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“Anastasius-It will not be denied that a large portion of the Sacred Writings consists of Prophecy; to say, then, that no good can result from studying the Prophecies, implies a supposition that a considerable portion of the Bible is useless; and even if the discrepancies between writers were so great as you suppose, it would be more probable that they had treated the subject in an unsatisfactory manner than that the subject itself was unworthy of study.
Philalethes-It has occurred to me that the object of Prophecy was not to make men know beforehand the events which were about to take place, but to shew by the event the foreknowledge of God.
Anastasius.—This is certainly not a sufficient motive for declaring unaccomplished events; for it does not require a revelation from the Deity to prove, that if there be a God, that God must have a knowledge of the future effects aud operations of works of his own hands.But, instead of considering this point abstractedly, we have only to refer to Prophecies which have been already fulfilled, to see that such was not the only object for which they were given; but in order that men might believe what God declares, and act accordingly.
Men study the Pro. phecies, as too many do other parts of Christian doctrine, as if they were unconnected and insulated parts. They are like persons who look through the windows of a building which contains a very large and complicated piece of machinery; by dint of some pains they arrive at the knowledge of the uses of all that they see, but, not being able to get inside the building, they cannot perceive how all the various movements are connected, so as to produce one grand, and consistent, and uniform operation. Thas some are so wholly intent upon the doctrine of justification, others upon the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit,-others upon the decrees, and unchangeableness of the purposes of Jehovab, that the whole of the contents of the Sacred Volume seems in their eyes, to be included in one or more of these separate doctrines; whereas, no Christian is well and scripturally versed in one branch of divine truth, but in proportion as he perceives its harmony and connexion with all others.
Philalethes.—But you surely do not mean that the study of the Prophecies is as essential a branch of Theology as the doctrine of justification, and the other great and leading doctrines which you have mentioned.
Anastasius.--God has united them in His Word, and what He has united together let not man put asunder.
Philalethes.-Do you consider, then, that any practical good is likely to resnlt from the study of the Prophecies?
Anastasius.—Every portion of Divine truth which is re. ceived into the heart, produces a corresponding practice. Systems and creeds in Theology may be learned by the intellect, as readily as systems of Chemistry, Botany, or Mineralogy; and so acquired, will produce no good effect. The activity of the mind of the present generation has caused many to acquire the Christian scheme of salvation in this and in no other way, and hence the large apparent extension of religious profession. But so hostile are the heart and affections of the natural man to those things which God delights in, that no one can acquire such a love for the essential peculiarities of the religion of the despised Nazarene, the crucified God-man, as to have the current of his thoughts, principles, and course of life changed and influenced by them, except through the Almighty Spirit of the Deity himself.
Philalethes. This I firmly beliere, and experimentally know, as far as it respects the fundamental truth of salvation by the Cross of Christ; but what good purpose do you expect further to be accomplished by the study of the Prophecies?
Anastasius.-For every delusion which Satan introduces into the world, there is a specific artidote in some
particular portion of Divine Truth. After the whole Roman Empire had become nominally Christians, the world was over-run with the superstition, idolatry, and self-righteousness which had been set up by the various Bishops of Rome. The especial truth for the overthrow of that delusion, was the doctrine of justification by faith alone. To preach this doctrine the Reformers were raised up; upon this point the whole difference between the Christian and all other religions essentially turns; and therefore this point is justly termed, Articulus stantis aut cadentis Ecclesiæ; upon this foundation the whole body of Protestant Churches was builded, and stands. But superstition and self-righteousness constitute no longer the elements of the prevailing delusion of these days, with which Satan draws men's souls into perdition; scepticism, infidelity, the deification of the intellect of man, reasoning pride, disbelief in the Word of God, is the grand sin of these days: in the former case they were at the least alive to the danger of offending God, and anxious in their endeavonrs to pacify Him, and only mistook the mode by wbich this was to be accomplished; whereas, now they doubt the fact of His anger, and, consequently, the necessity of any mode of reconciliation.
The grand truth, therefore, to bring forward, is the standing miracle of the past and present condition of the Jews; Prophecies fulfilled already, and those which are to be fulfilled here. after. Thereby shewing, from the analogy of judgments, which, having been predicted, did afterwards come to pass, the certainty and awfulness of those which are yet to come; that many may be roused from their lethargic security, and awake, not to the tremendous realities of a despised indignation, but to the expected glories of an eternal blessedness."
• The writer did not foresee the heresy which has lately sprung up in the very bosom of our own protesting Church, the effect of which would be to confuse and unsettle the whole work of the reformation-we cannot see, however, that there is any period in the Church of Christ wben this doctrine of justi. fication by faith, so justly called the article of a standing or a falling church should not occupy a prominent place in the doctrine of every preacher of the glorious gospel of "the blessed God. -EDITOR
THE LORD'S DAY. There is a subject dear to the heart of every child of God, to which we are determined that a prominent place shall be given in the Christian Beacon. The honour due to the Lord's Day, We trust, indeed, that not a number of this paper will appear without some reference to the Festival-Day of the Christian week, of which it has been quaintly but beautifully remarked that “ in the ring and circle of the week the Sabbath is the jewel, the most excellent and precious of days. We are well aware that to the sinful and the ungodly the honour and the holiness of the Lord's Day affords no pleasure, and promises no gratification---for “SIN KEEPS NO SABBATHS," but we are deeply convinced that there can be no well ordered society in a Christian country when the sacredness of the Christian Sabbath is not duly observed. Well has it been observed that “if the keeping of the Sabbath were a mere servitude of the body leaving the heart no better than before, it would be a frivolous ceremonial and ought to be exploded. But if it be true that he who sanctifies the Sabbath sanctifies his own soul, then does the Sabbath assume a spiritual importance, because an expedient of spiritual cultivation. The suspension on this day of the labour or business of the world---its scrupulour retirement from the converse or the festivities of common intercourse ---its solemn congregations and its evening solitudes--These singly and in themselves, may not be esteemed as moralities; and yet be entitled to a high pre-eminence among them, from the impulse they give to that living
fountain of plety, out of which the various moralities of footing. The Mail would depart from every place on life ever come forth in purest and most plenteous emana. every day of the week, except the Lord's day, allowing tion. It is not that the virtue of man consists in these
one universal day of rest, in which all would enjoy an things, but that these things are devices of best and surest
equal opportunity of serving the Lord, of which mauy efficacy for apholding the virtue of man. Were it not for this subserviency, the Sabbath might well be swept awaye
are now deprived. The habits of commerce would be but because of this subserviency, it notonly takes its place;
rapidly accommodated to this holy order; and after a among the other obligations of Christianity, but is entitled few Lord's days had passed away, men would wonder to that reverence which is dne if not to the parent to the that they had cver opposed so godly and beneficial án foster-mother of them all.” These remarks have been
arrangement." called forth by a letter wbich we have just received.
The address is from the Lord's Day Society, on the There is something peculiarly awful in this mode of
subject of the stoppage of the Royal Mail during the 24 desecration of the Lord's day, when we consider that hours of the Lord's Day. every family in the kingdom participates, either directly or indirectly, in this great offence. The counting
A HOUSEHOLD HYMN. house of the merchant, the chamber of the lawyer, the
Father! from whom thro’ life our joys have flow'd, table of the private gentleman, the hand of almost every
At whose blest feet we, child-like, bow the knee, householder, the club-room, and the reading-room, dis
Long máy Thy love enrich our poor abode, play a like on Monday morning, and too frequently
And may our little children come to Tbee;
Teach the high lesson to their beedless youth, even during the Lord's-day, the produce of the Sab.
No way is safe but Thine---the way of Truth! bath Mail.
May no contentious words, no hateful brawl Those who have been long accustomed, without a
Rouse their young spirits to uphallow'd wrath; thought, to make use of the Sabbath Mail, may be Be Thou their Faith, their Hope, their Love, their All, tempted to suggest great difficulties in the way of sus- And keep them safe along their upward path: pending it; but they may rest assured that the diffi- What foe shall stay their footsteps, if they be culties are only imaginary, and not real. No real dis- United-.-' in thy Spirit's unity?' advantage can ever arise to nations from a holy keep- Thy name is Love: then bind them each to each, ing of that rest which the Most High, who ruleth in In pure affection's ever-strengthening chain; the kingdom of men,” has ordained. He himself has
And if th’ unstable world false terrors teach, declared, " Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is
Bring home Thy promise to their hearts again;
That Thou wilt give, should earthly stores decrease, a reproach to any people," (Prov. xiv. 34.) He also
Unfailing comfort,..." in the bond of peace ?' has said, “ The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God," (Prov. ix. 17). But
Their riper age may no unbridled lust
Of passion, power, or money lead astray; we have remarkable proofs before our eyes, that no May they to all mankind be true and just, inconvenience actually arises, but rather comfort and And learn Thy precepts only to obey : blessing, from suspending the operations of the Post- So shall they pass thro' storms of human strife, office on the Lord's-day. Consider the example of With quiet minds... in righteousness of life.' E. LONDON-that great commercial city of the earth. Thanks be to God, no letter is received or sent forth ou
Scripture for Meditation on the first of January, 1839. the Lord's-day within her streets. She thus pauses in
Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the her commerce; pauses, according to the will of God;
night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and and doubtless, she finds a blessing more than equal to
also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.“
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us thereher consistency. Can any rational being doubt that fore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the the same rule would be equally beneficial to the nation armour of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day: not at large?
in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wanThere is at present, all through the country, one day
tonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord in every week when no letter is received from London,
Jesus Christ. and one day on which none is sent to London; lout * Isaiah xxi. 11, 12. + Romans xlii. 12, 13, 14. with shame be it spoken, neither of these days is the
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS. Lord's Day; whereas, if the conveying of the Mail were suspended during the twenty-four hours of the
ADVERTISEMENTS for the “CHRISTIAN BBACON," which will be
printed on a separate sheet, may be sent to Messrs. Hamilton, Lord's day, there would still be but one blank day, and
Adams, & Co. London, on or before the 16th of the Month, that, to the glory of God, would be the Lord's day. The Letter of B. T. S. about the Sunday School Teacher at Man Let the managers of the Post-office arrange that the chester, (who became a Socialist, and died reprobating the Mail shall reach some convenient town, where it may
Owenite System,) &c. are necessarily deferred till our next
number. rest, a reasonable time before twelve o'clock on Satur
Wo are glad to inform our readers that although we do not think day night; let it resume its journey after twelve at it right to publish names without permission, we have already night of the Lord's day, at such a time that no work received promises of assistance from Clergymen in Man. be done on that day; and it will arrive at the several
chester, Liverpool, Birmingham, &c. &c. whose names, if
mentioned, would carry great weight with them, besides the towns on those days which are now the blank days;
assistance offered and already given in our own city and while in London the delivery and departure of letters neighbourhood. will remain unchanged. There would then be but one It is requested that all communications may be addressed, (post blank day all over Great Britain, and that day would
or carriage paid,) to the Editor of the Christian Beacon, care be the Lord's day; and the whole population of this
of Mr. Seacome, Bookseller, Chester. kingdom would be placed upon one common Christian T. TAOMAB, Printer, Eastgate Back Row, Chester. LONDON: PUBLISHED BY SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & Co.; HAMILTON, ADAMS, THE
A MEMORIAL OF GOD'S MERCIFUL PROVIDENCE. The Evening of the Lord's Day is peculiarly a It was impossible to sleep, nor could I wish time of rest to His ministers; for the day itself, to sleep during that awful night, and yet I was though a day of rest to others, is a serving day too fatigued not to feel at times almost overcome to us. Joyful and blessed our serving is, but it with drowsiness. The wind became louder and is often laborious and fatiguing, and at no time mightier in its force; never have I heard such does the cheerful quietness of our family circle long terrific blasts. At times there came a long seem so delightful to me as on the evening of long pause of deep and awful stillness, as if the the Lord's Day.
tempest were collecting its strength, like the string The evening prayers were over, and our family of a bow strained back, or the mountain billow party had separated for the night. I remained drawn down to its lowest depths, and thus gatheralone after every one had retired to rest, that ing force to rise to a towering height, and to I might see if the doors and shutters were burst with overwhelming power—and then the closed, and the house in safety. As I stood in blast came rushing on, and the house seemed to one of the passages I heard that the deep still- rock to its very foundations. Hour after hour passness of the night was broken in upon by the ed, but there was no cessation of the hurricane, and sudden rising of the wind. A door in the court all the night long I thought of those who were out yard was slamming so violently that I went out upon the sea, exposed to its wildest fury. But to close it, and I found that the wind had as my spirits turned also to God, 'who walketh begun to blow a gale, but as our residence upon the wings of the wind,' I remembered that stands high, and open to the south west, there He is as gracious as He is glorious—as merciful seemed to me nothing unusual in the loud and as He is mighty. I felt how great a privilege sweeping wind which blew warmly and strongly it is that we are permitted and indeed invited to over my face.
commend all for whom we ought to pray to His Before I retired to my own chamber I went, good providence, and to His all-sufficient grace! as I usually do, to give a passing look to the and it was then a high and holy delight to call children.
upon Him, who, while He thought it not robBy the side of one of the youthful slumberers bery to be equal with God, came in the likeness I lingered for some minutes, he is the youngest of man, and lived and died among men sharing of the household, and a younger Brother's child. our griefs and carrying our sorrows. My mother stood beside me--for he slept in the I thought of Him asleep in the midst of the dressingroom adjoining her chamber—and sha- storm, and I could not help, like the fearful disding the light I carried with my hand, we looked ciples, entreating Him to rebuke the tempest, and down on the calm sweet countenance of the say, as He said in answer to their prayer, “Peace, sleeping boy. There is something very lovely be still.” Oh the blessed, blessed privilege to to me in the innocent security of a child's'tepose, have such a Refuge, such a Savionr! so gentle, the cheek so delicately flushed on the side pres- so sympathizing so human, a friend! Still the sing the pillow, the eyelids so lightly closed, and storm continued, when suddenly there came one the soft regular breathing just parting the rosy heavy thundering crash, which seemed to fall lips. I rather touched than clasped the little upon the house. What it was, and where it was, hand, carelessly resting on the pillow, and more I knew not—but I did not stop to think of why than once I stooped down to kiss the soft cheek of or wherefore, I found myself rushing forward the unconscious child so tenderly loved by us all. to the chamber of the child I had left some hours As I turned away I heard the roar of the tempest before sleeping so softly. As I sprung up the without, but all was peaceful in the hushed still- stairs, a beli rang violently, and then I heard the ness and the soft gloom within.
sound of feet rushing backwards and forwards, T. Thomas, Printer, Eastgate Back Row, Chester,
and loud, frantic shrieks. I was in time, and pressed down; but on the pillow, just where his perhaps only just in time.-I found my mother head had rested, a joist had since fallen, and struggling with all her strength to force her way would, probably, have struck his temple with a into the dressing room where the child slept; for fatal blow. when the crash came, the door had been sudden- From that same room also, a large heavy wardly closed. She could just open it, and was able robe had been removed only the night before, to see the situation of the child, and hear his which otherwise must have been forced through cries of terror, but all her efforts to enter the the ceiling, and have inevitably fallen on anroom were in vain. My sister had also reach- other youthful sleeper in the room beneath. ed the room, and had rushed round to the It had been also proposed, not long before, to move other door which opened into the passage, and the crib of the child to another side of the room she was using all her strength to burst it open, to the very spot where the whole weight of the but in vain, the door had been locked from with- chimneys had fallen, and where he must have in, and resisted all her efforts. Never shall I been at once crushed to death. But it was His will forget the whole scene as it then appeared- who hath said, “There shall not an hair of your never shall I cease to shudder when I think of head perish,” to preserve ns in safety during that the situation in which I found the child—the awful night. He had seemed to whisper this roof rent wide open to the sky, and the heavy gracious assurance during those hours of danger. masses of brick and timber tumbling about me, How fervently do I pray, that those who were and the wind, sweeping in and bellowing with spared, may live to shew forth His praise, not its mighty voice, and the troubled moonlight only as I would now do, with our lips, but in our shewing to me in the further corner the couch of lives. the child almost buried in the ruins. I heard One reflection has been often present to my his piteous cries, and they brought joy to my mind, when thinking on that tremendous windheart, for I thought at first that all was over, storm, that the power, beneath which we all that he had been crushed beneath the frightful trembled in so helpless a state was an unseen ruins. He also heard my voice, and called upon power. There is, in fact, nothing of all the wonders me by my name; and with a desperate effort, in the mysterious world where God has placed us which seemed easy to me at the time, I forced endued with such mighty force as the invisible back the door, which the falling mass had almost air around us; and yet its presence is the closed, I sprang forward, and was permitted to gentlest, the most welcome, the most sweetly rereach the child-just sufficient space was left for freshing to man. The delicate flower upon the me to draw him forth, for the rubbish was as sheltered bank would hang its head, and its high as his chest. In a moment I had borne tender leaves would be folded and shrunk in him from the room, and placed him in my death, if unvisited by the playful breeze. We mother's arms unhurt. I had no sooner reached throw open the casement and draw back the the adjoining room than there came another curtains in the sick room, that the soft air may dreadful crash the whole of the roof and come and breathe over the languid sufferer; and chimneys and ceiling, as I afterwards found, had how often does the prisoner in his dismal fallen in—but the child was safe, and we were dungeon raise himself to the narrow window of blessing God with him in our arms, as we has- his cell, and lay his fevered brow against the tened with him to a place of greater safety. bars, that he may draw in some grateful draughts
Blessed be God's Holy name! this was but of the fresh open air for which he often gasps in one instance among many more, of the mercies of vain. The common air is, perhaps, the best, the His providence on that eventful night, that night sweetest, and the dearest blessing God has given to be much observed in our recollections of His us here below. In it, to take a low but I am goodness, and our thanksgivings for His deliver- sure a devout view of the subject, the mortal man ances!
may be said to “live, and move, and have his When I next visited that little chamber, I being." Let it be withdrawn for a short season, found it a ruinous heap of brickwork and timber, and the living man becomes a hideous corpse. bared to the open sky: The beam which had been There is One, my christian readers, who is the snapped in the middle, hung slanting just above very fountain of wisdom, and in His sacred word the bed of the child, and a few large heavy slates He has Himself taught us to see in the comwere still suspended over the spot where his monest things of earth images of the highest and fair head had been lying,-a broad mass of the holiest things of heaven. And as He has likened ceiling had fallen, like a smooth canopy, upon the the second Person of the eternal Godhead to the wooden parapet which surrounds his Indian crib, resplendent sun, which giveth light and heat to and under it his tender limbs had been so gently all men ; so has He set before us, by the image of shielded, that the bed clothes had not even been the air that we breathe, the third Person of the same glorious Godhead; giving us some faint manity? The experiment which you have found to be idea of the ineffable gentleness of His influences, successful in the veriest receptacles of the felon and the and the irresistible mightiness of His power. outcast, carries in it a bright and universal promise Yes, from the very lips of Him who spake as
when it comes to be tried, as is now doing by yourself, never man spake, the infusion of spiritual life, on the large scale, and upon the field of human society. in His own way, and at His own seasons, is thus I rejoice to hear from you of the perfect welcome simply but exquisitely described, “ The wind and cordiality wherewith your visitors are received in bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the the districts on which they operate. It is but the exsound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, emplification of what you experienced in circumstances and whither it goeth: so is every one that is
which at the onset looked for more discouraging and born of the Spirit.” Oh! my friends, He is the
unkindly. This grateful response on the side of the Lord and Giver of life, and if you have not
population, almost unexpected I believe, forms a been brought to acknowledge this ; if you have
cheering prognostic, if the undertaking be rightly pronot been taught by the word, and by the Spirit,
secuted and constantly persevered in, of your full and
final suecess. that he only is a child of God who hath been
Irrespective, therefore, of the specific errand on born from above, there is no life in you.
which those of the higher go forth among those of the great danger of all in a nation of professing lower classes, in the very mingling of the two, in the christians is this, that every one is apt to think frequency and closeness of their personal intercourse, himself already a christian, without looking there is an incalculable benefit. Even though you within, to see if the death unto sin, and the new should fail in certain of your objects, you will have birth and life unto righteousness have been al- gained incalculably in the growth which your operaready experienced there. But let us all remember, tions must promote of a kindlier and better spiritthat although it may seem to us that we are
between the rich and the poor. They only require to permitted to trifle with the gentle influences of know each other more, that they may love each other Him who is the Lord and Giver of life, there will
inore. To sweeten the breath, as it were, of the be no resisting His arm when He puts forth His
community, and to break down those malignant and power, and “ariseth to shake terribly the earth.”
social prejudices which separate one class from an
other, is in itself a service of the highest order, and Dr. Chalmer's Letter On District Visiting.
one which in our present distempered condition is the My Dear Mrs. Fry, I shall feel a still greater
most urgently called for. To augment the feeling and interest in your doings among parishes than in your
the recognition of a common brotherhood among men doings among prisons; and that, not only because the one is of itself an achievement of the greatest value. This is more a walk of general philanthrophy than the other,
you will at all events do; but I trust you will do more, but because it is a walk of higher and fuller promise.
and that good not of a higher certainly, but of a more In reference to the moral disorders of Society, they substantive and tangible description will be the result stand in the same relation to each other, that the me- of your present labours, the distinct tendency of which thod of prevention in medicine does to the method of is to raise the character as well as comfort of the lower But what I build most confidently upon is, (to
orders, to elevate both the moral and economic state of express it in the language of the schools,) an argumen- our population. tum a fortiori, which I would construct on the degree
But I have indulged too long in these prefatory and of success that attended your former enterprise, war- general considerations; and let me now offer a very ranting the expectation of a still higher degree of success few remarks on the nature and regulations of your in your present enterprise. I have ever held both scheine. pour own experience and that of Mr. Howard to be 1st. The great excellence, I apprehend, of your immensely valuable, as establishing, not only a most
scheme lies in the very minute division of a general beautiful, but practically the most important lesson I task, and by which you assign an easily manageable know in the management of human nature ; and that is, part to each individual member of your agency; and, THE CHARM OR POWER OF KINDNESS, EVEN IN THE HEARTS secondly, in your laying the movement on the doers of OF THE MOST HARDENED AND WORTHLESS OF MANKIND. the good work, and not on the subjects of it. Let us carry back this lesson from dungeons
to dwell- There hinges an immense difference in the result of ing-places, and try, if a principle not extinct in the this last peculiarity. In every case where the object malefactor's cell, in what higher degree it exists, or of an undertaking is the diffusion of a moral benefit, with what more powerful effect it may be operated then, instead of the people being left to seek after it, upon, throughout the homes and common habitations it is clearly the part of the dispensers of it to go forth
among the people. They may with all safety be waited ' This grateful sensibility in one bosom to the mani- for, when the charity addresses itself with force ano fested goodwill of another, is surely a right and virtuous immediateness to their physical appetencies. Let al affection as far as it goes; and if it have been found, almshouse or a soup kitchen be placed in the midst of as by yourself, to survive that depraving process which a population, the agents in the distribution may be as the worst of criminals undergo, in what greater vigour stationary as they will, they will soon be overcrowded may it confidently be looked for, anterior to that pro- and overdone by the multitude who repair to them cess, in the abode and on the domain of average hu- But it is not so with the charity which airs at the
of the people.