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with all humility

and gratitude






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INTRODUCTION to the Lecture founded by

the Honorable ROBERT BOYLE.

p. 1.20. 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


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DISSERTATION XV. . DANIEL's vision of the Ram and He-goat.

82. The former part of the book of Daniel written in Chaldee, the reit 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 Jofephus; 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

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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; 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 likewise of the little horn accord better with the Romans; p. 6o. Waxing exceeding great; p. 61. Toward the south; p. 61. Toward the east; 'p: 61, 62. And toward the pleasant land ; p. 62, 63. The property of his power being mighty, but not by his 'own power, can no where be lo properly applied as to the Romans; p. 63, 64, 65. 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 fatę 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

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