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LECTURE I,

THE PROMISED LAND.

BY THE REV. ALEXANDER DALLAS, M.A.,

RECTOR OF WONSTON, HANTS.

GENESIS XIII. 15.

All the land which thou seest, to thee will I give

it, and to thy seed for ever."

By the continued mercy of a forbearing God, the seasons have brought round again the period which, for some years, has been marked in this place by a course of instruction on subjects drawn from the prophetic Scriptures; and his servants who have been wont to be the instruments by which these instructions have been carried on are spared, yet once again to call attention to that one great thought that colours all the Scriptures with its excitement to diligence and watchfulness. The Lord is at hand; that same Jesus whom our hearts love to look upon waiting at the right hand of the Father, ever living to make intercession for us, shall even come in like manner as he was seen to go. The heaven which has received him must retain his glorious body until the times of restitution of all things. We stand upon the watch-tower and give our annual warning of the dawning light that we see in the horizon; and with each returning cry we would fain speak more powerfully to your hearts, “Prepare to meet your God!” “He that hath ears to ear, let him hear!”.

May the Spirit of Jesus be present in the midst of us who are assembled now, and upon every occasion of these prophetical instructions ! May He make his presence to be felt in our hearts, condescending to teach by those instruments whom his providence appoints to speak, and opening the hearts of those who are called to hear, that they may attend to the things spoken, and apply them to their souls' benefit, and to the glory of Christ's name! May wisdom be given now to his servant who stands up to open our present course of teaching! May God, for Christ's sake, bestuw at this time the gift of the Holy Spirit !

As years roll on, and the minds of men sharpen in the intellectual exercise to which they are

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