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That great calamitous events await the present governments of Europe, seems to be sufliciently evident without a spirit of prophecy. “ The state of Europe,” as Dr. Hartley observes (see his Observations on Man. vol. ii. p. 455.) is so particularly “ critical and alarming, that hardly any

thing less than universal confusion must “ be the consequence; and if famine and

peftilence should accompany civil com“ motions, it will indeed be a time of “ trouble, as Daniel says, such as was never “ known before."

The present kingdoms of Europe are unquestionably represented by the feet and toes of the great image which Nebuchada nezzar saw in his prophetical dream ; and upon the feet of this image will fall the stone, cut out of the mountain without hands, which represents the kingdom to be set up by Christ, and which, after dalhing in pieces the whole image, will itself become a great mountain, filling the whole earth. From Daniel's interpretation of this vision


may be clearly inferred, that the forms of government, ecclesiastical and civil, which now subsist in Europe, must be dissolved; but that something very different from them, and greatly superior to them, more favourable to the virtue and happiness of mankind, will take place in their stead. That this is the meaning of the prophecy can hardly be doubted by any person who shall give the least attention to it. Dan. ii.


" And in “ the days of these kings shall the God of “ heaven set up a kingdom which shall never “ be destroyed : and the kingdom shall not “ be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces, and consume all these king6c doms, and it shall stand for ever.”

When the prophetical thousand years above-mentioned shall be expired, we are informed, by the same spirit of prophecy, that there will be another prevalence of infidelity and wickedness, which will bring on the last crisis and final dissolution of the world. The following is the prophetical


description of this great event. Rev. xx. 7. - And when the thousand years are expired, “ Satan shall be loofed out of his prison, and “ shall go out to deceive the nations, which

are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog “ and Magog, to gather them together to « battle: the number of whom is as the " sand of the sea. And they went up on “ the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the be“ loved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And " the devil that deceived them was cast into “ the lake of fire and brimstone, where the “ beast and the false prophet are, and shall “ be tormented day and night for ever and

ever. And I saw a great white throne, “ and him that fat on it, from whofe face “ the earth and the heaven fed away, and “ there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand be“ fore God; and the books were opened : “ and another book was opened, which is “ the book of life: and the dead were judged

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« out of those things which were written “ in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were “ in it; and death, and the grave delivered up “ the dead which were in them: and they Α Ρ Ρ Ε Ν DI X.

were judged every man according to their " works.---And I saw a new heaven and a

new earth: for the first heaven and the • first earth were passed away.”

APPENDIX. other intelligent beings, besides men, have had occasional intercourse with this world. Angels are particularly spoken of as the messengers of God to the patriarchs and prophets, and are also said to have been the instruments which he has employed in the distribution of his blessings or judgments. Thus, an angel was sent to rescue Lot, Gen. xix. and to announce the birth of Sampson, Jud. xiii. One whose name we are told is Michael, is said, Dan. X. 13. to be “ one of the chief princes ;” and, ch. xii. 1. “ the great prince who standeth “ for the children of Ifrael.” The same is



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