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    July 20, 1842

    Vol. III.—No. 16. Boston, Whole No. 64

    Joshua V. Himes & Josiah Litch, Editors. Office No. 14 Devonshire Street, Boston

    SIGNS OF THE TIMES
    AND EXPOSITOR OF PROPHECY.

    The Responsibility of Ministers

    JVHe

    Religious teachers occupy a more important position, and exert an influence, for weal or woe, over the souls of men, greater than any other class in the community; and the labors of such will prove the salvation or destruction of multitudes. Those who arc faithful and preach the whole truth fearlessly, are the means of turning many to righteousness; but those who substitute error for truth, and the wisdom of this world for the teachings of the Holy Spirit, are the means of confirming multitudes in their downward course, and sealing their perdition. Those also who in any thing depart from the Bible for their standard of faith, are instrumental in propagating error, in proportion as they seek to please men rather than to please God; and the future well being of souls is proportionably jeapordized.HST July 20, 1842, page 121.1

    Men occupying a position so instrumental in the eternal happiness or misery of their fellow-beings, encounter a most fearful responsibility; and yet many are not restrained by such considerations from setting up the wisdom of this world, in opposition to the Word of God; as the various errorists at the present day, and the declarations of the Bible fully show. Did they fully realize their accountability, and the condemnation that the Bible denounces against those who prophesy falsely, there would be less confidence in their own opinions, and the wisdom of men, and more reliance on the Word of God; and they would hesitate long before they would reject the plain and literal reading of that holy word of which Christ has assured us not one jot or tittle shall fail, though heaven and earth may pass away—for forced and contradictory interpretations, often the opposite of the text, under the pretence of a figurative or spiritual meaning. And when their spiritual interpretations directly contradict the literal reading, they would tremble lest they should give a false interpretation to the immutable decrees of Jehovah, and thus wrest the Scriptures to their own destruction.HST July 20, 1842, page 121.2

    That Scripture is wrested to their own destruction by many religious teachers, is proved by the contradictory doctrines which are taught at the present day; all of which are pretended to be based upon scripture. A doctrine and its opposite cannot be both true: it therefore follows that in every case where two opposite doctrines are taught as Bible truth, one of them is a perversion of the truth, as the Bible can not contradict itself. The great variety of conflicting sects which now exist, show us that scripture is perverted to an alarming extent, that falsehood is taught for truth, and that false teachers abound. It may not, therefore, be amiss to listen to the testimony of the Bible respecting them.HST July 20, 1842, page 121.3

    “The priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.” Isaiah 28:7. “The Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets and your, rulers, the seers hath he covered. And then vision of all is become unto you as the words of a sealed book that is sealed, which men de liver to him that is learned, saying, read this, I pray thee; and he saith, I cannot, for it is sealed: and the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, read this, I pray thee; and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord saith, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouths, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: therefore behold I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of thier wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.” Isaiah 29:10-14. “They have belied the Lord and said it is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword and famine. And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them. Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.” Jeremiah 5:12-14. “Shall I not visit for these things, saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so, and what will ye do in the end thereof?” Jeremiah 5:29-31. “Every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they not ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them who fall; at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest to your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken: Therefore hear ye nations, and know O congregation, what is among them. Hear O earth: behold I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruits of their thoughts, because they have not harkened to my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.” Jeremiah 6:13-19. “His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs, which can never have enough; and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to-morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.” Isaiah 56:10-12. “Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake I unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Therefore, thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name and I sent them not, yet they say sword and famine shall not be in this land; by sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, because of the famine, and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters; for I will pour out this wickedness upon them.” Jeremiah 14:13-16. “Woe be unto the pastors, that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them; behold I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.” “Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the Lord, and because of the words of his holiness. For the land is full of adulterers; and because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right. For both prophet and priest are profane, yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the Lord.” “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the prophets that prophesy unto you; they make you vain; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord. They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.” “I have not sent these prophets, yet they run; I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.” “I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own hearts, which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams, which they tell every man to his neighbor.” Jeremiah 23:1, 2, 9-11, 16, 17, 21, 25-27. “Son of man I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” Ezekiel 3:17, 18. “Thus saith the Lord God, Woe unto the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen vanity and lying divinations, saying, The Lord saith, and the Lord hath not sent them, and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken? Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore behold I am against you, saith the Lord God. And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God. Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying peace when there was no peace.” Ezekiel 13:3-10. “If the watchman see the sword come and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hands. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth and warn them from me.” Ezekiel 33:6, 7. “Woe to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed; but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.” “Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten of the good pastures, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? and as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.” Ezekiel 34:2, 4, 18, 19. “Hear ye this O priests; and hearken ye house of Israel, and give ear O house of the kings; for judgment is toward you because ye have been a snare on Mispah, and a net spread upon Tabor.” Hosea 5:1. “Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth and cry ‘Peace’; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him: therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed and the diviners confounded; yea they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer of God.” “The heads thereof judge for reward and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets divine for money; yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? more evil shall come upon us.” Micah 3:5-7, 11, “Her prophets are light and treacherous persons; her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.” Zephaniah 3:4. “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. But ye are departed out of the way, ye have caused many to stumble at the law, ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of Hosts.” Malachi 2:7, 8.HST July 20, 1842, page 121.4

    From the foregoing quotations, it will be seen that those who by false interpretations wrest the Scriptures from their true meaning, or in any way handle the word of God deceitfully, encounter a most fearful responsibility; and which one would think would deter any from departing from the literal text, for the purpose of sustaining a theory of their own: yet the practice which prevails of explaining away the meaning of texts, would almost induce us to believe that the Bible was common property, giving full liberty to all to torture its meaning according to their pleasure.HST July 20, 1842, page 122.1

    With such a multitude of opposite sects, and conflicting and contradictory expositions of Scripture, as abound at the present day, it may be a matter of some difficulty to decide which is the most worthy of our confidence; and there is great danger that we may not detect the sophistry of the reasoning, so but that we may embrace error. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we should have an unerring guide to direct us, and rules of interpretation which can not mislead us in our search for the truth. And what shall that guide be? Shall we trust to the decisions of the learned? we find them as much divided in their opinions as the unlearned, and marshalled on every side of every question. Shall we adopt the opinion of the good? Alas! there is no more unanimity of sentiment among them, than among the learned: every sect can boast of the piety of its advocates. Shall we rely on the wisdom of this world? the wisdom of men is foolishness with God; and that is the great cause of the division of sentiment among Christians. Shall we trust to our standard commentators? There is little or no agreement among them, and many of them have made sad breaches in the walls of Zion. Shall we pin our faith upon our religious teachers? we have no assurance that they would not increase the error we would remedy. Shall we trust it to our own judgment? that may also mislead us. In short there is no standard aside from the Bible, which is uniform in its results, or which will produce harmony of sentiment. The moment we depart from the express declarations of God’s word, that moment we venture on a trackless ocean, without compass to guide us, or rudder to direct our frail bark; and we drift as our vain and foolish imaginations dictate. The moment we substitute a figurative meaning for any Bible assertion, which is not defined by the Bible as we interpret it, we open wide the door for a flood of errors. The right for one to indulge in fanciful interpretations, implies the right for all; and if we set so pernicious an example, we cannot complain if others take greater liberties in a practice which we have countenanced, and indulge in greater perversions. As the Bible is found to be the only correct standard of faith and worship, and all others lead to error; we can never be sure that the least departure from it is safe: and those sects which are the most literal in their interpretations have the most evidence that they are the nearest to the truth. If therefore one doctrine is expressed in literal Bible language, and its opposite is given in forced and figurative interpretations, which convey an opposite meaning to the same language; we need not be at a loss to decide which is the most scriptural and the nearest the truth. And a doctrine which cannot be proved by plain declarations ought never to take precedence of one which is given in scriptural language.HST July 20, 1842, page 122.2

    The doctrine that our Savior will not come for more than a thousand years yet, and that there is to be a long period of peace and safety, is acknowledged by its advocates to require figurative interpretations to sustain it: while its opposite doctrine that the coming of Christ is at hand is given in the words of the Bible. In addition to this, the heaviest woes are pronounced upon those who cry peace, or do not warn the wicked, and when they say peace and safety we are assured sudden destruction will come upon them; also if they say in their hearts My Lord delayeth his coming, they will be cut off in a day they think not; yet the great majority persevere in adhering to the figurative interpretations, which teach that against which woes are denounced, in preference to that which does no violence to the text, and is in harmony with the Bible. But shall we hesitate which to choose? If we err because we take the word of God just as he says, he will have mercy on us; but if we err in our own application of that word, we have none to whom we can look for aid, when we stand at his bar.HST July 20, 1842, page 122.3

    The doctrine that all will be saved, is likewise based upon figurative interpretation which contradicts express declarations, and do not those who embrace it peril their own souls?HST July 20, 1842, page 122.4

    Some deny that Christ is God. The apostle assures us that they will even deny the Lord that bought them, but they will bring upon themselves swift destruction.HST July 20, 1842, page 122.5

    Those who teach that the end will not come when the gospel is preached in all the nations, can only prove their position by falsifying Scripture. Those who teach that there will be a time in this world when there will be no tares with the wheat, must first explain away the words of our Saviour. Those who contend that the time will come when christians will not suffer persecution in this world, do violence to Scripture; and can only know from their own wisdom that they are right. Those who set themselves up as teachers in Zion ought to ponder these things well, lest they may be found at last to be fighting against the word of God. If God lightly regarded misinterpretations of his word, he would never have spoken so pointedly as he has respecting it. Those, therefore, who have no guide but their own fancies to direct their interpretations, should learn to tremble at the word of God, and should ponder well the denunciations which abound against the violation of it. If they preach the truth and turn many to righteousness, they will shine as stars in the firmament; but if they preach error and lead souls to perdition, the blackness of darkness will be their portion. While they adhere to the word of God there is no danger of being wrong. The moment they depart from it there is nothing to assure them they are right.HST July 20, 1842, page 122.6

    And now in view of the dangers into which figurative interpretations will lend, and the responsibility which false teachers will encounter; contrasted with the safety there is in taking God’s word as he has given it to us, and in preaching the whole truth faithfully; can any hesitate for a moment, whether they will preach those doctrines which are the plain teachings of the one, or renounce them for that belief which can only be supported by the other? The decision of this question is all-important. It will affect the interests of immortal souls; and will make the foregoing quotations applicable, or the reverse, as those who thus decide embark in the cause of truth or error. B.HST July 20, 1842, page 122.7

    Letters from Calvin French

    JVHe

    Bro. Himes:—I have now finished my labors in this place. I rejoice in the privilege I have had, of spending a week so harmoniously with the brethren and friends who have attended this Conference. Our meetings increased in numbers and interest until they closed; many came from neighboring towns, and felt to regret that they had not been with us through the whole session.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.1

    The brethren had a fellowship meeting the day I commenced my lectures with them; the Lord appeared to be in their midst, of a truth, and they spake freely one to another of the joy they felt in his name; thus they were well prepared to listen to the evidence that we shall soon be like, and with our Savior. “For we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.2

    All our meetings were unusually harmonious and devotional, none attempting to bring forward evidence that God will not very soon “destroy them which destroy the earth,” while those who did speak, expressed the joy they felt, in the evidence that the God of heaven would soon set up that kingdom, which shall never be destroyed, but stand forever.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.3

    A deep impression appears to have been made on the minds of those who attended the Conference, that “the end of all things is at hand.” A spirit of sober watching unto prayer was manifest. Some gave good evidence of conversion to God, during the Conference, and spoke of the joy they felt in the choice they had made; others were led to inquire what they should do to be saved; some who had wandered far from the Shepherd were brought back and many appeared to be strengthened in their determination to be faithful until he appears that they may then receive a crown of life.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.4

    I have found the labors of Br. Fisk of great service, as he visits from house to house, and in this way scatters much of the good seed of the kingdom.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.5

    The business of the Conference was conducted in the most harmonious and devotional manner. Brethren Jesse Thompson, J. K. Gates and C. French, were chosen a committee of business; Br. L. Fisk, Secretary; among others the following resolutions were passed, which I an requested by the Secretary to forward you to the “Signs of the Times.”HST July 20, 1842, page 123.6

    Resolved, That we approve of Second Advent Conferences, and believe they will, as a means, conducted as this has been, enlighten the minds, and increase the faith and zeal of those who love Christ’s appearing.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.7

    Resolved, That we highly approve of the publications on the Second Advent, and desire they may have an immediate circulation in every family “through the land.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.8

    Resolved, That to be consistent, and to exert an influence, which it is our privilege, it is the duty of all who say they believe that Christ will come in 1843, or even that he is near, to make such disposal of their earthly possessions (in the distribution of publications on this subject, and in sustaining those who have give themselves wholly to the work of proclaiming, Behold he cometh, go ye out to meet him,) as will give them joy when they see “God in glory and a world on fire.”HST July 20, 1842, page 123.9

    Resolved, It is the duty of all who believe that the Judge standeth at the door, to exercise the greatest love and forbearance towards those who have not had their understandings opened see that this world will soon pass away.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.10

    Levi Fisk, Sec’y.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.11

    Since the Conference at Sandy Hill the Lord has poured out his spirit on this people; a conviction of the time being near, when the door of mercy would be shut, being expressed by those who attended that Conference, created a desire in others, to be ready for the momentous event.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.12

    About sixty have given evidence of having passed from death unto life. At the close of the Conference a number expressed their firm belief that the first resurrection would take place in 1843, others, that it was near, and a large majority arose and expressed their determination that by Divine grace they would live in readiness for it.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.13

    I left the brethren at Burnt Hills comforted with the evidence of the Savior’s near approach, and with the hope that they are again to witness the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit. Yours in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.14

    Calvin French.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.15

    Burnt Hills, N. Y. June 21, 1842.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.16

    Bro. Himes:—I left Burnt Hills 24th ult. for Ballston Spa; in the evening gave a lecture at the dwelling of brother Jesse Thompson; at the close of the lecture, a number arose for prayer, that they might be ready for that day. On Saturday morning, brother T. and wife, and brother Fisk and myself, left Ballston for Brockets Bridge fifty miles west, where we arrived early in the evening after a prosperous journey, on which we gave to many the “Clue to the Time,” “Signs of the Times,” distributed books, etc. The Lord reward brother T. for his kindness in helping us on our journey.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.17

    On our arrival at B. Bridge, we found brother Currier was absent on a visit to his father’s in the western part of the state, and the brethren (on account of a misunderstanding of the appointment) were not much expecting us. We called on brother D. Vinton, who kindly entertained us, and took much pains to circulate notice of the lectures and Conference. I gave three lectures on the Sabbath, and there were three lectures each day, and a prayer meeting at sunrise each morning.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.18

    We found the subject of the Second Advent unbroached in this place, but few having read, and but little having been said on the subject.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.19

    Local difficulties between churches operated against our meetings at their commencement. But we were happy to see these feelings subside; some confessions were made and pledges given that for the future they would try to labor for Christ, not for a sect; a Second Advent prayer meeting to be held weekly, alternately at the two houses of worship in the village, was appointed, and a large amount of advent books distributed.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.20

    The lectures closed on Thursday evening; on Friday morning at sunrise, a prayer meeting was appointed; 46 attended. I believe all can testify that it was a heavenly meeting. After we had been together more than two hours, all appeared loth to leave the place; at the close of the meeting all but one knelt in solemn silence, when prayer was offered by elder A. Beach, pastor of the Baptist church in Offingham, five miles distant. Bro. Beach came into the Conference on Monday, and continued with us, often publicly expressed his gratitude for the blessings he had received from the truths presented, purchased books for himself and others; I have no doubt he will be an efficient laborer in the Second Advent cause.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.21

    On Friday morning, we gave the parting hand to brother Thompson and wife and other friends, and left for Little Falls, (which is on the Erie Canal, eight miles from B. Bridge.) On Monday, P. M. June 27th, this village was visited with a tempest of thunder and lightning, with wind and rain. One occurrence I cannot forbear to mention, as it illustrates the importance of humbling ourselves, and not waiting for God to humble us.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.22

    In the temperance reformation in the village, a trader had become convinced that it was wrong to deal in ardent spirits, but having a stock on hand, which cost him several hundred dollars, he felt he could not leave the traffic until he had disposed of it. But in the tempest, the water from the neighboring hills swept in a torrent through his store lengthwise, taking away his counter, boxes of goods, together with his casks of brandy, rum, etc. dashing them, and mingling their contents with the rolling stream. We sympathize with the trader in his loss, which he estimated from three to four thousand dollars, but he would have needed less of our sympathy had he left the traffic when convinced it was wrong, and made the sacrafice himself. Is not this a lesson to all whose possessions, whether they have little or much, prevent them from believing the Lord will soon come? O how much better to give up ourselves and what we possess willingly now, than to have God take it from us then and we perish with our possessions when Christ comes!HST July 20, 1842, page 123.23

    At 2 o’clock P. M. we took the passenger boat for Schenectady, at 4 o’clock. By the unanimous request of the passengers in the cabin I gave a lecture from Daniel 10:14, to which all listened with quiet attention until it was shown the “many days” would end in 1843, when one by one went on deck, manifesting no small uneasiness in view of the truth to which they had listened. Those who remained below listened quietly to the remainder of the lecture, and in some minds an inquiry was awakened to know the truth of these things; some provided themselves with books, and said they should investigate the subject; among the number was a watch-man apparently candid and honest.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.24

    We arrived at Schenectady at sunrise. An invitation has been received for a course of lectures and Conference in this place. At 11 A. M. we arrived in this city; at half past seven gave a lecture in the “House of Prayer,” to a congregation of about fifty. The majority of this city think this subject is not worthy of their notice. To-day friends have come from other places, and the congregation is on the increase, some are taking hold in good earnest. C. French.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.25

    Albany, July 5th, 1843.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.26

    Thoughts on the Second Coming of Christ and the End of the World

    JVHe

    Many say that the time is not given in the Bible, when this world shall come to an end.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.27

    But we read in Daniel 12:6, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” What are “the wonders here alluded to? Wonders of the Resurrection certainly, as all may see by reading the preceding verses of this chapter. Let us read. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.28

    And many of them which sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.HST July 20, 1842, page 123.29

    And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they who turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.1

    But thou O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.2

    Then I Daniel looked, and behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.3

    And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the END of these wonders?”HST July 20, 1842, page 124.4

    Is this question answered? Let us read the next verse, and particularly the 12th and 15th verses and then decide. Verse 7. “And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand and sware by him that liveth for ever, that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.”HST July 20, 1842, page 124.5

    12. “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”HST July 20, 1842, page 124.6

    12. “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, [die] and stand in thy lot [in the resurrection] at the end of the days.”HST July 20, 1842, page 124.7

    Now we ask, Is not the time given in this chapter when the resurrection will take plaee, and of course the end of the world? I think every one must acknowledge this, although they should deny that it is given any where else in the Scriptures. Well, says the objector, Suppose the time is given, can it be understood? Certainly, if we believe what is written in the tenth verse. “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”HST July 20, 1842, page 124.8

    O that men were “wise”—O that they would give up their prejudices—believe what God has spoken—repent of their sins—believe and practice the truth, that they may be ready and waiting for the coming of the Son of man—which will take place at the end of 1335 days—and that, I solemnly believe will be within one year from this time. May the reader and writer be ready.—Amen.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.9

    T. M. Preble.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.10

    Nashua, July 14, 1842.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.11

    Quaint Poetry

    JVHe

    Mr. Editor of the “Signs of the Times,“
    I now sit down to write a few lines;
    If you’ll accept it of a friend,
    One dollar with it I will send.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 124.12

    And that is all that I shall pay,
    Unless I see some brighter ray,
    Or feel more energy divine,
    And wisdom to discern the time.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 124.13

    I hope, if you should still proceed,
    You may be blessed with “God-speed,“
    If you are truly what you say.
    Eugaged for God both night and day.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 124.14

    Pray do be humble, meek and mild,
    Be patient when you are reviled;
    Rebuke with love and pity joined,
    Poor scoffers that are so unkind.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 124.15

    Oh pray the Lord to touch their hearts,
    That they may mourn with inward smart;
    Repent, and humbly bow to God,
    And yield obedience to his word.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 124.16

    The day draws near when Christ will come,
    And take his faithful children home,
    Oh let us ever watchful be,
    And live to him who died for me.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 124.17

    I think that men ought not to say
    The year, the hour, or the day,
    When nature’s wheels shall cease to move,
    And time on earth come to a close.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 124.18

    But if you feel, thus saith the Lord,
    Go spread the midnight cry abroad;
    Be firm and bold, and never fear,
    And spread the tidings far and near. D. F.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 124.19

    THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES

    JVHe

    BOSTON, JULY 20, 1842.

    The Word “Generation,” in Matthew 24:34.—“Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.” This has caused many to suppose that the whole of the 24th and 25th chapters of Matthew were fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem; and yet no events are recorded which can be specified as the fulfilment of those predictions. To apply them to that catastrophe has therefore obliged men to understand them in a figurative or spiritual manner; that is, in such a manner that all men were entirely ignorant of their fulfilment; or, in other words, that the Son of man then came in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory; that he then sent his holy angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and gathered together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other; that all nations were gathered before him, and were separated one from another as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats, and received their final judgment; and yet no man knew anything about it!!! If you press these interpreters for the least shadow of evidence that those events did then take place, they shield themselves behind its spiritual fulfilment, and which according to our best ideas, is just no fulfilment at all.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.20

    If we can bring ourselves to believe that these things were thus fulfilled, and that those chapters have no reference to any thing future, it will then be very easy for us to believe that any plain assertion will be fulfilled in some equally spiritual or invisible manner; and then we can imagine the Bible to mean any, and every thing, that our fancy may dictate. This consequence shows us the evil and danger of indulging in figurative interpretations—for we know not how far from the truth a single departure may lead us.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.21

    If we can settle upon the true meaning of the word generation, it will at once settle the question of the fulfilment of those predictions in a satisfactory manner. Webster affixes seven different meanings to it; and one of which is a race. This definition, taken in connexion with the manner in which it is used in the following quotations from the Bible, as applied to the children of God, and the fact that it was not fulfilled during the life-time of the generation then on the earth; must show conclusively that it was the generations of the righteous to which our Savior alluded. “Then were they in great fear, for God was in the generation of the righteous.” Psalm 14:5. “A seed shall serve him, and it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.” Psalm 22:30. “This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Lord.” Psalm 24:6. “If I say I will speak thus, behold, I shall offend against the generation of thy children.” Psalm 73:15. “His seed shall be mighty upon the earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.” Psalm 112:2. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.” 1 Peter 2:9. “The children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.” Luke 16:8. The foregoing examples are enough to render it probable that our Savior used the word in the same sense; and this view of it removes all the obscurity in which these chapters have been shrouded, and rescues them from the use to which the enemy has for so long a time made them subservient.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.22

    B.

    The Stubbornness of Man.—Man is a curious being, and presents as many phases as the moon. One of his most prominent characteristics, is stubbornness. He is always bent on having his own way; and, right or wrong, to carry his point is glory enough for him. His neck is an iron sinew. If he is to be saved, he prefers being saved in his own way; and if he cannot be saved according to his own pleasure, he generally prefers his own road to destruction. But a mere handful of all that live upon the earth are willing to resign themselves into the hands of God, and be guided by Infinite Wisdom; and but a handful of those who profess so to do, are fully willing to be subject to God in all things; their own inclinations come in for a measure of their favor. The judgments and the mercies of God alike fail in admonishing him of his errors. The waywardness of the children of Israel in the midst of all God’s dealings with them, has astonished the world; and yet probably no nation in the world, subject to the same allotments, would have been more obedient to their heavenly Father. When they were led out of Egypt with miracles and wonders, and were miraculously preserved in the wilderness when they drank of water from the rock, and did eat angels’ food; when it rained flesh as the dust, and feathered fowls like the sand of the sea; when God gave them of the corn of heaven, and sent them meat to the full; and they were preserved from all their enemies; then they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation; they tempted him in their heart, and were not estranged from their lust. So when the wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote their chosen men, consumed their days in vanity, and their years in trouble; for all this they sinned still, and believed not his wondrous works. They did flatter him with their mouth, and lied unto him with their tongues, for their heart was not right with him. They limited the Holy One of Israel, grieved him in the desert, tempted him in the wilderness, and forgot all his wondrous works.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.23

    Thus has it ever been with man. Nothing will arouse him to his true interests; warnings and entreaties alike pass by unheeded. The signs of the times nor the fulfilment of prophecies will convince him of the doom that awaits him. What could God have done, that he has not done, to convince us of his speedy approach? Those who will not be reconciled to his will must meet the doom that awaits them. If they will not believe Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe though one should rise from the dead. B.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.24

    The Salt of the Earth.—Christ says, “ye are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is henceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under the foot of men.” May we not learn from this that piety in Christians is the preservation of the world? If so, does it not follow that when that standard becomes very low—its savor being lost, that the salt of the earth being gone, there is nothing to preserve it longer, and that it must consequently be destroyed? If this is correct reasoning, we may justly conclude that the end of all things is at hand. B.HST July 20, 1842, page 124.25

    Reading, Amusements, etc. of the present day.—The public taste for light reading, and comic amusements, is a striking characteristic of the present times; and such a taste is greatly prejudicial to the growth of true piety. It now pervades the great body of the people, so that devotional reading and solid enjoyments come in but for a small share of popular favor.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.1

    The avidity with which every new novel is seized, and the eagerness with which it is devoured, shows the alarming extent to which the evil has spread; nor is this confined to those alone who make no pretensions to a religious life. The centre table of the professed christian, and christian minister too, is often covered with fashionable reading, in which an elevated standard of piety is often ridiculed, or lightly spoken of, and various erroneous sentiments are seduously interwoven with the fiction, that while the mind is delighted with the graphic style of the novelest, the beauty of his language, and the interesting developement of the plot; it may also almost insensibly be poisoned by the insidious mixture of infidelity and fiction, till it is finally enchained, and led captive by satan at his will.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.2

    A great evil of such reading is, that it produces a disrelish for devotional reading. Where a library, or table of fashionable novels bear evident marks of constant use, the Bible will usually be found to be in a state of remarkable preservation, if not as good as new! And it is no uncommon occurrence to find it not on the tables, but occupying some safe corner of the library, unnoticed and forgotten. This fondness for fictitious reading has spread so universally, that they even abound in the libraries of our Sabbath schools; also many of our professedly religious papers feel the necessity of contributing to the public taste, by numerous quotations from similar works, in order to sustain an interest in their respective sects: and but a few weeks since one Rev. editor had the assurance to institute a comparison, between the word of God and fashionable novels, to show that similar truths were taught in a similar manner in both; and that it was therefore proper for a religious paper thus to cater for the public appetite!HST July 20, 1842, page 125.3

    Amusements, to be popular, must be also conformed to the same vitiated taste. Instruction is not so much of an object as enjoyment; and to kill time by mirth and levity is the great end sought. The consequence is, that devotional feelings are seldom enjoyed by christians while mixing with the world; and religion has become with many like a Sunday suit, to be laid aside, and only worn on appropriate occasions. This fondness for novelty, has rendered the ministerial office very unpermanent; the desire to sit under the preaching of some more popular preacher, being with the majority more important than the piety of the preacher.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.4

    The above state of public taste shows that we have fallen on evil times, which are characteristic of the last days. B.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.5

    Pride of Opinion is a great obstacle in a candid investigation of questions, which conflict with our preconceived opinions. There is a false pride very prevalent, which deters many from changing their views on any question, however erroneous they may have been. To admit that our fond opinions and cherished hopes are unsound, is humiliating in the extreme; and therefore, ere we are prepared to relinquish long cherished errors, we strive to accommodate the truth to our own opinions, rather than test our opinions and mould them by the light of the truth. It is believed that this applies with more force to those who lead and control public opinion, than to their more humble followers; and we accordingly find that those in the humble walks of life are more easily reached by the force of truth, than those who move in a more glittering sphere, and exert a greater influence. We look for the humble and devoted child of God among those who receive not their good things in this world; and though there are many blessed exceptions, still among the great, the rich, and the honored, we naturally expect a corresponding share of worldly mindedness; and a satisfaction in the enjoyment of the good things which this life affords; while the things of another world occupy less of their thoughts, and are but of a secondary consideration. While we are satisfied with present enjoyments, and anticipate no danger near, we seldom hunger and thirst after righteousness; and it is only when we feel the nothingness and vanity of this world, and all its fleeting, shadowy pleasures, that we feel an aching empty void within, which this world cannot fill; and approach the fount of endless joy, to receive those consolations which nothing here can give or take away. Those, therefore, who have no aspirations after the riches and honors of earth, are more favorably situated for the growth of that humble piety which will enable us to triumph over all the temptations of time, and secure a crown of righteousness hereafter. Such care less for the comments of the world, and are not deterred by its strictures, from a conscientious performance of all their duties. They have less self pride, and are more willing to follow wherever truth may lead. They do not feel that so many eyes are upon them, to comment upon the least deviation from the beaten track. They feel more their own frailties, and are more willing to be guided by wisdom from on high. And they have less of that pride of opinion, which will not brook contradiction, so that when the truth is presented they have to overcome fewer obstacles to receive it. Not so, however, with those who claim the homage of others as their right; who expect to be courted and flattered; and whose chief aim is to dazzle and astonish a gaping multitude. Such regard their own opinions as exclusively their own property, and not to be questioned by any. They fancy it almost disrespectful to have the correctness of them called in question, and are loath to stoop so low as to scan the truth of them. They claim the privilege of thinking for themselves, and seem to expect that others, out of deference to them, will receive their opinions as law, the truth of which, it would be disrespectful to question. They seem to feel that on all controverted questions, they have only to say “my opinion is thus and so,” although unsupported by evidence, and it must necessarily and satisfactorily end all dispute. Those who have been strenuous advocates of any school of sentiments, view with suspicion all who call them in question. They become so wedded no their own peculiar views, that if you show their absurdity, they are ready to exclaim, “ye have taken away my gods, and what have I left?”HST July 20, 1842, page 125.6

    That the above is a true picture of man, none who are acquainted with the human heart will deny; and the progress of all great and fundamental truths fully verifies it. When our Savior was upon the earth, the haughty, the proud, and the bigoted, looked down upon him with contempt; for to admit that he was the Messiah, was to do violence to all their preconceived opinions; but the common people heard him gladly. There was no want of capacity, or of learning on the part of those who rejected him, that they could not perceive his divine mission; but their pride of opinion would not allow them seriously to reflect upon the wisdom of their own conclusions. Thus it has been in all ages; the simplicity of the gospel has ever recommended it to the hearts of the humble, while the learned and the noble have been more puffed up with the wisdom of this world—which is foolishness with God—and have stumbled over its simplicity into perdition. Learning, talents, or exalted station when accompanied by piety, receive their greatest ornament therefrom, but we should always be careful how we take the opinions of others for our guide merely because they were great or learned. Godliness should be the standard to give weight to opinions, but it is little regarded at the present day. If learning alone would guide us aright in ethics, we might point to the names of Gibbon, Hume, Rosseau and Voltaire, as beacons on the road to heaven, yet they would lead us down to hell. We also know that those who pride themselves on their superior attainments, although hopefully pious, are greatly tempted to mystify the scriptures, that they may immortalize their names by the discovery of some hidden meaning; till it has become a proverb, that by the English scholar they cannot be understood.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.7

    Considerations like the above, should deter us from pinning our faith upon the mere opinions of any fallible mortal; for the word of God is the only safe guide in our progress to eternity. And we should cease to be astonished, that the truth progresses so slowly, or that old opinions, whether right or wrong, are adhered to with such tenacity. B.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.8

    Editorial Correspondence, No. VI

    JVHe

    St. Johnsbury, July 6th, 1842.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.9

    Dear. Br. Himes,—Having closed up my Canada campaign, and returned thus far on my way to Whitefield, N. H. where I commence a course of lectures to-morrow,—I will endeavor to give you a further account of the progress of the work of God.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.10

    My last was written at Bolton, L. C. where I was about to begin a two days’ meeting, at the outlet of Lake Magog. The meeting began Tuesday morning, and closed Wednesday, P. M. The Lord was with us in power, and at the close of the meeting the last afternoon, between 60 and 70 presented themselves in the anxious seats for prayers; some of whom found comfort.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.11

    Thursday, we commenced a campmeeting in another part of the town, about eight miles from the outlet. The place was very unfavorably situated for a large attendance, and the weather exceedingly wet and uncomfortable; yet the people flocked out by thousands, and the Lord was powerfully present to bless and save. Sabbath afternoon, at the close of my last lecture, between two and three hundred anxious and enquiring souls came forward as the subjects of prayer, many of whom found peace, and testified of the power of Christ to save.HST July 20, 1842, page 125.12

    Among the seekers were to be found old and grey headed Universalists, stout hearted infidels, bold blasphemers, drunkards, the giddy and vain youth, and the thoughtful child of many prayers. O, it was a scene which one would think could hardly fail to touch the stoutest heart. In short, the universal testimony is, “We never before saw it on this wise,”—“We never saw Canada shaken as it is now.” At a very moderate estimate, more than three hundred have professed to find peace with God within the last five weeks. And hundreds yet remain under deep awakenings, groaning for redemption through Christ. In no community, probably, has the doctrine of the Second Advent at hand taken a stronger hold than in Canada. Yet there are many, very many, who yet blaspheme and scoff at these things. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.” “And when they cry peace and safetv, sudden destruction cometh upon them, and they shall not escape.”HST July 20, 1842, page 126.1

    In all my roaming abroad, I have never met with a more kind-hearted and affectionate people, or a more cordial welcome, than in Canada; and while being lasts their acts of kindness will be held in grateful remembrance. May the Lord reward them an hundred fold here, and in the world to come may they receive eternal life. This work is not confined to Canada, but is echoing among the green hills of Vermont, and arousing the people by the shrill cry, “Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him.” All along the line the work has spread from Canada. And Brother Fitch has bearded the lion in his den, in the centre of the State. I heard from him several times, and the report is most encouraging. But the most interesting fact of all, is a report which I received to day that the Universalist paper is out upon him, spitting its bitterest venom. Do they think by such attacks as the one they have made, to blast the reputation of that dear brother, or to hedge up the way of this great work? If they do, they are much mistaken. It only proves that the word of God is powerful and is producing a result which they dread, and exciting fears which they wish stifled. The work must go on in Vermont, until it is shaken from centre to circumference. As the time draws near we must redouble our efforts, and utter a mighty cry that will be heard; and by which sinners will be aroused to flee to the Savior for refuge before the bursting cloud of Divine vengeance comes down on their devoted heads.HST July 20, 1842, page 126.2

    One singular circumstance I learned of a gentle man in Canada. He was an Irishman, but had been in this country several years. He informed me that he had a book, or old magazine, which he brought from Ireland, printed, he thinks, about 1821, containing a letter from an Irish missionary in Tartary. He stated, (I give from memory the story in substance as related to me,) that in one of his journeys he fell in with a company of native Tartars, in company with their Tartar priest, busily engaged in reading the Bible, and discussing what they read. The missionary joined them, and they began to propose to him their questions. Among other things, they asked him when Christ would come the second time. He replied he did not know anything about it. The Tartar priest immediately started at such an answer, and expressed surprise at such an answer from a missionary who had the Bible, and had come to teach it to them. He thought every body who had the Bible knew that. He then went on to tell the missionary when he thought he would come, and made out that it would be about 1844. This was not only related to me by Mr. Brown,who brought over the book, but by Bro. Tyler, a Free Will Baptist minister, who had seen and rea2nd, (as I understood him) the story.HST July 20, 1842, page 126.3

    I intended to have obtained the book, and given it verbatim, but could not get it. Thus the midnight cry has been heard in Tartary for more than twenty years. How wonderfully mysterious are the ways of providence in hiding these things from the wise and prudent and revealing them unto babes. More anon. Yours, J. LITCH.HST July 20, 1842, page 126.4

    “More Ultraism.”—The Christian Advocate and Journal, the most Pharisaical paper in the United States, unless we except Parsons Cook’s Puritan, has an article under the above head, in which it belches out its spleen against certain Methodist ministers in Rhode Island for having the audacity to understand and believe the prophecies relating to the Second Advent, as Mr. Miller believes, and also to locate themselves by invitation of the people, without direction from the higher powers of Methodism. What presumption! What insubordination!HST July 20, 1842, page 126.5

    The Advocate begins by copying the following—HST July 20, 1842, page 126.6

    Three members of the Providence conference located at its late session, in order that they might more extensively promote their views of the millennium. They accord, we understand, with those of Mr. Miller. They are brethren. A. Hale, P. T. Kenney, and L. O. Collins.—Zion’s Herald.HST July 20, 1842, page 126.7

    The Advocate then goes on to remark upon the above at some length, but we have only room for the two first sentences, which will furnish a clue to the rest—HST July 20, 1842, page 126.8

    “Our readers will recollect that we foresaw and predicted, some time ago, that the great discovery so zealously promulgated by Mr. Miller and his confederates,was destined to be turned to individual glorification. We saw plainly by certain movements, that their views were not confined to a dissemination of their notions on the subject of the millennium among the Christian Churches without disturbing existing organizations.”HST July 20, 1842, page 126.9

    The difficulty with the Advocate is not “the great discovery, so zealously advocated by Mr. Miller,” but “disturbing existing organizations;” in other words, “our craft is in danger.” The members of our order begin to locate themselves, without any authority from us; a dangerous precedent truly! By and by, at this rate, all our power will be gone. We must denounce and excommunicate these heretical “ultraists.” What right have they to construe the scripture in their own way?HST July 20, 1842, page 126.10

    The Advocate thinks, that the Second Advent, as believed by Mr. Miller, was only the ostensible, not the real cause, of this heretical conduct. “A new sect was to be gotten up.” But foreseeing the difficulty, which would attend this supposition, it says—“It is true, that such an object seems to be inconsistent with the theory, that the millennium is to come next year—but consistency is the last thing we ought to expect of ultraists. The Advocate has the same dread of ultraists that His Holiness, the Pope, has of heretics. It insists that the real object is not the pretended one, and in the last sentence says—“We repeat, there is much weakness or great wickedness, in this design to interrupt the harmony and destroy the peace of Christian societies to establish another sect.” D.HST July 20, 1842, page 126.11

    Peace and Safety

    JVHe

    Dear Bro. Himes:—Travelling a few weeks since, in the interior of New Hampshire, I spent the Sabbath in the town of H—and was informed that one of the clergymen of the place, was to commence a series of lectures on that day, on the subject of the Second Advent. He had been prompted to this, no doubt, by the excitement in the town occasioned by the labors of an Itinerant Lecturer, (on the subject of Christ’s Second Coming) in that place, and deemed it his duty doubtless to exert his influence to counteract a belief, which as he plainly foresaw, must soon prove to be founded in error, and in itself a palpable absurdity, and only serve to plunge the community into an unparalleled state of darkness and infidelity. Ever feeling a strong desire that correct opinions maybe disseminated, and feeling an anxiety on my own part to become enlightened on this great subject, I was prompted to attend and hear the arguments of the learned divine against “Miller’s Theory” (as it is called.) The house was filled at an early hour, the clergyman made his appearance, and after the usual exercises of singing, reading, praying, etc., all eyes were fixed upon the speaker, who arose and announced the following text. “Watch, therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come,” Matthew 24:42. He then noticed the object by which he was induced to deliver a series of lectures on the subject; made some passing remarks in regard to Mr. Miller, and his adherents, designating some of them personally. He then offered the following sentiment, “Mr. Miller has mistaken the destruction of Papacy for the end of the world.” The thought occurred to me, there is no necessity for your going farther, for you have tacitly admitted that Papacy will be destroyed about ‘43. Now if the Apostle Paul’s statement can be relied upon, Christ will come about that time, for he plainly declares, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8. This “man of Sin” “wicked” etc., who “opposeth, and exalteth himself above all that is called God,” etc., and was to be revealed when the mystery of iniquity should be taken away, and shall be consumed by the “spirit of the mouth, and destroyed by the brightness of the coming of our Lord.HST July 20, 1842, page 126.12

    He then proceeded to say that he should show there were some insurmountable obstacles in the way of our Lord’s coming so soon, viz. “The return of the Jews to the land of Palestine;” “The temple rebuilt; and a glorious state of ease and prosperity of the church, of at least 1000 years.” These events must transpire before, with any degree of consistency with the promises of God, (to the Jews, and the Christian Church,) Christ could actually come. While reflecting on these obstacles so utterly ruinous to our blessed anticipation of a speedy coming of our Lord and Savior, I was led to weigh these promises (for a moment in my own mind) of God to his covenant people, and church, and my own mind was rid of a great burthen, while reflecting on the nature of those promises, and time of their fulfilment, as shadowed forth in Ezekiel 37, also Isaiah 59:20, 21. Romans 11:12, 25. and a host of others of the same import. Here I was rid of one burthen. Then in regard to the temple, I could not possibly recollect any promises to that effect, save those already fulfilled, therefore I came to the conclusion the next temple would be “a house not made with hands” in “a city having foundations,” (the “New Jerusalem” in the “new heavens” and “new earth”) which would come “down from God out of heaven.” Then my mind was called to the Millennium. After ruminating on various portions of the word of God, such as found in Psalm 2:8, 9. Isaiah 60. 61:11. 65:17-25. 66:22-24. also Matthew 13:24. 22:36-43. 24:14, 37. 25:1-12. Luke 1:33.12:49-53. 2 Peter 3:13. I came to the conclusion the Millennium would be in the new earth, rather than this accursed earth in which disease, pain, sorrow and death reign predominant. This was indeed glorious. Having surmounted those insurmountable obstacles, to my own satisfaction, I was at liberty to follow the speaker through the remainder of his subject. During the remainder of the morning he was occupied in the objects and manner of Christ’s coming, and finally came to the conclusion that when he did come, the world would be in a similar state to that before the flood, and closed by saying he should resume the subject in the afternoon. Accordingly on resuming the subject he called the attention of his audience to Daniel’s vision, and announced as his text Daniel 8:13, 14. In the course of some preliminary remarks, he again alluded to the restoration of the Jews in the following language. “If the Jews, God’s covenant people, proved faithful, God has promised to restore them to the land of Canaan, where they are to rule over their enemies.” I was not so much startled at this announcement, as at those in the morning; for I well reccollected the promise made to Abraham was not to be fulfilled in an earthly inheritance, so says Paul, Hebrews 11:8, 9, 10. and furthermore in the 13 verse, he tells us he died in faith, having seen the fulfilment of the promise “far off” (i. e. in the resurrection from the dead) and then the promise will be fulfilled, and not to him only, but to all, who believe in Christ, as declared, Galatians 3:29. 4:28. And to such as were faithful to the end, I recollected of a promise in Revelation 2:26, 27. He then proceeded to illustrate the visions of Daniel 2nd 7th and 8th chapters. In his application of the figures as symbols, there made use of, I felt highly edified, and agreed with him perfectly, even in the little horn, also in reckoning the 2300 days as years. But in the 17th and 19th verses of Daniel 8, he affirmed the end there spoken of did not mean the end of the world, as Mr. Miller contended, but the destruction of Papacy or the little horn of Daniel 7. Here he not only forgot the apostle’s decclaration, 2 Thessalonians 3-8, but also one of the most essential points in Daniel’s vision, viz. Daniel 7:9, 10, 11, 21, 22. I now began to wonder where his logical arguments, and profound conclusions would lead me; but soon found what I had heard was merely on introduction, to such arguments and conclusions, for he soon commenced the history of the 70 weeks, Daniel 9:24-27, admitting the 70 weeks to be 490 years and so fulfilled, and the event in which was to cut off the Messiah,and commence with the 2300 days, at the end of which 2300 days The Jews would return, The Temple be rebuilt, and the Millennium commence, Papacy be destroyed, etc. He then went on to give the time to commence those two numbers, viz. At the decree to return and build Jerusalem, made by Cyrus. This was one step farther in Mathematical demonstration than I was prepared to go. I could not conceive in what way, (as the decree of Cyrus was made 536 B. C,) the Messiah could be cut off 46 years before his birth; or 79 years before he was actually crucified; and again, I could not see by what rule of interpretation I could apply 490 years to 579 years, both commencing at one point, and terminating at another. Also the 2300 years commencing at this decree would have ended, A. D. 1764, When the Jews would have been restored, converted to Christianity, The Temple rebuilt, Papacy destroyed, and the Millennium commenced, and I was not aware of any such events having transpired at that time. Here I was completely confounded. But soon after, another number or time was announced, viz. the return of the Captivity of the Jews. Now what captivity was intended I could not tell, but in order to view things in as favorable light as possible, I came to the conclusion it must be the return of the Jews and Ezra, 457 B. C. if this was the case, the history of the 70 weeks would completely apply to the prophecy, and the 2300 days would close about A. D. 1843. But I was not permitted to rest on this point; for soon another time was mentioned in connection with other remarks; viz, take 453 from 2300, and this would give A. D 1847, at which time the vision would close. This was founded on the supposition that our Savior was 37 when crucified. By this time I was perfectly amazed, but was dumb with astonishment, when I heard announced in conclusion, still another time as a period when all these events were to transpire, which was produced by adding 1260, yet the time set down by Daniel as the continuation of the little horn or papacy to 606 (the time when this little horn commenced its reign,) this would give a result of A. D. 1866. The meeting closed, and I left the house, satisfied, that the 70 weeks commenced at the decree to restore and built Jerusalem in the 7th year of the reign of Artaxerxes 457 B. C. and was fulfilled at the death of Christ. And that the 2300 years commenced at the same time, and will close about the A. D. 1843, when the sanctuary (church) will be cleansed (or justified,) and all the Israel of God will come “up out of their graves” and be “restored” to the New Jerusalem, (which cometh down from God out of heaven,) will be “saved with an everlasting salvation.” The “man of sin” be finally destroyed. (The “little horn given to the burning flame.”) And Christ’s reign with his children forever even forever and ever, in the new earth. And under the conviction, of the fulfillment of the prophecies found in Isaiah 29:10-14. 55:10-12. also Matthew 24:37, 48. 2 Peter 3:3, 4. 1 Thessalonians 5:3.HST July 20, 1842, page 126.13

    Yours, etc. J.HST July 20, 1842, page 127.1

    The Light-Houses again

    JVHe

    Elder J. V. Himes—Dear Sir: On my journey to the South, as far as the south part of North Carolina, where we first commenced supplying Light-Houses with oil, was the first state where I sold Miller’s lectures and his Life and Views last year. I have been disposing of them with the pamphlets and Clue to the Time, unto all the inhabitants until I reached Falkland Island in Long Island Sound. Here they were not able to buy, I made them a present therefore of books, for I was determined that the people should know about the Second Coming of Christ. I have given away two hundred Clues, distributed one hundred and fifty Tracts on religious subjects, and many on temperance. Most of the people whom I have supplied with Miller’s Lecture, are much impressed with the subject, and I believe they will be the means of doing good.HST July 20, 1842, page 127.2

    Since I have been absent I have enjoyed much of the presence of my heavenly Father, while holding meetings on board the schooner with my brothers: I have also held meetings on shore. O how good the Lord is! I find him the God of the sea as well as of the land. Yes, he will encircle me in the arms of his mercy while sailing upon the great deep, and will protect while sailing from place to place in my calling, and at last will bring me to my journey’s end, the heavenly port of eternal rest, where no more storms will beat against my little Bark. There all will be fast and snugly moored in heaven’s broad bay, there to rest in a never ending eternity. O blessed thought to be where the great Captain of my salvation is gone. I believe that he is “near at the door,” and will soon come to be admired in all his saints; and to appoint unto them a kingdom. I believe in Miller’s exposition of the prophecies, and have declared that doctrine wherever I have been and am still determined to do so. I wish that I was able, I would purchase many of brother Miller’s works, and distribute them to those who were not able I to purchase. O my brother, try to do all the good you can in spreading your religious books; there is but a small portion of the people in the southern states, that know about your books on the Second Coming of Christ. Cannot you send some to South Carolina and Georgia. O I wish it was in my power to do more; I want to do good, that is what I am placed here for, and I am determined that my days shall be filled up in doing good.HST July 20, 1842, page 127.3

    We are now bound to the state of Maine, and I suppose by this time Miller’s lectures are very common among that people, therefore I believe I will not purchase any this trip.HST July 20, 1842, page 127.4

    Joseph Howland.
    New Bedford, June 29, 1842.

    Note. Captain Howland must be supplied with oil. While the state supplies him with oil for the Light-Houses on the coast, for the benefit of the tempest-tossed mariner, the church must supply the light, that will guide safely to the port of heavenly rest. Eds.HST July 20, 1842, page 127.5

    Letter from M. R. Hopkins

    JVHe

    Dear Brother Himes:—As there is at present much excitement relative to the great subject advocated in your excellent paper, and as I have often listened to the quotation of a single text of Scripture, which our opponents are sure to remember, if they forget all others, I have concluded to offer a few suggestions, therefore, which you may publish if you think proper. The text is Matthew 24:36. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, etc.” Universalists who for years past have contended much for the application of this entire chapter to the destruction of Jerusalem, are among the first to use it, when others advocate the doctrine of the Second Advent near; and present it too, as an unansweraable argument against knowing any thing of the time of the second coming of Christ and end of the world. They are not alone, however, in quoting it for the above purpose. I believe the truth is that the text does apply to the destruction of Jerusalem, and that it can in no wise consistently with the principles of language be applied to the Second Advent.HST July 20, 1842, page 127.6

    Two questions are asked the Savior, first, relating to the destruction of Jerusalem, and secondly, relating to the coming of Christ and the end of the world. He then proceeds to answer the questions in their order and character; having concluded them in those particulars, he proceeds, as I believe, to the time of each, and says: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, etc. now a well known principle of our language is, that when two or more events are spoken of, the pronouns this and these refer to the last named, but that and those to the first named. Now then, of that day, not this day, knoweth no man, applying it evidently to the first named event in the destruction of Jerusalem.HST July 20, 1842, page 127.7

    But, (a disjunctive, not and, a copulative,) as it was in the days of Noah so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Now then, of the day and hour when one event takes place no man knows, it being made a subject of prayer that it might not take place “in the winter, neither on the Sabbath days; but, as it was in the days of Noah, as it regards knowing time, this being the subject under consideration, so shall the other event be.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.1

    The question then arises, How was it in the days of Noah? I answer, time was known and even the day when the rain should commence. This appears, first, from Genesis 6:3, in appointing to man “one hundred and twenty years” as his days, which could not be the length of human life, men living even after the flood, several hundred years. Genesis 11:16, 17, but it must be used to denote the space between that time and the general destruction, or flood. It appears secondly, from Genesis 7:4, “For yet seven days and I will cause it to rain,” etc. It shall be so in the coming of the Son of man. But did all know? I think that Matthew 24:38, leads us to understand that of all who were taken away or destroyed not one knew, until destruction came suddenly upon them, and so also will the coming of the Son of man be. 1 Thessalonians 5:3.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.2

    But ye brethren are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 1 Thessalonians 5:4. The wicked shall do wickedly and none of them shall understand, but the wise shall understand what was sealed up till the time of the end, which now is. Whether we or our enemies are right in illustrating the last part of Daniel 11. those events taking place at the time of the end Daniel 11:40, we applying it to Napoleon who has now been dead more than twenty years, and they applying it to Antiochus Epiphanes who has been dead 2009 years, let every one look well to the word of salvation. More hereafter. M. R. Hopkins.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.3

    Berwick, July 8, 1842.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.4

    Second Advent Doctrine in New England Conference

    JVHe

    Beloved Brethren:—I came to this place in hopes that I should meet brother Collins, and that we should be able to make an impression during this session of the N. E. Conference of Methodist ministers now to be held in this town, but brother C. is not here, and has not lectured here, and I know not that there is one brother in this Conference who will stand up with me, and boldly advocate the doctrine that Christ will come in 1843! Though a few pro fess they expect the event in “our day” per haps they escape some odium by not fixing on some year that brother Miller does. Indeed “Millerism” is a monster on the floor of Conference, so much so, that it seemed to be made almost a test of admission into Conference Before the brethren (eligible to orders) were elected, they were severally asked “Have you embraced Millerism? Do you believe Miller’s doctrine?” All but one swallowed the gag without hesitation; he having had a little experience in this gagging process, evaded by saying “I believe many things that Mr. Miller does, sir” and called on the elder to specify, but as the elder had not informed himself very much touching Mr. M’s belief he found it very convenient to hold his peace. Be assured, my brother, I am not surprised at this opposition to a doctrine which strikes at the root of sectarianism, pride, and the love of the world. The doctrine of Christ’s coming to judge the world never will be popular! be it so, I glory in the cross. I feel wholly given up to the work of publishing the Midnight Cry. I know that strong opposition awaits me, but I have counted the cost, and sought from the great Head of the church to know my duty; and feel that I can rely upon Divine Providence whose child I am emphatically—I have no doubt of my duty, and shall do all I can to interest my brethren. It is a great trial to see the church of my choice take such ground. “But blindness in part hath happened to Israel.” But what grieves me more is to see my brethren who have professed faith in the coming of Christ near, waver in the hour of trial. But once “they all forsook him and fled.” True, our brethren have had something of an ordeal, and I am sorry to say they quail. But bless the Lord it does not shake my faith. Believing that Daniel (with all the dead in Christ) will stand in his lot at the end of the 1335 days from the fall of pagan rites. S. PalmerHST July 20, 1842, page 128.5

    Springfield, July 5, 1842.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.6

    SIGNS OF THE TIMES

    No Authorcode

    BOSTON, JULY 20, 1842.

    Editorial Correspondence

    JVHe

    Dear Brother Peyton—In the absence of both the editors you will permit me to address you a few words relating to my labors in Maine.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.7

    Agreeable to appointment, I spent the last Sabbath in Portland, with the church in Temple St. This church which is under the pastoral care of Elder E. S. Brown, is in a happy and prosperous state. Many of them are believers in the coming of the Lord nigh at hand. I gave three discourses—one on the ascension of Christ, and two, on his descent in like manner, (personally) as he ascended. From the profound attention of the people, and the solemnity which pervaded the congregation, I can but hope some good was done.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.8

    At 5 o’clock, I addressed the Second Advent brethren at Bethoven Hall. A goodly number were in attendance. They meet with some conflicts, but still they are strong in the Lord, nothing discouraged.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.9

    Monday eve. I gave a lecture in the Methodist Chapel at Sacarappe, six miles from Portland. We had good attention, and a full audience. They evinced the greatest interest to hear more on the subject. I can but hope that some good lecturer will visit them soon.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.10

    On Tuesday, I came to this place. Bro. Atkins had arrived, and commenced the Conference. We have now been in session two days. We have good collection of people, and the evening lectures are crowded. We see signs of good, and think God will crown our labors with success. More next week. Yours, J. V. Himes.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.11

    Bangor, July 14, 1842.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.12

    Conference and Campmeeting at Con cord N. H. This meeting will commence July 27th, 1842, at 5 o’clock P. M. When the great Tabernacle, in which it is to be held, will be dedicated to the service of the living God. It will be pitched in the rear of the State House, on a beautiful eminence. The tent will be seated, and every convenience practicable will be afforded to citizens and strangers, who are disposed to attend. Several small tents will be raised by the friends of the meeting, who will encamp on the ground. Brethren who have tents will do well to bring them on the ground by the 26th, that they may be in readiness for worship on the 27th. Provision can be obtained from town (a quarter of a mile distant,) or at the provision tent. The ground has been secured, and no tents or beer shops by strangers will be permitted on the ground. The meeting will continue till the first of August.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.13

    The object of this meeting is, to quicken and prepare the church for the coming of the Bridegroom—to awaken and convert sinners. To this end we can permit no controversy. All who love God and desire to love and glorify him, and are looking for the speedy personal coming of the great Messiah, are invited to participate in the meeting.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.14

    E. Hale, Jr.
    T. Cole,
    H. Plummer,
    A. Hale,
    J. V. Himes. Committee.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 128.15

    Congress is a house divided against itself, a triangular or tri-party government, without harmony or strength. The sooner they adjourn the better.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.16

    Arguments of some of our opponents

    JVHe

    You are a parcel of mad fanatical fools—and instead of pursuing an honest pursuit are gulling the people with your skeptical rascality—go to work you sanctimonious rascals and quit printing such stuff. Bob Short.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.17

    The above article is a specimen of many that we have received, and was sent all the way from Georgia. Ed.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.18

    Letters

    JVHe

    Received up to July 16th, 1842. From P. M. Westford, Mass., Cambridge. Vt., Fort Ann, N. Y., Colchester, Vt., Holmes Hole, Mass., Carrol, N. H., Salem, Mass., Wilbraham, Mass.,Gilford Village, N. H., Berlin, Ct., Lynchburg, Va., New Market, N. H., Centre Barnstead, N. H., Jamestown, Ohio. Hartford, Ct., Newark, N. J., Thos. F. Barry, M. R. Hopkins, John Andrews, Clementina A. Parker, Henry C. Davis, James M. Philips J, S. Bussill, D. Burgess, George P. Master, John Wood, John P. Wright, Augustus Beach, Thos. M. Preble, Levi E. Lincoln, Christy Sine, Elam Burnham, Thomas M. Preble, Leonard Lewis.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.19

    Books Sent

    JVHe

    One bundle to David C. Blood. Mason Village, N. H.—One to Henry C. Davis, Fall River, Steep Rock—One bundle to Rev. M. R. Hopkins, via. Dover, and Alfred Standish Me.—One bundle to Calvin French, Albany, N. Y.—One bundle to Joseph Bates, Fairhaven, Mass. by Hatch Express—One box to Rodolpho Parker, Philadelphia, Pa. by schooner Wm. Wilson—One bundle to Ezra. S. Walker, Palmer Depot.—HST July 20, 1842, page 128.20

    Lost by Miscarriage

    JVHe

    A trunk from camp-meeting depot, on the last day of the meeting—a three foot wooden trunk, very dark color, with the letters J. S. on the top with paint. If any of the brethren or friends should know or hear of such a trunk, and will take pains to forward it to Gibbs & Conant, at the Lowell depot, they shall be suitably rewarded. Timothy Cole.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.21

    Notice. The friends who subscribed at the East-Kingston camp-meeting for making the large tent, are requested to band in their subscriptions to the undersigned brethren by the 26th inst. as the tent is to be paid for at the dedication.HST July 20, 1842, page 128.22

    HENRY PLUMMEK, Haverhill, Ms.
    TIMOTHY COLE, Lowell, Ms.
    J. V. HIMES, Boston.
    THOS F. BARRY, Portsmouth, N. H.
    DEA. JOHN PEARSON, Portland, Me.
    THOS. M. PREBLE, Nashua, N. H.
    HST July 20, 1842, page 128.23

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