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far west. At Independence (Missouri) I first heard the still small voice, saying in me, “Thou must go to Jerusalem.” My face was then set as a flint towards the wilderness of America, and I expected to pitch my tent with the prophet's band of the Kickapoo nation. I said My Father, I am going to thy poor outcasts.” “Yes-go to the Indians” . would dart through my mind; but instantly followed up by “Thou must go to Jerusalem"-I said, “I will go any where thou pleasest to send me.”
I pursued my course as far as Fort Leavenworth; and there discovered that the Commissioners on Indian Affairs, had both the will and power to prevent my settlement with the Indians. I was exceedingly distressed. I prostrated myself before the throne of grace--I lifted my hands to God, and cried “What shall I do”(I was ready to sink beneath a load of anguish.)
“Peace be unto thee, thou shalt go to Jerusalem;": "turn again”-was spoken in me “with power to heal” my wounded heart. I believed the voice then, but afterwards doubted; and again it spoke “Thou shalt go to Jerusalem--and thou shalt see England.”
After two years (and during their lapse, I was "tossed up and down like the locust," by inward conflicts, and outward opposition to my new pil. grimage; but at last the cloud was raised, and I crossed the Atlantic-saw England-favoured isle - I went to Jerusalem-visited Calvary-walked, and sat, and kneeled in Gethsemane-ascended the Mount of Olives- there on the summit, opposite the eastern gate of the Holy City) I read the twentyfourth and twenty-fifth chapters of Matthew's Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Holy One of Israel I was favoured with one month's probation in the
Holy City, as a pilgrim from America. The Latin Convent was my place of refuge, as a lodging: the Catholics have been kind to me. The Superior sent for me to call at his visiting room; and to him I said (by an interpreter) “the Lord JESUS Christ will soon return in His glorified body-But first Anti-Christ will come, and he will put down Rome.” This took place at Jerusalem, on Friday, April 14th, A. D. 1837—my birth-day-I was forty-nine years old.
I had not the means (that is money) to enable me to stay in Jerusalem-I was obliged to leave the City of the Great King. After many conflicts there was a message of peace given in my soul, and I departed on the 9th of May, 1837, without any doubts upon my mind respecting a second pilgrimage to that elect place of my Redeemer's throne, and the elect place of the soles of His feet, when He shall make it glorious.
Since my return to America, I have been comforted by the Lord's employing me, to continue my testimony to His household. The Fourth Number concludes it; and I now bid you' an affectionate Farewell, praying that you may be enabled, by the grace of God, to reap some good from Millennial Tidings, by comparing them with the scriptures of truth. I hope the four Numbers will be distributed about, among different tribes; but I have no address to send them, but Mr. Field, (a Cherokee chief) at Fort Gibson, Arkansas Territory. I am very desirous that Millennial Tidings should be translated into the Cherokee language. : I wish the Indians to know that I am indebted to the kindness of sundry persons in Philadelphia who have assisted me to pay for Nos. 2 and 3, M. T., and I likewise acknowledge, with very grateful pleasure, a present of five dollars from Mr. Richard
- Field (a Cherokee chief) on the day that I den
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord JESUS, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
“Make us perfect in every good work to do His will, working in us that which is well pleasing in his sight, through JESUS Christ; “To whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
From the Morning Watch.
ON THE RETURN OF THE JEWS.
It is frequently urged, even by pious persons, as a strong objection against the attempt to form any calculation as to the period when events predicted in prophecy shall be fulfilled, that when the Apostles put to our Lord the question, “Wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” he replied, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power:” and they argue (at first sight plausibly enough), that if the favoured Apostles were not permitted to know the times, it would be presumptuous in us to attempt to form any conjecture. But in thus arguing they overlook both the promise which immediately follows, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you,” and also two very important passages in Scripture, which no less decidedly speak of the possibility of being able to learn when certain events are about to take place, from the observation of certain signs: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees: when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand: so, likewise, when ye see these things begin to come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.” From which words of our Saviour we may infer that signs would be given, from attending to which the believer might be able to form a tolerably correct idea as to the nearness of the Lord's kingdom, though he could not fix the day nor the hour.