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given him an angel's work, even to announce to the church of God, the descent of King Immanuel; and likewise assigned to him the office of presenting a long rejected gospel to the Jews. Let us not reject the sayings of such a man!
On the list of his christian friends, is placed the honored name of Count Stolberg, of Westphalia ; who received this young Israelite into his palace, intending to keep him there some years; but providence directed otherwise, and his tarry at Westphalia was limited to three months, that were spent in the most profitable manner by our young traveller, even in reading the New Testament in the original text,* and in conversing with count S. and his excellent lady, on “ the power of Christ, of his resurrection-of his humility and love to his elected people, &c. &c.
On leaving Westphalia, the young Missionary elect, resolved on a journey to Rome, although protestants assured him, that should he there manifest his real sentiments, the inquisition would excommunicate, and perhaps burn him. Still he set for
* I am glad, yea truly glad, when I hear that the Lord has en. dowed any of his children with this knowledge, that they can read the Savior's history and doctrine, after the apostolic record-especially when this gift is appropriated to a faithful witness of his second appearing: -It is a blessed thing, indeed, to possess this learning with sanctification and spiritual travel into the depths of God's wisdom and knowledge, who giveth them liberally and upbraideth not.
ward with credentials in his pocket from the pope's ambassador at Vienna, to the Cardinal Litta, at Rome. On his way he visited Madame Krudener, at Berne, in Switzerland, whose piety he observed was equal to Count S. and his companion. He speaks also of meeting with other protestants there, whose faith was strong in Christ. “I heard them sing hymns, said he, and sighed to be more and more united to Christ.”-Madame Krudener said to me, “ The gospel must be always your holy guide--the cross of Christ must educate you.
The lion of Judah will soon appear amongst his elect, who have heard his voice.”. The spirit of prophecy was in this address, but it was not to hinder the young traveller from visiting Rome. No doubt it was under divine direction that Joseph Wolff, pursued the path that led him to the Seminario Pontifico, where his own senses witnessed “the abomination of desolation, standing where it ought not.”
On the 9th of August, 1816, he was introduced to Pope Pius 7th-and on the 5th of September following, he entered the Seminario Romano, being twenty years of age. He observes: “I received a long violet-blue garment, and a triangular hat, like the other pupils of the college.” The dress, and not the sentiments of Mr. Wolff, were altered. He shortly published his rejection of the leading features in papacy, especially denying the pope's
infallibility, and was admonished that he must leave Rome. “How can I (said he) believe that the Pope can make saints, since Rome herself confesses that Popes may burn in hell ?"
It was hearing the Pope called God, that extorted from his lips the exclamation, “The Pope is a man as I am—the Pope is dust of the earth as I am.” This took place after a learned Jesuit had lectured on that blasphemy, and declared that the Pope merited the title of God,“ because he has power not only upon earth, but likewise over purgatory, and in Heaven; because whatever the Pope absolves on earth, is absolved in Heaven; and that they call the Pope God, on earth, on account of his power to sanctify and to beatify”—“when I heard such arguments as these, writes J. W. I understood Paul's words, “ He as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
In 1818 he was ordered to enter the Propaganda, where he soon advanced sentiments, that exposed him to the open censures of the Holy See, and introduced our young Missionary to the notice of a Reverend Inquisition at Rome. God protected his life, and the angel of the Covenant, that led Israel safely in the wilderness, was with this descendant of Abraham at Rome; and provided a friend for him in the person of an Ambassador from the King and court of Prussia. Joseph Wolff left Rome in 1818, and arrived in
London, England, in the summer of 1819, being twenty three years old and ten months. On his arrival there he was received by Henry Drummond, Esq. High Sheriff of the county, and was introduced, by that gentleman, to the “ London Society for promoting Christianity among the Jews, as a person likely to prove a valuable Missionary for Jerusalem and the East.” The editor (Mr. Bayford) adds to this information as follows: “The Society was satisfied with his appearance and his conversation; and that he might prove, and might insure his qualifications, they sent him to reside at Cambridge, under the superintendance and care of Charles Simeon (minister of the gospel,] and professor Lee, who kindly assisted him in the study of the oriental languages. He remained at Cambridge until the Society opened its Missionary College at Stansted, in Sussex, and then removed thither with the other students."
- In the spring of 1821, some circumstances arose, which made it necessary that Mr. Wolff should proceed to Palestine, without waiting the completion of some previous arrangements, which the Society considered desirable if he went as their Missionary.* And it was therefore arranged, that
*I have been informed, that in the constitution of said Society there is an article to this import, viz, “that no Jew (offering him. self as Missionary,) shall receive any pecuniary aid from the Society."
Mr. Wolff should proceed to Palestine, under the superintendance of the gentleman who had originally recommended him to the Society, and of another friend. He left England accordingly in the summer of 1821, in a vessel for Gibraltar. He proceeded from thence to Malta, to Alexandria, to Jerusalem, and to different parts of Palestine. He returned again to Malta in the latter end of 1822, and in the beginning of the year 1823 he went to Palestine a second time, in company with two American Missionaries."
Thus briefly have I introduced the early history of Joseph Wolff, the writer of the prophetical letter subjoined, which certainly doth contain the most glorious news, that have been specifically declared to the inhabitants of this world, since Mary preached that Jesus was risen from the dead, and angels declared at his ascension that he should come again in the clouds.
The Journal and Diary of this young Missionary is very interesting. I view it far superior to any volume of the kind I have ever seen. No Gentile disciple of Jesus has yet come up to the great standard of scripture prophesy, “the Millennial dispensation,” like this Israelite.-It is not in my power to give many extracts from the Journal, &c.-as my tract would become too large for my ability to publish.--An edition of the work was issued from the American press, at the city of New