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most judicious writers on the important subject, he reduced to writing what he concluded was the design and meaning of the predictions and forewarnings of the Prophets, compared with those of Christ himself and his apostles. He then waited to see how far he was warranted in his conclusions by the events which were about to take place, if his construction was right.
To accomplish this he was obliged to keep a short diary of what was passing on the theatre of Europe. The many instances of exact conformity with the words and spirit of the Scriptures, convinced the author that the wonderful transactions daily passing in the kingdoms of Europe, were an exact fulfilment of the predictions of the Sacred record. That the antichrist foretold, as coming on the earth after the Man of Sin, had literally appeared in the new government of France, having Napoleon Buonaparte for her head, can scarcely be denied by any observing mind, who has become acquainted with the late history of that nation since the year 1790, and compared it with the language of holy writ.--The emphatic calls of Christ and his apostles on bis Church and followers, to be watching and well prepared for this important era, which was to be of such essential and interesting consequence to their eternal welfare, appeared to the author in so strong a light that he thought it an imperious obligation to continue his atten. tion to the subject till about the year 1798, or beginning of 1799, when he was taken off from the subject by avocations that could not be well avoided. Some years afterwards, his convictions on the subject being strengthened by the continuance of important events, corrobating all his views of the prophetic declarations, he was tempted to communicate his ideas, and the observations he had made, to a few judicious friends, whose approbation encouraged him to think of making them public. But the state of his health and other imposing circumstances, leaving him small hopes of ever seeing them printed, he, for a time, determined to leave them in manuscript to those who should come after him, to act as they thought best.
However, he has lately been prevailed on to make the attempt, from a hope that it will call men's attention to a subject he has convinced himself is all iinportant to the Church of Christ, and to esert himself to do what lay in his power towards completing the work, that it inay avail, so far as is plainly and clearly founded on the written will of God.
PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS. Fol. 1. THE Scriptures contain a well organized system through the whole-It is manifest in all the conduct of the great author-It can only be accomplished by the establishment of the kingdom of Christ--To this end the apparatus of nature and Providence has. tens-In this world Christ received insult, sufferings and reproach - In this world also, as mediator, he shall receive glory, homage, adoration and praise-Hence the earliest dawn of hope to our first parents was ushered in, with the promise, that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head-Enoch prophesied of his coming—Noah a strong figure of this event–The promise more explicit to Abraham-References to the second coming of the Messiah, in almost every Book of the Old Testament.
THE PSALMs. Fol. 8. David does not explicitly distinguish between the first and se. cond coming--the greatest part of his language, can only apply to the last-Instances given-The 67th Psalın, a prayer for this kingdom-As the time hastened on, most of the inspired prophets speak of this great event, in an explicit manner.
ISAIAH. Fol. 12. Styled the evangelical prophet, foretels the first coming in express terms-- The second coming plainly foretold by the circumstances and glory attending it here on earth—The Jews and Isra. elites are again to unite and become one people-Israel, Egypt and Assyria together to be acknowledged as the people of God The earth to be covered with the knowledge of God--The happiness of that kingdom—Jehovah will call from the East bis Eagle --and from a far distant lund the man of his council-A sign will he given to the nations~ The prophet's joy at the prospect of this great event-A standard lifted up against the enemy-The reason given for this charge-The Jews to be brought as an offering to the Lord, out of all nations.
EZEKIEL. Fol. 25. Also gives a prophetic declaration of the second advent of the Saviour-Clearly shews the return of the Jews-God will be their king, and David their prince-The land of Israel again to be inha
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, uncommon distress to take place, by which God will manifest his glory.
These wonderful predictions are repeated by this prophet, who lived 80 years after Isaiah-He describes the Messiah and asserts that he shall 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 horses-Elijah's coming as his fore-runner.
DANIEL. 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 precisionRevealed to him as being a type of the Jews,--but to Nebuchadnezzar who was a type of the Gentiles, both revealed to him Daniel's vision interpreted to him-Jews' mistakes on this subject -Probable causes of them— These events the firm objects of Abraham'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 calculation-Events that will introduce these great objects of Hope The king or government of a fierce countenance—Sir Isaac Newton's opinion-The angel repeats his instructions to Daniel Great trouble and distress will precede the glorious kingdom of Christ.
MICAH. Fol. 72.
Does the same.
OBSERVATIONS. Fol. 74. There appears a continued series of analogy and design carried on by divine prescience relative to the second coming of 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 nations, so far as they respect his Church and people-– The folly of pretended philosopherg-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. 91. Strong expressions of our Lord relating to this subjectTranslators 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's opinion-Christ's acknowledment before the high priest.
LURE. 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 without 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 subject-Abraham understood the promises, as to be performed 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 suffering-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 commandments 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-explains the promises and encourages them, under the certain expectation of the final result, as foretold to them.
THE EPISTLE OF JAMES. Fol. 124. He assures them that the coming of the Lord is drawing (comparatively) nigh, meaning in the destruction of Jerusalem.
OF PETER. Fol. 125. Peter, the chief of the apostles, speaks of it as a certain eventMust 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 his glory—The second 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 doctrine-Of the error of supposing the 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.