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period of 2520 years, is nothing more than expressing, that the principles and maxims by which they have ruled and governed have been totally at variance with the principles of the Gospel, and the high commands of heaven; for no one can strictly be said to be in his right mind whose heart is not right with God. Hence, in the second Psalm the following exhortation is given, and happy those to whom God gives grace and wisdom to attend to it: “ Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss THE Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
In the “Seventh Period” the four successive monarchies that have ruled the world will be found represented in a more revolting light than even that of insanity; they are represented as ferocious wild beasts. And it is worthy of observation, that whilst in the visions given to Daniel they are thus represented, in those given to Nebuchadnezzar himself they are couched under emblems and symbols flattering to an ambitious and worldly mind: as “a great image whose brightness was excellent,” and as “a great tree,” towering to heaven, and spreading over the earth.
There is one other argument that seems to
sanction the application of these
seven times” of Nebuchadnezzar's dream to the duration of the Gentile monarchies, and that is the expression “at the end of the days,” used in this place; it being likewise in the last verse of the Book of Daniel, when confessedly alluding to the season of blessedness, or the time when the Saviour shall take possession of David's throne, In Daniel iv. 34, 35, it is said : " At the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lift up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me; and I blessed the Most High; and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation : and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth ; and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou ?” In chap. xii. 13, the Lord said unto Daniel, thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in the lot at the end of the days.
At this important period, “the end of the days,” it is probable the transaction recorded in the five first verses of the xxth of Revelations, will take place. “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent,
which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years should be fulfilled : and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them : and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”
FROM THE EDICT OF THE 7TH YEAR OF ARTA
XERXES GIVEN TO EZRA, TO THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY :
FROM 457 B.C. TO A.D. 1843.
Vision of the Ram and He-Goat-General object of Da
niel's Visions-Mohammedan Conquests—The Crusades -Fifth and Sixth Trumpets-Fall of Mohammedanism -The cleansing of the Sanctuary—The new TempleCeremonial Service-The Conversion of the Jews-Desolation of the primitive Christian Churches-Importance of Prophetical Axioms—Persian Edicts - Ezra— Nehemiah- The time of the end.