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fhines with increasing brightness as time advances in its course, and collects strength from each succeeding age. And as the extraordinary events Now PASSING BEFORE OUR EYES will be found to augment the fplendour of its light, and to give force to its strength, while they receive in return a ray from Divine truth, which discovers their origin, and points out their course; it may be presumed, that a summary view of the Prophecies is particularly SUITED TO STRIKE THE MINDS OF THE PRESENT GENERATION, WHO SEEK IN VAIN FOR ANY OTHER ADEQUATE EXPLANATION OF OCCURRENCES SO DEEPLY INTERESTING TO THEMSELVES.
History, which constitutes a material branch of our education, assumes the greatest dignity of character, when the becomes the companion of RELIGION, and the Interpreter of the Oracles of God. Her volumes present the most wonderful discoveries, and reflect the images of the prophetical parts of the Bible. The works of the writers of all ages and countries whether Pagans - Christians - Jews - antient, or even modern Infidels -- whatever their opinions, prejudices, or designs, unfold the mysteries of prediction, show the fulfilment of the Divine will, and in reality advance the interests of Revelation.
The following Work is intended to set thefe truths in a striking point of view; IT DISPLAYS THE HARMONY OF PROPHECYTHE ONE GREAT SCHEME THAT PERVADES ALL ITS PARTS_AND THE CONCURRENCE OF ALL HUMAN EVENTS TO ACCOMPLISH ITS STUPENDOUS PLAN.
Fully aware that this work falls ex• tremely fhoit of that excellence which the subject demands, I lament that such, a sketch of Prophetical and Historical harmony as the times seem urgently to require, delineating present as 'well as past occurrences with a faithful and an able pencil, and marking them with the colours of strong and vivid description, has not hitherto been offered to the public. I am persuaded, that such a work would most effectually answer the ends which these Volumes are most seriously intended to promote---namely, to establish the doubtful, to recal the wandering, to awaken the thoughtless, to instruct the
: TRE È A C £. unlearned and more particularly to produce in the minds of the rising generation fo strong a conviction of the superintendence of the Almighty over the affairs of the world of the Divine origin of the Gospel --and the momentous concerns of another life, that they may view the FOLLY and the WICKEDNESS of the NEW PHILOSOPHY in their proper light, and ever ftand up as THE FIRM SUPPORTERS OF THE SACRED CAUSE OF CHRISTIANITY. .'
Before I conclude this Preface, I must make an acknowledgment, which is no less due to justice, than fatisfactory to my own feelings of gratitude. I have received fo much aslistance in the prosecution of this Work, as greatly to invalidate my claims to being reputed its Author. The plan originated with an ardent Friend to the cause of Religion, who was led, by a very extensive knowledge of History and Scripturė, to consider the passing train of events with peculiar attention; and forcibly ftruck by their agreement with the Divine word, was anxious to represent
this enlightening and confolatory truth to : the public. From this Person, whose
name. I am not at liberty to mention, and . .. 5
whose anxiety for the success of this Publication is perfectly disinterested, I have not only received many judicious corrections of what I had written, but such valuable communications as are deservedly substituted for many of the materials which I had prepared for the press. I had also the advantage of submitting my papers to the perufal of the learned and excellent Prelate, to whom I am allowed the honour of inscribing this Work; to whose enlightened and comprehensive views of the subject of Prophecy itself, I am happy to acknowledge my obligations; and to whom the public are indebted for the first intimation of the PRINCIPLE that alone can explain the extraordinary events which excite universal attentiona. I congratulate my Readers on my having obtained such important assistance, as it has stamped that value upon the Volumes now offered to their notice, which I am confident could not have been derived from my own uns aided labours.
* See the Bishop of Lincoln's excellent Discourse on the Day of Public Thanksgiving, 1797.