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I have told you before it come to pafs, that when it is come to pass ye might believe.

JESUS: Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen! Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her

fins, and that ye receive not of het plagues. For her fins have reached unto heaven, and God hatha temembered her iniquities. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning. and famine.

Rev. xviii, 2, 8. Leye ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.

JESUS:

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TELENDLY ADDRESS to the Jews, and LETTER to Mi, D. Lovi. Price

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History no where informs us of any event fo extraordinary as the late revolution in France. If viewed on all sides, with its attending circumstances, by an atten-. tive and unprejudiced eye, it must furely excite the greateft astonishment; and those who have been used to unite in their minds the providence of God with human occurrences, (whether they approve of this great change of things or not) cannot help inquiring, Is this from men, or is it from God? Is it one of those commotions produced by the confli&ting passions of men, that rise and fink, and are foon forgotten ; or is it one of those events which mark the great æras of time, and from which originate new orders of things ?-If the latter, it is undoubtedly the theme of prophecy.

But

Appearances indicate that this will be a fatal stroke to the papal ufurpations, and to the reign of despotism, Those prophecies therefore, which direct our hopes to that interesting period, when all antichriftian tyrannies are to perish, deserve, at this time, peculiar attention. where shall we find a clue to guide us in our inquiries? The author of the following thoughts consulted commentators the most generally approved, on the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation of John. He found much to edify and to excite curiosity, but was still in the midst of a wilderness. At length he was determined to commis himself to his own investigalions, and explore thefe regions of wonders, without placing implicit confidence in

any guiden Circumsances led him to conjecture, ihat the beast which John faw coming up out of the earth was Lewis the Fourteențh, or the French tyranny, perfekted by him, and supported by his fucceffors; and that it was this beast which flew the witnesses. This is the clue which he has followed, and he thinks it is that by which the mazes of ihese wonderful vifions, at least as far as they have been accomplished, way be iræced with precifion, and some things, which are yet to come, be conjectured wiih great advantage. But without this to guide us, all seems confusion.

serious application to the study of the prophecies, and an attentive observation of the signs of the times, have produced in my mind the strongest perfuafion, that the utter downfal of the papacy, the final overthrow of despotism, the restoration of the Jews, and the renovation of all things, are near at hand; and that every year will astonish us with new wonders. As the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, and marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came and took them all away, so fhall also the coming of the Son of Man

From this perfuafion arises the indispensible duty of calling the attention of mankind, with peculiar earnestnefs, to the things which belong to their peace. " Blow

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the

trumpet in Zion, and found an alarm in my holy mountain : let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nighi at hand.”+

be."*

I know what an author, who writes on subjects like ilese, has to expect. But my heart tells me, that I publish these thoughts with the purest intentions, and that

my only aims are to serve the inierests of Christianily, to promote the welfare of my countrymen, and the common cause of humanity, by inviting men to consider the signs of the times; that, as individuals, and as a nation, we

Matt, xxiv. 37-39.

+ Joel ii. 1.

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