An inquiry into the truth of history

An inquiry into the truth of history pages 105-106

If my conjectures are right, the time appointed is the time of the Reformation. Our Reformers translated and circulated theholy scriptures, in spite of the mischief and lies of the king of the south. They performed another great service also: they were the means of restoring to us the only security that was ever given to man.

" The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world ;" and where his blood was sprinkled, the destroying angel had no power. " Drink ye all of this," said our Saviour, when he gave the cup. But popery had denied the cup to the laity, and made an idol of the bread. The Church of England returned to the Catholic and Apostolic faith; and Mahometanism, the abomination that maketh desolate, began to lose that power, which had hitherto been the terror of Christendom. The arms of the king of the south were successful. The Mahometan came toward the south, but it was not as it had been before, neither as it is to be hereafter. The ships of Chittim, i. e. of the Goths , came against him, and his marine was ruined by the battle of Lepanto. " Therefore shall he be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant. So shall he do; he shall even return and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant." Very soon after the Mahometan had returned from Lepanto, he punished the Christians of Albania and Macedonia.

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