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WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE?

OR

SIGNS OF THE LAST TIMES.

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THE REV. JOHN CUMMING, D.D., F.R.S.E.,

AUTHOR OP

"BEHOLD, THE BRIDEGROOM COMETH,

“THE SOUNDING OF THE LAST TRUMPET,"
'CHRIST ALPHA AND OMEGA IN THE WORD OF GOD,”

“ RITUALISM THR HIGH WAY TO ROMB."

“Can ye not discern the signs of the times?”–MATT. xvi. 3.

LONDON:
JAMES NISBET & CO., 21, BERNERS STREET.

1868.

(The right of Translation is reserved.)

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PREFACE.

THE events of the times thicken as we read. One follows another with continuous and accelerated speed. The greater event of to-day displaces that of yesterday, to be itself lost in the more stupendous phenomenon of tomorrow. Let any dispassionate reader recall and review the events of the last two years ; catastrophes by sea and land, earthquakes, tempests and storms destructive of life and property, as if the air, the ocean, and the earth were disturbed and convulsed by a sense of nearing change, -financial convulsions that have created extensive misery and universal distrust-political changes, regarded by many as initial revolutions-organized insurrectionspestilences smiting the cattle on the hills, and the owners by their firesides—wars on a gigantic scale, and preparations for rumoured wars more gigantic still—and then let him

say

if our lot is not cast in a time of trouble,” and amid the signs of "that tribulation, that great one.'

These, however, and other phenomena are enumerated by our Lord as presignificant of the approach of the “ time of the end ;” and he requires us to study them, lest they overtake us unprepared and unawares.

He gives us this graphic and awful prophecy of the last times, “ There shall be signs in the sun and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon earth distress of nations with

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