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    February 22, 1843

    Vol. IV.—No. 23. Boston, Whole No. 95

    Joshua V. Himes


    Terms.—$1,00 per Vol. (24 Nos.) in advance Office No. 14 Devonshire Street, Boston.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.1


    No Authorcode

    BOSTON, FEBRUARY 22, 1842.

    The 1260 Years of Papal Triumph


    The general opinion has been, that this important period began in 606, and will end in 1866, by the fall of popery and introduction of the Millennium. The following extract from a work written by Edward King, Esq., F. R. S. A. S., and published in London in 1798, sets the fulfillment of this period in so clear a light, that we give it to our readers in preference to our own views. Ponder the article, and weigh every word. pp. 16, 17, 18.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.2

    We now come to those dread words:—And great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.3

    And here,—it has been acknowledged uniformly, by all the ablest interpreters, that Great Babylon, undoubtedly meant Rome: the Proud city on seven hills; so long deemed the mistress of the world.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.4

    Nay, an Angel, speaking to the Holy Apostle, in this very divine vision declares it was so, in almost express words.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.5

    And is not Rome indeed now filled with the effects of wrath, and vengeance; and torn to pieces, by the scourge?—are not its boasted treasures of art, and antiquity, removed to another place?—are not its palaces stripped, and spoiled?—are not all her pleasant and precious things departed from her?—is she not consumed, with the fire of the fierceness of anger, and violence?HST February 22, 1843, page 177.6

    Is not the Papal power, at Rome, which was once so terrible, and so domineering, at an end?HST February 22, 1843, page 177.7

    But let us pause a little. Was not the end, in other parts of the Holy Prophecies, foretold to be at the END of 1260 years? and was it not foretold, by Daniel, to be at the END of a time, times, and half a time? which computation amounts to the same period.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.8

    And now let us see; hear; and understand. THIS IS THE YEAR 1798.—And just 1260 years ago; in the very beginning of the year 533, Belisarius put an end to the Empire, and Dominion of the Goths, at Rome.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.9

    He had entered the city on the 10th of the preceding December, in triumph, in the name of Justinian, Emperor of the East; and had soon alter made it tributary to him; leaving thenceforward from A. D. 538, no power in Rome, that could be said to rule over the earth—excepting the ECCLESIASTICAL PONTIFICAL POWER.”HST February 22, 1843, page 177.10

    A Power that was now become sufficiently established for that purpose.—And which was also still further supported, just about this time, by the first establishment of the first religious order, the Benedictines, in the year 518; whilst a most characteristic badge of corruption had also now begun to be confirmed; by the worship of the Virgin Mary being ordained, by a general council at Constantinople, in 528.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.11

    And whilst it is moreover remarkable, that the use of the Christian Era itself had just been first introduced in the year 516.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.12

    It is true, that after this entry of Belisarius, Rome was twice re-taken by Totila and the Goths. But instead of setting up any empire there, he, the first time, carried away all the Senate, and drove out all the inhabitants; and, the second time, he was himself soon defeated and killed, and Rome was recovered for Justinean, by Narses.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.13

    Still, however, no dominion, “no Power ruling over the World, ever had any seat there, any more, except the Papal.” For the Duke of Rome, appointed by Longinus, in 568, was no more than a subordinate civil officer; and even under the Exarch. Whilst the Exarch of Ravenna, (at the same time that he was, in reality, no residing power at Rome) was at most, himself only a subordinate officer under the Emperor of the East. And the dominion and power of the Emperor of the East was quite different and distinct from what could at all properly be called any Roman Power. For nothing could, by any means, fairly come under such a description; but either the dominion of the Western Emperor, or the dominion of the Kings of the Goths, or the Papal dominion.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.14

    “We have reason to apprehend, then, that the 1260 years are now completed, and that we may venture to date the commencement of that period, not, as most commentators have hitherto done, either from Pepin’s giving the Pope Ravenna, or from Charlemagne’s determining and adjudging the Pope to be God’s Vicar on earth, but from the end of the Gothic power at Rome. Because both those other circumstances were only (like subsequent gifts, or acquisitions of territory and revenue,) mere augmentations of splendor, and confirmations of that state of Ecclesiastical Supremacy, in which the Papal Power had been left at Rome by Belisarius, on his driving out the Goths and ruining their kingdom.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.15

    And if these things are so, then truly that Great City Babylon is fallen—is fallen—is thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And nothing remains, but for us to wait, with awful apprehensions, for the end. Even for the completion of the further closing events, which are, in the emblematical language of Holy Prophecy, described as being at hand.”HST February 22, 1843, page 177.16

    Editorial Correspondence


    Philadelphia, Feb. 6th, 1843.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.17

    Dear Brother Southard,—On the 31st ult., I left the city of Newark, and in company with Brother Himes and Flavell come to this city to attend the Second Advent Conference, which is now in successful progress.—Brothers Litch and Hale have been faithfully at work in this great city and vicinity for some time past, and although they have had to face a heavy opposition, their labors have not been in vain. Their efforts have just prepared the way for a most successful issue as the result of the present Convention. Depend upon it, Philadelphia is beginning to be aroused Brother Himes gave several interesting lectures before brother Miller arrived, which were admirably calculated to prepare the way.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.18

    Brother Miller commenced his lectures on Friday afternoon, the 3rd inst. The friends have obtained the large Hall of the Chinese Museum, which will probably hold more people than any other place in the city; and it is crowded with anxious hearers. The truth has got a strong hold here, and all the opposing watchmen cannot stop it. The common people hear, they will hear, and they hear gladly.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.19

    Last evening brother Himes addressed an overwhelming assembly for about two and a half hours, in which he presented, in a most successful manner, the perfect fallacy of the church’s hope of a temporal, or spiritual Millennium, to precede the Second personal Advent of our Lord. He contrasted the missionary operations and success of the Protestants, with those of the Roman Catholics, showing in a very lucid manner, that if there is to be a triumph of the religion of any sect, it must be that of the Romanists, or papacy. The Lord deliver us from such a Millennium. God has emphatically told us that the little horn of the beast (Papacy) will make war and prevail, till the Ancient of days comes. This is undeniably the only hope of God’s people, i. e, that our blessed Lord will speedily come and destroy the beast with the brightness of his coming, give the body of the beast to the burning flame, and then the kingdom and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven will be given to the saints of the Most High, and they will possess it for ever, even for ever and ever. May the Lord hasten the time.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.20

    Although the mass of the clergy in this city oppose our views, yet there are some honorable exceptions. Some of the Methodist ministers are anxiously seeking the truth. Rev. Mr. Ramsey and Rev. Mr. Boyd, of the Presbyterans, are settled, I believe, in the time, and nearly so in the character of the event. Elder J. J. Porter (who is now quite sick) is full in the faith, and when well is hearty in the work. The opposers are ill at ease, while the alarm is spreading all over the city.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.21

    Brother Miller will continue his lectures through this week and over the next Sabbath. He has already produced a great agitation, and the people are greatly disappointed in the character of his lectures. They were not aware that his calculations were based entirely upon the Bible. The vail of the mystical temple is being torn asunder, and the people begin to see light in God’s light, and marvel that they have been so long kept in the dark.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.22

    The call for lectures is very pressing from every quarter. A tithe of the calls cannot be supplied. O that more of the watchmen would be willing to take their reputations in their hands, and go out and proclaim “the year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God.”HST February 22, 1843, page 177.23

    O how I long to be able to speak: but my voice is but little if any better, and I have about relinquished the hope of recovering my speech until I reach the everlasting kingdom, which I am confident is nigh at hand; then this stammering tongue will be loosed, this feeble tenement will be clothed with immortal vigor, and death will be swallowed up in victory. What I do in the little remnant of time left, I am persuaded must be done by the pen. May the Lord enable me faithfully to discharge this duty. Yours in the blessed hope, L. D. Fleming.HST February 22, 1843, page 177.24

    Since the above was received, a letter from brother Thomas Allen has come to hand, dated Feb. 8, calling for more books, which says:HST February 22, 1843, page 178.1

    “Br. Miller lectured yesterday afternoon on the parable of the ten vergins. A host of the sons of Levi [ministers] were present, and the subject was very applicable. Last evening, brother M. lectured from the 20th chapter of Revelation, to a very crowded congregation—after which, we held a prayer-meeting. Many presented themselves for prayer, among whom was a gentleman who had been an infidel, who got up about 10 o’clock, and declared to all the congregation what the Lord had done for him. Praise God, the interest is increasing and the work progressing.” Mid. Cry.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.2

    Fearful Sights, Great Signs, etc


    Luke 21:11.—“Fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” These are the words of Christ himself, given in immediate answer to the question, “What sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?”—Luke 21:7, Or, as Matthew has recorded the question, “What shall be the sign of thy (Christ’s) coming, and of the end ol the world?”—Matthew 24:3.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.3

    Matthew 24:30.—“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.”HST February 22, 1843, page 178.4

    These are also Christ’s words in answer to the same question, and they expressly tell us that there will be a “sign” of his “coming in heaven,” and that this “sign” “shall appear” before “they shall see the Son of Man coming,” etc.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.5

    Matthew 24:32, 33.—“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” [See Luke 21:31.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.6

    This declaration of our Savior was also given in answer to the same inquiry for “the sign” of his “coming, and the end of the world,” and given after he had distinctly foretold several events as signs of his coming. And here observe even the express command of Christ, not only that we should suppose it possible that he may come soon on our seeing such things as signs, but that we should rather then “know that it [his coming,] is near, even at the doors. ’HST February 22, 1843, page 178.7

    Matthew 24:29.—The sun shall “be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven.” See Revelation 6:12, 13.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.8

    Isaiah 13:10.—“For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.”HST February 22, 1843, page 178.9

    no. ii


    Mr Editor,—As proposed in my other article, I am now to notice some of the fulfilled “wonders” or “fearful sights and great signs” of Christ’s second coming at hand, already spoken of as being foretold by the holy prophets; and let us beginHST February 22, 1843, page 178.10

    With the NORTHERN LIGHTS, or the AURORA BOREALIS, now so called.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.11

    Although it is doubtless a fact that nearly the whole community have been, and are still under the impression that this phenomenon has been of common occurrence from creation till the present time, and that it has nothing to do with prophecy; it will now be considered as a literal and awakening fulfilment in part of those prophecies which foretel the coming “to pass in the last days,” of “wonders in the heavens,” and “fearful sights,” of “blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” These sights were to precede the “great and terrible,” or “great and notable day of the Lord.” Let what will be said on the opposite side, the fact will remain that these wonderful phenomena, in their resemblance of “blood, fire, and pillars of smoke,” have many times perfectly answered to the fulfilling of these prophecies. If, then, such prophecies were designed ever to have a literal fulfillment, this literal fulfillment has been many times given them in these “last days,” or for more than a century past. But before presenting the positive proof of this position, it will be proper to notice theHST February 22, 1843, page 178.12

    Objection urged by many, viz., that these phenomena are ancient as creation, proceed from natural causes, and are not foretold in prophecy.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.13

    I admit at once, that, in many modern histories of the Northern Lights, it is recorded that they are very ancient, and that dates are given of their having been seen from the earliest ages; but these modern histories, in opposition to the doctrine of Christ’s near coming, are not admissible testimony, inasmuch as there is no proof that such modern records are true, while there is very much proof against them. I will now present a few facts which are understood to testify against the alleged great antiquity of these “fearful sights,” and “wonders in the heavens.”HST February 22, 1843, page 178.14

    1. There appears to be no real ancient history of these phenomena, or none anciently written and published recording their previous existence. For several years, I have sought at the most probable places, and of the supposed most probable individuals, for some such history which was ancient, and especially in a book which was itself ancient; but have not yet been able to find one of the character. And why not, if these phenomena have been on record in all ages? As soon as they have been seen in modern times, they are found in history! And why not before, if they had been witnessed?HST February 22, 1843, page 178.15

    There are, to be sure, many apparent authentic histories of the wonderful appearence of these lights in London, March, 1716, and for aught I know, as Dr. Halley and others say, they may have been seen in some places still farther back, yet the book printed farther back, which speaks of them, is not found. A large “Dictionary of Arts and Sciences,” in one volume, published about eighty years ago, which gives a full account of these phenomena, records their first occurrence at London, March, 1716, as above, and states that the oldest inhabitants there had not previously seen or heard of them. The author of the Dictionary concludes his account by giving a long list of the writings he had found on the subject, the oldest of which was a magazine in London for 1716, and the next were files of the same magazine for ten years following, with other works afterwards written. If these things were so, could the Northern Lights have been common in all ages? Certainly not.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.16

    2. A lady, supposed to be now residing in Saybrook, Ct., informed me two years ago, that her grandmother had often stated her recollection of the first appearence of those lights in that place, which occurred in the year 1730, and that the people of the place had not seen or heard of them before.—The date of this fearful sight was recollected by the old lady from the memorable circumstance that a Mr Abiel Ladd was to have been married on the evening of this wonderful appearance, and that the wedding was broken up by the fright of the guests on the occasion, the ceremony being performed the next day, when the sight was past.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.17

    3. An ancient book at my command, filled with this very subject, appears at once to settle the question, that these phenomena are the events of modern rather than of ancient times. I allude to a small volume of five sermons, on the text, “Fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”—Luke 21:11. This book is a real antiquarian in all respects, and dated in two title pages, “Boston, 1680.” These sermons were delivered by the far-known D. D., Increase Mather, then a congregational minister, and father of the celebrated D. D., Cotton Mather, both of Boston, and believers in Christ’s second advent at hand. In these sermons, the writer adhered closely to the above text, making it a considerable part of his object throughout to show that these “fearful sights,” etc., had already been witnessed in the heavens, as a foretold premonition that the Lord might be looked for as soon coming “down with a long besom of destruction, to sweep away a world of sinners before it.” And though, from his writings, it appears he had searched histories on the subject, even back to a comet of Methuselah’s day, to see what wonders had appeared in the heavens, he had found no account of the Northern Lights.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.18

    4. It is now three years since I have published by the pulpit and the press, as extensively as possible, many of these facts, calling on opponents to produoe a history published before 1716, recording the previous occurrence of the Northern Lights, while none have yet even informed us where such a book may be seen. Should such a history yet be found,(and it may,) it must satisfy us of the origin of these lights as far back as the date of its publication.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.19

    5. But after all that can be said against the modern origin of these “wonders,” etc, as “great signs” of the Lord’s now near coming to judgment, we have his own immutable testimony that they are not the common events even of the first ages, but that they are rather “wonders” of the “last days,” and “signs” of the coming of “that great and terrible day of the Lord,” now specially near at hand.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.20

    In another article, it is proposed to notice some earlier historic instances of the remarkable appearance of this phenomenon, as fulfilling the foregoing prophecy concerning them.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.21

    Henry Jones.

    From A. Hale


    Dear Brother Litch,—Since I left you in the city, on Jan. 2nd, I have visited the capitol, Harrisburg, and vicinity, where I have found open ears and open hearts to receive the Second Advent doctrine; and God has been with us in power and great mercy.HST February 22, 1843, page 178.22

    I commenced lecturing at Middletown, in the Lutheran church, which was crowded to overflowing, with most attentive hearers. The lectures were continued from Monday evening till Tuesday of the following week. The fruit of them was seen even during the lectures, but since then the work has become general, and many of the cases of conversion are of a remarkable and deeply interesting character—among which is that of a poor Catholic, and several others who were considered beyond the reach of all religious influence.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.1

    At Harrisburg, there had been for some time a very interesting state of things—and this prepared the people to listen, while our message seemed to increase the seriousness. The Bethel church, in which I commenced lecturing, was quite too small to accommodate all who wished to hear, and having had an invitation to occupy the Methodist church, I spent more than a week in lecturing with them. The congregations were very large and attentive. The subject had a fair hearing by pastor and people, who seemed to have no fears that “Methodism would be disgraced,” or to doubt their competency to detect any heresy that might be advanced, or any error which might be attempted to be imposed upon them. Nothing was said about “shutting me up in a mad-house,” nor did the preacher find it necessary to run about among the people to give circulation to the ten thousand false and silly slanders which have been invented about us and our doctrine, by those who love to make a lie.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.2

    But, like the Methodists in old times, they make use of a book in Harrisburg, which commands us to prove all things, and to try the spirits, etc. etc.—and the results you can anticipate.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.3

    The ministers of Harrisburg, I believe, generally took the very wise and safe position, that it was best to be prepared for the worst, and instead of telling those whose anxiety on the subject led them to their pastor to know what he thought of it, that they were ‘foolish’ or ‘mad,’ directed them in their anxiety to Christ; and I believe they all have as much as they can do in this most delightful ministerial work. When Christ appears, may they each have a multitude to present before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.4

    My visit to Shiremanstown was also peculiarly interesting, and the message successful.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.5

    Finally, the country is all waiting with open ears and hearts to receive us. I have not been able to meet a tenth part of the calls for lectures; but shall try to do what I can. Several lecturers might find work enough. Brethren, let us leave all, and enter into the harvest. The fields are white. Let us improve the time.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.6

    A. Hale.

    Scoffers shall arise


    Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying Where is the promise of his coming? for, since the fathers fell ssleep, all things remain as they were from the beginning of the creation.—2 Peter 3:3, 4.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.7

    There are no signs visible that the predicted event is any nearer now than ever.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.8

    The fact is, the end is not yet, and God only knows when man shall cease to exist on earth—when the world shall finish its mission and time shall be no longer. At present there is no reason apparent why matters and things shall not cotinue as heretofore for thousands of years to come.—Universalist.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.9

    Seven Weeks More.—The editors of the Midnight Cry, the Millerite paper in this city, refuse to take subscriptions for more than seven weeks, when they expect the cry will be heard as well as seen. Seven weeks, however, is an ominous period in prophetic numbers.—What if these seven weeks should turn out, like the seven weeks of Daniel, to be weeks of mystical years—each one a year of years? It is well that the time is so near when the question will be settled. What will then become of these Miller dupes? If the result is like that of many similar fancies, not a few of them will reject the Bible, and turn infidels, because the predictions of the Bible, as interpreted by them, have failed of fulfilment:—Journal of Commerce, Jan. 28, Express, Jan. 30, and Tribune, Jan. 31.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.10

    [A few months ago, it was a standing theme of scoffing that we were taking subscriptions one year in advance, when the fact was that our terms were $1 per volume—the volume extending six months. We have now published the Midnight Cry several months, making our terms for three months only, that no one might say we wished to get mony for which we expected to render no equivalent. The consequence is, that our opponents turn prophets and manufactured future infidelity, just as they have heretofore manufactured riots and lynching]HST February 22, 1843, page 179.11

    Jonah preached the destruction of Nineveh, and was as mad as a March hare because the Lord repented and saved the city. Old Miller will be terribly disappointed, and grievously annoyed, if his prediction should prove untrue. We will lay a small bet he’ll swear like a pirate if this good world of ours heaves not from its firm base in April.—N. Y. Tattler, Jan. 30.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.12

    The “Signs of the Times,” a Miller paper, Edited by Himes, Litch & Co. & Co. & Co. & Co., has published us, (with the editors of several other journals, under their head of “Liar’s Department,” on account of our having published an article in our paper of the 27th ult., copied from the Journal of Commerce, which we headed “Good News;” we are unable to discover in what sense we are guilty of falsehood, in publishing an article which we have no means of knowing to be untrue, and at the same time have as good reasons for believing it to be true, as otherwise; however, if this is their mode of doing business, we will endeavor to furnish them with matter enough to extend their “liar’s department” somewhat. Himes & Co. are requested to insert the following under the aforesaid head:—HST February 22, 1843, page 179.13

    Light in the East.—One of our neighbors discovered a few mornings since, a bright light in the east, and being himself watching for the signal to depart, expected to hear the trumpet sound in a few moments. The household was mustered, and all hands ready, when to their astonished eyes the moon peeped forth above the horizon, clear and beautiful, and the light of reason was again restored to their bewildered senses.—Woodstock (Vt.) Mercury.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.14

    The New York Sunday Mercury proves the truth of Parson Miller’s End-of-the-world-in-1843-doctrine, by multiplying the wrinkles upon the horns of a five-year-old ram by the twelve signs of the zodiac, and that product by the number of seeds in a winter squash.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.15

    The Bellows Falls Gazette says, “the Millerites have finally concluded that the burning of Bunce’s old Paper Mill answers every purpose which they expected to effect by the burning up of the world; and many of them have concluded to drop preaching such doctrines, call it half a day, and go to work like honest men, endeavoring to earn something to find their families with after the fourth of April next.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.16

    “Ascension Robes.”—We have seen going the rounds of the newspapers, statements that many of the Millerites have provided themselves with white robes, in which to ascend to meet their Lord, but have regarded them only as the inventions of the enemy. We are assured, however, that not a few of them in this town, have actually provided themselves with long white robes for the expected occasion. We trust that it is with no Pharisaic spirit that we look with pity upon these deluded beings. It seems as if the wisdom which pretends to be able to point out the application of the dark prophecies of Daniel to this far distant age, might be able to give to the plain and simple teachings of Jesus and the apostles, their true meaning.—N. H. Telegraph.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.17

    Himes & Co! put the above under the head of “liar’s department”—don’t fail to do it.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.18

    It is said that the Millerites in this region have taken to smoking with a vengeance, and declare that they intend to enjoy the tip end of felicity, while the world does last.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.19

    We believe there is not a Millerite in this town,—with the exception of one old maid, who has become tired of bearing the bustle of this world—Fitchburgh Sentinel.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.20

    According to Mr. Miller, faith and repentance are no preparation for Christ’s coming. Those ministers who only preach that men must now repent and be converted are “evil servants,” who will soon have their portion with hypocrites and unbelievers. Hence it seems that on this hypothsis, regeneration avails nothing. People must believe that Christ will come in 1843 or sink to hell.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.21

    Millerism has already broken up many religious societies, and far as it goes it will completely disorganize community. Unlike the gospel, it has no tendency to make men better; but like every other attempt to be wise above what is written, it violates the order of providence, and plunges its advocates into fanaticism and folly.—Northern Advocate.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.22

    Millerism.—The editor of the Vermont Chronicle, a paper of high character, and which never indulges in random charges or assertions, says, “From much inquiry and various facts which have come to our knowledge, we have no confidence in the idea that Miller himself believes his doctrine.”—N. Y. Tribune, Jan. 27, and Chronicle and Tattler, Jan. 30.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.23

    The interpretation of prophecy has becrazed a great many men, and is becrazing more just now than for a long time before. If we are correctly informed, several of the disciples of Miller have already become tenants of our various insane hospitals. Many more of them, we fear, will be a burthen to the community in those charitable receptacles, long after the humbuggery which sent them there has come to an end.—Jour, of Com. Jan. 28.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.24

    “That Mr. Miller has fixed the day (23rd of April) for the end of the world, is a fact perfectly notorious. For authority I would refer to the N. Y. Sun.”HST February 22, 1843, page 179.25

    So said a writer in the Western Empire, Dayton, Ohio. The truth is, Mr. Miller, has not even designated the month, and the 23rd of April has no connection with any prophetic period in his interpretation of prophecy.HST February 22, 1843, page 179.26

    The Miller Delusion.—The biggest lie that can be told comes to be believed as a Gospel truth, if boldly and continually asserted, and there is nobody at hand to contradict it. Thus it happens, that any opinion or doctrine, however repugnant to reason or common sense, is sure to find believers and followers; thus mountebanks and impostors have ridden upon the necks of men and women from the earliest records of society. This is a well known principle of human nature, but its effects are no perversion of the uses for which the sacred record was designed; it led many to speculate upon such passages as are deemed to be prophetical of future events, and to attempt to predict from them the hidden mysteries of coming time. The ignorance of such an attempt is equalled only by its profanity and gross impiety. The Soverign Ruler of Nature, revealed to us in the holy volume, that these laws transcend the power of His omnipotent will, but His wisdom refrains from marring the harmony of nature by an interruption of them, and they are sufficient for the accomplishment of His own inscrutable purposes.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.1

    We have heen led to these reflections by noticing the very wide prevalence which the Miller delusion has obtained throughout the country; and as a part of the history of the times, and as serving to illustrate the nature and extent of human credulity, the subject is worthy of attention. Not that there is any thing remarkable in this particular delusion, for the whole history of society is full of accounts of similar vagaries. Dreaming, idle people, who have not enough to do to keep their minds employed, are very apt to be run away with by their imaginations; hence every age has had its pretended prophets and apostles; some of them honestly believing themselves gifted with supernatural powers; but the greater part mere cheats and impostors. These things, it is true, generally correct themselves after they have run their course, but they nevertheless occasion a great deal of private mischief during their progress. Millerism especially is likely to do a great deal of harm in this way, and we have heard of a number of cases of people giving up their ordinary occupations to wander round the country, hearing and preaching these nonsensical doctrines. This must lead to the breaking up of families, and to habits of idleness and profligacy.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.2

    These things belong to the infirmity of human nature, and they are to be treated as one would treat the conceits of an idiot or crazy man. It is folly to use reason with any but reasonable people, and the attempt to convince a Millerite of his error by argument and grave appeals to common sense, would only serve to render him more obstinate in his belief, and by magnifying its importance, give it further currency among the ignorant and unthinking.—N. Y. Sun, Jan. 28.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.3

    The following is sent us as being from the pen of John Leland, and published fifty-six years since, in the “American Sentinel,” a paper then published in Pittsfield, Mass.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.4

    Pope Leo tenth, assumed the arrogant if not blasphemous title of “Vicar of God,” so that his name and title stood before the world in large capitals, thus— ‘POPE LEO X, VICAR of GOD!” which title was continued by many succeeding Popes. The number of the beast 666 was contained in the name and title then assumed,—thus separate all the numerical letters in that name and title, L X V I—and place them in their numerical order, and you will have just “six hundred three-score and six.”HST February 22, 1843, page 180.5


    No Authorcode

    J. V. Himes, Josiah Litch, and S. Bliss, Editors

    BOSTON, FEBRUARY 22, 1843.

    Occupy till I Come


    It is the duty of every believer in the immediate coming of Christ, to live with a conscience void of offence towards God and man, and in view of our accountability to God. We are also to live, remembering that the eye of the world is upon us, that they are watching our every movement, and giving distorted and false colored representations of our every act; that our motives are maligned, and that no weapon can be placed within the reach of our opponents but it will be used by them with the greatest zeal.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.6

    We are therefore to endeavor so to live, that the cause of God may not be reproached for our indiscretions, and give no cause for needless censure. We are to remember that the salvation or the perdition of souls may depend upon the course each brother may pursue. And anything that has a tendency to prejudice any one against this great question, so that he may conclude, however unjustly, that it is unworthy of a serious investigation, may prevent that soul from securing everlasting life. We cannot therefore be too careful how we speak and act, that souls may not be jeopardized by being driven from an examination of this question by the indiscretion of its friends.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.7

    It is a question with many, how they ought to dispose of their business and time, in view of the Lord’s appearing. It is necessary that all should act conscientiously, and pursue their business just as they would wish to be found employed whenever the Lord may appear. It any one is pursuing an unlawful business or an immoral one, it is the duty of such, to leave it at once, for some honest calling. If any feel that although their calling is righteous, yet that they can be instrumental of more good in proclaiming the coming of the Bridegroom, let them go forth and faithfully warn and admonish their fellow-men to be also ready. But let no one feel that there is nothing for them to do, and therefore turn idlers, for God has something for every soul to perform. They who have nothing to which they can turn their hand, should go from friend to friend and faithfully endeavor to enlighten their minds and save their souls.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.8

    To conclude that we have nothing to do by way of laboring for the souls of others or providing for our temporal wants, and therefore spend our time in idleness, is to disobey God and bring dishonor on the cause we have espoused. Let every one therefore “be diligent in business, fervent in spirit serving the Lord.” Let him visit the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, administer to the afflicted, relieve the wants of the destitute, and do good as he may have opportunity.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.9

    Let him also continue to sow his field and gather the fruits of the earth while seed-time and harvest may continue, neglecting none of the duties of this life. But watch, stand fast in the faith, lead holy lives, showing to the world that this is not our home, that our affections are not set on the things of this world, and that we are looking for a city that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without. Let your speech be always with grace that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man; not forgetting the exhortation of Paul, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; hut ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:11-13. “For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy-bodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well-doing.”HST February 22, 1843, page 180.10

    Fruits of Millerism


    “Millerism,” according to a Concord letter, is making much progress in that part of New Hampshire. It not only prevented one man from digging his potatoes in the fall; but has broken up a flourishing school—set the school district into a hubbub, and driven the school-master to seek other quarters. It is further said that in the Lunatic Assylum at Concord, twelve persons are the victims of this theory.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.11

    A police report in the Sherbrook (New Brunswick,) Gazette, reveals the most shameful extremes on this subject. It was proved that one of the practices at the meetings there, was to “struggle,” and have pretended visions on the floor. During one of these struggles, John Swazey, a leading preacher, kicked one Sawyer so severely in the breast that his life was despaired of for several days, pretending that it was the manifestation of the Divine displeasure against sin. The furious fanatic was punished with a fine. N. Y. Observer.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.12

    The above is a sample of the thousand nameless reports that are in circulation for the purpose of injuring the advent cause. Such gossip is given publicity to by the newspaper press, not only secular but religious; and many descend to such low efforts of whom we had hoped better things. Not a falsehood can originate in any quarter, however palpable may be its absurdity upon the very face of it, but gaping contemporaries greedily grasp at it; and the gusto with which they swallow it, indicate that they feel wonderfully relieved.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.13

    Such excessive joy on the part of religious papers at a supposed mistake, or any little real or imaginary impropriety on the part of those who are looking for the appearing of their Savior, seems to indicate a state of mind which would not receive with joy the Son of God himself.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.14

    To suppose that any class of men will never overstep the strict boundary of perfect propriety, would be to expect angelic perfection, and we are far from supposing that our brethren of the second advent belief, are more free from animadversion or cause of censure, than their fellows. And yet when we consider how they are watched by eagle eyes for their every foible, we are surprised, that so little that is worthy of regret is found against them. We would be the last to justify any thing which is fanatical or improvident on the part of any; but we believe the whole class of gossip afloat, of whatever kind, class, order, genera, species or variety, that comes like the above, entirely unsupported by authority, is unworthy the least credence. Even the propogators themselves admit their falsity, and yet refuse to correct their own errors.HST February 22, 1843, page 180.15

    At home again


    I have been absent from the city for the most part of the time the year past. Business now demands my attention at home. I shall therefore be confined to the city, for the present. All orders or communications connected with the Second Advent cause, addressed to J. V. Himes, 14 Devonshire street, Boston, Mass., will hereafter receive his prompt and personal attention.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.1

    Things in the city are in a good state. The friends of the cause are strong in the faith, and are doing what they can to diffuse the doctrine of the “Kingdom at hand.”HST February 22, 1843, page 181.2

    The Tabernacle.—On my return to the city this time, I find things in relation to the Tabernacle, in anything but a prosperous state. The work has not been carried forward with the promptness desired by the committee, nor has the work been done according to their wishes in the construction, etc. The weather also has set in so cold, and such a body of snow having fallen, that it is impossible to do much toward it immediately. Our friends will therefore make no dependence upon the completion of the Tabernacle at present. What our brethren have done, will no doubt result in much good to the cause in general, by bringing the subject more fully before the public; but they have been defeated for the present at least, in the consummation of their wishes. We shall give notice hereafter, of the results of the efforts of the committee to accomplish their original design. J. V. Himes.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.3

    Boston, Feb. 15th, 1843.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.4

    “Some books are lies from end to end.”


    The above truism we quote from the 23rd page of “Millerism Refuted,” by A. S. Barton, a Universal preacher in Ludlow, Vt., and is strikingly illustrative of the tract from which it is quoted, it being the only solitary truth that the book contains.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.5

    In confirmation of the appropriateness of the above motto, we make the following extracts from the work in question.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.6

    “Mr. Miller gravely asserts, that the city of the new Jerusalem, which, according to the Revelation, is 1500 miles square, will fill the whole earth, reveries, though sanctified by the name of religion, serve to excite the laughter and ridicule of the unbelieving.”HST February 22, 1843, page 181.7

    “The 12th of April, 1843, which Mr. M., has appointed for the burning of the world, will long be remembered. While the intelligent are casting their seed upon the earth, and providing for the wants of life, thousands will stand gazing upon the heavens in expectation of beholding the Son of Man. Others will gather around the graves of their pious friends, eager to hail them as they awake from the sleep of death.”HST February 22, 1843, page 181.8

    “There is but a single remove from Millerism to infidelity. Mr. M., has said, if the millennium does not commence in 1843, he himself shall become an infidel; and this profane declaration is repeated by some of his deluded followers. If he has notHST February 22, 1843, page 181.9

    “Stolen the livery of heaven to serve
    The devil in,“
    HST February 22, 1843, page 181.10

    be is blindly devoting himself to the service of infidelity.”HST February 22, 1843, page 181.11

    “Mr. M., commences his 2300 years, 457 B. C. At that time, we have no account of any change in the situation of the Jews. No event then occurred to form an epoch in their history. It is therefore obvious that he commenced this period with reference to its termination in 1843.”HST February 22, 1843, page 181.12

    We read in Joel 1:4, that “That which thd palmer-worm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the canker-worm eaten; and that which the canker-worm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten;” and it seems as though our opponents meant to make that true in our day, for all are out upon us, Baptist, Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Transcendentalists, Universalists, Swedenborgeians, Deists, Materialists, Geologists, Rationalalists, Neologists, Mormons and every other name that is named. They follow in each others’ trail, and what the one has left the others have catched; and the world has been equally pleased with all.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.13

    Well did our Savior say, Luke 6:26. “Wo unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”HST February 22, 1843, page 181.14

    Our Opponents dissatisfied with each other


    There need be no greater evidence of the weakness of the opposition than is manifested in the utter dissatisfaction that they feel in the labors of each other. And the fact that so many feel obliged to come out and refute “Millerism,” demonstrates that all such feel that it had never been previously done: for if it were once dead, there would be no laurels to be won by figting a dead carcase.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.15

    What is very singular in this contest, is the disagreement and contradiction among themselves. They all take different ground, and all are forced to admit some part of the question they oppose, and among them all,—some admitting one thing and some another,—the entire truth of that for which we contend is admitted by them.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.16

    Millerism has been refuted some score of times, but all the darts that have been cast upon it, have rebounded like hail upon the flinty rock. Some admit the prophetic days are years, but deny the time of their commencement. Others admit they thus commenced, but deny the events which were to transpire at their fulfillment. Some of them admit the 2300 days terminate this year, but deny the world will end when they terminate, and others admit that they reach to the end of the world. Some admit the 2300 days commence with the seventy weeks, and others deny that the seventy weeks terminate near the crucifixion. Some claim the 2300 days are literal days, and others claim they are only 1150 days: and thus among them all they admit the whole.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.17

    Had the “reply” of John Dowling accomplished aught in the mind of Professor Stuart, he would never have seen it necessary to have come out himself. And all who have followed him must have entertained the same views of all their predecessors.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.18

    An esteemed Friend in Westfield Mass., has sent us a lecture against Millerism by a Mr. Hal-comb, delivered in that place, and published in the Westfield News Letter.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.19

    We can find nothing in this lecture of Mr. Holcomb, that indicates that he is looking for the blessed hope of the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ, or that he would even pray “Come Lord Jesus, come quickly.” Neither can we find any argument therein contained, but what has been often before presented, and as often refuted, and the fallacy of it has been shown.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.20

    It is lamentable that men will cling to straws, and satisfy themselves in a state of carnal security, when the whole experience of the world should teach the danger of such a course. But when we consider how prone we are to cry peace and safety when sudden destruction cometh, the probability is, that the minds of men will be permitted to be blinded by similar sophistry, until they are destroyed, as were the inhabitants of the old world and the cities of the plain.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.21

    Awful! Awful!!


    The N. E. Puritan, under the head of “effects of Millerism,” has five cases of what is called the effects of this powerful medicine.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.22

    No. 1, is the case of some body semewhere that thought of killing his cow.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.23

    No. 2, had retired from business, but his name and whereabouts were also unknown.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.24

    No. 3, was somebody in Cayuga Co. N. Y., who is determined to restore all whom he has ever injured, four fold.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.25

    No. 4, is an unknown lady in a neighboring village, who cut up a silk dress for window curtains.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.26

    No. 5, was an insane man in North East, Pa., who thought he should die the last of 1842, and as the day passed by, concluded he should not die that day.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.27

    Wonderful effects, truly. We wonder the Puritan did not include the hanging of witches and banishment of Quakers by the Puritans in olden time, as the effect of Millerism.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.28

    Special Notice


    Our Patrons and Correspondents, will be particular hereafter in all their communications for the Signs of the Times, or Second Advent publications, to direct to Joshua V. Himes, Boston, Ms. All remittances for publications should also be sent to the same direction. We make this request because some communications have been sent to other persons, who are not connected with my office, and have thereby been lost.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.29

    Faithful and Christian men are placed in the office, who will attend to all letters and communications, for the “Signs of the Times,” and publications in general.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.30

    Bro. Sylvester Bliss, has the charge of the paper in my absence, and will be in attendance at the office, to answer questions, and impart any instruction desired by strangers, on the subject of the Advent.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.31

    Brother John Kilton, has the charge of the Office and publications, in my absence, to whom remittances may be made, or publications obtained.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.32

    Persons sending money by mail, or any communication for us, will direct as above, to J. V. Himes, Boston, Mass. Persons calling at the office in my absence, will inquire for Mr. Kilton, or Bliss, as above, who alone are authorized to receive money, or transact the business of the office in my absence.HST February 22, 1843, page 181.33

    To Correspondents


    “A subscriber” is informed that in taking the Bible chronology, that in the margin is not followed, it being the work of men. But the chronology of the literal text (see Miller’s chronology) instead of making only 4004 years, B. C., gives us 4157 B. C., which added to A. D. 1843, make the 6000 years of the world.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.1

    To George May. “To seal up the vision,” does not denote to fulfill the vision, but to make sure.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.2

    A correspondent enquires respecting the progress of the cause in Europe. We have nothing new to communicate, but should be happy to receive any information on that point from any brethren who may be in possession of any.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.3

    Whenever we learn anything of interest we shall communicate it through our columns.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.4

    How our opponets all love each other.—Whoever opposes the Second Advent of Christ, whatever may be his opinions on all other questions, is at once received with open arms by all who oppose. The Universalist thus speaks of Mr. Osborn’s efforts against the Advent.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.5

    It is worthy of remark, that the Rev. Mr. Osborn, the Methodist minister, has entitled himself to the hearty thanks of all the friends of order and religion in this community by the stand which he has taken in regard to this piece of delusion.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.6

    A few days since an application was made in this city from a neighboring town, for a lecturer to prove that Christ will not soon appear. And the directions were to procure either a Universalist, or Mr. Colver, a Baptist.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.7

    The work to be done in China.—Dr. Bridgman writes from Macao, June 24th, 1842, in the Feb. No. of the Missionary Herald, that—HST February 22, 1843, page 182.8

    “The work to be done in China by Christian missions, is nothing less than to convert from paganism and Mohammedanism all the inhabitants of this empire—probably not much less than 400,000,000. The disciples of Christ are commissioned and bound, in the most solemn manner, to perfect this work. As a redeemed people, the members of the church militant are required, by the plain instructions of Jesus Christ, the captain of their salvation, to come to the Chinese and make Christians of them.”HST February 22, 1843, page 182.9

    Dr. Cumming, in the same No. of the Herald under date of Sept. 3rd, 1842, shows how the work is to be done. He says:HST February 22, 1843, page 182.10

    “We are so interested in the drama here enacting, that political news mixes itself up with our letters, and we suppose you are also interested in it. God is doing his strange work here. Would that the church was ready to help him with her men, her means, her prayers. He has opened China, and the pope is availing himself of the opportunities presented. Six priests arrived last month, and their stations are to be at new places. The building of their chapel and school at Hong Kong is advancing. It will cost, it is said, $ 26,000 at least $ 20,000;—more than your mission to China has cost from the beginning. They have twenty men to our one but I trust God is with the unit.”HST February 22, 1843, page 182.11

    He then adds that they are in hopes that one has been converted in that place.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.12

    Bible Agents vs. the Bible.—The Rev. S. Holmes of New Bedford, is an agent of the A. Bible Society, but instead of confining himself to the legitimate duties of his agency, takes occasion to sneer at some of the very doctrines which that Bible teaches.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.13

    He held forth at Dorchester a short time since, and claimed that when the world came to an end no man would know the day and hour, and therefore the world would not come to an end now, because there was an old farmer bawling about the country that it was, and if the farmer knew, as no man could know, it could not come now.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.14

    An infidel who was present, said that the effect on his mind was to make him perfectly contented to remain in his unconverted state, for it removed all his fears. Such is the result of such preaching.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.15

    What shall we think of a Bible agent that thus brings discredit upon the very Book he should sustain?HST February 22, 1843, page 182.16

    The Puritan congratulates itself that Millerism has not spread among the Congregationalists, and that they generally have no sympathy with it. We can assure the editor that many of our dearest friends are of that order. The junior editor of this paper is now of that order, and was never in connecion with any other, and a good proportion of our lecturers are of that denomination. The Puritan is not the whole of Congregationalism.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.17

    Brother R. of the Christian Herald, is mistaken in saying that 1810 years from the crucifixion will end in Sept. Our Lord was crucified in April. The Jews also begun their ecclesiastical year when the sun was in Aries, and not in Sept.—See Ferguson.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.18

    We have a cheering account from brother Litch respecting the meeting in Philadelphia, which we shall give in our next.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.19

    The Cause in Nashua.—Brother Preble informs us that the cause is going on there gloriously. Within three weeks he has paptized thirty-five, and many others have turned their faces Zion-ward. The number of those who are looking for the blessed hope of the glorious appearing, is quite large, and the work is still progressing.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.20

    A Truism.—The New England Puritan says “that God’s truth is old, and satan’s inventions are new.”HST February 22, 1843, page 182.21

    We would ask the worthy editor of that paper, how he can any longer advocate the doctrine of a temporal millennium, which is only traced to Daniel Whitby, who died A. D. 1727, and which being a new doctrine must necessarily, upon his own assumption, be of the devil.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.22

    Wanted.—An agent for the “New England Puritan,” to discover cases of insanity among the Second Advent believers. The “Puritan,” “Investigator,” “Recorder,” “Universalist” and “Olive Branch,” are busily employed in hunting up such cases, the Investigator has one somewhere in N. Y. and the Puritan has two in Hartford, Ct. names unknown. Will Dr. Crary get their names and send us particulars, and also inform us if there are any crazy ones in the Connecticut Retreat for the Insane, who are not Millerites.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.23

    Fanaticism.—We learn that in Concord, some individuals circulated hand-bills announcing that the Lord would come on the 15th inst.. We say with the Bible, “Of that day and hour knoweth no man.”HST February 22, 1843, page 182.24

    The Ninth Commandment.—“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Exodus 20:16.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.25

    The Recorder says, in the article that we have quoted from it, that it will be seen “Mr. Miller has already changed his ground so as to secure himself a whole year’s grace at least.”HST February 22, 1843, page 182.26

    As the Recorder refuses to exchange with us, and we are unwilling that it should necessarily be ignorant of the truth, we shall send him, gratuitously, the “Signs of the Times” and Midnight Cry,” that the soul of its Editor may be no longer periled by publishing that which is untrue respecting Mr. Miller’s views. The truth is, that Mr. Miller has never changed his time or named any other period than the one now given.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.27

    “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.” Revelation 17:12.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.28

    Truth inquires why one hour should be called here thirty years? The words hour, day, etc. are sometimes used for an indefinite length of time. We believe it is so used here, and as history shows that the kings reigned thirty years, we learn how long a time was denoted by it. When it denotes definite time, we always consider it as fifteen days.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.29

    We perceive that our brother Cambell, of the Harbinger, still continues his numbers on “the coming of the Lord,” having gone up to No. 20.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.30

    We have watched his articles in hopes of discovering some new argument, but we have found nothing yet but a repetition of thread-bare arguments, which have been repeatedly refuted. When we discover anything which amounts to anything, we shall notice it accordingly. The old story about assumptions respecting the 2300 days, amounts to nothing. Gabriel made all that straight when he made Daniel understand the vision.HST February 22, 1843, page 182.31



    Awake! O slumbering world, awake!
    And shepherd thou thy couch forsake,
    The latest hour has come!
    No longer dream of glorious ease,
    Nor sing the syren song of peace
    Till breaks the day of doom.
    HST February 22, 1843, page 182.32

    Let truth sink deep into your ears,
    The midnight cry attend;
    Among the bright celestial spheres,
    The earth has roll’d six thousand years,
    The long “seven times” now end.
    HST February 22, 1843, page 182.33

    Our God in grandeur will appear,
    The vision opes sublime,
    This is of Judah’s numb’ring seer,
    The three and twenty hundreth year;
    Hark! hear the knell of time.
    HST February 22, 1843, page 182.34

    An angel lifts his hand to swear
    That time shall be no more,
    A sword hangs gleaming in the air,
    The barren tree no longer spare,
    Probation, grace, is o’er.
    HST February 22, 1843, page 182.35

    Fair Zion’s glorious King appears,
    Proclaim the Jubilee;
    The church that mourned in blood and tears,
    Seven years; seven long prophetic years.
    His church again is free.
    HST February 22, 1843, page 182.36

    In heaven was heard the pris’ners groan!
    The strong Deliver’s come.
    Our God will vindicate his own,
    And make on earth his power known,
    And take his Israel home.
    HST February 22, 1843, page 182.37

    “‘Tis finished” cried the Son,
    Again the sounding echoes go,
    From heaven above, thro’ earth below,
    Down to the penal pit of woe;
    That dreadful word, “Tis done.”
    HST February 22, 1843, page 182.38

    Awake! O slumb’ring world, awake!
    And shepherd thou! thy couch forsake,
    The latest thunders roar!
    Lest while ye dream of glorious ease,
    And sing the syren song of peace,
    The Master shuts the door. Elijah.
    HST February 22, 1843, page 183.1

    Canaan, Ct.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.2

    Letter from W. H. Ireland


    Dear Bro. Himes—Since I left the city of Lowell, Sept. 20th, I have been constantly traveling and lecturing from place to place, and God has attended my labors with a great blessing; reformation has been the result in almost every place. I have seen the wicked of all descriptions and ages, bowing before the Lord, who have found pardon. The opposition is great here, as in many places. The Universalists and ministers of other orders, are uniting together, and lecturing against us.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.3

    I count not my life dear to myself. I ought to suffer for not engaging in the work sooner. I have baptized a number of times, and expect to baptize more next Sabbath. I gather no churches. The places where I have labored most, are Corinth, Bradford, Sebeck, Dover, Garland, Exeter, Stetson and Newport. Calls for labor are daily increasing; we are looking every day for the coming of the Lord; while I write, I am thinking that these lines may never go the press, but before the types are set, the trumpet may sound, the dead in Christ may rise, the living be changed, and the wicked destroyed! O, what a separation will that be! The day is upon us! It hasteth greatly! O, sinner, fly to Jesus; the door of mercy is yet open. Wm. H. Ireland.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.4

    Stetson, Jan. 20, 1843.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.5

    Letter from C. Wines


    Dear Bro. Bliss—The influence that has gone from this place, through the labors of our dear Brn. Himes and Miller, is tremendous, and the effect most glorious. Infidels have been converted, backsliders reclaimed by the dozen, and scores of sinners converted, as we humbly hope, to God. The work still progresses, and we have had a demonstration in this place of the effect and power of the preaching of the speedy coming of our Lord.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.6

    After Brn. Himes and Miller closed their lectures, and there was not so much said on the subject, our meetings declined, and were about coming to a close; but providentially, a Bro. Powell, from Mass. came this way, and was detained some four or five days; and he gave us eight lectures. Our house was immediately filled, God blessed his labors, and scores are now inquiring the way to Zion. None of our ministers in this region, that I know of, are embracing the doctrine.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.7

    Yours, in the blessed hope of the promise of the gospel. Chilian Wines.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.8

    Vergennes, Jan. 30, 1843.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.9

    Letter from J. S White


    Brother Bliss:—In a communication to you a few days since, I made a brief statement of the state of religion in West Wrentham. The Lord favored me with the privilege of being with that people last Sabbath; and judging from what we saw and heard, am convinced that no language can properly describe their interest in the coming and kingdom of our Lord, and in a preparation for that day. I learned from brother Baomen, that there had been since the Conference, between twenty and thirty clear cases of conversion, and among them several who professed to be established in the belief of the salvation of all men, and who had been openly opposed to religion. In addition to this, a large number who had been in a cold backslidden state for months and years, have now returned unto God with purpose of heart. Brother B. says, in no other place did he ever witness so much of the power of God, as is manifested in these meetings. He has baptized twenty-one since the Conference, and more are expecting to go forward next Sabbath. At the close of all their meetings, opportunity is given for those who wish the prayers of God’s people, to manifest it by taking separate seats; and the average number has been about forty. At the close of the lecture last Sabbath eve. we gave the usual invitation, at which moment the whole congregation was moved, and with out any other remarks, in the course of two or three minutes we counted ninety who presented themselves in front of the desk for prayers. After some remarks, and prayers had been offered, the meeting was dismissed; but to leave the house at that time was impossible. One of the inquirers came forward and said, pray for me: we did so; and then another came with the same petition, and after further prayer, several came, saying the same words. The interest appeared to be such, as to require some of us to stay more than two hours after the close of the lecture. Surely the Lord is doing great things for that people, and blessed be his name. North Wrentham, Feb. 3.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.10

    Letter from J. Hamilton


    Dear Brother Himes:—The Lord is working wonderfully and gloriously in our land. I commenced a series of meetings at Newport on the 27th of December, and continued until Jan. 9th, during which time there was a wonderful display of the power of God, about fifty souls were hopefully converted, and thirty-five were baptized. I commenced a series of meetings in Hermon, on Tuesday, Jan. 10th, and continued to the 23rd, during which time, rising of sixty souls were hopefully converted, and 58 baptized, and the work is still progressing. I commenced a series of Lectures in the City Hall at Bangor on Tuesday evening, Jan. 24th, the house was filled at the hour appointed, and the strictest regard was paid to the ministering of the word. Some mercy-drops have already fallen, and I have witnessed the conversion of a few souls; our meeting will continue in this place over the Sabbath, and perhaps longer. We have a great prospect of an abundant shower of Divine grace in this city, it is truly a time of refreshing, nearly all which I have baptized, are strong in the faith and belief of the speedy and glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; the work appears to take deep root, and has gained great ascendency in this part of the state within a few months.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.11

    Yours truly, in bonds of Christian faith.
    Bangor, Jan. 28th, 1843.

    Letter from Chilian Wines


    Dear Brother Himes:—The effect of your efforts in this place, has been glorious. The number of converts there will be no means of obtaining, for the fire has spread all over the adjoining towns. Our meetings in this place have continued with interest every evening except two or three since you left. We had a watch meeting at the close of the old and commencement of the new year. And it would have done your soul good to have been here, the upper room in the chapel was well filled. And at a few minutes before 12, brother Wilkins called upon all who would, to kneel and join in secret prayer, when most of the congregation knelt; there were but few, but what were willing to be found on their knees before God, at the close of the old and commencement of the new year. In the course of the meeting, those were called on to arise who thought they had found peace in believing on God, and I should say over fifty arose. In North Lewisburgh there is an interesting meeting. B. Mc Laughlin and myself went up there, he designing to deliver three lectures in the place, being invited by some of the brethren, but when we got there, found the appointment so arranged, that the time we calculated to stay he could speak but once, and he concluded best, under circumstances, to say nothing at the time but go again. He has spoke once here very short. To-morrow evening he goes to Waltham, and he has an appointment at New Haven. Yours, etc. C. Wines.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.12

    Vergennes, Jan. 18th. 1843.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.13

    Letter from Brother T. M. Preble


    Brother Himes:—Being about to leave this section, and return to Maine again, I thought to say a few words relative to my labors since I returned from there in Oct. last. I have lectured since that time, in the following towns, in N. H., and Mass. viz: Nashua, Milford, New Ipswich, Weare, Westmoreland, Keene, Peterboro, Leominster, Ashburnham, New Salem and Warwick. I have given in these towns from three to nineteen lectures; making in all about one hundred and forty. In all of these places, I have seen God’s power and goodness, in blessing his truth to the awaking of slumbering virgins, to feel that Christ is at the door.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.14

    In most of these places, more or less give evidence of conversion from sin to holiness, and some ministers embrace the doctrine of Christ’s Coming this year, and are gone forth to give the midnight cry. Never did I feel more of God’s presence, or see more power attend the preaching of his word, than I have for a few months past. Scores and scores have I seen forward for prayers at a time, and frequently several conversions in a day. Glory to God, praise his name.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.15

    From here I expect to go to Templeton and lecture three or four days, from there to Nashua, and after spending a few days, I then, if nothing in providence prevents, expect to start for Maine, where I have an appointment to commence a course of lectures in New Sharon on the 19th inst. You see from what I have just said, that I think time may continue after the 15th of February, though some of my opponents have published to the world that I have fixed on that day for the Resurrection. I do not say that it will not come then, or even before, but I have fixed on no particular day or month, but the year I am established in. That Christ will come in 1843, I believe as much as I believe he ever expired on the cross. I therefore feel like going forward in making appointments and fulfilling them till called home.HST February 22, 1843, page 183.16

    May the Lord bless all who are now engaged in giving the midnight cry, and help them to be faithful, and may others yet go forth, that the “wise” may all speedily “understand” and be ready to meet the Bridegroom. Praise God for the blessed hope of soon meeting the true Israel in the new heavens and in the new earth. Amen and amen. Yours,HST February 22, 1843, page 183.17

    T. M. Preble.HST February 22, 1843, page 184.1

    The Boston Recorder Aghast!!!


    The Recorder has long affected to treat the coming of Christ with such perfect contempt that it would not even condescend to name or allude to the subject; but from the following extract from the last paper it will be seen that they are waking up.HST February 22, 1843, page 184.2

    Progress of Millerism. This evil has become too extensive in its baneful influence to pass unheeded; and we are bound, as faithfull chroniclers of religious events, to note from time to time its progress; for progress, we regret to say, it is undoubtedly making. The last number of “The Signs of the Times,” which we have just received, contains some curious information, which we extract as signs of the times, and as a warning to ministers and all Christians to be more vigilant in maintaining the integrity and simplicity of the truth as it is in Jesus. In noticing the devastating influence of Millerism, among the churches of Christ, it has been a consoling thought that very soon it would come to a natural death; that the month of April next would expose the delusion and end the agitation.. But in this we are to be disappointed. As will be seen by one of the annexed extracts, Mr. Miller has already changed his ground, so as to secure to himself a whole year’s grace at least.HST February 22, 1843, page 184.3

    The “Signs of the Times” contains a “synoposis of Miller’s views,” under his own hand the following being the concluding article of the creed:—HST February 22, 1843, page 184.4

    “I am fully convinced that some time between March 21st, 1843, and March 21st, 1844, according to the Jewish mode of computation of time, Christ will come, and bring all his saints with him; and that then he will reward every man as his work shall be.”HST February 22, 1843, page 184.5

    We present a few items touching the progress of Millerism, from the reports of travelling lecturers. They may suggest to Christians some serious reflections. A Mr Gaylord writes from Plymouth, Pa. as follows:—HST February 22, 1843, page 184.6

    “Brother Calvin French commenced a course of lectures on the second coming of our Lord in 1843. Elders Lane, Harvey and Hermans were in attendance,—our meeting house was crowded, during and at the close of the lectures—many expressed their belief in the coming of their Lord during the present year. Brother French confined himself principally to the absorbing subject that induced him to leave his home and family.”HST February 22, 1843, page 184.7

    Mr. French himself writes as follows:—HST February 22, 1843, page 184.8

    “I closed my lectures in Lewisburg, Pa. on Sabbath, 8th inst.; many of the brethren became confirmed in their faith that the blessed Lord will come this year. Fifty-six were baptized, on a profession of their faith, by Br. Sutton, who has publicly professed his faith that Christ will come in a few weeks; he will proclaim it wherever he labors. I have learnt that the good work is spreading through the Wyoming Valley, and over the mountains, and many are praising God that they ever heard the “Midnight Cry.”HST February 22, 1843, page 184.9

    “I arrived at New-York city on Saturday. That city is being shaken to its centre. Prof Whiting, who was invited by his brethren to examine the subject, to refute it, became convinced of its truth, and is now giving lectures, showing that Daniel’s vision ends this year.”HST February 22, 1843, page 184.10

    Mr. Himes writes thus from Utica, N. Y.:—HST February 22, 1843, page 184.11

    “On my way to this city, I visited Lansing-burgh, N. Y., and gave three lectures in the Baptist church. The whole region seems to be stirred up. Bro. Miller’s labors at Waterford, were attended with an unusual blessing. The whole town seemed to be moved. Not only the common people, who always hear us gladly, but the professional men, and those who exert much influence in the place, upon hearing candidly the lectures, were constrained to admit the strength and power of the arguments for the coming of Christ this year. At the close of his lectures on the 8th inst., one hundred and twenty voluntarily rose for prayers. Some of these were converted. Among these, there were over sixty men, the leading men in town. Quite a number of Lawyers.—Several ministers were convicted, and strong hopes are entertained of their conversion to the truth of the advent nigh.”HST February 22, 1843, page 184.12

    The Tabernacle, now building in this city, the “Signs of the Times” says, “will be finished with all despatch. We hope it may be opened by the middle of February. Due notice will be given to our friends abroad, that there may be a full attendance. Bro. Miller, and other Lecturers will be present.”HST February 22, 1843, page 184.13

    Rev. Gorham Greely, of Saco, Me., announces that he has resigned his pastoral charge, and will hereafter “devote his whole time to giving the Midnight Cry.”HST February 22, 1843, page 184.14

    We perceive also by the Christian Secretary, that Rev. J. B. Cook, a Baptist clergyman, of Middletown, Conn. has likewise given in his adhesion to Millerism.HST February 22, 1843, page 184.15



    J. V. Himes, Josiah Litch, and S. Bliss, Editors

    BOSTON, FEBRUARY 22, 1843.

    Bro. Cheney is informed that it will not be practicable for Bro. Miller or myself to visit Pittsford at present. I know of no one that can visit them at this time. J. V. H.HST February 22, 1843, page 184.16

    Notice.—Any of our friends and subscribers having No. 22, (Feb. 15) of the ‘Signs of the Times,’ that they can spare, are respectfully requested to hand them into our office, as we are much in want of that number. Office Agent.HST February 22, 1843, page 184.17



    A Liverpool paper of Feb. 4th, says, “the character and complexion of the incidents of last month are neither cheering nor satisfactory. Trade and commerce are not relieved from the ruinous depression which has for a long timo paralyzed their energies—the hopes of a speedy revival appears even in the minds of the most sanguine to droop—the continuance of the amicable relationships which Great Brittain has maintained with some of the continental powers is perilled by the reckless insolence of brawling and discontented demagogues—a hurricane has swept the seas and strewed the coasts with the wreck of untold numbers of the mercantile marine—and to crown all, in the metropolis of the first nation in Europe the confidential Secretary of the Premier has been murdered in a public thoroughfare, and in open day!HST February 22, 1843, page 184.18

    This is one of the most astounding and appalling events which a chronicler had ever to record. In a thoroughfare of the metropolis of Great Britain—in broad and bright day—and in the presence of a passing throng—a personage of exalted station—distinguished ability and blameless life, was, by the deliberate hand of a determined assassin—shot! We will not allow ourselves to extemporize those expressions of horror and indignation which the occurrence of this unnatural outrage dictates. It is enough for us that it is our painful duty to narrate it. As Edward Drummond, Esq. the Private Secretary to Sir Robert Peel, was proceeding down Charon Cross, on the 20th of January, a person immediately behind him drew a pistol from his left breast, and discharged its contents into his victim’s back. He lingered five days and died. The assassin mistook Mr Drummond for Sir R. Peel, and it is clear that had he not been mistaken in the identity of his victim, the Premier would have fallen by his hand. A general feeling of regret for the untimely end of Mr. Drummond pervades the public mind. The unfortunate gentleman was in his 51st year, and in personal appearance was not unlike his principal. The assassin had been hovering around the public offices for several days before he perpetrated the bloody deed. Opinions differ as to his insanity, but all the accounts concur in representing him as a person of a very gloomy cast of mind. The prisoner was arraigned on Thursday before Lord Arbinger, when he pleaded ‘not guilty,’ and the trial was postponed by consent of the Attorney General.”HST February 22, 1843, page 184.19

    The foregoing papers represent the state of Europe as gloomy in the extreme. In Portugal the entire country seems on the eve of bankruptcy. The poorer classes are enduring intense suffering, both at Lisbon and Opporto. The distress in England also continues with no prospect of relief. Murders, roberies, thefts, distress and crime, seem rife all over the earth.HST February 22, 1843, page 184.20


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    A B Huntington, Sunderland, Ms; C S Brown, Coccord, N H; T D Marsh, West Randolph, Vt; J Stark weather, Holden, Ms; Geo. Beach, New Milford, Ct; O W Hazen, Bridgewater, Vt; Jacob Weston, New Ipswich, N H; Box 36 Park Row, N Y; M M George, Lowell Ms; S Palmer, Worcester, Ms; J H Race, Berlin Depot; Box to C. Greene, Colchester, Vt; Henry V Davis, New Bedford, Ms; A Lyman, P M Braintree, Vt; Leonard Kimball, Northfield, Vt; R Plumer, N Port; Bundle 36 Park Row, N Y; C French, Providence, R I; Capt Owen, R N Campobello, care of Mr Brooks, Me.HST February 22, 1843, page 184.23

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