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show that they are to come to an end by the same means, viz. the coming of Christ.
DANIEL'S VISION OF THE FOUR GREAT BEASTS.
The seventh chapter of Daniel, under the emblem of four great beasts, with their various characteristics, predicted a long series of events, extending from his time to the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds of heaven, to possess his glorious, everlasting kingdom. He first saw four great beasts come up from the sea, diverse one from the other. The first was like a lion ; and it had eagle's wings. The second was like a bear, and it raised itself up on one side; and it had three ribs in the mouth of it. Another beast appeared like a leopard, with four wings upon the back of it, like a fowl: the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
The fourth beast was “a dreadful and terrible beast, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; and it devoured and brake in pieces and stamped the residue with the feet of it; and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. And there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes .ike the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking very great things. He saw until all these thrones were cast down and the Ancient of Days did sit. The judgment also sát, and the books were opened. He then saw the beast (all his appendages or horns of course included) slain, (destroyed,) and his body given to the burning flame. And one like the Son of Man came in the clouds of heaven; and there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, and nations, and languages, should serve him. His dominion is an EVERLASTING DOMINION, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
The explanation of this vision is given in the 17th verse: “ These great beasts, which are four, are four kings which shall arise out of the earth.” Verse 18th : " But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever."
That the four kings, or kingdoms, represented by the beasts, were,-1. The Chaldean, -2. The Medo-Persian,-3. The Macedonian,-4. The Roman governments, is so universally acknowl. edged, that I shall not at all dwell on it. But the fourth of those beasts, which is to continue until then, is to be destroyed or slain and given to the burning flame at the judgment, and when the Son of Man comes to possess his everlasting kingdom. The little horn of the beast must of necessity share the same fate. Thus, “the little horn” and “that man of sin" are to come to their end at the same time and by the same means.
THE TIME, TIMES, AND DIVIDING OF TIME, OF
DANIEL VII. 25TH. The fourth beast was of such a peculiar character, that Daniel became deeply interested in it, and wished to know its character, and the meaning of its ten horns. But the little horn which
came up among them, and before whom three of the first horns were plucked up by the root; the horn which had eyes, and a mouth speaking great things; and which made war on the saints and overcame them, possessed peculiar interest. These points were explained to him thus:-The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth, &c. The ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings which shall arise ; and another shall rise after them, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the Most High, shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws : and they shall be given into his hand, until a time, times, and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, TO CONSUMÉ AND TO DESTROY IT UNTO THE END. And the kingdom, and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom ; and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” • Thus it appears the little horn" was to be the last form of the Roman government. And his power was to exist for a time, times, and the dividing of time. Then his dominion was to be laken away, but not to be entirely destroyed. But from its fall it was to consume unto the end, when the everlasting kingdom of God is to be set up.
I shall now demonstrate that the little horn represented the Papal power; and that the time, times, and a half, signify three and a half years of 360 days each, the whole being 1260 days; and that each day stands for a full year. Also that those 1260 years of Papal rule have been accomplished, and that his dominion has been taken away...
“A prophecy is demonstrated to be fulfilled when we can show, from unimpeachable authority, that the event has actually taken place precisely according to the manner in which it was foretold."--Horne's Introduction, Compendium, page 147. · In demonstrating the nature and fulfilment of the time, times, and dividing of time, it will be necessary to prove, (1.) That four such kingdoms as predicted by the four beasts have succeeded each other, and filled up all the time from Daniel to the present. (2.) That out of the fourth of those kingdoms, ten distinct kingdoms originated. (3.) That three of those ten kingdoms fell or were plucked up. (4.) That the saints were, by a formal act, given over into the hands of a blasphemous, persecuting power, and that the fall of the third of those kingdoms opened the way for carrying into effect that act. (5.) That 1260 years from the point where all the above circumstances concurred, the dominion of that blasphemous, persecuting power was taken away. And, (6.) That: from its being thus taken away, although again partially restored, it has been steadily declining up to the present time. These six points sustained, and the above propositions are demonstrated.
1. Four kingdoms have existed, viz., The Chaldean, the Medo-Persian, the Macedonian, and the Roman, and filled up the whole period from Daniel to us. But no other four kingdoms on earth have thus succeeded each other and
filled up that period. Hence, these four king. doms answer the description, and no others do; they must, therefore, be the predicted kingdoms which are to be succeeded by the everlasting kingdom of God. But the last, or Roman beast, has not yet been given to the burning flame, therefore the kingdom of God is not established.
2. There have been ten distinct kingdoms within the bounds of the fourth or Roman government. The first ten kingdoms originated within that government, were as follows: (1.) The Huns, in Hungary, established A. D. 356. (2.) The Ostrogoths, in Mysia, A. D. 377. (3.) The Visgoths, in Pannonia, A. D. 378. (4.) The Franks, in France, A. D. 407. (5.). The Vandals, in Africa, A. D. 407. :(6.) The Seuves and Alans, in Gascoyne and Spain, A. D. 407. (7.) The Burgundians, in Burgundy, A. D. 407. (8.) The Heruli, in Italy, A. D. 476. (9.) The Saxons and Angles, in Britain, A. D. 476. (10.) The Lombards on the Danube, in Germany, A. D. 483. This list of kingdoms, as the first ten, is given on the authority of Marchiaval, a historian, and Dr. Hales and Bishop Lloyd, chronologers. It may perhaps be objected, " the above are not the only ones which have existed within the old Roman empire." True, they are not; but if they are the first ten established there, they answer the description given by the prophet. For it was three of the first horns which were to be plucked up by the roots. Besides, we are to take the events of the government as they transpired, and when the event predicted is exactly answered, we have done with it on that point. It matters not what other kingdoms have existed subsequently.