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for one week, &c. And in the temple light to the Gentiles, and she is conshall be the abomination of desola- trasted throughout with them. After tion (so read the Greek, and Latin, the resurrection of the Church (comp. and one Hebrew MS.). And in the Rev. xix. 11-14 with Zech. xii. and midst of the week," &c; here the

xiv. 1-9),

a spirit of grace and supancient Greek reads, "and in the end plications will be poured on the of the week."

Jews remaining in the land, and God 27. Seventy weeks will “ finish the

“will hear them," and confirm to transgression," that is, will bring to a them all his gracious promises (Deut. head the apostasy of the Jews, and

xxx.), and they will be “life from the in the end of the 70th week the

dead" to the nations (Rom. xi. 15;) apostasy will be complete.

whilst their own possessions will be 28. “The little horn," or eleventh

co-extensive with the grant made to king will rise without any preten- Abraham in Gen. xv. 18; and they sions, “ he will come in peaceably will ask for more, as in Isa. xlix. 20, and obtain a kingdom by flatteries.

and the Lord will give, as in Amos 29. If the preceding points are true, ix. 11, 12, and Num. xxiv. 18; when then very much that commentators all nations shall flow unto it (Isa. ii. have adduced as fulfilment of pro

2, 3), which is the introduction of phecy from the death of Alexander

that period spoken of in Rom. xi. 25, must be false.

“the fulness of the Gentiles." QUESTION. Have the foregoing CHARACTER OF THE MILLENNIUM. statements any bearing on the walk

1. A state of progressive blessing of the saints? Let the following unprecedented, as intimated in 1 Cor. thoughts be considered.

xv. 24, 25; Zech. xiv. 17, 19; Isa. 1. At some future time, there will

lx. 12; Ps. ii. 10-12. be war in heaven (the regions of the 2. Righteous role and competent air), when Satan and his angels will

provision for happiness, for we read, be "cast into the earth.” (Rev. xii. 9.)

"a king_shall reign in righteous2. The heavens are then called on

(Isa. xxxii. 1.) See also Ps. to rejoice, and “they that dwell in

ix. 8; Acts xvii. 31; and “He will them:" who can they be but the church,

teach us of His ways." (Micah ii. having been then “caught up.. 48; Ps. lxxii.) to the Lord's meeting (Gr.) in the EVENTS AFTER THE MILLENNIUM. air ?" This meeting cannot be till the Satan is loosed, (Rev. xx. 3, 7, 9); words of our Lord are fulfilled, "I

is cast into the lake of fire, his evergo to prepare a place for you."

lasting prison, ver. 10; final judg3. Immediately on Satan's depul

ment, ver. 12, &c.; passing away of sion," he stands (Tregelles et alii) on the sand of the sea," and calls up

all present things, and a new crea

tion. (Rev. xxi. 1, 5.) amid the turmoil of nations "a

Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly! beast having seven heads and ten

Clifton.

W. HOWELL. horns"—the Antichrist.

4. Then begins “the great tribula tion, such as was not since the

THE SECOND ADVENT OF OUR beginning of the world.” But there

LORD JESUS CHRIST. being nothing to keep the church

(COMMUNICATED.) from the heavenly places, and no- We gave in our last number a copy thing to keep it on the earth, the of the notice sent by Mr. Grantham, word is fulfilled “that where I am, of Croydon, to those friends who atthere ye may be also."

tend the Bible Readings at his house, Letà raūra–After these things. intimating that the subject for the

Light to the Jews, gross darkness next three monthly meetings, would to the nations (Isai. lx. 1, 2): never- be devoted, God willing, to the theless the commencement of light to consideration of “ The Second Adthe whole earth, ver. 3 and onwards, vent of our Lord Jesus Christ.' and Rom. xi. 15, 25. Isa. lx. exhibits Judging, however, from the first of Jerusalem as the reflecting source of hese meetings, it is probable that

ness."

ass.

many more will be necessary to ex- and in Acts i. 11, the angel says, haust the simple programme that

“He shall come in like manner as yo had been proposed. The division of have seen Him go." Also, at His rethe subject to be considered on Mon- turn with His saints, we shall acday, the 12th of last month, was, knowledge Him as the “Son of Man.”

How would He come, and when (Dan. vii. 13; Matt. xxiv. 27 ; Luke would He come?" The second part, XX. 69.) God also will judge the however, was not reached, and some world " by that Man whom He hath features of the first were to be recon- ordained.” (Acts xvii. 30. Also see sidered. We are glad to see that John v. 27.) so much interest is excited by this Secondly, He will come as a KING. great subject, and trust many may be When making His triumphal entry led to study it soberly and with care. into Jerusalem (Matt. xxi. 5), He

The subject was opened by reading fulfilled the prophecy of Him in Matt. xxiv. 42 to the end. A brief Zechariah ix. 9: “Behold thy KING view was taken of the state of mind cometh unto thee, meek and sitting of a large number of Christians on on an ass, and a colt, the foal of an the subject of Christ's return. It

On the same occasion the mul. was generally considered speculative, titudes cut down branches from the and as so many differing opinions trees and strawed them in the way, were held, even by those who ought crying “Hosannah to the Son of to be teachers, that even believers David! Blessed is He that cometh were afraid to approach it, the con- in the name of the Lord. Hosannah sequence was that it had been kept in the highest !” This last is part of in the background, and that which the 118th Psalm, which was always should be our highest motive for sung at the feast of tabernacles—the Christian service and close walk type of the harvest or ingathering, with God, was practically inopera- when the Lord shall come with His tive. Congregations sitting under angels to separate the wheat from the sound of a clear Gospel reached the tares. In this connection, also a certain stage and then stood still; read Matthew xvii. 4, where the some, indeed, declined, and many in- Lord assumed for a moment His stances could be found in our day kingly aspect, and Peter in his surwhere the light, instead of growing prise and joy exclaimed, brighter, had grown dim.

make three tabernacles," apparently From the absence of clear and well- associating this glorious appearing defined views, great confusion pre- with the same joyful feast. Another vailed in the minds of many, and it passage was referred to (see Zachariah was hoped that by a systematic study xiv. 16), where, in the Millennium, the of the question, based solely on the nations shall come up to join the Jew prophetic teaching of God's Word, in his adoration of the “ King, the greater interest would be taken in it. Lord of Hosts, at the feast of taberIn this study the question of the nacles." Jews must be kept prominently be- He will also come as a “ thief," and fore us. It has been too much the

snare,”—figures intended to habit amongst Christians to treat the represent the manner of His coming glorious promises made to the Jews --that is, unexpected and suddenly. as intended for the Gentiles; forget- He will come in glory with His ting that the Gentiles are only grafted angels (see Mark viii. 33); and with on the Jewish root, which will again His saints (see 1 Thessalonians iii. flourish and blossom as the rose. 13); then comparing these passages

How will He come? and in what with Revelation iv. we have the manner and in what character will saints immediately before the throne, He come?

saying, “ Holy, holy, holy." In the First, He would come as a Man. fifth chapter, "many angels round In Luke xxiv. 39, after His resurrec- about the throne and the beasts and tion, He says, “A spirit hath not the elders, saying, Worthy is the flesh and bones as ye see me have;' Lamb," &c.

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The saints nearest to their blessed grievous for the present, is designed Lord, admitted to the highest place in mercy, and will result in drawing around the throne. The angels next him nearer to his gracious Redeemer. (Rev. iv. 11), the willing servants and It will also exert a beneficial effect the joyful witnesses of the glory of upon the blessed work in which he is those who had been redeemed by His engaged. Already the calm resignablood.

tion and Christian fortitude exhibited The Lord comes, first, to catch away by himself and his family under this His saints, dead and alive, from the heavy bereavement, nust have given great tribulation, and then to return to his Hebrew catechumens a vivid again with them to be partakers of impression of the reality and power of His glory when He shall appear that gospel which he had expounded with ten thousands of His saints, and and recommended to them. They to reign with them on the earth a

could not fail to perceive, that, unlike thousand years.

Judaism, Christianity is more than an The usual time of the meeting empty sound without meaning, a having expired, notice was given that shadow without substance. Now esthe second portion of the subject, pecially, they must feel convinced by “ When will He come?" will be the testimony of their own senses, brought forward at the usual time, that, by savingly embracing the gospel, the second Monday in February. an Israelite is not exchanging one

religion for another, but is introduced

for the first time in his life into OBITUARY NOTICE. genuine and filial relationship and

intimate fellowship with the God of his The readers of your magazine will forefathers, and is inspired with a learn with deep sorrow that a dark well-grounded hope for eternity. cloud hangs now over the family of Whatever the advocates of modern the Rev. H. A. Stern,

the principal of Judaism may say and write to the conthe London Jews' Society's Home trary, no one knows better than they Mission. The first day of the new do how utterly the whole system breaks year witnessed the solution of the down on the death-bed. At one time or earthly ties which united him to his another they must have been struck beloved wife ; and six days afterwards by the total absence of peace which inher remains were consigned to their variably marks the expiring moments final resting-place. How manifold of even those Jews who had been and heavy have been the afflictions most consistent in their religious endured by this deeply tried servant observances. What heart-rending of Christ, and yet how resigned and shrieks, what agonising groans, what submissive under them all! Saved as distressing exhibitions of hopeless by a miracle from a protracted state grief, are not witnessed on such occaof mental agony and physical tortures sions amongst unbelieving Hebrews! worse than death, he fondly consoled The king of terrors reigns supreme, himself with the hope, that whatever and scarcely a ray of hope pierces the trials awaited him yet in future they dark cloud which usually hovers over would be rendered easy to bear by the a Jewish death-bed scene. Eternity, cheering presence of her, who had been in all its appalling mysteriousness, is his faithful and devoted companion for inexorably present, and there is nearly a quarter of a century, and nothing tangible and reliable to suswhose intense anxiety for his safety tain the soul in its passage to it, and during his captivity formed, perhaps, to mitigate the intensity of the bethe bitterest ingredient in his cup of reaved's affliction. Ah ! Could but

And now this hope, too, is our Jewish brethren have watched dashed and buried in the tomb which the peaceful departure of our dear has just closed over her! But in the Christian sister, and the calm, submidst of his overwhelming grief, le is dued, and hopeful sorrow of those who sustained by the confident assurance mourn her removal from their midst. that this chastisement also, however They would have been constrained to

sorrow.

admit, that Hebrew Christians have SCRIPTURE EMENDATIONS. not followed cunningly-devised fables

1 JOAN üi. 14. when they embraced the gospel, and when they seek to make known to “He that loveth not the brother their unconverted brethren the power abideth in death." and coming of the Lord.

The translators have supplied “his” The funeral cortège was followed without due consideration. By a figure for some distance by the children of

τον αδελφόν seems put for την the Hebrew schools, and the inmates

åde pórnta, the brotherhood. We read of the Operative Institution and the

in 1 Pet. ii. 17,“ love the brotherhood." Wanderers' Home. But a much

This latter word occurs but once more, larger number of believing Israelites,

where it is translated “ the brethren.” and among them not a few ordained

Lachmann and Tischendorf omit ministers of the gospel, waited at the gate of the Ilford Cemetery to join in

τον αδελφόν. Under certain condi

tions the words seem interchangeable. the obsequies. Many Gentile Chris

The latter clause of this verse, as tians, too, were attracted to the spot, who were evidently surprised to find

given above, is a test of the unresuch a large number of Hebrew

generate as the first part is of them Christians congregated in one place,

who "have passed from death unto

life.” The test for the believer is and manifesting such genuine sym

“love for brethren"-the brotherhood; pathy with the survivors. One feeling of deep, sorrow pervaded brother," or brotherhood ; or simply

for the unbeliever," he loveth not the the whole assembly, and hot tears

“ he loveth not." were seen rolling down many a manly

“ He abideth in death." Where he cheek. All felt the power and solemnity of our beautiful burial service, as

was, there he remains. He is of the it was read with emotional emphasis

progeny of Cain, who hated his by the brother-in-law of the departed.

brother, “because his own works But the deepest impression was pro

were evil and his brother's were duced upon all present when the

righteous.” This is the stamp of reHebrew children, standing with their

probation. Cain's hatred was in

stinctive. The same is seen in nature worthy teacher, Mr. Nickeles, at the

as in the kingdom of grace. Certain open grave, sang melodiously:

animals exhibit an antipathy for one "A few more years shall roll,

another, and these are not always far A few more seasons come,

removed in species ; the domestic kine And we shall be with those that rest cannot endure its wild congener ; Asleep within the tomb.

"lands intersected by a narrow frith A few more sans shall set,

abhor each other;” strange but true. O'er these dark hills of time;

The worldling and the Christian are And we shall be where suns are not,

both men; in natural generation the A far serener clime."

same; in the spiritual, eternally disThis was followed by the equally ap

tinct. Hatred is mutual in the natural propriate German hyma, which was

world ; in the spiritual, only on one sung by the adult converts with side, if our great Lawgiver's law is thrilling pathos :

kept. Not only does our loving

Saviour tell us to love' one another, "Lasst mich gehen, lasst mich gehen, but He enjoins, “ love your enemies." Dass ich Jesum moge sehen

Love is the atmosphere of grace-unMeine Seel ist voll Verlangen Ihn auf ewig zu empfangen

feigned, fervent." Into the heaven Und vor seinem Thron zu stehen."

of heavens I have presumed, a mortal

guest, and drawn imperial air.” So The assembly then dispersed, all of writes the great Milton. Every child them realising the truth of the of God should be able to re-echo this, preacher's declaration :-“ It is better “Seated with Him in heavenly to go to the house of mourning than places,” can we any longer breathe to go to the house of feasting.' the fetid atmosphere of earthly joys?

Can they afford a grateful pabulum

M. W.

for the newly-born ward of heaven? murderer. Under the intensely inCan he healthily inhale the dark quisitorial law of Christ, an evil desire vapour of his quondam natal sphere? is accounted as the actual commission “ All things are become new." He is of the crime (Matt. v. 28). But, one a new creature, and he must have

may say, we read that “no murderer every thing new for his subsistence

hath eternal life." If this were the new interests, new pursuits, new whole of the divine record, we must companions, new affections, new joys. give up our thought that a genuine Verse 15.-Whosoever hateth his

brother is meant; but it is added, brother is a murderer; and ye know

“abiding in him." The Greek is yet that no murderer hath eternal life

more suggestive; it is in himself abiding in him.

(avrū). On the ground of genuine If Peter is brother to Paul, then

faith in the heart, and confession with Paul is brother to Peter. If Peter

the mouth,“ our life is hid with Christ hates Paul he is a murderer, and hath

in God "-eternal life; and none not eternal life abiding in him. The

can snatch out of His hands." But above is a test, not of a believer as

eternal life—the deep, earnest consuch, but of a certain condition of a

sciousness thereof-does not abide in believer.

him ; "he has forgotten that he was What is hatred ? Is it that which

purged from his old sins.”

How can thirsts for the life-blood of its victim ?

he be occupied with these opposites That is hatred; but it is not a defini

together ? Eternal life is his, but of tion. Hatred is persistent wrath. Anger rests in the bosom of fools.”

no appreciable value to him. He is

an heir of God, a joint-heir with Jesus, There is a holy anger; it is not so if

but meaner things charm him; ay, the sun goes down on it. It is not so if self-love cherishes its vigour. “Do

perilous things fascinate him, and he not I hate them, O Lord, who hate

has cogent reasons for the pursuit.

We first tolerate, then adopt, then Thee?” This was consistent once ;

defend: we become advocates of the it is so no longer. All sinners are

evil to keep ourselves in countenance. God's enemies, hating him; under the

That which we accept because we like Gospel they must be sought with the

“ Who

it, we soon learn to commend and message of love from Him.

prove to be right. Ah, subtle casuistry! soever is angry with his brother

what the heart loves the intellect without a cause is in danger of the judgment,” that is, the judgment on a

applauds. If we would like what we

do we must not do what we like. murderer. Oh, how searching is the

If we would be like Christ we must law of Christ, under which we are ! The law under which Israel groaned

love like Him. He loves in spite of was holy, indeed, but its design was

all the grievous defilements which

afflict His church. He is light, and not recovery; "it was added because

He would have us walk in the light, of transgression.” The law for all who are redeemed by the precious

that there may be no stumbling; but

" he that hateth his brother is in darkblood is remedial; but it is sharper

ness, and walketh in darkness, and than a two-edged sword

knoweth not whither he goeth, because cerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” It goes deeper, it aims

that darkness hath blinded his eyes."

(1 John ii. 11.) Oh, pitiable conhigher. The law suffered “

an eye

dition! self-inflicted disability! for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." but the grace that came by Jesus Christ

Verse 20.—“If our heart know any. speaketh on this wise, “Resist not

thing against us, God is greater than evil.” Our pen demands to record a

our heart, and knoweth all things."

Verse 21.—"Beloved, if our heart confession of failure. How fertile in excuses! how ready in expedients !

know nothing against us, then have

we confidence toward God." how crafty in zeal! Weak for good, mighty for evil, is the fleshly mind. καταγινώσκω is κατά, αgainst; and

It is a solemn fact that one who is ylváokw, I know (Parkhurst). The a son of God, a brother of the Lord word has a forensic character, meanJesus Christ, may be an incipient ing, I know against, blame, accuse,

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