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page 588, when they will find that a "comet hung over Jerusalein for one whole year in the form of a sword, and that there were various other awful and fearful sights; but from the historian's account they were equally callous to warnings as we Britons are at this eventful period. I am just reading an account of the fog suspended for eight days and nights over the 6 Holy City," and in various parts of the island, as given in newspapers dated the beginning of January 1814. I quote the concluding part of a London one as a strong sign of approaching calamities. « We understand that there has been nothing like the present fog since the great earthquake at Lisbon, about half a century ago. The fog then lasted eight days." Another paper has --London, December 31.“ Lord Castlereagh and suit sailed yesterday from Harwich, for the Hague. Superstitious people might fancy something ominous in his departure. He left town in a fog, and sailed in the Erebus"-Erebus was the son of Chaos and Nox, turned into a river in hell for assisting the Titans against JUPITER.
To the above I add an awful phenomenon particularly distinguishable from the Glasgow Observatory on Sunday night the 11th of September, as well as from various other · parts of Great Britain. The full account from Glasgow being too long for my supple. ment I extract the following. At eleven o'clock the N. W. edge of this zone became wonderfully bright, and a great number of corruscations darted towards the northern magnetic pole; it was now at the most brilliant stage of its appearance: the vivid flashes, which ran across the heavens, assumed all the colours of the rainbow, and the firmament seemed as if in a blaze of fire. At this time the CRACKLING NOISE with which this phee nomenon is accompanied could be distinctly heard; andthe quantity of light which the aurora afforded was so considerable, that it was possible to read a book of a large type.”
The bursting of a vat in the Holy City" containing 7760 barrels of strong beer, with its dreadful effects as described in the public papers, may be taken as a sign; the said papers informing us that “the surrounding scene of desolation presents a most awful and terrific appearance, equal to that which “ FIRE" or * EARTHQUAKE” may be supposed to occasion."
A few other awful warnings will be enumerated towards the close of this supplement.
In the 7th chapter of Daniel, the first of the elucidated ones, it will be found that the metaphorical Bear is explained to be Russia : my readers must therefore be careful in judging of his then situation, from the olje he holds as the metaphorical Ram in the 8th chapter, they cannot but see them to be two different visions, therefore different operations; in the first a poracious Bear,” in the second a “ pushing" er battering “ rám" “
"pushing westward, and
northward, and southward, and that he became great particularly so in the opinion of his subs siding friends the Englishı.
If my readers wish, they may put Austria instead of Sweden (see 6th page) and the explanation will answer for the present period as well as the former one,
Rollin in his reflections upon Daniel's prophcies, Ancient History, vol. 2d. Edinburg edition, makes the vision of the four beasts in the 3d verse of this 7th chapter to be the Babylonians, the Medes and Persians united, (see the word united in the 16th page of the introduction to the Little Book) the Macedonians and the Romans, and in a note says, Some interpreters instead of the Romans, put the kings of Syria and Egypt. He, through the whole of his reflections gives no reason for what he advances, nor any explanation of the four beasts, nor ever mentions any thing of the “last end of the indignation,” or “the latter days," which period must be always kept in view; but interprets that, and other parts of the prophecies, probably as the opinion of others. In the 6th vol. page 179, he says, “ Porphry represents these prophecies of Daniel as predictions made after the several events to which they reter.”Which are we to believe, Porphry or Rollin?
My readers cannot but see the 9th verse of this 7th chapter as explained in the 9th page, ta be accurate in all its parts when the “Little Book” is issued. A. period of history cannot be produced when thrones have been placed” and cast down” in such quick succession as in the last
few years; they are too numerous to enumerate, my intelligent readers do not require it.
Note. This 9th verse is now.considerably strengthened by applying it to recent events ; for one throne has been cast down's and “placed," and the same throne likewise " cast down" and re« placed." Read the 9th. 10th, and 11th pages of the Introduction as a.“ with-held period. And since the pote was penned, the re-placed” throne has been "abdicated," or “cast down !' And afterwards given to the ablicated Monarch's son, Napoleon the Second !! And since, by the interference of foreign powers, resumed by Ludevicus !!! These are astonishing events, leading on to the awful period of “the time of the end."
My Readers must refer to the 11th page, for an explanation of the 25th verse of this 7th chapter, the latter part of which verse, in consequence of peculiar events I elucidate as folJows. “And they (the laws) shall be given into his hands, (that is) he shall be permitted to execute the laws) until (or while the period arrives of) a time and times, and the dividing of time.”
Mr. Bruce, in his Travels, observed in the head-dress of the Governors of Provinces, a large broad fillet bound upon the forehead, in which was a HORN, or a conical piece of silver, gilt, in the shape of our candle - extinguishers. The custom our Traveller conceives, will explain the .allusion made to it in Scripture. My Readers must therefore make their allusions wherever it is mentioned in the elucidation, particularly in the
12th page of the Introduction, wbere “ the hegoat has a notable horn between his eyes."
Verse 26th, 7th. chapter, " But the judgment shall sit (how strong the expression) and they (which we must now see to be the allied powers,
though, they who he had set up” were accessary) shall take away his (then) dominion, to consune and to destroy it (the said dominion) unto the end"-acomplete finishing of his then authority, power, reign, or dominion, and which is immediately prior to the commencement of " a time and times, and the dividing of time, or three
and a half. In thic sth verse of the 8th chapter, 14th page ise And out of one of them came forth a lillle horn." I am now strongly apprehensive, and from peculiar events, that the translation there is not perfect, and that it ought to be. And out of them, or from them, CAMB POATH & LITTLE HORN, or if the translation is accurate, it may mean that in consequence of one of them (Austria) camc forth a little horn. Refer to the preceding verse, and to the 22nd and 23rd, and it cannot but be acknowledged I am right in my opinion. Certain parts of the prophetic writings being inaccurately translated, they lead expositors into considerable error, great allow. ance therefore must be made on that account.
It will be seen in the 16th page, that I have said, " There cannot be a doubt but that the peace of Tilsit was a peace of policy," and I repeat it, that it certvinly was so. In a speech of Bonaparte's in an answer to an address of the Senate, December 20th, 1812, he says, “The war that I maintain with Russia is a war of policy :" therefore, the prophetic word “policy"
in a very peculiar manner applies to the expres sion : and perhaps his policy and craft".