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I have been induced to present this little volume to your notice, by a belief that it would promote the cause of revealed truth. The subjects contained in the following pages are very important. A correct understanding of the phrases' end of the world;' * Last Days;' 'Last Time,' &c., as used in the New Testament, is almost indispensible to a right understanding of these sacred writings. I have long been convinced that a large number of the texts, in which these phrases occur, have been misapplied, and their original meaning perverted, when they have been used, as they commonly are, to support the opinion of a literal end of this mundane system, and a day of general judgment simultaneously.
You will find the subjects treated with great ability, and you have an opportunity to compare what is here presented for your consideration with the uncrring standard of truth, the Bible. The deep interest each individual of the human family has in the truth of God, should lead us to search the scriptures prayerfully, (with the aid of all the labor of others we may be able to obtain.) For
"This is the judge that ends the strife
Our guide to everlasting life
All the articles without a signature were written by Hosea Ballou, 2nd, and the others by the authors whose names are affixed; and originally published in the Universalist Expositor, a work of great merit, but of very limited circulation. This valuable work has lately been revived with a prospect of the patronage to which its merit entitles it.
That the following pages may be the means of promoting the instruction and edification of the reader, and of increasing a thirst after divine knowledge, "TILL WE ALL COME IN THE UNITY OF THE FAITH, AND OF THE KNOWLEDGE of the Son of God,
UNTO A PERFECT MAN, UNTO THE MEASURE OF THE
STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST," is the desire of the PUBLISHER.