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THE 1260 years cannot have any connection with the persecutions of pagan
On the symbolical language of propbecy.
relation and correspondence, p. 65.-Symbols may be reduced into various classes. 1. Heaven, with its subordinate symbols, p. 64.–2. Earth, with its subordinate symbols, p. 65.-3. A city, with its subordinate symbols, p. 68.–4. A woman, p. 72.5. A vine, p. 73.-6. A beast, with its subordinate symbols, p. 73.
Concerning the scriptural phrases of the latter days, the last days, and the time of the end.
IN the old Testament, the phrases of the latter days, and the last days, are synonymous ; for the original expression, thus variously translated, is the end of days, p. 77.—The end of days denotes primarily any time yet to come, but secondarily the period of the Millennium, p. 78.-In the new Testament, the last days, when not spoken of prophetically, signify, the whole period of the Gospel dispensation, p. 80.-But, when the latter days, and the last days, are spoken of prophetically, then they bear two entirely distinct significations, p. 80.- In this case, the latter days import the reign of superstition, which continues during the greater part of the Apostacy : while the last days mean the reign of Atheism and Infidelity, which openly commences under the last woe-trumpet towards the termination of the Apostacy, p. 81.
The propriety of this distinction appears from a survey of the different prophecies professedly descriptive of tbe latter days and the last days, p. 82.–What we are to understand by the term Antichrist, p. 87.—The time of the end is the termination of the 1260 days; and it apparently extends through the 75 years, which intervene between that termination and the commencement of the Millennium, being the period of God's great controversy with his enemies, p. 91.
Concerning the two first prophecies of Daniel, and the little born of the fourth beast.
FROM the days of Nebuchadnezzar to the commencement of the Millennium, there are to be no more than four empires, universal so far as the Church is concerned: the Babylonian ; the Medo-Persian ; the Macedonian ; and the Roman, p. 98.—These are doubly symbolized by the different parts of a large human image, and by four distinct beasts, p. 98.—The last or Roman beast is described as have ing ten horns, and a little horn rising up among and behind them, p. 99.-- The history of the little horn is not an epitome of the whole history of Antichrist, considered as Papal, Mohammedan, and Infidel, p. 102.—Nor is the little horn itself revolutionary France, p. 106.—On the contrary, it is the Papacy, p. 117.—Yet it caunot be the temporal kingdom of the Papacy; but must be that spiritual kingdom of the Bishop of Rome, which, small as it originally was, grew at length into a catholic spiritual empire, symbolized by the second beast of the Apocalypse, p. 117.-It was to arise during the period that the Roman empire was divided into ten kingdoms, p. 119.— It was to be harmless during the first part of its existence ; but, after the saints had been given by the secular power into its hand, it was to become an universal ecclesiastical tyrant, utterly offensive in the eyes of God, p. 119.-At the period of their being thus given into its hand, the 1260 days of the great Apostacy of the man of sin, considered in its dominant state, commenced, p. 120,
respondence of the character of the little horn with the character of the Papacy, p. 197.—The three horns, which were to be plucked up before the little horn, are not the Greek sovereignty in Italy, the kingdom of the Lombards, and the western imperial authority in Italy, p. 131.–Neither are they the Exarchate of Ravenna, the kingdom of the Lombards, and the state of Rome, p. 132.-But they are the kingdom of the Heruli, the kingdom of the Ostrogoths, and the kingdom of the Lombards, p. 135.- The body of the fourth beast comprehends the whole Roman empire, both in the East and in the West, p. 144.—But the ten horns are to be sought for only in the West, p. 144,-For the Constantinopolitan Emperor was the representative of the sixth head, and consequently cannot be esteemed one of the ten børns likewise, p. 145.—The ten horns are the ten kingdoms, into which the Empire was originally divided, p. 148.
Concerning the vision of the ram and the beagoat, and the little born of the be-goat.
THE ram symbolizes the same power as the bear in the preceding vision ; and the he-goat, the same as the leopard : the ram therefore is the Medo-Persian empire; and the he-goat, the Macedonian, p. 149.—The great horn of the he-goat is the imperial dynasty of Alexander, p. 150.- His four horns are the four Greek kingdoms erected by Cassander, Lysimachus, Ptolemy, and Seleucus, p. 150.-- The Little horn of the he-goat is not Antiochus Epiphanes, p. 151.- Neither is it the Roman power in Macedon and the East, p. 151.-Nor is it a compound symbol, typifying at once Antiochus Epiphanes, the Roman power in the East, Mohammedism, and the infidel republic of France, p. 158.—But it relates to Mohammedism alone : because nothing, except the spiritual empire of Mohammed, corresponds with it in every particular, local, circumstantial, and chronological, p. 159.—The tyrannical reign of both the spiritual little horns, Papal and Mohammedan, is to be dated from tbe same year 606, p. 163.-The propriety of fixing upon this date shewn, both from the circumstance of the saints having been delivered into the hand of the Papal horn in this very year, and from its being the only date which will make all the prophetic numbers of Daniel harmonize together, p. 164.- Date of the vision of the ram and the he-goat ascertained by a computation deduced from the year 606, p. 173. The character of the little horn of the he-goat perfectly corresponds with the character of Mohammedism in every particular, p. 185.—Whence it is concluded, that it symbolizes Mohammedism and nothing but Mohammedism, p. 211.
Concerning Daniel's last vision, and the king wbo magnified himself above every god.
THE first part of this prophecy is both unconnected with the period of the 1260 days, and has been so amply and satisfactorily explained by Bp. Newton, that it is impossible to add any new observations to those which he has already made, p. 212.- But the second part is attended with considerable difficulties, p. 213.. What power did Daniel mean to describe under the character of the king, who was to magnify himself above every god ? p. 213. He is not a compound power, including both the Eastern Emperors and Western Popes, p. 215, 216–Neither is he a double type; relating primarily to the Papacy, and ultimately either to Mohammedism or Infidelity, p. 214, 235.-What are we to understand by his disregarding the desire of women ? p. 225.He cannot be the same power as the man of sin, p. 230.—The power, which he typifies, must be sought for after the Reformation, as appears from the chronological series of events detailed by Daniel previous to the first mention of him, p. 221, 234.-It must likewise be sought for, as is manifest from the character of the king, in the last days of Atheism and Infidelity, p. 225.-- The king however is not to be like the mockers of the last days, any single individual, but a nation composed of individuals who openly profess the principles of the mockers, p. 238.–This nation is revolutionary France, the long-predicted Antichrist, p. 240.—The Atheism of France, p. 241.—Her worship, notwithstanding this Atheism, of a foreign god and tutelary deities, p. 241.-In what manner she caused her foreign god, and the upholders of her tutelary deities, to rule over many, p. 243.-In what manner she honoured them with desirable things, p. 247.-In what manner she has divided the land among the upholders of her tutelary deities for a price, p. 248.-Although the principles of Antichrist were working even in the apostolic age, yet eventually the main cause of his success in propagating his blasphemous opinions was the corruption of the truth by Popery, p. 249.-I was predicted however, that some of those, who had clean escaped from them that live in error, should be deluded by the false teachers of the last days, p. 251.
This accordingly has happened in various protestant countries, p. 251.-The possible objection, that the French have again professed themselves Christians, answered, p. 251.-1. The established religion in France is a mere political puppet, p. 251.-2. The prophecies, relative to the duration of the great dominant Apostacy, could not have been accomplished, unless Antichrist had become the avowed supporter of it, p. 252.-3. The prophecies, relative to the great events which are about to take place at the close of the 1260 years, could not have been exactly fulfilled, unless Antichrist, at some period or another of his existence, had actually leagued himself with the Papacy, p. 253.—The wars of the infidel king with the kings of the North and the South are not to take place till the time of the end, and consequently are still future, p. 256.-Such likewise is the case with his invasion of Palestine, and his destruction there, at the period of the restoration of the Jews, p. 267.
Of the four first apocalyptic trumpets. THE seven apocalyptic trumpets may be divided into the four, which prepare
way for the revelation of the man of sin; and the three which comprehend the whole history of the Apostacy in its dominant state both in the East and in the West, and which are styled woc-trumpets, p. 270.—The silence at the opening of the seventh seal indicates the anxious expectation of the troubles about to be produced by the sounding of the trumpets, p. 271.-By the sounding of the four first trumpets, he, that letted or prevented the revelation of the man of sin, is taken out of the way, p. 273.-At the sounding of the first trumpet, the northern nations, under Alaric, Radagaisus, and Attila, overrun the Roman empire, p. 273.–At the sounding of the second, Genseric king of the Vandals assaults the Western Empire from the South, and hurls it from its base, like a huge blazing mountain, p. 278.-At the sounding of the third, the line of the Western Cesars becomes extinct in the person of Augustulus, p. 280.--At the sounding of the fourth, the Roman Empire, considered as one great whole, experiences an eclipse of its power and splendor, by the downfall of its Western half, p. 282.-Statement of the grounds, on which this explanation of the four first trumpets is adopted in preference to that of Bp. Newton,
Of the three laut apocalyptic trumpets, or, as they are
peculiarly styled, tbe three woc-trumpets. THE prophecy here divides itself into two distinct lines, treating severally of the Eastern and Western branches of the great Apostacy, p. 285.— The first of the three woe-trumpets describes the commencement of the dominance of the two fold Apostacy, p. 286.-The second represents it in the zenith of its power, till the primary and only partial manifestation of Antichrist, p. 286.—The third exhibits its downfall, displaying at the same time the multiplied horrors of the harvest and vintage of the Lord, or the uncontrolled reign of the atheistical king and his subsequent destruction along with the other enemies of God, p. 286.
Concerning the effects of the two first woe-trumpets in the East.
AT the sounding of the fifth trumpet, or the first woe-trumpet, in the East, the Apostate star Sergius opens the door of the bottomless pit, and lets out the impostor Mohammed with his Saracenic locusts, p. 287.-At the sounding of the sixth trumpet, or the second woe-trumpet, the four Sultanies of the Turkish horsemen are loosed from the river Euphrates ; and, in due season, slay the third part of men, or subvert the Constantinopolitan monarchy, p. 291.