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15. “most High, and shall wear out the Saints, &c.
But as this is the latter end of a Vision, that
They are part of the first Vision which Daniel
18, " the Kingdom, and possess the Kingdom forSever, even for ever and ever,
The fame Series of History had been expressed as methodically, but not so particularly in the Vision which Nebuchadnezzar faw, and which
Daniel interpreted to him, and ended with telling Dan. Il. him, that “ The Great God had made known to
“the King what should come to pass hereafter.
The Vision of the third of Belshazzar, and VIII. X. XI. that of the third of Cyrus, ferve in most partiXII,
culars, to illustrate and explain that of the first Dan. VII of Belshazzar, and all these considered together,
are sufficient to clear up History, till the latter Period of the fourth Beast, and to make that more evident, what is in Daniel must be compared with the descriptions given by St. John in his
Revelations of The great Red Cragon, and of Rev.XII.
The Beast which rose up out of the Sea; and of Xll. 1
The other Beast which came up out of the Earth: XVII. 7. And of the Woman and the Beast that carrieth
Now that all these things may be considered in their proper place and order, there does not seem to be a more natural and eafy Method, than first to go through Nebuchadnezzar's Vision
of the great Image, with Daniel's interpretation of it, and then to resume the fame Subject as it is represented to Daniel himself under the figure of four Beasts, and there to take in the concurring places of Scripture which generally allude to that figure, and but seldom to Nebuchadnezzar's great Inage.
This last therefore as it is a compleat abridgment of it self, will give the moft familiar and easy notion of the main Scope of Daniel and St. John's Prophecies, and when that is well apprchended, it may be attempted with better Success to range in order the particular branches of them, and the circumstances which have attended the great turns and most remarkable changes which have happened in the World.
N the second Year of the Reign of Nebu..
“ chadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed
“ Then the King commanded to call the
Dreams, so they came and stood before the
“ Then spake the Chaldeans to the King in
« the thing is gone
will not make
Houses shall be made a Dunghill.
They answered again, and said, let the King “ tell his Servants the Dream, and we will shew “ the Interpretation of it.
“ The King answered and said, I know of “ certainty, that ye would gain the Time, because “ye see the thing is gone from me.
“But if ye will not make known unto me the “ Dream, there is but one decree for
ye have prepared Lying and Corrupt Words “ to speak before me, till the Time be changed, , “therefore tell me the Dream, and I shall know “ that ye can shew me the Interpretation thereof.
“ The Chaldeans answered before the King, " and said, there is not a Man upon the Earth