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E cannot, we dare not, send forth this volume, as a whole, without " acknowledging with profound gratitude that the Lord has done great things for us, and for our testimony. Not indeed in temporal things ;- in that respect it pleased Him, who is perfect in knowledge and whose ways and works are wonderful,* to try us very much. The Lord has done great things for us, in respect of owning our work in the Church and in the world. Of the former, consisting of professing believers, genuine and otherwise, some have been led to own that our testimony was one of the most important signs of the times; inasmuch as it bears witness against the practical deniers of the Divine character of Jesus of Nazareth as the Redeemer of the world, the Lord of Hosts, the Holy One of Israel. Of the latter, the open and most virulent enemies of Christ, the Jews themselves, are obliged to acknowledge that there are now a large body of their brethren of the house of Israel—which body is perceptibly growing in stature, and increasing in strength and members every day-faithful and grateful recipients of that Gospel and that mercy and that grace which the bulk of the nation of Israel upwards of eighteen hundred years ago, according to His own prediction-rejected, and still reject, and spurn.
More than that; our testimony has been owned of God by the spirit of inquiry which it has been the means of stirring up in the very highest Jewish quarters, asking “ Are these things so ?" A time may come, ere long, when we may be at liberty to submit some of the most interesting letters, on this point, which we have received from accomplished Jewish ladies and gentlemen. More than that still, we have the happiness to know that a good many highly respectable Jews and Jewesses, who move in the highest circles of " society,” are faithful believers,—no matter what men think of them and about them, and are using their influence in a gentle, dew-like, almost imperceptible manner, in promoting a wholesome knowledge of the Saviour. All this—we have the most cogent evidence for the statement-has been caused by the humble work of The HEBREW CHRISTIAN Witness, numbers of which have been gratuitously posted month by month. In fact, our Monthly has proved itself the most efficient missionary amongst the Jews that the modern Churches or Societies have sent out. Our Magazine finds its way where no missionary would venture an entrance. We acknowledge, therefore, with the deepest gratitude, that, in a spiritual point of view, the Lord has done great things for us.
* Job. Xxxyii, 16.
Yet we must not withhold from our subscribers, well-wishers, and friends,—as we have already stated-temporally our faith has been put to a very severe trial. Our losses have been very heavy; the continual anxiety which such a work entails has undermined our health, and sometimes almost unfitted us for performing our task. But even in the midst of our trials our Heavenly Father has given us cause to be thankful; when all seemed against us, He sent some of His ministering angels, in human form, some of whom we have never yet seen with our bodily eyes, to succour us. Thus assuring us that He will never leave us nor forsake us ; so that in the midst of our trials we often have occasion to exclaim, “The Lord has done great things for us !"
Then again, in respect of the many praying friends, which our God has mercifully raised up in our behalf, we have cause for heartfelt gratitude. Scarcely a post reaches us without bringing us some assurance of the kind from some of our readers. We have often, since we have been accepted in the Beloved, had occasion to take up the words of our Brother Paul, and say: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, but not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair ; persecuted, but not forsaken: cast down, but not destroyed : always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." Yes, the Lord
* 2 Cor. iv. 7-10.
has done great things for as, and we feel assured that though many things seem against us, He will yet do greater things for us.
As we have announced in AN IMPORTANT NOTICE—on pages 529 and 530—we shall devote, in compliance with the earnest wishes of many students of prophecy, a portion of our Monthly to the consideration of Unfulfilled Prophecy. Our publication will therefore be known from the beginning of the New Year by the designation of THE HEBREW CHRISTIAN WITNESS AND PROPHETIC INVESTIGATOR. The series of papers on Prophecy will open with one from the pen of our worthy brother, the Rev. J. B. Goldberg, entitled " The Future Division of the Land of Israel,” which will be illustrated by a plan of the same. Many other diligent and eminent students of Prophecy have kindly promised to contribute some of the results of their researches to the pages of the PROPHETIC INVESTIGATOR.
Several new elements will also be introduced into the pages of THE HEBREW CERISTIAN WITNESS. In addition to the serial papers which have been already initiated, such as The Promises Made unto the Fathers, The Banished Ones Fetched Home, and The Talmud, there will be a series of papers On the Language Spoken by our Saviour while on Earth, by One well acquainted with the Subject; The State and Condition of the Land and People of Israel, by ABRAHAM PERIGRINE ; The Modern Synagogue Preachers Compared with those of Last Century, by a Quondam BAAL DARSHON ; and several other such like papers.
We venture to solicit a continuance of interest in the fervent prayers of our friends, that the God of Israel, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, may never leave us nor forsake us in our arduous and responsible work; so that when our time of departure comes for that Home where the weary find rest, we may be able, in some measure at least, to adopt the words of our blessed Redeemer, and say, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do."