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PREFACE.

TO have a better understanding of the following work, it is necessary that the reader should be informed of the circumstances attending its commencement, and the manner in which it has been carried on to the present period. Some time about the year 1790, the important events of that day made a deep impression on the author's mind and led him to examine the Scriptures with great attention, from Genesis to the Revelation of St. John. The solemn exhortation of the apostle to his readers to hearken to what the Spirit saith to the Churches; and repeated six times within the bounds of two chapters, fixed his attention to the important call.—He made the prophetic declarations in the Scriptures, for a while, the peculiar object of his daily studies; at the same time humbly supplicating for aid from, and looking to the Spirit of God, who dictated those prophesies, for being led into all necessary truth, in enquiring into their genuine meaning. He must acknowledge that the passing events of the day alarmed him; and he thought he saw the signs of the latter day, foretold in the sacred record, thickening upon him. But here his fears arose, lest he might unwittingly slide into the error of judging of the prophesies altogether by the events, instead of comparing the events with the prophesies. To prevent this, he determined to guar:; against error, by forming a short compendium of what, on great consideration, comparing those prophesies yet to be fulfilled, with those which had already taken place, he verily believed was the meaning of the Spirit of God in the revelation of his will to his Church, as to what was to take place, as the signs of the second coming of the Saviour, to this our world.

In doing this he was surprized to find that this glorious event, at the endof Daniel and John's 1260, 30, and 90 days, or years, was the great and leading object of the sacred volume from the beginning to the end. This is the latter days and day of judgment of Daniel—The great day of judgment, or the judgment of the great day of the Jews, and the kingdom of Heaven, the kingdom of God, and the times of refreshing and the restitution of all things of the New Testament. In short, it appears to be like a thread running through the whole web, and in which all the lesser objects seem like the woof of the web, to give a complexion and character to the whole system of divine grace and mercy.

After consulting the Sacred Text, with close attention and critical precision, and comparing the result with the opinions of the bited, and become one nation-—God will make a covenant of peace
with them—a new temple to be built in Jerusalem, different from
the former one—a new division of the land, differing from that of
Moses and Joshua—God to dwell in Jerusalem, in the midst of the
children of Israel for ever—Just before this great event, uncom-
mon distress to take place, by which God will manifest his glory.

Zechahiah. Fol. 31.

These wonderful predictions are repeated by this prophet, who
lived 80 years after Isaiah—He describes the Messiah and asserts
that he snail dwell in the midst of Jerusalem—Points out the time,
ascertained by certain events that will take place—In the issue
God shall come, and all his saints with him—The manner and
means by which this great event is to be brought about—Holiness
to the Lord, to be inscribed on the bells (rather bridles) of the hor-
ses—Elijah's coming as his fore-runner.

Oaniel. Fol. 36.

Is (with Isaiah) the only exception to the observation, that no

express distinction is made between the first and second coming

of the Saviour—The second advent pointed out with precision—

Revealed to him as being a type of the Jews,—but to Nebuchad-

nezzar who was a type of the Gentiles, both revealed to him—

Daniel's vision interpreted to him—Jews' mistakeson this subject

—Probable causes of them—These events the firm objects of Abra-

ham's faith—Greatly influenced the pious Jews—The first authors

of the materiality of the soul, silenced by Origen—Resurrection of

the saints at the second advent, confirmed by the practice of Judas

Maccabeus—The Jews under a difficulty arising from the double

views contained in the prophesies—Instances—Daniel's prophesy

leaves no doubt of the meaning—Daniel's weeks and their calcula-

tion—Events that will introduce these great objects of Hope—

The king or government of a fierce countenance—Sir Isaac New-

ton's opinion—The angel repeats his instructions to Daniel-

Great trouble and distress will precede the glorious kingdom of

Christ.

Micah. Fol. 72.

Gives a prophetic view of the same joyous event.

ZEFHANIAH. Fol. 75.

Does the same.

OBSERVATIONS. Fol. 74.

There appears a continued series of analogy and design carried
en by divine prescience relative to the second comingof Christ in
glory—Objections of minute philosophers, vain—God's dealings
with the Jews, left on record for important purposes—In general,
divine revelation only regards the actions of kingdoms and na-
tions, so far as they respect his Church and people—The folly of
pretended philosophers—Instances of prophesies actually fulfilled
—The natural conclusion—Sir Isaac Newton's reasoning on it.

PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS ON THE NEW TESTAMENT. Fol. 84.

Birth of Christ—Examination of his life—He and his apostles

have continued the same regular system—Objections answered.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. Fol. 9t.

Strong expressions of oar Lord relating to this subject—Trans-

lators of the New Testament, not correct in the word ouranion—*

Difference between first and second Elias or Elijah—Signs of this

great event .

Mark. Fol. 98.

The foregoing predictions confirmed and enforced—Mr. Mede'a

opinion—Christ's acknowledment before the high priest.

Luke. Fol. 101.

Establishes the important facts—Our Lord teaches his disciples
the same doctrine in the Lord's prayer—The order of the time of
their approach—Dr. Lykes's opinion—The prediction shown to be
still future.

JOHN. Fol. 105.

His advantages—Relates what Christ told his disciples—They

understood these promises as relating to a state of glory in this

world—They ask questions of Christ and he answers them with-

out a parable—Dr. Clarke's paraphrase.

THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. Fol. 108.

. After the example of their Master, they continue the sacred and

mysterious clue—Berennius's observation thereon—What meant

by the phrase, the end of the world—The apostle's exhortation on

this -object—Abraham understood the promises, as to be perfor-

med by the resurrection of the body, after death.

THE 'EPISTLES OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS. Fol. 112.

His instructions on the important subject—particularly in his

account of the Scripture resurrection.

EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, AND COLOSSIANS. Fol. 113, 114.

In these three epistles he occasionally mentions the subject.

THE THESSALONIANS. Fol. 114.

His subject more particularly leading to this event, he dwells

on it with great earnestness and triumph—he states the doctrine

and its consequences as certain and joyful—and as a sovereign

remedy for all the troubles they were sufferings—Warns them

against the idea that it was then nigh at hand—as it could not

take place till after the man of sin was revealed—Mentions a flood

of infidelity as the sign when it is near.

Timothy. Fol. 118.

He is charged before God that he should keep the command-

ments that had been given to him, until the appearing of our Lord

Jesus Christ—Speaks of it as a day of consequence to all those

who love his appearing.

Titus. Fol. 119.

The second advent is expressly stated as the great object of the

Christian's hope.

THE HEBREWS. Fol. 119.

The Old and New Testaments connected—The inefficiency of

the legal sacrifices—The all-sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ—

Encouraged to trust in the promise of his coming, which would be

the substance of all their hopes; the evidence of those things they

believed but could not at present see—Reasons for not being more

explicit—Refers them to the example of all the patriarchs—ex-

plains the promises—and encourages them, under the certain ex-

pectation of the final result, as foretold to them.

THE EPISTLE OF JAMES. F61. 124.

He assures them that the coming of the Lord is drawing (com-
paratively) nigh, meaning in the destruction of Jerusalem.

Of Feteb. Fol. 12.5.

Peter, the chief of the apostles, speaks of it as a certain event-

Must suffer great previous distress—Yet the glory that should be
revealed by the event would be an ample recompense—they shall
certainly come with him and be partakers in bis glory—The se-
cond epistle he prefaced with an assurance of the power of Christ's
coming—as he had been an eye witness of his majesty— Warned
them of the previous coming of scoffers who should deny the doc-
trine—Of the error of supposingthe day of judgment to be the space
of a common day—but of one thousand years—And would come as
a thief in the night—Mr. Mede's observation.

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