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frame of mind, with which they are said to be contemplated in heaven; and which is in various places expressed in this wonderful book of the Revelation. For if these things are the theme of thankfulness, and praise, and glory, among the saints and happy spirits before the throne of God and the Lamb, they should be no less so the theme of animated devotion and holy joy with the Lord's people on earth! It is undoubtedly theirs to look beyond the present darkened and surcharged atmosphere-to the righteous dealings of God therein—to their own everlasting safety in Christ, their exalted Head-to the dishonour now done to His great Name being for ever effaced—and to the new and glorious dispensation which will ere long arise on the world. We may all, therefore, with a firm reliance on our covenant God and Father in Christ, join with Cowper, the poet of the New Testament, in saying, “ Haste then, and wheel away a shatter'd world, Ye slow-revolving seasons! we would see (A sight to which our eyes are strangers yet) A world that does not dread and hate His laws, And suffer for its crime ; would learn how fair The creature is that God pronounces good; How pleasant in itself what pleases Him."
Fulfilled Chronological Prophecy.
FROM THE CALL OF ABRAHAM, AND FROM THE
MOCKERY OF ISAAC, TO ISRAEL'S DELIVERANCE
OUT OF EGYPT :
AND 400 YEARS,
CONTENTS. Call of Abraham-The Patriarchs—Period has TWO DURA
TIONS—Duration of 400 years—of 430 years—Commencement of these two durations at separate times— First commencement, the grant of Canaan-Second commencement, the separation of Isaac and IshmaelThe two durations had a common termination, the deliverance from Egypt-Its exact time could only have been known when it had begun to take place in Moses's commission -- Abject state of Israel - Commencement not reckoned from the time the prophecy was given-Its certain fulfilment-Application to the present condition of the Jews.
“And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And He said unto Abram, Know of a surety, that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afterwards afflict them FOUR HUNDRED YEARS. And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge; and afterward shall they come out with great substance." Gen. xv. 12–14. (See also Acts vii. 6,7.)
“Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY YEARS, even the self-same day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night much to be observed unto the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt: that is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.” Exod. xii. 40-42. (See also Gal. iii, 17.)
PART 1.-PERIOD I.
This first chronological prophecy on the records of the holy Scriptures, was given to Abraham in connexion with the promise of his son Isaac, and a “seed numerous as the stars of heaven," and refers to the rise, subjugation, and great deliverance of that seed from Egypt. It commences with the spring-head of the nation of Israel—the calling of Abraham from a land of idolatry; separating him from the rest of the world, that he and his family might be the depository of the oracles of Jehovah, and the recipients of the types, promises, and prophecies which were to shadow forth and represent the coming of Him who was to be the Desire of all nations, and the great atoning sacrifice for sin. It includes the first epoch of the wonders of the Jewish history-the days of its youth;—and may be considered as a new foundation laid for the visible church of God, Abraham being called the father of the faithful, and a pattern for believers in all ages ; the “ blessing of the God of Abraham, and of the God of Isaac, and of the