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subsequent. In such the key of ex- have elapsed since the Reformation, planation must be found in the order and nothing corresponding to the vis. of events. To the third class belong ion has yet been seen.....Great things those prophecies, in which no time is were achieved at the Reformation. mentioned, and no order established, But this is another angel,...this forebut other events are predicted, and tels another preachingvastly more declared to be co-existent:"
enlarged and interesting in its conse." Agreeably to this arrange
quences, than any thing, which hapment, the author concludes, that
pened then, or at any period since.
It delineates an event, which, when the prediction now under con
estimated in all its concurring cir.' sideration belongs to the second cumstances, cannot fail of establishclass.
ing the conviction, that it is not yet * To the order of the event;" he
fulfilled.....We are compelled, therea observes, " we must be principally fore, to look forward for the accomindebted for information. The vision plishment i and are now reduced to before us is the second recorded in
the short remaining space of two this chapter. Consistently with an
hundred years.....At some period of established rule.....the time when the
tíme from, and including the present angel will commence his preaching day, and before the close of two hun. must be after what is intended by the
dred years, the angel must begin to first vision, and before the third. At
fly in the midst of the churches, and some period between these two ex.
preach the everlasting gospel to all tremes this prophecy will be accom
nations, and tongues, and kindred, plished."
and people in the earth. The object of the first vision
“ Thus far the prophecy, taken in is determined to be the great
its connexion and order, has assisted
us in our calculation. We shall, event, which is commonly called perhaps, approach nearer, if we atthe REFORMATION, which hap- tend to momentous events, pened in the beginning of the
which we know are to happen" pre. sixteenth century:
viously to the millennium, and, conse.
quently, within two hundred years, By great Babylon in the third
If these be such, aș will necessarily vision
require considerable time, and if the "Is indisputably intended the seat event in question be inseparably conand dominion of that powerful adver- nected with them, and stand foresary, who for many ages has en- most in the series, we may be enacroached upon the prerogatives of bled to form a rational conclusion of Jesus Christ, and persecuted his the probable season when this will faithful followers. The duration of commence.
is limited to twelve hun. “ The events to whiclı we allude dred and sixty prophetic year's..... are, the punishment of the nations, The latest date, which has been, or, who aided antichrist in murdering indeed, can be fixed for his risc, es- the servants of God, the conversion tends his continuance to the year of the Jews, the bringing in of the 1999 : conscquently his fall must, at fulness of the Gentiles, and the fall farthest, be immediately before the of mystical Babylon." year 2000, when the millennium will The author mentions these be fully introduced. "Here then we have found two
events distinctly, and makes ob
servations in order to assist us extremes, between which the predic. tion in question will be fulfilled. It in forming a just estimate of the must be after the" Reformation, and time required for their accom: before the fall of antichrist
. The an- plishment. gel must begin his fight after the
“I. The punishment of the nations, year 1500, and before the year 2000.
who aided antichrist in murdering the This brings our inquiry within the
servants of God....But, what contlicts, space of five hundred years. These boundaries will be abriçlged, when
wbat revolutions, what risings of nawe reflect that three hundred years
tions, who are to be the mutual exe:
cutioners of this terrible sentence, the missionary spirit, which has sud. are here implied !
denly pervaded the churches, and es. “2. The Jews are to be converted.... timate the efforts lately made, and The Jews will assuredly be convert. still making, for sending the gospel to ed, and with raptures of faith and those, who know not the precious love, hail the adorable Jesus, as the name of Jesus ;....do we not discover true Messiah..... To their own land a striking resemblance of what the they will again return, and flourish vision describes ? May we not ex. there under a government adapted to claim, behold the angel! his flight is their new and exalted condition. There begun !" they will constitute the centre, the most distinguished and dignified thor's view, is comprised also
This prediction, in our aupoint, to which the whole Christian church will stand related. But to ef. under the third class of prophefect all this....what instruction, what cies, and receives additional light arrangements, what assistance from from the rules of explication reother nations,
what journeyings, what specting co-existing events. The concurring providences must here combine!
hour of God's judgment he con“3. The fulness of the Gentiles is to siders, as the very hour when be brought into the church....But the angel begins to fly. God's what means and ends, what causes judgment against the nations, and effects, what a train of events who are chargeable with the the world to the obedience of Christ! murder of the saints, appears alWhat prejudices must be conquer d, ready begun. " What are the what old foundations razed, what singular, what the desolating Dew structures erected !........Should Pentecostseason be frequently repeat are still enlarging in prospect ?
scenes, which have opened, and ed, and the work be cut short, still a number of years must necessarily elapse Why are convulsed nations ris. in accomplishing this blessed pur. ing in a new and terrific form to pose.
exterminate each other?" By “4. The destruction of antichrist..... His destruction began at the Refor.
such questions the author exmation, and will increase in the same presses his apprehension, that degree in which the gespei is preach- God is now coming out of his ed with success....Every thing that place to judge the earth, and acmilitates against revealed religion, cordingly, that the angel is about and the worship of God the Redeem
to begin, if he has not already er, throughout the whole earth, shall be overthrown.
begun his flight. Here the in. “What changes in the moral vestigation ends in the following world, what revolutions in the civil,
manner. are impending! Attend to each of “Let this suffice. You have at. the enumerated articles ; estimate tended to the prophecy, and estimated their magnitude ;....and then deter.
the period of its accomplishment. mine whether two hundred years are You have compared existing facts not a short space for the consumma. with the prediction, and drawn a tion of such events! And if the ex- conclusion. Do you now call, Watchtensive propagation of the gospel is man, what of the night? Watchman, to precede the conversion of the
what of the night? The watchman Jews, the bringing in of the finess
saith, the morning cometh, and also the of the Gentiles, and the destruction of night. Clouds and darkness still re. antichrist, say, whether we may not main, and the gloom may even thick. indulge the expectation, that it will en at its close ; but the rising dawn soon commence, if it be not already will soon dispel the shades, and shine begun ?
more and more unto the perfect day. • With this conclusion, if, now, we THE MORNING COMETH compare existing facts , if we view
From the numerous reflections
suggested by this subject, the grovelling Africans! or tame the author selects the following.
savages of America ! How can these "1. How mysterious are the ways of things be? Not by human power or God.... The time which elapsed before might, we reply. We know, more the birth of the Messiah; the narrow
than infidels can inform us, of the boundaries within which the church
stupendous heights and horrid abysses was circumscribed during the dis
over which the promise has to pass ; pensation of the Old Testament; the
but none of these things move us....I sufferings which overwhelmed her is the work of God. This answers all immediately after the primitive ages questions ; this silences every cavil
. of Christianity, and the small pro. that doch according to his will in the
Are not all thing's possible with him gress of truth and righteousness for so many centuries to the present day, are army of heaven and among the inhabi. all to us, mysterious and inexplica tants of the earth ?...." ble. What difficulties hold us in sus.
The 3d reflection is on the petise ! How many inquiries arise ! If certain accomplishment of the the everlasting gospel is to be preach- great event under consideration. ed to the whole world, why are the nations permitted to remain so long in
After mentioning the present ignorance and wickedness? If the exertions in the churches, as the heathen be given to the Lord Jesus, first strirrings for accomplishing Why doth be delay to take possession that great end, the author breaks of them? Why a discrimination forth in the following animated, Why .....But, o man, who art thou that repliest against God 3...."
impressive manner: ** 2. The magnitude of this event
"Eventful period! a time replete next arrests our attention. Vast in with occurrences of the highest impor. its nature and consequences, it in.
tance to the world! Long lives for volves renovations in the moral world many generations have
passed in uni. more extensive and stupendous, than form succession, and men have grown any hitherto experienced; it impli- deviation from the ordinary course of
old without witnessing any remarkable cates radical changes in the manners and customs of mankind, and even....
Providence. But now a new era is revolutions in the principles and ad- commencingThe close of the last, ministration of civil government,
and the opening of the present centu. which surpass the power of anticipa
ry exhibit strange and astonishing tion....When all nations receive the things. Principles and achievements, gospel; when men of every rank, from
revolutions and designs, events un. the least to the greatest, shall know
common and portentous, in rapid succession,
attention. the Lord.......then all will be happy; Each year, each day is pregnant with be happy, and peace, joy, and holiness something great, and
all human cal
culations are set at defiance. The prevail throughout the whole world.... Alarmed at the prospect, infidels raise infidel, with his impious philosophy, objections, and ridicule the hope of stands aghast, and destitute of rebelievers. All things, say they, como
sources, with trembling forebodings, tinue as they were from the beginning of scene will end; while the Christian,
wonders how and where the perplexed" the creation ; and all things will for instructed by the word and spirit of duce the mighty change you Chris. lis Saviour, calmly viens the turning contemplate. You cherish fic
of the dreadful wheels, and knows tions, chimeras, and dreams..... What!
which way they proceed. Strengthen convince the ferocious followers of ed in the mighty commotion, and looks
ed by divine grace, he stands undaunt. Mahomet, that their prophet was an impostor, their Alcoran a rhapsody! up, rejoicing that his prayers are persuade the Chinese to abandon
heard, and that his redemption draw. their ancient habits ! induce the myri.
eth nigi." ads in India to demolish their pagod.
In the remaining part of the as, and erect temples to Jesus Christ!
author urges warb the roving Tartars! elevate the Christians, and especially mis
sionary societie's to ascend the worship him as their CREATOR and prophetic mount, to enjoy the REDEEMER. Amen.” vast prospect laid open to their
Such is the sermon, of which view, and to engage in strenuous,
we think it useful to exhibit thie persevering exertions to propa- particular review, Some parts gate the gospel. The close is of the discourse might, with adfull of rapture.
vantage, have been abridged, par,
ticularly the illustration, page 10, “We wait in confidence for the H, 12. An appendix of unu.. full accomplishment of the promise, sual length, made up of learned & and participate gladly in the triumph very useful notes,closes this valua: vision, we now behold an existing fact. ble pamphlet. The theme of this We see another angel flying in the discourse is judiciously chosen ; inidst of heaven, having the everlasting the division of the subject and gospel to preach unto them that dwell on
the arrangement of the parts the earth. With fervent prayers, and marked with natural simplicity raised affections we cordially bid hii God speed. Go, welcome messenger
and correct taste, and the whole of good tidings, bear the invaluable is evidently executed by the treasure to every nation, and kindred, hand of a master. But the and tongue, and people. Proclaim highest encomium, which can be with a loud voice that the hour of his bestowed, is found in the im; judgment is come; cry aloud, spare 'not, until the whole world shall learn pression, which the sermon has to fear God, to give glory to him, and made on devout attentive minds.
The Twelfth General Meeting of the testified their cordial approbation of
London Missionary Society, held the design,-and when, in a few May 14, 15, and 16, 1806.
months, many thousand pounds
flowed into the treasury of the socie"What hath God wrought!" Is ety, then, again and again, did the an exclamation, which has seldom pious exclamation proceed from a been uttered with more sensibility thousand tongues, “What hath God than by the members of the Mission wrought!" ary Society at their sucessive meet- But surely there is now more abundant ings, and especially at their twelfth cause than there was eleven years ago, meeting; the particulars of wbich we to admire the good hand of God in have now the pleasure to record. this matter. It is more than ever er.
“What hath God wrought !” said ident, that “the thing procecdeth our friends in 1795, when the mea
from the Lord;" and that he deigns sure of forming the Missionary Soci. to accept and prove the ardent deety was so unanimously adopted, - sires, the holy breathings, and the acwhen the solemn yote was passed on tive exertions of bis people, to diffuse the evening of September 21, “ It is the fragrant name of Jesus among the opinion of this meeting, That the those who never heard his fame, nor establishment of a society, for send- saw his glory. Every succeeding an. ing missionaries to the heathen, and niversary strengthens this confidence imenlightened countries, is highly de. in God, this lively liope of his effectu. sirable,"—when the places chosen al blessing; and, to say the least, no for the first public services were preceding Anniversary more than the crowdled with attentive bearers, - last. of this, we believe, none could when about two hundred ministers doubt who were present :-to other
Christian friends we can convey but Hall, of Edinburgh, delivered an ani. a faint idea of the general impression mated and impressive Address to the by the following detail:--:
Society, exhorting them to persevere On the evening of Tuesday, May ance in the good work, and suggesting 13, a considerable number of the min many encouraging considerations to isters who has arrived in town, as strengthen their hearts and hands. sembled at Haberdasher's Hall, when On Thursday evening, Mr. Bogue some arrangements were made re preached on the appointed subject, specting the public services of the from Rom. x. 1, “ Brethren, my following days.
heart's desire and prayer to God for? On Wednesday morning, a great Israel is, that they might be saved." congregation was assemhled at Surry. Mr. Bogue considered the state of the Chapel, long before the time appointe Jews in three periods, viz. of past ex. ed for the commencement of the wor, cellence, present degradation, and fu. ship, and notwithstanding an incessant ture glory; the obligations under rain, which fell for several hours, Mr, which we are laid to seek the conver Charles, a minister of the establish- sion of the Jews, arising from the ment, resident at Bala, in Merioneth claims of gratitude, compassion, equi. shire, Wales, preached a sermon ty, justice, and benevolence :-tho from Isaiah x. 27, “And the yoke means to be adopted, in order to effect shall be destroyed, because of the this object:--and some encouraging anointing.” The preacher considered considerations by which the duty may the text as expressive of a distressing be urged. Mr. Frey, one of the
house Calamity, the bondage and slavery of of Israel, concluded the service by sibers; and of the means of deliver prayer. ance by Christ, the anointed Saviour: On Friday morning, a large con
In the evening the Rev. Mr. Brad: gregation assembled. Mr. Whittingley, of Manchester, delivered a dis, ham, of Everton (the successor of the course at the Tabernacle, which was memorable Mr. Berridge) delivered exceedingly crowded, from Psalm a discourse from Isaiah xi. 10, “ And lxxxiv. 20, “Have respect unto the in that day there shall be a root of Jescovenant, for the dark places of the se, which shall stand for an ensign of the earth are full of the habitations of people ; to it shall the Gentiles seck, eruelty.” After some general observa. and his rest shall be glorious.” Mr. tions on the Psalm, the preacher Whittingham considered the prophetthewed, by a detail of various particu- ical declaration concerning the Mesa lars, that the Heathen countries are siah, which the text contains,-the filled with cruelty,--that the great glorious effects arising from the full cause of this is moral darkness,-the accomplishment of this prophecy ; interest the church of God feels in the and he improved the subject by apstate of the Heathen,---the way in plying it to the design of the Mission. which it should be expressed, -that ary Society. God's covenant secures to the church The pleasing solemnities of this success in undertaking missions to the Anniversary were concluded as usual, Heathen.
by a Sacramental Communion; to On Thursday morning the Society which the friends of the Society were held their, General Meeting for the admitted by tickets, previously dis. Annual Business at Haberdasher's tributed by the Ministers among the Hall. Mr. J. A. Knight began with Stated Communicants, of various deprayer. The Minutes of last Annual nominations of Christians : so anxious. Meeting were read, together with the were many persons for accommoda. original Plan of the Institution. The tion, that they were seated in Sion Report of the Directors, containing Chapel nearly three hours before the an account of their proceedings dur. time fixed for beginning. Much care ing the last year, and the present state was taken by dividing the whole area. of the several missions undertaken by of this vast place into distinct com. the Society, was read; and, we be partments, marked with large figures, lieve, afforded much satisfaction to to facilitate the distribution of the the Members, of whom there was a elements by the ministers to the more numerous attendance than on great assembly, and to avoid confu. any former oceasion. The Rev. Mr. sion as much as possible.