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A GENERAL AND CONNECTED
VIEW THE NUESES
RELATIVE TO To his sans
THE CONVERSION, RESTORATION, UNION, AND FUTURE GLORY
BY THE REV. GEORGE STANLEY FABER, B. D.
VICAR OF STOCKTON-UPON-TEES.
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HON. AND RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,
SHUTE BARRINGTON, LL.D.
LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM:
To complete the plan of my Dissertation on the 1260 years, there was wanting, a general and connected view of the various prophecies which treat of the wonderful events about to take place at the expiration of
that period. Prevalent as the powers of darkness may ' be during their allotted season, they are destined to be at length destroyed. Their destruction will synchronize with the restoration of the Jews, and will usher in that glorious state of things so frequently and so exultingly described by the ancient prophets. The lost ten tribes will be united with the tribe of Judah; and the blessings of pure Christianity will be very generally diffused throughout the world. Such, we
are led from holy Scripture to believe, will be the · magnificent close of the great period of 1260 years.
Without presuming to inquire too curiously into the state of the millennian Church and the nature of the Messiah's earthly reign, it is not difficult to conceive, how materially the face of society would be changed, and how wonderfully the general condition of mankind would be meliorated, were the Gospel.
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cordially embraced and faithfully acted upon, if not
absolutely by all, yet by an incalculably great majori: ty. At present, to say nothing of the huge multitudes .. involved in the darkness of Paganism or the mists of
Mohammedism, the greatest exertion of Christian charity, the most laborious attempt to hope against hope, will leave no conviction in the minds of the truly serious, that even in countries professing the religion of the Messiah the majority are faithful followers of their Lord. We are compelled to acknowledge, by the melancholy testimony of our very senses, that too
many have a name that they live, and are dead; that ; not merely lukewarmness and indifference and a disre
regard to the spirit of Christianity are prevalent, but that numbers, in consequence of their actual criminali.
ty, can be distinguished from Pagans only by an appel..' tation, in their cases, an empty geographical appellation.
Now let us suppose this state of things to be reversed;
let us picture to ourselves either the whole, or nearly ... the whole, of mankind as being Christians not in word
only, but in deed : and we may perhaps form some conception of the nature of the Millennium. What the narrow primitive Church was in spirit and in prac. : tice, the immense millennian Church would likewise be. Behold how these Christians love each other, would again become a true remark. Where universal affection prevailed, where selfishness was as much
extinguished and evil lusts and passions were as much : subdued as among the first believers, wars and disseni tions, both public and private, would be no more. the Where holiness of conversation, springing from grate
ful love to God through Christ, was predominant, the various miseries arising from vice and immotality would be unheard of. The world, in a degree, would be brought back to a Paradisaical state;
and, when the minds of men ceased to be agitated by
But some perhaps may ask, How can these things