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being the maritime power in question. We live in times, which might produce seriousness even in the most unthinking; and I am willing to hope, that there actually has been of late years a considerable increase of genuine religion among us. Our situation peculiarly fits us to be the ark, as it were, of God's Church. We must beware of making him our enemy, and then we need not fear what man can do unto us. But, however matters may terminate, your Lordship will have the satisfaction of reflecting, that you have not been silent ; that you have raised


voice as a watchman of our Israel ; and that, in the solemnity of what you

have conceired might be a last address, you have borne your testimony against any relapse into a superstition, from which our pious forefathers separated themselves, and which is destined to fall in the course of God's righteous judgments, ere the glorious kingdom of the mountain shall commence.

I have the honour to be

Your LORDSHIP's most obliged

and dutiful humble Servant,


Feb. 25, 1808.




THE plan, which I have pursued in the following work, is the same as that which I adopted in my Dissertation on the 1260 years. It was finished in the spring of the year 1806: and, instead of altering the text, such events as have since occurred, that appeared worthy of our observation, I have animadverted upon in the notes.

The longer I have considered the subject, the more I am confirmed in my former opinions. The passing train of events, the long period of time during which the abominations of Popery have been suffered to prevail froin whatever precise era the appointed three times and a half ought to be computed, the very spirit of the age itself, all serve to shew, that we cannot be very far removed from what Daniel calls the time of the end. At least, whatever may

be thought of the other particulars, this last, I mean the spirit of the age, seems to


me sufficiently decisive. " When the Son of man “ cometh,” said our Lord, “shall he find faith on “ the earth?” The present age has been boastfully termed the age of reason: and, when we consider the sense in which it has been so termed, we can scarcely avoid esteeming the appellation synonymous with the age of unbelief. Individual unbe. lief indeed has existed in all ages of the Church : but never was there an age, in which infidelity has been so widely and so systematically diffused; never was there an age, to which the emphatic question of Christ so closely applied, as the present. Nor am I at all singular in my opinion. The question of our Lord, as it has been well observed by a late eminent divine, certainly "gives us reason to ex

pect, that, at the coming of the Son of man, “ faith shall scarcely be found on earth. It is ob“ vious therefore to conclude, that, in proportion

as the faith decays, the coming of Christ is drawing near. The scofiers of the last days may insolently demand of us, as it was foretold

they should, where is the promise of his coming ? ' and object, that there is no sign of it, for that all things intime as they were.

But this can“ not now be said with truth. All things do not “ continue as they were. There bath been a mar“ vellous change of late in the affairs of this world " and in the state of religion, with which all se" rious men are alarmed, justly apprehending that

o vellous * Jones's Works, Vol. vi. p. 358.

some still greater event is to follow. The signs " of the tinies, to those who can read them, are

many *

In citing the various prophecies which relate to the restoration of Israel and the overthrow of Antichrist, I have adhered to no one translation in particular, but have given that version of them, by whomsoever proposed, which appeared to me best to express their true meaning. Any material variation from the established translation is noticed and defended in the margin. On this account, as well as for another reason, I have found it expedient to cite the prophecies in question at full length. In our common version, one and the same connected prediction is frequently broken into apparently unconnected parts by the arbitrary division of chapters. Hence, the general design of the prophecy is greatly obscured; and by cursory readers, who pause at the termination of each chapter as if the subject were there completely finished, can scarcely be understood. In the fol

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