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and countenance it so far as to induce those without the church, who need some such restraint, to take the vow of temperance. While 1 could not myself, as a Christian, either take a pledge or recommend to a church to take such a pledge, as if Christianity required it, or as if the gospel restraints had become too weak, I would on every proper occasion recommend to those who have not been able to govern this unsanctified appetite, to seek the first opportunity of putting themselves under the control of those who have taken the vice of intemperance into their especial care and keeping, and adopt all the measures and appliances of that institution to save themselves from a vice which, besides all its native ruin and disgrace, has the fatal power of precluding them from the possibility of salvation by the means which divine wisdom and benevolence have provided for that end.

A. C.

NOTE TO M. WINANS. Brother Winans—You must not suppose that while I represent the terms spirit and angel, as used in contrast, that the word spirit may not be applied to angels in some special sense as “ministering spirits.” But when the one term is either added to the other or contradistinguished from it by any indication of contrast, it intimates a different existence. For example, "If an angel or a spirit have spoken” to Paul; or say the Sadducees, "There is neither angel nor spirit.” In these cases it is obvious they indicate two distinct classes of agents. In no place do we find the phrase "spirit of an angel,' as we find the phrase “Spirit of God" or "spirit of man."

Demons are called spirits; but in no case do we find a demon desig. nated by the term angel. They are frequently called “spirits," ievil spirits," sounclean spirits." As to the ability of such agents to torment men we have something to say at a more suitable time. Adieu.

A. C.

PUBLICATIONS. "The Genius of Christianity,” by brother A. G. Comings, of Salem, Mass., has commenced its second volume. This excellent brother is struggling hard to introduce into New England correct views of the cause we are pleading so successfully in the West. Will not the brethren encourage him in this laudable enterprize? His coxnmunications, original and selected, so far as I have read them, are such as the brethren all would approve.

Brother Crihfield's first number of the Christian Family Library” has reached us. We have also seen the "Israelite," from Indiana; and the Christian World,” from Philadelphia-all got up in an improved style. I am sorry for the names of some of these valuable periodicals. They are such as reflection will not entirely approve.


ELDER ANDREW BROADDUS. For the first time I have just now read in the Religious Herald a communication from our esteemed friend Andrew Broaddus, of Virginia, giving a definition of his position in reference to our views, and proceedings. I regrei that I did not read it at an earlier day, and find room for it in this number. We shall treat our friends with a perusal of it next month, and perhaps accompany it with a few remarks. Feb. 3.

A? C.


BETHANY COLLEGE. Expecting to be admit:ed into the College Proper about the first of April, some forty or fisty Students may at that time obtain a place in the Institution. None need apply for places that cannot come well recommended for moral character. Those direct from other Colleges must have good testim nials from the Faculty or President of such Institution. The formation of moral character, and the preservation of it, are, at this Institution, paramount and indispensable objects.

A. C.


Judge in thyself, o Christian! is it meet
To set thy heart on wbat beasis set their feet!
"Tis no hyperbole, if you be told,
You dig for dross with maltocks made of gold.
Affections are too costly to bestow
Upon the fair faced nothings here below.
The eagle scorns to fall down from on high,
The proverb saiti, to catch the silly fly;
And cana Chr siian leave the face of God
T'embrace the parti, or dote upon a clod?
Can eartily things thy heart so strangely move,
To tenipt it down from the delights above;
And now to court the world at such a time,
When God is laying judgment to the line?
Its just like him that doin liis cabin sweep
And trim, wben all is sinking in the deep:)
Or like the silly bird, that to her nest
Doth carry straws, and never is at rest
Till it be feather'd well; but doth not see
The axe beneath that s hewing down the tree.
If on a thorn thy heart itself repose
With such delight, what if it were a rose?
Adinire, O sain! the wisdom of thy God,
Who of the self:same trec doth make a rod,
Lest thou shouldst surfeit on forbidden fruit,
And live not like à saint, but like a brute.

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THE COMING OF THE LORD. No. XIII. To the intelligent and genuine Christian no subject in the universe is of so much interest and attraction as the personal coming or return of the Lord. All his hopes and joys centre in that most delectable event. One, indeed, of the highest and best characteristics of the Christian as given by our Apostle, is a "love for the appearing and for the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Hence the investigation of those scriptures that foretell or describe that most glorious objeet of our faith and hope has always been highly interesting.

The increasing attention recenıly paid to prophecy in general, and to this event ih particular, adds new interest to such inquiries, and makes it more the duly of those who "labor in the word and teaching" of Christianity either orally or in writing, to reflect upon those passages of sacred prophecy which at this moment are agitating, and, in my opinion, likely much more to agitate the religious public; and, if pos. sible, to aid in directing the inquiries of those less conversant with such themes.

It is already known throughcut ihe extent of our community that some of our fellow-professors ef different denominations, and some of our own brethren, are strong'y impressed with the idea that "the day of the Lord is at hand," and that they are the safest and best interpret ers of prophecy who place that day within the shortest distance from thə present time.

Amongst those who place the coming of the Lord in power and great glory nearest to us, is our pious and excellent Baptist brother Elder William Miller, of New York. Brother Miller makes no pretensions to be either a great or a learned man.

He has been some twenty years a sludent of prophecy, and has, no doubt, thought much and read much on the subject. He is, in my judgment and iron re.

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putation, a good and exemplary Christian, and I doubt not sincerely believes that the present dispensation will close next year, and that the Lord will literally and truly come to raise the dead and judge the world some time in 1813, He has written a small volume on the subject, and some letters and tracts; I believe, though I have only seen his volume of 1840, and the tract of last month, which I now lay before my readers.

I do this for more reasons than one. I have said that I award to Mr. Miller the character of a good man, though neither a strong man nor much learned in literature and science. This, indeed, with many will rather increase ihan diminish faith in his interpretations. When spiritual gifts were freely bestowed in the primitive age, the want of education was an advantage; for then the excellency of the powers and gifts displayed were the more indisputably from God. But that is not the case now, and therefore the want of education is no recommendation to any man; and still less to one who interprets prophecy.

But when, with all the helps of learned men, a good man of moderate parts, and twenty years study of the prophets, proclaims to all the world that the end of all things is just at hand, I think it due to the public and to him that he should be heard. I therefore republish the following letter to our brother Himes of Boston. It is upon the CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY.

As Mr. Miller and I had fixed this event in the same year in one sense of the word, though he argues for 1843; and I, some thirteen years ago, in my debate with Mr. Owen, stated my conviction that the sanctuary was to be cleansed in 1847 We both argue from Daniel's two thousand three hundred days, and we both argue from the fact that the "seventy weeks," or four hundred and ninety days or prophetic years, explained by the Prophet as terminating with the Messiah’s death, are a part of the same vision, and to be subtracted from the two thousand three hundred to give the year of Christ when these two thousand three hundred years shall be completed. But I give four years more for the four hundred and ninety than Mr. Miller has done, placing the confirmation of the covenant with many Anno Domini 37, instead of 33.

At present we only desire to preface friend Miller's letter with a remark or two necessary to its easy apprehension. His letter has respect to the import of the phrase "cleansing the sanctuary,” and discusses not the evidences on which he rests his expectations that during next year the sanctuary will be cleansed. While we differ as to the meaning of the phrase, we agree so well about the date, that I will briefly state our process of calculation.

In the book of Daniel there are three grand general visions of the destination of the world—one given to Nebuchadnezzar and two to Daniel. The third and last of these is found in the 8th chapter, and occurred in the third year of king Belshazzar, two years after the "vision of the night," written in the 7th chapter, and some fifty years after that of Nebuchadnezzar. In the 14th verse of the 8th chapter the time occupied in the whole vision is declared to be two thousand three hundred days. In the next chapter, speaking of this same vision, and alluding to some of its incidents, he narrates the new revela. tion which he had by Gabriel on some parts of the vision, and details the portion of the time determined or allotted to his people four hundred and ninety years or seventy prophetic weeks. This sum, dated from the 7th year of Artaxerxes Longimanus, when the decree for rebuilding Jerusalem and restoring the magistracy was issued, brings us down to the crucifixion of the Messiah—ihat is from the 7th of Artaxerxes to Christ 457 years, and to his crucifixion 33-in all 490, which, subtracted from the whole Christian era, leaves 1843-i. e. 490 from 2300 leaves 1810; to which add the 33 years of Christ's life, and the sum is 1813. The whole time of the prophecy, therefore, expires next year.

Now as in the case of the death of the Messiah the 490 came out to a day, the probability is that the cleunsing of the sanctuary and the consummation of the whole period of the 2300 years, will come out equally precise and certain. If so, then the cleansing of the sanctuary, whatever that event may import, may be expected soon--in 1843 or 1847. But concerning the import of this cleansing, we shall now quote Mr. Miller's views without note or comment, and thus let our readers judge for themselves.

A. C.



One short year more of trials and afflictions, and I shall expect to see Him who will justify himself, his word, and his people, before all flesh; and then he will cleanse his sanctuary, and make the place of his feet glorious.” Then will his tabernacle be with men, and he will dwell among them, and he will be their God, and they shall be his people. Sighing und sorrow shall be done away; tears shall be wiped from all faces, and death itself be destroyed; and we shall reign with him on the earth. What a glorious prospect! What a blessed hope! How full of immortality and eternal life! Come, Lord Jesus; O come quickly!

You may ask, What is meant in Daniel viii. 14.--Then shall the sanctuary be cleansed”? I will answer you according to my understanding; and if I am not right, please to correct me.

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