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that thinks those things of little importance, will be found to be mistaken.
The disagreement of the modern millenists has made it difficult to state the modern doctrine, but I have studied to represent that which among them is the most prevailing sentiment; and if I have misrepresented anything, I shall be happy to see and acknowledge my error.
In this work I have attempted to bring forward the leading arguments in favor of the ancient expectation of the coming and kingdom of Christ, and to answer the most material objections which I have met with against it; and have also taken notice of some objections against the modern doctrine. And though conscious of the imperfection of the work, and also that it is opposed to prevailing sentiments, as strongly riveted in the human mind as, perhaps, sentiments can be, it is published with very little anxiety how it may be viewed, excepting what concerns the glory of God and the eternal welfare of souls.
And as I preferred giving to the world these sentiments concerning the coming and kingdom of Christ as they here appear, rather than in the form of a treatise, that I might more frequently apply them, and call on all men, especially them that look for redemption at the glorious appearing of the Son of God from heaven, to be prepared for that day, I shall even here repeat the exhortation, "Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” I say unto all, watch. “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment
upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."
Then “shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed, nor pass over to another people, but shall stand forever, and become a great mountain, and fill the whole earth.” Then Christ shall reign in righteousness, and Jerusalem shall be the throne of the Lurd. Israel then shall dwell in safety alone in their own land. The Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will again choose Israel ; and the Gentile-elect shall be joined with them: and the saints shall be raised, and live and reign with Christ in his appointed kingdom a thousand years. Their eyes shall see the King in his beauty; they shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, and behold Jehovah, our Judge, our Lawgiver, our King, and our Savior. Then the inhabitant of Zion shall not say, I am sick ; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity. Then there shall be a way, the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but the redeemed shall walk there. “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Then God will create new heavens and a new earth-Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy-and his elect shall inherit the earth, and enjoy the work of their hands : all their labors shall be rewarded, and their expectation shall not be cut off. Wait, there
fore, for the coming of the Bridegroom. The time of the final destruction of Antichrist approaches, and therefore the time of the redemption of the purchased possession draws nigh. Then the kingdom shall be restored to Israel, the dominion shall be given to the saints, and the kingdom shall be the Lord's.
Wait, therefore, yea, watch, ye that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. At midnight was the cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh -take ye heed, watch and pray. He that shall come will come at the time appointed—the time of the final destruction of Antichrist and will not tarry.
“ The evil servant did not say in his heart that his Lord would never come, but he thought (as many good servants now do) that ii would be a great while first—not till the general judgment, and then he knew he would come. Oh, let none of Christ's good servants say as he did, My Lord delays his coming." What joy and gladness will there be when we shall see him face to face ! When he shall appear we shall be like him, and see him as he is, in all his glorious excellencies and perfections—see him coming the second time, without sin, in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory, to our salvation-see him that hath loved us and died for us, and is now appearing as an advocate with the Father for us! Oh what a heart-ravishing sight will this be to all his friends! Abraham rejoiced to see his day; by faith he saw it afar off
, and was glad. And how did Job comfort himself in this, in the midst of all his misery, that his Redeemer lived, and that he should stand at the latter day upon the earth; and that in his flesh he should see God-he should see him for himself—and his eyes should behold him, and not another ! And how were the disciples ravished with but a glimpse of his glory when they were with him in the holy mount! and again, when they saw him ascend up on high and received into heaven ; toward which their gazing eyes were so steadfastly fixed, that nothing but an angel's voice could call them down to the earth! And it will be but a little while before he will so come in like manner as they saw him go into heaven.
Wherefore, O ye his saints, lift up your heads, and comfort yourselves with these words. And let fus “pray with greatest instancy and importunity, and that continually, for the accomplishment of these things : pray that Christ's kingdom may come and his will may be done in earth as it is in heaven; pray for the peace of Jerusalem ; keep not silence day nor night, give the Lord no rest
, till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth ; pray for the coming of the new Jerusalem down from heaven; pray for the destruction of the kingdom of darkness ; pray for the bringing in both of Jews and Gentiles to the obedience of the gospel ;” pray that the Holy Spirit may descend from on high, that God himself may dwell with men; pray for the restitution of all things ; pray that the times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, when he will send Jesus ; pray for the accomplishment of all promises and prophecies: in one word, pray for the coming and kingdom of Christ, in which all will be fulfilled. Blessed is that servant whom his Lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing.
In connection with the allusion of Mr. Spalding to the conversion of the Jews at the sign of the coming of the Son of Man, we wish to give the following articles from a distinguished correspondent of the “Signs of the Times."
[From the Signs of the Times.] PLEROMA, OR FULNESS OF THE JEWS.
Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fulness ?-Blindness in part has happened unto Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in."-Romans xi. 12, 25.
In a few words let us search the meaning of the above passage. That it is obscure, the diversity of views respecting it is evidence. And the obscurity seems to lie in the sense of that word, pleroma, rendered “fulness” in the text. What means the pleroma of the Jews, and the pleroma of the Gentiles ?
According to Greenfield's Greek Concordance, the word pleroma occurs fourteen times in the New Testament, in the following places :
In Matt. ix. 16, and in Mark ii. 21, in the parable of the old garment tattered and patched with new cloth, where pleroma implies the patch.
In Mark viii. 20, it expresses the fulness of baskets of fragments. In the above instances the sense of the word pleroma seems to be completion, complement, full quantity.
It next occurs in John i. 16: “Of his pleroma, or fulness, have we all received, and grace for