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on ; and that as they darkened the still labouring under a reproach, and
The interest then of the publica- decided duty of the Christian to enter tion which heads this article does upon this investigation; one of which not arise so much from any thing texts he illustrates so ably that we new in the way of prophetical inter- must give it in his own words. pretation which it contains; as from “ In strict accordance with these views the circumstance of its being the
are the words of St. Peter-We have also production of a dignified minister of
a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto
ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light the Church of England, who has
that shineth in a dark place, until the day been distinguished among all who dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts. have known him for simple piety, It is evident that the Apostle is here speakmodesty and sobriety of deportment; ing chiefly, if not exclusively, of unfulfilled and who is yet moved to come for prophecies.. Those predictions which had
received their accomplishment could with ward, at a period when prophecy is
no propriety be compared to a light shin.
ing in a dark place. Whereas, on the of political convulsions :—whilst aother hand, the dim and indistinct perceptions which they impart to us concerning ians a period of trouble is anticipated
mongst a large body of real christtime, locality, and circumstance, in connexion with those future events, which
as introductory to the establishment are the objects of prophetic vision, render
of the Messiah's kingdom ; when, the similitude peculiarly appropriate. The in short-men's hearts are failing great outlines may be traced with much them for fear and for looking after distinctness, while the collateral and subordinate incidents are enveloped in obscu.
those things which are coming on the rity, till the time when their completeness
earth, we can scarcely doubt that shall have drawn aside the veil. The force these are the perilous times predictand exactness of the comparison will, per ed by St. Paul, and that the fabric haps, be best appreciated by those, who, of civil society must be endangered with the aid of a few glimmering tapers when the characters whom he has have endeavoured to explore a lofty and spacious subterranean cavern, They may
enumerated increase and abound.” be enabled to discern some of its more pro- (p. 10.) Having slightly pointed minent features, while the configurations
to the existence of those evil characof the smaller projections are entirely con teristics, described by the Apostle cealed from their view." P, 5.
in men“ having the form of godliHe next proceeds to avow, that ness,” he next instances Rev. xiv. he is ".strongly impressed with the 6, 7, in which St. John sees an conviction, that a sufficient number angel flying in the midst of heaven, of tokens and indications may be having the everlasting Gospel to found concentrated in the present preach to every nation and kindred, eventful era to leave little room for &c. and saying, Fear God and give doubt, in the mind of any judicious glory to him, for the hour of his and impartial inquirer,” that our lot judgement is come. This angel we has fallen under that period emphat- take it sets forth a mighty missionically designated in Dan. xii, as
ary agency, which is to be raised up
He adduces immediately prior to the judgement verse 4, that at the time of the end of God upon Babylon (for that is many should run to and fro and
the judgement which the context knowledge should be increased, " evidently points to ;) and which which he conceives is remarkably agency, when it shall be seen, is to accomplished, whether it referred to
be interpreted by the church of God the increased understanding of the as loudly declaring, " that the hour prophetic writings, or to the assi of His judgement is come,” and duity with which secular learning therefore will be immediately folshould be cultivated. He also in lowed by a signal exhibition of distances 2 Tim. ill. 1, in which Paul vine wrath. The existence of this describes the character of the apos missionary agency to an unparalleled tates of the last days ; first shewing extent, is a sign of the times that that though, from the constitution must be evident to all. The last of our nature, present occurrences sign instanced by the Archdeacon is make so vivid an impression on the the drying up of the Euphrates! mind, as naturally to lead us to over which takes place at the pouring rate immediate danger; "yet, when out of the sixth vial; (Rev. xvi. a strong feeling of alarm with re. 12,) which he understands, in comgard to the future pervades the mon with most other modern interthoughtful, intelligent and best in- preters, to be the weakening or formed classes of society :—when, exhaustion of the Turkish power, even amongst many worldly men, which has been remarkably witlively apprehensions are entertained nessed of late, by the loss of its
THE TIME OF THE END.
Greek provinces, the destruction of views. We cannot better conclude
“I will observe in conclusion, that Archof Algiers by the French, and of bishop Usher is said to have had a presentisome of the fairest provinces nearer mentofthe impending finalstruggle between home by the Russians.
Popery and Protestantism. As the anticipaThe venerable Author then goes
tions formed by this eminent prelate of the
issue of this conflict are of an encouraging on to state, “ that he is aware that
nature, and have evidently a bearing upon the wild reveries of some interpre- the subject which has been under discusters, and the pestilential heresies of sion, I will submit them to your thoughtful others, have excited a prejudice a
consideration.--" The greatest stroke upgainst any attempt to investigate and the time of the utter ruin of the See of
on the Reformed Churches is yet to come ; those predictions which relate ex
Rome shall be when she thinks herself most clusively to the future ; but that the
secure.”—One presuming to inquire of him, folly of the former and the perverse what his present apprehensions were conness of the latter, cannot annul the cerning a very great persecution, he anblessing pronounced at the com
swered ; “ that a very great persecution mencement of the Apocalypse upon
would fall upon all the Protestant Churches
in Europe ;” adding, “ I tell you, all you those who read, hear and keep those have yet seen hath heen but the beginning things which are written therein;" of sorrows, to what is yet to come upon and therefore, though he deprecates the Protestant Churches of Christ, which
will ere long fall under a sharper persecuthe attempt to penetrate into the
tion than ever. Therefore (said he,) look precise time when the prophecies you be not found in the outer court, but a now in course of fulfilment will re
worshiper in the temple before the altar. ceive their definitive accomplish- For Christ will measure all that profess ment, he nevertheless proceeds to
his Name, and call themselves his people : point out those more prominent
and the outward worshippers he will leave
out to be trodden down of the Gentiles. changes which appear to be impend. The outer court is the formal christians ing, and which are as follow : “ that whose religion consists in performing the Popery and Mahommedanism, with outward duties of christianity, without every other anti-christian
having an inward life and power of faith will be exterminated from the face
uniting them to Christ; and these God
will leave to be trodden down and swept of the earth-that Jews and Gentiles
away by the Gentiles. But the worshipwill be converted to the christian
pers within the temple and before the altar faith—and that those stupendous God will hide in the hollow of his hand revolutions will be either preceded and under the shadow of his wings. And or accompanied (or in all probability, the last and all the other preceding perse
this shall be one great difference between both the one and the other) with
cutions. For in the former, the most emijudgements of an inexpressibly awful nent and spiritual ministers and christians character.”
did generally suffer most, and were most We must refer the reader to the violently fallen upon. But in this last perwork itself for the scriptural data on
secution, these shall be preserved by God, which these conclusions are founded.
as a seed to partake of that glory which
shall immediately follow and come upon It must be obvious to those at all
the Church, as soon as ever this storm acquainted with the subject, that it shall be over. For as it shall be the sharpwould be impossible to do justice to est, so shall it be the shortest persecution the numerous topics adverted to
of them all; and shall only take away the within the compass of a Visitation
gross hypocrites and formal professors ;
but the true spiritual believers shall be Charge: but this defect is in some
preserved till the calamity be over."" measure supplied by a copious ap P. 40, quoted from the Appendix to Flempendix, containing extracts from va ing's “ Apocalyptical Key." rious writers elucidating the author's
(3.) Extracts on Prophecy, chiefly of prophecy, necessarily possesses concerning the approaching Advent much interest. and Kingdom of Christ.
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MATTHEW XXIV. 34.-" Verily I say unto you. This generation shall
not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” To the Editor of the Investigator. exact rendering would be “in that Sir,
same, that very hour ;” and in the In the last Volume of the Inves.
passage under consideration (with tigator there was a paper of mine, the avrn) “ that very generation advocating the reading of avon with- shall not pass away till all has been out the aspirate, in the expression fulfilled." Ý yevka avtn (Matt. xxiv. 34, &c.) There is a further observation that in the sense that “that generation I would wish to make on this pas(the generation existing at the be sage. I find the writer in the Chrisginning of the last troubles) should tian Observer estimating the length not pass away till all was fulfilled.” of time implied in the αυτη η γενεα I have heard it objected that EKEIVN 8 un Tapexon at 30 years. And thus, would in this case have been the dating the commencement of the pronoun chosen ; and that the use term, as I do myself, from the French of avrn with the article in the sense Revolution in 1792, he thus writes of
εκείνη is questionable. It is there- at the close of the year 1814; “ Acfore necessary to fortify the inter- cording to the view I have taken of pretation by parallel examples. This this prophecy 22 of these 30 years I beg leave to do now.
are already past : only 8 remain to My first example is the one given be fulfilled. --Our redemption drawby the original suggester of the read. eth nigh." ing advocated in the Christian Ob. We see in this, as it appears to server ; (vol. xiv. p. 6.)
me, a mistake not uncommon; so Αυτη αυτη τη ώρα επισασα, she that it may be of use to notice and coming in at that instant (Luke 11, rectify it. I feel the rather bound 38);-in which verse we see in im to do this as having formerly written mediate juxtaposition the aúrn with under the mistake myself. the aspirate and the avrn without. I would observe then, that the du
The same, or similar phrases, oc- ration implied in any expression incur in Luke vii. 21; xii. 12; xx. volving yɛvea cannot be determined 19 ; xx111. 12; xxiv. 33 ; Acts xvi. independently of the verb or other 18: xxII. 13: also in Dan. 111. 6, words in immediate context. This 15; iv. 33 ; v. 5 in the Septuagint. must appear almost a truism. But In all these passages avrn is trans it has been frequently overlooked ;lated in much the same sense as ek- by myself, as I said, among others. ELVn; so that, indeed, in the parallel If the case were this, that we had to one of them Matthew uses £KELVP
a genealogical table under considerawhere Luke uses avry : thus, Luke tion of father, eldest son, grandson, ΧΙΙ. 12, το γαρ αγιον Πνευμα διδαξει &c. for many successive γενεαι or υμας εν αυτη τη ώρα α δει ειπειν : generations, then the nature of the Μatt. Χ. 19, δοθησεται γαρ υμιν εν
case would determine the yevea of εκεινη τη ώρα α δει ειπειν. The chief the father as ending with the birth difference is that the avrn is more of the eldest son succeeding him, and emphatic than the εκεινη. . In the the average length of the yevea passage from St. Luke just given the must be the average age at which a