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of the Church of England, was arranged, as the best means of eliciting an unprejudiced statement of the scriptural bearing of the question. These Lectures may be considered as the independent testimony of twelve clergymen, who without previous concert have united in one harmony of interpretation respecting the past, present, and future aspect of Israel, remarkably illustrating the tendency of this subject to produce the fulfilment of that prophecy in Isaiah lii. 8, “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.” The aim of these Sermons is not to enter upon uncertain speculations, but rather by arguments, based upon the grammatical and obvious interpretation of prophecy, to enforce upon the Church the great practical lessons of the subject, which the harmony of Scripture warrants. It is of much importance that the reader should bear in mind that this is the revival of a long neglected truth; and modern students, grateful for former labours in this field, and sensible that they are arrived only at the elements of the volume of prophecy, are tremblingly alive to the necessity of caution, watchfulness, and humility. And this suggests a very solemn reflection; for the signs of the times, in all their threatening reality, have come unexpectedly upon professing Christians—who, having neglected the diligent study of the Word of Prophecy, have not kept pace with the progress of events in the world. The subject is so practical and so intimately connected with the hopes of the Gentile Church, that we cannot but desire it may excite an increasing interest; * and to guide this interest in the right channel, becomes an object of great importance at the present moment. There is danger on either hand—not only from entire neglect of the Jews, but also from a false and unscriptural liberality, alike pernicious both to Jew and Gentile. The effects of this latter spirit may be traced too plainly in the tone adopted of late with regard to the Jewish disabilities, which displays great ignorance of the peculiar state and prospects of the nation of Israel, in regard of their past guilt in the crucifixion of our Lord, their present national rejection, and their future restoration and glory, and which opens the door to a wide-spread apostasy from the faith.
* We would venture to suggest whether the precedents set in Glasgow, Liverpool, and London, of a course of Jewish Lectures, might not be followed by many other towns in England; especially in those where an interest for Israel has already been manifested. We might mention Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Brighton, Cambridge, Oxford, Derby, Hereford, Hull, Ipswich, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Plymouth, Sheffield, &c., &c. Lectures in these places, by clergymen who have studied the subject, would bring before the public a mass of scriptural truth, and valuable research, which would be eminently calculated to produce sobriety of judgment concerning those great events which are coming on the earth, and prepare both Jew and Gentile for the advent of Messiah.
It is hoped that these Lectures will tend, under the Divine blessing, to check this growing evil, and direct the Church to the Word of God, as the only sure and safe guide for individuals and nations.
W. R. FREMANTLE.
Milfield-lane, April 29, 1841.
INTRODUCTORY LECTURE.—p. 1.
IMPORTANCE OF THE SUBJECT.-ITS BEARING ON THE GLORY OF GOD.—PRESENT DUTY AND FUTURE HOPE OF THE CHURCH.—SPIRITUAL WELFARE OF THE CHRISTIAN.
BY THE REW. T. S. GRIMSHAWE, A.M.,
RECTOR OF BIDDENHAM, BEDFORDSHIRE.
Isaiah lxii. 6, 7.—“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
LECTURE II.-p. 41.
ON THE PRINCIPLES OF PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION.
BY THE REW. T. R. BIRKS, A.M.,
FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
HABAKKUk ii. 2.- “And the Lord answered and said unto me, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
LECTURE III.-p. 81.
THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT.
BY THE REV. J. W. BROOKS, M.A.,
vicAR of clareborough, Retford, AND chaplain To THE RIGHT HON. LORD FITZGERALD AND VESCI.
GALATIANS iii. 15–17.—“Brethren, I speak after the manner of men ; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many ; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.”