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“Quisquis hac legit, ubi pariter certus est, pergat mecum : ubi pariter haesitat
FRANCIS & JOHN RIVINGTON,
THE following tract was first published in the year 1830, and has long been out of print. I suffered it to remain so under an impression that it had been superseded by larger and more elaborate works on the same subject; especially those of my learned friend Dr. Todd of Dublin. But, finding that it has been recently enquired for, two reasons induce me to reprint it.
First, the knowledge that some persons will look at a small pamphlet on such a subject, who would not set about reading a large and learned volume.
Secondly, an apprehension that my suffering the work, small as it is, to remain out of print while there was any enquiry for it, might look as if I had either changed my opinions, or wished to conceal them.
I have reprinted from the British Magazine for July, 1848, some remarks on the publications of Mr. Frere, because I consider them not only as illustrative of the subject generally, but (so far as I can judge from notices and advertisements) seasonable for these times in particular.
THE common doctrine of the Christian Church, grounded on the plain declarations of Scripture, has always been, that at some time or other an Apostasy must take place, promoted and headed by some person or power who is variously designated in the Scripture as the LITTLE HoRN, the BEAST, the MAN OF SIN, the SON OF PERDITION, and the WICKED ONE–and who has been commonly known in the church under the title of ANTICHRIST. Thus far the Early Church, and the Protestant Church of the present day, are agreed; but, when they come to particulars, they differ on three very important points. It is impossible where so many writers, with so many varieties of opinion are concerned to speak with perfect accuracy; but I believe that the doctrines which I am about to state as those of the Early Church, were held by all Christian writers for at least twelve centuries; and that those which I ascribe to the Protestant Church, have been maintained by most protestant divines, and B