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REDICTIONS, are all those Decla
rations of future EVENTS recorded in the Holy Scriptures, which God by his Providence has brought, or will bring to pass; whether those Events be Punishments. or Blessings.
Thus the Declarations of the Destruction of Jerusalem, and of the Miseries which befel the Jews, were Predictions.
Thus the Declarations of the Deliverance of the Children of Israel out of Egypt, and from the seventy Years Captivity, were Predictions; and so indeed, are all the Threatnings God has denounced against the Wicked; and all the Promises of Blessings, which he has made to Nations, or particular Persons, who love and serve him, and keep his Commandments: And thus the Sacred Declarations in the two first of these Letters are Predictions.
The Providence of the righteous and faithful God, is always fulfilling his Word: Therefore David said unto God, I will praise thee with my whole Heart, ---- for thy Loving
kindness, and for thy Truth; for thou hast magnified thy Word, above all thy Name. Psal. cxxxviii. 1, 2.
God has done it above every other Way, in which he had made himself known; and he does so still, by bringing to pass the Events, foretold by the Prophets of the Old Testament, and by the blessed Jesus, and the Apostles, and Prophets of the New.
It is therefore incumbent on all Christians to take Notice of them, so far as they shall oome within their knowledge; and to observe the Dealings of the supreme Governour of the World, with their own Country, and their Neighbours, and likewise with themselves; whether the Events, which occur be merciful, or afflictive.
The Works of the Lord (both those of Creation, and those of his Providence) are great, fought out of all them, that have PleaJure therein. His Work (of Providence, as well as of Creation) is honourable, and glorious; and his Righteousness enduretb for ever. He hath made bis wonderful Works to be remembred. Pfal. cxi. 2, 3, 4. We ought therefore to observe, and remember them.
A DISREGARD of the Acts of the righteous and gracious God in his Government of the World, and more especially in what relates to our own Country, our own Ci
ties, and Families, and Persons; is a provoking Disregard of himself.
BECAUSE they regard not the Works of the Lord, nor the Operation of bis Hands, be shall destroy them, and not build them up. It is said Pfal. xxviii. 5.
The two first of these Letters were published, 1750. under the Title of Sacred Declarations, confidered, &c. and are now published again, with others subservient to the same Design.
I HAVE in these Letters collected a Summary both of the Law, and Gospel, and a Summary of the Predictions of Punishment appointed for the Wicked; and of the Predictions of Blessings for the Righteous, for all true Believers in this Life, at Death, and afterwards; and on these Accounts, it may be useful for Christians frequently to look into them.
The last Letter is added on the Account of the Importance of its Contents, and the many Advantages which may be obtained, by diffusing the Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures among the People.
In the poetical Lines cited in these Letters, I have here and there changed a Word to render them more expressive of my own Thoughts.
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CON TEN T S.
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Country have Reason to apprehend the Danger of publick Calamities, is hewn. p. 3, 4.
Some Tokens of the divine Anger noted, viz.
1. The Mortality, which through several years destroyed the Cattle. p. 42, 5;
2. The Earthquakes, which lately happened in our Ifand. p. 5, 6.
These Calamities are the Productions of the almighty Power of God, and happens only when, and where be pleases. p. 6. No Astronomer, no Philosopher can tell when, or where the righteous God will make terribly the Earth, and raise those mighty Convulsions in it, which overthrow Cities, and often Swallow in Multitudes of People. p. 6.
The divine Power is always Asting, and some Things, which appear to be the immediate Effeet of its Agency, are specified. p. 7.
Famines, and Pestilences are Manifestations of the divine Anger. p. 7.
The Day of the Lord's Vistation for Sin, is a dismal Time. p. 8.
Yet there is no Ground for Despair, but Room to hope for Mercy, and Pardon. p. 9.
Some Sorts of Persons are particularly threatned. with Punishments in the Day of God's Visitation for Sin, viz.