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There are to be " fearful sights, and great signs from heaven," prior to “ the Son of man com-ing in a cloud with power and great glory," Luke 21st chapter.
From heaven”.must mean a power proceeding from the God of Heaven, being " sights” and “ signs,” as warnings, or
deviations from the common course of nature.
The 2nd Book of Esilras must at this very ea ventful period be particularly regarded. The former part of the th chapter is strongly descriptive of a powerful island by the eagle in the first verse that came up from the sea, which had twelve feathered wings and THREE HEADS," and which in the second verse spread her WINGS (sails) orer all the earth ;” and “likewise by the succeeding verses description of “ HER HEADS, and the eagle having wings and feathers, and rising upon her talons (a strong em'blem of war), and speaking to her fathers (those who assists her in flying over all the earth"). particular attention must be given to the ninth verse, where the “ heads (the three in the first verse) are preserved for the last," and likewise to the 16th and 17th. 66 Hear thou that hast borne rule over the earth so long (See now 28th Page Introduction): this I say unto thee, before thou beginnest (rises up) to appear no more, there shall none after thee attain unto thy time, neither ; unto the half thereof." The latter part of the chapter represents a certain portion of the continent by a “roaring lion being chased out of the wood” (or continent, where he had been as R
ravening and roaring lion) to a small island in the Mediterranean.
Note. And now CHASED to the Mountain between the sexts." Dan. 11, 45,
Reflect well upon the peculiar expression of the lion who " sent out a man's voice unto the eagle.” Mark the accuracy of the expressionsent out a man's voice, or the speech of a man unto the eagle. The intermediate part must be properly considered, respecting the varied state of the THREE HEADS, and likewise the “ four beasts," "aud the fourth” in the 39th and 43th verses, who “overcame” the three, “ the beasts that were past.” The remainder of the chapter must be seriously reflected upon. See the interpretation of the vision in the succeeding chapter, beginning at the 11th verse, particularly the “lion" in the 31st ver. and- This is the anointed” in the 32d verse, and “ for the rest of my people shall he deliver with mercy," and likewise the 34th verse which closes the interpretation, when HE is to make them (“my people") joyful unto the coming of the day of judgment, where I have spoken unto thee from the beginning,"
I have requested that “the examination of the Second Book of Esdras may be begun at the 5th chapter;" and it must be remembered that the dreadful calamities commences (4th verse) “after the third trumpet”.” See the Toth and Ilth verses, 8th chapter Revelations).
Read the 4th verse and compare that, and the " after ones, with various parts of the elueidation, and “as concerning the tokens," in the first verse of the said 5th chapter. I quote part of the 6th verse. 66 And even he shall rale whom they look not for that dwell upon the earth,
I have in the postscript enumerated a few verses of the 12th chapter, where “the vision is interpreted” (the visions of the preceding chapter), my Readers must particularly remark the 22d and the six following ones, respecting the heads, as awful and approaching events; likewise the 31st, 320, 33d, and '34th verses respecting the operation of the Lion the Lion "REBUKING the eagle for her unrighteousness.”
I have said in the postscript, that the 13th chapter.“
must be compared with the 9th chapter of Revelations, and various parts of Daniel's visions." The chapter being highly prophetic of the times approaching, I quote a few passages as a key to to the whole, 6th verse. “ But I beheld, and lo, be had graved (carved or prepared) himself a great mountain (a conspicuous, or high situation) and flew.up. (was exalted) upon it, 12th verse. “Afterwards I saw the same man come down from the mountain, and call unto him another peaceable multitude,” (a society, the reverse of war. The 25th verse, is “the meaning of the vision,” and where the “man is coming up from the midst of the sea.” 29th verse, “ Behold, the
days come when the Most Iligh will begin to deliver them that are upon the earth," 32nd verse. 6. And the time shall be when these things shall come to pass, as the signs shall happen which I shewed thee before, and then shall my SON be declared,” 35th verse. “But he (my Son, in the 32d verse-See likewise the latter part of the 2d. chapter,) shall stand upon the Mount Sion." 43d veise---" And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow passages of the River.' 49th and 50th verses, "Now when he destroyed the multitude of the nations that are gathered together, be shall defend his people (no doubt meaning the Jews) that remain. And then shall be sheir them great wonders." it must be remembered, that by the 18th verse, it is in the “latter
To the few verses given as a key to this 13th chapter, 1 subjoin the 10th and Lith that they may be compared with the 5th verse of the ilth chapter of the Revelations, and its exp anation to be found in the 49th and 50th Pages Introduction. If the events are the same, how awfully astonishing fron Esdras.
But only I saw that he sent out of his mouth. as it had been a blast of fire, and out of his lips a tlaming breath, and out of his tongue he cast out sparks and tempests. were ali mixt together; the blast of fire the flaming breath, and the great tempest, and fell with violence upon the multitude which wis prepared to fight, and burnt them up every one,
And they su that apon a sudilen, of an innumerable multitude nothing was to be perceived, but only dust and smell of smoke : when I saw this I was afraid. The 13th verse "where there came much people unto him," must be compared to part of the 10thr verse, 7th chapter of Daniel, where thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.”See the 9th and 10th pages Introduction. .
T'he 40th and a few following verses of the 15th chapter of "Esdras must be cxamined with care. HOPPBLE STAR who besieges and overthrows BABYLON," (so says Frere 38th pageSee note 46th page Little Book) “ And thou Asia (or India, see the 45th page Introduction) that art partaker of the hope of Babylon ("Babylon the great the mother of harlots. Rev. 17-5) and art the glory of HER. PERSON." Read the remainder of the chapter and the succeeding one which begins with. “Wo be unto thee, Babylon and Asia wo be unto thee Egypt and Syria, I quote the 21st verse, how far the former part of it is applicable to thisIsland at the present time (latter end of the year 1815), my readers must judge. - Behold victuals shall be so good, cheap upon earth, that they shall think themselves to be in good case, and even then (at the time) shall evils grow up on earth, swORD, PAMINE. AND GREAT CONFUSION, (applicable to the vials in the Little Book). Flour and oat-meal is under one-third of the price of what they occasional y hare been, and the lower orders of peo-