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ing Expectation that they had, to fee the return of our Dear Redeemer, to fee his Church triumphant, and all his Enemies put under his Feet; yet let us however be driven by the Terrors of the Lord, and not put far from us the Evil Day, confidering that whatever Reasons our Fore-fathers had for judging the Confummation to be at hand, ought more clofely to affect to affect us, who at this distance of time are fo much nearer to it than they. So then if we do in good earneft watch for that Day, in Abstraction from the Darkness of this World, and ftanding in the Spirit of Light and Truth, we fhall as Children of the Light and of the Day fee when Evil cometh, fo that that Day fhall not overtake us as a Thief, 1 Theff. 5. 4,5. So fays Hippolytus, $ 50. But let us, having "the Mystery of God in our Hearts, faithfully attend to thofe Things that have "been spoken by the Holy Prophets, that we knowing them before-hand, may not "be deceived; for in the Fulness of Times "He, concerning whom thefe Things are fpoken (viz. Antichrift) fhall furely be "made manifeft. Whilft on the other hand they that neither love nor believe the Truth, but take pleasure in Unrighteousness, upon them God fhall fend the Energy (or Strength)+'Evieferof Error (viz. Antichrift) that they shall av hdbelieve a Lie to their Condemnation, 2 Theff.

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BUT whether we regard it or not, whether we be provided or not, that Day will furelycome, the Times are ripening apace; God

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God hath begun to fhake the Heavens ar the Earth; An Alarm is founded to th Ends of the Earth; The Day does already dawn upon the tops of the Mountains And the Spirit of Love and Peace is de fcending in plentiful Showers, like the latter Rain upon the Earth, to unite, ftrengthen, and prepare for himself, ap culiar People to be the First-Fruits of th Kingdom of the Lamb. Even fo, Lord J Tus, come quickly! Turn Thee, O The Beloved of our Souls, and come swiftly 2 a Roe, or a young Hart over the Mour tains of (Bether) Divifion (even the Divi fions and Diftractions of the Chriftian Church) till the Day (even Thy Day) break forth, and the Shadows of Darknes be perfectly diffipated. Q! That Thou would't rend the Heavens, that Tho would't come down, that the Mountains might flow down, and melt at thy Prefence Lord pity the Stones of Zion! It is Time that Thou have Mercy upon her, yea the Time is come. Thine Holy Cities are a Wilderness, Zion is a Wilderness, Jerusa lem a Defolation. Our Holy and Beautiful House where our Fathers praised Thee is burnt up with (the) Fire (of Contention and uncharitable Zeal). We fee not our Tokens, there is not one Prophet more, there is none amongst us that knoweth how long. Wilt thou refrain thy felf for these Things? O God! Where is thy Zeal and thy Strength, the Sounding of thy Bowels, and of thy Mercies towards us; are they re

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ftrained? Arife, and let thine Enemies be fcattered, and let them that hate Thee flee before Thee. Send Thy Fear upon all the Nations that feek not after Thee. Shew new Signs, and make other strange Wonders: Glorifie thy Hand and thy right Arm, that they may fet forth thy wondrous Works. Make the Time fhort, remember the Covenant, gather all the Tribes of Jacob together, and inherit Thou them as from the Beginning. O be mercifulto Jerufalem thy Holy City. Fill Sion with thy unspeakable Oracles, and thy People with thy Glory. Give Teftimony to those whom Thou haft poffeffed from the Beginning, and raise up Prophets fuch as have been in thy Name.,

O Lord bear the Prayer of thy Servants, according to the Bleffing of Aaron, yea of our everlafting High Priest Christ Jefus over thy People, that all they which dwell upon the Earth, may know, that Thou art the Lord, the Eternal God. Amen.

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HEREAS in the laft Part of this Treatife, Page 161, 165. &c. there are cited certain Paffages of Hippolytus, i was intended here to fay fomewhat of that Father, and of the Book De Confummation Mundi, which we have under his Name, as alfo of his other Works: But because the Bookfellers prefs much to have the Book now come out, and there are many Thing to be faid on this Subject, it was upon fur ther Confideration thought fit to defer the fame to another Opportunity, when the Matter may be handled with that Accuracy which it deferves.

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'affages of Scripture explain'd or illu-
ftrated in this ESSAY.

J. B. Where this Mark * occurs, the Paffages are more
fully explained: When this †, they are not exprefly cited,
but illuftrated only. E. fignifies the Difcourfe of Ephraim
Syrus. Note alfo, That the Verfes are here expreffed,
where they are not in the Book it felf.

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