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(3.) Whereas, it was predicted, that the dominion of

the fourth empire should be taken away, by the coming of the Ancient of Days to judgment, it is here predicted, that this little horn shall“ stand up against the Prince of Princes, and be broken without hand." v. 25.

On these grounds, I suppose that the little horn of this vision, is the same person as had been prefigured by the little horn of the fourth beast; or, in other words, I suppose this vision to be a farther developement of Antichrist, and to contain the following particulars, which were not before revealed :

(1.) That this person, or power, shall arise out of one

of the four kingdoms, into which the empire of Alexander should be divided. v. 9-the transition to

the time of the end (v. 19) being made at v. 23. (2.) He is more particularly described “a king of

fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences;" and, as one whose “power shall be mighty, but not by his own power," and who shall cause craft to prosper in his hand, through his policy,” and “ destroy many by peace." v. 22, 23.

v. 12.

(3.) It is declared, that he shall take away the daily

sacrifice. (4.) That the duration of the period prefigured by the

vision, as measured from the taking away of the daily sacrifice to the cleansing of the sanctuary, shall be two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings.

v. 13.

IV. THE

VISION CONCERNING THE
INFIDEL KING.

Daniel, chap. x. xi. xii.

This vision of an Angel, who came to shew to Daniel that which was noted in the Scripture of truth, was not attended with symbolical representation. It is prophetic history; and, if I mistake not, it consists principally of the history of the same person who was symbolized by the little horn in the preceding visions. This will, perhaps, appear most clearly, if we compare some of the accounts which are given of them, respectively, in the vii. viii. and xi. chapters.

Little Horn of Fourth

Beast.

Little Horn of Hea

Goat.

Infidel King.

In the latter days, for

yet the vision is for
many days. x. 14.

Prevailed until the
Ancient of Days

vii. 21, 22.

At the time of the end

shall be the vision.
viii. 17.

Even to the time of

the end. xi. 35.
At the time of the
the end. 40.

came.

To make known
what shall be the
last end of the in-
dignation. v. 19.

He shall prosper un

til the indignation be accomplished. v. 36.

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shall cause craft to
prosper in his hand.
V. 25.

dom by flatteries,
v. 21.-shall work
deceitfully, v. 23.-
forecast devices, &c.

v. 24.

By peace shall he de.

stroy many. v. 25.

He shall come in

peaceably, v. 21.and with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him and shall be broken, v. 22.

Shall think to change

times and laws. V. 25.

He magnified himself He shall exalt himself

even to the Prince and magnify himself
of the Host, 11- above every god,
shall stand up a-
gainst the Prince of
princes. v. 11.

He shall speak great

words against the Most High. V. 25.

and shall speak mar

vellous things 2. gainst the God of gods. v. 36.

By him the daily sa

crifice was taken
away, and the place
of his sanctuary was
cast down, and a
host was given him
against the daily sa-
crifice. v. 11.

Arms shall stand on

his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength and shall take away the daily sacrifice.

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From a comparison of these passages, it seems that the Infidel King is the person who takes away the daily sacrifice; and whose persecution of the saints, and blasphemy against God, are the subjects of the former visions—but we have some farther particulars :

(1.) If it was uncertain, from the former visions, who were meant bythe saints” who should be delivered into the hands of Antichrist, and persecuted by him, that uncertainty seems to be removed by the declaration of the Angel“Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befal thy people in the latter days.” c. X. 14. That is, says Jerome, “Quid futurum sit populo Israel; non in vicino tempore, sed in novissimis diebus, id est in consummatione seculi.” It is added, by the Angel, (xii. 1) “ at that time thy people shall be delivered." The holy people mentioned (c. viii. 24) might indeed, even if we had not the Angel's explanation, have been supposed to be the same as the Holy people. c. xii. 7.

(2.) If I am right in supposing, that the Infidel King is the same person as the little horn, (and so far as I understand this vision, while there are those points of agreement which I have specified, there is nothing inconsistent with that idea) it will be obvious, that we are here fur. nished with many additional particulars relating to his personal history, his blasphemy and persecution, his ene. mies and his allies, and the scene and circumstances of his warfare; but of these I do not venture to speak in detail, because I do not sufficiently understand them.

Having, as I think, shewn the identity of the persons symbolized in these three visions, recorded in the book of Daniel, I will endeavour to shew that the same person is prefigured by the ten-horned beast in the Apocalypse; but, in order to avoid repetition, and the necessity of making columns, I will merely transcribe some parts of what is declared respecting him in the Apocalypse, and add, at the side, what appears to be parallel in the specified visions of Daniel.

Points of resemblance, between the Apocalyptic beast, and the person or power predicted in the book of Daniel, seem to be found in 1. their universal sovereignty--2. union with ten kings—3. persecution of the saints—4. blasphemy-5. warfare with Christ-and 6. their destruction.

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