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ON THE
MILLENNIUM;

OR,. .
The Glory of the Latter Days,

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FIVE SERMONS

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What appears to follow that happy Æra.

BY THOMAS TAYLOR.

All the ends of the eartb shall remember, and turn unto the Lord. Pf. xxii. 29.
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord. Hab. ii. 14.
The Kingdoms of this world are become sbe Kingdoms of our Lord, Rev. xi. 15.

Nec magnos metuent armenta leones

Virgil.

PRINTED BY G. PRINCE, IN HULL.

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IT is now many years since my thoughts turned. . upon that glorious fubje£t, the Millennium, or the Glory of the latter Days; and that, chiefly, by reading the Scriptures. It appeared very clearly, that the pasages relating to that blessed 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 fatisfatory upon so delightful and entertaining a fubje&t ; 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 past since the time which they fixed for that mar

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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 occafron, to such as sought it, to treat the whole as a fiktion ; yea, and to view the whole revealed Will of God in no better light. Hence, I think, the calculations of time are better let alone, seeing it may be well for the wisest of men to remember, that it is not for us to know the times, and the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Many things are come to pafs which were forea told, and yet the time of fulfilling them was kept out of sight till the accomplishment. The Coming 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 Jerusalem was foretold, and the dreadful calamities which should accompany the fame ; yed, foretold by Christ himself, and not many years before the dire event ; yet the time was kept a profound secret till the awful scene fpoke for itfelf. We believe

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the Great Conflagration will take place; but' of that day and hour knoweth no man; no, not the Angels in Hedvek; and yet there have been men bold enough to fix the time, yea, the precife day, if not the hour, and have thereby expofed their own folly, and given a handle to fuck as have been no friends to Divine Revelation.

46 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 seems to be one of the secrets which belong to himfelf alone. Perhaps its approach may be gradual, aud one blessed step may open the way to another, fomething like the morning, which opens by degrees, and thinës 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 cause 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. ..

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