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APPENDIX.

SECTION I.

CONCERNING

ST. PETER'S ACCOUNT

OF

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE EARTH,

BY FIRE.

VOL. II.

SECTION I.

THE following conclufions, although 549. they appear to be founded on a very confiderable degree of probability, yet, not having fuch full and pofitive fupport from Holy Scripture as the preceding feem to have, are not ventured to be inferted amongst those Obfervations which were more particularly defigned to form the contents of this Volume; and therefore have been referved to be added by themfelves in an Appendix, as mere hints, to any perfons whofe curiofity and philofophical enquiries may lead them to confider the fubjects ftill more thoroughly and maturely.

And the first conclufion of this kind, which I have adventured to deduce, is concerning the celebrated Prophecy of St. Peter, relating to the Destruction of this prefent Earth by

fire.

A Prophecy that the rather demands our 550. attention on the prefent occafion, and the application

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plication of a diligent and serious endeavour to apprehend the true nature of it, as far as poffible; because of its close connection with what has been found to be the refult of the foregoing remarks.

In the account given, by that Holy Apostle, of what shall happen at the final conclufion of the prefent Scene of things on earth, we read :

Peter, ch. iii, ver. 7, &c.

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7. Οἱ δὲ νῦν ἐρανοὶ καὶ ἡ γῆ τῷ αὐτῷ λόγῳ τεθησαυρισμένοι εἰσὶ πυρὶ, τηρέμενοι εἰς ἡμέραν κρίσεως καὶ ἀπωλείας τῶν ἀσεβῶν ἀνθρώπων.

7. But the heavens and the earth, which now exift, are, according to the fame word, kept in ftore, referved for fire, unto the day of judgement, and deftruction of impious men.

And here we cannot but perceive, that the Apostle, by his mode of speaking, manifeftly means, by the prefent heavens, nothing more than the present appearance of the fky and atmosphere, and of the heavenly bodies that (to our eyes) feem to be placed therein; as contrafted with a different appearance, which

they

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