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its publication I displease some earthly friends, yet 1 make a valuable exchange if I gain a hcarenly one. This is wrote on the 17th of March, 1815, at the time I am entering upon a fair copy for the press; with a view to show what man is, and what he ought to bc-“ Try the spirits." 'A few notes may be wanted at the end of senteiices before the work is struck off, which will be given in a smaller letter. The recapitulation has been written at different times for the last three years, according as circumstances arose, and my mind was influenced. In the 4th page I have requested my readers
“ 'examine with care Nebuchadnezzer's drcam, and Daniel's interpretation," and for a proper understanding of the whole, they must refer to the 28th verse of the second chapter, for it is evident the whole of the dream relates to “ the latter days." I have therefore now further to desire they would compare “ four of the six yerses” (4--1142 and 43) with sixteen verses in the eleventh chapter beginning at the 24th
-40th verse of the second chapter. iron that breaketh all these, shall it (the “ fourth kingdom," the same as the “ fourth beast” with : iron teeth” in the 7th chapter) hreak in pieces and bruise." (Ponder well upon the significant expression)-41st verse, « The kingdom shall be divided" &c.
“ The kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken,"43d verse,
“ And as
* They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men : but they shall not cleave one to another.” The sixteen verses therefore in the eleventh chapter are an awful explanation of the four in the 2d chapter. The ten toes ju Daniel's interpretation strongly applies to the ten liorus supporting the fourth beast in thie the 7th chapter, and likewise to the same ten assisting, or supporting horns of the woman in the Apocalypse. The “head of gold” in the 38th verse is a type, or emblem of the goldin indge; remember, “the stone smote the image and mind “upon its feel.”.“ In the days of these kings" (44th verse) at the time or period of their existence-is a type of the * four great beasts” in the 7th chapter, when ** the God of heaven will set up (or begin) a kingdom which shall never be destroyed. No doubt the kingdom of Christ the second advent--the millennium, or thousand years of happiness. See the four great beasts." (or kings) elucidated in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th pages introduction,
Upon reading Josephus's history of the Jews, I found that he makes the period of Nebuchadnezzer's “eating grass like oxen,” or mental derangement to be seven years ; therefore am mistaken respecting the “ three years and a half,” or “forty and two months," as mentioned in the 5th page of the introduction. My readers that have the opportunity of seeing Josephus's history (folio vol.) will be so good as to turn to the 2d chapter,
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. Al this time the CRACKLING NOISE with which this phe. 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 one 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 66 Horacious Bear," in the second a
“ pushing”. er battering “ram” “pushing westward, and
northward, and southward, and that he became greal” particularly so in tlic opinion of his sube siding friends the English.
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 pro. phcies, Ancient History, vol. 20. 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