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broken by their last decisive overthrow in the val. ley of the Lord's judgment. 12. The third part of the bestial confederacy wil be spared and converted. 13. This third par will be scattered among the nations, and will be instrumental in preparing the way for the retoration and conver sion of the ten tribes. 14. Me tên tribes will be restored and will be for ever united with the tribe of Judah, so as to form with it only one nation. 15. At the end of 75 years, after the termination of the 1260 years, the season of millennian rest, will commence *


Though I am unable to assent to tle ingenious Mr. King's scheme of apocalyptic interpretation, his remarks upon Pales, tine, considered as the centre of the millennian empire of. Christ upon earth, are highly worthy of notice. “ How ca

pable this country is of a more univeral intercourse, than « any other, with all parts of the earth, is most remarkable; 6 and deserves well to be considered, wen we read the nua " merous prophecies which speak of its kiture splendour and “ greatness, when its people shall at lenga be gathered from « all parts of the earth unto which they an scattered, and be “ restored to their own land. There is no region in the 66 world, to which an access from all pars is so open. By.

means of the Black sea, and the Medierranean, there is “ an easy approach from all parts of Eurpe, from a great

part of Africa, and from America. By heans of the Red

sea, and the Persian gulf, and the well-hown roads from " theoce, there is an approach from the res of Africa, from 66 the East Indies, and from the Isles. And lastly, by means “ of the Caspian, the Lake or Sea of Baykal, and the near 66 communication of many great rivers, the approach is faci* litated from all the northern parts of Tatary. In short,


All these matters are clearly predicted by the , prophets. The manner, in which they will be accomplished, affords a vast field for conjecture : but their accomplishment iself is no vain speculation : in God's own good ime, that must take place : how it will take plac, we know not beyond what is revealed. Respecing the yet future and mysterious Millennium, he less that is said the better. That it will be a seaon of great holiness and great blessedness, is cert:in; and that “ the kingdom, " and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom

under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High *,” when

“ if a skilful geograph:r were to sit down to devise the fittest « spot on the globe or universal empire ; or rather, a spot, " where all the great.ntercourses of human life should uni

versally centre ; ant from whence the extended effects of

universal benevolnce and good-will should fow to all & parts of the earth and where universal and united homage « should be paid, vith one consent, to the Most High ; he « could not find apther so well suited, in all circumstances,

as that which is vith emphasis called The Holy Land. These « observations perhps may not deserve great weight, but they « ought not to be 'holly neglected; especially when it is con« sidered, how mny passages of Scripture there are, which “ plainly declare, that the time shall at length come, when " Zion shall be the joy of the whole earth.” Note to Hymns to the Supreme Bing. p. 126.

* Dan. vii. 27. The expression under the whole heaven plainly shews, that the pophet is speaking of an earthly kingdom : and this kingdom is ridently the same as the apocalyptic millennian kingdom; which,in a similar manner, is to succeed the tyranny of the ten-hornedbcast, and which is to be seated, not in heaven, but upon earth. Compare Rev. xx,

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" that season commences, is equally certain : further than this we know nothing definitely. “The " secret things belong unto :he Lord our God: “ but those things which are revealed belong unto

us and to our children for ever, that we may do " all the words of this Law *."

* Deut. xxix. 24


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FROM what has been said we learn, that the 1260 days are the appointed hour of the powers of darkness, the space of time allotted for the prevalence both of Popery and Mohammedism and for the short-lived triumph of Antichrist.

I. In the year 606, the saints seem to have been first given by the secular power of the Roman empire into the hand of the Papal little horn; consequently from this year the 1260 days ought most probably to be computed. The desolating revolt of the East however, after its completion by the rise of Mohammedism, is destined to prevail during the same space of time, that the Papal little horn is permitted to reign. Hence, in order that the two periods of 1260 years each might be made to synchronize together, it seemed necessary, that Mohammedism, the completion of the eastern revolt, should first make its appearance in the very year that the saints were delivered into the hand of the Papal little 'horn. Accordingly we find, that it


did first make its appearance in that year; for the year 606 is the most proper date of the Mohammedan imposture, because in that year Mohammed first retired to the cave of Hera.

1. The Papal horn arose, as we have seen, af the precise time when Daniel predicted that it should arise; namely, while the Roman empire was falling asunder, and while ien independent kingdoms were springing up out of its ruins. It arose gradually and almost imperceptibly, among and behind the ten horns of the fourth beast; three of which were successively eradicated before it, and by their fall gave it an opportunity of becoming a temporal no less than a spiritual power. For some time after its rise it was only an ecclesiastical kingdom : but that kingdom, though small at first, continued perpetually to increase in size; until, in the year 606, wlien the Pope was declared Universal Bishop and supreme head of the catholic Church, it became a mighty ecclesiastical empire. At this era, which seems to be the proper date of the 1260 years, and the epoch when the old pagan Roman beast which had been mortally wounded by the sword of the Spirit under his sixth head revived under the same sirth head by setting up a spiritual tyrant in the Church and, by relapsing into idolatry, St. John first introduces upon the stage the power which Daniel symbolizes by the little horn of the fourth begst. That power. however was now become an universal empire, instead of being, what it had hitherto, been, a, limited ecclesiastical kingdon.


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