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

we are informed that it was so done, and that man was blessed of the Father or Creator. It hence appears that two of the purposes of God in the creation were, first, the world was created for the blest of the Father, (they were blest,) and second, mankind were to be kings, and priests in its Eden state. But then the chief end which God had in view in the creation, also appears from the above texts, notwithstanding so many have overlooked it. This fully appears while we carefully read the 28th verse. And God blessed them. And God said be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Here then is the end had in view in the creation, viz., that this earth, in its Eden state, should be replenished with the descendants of the blessed of the Father. For it was in the holy state that the command was given, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and this command ceases to be binding when the earth is replenished, and can go no farther; hence when this was done, (and it would have been, had man never sinned. Immortality would have been stamped upon all,) and in the angelic state, the holy family would have reigned on the earth forever. The above command is as much limited by the replenishing of the earth, as it could have been by any limitation whatever. But the first pair sinned and fell, and as sin entered into the world, so death by sin; and they being no longer the blessed of the Father, and also doomed to die, could not fulfill the command.

The word of God was to the first pair that they might eat of all the trees of the garden save one, and in the day that they eat of that tree, they should surely die. They ate, and that very day they lost communion with God. See Genesis 3:7, 8, and 10. After this, God gives another sentence against the body, dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return; and also sentence is pronounced against their kingdom, the earth is cursed for man’s sake. Now man is doomed in all his interests, but who is in the fault? Surely not the Creator, for man must be free or never happy for happiness can spring alone from free unconstrained choice, and where choice is, there is freedom. Now as none of the purposes of God can be ultimately frustrated, (and this Professor Bush will say,) this earth, notwithstanding the miseries of the fall, must be replenished and inhabited by the blest of the Father in its Eden state, the saints must reign on the earth, and hope is set before man in the promise, the seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent’s head. A second Adam is promised. The Savior or restorer, who should fulfil the law, and open a new and living way to the holiest of holies, (the Eden state of the world) by his own blood. In the offering of Christ the second Adam, is contemplated the restoration of what the first Adam lost, and he will fulfil the command delivered to the first Adam, viz., replenish the earth. But he will accomplish this in the regeneration or resurrection. Although the work has been going on ever since the fall, yet how few of the blest of the Father now tread this unhallowed soil. Nevertheless there have been spiritual stones in every age of the world, who have been squared by God’s rule, but these continued not, by reason of death. They have however received the Lord’s work, and have been laid away in the mountain, against the morning of the regeneration. The work of restoration is commenced where the work of death began, viz., by restoring the individual to communion with God; he is then blest again of the Father, and enters upon his state of trial, and he continues to the end of his probation; though he dies, he shall have a part in the first resurrection.

The restoration of the indvidual to communion with God, is only affected by consent of parties, according to the conditions of the gospel, and then if he walk in the light, as he (Christ) is in the light, he shall have fellowship with the Father and with his Son, and the blood of Christ shall cleanse him from all unrighteousness. But then the provision for the body is unconditional, all shall be raised: but every man in his own older; Christ the first fruits, afterwards they that are Christ’s at his coming, the first resurrection, and then cometh the end. If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. The promise to Abraham that he should be heir of the world, was by faith. The restoration of the kingdom is by the immutable decree of Jehovah, Isaiah 65:17. Behold I create a new heavens and a new earth, and the former shall not be remembered nor come into mind. Thus an entire new creation is to be effected through the sufferings and offices of the second Adam. Hence all who truly believe in Jesus, are begotten again to a lively hope by the spirit, and being Christ’s, they are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise made to Abraham. Here we are taught that we must be born again, being descended from the corrupted pair, we must be born of the (incorruptible) spirit. Now God, who saw the end from the beginning, saw also all the changes of this poor world; and whenever the true seed was likely to be overrun he has swept the wicked away as with the besom of destruction, as in the days of Noah, Lot, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the like; that the one proposed might be accomplished, viz. this earth replenished with the blest of the Father in its Eden state. He also saw at what point the last one of the regeneration would be born again; and there he fixed the day of Judgment, and the angel assured Daniel that at the appointed time, the end should be. If Professor Bush had taken this Bible key, he would have learned ere this that the appointed time is just upon us, Nay, that it is even here.

Each dispensation of God to man has furnished its quota of spiritual children, and now, when the fulness of the Gentiles be come in; (that is, when the gospel dispensation shall have furnished its compliment;) the holy family shall be made up, and then all Israel shall be saved. See Romans 11:25, 26. Then the second Adam shall come a deliver, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Then shall Michael stand up, (reign,) see Daniel 12:1, 2, 3, and all the children of the regeneration shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. Then shall the second Adam have the dominion under the whole heavens; then shall he be King, and then shall the King say to those on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, Matthew 25:34. (Mark the very Kingdom is given which the first Adam lost.) Then shall the saints of the Most High take the Kingdom (in its renewed state,) and possess the Kingdom forever and ever. Daniel 7:18.

Then will the end which the Creator had in view be accomplished. The earth being restored to its Eden state, the holy family shall replenish it, shall reign upon it. The second Adam their King, shall sit on the throne of his Father David, and in the angelic state, in which they neither marry or are given in marriage, they shall dwell and reign forever and ever.

With this key, how plain is the Bible; we have no need to be able to read the Bible in the original language in order to understand it, all is plain and perfectly open before our eyes. But if this view be repudiated, it is impossible to find a harmony in the word of God. Every other view of heaven drives us to the necessity of spiritualizing the richest portions of the sacred volume, and when we have begun to spiritualize, it is no strange thing that we should at last attempt to spiritualize the resurrection and second coming of the Lord Jesus. O that those that would be wise, would consent to become fools that they may be wise.

South Paris, March 14th, 1844. J. Turner.

Letter from Bro. Wm. Hutchins

Professor Bush, in his work on the Millennium, says in substance, that although he contended that the thousand years of the 20th chap. of Rev. had long since passed, yet he by no means wished to deprive the church of its well founded hopes of a latter day glory—but this glory, he said, was perpetually associated in Scripture with the words forever, everlasting, etc.

I am surprised, therefore, to find Professor Bush, in his late reply to Mr. Miller, following the popular doctrine of the conversion of the world, the temporary ascendency of the church, and the spiritual reign of Christ, etc., thus denying, in effect, what he had so significantly hinted in his former work. The latter day glory of the church must be either temporary or eternal. That it shall be experienced on earth, is, it seems to me, one of the “first principles of the doctrine of Christ”—about this, there is no difference of opinion.

Neither is there any substantial difference of opinion, regarding the period at which some universal, radical revolution shall take place in human affairs, between Professor Bush and Mr. Miller. In fact, the world at large is not so much at variance with Mr. Miller as it pretended to be, in respect to time. There is not a thinking man living, but looks towards the future with deep and anxious foreboding. There is not a profound writer in any country, but is ratiocinating with all the assurance possible. Indeed, the sentiment has settled deep into the minds of thoughtful men every where, that human affairs have arrived at a crisis more important than ever they have reached before. The Persian Seer boldly prophesied the destruction of Mohammedanism about this time. The Jewish Doctors and Rabbis say that Messiah is about to come. German Philosophy is full of the spirit of Prophecy; Carlyle and England, the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviewers; Emerson and Brownson in this country, and a host of others, are “among the prophets,” [original illegible] they prefer their own vain imaginings to the teachings of God’s Spirit.

Amidst the jargon of opinions respecting the future, Mr. Miller and others cut the Gordian knot at once, and boldly proclaim the near Advent of Christ, and the Judgment day at hand. The important question then to be settled is, what is the nature of that revolution through which human affairs are about to pass?

No sufficient solution of this question can be obtained short of the Word of God. The heavings of the popular mind—the improvements of the age—the invention of steam power and its application to so many important purposes—the unsettled valley of the Mississippi—these cannot tear away the veil from futurity, nor afford a single clue to guide the anxious inquirer into the tremendous uncertainties before him.

But the Word of God opens a clear path before the humble, spiritual minded man, who seeks honestly to be taught of God. There need be, and there is no uncertainty in the future to him. He learns that his crucified Lord and Master is coming again to this world. He learns that when Christ comes, the souls of the righteous dead come with him, and are reunited to their bodies—the righteous living are changed and caught away—the earth is purified by fire—every thing that offends is cast out, and Christ’s everlasting kingdom is set up.

Our student finds that the pregnant signs of the times, about which the wisdom of this world is so much puzzled, are precisely such as were to precede immediately the coming of our Lord. I am bold to say, that there need be, and there is no uncertainty respecting these matters in the mind of the humble inquirer, who has thus been taught of God.

Professor Bush, is a keen,—almost too keen,—and a shrewd—almost too shrewd—inquirer into the prophetic parts of Scripture. His elaborate argument has thrown back into the past, the millennium, or the specific thousand years of the 20th chapter of Rev., it is well known. If there are not a few arbitrary assumptions in that argument, I am no judge of reasoning. If, because the dragon represented paganism once in the book of Revelation, he represented it in the 20th chapter, what need was there of such a tremendous array of fearful symbols in portraying his binding for a temporary period? What need of the beloved city, Gog and Magog, death, hell and the lake of fire, beast and false prophet, first resurrection and second death, to shadow forth pseudo ascendency of Christianity under Constantine the Great?

Mr. Bush is not a sound reasoner. He does not take in the full scope of prophecy. The telescope through which he looks is too small. He, as well as the nominal church, have brought too worldly a spirit to bear in this mighty theme. Some, have gone steam-ward. Some, with better motives, dare to suppose that God’s benevolence cannot be maintained but by the conversion of the world. Some, in their grasping spirit, determined to reign themselves, will not have This Man to reign over them. Mr. Bush’s vision is too microscopic. His spirit too worldly, to take in the immense field, “where so many stars are waning, and so many have set” forever. He can never be a safe guide to the anxious inquirer, until, with child like docility, he has humbly taken on trust all the mighty mysteries of prophetic scripture.

Meantime, let none of my readers lay the flattering unction to their souls that Mr. Miller is ignorant, and his opponents learned. There is not a man living more thoroughly learned in the scriptures than Mr. Miller. If it be said, that king James’ translation is not perfectly accurate, and that our acquaintance with the origninal tongue is necessary to a correct developement of prophecy, it is replied, that his more learned opponents have brought no valid argument against his expositions on the ground of mistranslation. He comes before the world not with dreams or visions, but with the Word of God in his hands. He utters the loud cry “Behold the Bridegroom cometh!”

What if he should prove to be right!!”

Dear sir, the above is at your service. I have met you in Hartford more than once, and I have to say that my faith is strong as ever. Yours in haste.

Wm. Hutchins.
Brooklyn, Conn. March 18th, 1844.

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