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All the ends of the earth shall remember, and turn unto the Lord. Pl. xxii. 27.
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IT is now many years since my thoughts turned - upon that glorious subject, the Millennium, or the Glory of the latter Days; and that, chiefly, by reading the Scriptures. It appeared, very clearly, that the passages relating to that bleffed period, could not yet be accomplished : Neither the time of the Apostles, nor that of Constantine, could answer what the Scriptures induce us to believe concerning that happy season. I then consulted all the Authors I met with, who have wrote expressly upon the point, hoping to find something satisfactory upon so delightful and entertaining a subject ; but, hitherto, my labour has been to little purpose; I have not been satisfied with what I have read.
2. Some have been more inquisitive about the time, than the thing, and have made very erronebus calculations ; insomuch, that near a century is paft since the time which they fixed for that mar
vellous epocha; and that, I apprehend, may have discouraged others from attempting any thing of the kind, left they should meet with no better. success. Nay, so many attempts of this sort failing, may have given occafon, to such as fought it, to treat the whole as a fiction ; yea, and to view the whole revealed Will of God in no better light. Hence, I think, the calculations of time ate better let alone, seeing it may be well for the wiseft of men to remember, that it is not for us to know the times, and the seafons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Many things are come to pats which were foretold, and get the time of fulfilling them was kept out of sight till the accomplishment. The Comingo of the Meffiah was foretold, get the time was kept a secret ; infomuch, that when he came, the world knew him not; nay, such as had long expected him, get could not believe their eyes when they saw him!
3. The destruction of Jerusalent was foretold, and the dreadful calamities which should accompany the fame ; yea, foretold by Christ himself, and not many years before the dire event; yet the time was kept a profound secret till the awful scene spoke for itfelf. We believe
the Great Conflagration will take place, but of that day and hour knoweth no man; no, not the Angels in Heavent; and yet there have beent men bold enough to fix the time, yea, the precise day, if not the hour, and have thereby exposed their own folly, and given a handle to fuck as have been no friends to Divine Revelation.
4. WHATEVER, therefore, my thoughts may be, touching the time when tke glorious scene of Christ's millennial reign will take place, I deem it quite prudent to keep them to myself. The thing, I am certain, will take place, becaufe God hath faid it; but, as to the time, it feems to be one of the secrets which belong to himself alone. Perhaps its approach may be gradual, aud one bleffed step may open the way to another, fomething like the morning, which opens by degrees, and shines more and more to the perfe&t day.
5. SEVERAL who have written upon the Millennium, have placed it after the burning of the world, and have thereby puzzled the caufe exceedingly. For, is Satan to be loofed out of his
, prifon after he is finally cast into the burning take ? Express mention is made of his being bound a thousand years, and then being 'liberated for a A 3