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must begin with this: but the time is not yet come for understanding them perfectly, because the main revolution, predicted in them, is not yet come to pass. In the days of the voice of the feventh angel, when he fhall begin to found, the mystery of God fhall be finished, as he hath declared unto his fervants the Prophets,' and then the kingdoms of this world fhall become the kingdoms of our Lord, and his Christ, and he shall reign for ever.' There is already so much of the Propheey fulfilled, that as many as will take pains in this ftudy may fee fufficient inftances of God's Providence. But then the fignal revolutions predicted by all the holy Prophets, will at once both turn men's eyes upon confidering the predictions, and plainly interpret them."
The restoration of the Jews to their own land, and their converfion to the church of Chrift-the triumph of our Lord over all his enemies, and the universal happiness of his glorious reign, are the fignal revolutions to which this truly great Chriftian Philofopher alludes. All thefe awful and interesting subjects appear to be fo blended in the Prophetic writings, and fo connected in U 3
point of time, that they ought to be confidered together; but the predictions are far too numerous to be inferted in this work, already swelled so much beyond the Author's original defign. Having felected more than would fill a hundred pages; as the beft fecurity against the wanderings of imagination, I must reluctantly confine myfelf to references to the principal of them. But I intreat the Reader to confult his Bible, that he may judge how far the obfervations, which are offered for his confideration, are founded on Scripture and probability for be it ever remembered, that the most perfect confidence that such events are clearly predicted, and will certainly happen, is perfectly confiftent with doubt and uncertainty relative to the circumftances attending their accomplishment.
Prophecies to be confidered together.
Zephaniah iii. ii. 2, 3. Haggai ii. 21, 22. Zechariah ii. 10-13. xiv. 1-21, Micah vii. 15—20. Amos ix. 11-15. Zechariah viii.
viii. 20-23. ix. 8-17. xii. 6—14. Zephaniah ii. 1-3. Malachi i. 11. iii. iv. I -3. [Compare Daniel and the Revelations] Ifaiah ii. 1-5. 10—22. v. 20—30. viii. 9 -18. xi. xii. xiv. After the destruction of Babylon, it is written, v. 29. Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that fmote thee is broken: for out of the Serpent's root fhall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying ferpent. Ifaiah xxiv. xxvi. 11-21. xxvii. 1. xxv. 6-8. xxix. 17—24. xxx. 18-33. xxxiv. xxxv. [compare Rev. and our Lord's Prophecy concerning the end of the world] Ifaiah xliii. 1 -21. xliv. 1-8. xlv. 17—25. xlix. li. lii. liv. lv. lx. lxi. lxii. lxiii. Ixiv. lxv. lxvi, [compare Rev. and Daniel] Joel ii. iii. [compare Daniel and the Rev.] Jeremiah iii, 12 -19. xii. 14-17. xxiii. 1-20. xxv. 8 -38. xxx. xxxi. xxxiii. Ezekiel ix. 4—10. xi. 15-25. xvi. 60-63. xx. 33-44. Xxxiv. 11-31.xxxvi.xxxvii.xxxviii.xxxix. Compare the last ten chapters with the Revelations. Deuteronomy xxxii. 41-43. Pfalm ii. Daniel xii. Matthew xxiv. Mark xiii. Luke xxi. Rev. xiv. 13-20. xvi. 13-21. xix. xx. xxi. xxii. xi. Philippians iii. 20, 21, Romans ii. 5—11. xi. 12—36. 1 Corinthians xv, 2 Corinthians iv. 11-18. V. I—11.
Ephefians i. 20-23. Philippians ii. 5—11. Coloffians i. 12-20. iii. 3, 4. 1 Theffalonians i. 10. ii. 19, 20. iv. 13—18. v. 2— 11. 2 Theffalonians i. 5—12. ii. 1 Timothy iv. 1-10. 2 Timothy iii. iv. 1-8. Titus ii. 13, 14. Hebrews i. ii. iii. iv. vii. viii. ix. x. xi. xii. 1 Peter iv. 17-19. 2 Peter i. ii. iii. 1 John iii. 2. St. Matthew xiii. 30, 37—43, 49, 50. xvi. 27, 28. xvii. 2. xix. 28-30. xxii. 29-32. xxiii. 39. xxv. 31
-34, 46. St. Mark xii. 24-27. xvi. 19. St. Luke i. 30-33. ix. 25, 26, 29-36. xi. 29-32. xii. 4-10. xiii. 28—30, 34, 35. xiv. 14. xviii. 8. xx. 34—38. St. John V. 21-29. vi. 39, 40, 44-51. viii. 44. xi. 23—27. xii. 31-34, 47, 48. xiv. 14, 30. xvii. 1—3, 19—26. Acts i, 6—11. ii. 36. iii. 19—26. vii. 55, 56. xxvi. 22, 23.
It is fcarcely poffible to view this collected light of Prophecy, and doubt the restoration of the antient chofen people of God to the land which he gave to their fathers for an everlasting inheritance. Their converfion to the church of Chrift feems to be predicted with equal clearness. But these are distinct events, which the darknefs and bigotry of former ages have confidered as neceffarily infeparable; or rather, they
they have prefumed it certain, that their converfion must precede their return to Jerufalem.
From this idea originated the Apostate Julian's attempt to rebuild the Templethe negotiation of the Infidel Confpirators with the Ottoman Court, and the defign, profeffed by the formidable power which aims its frantic efforts against the truth of all Revelation, to re-establish the Jews in their own land, as a direct contradiction to the Prophecies concerning them. Let it however be understood, that fome of the ableft Commentators of the Proteftant
church have lifted up their voice against this opinion, and have maintained, that the restoration of the Jewish people will precede their converfion. Granting therefore,
See Barruel, vol. i. p. 185.
See the project for the restoration of the Jews by the French, in the St. James's Chronicle, July 14, 1798.
• In fupport of what I conceive to be the right interpretation of Scripture, it may be obferved, that the Jews are more likely to return to their own land previous to their converfion; becaufe, when they become Chriftians, they will no longer be confidered as a diftinct people. The Jewish Chriftians in the firft ages of