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To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine, DEAR SIR.-I find that some of your person of the Son of man. The things correspondents are wondering at that which are, I take to be the state of the expression, " that things are rapidly seven churches, which, I believe, is drawing to a close." I desire to say a generally understood to be the seven word, which may be for their edifica- phases of the Church, from the days of tion and others. First: the times of the apostles to the close of the present the Gentiles are drawing to a close. dispensation of the Spirit, closing with the “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of lukewarm, Laodicean state. The things the Gentiles until the times of the which shall be after these, or after the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke xxi. 24), states of the seven churches, I take to and then Israel will be restored again— be those events included in the sealsEzekiel's prophecy of the resurrection trumpets and vials, and other propheof the dry bones will be fulfilled- cies, commencing, at the 6th chapter. Judah and Israel be joined together Moreover, we find in chapters 4 and 5, again, and have one King over them the Church in heaven witnessing the (Christ), and be no more two nations. opening of the seals, &c.-the Church
Secondly: I would say, that the ob- there being represented by the four-andject of the preaching of the gospel, in twenty elders, or the four living creathe present dispensation, is not to con- tures; therefore the Church must have vert the world, but to gather out a been caught up, which, as every one bride for Christ; and when all the knows, has not yet taken place. Thereelect are called, the dead in Christ will fore, I consider all to be future, from be raised, "and the living changed, and the 6th to the 19th chapter of Revelacaught up
to be for ever with the Lord” tion, save that in the 17th chapter we (1 Thess. iv. 15, 16; 1 Cor. xv. 51, 52); get a description of the woman, and the when the marriage of the Lamb will beast that carrieth her. The beast is, take place; for it must be remembered, undoubtedly, Rome, or civil despotism, that we are not yet married to him, we and the woman on its back the false are betrothed to him; but the marriage, church. Shortly the beast will be tired of course, will not take place until the of its rider, and throw her off its back; bride is complete, which we pray the and, in consort with the ten kings, Lord shortly accomplish, and to make her desolate, eat her flesh, and hasten His kingdom
burn her with fire” (Rev. xvii. 16, & And to His glory take us in,
17). It is not wise to call both the
beast and the woman popery--they are For there we long to be."
distinct; and we find the beast in existThirdly: the seals of the Revelation ence after the woman is destroyed. have yet to be opened, as I believe; Neither do we see here the antichristthe trumpets have yet to sound, and at least, not in the first six verses. the vials have yet to be poured out. The antichrist will be a person; here Many suppose them to have passed, we see an empire and a false church. and are matters of history. Many After that “the bride, the Lamb's wife,”. scenes, and circumstances, and judg- is complete, and caught up to meet ments, bearing a resemblance, may Him, and to be for ever with Him. have transpired, and may have been, as Amongst the many things which will it were, a kind of prelude, but their transpire will be the restoration of the full accomplishment, I have no doubt, Jews; the rise, reign, and the destrucis future. " I will give my reason. In tion of antichrist; the opening of the Rev. i. 19, John was told to write the seven seals, the sounding of the seven things which “thou hast seen":—the trumpets, and the pouring out of the things which are, and the things which seven vials, and their respective judg. shall be hereafter,” or after these. ments, and the appearance, testimony, Now I take the things which thou hast martyrdom, and resurrection and ascen. seen to be the revelation of the glorious sion of the two witnesses (ch. xi.), which
I take to be two or more persons; their power of the air, and god of this world, locality will undoubtedly be Jerusalem, is tremendous; but it is appalling to think for it is expressly said, in the 8th verse, of the time when he will be cast out into “where our Lord was crucified.” This the earth, giving unto the beast, or the period, which I take to be the last week antichrist, "his power, and seat, and of Daniel, or a period of time-times great authority” (Rev. xiii. 2), when and the dividing of time, and the forty men will be given over, in judicial and two months, together making seven blindness, to " believe a lie” (2 Thess. years—will be the time of trouble men- ii. 8–12). tioned by our Lord in Matthew xxiv., But it is sweet to one's soul to know and the tribulation the great one spoken that, prior to this time of trouble, or of in Rev. vii. 14. And an awful time the tribulation, the great one, the Church, it will be, for “the great dragon, that will have been caught up to be with the old serpent, called the devil and Satan, Lord. which deceiveth the whole world, will May we be found watching, waiting, be cast out of heaven into the earth, and looking for our Lord, the Bright and and his angels with him” (Rev.xii.7-9). Morning Star, who has said, “ Surely I The common notion is, that the devil come quickly; Amen. Even so, come, is in hell; but we find from Scrip. Lord Jesus. ture that he is in heaven-or the air “Behold, I show you a mystery; (see Eph. vi. 12); from thence he will we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be cast into the earth, as we have seen; be changed, in a moment, in the twinkfrom thence into “the bottomless pit” ling of an eye, at the last trump: for (Rev. xx. 2, 3); from whence he will the trumpet shall sound, and the dead be loosed for a little season (verse 7), and shall be raised incorruptible, and we afterwards “cast into the lake of fire shall be changed ” (1 Cor. xv. 51, 52). and brimstone” (verse 10). The power Islington.
Τ. Α. which Satan now has, as prince of the
IS IT FROM THE LORD ?
To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine. REV. AND DEAR SIR, -Having felt to the Lord's will as to the event. He much interested in the correspondence went before and fulfilled my. desires. in the Gospel Magazine, on “Is it from As I was one day walking under a the Lord ?". and feeling my mind at certain hedge, and thinking on the subtimes much impressed to write to you on ject, these words were most powerfully the subject, I have at length resolved to and sweetly applied, "He that goeth try, if God shall see fit to bless, and forth and weepeth, bearing precious enable me so to do.
seed, shall doubtless come again with Some twelve years since, I felt con- rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." strained to seek the Lord, and feelingly (It struck me, when reading the to ask His guidance in taking a most Magazine, that we might certainly know momentous step, considering that much what was from the Lord by the effects happiness or misery in this life hung produced, the fruits of the Spirit.) My upon it. After much exercise of mind, feelings were sweetly wrought upon, and pouring out of the heart to God, I Jesus precious, a drawing out of the was led to read the 24th of Genesis, heart to God, humbleness of mind, conwhich seemed so exactly suitable to my trition of spirit, joy and peace in believpath, that I felt assured it was from the ing that the Word would have its fulfilLord.
ment in my experience; and during I was constrained to move forward, years of trial and waiting for the desired and leave the issue in God's hand, feels object, those words were a sweet stay to ing that there were means to be used to my mind, and have since been fulfilled obtain the desired object; first, a seek- beyond what I desired. ing, unto God, then a moving forward In another instance, when thinking in humbleness of mind and submission | upon my trials, and wondering when God would appear and work deliverance, these amidst all my impatience. There is one words were applied most forcibly, almost point I think we should feel very cauas if some one was speaking to me tious upon, it is this we may desire with an audible voice, “ Ye shall something most congenial to our nature, not go out with haste, nor go by seek it much at the Lord's hand, and flight, but the Lord shall go before endeavour to apply every text of Scripyou, and the God of Israel shall be ture that may cross our mind, and bear, your rereward,” immediately followed at all upon the subject, until at length with this passage, “ Your time is always we think we have the thing desired in ready, my time is not yet come.” And, faith, and believe its accomplishment, to the Lord's praise I desire to speak it, but after a time prove, to our sorrow, it He has gone before, restrained me from was a delusion of Satan to entrap our evil, constrained me to wait, and made feet. I feel it behoves u3, especially in a way for me even in temporal matters things temporal, to ask with the deepest where there appeared to be none. submission to God's will, not knowing
I could name other texts of Scripture what would be for our good and the that have been applied, producing the Lord's glory. same effects, and have always been ful
Yours in Christian union, filled, so at times I ave wondered Hailsham.
J. K. at the Lord's goodness and mercy to me
IS IT WELL WITH THEE ?
MY DEAR FRIEND IN JESUS, --It | his creature holiness, and all that he seems a long time since I heard from once thought acceptable and worthy. you. I hope it is well with you as to The lightnings of Sinai discover his soul matters; but to realize soul-health sins, but the love of a bleeding Jesus and soul-prosperity is so opposed to sweeps away all his fancied righteoussense and reason, that faith alone can ness, and drops him at the foot of the say, in answer to all it feels and often cross a naked, helpless sinner, with the fears, it is well. How hard to recognize cry, “Lord, save, or I perish;" and from soul-health and Divine love when the that out, it is stripping work all the way cross lies heavy, and the way is hedged through. A lady once complained to a up. Cries, and no answers ; prayers for minister, who preached a free-grace gospatience when rebellion reigns; longings pel, that she could not receive his high for light, and the darkness gathers all doctrines. “No, Madam,"
was his the deeper; till at last the dregs of evil reply; "you have not been brought low seem squeezed out of the heart to the enough, when you are, you will be glad last drop, and everything that is vile, to seek your refuge in high doctrines, and sinful, and rebellious, is shown up and stay there." and turned out into the daylight of Now does not this explain much of God's countenance. Oh, says the poor the cause why truth is rejected. Sinsoul, who can live when God doeth this? ners are not brought low enough to value But you see, my friend, there is a two- the doctrines of the gospel, which are fold stripping When the soul is for the feelingly poor," the sensibly brought to Sinai there is solemn, strip- ruined, the consciously depraved. Such ping work. Clothed in filthy garments are made willing, in the day of God's of sin and pollution, the sentence is pro- power, to receive Jesus as their all in nounced, “Take off his filthy garments;" all; as God's elect Head, in which He and the soul must submit or die. But views all His elect people, and as their the sinner is taken from Sinai to Cal- Surety, who undertook to save and vary, and then there is a second strip- deliver them from the wrath of God, the ping process. There he loses, as it were, demands of a broken law, the power of his righteousness, his fair pretensions, sin, and the grasp of the devil. It is
“ broken hearts and wounded spirits" is pronounced and pardon is sealed, the that value the doctrines of the gospel. soul, in willing affection, ascribes all the The ruined, who despair of saving them. glory to rich, free, sovereign grace, and selves by their own doings, are thankful crowns Christ Lord of all. And this is for the refuge God's free choice in eter- heaven begun, sweet earnest of eternal nal election affords; the emptied and joys, and a never-ending song. naked, welcome the robe of imputed May the Lord tune our hearts to berighteousness; and the captive to sin gin it here below, and so revive His and Satan, with hell before them, gladly work in our souls while travelling embrace a personal and effectual re- through the wilderness. demption, that secures to the heart all
Yours in lasting bonds, it speaks to the ear; and when liberty
S. N. R.
THE LATE REV. W. HUNTINGTON.
To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine. MY DEAR SIR, -I do not know if the | land, as well as Dissenters, quote him remarks I am about to make, relative to from their pulpits? I heard, a few the character of that highly honoured Sabbaths since, the Rev. J. Hawker, servant of the living God, Mr. Hunt. when addressing probably an audience ington, come within the precincts of of a thousand hearers, in the Circus, for being noticed in your valuable publica- the purpose of invigorating their faith, tion.
In the Daily Telegraph of the quote a portion of his “Bank of Faith." 13th inst., there was rather a lengthy Surely, if he had been a rogue and account in favour of Mr. Spurgeon; hypocrite, his name and his writings and after eulogizing him, the writer says, would have sunk into oblivion long ere “He does not possess
the wit or scholar- this. ship of old Rowland Hill. He is not a The Editor of the Gospel Standard for rogue, or a hypocrite, like Huntington." August, 1856, in reviewing a work of Now I should like to ask this calum- the Rev. W. Huntington, quotes the niator, if Mr. Huntington was what he
has following character of him from the described him to have been, how was it Quarterly Review, vol. 24, page 407. that for thirty years he was honoured with “His manner in the pulpit was pecua congregation of from 500 to 1000 liar, and his preaching without the hearers ?* How was it, that when he slightest appearance of enthusiasm. paid his annual visits to the different While singing was going on, he sat perparts of the kingdom, multitudes always fectly still, with his eyes directed downflocked to hear him? How was it that ward, apparently, as probably, musing many of his publications went through upon what he was going to say. He several editions during his life, and made use of no action, except that he numberless editions since his death? had a habit or trick of passing a white How is it that his memory is still handkerchief from one hand to the other cherished and venerated by the principal while he preached. He never raved and
ers of the day, and often ranted, nor even exerted his voice, which quoted in the Gospel Magazine, Gospel was clear and agreeable; but, if it had Standard, Earthen Vessel, Zion's Trumpet? ever been powerful, it became softened, &c. How is it that his likeness adorns in his latter years, through a well-lined the walls of so many eminent Christians' throat; for the Doctor, as he called
; sitting-rooms in this day? How is it himself, bore all the outward and visible that some of the most eloquent extem- signs of good living: Anything that he porary preachers of the Church of Eng. meant to be emphatic was marked by a
complaisant nod of the head, and not a * We believe our correspondent would have syllable was lost by his auditors, who been more correct, had he said from 2000 to were open-eared and open-mouthed in 3000 hcarers.-ED.
profound attention. His sermons were
inordinately long--seldom less than an that.' 'Well, then, I did; for I was hour and a half,« sometimes exceeding his lawyer.' And, after speaking most two hours. This must be admitted as a highly of him for his uprightness and proof that he was in earnest, for cer- integrity, added, " I will give you an tainly, if he had spared himself half the instance of it. I went to him one day, exertion, the greater part of his congre- and said to him, 'Sir, you are aware gation would have been better pleased. that Miss Sanderson has a good deal He had texts so completely at command, of property, and, as she attends your that even an excellent memory could chapel, and there are many young men hardly explain his facility in adducing there who might be looking after her, them, unless he had some artificial aid, would it not be desirable to tie up her and the probability is, that he made use money, and settle it upon her in such a of “Cruden's Concordance.” His prayers way that it could not be touched ?' were little more than centos of scrip- Yes,” he said, do so, by all means. tural phrases.''
And now you are about it, tie up Lady The editor of the Gospel Standard has Sanderson's in the same way, that I also the following anecdote of Mr. may not touch a shilling of it! This Huntington
anecdote we give just as we heard it “ About twenty-five years ago, we from the gentleman's own lips, whom were travelling to London, and, inside we never saw before or since, but who the coach, casually fell into conversation was evidently well acquainted with Mr. with a well-dressed old gentleman, when Huntington, and showed us his gold soon the subject of religion came up. seal, with the initials W. H. upon it, He was evidently a stranger himself to which he wore, out of respect to his personal godliness, but seeing, perhaps, memory, attached to the chain of his how the land lay with his fellow-traveller, watch." If this be true and we have said, rather abruptly, 'Did you know no reason to doubt it-was it the action the celebrated Mr. Huntington - the of a knave or hypocrite ? walking Bible, as he was called?' The Portsmouth,
T. H. B. answer was, 'No; I am too young for
The Broad Road and the Narrow Way : 1 Christ. Such would seem to spring into
a Brief Memoir of ELIZA ANN HAR-1 manhood or womanhood all at once; RIS. By the Author of the “ Female such would become the full corn in the Jesuit. London: J. Nisbet and ear without the gradual process of seedCo.
sowing, and then springing up as the In His striking parable of the sower, blade and the ear. However, that is our Lord said, “There is first the blade, not God's order ; and mercifully has He then the ear, and after that the full corn left on record the fact, that there is not in the ear;" and the apostle Paul, in only the bruised reed and the smoking writing to his son Timothy, speaks of flax, in the wise and beautiful economy babes, young men, and fathers.” But of grace, but that He (the tender, symit would seem that whilst there are, on pathizing Husbandman) neither breaks the one hand, those who are personally, the one, nor quenches the other. Moreignorant of the work of the Holy Ghost over, we admire the Lord's extreme in the hearts of His people, and, as a tenderness of His little ones, and cannot consequenee, deny the doctrine altoge- overlook the emphatic way in which
He ther'; so there are, on the other hand, declares, that " whoso offendeth one of those who so overlook what is written, those little ones that believe in Him, it and so forget their own former condi- were better that a millstone were hanged tion, as virtually to ignore the idea of about his neck, and that he were cast babes and young men in the family of into the sea.”