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be done, Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his. estate shall he honour. the God of forces; and a God whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleafant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange God, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory : and he shall cause them to rule over mary, and shall divide the land for gain. And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen,'. and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and. pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch i forth his hand also upon the countries : and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he: Thall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the
east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palaces between the feas, in the glorious holy mountain ; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”
“ And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, fome to everlasting life, and fome to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever.” The application of this Prophecy to the Papal Antichrist — to the conquests of the Saracen king of the south, and the Turkish king of the north, over the holy land and many other countries—the escape of Arabia, and the subjection of Egypt and Barbary have been clearly, I had almost said indisputably, established by many
learned Commentators. But how far this Prophecy may be considered as a double type of Antichrist, and how much may be Tupposed to be yet future, are questions that can only be decided by a careful comparison with other Prophecies respecting the same period, and by the course of events which time shall bring to light. Mr. Wintle's translation gives a more clear view of what I consider as the primary object of this Prophecy, than the common one; I shall therefore beg leave to state it, with a few observations connected with the leading ideas of this chapter.
“ For fill, for an appointed time, a (or the king shall even act according to his will, and shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and against the God of gods Thall he speak marvellously, and shall prosper until the completion of the indignation : for the decision is made."
This “ king" is constantly allowed to mean Antichrist, who shall possess himself of the Roman power of which the angel has been speaking, and assume despotic authority both in civil and religious matters, and shall occasionally exalt himself above all laws human • VOL. I.
and divine. Yet it shall prosper till the ina dignation shall be completed; that is, probably till the days of vengeance against the Jews fhall be accomplished “, “ and the fulness of the Gentiles shall be come in ;" for till then “ the witnesses are to prophesy in fackcloth ;" or the church is to remain in a state of suffer, ing and trial.--" Also to the gods of his fathers shall he not attend.” This power, though not a faithful worshipper of the true God, shall pay no attention to the polytheism of his Roman ancestors - he shall not attend either to the established Christian religion, but shall corrupt it with his own vitiated mixtures ;-—"nor to the desire of women, nor to any god shall he attend, but shall magnify himself above all.” “ The defire of women” is interpreted by Mr. Mede and Bishop Newton, as relating to the conjugal ftate, or the desire or affection for wives; and seems to be placed in this description of Antichrist, not merely as a striking featurę of Monkish and Papal institutions, but to diftinguish this power from the Mahometan horn described in the former vision. A dif regard to the holy institution of marriage is indeed strikingly applicable to both Popery
and Infidelity — but not to Mahometanism, where it is held in high estimation, according to antient customs and eastern manners“ Yet near to God, in his stead shall he honour Mahuzzim (or God's protectors] even near the God whon his FATHERS [the antient Romans] knew not, shall he do honour, with gold and with silver, and with precious stones, and with the most desirable things. And he shall provide for fortresses of Mahuzzim, together with God, whom he shall certainly honour, and cause them to have dominion over many; for the land will he diftribute at a price i. But at the time of the end, a king of the south shall push at him ; also a king of the north shall tempestuously rush upon him with chariots and with horsemen, and with a large fleet, and shall enter 'into the countries, and Mall overflow and pass through. He shall enter also into the land of glory, and though many shall be ruined, there shall escape out of his hand Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the Ammonites. Yet when he shall extend his power over the countries, the land of Egypt
i For the application of this most accurate description of the Papal power of Antichrist, I refer the Reader to the following Chapter upon that subject. A a 2