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BS 1556 - 52 1843

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1843

By S. H, COLESWORTHY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Maine

L, W. FENLEY---PRINTER,

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Contents.

Prophecies of Daniel—Popular views respecting

their application—The incorrectness of such in-

terpretations.

LECTURE III.

Revelation designed to be understood-Expectation

to render Daniel's Prophecies intelligible-Neb-

uchadnezzar's dream-Daniel's vision of Four

Beasts—Their representation of four great Mon-

archies, the Babylonion, Medo-Persian, Macedo-

nian, and Roman-Prophecies concerning them.

Introduction.

PROPHECY and its fulfilment is a monumental proof of the Divine authenticity of the Hebrew and Christian systems of religion. It is a foundation that defies the attack of every assailant. Inspiration is thereby fully demonstrated. No cavilling sophistry will ever be able to gainsay it. It carries with it the evidence of moral certainty, and must secure conviction. Every rational, candid student of Bible teachings must be constrained to admit the truth of Revelation. It would be a mystery more incomprehensible--a miracle more marvellous-a phenomenon more wonderful for the prophets to predict by the agency of human wisdom, such a concatenation of events as they have described; with all the detailed particularity and precision that characterize their narrations, than would be the intuition of Divine inspiration. The future is hid from sight, and all that man can know of it (except by revelation) is

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predicated on his knowledge of the action of fixed laws. These are so complex, the combinations are so constantly varying, and counter influences are so frequently changing, there is no certain data on which he can rely for determining what shall transpire hereafter. General cause and consequence in the physical world he may comprehend to some extent. But even in this department, he must measurably “walk by faith and not by sight.” Much less does he know of human nature, what will be the fortune and fate of individuals and nations; some things he may foresee with tolerable correctness, judging from the natral course of things, the rest is conjecture, and uncertainty. It is not in man, therefore, unaided by Heavenly suggestion, to disclose the secrets of the future so minutely, as have the ancient Prophets, and it would be unreasonable to deny their inspiration.The force of this argument has however, been much weakened by modes of interpretation adopted ; and occasion has been given for the infidel to sneer at the idea of Divine revelation. It is common for the Theologians of Europe and America to regard the following particulars so fully estabJished as to need no vindication, and hence,

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