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Dead, yet the Living Princes of the World had
The Address which the Wise Men made to
The Petition of the Princes to Darius, to VI. 6. whom they also said, King Darius, live for ever, was to make a firm Decree, That whosoever shall ask a Petition of any God or Man for Thirty Days, fave of thee, O King, shall be cast into the Den of Lyons.
Which placed him in the stead of the Gods for that Time, and shews, that it was the Practice of the Persians to treat their Princes as Gods, while they were alive. In like manner, Alexander made himself be Worshipped as the Son of Jupiter Ammon, and the Roman Emperours, Auguftus and Domitian, while alive, were called Divi or Gods; And it grew a Custom after the Antonines, to adore the Emperours Pictures, which were fixed on the Standards of H
the Army. So that the Idolizing of Princes in their Life Times, was practised under all the four Monarchies.
And thus it appears, that the Great Idol in L'aniel, was very properly used as a Reprefentation of the Grand Imposture under living Princes, who were Worshipped as Gods, which was to continue to deceive the whole World from Daniel's Time forward; and which St. John Expresses in another Figure, Representing only
what was to come after his Time, by Rev
A. Red 7 ragen having Seven Heads and Ten Xi1. 3. Horns: of which he afterwards says, And the
great Dragon was cast out, that Old Serpent, called, the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole World
By which it appears, that the like Delufion
had commenced long before the Period, of the aral as
that at the Instigation of the Serpent, that is,
the Spirit of Ambition, and the love of Absolute Gen. III. Power, Man would be as Gods, knowing good S. and evil: When he withdrew himself from his
het inligto tiempo
Obedience to God who had created him for
The like Crime is Recorded of Lamech.
It was not long after the Deluge, when among the Descendants of Ham, there arose Nimrod, who began to be a Mighty One in the Earth, and X. 8.10. whose Kingdom was at Babel (which is the same word in the Original that is elsewhere rendred Babylon) where they
attempted to Build a City xl. 4. and a Tower, whose Top might reach to Heaven, and to make them a Name, left they should be Scattered abroad over the Face of the whole Earth. And this design was directly in Opposition to Gods Command: Replenish the Earth: But that they set aside; and would have nothing Refirind 21.6
from them, which they had imagined to do.
And we find the fame Ambitious Arbitrary Power afterwards Remarkably exercised by the Pharaohs; and in process of Time, sometimes Egypt, and sometimes Asyria had the greatest part of the World under them, till the Kingdom of Babylon was set up, which made the Golden Head in the great Image. And thus by a short
View of Ancient History, we fee what had Rev. X1.9.
been all along the Idolatry that had deceived the Dan. Il. whole World: Which Daniel and St. John allude
to in the great Image, and the Old Serpent.
II. It must be observed in the Second place, That the Image is fupposed to remain entire in all its parts,
« Till that a Stone was cut out “ without Hands, which smote the Image upon « his Feet, that were of Iron and Clay, and “ brake them to Pieces.
“ Then was the Iron, the Clay, the Brass, « the Silver and the Gold broken to pieces
together, and became like the Chaff of the « Summer Threshing Floors, and the Wind
« carried chem away, that no place was found
The design of this is plainly to thew, that the
Rev. Beaft in St. John, That rises upout of the Sea: which
Which will appear to be the Beasts that
Now this shews, how properly there ought
2 Theil. fitteth in the Temple of God, as God, without being alhamed.