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Den in The Chaff of the Summer Threshing Floor, 35. has an evid nt Allusion to the Time when our
Saviour was to come with a Fan in his Hand, Math. III. 12 that he may throughly Purge his Floor, and gather -111 the Wheat into his Garner, and burn up the Choff 30. 36. with unquenchable Fire. And to the Parable of 243: Burning the Tares of the Field, and to the Harvest siv. 14. of the Earth, that was Ripe, in St. John's Reve15. 16 lation.
Which Instances may serve at present for a Specimen of the Harmony and exact Conformity of the Figures used in Scripture in different places.
But as it is impracticable to discover all the Comparisons that may be made of this Vision of the Image, with other Passages, till the principal Vision which is Paralell to it, of the Four Berfts is explained, I fall proceed to give as particular an Explanation of that Vision, as I have of the Other, and then what' has been already Mgwn in a transient View, will be better Understood, and set in a much stronger Light.
SECT. SECT. V.
Daniel's Vision of the Four great Beasts.
“ N the first Year of Belshazzer King of
I « Babylon, Daniel had a Dream and Visions Dan. vii. « of his Head upon his Bed, then he wrote the " “ Dream, and told the Sum of the Matters.
« Daniel spake and said, I saw in my Vision “by Night, and behold the Four Winds of the « Heaven strove upon the great Sea.,
“And Four great Beasts came up from the “ Sea diverse one from another.
This is the first Vision, which we have an Account, was originally communicated to Daniel, : The four Winds of Heaven represent the Powers verf. of the World, as in Jeremiaha “Upon Elam will I bring the four Winds
Jer. « from the four Quarters of Heaven, and I will lix: 26. « scatter them towards all these Winds, and there « shall be no Nation, whither the Out-cafts of « Elam shall not come.”
The great Sea being the place where the natural Winds have their full play, it is a proper Metaphor, for that Extent of Country which is the Scene of these Winds in the Figurative Sence, which are the contending Nations of the World.
And in this sence Isaiah says: “The Wicked are lfa.Lvii. «
11. “ like the troubled Sea, when it cannot rest, 's whose Waters caft up Mire and Dirt.”
The word Beasts is afterwards explained. Dan, vii These great Beasts which are four, are four 17. “ Kings, which shall arise out of the Earth.”
And this being all the Interpretation, given in this Chapter, of the three first Beasts, I shall Interpret every one fingly, and, as I go along, consider what light other Chapters of Daniel afford to explain them.
The meaning then of this general abstract of the Vision is, that the great Contentions among the Nations of the World should produce Four great Empires different from one another, and
successive, as appears by what immediately follows. vii. 4. « The first was like a Lion, and had Eagles
(« Wings: and I beheld till the Wings thereof " were pluck't, and it was lifted up from the « Earth, and made stand upon the Feet as a Man, is and a lans Heart was given to it.
Jeremiah explains the Lions coming out of his Jer. IV. Thicket, by The Destroyer of the Gentiles being 7: on his way. And as the Lion was always reckoned the King of Beasts, so it was a natural Figure to represent the first Monarch, whom Daniel called a King of Kings: The rest of the descrip- Dan. II. tion is taken from a Passage in a Vision which 37. belongs to Nebuchadnezzar alone, which is thus expressed, : « The fame Hour was the thing fulfilled upon " Nebuchadnozzar, and he was driven from Men,
and her drive from Mon IV. 33. tc and did eat Grass as Oxen, and his Body was “wet with the Dew of Heaven, till his Hairs lc were grown like Eagles Feathers and his Nails « like Birds Claws.
“And at the end of the Days, I Nebuchado 34. a nezzai lift up mine Eyes unto Heaven, & mine « Understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the Mojt High, and I Praised and Honoured ,
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and indeed it would be impossible to do more in :: fo short a Compass as the bounds of a Chapter. Dan. « And behold another Bealt, a second like to VII, s. « a Bear, and it raised up itfelf, on one side, and
“it had three Ribs in the Mouth of it, betwech " the Teeth of it, and they faid thus unto it, Arise devour much Flesh.
Solomon explains this Figure of a Bear, w
that of a Lion, when he fays, Pron: As a roaring Lion and a ranging Bear, fo is o XVIII.
15. Wicked Ruler over the Poor People.