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sto Patri, ac Domino, Domino
SYMONI permissione Divina Episcopo Elienfi ; Præfuli tùm moribus sanctissimis, tùm eruditione summâ longe colendiffima ; nec minùs pietati veræ & minimè fucatæ, quàm bonis literis , facris præfertim & divinis promovendis Nato: Eccle: siæ Anglicanæ, Reformatx, Catho, licæ, Decori egregio atque Ornamento: Sacratissimo fuo in Republicà Christianâ Ordini quà concio. nando, quà scribendo, quà gubernando, eximio semper, & jam longævo Exemplari :: Qui Sacrarum Scripturarum amore à teneris impense captus, cognitione à pueris penitùs imbutus, easdem optimis Commentariis illustrare ad fupremam usque
pergit fenectutem:. Neque facrofaneta illa Dei O. M. Oracula nisi cum ipsis mortalitatis exuviis jure ponenda censet: Brevia hæcce Vaticiniorum Apocalypticorum, omni Thefauro chariorum, Specimina, juxta methodum Cl. Medi Tš uaxaeítr demonstrativam, pro modulo noftro adornata, in animi perquam grati, summéque devoti tesseram perennem, atque uimpóouvor, Quà par eft Reverentiâ, Lubens Meritoque Dat, Dicat, Consecrat, Gulielmus Whiston. • Dabam Cantabrigia XVII. Cal. Maji
A. D. MDCCVI.
HYPOTHES es or OBSERVATIONS.
relate to the Jewish Church are open and
that known space of time so calld, without any covert or myftical Signification. Thus the 400 years of the Sojourning and Affliction of Gen. XV. 13: Abraham's Seed: the 70 years of the Captivity of Jer. XXV.11.12. Babylon: the 390 years of the forbearance of Ezek. iv. , s
God to Ifrael: and the 40 years of his forbear. 6. .. ance to fudah: and very many the like durations,
are unanimously and certainly expounded of the fame real ņumbers of years by all Commentators: and the exact completion of them, at the time e. very where specify'd, in that most obvious acceptacion, puts the matter beyond dispute with all
men. II. Thofe Prophecies of the Scripture which relate to Christianity, the Times of the Messias, and the
Dan, IX. 24. &c.
Church of the Gentiles upon the rejection of the Jews, are cover'd and enigmatical; and make use of a Day for a Year. Thus the Jews themselves confess it is in the most famous of all Prophecies, that of Daniel's 70 weeks: which they expound of so many years as those wecks include days; and the Christian Church not only allows, but earnestly contends for the same Interpretation, as being a main foundation of herFaith. And this being the primary and most undisputed Prophecy of this kind ought certainly to be allow'd as the best Rule and Guide for the rest; and so this Hypothesis might be taken for granted. But to prevent all exception it shall be particularly
prov'd under the first Propofition hereafter. III. The number of Days included in Prophetick
Tears is to be the same that the Computation of the Age and Nation of each Prophet does require. Thus Daniel living in Chaldea and Persia uses their year, of 360 days; and St. John living in the Roman Empire, in those places where he does not follow and explain Daniels Numbers, uses that Empires Computation of 365,
or 3654 days. . . IV. The particular fort of Tear also refer'd to by
a Day in several Prophecies, is partly to be inter
preced from the same Foundation, and to be ac· counted by the Computation and Scile then in
use, when the said Prophecies and their periods began. Thus all those Prophecies of Daniel, which are dated from his own Times, or began
while the Chaldean or Persian Stile was in use, · must be suppos'd by a Day to intend a
Chaldean or Persian Tear of 360 days. But suchu as were dated long afterward, from the Roman Times, and refer intirely to them; may juftly be expounded of the Roman or Julian Tears. Thus allo every one of the Prophecies of St. John
being dated in, and wholly belonging to the - Roman Times, ought to be expounded of the
Roman or Julian Tears upon all occasions.
or at least towards the conclusion of it are ex-
Act.ij. 17. , yet at least to its last great Age the Days of the 2Tim iij.r.
Messias. This is so exprelly the Explication of Pet. 1:20. · the Writers of the New Testament; and is, I Heb. i. 2.
2 Pet. iij. 3. think, so generally allow'd by the Jews chemselves, Tim.iv. that I shall not stand to prove it more particularly. parc. chap. z
See Furieu VI. Intire Numbers of years, or months, or days in See Chronoh
the Prophecies of Scripture, as well as in its p. 8. Chronology are us'd with great exactness;, and comprehend no more than lix months, or fifteen days, or twelve hours on either side: that is, they imply the space mention'd to be nearer to that number than the next, either over or under, according to the most natural and strict signification of the words themselves. Thus 1260 days may Apoc. xi. 3. be any space between 12593 and 12603 days. Thus 42 months may denote any space be- ver. 2. tween 41 and 423 months; and 37 months any Dan. vij. 25. space between 36 and 377; and 5 months any Apoc. ix. 5, 10. interval between 41 and gì months. Thus three years and an half, or a time, times, and an half, may