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elects sake are to be shortened; * – so it is evident that we have entered upon the sounding of “the last Trumpet,” 1 Cor. xv. 52. “In the days of the voice of the 7th angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be finished; as he hath declared to his servants the prophets; * * “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever,” &c. * The students of prophecy are not agreed on this point; some think that the seventh trumpet is just about to sound, and that it commences with the seventh vial; others that it began to sound at the pouring out of the first vial, in the year 1792. I agree with the latter. After a careful investigation of the Apocalypse, I have drawn this conclusion, that the seven vials are the contents of the seventh seal and of the seventh trumpet. Chapters xv. and xvi. may be read after vii. and x. In the year 1792, when the vials commenced, began the seventh and last Trumpet to sound — then we heard its distant blast; which, like the trumpet of Jehovah, hath “sounded long,” and hath “waved louder and louder,” and must sound yet, during the outpouring of another vial, when the curtain of the drama of this great world will drop, and “a voice be heard from heaven, saying, IT Is DoNE!” The trump of God is not like the blast of a trumpet blown by the breath of man, which is only of a few moments' duration — “in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound”—it is
1. Dan. xii. 1; Matt. xxiv. 21, 22. . .” --> 2. Rev. x. 7. 3. Rev. xi. 15–19. - . . 4. Exod. xix, 19.
in the days of his sounding which are over and above
the 1260, comprising the greater portion of the 75 days of Daniel, in which the kingdoms of this world are to become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ, &c. “The mystery of God was finished” when the seventh angel began to sound, as the events subsequent to 1792 have proved; but it is during the period of its sounding that the first resurrection is to take place — the bodies of living saints to be changed — and the dispersed of Israel to return. The seventh and last trumpet I believe hath sounded — is now sounding — and its blast will, ere long, reach the lowest grave, the deepest depth of the sea, the most internal parts of the earth — wherever the ashes of a saint slumbers, it shall hear the voice of the Son of Man, and they that hear shall live, shall awake up after the image and likeness of Christ, their bodies being fashioned like unto Christ's most glorious body."
15. The last “Sign” to which we invite your attention, is, that superabundant light which the Holy Spirit has “thrown of late on the prophetic word. “It shall come to pass, that at even tide it shall be light,” Zech. xiv. 7... “The vision is for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie,” Hab. ii. 3. “In the latter days he shall consider it perfectly,” Jer. xxiii. 20; xxx. 24. What Daniel was commanded to seal up and close, (Dan. xii. 4.) is now, through the all powerful mediation of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, revealed unto us, Rev. v. 5. Hence “many run to and fro, and knowledge is increased.” Never, I believe, since the days of our Lord's first advent, was the prophetic word so much studied; so many of the ambassadors of Christ engaged in this pursuit; or so much written on the subject. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” contained in the Apocalypse, showing the coming of the Just One, with all his saints, to the destruction of the apostate nations, is now made so plain to the church, that none can, or at least, ought to be ignorant of it. This however, is a privilege belonging only to the faithful, for it is written, “that none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand,” Dan. xii. 10. So St. Paul speaks; “But ye brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief; ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness,” 1 Thes, v. 4, 5. Though “the true light now shineth,” it enlighteneth only those who believe. Those who are paying a prayerful attention to these things, “have,” like the Israelites of old, “light in their dwellings,” whilst the rest of the world are sitting in darkness, even “darkness such as may be felt.” The opening, then, and unfolding of the prophetic word, is another convincing proof that we are arrived at the end of the age; the unsealing of prophecy, and the revelation of the “mystery of God,” being reserved unto “THE TIME OF THE END.” Dan. xii. 9, Rev. x. 7." If then, my brethren, the light that is in us be darkness,” by our wilful remissness to secure the advantages which it affords us, Oh, “how great is that darkness 1” Open then thine ears I beseech, to hear that bitter lamentation of the compassionate Jesus over the impenitent, unbelieving, slothful, mercy-abusing Jews. “If thou hadst known, even in this thy day, the things which belong to thy peace l—But now are they HID from thine eyes!” -
1. Hooker of Eng. on the present crisis, p. 19–22.
S U P P L E M E N T A R Y.
On Jubilees, as connected with prophetic chronology.
The manner in which we adverted to this, subject, page 191, may have awakened 9xpectations, which, in the sequel, have not been realized. The utmost that we can now venture in regard to them is, to say with Mr. Bickerteth, that while they “may yet be found much to illustrate the chronology of prophecy,” the want of accuracy in their application thereto thus far, has failed to inspire us with that confidence in their use to this end, which some claim in their behalf. On this subject Mr. Frere remarks, “that the jubilee, so peculiar in its institution, must be typical of something greater and more important, than itself, there can be little question; and taking into consider: ation that it Ho! 49 years, as the longest period during which any Jew could alienate his land, and that God himself declared upon its institution that the land should not be jà forever for it was his ;-taking into account also the many direct rophecies, which predict the restoration in the latter days of Judah and Israel to that and which was given as an inheritance to Abraham and his seed forever;-there will remain no ground of doubt but that the 49 years, (the longest possible, period of the alienation of that portion of the land which, belonged to any individual Israelite.) represented the time beyond which the whole land should not be nationally alienated, or, “the whole period of the captivities and dispersions, of Judah.” But, while Mr. Cüninghame, finding, as he claims, a coincidence of Jubilees with astronomical Cycles in the two prophetical numbers of 1260 and 2300, resulting, in the termination of the latter number A. D. 1841; Mr. Frere, conducting his calculations on a similar, basis (with the exception that he intercalates his Jubilees, and adopts 2400 in the placc of 2300 years,) and commencing, his reckonings from the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, B.C. 603, a date authenticated by the Canon of Ptolemy, says, that “49 times times 49, or 2401 years, brings us down to A. D. 1798, when the civil government of Rome, the capital of the last of these four monarchies, was overthrown by the arms of republican France, as described by the pouring out of the third apocalyptic vial of wrath; and a 50th or Jubilee period of 49 years brings us down to A. D. 1847, when .*.* from the vision of the ram and the he-goat, that Jerusalem will be cleansed from the Mahometan superstition, and the Jews reinstated into their own land.” . This last result, though it harmonizes with our chronological deductions as conducted independently of Jubilees and Cycles, and consequently tends to increase our confidence in them, yet we wait for further light.
1. Hooker of Eng. on the present crisis, p. 25–28,
T H E E N D.