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No. 14,I)evon~hire Streel.
MOST of the following articles were prepared for,
md have appeared in, the Midnight Cry. They am. now
gi- in this new form 'by sepwat. Some additiow
have been made to them ; particularly to the Expsei-
tion of the 8th and 9th chapters of Daniel. Thece
dclea are sent foah with a full conviction that they
may not travel far before our Lord will have come in
the clouds of heaven; bnt still, they are sent under
the conviction that the injunction of our Lord in to be
rega~ded by all, viz., " Ompy till I come;" md,
a Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he
cometh shall find ao doing."
BOSTON,March, 1843.
Exposition of Nebnehadnezzar's Dream.
There are those who, when they come to hear sny-
thing on the appearing of Christ and the end of the
world, expect to hear us predict and prophesy on thow
With predictiug sad prophesyiug, in the
sense of foretelling future events, I have nothing to do.
I take the rophecies that God has given us, and tell
you horn ?understand them, and why I understand
them as I do. When this is done, yod will judge for
yourselves, aa each of you must give account fur him-
self, whether the interpretation given accords with
the general tenor of the Scriptures.
I force not my
P cannot agree with, ne whe tall us that the
ex osltlnn upon any man.
Hear, then judge.
ropheciu mmol be u%ntond. I1 mi& such
fanguage the language of infidelity. What is it but
saying-" Revelation is no Revelation?" Revolatioq is
somethin made known, and, of course, to be under-
d: ' f 'o say, that any part of it cannot be undep
stood, i., just eu far, to be infidels. There are mama
men who denounce infidelity with an unsparing hand
who, at the same time, tell us, we cannot understand
the prophecies ! What is this but infidelity!
A man may say, with truth, that he does not nnder-
stand the prophecies; but, ts say, "they cannot be
understood," ~s a very different matter; and he th&
doe8 it, whatever his standing, or reputation, is infidel
in his principles. Mot that he rejects the whole of
Revelatio~l ; but he denies that a part of the Bible ia a
I most salemnly believe that God designed every
part of the Bible should be understood ; but not with-
out searching the Scriptures, comparing one part with
another, and earnest prayer to Him for that same
Spirit, to guide us into truth, which at first inspired
holy men to write the sacred pages. Hence, to come,
to a knowledge of the truth, we must first seek d
childlike spirit, and pray much for divine aid.
blessed Jesus said-"
I thank thee, 0 Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these thinge
from the guise and mht, and hast revealed them unto
dcrbes. Even so, father, for so it seemed good in thy
eight." First, an humble s irit is necessary. Then,
for our encouragement, the 8wiour husaid, '. If you,
being evil, know hqr to give good gifts unto your
children, how mnch more shall ponr Heavenly Father
give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him."
Let us then humbly yet conflently seek the aid
of the Holy Spirit to give us understanding, and in
that light search the Scriptures to know what was the
mind of the Spirit that inspired them, and we shall
not search in vain.
Let us now examine the second chapter of Daniel.
I shall, for the sake of brevity, begin at the 31st vem.
Verses 31-36. "Thou, 0 king, sawest, and be-
hold, a great image. This great image, whcee bright
nesa was excellent, stood before thee, and the form
thereof was terrible. This image's hsad wan of fine
gold-his breust end anns of silver-his belly and his
thighs of brass-his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and
part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone wit8 cut out,
without hands, which smote the image upon hu feet
that were of iron and clay, and brake them in piccer :
then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and
the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like
the chaff of the summer threshing-floors, and the wind
carried them away, that no place was found for them :
and the stone that smote the image became a great
mountain, and filled the whole earth. This is the
dream ; and we will tell the interpretation themof be-
RDre the king."
I wish to call the attention of my readers to an in-
UPON HIS FEET." Let that be reinembered, far
Where did
the stone strike the image!
I shall have occasion to speak of that fact again.
Verses 37, 38. " Thou, 0 king, arta king of kings :
for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, pow-
er, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the
children of men dwell, the beasts of the field, and the
fowls of the heaven, hath he given into thy hand, and
hath made thee ruler over th
dl," [i. e., has given
thee universal dominion on earth.]
"Thou art [i. e.,
thy kingdom is,] this head of gold."
Babylon was the jht kingdom of uN'd em pi^.
h ass founded by Nimrod, the great @son d
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