Excerpt from Ecclesiastical and Civil History Philosophically Considered, With Reference to the Future Re-Union of Christians, Vol. 1: The First Three Books, Comprising the Period From the Ascension of Our Lord to the Death of Wycliffe Both theories (if eternal truths may be degraded by a name so abused) are founded on the proposition which I have selected as the motto for this work, "God declareth the end from the beginning;" and also on the two elucidations of that proposition, which begin and end, respectively, the volume of God's revelation. The first is, "that there shall be enmity," or antagonism, between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent; the second is, that "the kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ." The first is the prophecy which is the germ of all history; the second declares the future accomplishment, in the fulness of time, of that prophecy. The whole of the intermediate space between the fall of man and the final conquest of the evil which has resulted from that fall, includes the period whose record is given in the Old and New Testament; the period from the closing of the New Testament, through the whole compass of modern history, to the present day; and the period from the present day to the dawn of that predicted era, when the Scriptures and the Catholic Church shall have so leavened and influenced the world; that there shall be more virtue than vice, more knowledge than ignorance, more religion than infidelity, more holiness than indifference, more love than hatred, and more union than disunion among Christians. This state of the world may be said to be the kingdom of Christ; and all this is only the promised result of the contest, or the perpetual antagonism, between good and evil. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.