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“ St. John could not possibly take the numbers from " Daniel, if he understood Daniel to mean nothing more “ than the short persecution' of Antiochus. And if he “ did understand Daniel to mean a much longer and
greater and more remote tyranny, which John himself “ prophesied of as in his time itill future; then the “ wonder is still infinitely greater, that in those early "times, when there was not the least footstep in the “ world of any such power as St. John distinctly de“ fcribes, (but which now is very conspicuous, as I shall
presently observe more particularly) it should ever “ enter into the heart of man to conceive fo much as the “ possibility of such a power, fitting not upon the pavi" lion of heathen perfecutors, but exprefly (2 Theff
. II. 4.) in the temple and upon the seat of God himself.
" But these prophecies, which either relate to particu"lar places, or depend upon the computation of particular
periods of time, are (as I said) of such a nature, as that " they cannot be judged of, but by perfons skilled in
history. There are fome others more general, running “ thro’ the whole scripture, and obvious to the confi" deration of the whole world.
“ For instance: It was foretold by Mofes, that when " the Jews forsook the true God, they should be removed “ into all the kingdoms of the earth; should be scattered
among the Heathen, among the nations, among all people
from the one end of the earth even unto the other; should “ "there be left few in number among the Heathen, and pine
away in their iniquity in their enemies lands; and should “ become an astonishment, a proverb, and a by-word, among "all nations; and that among these nations they should
find no ease, neither should the fole of their foot have rest; “ but the Lord should give them a trembling heart, and
failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind; and send a faintness “ into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; fo that the - found of a Muken leaf should chase them. Had any
thing like this, in Moses's time, ever happened to any “ nation? Or was there in nature any probability, that
any fuch thing should ever happen to any people?
that, when they were conquered by their enemies, and . led into captivity, they should neither.continue in the
place of their captivity, nor be swallowed up and loft among their conquerors
, but be scattered among all " the nations of the world, and hated by all nations for
many ages, and yet continue a people? Or could any description of the Jews, written at this day, possibly be
a more exact and lively picture of the state they have “ now been in for many ages; than this prophetic defcrip“ tion given by Mofes, inore than 3000 years ago ?
“ The very lame thing is in like manner continually “ predicted through all the following prophets; that God “would scatter them among the Heuthen ; that he would
cause them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the
earth; that he would scatter them into all the reinds, “ and disperse them through the countries of the Heathen; “ that he would fift them among all nations, like as corn
is fifted in a fieve ; that in all the kingdoms of the earth, " whither they should be driven, they should be a res
proach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, and an astonishment and a hissing; and that they thould abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without
a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, “ and without teraphim. And here concerning the pre“6 dictions of Ezekiel 'tis remarkable in particular, that " they being spoken in the very time of the Babylonian
captivity, 'tis therefore evident from the time of his
prophesying, as well as from the nature and descrip“ tion of the thing itself, that he must needs be under“ stood of that latter captivity into all places, which was
to happen after the fulfilling the time of that age, “ wherein God was first to bring them again (out of the “ Babylonian captivity) into the lund where they should " build a temple, but not like to that which afterwards
(after their final return) should be built for ever with a
glorious building. The forefighted prophecies (I say) “ must of necessity be understood of that wide and long
dispersion, which in the New Testament also is expresly “ mentioned by our Saviour and by St. Paul.
“ 'Tis also farther, both largely and distinály predicted, as well by Moses himself, as by all the following prophets, that notwithstanding this unexampled D d 4
“ dispersion of God's people, yet for all that, when they “ be in the land of their enemies, Godwill not destroy them “ utterly; but when they shall call to mind among all the ” nations, whither God has driven them, and shall return “ unto the Lord, he will turn their captivity, and gather " them from all nations, from the outmost parts of heaven,
even in the latter days : That though he makes a full end
of all other nations, yet he will not make a full end of “ them; but a remnant of them fhall be preserved, and “ return out of all countries whither God has driven them; “ That he will sift the house of Israel among all nations, “ like as corn is fifted in a sieve; yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth: That the Lord Shall set ħis hand again the second time, to recover the remnant of his people
, and shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shalt allemble the out-casts of Israel, and gather together the
dispersed of Judah, from the four corners of the earth: " For I will bring thy feed from the east, faith the Lord, ” and gather thee from the weft; I will say to the north, ¢ Give up; and to the south, Keep not back; Bring my
fons from fur, and my daughters from the ends of the " earth : Behold, I will lift up my hand to the Gentiles " and set up my standard to the people, and they shall bring " thy fons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried “ upon their shoulders : For a small moment have I forso faken thee, but with great mercy will I gather thee : In " a little wrath I hid my face from thee, for a moment; but " with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thée. And “ that thefe prophecies might not be applied to the re" turn from the 70 years captivity in Babylon, (which "" moreover was not a dispersion into all nations) they
are expresly referred to the latter days, not only by “ Moses but by Hosea, who lived long after, (For the " children of Israel Shall abide MANY DAYS without a
king, and without a prince, and without a facrifice; AF“TERWARD they shall return, and seek the Lord their “ God, and David their king, and shall fear' the Lord and “his goodness in the LATTER DAYS) and by Ezekiel “ who lived in the captivity itself; After MANY “ DAYS [speaking of those who thould oppose the “ return of the Ifraelites] thou shalt be visited, in the
*LATTER YEARS thou shalt come into the land;
upon the people that are gathered out of the nations ;“ In that day, when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, " thou shalt come up against them, --it shall be in the LAT" TER DAYS. These predictions therefore necessarily " belong to that age, when the times of the Gentiles thall " be fulfilled, and the fulness of the Gentile be come in. " And that, through all the changes which have hap" pened in the kingdoms of the earth, from the days of "Mofes to the present time, which is more than 3000
years ; nothing could have happened to prevent the “ poffibility of the accomplishment of these prophecies; so but on the contrary, the state of the Jewish and Chris“ tian nations at this day, should be such as renders them
easily cupable, not only of a figurative, but even of a “ litteral completion in every particular, if the will of “ God be so; this (I fay) is a miracle, which hath no" thing parallel to it in the phænomena of nature.
“ Another instance, no less extraordinary, is as folso lows. Daniel foretels a kingdom upon the earth, which Shall be divers from all kingdoins, divers from all that
were before it, exceeding dreadfub and shall devour the "" whole earth: That, among the powers into which this “ kingdom shall be divided, there shall arise one power " divers from the rest, who thall subdue unto himself " three of the first powers, and he shall have a mouth
speaking very great things, and a look more fiout than “ his fellows. He shall make war with the saints, and
prevail against them. And he fhall speak great words ** against the most High, and shall wear out the faints of “ the most High, and think to change times and lawes; and
they shall be given into his hand, for a long season;
even till the judgment shall fit, and the kingdom un“ der the whole heaven shall be given to the people
of the saints of the most High. He shall eralt himself ss and magnify himself above every God, and shall speak “ marvellous things against the God of Gods;- -Neither
jhall he regard (5) the God of his fathers, nor (6) the
desre of women, nor regard any God; for he shall mag. nify himself aboce all. And in his estate shall he honor
(7) the God of forces, and (8) a God whom his fathers “ knew not, fhall he honor.---Thus shall he do in the most
Jirong holds with a strange God whom he shall acknow
lege and increase with glory; and he shall cause them to “ rule over many, and Mall divide the land for gain. Suppose now all this to be spoken by Daniel
, of no“ thing more than the short persecution under Antio“chus Epiphanes ; which that it cannot be, I have “ fhown above. But fuppofe it were, and that it was “ all forged after the event: Yet this cannot be the case “ of St. Paul and St. John, who describe exactly a like
power, and in like words; speaking of things to come in the latter days, of things still future in their time, and of which there were then no footsteps, no appearance in the world.
The day of Christ, " faith St. Paul, shall not come, except there come a
falling away first, and that man of fin be revealed, the
fon of perdition : Who opposeth and exalteth himself above . “ all that is called God, or that is worshipped: fo that he,
as God, hitteth (9) in the temple of God, showing himself " that he is God :--Whose coming is after the working
of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, " and with all deceivableness of unrighteoufress. Again : " The Spirit speaketh expresly, that in the latter times fome shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing Spirits, and (i) doctrins of devils ;---Forbidding to marry,
and commanding to abstain from meats, &c. --St. John “: in like manner prophesies of a wild beast, or tyran“nical power, to whom was given great authority, and
a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies : And he (7) " God's protef?ors, as 'tis in “ citing this text, alleges the followo the margin of the Bible, or saints- “ ing words, as part of the text itself; protectors."
« εσολαι, γαρ, φησί, νεκροις' λα(8) “ Changing times and laws,
τω, Ισραελ « Ch. VII. 25; setting up new reli- " 8086agAno ay. For they fall be, “ gions."
says the apostle, worshippers of the 00) « 'Tis therefore a Christian « dead, even as the dead were an. " (not an Infidel) power, that he “ ciently worshipped in Ifrael. And “ here speaks of.”
“ he applies the whole to the wor(1) “ Do&trins concerning Demons, “ shippers of the blessed virgin. fic that is, ghosts or souls of (good or “ Hærer. ;8. Sect. 22." * bad) men departed. Epiphanius,
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