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bited, and become one nation—God will make a covenant of peace
with them--a new temple to be built in Jerusalem, different from
the former one-a new division of the land, differing from that of
Moses and Joshua-God to dwell in Jerusalem, in the midst of the
children of Israel for ever-Just before this great event, uncom.
mon distress to take place, by which God will manifest his glory.
MICAH. Fol. 72.
Gives a prophetic view of the same joyous event.
OBSERVATions. Fol. 74.
There appears a continued series of analogy and design carried
on by divine prescience relative to the second coming of Christ in
glory Objections of minute philosophers, vain-God's dealings
with the Jews, left on record for important purposes. In general,
divine revelation only regards the actions of kingdoms and na-
tions, so far as they respect his Church and people --The folly of
pretended philosophers-Instances of prophesies actually fulfilled
-The natural conclusion-Sir Isaac Newton's reasoning on it.
PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS ON THE NEW TESTAMENT. Fol. 84.
Birth of Christ-Examination of his life-He and his apostles
have continued the same regular system-Objections answered.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. Fol. 91.
Strong expressions of our Lord relating to this subject_Trans-
lators of the New Testament, not correct in the word ouranion-
Difference between first and second Elias or Elijah-Signs of this
MARK. Fol. 98.
The foregoing predictions confirmed and enforced-Mr. Mede's
opinion-Christ's acknowledment before the high priest.
LUKE. Fol. 101.
Establishes the important facts-Our Lord teaches his disciples
the same doctrine in the Lord's prayer-The order of the time of
their approach-Dr. Lykes's opinion—The prediction shown to be
John. Fol. 105.
His advantages-Relates what Christ told his disciples. They
understood these promises as relating to a state of glory in this
world-They ask questions of Christ and he answers them with-
out a parable-Dr. Clarke's paraphrase,
The acts OF THE APOSTLEs. Fol. 108.
After the example of their Master, they continue the sacred and
mysterious clue-Berennius's observation thereon-What meant
by the phrase, the end of the world— The apostle's exhortation on
this subject Abraham understood the promises, as to be perfor-
med by the resurrection of the body, after death.
THE EPISTLES OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS. Fol. 112.
His instructions on the important subject-particularly in his
account of the Scripture resurrection.
EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, AND COLOSSIANS. Fol. 113, 114.
In these three epistles he occasionally mentions the subject.
THE THESSALONIANS. Fol. 114.
His subject more particularly leading to this event, he dwells
on it with great earnestness and triumph-he states the doctrine
and its consequences as certain and joyful-and as a sovereign
remedy for all the troubles they were suffering-Warns them
against the idea that it was then nigh at hand as it could not
take place till after the man of sin was revealedMentions a flood
of infidelity as the sign when it is near.
TIMOTHY. Fol. 118.
He is charged before God that he should keep the command-
ments that had been given to him, until the appearing of our Lord
Jesus Christ-Speaks of it as a day of consequence to all those
who love his appearing.
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 legal sacrifices—The all-sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ
Encouraged to trust in the promise of his coming, which would be
the substance of all their hopes; the evidence of those things they
believed but could not at present see-Reasons for not being more
explicit-Refers them to the example of all the patriarchs-ex-
plains the promises and encourages them, under the certain ex-
pectation of the final result, as foretold to them. "
THE EPISTLE OF JAMES. Fol. 124.
He assures them that the coming of the Lord is drawing (com-
paratively) nigh, meaning in the destruction of Jerusalem.
OF PETER. Fol. 125.
Peter, the chief of the apostles, speaks of it as a certain event-
Must suffer great previous distress--Yet the glory that should be
revealed by the event would be an ample recompense—they shall
certainly come with him and be partakers in his glory—The se-
cond epistle he prefaced with an assurance of the power of Christ's
coming-as he had been an eye witness of his majesty Warned
them of the previous coming of scoffers who should deny the doc-
trine–Of the error of supposing the day of judgment to be the space
of a common day--but of one thousand years~ And would come as
a thief in the night--Mr. Mede's observation.
OF JUDE. Fol. 130.
He asserts that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, had foretold this
great and awful period.
THE APOCALYPSE OF John. Fol. 131.
Introduced by showing that this Revelation came from Jesus
Christ himself-A blessing pronounced on all who should read or
hear it-The fact declared in plain and strong language-Repeats
the call to hear what the Spirit says to the Churches—Three times
in five verses, mentions the great event of the second advent-
States the particulars of the session around the throne in Heaven
-Also, when it shall take place-Repeats the new song of the el.
ders—He expressly declares that Christ “ had made us unto God
kings and priests, and we shall reign with him on earth”-A reca-
pitulation of the issue of six thousand year's labours and suffering-
An account of the binding of Satan for one thousand years—The
saints shall live and reign with Christ one thousand years—A new
Heaven and a new earth described—What we are taught by these
INFERENCES. Fol. 143.
An essential doctrine of the Christian revelation- Jesus Christ
the great subject of it--Designed for the support and comfort of
God's people during the fiery trials of the present state-Not to be
fully known till about the time of the end, that is, of the Roman
government–The reasons for this-Mr. Lowth and Thomas Par-
ker's observations-Christians encouraged to seek and inquire--Sir
Isaac Newton's opinion-Purposes of the prophesy of the 1st and 2d
advent-Zoroaster's opinion--Conclusion from these encourage.
ments-Edward King's answer to the objection, that this is a vain
inquiry-Eleventh chapter of the Revelation contains an epitome
of all the times subsequent to that of John-These times to be ex-
amined into and inquired after— The surest guide and interpreter
are the meaning of the Spirit, in the original places in the Old Tes-
tament already fulfilled-Necessary to understand the figurative
language of Scripture for this purpose.
ON THE FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE OF THE SCRIPTURES. Fol. 168.
Introduction-Bishop of Gloucester's opinion of the prophetic
style-The same of Dr. Johnson, of Hollywood— The only lan-
guage that could answer a universal purpose-Example of Epa-
minondas-Other instances—The Jews, as well as our Saviour
taught in this language-The apostles also~Allegories made use
of in the Old Testament-In this language John has written his
divine vision-Substance of the 11th chapter-First 15 verses se-
lected accordingly, as containing the substance of the whole.
THE 11TH CHAPTER OF THE REVELATION. Fol. 177.
The 15 verses recited— The first vision of the apostle--the lit-
tle book eaten by him—The meaning of it-The angel measures
the Temple and Altar-Mr. Mede's ideas on this subject-Power
given to God's witnesses-Designs of Prophesy-The understand-
ing of which to be increased by every one casting in his mite.
THE WITNESSES : WHO AND WHAT THEY ARE. Fol. 187.
Not a succession of witnesses—They are the olive trees and
candlesticks standing before God-Two indelible marks are, hav.
ing been in being and well known to the apostle and the Church
at and before the time of receiving the vision-and must continue
to near the end of the 1260 years --The Scriptures, from the be-
ginning hold up God's witnesses to view-3d and 4th chapters of
Zachariah explain the figure of these witnesses-Fourteen places
in the Pentateuch where the Tabernacle is called the Testimony
or Witness—The Sabbath and Lord's day, with their ordinances,
often in Scripture called God's witness—The purposes of those
days—Ezekiel's declaration as to the Sabbath, being a sign or
witness-All nations entertained a like idea of their religious ce-
remonies—The opinion of the Jews--Instances among the Hea-
then-The Patriarch's also—Not the 7th day of the week that
was sanctified ; but the 7th day of the creation, being the first
day of the first complete week—was a type of the second advent
is one of Christ's witnesses mentioned by John- These wit-
nesses have been prophesying in sackloth for about 1260 years—
Examples—The Beast is the emperor of Rome-Witnesses will
be about finishing their testimony towards the end of the Roman
hierarchy—Then another beast or government to arise within the
former Roman empire, that shall make war against these witnesses
of God and kill them—Sir Isaac Newton and Dr. Clarke's opin-
ions-This beast or government to arise out of the bottomless pit
Its meaning Mosheim, Dr. Lancaster, and Quintus Cur-
tius's Observations—The same beast or government mentioned
again in the 18th chapter-To arise before the testimony of the
witnesses is finished ; but near the end of it-Mr. Daubuz's opin-
ion-The inagery taken from our Lord's passion—The fate of
mystical Babylon-What end to answer-Criticism on the 8th
verse-Bodies of witnesses will remain in the street unburied
Mr. Daubuz's explanation-Roman empire denominated Egypt,
Sodlom, and Babylon—The dependants of this government re-
joice and send gifts, on the occasion--News of counter revolution
in France-After three years and an half the witnesses to be res-
tored to life-They ascend in a cloud, predictive of their restora-
tion to honour and use-Account of the convocation of the con-
stitutional clergy of France.