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or the fifth great empire in its utmost exe? tent and glory.
• Daniel tells us that the image Nebuchad• nezzar law, represented the four great em• pires, which were to rule in the earth one • after another. The first was the Babylo
nian, then flourishing in Daniel's time. • The second, which rose after it, was the • empire of the Medes and Persians, ef• tablished by Darius and Cyrus. The
third, which succeeded this, was the Grea . cian, which rose under Alexander the • Great: and the fourth, which was to be • as strong as iron, and to fubdue all, was • the Roman power, which was afterwards ito be divided or broken into ten king• doms or powers, answering to the ten • toes of the image,' which constitute those several kingdoms or powers of Europe, whereof Britain is one, which were formerly subject to the Roman power. “And then the prophet adds, Daniel ii. 31 to 46, In the days of these kings,' or kingdoms, the God of • beaven shall set up a kingdom, which shall • never be destroyed, but shall break in pieces “and consume all these kingdoms, and shall • stand for ever.
• After this God revealed the same things ! to Daniel, under the representation of • four favage or wild beasts, answering to the various characters, and different cir
cumstances, of the same four empires. • He then gives us an account of a future judgment, and of the establishment of
the fifth empire thus. I beheld till the · Ancient of Days did fit, whose garment was ' white as snow, &c. thousand thousands mi
nistered unto him, &c. the judgment was • fet, and the books were opened. Then fol
lows the destruction of the fourth beast or • empire,' and particularly of its little horn, king or kingdom, the Papal power, before whom three of the ten horns fell, whose look coas more fiout than his fellows, who spake great words against the Most High, and made war with the saints, and prevailed against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and
judgment was given to the faints of the Most High; and the time came that the Janits polefed the kingdom, under the Messiah, who is described as one like the son of • Man coming with the clouds of heaven to the * Ancient of Days, &c. and there was given • him dominion, &c. &c. an everlasting dominion. See Daniel vii. 7 to the end. !
:: Here we see a prediction of the establish* ment of an empire, which shall bear rule
over the whole earth, and continue for • ever, or to the end of the age of the Messiah ; "the king of which will be the
Messiah, For it is this excellent being,
Ifaiah xi. I to 6, speaks of, There shall • come a-rod out of the stem of Jese, &c. the “Spirit of the Lord Mall rest upon him, &c. “And again, speaking of this fame glorious «person in ix. 6, 7. he says, his name shall • be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty, “Ged, the Father of the future age, (so it' • should be translated, )the Prince of Peace.Of
the increase of his government and peace there Shall be no end upon the throne of David, &c.
• The seat of this king the Messiah will : be at Jerusalem; and the glory of God, • that will constantly appear and dwell there, • will be exceedingly great and conspicuous. . For it is of this period, we think,Isaiah lx. 9. speaks, The sun Mall be no more thy light • by day,&c. but the Lord fall be unto thee an • everlasting light, &c. And again, in Isaiah • xxiv. 23. Then shall the moon be confounded, • &ć. when the Lord of Hofts shall reign in • Mount Zion, &c. and before his ancients *gloriously. By his ancients, I apprehend, « are meant Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, • and all those worthy persons, who lived • in former times, and shall now be raised • from the dead. And the city of Jerusalem • will now be built in a most glorious man• ner, and be most beautifully adorned, fit• ted for the reception of the saints of the • Most High, and of their great king the
Messiah; for it is to be the throne of the • Lord, the palace and court of the king, not
only of Israel but of the whole earth. Be• hold, says God by Isaiah liv. 11, 12, I • will lay tby stones with fair colours, &c.
• The saints of the Most High seem to be the proper inhabitants of this glorious • city. And these will be not only the 'good Israelites, who shall be left alive at • this period ; but we find also a resurrection
of those eminently good and virtuous pera • sons, who lived in former times. For
now many of them that sleep in the dust of • the earth fall awake, fome to everlasting • life, and some to shame and everlasting con'tempt. Dan. xii. 2. So that not only • many of the good shall rise to enjoy all * this honor and glory, but many of the * wicked also to be punished for their ini•quities. Then will Abraham, Ifaac and • Jacob live again, for God promised to • give to them, in their own persons, as • well as to their feed, the land of Canaan · for ever, Gen. xiii. 15, 17, and else
where; so that their enjoyment and pos• session of this land seem to be yet fusture. And with them great numbers of • others, of every age and nation, who have
been truly good and holy, will be partakers of the fame resurrection to everlast