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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by
JOHN G. WILSON,
In the Office of the Clerk of the District Court of the United States,
in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
To the churches of our Lord Jesus Christ, including the ministers and members, and to all sincere inquirers after truth, I humbly dedicate these Discourses on Prophecy ; and earnestly bespeak for them an attentive perusal for the truth's sake. They were first prepared for, and delivered to the people of my charge, two years ago ; and are now revised and committed to the press in compliance with the respectful solicitation of friends, and the humble hope of extended usefulness. I am aware that much has been published on this subject from the pens of learned and elegant writers, and it may be thought by many that the theme has been exhausted, and that it is presumptuous in one unknown to fame, to attempt to add any thing new or important to the numerous productions already issued. Nor am I insensible to the fact that a strong prejudice against this subject, as if it were one of mere speculation and adventure, has extensively obtained in the community. These things, however, discourage me not; they only serve to convince me that a want exists in this connexion, which has not yet been supplied ; and inspire the humble hope that God may deign to employ me, as one of the least of all the saints, to contribute something to its supply, in making all men see what is the fellowship or connexion of this mystery. A compendium such as it is proposed to furnish in these Discourses is undoubtedly a desideratum which hundreds would gladly possess, and all that they need is an assurance that this attempt will answer the design, to patronize the work and give to it an attentive perusal. I advance no claim to great learning or talents, and my composition may lack the meretricious ornaments of light literature, which indeed would not comport with the intrinsic merit and important bearings of the subject. These demand a plain and perspicuous style, so as to be