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more full and clear explanation of Scripture; and I shall feel most happy to be corrected by your correspondent, wherever I have been either inaccurate or mistaken. With sincere wishes for the success of your interesting work, I am yours, &c. &c.
P.S. Your reviewer of Irving's Last Days has, I think, been inaccurate in condemning the translation of επ' εσχάτων των ἡμερων TOUTWY. EσxaTwv, by the Greek idiom, may certainly agree with Яμрw, and need not govern it. I do not see, however, that this destroys the force of the reasoning. I make this remark for the sake of truth, and not of the Eclectic Reviewer. On the contrary, I rejoice greatly that a work like yours has arisen,' which may from time to time expose the injurious effrontery and falsehood of many reviewers of the present day, whose religion is all alive in profession; but, if we may judge of it by the almost total absence of humility, meekness, caution, and charitableness, cannot in reality be far from expiring. These anonymous monopolizers of orthodoxy do not scruple to lay their rude hand on many of our good and great men, who, though they may sometimes go a little lame from the fatigue of their mighty exertions, are as superior to them in deep and genuine piety as in sound and scriptural knowledge.
REMARKS ON THE PERIOD ASSIGNED IN SCRIPTURE FOR THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL.
By the Rev. PH. HOMAN.
EVERY person who carefully examines the Divine records must perceive that the fortunes of the Jewish nation are intimately connected with a grand period of seven times, or 2520 years; and that at the close thereof their restoration may be expected. There is such a remarkable coincidence in the result of the following computations, that I am disposed to think that we are now within a few years of that most glorious event, so much to be desired by every Christian.
1. The captivity of Israel by Esarhaddon, in the reign of Manasseh-a captivity referred to in the vii th chap. of Isaiahtook place A. C. 677. If from this well-marked event we date the seven times, they will be found to terminate in A. D. 1843., 2. From the viii th chap. of Daniel we learn that the tuary is to be cleansed at the end of 2300 days. Now, what period can be so appropriately fixed on for the commencement of these 2300 days, as that so well defined in the next chapter, namely, the decree for restoring the civil and ecclesiastical polity of the
Jews, and which must be considered as typical of the future more glorious restoration, when the sanctuary is cleansed? According to the best commentators, this decree was made in the seventh year of Artaxerxes, A. C. 457: consequently, the 2300 days, reckoned from this, terminate in A. D. 1843.
3. There can be no doubt but that the restoration of Israel will take place in a year of Jubilee, that remarkable festival, so clearly typifying their restoration to their own land. According to the computations of many chronologers, the next year of Jubilee will occur in 1843 or 1844.
4. Is it fanciful to mention also the time specified in the ix th of Revelation? The continuance of the Ottoman power, so long the scourge of the Jews, is there limited to an hour, a day, a month, and a year-equal to 391 years; which, being dated from the capture of Constantinople in 1453, will end in A. D.
Mr. BORTHWICK's second Paper has been delayed by his illness: it will appear in Number III., as will also Mr. IRVING'S Second Paper on the Apostasy. The sale of our first Number having exceeded our expectations, we have printed a larger edition of the second, and are therefore enabled to increase its bulk without adding to the price. Notwithstanding this, we are obliged to postpone many articles for want of room; but we beg to assure our correspondents, that we shall endeavour to insert their communications according to the combined ratio of their importance, and the order of time in which we have received them.
We have received several queries for insertion; but most of them would require much discussion: for it we have not at present room, and it would therefore be a species of mockery to insert the queries, and refuse the answers they require. Some of these we hope to decide satisfactorily, as relating to parts of that great system which it is our professed object to unfold. In the mean time, we must beg the patience of our friends; and assure them, that their letters will be preserved, and attended to at those times when the subjects of their inquiries come regularly before us.
Our much-esteemed correspondent W. will find his questions respecting the New Covenant and Original Sin fully anticipated in a preceding paper. He will rejoice with us in knowing that our first Number has elicited many approving testimonials similar to his own. Our limits will not allow of our specifying them individually, but we request the writers to accept collectively of our cordial thanks. Their approbation has cheered our hearts and strengthened our hands: and we would say to them, as we do to each other, “Be strong and of a good courage: the Lord is on our side."
On the Apocalypse, and the Millennium.....
On the Structure of the Apocalypse........
Interpretation of all the Old-Testament Prophecies quoted in the
Recherche sur Daniel viii. 13, 14 (on the Number 2300)........... 350
On the New Covenant-(concluded from p. 224).
tion-(concluded from p. 239)...
On the true Humanity of Christ
A Defence of the Athanasian Creed.........
REVIEWS AND MISCELLANIES.
Review of Sermons, by Dr. A. Thomson
of Dr. Arnold on the Roman-Catholic Question
of Rev. S. R. Maitland on the 1260 Days of Daniel and
St. John W. D. in Reply to Philanastasius, on the Use of the Greek Preposition ε in Passages which speak of the Resurrection. 518
23: for opposition is between, read opposition is NOT between. 21: insert clothe before with the wool.
15: for but much concerning this prophecy, read but NOT much, &c. 14: for Lyon read Exon.
3: dele the semicolon after people.
The paragraphs in pp. 406, 408, should have been numbered 13 (a, b, c), instead
of 14 (a, b, c), to agree with the Analysis on p. 393,
ON THE APOCALYPSE, AND THE MILLENNIUM.
FROM the beginning God has given to man revelations sufficient for keeping him in the right way, for guiding him into all truth; and cautions sufficient for warning him of all danger : but when, in the course of time, difficulties and dangers arise to which man has not been previously exposed, additional revelations and cautions are then given to warn him of, and prepare him for, the coming trial. On the other hand, it has ever been the unremitting endeavour of the grand adversary of mankind, and of all opposers of the truth, to explain away the revelation, that it may no longer guide us; and to take off the force of the warning, that it may no longer deter us. This was exemplified in our first parents: Gen. iii., "And the serpent said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die for God doth know, that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." The word of God being thus misinterpreted by Satan, and its threatenings brought into discredit, Adam fell; and the process of his fall is an epitome of the several stages of declension in allhis posterity, whether occurring in individuals, in congregations, or in kingdoms. God does not call man to account for what he has not possessed, but for the use of gifts and talents which he has received and all the Divine expostulations turn upon our not having diligently employed those means put within our reach, or upon our having regarded the suggestions of deceivers more than the word of God." Israel doth not know, my people do not consider" (Isa. i. 3): "O my people, they which lead thee, cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths" (Isa. iii. 12). But when a people have incurred the guilt of rejecting