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ADVERTISEMEN T.

IN the following Esay, it is proposed to shew. from a variety of facts, supported by the authority of the best histori. ans and chronologers, as well as by just criticism on the several texts of fcrip. ture therein mentioned, that the subverfion of the Turkish Empire, and of the Papal power, will probably soon happen; and that the conversion and return of the Jews to their native country, and the beginning of the happy millennium predicted in the 20th chap. of the Revelation, are af no great distance.

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HE Author of the following Essay does not

apologize for his appearing in public, by pretending these common excuses, the importunity of friends, or the fear of having his sentiments misrepresented; but, as he is a Protestant, and free Briton, he judges it his duty to contribute his mite for promoting the public good, and honestly declares, that the following are the genuine reasons of publishing his hypothesis.

1. To incite others who have more time, and greater advantages, to a more accurate study of the pro. phetical stile, and of the history of the Christian church, that so, that much neglected book of the Revelation may be rescued from contempt; and that a new and striking argument of the truth of Christianity, and of the over-ruling providence of God, may be laid before the world: Which he supposes may be done to great advantage by men of true judgement, learning, and piety; as he is fully convinced, that this facred book contains in it all the grand revolutions of the Christian church, from the apostles time to the present, and from this to the end of the world; the unfolding of which, in a distinct and regular manner, at least to the present times, would not fail to give a glorious display of the divine perfections, and poflibly might be a key to the disclosing of many future and interesting events.

II. To ftir up all ranks to a serious reformation of heart and life. Since God seems to be bringing

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about some great revolution in the world, and that suddenly; and that he always measures out his mercies or judgements to nations and kingdoms according to their moral or spiritual state; this awful consideration should engage each of us to humble ourselves before God, to put away the evil of our doings from before his eyes, and to bring forth fruit meet for repentance. Surely, if we have a just regard to ourselves, to our country, and posterity, if we sincerely with well to the protellant interest both at home and abroad, this will be our practice. However bad we are at present, yet it is hoped there are many good persons amongst us; and it, upon this occasion, they should vigorously exert themselves according to their influence and opportunities, great and good effects, through God's blessing, might be expected.

III. To engage all serious and well disposed people to be frequent and fervent in their prayers to almighty God, that, by his over-ruling providence, the delusions of Mahomet, the tyranny, superstition, and idolatry of the church of Rome, may be perfectly abolished, and that the Christian religion, in its purity, {pirituality, and efficacy, may be disseminated to the most diftant corners of the world. When God's judgments are abroad in the earth, and public matters are seemingly drawing nigh to tome remarkable crilis, the faints should not be filent. Never was there any signal deliverance granted, nor any special blefling conferred, without the fervent prayers of his people,

But possibly it may be said, If God had designed to reveal the state of the Christian church, and all its grand revolutions from the apostle John's time to the end of the world, then it might have been expected that he would have published this reve.

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lation in a clear and intelligible ftile, and not have wrapt it up in such dark and mysterious phrases, which, even after the supposed accomplishment, the learned and judicious can scarcely unravel, and must be a sealed and useless book to the bulk of mankind: And fince an infinitely wise and good God must, by every revelation of his will, have always some end in view, worthy of himfelf, and conducive to the happiness of his creatures ; and, as no such important end appears to be served by this; therefore it is highly probable that the Apocalypse is not of divine inspiration.

But the objectors ought to confider, that, besides the evidence whereby the inspiration of this book is equally proved with that of the other books of the New Testament, there were two important ends to be gained by this manner of revelation.

is, That thereby we have an occafion offered, to exercise our mental faculties in the search of truth, about the most glorious objects in the universe, namely, the divine perfections, and the superintending providence of God, which, when discovered, cannot fail to awaken every pious senitiment in well-disposed minds. Whereas, if this revelation had been plain and obvious, our knowledge of these things would have been as natural as respiration. And it is evident, that, in this present state of the church, where there is no difficulty in the acquiring, there is commonly as little value set upon the enjoyment; and therefore, as they are pronounced blessed who read this book, so this blessing is not prostituted to the lazy and indolent, but bestowed as the reward of industry and application.

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