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PREDICTIONS OF THE APOCALYPSE
MARKED EVENTS OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA.
FROM GIBBON, MEZERAY, MOSHEIM, D'AUBIGNÉ, AND OTHER EMINENT HISTORIANS.
JAMES H. BRAUND.
SEELEY, JACKSON AND HALLIDAY, 54, FLEET STREET
PREFACE TO VOL. III.
THE presentation of another Volume of “ History and Revelation" calls for but little remark. Its publication without awaiting the compilation of the fourth and last volume—as no objection lies, on the score of incompleteness -has been decided on in consequence of numerous inquiries, When will the series of ecclesiastical figurations promised at the close of Vol. II. be ready? The principle of Apocalyptic and historic parallel progression maintained in the first two volumes has been continued, and the structure therein raised has been tenanted by its religious occupants, whose origin and whose doings have been also set forth. The advantage and the gratification derived by the Author from his long and arduous studies justify him in hoping, perhaps in believing, that the Reader will rise from the perusal of this volume realising, not only, that “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy,” but also that he is a participator in the promised blessing. Placed by the combined prophetic and historic forces on a mighty eminence, he will hear with serenity the confused hum of religious voices beneath him, and congratulate himself on his freedom from having to join in the clamour, or to decide between the merits of the systems or opinions contended for.
In the result of long years of patient, careful, and earnest labour, the Reader, though he may not always go with the Author, has evidences of Apocalyptic and historic correspondence that will, at least, be found neither uninteresting nor uninstructive.