhall dwell there, and the ocels fhall dwell therein: “ and it shall be no more inhabited for ever, neither shall ss it be dwelt in from generation to generation : As God “ overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, &c. They shall not “ take of thee a stone for a corner,--but thou shalt be de
Solate for ever, faith the Lord :-Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling-place for dragons, an astonishment and an hising without an inhabitant :-It Mail sink, and Jhall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her.
Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, — shall be as when God “ overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: It shall never be inha“ bited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to gene" ration : Neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there, “ neither shall the shepherds make their fold there; But *** wild beasts of the desert shall lie there, and their houses
shall be full of doleful creatures, and owls shall dwell 16 there.
“ Concerning Egypt was the following predictioit “ forged after the event? or can it, with any reason, bé " afcribed to chance? Egypt shall be a base kingdom : It
Jhall be the basest of kingdoms, neither shall it exalt "" itself any more above the nations : For I will diminish " them, that they fhall no more rule over the nations.
Concerning Tyre, the prediction is no less re“markable: I will make thee like the top of a rock; thou
Jhalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built
no more.--Thou shalt be no more; the merchants among " the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and
never shalt be any more. All they that know thee among " the people, shall be astonished at thee.
" The defcription of the extent of the dominion of " that people, who were to poffefs Judea in the latter days: was it forged after the event? or can it reaD da
fonably “ fonably be ascribed to chance? He fall come with " horsemen, and with many ships, and shall overflow and
pass over : He shall enter also into the glorious land, (and shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the
seas in the glorious holy mountain) and many countries “ fhall be overthrown: But these fhall escape out of his hand, even Edum and Moab and the chief of the children
of Amnion. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon “ the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. " But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and
of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; " and the Libyans and Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
" When Daniel, in the (2) vision of Nebuchada “ nezzar's image, foretold four great successive mo« parchies; was this written after the event? or can " the congruity of his description with the things them“ felves, reasonably be ascribed to mere chance?
“ When the fame Daniel foretels a tyrannical power, ” which should wear out the saints of the most High, and
they shall be given into his hund, until a time, and times, " and the dividing of time; and again for (3) a time, s times, and a half: (Which can be no way applied to " the fort persecution of Antiochus, because these pro“phecies are exprefly declared to be for many days; “ concerning what shall befall thy people in the latter
days; for yet the vision is for many days ; concerning " the time of the end, what shall be in the last end of the " indignation; concerning those who shall fall by the
sword and by flame, by captivity and by/poil, many days A. " to try them, even to the time of the end, because it is yet for a time appointed; concerning a time of trouble, sich
as never was fince there was a nation; the time when “ God shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the
holy people; the time of the end, till which the words are closed up and sealed ; to which the prophet is com
(2) “ The fame of which was so ncarly spread ; that Ezekiel, who
was contemporary with Daniel, " plainly alludes to it, when he fays « of the prince of Tyre, Chap. " XXVIII. 3. Thou eri wiser tkan
" Daniel; there is no fecret that they
can bide from thee.
(3) “ Three years and a half, or " 1260 days, is, according to the “ analogy of all the forementioned numbers, 1260 years.
* inanded to shut up his words and seal the "book, for
many shall run to and fro, and knowlege shall be in
creased; even the end, till which Daniel was to reft, " and then stand in his lot at the end of the days.) When
Daniel, Î fay, foretels such a tyrannical power, to “ continue such a determined period of time: And St. “ Jolin prophesies, that the Gentiles should tread the holy “ city under foot forty and two months; which is exactly “ the fame period of time with that of Daniel: And “ again, that two witnesses, clothed in fuckcloth, should
prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days ; “ which is again exactly the very fame period of time: “ And again, that the woman which fled into the wil“ derness from persecution, should continue there a thou“ fund two hundred and threescore days : And again, that “ the should fly into the wilderness, for a time, and times,
and half a time; which is still the very fame period : “. And again, that a wild beast, a tyrannical power, to " whom it was given to make war with the saints, and to o's
overcome them, was to (4) continue forty and two months, " (still the very fame period of time) and to have
power over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations, fo " that all that dwell upon the earth should worship him: “ Is it credible or possible that ignorant and enthufi" aftical writers should by mere chance hit upon
fuch “ coincidences of (occult] numbers ? especially fince
(4) “ There has prevailed among " days, Rev. XI. 3. And the perfe« learned men a very important error,
us cuted woman, after her flight, was “ as if the 1260 days (or years) “ to be actually in the vilderness a « here spoken of, took their begin- " thousand two hundred and three“ ning from the rise of the tyranny Score days. Chap. XII. 6. Where66 here described. Whereas, on the · fore also the forty and two months, " contrary, the words of Daniel are “ (the very fame period) during “ express, tkat, not from the time of " which time power was given unto « his rise, but after his having made “ the wild beast to continue, (in the “ war with the saints, and from the “ original it is wornrat to do what he “ time of their being given into his « pleased, Rev. XIII. 3.) evidently “ hand, should be a time and times « ought not to be reckoned from his " and the dividing of time, Chap. “ rije or from the time when the " VII. 24, 25. And St. John no “ ten kings (Chap. XVII. 12.) re“ less exprelly says, that the time, “ ceived power with him; but from “ not of the two witnesses prophesying, “ the time of his having totally over“ (for in part of that time they had come the saints, and of his being “ great power) but of their prophesy. " worshipped by all that dwell upon
ing in fackcloth, should be a thou- “ the earth, Chap. XIII. 7, 8."