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but suppressed by ministers both in and out of the Establishment. It is therefore to be hoped that the few pious and learned, both pastors and laymen, who have so diligently studied, and, in many respects, so accurately expounded fulfilled prophecy,-- it is to be hoped that they, whose minds have been thus so beneficially conducted, and their hearts so graciously attuned to a due reception of them,—will form themselves into a SOCIETY—to promote their universal extension ; that they will unite to dissipate the prejudices of education, and, as instruments in in God's hand, cause the light of the glorious Gospel to shine with renovated splendour.
These scriptural doctrines may be combined with any orthodox form of Christian belief. And such individuals as are most fearful of imbibing erroneous opinions, may, while they pursue their inquiries on this subject, have no cause of apprehension for the security of the creed, on which they rely; because all the essentials of the Christian faith are comprised in, or indissolubly connected with these doctrines.
In availing himself of the labours of others, the author trusts he will not be thought to have drawn too copiously from their writings. His chief design has been to procure for the reader the greatest possible degree of information and satisfaction which could be compressed in a volume of this description, embracing such a variety of topics.
There is interspersed throughout this volume a choice selection from the works of various valuable writers on prophecy. These the author might have presented in an abstract form ; but by so doing he would not have dealt fairly with their authors, nor the public; besides, such is their general excellency and importance, that no abridgments could have proved so useful and satisfactory: objects, which he supposes to predominate in the minds of his readers. In short, it will be obvious that such a work is less intended for the perusal of those who have studied prophecy, than for such as desire to obtain a better understanding of it than they yet possess, i. e., more clearly to comprehend their connexion, harmony and design.
The subject matter of each Chapter is necessarily much diversified, both in feature' and character; but it is hoped, that in regard to their spiritual connexion, they will be found mutually dependant, and to harmonize in the progressive accomplishment and perfection of the grand scheme of Providence which it has been the author's principal object to display and illustrate. The reader is strongly recommended to keep the Bible at hand during his perusal of this volume; as a full and satisfactory elucidation of many portions of prophecy cannot be obtained without a diligent use of the references so carefully selected for that purpose.
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