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    September 20, 1853


    James White


    “Here is the Patience of the Saints; Here are they that keep the Commandments of God and the Faith of Jesus.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.1

    VOL. IV. - ROCHESTER, N.Y., THIRD-DAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1853. - NO. 11.



    DANIEL’S wisdom may I know,
    Stephen’s faith and patience show;
    John’s divine communion feel,
    Moses’ meekness, Joshua’s zeal.
    Run like the unwearied Paul,
    Win the race, and conquer all.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.2

    Mary’s love may I possess,
    Lydia’s tender-heartedness.
    Peter’s ardent spirit feel,
    James’ faith, by works, reveal.
    Like young Timothy, may I,
    Every sinful passion fly.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.3

    Job’s submission let me know,
    David’s true devotion show.
    Samuel’s call, O, may I hear,
    Lazarus’ happy portion share.
    Let Isaiah’s hallowed fire,
    All my new-born soul inspire.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.4

    Mine be Jacob’s wrestling prayer,
    Gideon’s valiant steadfast care
    Joseph’s purity impart,
    Isaac’s meditating heart.
    Abraham’s friendship, let me prove,
    Faithful to the God I love.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.5

    Most of all, may I pursue,
    That example Jesus drew;
    In my life and conduct show
    How he lived and died below.
    Day by day through grace bestowed,
    Imitate my dearest Lord.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.6

    Then shall I those worthies meet;
    With them bow at Jesus’ feet.
    With them praise the God I love;
    With them share the joys above.
    With them range the blissful shore:
    Meet them all, to part no more.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.7



    “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.8

    So says the dear Saviour, and so said the Holy Spirit by the sweet psalmist in Israel. Psalm 37:11. This then is a promise of God, given by his Spirit, and ratified by his Son Jesus Christ. Who then will say, this promise will never be consummated? Many, my kind reader, have said what is tantamount to a denial of this promise, or to an unbelief in its fulfillment.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.9

    The kings of the earth have opposed it, and will as long as the devil is prince of the power of the air, and ruler over the children of disobedience in the earth. The great men and mighty men of the earth, have, and will oppose this glorious promise, so long as the world is governed by physical force, and war, rapine, and lust are the instruments of power. The proud clergy will oppose this good promise, as long as they seek to please men, to lord it over the heritage of God, to obtain notoriety over their fellows; or to gratify their lust by sanctimonious names or titles, which our Saviour forbade his followers to receive, or wear.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.10

    All impenitents will oppose it, so long as they possess reason or judgment: for they well know if none but the meek should inherit the earth, they themselves must be thrust out: and this is the very reason why a certain class of men never quote this text to prove universal salvation; because their reason tells them that shame would mantle their cheek with a blush, to claim this appellation for all men.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.11

    Then let me discuss my subject in the following order:ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.12

    I. I will inquire, Who are the meek?ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.13

    II. What earth is promised as their inheritance? And when, and how, this blessing will be accomplished?ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.14

    I. Who are the meek? They are not the proud Pharisees, who think themselves better than others; for this would be a contradiction of terms. - To say a proud man is a meek man, would be putting evil for good, and I should meet with the wo-pronounced by the prophet Isaiah. (Chap 5:20,) “Wo unto them that say concerning evil, it is good.” And the wise man says, Proverbs 16:5, “Every one that is proud in heart, is an abomination to the Lord.” It cannot be a bigoted man; for the prophet has pronounced a solemn wo against all such. Isaiah 5:21: “Wo unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.15

    It cannot be to those who are seeking honor of men, or one of another; for Christ says of such, “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.” It cannot be those who are fond of titles, love the uppermost rooms at feasts, chief seats in the assemblies, greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Doctor, Doctor, or Rabbi, Rabbi; for Jesus says of the like, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers! how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Matthew 23:1-23. Who then can it be? you may inquire; for there is no sect in Christendom, at the present day, but are seeking for the honors and emoluments of the world. I acknowledge your charge is apparently just, but not universally true. As it respects the leaders and most active men, as the world would judge, in all the sects of Christendom, I fear your objection would hold good in the main; and the reason is plain: meekness is modesty; it “vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up;” and, of course, in the bustle of the present day, meekness would not be found in the world’s first ranks. It is only in a time of severe trial, or great persecution, that you will discover the meek man in the front rank; and then he “doth not behave unseemly, seeketh not his own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.16

    Therefore, not many mighty, nor many noble, or rich, will be found in the company of the meek, in such a time as this. Yet God has reserved, in my opinion, more than seven thousand, who have not bowed the knee to Baal, (the god of honor.) - But, who are the meek? I answer, Christ was meek, as he tells us: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls.” - Again; “Behold thy king cometh unto thee, meek,” etc. Christ, also, has the same promise from the Father, [Psalm 2:8,] “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” The children, which are born of the Spirit of God, are meek, because they possess the same spirit which was in Christ. Isaiah 29:19. - “The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” Those who are given to Christ by the Father, are called the meek. Psalm 22:26, 30, 31. “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.” Those who obey the commandments of God. Psalm 25:9, 10. “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.” Those who obtain salvation through faith, and are saved from wrath in the day of the Lord’s vengeance. Psalm 76:9. - “When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth.” In one word, the meek are penitent, humble followers of Christ - obedient in word and doctrine - lovers of truth and righteousness, of a contrite spirit, a broken heart, and a reconciled mind to God; a poor and a persecuted people, hated by the world, despised of men, but chosen of God, and precious.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.17

    And now, my friend, where shall we go to find such a people as this? There is a people somewhere on the earth that will answer to the description of character given by our blessed Master in Matthew 5:3-12, inclusive, or the promise of God would be of no effect. What sect or denomination shall we visit, to find a people of this description? Let us go to the Baptist - a sect to which the writer belongs. What do we see? A people “poor in spirit?” - If so, they are making great efforts not to remain so much longer; for they are seeking anxiously for a good share of worldly goods and popular applause, and are very successful in their calling, in those things, Do they “mourn?” Yes, for the want of more riches and honors of this world. Are they “meek?” Many of them would blush to claim that appellation. Do they “hunger and thirst after righteousness?” I fear many of us are hungering and thirsting after the wisdom of the world, and to favor tyrants and slaveholders, more than to seek righteousness and truth. Will they show mercy? Not if you differ with them in the least article of their creed, or oppose the least of their popular schemes of the present day. But are they not pure in heart? Dare they claim this grace? No; unless a man can claim it, while his heart is full of self-love, a love of the world, and pride, avariciousness and covetousness. Surely you will give them some praise as a sect. Are they not peace-makers; and may they not be called the children of God? They make no peace with one another, nor with other sects, if they cross their path. They plead for, and support war as a sect; and I would be very thankful to know in what sense they can be called peace-makers at the present day. Are they not “persecuted for righteousness’ sake?” - If they are, then to be persecuted, is not what I have supposed persecution meant: but this, as a sect, they will not, dare not claim.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.18

    “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.” May they not claim this blessing as a sect? Where is the world saying all manner of evil against the Baptists? If we should claim this, the world would have reason to call us liars.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.19

    To what sect shall we go, where we may find the meek? To Presbyterians? No, no, say all the other sects, they cannot be the meek; for they are much more anxious to obtain good names from men, and honors of the world. Yes, yes, none seek for these things more. They cannot be the meek. And if we should give them the preference, still there is a difficulty, we cannot well surmount; - there are two parties there; and until they make peace, we could not call them meek; I refer to the old school, and the new school.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.20

    Where shall we find the meek? for they must inherit the earth. Shall we find them in the Church of England? Methinks I hear a rush, and all the other sects cry out, at once, no, no. Why, what’s the matter now? Shame, shame, to call them meek. They do not even pretend to have their members all born of the Spirit; and if pride, and the love of the world, and a love of the honors from men, and the high-sounding titles, are opposed to meekness, surely you cannot claim the world for them.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 81.21

    Shall we go and try the Methodists? Methinks I hear, from every other sect, no, no. They are as proud, and much more selfish, than others of our sects; they love the world, are covetous, and boasters, and, in common with modern sects, choose the highest seats. We cannot, will not, call them meek.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.1

    And, if we should go to any other sect, - to Christians, Freewill Baptists, Protestant Methodists, Moravians, Disciples, Lutherans, Unitarians, Greeks, Quakers, Shakers, Mormons, Turks or Jews, we should hear a loud voice, - no, no, - from every other sect. Where then can we find the meek? I answer, - from the four winds of heaven, from every continent, from land and sea, from every age, from every clime, from every nation, kindred, tongue and people, on our globe, from every sect, from Catholic and Jew, from high and low, from rich and poor, from bond and free, from the fair Georgian to the dark African: “For thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” Not all, of any class, or sect, or nation, kindred, tongue or people; but, out of every class; so says the text, and so my soul believes. “And hast made us unto our God, kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9, 10.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.2

    But will not the earth be inherited by the meek before the resurrection of the saints? NEVER. - But I have been taught to believe, says the objector, that the time was coming, in the gospel day, when the meek would inherit the earth; that is, the nations of the earth would, at some time, all become holy, and constitute a universal race of the meek. This could not be “the meek,” if such a state of things could be brought about; it would be only a PART of “the meek.” This promise to the meek seems to me to be a general promise to all “the meek.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.3

    Did not the dear, meek children of God, who then heard the Saviour speak, receive that promise to themselves, with all the other promises in that chapter? Certainly. Then, if you are correct in your views that only those who lived in that day will inherit the earth, you must see, that they have been deceived; for they have been dead near eighteen hundred years. And if that promise can be thus taken away from them who heard him, I ask, what promise was there given in that sermon, which might not, by the same rule, be taken away, and given to a people who may live in ages long to come? And what warrant have you, or I, that any promise belongs to us? I hope you see the folly of such constructions.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.4

    Again; the promise to Abraham, “that he should be heir of the world,” was not to Abraham or his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect. Therefore, it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all. Romans 4:13-16. You cannot help but see, that the promise to Abraham, that his seed should be heirs of the world, is virtually the same promise as made by Christ, “The meek shall inherit the earth;” and this is made sure to all the seed, both under the law and under the gospel. How then, I ask, can this promise be verified until after the resurrection of all the saints? “For God is not a God of the dead, but of the living.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.5

    Again; if the meek are to inherit the earth in this state of things, I wish some one would prove to me which Christian sect will be the favored sect; for there can be no division in that state of meekness; they will all be peacemakers there. - And you, gentlemen, who are in favor of such a millennium, and expect it to be brought about by the present gospel, and the means now in use, are very remiss in your duty, it appears to me, if you do not settle that point immediately, and begin your millennium without a moment’s delay. If ministers and watchmen ever will see eye to eye, in the gospel day, why not NOW? Come, show us the first fruits of your happy millennium. And begin ye watchmen of Zion; tell us, who shall lead us in this glorious cause, to make all sects one? - Shall the mother Catholic church of Rome lead us, - No, no, - no pope, cry a hundred voices at once. Who then shall lead us, - her oldest daughter, the English Episcopal church? No, - no bishops of England shall lead us, say a hundred voices more.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.6

    To whom then shall we look? The twin sister of the last, the Lutheran church? Ninety and nine voices join in one cry, - she is dead, twice dead, and ought to be plucked up by the roots; this will not do.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.7

    What do you say to some of her younger daughters, - the Presbyterians, for instance? No, by no means; we may as well be ruled by popes and bishops as by a presbytery. Indeed, gentlemen, you will be hardly suited. What do you say to the Congregationalist grand-daughter of the old lady? Away, away, say many speakers at once. She is proud; too much pride for her years, - cannot bear her.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.8

    Well, then, let us take another grand-daughter, in another line. What say you to the Methodist, - will you follow them? No, no, she has too many bishops for her cloth, - not a little too proud, and over much righteous, - cannot follow her.... Shall we call up the other sects, legitimate or illegitimate? Scores of voices cry out at once, name them not.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.9

    Where then shall we go? The watchmen must see eye to eye, they must lift up their voices together. Come, tell us, to whom shall we go? To Christ, - so say you all; but is Christ divided? - And if we should go to him, we must drop our sectarian names, and be called by a new name. - What, - Christian? No. Why not? Because it is the name of a sect already. Away with that name then. Shall we be called Unionists? Are they not a sect, as deep in the mud as we are in the mire? They say we must all come to them. We can have no fellowship for them; for they are only making new divisions in our old sects, to build up a new one to benefit themselves. Ye believers in a temporal millennium, tell me how you calculate to bring on your happy time, and who will rule the earth? Who will be your king, and who will set upon the throne of David forever? You are well aware, if the meek inherit the earth, they must have a king and a kingdom, and it will stand forever. For Daniel plainly tells us, (Chap 7:27,) “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom, under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Serve and obey whom? I answer, the Lord Jesus Christ. See verses 13 and 14: “I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days; and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that (the meek from) all people, nations, and languages, should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom, that which shall not be destroyed.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.10

    But, says the objector, we read that Christ’s reign must cease. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28: “Then cometh the end, (viz., at the coming of Christ) when he shall have delivered up the (mediatorial) kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power,” To me, this is the amount of Paul’s remarks: God has given all power on earth, into the hands of Jesus Christ, as mediator, to give eternal life to as many as the Father has given him, or as many as shall believe on his word; and when the end of this mediatorial kingdom shall come, he will raise his children, and all the meek of the earth, - “For he must reign, until he hath put all enemies under his feet, and the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death,” to him or the church: “for he is head,” or king, “over all the things to the church;” then he will dash all the kingdoms of the earth to pieces; destroy all those wicked men who rejected the gospel, and who would not have him as mediator to rule over them; and shall raise his church and present it to God, without spot or wrinkle, holy, unblamable in his sight. See 2 Corinthians 4:14; Ephesians 5:27; Colossians 1:22; Jude 24. - Then the glorified kingdom will be given to Jesus Christ, and he will be known as our God forever; for “he is over all, God blessed forever.” Romans 9:5; Colossians 3:11; Ephesians 1:22, 23: “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”...ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.11

    “Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth.” Psalm 76:8, 9. “The Lord lifteth up the meek, he casteth the wicked down to the ground.” Psalm 147:6. The meek are the penitent and humble followers of Christ, who shall be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus, and have part in the first resurrection. Blessed, indeed, are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Thy people [the meek] also shall be all righteous, they shall inherit the land forever.” Isaiah 60:21.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.12

    II. What earth is promised to the meek as an inheritance?ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.13

    Earth, has a number of significations. (1.) It means the terraqueous globe, is in Genesis 8:22: “While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (2.) It means the land, as in Genesis 1:10: “And God called the dry land earth.” (3.) It means the inhabitants of the earth, as in Genesis 11:1: “The whole earth was of one language.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.14

    I have an opinion that “the earth” in our text, means the globe which we inhabit. Man was made to inhabit the globe; and if the devil can prevent this part of God’s purposes from being executed, then so much of the design of the Almighty would be frustrated. But he cannot do it: for Jesus Christ has engaged to redeem the earth from the curse, and fill the world with fruit of the holy seed: “the meek shall inherit the earth.” And already he has given indications of his power to do what he has engaged to perform.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.15

    First; he has proved his power to forgive and cleanse penitents from sin on earth. This even his enemies acknowledged he did; for they brought it as an accusation against him. Mark 2:7, 10: “Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? - Who can forgive sins but God only?” Then Christ says, “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.” This is one great step towards executing this glorious purpose and promise of God.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.16

    Secondly; he has manifested his power to conquer death, by raising Lazarus and others, and afterwards taking his own life again; showing that he has power to raise up all the meek of earth. - If this could not have been done, then death would have held us in bondage; and how could the meek inherit the earth? For we must have bodies to inherit the body of the earth, and substance to inherit substance. Therefore, two important hindrances to our inheriting the earth, are removed by the manifested power of Christ. Another power is also necessary to be used in order to ensure the happiness of the meek. Thirdly; evil spirits must be driven out of the earth, or the meek might be liable to deception and error, which would fill the earth with confusion and despair: but in this Christ has proved his power, by casting out a legion of evil spirits from one man, and many out of others, and driving them into the sea, and doing as he pleased; showing that in due time he would be able to chain Satan and his host, that they come not upon the earth to trouble or deceive the meek.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.17

    Fourthly; he must cleanse the earth, in order to make the place of their residence glorious. - This has been once done by water. And as Peter tells us, [2 Peter 3:6, 7,] “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word (or power) are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” ...ARSH September 20, 1853, page 82.18

    But it is evident that God will cleanse the world by fire, before he reigns with his saints, or the meek, on earth. See Matthew 3:12: “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, (the earth,) and gather his wheat (children of the kingdom) into the garner: (New Jerusalem:) but he will burn up the chaff (the wicked) with unquenchable fire.” This is evidently the same burning day that Peter describes as at the coming of Christ. 2 Peter 3:10-12: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also, (or men of the earth,) and the works therein, shall be burnt up.” Not the globe; for if Peter had meant the globe, there would have been no propriety in mentioning the works in the globe, after the globe itself was burnt. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.1

    The meek are not yet the inheritors of the earth; for it is the present inhabitants that are commanded to be “looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of god, wherein the heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.” The elements of the earth are air, fire and water; these will be so overpowered by fire, as to melt with fervent heat. As water once overpowered the earth, and destroyed all living from the face of it, except those who were prepared for it; so will fire overpower the earth, and burn up all living, that have not the “form of the fourth” with them. And after that, the heavens and earth will be new as they were after the flood. And the meek will inherit the earth forever. One more evidence I will bring, that the wicked must be cut off from the earth before the meek shall inherit it. Psalm 37:10, 11: “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.” In this passage, we are clearly taught that when the meek inherit the earth, there will be no wicked on the earth. Then this must be after Christ’s coming; for Paul tells us, [2 Thessalonians 2:8,] “And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.2

    So it will be impossible to find any time between now and the coming of Christ, but there will be wicked on the earth; and afterwards, you shall diligently search for his place on earth, and it cannot be found. Where then is the temporal millennium? Or where shall we find the unconverted Jew or wicked heathen in this reign of the meek? for thou shall diligently consider his place and it shall not be. Again; Psalm 37:22: “For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.” - Blessed are the meek, says the dear Saviour. - Again, verse 34: “Wait on the Lord and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” - What shall we see? We shall see the meek inherit the land, when the wicked are cut off. And when shall that be? Paul says, “Whom the Lord shall destroy by the brightness of his coming.” - David says, [verse 38,] “But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.” Christ tells us, [Matthew 13:30,] “Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.3

    How exactly all the Scriptures harmonize in this view of our subject! And take any other view, and difficulties meet us in every step. I would ask, why are men so loath to look at our subject? And why do the dear servants of Christ put off the examination of this subject until it will be forever too late? I adjure you, as you love my Master, as you love souls, as you love truth, examine these precious promises. If I am correct, you certainly must see that the doctrine of a temporal millennium, or of the Jew’s return, are and will be the cause of sinking thousands to endless ruin. I know you preach immediate repentance, and I thank you; may God bless you in so doing: but you know the human heart is as prone to put off repentance, as it is death; and you are well aware that some of our neighbors and friends reject every motive you can place before them concerning duty, or death. They mean to repent before they die; they expect to die, but not now. Therefore they are not ready to repent or die. Now, say you, preach as Paul did, a judgment to come. Poh! say they; you need not try to alarm us with that stale doctrine: you say that we must have a thousand years yet, before the judgment; or the Jews must return, and build old Jerusalem again; or Christ must come and live on the earth a thousand years before he destroys the wicked.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.4

    These are so many shields to ward off present necessity, and they become to the poor, blind sinner, peace and safety, although you design it not. Yet if it should be false, think, my dear brethren, do think, what awful consequences will actually follow. It can do you no harm to examine; truth is what you want; you want no error - it will do no good.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.5

    A certain impenitent man, in a place where I was giving a course of lectures, went to the minister of the place, and enquired of him what he thought of Mr. Miller’s lectures, and especially concerning the thousand years’ millennium before Christ would come. The minister answered him, by saying, “Mr. Miller has taken away my millennium, root and branch.” “Well, do you not suppose the Jews must return and be converted?” “I have also been shaken from that belief,” said the minister. He said the poor man dropped his head, turned pale, and after a moment’s reflection, observed, “then Mr. Miller may be right, and I am gone.” May you, my dear reader, find as honest a minister as the one I have just mentioned; and if you are in a lost condition, may you cry to God, “I am gone,” and find one to help when you shall be in deep trouble. Amen. - Second Advent Library, No. 6, 1842.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.6

    “THE SPIRITS IN SYRIA. - The Sheik Bechir is a personage of acquirements; he has a store of history and literature; his conversation is superior to that of his country-men, and he has, to complete the superiority, the fame of a wonder-worker, and the advantage of interview with the spirits of another world! Who can resist such proofs of power as these? He will place a jug between the hands of two persons sitting opposite to each other, which, on the recital of certain passages taken indiscriminately from the Koran and the Psalms of David, will move spontaneously around, to the astonishment of all beholders.” “A stick, at his bidding will move unaided from one end of a room to the other: A New Testament suspended from a key by a string, will turn violently around of itself! An egg boiling in the saucepan will be made to spring suddenly out of the water, and be carried to a considerable distance! A double-locked door will unlock itself! But the following trick seems to us the strangest of all. On two earthern jars being placed in opposite corners of a room, one empty and the other filled with water, the empty jar, on the recital of certain passages, will move across the room - the full jar will of itself pour its contents into the empty one, which will return to the place whence it came!” - Churchill’s Mount Lebanon.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.7

    TRIALS. - “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you.” - Peter.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.8

    Many are inclined to wonder at the severe trials which they encounter. Let them listen to Rev. J. Newton:ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.9

    “A Christian without trials would be like a mill without wind or water; the contrivance and design of the wheelwork withinside would be unnoticed and unknown, without something to put it in motion without. Nor would our graces grow, unless they were called into exercise; the trials and difficulties we meet with not only prove, but also strengthen the graces of the Spirit. If a person were always to sit still, without making use of his legs or arms, he would probably soon lose the power of moving his limbs at all; but by walking and working, he becomes strong and active.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.10

    [The following letter was published some time since in Tract form, but as there are many who have of late embraced the truth who have never seen it, they will be interested in perusing it.]ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.11

    A Letter to the Disciples of the Lord



    DEAR BRETHREN:- The subject on which I address you is truly important. It is a subject involving a part of our duty to God - a subject on which all lovers of the truth should be agreed. Either myself or you are in the habit, through ignorance, of sinning against our Creator every week we live. It was long held, that the seventh day of the week was the Sabbath, from the creation of the world to the resurrection of Christ; after which the first day was the Sabbath to the end of the world. At length the advocates of this doctrine discovered that it could not be maintained from the scriptures. What was to be done? To return to the Bible Sabbath, would be too humiliating; and all christendom would be against them. Could they abandon their favorite Sunday? By no means! Well what was the result? A First-day Sabbath could not be found between the two lids of the Bible. What could be done to save this darling offspring of human invention? What did they do? They just dropped the name, Sabbath, and christened the pet, Lord’s Day, and now observe the same thing in the same way, abstaining from labor and doing the same things they formerly did on the so called “Christian Sabbath,” but the name is changed!ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.12

    It puts me in mind of an anecdote I have heard. It was said of the Catholics, that in their proselyting among Pagans, they found, in a certain place, a people who worshiped a goddess of the name of Minerva. The Catholics persuaded them to expunge the name, Minerva, and inscribe that of the Virgin Mary. So they became good Catholics, worshiping the same image, but by another name! I need not make the application.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.13

    Brethren, I write not to condemn you, but it is the hope that you may be convinced of your error, and that God may be honored by your turning to the truth, which has stimulated me to this undertaking. Hear me, then, while I examine the Scriptures on this subject.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.14



    For the Jews, do you say? Stop a moment. - Our blessed Saviour, who never spoke amiss, and who meant all that he said, declares that “the Sabbath was made for man.” - Mark 2:27. The word man in this passage is not qualified or restricted in any way; consequently it means mankind, or the human race. Now, brethren, be careful that you do not call the Sabbath the Jewish Sabbath, for Christ has told you better.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.15

    If the Sabbath was made for man, it must, of necessity, be made at a time sufficiently early, that the first man of the race might enjoy it. Accordingly Jehovah has informed us that he made the world in six days, and rested on the seventh, and that he blessed and sanctified it. Now do not cavil because there is no commandment on record before it was given on Sinai. Jehovah has told us when it was made, and Christ has told us for whom it was made. Brethren, the conclusion is irresistible to my mind, that the Sabbath was made for us, or, that the Lord, inadvertently, said more than he meant!ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.16

    Again, if the Sabbath was made for man, it is, undoubtedly, of some use and benefit to him. How then can it be classed with the “hand-writing of ordinances which was against us, which was contrary to us?” No requirement of Jehovah was ever against us, unless it was caused by sin. It was against us to see the innocent lamb bleed away his life, figuratively in our stead; it was contrary to our feelings of benevolence and justice. This was caused by sin. But before sin was, was the Sabbath.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 83.17



    When God gave the law at Sinai, he spoke ten precepts to all the people, “with a great voice; and he added no more; and he wrote them in two tables of stone,” and delivered them to Moses. - Deuteronomy 5:22. This is pre-eminently and emphatically THE LAW OF GOD. This is the supreme law of right - a law founded in the nature of things, and naturally binding, with the exception, if you please, of the fourth commandment, on the whole human race. This law embodies every principle of right between man and man, and between man and his Maker, and yet it may be resolved again into two principles - love to God, and love to man - and on these two hang all the law and the prophets. This law, being the basis of every law of right, might be called the constitution by which God governs the world. And yet Christians of the nineteenth century impiously talk of God’s revised constitution - comparing the ways of God to those of men! Christians, I say, for if God had no people in Babylon, he could not say, come out of her my people.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.1

    This is the law of which Christ spoke when he said, [Matthew 5:17,] “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. All what? All the prophets had said. It was the prophecies which were to be fulfilled. I know of no way to fulfill a law, but to keep it inviolate; and to keep a law does not put an end to it.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.2

    It was this law of which Paul spoke, Anno Domini 60, when he said, “By the law is (not was) the knowledge of sin;” and “I had not known sin, but by the law; for I had not known unlawful desire, unless the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” - Romans 3:20; 7:7.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.3

    It was this law of which James spoke, about the sixtieth year of the Christian era, when he said, “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty (not was guilty) in respect to all. For he who said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.” And it may be truly added, He who said do not kill, said also, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” John referred to the same law when he said, A. D. 90, “Sin is (not was) the transgression of the law.” If transgression of the law was sin, Anno Domini 90, what is it now?ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.4

    The truth is, my dear brethren, Jehovah has always had one standard of morality and only one; and a violation of this standard of right, always was, and always will be, sin. What change then took place at the introduction of the new dispensation? - Not a change of that law by the transgression of which all men are sinners; but a change in the outward acts by which we come to God for remission of sins. For example: from the days of Abel to the coming of the Lord, men were required to acknowledge their faith in the promised Messiah by the shedding of blood, which pointed forward to the sacrifice of Christ. Now we are required to show our faith in a crucified and risen Saviour, by being baptized into his death. Changes similar to this are all that Jehovah made; man has made the rest.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.5



    The first four of the ten commandments contain our duty to God alone - duties which naturally grow out of our relation to God, the universal Father.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.6

    1. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.7

    2. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor serve them.” We are not, in deed, to admit the existence of another god.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.8

    3. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” We must not speak the name of Jehovah but with the utmost reverence.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.9

    4. “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” We must acknowledge, in deed, that God is the Maker of the world and all its inhabitants. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Here, then, at the creation, God erected a monument sacred to the memory of the Creator.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.10

    We talk of moral and positive precepts; but who, brethren, shall decide which of the above four has the most morality about it?ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.11



    It is a common saying that a man is known by the company he keeps. If he associates with good, respectable company, he is considered respectable; but if he chooses vicious and dissolute companions, he must bear their character.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.12

    God, instead of associating the Sabbath with Jewish ordinances, which pointed to Christ, and were abolished by his death, placed it in company with nine moral precepts, which are, in the nature of things, obligatory on every son and daughter of Adam. This was not done without some good reason. If I were asked the reason, I would humbly suggest, that the Sabbath was of a nature entirely different from Jewish rites, having neither beginning nor ending together with them. And that its obligation is as universal and unlimited as that of its nine companions. Brethren, I repeat it, there was a reason for this; and I insist upon your giving me a reason, coinciding with your views of the Sabbath being done away, or that you admit that I have given the true one. O, thou short-lived Jewish Institution! How didst thou contrive to forsake thy fellows, and to ingratiate thyself into the very midst of an immortal company? Thou ordinance which was against us, which was contrary to us! By what foul means didst thou induce our Saviour to say, thou wast made for us? Thou Beggarly Element to which the Galatians, who were idolaters before their conversion, desired AGAIN to be in bondage! What infinite trouble and perplexity hast thou, by thy intrusion, caused the priesthood! But for thee, the dissecting-knife need never have been applied to God’s law - that law, which, in the words of an apostle, “is spiritual - is holy, just and good.” How many of my beloved brethren have, by thy means, been induced to attempt to dash in pieces God’s law - by the use of Paul’s comparison between the minister of the law, and the ministers of the gospel, [2 Corinthians 3,] and thus to leave God without a law, while they might pick up the pieces, selecting the nine and rejecting thee!ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.13

    My dear brethren, how has the Sabbath been slandered by the lovers of God and his truth!
    [Concluded in our next.]
    From the Sabbath Recorder.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.14

    A “Sabbath” Lecture.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.15

    According to previous appointment, the Rev. Mr. Bristol delivered his lecture on the Sabbath yesterday at half past four o’clock, at Bluffton. His texts were Colossians 2:16, and Revelation 1:10. His first position was, that in consequence of the rotation of the earth, there is great difficulty in regard to exact time, and therefore exact time is not important to the sabbatic rest. In the second place, he attempted to show, by a critical examination of the term Sabbath days in his text, that the “Jewish Sabbath” was abrogated. This critical examination consisted mainly in quoting Matthew 12:1; 28:1; Mark 1:21, 22; 2:23, 27; 3:2; Luke 6:5; John 7:22; Acts 1:13. In all these places, he said, the terms were the same in the original as that in the text, and as these referred to the “Jewish Sabbath,” the term “Sabbath days” in the text also referred to the same day. And, in addition, he referred to Tract No. 6, Reason 9th, to prove that Seventh-day Baptists maintain the same position. Having disposed of Jehovah’s Sabbath so much to his satisfaction, he then proceeded to his next text, viz., Revelation 1:10. But as this text did not say what day is the Lord’s, he proceeded to show from Ignatius, Barnabas, Pliny, Theophilus, Ireneus, Dyonisius, Tertullian and Eusebius, that it is the resurrection day, the queen of days, the first day of the week. In the first part of his discourse, he declared that anything could be proved by history and the fathers; and really it seemed to me to be true. This discourse took opposite ground to that of Mr. Cobb and most of the first-day people in this section, as it left the resurrection out of the question as argument. But as Mr. B. is a popular preacher of the Congregational order, we shall undoubtedly see a rallying around the new doctrine. Surely, the Sunday arguments are legion. The rotation of the earth seems to be a great hobby for Sunday sticklers to ride on in this part of the West just now. Perhaps it is Dr. Pott’s echo, which has just reached Wisconsin. One thing is certain, they are on the roll, and all that we have to do who have Jehovah’s truth to defend, is to let our light shine. They have gone around the world till they are dizzy; and probably, when they are satisfied that Seventh-day Baptists know that the earth is round, and like a ball seems swinging in the air, something else will be concocted.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.16

    Yours for the truth,
    J. M. TODD.
    Berlin, Wis., Aug, 29th, 1853.



    “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.”

    THE SEVENTH-DAY SABBATHARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.17



    A REQUEST!ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.18

    THOSE who teach that there is no Sabbath for the gospel dispensation, are requested to give us one plain text from the New Testament that teaches, “without note or comment,” that the seventh-day Sabbath has been abolished. When any one will do this, we will notice it in the REVIEW.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.19



    ANOTHER REQUEST!ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.20

    THOSE who teach that the Sabbath has been changed from the seventh to the first day of the week, are requested to give us one text from the New Testament that teaches such a change; or the example of Christ and the Apostles, recorded in the New Testament, favoring such a change. When any one will point out such a text and such example, it shall be given in the REVIEW.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.21



    WE design giving the readers of the REVIEW a brief account of the Meetings we may hold, and of the state of the cause in those portions of the field we may visit. And in doing this, we shall endeavor to give a plain statement of facts in regard to the progress of the cause, the errors and discouragements, as well as encouragements and joys, we meet. Thus far the good hand of the Lord has been with us, and we are in the enjoyment of health and freedom of spirit.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.22

    POTTSDAM CONFERENCE. This meeting was held at the house of Bro. John Byington. A convenient shade was prepared in front of the house where about three hundred persons could be seated. This, with Bro. B’s house, was sufficient to convene a large congregation. It was an excellent place for the worship of God.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.23

    There were about eighty brethren and sisters present. Two sisters came sixty-five miles, and felt abundantly paid for the fatigue of the long journey with their private carriage. The congregation on First-day was large, considering the bitter opposition in the vicinity, who listened to the word with good attention.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.24

    We were happy to meet Brn. Andrews and Edson at this meeting. Being much fatigued by labor and want of suitable hours of sleep before we left Rochester, and also by the journey, we were unprepared to speak to the people; but by the blessing of God, Bro. Andrews spoke to them with clearness and liberty. We were delighted with his discourses. The congregation was held in perfect order and silence, and the scattered saints feasted on the bread of heaven.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.25

    The evening following First-day, the meeting was moved about two miles to the Wesleyan Meeting-house in Morley. The Spirit of God seemed to go with us. As the people were coming in, the brethren sung with the Spirit and understanding also. The place was heavenly. God’s Spirit rested down upon us. Bro. Andrews then gave an excellent discourse from Titus 2:13. He spoke with freedom of the “blessed hope” and of the period when it would be realized. The congregation was large and attentive.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 84.26

    Hitherto there has been the greatest prejudice against our views in the minds of the people in that vicinity; but it is evidently giving way; and we believe that a blow has been struck that will hereafter tell for the cause in that community. Some for the first time confessed the truth, and others, we trust, will soon.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.1

    For the first time, we met at this meeting our dear brother and sister Buck. They have quite recently embraced the Lord’s Sabbath. Bro. Buck has been for a number of years a preacher in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. May God bless him and help him to preach the present truth.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.2

    Second-day in the forenoon the brethren assembled again; and while some remarks were made relative to the importance of church order, the Spirit of God was graciously poured out. The whole congregation was at times in tears. Errors were reproved, and the plain testimony was fully received by all present, with one exception.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.3

    The cause in Northern New York is young and there are many good brethren with little experience who need the counsel of those who are experienced. - There are, however, some who are pillars in the church, among them is our much beloved Bro. Byington. May God bless him, and prosper his efforts to build up the cause and feed the flock of Christ.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.4

    “It seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us,” to set apart our dear Bro. Lawrence to the work of the gospel ministry, to administer the ordinances of the church of Christ, by the laying on of hands. The church was of one accord in this matter. We hope our dear brother will be able to give himself wholly to the study, and the preaching of the word; and wherever he may labor, give from the word alone the reason of his hope. There has been, in that part of the field, too much dwelling upon feelings. But the brethren are now seeing the importance of having a well-grounded faith on Bible truth. They also see that the Spirit and Word agree, and that those who have most of the Word, have most of the pure Spirit of God, abiding with them. JAMES WHITE.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.5

    Clarkson Conference.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.6

    ACCORDING to appointment our conference at Clarkson was held Sept. 10th and 11th. A goodly number of brethren were present from Orangeport, Barre and Rochester. At the commencement of the Sabbath we enjoyed an excellent season of prayer and conference. The Lord was with us and we felt confidence to move forward in the meeting, believing that souls would be benefited.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.7

    Sabbath morning we repaired to the Grove, where seats had been fitted up for the occasion. Quite an attentive audience assembled to hear the word which was spoken by Bro. I. Wyman and the writer. On First-day we were favored with a congregation of some six hundred people and upwards, who listened with deep interest while we endeavored to set before them the thrilling testimonies on every hand, as well as from the Word, which speak forth the truthfulness of our present position. The falling tear and earnest gaze evinced the true condition of their hearts. Many were anxious to hear more; accordingly we appointed a meeting at Bro. Lamson’s house in the evening. The house was filled with attentive hearers. Many expressed satisfaction relative to the correctness of the positions taken on the subjects of the Two Horned Beast, Third Angel’s Message and Commandments of God. A Nephew of Bro. Lamson was greatly blessed while stating that he was constrained to testify that the Lord was with us, and that he was satisfied of the truth as far as he had heard.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.8

    This conference, truly, was a refreshing season for the saints assembled. The prayer meetings especially, were of deep interest. We believe the Lord has set his hand to recover the remnant of his people in Clarkson. The certain sound of the trumpet has gone forth. May the Lord help to take warning, and prepare for battle. J. N. LOUGHBOROUGH. Rochester, N. Y., Sept. 14th, 1853.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.9

    The image of the Beast



    “Saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” Revelation 13:14.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.10

    My limits will not allow me to give a lengthy exposition of the two-horned beast, and his work, but merely to make some inquiries, and state a few existing facts relative to the text. The first inquiry that arises is relative to “the beast which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” I believe all are agreed that this is the Papacy which received its wound in 1798, when Napoleon took away the Pope’s civil power. What was that beast that “received the wound?” A Church which caused the people either to believe and obey its institutions, or suffer the penalty of their laws. An image then, would be a Church doing the same work, forcing people to obey or suffer the vengeance of the law. The two-horned beast is to “say to them that dwell on the earth, make an image,” or in other words, grant the Church the privilege of defending its rights and institutions by law.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.11

    The two-horned beast is said to arise out of the earth, and it “says to them that dwell on the earth,” (where it rose,) in its dominion of course, “Make an image.” I call the attention of all to this point as settling what form of government the two-horned beast is. It is a government whose work is done by the people; this one feature would forever exclude the idea of the two-horned beast being France or any other power than Republican. That the United States, Civil and Ecclesiastical, is the two-horned beast is a point established by an abundance of testimony, but this one feature we wish to notice. United States laws are made by the people, or what is the same, their representatives, and it remains for the people to say what laws they will have, while those under the rule of Despots, must meekly bow to their ruler, no matter how tyrannical his reign. France never appeals to the people to make laws; on the contrary, Napoleon considers himself fully competent to take the lead of affairs without the aid of the people, except by their purse and the military.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.12

    The two-horned beast says “make an image;” sustain the church by your laws. It is a fact that every organized church in the United States is tolerated in their faith by law; the government grants them their charter, and they lean on the government for protection and support. On one great institution they are nearly all agreed, (viz., Sunday-keeping.) - Government tries to protect them in this institution. Already do we find them uneasy because a few observers of God’s Sabbath do not take heed to their darling institutions. God’s children who take heed to that institution which requires six days labor and one of rest, the seventh day, pay no regard to the institution of the church for Sunday-keeping. The church appeals to the law for support and protection; but the answer comes, we require men to observe only one seventh part of time; these men keep the seventh day; we cannot touch them. But what is to be done? The church has leaned on the government for support; they have pledged themselves to support her and she must be supported. Why, all that is necessary is just to speak to them that dwell on the earth, or their representatives, and they will soon be legislating.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.13

    Well, says one, I think you will fail in your expectations. Why? Because the United States only requires men to observe one seventh part of the time, and you never need expect them to infringe upon you because you work Sunday; for you keep the seventh day. This government allows all men to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. But they bind men’s consciences on other subjects, why not on this? The government of the United States requires us to deliver up to his master the slave that is escaped from him, whether we believe God on the point or not, and a heavy fine if we do not do it. God says, “Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant that is escaped from his master unto thee.” Deuteronomy 23:15. I suppose, however, the objector is not aware of what is going on around us in the United States. Pennsylvania, for several years, has had strict laws relative to Sunday-keeping, but no one had dreamed that the United States, as a mass, would pass such a law.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.14

    Not long since, an individual in Pennsylvania, who kept the Sabbath, was arrested for breaking Sunday. He was tried, fined and imprisoned! His friends thinking it unjust, carried the case up to a higher court. The case finally came before the United States’ court, and the constitutionality of the Pennsylvania law was questioned, and there it was decided that the decision of Pennsylvania was constitutional. And immediately a discussion ensued on the propriety of a more strict law for Sunday-keeping. We leave the reader to imagine where this will end. Suffice it to say, we doubt not the image-makers will complete their image.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.15

    In the revised statutes of the State of Wisconsin, the claims of Sunday-keeping are very strict. I subjoin the following notice, published in the Northern Republic, Portage city, Fort Winnebago township, Columbia Co., Wisconsin.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.16

    “NOTICE. - Whereas by the 21st section of chapter 139, of the revised statutes of the State of Wisconsin, it is enacted among other things, that, ‘No person shall open his shop, ware-house or work-house on the Lord’s day, commonly called Sunday.’ And whereas Justices of the peace have jurisdiction of offences mentioned in said section, Now therefore, we the undersigned Justices of the peace, in and for the town of Fort Winnebago, Columbia Co., give notice that we shall take judicial notice of all offences against the provisions of said section 21, as specified above, without respect to persons, from and after the date of the publication of this notice.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.17

    WM. E. WAITE.
    Dated, Fort Winnebago, July 21st, 1852.”

    An individual in the above mentioned State who strictly observed the Sabbath, was laid under a heavy fine for opening his shop on the first day of the week. The city law of Chicago is twenty-five dollars fine for working on First-day, and in nearly all the principal cities of the United States, action is being taken to suppress Sunday desecration. Rochester, N. Y., Sept. 14th, 1853.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.18

    Spirit Manifestations.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.19

    DEAR BRO. WHITE:- I have for some time thought of communicating a few lines to you about the spirit manifestations. The following I learned from a brother residing in Eaton Co.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.20

    The astonishing communications which profess to be from the spirit land, were but little known in the above place, until a few months ago. A lady then came there from the State of New York, professing to be led by the spirits of the dead, and commenced preaching, by their direction, the doctrine of seven different spheres: that we are now living in the first sphere, the earthly: after we pass through death, we are in the second, and so on increasing in knowledge until we arrive at the seventh; and then we take what they term the perpetual rounds, and grow in knowledge in the same proportion that we did on earth. Truly this is the doctrine of the Devil.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.21

    Again; she will pass through the death scene of a friend, and make every struggle that the person made while dying; and after lying for some time, apparently dead, will come to life again. They will, by the spirits, give the description of friends whom they have never seen, as well as we could ourselves. They will tell when any one has a letter coming by mail, though it may be hundreds of miles from the place of its destination. There is also a lady that has not got common school education, who will preach in three original languages. It has been tested by judges who pronounced it to be the proper language. These mediums are led wholly by the spirits.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 85.22

    The doctrine of communication with the dead is the doctrine of the Devil; for the Word says, the dead know not anything. Ecclesiastes 9:5. Also, his breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Psalm 146:4. When they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter, should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:19, 20.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.1

    Truly we are living in the time when the law is to be sealed among the disciples of Jesus; when Satan will come with all his deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.2

    Some may say that if this spiritual manifestation is not of God, it will come to nought. We say the Word is plain on this point: But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13. We are living in the time when Satan will come with his last deception to deceive, if it were possible, those who are honest at heart. The dragon is wroth with the remnant of the seed of the woman, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.3

    The little remnant in this place are all trying to keep the commandments of God and the faith or testimony of Jesus. How necessary it is, in these perilous times, that we try the spirits by the Word, and reject all those who do not agree with it. I truly believe that the Lord has set his hand the second time to restore the remnant of his people. O my brethren, let us be strong in the Lord and keep his commandments, that we may be sealed with the seal of the living God; and when the seven last plagues shall be poured out, that no plague may come nigh our dwelling. Let us be strong in the doctrine that the dead know not anything; and if we are sound in this faith, we shall not be drawn away by these spirits of devils, working miracles, that come up in the last days to deceive the nations and gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.4

    We must be pure; for Christ will appear to a people that are without sin. Let us have on the wedding garment that when Christ is seen on the white cloud, we can say, this is our God, we have waited for him; and be caught up to meet him in the air; and be permitted to enter the city, New Jerusalem, and pluck the fruit from life’s fair tree. How beautiful must be that place. Its streets paved with gold; its inhabitants arrayed in white; nothing there to annoy our peace; no more sickness, pain or death; for the former things are passed away. God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes. O blessed, transporting thought! can we be there? O yes, we may if we live a humble, cross-bearing life, and keep the commandments of God, and have the faith and testimony of Jesus.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.5

    The saints shall reach that happy place,
    And be forever with the Lord,
    And see the smiles of Jesus’ face,
    And there receive their rich reward.
    Locke, Mich., Sept. 5th, 1853.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.6

    The Protestants’ manner of Enforcing the Fourth Commandment.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.7

    THE following sketch from a Catechism published by the Presbyterian board, fell under my observation not long since; and as it is illustrative of the manner in which children are taught to observe the fourth commandment, I copy it for the readers of the Review. Let no one wonder, after reading this, why it is that men, as a mass, are keeping the first day of the week as the Sabbath.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.8

    “Q. Genesis 2. God did not make anything on the seventh day, what did he do? A. He rested.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.9

    Q. Was he tired? A. He was not.
    Q. What is meant by saying that he rested?
    A. That he created nothing more.
    Q. Had this day any other name than the seventh?
    A. It had.
    Q. What was it? A. The Sabbath.
    Q. Who gave it this name? A. God.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.10

    Q. What has God told us about this day in the first part of the fourth commandment?
    A. ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’
    Q. If you play, do you keep it holy?
    A. You do not.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.11

    Q. Should we do any more work than is very necessary? A. We should not.
    Q. May we talk about play or work?
    A. We may not.
    Q. Should we so much as think about them?
    A. We should not.
    Q. To whom does this day belong?
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.12

    A. This day belongs to God alone,
    He chooses Sunday for his own;
    And we must neither work nor play,
    Because it is the Sabbath day.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.13

    Q. What shall we do on the Sabbath day, go to sleep? A. No, we should learn about God, talk about him, read about him, sing to him and pray to him.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.14

    Q. What should we love? A. What God loves.
    Q. What should we hate? A. What God hates.
    Q. Shall we ever see God? A. We shall.
    Q. When? A. After death.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.15

    Q. How long will those who love God be with him? A. Forever.
    Q. Can you repeat any verse like this lesson?
    A. Yes.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.16

    This is the day when Christ arose,
    So early from the dead,
    Why should I keep my eyelids closed,
    And waste my time in bed,
    I’ll leave my sport, and read and pray,
    And so prepare for heaven;
    O, may I keep this blessed day,
    The best of all the seven.”
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.17

    The Great Day of the Lord.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.18

    THAT will be a day for which all other days were made - a day in the scenes of which we must all take a part. It will be a day of rejoicing to some, and a day of despair to others; and oh how different will be the sensations of these two classes! The one will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and the other must endure the fierceness of his anger.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.19

    When Christ shall send forth his angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost parts of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven, and they have all been caught up to meet the Lord in the air, then will be witnessed among those who are left upon the earth such a heart-rending scene as language cannot describe, or the imagination conceive. For one to feel that he is left behind while his Christian friends are with their Saviour, must be awful in the extreme; and if the dread reality could be fully impressed upon the mind, it would seem that no one would hazard a moment’s delay in an unconverted state. All the pleasures of this life will be felt to have been less than nothing when the bitter dregs of the cup of the wrath of Almighty God are once tasted. And all the ills which can afflict our mortal state, will be more than overbalanced by one moment of such joy as will be the portion of those who are blessed of the Lord; yet millions will run the risk of being forever cast off from the presence of their God.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.20

    Why will not man be wise, and make his calling and election sure while yet he may, before the door is forever closed against him. Why will he not supplicate the favor of Him whose smiles are so essential to his future well being, that when the day of trouble and distress shall come, he may have a refuge, an ark of safety to which he may flee. It will be a blessed privilege to enter into the chamber of God, until his indignation be overpast, but it will be a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. -ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.21

    Signs of the Times, 1842.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.22



    THE following we take from the Toronto Mirror, a catholic paper, published in Toronto, Canada. It is an extract from the words of W. Lockhart, late B. A., of Oxford, now missionary priest of the Catholic Church, to the ministers and lay members of the Protestant Church in Ireland. He speaks as follows:ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.23

    “I say, then, that I am a Catholic by the grace of God, because I was led to see that some other authority besides the Bible and the Bible only was necessary in order to prove many of the very points which all Protestants admit to be essential to Christianity. Protestants deny this, and declare that nothing is necessary to be believed but what can be proved from the Bible and the Bible only - namely, from plain texts of Scripture. The whole question is, therefore, reduced into a nutshell; in proof or disproof of this, lies the proof or disproof of Protestantism. - I do, therefore, solemnly challenge the Protestants of Ireland to prove by plain texts of Scripture the questions concerning the obligation of,ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.24

    I. - The Christian Sabbath. - 1st. That Christians may work on Saturday, the old seventh day. 2nd. That they are bound to keep holy the first day - namely, Sunday. 3rd. That they are not bound to keep holy the seventh day also.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.25

    II. - The necessity of infant baptism or any command or permission to confer it....ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.26

    If these, or any of these, cannot be proved from the Bible and the Bible only, without reference to authority or tradition (which latter, according to the principles of Protestantism, is a mere human and fallible guide,) I would ask any candid Protestant to say why he believes them still: and if he is determined to believe them in common with Catholic Christians, how does he reject the only ground on which Catholics believe them - namely, the ever-living infallible guidance promised by Our Lord to His Church before a single syllable of the New Testament was written, on the authority of the Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth? - 1 Timothy 3:15. Matthew 28:16, 20. These questions I proposed publicly in the Cathedral of Tuam, and have received the following letter, which I subjoin with my own comments thereon, from which it will appear how wholly inadequate are the texts alleged - though indeed no stronger can be brought forward - to prove what it is attempted to substantiate. Yet this is the very foundation of Protestantism, and those who protest against the Church must first prove that they have grounds for their attack, and defend their own rule of Faith, the Bible and the Bible only:-ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.27



    ‘Tuam, Monday, May 16th, 1853.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.28

    REV. SIR, - In reply to your challenge to produce Scriptural authority for the change of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day of the week, I would refer you to the Apocalypse, Chap 1:10. - ‘I was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day, and heard behind me a great voice as of a trumpet,’ and 1 Corinthians 16:2. ‘On the first day of the week let every one of you put apart with himself, laying up what it shall well please him, that when I come the collections be not then to be made.’ Though I do not acknowledge the authority of the council of Trent, yet, as it is binding on you, I would direct you to its Catechism, Part III, Chap. 4, question 7, where the above passages are quoted in proof of the change of the Sabbath. As to infant baptism, it is proved by Matthew 18:3. ‘Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven,’ compared with Mark 10:16. - ‘And embracing them, and laying his hands upon them, He blessed them.’ 1 Corinthians 1:16, - ‘And I baptized all the household of Stephanas; besides I know not whether I baptized any others;’ and Acts 16:33. - ‘And he taking them the same hour of the night, washed their stripes; and himself was baptized and all his house immediately.’ Colossians 2:11. - ‘In whom also you are circumcised with circumcision, not made by hands in despoiling of the body of the flesh, but in the circumcision of Christ.’ Romans 5:17. - ‘For if by one man’s offence death reigned through one; much more they who receive abundance of grace, and of the gift, and of justice, shall reign in life through one, Jesus Christ.’ That these are conclusive on the subject I would again refer you to the Tridentine Catechism, Part II, Chap. 2, question 31. Should you feel any difficulty in acknowledging them, you must first settle it with your own Church. You are opposed to her in your attempt to assail us....ARSH September 20, 1853, page 86.29

    “I have now replied to your challenge, and as garbled extracts may be made to prove anything, I do request that you will read the whole letter if you refer to it in your public lecture. - I am, Rev. Sir, your obedient servant,ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.1

    ‘Rev. W. Lockhart.’

    I would now ask the writer, and all candid Protestants, whether the points in question are proved by the above texts? The two about the Lord’s Day only prove what no question has been raised about, viz., that the first day of the week was kept holy by the early Christians. But where is the command for this, or where the permission to supersede the old seventh day obligations? How do we know that both were not to be kept, or that we may work on Saturday?ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.2

    As to infant baptism, the two texts first quoted would prove equally well that infants need no baptism; for when Our Lord took them in His arms, we are not told that he baptized them, but said that, such as they were, they were fit for the kingdom of Heaven. The texts about the household of Stephanas and of the Jailor prove nothing, since there is no mention of infant children in either household. The texts about circumcision, as analogous to baptism, prove nothing, otherwise they would equally prove that none but male children could be baptized, because none but male children could be circumcised.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.3

    The references to the Council of Trent, and the Prologomena of Menochius are nothing in point, for I do not ask how Catholics, who believe in one Infallible Church, prove those points; but how Protestants, who believe in the Bible, and the Bible only, prove them.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.4

    Earnestly recommending the matter to the serious consideration of all conscientious Protestants, I subscribe myself their servant for Christ’s sake,ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.5

    Missionary Priest, Order of Charity,
    (Late B. A., of Oxford.)”



    From Bro. Hall

    DEAR BRO. WHITE:- Nearly one year has now elapsed since I commenced the investigation of the third angel’s message, and other doctrines peculiar to your paper; and I must say that I never pursued an investigation with so much caution as I have this. I have been peculiarly cautious from the suspicion that there might be a great deal of fanaticism connected with the movement. But after so long a time I am compelled to confess that my fears are groundless, and that, on the contrary, the discussion through the Review and otherwise, has been conducted with candor and sobriety. In this investigation I have not been obliged to adopt new rules of interpretation, but simply to carry the old ones out to their legitimate results; and more than once in my discussion in opposition to these truths, have my friends reminded me of the propriety of adhering closely to first principles. This admonition never was given without its effect; for I could not bear the thought of throwing away old truths to evade the reception of new ones.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.6

    Allow me to say that I commenced the investigation of this matter under very unfavorable circumstances, and that the prejudice which I had, has been worn away by the simple convictions of truth, and that step by step, it has been one of the greatest of crosses for me to commence the observance of God’s Holy Sabbath; but thank God, it looks right and straight now.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.7

    It was a hard matter for me to get the question of the Law of God settled in a satisfactory manner; but now all seems plain. As to the Sanctuary, I had some time ago seen the fallacy of our opponent’s reasonings upon that question. This, from the first, seemed plain and beautiful. In conclusion, let me say, that I believe the time has come for the third angel’s message to be sounded; and I am resolved by the help of God, to mingle my voice in the cry. The evidences to me are overwhelming, and I could not deny them without throwing away prophecy and history. I sometimes fear for myself and others, because of our slumbering so long over these vastly important truths. God forgive, and awake us to more zeal and watchfulness in the glorious cause of truth and righteousness.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.8

    Wisconsin is a large field, where much can be done by the help of the Lord. Laborers are few. Brn. Waggoner, Stewart, Stephenson and myself are the only ones who, to my knowledge, contemplate giving our entire time to the work.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.9

    We received a very profitable visit, not long since, from Brn. Cornell and Loughborough. May God prosper them, and give them many souls in the day of the Lord.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.10

    Yours in Hope of the Kingdom,
    D. P. HALL.
    Ripon, Fon-du-Lac Co., Wis., Sept. 13th 1853.

    From Brn. Loughborough and Cornell

    DEAR BRO. WHITE:- From Union where our last was written, we went to Koskonong. Held meetings two evenings. The blessing of God was with us. - Brethren saw and confessed their wrongs. Souls were convicted of the truth, and with tears confessed their determination to obey God.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.11

    Our next appointment, at Oak-hill, was well attended, and a good interest manifested, while we presented the testimonies in favor of our present position. Some who were in the first message, were present, whose minds were again interested by seeing the apparent failure of the movement in 1844, harmonized.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.12

    At Alden, we met considerable prejudice; but we trust God’s blessing and the consistent course his children tried to pursue, have moved it far away. - Again, a deep interest is manifest for the truth. Here we parted with our dear Brn. Waggoner and Phelps, who are encouraged still to persevere in the cause, and endeavor to win souls to Christ.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.13

    At Kingsbury we found Bro J. Catlin strong in the truth. On First-day we had a free time in presenting before the people our present position.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.14

    During our short stay at Salem, a deep interest was awakened. Many, we doubt not, will move out on the truth. Some have already confessed it and say they shall have to keep the Sabbath and three were baptized.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.15

    At Jackson and Sylvan, we had a good attendance and some freedom in speaking to the people. - God is moving on the hearts of men in the West and preparing the way for the truth. Let us cry mightily that laborers may be raised up to go forth into the harvest.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.16

    M. E. CORNELL.
    Plymouth, Mich., Sept. 1853.

    From Bro. Marsh

    DEAR BRO. WHITE:- It is with pleasure that I improve this opportunity of writing to the scattered flock of God, to let them know some of my joys, trials, sorrows, hopes and expectations.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.17

    I was among that company who were expecting to see the Lord in the Fall of 1844, and was disappointed in not seeing him, and greatly in the dark as to our present position until almost two years since, when I saw Bro. Flower, at his house, in Ashfield, Mass., and he showed me some light on the third angel’s message; and after due examination of the Scriptures and also the history of the Sabbath, together with the light of the paper, which I then commenced taking, I came to the full conclusion that the commandments which this angel proclaims, are embodied in the decalogue, or ten commandments; and I pray God to help me keep them, the fourth not excepted. Since I came out in this truth I have had many trials to encounter; but through them all I have been kept till the present time; thank God.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.18

    There is one thing more that I wish to relate for the encouragement of others who may be in similar circumstances with me, and to encourage them to keep praying for their children. About three weeks since there was a meeting in Vernon, Vt., which I felt a great anxiety to attend, with my daughter, a girl thirteen years of age; and at the meeting she trusts that she gave her all for Christ. She was there buried by baptism into the likeness of Christ’s death, and is striving so to live that she may partake his joys through the resurrection. She is keeping, with me, the commandments, and, in particular, God’s Sabbath and not the Pope’s. I wish you all to pray for us, as we are all alone here, that we may prove faithful and have right to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates into the city, to go no more out forever.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.19

    Should any of the brethren come this way, we shall be happy to see them. Should any of the lecturers come, we wish that they would call and perhaps it might be consistent with duty, for them to hold a meeting with us. I live about three-fourths of a mile north of South Hadley Center, on the road to Hadley.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.20

    Your brother in the third angel’s message, and looking for redemption when Jesus comes.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.21

    South Hadley, Mass., Sept. 9th, 1853.

    From Bro. Lothrop

    DEAR BRO. WHITE:- I have been in Dudswell C. E. endeavoring to show them the present truth as well as I could. The heads of three families I believe, are determined to obey the present truth, and, also, some others are fully decided to keep God’s commandments. There were a goodly number in that place, who were firm believers in the first and second angels’ messages; but in the scattering time, lost their position, and their souls have been famishing a long time for the waters of life.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.22

    Bro. John Rolfe who lives in that place, is firm in the present truth and is a living epistle, known and read of all men.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.23

    Next Sabbath and First-day, I expect to be in Dudswell, to try and tell them the truth. I think there will yet be a company there who will receive the truth and strive to live it out. May God grant it for his name’s sake.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.24

    Last Sabbath and First-day, I was in Compton, C. E., where I found Bro. Hool and wife, firm in the present truth. Their little boy was very sick, nigh unto death; but the Lord heard prayer in his behalf and the child began to recover from that very hour. On First-day quite a number were out to hear; and some, after listening to the third angel’s message with attention, admitted that it was the truth.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.25

    Eaton, C. E., Sept. 5th, 1853.

    From Bro. Upson

    DEAR BRO. WHITE:- I am happy to write that the Sabbath truth is now flourishing on Catlin Hill, and its vicinity. There are now five entire families here keeping the Sabbath according to the commandment, besides some others. The conflict is growing more and more severe, and the dragon is becoming wroth with the remnant who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 12:17.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.26

    May God give us grace to take the shield of faith, wherewith we shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, that we may be able to stand against all the wiles of the Devil.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.27

    I have ever rejoiced that I was led to embrace the Sabbath, and feel that I did the will of God. When Bro. Rhodes came here with the third angel’s message, it gave me new light on the coming of Christ, and my pathway has continued to shine brighter and brighter. I hope to stand on Mount Zion with theARSH September 20, 1853, page 87.28

    144,000, that will sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Yours waiting patiently,
    Catlin, N. Y., Sept. 4th, 1853.
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.1

    THE REVIEW AND HERALDARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.2




    Do our readers understand that we do not furnish Tracts from the REVIEW OFFICE without pay for them? They should understand this, and be ready to pay for the Tracts they take of the traveling brethren. And they should not stop here. It is frequently necessary in new fields of labor to give Tracts to individuals who are not prepared to pay for them. - The friends of the cause should see to it that the judicious traveling brethren have means to purchase publications to take with them to new fields of labor.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.3

    Several brethren have already stated that they did not receive but about one half what they paid for their tracts. This is wrong. They should be free to state the cost of Tracts and require pay, with very few exceptions. A person that can pay for our publications, and hesitates to pay the very low price of them, we cannot hope to benefit. In time past, they have been freely handed out to such, by some of the brethren. Says our Lord, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine.” Matthew 7:6.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.4

    We felt that we could not bear longer the responsibility of publishing Tracts to be circulated by injudicious hands, and the brethren, assembled at Rochester in Conference, July last, decided that for the future they should be sold at the lowest price possible, and still keep the small publishing fund good. - Let the friends of the cause all act on this new plan of circulating Tracts in concert. - ED.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.5

    Adam Clark’s Note on Jeremiah 1:6.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.6

    Verse 6. ‘I cannot speak.’ Being very young, and wholly inexperienced, I am utterly incapable of conceiving aright, or of clothing these divine subjects in suitable language. Those who are really called of God to the sacred ministry, are such as have been brought to a deep acquaintance with themselves, feel their own ignorance, and know their own weakness. They know also the awful responsibility that attaches to the work; and nothing but the authority of God can induce such to undertake it. They whom God never called, run, because of worldly honor and emolument; the others hear the call with fear and trembling, and can go only in the strength of Jehovah.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.7

    How ready is the man to go,
    Whom God hath never sent!
    How tim’rous, diffident and slow,
    God’s chosen instrument!”
    ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.8

    Extracts of Letters.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.9

    BRO. HICKS writes from Providence, R. I., Sept. 5th, 1853:- “I have just finished reading your article the “Signs of the Times.” It contains a collection of facts that ought to be taken notice of, or heeded. But who will read it understandingly out of the pale of commandment-keepers.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.10

    “O what a solemn time is this! The world is going crazy, and all the people mad with but few exceptions. “Babylon is fallen.” Never was there a truth shone plainer into an Adventist’s mind than that the protestant sectarian churches are the Babylon of the Apocalypse, and that she has fallen, and will soon more plainly develop herself as being the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.11

    BRO. EMMONS writes from Boston, Mass., Sept. 8th, 1853:- “I send you one dollar for your paper from an old disciple. Pray the Lord to send out hunters. It rejoices my heart greatly to believe the repairers are at work repairing the breach that Satan has made in God’s Holy Law.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.12

    SISTER M. STEERE writes from East McDonough, Sept. 1853:- “I have received and read the Review about eighteen months, and I know not how to do without it. It is an unspeakable satisfaction to me. I am alone in this place, keeping the commandments of God. There is one sister three or four miles distant. I most earnestly solicit the prayers of the saints for us that we may get the victory, live by faith, so that we may inherit the promise. Cannot some lecturing brother call on us? We have not had any meetings, since last Winter.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.13

    BRO. J. DEMMING JR. writes from Manlius, N. Y., Aug. 30th, 1853:- “The Lord has done much for me in these last days of peril, in showing me his truth and giving me a heart to obey it. I thank his holy name for his goodness unto me, and for the blessings he bestows from day to day. I desire the spread of the truth, and it is my prayer that we may meet in the kingdom of God.”ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.14

    PRIESTS AND RULERS. - “And found there none of the sons of Levi.” Ezra 8:15.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.15

    “Have any of the rulers or Pharisees believed?” John 7:48.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.16

    It is constantly objected to the doctrines of the Second Advent that ministers of the gospel, doctors, and rulers do not receive it. This argument is thought by many to be unanswerable, and we feel that it is our greatest stumbling block in the way of persuading sinners to escape the coming wrath. But let us not be discouraged, for when we look at history and Scripture testimony, we find that this class of men were not always the first in reformations and returns from captivity. In the days of Christ they were his most bitter opposers, and those of their number who believed came to him by night. Ezra also tells us that in his time, when he numbered the people who voluntarily set their faces to return to Jerusalem and the worship of their God, that he found “there none of the sons of Levi.” We would not, as the manner of some is, “rebuke our elders, but we would entreat them;” and also rejoice that there are some noble exceptions to this charge. - Phil. Alarm.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.17

    New Work.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.18

    SIGNS OF THE TIMES. This is a Work of 124 pages, showing that the Second Coming of Christ is at the doors; and that Spirit Manifestations are a foretold sign that the day of God’s wrath hasteth greatly.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.19

    This is a book of facts for the people, and should be widely circulated. We have done our duty in preparing it; and now the friends of truth are called upon to give it a circulation. Thousands are in danger of being caught in the fatal snare of Spiritualism for want of a scriptural view of the heresy. This we have endeavored to give.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.20

    Appointments.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.21

    PROVIDENCE permitting the following appointments to be held.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.22

    Sept. 17th, 18th, at Mr. Shearer’s, Waterloo, Mich., in the school-house near Mr. Metcalf’s; Sept. 24th, 25th, in the school-house in Sylvan; Oct. 2nd, at Columbia, Jackson Co., in the school-house near Bro. Hanna’s, to commence at 10 o’clock P. M.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.23

    Oct. 1st, 2nd, at Bald Eagle Lake, Lapeer Co., where the brethren may appoint.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.24

    There will be a Conference held at Sylvan, Washtenaw Co., Oct. 7th, 8th, 9th. It is expected that Brn. Frisbie, Loughborough, Cornell and Cranson will be present. It is hoped that Bro. Bates will attend.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.25

    There will be a Conference in Locke, Ingham Co., Oct. 14th, 15th, 16th, where the brethren may appoint. We hope all those who feel interested will attend the above meetings as far as practicable. H. H. NOTTINGHAM.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.26

    PROVIDENCE permitting, I will hold conferences as follows; Lorain, N. Y., where the brethren may appoint, Sabbath and First-day, Sept. 24th and 25th; Norfolk, St. Lawrence Co., Sabbath and First-day, Oct. 1st and 2nd. IRA WYMAN.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.27

    THERE will be meetings at Bro. Clark’s, six miles west of Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 21st, 22nd, to be held all day, each day; Grand Rapids, Sept. 23rd, 24th, 25th.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.28

    Further appointments will be given in season. We are in hope that Bro. Cranson will attend these meetings. We expect that our friends will spare no pains to circulate these appointments, that many may be benefited by hearing the present truth. O, Lord revive thy work is my prayer.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.29

    These meetings may generally begin evenings. JOSEPH B. FRISBIE.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.30

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    Several papers have been returned for discontinuance; but no name or address is given on them. Those who returned them must be again reminded, that their papers will continue to be sent, until they give some intimation where, and to whom they belong.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.32

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    THE Sanctuary and Twenty-three Hundred Days - 76 pages - price 7 cents - postage 1 cent.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.34

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    Letters.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.43

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    Bro. Heath, A. H. Hilliard each $2; D. and J. Ward $1,13. D. Hewitt, J. H. Waggoner each 60 cents; P. Pitts 25 cents; D. Fitchner 18 cents.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.47



    THE following is a list of Agents whose duty it shall be to forward the names and address (in plain writing) of all who should receive the Review; also, to give information of such to whom it should be discontinued. And to receive the free-will offerings of their Brethren and Sisters for the support of the Review and other publications, and forward them to this Office. The traveling Brethren are also solicited to act as agents.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.48


    N. Lunt, Portland S. W. Flanders, Canaan Cyprian Stevens, Paris S. Howland, Topsham W. T. Hanniford, Orrington Wm. Bryant, Wilton


    J. Stowell, Washington S. Bunnel, Claremont


    H. Flower, Ashfield O. Nichols, Dorchester O. Davis, N. Fairhaven L. Paine, Ware Wm. Saxby, Springfield


    R. Loveland, Johnson H. Bingham, Morristown S. H. Peck, Wolcott Lewis Bean, Hardwick H. A. Churchill, Stowe E. P. Butler, Waterbury Josiah Hart, Northfield R. G. Lockwood, Waitsfield W. Morse, East Bethel L. Titus, E. Charlston Alonzo Lee, Derby Line E. Everts, Vergennes H. Gardner, Panton S. Willey, Wheelock

    CONNECTICUT E. L. H. Chamberlain, Md’town A. Belden, Kensington


    W. S. Ingraham, Bath A. Ross, Caughdenoy David Upson, Moreland R. F. Cottrell, Mill Grove John Wager, Orangeport L. Carpenter, Oswego A. H. Robinson, Sandy Creek E. A. Poole, Lincklaen J. A. Loughhead, Elmira


    H. C. Mason, Battle Creek Albert Avery, Locke J. P. Kellogg, Tyrone Ira Gardner, Vergennes David Hewitt Battle Creek Isaiah Rathbone, Eagle Lake C. S. Glover, Sylvan A. B. Pearsall, Grand Rapids A. A. Dodge, Jackson Wm. M. Smith,


    M. L. Dean, Ulysses



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    TERMS - We make no charges. Those who wish to pay only the cost of one copy of the REVIEW AND HERALD, (as some do,) may pay $1 per Volume of Twenty-six numbers.ARSH September 20, 1853, page 88.50

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