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Or, Annual Abstract of Celestial Lore: Calculated, from the Æra of Human Redemption, for the Year
BEING THE FIRST AFTER LEAP-YEAR,
And the Sixth of the Reign of His Majesty George IV:
WHICH, BESIDES REGISTERING AV EXTLAINING
THE PERIODICAL PHENOMENA OF THE HEAVENS,
THE OMINOUS TENDENCY
Particular Configurations of the Planets,
Salutary Precepts and Comments on the same ;
Prognostications of the Weather throughout the whole Year :
NEW TABLES OF MEMORABLE EVENTS, AND AN IMPROVED TIDE-TABLE; A BATCH OF RECREATIONS IN ASTRONOMY FOR THE YEAR ;
With all the Useful Tables and Contents of the Common Almanacks ;
A Postic Ungary on the wway of the World :
To all which is prefixed
The whole being calculated to prepare Mankind
FROM THE MSS. OF SIR WILLON BRACHM, Kr.T.R. HUMANIST.
185 “ What Sign shall there be ?” CHRIST'S Answer. And there shall be Signs in the Sun, and in the Moon, and, in Ahe Stars ; 2.d upon the Earth distress of Nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring mauris lexres. Iniling them for fear; aud for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth. (St.Luke, xxi. 95, 26.)
AND SOLD BY EVERY BOOKSELLER IN ENGLAND, SCOTÈAND, AND IRELAND.
IX. A VERY GENERAL, COPIOUS AND CORRECT TIDE-TABLE.
A TABLE OF SOVEREIGNS NOW REIGNING OVER EUROPE.
THE LAMENT OF EZEKIEL OVER TYRUS,
CONCEIVED TO TYPIFY
THE DOOM OF ENGLAND!
Nosce teipsum was the leading maxim of the Spartan Sage ;* and the Seriptures emphatically exhort us to examine, prove, and know our own. selves. Nations, as well as individuals, from their infancy to their decay, are ever under the influence of some reigning virtues and vices; those moral precepts, therefore, which are good for one meniber of society are equally so for society itself. A nation ready, then, to act on this wise and good maxim, know thyself, will set to work to faithfully examine into its own inoral condition.
National prosperity, like individual affluence, has too often led to corrnption of morals; and corruption of morals to the ruin of every state which has heretofore sunk into contempt, or been swept off from the face of the earth. Which way soever the eye is turned, confirmations crowd upon confirmations, votiching for this sorrowful fact. Palatable or unpalatable, pray do not let such serious truths be taken for mere flashes of censure. The future is depending much on the present; and it is to a fair and candid insight into the state of virtue and vice among us, as a people, and the consequences wbich, according to all former example, impend, that I would fain work up general attention.
Nothing, I am persuaded, is more dangerous to the stability of a nation, than shutting its eyes to its own degeneracy, and to the peril that comes sneaking behind habitual vices, which manage to familiarise themselves with all ranks of society. Corruption of national manners, when the foul in. fection has been thoronghly caught, is a plague not easily got rid of; and if left to run its length, the existence of the state is not worth a farthing. Let, however, the examples afforded by the thousands of kingdoms which have prematurely perished from this cause, operate as they ought; and, per. haps, in our case, it is not too late to apply a remedy. “Scornful men bring a city into a snare;”+ and this is the fatal spare of which we have to take heed.
Time is hurrying ns on towards those extraordinary scenes of which, through the mirror of prophecy, we have caught a distant glimpse. Christians of every class, who have been watchful of its career, must be deeply desirous to learn how much longer the Church is destined to continue militant. St. John, upon this question, is the_oracle to be consulted. Under his Visions of the Seven Seals—the Seven Trumpets—and the Seven Vials, he has set before us the entire period of its warfare. From this mystical representation, it may be inferred, that the term signified by the Seven Seals, together with that included under Six of the Trumpets, bas
+ Proverbs, xxix. 8.
already expired—that under the Seventh Trumpet, which is yet sounding, Six of the Vials are, at the same time, gradually exhausting their contents upon the several States which, after effectual purgation, are to constitute Christendom--that when the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet shall cease, the last Vial will begin to pour ; during the running of which final plagne, terrible changes will be going on in the world, as presignified by the Battle of Armageddon-the Fall of Spiritual Babylon-and the great Earthquake.* Of the exact time yet to elapse before the last Vial comes on, we are not certain ; but thus much we know the time is not far off-it may be one day-one year-or it may be some few years.
Esdras may be qnoted in corroboration of St. John; and as casting a further ray upon this solemn prospect.
“ Shew me,”
he to the Divine Messenger," whether there be more to come than is past, or more past than is to come. What is past, I know; but what is to come, I know not. And he said, Stand up, upon the right side, and I shall expound the similitude unto thee. So I stood and saw ; "and behold, a hot burning over passed by before me; and it happened, that when the flame was gone by,
looked, and behold, the smoke remained still. After this, there passed by before me, a watery cloud, and sent down much rain, with a storm; and when the stormy rain was past, the drops remained still. And he said unto me, Consider with thyself, as the rain is more than the drops, and as the fire is greater than the smoke (but the drops and the smoke remained behind), so the quantity which is passed doth more exceed.”+—Thus we gather, that the world is far advanced towards its catastrophe—that the fire has become extinct, though the smoke of the embers continues—that the torrent of rain bas gone by, though a few drops stiil continue to fall.
As expressly snitable to the present aspect of the world, that part of Scripture, which so emphatically points at “perilous times,” to which, “ in the latter days,” nations are to be exposed, through the conduct of such as the Apostle calls “traitors heady, high-minded ; lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God," I &c. deserves special attention. With such adversaries as these is the Church militant to contend in the last period of her warfare: and these are the “perilous times ” that nations are destined to encounter. But is it to be thought, that vast communities of mankind are left thus exposed without the means of foreknowing and averting “ perils" which, in their infliction, form but a link in the chain of predestination ? Is the Great Creator to be deemed so fickle as to control a world of his in. tellectual creatures by no settled laws ?-Most impious, indeed, would such a notion be, held in the face of those immortal documents which unre. servedly attest how Divine Justice is uniformly administered, and has been, ever since the beginning of the world, in elevating, depressing and overturning kingdoms.--"At what instant,” says the All-Supreme, “I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; if that nation against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”
This plain and unequivocal manifesto of the Most High refers, certainly, to every colony of men that ever did settle, or ever will settle, under heaven. The dispensations of Providence, then, are in nowise directed by chance or caprice, but according to laws immutably fixed from the beginning-accord. ing to the test of good set against evil.
Yet, let it not be thought that a proof of such weight is rested upon one solitary text. As far as it historically records, or didactically admonishes,
* Rev, xvi, xvii.
+ 2 F d. iv, 15-50.
# 2 Tim. iii. 4.
Jer. xviii. 7, 8.