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Everendo admodum in Christo Patri, ac Domino, Domino
SYMONI permissione Divina Episcopo Elienfi; Præsuli tùm moribus fanctissimis, tùm eruditione fummâ longe colendiffimo ; nec minus pietati veræ & minimè fucatæ, quàm bonis literis , facris præfertim & divinis promovendis Nato: Eccle: siæ Anglicanæ, Reformatæ, Catha. licæ, Decori egregio atque Ornamento: Sacratislimo suo in Republicà Christianâ Ordini quà concio. nando, quà fcribendo, 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
eta 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 78 yaxaeito demonstrativam, pro modulo noftro adornata, in animi perquam grati, summéque devoti telleram perennem, atque umnubouvor, Quà par est Reverentia, Lubens Meritoque Dat, Dicat, Confecrat, Gulielmus Whifton
Dabam Cantabrigia XVII, Cal. Maj.
A. D. MDCCVI.
E S S A Y
Revelation of Saint fohn.
HYPOTHESES or OBSERVATIONS.
relate to the Jewish Church are open and
that known space of time so calld, without any covert or mystical Signification. Thus the 400 years of the Sojourning and Afiction 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. 4, 5, God to Israel: and the 40 years of his forbear. 6. ance to Judah: and very many the like durations, are unanimously and certainly expounded of the same real numbers of years by all Commentators: and the exact completion of them, at the time e- . very where specify'd, in that most obvious accep
tacion, puts the matter beyond dispute with all II. Thofe Prophecies of the Scripture which relate to Christianity, the Times of the Mefias, and the
Dan, IX. 240 &c.
Church of the Gentiles upon the rejection of
prov'd under the first Propofition hereafter.
Tears is to be the same that the Computation of
the Age and Nation of each Prophet does re-
sia uses their year, of 360 days; and St. John
or 3654 days.
a Day in several Prophecies, is partly to be inter-
Chaldean or Persian Tear of 360 days. But such
Roman or Julian Tears upon all occasions.
or at least towards the conclusion of it are ex-
A&t.ij. 17. yet at least to its last great Åge the Days of the 2 Tim iij.r. Messias. This is so exprelly the Explication of Pet
. the Writers of the New Testament; and is, I Heb. i. 2. think, so generally allow'd by the Jews tliemselves, 1 Tim. iv. 1, z. that I shall not stand to prove it more particularly.
part2. chap. 3. 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 usd with great exactness; and comprehend no more than six 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 fignification of the words themselves. Thus 1260 days may Apoc. xi. 3. be any space between 12591 and 12601 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, 1o. interval between 4, and 31 months. Thus three years and an half, or a time, times, and an half, may