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fhines with increasing brightness as time aðvances in its course, and collects strength from each succeeding age. And as the extraordinary events NOW PASSING BEFORE OUR EYES will be found to augment the splendour of its light, and to give force to its strength, while they receive in return a ray from Divine truth, which discovers their origin, and points out their course; it may be presumed, that a summary view of the Prophecies is particularly SUITED TO STRIKE
THE MINDS OF THE PRESENT GENERA
TION, WHO SEEK IN
History, which constitutes a material branch of our education, assumes the greatest dignity of character, when the becomes the companion of RELIGION, and the Interpreter of the Oracles of God. Her volumes present the most wonderful discoveries, and reflect the images of the prophetical parts of the Bible. The works of the writers of all ages and countries — whether Pagans - Christians
Jews -- antient, or even modern Infidels- whatever their opinions, preju
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til dices, or designs, unfold the mysteries of prediction, show the fulfilment of the Divine will, and in reality advance the interests of Revelation.
The following Work is intended to let these truths in a striking point of view;
IT DISPLAYS THE HARMONY OF PRO
PHECYTHE ONE GREAT SCHEME THAT PERVADES ALL ITS PARTS A ID THE CONCURRENCE OF ALL HUMAN EVENTS TO ACCOMPLISH ITS STUPENDOUS PLAN.
Fully aware that this work falls extremely short of that excellence which the subject demands, I lament that such a sketch of Prophetical and Historical harmony as the times seem urgently to require, delineating present as 'well as past occurrences with a faithful and an able pencil, and marking them with the colours of strong and vivid description, has. not hitherto been offered to the public. I am persuaded, that such a work would most effectually answer the ends which these Volumes are most seriously intended to promote--namely, to establish the doubtful, to recal the wandering, to awaken the thoughtless, to instruct the.
unlearned and more particularly to pro« duce in the minds of the rising generation fo strong a conviction of the superintendence of the Almighty over the affairs of the world—of the Divine origin of the Gospel --and the momentous concerns of another life, that they may view the FOLLY and the WICKEDNESS of the NEW PHILOSOPHY in their proper light, and ever stand up as THE FIRM SUPPORTERS OF THE SACRED CAUSE OF CHRISTIANITY.
Before I conclude this Preface, I must make an acknowledgment, which is no less due to justice, than fatisfactory to my own feelings of gratitude. I have received fo much assistance in the prosecution of this Work, as greatly to invalidate my claims to being reputed its Author. The plan originated with an ardent Friend to the cause of Religion, who was led, by a very extensive knowledge of History and Scripturė, to consider the passing train of events with peculiar attention; and forcibly ftruck by their agreement with the Divine word, was anxious to represent this enlightening and confolatory truth to the public.
From this Person, whose name I am not at liberty to mention, and
whose anxiety for the success of this Publication is perfectly disinterested, I have not only received many judicious corrections of what I had written, but such valuable communications as are deservedly substituted for many of the materials which I had prepared for the press. I had also the advantage of submitting my papers to the perusal of the learned and exce!lent Prelate, to whom I am allowed the honour of inscribing this Work; to whose enlightened and comprehensive views of the subject of Prophecy itself, I am happy to acknowledge my obligations; and to whom the public are indebted for the first intimation of the PRINCIPLE that alone can explain the extraordinary events which excite universal attention a. I congratulate my Readers on my having obtained such important assistance, as it has stamped that
the Volumes now offered to their notice, which I am confident could not have been derived from my own unaided labours.
* See the Bishop of Lincoln's excellent Discourse on the Day of Public Thanksgiving, 1797