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mitted to keep that INESTIMABLE TREASURE which has been graciously committed to our charge--that we may profit by the “ chastisement allotted to every son whom he receiveth"

AND BECOME WISE, UNTO THE SALVATION” OF OUR COUNTRY, AND, OF QUR IMMORTAL SOULS!...

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Thus has an attempt been made to point out some of the most remarkable Prophecies of the Old and New Testaments, and to fhew their Connection and their Object. These Prophecies were remote in point of time, extraordinary and improbable in point of circumstances, and full and clear in point of accomplishment; and this accomplishment was such as accident could not effect, nor the contrivance or imposture of man bring to pass ".'

The FIRST PROMISE of future falvation given to fallen man has been fulfilled in part by the death and resurrection of our Redeemer Jesus

. See vol. i. p. 248.

Christ,

Christ, to whom we look for its completion,

the time appointed.”

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The singular and eventful HISTORY OF THE Jews accords with the Original promise made to Adam, gives an awful lesson of divine mercy and justice to all mankind, and is clearly proved to have been all foreseen and foreshown.. From Abraham, when far advanced in years, sprang a race, agreeable to the Divine promise, that forms no inconsiderable portion of mankind; and in one of his descendants, they have been, and shall be, farther blessed, in con. formity to the same promise.—The Prophetic warnings of their great Lawgiver form a faithful abridgement of their whole history, extending from his own times to the present day : or, in other words, including no shorter a period than 3000 years. He set before this people the choice of obedience or of disobedience, and he showed the consequences of their good or evil conduct in their prosperity and in their adversity, Clearly foreseeing the wrong path which their passion for idolatry, their stubbornness, and wilful blindness, would induce them to take, he adverted fully and circumftantially to the desolate state of their country--the ravages of their enemies-their captivity -- their dispersion--and their residence among their enemies in a separate state, unlike that of

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any other captives in the world, till the time appointed for their recalo.

At a time when the glory of Jerusalem was fallen, Isaiah called upon Cyrus by name, a century before his birth, as the CONQUEROR OF BABYLON, and the RestorER OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD.

BABYLON, for her intolerance, her oppresfion, and her diffoluteness, was condemned to ruins, at a time when she was the Metropolis of a large and mighty Empire, and the glory of the eastern World—and the very Name of the Empire itself was foon lost in that of Persia.

THE HISTORY OF THE Messiah may be collected from the Old Testament ; for “to him give all the Prophets witness :” they determined the time of his appearance, and defcribed his birth, character, and miracles, his sufferings, death, resurrection, and ascension. --They set forth the fuccess of his Religion, the sufferings of his followers, and final triumph of his Gospel over 'every enemy.

Deut. xxxii. 43. xxxiii. 27, 28, 29.

They They prescribed the period of time within which many

of these most improbable things should come to pass, and the History of the world confirms their marvellous truth.

THE CALAMITIES OF THE SIEGE OF JeruSALEM, the most distressing that ever happened, were distinctly pointed out by the rejected Messiah, after his earnest and affectionate calls to repentance had been made in vain. The capital of Judea, contrary to the general practice of the Romans, was totally destroyed. The Temple, contrary to the determination of Titus, the most resolute, though the most mild of Emperors, and contrary to the ardent desire of the Jews themselves, was reduced to alhes.

These SIGNAL EVENTS tended to establish the truth of Christianity, and proved the Divine authority of its Founder to Jews and Gentiles. They happened in conformity to the Divine declaration, and yet depended upon this People's disobedience to the Law, their pride, their profligate wickedness, and more especially, their Rejection of the predicted Meffiah. The Gospel, though opposed by every obstacle that the power or art of men could oppose to it, was widely propagated previous to the destruction of the Jewish polity.

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Multitudes in various nations surrendered their prejudices, renounced their idolatry, and reformed their lives at the preaching of the Apostles, who were for the most part illiterate men, and particularly odious to the Gentiles from their Jewish origin.

In the Prophecies respecting later Events, we have seen THÉ ANTICHRIST, the great and formidable Enemy of the true Church of Christ, revealed with the most striking accuracy ; though in such mystic language, that only corresponding circumstances can decypher it. WE HAVE SEEN THE ANTICHRISTIAN

POWER ARISE AT THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME

IN THE CORRUPTIONS OF THE CHURCH OF

ROME IN THE WEST, AND IN THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF MAHOMET IN THE EAST.WE HAVE

TRACED THE PROGRESS OF ITS INTOLERANT POWER ITS HEIGHT- AND ITS DÉCLINE, IN BOTH; AND WE HAVE SEEN IT MAKE ONE LAST GREAT EFFORT NEAR THE END OF ITS

APPOINTED TIME, IN THE VIOLENT AND WIDE-SPREADING INFIDELITY OF THE LATER AGES, THROUGH ROMAN CATHOLIC, MAHOMETAN, AND PROTESTANT COUNTRIES, TO CONVULSE THE WORLD BEFORE IT IS ITSELF DESTROYED,

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