second Babylonish empire which answers to the first universal, begins 747 years be-fore the Christian Era.
This empire ends with the taking of Babylon by Cyrus 538. And this is the Medo Persian, or second universal empire.
The Medo Persian empire ends at the battle of Arbela, when Darius is conquered by Alexander the Great, Oct. 2d, B. C. 331. This begins the Macedonian empire, or the third universal.
The battle of Actium, Sept. 2d, B. C. 31, begins the Roman empire.
The developments in the annals of those four empires are, in the main, authentic, because, in general, they have the coincidence of the Sacred Scriptures. These are the four grand theatres on which Di. vine Providence has controled a wonderful series of events for his own glory. The sovereigns and subjects of those empires have been seen, as so many agents, acting over scenes of importance from their connection with the redemption system. The