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apostasy, enrobed and enlightened as in days of old. Verily, “the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mark 1:15.)
Following, like the wise men of the East, the star of the "sure word of prophecy," we can not be deceived. It will lead us where the young child lay. It may not be found in the palace of a king nor yet surrounded by a retinue of powdered servants. In all probability we shall find it in an obscure place unwelcomed by the Inns of earthly institutions and housed in the stable of the outcast. Yes; thus shall it be born, for the church is not above her Lord, and "the kingdom of God cometh not with observation." (Luke 16:20.)
1830 A NOTED YEAR IN THE ANNALS OF THE
WORLD. The year 1830 will be marked in more ways than one. The world having turned upon its axis, not of twelve hours but of twelve centuries, the night will break and the morning dawn. The gospel sun will arise and shine in all its illuminative, penetrative strength. Its Roentgen rays will reach every cell of the mind of man, the explorative, the perceptive, the inventive as well as the inspirational; and “Liberty” being the watchword of 1830, taken from the free· dom of the church, it will pass on to the oppressed everywhere,
bursting asunder the shackles of tradition, superstition, priestcraft, and kingcraft.
Note the following historic facts covering 1829 and 1830, evidencing the struggle for civil and national liberty everywhere:
Bolivia: “A revolution which temporarily overthrows the Government.
Cuba: "The Black Eagle conspiracy is formed against the Spaniards." 41
Venezuela withdraws herself from Colombia, forming a separate republic.42
Greece: "The national Assembly commences its sessions. Turkey acknowledges the independence of Greece.” 43 "The London Protocol of the Great Powers declares Greece an independent kingdom, February (1830). The port recognizes the Protocol.”—Heilprin's Historical Reference Book, p. 138. This is an important occurrence, as we shall later observe.
Roumania, a kingdom formed by the union of Wallachia, Moldavia, and Dobrudja: "The sultan of Turkey having confirmed the privileges of Moldavia and Wallachia, Russia guarantees them by the Peace of Adrianople." 44
Belgium, “Revolution and independence. The allied powers acknowledge the independence of Belgium." 45
France: "The populace rises in fury against the king. Charles and his family flee before it. Louis Phillippe accepts the tendered crown from the legislature. In this act he rejects the doctrine of the divine right of kings and acknowledges the people as the source of sovereign power.'
Poland: "The Poles rise against Russia for independence." 47 Many fierce battles; thousands slain.
Germany: Charles, Duke of Brunswick, is expelled by his subjects. Revolutionary movements in Saxony and Hesse Cassel. 48
Ecuador: Foundation of a republic laid, was previously a part of Colombia.48
Mexico: Expulsion of the Spaniards decreed.49 “Within a year from the 1st of July, 1830,” says Cunninghame, "four dethroned sovereigns sought an asylum on these (British) shores; the king of France, the crown prince of Belgium, the reigning duke of Brunswick, and the emperor of Brazil.”—The Apocalypse, p. 31.
This period marks also a better beginning in the administration of justice, Thomas Maynard being the last executed for forgery at Old Bailey, England.60
In Switzerland "education is made independent of the clergy by law." 51
And in New York “A working man's ticket appears and an assembly man is elected by it.” 52
Other events bespeaking 1830 as the "evening time" when "it shall be light," 53 may also be noted.
In 1830 "the first American railroad is completed; it connects Albany and Schenectady." "The Liverpool and Manchester Railroad is opened. It marks the real beginning of the modern era of railroads." 54
The prophet said that at the “time of the end many shall run to and fro,” Daniel 12: 4, and here is the very means brought out to fulfill that prophecy, the very time set by John for the restoration of the gospel,“the hour of God's judgment."-Revelation 14:6.
In 1829 "the first asylum in the United States for the blind is incorporated,” 55 and in 1830 in France "raised printing for the blind is invented by Charles Barbier.” 56 A blessing to thousands, and surely suggestive of that spiritual sight accompanying the
Ibid., p. 543. 48 Ibid., p. 725.
Ibid., p. 1116. "Heilprin's Historical Reference Book, p. 139. “Hayden's Dictionary of Dates, 24th ed. p. 873. 5° Ibid., p. 448. 51 Cyclopedia of Classified Dates, p. 1138.
Ibid., p. 137. 53 Zechariah 14: 7. 5* Cyclopedia of Classified Dates, pp. 139, 944.
Ibid., p. 137. 56 Ibid., p. 726.
Marvelous Work and a Wonder restored in the same year. “The eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness." -Isaiah 29:14, 18.
No marvel, then, in view of all these striking achievements, that the historian writes: "1830, a most remarkable period of development in wealth and natural resources—with intellectual quickening begins throughout the Northern and Western States.” 57
It will be interesting later to learn that the gospel of the kingdom was first restored in this very region, hence “the intellectual quickening" resulting in that place and at that time.
And this "intellectual quickening" was also disclosed in a study of the prophecies. The 1260 years having expired, the people were looking for the kingdom of God. Its hour had come. Cunninghame has said “that it might be safely affirmed that from the year 1828 to 1833 a greater number of tracts and works on the subject of the advent and declaring its nearness, were published than had previously appeared in any whole century in the whole period that had elapsed from the Age of the Apostles." 68
The people were alive to the value of prophecy; they appreciated it; they believed it. And it was from this sacred source that Rev. William Ward gathered his information enabling him to perceive in a most wonderful manner the importance of 1830. He affirmed that dating “the 42 months or 1260 days” from “570, the rise of the beast,” they would expire in “1830” when would appear “the first sign of Christ's visible coming," that it would be a “glorious season"; a time of "spiritual revival and triumph"; "the time of the great supper, the greatest year in the calendar of the world.” 59 And further, drawing a most reasonable inference from the triumphs of Israel, succeeding their wilderness of wandering forty years, he concludes that as their entrance into Canaan was signalized by the revival of circumcision, so would the emergence of the church from the wilderness of the apostasy in 1830 be celebrated by a "renewal of believer's baptism by immersion which had been omitted under antichrist." 60
Mr. Ward was right. Rome and her daughters had not the authority to baptize, hence however much of water they might use it could not constitute "believer's baptism."
Mr. Ward had no connection with the Latter Day Saints' Church; he lived in England and published his Prophetic History in the years between 1810 and 1820.
True, 1830 came and went, unnoticed, unappreciated by the great majority, but the "world do move." The following in 1905, from Errett Gates, Ph. D., an associate in Church History in the University of Chicago, is quite significant.
It is apparent by the year 1830 that a new period has dawned in the move
Cyclopedia of Classified Dates, p. 139. 5*Coming Events, p. 12. 1849.
Prophetic History, vol. 5; pp. 18, 240; vol. 6, pp. 266, 267.
ment for the union of all Christians by the restoration of primitive Christianity.—The Disciples of Christ, p. 177.
Mr. Gates is a Disciple, so called, a church that evidently begun in 1810, according to the illustrated frontispiece in his book, "First Meeting House of the Disciples, Built at Brush Run, Pennsylvania, in 1810, by the Christian Association of Washington,” yet is willing to concede that the "new period" for the "restoration of primitive Christianity" did not dawn until "1830."
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN RESTORED. We were told by our Lord that the kingdom of heaven suffering violence should be taken by force. (Matthew 11:12.) It came to pass in the ravages of the apostasy.
Now we shall learn of the kingdom restored. “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed.” (Daniel 2: 44.) This is certainly an event of the latter days, for the prophet tells us "there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and he maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days." (2:28.)
In further evidence that this was to occur in the latter times and could not possibly
have taken place before 1830, let us notice MEDIA
a few things connected with the vision.
A great image stood before the prophet, its head being of gold; its arms and breast
of silver; its belly and thighs of brass; its GRECIA legs of iron, and its feet and toes part of
iron and part of clay. All this fore-
Grecian, and the fourth the Roman.
The Roman kingdom is in turn followed by the feet and toes, naturally ten in number, which correspond exactly with the ten divisions or kingdoms into which this kingdom was divided. The earliest possible date for the formation of the ten kingdoms was, as we have learned, A. D. 570.
Now follows the formation of the little stone cut out of the mountain without hands"; that is, it is God's kingdom, and is not to be brought forth by the ingenuity of man; “The God of heaven shall set up a kingdom.”
Note now the time of its setting up “and in the days of these