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began his infamous reign the same year. Add 1260 to 606 and it makes 1866, the probable time for the commencement of the release of the Church, and of the destruction of her enemies. About this time the Jews and Gentiles will be converted, and unite together in one body under Christ their spiritual head. Then will be the latter day glory of the Church-the season of Millennial blessedness. This is agreeable to the opinion of the most able and learned modern Writers on the prophecies.()
Q. 10. How long will the Millennium continue?
A. Most probably a 1000 years literally. Some, however, have thought that it would continue a 1000 prophetical years, which, a day being put for a year,
; and reckoning 360 days in a year, would make 360,000 years.
Q. 11. How is the Millennium to be introduced?
A. By the instrumentality of human means, accompanied with the blessing of heaven.
Q. 12. How ought the benevolent exertions of the present day to be viewed in relation to this subject?
A. They ought to be viewed as an indication of good. The Bible, Missionary, Education, and Tract Societies will be, no doubt, greatly instrumental in advancing the Millennial day.
(h) Dan. 7. 25. And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws; and they shall be given into his hand, until a time and times, and the dividing of time, that is, three years and a half, or forty-two months, which, reckoning thirty days to a month, ( and this is according to prophetical computation,;) make twelve hundred and sixty days, which prophetical days make twelve hundred and sixti; years. Rev. 11. 2. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles; and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. Ezek. 36. 24, 28. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land; and ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. Isa. 11. 12. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Q. 13. What will immediately follow upon the close of the Millennium?
A. Satan will then be loosed a little while, probably as long a time before the close of the seventh thousand years, as the Millennium commences before the close of the sixth thousand.()
Q. 14. What is meant in Scripture by binding and loosing Satan?
A. They are figurative modes of expression, denoting, in the one case, the restraints, under which he is laid by God, and, in the other case, the permission or liberty, granted him by God to tempt and afflict mankind.
Q. 15. What will take place at the end of the seven thousand years?
A. The world will come to a solemn close, and be burnt up; Christ will be revealed from heaven in great power and glory, and sit in judgment upon angels and men, and award retribution for eternity, These awful and glorious events will conclude all the scenes of this world.(*)
R. 16. What is the duty of Christians in view of the Millennium?
A. It is their duty to expect it, desire it; pray for it, and use all means in their power to introduce it.
(i) Rev. 20.7,8. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison; and shall go out to deceive the nations, which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
(1) 2 Peter 3. 10. But the day of the Lord will come as a . thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth
also, and the works ihat are therein, shall be burned up. 2 Thess. 1.7.-10. And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe, because our testimony among you was believed in that day.
ASSISTANT TO FAMILY RELIGION.
PART III. .
RESOLUTIONS, AND QUESTIONS OF SELF-EXAMINATION.
Resolution 1. I will be grateful for the Light of nature, which makes known the existence and most of the perfections of God, and the present condition and many of the duties of man; and, though I must consider it but a partial and imperfect guide in truth and duty, yet I will endeavour to act according to its dictates.
Question of self-examination. Do I study the works of God to learn His character, and my duty?
R. 2. I will be grateful for the Holy Scriptures, which contain a full and perfect revelation of the Divine mind and will, and are substantiated as of heavenly origin by the most convincing and abundant evidence; and I will take them for the rule of my faith and practice, study much to understand their sacred contents, and test all my religious principles and conduct by them.
Q. Do I, especially when infidelity is prevalent, and errours are published, daily resort to the Bible as my
* It is to be understood and remembered, that all resolutions should be made in dependance on the grace of God, and not in one's own strength. It may be useful to read these resolutions, and questions of self-examination, frequently, and statedly, as at the close of every day, week, month, and year.
only sure standard? and do I exercise gratitude for this heavenly guide?
R. 3. I will love, and rejoice in, the adorable, amiable, perfect, and glorious character of God, natural and moral, as clearly revealed in the Sacred Oracles, and will endeavour to conform to it in all things conformable by me.
Q. Do I possess the moral likeness of God? and do I exhibit it in my daily deportment?
R. 4. I will consider the doctrine of the Trinity in the Godhead, as a doctrịne most clearly revealed in the Bible, though highly mysterious in respect to the manner, in which the three Divine Persons subsist in the Divine essence, and as most important, because laying a glorious foundation for the grand economy of man's salvation as published in the gospel; and I will receive the doctrine with profound reverence, deep humility, firm faith, and exercise due homage and gratitude to the different Persons, for the part they severally take in the plan of redemption.
Q. Do I receive the doctrine of the Trinity with reverence, humility, faith, and gratitude? and is my communion with God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost?
R. 5. I will view the doctrine of divine purposes as clearly taught by reason and revelation, and as demanding the full assent and consent of every intelligent and moral creature in the universe, because most holy in nature and design. and as a subject of holy admiration, support, and thanksgiving
Q. Do I believe, and rejoice, in, the supreme and universal dominion of God, whose counsel stands forever?
R. 6. I will contemplate upon the works of creation with wonder and delight, and endeavour to see the character of God illustriously unfolded in them, and holiness and happiness promoted by them, and
feel that the Author of them is worthy of the supreme love and homage of all intelligent creatures.
Q. Am I pleased with the design, which God had in view in His works of creation? and do I render unto Him, the great Author of all things, that homage and love which are justly His due?
R. 7. I will meditate upon the providence of God as general and particular, extending as well to the minutest as to the greatest events which take place; and I will rejoice that it is so comprehensive, so wise, so benevolent, and so righteous, and affords a ground for the highest consolation of all holy creatures, and that, while it extends to revolving worlds, I am not overlooked in the great system of things.
Q. Do I rejoice in the providence of God? Do } acknowledge his ħand in all events? Do I feel that my own heart is ever open to His view?
R. 8. "I will view the existence of angels, holy and apostate, as a reality, and love the holy angels, the noblest and brightest of creatures, for their holiness, exercise gratitude for their benevolent exertions in guiding, protecting, and ministering to them, who shall be heirs of salvation, respect them for their dignity and worth, and imitate their holy example; and I will detest the character and conduct of unholy angels or. devils, fear their evil devices, resist their wicked temptations, and avoid an imitation of their unhallowed example.
Q. Do I resemble the holy or the apostate angels? and am I preparing for the endless society of the former,
R. 9. I will regard man as 'noble and exalted in his nature, holy in his primitive state as coming from the hands of his Maker, capable of most desirable attainments in knowledge, holiness and happiness, lord of this lower creation, responsible in all his feelings and conduct, and destined to an endless state of glory and felicity, or of shame and