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or their resurrection would not have apprehend is, because these fallen
for the men that were who will dwell under the new dis' with him saw not the vision ; but pensation. But though there are a great quaking fell upon them, numerous scattered rays of light on so that they fled to hide them- this part of the subject, which if selves.”
In these and similar gathered into a focus would doubtinstances, which might be adduced, less form a bright mass of evidence: it is plain that the individuals super- yet I must confess that my eyes are naturally wrought upon did pre- not yet opened to discern this matter viously exercise the ordinary use with clearness, and I conceive it unof their eyes, without any sensible justifiable to advance mere guesses diminution of the powers of vision; and speculations. Some things, and therefore, when it is said that relative to those in the flesh, are their eyes were opened, it refers to so obvious that we cannot well an enlarged faculty or capacity of mistake. For example, there is perception granted to them. It is abundant testimony that Israel to the point to notice also, that after the flesh will be pre-eminent the devils discerned Jesus, notwith- among the nations and if the standing the veil of the flesh, and evidence on this head be not brought were repeatedly forbidden to say forward by some other Correspondthat they knew him.p This I ent, I hope to avail myself of some
1 Luke xxiv, 15 & 31. m Numb. xxii, 23, 25, 27, 31. n 2 Kings vi, 16, 17. 8 Dan. x, 447. p Mark i, 24, 25 ; (see margin ;) iii, 12 ; Luke iv, 41. 9 1 Cor. vi, 3.
opportunity to exhibit it. It is plain That it will commence in this way is also, that the earth will be renewed, evident from its being written, that and give forth its increase, during the Lord “ will send forth his angels the period in question :r so that the ' and they shall gather out of his wilderness shall become as Eden • kingdom all things that offend and and the garden of the Lord. Righte- do iniquity ;''Z that the sinners ousness will also then prevail among shall be consumed out of Zion ; a the nations, just as iniquity abounds that the saints shall tread down the now: for Satan will no longer go wicked, who shall be as ashes under forth to deceive the nations, but will their feet;b and that the world shall be restrained ;s and there will be an be so brought in subjection under admirable administration of godly Israel, that the nation and kingjustice and government;t the con- dom that will not serve them shall sequence of which will be universal perish. But it would seem also, peace, u and a prevalence of true re- that during the whole period of the ligion and worship. And whatever judgement, the Lord will rebuke may be the result to men in the strong nations afar off;d that he flesh at the termination of the Mil- will rule in the midst of his enelennium, we are quite sure that the mies ;e and specially it is promised resurrection Church will not be af- to him that overcometh, that he shall fected again by any pricking briar have power over the nations, and or thorn, in the way of sin, tempta- rule them with a rod of iron
fthe tion, or trial. They have put on rod of iron being, as I apprehend, incorruption ;w—they are delivered always emblematic of coercive auinto the glorious liberty of the sons thority.* of God ;X—nothing shall enter into Having greatly encroached in this the holy city (whatever there may Essay on the pages of the Investibe without) which defileth, or which gator, I will only beg in conclusion loveth or maketh a lie.y
to offer a remark or two on the aI have mentioned the latter cir- mazing apathy, not to say opposicumstance, because there certainly tion, manifested by some professors will be a great apostacy after the of religion in regard to the resurrecMillennium, when Satan is again tion state, because the theatre in loosed for a little while ; and it which the glory of Christ will be would appear that even during the more immediately exhibited, is to be Millennium, there will be a coercive this globe, in its renewed state; and power exercised over the nations. because there may still be men in
r Ps. lxvii, 6; civ, 30; Isa. XXXV, l; Ezek. xxxiv, 24–27; Joel iii, 18; Amos ix, 13. s Rey. xx, 3, t Isa. xxv, 27 ; lx, 17, 18. u Ps. xlvi, 9 ; Isa. ii, 4; Mic. iv, 4. v Ps. xxii, 27; Isa. xi, 9; Hab. ii, 14 ; Mal. i, 11; Zech. xiv, 20, 21. w I Cor. xv, 50–52. x Rom. viii, 21. y Rev. xxi, 1, 2, 27; Ezek. xliv, 9. z Matt. xiii, 41. a Ps. civ, 35. b Mal. iv, 3. c Ps. xlvii, 3; Isa. lx, 12. d Mic. iv, 3; Isa. ii, 4.
e Ps. cx, 2.
f Rev. ii, 27. * There are one or two eminent types of the same thing. For example, the Lord Jesus cleansing the temple with a scourge, shows how it shall be when he comes to set up universal worship, and make the house of God really “ the house of prayer for all nations." And the reign of Solomon, which is generally considered a type of Christ and the Church triumphant, evinces the same thing of the millennial rule itself. For of the prosperous and glorious rule of Solomon it was nevertheless complained, that his yoke was heavy which he put upon the nation : (1 Kings xii, 9 :) and possibly that generation, which shall immediately succeed the Millennium, may make the same complaint of the rule of Christ and the saints.
the flesh on the earth. pray God monies I have adduced. Only conthey may none of them come under sider what has already happened. the rebuke of those, of whom it is When Jesus rose from the dead and written,-." Yea, they despised the sojourned on earth during forty days, PLEASANT LAND, they believed not occasionally communing with his disHis word;
but murmured in ciples; did this take from his hap' their tents, and hearkened not
and hearkened not piness ? was it a second cup of unto the voice of the Lord."suffering ? or did it render his mind But I would also affectionately, yet carnal? Or those saints, who came solemnly, admonish such, that if out of their graves after his rethe things I have written are sup- surrection, and went into the holy ported by God's word, their minds city: were they rendered miserable, are not in unison with the mind of by being thus brought again upon the Spirit. Angels desired to look earth, and among men, who, to say into the proceedings of Christ, when the least, were still imperfect-still he came to suffer upon earth : and in sinful flesh-still liable to sin ? shall we not desire to behold him The Church has ever thought it an and be with him, when he reigns eminent distinction and honor conon earth ? Many prophets and right- ferred upon those saints : just as eous men have desired to see the the Scripture declares him blessed days of the gospel dispensation :h and holy," who hath part in the and shall we have no longing for first resurrection. But if their blesthat most glorious of all periods on sedness in Paradise was interrupted earth? Shall the whole creation by this resurrection, instead of an groan for it ?-shall the earnest ex- eminent honor, it was an additional pectation of the creature wait for
We may just as well argue, it?shall the Spirit and the bride say that it shall be a misery to be again Come? and shall there nevertheless in the body, (considering that our be Christians in whom there is no temptation has been in the flesh,) earnest expectation, no groan or as to suppose it a woe to be brought emotion of desire ?-Ah! it must again on earth, because it has been be because their expectation is not the scene of iniquity. And if any the expectation of the creature ;
“ But our body will be neither does their hope accord with changed -I answer, So likewise that of the Spirit and the bride.
the earth will be renewed. But some will still object, that they Once more, let me ask, are those cannot reconcile their minds to the angels who attend the steps of notion of being on earth again ; and God's children whilst warring in of being placed within the possibility the flesh ;-of whom it is written, of again beholding sin, and probably that “they are all ministering spirits, of witnessing the last apostacy.
sent forth to minister for them who Dear brethren, suffer the word of · shall be heirs of salvation ;' —are exhortation. Our happiness must these, I ask, rendered less happy always be proportioned to our con- owing to the office assigned them? formity to the will of God. It is Alas! they must witness much that the want of subjection and con
perverse and sinful in their charge; formity in our minds to his revealed and often, when they go into the will, that prevents any from finding presence of our heavenly Father,j pleasure from those scripture testi- must have a sorry account to render.
g cvi, 24, 25,
h Matt. xiii, 17. i Heb. i, 14.
j Matt. xviii, 10.
But though their joy is increased mind to enter into these things over every sinner that repenteth, I aright; and then we shall be ready cannot think their happiness is ever to cry with the Psalmist-" Reinterrupted :
and for this reason member ME, O Lord, with the (which equally applies to the resur- favor that thou bearest unto thy rection saints,) that they are doing people ! O, visit ME with thy their Lord's will, sure that all will salvation !—that I may see the tend ultimately to his glory; and in glory of they chosen !--that I this conformity to his will, and con- may rejoice in the gladness of thy fidence as to the result, they must nation !--that I may glory with be continually blessed.
thine inheritance !” (Ps. cvi, 4, 5.) therefore, that we want an angel's
THE THIRD HEAVEN & PARADISE.
2 CORINTHIANS XII, 1-7.
To the Editor of the Investigator. admit of many visions. NebuchadSir,
" I saw a dream which In a former Number I ventured to ' made me afraid, and the thoughts maintain, that the peaceful and hap- upon my bed and the visions of my py region where the souls of the head troubled me.”—Here he faithful, after they are delivered speaks of visions in the plural yet from the burthen of the flesh, are in there was but one dream. In like joy and felicity, and which is some- manner St. Paul may have had many times called Paradise, is identical visions in one rapture. Moreover with the third heaven;" and that
and that his subsequent language is subverSt. Paul speaks of one and the same sive of the mode of argument adoptevent when he declares, 1st. that ed by Abdiel in this instance ; for he was caught into the third heaven; while your correspondent lays such and 2dly. that he was caught into stress upon visions and revelations Paradise ; the second affirmation being in the plural, it is only for the being exegetical of the first, and purpose of proving that there were the nature of the place, namely, that two-one in the third heaven, and of separate spirits, being indicated by one in paradise; but the Apostle the doubt whether he was himself in says,
lest I should be exalted above or out of the body. Your able and measure through the abundance of learned Correspondent Abdiel objects, - the revelations, &c.” an expression that the Apostle cannot be under- which implies many more than two. stood to describe one and the same This, I think, indicates something vision, because he says, “ I will come unsound in the criticism ; and perto visions and revelations,” in the haps, on reconsideration, Abdiel will plural. But surely we cannot infer perceive, that the fallacy lies in conthat he spoke of different raptures founding the rapture with the visions (which was my expression) because and revelations of which it was the he speaks of visions and revelations occasion. in the plural. One rapture might
ESSAYS ON PROPHECY, BY BIBLICUS.”
STRICTURES ON THE REVIEW AT PAGE 303.
their elucidation.-Of course this To the Editor of the Investigator.
text and others may be explained Sir,
differently by taking some Greek On reading your Review of the word in its other sense ; but why interpretation of Biblicus, the fol- translate the first kal differently lowing thoughts occurred, of which from the second ? Is it not done in I request your insertion. May the this case rather arbitrarily, to suit a Reader, with the Writer, always lift different view of the subject ?* The up his heart for the teaching of the word things occurs three times ; Holy Spirit in all things connected “ the things seen, and the things with the word of his inspiration, ' which are, and the things which remembering that Jesus Christ is shall be." Chap. iv, 1. I will worthy that the prayer should be show thee things which must be answered.
after these things.” (Literally.) Surely the word Apocalypse sig- The vision of the pre-millennial nifies revelation generally, in respect advent of the Christ of God for to things invisible or future, and glorification in the scene of his especially such as are spiritual. humiliation, was, properly speaking, Allow me to refer your readers to a revelation or discovering to John my remarks (page 263, on v. 7, and when he was in the Spirit,” of page 269–271 of No. VIII) on the what he could not otherwise have chief subject of the Apocalypse, as discerned. The spiritual state of affording a clue to the interpretation his seven churches, (Christ's own of its parts. When John was com- view of it and of individuals, and of manded, “ Write the things thou hast the event in each case,—temporally
are they not the particulars in regard to the literal churches, of his just previous vision of Christ spiritually in regard to individuals,) as the royal Priest, or the priestly was also a discovery" of what the King, on his return to assert his own Apostle could not otherwise have supremacy, as the Prophet, Priest known. and King of his people, in con
the things which thou hast tradiction to both apostates, who seen" be fairly extended “ to the arrogate to themselves his rights ? - whole series of visions and symbols," Next, by Jesus' own division of the as page 303 asserts ?
Is it supposed subject into three parts, as precisely the prophets saw all the visions marked as in any passage of Scrip- which they record before they reture, John was to write the things corded them ?
them? Is it not which then existed in the churches natural to suppose that each was under his own jurisdiction; thirdly, written whilst the representation the things which must be hereafter, was filling their mind, (sometimes and which form the principal portion even to fainting under their spiritual of the revelation ; but not to the apprehension of it,)-before the next exclusion of what is requisite for scene was presented to their view ?
* We presume our Correspondent to be aware, that the first ka is frequently thus rendered in our English translations : Luke xxii, 33 ; John ix, 37; Acts xxvi, 29 ; Rom. xi, 33 are instances ; to which many others might be added. ED.