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THEbelief that Christ's personal return precedes the Millennium has
been held by Christians in all ages ; but it has been accompanied by
a belief that those descendants of Abraham, erroneously called Jews
would be either gathered to Palestine or converted, or both, before
that coming. Within the last fifty years, the great principle thnt the
New Testament, is an infallible key to the Old, has led to the hearty
adoption of the truth that he is not a Jew who is one outwardly,"
that those " who are Christ's are Abraham's seed, and heirs accord-
ing to the promise," inasmuch as "the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and
OF THE SAME BODY, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the
gospel," and that those are truly "the circumcision, who worship
God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence
in the flesh." Hence, tlrose who have confidence in the flesh," and
rest their hopes in a lineal descent from Abraham, have no share in the
promises to the true Israel, but dl Israel, shall be saved."
Among the rejecters of modern Judaism which gives the promises
to those who say they are the seed of Abraham, but are not the true
seed, William Miller is prominent. The following is a statement of
the views advocated in the Second Advent publications.
1. The word of God teaches thnt this earth is to be regenerated in
the restitution of all things, and restored to its Eden stare as it came
from the hand of its Maker before the fall, and is to be ihe eternal
abode of the righteous in their resurrection state.
2. The only Millennium found in the word of God,is the one thousand
years which are to intervene between the first and second resurrec-
tions as brought to view in the 20th of Revelations. And the various
portions of scripture which are adduced as evidence of such a period
in time, are to have their fulfilment only in the new earth, wherein
dwelleth righteousness.
3. The only restoration of Israel yet future, is the restoration of
the saints to the new earth, when the Lord my God shall come, and
all his saints with him
4. The signs which were to precede the coming of our Saviour,
have all been given; and the prophecies have all been fulfilled but
those which relate to the coming of Christ, the end of the world, and
the restitution of all things.
5. There are none of the prophetic periods, as we understand them,
extending beyond the (Jewish) year 1843, (which terminates in the
spring of 1844.)
The above we shall ever m'aintain as the immutable truths of the
word of God, and therefore, till our Lord come, we shall &er look
for hie return as the next event in historical prophecy.
Those who hold substantially the above views, are found in the
greatest numbers in the United States, but the doctrine has been pro-
mulgated in the four quarters of the globe. Wm. Miller commenced
lecturing in 1831; and his views were published about the same time,
in the Vermont Telegraph. To meet the calls for information, he
collected these articles in a pamphlet, which he distributed gratui-
tously. One edition of his lectures was published in 1836. Early in
1840, Joshua V. Himes, a minister in the Christian connexion, became
a believer in these views, and commenced the Signs of the Times,
issuing it for nearly two years only once in two weeks; it is now
weekly. It commenced without subscribers or funds, but gradually
gained friends Other works were issued, and their circulation steadily
increased. Josiah Litch, a member of the New England Conference
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, had in 1838, published a book
on the Probability of the Second Coming of Christ about the year
184%" In 1842, he issued " Prophetic Expositions," in two volumes
The Midnight Cry was commenced in New York, in Nov. 1842, and
continued daily for twenty-six numbers, and is now weekly. It has
been sent to every post office in the United States, and has excited an
interest in the Middle and Western States, like that which the Signs
had been the means of awakening in New ~n~land.
Charles Fitch,
formerly a pastor of the Free Presbyterian Church, Newark, N. J.,
wrote his "Reasons for believing the Second Advent of Christ in
1843," when he was at Haverhill, Mass., in Nov. 1841. A paper
called '* The Second Advent of Christ" was commenced by him at
Cleveland, about the close of 1842. George Storrs commenced
preaching the Second Advent Faith, in the summer of 1842. His
lectures are many of them published in a pamphlet called Bible
Examiner. Enoch Jacobs, a Methodist Protestant preacher, stationed
at Attorney Street, Eew York, advocated the Second Advent Faith
in the New York Luminary, in 1842. He has continued his labours
in New York, and at Cincinnati, where he is continuing the Western
Midnight Cry, a weekly paper, commenced by George Storrs. The
books and pamphlets of William Miller, Josiah Litch, G. F. Cox,
Charles Fitch, George Storrs, L. D. Fleming, S. Bliss, J. B. Cook, F.
G. Brown, N. Hervey, and others, are embodied in forty successive
numbers of the Second Advent Library. The writings of Lewis
Hersey, have been widely circulated in newspaper form. Several
millions of books, papers, and tracts haye been issued. Their circu-
lation has been chiefly in the United States and Canadas ; but con-
siderabl; quantities have been sent to England. The Voice of Elijah,
I. I believe Jesus Christ will come again to this earth.
Pro?f.-John xiv. 3: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I
will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,
there ye may be also.
Acts i. 11 : Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye
gazing up into heaven ? This same Jesus which is taken up from
you into heaven, phall so come in like manner, as ye have seen him
go into heaven.
1 Thess. iv. 10 : For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of
God ; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
Rev. i. 7 : Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every cye shall see
him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth
shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
at Montreal, circulates in the British dominion8 both sides
of the Atlantic. Tracts have been translated illto French and Ger-
man. They have been sent, in English, to all the missionary stations
known, and carried by whaling vessels to the remotest parts. Several
hundreds of preachers constantly promulgate these views. The
cumber of befievers cannot be ascertained. They are every where
a minority. If the world generally embraced these views that fact
would prove them false, for at Christ's second coming, it shall be as
it was in the days of Noah ; and Christ's question, When the Son of
man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" clearly implies that
true faith will be very far from universal.
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11. I believe he will come in all the glory of his Father.
Prof.-Matthew xvi. 27 : For the Son of man shall come in the
glory of his Father with his angels ; and then he shall reward every
man according to his works.
Mark viii. 38: Whosoever, therefore, shall be ashamed of me, and
of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also
shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his
Father, with the holy angels
111. I believe he will come in the clouds of heaven.
Pro?f.-Matthew xxiv. 30 : And then shall appear the sign of the
Son of man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth
mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of
heaven, with power and great glory.
Mark xiii. 26: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in
the clouds, with great power and glory ; xiv. 62: And Jesus said,
+ ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of
power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Daniel vii. 13 : I saw in the night visionas,and behold, one like the
Son of man cake with the clouds of heaven, and came to the An-
cient of days, and they brought him near before him.
IV. I believe he will then receive his kingdom, which will be
PmJ-Daniel vii. 14 : And there was given him dominion, and
glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should
serve 11im : his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not
pass away, and his kingdom, that which shall not be destroyed.
Luke xix. 12, 15 : He said therefore, A certain nobleman went
into a far country, ta receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the
kingdom, then he commanded those servant8 to be called unto him,
to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much
,every man had gained by trading.
2 Tim. iv. 1 : I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord
ksus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing
and his kingdom.
V. I believe the saints will then possess the kingdom for ever.
, Proof.-Daniel vii. 18, 22, and !27 : But the saintsof the Most High
&all take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for
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