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4. A. "[And it came to pass, as the sun was going down,] lo, a deep sleep fell on Abram, and lo, a dread and great darkness fell upon him" (Gen. 15:12):

B. ". . . lo, a dread" refers to Babylonia, as it is written, "Then was Nebuchadnezzar filled with fury" (Gen. 3:19).

C. "... and darkness" refers to Media, which darkened the eyes of Israel by making it necessary for the Israelites to fast and conduct public mourning.

G. "... fell upon him" refers to Edom, as it is written, "The earth quakes at the noise of their fall" (Jer. 49:21).

H. Some reverse matters:

I. ". . . fell upon him" refers to Babylonia, since it is written, "Fallen, fallen is Babylonia" (Is. 21:9).

J. "... great ..." refers to Media, in line with this verse: "King Ahasuerus did make great" (Est. 3:1).

K. "... and darkness" refers to Greece, which darkened the eyes of Israel by its harsh decrees.

L. "... lo, a dread" refers to Edom, as it is written, "After this I saw ... a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible" (Dan. 7:7).

The fourth kingdom is part of that plan, which we can discover by carefully studying Abraham's life and God's word to him. The inevitable and foreordained salvation follows this same pattern of historical epochs:

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