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then had an opportunity to gain an deavor, Christian sisters, to live nearer advantage over him—to make him to him, to be more holy in every day afraid, and ashamed to acknowledge conduct and conversation. Let us read that he had been one of his followers. and meditate upon the words of our

Peter's denial should be a warning Saviour and his apostles, so that we to all of us to take heed to watch and may grow in knowledge, and prepare to pray, lest we also be tempted to deny ourselves here for happiness in that him. "Our Saviour was often injured eternal world, to which we are hastenby his friends then-so it is now. How ing with great rapidity. This eminent frequently do we see those who profess apostle of our Lord wrote two epistles, to love him, dishonor him by a sinful full of important and practical instruccompliance to the practices and fash- tions; and after he had toiled and worn ions of the world, and in every thing himself out in his service, he suffered which is calculated to draw away their death on the cross at Rome, with his affections from that Saviour who has head downwards, thinking himself undone so much for us — who submitted worthy to suffer in the same way as his to such dreadful sufferings on the cross, Saviour did. that we might be saved. Let us en

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THOUGHTS ON THE COMING OF THE LORD.

I HAVE some thoughts and reflections | bled, neither by spirit, nor by word, to offer to your readers, on the coming nor by letter, as from us, as that the of the Lord. I will not say, here, the day of the Lord is at hand. Let no man second coming, as we have several com- deceive you by any means, for that day ings of the Lord referred to and spoken shall not come, except there come a of in the Bible, on various occasions, falling away first," &c. And Peterand for different purposes ; but that “ Beloved, be not ignorant of this one coming which is to immediately pre- thing, that one day is with the Lord as a cede the millennium, and to introduce thousand years, and a thousand years as it; that coming and universal triumph one day;" and “the Lord is not slack of the gospel which the early Christians concerning his promise, as some men seemed to be so anxiously expecting, count slackness." And that the predicand earnestly and ardently looking for- tion of the coming of the Lord was inward to, as the final triumph and con- tended to affect the faith and hope of summation of the Christian religion; the Christians, we learn from John, in and in the joys and glories of which it his first Epistle : “Beloved, now are seems they were, in some manner, to we the sons of God; and it doth not participate. That it was a matter of yet appear what we shall be, but we great importance to the disciples of know that when he shall appear we shall Christ, as affecting their faith, hope, be like him, for we shall see him as he and consolation, we learn from the is. And every man that hath this hope manner in which it is spoken of by the in him, purifieth himself, even as he is Apostles in the Epistles. That they pure.” It may be, also, that the man(the first Christians) then viewed it as ner in which predictions are linked tovery near—as close at hand—we there gether in epitome-as in Matt. xxiv.also learn. And we see and know, too, may have caused the early Christians that infidels have seized upon this ap- to regard the coming of the Lord as parent failure of prophecy, as an objec- near at hand. tion to the inspiration of the Apostles In the thoughts and reflections I am and of the Bible, and as a pretext for now about to offer, I shall very probatheir opposition to that divine volume bly, to some extent, cross your own and rejection of the Christian system. views, or what have been your views, But Paul settles that in one of his on this subject, and probably those of Epistles to the Thessalonians —“ Now many others, perhaps of the large mass we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of the brethren. My object is, not to of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our elicit controversy or discussion on this gathering together unto him, that ye be subject, but merely to offer some not soon shaken in mind, or be trou- | thoughts on it to them, for their con

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sideration and reflection. In conse- | ings of Christ, and the glory that should quence of the views entertained upon follow. Unto whom it was revealed, it, on both sides, I am disposed to think that not unto themselves, but unto us, they that it has been much misunderstood, did minister the things which are now and correct apprehensions of it thus reported unto you by them that have prevented. On the one hand, it has preached the gospel unto you, with the been regarded as an entirely literal reign; Holy Spirit sent down from heaven; and on the other, as purely spiritual. which things the angels desired to look Perhaps somewhere between the two, into.And, in addition to this, the may be the correct view, if it can lie metaphorical and symbolical language between them. That our Saviour will with which the prophecies are generally be here on earth, during the millennium, clothed, and particularly, such preliving and moving as a man among dictoins as those of the coming of the men, we have no idea of. And that, on Lord, make them still more difficult of the other hand, his reign will be purely being clearly understood beforehand. a spiritual one, we are just as far from But to come directly to our subject. being disposed to believe. What, then, There is to be a coming of the Lord it may be asked, will it be? To this I Jesus Christ to reign on earth during reply, that I regard it as difficult, if not the millennium, and a union of him with impossible, to ascertain what it will be, the church, which have not yet taken from the Bible. Like other predictions place. This we think very clearly preof things future, many of which have dicted in the 19th chapter of Revelabeen fulfilled, it is not necessary that tions which, as it more clearly apwe should know exactly - should be proaches the time, is, perhaps, the able to ascertain clearly and definitely, clearest and most circumstantial prewhat the coming of the Lord will be, diction we have of His coming. Let to reign during the millennium. Pre- us look at that prophecy a little. In dictions of this character, for some wise the 18th chapter we have the prediction purpose—perhaps because it is impos- of the extraordinary messenger, sible or unnecessary for us to fully see down from heaven,” or in the church, into and apprehend them-are left some- who was to exercise a great influence, what indistinct and shrouded in mys- and to enlighten the earth with his tery; but distinct enough, sufficiently glory or knowledge; and who, Dr. Clark revealed, for us to form a sufficient con- says, is probably to be some great reception of them, for the purpose for former of modern times, that shall be which they are predicted. Like the instrumental in restoring the true and distant mountain, the bold outline of pure religion of Christ to the world. which we can easily and clearly trace, This messenger proclaims the downfall but cannot fully see all its features, so of spiritual Babylon — the Roman Caas to determine and describe every tholic church ; or rather, is the great thing about it, until we nearly approach instrument, in the hands of God, of its

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;- so we can indistinctly see overthrow. Pure Christianity rapidly things through a prediction, and trace spreads, and the numerous church (“ a their general outlines so as to form a great voice of much people in heaven") sufficient apprehension of them, but is heard exulting in her overthrow, and never clearly comprehend them in in the spiritual reigu of the Lord. their details and features, until the pre- " And I heard, as it were, the voice of a diction is fulfilled and past. Then we great multitude, and as the voice of many can look back and compare the fulfil- waters, (people) and as the voice of ment with the prediction, and trace the mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia, for perfect analogy between them. That the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.such was the (obscure) nature of the The time now approaches for the comJewish prophecies concerning the first ing of the Lord, and the church is precoming of the Lord, we learn from pared to receive him, and with him to Peter: “Of which salvation the pro- enter upon the millennial reign.“ Let phets have inquired and searched dili- us be glad and rejoice, and give honor gently, who prophesied of the grace that to him, for the MARRIAGE of the Lamb should come unto you; searching what, is come, and his wife has made herself or what manner of time, the Spirit of ready. And to her was granted that Christ, which was in them, did signify, she should be arrayed in fine linen, when it testified beforehand the suffer- clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints." Here, merely that he “saw.” There was but then, is a union of Christ with the church one crown at first; one martyr--the at the millennium, which has not yet Lord himself; and one victory; now taken place under the Christian dispen- there are many crowns, many martyrs. sation; and of course, of a nature and And in connection with this he says, in character, different from the union of the next chapter, that he “saw the souls believers with Him in becoming disci- of them that were beheaded for the ples, or any other union of the church witness of Jesus and for the word of with Him now; but, as we have re- God." The Lord now goes forth as the marked, which we cannot distinctly ap- Avenger, to destroy with his judgments prehend, and will not, perhaps, until it the impenitent and disobedient wicked, shall have taken place. We can only see who remain on the earth, who have had the outlines. This union takes place at the offer of his salvation on the terms what is called the marriage supper of the of the gospel, and persisted in refusing Lamb. “Blessed are they which are call it, and who have gone over to the ed to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” ranks of the apostacy. “ And he The preparation for this purpose, which was clothed in a vesture dipped in is to take place under the present dis- blood. And the armies which were in pensation, and be perfected at its close, heaven followed him upon white horses, is also referred to by Paul, in his Ep's clothed in fine linen white and clean. tle to the Ephesians, and where this And out of his mouth goeth a sharp same illustration of a marriage is intro- sword, that with it he should smite the duced : “ Husbands, love your wives, nations—and he shall rule them with a even as Christ also loved the church, rod of iron and he treadeth the wineand gave himself for it, that he might press of the fierceness and wrath of Alsanctify and cleanse it with the washing mighty God” Then follows a physical of water by the Word, that he might destruction, of which that of Jerusalem present it to himself (at the millennium) was but a type, and which can find no à GLORIOUS church, not having spot or parallel but in the inevitable fury of wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it the deluge! The beast and the false should be holy and without blemish.” prophetthe Roman Catholic and JesuAnd then he speaks of such a union as itical powers array themselves in a mystery: “ This is a great mystery, combination with the wicked against but I speak concerning Christ and the him. Sectarianism is swallowed up by church.” And Peter, also, in reference Romanism, or arrayed on its side: to such preparation, though probably “ And I saw the beast, and the kings of in reference to heaven itself: “Where- the earth, and thcir armies, gathered tofore, beloved, seeing that ye look for gether to make war against him that sat such things, be diligent, that ye may be on the horse, and against his army." found of him in peace, without spot, But they were all taken and destroyed: and blameless." But to return.

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“ And the beast was taken, and with John then proceeds to describe this him the false prophet that wrought micoming of the Lord: “And I saw hea- racles before him, with which he deven opened, and behold a white horse; ceived them that had received the mark and he that sat upon him was called of the beast, and them that worshipFaithful and True, and in righteousness ped his image. These both were cast he doth judge and make war. His eyes alive into a lake of fire burning with were as a flame of fire, and on his head brimstone." Paul, in one of his Episwere many crowns." This may, per- tles, alludes to this final destruction of haps, be called his second coming, in the Man of Sin, “ whom the Lord shall contradistinction to bis first, when, at consume with the spirit of his MOUTH, the beginning of the Christian dispensa- and shall destroy with the brightness of tion, he entered upon his spiritual reign, his COMING.” The balanceof the wicked or reign of the Holy Spirit; and when are all destroyed : “ And the remnant the gospel first went forth in its pri- were slain with the sword of him that sat mitive purity. “And I saw, and be- upon the horse, which sword proceeded hold a white horse ; and he that sat on out of his mouth ; and all the fowls were him had a bow, and a crown was given filled with their flesh.” unto him; and he went forth conquer- Then follows, in the next chapter, ing and to conquer.” John does not say (the 20th) the binding of Satan and the here he 66

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the Lord Jesus Christ now with the riod, there will be no need of baptism church, such as had never been before; then. Hence there must be a new disand a reign of him, the martyrs and pensation, or a modification of the saints with him. But as we remarked, Christian, and baptism will be disconhe will not be as a man among men— tinned. And as the Lord's supper is as one of our earthly kings upon a designed to represent his sacrifice for throne. It will not be a literal and sin, there will now be no need of that personal reign over men. in this sense at either, as there will be no sin. Hence least. His appearance, whatever that said Paul to the Corinthians : As may be, will be of a different character, often as ye eat this bread and drink altogether different from what he was this cup, ye do show forth the Lord's on earth, or perhaps any conception we death till he come ;” and we have seen can form of it. When Paul saw him, when that coming will take place. But it was in a light above the brightness what this dispensation or change will of the noon-day sun. And John saw be-its nature, character, &c.—it is imhim “clothed with a garment down to possible for us to tell, as it is to tell the foot, and girt about the paps with what this coming of the Lord will be, a golden girdle. His head and his hairs or what this union of the Lord with the were white like wool, as white as snow church will be, in its nature, character, —and his eyes were as a flame of fire- &c. It is sufficient for us to know that and his feet like unto fine brass, as if these things will be, and that all will they burned in a furnace—and his voice be for the best—for the highest happias many waters—and out of his mouth ness and greatest glory of man on earth. went a sharp two-edged sword-and his No wonder the first Christians sp anxcountenance was as the sun shineth in iously waited, earnestly desired, and his strength.He was in his glorified ardently expected, the coming of the state,

Lord Jesus Christ, and this glorious After our Saviour ascended to hea- consummation of the Christian econoven, he sent the Holy Spirit to be with my? How glorious and happy will be the church in his absence—to be her the lot of those who shall be living guest, to superintend her affairs, and here on earth then, and shall be witto “reprove the world of sin, of right- nesses of these things, and participate eousness, and of judgment.' Now, in the blessings of this glorious reign having accomplished the purposes for of the Lord Jesus Christ. " He that which he went to heaven, he will leave testifieth these things saith, Surely I the mediatorial throne and return to come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, earth, as we have seen and shown, and Lord Jesus. J. R. HOWARD. with the Holy Spirit, will remain with the church during the millennium, [The preceding article was originally down to the end of all things.' So, addressed to Brother Campbell, and is now, Jehovah will be completely de- selected from his periodical for Novemveloped and manifested in his tri-unity ber last. We have read it with much and relations; and God, the Word, and pleasure, not because we perceive eviHoly Spirit, will be with the church as dence for the truth of every assertion Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, through therein made, but because of its freethis blissful and glorious period. Ano- dom from that un-Christian spirit of ther dispensation will now be intro- dogmatism which pervades the writings duced, or a modification of the Chris- of a certain class, on this subject more tian. Man will be restored back to his especially. The future developments primitive state of sinlessness and union of the kingdom of Christ, in their with God, as before he fell. There will particular phases, are not within the be no sin, guilt, misery, pain, &c. or grasp of human minds, and were inperhaps death, during all this period. comprehensible even to the apostles

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all themselves. We may all learn one immy holy mountain,” saith the Lord, portant lesson from Brother Howard's “ for the earth shall be full of the know- address to cultivate and mature our ledge of the Lord, as the waters cover spirits and characters, in view of the

All shall know me, from the solemn realities of the Lord's coming, least to the greatest.” As baptism is that we be not put to shame at his apin order to the remission of sins, and pearing.)-J. W. as there will be no sin during this pe

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NOTES OF LECTURES

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No. XXVI.--THE FIRST ORATION DELIVERED IN THE CHRISTIAN KINGDOM.

We have shown on a former occasion siah to death. This, to a Jew, was an the person by whom it was delivered, argument ad hominem, since they had and that he was guided by the Spirit in employed to kill their Messiah, the very so doing. It is of great importance to men they despised. To crucify does us to notice the arrangement followed, not always mean to kill, but it does in and the course of argument pursued in this place. The next point he makes is, this discourse. Peter then brings for that God has raised him up. The pain ward testimony, and afterwards exhorts, here spoken of is the powerof the grave, the point of his whole discourse being, and not physical pain. The quotation “ Save yourselves.” We have recorded from David, in the 25th verse, is a misin this chapter, but a mere skeleton of construction of the passage, and should what he said on the occasion, as the read, “ I placed the Lord always before 40th verse plainly declares. He begins my face," instead of “ I foresaw the by explaining the phenomena at which Lord always before my face.” The the crowd were wondering: for this 27th verse shows us that he was to rise purpose he quotes Joel, and some other in a short time, for his body was not to passages of Scripture, showing that it be in the grave long enough to decomwas a thing foretold long before which pose. Notice, that David is brought in would happen. The 22nd verse begins here as a witness, and that all the aposthe oration proper

that which pre- tles have done, thus far, is to bring up cedes is mere explanation. The book testimony. gives us the argument on both sides of In the 29th verse Peter says-Do not the question; and where none is given, be angry, men and brethren, if I apply we presume none was offered. Peter this testimony of David's a little differchallenges the nation. He says, “ Men ent from that which is usual among the of Israel, hear these words," &c. Jesus Jews. Let me freely speak to you. was approved by God among you- This prophecy has reference to Christ, how, Peter? By signs, miracles, and David's son, and not to himself; for wonders which had meaning. The point David is dead and buried, and his body in the challenge is, “ Ye yourselves did see corruption, and we can now know” what I now state is the truth. point out his sepulchre. In the 32nd They made no reply. This, then, was verse he announces to them the astoan extorted concession from the people nishing fact, that God had raised up that what he said was true.

Jesus from the dead, and that they were He next explains the mystery, why witnesses of his resurrection, God havJesus delivered others from death, but ing directed their attention to this spot, fell himself into the hands of his ene- &c. Peter has now proved two things mies. How does he do this ? He says —namely, that Christ was dead, and that he was delivered by the determi- had risen. The next point is, where is nate counsel and foreknowledge of God, he? The 33rd verse tells us that he is and that this was done in accordance exalted to the right hand of God, is with their ancient oracle. The word seated upon the throne of the universe, determinate, as used here, means to set has received from the Father the proforth-that is, he was delivered in pur- mised Spirit, and has poured this outsuance of a previously declared pur- what is it? That which you now see and pose. The word know has four mean- hear. Humanity now reigns on the ings: first, causative, to make known, right hand of God, and in the heavens. and this is the signification it has here; Over what and whom? Heaven and second, declarative, to declare a thing; earth. The word exousia, not dunamis, third, to perceive and understand; expresses the power he exercises. Ghost fourth, a metaphorical meaning, viz. to in old Saxon, signifies guest. Hence the approve, all of which may be verified Spirit became a guest in the church. from numerous passages of Scripture. Humanity ascends to heaven to reign, The wicked hands spoken of here are and the Spirit comes down to earth to the Roman soldiers who put the Mes-dwell

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