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Introduction to the Lecture sounded by the Honorable Robert Boyle.
p. i. 20.
How and by whom the author was appointed to preach the Boyle's lecture ; p. 1, 2. Previous to the farther explanation of Daniel, a vindication is proposed of the genuinness of his prophecies against the principal objections of unbelievers; p. 3. Collins's eleven objections particularly considered and refuted; p. 4, &c. His first objection, relating to the age of Daniel, refuted; p. 4, 5. His second objection, relating to the mistake of the kings names, and to Nebuchadnezzar's madness, refuted; p. 5, 6. His third A 3 objection,
DISSERTATION XV. Daniel's vision of the Ram and He-goat,
p. 2 I 82.
The former part of the book, of Daniel written in Chaldee, the rest in Hebrew •, p. 21, 22. The time and place of the vision; p. 22, 23. Like visions have occurred to others ; p. 23, 24. The ram with two horns represents the empire of the Medes and Persians; p. 25. Why with two horns and one higher than the other-, p. 25, 26. Why this empire likened to a ram;'p. 27. The conquests of the ram, and the great extent of the Persian empire; p. 28, 29. The he-goat represents the Grecian or Macedonian empire; . p. 29. Why this empire likened to a goat; p. 29, 30. The swiftness of the he-goat, and the notable horn between his eyes, what signified thereby; p. 31, 32. An account of the conquests of the goat, and of the Grecians overthrowing the Persian empire; p. 33—36. These prophecies shown to Alexander the great, and upon what occasion; p. 36, 37, 38. The truth of the story vindicated; p. 38, 39, 40. Answer to the objection of its being inconsistent with chronology; p. 41, 42, 43. Answer to the objection taken from the silence of other authors, besides Josephus; p. 43, 44, 45. Other circumstances which confirm the truth of this relation; p. 45, 46, 47. How four horns succeeded to the great horn; or how the empire of the goat was divided into four kingdoms; p, 47, 48. The little horn commonly understood of Antiochus Epiphanes, but capable of another A 4 and and better application-, p. 49—52. A horn doth not signify a single king but a kingdom, and here the Roman empire rather than Antiochus Epiphanes •, p. 52, 53. The particular properties and actions of the little horn agree better-with the Romans, as well as the general
'character; p. 53, 54, 55. Reason of'the appellation of the little horn ; p. 55. The time too
, agrees'better with the Romans j p. 55'—58. The character of a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, more applicable to
"the Romans than to Antiochus; p. 58, 59, 60.
. Other actions likewise of the little horn accord better with the Romans; p. 6 b. Waxing exceeding great; p. 61/ Toward the south ; p. 61. Toward the east;'p." .6"s, 62. And toward the
'pleasant"land; p.*62, 6*3. The property of his power being mighty,' but not by his 'own powdr, can no where be ib 'properly applied as to the Romans; p. 63, '64, 6g. All the particulars of the persecution and oppression of the people of God more exactly fulfilled by the Romans than by Antiochus; p. 65—68. It deserves to be considered whether this part of the prophecy be not a sketch of the fat? and sufferings of the Christian, as well as of the Jewish church; p. 68, 69. Farther reason of the appellation of the
. little horn; p. 69. The little horn to come to
. a remarkable end, which will be fulfilled in a more extraordinary manner in the Romans, than it was even in Antiochus; p. 69—72. It will farther appear that the application is more proper to the Romans by considering the time allotted for the duration and continuance of the vision; p. 72—78. The 2300 days or years