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into the Countries [belonging to that Empire,) and
Hag. ii. 6.-9. Thus faith the Lord of Host, yet once and I will shake the Heavens, and the Earth, and the Sea, and the dry Land ; and I will shake all Nations, and the Elect of all the Nations, shall come: and I will fill this House with Glory, faith the Lord of Hofts. The Silver is mine, and the Gold is mine, saith the Lord of Hofts. The Glory of this last House shall be greater than of the first, faith the Lord of Hosts.. And in this place will I give Peace, faith the Lord of Hofts; and to
obtain Peace of Soul to every one that builds, in order to raise up this Temple. Behold, they that. destroyed this Temple, they themselves shall build it. And it shall come to pass in the last Days, the Lord will deliver the Sheep of his Pasture, and the Sheepfold, and their Tower to Destruction. And it shall come to pass, that, when a Week is fully come, the Temple of God shall be built gloriously in the Name of the Lord. [See Lit, Accomp. of Proph. Pag, 24. 25.)
Now the principal Events foretold here by Joel, and Daniel, and Haggai, as generally prior to the Restoration of the Jews, are these twenty-nine that follow, going on with the former Numbers.
(15.) That there should be seen bloody, and fiery Meteors in the Heavens.
(16.) That there should be seen Pillars of Smoke, or the Tails of several Comets there.
(17.) That there should be great Eclipses of the Sun.
(18.). That there should be great Eclipses of the Moon.
(19.) That, long before these Times, the Saracens should fall upon the Roman Empire with great Success.
(20.) That after them the Turks should do the fame.
(21.) That these Turks should conquer many Countries.
(22.). Particularly, that they should conquer Judea, and the neighbouring Countries.
(23.) Yet were they not to conquer the wild Arabs.
(24.) They were to conquer other Countries also. (25.) They were particularly to conquer Egypt:
(26.) They were to possess all the Treasures of Egypt.
(27.) The Algerines and Arabians were also to be at their Devotion,
(28.) They should, after all, hear difagreeable News from the East.
(29.) As also from the North.
(30.) They were at length to go out with great Fury, to destroy many, before they were driven from Conftantinople.
(31.) They were, however, at last, to be driven from Conftantinople into Judea, and there to plant their Royal Pavilion on a glorious Holy Moun. tain.
(32.) Where they were to perill, without Help
(33.). There were to be now great Concussions and Changes in the Supreme Rulers of the World.
(34.) There were to be the like Concussions and Changes in the Subordinate Rulers of the World.
(35.) There were to be great Concuffions or Storms at Sea.
(36.) There were to be great Concusions, or Earthquakes at Land.
(37.) There were to be Concussions of all Nations.
(38.) The Jews are to rebuild their Temple of Jerusalem. (39.) This Temple is to be a very glorious one.
(40.) Even more glorious than Solomon's Temple.
(41.) God will give Peace, by the Meshab, in this Temple.
(42.) Those that formerly destroyed this Temple fall rebuild it again.
(43.) The Rebuilding of this Temple is to be when the seventh Millinery is beginning.
I now proceed to the Prophecies of Efdras, taken out of what our English Bible calls the Second Book of Apocryphal Esdras; but by the vulgar Latin, which I follow, the fourth Book of that Esdras ; which Book has been but lately discovered to be a genuine Prophetick Book of the Old Testament. Nor ought the inquisitive Reader to be moved with the fictitious Title given this, and other excellent and genuine Books of the Old Testament of Apocryphal. All the oldest Copies of every one of those Books, I mean the Vulgar Latin Copies, the Vatican, and the Alexandrian MSS. knowing nothing of that groundless Appellation ; but placing these Books among the other Canonical Books, without
such Distinction ; that Appellation being only deriv'd from Jerom's foolish Rashness near 400 Years after the Days of our Saviour.
4. Efdras v. I-13. Vulgar Latin Copy.
Arabick Copy. 1. Nevertheless, as con 1. Now, as concerncerning the 'Tokens, Be- ing the Tokens of the hold the Days come, Times, Behold I shall that they which dwell make thee to know, that
Vulgar Latin Copy Arabick Copy:
upon the Earth shall be, there shall come Days in taken in great Number, which they that underor found
with great stand shall be removed Wealth, and the Way of from the Earth, and the Truth shall be hidden; i way of Righteousness and the Land shall be · shall be hid ; and the barren of Faith.
Land shall be left barren
of Faith. 2. But Iniquity shall 2. But Iniquity shall be be increafed, above that increased, above that which thou now feest, which thou now feest, or or that thou hast heard that thou haft: heard
long ago. And the Way shall be rough, not trodden; and there shalj be no Guide ; and there shall be great Disturbance in many Places, from those of these Kings
which thou shalt see. ? 3. And the Land,
3. And the
the Land that thou feeft or that shall be defolate. thou now treadest upon, and feest, now to have Root, shalt thou see wasted suddenly.
4. But if the the most 4. And if the most High grant thee to live, High forbeareth the thou shalt see, after the Land to this Term, thou third Trumpet, that the shalt fee, after these