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on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusa“ Jem shall be inhabited again, in her own place. “ -And it shall come to pass in that day, that I “ will seek to destroy all the nations that come “ against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the “ house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Je. “ rusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications, “ and they shall look upon him* whom they have “ pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one " that mourneth for his only son, and shall be in “ bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for « his first-born.

Daniel also diftin&tly foretells the same event, and he seems to connect it with the destruction of a power, which, from his description of its rise and progress, most interpreters conclude must mean the Turkish, which has so long been in pofsession of the Holy Land. Whenever, therefore, this signal event shall take place (which is likewise, probably, denoted by the pouring out of the fixth vial in the book of the Revelation) we may be looking forward for some other very great and glorious events, but which will be preceded by some very calamitous ones, respecting almost all the known world, as the following prophecy, together with others in the Revelation, plainly inti

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* For the authority of this reading, see Mr. Eyre's Observations en the Prophecies relating to the Reforation of the Jews.

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Dan, xi. 40.

" And at the time of the end, « Ihall the king of the south (the Saracens) push " at him (the Roman empire) and the king of the “ north (the Turks) shall come against him like a “ whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, “ and with many thips, and he shall enter into the « countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He " Thall enter also into the glorious land, and many « countries shall be overthrown: but these Thall «6 escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, « and the chief of the children of Ammon. He 66 fall stretch forth his hand also upon the coun« tries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. « But he shall have power over the treasures of “ gold and of filvers and over all the precious “ things of Egypt: and the Libyans, and the « Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings « out of the east, and out of the north shall trou. « ble him : therefore, he shall go forth with great “ fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. « And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace " between the seas, in the glorious holy moun“ tain : yet he Thall come to his end, and none 66 fall help him. And at that time shall Michael u stand up, the great prince who ftandeth for the « children of thy people, and there shall be a time “ of trouble, such as never was since there was a « nation, even to that same time : and at that

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“ time thy people thall be delivered, every one that 66 Thall be found written in the book.”

That great calamitous events await the present governments of Europe, seems to be sufficiently evident without a spirit of prophecy. “The state “ of Europe,” as Dr. Hartley observes (see his Observations on Man. vol. ii. p. 455.) is so particularly “ critical and alarming, that hardly any “ thing less than universal confusion must be the “ consequence; and if famine and pestilence “ should accompany civil commotions, it will in“ deed be a time of trouble, as Daniel says, such

as was never known before.”

The present kingdoms of Europe are unquestionably represented by the feet and toes of the great image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in his prophetical dream; and upon the feet of this image will fall the stone, cut out of the mountain without hands, which represents the kingdom to be set up. by Christ, and which, after dashing in pieces the whole image, will itself become a great mountain, filling the whole earth. From Daniel's interpretation of this vision it may be clearly inferred, that the forms of government, ecclefiaftical and civil, which now subsist in Europe, must be dissolved ; but that something very different from them, and greatly superior to them, more favourable to the virtue and happiness of mankind, will take place in their stead. That this is the meaning of the

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prophecy can bardly be doubted by any person who Thall give the least attention to it. Dan. ii. 44. “ And in the days of these kings shall the God of " heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be « destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to « other people, but it shall break in pieces, and « consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand « for ever.”

When the prophetical thousand years abovementioned thall be expired, we are informed, by the same spirit of prophecy, that there will be another prevalence of infidelity and wickedness, which will bring on the last crisis and final dissolution of the world. The following is the prophetical de scription of this great event. Rev. xx. 7.. “ And " when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall " be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to 6 deceive the nations, which are in the four quaro ters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather “ them together to battle: the number of whom “ is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on “ the breadth of the earth, and compassed the “ camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: 66 and fire came down from God out of heaven, “ and devoured them. And the devil that de“ ceived them was cast into the lake of fire and “ brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet “ are, and shall be tormented day and night for

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ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, " and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth " and the heaven Aed away, and there was found “ no place for them. And I saw the dead, small " and great, stand before God; and the books “ were opened : and another book was opened, " which is the book of life: and the dead were

judged out of those things which were written in " the books, according to their works. And the “ sea gave up the dead which were in it; and “ death, and the grave delivered up the dead 66 which were in them: and they were judged “ every man according to their works.--And I « saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first “ heaven and the first earth were passed away.”

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