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their origin from the call of Abraham, the present work contains an epitome of Church History from that period to the present time; and exhibits, in striking and interesting points of view, those great movements of Divine Providence which have been designated prophetical eras, or periods pregnant with great events, that have affected the church, both under the Jewish and Christian dispensations. The whole is illustrated by two Charts: the larger of which contains the great outlines of Scripture history, the dates of the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, and the various accomplished and unaccomplished prophetical periods. The lesser chart exhibits a similar view of those two great series of events, represented in the symbolical visions of the seals and trumpets of the Apocalypse. The two Charts, taken together, shew the general harmony subsisting between the chronological and symbolical prophecies. With two short quotations—the first from a volume of very valuable Sermons lately published by the Rev. A. S. Thelwall (a work perfectly sound in doctrine and pecu

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liarly suited to the times in which we live), and the other from Bishop Horsley—the Author will close these prefatory observations. Mr. Thelwall remarks, that “the continual fulfilment of prophecy before our eyes, in the progressive development of the purposes of God according to his word, Is A STANDING MIRACLE, still testifying from age to age the Divine inspiration and authority, not only of those prophecies themselves, but of the whole Volume which contains them ; with whose doctrines, narrations, precepts, and manifold instructions, they are inseparably interwoven.” The passage from Bishop Horsley is the following:—“The obscurity of the Prophecies, great as it is in certain parts, is not such, upon the whole, as should discourage the Christian laic from the study of them, nor such as will excuse him under the neglect of it. Let him remember, that it is not mine, but the Apostle's admonition, who would not require an useless or impracticable task, to “give heed to the prophetic word.’”

London, August 1834.

CON TENTS.

INTRO DUCTION. Page Page Prophetical Axioms ...... 4 || Seventh seal . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 The two series of events re- Abdication of Napoleon .. 45 presented by the Seals and Sixth vial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 the Trumpets . . . . . . . . 5 || Character of the Trumpets 48 Enumeration of the unful- First trumpet, Alaric 49 filled Prophecies of the Second trumpet, Attila..... 51 Old Testament . . . . . . . . 6 || Third trumpet, Genseric .. 54 The Vials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 || Fourth trumpet, Odoacer .. 57 The Seals .............. ib. || The three woe-trumpets 59 The gradual rise of Popery Fifth trumpet, the Saracens 60 by four successive Edicts 9 || Sixth trumpet, the Turks .. 64 The first seal, Constantine 12 || Sixth vial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Second seal, Gratian ...... 16 || Drying-up of the Turkish Third seal, Valentinian III. 18 Empire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Fourth seal, Justinian 20 || The three unclean spirits of Fifth seal, the Reformation 24 Despotism, Liberalism, Sixth seal, the French Revo- and Popery . . . . . . . . . . 70 lution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 || Extract from a speech made The first five vials ........ 33 by Mr. Canning . . . . . . 71 First vial . . . . . . . . . . .... 34 || Seventh trumpet . . . . . . . . 72 Second vial . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 || Seventh vial . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Third vial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 || Great Revolution . . . . . . . . 76 Fourth vial . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 || Russia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Fifth vial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 || Concluding remarks . . . . . . 80 PART I.

FULFILLED CHRONOLOGICAL PROPHECY.

PERIOD I.

From the call of Abraham (b. c. 1921), and from the mockery of Isaac (B. c. 1891), to Israel's deliverance from Egypt: 430 and

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PART II.

UNFULFILLED CHRONOLOGICAL PROPHECY.

Introductory Remarks.

Prophetical Axioms . . . . . .

The events which mark the

173 || Terminate in the ruin of the

nations to which they re-

commencement and termi- late . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

nation of propheticPeriods Period V. admits a double

form the most important application: 1. to Israel;

eras in history ........ ib. 2. to Judah . . . . . . . . . . 175

They have special respect to Each application has a dou-

the church............ 174 ble commencement and

Are characterized by change termination . . . . . . . . . . 176

in its condition . . . . . . . . ib.

PERIOD W.

4First Application (otinguom of Israel).

From the final destruction of the kingdom of Israel to its restoration :

2520 years; from 727 B. c. to A. D. 1793; and from 677 B. c. to

A. D. 1843.

The Prophecy . . . 178

Present condition of the Jews 179

Their distinctive character as

a separate people . . . . . .

The Ten Tribes ........

Profane, sacred, and pro-

phetic History ........ 182

Israel's restoration ...... 183

Prophecy a sure word .... 184

Predicted Jewish valour ... 185

Symbolical Babylon . . . . . . 188

The certain accomplishment

of prophecy . . . . . . . . . . 189

The whole nation to be re-

stored miraculously and

permanently . . . . . . . . . . 191

Their cities to be re-built... 193

The prophetical term,"seven

times” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

SacredCalendar of Prophecy 196

First, second, and third rea-

Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

The Assyrians . . . . . . . . . . 199

Tiglath-Pileser . . . . . . . . . . 200

Shalmaneser . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Esarhaddon . . . . . . . . . . . 202

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