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Revelation of Saint John.
HYPOTHESES OF OBSERVATIONS.
HOSE Prophecies of the Scripture which relate to the Jewish Church are open and explicit, and make use of a Tear for that known space of time fo call'd, 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. 4, 5, God to Ifrael: and the 40 years of his forbear- 6. ance to Judah: and very many the like durations, are unanimously and certainly expounded of the fame real numbers of years by all Commentators: and the exact completion of them, at the time every where specify'd, in that moft obvious acceptation, puts the matter beyond dispute with all
II. Those Prophecies of the Scripture which relate to Christianity, the Times of the Meffias, and the Church
Dan. IX. 24. &c.
Church of the Gentiles upon the rejection of
IV. The particular fort of Tear alfo refer'd to by
2 Pet.iij. 3.
Chaldean or Perfian Tear of 360 days. But fuch as were dated long afterward, from the Roman Times, and refer intirely to them; may justly be expounded of the Roman or Julian Tears. Thus alfo 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 occafions. V. Where any Prophecies of the Old Teftament, or at least towards the conclufion of it are exprefly faid to belong to the Time of the End; to the latter Days; to the last Days, or the like: They relate, if not to the very end of the World, yet at leaft to its last great Age the Days of the Meffias. This is fo exprefly the Explication of the Writers of the New Teftament, and is, I Heb. i. 2. think, fo generally allow'd by the fews themfelves, Tim. iv. 1,2. that I fhall not ftand to prove it more particularly. See Furieu VI. Intire Numbers of years, or months, or days in see Chronol part2. chap. 3. the Prophecies of Scripture, as well as in its p. 8. Chronology are us'd with great exactnefs; and comprehend no more than fix months, or fifteen days, or twelve hours on either fide: 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 1259% and 1260 days. Thus 42 months may denote any space be- ver. 2. tween 41 and 42 months; and 37 months any Dan. vij. 25. Ipace between 36 and 37; and 5 months any Apoc. ix. 5, 10. interval between 4 and 5 months. Thus three years and an half, or a time, times, and an half, may