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The Advent Herald, and Signs of the Times Reporter [Himes], vol. 7

kingdoms were Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome, which last has existed under its Pagan form 666 years, papal 1260, until 1798, when its civil power ceased, and the divided state, the reign of the Kings commenced. 44 verse. And in the days of these kings (the ten kingdoms) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed! and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” If this were a spiritual kingdom, as some maintain, it would not consume the earthly kingdoms, but convert or change them into its own likeness. Besides, if by the setting up of God’s everlasting kingdom, a spiritual establishment were meant, how absurd is it to say that it is set up “in the days of these kings;” why not say before the kingdoms represented by the image were, when man at his fall had salvation proffered him; or make the setting up of the kingdom (if spiritual) when Jesus was manifested in the flesh. We cannot fix upon the first mentioned time, because that had passed, and would make the prophecy, history; and in attempting to take the last as a starting point, we should be in a dilemma equally perplexing, for it was under the dominion of Pagan Rome, the iron kingdom, that the Savior lived, and the 44th verse in that case would read, in the days of this king (or kingdom) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed. We read in the 34 and 35 verses, (of which the 44th verse is an explanation,) Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floor: and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. “The stone smites the image upon his feet, all earthly dominions are broken to pieces together, and become like the chaff of the summer threshing floor. The “stone falls upon the kingdoms and they are ground to powder.” That is, God’s everlasting kingdom is set up in the days of these kings, and breaks in pieces and consumes them.

Evidently the metallic image is not incorporated in the mountain which fills the whole earth, for it is broken into chaff, borne away by the winds, and no place found for it. The mountain is the dominion of Christ, and if the image is converted, it must become stone, and be merged in it.

But it may be objected that at the sounding of the 7th and last trumpet, which is the trump of God, it is said the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever. Many suppose that this means that all kingdoms of the earth shall become Christ’s by conversion, making the sounding of the trumpet an agent in converting them. This is somewhat like the sanctifying power that death possesses, in the theory of the Universalist.

But what say the four and twenty elders in the immediate connexion? We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged, and that thou shouldst give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldst destroy them which destroy the earth. Revelation 11:17, 18. Thus at the sounding of the 7th trumpet, when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, is the judgment presented—nations angry. Revelation 1:7. All kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Matthew 24:30 Then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, saying to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. What! nations angry when they are converted? And the time of the dead that they should be judged—the prophets, saints, and them that fear the name of the Lord, small and great, rewarded, by inheriting “the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world,” (Matthew 25:34,) and those destroyed which destroy (or corrupt, see margin) the earth. As it is said in Psalms, “Ask of me, and I shall give thee (Christ) the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” World is converted! “says one, please read the next verse,” Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron: thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel” This is like Daniel’s prophecy, and fully confirms his account of “what shall be in the latter days,” the stone smites the image and it becomes chaff, is destroyed. The destruction is effected at a blow, for “a short work will the Lord make upon the earth, he will cut it short in righteousness.” “He who spake and it was done, he who commanded and it stood fast,” will consume the wicked with the spirit of his mouth, and destroy them with the brightness of his coming.

“Oh!” exclaims the spiritualist, “to consume and destroy means conversion; besides that is a spiritual coming.” Spiritual coming! the expression is not in the Bible. Jesus is not to come again by his spirit, as he has not left and never will leave the world by his spirit. In speaking to believers in the 14th, 15th, and 16th chapters of John, he says, “It is expedient that I go away that I may send the Comforter—that he may abide with you forever;—even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father. He also said to his disciples (Matthew 27:20,) Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world.

Then he will remain with us by his Spirit, while the world standeth, and it was necessary for him to leave us personally, that he might send the blessed Comforter to us. After the ascension the disciples waited at Jerusalem for the promise of the Father—the Spirit of truth, whose glorious advent was on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2. This is all the spiritual coming mentioned in the Word of God.—Again, if “the brightness of his coming” refers to a spiritual advent, then to be consistent we must spiritualize the coming of the Saviour, described in the preceding chapter, (2 Thessalonians 1.) for the apostle speaks of only one, and the same coming in the two chapters. (The passage it becomes necessary to spiritualize, is the following: chap. 1:7-10.—“When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power: when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe, in that day.” In the 2nd chap. this coming is called “the day of Christ” 3rd verse, That day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, whom, 8th verse, the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and destroy with the brightness of his coming.” Spiritualize such plain, potent, and sublime declarations as the above! spiritualize them for the sake of propping up a tottering theory, thereby making the Word of God of no effect by our traditions!—methinks if we had any desire to do it, the reading of Revelation 22:18, 19, would shudder us into an honest construction.

But, say a multitude, (that the Scriptures may be fulfilled) “Where is the promise of his coming?—for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.—The promise of his second coming is plainly to be seen, being the grand theme of the New Testament Scriptures, as the prediction of his first advent pervaded the Old. The promise may be found in John 14:2, 3, 28, and in other places innumerable.—The Saviour says to all that are his, “I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me ye would rejoice, because I said I go unto the Father. Chap. 16:16, He speaks of the time that he will remain away.—“A little while, and ye shall not see me; and again, A little while, and ye shall see me; because I go to the Father.” Some of the disciples did not understand what the Saviour meant by going away a little while, and said, 18th verse, “We cannot tell what he saith.” Jesus then in explanation of his departure, and absence, says in the 20th verse, “Verily, verily I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” When? On the resurrection morning, when the Saviour comes and receives them to himself, having prepared a place for them. For he says, “And ye now therefore have sorrow; (in the world ye shall have tribulation,) but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”

That the Saviour’s departure was personal no one will deny, for he said after his resurrection, “A spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have,” and when he was taken up to Heaven, and a cloud received him out of the sight of the disciples, two men in white apparel said to them (Acts 1,) “This same Jesus which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into Heaven.” This settles the question; he went away personally, he is to return personally; all traditions to the contrary notwithstanding.

That this event is certain, near, and desirable, is the last and solemn declaration of the Saviour, recorded in the Word of God. He which testifieth these things, saith, “Surely I come quickly, Amen. Even so come, Lord Jesus.”

Again “this same Jesus” is at the right hand of God, from henceforth expecting until his foes become his footstool—“Whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things spoken of by all the holy prophets since the world began. Enoch is the first mentioned as prophesying of this restitution, viz: “Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints.”

In the song of Moses we read fire “shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundation of the mountains. And Balaam, although not a prophet of the Lord, was constrained to testify.

For from the top of the rock I see him, and from the hills I behold him; Lo! the people who shall dwell alone! nor shall number themselves among the nations. David, too, prophesies, “For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.—But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. For such as are blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.—The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell therein forever. Wait on the Lord and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shall see it. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together. Psalm 37. And Solomon has the same prophecy “For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. Proverbs 2. And we read in Job 21. the wicked are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away. That the wicked are reserved to the day of destruction—they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. Isaiah speaks of the restitution where he glowingly describes the new heavens and new earth. Be ye glad and rejoice forever in that (the new creation) which I create—for behold I create Jerusalem a rejoicing and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. Ezekiel prophesies of the resurrection which will be at the time of the restitution. (For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, and the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4.) the words of the prophet are “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. My servant David shall be their prince forever. My tabernacle also shall be with them; yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Ezekiel 37.; see also Revelation 21:3.—And Daniel also refers to the restitution of all things, when he speaks of the stone smiting the image on the feet, and the setting up of God’s everlasting kingdom in the days of the kings. Also where he speaks of the thrones being cast down, chap. 7. the judgment set and the books opened—the beast slain, his body destroyed and given to the burning flame—when one like the son of man came with the clouds of Heaven—and there was given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people and nations and languages should serve him—his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not he destroyed. This last is evidently the same everlasting kingdom spoken of in Daniel 2nd, and lest men should pervert the prophecy, and say when the ancient of days came, that the slaying of the beast, the destroying of his body, and the giving it to the burning flame, was conversion, and thus fabricate a temporal. Millennium, there Daniel expressly says, I beheld, and the same horn made war with the Saints and prevailed against them, until the ancient of days came, and judgement was given to the Saints of the Most High, and the time came that the Saints possessed the kingdom.” When is judgment given to the Saints? At the first resurrection, for John says, Revelation 20:4. “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them, and they, (all the saints) lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. This is the first

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