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by Dr. John Thomas
Now it occurs to me, that the British Unicorn is a symbol representing a similar thing to the ?gean Unicorn of Alexander; and, therefore, identifies the British power with the Grecian Leopard.
I do not say that the mind which designed the heraldry of the British power had the part predestined for Britain to enact in the latter days before it when it inserted the leopard Unicorn.
But divine wisdom sometimes impels men to do things the import of which they very imperfectly understand; and the insertion of the Unicorn may have been an act of this nature.
Be this as it may, there are indications which make the idea more than probable.
In the first place, the British power is the constitutional protector of the Ionian Islands contiguous to the Morea and ancient Macedonia; and secondly, it possesses a part of Alexander the Great's dominion in India, and is absorbing more and more of it every war it wages in the Far East.
When the Bear pushes for Constantinople, it is not unlikely that the British Unicorn will make extensive seizures of the islands in the Mediterranean as an antagonistic compensation for the continental territory acquired by the Autocrat in European Turkey.
Britain is bound to maintain a maritime ascendancy in the Mediterranean; not because she has any continental territory washed by its waters, but because of her vast interests in India, which would be greatly endangered by an uncontrolled military power in Anatolia and Egypt.
When the power of the British Unicorn shall be fully developed in maritime Greece, Egypt, Palestine, the Red Sea, and India, a leopard dominion will again appear upon the stage of action, and be prepared for the catastrophe of the latter days.
OF THE FOURTH BEAST, OR TEN-HORNED DRAGON.
This beast was to arise out of the Mediterranean territory as well as the others.
The belligerent tempests on every side were to give rise to it; for, says Daniel, "the four winds of the heaven strove upon the Great Sea.
And Four Great Beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another"; and, when he has finished the description of them, he states that "they are four kings (kings being used in scripture oftentimes for their kingdoms and vice versa) which shall arise out of the earth"; which explains, that when he says "up from the sea," he means the countries of the Mediterranean, which in scripture geography is styled the Great Sea.
That this beast is identical in signification with the iron part of the image, and incorporates within its dominion the territory of the kingdoms of the brazen thighs, is indicated by "its teeth of iron and claws of brass".
A beast of prey destroys with its teeth and claws.
Like the iron kingdom of the image, this iron-toothed dominion was to devour and break in pieces all that came in its way, and to stamp the undevoured residue with its brazen-clawed feet.
It was "exceeding dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly"; and, though not named by the prophet, may, by the aid of history and the Apocalypse, be correctly termed the Greco-Roman Dragon.
This Fourth Beast was shown to Daniel for the purpose of representing certain things predestined to come to pass in connection with the ten toes of the image, which could not be suitably displayed in symbolic feet.
The things to be illustrated were: The eradication of the power of three toe-dynasties: or royalties; and the subjection of their territories to an imperial dominion; The peculiar character and constitution of this imperiality; The part this militant power was to play in relation to the saints; The time the image's feet were to continue before they should be smitten by the stone: The consumption of the militant power which was to precede the destruction of the image; The personage through whom the destructive power of the stone should be manifested; The giving of the kingdom to Him, and the saints; and, The nature of the mountain which should fill the whole earth.
These eight points constitute a summary of the things designed to be represented by the Eleven Horns which made their appearance on the head of the Fourth Beast.
The first point is symbolized by the coming up of a Little Horn among the Ten Horns, which "subdues Three Horns," so as to "pluck up by the roots" the regal dynasties they represent; and in this way leaving only seven independent royalties, besides its imperial self.
The second and third points are presented by this Little Horn having inserted into it Human Eyes and Mouth; and described as having a more audacious look than his fellow horns, or contemporary dynasties; and "speaking very great things," or blasphemies, "against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle (or saints, styled the temple of God in the scripture), and them that dwell in heaven".
Its character is also further illustrated by its "making war upon the saints and prevailing against them," and changing God's times and laws.
The fourth and fifth points are set forth by the slaying and burning of the Fourth Beast with his appendages at the end of "a time, times, and the dividing of time".