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shall not escape ; but he shall have dominion over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the desirable things of Egypt ; and the Libyans and Ethiopians shall be in his steps. But rumours shall disturb him from the east, and from the north ; therefore he shall go forth in great fury to destroy and devote to utter perdition many. And he fhall fix the tents of his pavilion between the scas in the mountain of the glory of holiness yet, he shall come to his end, and no one shall help him. Moreover' at that time shall rise up Michael, the great prince that standeth up for the children of thy people ; then shall there be a time of trouble, such as never was fince the existence of a nation until this time; and in this time shall the people escapek, every one that is found written in the book. Then multitudes that fleep in the dust of the ground shall awake, fome to life everlasting, and others to reproaches, to confufion eyer
* By this passage I apprehend is meant, not only the return of the Jews from their dispersion, but the “ escape'a of the holy people of God, not only Jews, but Gentile Chrikians; according to many passages in Scripture relative to that time, which indicate that at this time of peculiar judgment, the good shall be distinguished from the wicked. Şee our Lord's predictions and revela. tions, &c.
lasting. And thofe that have wisely instructed shall shine like the fplendor of the firmament, and those that have made many righteous, like the stars for ever and ever. But thou, Daniel, close the words, and feal up the book, until the time of the end: when many Ihall have searched diligently, and knowledge shall be increased."
The accomplishment which the former part of this Prophecy has received in the Papal power, and in the conquests of the Mahometan power, is confessedly accurate but much remains to be fulfilled; and many reafons might be produced to authorize the conjecturė, that even that part of the Prophecy which has been so decidedly fulfilled will hereafter receive a more full and perfect accomplishment. -The change is fo abrupt, that it is yet difficult to decide, whether by “ He shall enter also into the land of glory," be meant “ the king of the north” [the Turks in particular), or “ the king” first mentioned, that is, the power of Antichrift, which is the principal subject of the Prophecy, in another form'. --Of one thing however we are certain, that the “ end” of this king, whether Mahometan, or Infidel, is to be exactly similar to the end of the Grecian little horn, and the horn of the fourib beast in the former visions ; “ yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." We may likewise presume, that the end of this king shall take place at the Same time with that of these little horns, and with the recal of the Jews from their disperfion, which is mentioned according to the angel's promise to inform Daniel “ what should befal his people in the latter days."
i Dr. Doddridge, remarks, in his note on our Lord's Prophecy, “ Jerusalem shall be trodden down, till the Aa3
time time of the Gentiles be fulfilled," that “ the cime of the Gentiles," means “ the time when they shall be visited, and punished," and this accords with the time of the reign of Antichrist. He farther observes, “ Thus the Turks, or fome other Antichriftian Power, may continue pofseffed of the Holy Land till the restoration of the Jews: for we can hardly suppose their way to it should then be opened by the conquest of a Chriftian power.”.
The conjecture therefore that these are all branches of the SAME power, that must together die, when their root is destroyed, is thus far confirmed. ..
The ÎNFIDEL Power a third Branch or Form
of Antichrift shewn to be predicted by Daniel.
I shall now take leave to suppose that I have Thewn the Mahometan as well as the Papal Antichrist to be clearly depicted in the Prophecies of Daniel. - It remains to be examined whether the Infidel Antichrist was not as accurately drawn in the picture, though unobserved till the strong reflected light thrown upon it by recent events, brought out the lines. The objects first in chronological order were first presented to our view. And that this sketch of the Infidel power, which we shall find was afterwards more minutely finished, was not intended to be discovered till near the time of the end--the time for its appearance, is, I think, evident from the injunction of the angelic messenger. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end m” -- then“ many shall run to and fro; and knowledge shall increase.”- And when Daniel “ heard” the declaration of the angel concerning “ the time of the end
of these wonders, but understood not," and · asked for an explanation, he was answered,
“ Gó thy way, Daniel : for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall (then) be purified and made white and tried: but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall underftand, but the wife shall understand” -or as Wintle renders this passage, “ But though none of the wicked will attend, those of understand ing shall attend.” How far the present cira cumstances of the world indicate the arrival of this promised period of increasing knowledge of the Prophetic writings, it well becomes each in his generation to consider.
The Reader will recollect, that when we considered the vision of the beasts,' and the little horn which arose among or after the ten horns, it was observed that this vifion probably contained a description of the whole of Antichrift". The distinct pictures which we have since feen of the Mahometan and Papal Forms of this power, appear to confirm this idea. And when we reflect upon the superior folemnity of the conclufion of
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