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TO THE RIGHT REVEREND

GEORGE PRETYMAN, D.D. F.R.S.

LORD BISHOP OF LINCOLN,
WHOSE ARDENT AND UNREMITTING ZEAL

FOR THE INTERESTS OF RELIGION,
AND STEADY REGARD FOR LEARNING

WHOSE CONDUCT AS A MAN,

AND WHOSE VIGILANCE AS A PRELATE,
DEMAND THE GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
OF EVERY FRIEND

TO THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH OF ENGLAND;
ESPECIALLY AT A PERIOD,

WHEN SUCH EXAMPLES ARE EMINENTLY USEFUL
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THE CAUSE OF CHRISTIANITY;

THE FOLLOWING WORK,

IS, WITH PROFOUND RESPECT,

INSCRIBED,

BY HIS LORDSHIP'S

OBLIGED AND OBEDIENT SERVANT

HENRY KETT,

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PREFACE.

THE aftonishing progrefs made by infidelity in the prefent age of the world, evidently requires from the friends of Chrif tianity a peculiar degree of energy and vigilance in the caufe of Religious Truth. They cannot fail to recollect, that, although Religion itself is invulnerable against every attack which artifice and violence direct against it, it is their indifpenfible duty to exert their utmoft efforts to check the ravages of an enemy fo fatal to the deareft interefts of man: and no mode of protection against its contagious fpirit seems better calculated for general use, than A

FULL AND CLEAR ELUCIDATION OF THE

PROPHETICAL PARTS OF THE OLD AND

NEW TESTAMENTS.

The evidence derived from PROPHECY in fupport of REVELATION, is a progreffive and an accumulating evidence, which A 4

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fhines with increafing brightnefs as time advances in its courfe, and collects ftrength from each fucceeding 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 ftrength, while they receive in return a ray from Divine truth, which difcovers their origin, and points out their course; it may be presumed, that a fummary view of the Prophecies is particularly SUITED TO STRIKE

THE MINDS OF THE PRESENT GENERA TION, WHO SEEK IN VAIN FOR ANY OTHER ADEQUATE EXPLANATION OF OCCURRENCES SO DEEPLY INTERESTING TO THEMSELVES,

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HISTORY, which conftitutes a material branch of our education, affumes the greatest dignity of character, when the becomes the companion of RELIGION, and the Interpreter of the Oracles of God. Her volumes prefent the moft won derful difcoveries, and reflect the images of the prophetical parts of the Bible, The works of the writers of all ages and. countries whether Pagans Chriftians -Jews-antient, or even modern Infidels--whatever their opinions, preju

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