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on almost every subject; yet are taken place on the subject of prophecy, they not suspected of enthusiasm may perhaps ere long subside, and the For example ; some are exceedingly sobrieties of opinion. And yet a different
Church may again acquiesce in its old positive and magisterial when they and a better result of the existing conspeak professionally or otherwise on
troversy seems not altogether improbable ; jurisprudence, without being deemed for when enthusiasm has raved itself into enthusiasts : will the Author say, exhaustion, and has received from time
the refutation of its precocious hopes ; that it is only when it is thrown
and when, on the other side, prosing meinto the crucible of prophecy, that diocrity has uttered all its saws, and fallen dogmatism is so volatilized as to back into its own slumber of contented become enthusiasm ?
ignorance ; then the spirit of research and We thank the Author, however, of legitimate curiosity, which no doubt for many excellent and valuable re
has been diffused among not a few inmarks contained in this chapter ;
telligent students of Scripture, may bring
on a calm, a learned, and a productive and we cannot better conclude than discussion of the many great questions with an extract from page 120 :- that belong to the undeveloped destiny of « The agitation which has recently
man." Pp. 120-121.
INTELLIGENCE, EXTRACTS, &c.
MAHOMETAN EXPECTATION OF
A PRINCE OF THE KINGS OF THE EARTH.'
(Nouveau Journal Asiatique, No. 39, March, 1831.)
Observations sur une formule em- il est fait allusion à ce point dans le
ployée dans les legendes de diverses titre d'esclaves du roi du pays, qui monnaies Persanes, par M. le ba- se lit sur leurs sceaux et sur leurs ron Silvestre de Sacy.
monnaies. Aussi, dans leur palais M. Reinaud, dans le tome I. de
à Ispahan, ils tenaient toujours deux sa Description des monumens Mu
chevaux enharnachés et prêts à resulmans du cabinet de M. le duc de cevoir l'imam dès qu'il lui plairait Blacas, parlant du douzième imam,
de venir exercer l'autorité qui lui Mohammed, fils de Hasan, qui dis- appartient. L'un étoit pour l'imam, parut à l'âge de douze ans, et qui,
et l'autre pour Jésus-Christ, qui doit suivant l'opinion des Musulmans être son généralissime.” doit reparaître un jour pour rétablir la pureté de l'islamisme et assurer son triomphe, c'est exprimé en ces termes :
Observations on a Formula used in “En attendant qu'il reparaisse)
the lists of various Persian coins, disent ses partisans, le monde s'est
by M. le baron Silvestre de Sacy. trouvé sans maitre, ou plutôt ceux M. Reinaud, in the first volume of qui l'ont gouverné, n'ont commandé his Description of Mahometan Antique provisoirement. Telle étoit la quities, &c., from the cabinet of M. croyance des rois de Perse de la le duc de Blacas, speaking of the dynastie des Sofis. Ils ne se re- twelfth Imam, Mohammed, son of gardaient que commes les lieute Hasan, who disappeared in the nans et les esclaves de l'imam, et twelfth year of his age; and who,
according to the Mussulman expec- King of the country' which is read tation, is one day to appear again in
on their seals and money. So also order to re-establish Islamism in its in their palaces at Ispahan, they purity and to assure its triumph; always kept two horses ready harthus expresses himself :
nessed and caparisoned to receive Whilst waiting his re-appear
the Imam, whensoever it might ance, (say his partisans,) the world please him to come and exercise • has been without a master; or, the authority which belongs to
rather, those who have governed him. The one horse was for the • it have only ruled provisionally. Imam himself; the other for Jesus
Such was the belief of the kings of Christ, who is to be his Generalis· Persia of the dynasty of the Sofis. • simo.” They considered themselves as no (The remainder of M. de Sacy's more than the lieutenants and ser
paper is occupied in discussing the 'vants of the Imam or chief priest; true meaning of the words which M. allusion to which circumstance is Reinard translates esclaves du roi made in the title of “ Slaves of the du pays.")
JANSENIST OPINION OF THE SECOND ADVENT.
A new monthly periodical called On this fact the Editor has the THE WATCHMAN, chiefly devoted to following judicious remarks :the subject of Prophecy, has ap
"How apt are we to forget that peared at Paris. Speaking of a
man can receive nothing except it be given society of pious women still existing him from heaven ;' (John iii, 27 ;) and there, who are followers of the that even the eyes of Apostles were held, Jansenists, well known to hold sen
that they could not discern (until their
hour was come) either their master, or timents which approximate to evan- what he had so recently and so explicitly gelical Protestantism, the Editor
declared to them ! (Luke xxiv, 16, 25, 44, says:
45.) Moreover, when the Lord promised " But what is very remarkable in the to send his Spirit to 'guide into all the history of this little body, consisting of truth,' (John xvi, 13,) he does not limit about a hundred persons, is, that they himself to any period within which each have received and cherished from their particular is to be imparted. And the ancestors an indubitable persuasion of
same remark is applicable to all the proChrist's second coming to establish his
mises of God in this respect; so that if personal reign upon earth. And so evi- one find not to day that which he is in dently do they hold this doctrine to be quest of, he ought not to be less sure of revealed in the Scriptures, that when they one day attaining to it, if he will search for heard of the Gospel being preached by
truth as for hid treasures.' For then valuable and faithful Swiss Minister now shalt thou understand the fear of the in Paris, where his singleness of character "Lord, and find the knowledge of God.' has been blessed to the impression of a
(Prov. ii, 4, 5.) Accordingly not only this better stamp on the labors of other work
faithful minister of the Lord, but many men in the vineyard, they declined to hear others whom we could enumerate around him preach, because they were informed us, who spurned the doctrine when mooted he did not believe in the visible and per
a few months ago, are now firmly personal reign of Christ upon earth. Their
suaded of its truth, and of the rapid apargument was, that if he knew the Gospel proach of that event which it contemat all, he should not have been left in plates." Pp. 47, 48. ignorance of that great truth, so clearly revealed in it."
The Editor further informs us,
that this same Society of Females inquiry, has been lately repeated. Our have long had in their possession a
chief aim, in addition to the entertainremarkable document of a prophetic with the story, is to excite an inquiry on
ment of our readers in presenting them cal character ; speaking of which he the part of those skilled in the prophecies says :
of Scripture, tending to ascertain whether
the Bible contain any intimation of those “It set forth, that the Bourbons should events, whereof the manuscript we refer be expelled from the throne of France in to may have been an exposition. In a the course of a bloody revolution—that subsequent number we shall present (if they should be restored—and again be ex- we may so speak) a collateral testimony pelled the kingdom for ever. That sub- coming from a Roman Catholic source, of sequently to this a king should have which however, we have not heard until reigned for a short period, when the Lord very recently. We need scarcely apprize Jesus should appear, as predicted in 2 our readers, that we profess neither belief Thess. i, 7-10. Meanwhile it affirmed, nor discredit of those predictions, as that Paris should be at length destroyed. human speculations; but we conceive it Such are the terms of the prediction, re- may be possible, that enlightened men, ported to us first about two years ago, as we before our time, were enabled to comhave already mentioned; at which time we prehend the testimony of the Divine Spirit, laughed at the prediction of the past, and speaking in his Word, relative to those were not disposed to attach much weight
poor women are cast down to what was then future—the expulsion of at the reflection, that want of Christian Charles X. and his family from this courage kept them back from openly dekingdom. Whether the remaining part claring many years ago the contents of shall be fulfilled or not, we are faithful in their document. They say, 'God made our report of what has been so long ago them first, but now they are last, because imparted to our ears, and which, upon of their unfaithfulness.'"
THE NAME OF THE BEAST, AND THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME."
From an Essay on the Millenium, fic, by Sayer Rudd, M.D.
Published in the year 1735.
By way of illustrating the question
" As to the name of the beast,' as a of the Editor in the preceding ex
thing must exist before it can have a tract;"How far enlightened men,
name, I imagine it is designed to suggest
the existence of the beast as an antichrisbefore our time, were enabled to
tian state ; and so, that it points out, not comprehend the testimony of the only the time when, but the particular Divine Spirit, speaking in his Word, kingdom in which the beast was really &c.” we add the following curious completed. It may very significantly intend
the state wherein the Roman empire, in extract, abridged from Dr. S. Rudd,
its last period, took the form, character, and written a century ago, when the and power of the persecuting commonevents which he anticipates could wealth described in chapter xiii. In this not have been guessed at from view it will have a peculiar reference to existing prognostics of the times . the kingdom of the Franks, which rose We mean not to assert, that the
last of the ten, and consequently finished
or made up the beast. Doctor is correct in all his state
· The number of the name' will signify ments, nor to defend his interpreta- the time during which this power and sotion given in the following extract; vereignty is to remain with the beast; but whether the Reader apply what which unavoidably directs us to the downhe therein writes to Louis xví, or to fal of the kingdom before mentioned : for
as its name began there, so the number of Louis-Philip, the conjecture is wor
its name, or term of years for which it is thy of remark.
is to continue, is most likely to conclude
there also. And whereas it is said, that revolution in France, and that under a Louis. the number of the beast is the number of a Further, it will not be improper to put man,' I apprehend it intimates the person the Reader in mind, that the primitive governing in that state, in whom this num- antichristian beast nowhere exists but in ber is completed; and includes in it the the kingdom of the Franks ; that being name of some man.
the only kingdom out of the ten, that has Wherefore, as the name LvdoVICVS not been yet conquered. And, likewise, (and I think it ought to be a Latin name, that the downfal of the tenth part of the if any) contains the numeral letters of city (which tenth part can mean nothing 666, according to the ancient Roman way else but France—that being, in order of of counting ;* and so agrees in the strictest its rise, as well as interest, the Tò dékatov sense with the text; it seems probable to of the papal hierarchy) is made the immeme, that the number of the beast's name diate forerunner, or leading event, to the is fixed here : I mean, that as the beast universal spread of Christ's kingdom, received his name—his full complement, chap. vi, 13, 15. So that we cannot exdenomination, and power—in the rise of pect either the destruction of Turk or that kingdom ; so a period will be put to Pope, till that be accomplished, as the the reign of the beast, strictly taken, by a
second woe. P. 281.
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THE INFLUENCE OF PROPHETICAL TRUTH
ON MISSIONARY EXERTIONS.
We cannot conceal from ourselves to our Readers on this important the painful fact, that Christians, who subject, we shall be obliged to differ have been distinguished by their in some respects both from those zeal and energy in behalf of the va- who are ardent in the pursuit of prorious evangelical societies instituted phetical studies, and from those who of late years, have no sooner re
would dissuade us from them; but ceived those views of truth denom- we can assure them all, that we inated millennarian, than their ardor advance our opinions in a spirit in the missionary cause has appa
of deference and love ; with rently abated, and in some instances sincere desire to arrive at a probecome quite extinguished. Having per apprehension of divine truth, experienced, from the view opened and to further the cause of the out to us of our Lord's personal Gospel. advent and kingdom, a contrary in
I. In the first place we notice, by fluence ourselves, we were at first way of accounting for the indifferdisposed to conclude, that there ence deplored, that the expectations must be something wrong in the of the Church of God were, at the opinions of those, in whom we have commencement of the work now in perceived this growing indifference: hand, unduly excited by the public but we have hesitated to rest in advocates of missionary institutions. this conclusion; first, from the con- Misapplying, as we conceive, those sciousness that there is a tendency passages of Scripture, which speak in us all to an overweening conceit of a future universal prevalence of of the correctness of our own opin- truth on earth, they led their hearers ions; and secondly, because we have to look forward to the general conobserved a similar diminution of version of the nations to Christ, as missionary zeal in many, who can
the ultimate result of their exertions not for a moment be suspected of and offerings; and language was prophetical enthusiasm : and though continually held forth calculated to we are equally disposed to conclude, produce the impression, that nothing in regard to these, that there must prevented such a result but larger be something wrong; yet are we funds and more preachers, with the compelled also to infer, that that ordinary blessing of God upon the something, whatsoever it may prove, means employed. Such are the exhas a different connexion with pro- pectations even now entertained by phecy from what many probably numbers of professing christians; imagine.
expectations, which, if they be not In submitting a few observations based upon a correct view of divine
* By missionary institutions we intend, at present, not only those Societies whose immediate object is to send out Preachers; but all institutions whose agents are labouring to promote the prevalence of christian principles, whether by the diffusion of Bibles, Tracts, Instruction, or otherwise.
INVESTIGATOR, No. 1.