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What appears to follow that happy ./Era.
BY THOMAS TAYLOR.
All the enii of the earth Jhalt remember, and turn unto the hard, Pf. xxii. 27".
J T is now many years Jince my thoughts turned upon that glorious fubjeEl, the Millennium, or the Glory of the latter Days; and that, chiefy, by reading the Scriptures. It appeared,very clearly, that the pajfages relating to that blejfed period, could not yet be accomplJhed: Neither the time of the Apojlles, nor that of ConJlantine, could an/wer what the Scriptures induce us to believe concerning that happy feafon. I then conjulted all the Authors J met with, who have wrote exprefsly upon the point, hoping to find jomething JatisfaBory upon fo delightful and entertaining a fubjefl; but, hitherto, my labour has been to. little purpofe; I have not been fatisfied with what I have read.
2. Some have been more inquijitive about the time, than the thing, and have made very erroneous calculations; injomuch, that near a century is paJl fmce the time which they fixed for that marA 2 vellous veffous epoctd; and that, I apprehend, may have difcouraged others from attempting any thing of the kind, left theyJJiould meet with no better Jiiccefs. Nay, fo many attempts of this fort failing, may have given occajion, to Juch as fought it, to treat the whole as a fiction; yea, and to view the whole revealed Will of God in no better light. Hence, I think, the calculations of time dte better let atone, feeing it may be well for the wifefi of men to remember, that it is not for us to know the times, and the leafbns, which the Father hath put in his own power. Many things are come to pafs which were foretold, and yet the time of fulfilling them was kept oiit of fight till the accomplifliment. The Coming of the Meffiah was foretold, yet the time was kept a fecret; infomuch, t/iat when he came, the world knew him not; nay, fitch as had long erxpeBed him, yet could not believe theit eyes when they faw him!
3. The deflruBion of jferufaknt was foretold, and the dreadful calamities which fhould accompany the fame; yea, foretold by Chrifl himfelf, and nt>t many years before the dire event; yet the time was kept a profound fecret till the awful fcene fpoke for itfelf. We believe
the the Great Conflagration will take place, But' of that day and hour knoweth no man; no, not the Angels in Heaven; and yet there have beetl men bold enough to Jix the time, yea> the precife day, if not the hour, and have thereby expofe& their own folly, and given a handle to fuck <W have been no friends to Divine Revelation.
4. Wkateves, therefore, my thoughts may be, touching the time when ike glorious /cent of Chrifi's millennial reign will take place, I deem it quite prudent to keep them to myfelf. The thing, I am certain^ will take place, bc~ caufe God hath faid it; but, as to the time, it feems to be one of the fecrets which belong t4 himfelf alone. Perhaps its approach may be gradual, aud one blefjed Jhep may open the way to another, fomething. like the mornings whicA opens by degrees, and Jkines more and more to the perfcB day.
5. Several who have written upon the Millennium, have placed it after the burning of the world, and have thereby puzzled the caufe exceedingly. For, is Satan to be loafed out of his prifon after he is finally cafl into the burning lake ? Exprefs mention is made of his being bound a thoufand years, and then being liberated for a
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