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BIBLE

CHRONOLOGY

IN RELATION TO

PROPHECY

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“I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them." (Eze. xx. 12.)

“There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and
saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep all
things continue as they were from the beginning." (2 Pet. iii. 4.)

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come: for men
shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobe-
dient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, false accusers,
despisers of those that are good, traitors, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than
lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power of God: from all
such turn away.... Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the
truth." (2 Tim. iii. 1, 8.)

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night" &c. (2 Pet. iii. 10);
“therefore let no man deceive you with vain words : for because of these things
cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore
followers of them.” (Eph. v. 6, 7.)

LONDON:
RICHARD AMER, BOOKSELLER,

LINCOLN'S INN GATE.

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RAYNER AND HODGES, PRINTERS, 109, FETTER LANE, E.C.

PREFACE.

That the Crucified One who ascended into heaven would come again at the expiration of 6000 years from Creation, has been the belief ever since the days of the ancient Church. A tradition also is traceable before the Christian Era, amongst the Jewish writers, for they expected that then would be fulfilled to them those great and glorious promises spoken of in God's revelation. For such an advance, it is true, there is no positive proof in the Word of God; but still there are many passages from which we may gather such a conclusion. For instance, “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years.” Now this, taken in connection with the six days of creation, is a type of the world's continuance for 6000 years; the seventh day, or day of rest, being regarded as a type of another period of a thousand years (or seventh thousand), which will intervene between the first and second resurrections. (Rev. xx. 4, 5, 6.) At the same time we do well not to rely upon the age of the world as any certain proof of the nearness of the end-Christ's immediate Advent-yet if it can be shewn from the Bible, and from the best authority, that we are fast approaching the expiration of that period, it may be regarded as a strong proof in support of the nearness of that event.

I do not presume to state positively that I can prove this world to be just 6000 years old, but will endeavour to shew, from the best evidence we have

-the Bible and other sources—when we may expect the completion of that period. I shall therefore follow the Bible, and that alone, as far as it gives us any information on the subject, which is up to the end of the seventy years Captivity and the first of Cyrus.

We will therefore begin with the Creation and present the evidence which the Bible gives us of the age of Creation, and in no way will I vary from one text, unless that variation can be satisfactorily proved by another. And now, while I endeavour to make that feeble attempt, I have one request to make, and that is, that the reader will not form an opinion too quickly or condemn too rashly, but have the Bible by his side and turn to the passages of Scripture as they are referred to in the following pages.

BUCKS, Nov. 1869.

PART I.

Bible Chronology ,

SHEWING FROM THE SCRIPTURES AND HISTORY THAT WE CANNOT

BE FAR FROM THE END OF 6000 YEAR'S OF CREATION.

“One day is with the Lord as a thousand years.” St. Peter, (2 Peter, iii. 8.)

“For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday.” (Psalm, xc. 4.)

“ The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God.” (Ex. xx. 10.) “ I gave them my sabbaths, which is a sign between me and

(Ez. xx. 12.) " Which are a shadow of things to come.” St. Paul. (Col. ii. 17.)

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