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a plurality of Parzufim (Persons) in the Deity, he would have put instead of Elohim and Dp in the plural, El and p in the singular. Again, it is said by Moses, Gen. xix. 24, And Jehovah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah, which is another proof of a plurality of persons in Jehovah. On one occasion God said unto Moses, Come up unto the Lord,' Exod. xxiv. 1; if there were not a plurality of Parzufim in the Deity, God would have said, 'come up unto me,' On the passage, Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Lord,' Deut. vi. 4, the Sobar comments on the following words: three are one,' (n). It is written, Exod. iii. 6, The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; this repetition of the Word of God before each name of the three patriarchs, points at the Trinity; otherwise it would have been sufficient to have said, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is mentioned by Joshua, chap. xxiv. 19, 'Ye cannot serve the Lord, because he is holy, Elohim (op 'n min) here Jehovah is first put and then Elohim, and holy in the plural, which is another proof of the plurality in the Divine Being, a Trinity in Unity.
6th. "We believe, that God appears incarnate upon earth; that he eats, and drinks, and performs other human functions, but that he is perfectly free from all sins. The proof of this is contained in these words, For that he also is flesh,' (Gen. vi. 3,) which the Sohar thus explains: God appears in the flesh and adapts himself to the body; that is to say, at the creation, God was incarnate in Adam, but after his fall, he withdrew himself again, and remained thus divested of the body, until he again was incarnate in this body. The Sohar further remarks upon the four elements of fire, water, air and earth, that God clotbed himself in these, and was incarnate. Where Moses says, (Exod. xx. 18.) The people saw the voice,' he ought, properly speaking, to have said, the people heard, instead of saw; but God shewed himself at that time to the Israelites in a human form, and taught them by it, that at the advent of the Messiah he would come again in a human form. Upon the words of Jehovah, (Lev. xxvi. 12.) 'I will walk among you,' the book Yalkut observes, this may be compared to an earthly king, who walks about his garden, from which the gardener is about retiring out of respect to his Lord, in order not to intrude himself upon his privacy, but the king addresses his servant in a condescending tone, saying, 'Be not alarmed at my presence my friend, I am but a man like thyself, and will walk by the side of thee." In the same manner God has promised to clothe himself in the flesh, and appear among men, to teach and instruct them in divine things; it is therefore said by the prophet, (Is. xxv. 20,) Thine eyes shall see thy teachers.' When God said, Deut. xxxii. 40.) 'I lift up mine hand to heaven,' he would not have thus expressed himself at any other time, except when he walked upon earth in human form. [Here aro many other passages of Scripture quoted, from which similar conclusions are drawn.]
7th. "We believe that Jerusalem will never be rebuilt; because it is written, Dan. ix. 26, And the people of the prince, that shall come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, and the end thereof shall be with a flood, perfectly' and the prophet Jeremiah declares that the sin of the city of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom, destroyed of a sudden.' If, then, Sodom is no more to be rebuilt, how much less Jerusalem, as the prophet declares the sin of that city to be greater than that of the former. 8th. "We believe that the Jews in vain expect the arrival (or advent) of a human Messiah, who, according to their opinion, is to redeem them from their temporal captivity, exalt them above all other nations, and load them with riches and honours. But we believe that God himself will become incarnate, and appear in human form, to redeem us from those sins attached to all the human race since the fall of Adam. And not only the Jews are to be redeemed by him, but all who believe on him; those, however, that remain unbelieving will be consigned to eternal damnation. If the Jews believe that they can be redeemed in any other way than by the Lord himself, they deceive themselves, and do not obey the Holy Scriptures,
but the Talmud, which is false, and which we reject. To maintain our opinion and belief, we appeal to numerous passages of the Holy Scriptures; but especially to the prophet Isaiah, who says in one place, God will come and save you,' Isa. xxxv. 4; and in another, 'I, even I, am the Lord, and beside me there is no Saviour,' eh. xliii. 11; again, All flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob,' ch, xlix. 26; As for our Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel,' ch. xlvii. 4. The prophet Jeremiah says, (Jer. 1. 34,)Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of Hosts is his name.' Job declares, (Job xix. 25,) 'I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon earth.' Who else except the Lord can be this Redeemer, who existed at the time of Job, and will be upon earth at the latter day? It cannot be any other than God, who, by the mouth of the prophet, says, 'I am the first and the last, and besides me there is no other.' Nay, the Tulmud admits the truth, that God is the Messiah and only Redeemer: we find it written in Section Sanhedrin. Rabbi Hillel said, the Israelites have not to expect any Messiah. But as this contradicts the Scriptures, Rashi comments on this passage in the following words: Rabbi H. means to say, the Jews have not to expect a human Messiah, as God himself is their Redeemer.
"These are the principal articles of confession of this remarkable sect of Jews, who are very promising to go over en masse to the Christian church one of them lately published a letter by way of appeal to his brethren, to embrace Christianity."
Forty years have not passed away since the first establishment of these noble Institutions; and the results have far surpassed the expectations of their first patrons. Reading and writing a few centuries ago, were attainments, which none but the higher classes of society possessed; and even in the highest ranks there were often found persons intirely ignorant of these arts which every poor child may now possess. In Manchester the Sunday Schools belonging to the established church walk in procession to the collegiate church annually on Whit-Monday, on the 14th May last 7000 scholars, preceded by a band of music, the municipal officers of the town, &c. walked as usual, and heard a sermon delivered on the occasion. Whitsun week being holiday time in Manchester and its neighbourhood, those who have the management of Sunday Schools very laudably endeavour to amuse the children by various means in order to keep them from the horse races which are attended here by a greater concourse of people, than any other place in the kingdom. Various classes of Dissenters for instance, on one of the holidays brought together near 8000 children who were Sunday scholars. The societies of the New Church assembled on the Wednesday, (the 17th May) and walked in procession with their Sunday scholars to a spacious green, a short distance out of the town, and there after singing a hymn, the children were regaled with spiced bread and lemonade, and allowed to pursue all the harmless sports suited to their youthful minds. The children and friends assembled were about 500 in number; the day being fine, added very much to the pleasure of the occasion; the children shewed their gratitude by their good conduct, their ready obedience, and correct demeanour, and their friends were delighted with the opportunity of giving them a taste for more rational pleasures than those to which this season is usually devoted. To some of our distant friends a coppy of order of procession may not be uninteresting.
The band, Sixteen Musicians.
Rev. R. Jones. Rev. D. Howarth.
Two Wardens with their staves of office.
Ladies of both Societies.
Female teachers, two of them carrying each a crook.
Every two taller girls having a smaller one between them;
Two Wardens with staves.
They returned in the same order, to the church in Peter Street, and after singing a hymn were dismissed.
MANCHESTER PRINTING SOCIETY.
The Twenty Fourth Report of the Society instituted in Manchester in the year 1782, for printing, publishing, and circulating the Theological writings of the Hon. E. Swedenborg, &c. has been published, from which we make the following extract:
From the Minutes also of the Eighteenth General Conference of the Ministers and other Members of the New Church held at Derby in August last, we are again encouraged to hope, that the descent of the Holy City New Jerusalem, as predicted in the Apocalypse, is gradually accomplishing, and that thus the tabernacle of God is about to be with men, and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them their God. For is it possible to conceive, that the labours of so many faithful servants of the Most High, assembled together during three days, for the express purpose of exalting Jesus Christ to his sole sovereignty in heaven and earth; of vindicating the honour of his word by proclaiming its spiritual and genuine meaning; and of preparing for its reception amongst men by the circulation of Hymn Books, Catechisms, &c. which may lead to its right interpretation, can be useless and of none effect? Rather, are not we forced to confess, that the Almighty is ever near both to hear and fulfil the desires of his children, and that consequently wheresoever two or three are gathered together in his name, there is he in the midst of them, ready to accomplish the blessed purposes which he himself hath dictated, and thus to diffuse the saving knowledge of himself and his kingdom throughout the most remote corners of the habitable globe?
When we read again the Fourth Report of the Missionary and Tract Society of the New Jerusalem church, instituted in London in the year 1821, and the Ninth Report of the Manchester and Salford Missionary Society, &c. and observe the exertions of so many active labourers in the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts, all tending to stretch her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river, what devout heart doth not feel its pulse beat high with the delightful persuasion that God hath again visited and redeemed his people, and that the blessed sound of the tidings of his salvation is going out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world?
The Society since the publication of their last Report have been enabled to print the following works.
From the Annual Subscription Fund.
The Golden Wedding Ring..
Brief account of the Character and writings of E. Swedenborg
The Society, then, being convinced in their own minds that the heavenly doctrine of the New Jerusalem contains in it the seed of all that can be called Holy, wise and blessed amongst men, feel every day more and more confirmed in their purpose to disseminate it to the utmost of their ability; and though the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing, the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed; they are determined, through the Divine Mercy, not to shrink from their labours, but rather to join more earnesly in the Divine exclamation, "Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us ;" under the influence of a full belief, that “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision." Whilst therefore they have the consolation to believe, that the Glorified Saviour, whose high and holy name is Jesus Christ, is on their
side, and that all their exertions tend to enlarge His blessed kingdom, by making known to mankind the purity, wisdom and purifying power of his most Holy Word, they will never cease to lift up their voices and cry, "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings; be instructed ye judges of the earth; serve the Lord with fear, rejoice with trembling, kiss the Son lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little: Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
LONDON MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY OF THE NEW CHURCH. The Fifth Annual General Meeting of this Society took place on Monday, May, 22, 1826, at Friar Street, Chapel, Doctors' Commons. The Rev. M. Sibly having been called to the chair, the Secretary read the Report of the proceedings of the Society for the past year, which contained an account of Mr. Noble's visit to Norwich, and Mr. Goyder's to Brightlingsea and St. Osyth. In the course of the evening several Gentlemen addressed the Meeting upon the benefits arising from Missionary exertions, and strongly urged the necessity of supporting an institution, the object of which was to promulgate the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem. We regret to say the meeting was rather thinly attended.
MEETINGS IN JUNE, 1826,
MANCHESTER MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
THE General Annual Meeting of the Subscribers to the Missionary Institution, will be held in the Lecture Room, Peter Street, Manchester, on Friday evening, the 17th, at half past Seven o'clock; for the purpose of receiving the Report of the Committee, and of electing, by ballot, a Com mittee and other Officers of the Society, for the year ensuing. All friends are earnestly invited to attend this Meeting. As the Treasurer will close his accounts on the 17th of June, the committee respectfully solicit the friends of the Institution to remit to him, or pay over to the Collectors, the amount of their Subscriptions or Donations before that day. The Committee are anxious to receive from the Missionary Ministers, every particu lar respecting the result of their labours; and from the Societies, Reports of the state of their respective Societies, in order that the Subscribers may see the importance of continuing their support to the Institution. Subscriptions or Donations are requested to be paid to the Treasurer, Mr. W. LOCKETT, St. Mary's Gate, Manchester; who uniformly gives an acknowledgment for all monies received by him, on account of the Missionary Institution. The Committee meet in the Vestry of the New Jerusalem Church, Peter Street, on the first Tuesday of the month, at half past Seven in the Evening, and the Sub-Committee meet every Tuesday Evening, at Eight o'clock,
LONDON PRINTING SOCIETY.
The Annual Meeting of the Society for printing and publishing the writings of the Hon. E. Swedenborg, will be held on Monday, the 19th, at three o'clock in the afternoon, at the Free Masons' Tavern, Great Queen Street, Lincolns Inn Fields, where the Members and friends of the Institution will afterwards dine together.
BRIGHTLINGSEA AND ST. ÖSYTH.
The Anniversary to celebrate the introduction of the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem into the villages of Brightlingsea and St. Osyth, will be held at the former place on Monday, the 26th. The attendance of visitors is most earnestly requested.
It has lately been stated in the Newspapers, that Mr. Campbell, the missionary traveller, and another, had penetrated the country 300 miles north-east of Latakoo, and passed two tribes of natives called Marootses, speaking the language of Lattakoo, and amounting in numbers to 16,000. They are represented as living in a mountainous district, with walls round their houses, and enclosures for their cattle; they melt iron and copper from the ores. The rivers run towards the east.
PROVERBS FROM THE HEBREW.
The myrtle that grows among nettles is still a myrtle.
It is not as thy mother says of thee, but as thy neighbours say.
come to within a distance of 7,700 geographical miles; the consequence of which will be (if its attraction be equal to that of the earth) the elevation of the waters of the ocean 13,000 feet; that is to say, above the tops of all the European mountains except Mont-Blanc. The inhabitants of the Andes and of the Kimlaya mountains alone will escape this second deluge but they will not benefit by their good fortune more than 216,000,000 years, for it is probable that, at the expiration of that time, our globe, standing right in the way of the comet, will receive a shock severe enough to insure its utter destruction. This is really very alarming!
ANCIENT GREEK INSCRIPTION.
In the neighbourhood of Rome an ancient tomb has recently been discovered, with a Greek inscription in such tolerable preservation as to allow of the following fragments of translation:-"My country is the immortal Rome; my father is its emperor and king."-"My name is Allicilla, the beloved name of my mother."" Destined for my husband from infancy, I leave him, in dying, four sons approaching to manhood.' "It is by their pious hands that I have been placed, still young, in this tomb."
Do not fling dirt into the well out of which thou hast drunk.
If a word be worth one sixpence silence is worth two.
Thy secret is thy prisoner; let it escape thee, and thou wilt be the prisoner of thy secret.
As the garden, so is the gardener. When you marry descend the ladder; when you choose a friend, ascend.
Do not look at the goblet, but its
A lie has no feet.
It is now certain that the same comet has appeared in our planetary system in the years 1786, 1795, 1801, 1805, 1818, and 1825. It appears that in its course it never passes the orbit of Jupiter. The period of its revolution (which is the shortest known) very little exceeds three years and a quarter; and its mean distance from the sun is not more than twice that of the earth. It seems to be especially connected with the system in which our globe is placed, and crosses our orbit more than sixty times in a century. M. Olbers, the celebrated astronomer of Bremen, who has bestowed much attention on this comet, has been lately occupied in calculating the possibility of its influence on the destinies of our globe. He finds that in 83,000 years this comet will approach the earth as nearly as the moon; and that in 4,000,000 of years it will
The Rev. Fred. Nolan is printing at his private press Harmonical Grammars of the Principal Ancient and Modern Languages, viz. the Greek, Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, and Samaritan, the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Modern Greek. 8vo.
Occasional Tracts, in Vindication of the truth, Integrity, and Higher Doctrines of the Sacred Writings, in Refutation of the Cavils of Infidels and Objectors. 8vo. Also,
The Expectations formed by the Persians, that a Great Deliverer would appear about the Time of our Lord's Advent, Demonstrated.
The Expectations formed by the Romans, on the same Subject, will follow in continuation; and it is the Author's intention to extend his inquiry to the Greeks, Egyptians, and other great nations.