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    October 15, 1841


    Joshua V. Himes





    BY J. N. MAFFIT.

    A blast is on the hills,
    A roar upon the sea,
    A searching echo thrills
    Like trumps of victory,
    And louder—broader—swells the song
    That rolls in stormy chords along.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.1

    Tremendous, heard at night,
    A moral trumpet blows,
    And dead men wake in fright,
    Rending their damp grave clothes—
    Staring with eyes of fire, toward
    The outspread banner of the Lord.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.2

    Blow, trumpeter, again!
    Up break old monuments,
    And flashing o’er the plain,
    Blaze unexplained portents,—
    While earth upon her mountain throne,
    Gives from her mighty heart a groan.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.3

    Blow, trumpeter, once more!
    Ten thousand legions come
    Without the cannon’s roar,
    Or beat of stirring drum—
    Grim wars turn pale before a host
    The proudest captain ne’er could boast.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.4

    The rush of wings is heard,
    The lutes of heaven play,
    The storm creation feared
    Hath passed in peace away,—
    And glory, like an unbound sea,
    Sweeps proudly round immensity.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.5

    Blow, trumpeter, in power!
    The earth beneath the blast
    Is changing every hour;
    Its iron age hath passed,
    And golden eras sweetly rise
    Like daylight over summer skies.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.6

    The mellowing east is red,
    The sun of glory nigh;
    Uncover now thy head
    Beneath a crimson sky,
    Which blushes all a Savior’s love
    To gild thy canopy above.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.7

    Blow, trumpeter, a peal
    Before the solemn knell
    The death-note shall reveal,
    And ring thy sad farewell;
    Blow, wild trumpeter, in thunder,
    And break the jaws of death asunder.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.8

    Blow trumpet—clarion—horn
    Like many waters crying,
    The doomed one to warn
    And save a soul from dying—
    Blow rock and mountain rampart round,
    Till glory echoes back the sound.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.9

    Blow with your dying breath!
    Fling on the midnight air
    The swan notes of your death,
    And leave their echo there:
    The last shout of your sounding shell
    Shall blend with angel harpers well.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 105.10



    Dear Brother Himes:—Yours were duly received, for which I was very thankful. I was glad to receive those tracts, wrote by Litch and others, to show our sleepy shepherds that others besides Miller, are awake to the important subject of the second coming of our Lord.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.11

    Since the arrival of the tracts, I have been to Hartford N. Y. and have lectured nine days, to crowded houses, delivering eighteen lectures. I had an opportunity of giving many tracts and books to clergymen of different denominations; and I think they will have a good influence. This class of professors, ought, if possible to be aroused from their slumbers. They are dreaming of convicting the world by means of their preaching, while they are only talking in their sleep. They are saying peace and safety, when sudden destruction cometh. They are pretending that their tinkering will mend the world, while every touch of theirs makes the world worse; and instead of healing divisions in the household of faith, they make a new rent, and add confusion, to the world confused. Yes, I am bold to say, our clergy must be asleep, if they cannot see that every move they have made, to evangelize the world, for a few years past, has increased division at home, and anarchy abroad. The body of Christ is torn, and the world is waxing worse and worse.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.12

    I can see no prospect arising from the works of men; the Christian church is now in as deplorable a state as the Jewish church, was when Christ came in the flesh. The Christian sects are encompassing sea and land to make proselytes, and when they are made, they are many of them, two fold more the children of hell than they were before.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.13

    All wise men must see, if they will open their eyes, that this picture of the Christian world is not too highly drawn, more pains is now taken to draw men to our sect, than to our Savior, and experimental religion is very little regarded at the present day.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.14

    If men will join us, or our sect, it is generally received as an evidence of his faith and a good mark of regeneration; but if he should join any other sect, it is probably good evidence of his, hypocrisy and duplicity. More time is squandered in searching for errors in others, than in trying to obtain truth for ourselves. Every year witnesses an increase of party rancour; and the only remedy for this state of things, is a dissolution of the whole, and a new organization; “a house divided cannot stand,” says our Savior. And for us to expect that the church will be united and happy, before Christ comes, and shakes in pieces these discordant materials from one end of heaven to the other, is as preposterous as it would be to assert that the body of a deal man, whose dust had been scattered to the four winds of heaven, by flood, flame, or wind, had, or could collect itself, form a new body rise into life, and be animated in body and soul again without the agency of God. No man in his right senses would expect it; no man that understands human nature can beleive it.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.15

    Then how can we expect the regeneration and combination of our sects into one with a harmony of mind and spirit, with the same means which have failed in every case for eighteen centuries past. No two sects have ever yet united, and is not 1800 hundred years long enough to try the principle. Surely then, let this vain theory of a spiritual millenium not flatter us to believe what Christ tells us is unattainable, and the very reverse, e. g. as it was in the days of Noah etc. Nothing can be more certain than the theory of the temporal millenium having turned the heads of more than three fourths of our clergy, and in so doing, Satan has laid a trap, and a plan by which a multitude of souls will be deceived, and forever ruined. Who then will bear the blood of souls? Who ought to have learned the truth, and given the warning voice? The watchman. When I reflect then, on the dreadful account our ministers must render, and how soon that time of judgment must come, I am truly affected at heart, and therefore I would do all I can to wake them up. I have put into their hands Litch’s Address, with Jones and Ward’s works, Miller’s Views and Lectures. They will not purchase, and I have come to the conclusion to give them a chance to read, as long as I have the means to supply them. I gave away last week about ten dollars worth of books.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.16

    I almost despair of any, or many at least, of our clergy waking up and examining the subject. But if any thing will do it, tracts will be the best means, and I wish we might raise a small fund for this purpose.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.17

    I find that party prejudice goes a great ways with our ministers. Tell the Methodists I have Litch’s work and they will consent to read it, but few of them will read mine or Ward and Jones. Tell the Presbyterian I have Ward and Jones, they will seize them with avidity, while the poor Baptist writer will go unread, and hardly be read by his own denomination of clergy.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.18

    Why do not the Baptists read your writings? say you. The common people do gladly: but the ministers will not read i. e. many of them I have known some when I have given them books, to go and sell them before they had read them!! If I am correct, what an account will they have to render in that day? May God have mercy on them, and open their eyes to see read, and understand.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.19

    Low Hampton, Sept. 24, 1841.



    “He denies that all Israel will be saved before the end of the world, against the uniform repeated declarations of the prophets, from the beginning.”HST October 15, 1841, page 105.20

    The first part of this charge is true; for Miller does deny that all Israel will be saved before the end of the world; but the second part we deny, i. e. That “it is against the uniform and repeated testimony of the prophets from the beginning.”HST October 15, 1841, page 105.21

    1. We shall show that “all Israel will be saved” at the end of the world, and not before it.HST October 15, 1841, page 105.22

    The first text which we shall adduce in support of this position is Romans 11:25, 29. “That blindness in part is happened unto Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, there shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” But where is this written? Isaiah 59:20. The passage reads thus, and is a literal rendering from the Hebrew. “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.” Pauls declaration that all Israel shall be saved, is based upon this testimony of the prophet Isaiah, “as it is written.” That they will not be saved before the Redeemer comes to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, is clear also from the words of our Savior, Luke 21:23-27. “But wo unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory.” No testimony can be more clear and decisive as to the fact that there can be no restoration of Israel until “the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled,” than this. And furthermore, when “the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled,” and there are signs in the sun, moon, and stars, and on earth distress of nations, with perplexity,” etc. “Then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory!”HST October 15, 1841, page 105.23

    But will “the Redeemer come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob,” before he comes “in a cloud with power and great glory.” There is no evidence that he will. But when will the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled? When the four great empires predicted by Daniel in his prophecy of the four great beasts, chapter 9th, and his interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, chapter 2nd, have run their race, and fall to rise no more. But the last kingdoms, according to Daniel 7th chapter, will stand until the coming of the Son of Man, in the clouds of heaven. Is there no reference to this fact by the Savior in the passage above quoted? Until the end of the 2300 days of Daniel 8:13, 14, the sanctuary and the host will be trodden under foot of the Gentiles, and then the little papal horn will be broken without hand,” or destroyed by the brightness of Christs coming. Then “the fulness of the Gentiles will be come in, and all Israel shall be saved. We are fully satisfied from a comparison of Romans 11th, Luke 2lst, and Daniel’s vision that “the fulness of the Gentiles, “refers to the time of their triumph over Israel, i. e. the true Israel, and not to the number converted to Christ.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.1

    Will our brethren contend that the world will not end when Christ comes in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory? We think not.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.2

    2. We shall now show that all Israel will be saved in the resurrection.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.3

    Ezekiel 37:1-10. “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones. And caused me to pass by them round about: and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? and I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. So I prophesied as I was commanded, and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above, but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. This passage is a symbolical representation, and is explained verses 11-14, “Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves. And shall put my Spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.”HST October 15, 1841, page 106.4

    According to this testimony, “the whole house of Israel are to be raised from their graves and be brought in to the land of Israel. But do the Scriptures teach the resurrection of any of the human race after Christ’s resurrection, before his coming again? 1 Corinthians 15:23. “Christ the first fruits, afterward they that are Chris’s at his coming.” There can, therefore, be no resurrection of Israel, until Christ’s coming; and then the Israel to be raised and saved, are they that are his at that time, and through him are “Abraham,s seed, and he is according to the promise.” “What, then, shall the receiving of them (Israel) be but life from the dead? Nothing else.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.5

    We now deny that there is a single text in the Bible, either in the law or the prophets, in the Old or the New Testament, which teaches that “All Israel will be saved” before the Redeemer comes to Zion and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob; or before the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, or the fulness of the Gentiles be come in and “the Son of Man” comes in a cloud with power and great glory.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.6

    But another question comes up, who are Israel since Christ? 1. “He is not a Jew who is one outwardly.” 2. “That is not circumcision which is outward in the flesh.” 3. “They are not all Israel who are of Israel.” 4. There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek.” 5. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye are Christ’s then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.”HST October 15, 1841, page 106.7



    7. “He denies that the gospel will be propogated and become triumphant throughout the world before the resurrection.”HST October 15, 1841, page 106.8

    This, in the estimation of the Herald, is a “fundamental error in Miller’s theory.”HST October 15, 1841, page 106.9

    But what evidence do they present to prove that the gospel will ever become triumphant throughout the world, before the coming of Christ and the resurrection? None at all. It is a mere assertion that the doctrine of Miller is erroneous, without one word of proof in favor of the opposite theory or against his.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.10

    We will, however, examine the point, before dismissing it, as it may meet the eye of some one who has never given this subject much thought. What our opponents mean by the gospel’s becoming triumphant, we do not exactly know, but suppose they mean that it will exert an universal influence on all hearts, subjecting the whole human race then alive on earth to Christ. Nothing short of this will be a triumph of it throughout the world.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.11

    I. We shall briefly notice some of the arguments usually adduced in favor of the doctrine of the world’s conversion, and show their fallacy.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.12

    1. “God has commanded that the gospel should be preached to every creature, and it is not yet accomplished: and if he had not designed it should be done, he would not have commanded it.” True, God has commanded it to be done, but it has not been done yet, although 1800 years have passed since the command was given. Nor can it ever be done to the extent of the command, unless God raises up the dead, and gives them another opportunity of receiving it. The great mass of the race have died during that time, without the. gospel, and what ground have we for concluding it will ever be different?HST October 15, 1841, page 106.13

    2. “Christ has promised that the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; then shall the end come.” True, he has made such a promise; and it is equally true, that it is nearly if not quite fulfilled. It will be a difficult matter to put our finger on a nation upon the map of the world, and say, that nation has not received the gospel. But, says the objector, “the promise implies something more than just a promulgation of the gospel within the bounds of each nation; it means that all the nations, and all the individuals of each nation, shall be brought under the influence of the gospel.” But I ask for the expression in the text which, goes to prove it, or from which the inferences can be justly drawn. It is not there. On the contrary, Christ declares that when each nation has heard it, “then shall the end (of the world) come.”HST October 15, 1841, page 106.14

    3. “God has promised (Psalm 2:8,) to give his son the heathen for his inheritance; and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession.” This also is correct. But the great question is, when, and how, is he to give it to him. The answer is at hand. When he sets his “King upon his holy hill of Zion,” and by “breaking the heathen like a potters vessel.” This certainly looks but little like the conversion of the heathen or the mild and healthful influence of the gospel. Nothing can be further from it.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.15

    4. “The Bible promises (Isaiah 11:9.) that there shall be nothing to hurt nor destroy in God’s holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Granted; but when, we answer, when the branch from the root of Jesse judges with righteousness, and smites the earth with the rod of his wrath, and slays the wicked with the breath of his lips. And when the wolf and lamb dwell together, and the leopard and kid lie down together, etc. This will be (Isaiah 65:17-25.) when there is, according to God’s promise, a new heaven, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness; which, according to Peter [2nd epistle 3rd chapter,] will be at the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.HST October 15, 1841, page 106.16

    We shall produce some arguments against the doctrine of the conversion of the world before the resurrection.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.1

    1. It is contrary to the declaration of Christ that it shall be at the time of his coming, as it was in the days of Noah, which was a time of almost universal wickedness.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.2

    2. It is contrary to the doctrine of Christ, that the way to life is narrow and few there be that find it. While the way to destruction is broad and there are many that walk in it.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.3

    3. It is irreconcileable with the saying of the Savior to his disciples, in the world ye shall have tribulation. And through much tribulation we must enter into the kingdom of God. For if it is true, as many teach, that the devil will be restrained and driven from the earth for a 1000 years, and all shall during that time be converted to Christ, and all the inferior creation be perfectly harmless and docile, and there is no cross in being a Christian, then, most certainly, men will be carried to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and the offence of the cross will have ceased.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.4

    4. It contradicts the teaching of Paul, [2 Thessalonians 2.] That that man of sin, that the wicked will only be destroyed by the brightness of Christ’s coming. But as long as antichrist is in the world, the gospel will never be triumphant throughout the world.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.5

    5. It is against the positive declaration of Christ, that his ministers will not have gone over the cities of Israel until the Son of Man be come. If he meant by the cities of Israel no more than he meant by the cities of Palestine, then it was alone in that age. But if he meant the cities of the promised inheritance to the true Israel, i. e. the whole world, then it is not yet done nor will it be until the Son of Man be come.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.6

    Finally, the doctrine of the world’s conversion is in direct opposition to the whole tenor of God’s word; it is a stupifying opiate to the conscience of the sinner, putting far away the evil day, at least a 1000 years, and holding out to him the delusive hope that the time will come when he shall come to Christ as a matter of course, and without the cross of Christ; it is a delusive hope to the professed Christian, of glory and pleasure in this world, putting him off his watch for the coming of the Master, and a constant preparation for his return. From such delusive anti-Christian hopes, the Lord deliver us, and let all the people say Amen.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.7



    “8.—He declares in one place in his book, that Christ has greatly revived his church since the downfall of Napoleon, and has roused her to the missionary work, so that she has published the scriptures in one hundred and fifty different languages, while in another place he considers the Laodicean church, which the Savior declared to be lukewarm, and ready to be spewed out of his mouth, to be the prophetic emblem and type of Protestant Christianity in these days.”HST October 15, 1841, page 107.8

    The first part of this item, we presume, our brethren will not dispute. It is too notorious to need proof or argument. The great increase of light, and multiplication of revivals are altogether unparalleled in the history of the world. The gigantic efforts of these last days are one of the wonders of the age.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.9

    But after admitting all this, we ask any careful observer of the passing events of the day, whether there is not another side to this picture. Are there no reasons for believing this to be indeed a Laodicean age of the church? Let us look at facts. 1. Out of the thousands and hundreds of, thousands yearly converted to God, “where are the nine?” Alas, they are not found that return to give glory to God. Comparatively few who have professed conversion, have continued steadfast. Our world is a world of backsliders. Few, comparatively, but what have professed to be converted at one time or other, yet how exceeding few are now alive to God!HST October 15, 1841, page 107.10

    2. A large proportion of the professors of religion in all the churches, of all denominations, are absolutely inactive in the cause of Christ. They have a name to live while they are dead: they profess him in words, but in works they deny him. This fact cannot have failed to meet the observation of every minister; that a few individuals, as a general thing, have the great burden to bear, both as it respects religious duties, and the financial interests of the church. The remainder stand aloof as though they had no interest in the subject. It is to be feared they are but little different in regard to their closet duties. Could more than four-fifths of the professors of religion of the present day be more appropriately described than by the term “lukewarm?”HST October 15, 1841, page 107.11

    3. “Because thou sayest I am rich and increased in goods, and have need of nothing.” The fact of an increase of worldly riches and honors in the church is undeniable. Nor is this increase of riches confined to indivividual church members, but is characteristic of all the church establishments in Protestant Christendom. Has there been no ostentatious display of riches in the operations of the benevolent enterprises of the day? But with all the flood of riches which is in the hands of professors of religion, what a small pittance has been devoted to the cause of God! And how has that small pittance been drawn forth? Why, by an appeal to the passions, in a great measure; by a high state of excitement. Comparatively little has been done from pure Christian principle, and to the extent of the ability of the giver. Worldly minded-ness is a striking characteristic of the present age; and for worldly gain about everything else is sacrificed.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.12

    That the benevolent operations have been carried on through means of a high state of excitement, witness the astonishing declension in the contribution of the two past years. The excitement had gained its height, and could not be sustained; and hence the falling off in funds, and retrenchment of missionary labors. If there had been no luke-warmness in the church, should we have had to listen to the plaintive appeals which so frequently stare us in the face whenever we take up a religious paper? The difficulty does not lie in the want of ability to meet all the exigencies of the times, for they are abundant; but in the luke-warmness of the church. The resources are abundant, but the mind to appropriate them is wanting. Well may such a church be exhorted to repentance, lest the Savior should spew her out of his mouth.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.13

    We have now gone through with a review of the alleged eight fundamental errors of Miller’s theory, and have endeavored to meet each one of them with candor and fairness; and trust the truth has suffered nothing from our manner or spirit of treating our opponents.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.14

    But it is more than intimated that there are other errors, “fundamental” in Miller’s theory, beside those presented; but what, they are left to conjecture. The writer says, “Other errors might be shown, some of them fundamental, and others incidental, such as, that the day of grace will close, the Turkish empire will come to an end, and that there will be an unparalleled time of trouble in 1839; each of which catastrophes is an independent conclusion from independent chains of argument.”HST October 15, 1841, page 107.15

    We are utterly at a loss to understand the meaning of this paragraph. Whether he means to have us understand the three errors enumerated are fundamental or incidental, we cannot determine. Nor yet do we know what to understand by the assertion “each of which catastrophes is an independent conclusion from independent chains of argument.” If he means the three “catastrophes” he has just enumerated, he is sadly in fundamental error. The three points were all deduced from one chain of reasoning. 1. That the Turkish empire would fall in 1839. 2. That the fall of the Turkish empire would mark the ending of the second wo, or the sounding of the sixth angel, and that the third wo, or sounding of the seventh angel would immediately commence, when the mystery of God would be finished, or the day of grace closed. That as soon as the day of grace closed, the great time of trouble would come. So that each point was perfectly linked together.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.16

    The first point Mr Miller discovered to be erroneous before the time came, by finding another date for the beginning of his prophetic periods on which his calculation was based, And with a change on that point the whole chain was affected. That the Turkish empire fell precisely according to the time of the new data, is fully established. That the other events did not take place according to Mr Miller’s opinion, is also clear. On those points, however, the writer of this review publicly dissented from Mr M. before the time. His error grew, but out of the world of God, but his interpretation of that word. Interpreting the word ‘quickly,’ Revelation 11:14, to mean ‘immediately,’ without giving it any latitude. The time was correct, although all the events were not; but the third wo must and will soon come, and the day of mercy close.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.17



    “But in relation to the prophecies, Mr Miller is in an error. We say plainly, and if there is anything to risk, in the way of reputation, we risk it, that the events predicted to take place in 1843, will not take place; or to come a little nearer home, that those predicted to take place next August, will not take place.”HST October 15, 1841, page 107.18

    If there is anything in all the writings of Wm. Miller, which can equal in presumption, the above quotation, we confess we have yet to learn where it is to be found.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.19

    What an amount of responsibility has the author of that paragraph taken on himself. He has vouched for the certainty of the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ will not come in 1843. To be more strong, and give the world a pledge of the certainty of his assertion, he came still nearer home, and assured us that the events predicted to take place in August, 1840, would not take place. But what has been the result of the calculations in reference to the events of August, 1840? We answer, everything we could desire or expected. Let it be understood that not one word was written and published by Mr Miller, in reference to August, and the fall of the Ottoman empire at that time, or any other event to take place then.HST October 15, 1841, page 107.20

    The calculation was made, written and published by the writer of this review, and not by Mr Miller. It is not in his writings. If there is any blame to be attached to anybody on that subject, let it fall where it belongs. Those who may wish to see the original calculation, and know what was calculated, (not predicted) to take place at that time, can find it in the “Address to the clergy, by J. Litch.” Let it be scanned, and learn all that was expected, and then compare it with the history of August, 1840, as found in the “Report of the Second Advent conference held in Lowell, June 15, 16, 17, 1841.” We fear not the result of the investigatio If the events expected to take place then, did so take place, contrary to the positive assurance of the Zion’s Herald, then there is a bare possibility that that voucher may fail once more in as signal a manner. Let no one, therefore, place too great confidence in the testimony, for it may fail.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.1

    We now repeat what we have already said, that our columns are open for a reply either from brother Brown, or brother True. They shall have an open field and fair play.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.2

    But the Herald closes by saying, “We hope God will overrule these things, for his glory; but the prospect now is, that Mr Miller’s lectures will do infinitely more harm than good.”HST October 15, 1841, page 108.3

    Take courage, brother, your hope will not be cut off; for not a week passes but what we hear of some new case of good wrought by Miller’s lectures. The prospect continually brightens, and there are more and more signs that 1843 will bring the world’s catastrophe.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.4



    The present false notion of a worldly Millenium—Temporal triumph of the church.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.5

    The extract is taken from a work recently received from England, entitled “The second coming of Christ, the true hope of believers, and the only triumph of the church.” It is anonimous.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.6

    After showing that the modern notion of the millenium is unscriptural, and irrational, the author goes on to develope its fruits as follows:HST October 15, 1841, page 108.7

    “Under the present false system what a mass of unbelief takes shelter! Reason so gets the mastery over faith, that, like the Jews of old, we reject without inquiry, whatever shocks our prejudices, and are persuaded that we cannot err. Like them we differ to human authority, and quote our long list of orthodox and evangelical divines, and say, can these be wrong? have any of these believed? And by a strange coincidence it seems as if we were to fall into condemnation for rejecting Christ’s second coming as they did his first. We, knowing that they erred in looking for an earthly deliverer, have so hardened ourselves against literal interpretation, that we also are ready to fall through unbelief; and thus both Jews and Gentiles be concluded under sin. But, alas! we speak to the deaf: men are so rooted in the persuasion that miracles belong to a gross and illiterate age, that they will not believe in the great things predicted, till it be too late. What, in this age of refinement! when knowledge and science are conveyed through the world like light; and our religious societies are sending the Bible into every nation under heaven; can it be thought that God will interrupt the gradual progress of this great work, by destroying the mass of the people whom we are about to convert; or that he will add to a perfect dispensation by a new revelation of himself? We do not need these mighty acts of power to deliver such as we are from the contagions of idolatry. What we, who were enabled long since to cast off the delusions of Popery, and have still the conquering arms of the Bible and the Spirit, and have but to advance as we have hitherto done, to subdue the powers of darkness and set Christ’s universal kingdom upon earth! Thus men get into a flippant mode of talking respecting the Bible and the Holy Spirit, as though, like machinery, we had the calculated results of a certain process at our command. As long as we misrepresent the mode in which God will setup his kingdom, and close our eyes to that which is most plainly set forth; it is but hypocrisy to profess ourselves his instruments, and to speak great things of his power and grace; for “whoso receiveth not the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” The very truth of the Bible ensures that it shall be rejected by the majority; it would speak a vain language did the world cease to be full of sin and misery. This we know is most revolting language to the greater number of our professing brethren; but we trust it is with us a small matter to be judged of man’s judgment; and for vindicating God’s mercy and justice we are not careful; for every believer knows that there is none righteous but He; yea, that goodness and wisdom are but names, except as they reside in his purposes.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.8

    The trial of faith varies in different ages of the world. Once it was a scandal openly to preach the doctrines of grace; now they are outwardly professed by so many, that they no longer excite any considerable opposition or obloquy. Therefore now has God revived in us by his Spirit, the knowledge of things to come; in which his revealed purpose is found to be quite unlike the expectations cherished by the professing church. The scandal now lies opposing the common notions respecting the conversion of the world, and in preaching on the coming judgments and personal advent of the Lord. The natural man obstinately resists these doctrines; and we cannot but believe that they are and will be, the touchstone of faith in these latter days. They prove, in a manner, whether there is a communion with the living God, and a real drawing of heart towards the Savior. To prefer one creed to another often lies in a clear understanding; but to desire the presence of a holy God, shows that we are drawn of his Spirit, and that we have no real joy in the creature. “Our soul panteth for God, the living God. When shall we come and appear before him?”HST October 15, 1841, page 108.9


    No Authorcode

    BOSTON, OCT. 15, 1841.



    We will now turn our thoughts to the mode of interpreting the term to mean the gospel dispensation.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.10

    1. We will examine Luke 7:28. “For I say unto you among those that are born of woman, there hath not arisen a greater than John the Baptist; but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”HST October 15, 1841, page 108.11

    The usual mode of interpreting this text is, that although John was the greatest in the enjoyment of religious privileges and knowledge of the gospel plan, and enjoyed a greater degree of the Divine presence and power; yet the least saint under the gospel dispensation is greater than he in these respects, has clearer light, and enjoys great privileges.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.12

    John was greater than Abel, first of martyrs, who by his faith and obedience obtained the distinguished honor of speaking to all coming generations on the object of that faith.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.13

    Greater than Enoch who walked with God 300 years, and had the witness that he pleased God, and should not taste of Death.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.14

    Greater than Noah, that preacher of righteousness, who alone was faithful of all an unbelieving race.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.15

    Or than Abraham, the father of the faithful, and friend of God. Or Moses, who spake with God face to face. Or Elijah, who was taken to heaven in a whirlwind and chariot of fire. But John was greater than they. A child of promise, the great forerunner of the Lord, to prepare his way; filled with the Holy Ghost in a bodily shape, like a dove came and rest on the Savior.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.16

    Now shall we be told that the least Christian under the gospel dispensation is greater than John, although he may have but just emerged from the darkness of pagan barbarity or savage ferocity, with barely sufficient light to receive Christ by faith, and obtain forgiveness? It cannot be. Absurdity is stamped upon its very face.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.17

    But understand the Savior as using the expression “the kingdom of God” in its proper and uniform signification, and it is clear and beautiful. John, although greater than any who had been born, was still mortal, and subject to infirmities, persecution, pain and death. But in the kingdom of God, the blessed subjects shall be free from infirmities, sickness, errors, doubts, fears, persecution, pain and death; and be like the angels of God in heaven. They shall see as they are seen, and know as they are known.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.18

    Such is the birthright of every Christian, and such the prospect set before the sinner, to allure him from the ways of sin to the path of life.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.19

    2. We will now look at Matthew 16:19. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. If the kingdom of heaven here means the church, then into whose hands did the keys fall after Peter’s death? If the Pope is not the rightful heir; who is? But if the promise is yet good to Peter, then he may yet be exalted to dignity in the kingdom of God.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.20

    The promise was not a present grant of the keys, but “I will give.” It was not to all ministers of the gospel, nor yet to all the apostles, but to Peter; “I will give unto thee the keys,” etc. What is implied in the promise, eternity will unfold. Of this we are assured, that it is not by saying Lord, Lord, we shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but by doing the will of our Father which is in heaven.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.21



    It is said that the Jews of the Holy Land have increased during the last five years, from 2,000 to more than 40,000—Zions Herald.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.22

    The above statement we have the means of knowing is entirely without foundation. It has arisen no doubt from the infatuated idea of the church, that the carnal descendants of Abraham are to return to the land of Palestine. The fact is, the Jews are leaving “their own country,” instead of flocking to it. Proof.HST October 15, 1841, page 108.23

    Jews in New York. The North American says that five synagogues for Israelites are now open in New York. They number nearly ten thousand in that city. Many of them are Germans, who have recently been exiled here, by the oppressive laws which exist against that race in some portions of their own country.—Zions Herald.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.1

    There are not as many Jews in Jerusalem at this time, as there were ten years since. Mr. Homes, a missionary of the A. B. C. F. F. Missious, who has resided in that country several years, assured us when in this country a few months since, “that there were not 10,000 Jews to be found in the four cities of Jerusalem, Hebron, Tiberius, and Jafed,” and that they do not increase in numbers in any of those cities; but rather decrease than otherwise.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.2



    On earth, distress of nations, with perplexity; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after all these things that are coming on the earth.”HST October 15, 1841, page 109.3

    Although our paper is not devoted to politics, yet, at such a time as the present, we should think it unpardonable not to call the attention of our readers to the subject. Our political history for the past year is unprecedented in our annals. Not one year since, and the body politic was convulsed throughout, every nerve and muscle was agitated, and strained to the utmost, for the accomplishment of a change in the national administration. Every stratagem which the ingenuity of crafty men could invent, was devised to attain the object. And it was obtained. But how strangely has Divine Providence confounded the wisdom of the wise, and brought to nought the counsels of the prudent.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.4

    The loud acclamation of the elated multitude on the occasion of President Harrison’s inauguration, had scarce reached in its resounding echo the distant hills and vallies of the nation, and died away I upon the listening ear, when another, and yet another voice came; it was the voice of alarm, then of wailing. The nation’s pride and glory was fading under the hands of disease, was dead. The Vice President was then called to the chair of State, and all eyes were turned on him. Congress met, and have deliberated, and presented, the result of their deliberation, but to be foiled in their plans by the veto of the President. Two successive bills for incorporating a national bank, having been vetoed by the President; his cabinet, with the exception of Mr., Webster, have resigned, and left him alone.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.5

    The Whig party in Congress, in their address to the country, appear to have cast off President Tyler, and are preparing to reorganize, and systematically oppose his administration. The parties are in the utmost confusion, and all confidence between former bosom friends seems to have fled, and it only remains that they shall betray one another, and hate one another. Indeed, it is hardly conceivable, how the government, under existing circumstances, can progress at all with business. The great whig party are so divided among themselves, that they can carry no measure in Congress, and the factions yet so large, that the Democratic party can do nothing; and even if in Congress the whig party could proceed harmoniously, yet it would be in avowed hostility to their own President. What will be the end of these things, it is impossible to foresee. But one lesson we may all learn from this state of things, and that is, “not to put our trust in princes, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no help.” But let every lover of Jesus watch and keep his garments, and pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven;” “for as I live, saith the Lord, God, I will yet be inquired of by the whole house of Israel to do these things for me.”HST October 15, 1841, page 109.6




    Bro. Himes:—A brief narrative of my late journey to Vermont, so far as connected with the prosperity of the cause of the kingdom at hand, may not be uninteresting to your readers.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.7

    I left Boston in the month of July, one beautiful morning, and by the assistance of raging chariots, running like lightning, described by the prophet, Nahum, (see 2nd ch. 4v.) in a few hours, I was conveyed to the flourishing village of Manchester, where I attended the summer term of the Boston Quarterly Meeting of F. B. In which I embraced an opportunity of introducing the great subject of the Savior’s coming soon, to bless his people and consummate their hopes.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.8

    Eld. Preble, of Newbury, succeeded me, with feeling remarks on the same subject. After which an aged sister arose and spoke of him to all the people; and praised God for inspiring some of his servants with moral courage, to speak out on the great subject. I found many at this meeting, who felt a deep interest in the subject, and many inquirers after light. From this, I accompanied the brethren to East Ware; where I spent the sabbath, and gave several lectures. In this place, I found warm hearted brethren, who were not terrified at hearing of the Savior’s coming, to redeem his people from the grave, and change these vile bodies, and fashion them like his own “glorious body.” A Calvinist Baptist minister in the place became somewhat excited, (probably with fear,) and said to his people, “My Lord delayeth his coming.” As I was informed, he assured his people that he would not come under one thousand years. The Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.9

    From Ware I was conveyed to Andover, by Br. Eaton, where I gave a lecture to a few in a public house, by request of the landlady; who by the way, was “waiting for the consolation of Israel;” and looking for his “glorious appearing.” The season was interesting, and the people said:—“we will hear thee again of this matter;” and when I returned to Andover I was informed that Eld. Watson, who resides in the vicinity, had began to sound the alarm: and say, “behold he cometh.”HST October 15, 1841, page 109.10

    My next call was at Danbury, where I gave a, discourse on the manner, object, and time, of Christ’s second coming: I found some in that place to whom the Savior would not come as a thief, should he come in the “first, second, or in the third watch of the night.” They too requested that “these things should be spoken to them again.”HST October 15, 1841, page 109.11

    From this place I was conveyed to my father’s in East Fairlie, Vt.; where I spent a sabbath with a Methodist Brother, who invited me to preach, which was accepted: and I spoke of the prospects of the church; that according to the reckoning of her chart, the attraction of the compass, the roughness of the seas, and every other appearance, she was soon to make harbor in the new kingdom.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.12

    But as in every other place, so in this; while some are watching for the predicted signs which are to guide them to the port, and rejoicing to find themselves rapidly sailing in the midst of, a multitude of signs, answering to the prophecies; and they expecting the next moment as it were to sing on the banks of eternal deliverance; others of their brethren, too, cry out, “fog,” and “moon shine;” well, “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the end of this world.”HST October 15, 1841, page 109.13

    On the whole, I am happy to say that there is an increasing interest on the subject in East Fairlie. I have endeavored to supply my friends in that place with reading on the subject for some two years; and there are individuals in that place, who at first spurned at the idea of reading on a subject so novel, are now anxious to read all that comes to hand. One circumstance which took place while I was in the place is worthy of notice. Capt. Samuel M----,some eighty years of age, a man of considerable note for having possessed a large share of this world’s goods, and for possessing mechanical genius; claims to have been the first inventor of the steam improvement, but failed to be recognized as such; with all his wealth and wisdom, however, was not the owner of a Bible. It so happened that through the instrumentality of a little girl a niece of mine, that excellent work entitled the “Present Crisis,” fell under his notice, he soon became interested, or rather alarmed on reading it, went immediately and purchased a Bible; commenceed reading, and said he did not know but the world would soon come to an end; he thought it best to be ready. An Infidel, after hearing my last lecture (which was to show that all the prophetic events would probably close in 1843) being asked what he thought of it, said it was no laughing matter.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.14

    I spent the next Sabbath in West Fairlie; the cause has some friends in that place, especially Br. Leavitt, the Pastor of the church, gave his assent to the truth of the matter. The following week I visited Strafford; I held no public meeting in the place, yet visited several brethren who were earnestly awaiting the approach of the promised “bridegroom.” I returned to Thetford and spent the Sabbath with the Methodist brethren, at the Center-Village The congregation was large, solemn, and apparently interested; Br. Bedford, their minister, treated the subject with candor and propriety, and I can but hope that the truth was planted deep in many hearts. At 5 o’clock the same day, I attended a class meeting at the hill Village, where I found a band of warm-hearted brethren, who received the news of the Saviours coming, without much urging.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.15

    The next and last Sabbath that I spent in Vt., was spent in Brookfield, in a town where Bro. Miller once gave a course of lectures; hundreds in that region remember with joy the message borne to them by that harbinger of the crown; and will rise up, and call him blessed in the day of the Lord Jesus. In all the above named places I distributed publications on the second advent; and calls for preaching were both numerous and pressing. My brethren, pray ye the Lord of the harvest that he would raise up laborers and thrust them into his harvest, for the harvest is great but laborers are few.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.16

    Yours for the present truth.
    South Boston, Oct. 24th, 1841.



    Br. Himes:—Having a leisure hour once more at home, in the bosom of my dear family, I will give you some items of the remainder of my tour in Ct., and if you think it will in any way advance the cause of truth by giving what I write a place in the Signs of the Times, it is at your disposal. I left Hartford 28 ult. for Williamantic, a manufacturing village in the town of Windham, 25 miles E. of H. On my way, by making enquiry, I found the people had scarcely, by books, or other means, been informed, that there were many (who give evidence that they love Christ’s appearing) that are looking for his near approach. At the place where I stopped for rest and refreshment, I was supposed to be a Mormon; and had it not been that I had written testimony to the contrary, I must have left with the impression that I was one of that deluded class; some said it was a book speculation, others “you can’t make fools of people so easy.” Oh that they were wise, that they would search for themselves for the evidence from the Bible that “the Great Bay of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly,” Zephaniah 1:14.HST October 15, 1841, page 109.17

    On Sabbath day an invitation was given to the Methodist and Congregational bretheren to unite with the Baptists in a series of prayer meetings, to be held in connection with the lectures through the week. The M. brethren, with their Pastor and some of the C. friends, accepted the invitation and cordially co-opperated in the work. The lectures were listened to with candor, and the legitimate results were apparent towards the close. Christians were revived, backsliders became alarmed, and on Friday eve. 3rd inst. after the closing lecture, about thirty of the awakened came forward for prayers. I can truly say it was good to be there; it was a tender, solemn, season, brethren of different names seemed heartily to unite for a blessing; this was as it should be. May the same spirit of brotherly kindness and charity dwell in the hearts of that dear people until Christ shall come.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.1

    Since my return home I have received a letter, dated the 13th inst. from J. B. Guild, pastor of the Baptist church in W. He writes “But this I do believe; the Lord is with us; some drops of mercy have fallen, whereof we are glad. The number of hopeful conversions I am unable to give, but I should think between twenty and thirty; there may be more, besides quite a number of backsliders reclaimed. The enemy rages with great violence, as though sure enough his time was short; there are as many as twenty, I should think, who are now under serious impressions, who hove been forward for prayers; we have had meetings every night since you left.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.2

    The young converts seem to be bright and clear, for the most part, and evince a thorough work. May the Lord still continue to make bare the arm of his salvation, till a more glorious work shall be here enjoyed.”HST October 15, 1841, page 110.3

    On the 4th I left W. for West Woodstock; on my way I passed through the town of Chaplin, and was glad on enquiring to know that the subject of the advent near had been introduced into C. About two years ago a person brought half a doz. of Miller’s Lectures into the place, and disposed of them, one was purchased by a young man, who had become somewhat sceptical on religious subjects; he read the lectures until they troubled him, and wishing to get rid of them, he says to a brother older than himself in years and scepticism; “here is a book you ought to read.” His brother purchased the book and read it. As I became much interested in this individual’s history, I obtained his consent to use his name in connection with the important changes that have taken place in his views and prospects.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.4

    Says Samuel S. Snow to me, at 17 years of age, I professed Christ, afterwards went to the West, and being of an inquiring turn of mind, not well initiated into the evidences of the Christian religion, by associating with infidels and reading their books, at 24 I became a Deist; after my return from the West I concealed my sentiments for a while, but at last threw off the mask, and at 28 was excommunicated by the church. I became an agent and contributor to the columns of the Boston Investigator; at 33 read Miller’s lectures, had not read three lectures before my infidelity was shaken; by the time I had read them through I was convinced he was correct in his calculations; I began to pray for mercy, became alarmed for fear I had committed the unpardonable sin; after I found peace in believing I was received into the same church from which I had been excluded, without a dissenting voice; my conversion from infidelity was the commencement of a precious revival, during which about 60 made a public profesion.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.5

    I hope the brethren in C. will make a prayerful effort, that an effectual door may be opened for a course, of lectures, which, with the blessing of God accompanying, would result in another precious revival.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.6

    Should the above account of Br. S’s conversion meet the eyes of any who have used their private or public influence to prevent the circulation, or reading of the lectures, or publications on the advent near, or should it reach the eyes of that Pastor who publicly advised his hearers, if they had the lectures, “to put them under the forestick, as they would give more light in that way than any other.” Let those individuals and that Pastor ponder well the ways of their feet, and inquire if it is not possible that they may be found fighting against God?HST October 15, 1841, page 110.7

    On Sabbath eve. 5th. I commenced in Woodstock, in the Baptist Meeting house; some attention was awakened among bro. Hick’s people; the cause of Zion appears to be in a languishing state among them. May God spedily visit and revive his work in that place.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.8

    On the 11th I left Woodstock for Southbridge, Mass, where, according to a previous engagement, I expected to have given a course of lectures. As an effectual door was not opened, I gave heed to the advise of the Savior, and left S. for home, from which I had been absent almost six weeks. I trust I feel greatful for the blessings received at home and by the way, during my journey.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.9

    My next course of lectures I expect to give in the Baptist Meeting house in Brooklyn, Ct. to commence on Saturday eve. Oct. 2nd.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.10

    Yours in hope of a blessed immortality,
    Needham, Sept. 22nd, 1841.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 110.11



    Mr. Editor:—No writer loves to be caricatured, or, made to write folly and error, when he has written sense and scripture truth. I should not have noticed the 4th of Mr. L’s series upon the first paragraph of my review of Mr. Millers Theory, had not bastard doctrines been imputed to me, whose relationship I can never own.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.12

    It is easy to make a man of straw, call it an antagonist, and take great importance to ourself for demolishing it. The 4th No. of Mr. L’s series is an instance in point. Because the Bible (not Bible reader) reveals most plainly that “Christ shall reign till he hath put all his enemies under his feet, and the last enemy which shall be destroyed is death,” (1 Corinthians 15) which, the Bible also reveals, is after “the thousand years are finished,” or after the Millenium: (see Revelation 20:5, 14,) therefore Mr. L. says, “the doctrine which Bible Reader here advocates is, that Christ will reign over the saints on earth only a thousand years.” And more, Mr. L. even manufactures a regular three headed argument, and puts it into Bible Readers mouth, to prove the above doctrine, and then labors to exhibit its fallacy by four formal arguments.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.13

    In reply, permit me to say, 1. I believe no such doctrine. 2. I have never penned such a doctrine. 3. No one, it would seem, not chained faster to a human theory, though desirous to sit where Mary sat, could gather such a doctrine from my words, in No. 20 of the Signs of the Times. 4. I have uniformly believed and taught (not that Jesus Christ shall reign over the risen saints, and only for a thousand years) but that the saints shall reign with him as joint-heirs, as Co-Kings. 1. If we suffer with “Him, we shall reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:12.) “To him that overcometh will I “grant to sit with me in my throne,” etc. “To him will I give power over the “nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron,” etc. (Revelation 2:26, 3:21) 2. on this earth. “And we shall reign on the earth,” Revelation 5:10, 3. For one thousand years. Before the sea, earth and hell shall have given up their dead; “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them &,c. and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years, but the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished, this is the first resurrection,” Revelation 20:5-14. And in the new earth, where there is no sea, curse, etc., they shall reign forever and ever. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea, and there shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever. And he said unto me, these sayings are faithful and true” Revelation 21:1, 22:5, 6.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.14

    Again, in the conclusion of his argument against what Bible Render never said or wrote, Mr Litch says, “will Bible Reader still insist that flesh and blood can and will inherit the kingdom of God for at least a thousand years.” Another man of straw. Bible Reader never penned what Mr. L. here imputes to him, and therefore he insists not. But I have said, and still insist in believing and saying what the Holy Ghost has taught that flesh and bones can and will inherit, and reign, too, in the kingdom of God. For proof may I ask Mr. L. “will Christ Jesus inherit the kingdom”? You promptly answer, “Yes.” Well, after His Resurrection He said, “a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me haveLuke 24:39 “this same Jesus shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go away” etc., Acts 1:11 and we shall be like him, etc. “John 3:2, who shall change our vile bodies, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.” Philippians 3. “For we are members of his body, of his flesh and his bones.” Ephesians 5.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.15

    Cannot Mr. L. perceive an immeasurable distance and difference between flesh and blood (natural life) Leviticus 17:11, not inheriting the kingdom of God, and that same kingdom having flesh and blood for its subjects: and making it certain too that those subjects still in flesh and blood shall obey God one thousand years, until deceived by Satan who, shall be let loose at the close of the millenium? Now it is over the people, nations, and languages still living on this earth in flesh and blood, that “those who shall be accounted worthy to attain unto that resurrection of which our Lord spake in Luke 20. and which St. John calls the first resurrection, shall reign with Christ for a thousand years.” To “inherit a kingdom” is the prerogative of “Kings” to be subjects is the willing or unwilling state and duty of the ruled. This noble birthright, this inheritance of King-hood “is not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13. A BIBLE READER.HST October 15, 1841, page 110.16



    Bible Reader thinks I had no ground for understanding him as I did. I thought then, and still think I had. I can assure him however that it was far from my thoughts or intention, to caricature either him or his argument. I wrote a reply to what I conscientiously believed to be his argument. He disclaims the doctrine, and explains his meaning, and I think I understand him, and shall reply to his present position.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.1

    1. I understood his opinion to be this. The saints, all who are Christ’s at his coming, whether living or dead, will be raised and made immortal, or be changed to immortality, and reign jointly on earth with Christ, over the heathen nations, in flesh and blood, a thousand years. And during the one thousand years all the heathen nations will obey them. Then Satan will be loosed and deceive them, and they revolt from the saints.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.2

    2. At the end of the one thousand years the conflagration of the world will take place, the final resurrection, and a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness, will appear, and the saints will reign on it forever and ever.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.3

    If this is not his meaning, then I confess myself unable to determine what it is.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.4

    To these opinions I have already replied in my former numbers. The reader, by referring to them, will learn—1. That at the coming of Christ, he will glorify all his saints and destroy all his enemies.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.5

    2. That the new heavens and the new earth spoken of by Peter and Isaiah, will be created, and the meek inherit it, and reign over it, with Christ, not a thousand years only, but, “forever and ever.”HST October 15, 1841, page 111.6

    3. That the rule of the saints over the nations, not to govern them, but to dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel, even as Christ has received of his father. [Revelation 2. Psalm 2.]HST October 15, 1841, page 111.7

    4. That when the four great kingdoms of earth terminate, the saints will take the kingdom and possess it forever, even forever and ever. When the seventh angel sounds, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ, and he shall reign [not a thousand years only, but] forever and ever.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.8

    The one thousand years will bring no change in the state or reign of the saints, for they will, at Christs coming, be restored to the inheritance of the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world. To reign or have dominion, not over men, for that was not the original dominion, but over the beast of the field, the fowls of the air, the fish of the sea, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. It is not “this world” but “the world to come” Hebrews 2. Psalm 8. that is given to Christ, and all things to be put under him. That dominion, when he comes in his glory, and is seated on the throne of his glory, he will give to his saints; and they shall take the kingdom and possess it forever and ever.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.9

    5. With respect to the thousand years reign of the saints, the most we can make of it, is, that they will be raised and reign a thousand years before the rest of the dead live again.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.10

    The judgment at the close of the chapter, is not inserted there, as the place or time, in the order in which it will take place, but as a distinct subject from the order of the resurrection. So also another distinct subject is introduced in the 21st chapter, a description of the new heaven and new earth and new Jerusalem.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.11

    Bible Reader also makes a great distinction, between inheriting the kingdom of God, and being subjects of it. But he might as well talk of a mighty difference between the subject of the United States Government, and the inheritors of it. The President is as much a subject as any other individual, but he inherits all the benefits of it, and so does every other individual member of the Confederacy, if the laws are equitably administered, as they will be in the kingdom of God. J. LITCH.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.12



    Mr. Editor:—We have heard of men who came among us from abroad, with high-sounding titles, and were received into the highest circles of fashionable life, with the joy of a new and great acquisition; who have managed by shifting from city to city, from New York to Philadelphia, to keep up appearances, and to pass currently with wayfaring men for Count such a one, and my Lord a Nobleman: and who, by some unlooked for event of Providence, have been suddenly discovered and ascertained to be sheer pretenders: fortune hunters, ignoble of birth, of reputation, base. Sic transit gloria mundi.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.13

    In social life, it is of the first importance to keep pure company; to receive into the circle only men of truth and honor, and to scrutinize carefully the pretensions of a stranger, before the door is opened which admits him into the bosom of the family. How much more important in religious life, to search and prove the doctrines which offer to our heart, new modes of faith, and dopes of heavenly bliss!HST October 15, 1841, page 111.14

    The doctrine of a millenium “prior to the resurrection,” is universally welcome in religious circles, and is fondly cherished by multitudes. When was its claims submitted to the test of examination, since the time of the Reformers? Who has challenged the loyalty of this giant doctrine, since the great reformation? Who has tried its pretensions with an eye zealous for the faith of the crucified Lord, not careful to please men? I know the doctrine is well received: the odium which the great reformer in Germany and England put upon it, have been concealed by false curls, or I am mistaken.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.15

    Suppose I am mistaken, that is of small importance; but suppose this doctrine of the millenium s the same which Luther, Melancthon, Cranmer and Ridley condemned to the grade of a fable. that is a point of vast importance: not because he opinion of man contravenes the word of God; but because the peculiar situation, and eminent learning and piety of these men, is a good guaranty on the face of their opinion, commending it to our respectful attention. Any sentiment which they unanimously stamp with reprobation is “opposed to the Holy Scriptures;” should be well examined, before being received in our churches and religious circles.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.16

    Ignorant of any public attempt to scan the pretensions of the doctrine of the millenium, prior to the resurrection, I am ready to undertake it: and affirm as a reason why the religious public ought to scrutinize the pretensions to a millenium prior to the resurrection, that their general reception in the Protestant church cannot be dated earlier than the 19th century—“Strike, but hear me!”HST October 15, 1841, page 111.17

    Some eminent names in the church received them earlier, and scattered them broadcast; but they never sprang up and covered the ground, until within the last forty years: and for the eminent names of the owners of these tares, I think I can bring three to one of their contemporaries, and their predecessors unanimously, to prove that the doctrines of the church standards, were the doctrines of the church itself, in respect to the Lord’s coming in his kingdom, until the present century. I admit the existence of a change now. The Protestant church has departed from the present hope of her Lord’s coming, which hopes all her standards cherish with the Bible, and she has taken up instead, a hope, which her fathers branded in the forehead “a judaizing notion.”HST October 15, 1841, page 111.18

    But the resolution of this knotty point will nor depend on the names of men: if it did, the names of Milton, Bunyan, Baxter and Heber, will weigh as heavy as the best that can be brought in any way to oppose them on this subject: besides, Martin Luther, Philip Melancthon, Archbishop Cranmer, the martyrs Ridley, Latimer, and others of their company, will be in point of authority, a full match for Scott, Henry, Smith, and company of a more recent date. If the millenist appeal to names of men, let him know that an array can be made of old lights in a galaxy of glory, that will, on this point, of the millenium “prior to the resurrection” eclipse the new lights altogether.—However the light of the Divine revelation is what will alone clear up the difficulty: and I merely hint in this place, at what in my next I will more fully unfold, to wit: that our prophet abundantly assured us in the gospel of his kingdom, that in this world his followers shall have tribulation; that his citizens will abandon him; that his church will apostatize; that the faith will at last hardly be found; that “perilous times shall come,” that the love of many will wax cold; and others will openly scoff at the promise of his coming: but not one word does our Lord say, not a hope does he encourage of any day of glory for his followers in this world, or any other world, until the arch-angel’s voice announces the return of our Lord, and summons all kindreds and nations to his righteous tribunal.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.19

    “To the law and to the testimony” is our appeal. Sic transit gloria mundi. H. D. W.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.20

    Note. We hope Brother W. will continue these articles till the mist of the modern fable is fully cleared away. Ed.HST October 15, 1841, page 111.21



    Brother Himes:—I have read Bro. Miller’s lectures carefully, and have prayerfully searched out his Scripture references. There is now no doubt in my own mind, but that the 2300 days, or years of Daniel’s vision, will end in—43. Within a few weeks I have heard brother Litch, which has confirmed my belief; not only so, but it has increased my joy in the Lord. His text, and the solemn manner in which he illustrated it, dwells upon my mind with weight. I am sometimes led to sing with the poet:HST October 15, 1841, page 111.22

    There those who do well,
    With Jesus shall dwell,
    Forever and ever, in peace;
    They need not the moon,
    Nor the bright shining sun
    In so glorious and holy a place,
    God’s glory; will shine,
    And give light divine.
    Therefore, it will never be night.
    Such raptures are there, All heav’n doth share
    It’s perfectly filled with light
    HST October 15, 1841, page 112.1

    The whole hymn beautifully describes the New Jerusalem—as in Revelations; and the happiness of those who are counted worthy to enter the blest kingdom. Such as have in this world chosen Jesus Christ for wisdom, righteousness, and sanctification; will then have eternal redemption. O soul-cheering thought. I know that during my 48 years journeying through this world, I have enjoyed many a sweet visit of my Savior’s love, and the fulfillment of many a Scripture promise, which I hold more dear than all the world beside. Yea, one glimpse of the unparalled love of our blessed Lord, through faith in his name, has given me more freedom from the curse of sin, than all my good works could ever do,—and since he died to save I cannot doubt his willingness to receive humble supplications.HST October 15, 1841, page 112.2

    Brother Himes, I rejoice that you and other Watchmen are giving the midnight cry, while many professed preachers seem disposed to put it farther.—It is astonishing how they can if they read, with any desire to understand,HST October 15, 1841, page 112.3

    Watchman, tell us of his coming,
    What are the signs, that now appear?
    Will He come, with clouds descending,
    Thousands with Him in the air.
    Watchman, Heralds, Undershepherds,
    What are the indications now?
    Why are believers multiplied?
    Why do the nations tremble so?
    Watchman! what are all those rumors?
    Are the prophecies fulfill’d?
    Why tumultuous sounds, and thunders?
    And many hearts, through fear, are chilled?
    Watchman! tell us why the wicked
    Do such horrid deeds commit—
    Why are many righteous sealed,
    Purified, and made white?
    Watchman! why are many looking
    For the coming of the Lord?
    And say, “Behold the Bridegroom coming,“
    According to the gospel word.
    HST October 15, 1841, page 112.4

    Brother, I have for some time wanted to take our paper, the “Signs of the Times,” but now my husband has engaged the next volume I want it to come, he is a believer in the glorious approach of the everlasting kingdom of our God on earth as being near, has purchased the report of the general conference, Br. Litch’s address and Bro. Miller’s lectures, so the greater will be my condemnation if I do not understand. May the blessing of God attend your endeavors to circulate truth, and at last save us in his kingdom through Jesus Christ our beloved Lord, and leader into that day, for which all others were made. The Nobleman will return, then may we appear clothed in his righteousness.HST October 15, 1841, page 112.5


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    Miller on the Second Coming of Christ.—In one volume. This work contains nineteen Lectures; to which is addded, a Supplement, containing a Chronological Chart of the prophetic periods, with an explanation. Price 50 cents.HST October 15, 1841, page 112.13

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    Bible Student’s Manual.—This is a little work compiled from Mr. Miller’s works, designed for a pocket note book and manual. It contains the chart, rules of interpretation, etc. with 32 pages of blank paper, for notes, etc. Price 25 cents.HST October 15, 1841, page 112.15

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    No. 1 Second Advent Report of General Conference, held in Boston, Oct. 14th, 15th, 1840. This is a very able and important document, it contains two discourses from Mr. Litch on the Second Advent—Chronology of Prophecy. One from Rev. Henry Jones, on the Restoration of Israel. Two from Mr. Miller on Chronology of the Prophetic Periods—Judgment. One Discourse, in three parts, by H. D. Ward, on the Millennium. 174 pages. Price 37 cents, in boards, 25 cents in pamphlets.HST October 15, 1841, page 112.18

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    A Millenarian’s Answer.—By John Cox.HST October 15, 1841, page 112.27

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    No. I. Proceedings of the Conference, on the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, held in Boston, Mass. October 14th, 15th, 1841. Price $2 per hundred.HST October 15, 1841, page 112.39

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