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must begin with this : but the time is not yet come for understanding them perfectly, because the main revolution, predicted in them, is not yet come to pass. • In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be finished, as he hath declared unto his servants the Prophets,' and then' the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord, and his Christ, and he shall reign for ever.' There is already so much of the Propheey fulfilled, that as many as will take pains in this study may fee fufficient instances of God's ! Providence. But then the signal revolutions predicted by all the holy Prophets, will at once both turn men's eyes upon considering the predictions, and plainly interpret them.”
The restoration of the Jews to their own land, and their conversion to the church of Christ—the triumph of our Lord over all his enemies, and the universal happiness of his glorious reign, are the signal revolutions to which this truly great Christian Philosopher alludes. All these awful and interesting subjects appear to be so blended in the Prophetic writings, and so connected in
point of time, that they ought to be considered together ; but the predictions are far too numerous to be inserted in this work, already swelled so much beyond the Author's original design. Having selected more than would fill a hundred pages; as the best security against the wanderings of imagination, I must reluctantly confine my, self to references to the principal of them. But I intreat the Reader to consult his Bible, that he may judge how far the ob fervations, which are offered for his con, fideration, are founded on Scripture and probability : for be it eyer remembered, that the most perfect confidence that such events are clearly predicted, and will certainly bappen, is perfectly consistent with doubt and uncertainty relative to the circumstances at, tending their accomplishment,
Zephaniah iii. ii. 2, 3. Haggai ii. 21, 22. Zechariah ii. 10-13. xiv. 1—21, Micah vii. 15–20. Amos ix. 11–15. Zechariah
viji. viii. 20—23. ix. 8—17. xii. 6—14. Zephaniah ii. 1–3. Malachi i. 11. iii. iv. I —3. [Compare Daniel and the Revelations] Isaiah ii. 1-5. 10—22. V. 20—30. viii. 9 -18. xi. xii. xiv. After the destruction of Babylon, it is written, v. 29. Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that (mote thee is broken : for out of the Serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and . kis fruit fall be a fiery flying serpent. Isaiah xxiv. xxvi. 11-21. xxvii. 1. xxv. 6–8. xxix. 17–24. xxx. 18-33. xxxiv. xxxv. [compare Rev, and our Lord's Prophecy concerning the end of the world] Isaiah xliii. I --21. xliv. 1-8. xlv. 17–25. xlix. li. lii. liv. lv. lx. lxi. lxii. lxiii. lxiv. Ixv. Ixvi, [compare Rev. and Daniel] Foel ii. iii. [compare Daniel and the Rev.] Jeremiah iii, 12 -19. xii. 14-17. xxiii. 1—20. xxv. 8 --38. xxx. xxxi. xxxiii. Ezekiel ix. 4—10. xi. 15--25. xvi. 60–63. XX. 33—44. xxxiv.11—31.xxxvi.xxxvii.xxxviii.xxxix. Compare the last ten chapters with the Revelations. Deuteronomy xxxii.41–43. Psalm ii. Daniel xii. Matthew xxiv. Mark xiii, Luke xxi. Rev. xiv. 13-20. xvi. 13-—21. xix. xx. xxi. xxii. xi. Philippians iii. 20,21, Romans ii. 5-11. xi. 12—36. I Corinthi ans xv, 2 Corinthians iv. 11-18. v. I-II,
Ephesians Ephesians i. 20--23. Philippians ii. 5—11. Colossians i. 12—20. iii. 3, 4. 1 Thessalonians i. 10. ii. 19, 20. iv. 13—18. v. 2— 11. 2 Thessalonians i. 5-12. ii. 1 Timothy iv. 1-10. 2 Timothy iii. iv. 1—8. Titụs ii. 13, 14. Hebrews i. ii. iii. iv. vii. viii. ix. x. xi. xii. i Peter iv. 17-19. 2 Peter i. ii. iii. 1 John iii. 2. St. Matthew xiii. 30, 37-43, 49, 50. xvi. 27, 28. xvii. 2. xix. 28-30. xxii. 29–32. xxiii. 39. xxv. 31 -34, 46. St. Mark xii. 24—27. xvi. 19. St. Luke i. 30–33. ix. 25, 26, 29–36. xi. 29–32. xii. 4-10. xiii. 28-30, 34, 35. xiv. 14. xviii. 8. xx. 34-38. St. John V. 21—29. vi. 39, 40, 44-51. viii. 44. xi. 23—27. xii. 31–34, 47, 48. xiv. 1 4, 30. xvii. 1-3, 19-26. Asts i. 6—II. 11. 36. iii. 19—26. vii. 55, 56. xxvi. 22, 23.
It is scarcely possible to view this collected light of Prophecy, and doubt the restoration of the antient chosen people of God to the land which he gave to their fathers for an everlasting inheritance. Their conversion to the church of Christ seems to be predicted with equal clearness. But these are diftin&t events, which the darkness and bigotry of former ages have confidered as necessarily inseparable; or rather,
they have presumed it certain, that their conversion must precede their return to Jerusalem.
From this idea originated the Apostate Julian's attempt to rebuild the Temple , the negotiation of the Infidel Conspirators with the Ottoman Court', and the design, professed by the formidable power which, aims its frantic efforts against the truth of all Revelation, to re-establish the Jews in their own land, as a dire&t contradiction to the Prophecies concerning them. Let it however be understood, that some of the ablest Commentators of the Protestant church have lifted up their voice against this opinion, and have maintained, that the restoration of the Jewish people will precede their conversiono. Granting therefore,
c See Barruel, vol. i. p. 185.
o See the project for the restoration of the Jews by the French, in the St. James's Chronicle, July 14, 1798.
- In support of what I conceive to be the right interpretation of Scripture, it may be observed, that the Jews are more likely to return to their own land previous to their conversion ; because, when they become Christians, they will no longer be considered as a difsinet people. The Jewish Christians in the first ages