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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
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
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.
The two series of events re- Abdication of Napoleon
presented by the Seals and Sixth vial
filled Prophecies of the Second trumpet, Attila
The gradual rise of Popery Fifth trumpet, the Saracens
by four successive Edicts 9 Sixth trumpet, the Turks ..
27 || Extract from a speech made
From the call of Abraham (B. C. 1921), and from the mockery of
Isaac (B. C. 1891), to Isruel's deliverunce from Egypt: 430 and
86 durations at different times 88
ThisPeriod has two durations ib. First commencement, the
Second commencement, the Abject state of Israel
separation of Isaac and Commencement not reckoned
The two durations had a phecy was given
common termination, the Its certain fulfilment
Deliverance from Egypt 92 || Application to the present
Its exact time could only condition of the Jews
have been known when it Destruction of Egypt and
From the first year of Ahaz king of Judah (B. C. 742) to the final
overthrow of the kingdom of Israel : 65 years.
The maturity and glory of Shalmaneser's invasion of
Its forms of government 106 | Esarhaddon's invasion both
The Jewish church under Captivity of Manasseh ib.
Its glory reflected from Christ 108 Final fall of the kingdom of
From the taking of Judah captive by Nebuchadnezzar (B.C. 606) to
the decree of Cyrus ; and from the destruction of Jerusalem by
Nebuchadnezzar (B. C. 588) to the decree of Darius Hystaspes :
115 Edict of Darius Hystaspes 119
Honours of the tribe of Judah ib. Quotation from Dr. Prideaux 120
Judgments on Judah...... 116 Deliverance from the present
Its prolonged existence as a symbolicalBabylon noticed 122
ib. Judgments on Babylon .. 124
Double commencement and Their remarkable fulfilment 125
double termination of the Kindness of the Persian mo-
Babylonish captivity 117 narchs to the Jews, and
138 || Importance of the study of
Outline of the great doctrines Destruction of Jerusalem by
The institution of the Lord's Second peculiarity of this
The song of glorified spirits Third, ditto
... 151 Language of prophetical dates 165
Closing of the Canon of Times of warning given .. ib.
152 Dispersion of the Jews among
The outpouring of the Spirit 153 all nations
The anointing of the church 154 Promises of their return, and
The first peculiarity of this its apparent near approach 167
UNFULFILLED CHRONOLOGICAL PROPHECY.
Prophetical Axioms ... 173 | Terminate in the ruin of the
nation of prophetic Periods Period V. admits a double
They have special respect to Each application has a dou-
in its condition
first application (Kingdom 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
178 The whole nation to be re-
Present condition of the Jews 179 stored miraculously and
Their distinctive character as
180 || Their cities to be re-built .. 193
181 The prophetical term,“seven
182 Sacred Calendar of Prophecy 196
183 || First, second, and third rea-
Prophecy a sure word 184 sons
Predicted Jewish valour 185 | The Assyrians
The certain accomplishment Shalmaneser