Excerpt from The Hand of God in History: Or, Divine Providence Illustrated in the Extension and Establishment of Christianity Throughout the World
The history of the world is gradually losing itself in too history of the Church. The full history of the world is a history of redemption. In no period of the history of redemption, not even when preparing the fullness of time for the Messiah's advent, has the providence of God been more marked than of late ars, in its hearing on the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom. The providence of God, in respect to this work, says another, would form one of the most interesting chapters in the history of his government. To the casual observer of Providence, to the ordinary reader of this world's history, the whole appears like a chaos Of incidents, no thread, no system, no line of connec tion running through it. One course of events is seen here, and another there. Kingdoms rise on the stage one after another, and become great and powerful, and then pass away and are forgotten. And the history of the Church seems s. Areely less a chaos than that of the world. Changes are continually going on within it and around it, and these apparently without much order.
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