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The method proposed in conducting the following inquiry concerning the second coming of Christ, is to consult the holy Scriptures in chronological order. Our subject will thus rise upon us with the same advances of light which have marked its gradual revelation to mankind: : we shall be able also to trace the connexion of the sacred oracles one with another; and, comparing the language of each prediction with preceding revelations on the same subject, shall aim at making prophecy, as much as possible, its own interpreter.

In our chronological survey, the prophecies relating to a second advent of the great Redeemer may be divided into three parts.

PART The First will contain the oracles delivered in the more ancient ages of the world, and in the age of David. PART THE Second will contain such as are found in the writings of those em

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