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sures of wisdom and knowledge—wisdom and knowledge, infinite and eternal. All things were made by him, and for him; and by him all things consist.” The Son is God! the Son is man; and great is the mystery.* “God manifest in the flesh-beyond controversy!!!"
I believe that this manifestation of God is represented in Scripture, as answering to three grand purposes of the immutable God over all, blessed for evermore. 1. To seal his own glory in the sight of all his intelligent creation. 2. To make man holy as his Maker; and third, to make him as happy as God is happy, according to the measure of a being proceeding from, and born of God. In this way, I believe that Christ is all in all!
I believe that all scripture, from Genesis, the first chapter, to the end of the Apocalypse, is testimonial of Christ. That the meaning of scripture is two fold, as Christ is certainly two fold—Son of God, Son of man; that the meaning of scripture is both literal and spiritual—that to discard the natural, is to reject Christ's manhood—that to disbelieve the spiritual, is denying his Godhead. My God! preserve me from scepticism! I believe now, o may I hold fast thy sacred word!
As to the prophetic parts of scripture, I believe in their entire fulfilment, some both literal and spiritual, as for instance, “He shall come down like the rain upon the mown grass, as showers that water the earth.”+ Read the second chapter of Acts, particularly the 2, 3, 4, 38—47 verses--a grand exhibition of the spiritual fulfilment of a glorious branch of prophecy, which has been often repeated since that day, though in smaller measure, since
* 1 E. to Tim. 3. 16.
+ Psalın, 72.6.
apostolic faith failed from among the children of men.
For the literal fulfilment of this prophecy, I refer to the following plain scripture testimony.
1. He shall come down. Not that he shall at that time be born of a virgin-do not suffer your minds to be diverted from the proper object set forth in the 72nd Psalm. It is a millennial song; and as the royal prophet touched the faithful cord, “let the whole earth be filled with his glory, Amen and Amen," he testified that “the prayers of David, the son of Jesse were ended,” which implies, that as a servant of God, he could desire no more, a type of Christ (the anointed) intercession ceased, and glory began. But to the words, “He shall come down."
Read our Lord's declaration, recorded by three Evangelists.
“And then shall they see the SON of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
Compare this grand passage with the 7th verse of the 1st chapter of Revelations, and both with the testimony of two shining ones recorded by Luke, in the Acts of the Apostles, first chapter, eleventh verse.
Here are three remarkable witnesses, together with the personal declaration of the Son of God, that old time prophecy should be fulfilled in a direct, literal manner; viz: two angels and the Holy Ghost.
2. He shall come down like the rain upon the mown grass; and as showers that water the earth.
I refer you to the testimony of the Apostle James, concerning the effect of the great event before us-see his sermon, recorded in Acts 15. 16. I
also to Peter's doctrine-see Acts 3. 19 -21. and to Paul, see 2 Thess. 1. 10.
I shall add something more concerning my views of the scriptures, as they are intimately connected with my
sentiments on Millennium. I believe that they are “lively oracles,” and not a dead letter—that “the words are spirit and life” -that “the prophecies are of no private interpretation”-that the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which he sent by his angels unto his servant John, was never sealed up, except the seven thunders- I appeal to the angel who commanded John to leave them unsealed. I believe that the prophetic testimony by Daniel is opened in the Apocalypse, also Ezekiel, Isaiah, Zechariah, Habakuk's, &c. &c. &c. &c.
I believe that the scriptures are comprehended and rightly understood, by the Spirit which indited them that faith in Christ Jesus is a distinguished agent of that spirit, in producing benefit to man from reading and studying the scriptures—that the understanding of man is the object operated upon, when light appears on prophecy--that the scripture is unchanged—I believe that God will punish every stroke of innovation, every attempt at interpolation, the least degree of subtraction, as well as careless reading of, or neglect to study them, except repentance is exercised, and reformation succeeds repent
I believe that the scripture is a true standard and will prove spirits. Let our sentiments, our impressions, and our desires, bend to its testimony, while we earnestly, sincerely, devoutly, and with all perseverance, cry to him who was dead, but is alive and liveth for evermore.
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may understand the wondrous things that I read in the scriptures."
We may assure ourselves that God will be true to his word, in the full accomplishment of the whole body, and every part of it. Not one shall fail of all his promises, or his threatenings; for his mouth hath commanded and his spirit will gather them.
I believe that the spirit of truth will never apply the key of David to an old rusty lock of nature's making, that opens a heart but little better than a pit of hell. And here I would ask the question, when did the Bible appear to my christian reader like a new book, before, or after, the exercise of repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ? Call to mind the sweet hours of your first love!!!
I believe that compulsory measures are not used by the Holy Ghost, in his bountiful work of enriching the mind with millennial treasures; or I am cer, tain that powerful testimonies, founded on the broad basis of Thus saith the Lord,' would not be rejected as they are at this day. Jesus Christ said to the Samaritan woman at the well, that true worshippers shall worship God truly, not by constraint, but willingly, because of their being prepared to do so; but the Blessed One, in his address to that woman, laid before her the truth, and left her free to act. She acknowledged him the Messiah in the day of her visitation, and was blest herself, and made useful to others. Jesus Christ taught his disciples to ask, that they might receive, signifying that the Holy Spirit would be given in answer to prayer. But I shall be accused of circumlocution and tediousness in giving my views of Millennium. Well, wellit will be no new thing to me to be accused by the Gentiles.
I have, (you may understand, if you give proper attention to the foregoing pages,) commenced my
views of the millennium, with the institution of the Sabbath, or day of rest, following the six day's work of Creation, as it is written, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” I have followed the subject, in my search after truth, I mean the truths connected with this great and glorious Sabbath, through all the books of the Old and New Testament, (and likewise the Apocrypha,) and I am well satisfied in my own mind, that Millennium commences, continues, and concludes with the personal return of Jesus Christ, as man and as God, to this world, his personal reign on this earth, and his entire victory here over all his foes, and that the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
From the scriptures I learn, that Christ in his own person will reign as a king upon earth; and not only in his own person, not alone will he reign, but in and with his redeemed church, which he hath bought with his blood. I behold the same person on the throne of his father David, that was baptized in Jordan, and crucified on Calvary; but it is glorified; and this state I view as foreshadowed in the scene quoted to by Peter in his 2nd Epistle, 1 ch. 16-18 vs. I believe that the actual reign of Christ is immediately preceded by three grand events.
1. The defeat of Anti-christ. 2. The binding of Satan, and his imprisonment. 3. The sanctification of the whole house of Israel.
And I believe that these three grand events are preceded by three others.
1. The revelation of “the man of sin, the son of perdition, who is to rise in opposition against every object that hath the name of God attached to it, whether in Catholic, Protestant, &c.; or even Jewish form.
2. The pouring forth upon the Gentiles the wrath of God.