Concerning the Conflagration.
With the Contents and Order of this Work.
SEEING Providence hath planted in
all Men a natural desire and curiosity
of knowing things to come; and such
things especially as concern our particular Happiness, or the general Fate of
mankind: This Treatise may, in both
respects, hope for a favourable reception amongst inquisitive persons; seeing the design of it is, to give
an account of the greatest revolutions of Nature that
are expected in future Ages: and in the first place,
of the Conflagration of the World. In which Universal
Calamity, when all Nature suffers, every man's particular concern must needs be involv'd.
We see with what eagerness men pry into the Stars,
to see if they can read there the Death of a King, or the
fall of an Empire: 'Tis not the fate of any single Prince
or Potentate, that we Calculate, but of all Minkind: