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mand of Egypt, and of its treasures and defirable things, without availing themfelveshardly at all of the benefit of those riches.

We are informed further, that this Power fhould rule over the Libyans, and Moors, in all their fortreffes; which is an exact description of the command the Turks have had over all the coaft of Africa, bordering upon the Mediterranean.

Thus far the Prophecy is moft clear; and what follows cannot but excite in us, particularly at this period of time, the utmost curiofity, and the greatest attention. For we are told, verfe 44, concerning the end of this formidable Power:

That tidings, concerning great exertions from the Eaft and from the North, fhall trouble him; and, in confequence thereof, he shall go forth with great wrath, to root out many, and to devote many to deftruction.

And it is a moft aftonishing coincidence of circumftances, that as the whole Ruffian dominions lie North of the Turkish dominions, fo the exertions of Ruffia have been not only in the North, but in a moft remarkable manner in the East; where vaft advantages of commerce, and of extent of dominion, have been

been obtained by the Ruffians towards China. And, at the fame time, (as far as the Turkish and Mahometan caufe, in Europe, is connected, in point of religion, with the Mahometan power in the East Indies,) the increafe of European influence, and command there, muft greatly affect it: to fay nothing of the continual alarm and apprehenfions which the Turks are under with regard to their immediate neighbours in the Eaft, the Perfians; from whom, ere long, they may perhaps hear tidings too.

It is not for us to prefume to explain beforehand, with any certainty, what this last part of the Prophecy actually imports; but enough is now visibly going forward in the world to rouse our attention, and to convince us that the time spoken of is, drawing near.

The last verse, the 45th, clearly defcribes the magnificent feat of the Turkish dominion established in Europe; and declares, that notwithstanding all this grandeur, and potent ftrength, it fhall perish, and meet its destined

end.

This feems to be the plain purport and meaning of the verfe, notwithstanding any prejudices that have been conceived to the contrary;

contrary; for the objections made, even by Bishop Newton, are eafily anfwered.

The midst of the feas in the land well adorned, furely does moft exactly defcribe the fituation of Conftantinople; in the midst, be512. tween the Black Sea, the Adriatick, the Archipelago, and the Mediterranean, or Levant; and alfo in the land that belonged to the Greek empire; and was in every part almost adorned with the most beautiful productions of art and architecture.

And the mention of

a facred mountain, as no article is prefixed to gayiov, does by no means confine the fituation to THE mountain above all others, or to the Holy Land, or to any mountain thereunto belonging or adjoining; but manifeftly leads us to confider, what mountain or hill, in any part of the Greek empire, and of the the land that was once fo well adorned, might deserve any such appellation? And when we reflect, that Conftantinople was built upon bills, juft as Rome was; and that, amongst thefe, was the fpot confecrated by the very firft open establishment of Christianity, and of Chriftian worship, by Conftantine; furely no hill or mountain on earth can better deferve to be called a facred one, and espe

cially in that land, than the very place where the Porte has established its fupreme dominion.

The pitching of his tent, therefore, or, as our translation in the Bible has it, the planting the tabernacles of his palace, muft furely rather mean fimply a defcription of the spot where this dreadful Power should fix its final refidence, than any place where a mere tent should be pitched, on the march of an army. And his going forth with fury and great wrath, as mentioned, verfe 44, has nothing to do with. the TIME of this pitching of his tent, or planting the tabernacles of his palace.

All that seems to be declared in the 45th verfe is, that HERE, at the Porte, at Conftantinople, the Turkish empire and Mahometan power was to appear in its fullest glory and strength; but yet, notwithstanding such an establishment, it fhould, at laft, on its making 513. one vaft effort to recover its fading glory, come utterly to an end, and perish.

AMEN must be the heartfelt anfwer of every poor debilitated Grecian, to this prophetical declaration, whilft pining under bitter oppreffion, in the land once well adorned

by

by Attic art and ingenuity; and near the once proud city of Conftantinople, feated on hills like ancient Rome; on hills once facred; and rendered truly and moft memorably so, by the piety of Conftantine the Great, and by Chriftians of the first ages.

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