with all humility

and gratitude


Sept. 12. 1758.





INTRODUCTION to the Lecture founded 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 propofed of the genuinnefs of his prophecies against the principal objections of unbelievers; P. 3. Collins's eleven objections particularly confidered and refuted; p. 4, &c. His firft objection, relating to the age of Daniel, refuted; P. 4, 5. His fecond objection, relating to the mistake of the kings names, and to Nebuchadnezzar's madness, refuted; p. 5, 6. His third objection,

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DANIEL'S vifion of the Ram and He-goat.

P. 21- -82.

The former part of the book of Daniel written in Chaldee, the reft in Hebrew; p. 21, 22. The time and place of the vifion; p. 22, 23. Like vifions have occurred to others; p. 23, 24. The ram with two horns reprefents the empire of the Medes and Perfians; 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 conquefts of the ram, and the great extent of the Perfian 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 fignified thereby; p. 31, 32, An account of the conquests of the goat, and of the Grecians overthrowing the Perfian empire; p. 33---36. These prophecies shown to Alexander the great, and upon what occafion; p. 36, 37, 38. The truth of the ftory vindicated; p. 38, 39, 40. Answer to the objection of its being inconfiftent with chronology; p. 41, 42, 43. Answer to

the objection taken from the filence of other authors, befides Jofephus; p. 43, 44, 45. Other circumstances which confirm the truth of this relation ; p. 45, 46, 47. How four horns fucceeded 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

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and better application; p. 49-52. A horn doth not fignify a fingle king but a kingdom, and here the Roman empire rather than Antio

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chus 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. Reafon of the appellation of the little horn; p. 55. The time too agrees better with the Romans; p. 55-58. The character of a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark fentences, more applicable to the Romans than to Antiochus; p. 58, 59, 60. Other actions likewife of the little horn accord better with the Romans; p. 60. Waxing exceeding great; p. 61. Toward the fouth; p. 61. Toward the caft; p. 61, 62. And toward the pleafant land; p. 62, 63. The property of his power being mighty, but not by his own power, can no where be fo properly applied as to the Romans; p. 63, 64, 65. All the particulars of the perfecution and oppreffion of the people of God more exactly fulfilled by the Romans than by Antiochus; p. 65-68. It deferves to be confidered whether this part of the prophecy be not a sketch of the fate and fufferings of the Christian, as well as of the Jewish church; p. 68, 69. Farther reafon 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 confidering the time allotted for the duration and continuance of the vision; p. 72---78. The 2300 days or years


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