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"But I will shew thee tha>. which is Noted in the Scriptures of
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DISTRICT OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE....SS....
BE IT REMEMBERED that on this seventeenth day of January, in the thirty first year of the Independence of the United State* of America, Elias Smith of Portsmouth, in said district, preacher of the gospel, hath deposited in this Office the title of a Book whereof
he claims to be the Author, in the following words to -wit.......
"Sermons, containing an Illustration of the Prophecies to be accomplished from the present time, until the new Heavens and earth are
created, when all the prophecies will be fulfilled By Elias Smith,
Portsmouth,N. H. But I wiUshew thee that which is noted in thescriptures of truth ; and there is none that holdeth with me in these things
but Michael your prince Daniel x. 21."....ln conformity to An Act
of Congress, entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of Learning by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and other Books to the Authors and Proprietors therein mentioned '...And also "An Act supplementary to an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and other Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of Designing-, Engraving, aud Etching Historical and other prints."
R. CUTTS SHANNON, Qlert tfsaii Difirl*.
jt true Copy of Record,
Attest, R. C. SHANNON, Ckrt.
friends and Brethren^
The things mentioned in the .following Sermons, have employed my thoughts for about tea years past, and what is here offered to the public, is the result of my search after truth in the scriptures of truth, that sure word of prophecy.
The things mentioned in these Sermons are different from any thing I ever saw written on the prophecies, and appear to me what the Iloly Ghost meant we should understand, ft
There are at the present time, a variety of opinions aHiong those who prosess to understand the scriptures; and among them all, there appears to me some things right and some wrong.
I have read several systems (as they are called) and find they all have an idea of something great yet to come; but how these great things will come to pass, and what they will be, is what they differ about.
I have read Dr. Gill, Newton, Hopkins, Winchester, Spaulding and Cummings; these have all written 'upon w hat they call the Millennium; they differ from each other, and from the scriptures in some things, as I understand the scriptures.
Mr. Winchester had the greatest knowledge of th« prophecies, of any writer I have ever seen, and (litre is no doubt ia my mind of his being a good man, though I think he was in an error concerning the salvation of all men. His arrangement of the things which are to take place until the last judgment is, in general, according to the scriptures, and had he gone through as he set out, he would have outdone all who have written before him; bvit when he came to the last part of his book, his plan carried him away from the scriptures, and to make it out, he was obliged'to leave what he first laid down as a rule to understand the prophecies; that is, the plain literal meaning os the scriptures.
After he had described the lake of fire, and shewed that the wicked would be cast into it,. and die the second death, which is the last the scriptures say of the wicked, he undertoak to prove that they would be tormented for hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of years, and after all this, be brought out of that exquisite torment, and ba brought into a state of glory, honor, immortality, and eternal lise, in the everlasting kingdom of Christ. This is the old pagan doctrine of being purified by lire, instead of being washed from sins in the blood of the lamb.
This same doctrine the church of Rome holds, called by them purgatory. Dr. Chancy held the same. This is imaginary, whether held by Pagans, Roman Catholics, Winchester, Chancy, or others under the name of Universalists.
In writing the following sermons, I have endeavoured to attend closely to the plain declarations of the scriptures of truth, without any regard to the opinion of any man. My Bible and Concordance was almost the whole of my books, to assist me in writing what is here communicated to the public. If there are any errors in this work, they are mine, and not another man's.
My reason for writing as I have, is this ; when I was young, my parents taught me to have a sacred regard for the bible. They taught me to believe that the principal things in the scriptures, were contained in the catechism. This I believed for many years, till I found it contained contradictions and impossibilities, and was contrary t« thi plain declarations qf the scriptures.
When I began to preach, I belonged to a calvinistical baptist church; aud as I had read the scriptures, and committed to memory the greater part of the new testament, J preached as that read, which led some of the oldex ministers to tell me I was not doctrinated, and that I had no system. They directed me to Dr. Gill, Mr. Os" tervald, Dr. Edwards, Mr. Pool, Burkit, Heart/, and to close the whole,D/\ Jlopkin's body of Divinity. As they w ere the oldest, I supposed they knew the most, and by their di«'ction,I paid close attentiou to these systems ©of human divinity, aud made some proficiency in thedocMua.tiug plan; till at last upon this plan, I was obliged to tell my hearers, that though the scriptures proclaimed salvation to all who believe; yet God had determined how many should be saved, and how many should be damoed. The effect of this preaching was as. might ba expected; the young people, at once felt at liberty to pursue the pleasures of sin, hoping that in a sinsul cuurs« the irresistible power of God would take them by force, *nd make them love what they then hated; the aged remained stupid, waiting, as they termed it, for the electing leW.Oi' God,(as it was called) to come aud force them info the vineyard at the eleventh hour. Those who professed religion, under this preaching grew stupid, and proud of their share in the partiality of God, called, bj them, sovereign gracei At this time I lived in Woburn, and was under the more particular direction of the bap-thtBishops in Boston, whom I then greatly seared.
AH these things happening in consequence of my systematic preaching, gave my mind an amazing shock, aud with this, my system had a most violent shock, which terminated in its overthrow. I found that it would not do for me to preach in this manner any more, aud I dropped it from that time.
As my bodies of divinity, annotations, Doctor's receipts a id medicines, had sickened instead of curing me-,.. I sold them all for what the'buyer was pleased to gfrre. I cleared my book case of them, and forgot what ] had learnt as fast as I could, as things behind, and begun to think of the extent of the love aud grace of God to man; . AS