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TO THE RIGHT REVEREND

GEORGE PRETYMAN, D.D.F.R.S.

LORD BISHOP OF LINCOLN,

WHOSE ARDENT AND UNREMITTING ZEAL

FOR THE INTERESTS OF RELIGION,

AND STEADY REGARD FOR LEARNING ;

WHOSE CONDUCT AS A MAN,

AND WHOSE VIGILANCE AS A PRELATE,

DEMAND THE GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

OF EVERY FRIEND

TO THE ESTABLISHED. CHURCH OF ENGLAND;

ESPECLALLY AT A PERIOD,

WHEN SUCH EXAMPLES ARE EMINENTLY USEFUL

TO

THE CAUSE OF CHRISTIANITY;

THE FOLLOWING WORK,

IS, WITH PROFOUND RESPECT,

INSCRIBED,

BY HIS LORDSHIP'S

OBLIGED AND OBEDIENT SERVANT,

HENRY KETT.

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PREFACE.

THE astonishing progress made by infidelity in the present age of the world, evidently requires from the friends of Chriftianity a peculiar degree of energy and vigilance in the cause of Religious Truth. They cannot fail to recollect, that, although Religion itself is invulnerable against every attack which artifice and violence direct against it, it is their indispensible duty to exert their utmost efforts to check the ravages of an enemy fo fatal to the dearest interests of man : and no mode of protection against its contagious fpirit seems better calculated for general use, than a FULL AND CLEAR ELUCIDATION OF THE PROPHETICAL PARTS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS.

The evidence derived from PROPHECY in support of REVELATION, is a progreffive and an accumulating evidence, which A4

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shines with increasing brightness as timo advances in its course, and collects strength from each fucceeding age.

And as the extraordinary events NOW PASSING BEFORE OUR EYES will be found to augment the fplendour of its light, and to

to give force to its strength, while they receive in return ray, from Divine truth, which discovers their origin, and points ont their course;. it may be presumed, that a summary view of the Prophe, cies is particularly SUITED TO STRIKE THE MINDS OF THE PRESENT GENERATION, WHO SEEK IN VAIN FOR ANY OTHER

ADEQUATE EXPLANATION op OCCURRENCES SO DEEPLY INTERESTING TO THEMSELVES,

HISTORY, which constitutes a material branch of our education, assumes the greatest dignity. of character, when she becomes the companion of RELIGION, , and the Interpreter of the Oracles of God. Her volumes present the most wonderful discoveries, and reflect the images of the prophetical parts of the Bible, The works of the writers of all ages and . countries whether . Pagans - Christians

Jews =antient, or even modern Infidels ---whatever their opinions, preju

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