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Its raising it self on one side, is more fully
• In thethird Year of the Reign of King Bel-
« And I saw in a Vision, and it came to pass
Palace, which is in the Province of Elam, and « I saw in a Vision, and I was by the River of « Ulai.
• Then I lifted up mine Eyes, and saw, and te behold, there stood before the River a Ram e which had two Horns, and the two Horns
were high, but one was higher than the other, “ and the higher came up last.
Which higher is plainly Persia, and the fame
« The Ram which thou fawest having two
The Figure of the three Ribs in the Mouth of VII. 5. it, which said unto it, Arise devout much Flesh
is explained in the Vision of the third of Cyrus, XI. 1.
Also, I in the first Year of T. arius, the, Mede, “even I stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
" And now will I few theethe Truth, Behold, “ there shall stand up yet Three Kings in Persia, “ and the Fourth shall be far Richer than they
all, and by his Strength, thro’ his Riches, he " shall stir
up all against the Realm of Grecia: These Three Kings were Cyrus, Cambyses, and Darius Hiftafpes, who stood up after Cyaxares,
here called Darius the Mede, and were great VII. Conquerors, and are therefore called Three Ribs,
which probably mean Jaw-Bones with rows of Teeth, as it is said Crocodiles have, one within another; and these are very proper to devour much Flesh.
The reason why the Fourth is not reckoned among them, is, because the first three only
advanced or aggrandized the Monarchy. But XI 2. Xerxes, tho Stronger and Richer than they, yet by, provoking Greece, laid a Fountation for
the Ruin of what the others had Built up; and
Now when Xerxes pushed Westward he was
VII. 6, “ Leopard, which had upon the back of it Four
Wings of a Fowl; the Beast' had also Four
A Leopard. is the swiftest of all the Beasts of
A Fowl is likewise a Figure of a Deftroying
others, of the same Force. Jer.
....." And I will appoint over them Four Kinds, XV. 3.," saith the Lord, the Sword to Slay, and the
Dogs to Tear, and the Fowls of Heaven, and " the Beafts of the Earth, to devour and destroj.
« And I will cause them to be removed into *all Kingdoms of the Earth, because of Ma“nafseb, &c.
And Wings are used, as the Image naturally imports, for the Extensiveness of a Country or
Dominion, as it is imployed by Isaiah, 1a. XI. : And gather together the Dispersed of Judah
from the Four Corners (the Original is Wings) of the Earth. :
So that what is meant so far, is that the Grecian : Power should begin with a Rapid Conquest, and then be divided into Four Parts, which
should extend towards all the Corners of the i Earth.
But here follows another Figure, which ought not to be confounded with what
Dan. The Beaft had alfo Four Heads..
Vil. This Character of Heads, is explained by St. Fohn in the Discription of the Fourth Beast.
« The Seven Heads, are Seven Mountains. , Rev.
“ And there are Seven Kings, Five are faln, XVI. 9, « One is, and Another is not yet come.
" Which Aould be rendred, Andere Seven Kings, for(there)
not in the Greek.
Now since St. John is fe exact an Interpreter of Daniel in the sequel of this Vision, it ought to be allowed, that where-ever Daniel is not particular enough to explain his own Terms, St. John is always to be admitted to explain them..
Aal therefore as the Seven Heads are generally allowed by the beft Interpret:rs to mean Seven Forms of Government, which the Fourth Beast camo onder successively, so the Four Heads may well be supposed to mean the same thing of the Third Beast.
But this will seem still more likely, when we consider, how this Vision agrees with the Defcription of the same Empreunder the Figure of a He-Goat.