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OTHING surprizes me more than that Aversion, which I find many People Thew both in their Words and Actions, to
those who differ in Opinion from them; especially when they differ so widely as the Jews and Christians are generally thought to do; which Difference however is not so great as those who are ignorant of the true Christian Doctrines generally imagino. A 2
But as I find that you are not of that unmanly Bent of Mind, and that you can bear the Conversation of those, who do not think as you do, even in Matters of Religion; I have ventured to set Pen to Paper in order to fulfill my Promise of giving you my Opinion, about the Time of the Coming of the Meffal, which you think is no where specified in the sacred Writings.
By the Coming of the Meffab, I do not mean that Coming of his, which we Chriftians think to have been fulfilled about 1750 Years ago, a little before the Destruction of the second Temple ; and which we imagine to have been expressly foretold in the Books of Moses and the Prophets, and Hagiographa, and to have been accordingly accomplished by the Birth, and Sufferings and Death of Christ, or the Messiah, who then came in a State of Humiliation : But I mean the Coming of the Mesab in his State of Exaltation and Glory; when the Jews are to be restored to their own Land; and the Messiab shall make a triumphant and a personal Appearance on Mount Zia on; at which Time the Jews and Gentiles Thall be united into one People under Mef fiab, their Shepherd and King; and all Peo
ple, and Nations, and Languages shall serve and obey him.
om Which is an Event that we Christians agree with the Jews in the Expectation of, and verily believe it must come to pass fomo Time or other, if the Scriptures of the Holy Bible have any Truth in them: And of which we look upon the present continued and tedious Dispersion of the Jews, which was foretold by the Prophets * to be antecedent thereto, as a living Proof, and an Earnest of its Veracity,
As it may therefore be fome Satisfaction to the Jews in general, and to you, Sir, in particular, to be informed of the Time when their present Dispersion is to have an End; I shall, as far as lieth in my Power, endeavour to do it, by explaining those Prophecies which relate thereto; and which I have in fome Measure already performed, by the Publication of a Treatise entitled + A Diser. tation on Prophecy,&c. wherein I have shewed from a joint Comparison of the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Revelations of St, John, that this great Event is to take Place about 2 50 Years hence.
* See Ifa.xi.11, &c.and Multitudes of other places,
+ Printed first in Dublin, and afterwards in London, 1749