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Enquiry of Mankind, and when they arc invited to be their own Judges, by those who instruct them: The Accomplishment of Prophecies is of this Kind, it is an Appeal to the World, and to this effect we find it insisted on by the Prophet Isaiah, in the following Passages, as a Convincing and Distinguishing Proof of the True God, in Opposition to Idols.
Isaiah xlii. "I am the Lord, that is my Name, and my vers. 8.
"Glory will I not give to another, neither my
* Praise to graven Images.
"Behold, the former Things are come to pass, «cand New Things do / declare, before they fi spring forth I tell you of them.
"Produce your Cause, saith the Lord, bring *f forth your strong Reasons, saith the King of "Jacob.
c' Let them bring forth and shew us what shall "happen, let them shew the former Things what "they be, that we may consider them, and cc know the latter End of them, or declare us *( Things for to come.
w Shew the Things that are to come hereafter 2, <c that we may know that ye are Gods} yea, do "Good or do Evil, that we may be Dismayed, and "behold it together.
"Behold, ye are of nothing, and your Work 2^' "of nought, an Abomination is he that chooseth "you.
"Let all Nations be gathered together, and jjljg' *""* 'let the People be assembled j Who among them «c can declare this, and shew us former Things? <c let them bring forth their Witnesses, that they 41 may be Justiiied, or let them hear and say, it "is Truth.
* Ye are my Witnesses, saith the Lord, and i o»: * my Servant whom / have chosen, that ye may ce know and believe rae.j and understand that / "am He.
ec /have declared, and have saved, and have shew- i *; tc ed when there was no strange God among you, cc Therefore ye are my Witnesses, saith the Lord, "that I am God.
"I have declared the former Things from the ch. xlvni< <( beginning, and they went forth out of my 3, A 2 Mouth,
"Mouth,and I shewed them, I did then suddainly, "and they came to pass. v. 5. "I have even from the beginning declared it "to thee, before it came pass I shewed it thee, "lest thou fhouldst say, mine Idol has done them, "and my graven Image, and my molten image "has commanded them.
4t "Thou hast heard, fee all this, and will not
"ye declare it? I have shewed thee new Things "from this time, even hidden Things, and thou "didst not know them.
7. "They are created now, and not from the
fC beginning, even before the Day when thou "heardst them not, lest thou fhouldst say, Be"hold, 1 knew them.
Thus does the Prophet Isaiah employ the the strongest Terms to Recommend the Study of Prophecy, and the Observation of the Events which confirm the Truth of it -, and St. Peter applies the Old Prophecies to the Times after Christ's Birth, in these words,
"Of which Salvation the Prophets have en
"quired cc quired and searched diligently, who prophecy'd T Pct. h "of the Grace that should ceme unto you.
"Searching what, or what manner of Time n, "the Spirit of Christ, which was in them, did (e fignisie, when it testified before-hand the SufTer.cfings of Christ, and the Glory that should "follow.
"Unto whom it was Revealed, that not unto .
'c themselves, but unto Us they did minister ((the Things which are now Reported unto you "by them that have preached the Gospel unto "you, with the holy Ghost sent down from Hea"ven, which Things the Angels desire to look "into.
And as the greatest Arguments made use of to the Jews, to prove that Christ was the fi effiah, were taken from their Prophets, so that the like Arguments might not be wanting through-out all the Times of the Christian Church, St. John .has left us,
"2he Revelation of Jefits Christ, which God "gave unto him, to shew unto his Servants the Rev.i. i,
"Time is at hand.
This Prophecy appears chiesly to be contain'd
ch. vm. 1. pafs -m (.jjg Roman Empire, after the Time of St.
John's writing, which was about ninty five years
after Christs Birth. ,
This is, in all appearance, the same Book, in
which Daniel is ordered To shut up the Words,