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into the Countries [belonging to that Empire,) and shall overflow, and pass over. He shall also enter into the glorious Land (of Judea,) and many Countries shall be over thrown. But these shall escape out of his Hand: Edom and Moab, and the Chief of the Children of Ammon, [the wild Arabs: ] He shall stretch forth his Hand also upon the [other) Countries ; and the Land of Egypt shall not escape: But he shall have Power over the Treasures of Gold and Silver, and over all the precious Things of Egypt: And the Libyans and the Cusbites, [Algerines, or Moors, in the North of Africa ; and the Arabians, about Mecca and Medina) shall be at his Steps. But Tidings out of the East, [from the Persians, ) and from the North, [ from the Muscovites,] shall trouble him. Therefore he shall
forth with great Fury, to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the Tabernacles of his Palace, (or the Tents of his Pavilion,] between the Seas, in the glorious holy Mountain, [of Judea ;] Yet he shall come to his End, and none shall help him.
Hag. ii. 6.-9. Thus faith the Lord of Host, yet once and I will shake the Heavens, and the Earth, and the Sea, and the dry Land ; and I will shake all Nations, and the Elect of all the Nations, shall come: and I will fill this House with Glory, saith the Lord of Hofts. The Silver is mine, and the Gold is mine, faith the Lord of Hofts. The Glory of this last House shall be greater than of the first, faith the Lord of Hofts. And in this Place will I give Peace, faith the Lord of Hofts; and to
obtain Peace of Soul to every one that builds, in order to raise up this Temple. Behold, they that. destroyed this Temple, they themselves shall build it.-And it shall come to pass in the last Days, the Lord will deliver the Sheep of his Pasture, and the Sheepfold, and their Tower to Destruction. And it shall come to pass, that, when a Week is fully come, the Temple of God shall be built gloriously in the Name of the Lord. [See Lit. Accomp. of Proph. Pag, 24. 25.]
Now the principal Events foretold here by Joel, and Daniel, and Haggai, as generally prior to the Restoration of the Jews, are these twenty-nine that follow, going on with the former Numbers.
(15.) That there should be seen bloody, and fiery Meteors in the Heavens.
(16.) That there should be seen Pillars of Smoke, or the Tails of several Comets there.
(17.) That there should be great Eclipses of the Sun.
(18.). That there should be great Eclipses of the Moon..
(19.) That, long before these Times, the Saracens should fall upon the Roman Empire with great Success.
(20.) That after them the Turks should do the fame,
(21.) That these Turks should conquer many Countries.
(22.) Particularly, that they should conquer Judea, and the neighbouring Countries.
(23.) Yet were they not to conquer the wild Arabs.
(24.) They were to conquer other Countries also.
(26.) They were to poffefs all the Treasures of Egypt.
(27.) The Algerines and Arabians were also to be at their Devotion.
(28.) They should, after all, hear difagreeable News from the East.
(29.) As also from the Nortb.
(30.) They were at length to go out with great Fury, to destroy many, before they were driven from Conftantinople.
(31.) They were, however, at last, to be driven from Conftantinople into Judea, and there to plant their Royal Pavilion on a glorious Holy Moun. tain.
(32.) Where they were to perilo, without Help
(33.) There were to be now great Concussions and Changes in the Supreme Rulers of the World.
(34.) There were to be the like Concussions and Changes in the Subordinate Rulers of the World.
(35.) There were to be great Concufions or Storms at Sea.
(36.) There were to be great Concuffons, or Earthquakes at Land.
(37.) There were to be Concufions of all Nations.
(38.) The Jews are to rebuild their Temple of Jerusalem. (39.) This Temple is to be a very glorious one.
(40.) Even more glorious than Solomon's Temple.
(41.) God will give Peace, by the Mefiab, in this Temple.
(42.) Those that formerly destroyed this Temple Joall rebuild it again.
(43.) The Rebuilding of this Temple is to be when the seventh Millinery is beginning.
I now proceed to the Prophecies of Efdras, taken out of what our English Bible calls the Second Book of Apocryphal Esdras; but by the vulgar Latin, which I follow, the fourth Book of that Esdras ; which Book has been but lately discovered to be a genuine Prophetick Book of the Old Testament. Nor ought the inquisitive Reader to be moved with the fictitious Title given this, and other excellent and genuine Books of the Old Testament of Apocryphal. All the oldest Copies of every one of those Books, I mean the Vulgar Latin Copies, the Vatican, and the Alexandrian MSS. knowing nothing of that groundless Appellation ; but placing these Books among the other Canonical Books, without any such Distinction ; that Appellation being only deriv'd from Jerom's foolish Rashness near 400 Years after the Days of our Saviour.
4 Esdras v. I-13. Vulgar Latin Copy. Arabick Copy.
1. Nevertheless,as con- I. Now, as concerncerning the 'Tokens, Be- ing the Tokens of the hold the Days come, Times, Behold I shall that they which dwell make thee to know, that C 3
Vulgar Latin Copy.
upon the Earth shall be, there shall come Days in taken in great Number, which they that underor found with great stand shall be removed Wealth, and the Way of from the Earth, and the Truth shall be hidden; i way of Righteousness and the Land shall be · shall be hid ; and the barren of Faith.
Land shall be left barren
long ago. And the Way
which thou shalt see. ? 3. And the Land,
the Land that thou seest or that shall be desolate, thou now treadest upon, and feest, now to have Root, shalt thou see wasted suddenly.
4. But if the the most 4. And if the most High grant thee to live, High forbeareth the thou shalt see, after the Land to this Term, thou third Trumpet, that the shalt see, after these