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The sacred writers bear their these things begin to come to pass, united testimony, that at then look up, and lift up your heads, period the Jews will welcome their for your redemption draweth nigh.f Messiah as their Deliverer, their No predictions could be delivered King, and their God. When Jesus in plainer language than those which closed his public ministry at Jerusa- related to Christ's sufferings; yet lem he said, Behold your house is it is said, that his disciples “under
left unto you desolate. For I say stood none of these things.” The ' unto you, ye shall not see me above prophecies relative to his prehenceforth till ye say, Blessed is he millennial coming are equally plain;
that cometh in the name of the and why do we not understand • Lord."e When he comes to de- them? because these thing do not stroy the wicked, can it be possible comport with our pre-conceived opinthat the objects of his vengeance ions. Many people argue upon
Blessed is he that probabilities and opinions generally cometh in the name of the Lord ?” received; and, by figurative interJesus foretold the signs of his future pretations, misrepresent some of the coming, saying, There shall be plainest passages of revealed truth.
distress of nations with perplexity, And as all the prophecies, recognised · men's hearts failing them for fear by the apostles as fulfilled, have
and for looking after those things been accomplished literally : is it • that are coming upon the earth;” not reasonable to expect that those assuring them of the personal coming which remain unfulfilled, interspersof the Son of Man in a cloud with ed among the former, will also have power and great glory. And when a literal accomplishment ?
To the Editor of the Investigator. following inconsistencies. I dis
cover in Rev. xx, ll the dissolution Your Correspondent Abdiel seems of the heavens and the earth at the to be in some doubt about the time time of the conflagration. I make of the Conflagration, whether it will the new heaven and earth in 2 Pet. be before or after the Millennium. iii (and by a necessary implication On this subject he has some "difficul- the burning which precedes them) ties," and my Inquiry after Prophetic a figurative description ;--and yet Truth has produced in his mind some 2 Thess. i, 7, 8, which to him ap“perplexity.” He remarks, that I pears a plain and literal description generally contend for, and adopt, and seems to be understood so by the literal system of interpretation; me, I make pre-millennial ! See yet having denied a pre-millennial chap. vi, p. 116 and chap. ix and conflagration, I am driven to the xiii.*
e Matt. xxiii, 38, 39 ; See also Isa. lii, 7; Zech. xii, 10, xiii, 9; Rom. vi, 25, 26. f Luke xxi, 25, 28. * Investigator, Vol. I, p. 232 in the note.
By your permission I will en- in the Millennium.h Therefore it deavour to remove the “ difficulties" will not be until the second resurof Abdiel, and I hope convince him rection, or last trump, when that that I am driven to no “incon- saying can be brought to passsistencies.” I do not say my view “ Death is swallowed up in vicof the prophecies has no difficulties; tory.”'i* but relative to the Conflagration
The sound of each of the seven I have none.
Your worthy Corres- trumpets is ascribed to an angel. pondent has evidently misunder. But the trumpet that shall raise the stood me.
By the term “the Con- dead, is “ the voice of the Son of flagration” I understand the fire Man,” John v, 25—29, and not“ the which shall consume this world at voice of the archangel,” which in its consummation. This will be Scripture is distinguished from “the after the Millennium.-Rev. xx, 11. trump of God.”j Though the angels But by this admission I am driven will be with Christ when he comes
“ inconsistencies.” I admit in the clouds of heaven, with a there will be a consumption of the great sound of a trumpet,” yet their enemies of Christ by fire at his employment will not be to sound the coming before the Millennium, be. trumpet, but to gather the elect cause it is said, “He shall come in from the four winds.k The Scripflaming fire :-) but it is not to take tures never ascribe the sounding of vengeance on the globe, but the last trumpet to an angel ; but them that know not God and obey they say, “ The Lord shall be seen not the Gospel.” The pre-millen- over them, and the Lord God shall nial fire at the second Advent will blow the trumpet.”l There is no be literal fire, which will destroy a
evidence that the seventh large portion of Christ's enemies; trumpet is the last, than that the but it will not affect the earth. trumpet that sounded on Mount God knoweth how to deliver the Sinai is the first. If the seventh godly out of temptation, and he trumpet be the last, and, as some invites them to go into their se- assert, began to sound in 1792, it cret chamber, refuge, hiding place, has been sounding 40 years without pavilion, &c.
" Come my people, effect; for Christ is not come, the - enter thou into thy chambers and dead are not raised, the living saints shut thy doors about thee : hide are not changed, nor is the saying thyself as it were for a little mo- brought to pass which is written, ment, until the indignation be over Death is swallowed up in victory.' past.”g I have looked attentively In regard to the passage in 2 Pet. at all the texts that are adduced to iii, I have no
difficulty, inconprove the rapture of the saints” sistency,” or “perplexity.” I underbefore the pouring out of the in- stand verses 10, 11, 12, as a literal dignation upon the wicked; and they description of the conflagration at appear to me utterly inapplicable. the close of the Millennium, when I feel confident that the living saints all this mundane system will pass will not be changed until the last away and the visible heavens and trump or general resurrection : for the earth will be so utterly destroyed, there will certainly be some deaths that there will be found “ no place
8 Isa. xxvi, 20. j i Thess. iv, 16.
h See Ezek. xliv, 22, 25; Isa. lxv, 20. k Matt. xxiv, 31. 1 Zech. ix, 14.
i i Cor, xv, 50-54.
See my Inquiry after Prophetic truth, pp. 139, 140.
for them.'m - Nevertheless," or · which I create : for, behold, I notwithstanding these things will create Jerusalem a rejoicing and really take place, “we according to · her people a joy:"* and in this His promise,” (see Isa. lxv, 17—19; exposition I cordially acquiesce. lxvi, 19-23) and in no other way, Therefore I think I have not been
look for new heavens and a new “ driven” to any “inconsistencies.” earth wherein dwelleth righteous- I am happy to say that I have de
2 Pet. iii, 13. The Apostle rived much edification from Abdiel's then hurried on to the practical im- communications to the Investigator, provement, (v.14,) leaving us to refer and regret that in this instance he to the original promise for further has misunderstood me. With best information ; and there we find this wishes for your success, new creation explained,—“ Be ye I am, yours very respectfully, ' glad and rejoice for ever in that
To the Editor of the Investigator.
of the expression-"even as many
as the Lord your God shall call." Sir,
The application of the term “ afar I have to request your insertion off to the Gentiles in Eph. ii, 13, of the few following remarks on the appears to me very forcible; and the reply to “ Quæsitor” on the Gift fact of the Gentiles receiving the of the Holy Ghost,” which ap- gift of the Holy Ghost is indispeared in No. VIII of the Investi- putable. Your Correspondent seems gator.
not to remember, that “the middle The Writer of this article, who wall of partition” between Jews and lays great stress on the change from Gentiles is broken down, and that the general expression in the pro- through Jesus we both have access phecy of Joel all flesh” to “your by one Spirit to the Father. sonsand your daughters," appears not The remarks of Eις των αδελφων to have noticed, that in the following on 2 Cor. i, 21, 22, appear singuclause there is another change from larly inappropriate, since Paul is the second to the first person—" and actually addressing a church that 'on my servants and on my hand- came behind in no gift :"a and 'maidens will I pour out of my consequently he could not mean to · Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” speak of himself and Timothy as
In the subsequent address of Peter distinguished from them in that rehe seems also to overlook the force spect. In the 21st verse indeed he seems to guard against the very er
a 1 Cor. 1, 7.
bered, that all the world was paganror, into which your Correspondent "ized at that time, and that paganhas fallen, by saying, He that hath 'ism in all nations is a system established us with you in Christ of pretended wonderful miracles. and hath anointed us, &c.” Like- Now arguments with superstition wise in the Epistle to the Ephesians are useless. It was therefore nei, 13, 14, Paul expressly speaks of cessary that very plain matter-ofthose to whom he is writing as fact evidence, which would at once having AFTER they believed been carry conviction to the outward “ sealed with that Holy Spirit of ' natural senses, should demonstrate promise.”b It is worthy of remark, ' who were true believers in that that the 1st Epistle to the Corinth- Gospel which the eleven were ians, in which such copious mention ' commissioned direct by the Lord of spiritual gifts is made, is ad- 'to preach.”*--Now, does your Cordressed, not only “unto the Church respondent mean to say, that there of God which is at Corinth," but have been no heathen in the world “ to all that in every place call upon since the Apostles' days; or that the the name of Jesus our Lord.” This heathen were not meant to be consubject has a length and breadth verted; or that the heathen now are and depth and height, which none quite different beings to the heathen at first sight have a conception of, then? In this sentence he writes and I would recommend your Cor- useless on our gigantic Missionrespondent not too hastily to sit ary and Bible Societies : and here down content with a Church, which, perhaps we might not very widely from not possessing her endowment differ; since I believe them to have of " apostles and prophets and evan- been permitted to show the creature gelists and pastors and teachers, is in what he could, or rather could not a childish state, tossed to and fro by do, with men and money and books ; every wind of doctrine;"?cm-neither and to convince him by evidence to be afraid to look the state of the (since the word of God would not Church in the face ; though, by a convince) that it is not by might, comparison of what it is with what
nor by power, but by the Spirit of it should be, every minister should tlie Lord that the nations shall be be convicted of short-coming;—since converted unto Him. the only possibility of remedy is in May the Lord restore unto his seeing the danger.
Church the joy of his salvation, I would conclude with a question and uphold her with his free Spirit, or two on the following sentence.- that she may teach trangressors “ With regard to those of whom it his way and sinners may be con
is said, these signs shall follow verted unto him. Amen. • them that believe," be it remem
b Ephes, i, 13, 14.
c Ephes. iv, 7–16. * See the paper of Eis twv adellowv,
Investigator, p. 243.
ON THE ADVENT AND KINGDOM OF CHRIST,
The Resurrection State.
In my last Essay I adverted to HATH revealed them unto us by his the circumstance, that some Chris- Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all tians discourage inquiry concerning things, yea, the deep things of the glorified condition of the saints, · God.” (v. 10.) as if nothing were specifically re- The other place is 1 John iii, 2vealed concerning it: and I may “ It doth not yet appear what we add, that there are two passages shall be.” There is in the context of Scripture frequently brought for- of this passage sufficient to lead one ward, as proof that we cannot ar- to the conclusion, that we do not rive at any satisfactory knowledge apprehend it rightly, if we would on these points. These passages
so interpret it as to say, we know shall first notice.
nothing about our future state. For The one is 1 Cor. ii, 9~" Eye is it not declared, that we are " hath not seen,
ear heard of God”—and that we shall be like • neither have entered into the heart Christ at his appearing ? A careful
of man, the things which God consideration of the Greek text will hath prepared for them that love I think satisfy the Reader, that the
him.' This text is quoted by the Apostle means not to say, that it Apostle from Isaiah lxiv, 4, to shew has never been declared what we how it had come to pass, that the shall be; seeing that he himself wise and mighty of this world had also does declare it in this very crucified the Lord of glory, because place : but that what we shall be they did not understand the mys- hath not yet appeared ; (that is, teries of redemption. I need not stay the glorified God-man, our great to inquire, whether the things, here exemplar ;) but that when he shall said to have been withheld from the appear we shall be like him :* just perception of man, were the gracious as in Col. iii, 44" When Christ truths and mysteries connected with who is our life shall appear, then the present state of salvation, or if
shall ye also appear with him in they related only to a glorified con- glory.” Whatsoever therefore is dition in heaven or on earth : it is declared of the glorified manhood of sufficient to observe, that the next the Lord Jesus at the time of his verse clearly proves these things, appearing, of that we may conclude whatsoever they may be, TO BE RE- the saints will be partakers; and VEALED under the Gospel to the thus this text, instead of being spiritual man, and only veiled from opposed to the inquiry, would really the eye and the ear and the heart form an ample foundation on which of the natural man.- -“But God to raise it. I proceed now to the
* Ουπω εφανερωθη τι εσομεθα· οιδαμεν δε οτι εαν φανερωθω όμοιοι αυτο εσομεθα. There is an evident connexion and identity here between that which is the nominative to epavepwon (whatever it may be) and the nominative to pavepwon and the antecedent
of αυτώ. .