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Object of the Work.
Concerning the Elect, or Promised Seed; signified by
the Freewoman, which is Zion.
• This Introduction may seem unnecessary,
in addition to a
We may include the previous period, also ; but the only
A Second Volume of this work is preparing for the Press, which will contain the following
Concerning the Law; signified by the Bondwoman. Concerning the Remnant of the Promised or Chosen Seed; PREFACE.
signified by the Daughter of Zion. Concerning Principalities and Powers, and Spiritual
Evil in High Places. Concerning Gentile, answering to that which is contradistinguished from the Elect Seed; and also
concerning Babylon. The Apostles and Prophets in various instances compared; by which is shown the ulterior Application of
the Prophetic Writings.
Concerning Our Saviour. The Times and Seasons, or Time of the End. An Explanation of the 2,300 Evenings and Mornings, taken as Years; that is to say, of the 70 Weeks of Daniel, and also of the 69 Weeks and half Week: also of the remainder number of the Days pointed out in the latter part of the connected Vision of Daniel; which altogether will be found to answer to 2,300 Days,
and 11 Days over. An Explanation of the 2,300 Evenings and Mornings, and
the 11 Days over, taken as Days.
To expound Scripture to the satisfaction of every person's judgment, when the plainest truths are every day distorted by argument, arising from habits, which, imperceptibly taking hold of men, influence that noblest of their faculties, to the entire perversion sometimes of right reason, ever has been, and is likely still to be, impossible for any mortal to achieve. That men, however, as wise in every branch of science as the Greeks themselves were said to be, do believe all that is “ in the scripture of truth,” not solely from the divine assistance which I am assured is given to good men to the influence of their belief, but because, by close attention, the disputed parts of prophecy are found in so many instances to be borne out by the admitted ones; and that as human ingenuity in the person of one or many could not have contrived the authentic ramifications of the text, nor would sinful man of himself against his fellow, have denounced the awful and awaiting punishments for incorrigibleness, which the scriptures contain. This alone should silence cavilling, and render the disbeliever cautious, and the believer bold.