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I would not, brethren, that ye should shall be king to them all; and they be ignorant of this mystery (lest ye shall be no more two nations, neither should be wise in your own conceits), shall they be divided into two kingthat blindness in part is happened to doms any more at all; and they shall Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles dwell in the land which I have given be come in ; and so all Israel shall unto Jacob my servant, wherein your be saved, as it is written, There shall | fathers have dwelt; and they shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and dwell therein, even they, and their shall turn away ungodliness from children, and their children's children Jacob,” Rom. xi. 25-26. Notice, for ever; and my servant David (that not till the Master comes will Israel is Jesus) shall be their prince for be saved. To this agrees Matt. xxiii. ever. Moreover, I will make a cove39, “ For I say unto you, ye shall not nant of peace with them ; it shall be see me henceforth, till ye shall say, an everlasting covenant with them ; Blessed is he that cometh in the name and I will place them and multiply of the Lord.”
them, and will set my sanctuary in Again : “ Thine eyes shall see the the midst of them for ever more,” king in his beauty ; they shall behold Ez. xxxvii. 13-14. “My tabernacle the land that is very far off,” Isa. I also shall be with them; yea, I will xxxiii. 17. “Look upon Zion, the be their God, and they shall be my city of our solemnities; thine eyes people,” ver. 27. We have brought shall see Jerusalem a quiet habita- but a little of the testimony that tion, a tabernacle that shall not be might be adduced on this subject; taken down; not one of the stakes but we think the evidence brought thereof shall ever be removed, neither is sufficient to sustain our position ; shall any of the cords thereof be which is, the Jews will return to broken,” ver. 20. “For the Lord is Canaan when the Lord comes and our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, turns away ungodliness from Jacob. the Lord is our king; he will save
J. F. us,” ver. 22. “And the ransomed
REMARKS BY THE EDITOR. of the Lord shall return and come to
It is a fact the truth of which cannot be Zion with songs and everlasting joy | denied, that the Apostles of Jesus were upon their heads; they shall obtain the best interpreters of divine prophecies. joy and gladness, and sorrow and The Lord, during his ministry, frequently sighing shall flee away,” Isa. xxxv.
explained to them all things written in the
Law of Moses, in the Prophets, and in the 10.
Psalms concerning himself; and after his “And ye shall know that I am the ascension he gave the Holy Spirit, to bring Lord, when I have opened your all things to their remembrance whatsograve, O my people, and brought
ever he had said, as well as to show them
things to come. This teaching rendered you up out of your graves, and shall
them infallible. Misrepresentation, or put my spirit within you, and ye shall misapplication of the word of God, therelive; and I shall place you in your fore, could form no part of their instrucown land: then shall ye know that
tions. From all error, in this respect, they
were entirely free. They were correct I the Lord have spoken it, and per
students of the sure prophetic word: they formed it, saith the Lord. And say thought much, and said but little. It unto them, thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will take the children of the teachers of Christianity in the present
| day. There is much both said and written Israel from among the heathen, wbie on unfulfilled prophecy, which is irrelether they be gone, and will gather vant, and would be better altogether them on every side, and bring them omitted—especially the remarks made by into their own land : and I will make some of our more ardent second advent
brethren. them one nation in the land upon the The Old Testament abounds with premountains of Israel, and one King' dictions and threatenings against different
cities, empires, and nations, among which | earth, the honor and glory of the nations, may be mentioned Jerusalem, Samaria, the unclean, the abominable, and those Babylon, Nineveh, Tyre, Damascus, &c. who love falsehood-with the healing of the nations and empires of Egypt, Chal- the nations—are all spoken of in that state. dea, Assyria, Greece, Rome, Judea, the On the whole we are disposed to conclude ten kingdoms of Europe, and finally the that the new heavens and new earth three whole world. Each of these has some times predicted in the bible, are not idenprediction relating to it, which cannot be tical- they are each successive stages in properly applied to any other purpose than the attainment of that elevation which is the one for which it was originally made. destined for the church of God. A para Thus, those prophecies referring to Judea, dise of peace and union may be restored to Jerusalem, or Samaria, cannot be applied the Lord's people on earth, hitherto unto Babylon, Nineveh, Egypt, or Damascus known among the children of men. The -or to the second coming of the Lord : antediluvians had the starlight age a discrimination not often made by those the Jews the better moonlight age-the who write on the second advent.
disciples the age of sunlight-and the There are many opinions advanced in the whole redeemed family will have the best articles of Brother J. F. on Prophecy, the of all, the eternal age. But the character truth of which no believer in the inspired of those higher schools, provided for the volume will call into question : still some Lord's people when there are no more naof the passages he quotes have long ago tions to heal and save, is not for us to debeen fulfilled. To apply these to the se termine.
J. W. cond advent of our Lord, especially to prove that he will personally and literally
FLEMING ON PROPHECY. reign one thousand years upon the earth during the millennium, appears to us During the past month we have perfectly absurd. As instances of misapplication, we may quote Zeph. i. 12-18,
| attentively perused a prophetic dis
course delivered in London, in the and Isaiah xxiv. 3. Let the reader turn to these passages, and we think he will year 1701, nearly a century and a agree with us, that they cannot, with any half ago, by Robert Fleming. A new degree of propriety, be applied to any other
| edition of this discourse has just been parts of the world than to Jerusalem and Palestine.
issued from the press, and is now being That there will be a new heavens and
read by thousands in the British emnew earth, in which shall dwell righteous pire. Mr. Fleming, having decided ness, is certain ; but that the new heavens upon the year 606 as the heading-up spoken of by Isaiah, and those referred to by Peter and John, are identical, is very
of Popery, predicted the French questionable. In the new heavens and new
Revolution in 1793-4, and, by a very earth spoken of by Isaiah, the child (of ingenious, though common-sense proGod) is to die a hundred years old, while cess of reasoning, the downfall of the sinner being a hundred years old is to
| Popery in the year 1848-a predicbe accursed: there is to be no more an infant of days, children shall not die in in
tion, the accuracy of which seems to fancy; still death shall take both saint and have startled multitudes in the presinner. It must be obvious, that prior to sent day, who appear to be generally the year 95 or 96, neither the Apostles nor
ignorant of the writings of this puriany members of the church knew, or at least professed to know, anything regard
tan divine. We shall present our ing the personal reign of Christ for a thou- readers, in this and a subsequent sand years. This was not the one hope of number, with a brief insight into Mr. the gospel for at least sixty years after the Fleming's mode of reasoning, and ascension of our Lord; and even now, remove a single passage from the twentieth
final conclusions, regarding the entire chapter of a highly figurative book, and destruction of this great anti-christian the thousand years personal reign will have and tyrannical power. We learn already terminated. The new heavens
from the introductory remarks, that and new earth seen by John in vision will certainly be realized by all the children of
Mr. Fleming entered upon his minisGod, either before or after the resurrection terial labours in the metropolis, on of the dead, but in which of these states June 19, 1698; and that, in the year we shall not stop to inquire... The view | 1700 his church and congregation presented to us in xxi. and xxii. of Revelations is splendid and exhilarating in the built him a commodious meetinghighest degree. Still, the kings of the house, in which he delivered a series
of discourses, afterwards printed by which generally all are agreed in, and in request of his admirers and friends.
which Mr. Mede, Dr. More, Mr. Durham,
and Dr. Cressener, have irrefragably proved. In the discourse before us, the author,
1. That the revelation contains (Rev. iv. 1, having referred to the strife and divi X. 5, 6, 7) the series of all the remarkable sion then prevalent, which he deeply events and changes of the state of the Chrislamented—and which must have aug
tian church to the end of the world. 2. That
(Rev. xvii. 1, 5, 18) mystical Babylon, or mented a thousand fold in our day
the great whore described there, doth signify furnishes statistics of those who suf Rome in an anti-christian church state. 3. fered death in every conceivable form, That therefore this cannot be Rome pagan rather than submit their consciences
properly, but Rome papal. 4. That the
(Rev. xvii. 10, 11) seven heads of the beast, to the monstrous and cruel power of or the seven kings, are the seven forms of Popery. He observes :
government which obtained successively “ Can we have forgotten what barbarities among the Romans : and seeing the (Rev. that inhuman party have committed in the
| xvii. 10, 11) sixth of these was that which world? For, if we may believe historians,
was only in being in John's time, the former says a learned man (Dr. More, in his Divine
five having fallen before ; that, therefore, Dialogues) Pope Julius, in seven years, was
consequently the seventh head, which under the occasion of the slaughter of 200,000
another consideration is called the eighth, Christians. The massacre in France cut off
(the intervenient kingdom of the Ostro-Goths 100,000 in three months. P. Peronius avers,
being the seventh in number, though not that in the persecution of the Albigenses and
properly Roman, and therefore, in that sense Waldenses, 1,000,000 lost their lives. From
none of the heads of the Roman government) the beginning of the Jesuits, till 1580, that
is the last species of government, and that is thirty or forty years, 900,000 perished,
which is called most peculiarly, and by a saith Balduinus. The Duke of Alva, by the
speciality the Beast, or Antichrist. hangman, put 36,000 to death. Vergerius " These postulata being supposed as cer. affirms that the Inquisition in thirty years tain (which I would reckon no difficult thing destroyed 150,000. To all this I may add to prove, were it needful) I must in the next the Irish Rebellion, in which 300,000 were place, premise two preliminary consideradestroyed, as the Lord Ossery reports in a tions, before I come directly to answer the paper printed in the reign of Charles II. / question itself. The first is this: that the And how many have been destroyed in the three grand apocalyptical numbers of 1260 late persecutions in France and Piedmont, days, forty-two months, and time, times and in the Palatinate and in Hungary, none, I a half, are not only synchronical, but must believe, can fully reckon up, besides those be interpreted prophetically, so as years that have been in the gallies, and that have must be understood by days. fled from Popery. This is that idolatrous “ That these three numbers are synchroharlot, glutted with the blood of the saints.”
nical, will appear plain to any impartial conHe says, preliminarily— " I shall in siderer, that will be at pains to compare
them, as we have set them down in this book dustriously avoid the fatal rock of po
of the Revelation, viz. the 1260 days, chap. sitiveness, which so many apocalypti- xi. 3, and chap. xii. 6; tbe forty-two months, cal men have suffered themselves to chap. xi. 2, and chap. xiii. 5; and the time, split upon ;” and “ content myself times, and a half, chap. xii. 14. For it is
| clear, that the Gentiles treading down the in giving you a few hints towards the
holy city forty-two months, chap. xi. 2, is resolution and improvement of that the cause of the witnesses prophesying for grand apocalyptical question, when 1260 days in sackcloth, ver. 3.' And is the the reign of Antichristianism, or the
woman or church's being in the wilderness
for the same term of days, chap. xii. 6, any Papacy, began
other than a new representation of the wit"1. I must fulfil my promise in giving nesses' prophecying in sackcloth ? Seeing you a new resolution of the grand apocalyp this must be while the Beast is worshipped tical question concerning the rise of the great | and served by the whole Roman world, du. Anticbrist, or Papal Rome. For when we ring men's lúnacy of forty-two months' conhave done this, and fixed this era or epocha, | tinuance, chap. xii. 5. And therefore, seewe may by an easy consequence see the time ing the woman is said to be in the wilderness of the final fall and destruction of this dread state of desolation and persecution for a ful enemy.
time, and times, and half a time, in order "Now in order to answer this distinctly, I thus to be preserved from the Beast and (which bath exercised and wearied out all | Serpent, as we see chap. xii, 14. It is likeapocalyptical writers hitherto) there are some wise plain that this number of three years things I would premise as so many postulata ' and a half must be the very same with the
two former numbers. Only it is to be ob prove this, it will necessarily follow that the served by the way, that this period of time, other numbers must be so interpreted also, when it is mentioned in relation to the church, since they are the same with this. Now is spoken of with respect to the sun, either that the 1260 days cannot be taken literally, as to his diurnal or annual rotation; whereas but prophetically, will appear from hence : when it is described in relation to the Beast's That it is impossible to conceive how so unstable kingdom of night and darkness, it many great and wonderful actions, which is made mention of with respect to the in- | are prophesied to fall out in that short time, constant luminary, which changes its face could happen during the space of three solar continually, while it makes our months; and years and a half; such as the obtaining hence it is that the church is represented, power over all kindreds, tongues, and nachap. xii. l, under the emblem of a woman tions—the world's wondering at, and submitclothed with the sun, and the moon under ting unto the beast's reign--and the settingher feet.
up an image to the imperial head, and "Now, as these numbers are synchroni causing it to be worshipped instead of the cal, and the same, so it is easy to prove that living emperor's, &c. *And besides these they must be understood prophetically for things, seeing, the 1260 days are the whole vears. I shall not insist here upon the con time of the papal authority, which is not to jecture of a learned man (Whiston's Theory be destroyed until the great and remarkable of the Earth) that there was no diurnal rota appearance of Christ, upon the pouring out tion of the earth before the fall, and conse of the serenth vial; and that therefore Christ quently no days of twenty-four hours, but will have the honour of destroying him finally only an annual rotation of this our planetary
| himself (though this iniquity began to work world: wbich he gives us as the original | even in the apostolical times); therefore we reason of the Scripture's putting days for may certainly conclude that it must take some years frequently. For whatsoever be in this, centuries of years to carry on this abominait is plain that the Scripture speaks thus in tion that maketh desolate. For though the several places; by putting a lesser number | Lord will gradually consume or waste this figuratively for a greater, as well as a defi great adversary by the spirit of his inouth, nite one for an indefinite. Witness the ap yet he will not sooner abolish him than by pointment of the week of years, Exod. xxxiji. the appearing of his own presence (2 Thes. 10, 11, which is spoken of as it it were a | ii. 8.) As * I choose both to render and unweek of days, verse 12, the seventh year of derstand the words. which is therefore called Sabbatical, with the learned Dr. Whitby, in his late Paraphrase respect to the seventh day, Sabbath. In and Commentary upon the Epistles, dues indeed ad. the same way of speaking, Ezekiel was com vance a new notion on this verse and chapter-viz.
that the Jewish sanhedrim, government and nation, manded to lie 390 days on his left side, and
is primarily and chiefly uuderstood ,here by the forty on his right, each day for a year, as Apostle, as the Man of Sín and Antichrist, both upon God himself says, chap. iv. 5-6. So like the account of their opposing themselves to Christ wise God punished the murmuring Israelites
and persecuting his followers, and upon the account
also of their rebelling against the Romans. And he with forty years' abode in the wilderness, has said so much for the proof of this, that it may with relation to the forty days that were be thought to contain a refutation of my interpretaspent in searching of the land of Canaan,
tion of the place. But even upon the snpposition that
all the Doctor says for his opinion should be true, (Num. xiv. 34.) The seven vears of Nebu
yet it will be found no way to invalidate what I ad. chadnezzar's lycanthropy, is thus called in vance here. For all that are acquainted with the definitely, days or times (Dan iv. 32-4.) Nay
Jewish and Apostolical writings, know, that besides our Saviour himself speaks in this dialect,
a first sense to be observed in prophecies, there is a
second and remoter one more tacitly insinuated frewhen he calls the years of his ministry days, quently as the principal design of the Spirit of Goj. saving, “ I do cures to-day and to-morrow, I might show this in innumerable instances, espeand the third day I shall be perfected,”.
cially in the ancient prophecies that relate to David,
or some other person in the first sense, or typical (Luke xiii. 32.) But the most remarkable
one, but in the Messiah ultimately and completely. place to our purpose is the famous prophecy But I shall not insist upon anything of this kind of Daniel's seventy weeks, or 490 days, chap.
now, seeing so many have done it already; and there
is no need to do it here, seeing Dr. Whitby doth ix. 24, reaching down from the edict of
himself grant all I desire, when he says in the pre. Artaxerxes Longimanus, in his twentieth face to this Epistle, page 383, “ But that I may not year. (Neh. ii. 1-10) to our Saviours's suffer- wholly differ froin my brethren in this matter, I ing at Jerusalem ; which was exactly 490
grant these words may, in a secondary sense (in
which expression I onls differ from the Doctor seeing prophetical years, not Julian ones: the not I look
I look upon it to be the principal sense, because it is distinguishing of which has hitherto con- the second) be attributed to the Papal Antichrist, or founded all interpreters, as I might show at Man of Sin, and may be signally fulfilled in him, in
the de-truction of him by the Spirit of Christ's mouth, large were this a proper place for it. But
he being the successor to the apostate Jewish church, what e diffe,
to whom these characters agree, as well as to her, quickly see.
and therefore in the Annotations I have still given
a place to this interpretation also.” “ In the mean time, I am now to prove
(To be continued.) that the 1260 days are to be understood in a prophetical sense, for years; for, if I can!
ITEMS OF NEWS. | Huddersfield, besides several other breth.
ren; and after tea a very interesting meetDOMESTIC.
ing, the best of all being that God was Nottingham, May 15.-On the 6th we with us during the day, four persons maleft home on a visit to the few brethren in king the good confession and were bapLouth, Lincolnshire, where we spent the
tized. Three of them were from Leigh, following day, speaking three times on the
the other being the wife of one of our brethkingdom of heaven, its privileges and pros
ren.-May 9ih: this afternoon another pects. The congregations were small on
brother's wife was immersed into Jesus each occasion, about one hundred and fifty
Christ, for the remission of all her past being present, out of a population of ten
sins, and she did, indeed, rejoice in God thousand, to hear what we might advance
her Saviour.-May 16th : We have taken on these all important and interesting to
another room for our meetings on the pics. The eleven brethren and sisters re
Lord's day; the same room that you and siding in this place are happy and firm in
Brother Frost spoke in when at Wigan. the truth. Many unpropitious circum
Should any of our brethren from a distance stances have prevented their progress, but
be piissing through this town, we should nothing more so than difference of opinion be very glad to see them at our meetings, on church order, community of goods, who and give us a word of encouragement or is to preside, &c. Because of these things
exhortation, or to preach Christ crucified some six or seven who have been immersed unto the world. Yours in the one hope, into Jesus now stand aloof from his insti
T. Coop. tutions, thereby setting at naught his au
Newcastle-on-Tyne, May 8.-I am sorry thority as the head and king of his church.
that for so long time you have not heard of Brothers Scott and Clarke, of Lincoln,
me respecting the state of things in this were to follow these labours on the 14th,
part of the Lord's vineyard; I trust, howand Brother Buck on the 21st. To say
ever, that some of my brethren bave supplied the least regarding the result, the brethren
the deficiency. The truth is, the Lord is will be encouraged to hold fast the faithful
opening to us doors of usefulness which lite. word of life, till the Lord shall call them rally occupy all the time we can possibly hence to dwell in his presence for ever. take from other engagernents, and we ex
Dornock. May 15.-Since I last wrote ceedingly rejoice that the Lord of the Haione has been introduced into the kingdom vest does not permit us to labor in vain; to of the Lord Jesus, by immersion into the us his word has not returned void. Blessed awful name of the divinity, and that, too,
be his name! The temperance hall was for the remission of all past sins, Acts ii.
opened in February, through the influence of 38, xxii. 16. Now in order to obtain the
our Brother Ramshaw; since then the numeverlasting kingdom, we must renounce
ber of our hearers has been increasing, and ourselves, our previous religion, and this
the interest excited by the proclamations and world as our portion, being steadfast and
discourses have been very encouragingly unmovable in copying the example of our
manifest. Many even of those we denomiLord, as revealed in his holy book. It is
nate sects have frankly and kindly acknowthere alone that we read of his doctrine,
ledged their obligation to us for clearer views his miracles, his sufferings, his death, bu
of the gospel; and some who have, as they rial, resurrection, and glory. How im
tell us, sat for many years under the ministry
of the place, declare that they have never portant, then, that we meditate on these holy precepts day and night, until we can
seen the power and grace of our crucified and
risen Redeemer to save so distinctly set forth, say with David, “ How sweet are thy
and as to baptism for the remission of sins, words unto my taste, yea, sweeter than
“it is useless to deny it.” But, better still, on honey dropping from the comb. Through
Lord's day, April 30th, I had the pleasure thy precepts I get understanding, and
of introducing three believing men into the therefore hate every false way." In conclusion I wish to give a word of advice to
kingdom of God, one from the Independents,
and two from the world, the first persons all small churches like ourselves, to raise
baptized in Howden, as the inhabitants tesa trifling fund to pay for three Harbingers
tify. On the day following (from certain apper monih, each member having a number
pearances during the discourse of the Lord's of readers. By this plan the knowledge of
day evening) I felt impelled to visit some six original Christianity will be greatly ex
families, whom I found favourably disposed tended, and many may be led to shine as
towards' us. On the Thursday, May 4th, the firmament, and as the stars for ever
I proclaimed in the hall, after which another and ever.
man confessed the Christ before the audience, Wigan, April 21.–To-day being Good many of whom echoed through the room the Friday, and our brethren at liberty, we had sympathising “ praise the Lord;” others a tea-party, upwards of one hundred being thought and felt this way of pressing people present. We had Brother Haigh, from 'to be saved now to be very solemn and aw