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ward those events which are to precede the coming of that “ kingdom,” for which we are directed to offer up our daily prayers. Of this we may be confident, however erroneous may

be our opinions concerning the operation of these changes; for “ the Lord will haften it in his time.” I readily confess, however, that the extraordinary circumstances of the present times indicate, in my judgment, the approach of some signal display of Divine power, to justify Divine truth “ in the fight of men.” And, as we are commanded to “ watch the signs of the times,” as we are expressly told, that in that duy", which shall be neither light nor dark, in the evening it shall be light,I trust I shall stand acquitted of presumption, though I venture to state some conjectures respecting the probable course of fome of these great events, which appear to be noce fulfilling the regular course of Prophecy b.

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· Zech. xiv. 6, 7.

• If a sketch of the present state of Europe, with reference to the fulfilment of Prophecy, were to be drawn by simply bringing together, and arranging in their proper order acknowledged facts that have happened within the last fifty years, unconnected with political opinions as much as - the nature of the subject will allow, how striking would be the effect! Such a collection of indisputable facts, se



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“ The many and clear Prophecies (says Sir Ifaac Newton) concerning the things to be done at Christ's second coming, are not only for predicting, but also for effecting a recovery and re-establishment of the long-lost truth, and setting up a ' kingdom wherein dwells righteousness. The event will prove the Apocalypse: and this Prophecy, thus proved and understood, will

open the old Prophets, and all together will make known the true Religion, and establish it. For he that will understand the old Prophets [relative to the last days] must begin with this : but the time is not yet came for understanding them perfectly, because the main revolution, predicted in them, is not yet come to pass. . In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to found, the mystery of God shall be finished,

lected from different kingdoms, and arising from various causes, considered collectively, would appear to be directed by the hand of Providence to one point, and as assisting in the execution of the one great scheme, which the whole train of Prophecies and events, from the beginning of the world to the present hour, has gradually developed, and uniformly promoted : by means, however, fo consistent with man's free will (see the Bishop of Lincoln's Thanksgiving Sermon, 1797, p. 23.) that unless " his eyes are opened” by Revelation, he never looks beyond his own free-agency, and the supposed effects of chance, to account for the fuccefs or failure of those plans, which continually feed or disap, point his hopes,


as he hath declared unto his servants the Prophets,' and then the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord, and his Christ, and he shall reign for ever.' There, is already so much of the Prophecy fulfilled, that as many as will take pains in this study may

see fufficient instances of God's Providence. But then the signal revolutions predicted by all the holy Prophets, will at once both turn men's eyes upon considering the predictions, and plainly interpret them.”

The restoration of the Jews to their own land, and their conversion to the church of Christ—the triumph of our Lord over all his enemies, and the universal happiness of his glorious reign, are the signal revolutions to which this truly great Christian Philosopher alludes. All these awful and interesting subjects appear to be so blended in the Prophetic writing's, and so connected in point of time, that they ought to be considered together ; but the predictions are far too numerous to be inserted in this work, already swelled so much beyond the Author's original design. Having selected more than would fill a hundred pages; as the best security against the wanderings of imagination, I must reluctantly confine myself to references to the principal of them. But I intreat the Reader to confult his Bible, that he may judge how far the observations, which are offered for his consideration, are founded on Scripture and probability: for be it ever remembered, that the most perfect confidence that such events are clearly predicted, and will certainly bappen, is perfectly consistent with doubt and uncertainty relative to the circunAtances attending their accomplishment.


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Zephaniah iii. ii. 2, 3. Haggai ii. 21, 22. Zechariah ii. 10–13: xiv. 1-21. Micah vii. 15–20. Amos ix, 11-15. Zechariah viii. 20--23. ix. 8—17. xii. 6--14. Zephaniah ii. 1—3. Malachi i. 11. iii, iv. 1-3. [Compare Daniel and the. Revelations.] Isaiah ii. 1-5. 10^-22. V. 20—30. viii. 9--18. xi. xii. xiv. After the destruction of Babylon, it is written, v. 29. Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit Mall be a fiery flying ferpent. Ifaiah xxiv. xxvi. 11—21. xxvii. 1. xxv. 6—8. xxix. 17–24. xxx. 18 33. xxxiv. xxxv. [compare Rev. and our


Lord's Prophecy concerning the end of the world] Isaiah xliii. 1—21. xliv. 1.-8. xlv. 17-25. xlix. li. lii. liv. lv. lx.lxi. lxii. Ixiii. lxiv. lxv. Ixvi. [compare Rev. and Daniel] Foel ii. iii. [compare Daniel and the Rev.] Jeremiah iii. 12-19. xii. 14-17. xxiii. 1--20. xxv: 8– 38. xxx. xxxi. xxxiii. Ezekiel ix. 4-10. xi. 15-25. xvi. 60–63. xx. 33–44. xxxiv. II-31. xxxvi. xxxvii. xxxviii. xxxix. Compare the last ten chapters with the Revelations. Deuteronomy xxxii. 41-43. Pfalm ii. Daniel xii. Matthew xxiv. Mark xiii. Luke xxi. Rev. xiv. 13-20. xvi. 13—21. xix. xx. xxi. xxii. xi. Philippians iii. 20, 21. Romans ii. 5

11. xi. 12—36. Corinthians xv. 2 Corinthians iv. 11-18. v. 1-11. Ephefans i. 20 —23. Philippians ii. 5–11. Coloffans ii 12 --20. iii. 3, 4. i Thessalonians i. 10. ii. 19, 20. iv. 13—18. v. 2—11. 2 Thelilonians i. 5–12. ii. 1 Timothy iv. 1-10. 2 Timothy iii. iv. 1-8. Titus ii. 13, 14. Hebrews i. ii. iii. iv. vii. viii. ix. x. xi. xii. i Peter iv. 1719. 2 Peter i. ii. iii. I 'John iii. 2. St. Matthew xiii. 30, 37-43, 49, 50. xvi. 27, 28. xvii. 2. xix. 28-30. xxii. 29–32. xxii. 39. xxv. 31—34, 46. St. Mark xii. 24–27. xvi. 19. St. Luke i. 30–33. ix. 25, 26, 29–36. xi. 29–32. xii. 4-10. xiii. 28-30, 34, 35. xiv. 14. xviii. 8. xx. 34-38, St. John v. 21

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