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most judicious writers on the important subject, he reduced to writing what he concluded was the design and meaning of the predictions and forewarnings of the Prophets, compared with those of Christ himself and his apostles. He then waited to see how far he was warranted in his conclusions by the events which were about to take place, if his construction was right.
To accomplish this he was obliged to keep a short diary of what was passing on the theatre of Europe. The many instances of exact conformity with the words and spirit of the Scriptures, convinced the author that the wonderful transactions daily passing in the kingdoms of Europe, were an exact fulfilment of the predictions of the Sacred record. That the antichrist foretold, as coming on the earth after the Man of Sin, had literally appeared in the new government of France, having Napoleon Buonaparte for her head, can scarcely be denied by any observing mind, who has become acquainted with the late history of that nation since the year 1790, and compared it with the language of holy writ.-The emphatic calls of Christ and his apostles on his Church and followers, to be watching and well prepared for this important era, which was to be of such essential and interesting consequence to their eternal welfare, appeared to the author in so strong a light that he thought it an imperious obligation to continue his attention to the subject till about the year 1798, or beginning of 1799, when he was taken off from the subject by avocations that could not be well avoided. Some years afterwards, his convictions on the subject being strengthened by the continuance of important events, corrobating all his views of the prophetic declarations, he was tempted to communicate his ideas, and the observations he had made, to a few judicious friends, whose approbation encouraged him to think of making them public. But the state of his health and other imposing circumstances, leaving him small hopes of ever seeing them printed, he, for a time, determined to leave them in manuscript to those who should come after him, to act as they thought best.
However, he has lately been prevailed on to make the attempt, from a hope that it will call men's attention to a subject he has convinced himself is all important to the Church of Christ, and to exert himself to do what lay in his power towards completing the work, that it may avail, so far as is plainly and clearly founded on the written will of God.
THE Scriptures contain a well organized system through the
In this world also, as mediator, he shall receive glory, homage,
David does not explicitly distinguish between the first and se-
Styled the evangelical prophet, foretels the first coming in ex-
Also gives a prophetic declaration of the second advent of the
These wonderful predictions are repeated by this prophet, who
There appears a continued series of analogy and design carried
with the Jews, left on record for important purposes-In general,
PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS ON THE NEW TESTAMENT. Fol. 84.
Birth of Christ-Examination of his life-He and his apostles
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. Fol. 91.
Strong expressions of our Lord relating to this subject-Trans-
MARK. Fol. 98.
The foregoing predictions confirmed and enforced-Mr. Mede's
LUKE. Fol. 101.
Establishes the important facts-Our Lord teaches his disciples
JOHN. Fol. 105.
His advantages-Relates what Christ told his disciples-They
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. Fol. 108.
After the example of their Master, they continue the sacred and
THE EPISTLES OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS. Fol. 112.
EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, AND COLOSSIANS. Fol. 113, 114.
THE THESSALONIANS. Fol. 114.
His subject more particularly leading to this event, he dwells
TIMOTHY. Fol. 118.
He is charged before God that he should keep the command-
TITUS. Fol. 119.
The second advent is expressly stated as the great object of the
THE HEBREWS. Fol. 119.
The Old and New Testaments connected-The inefficiency of
THE EPISTLE OF JAMES. Fol. 124.
He assures them that the coming of the Lord is drawing (com-
OF PETER. Fol. 125.
Peter, the chief of the apostles, speaks of it as a certain event-