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on a piece of ground large enough to occupy a number of sacred language is studied, and its beauties preserved Israelites in agricultural labours. The accounts of all the among the dwellers in Jerusalem. benevolent institutions founded by Sir Moses Montefiore To the institutions thus brought into existence we must have been re-examiued, and several important improvements add the lying-in hospital, the establishment for giving out have been made. At Jaffa, where a number of Israelites needlework and washing, the loan fund for lending sums of were engaged in agriculture, a magnificent garden and se five pounds and upwards without interest, and the three veral fields have been obtained secure for poor Israelites farms at Tiberias, Zafed and Bokea. the means of existence. Thirty-five Israelite artizans were We have now to notice a benevolent enterprise on which employed in the erection of a school house, and forty others a number of the christian friends of Israel have just are engaged in building a wall which is to enclose the ex. entered, corresponding in its character with that of Sir tensive grounds of the hospital.
Moses Montefiore and bis friends, but having also the “The school for girls was opened at the beginning of higher object of extending the knowledge and blessings of September, in the presence of Sir Moses and Lady Monte- the gospel. The pature of this movement will be best fiore, by Dr. Loewe. Eighty-four scholars, with the gorer- understood by the following circular with which we have nesses, and several visitors were collected in the school been favoured:house, which is one of the best buildings in the Israelite voorlo to
"Nearly two years have elapsed since the idea was originated of estab lishing an Agricultural Settlement in Palestine for converted Israelites, who might thus obtain for themselves an honest livelihood, and at the
same time enjoy the advantages of Christian sympathy and fellowship in describing the beneficial results which might be anticipated the land of their fathers.**** from such an establishment. He exhorted the scholars to "That such an Institution would be of the utmost importance, was felt follow in all their conduct the noble example of the pious
by all who were acquainted with the difficulties which Jewish Converts,
especially in the East, huve to encounter. The various missionaries in Judith, Lady Montefiore. The discoure ended with a prayer those countries with one voice bore testimony to its absolute necessity: for Sir Moses and his lady, and all the assembly joined in
while Christians at home warmly responded to an appeal which seemed to
hold out the hope of brighter days for the long desolate land. It was at a fervent Amen.
first proposed that the sum required should be raised by means of shares, " In the afternoon the foundation stone of the hospital which it was hoped might yield a fair return; but on further consideration,
various difficulties arose, connected with the unsettled state of Syria, and was laid. Thousands of the inhabitants of different creeds
the insecurity of property there, which caused the original design to be were present on the occasion, and the feelings of the Israel. abandoned in favour of the one more entirely in accordance with the ites were beyond the power of description. Dr. Loewe com
Christian principle of doing good, hoping for nothing again.
“Many concurrent circumstances encourage the belief that the time mo
has now arrived for a beginning at least to be made. Recent letters from Jerusalem suggest eligible sites for the undertaking, and state that the demand for cultivators of the soil, and capital to maintain them is increasing. A Firman has been issued by the Porte, allowing the purchase of land by foreigners, of which a leading member of the Jewish community
in this country has already availed himself by buying land in the vicinity of such benefactors as the late Judab Touro and Sir Moses and
Jerusalem, and also at Jaffa, upon which Jews are already working. It is time, therefore, that Jews who believe that Jesus is the Christ, should make a similar effort, and in their corporate capacity give evidence of their
patriotism, and, above all, of their love to Him who is the King and sembly did not disperse till an hour before nightfall.” Redeemer of Israel. For the carrying out of this object, a Committee,
composed entirely of Christian Jenos, has been formed.
"They are already taking steps for the purchase of land, which will be for young girls, in a beautiful house furnished with all suit.
secured by a Trust Deed, and all funds, exceeding the purchase-money, will be expended in the support and extension of the Settlement. They look solely to the God of Abraham for His blessing and guidance, while
they humbly endeavour as Christian Jews, to lift up an Ensign to His name of the principles of modern Judaism, and in consequence in that land from which the Gospel was first promulgated by Jewish some of the people hastened to the synagogue to have the converts.
"The Committee will only add their earnest hope, that, in carrying out this important work, they may have the sympathy, co-operation, and prayers of those who feel interested in the well-being of Israel, and who
desire the honour of Him whose prayer still is, 'For Zion's sake, I will Rabbi Isaïe Berdakie) expressed their entire disapprobation,
not hold my peace; and for Jerusalem's sake, I will not rest.' and assured them that no such design could be enter “It is calculated, that a sum of about £5,000 will be required for the
purchase of land and the erection of the necessary buildings. Besides tai
this sum, annual subscriptions to the amount of £500 will be necessary for sacrifices for their holy religion. The good people returned
the first few years, after which, it may be hoped, the Settlement will home tranquilized, and said no more on that subject. become self-supporting “Dr. Loewe also shewed them the book for the regulation
"Steps are being taken to obtain the co-operation of Corresponding
Members of the Committee among believing Israelites in various parts of of the school, in which it is described as the house of instruc- the world." tion to receive the daughters of our brethren, the children With a view to assist this important work, an important of Israel inbabiting the Holy Land, that they may pray meeting was held on the 11th of June, at the house of the from the books, and acknowledge the God of our fathers Rev. R. H. Herschell, at wbich many distinguished friends with their heart and their mind.
of Israel were present, and among them the Bishop of “This explanation was deemed satisfactory; and Sir Moses Jerusalem, who expressed his cordial concurrence in the caused to be recited for them a benediction from the Morn- plan proposed, and pointed out the course which he deemed ing Service, and made a rich offering for the poor, assuring most adapted to ensure success. He spoke in the most them he loved and esteemed them the more on account of emphatic terms of the universal desire which at present their scruples.”
pervades the Jewish mind to Palestine, and said that never The writer concludes by expressing his gratitude for the at any period since the destruction of Jerusalem, did cirthings his eyes had seen, and with a prayer to the Almighty cumstances seem so auspicious for the return of the Jews that the benefactor of his people and his noble lady may to their own land. This testimony was amply confirmed enjoy many years of health and honour, and long continue by the Rev. Drs. M'Caul and Marsh, and other gentlemen to be the support, the strength, and ornament of Israel. by whom steps were taken to aid the establishment of this
A very learned Hebrew, who is actively promoting the agricultural colony in Palestine, consisting of believing charities founded by Sir Moses Montefiore, has written in Israelites wbo will provide the means of subsistence for commemoration of this beneficent visit a poem of thirty-six their poorer converted brethren, and seek to bring their stanzas, in a style which shews the care with which the brethren according to the flesh to the knowledge of Jesus.
Poetry, Original and Select.
Should Laymen Preach? An important question briefly conTHOUGHTS SUGGESTED BY ROMANS VII. 19.
sidered. To which are added some remarks on open air preaching. I would, but cannot, pray
By a member of the University of Cambridge. (Cambridge: “Thy will, not mine be done;"
Dixon, demy 8vo. pp. 32.) An appaling array of facts illustra-
tive of English heathendom followed by a brief argument
showing that the 23rd article of the Church of England, which I would,-but cannot, find This world a desert drear;
states that “it is not lawful for any man to take upon him the Unworthy, from th' immortal mind,
office of public preaching, or ministering in the congregation To win a smile or tear!
before he be lawfully called and sent to execute the same," is no I would,-but cannot prize,
bar to preaching in the open air. Hastily and wisely leaving All earthly joys above,
this doubtful ground of human authority and grammatical conThat promised mansion in the skies,
struction, our author passes on to the unerring Word of God. Bought by redeeming love.
Its ample and solid testimony leaves no room for a negative I would,-but cannot, rend
reply. The testimony is as full and emphatic as the case is Earth's tendrils from my heart, Nor cease a longing eye to bend
urgent and overwhelming. The author concludes by a few On that from which I part!
practical remarks and instructions evidently written by an I would, but cannot, fly
experienced open air preacher. We earnestly commend the On wings of faith and love;
pamphlet to the perusal of christian young men. And die to all beneath the sky,
The Tongue of Fire or the True Power of Christianity. By And live to all above.
William Arthur, A.M., author of "a Mission to the Mysore," I would, but cannot, press
“the Successful Merchant,” &c. (London: Hamilton Adams Along life's flinty road
and Co., crown 8vo. pp. 364.) Mr. Arthur's vigorous, compact, With bleeding feet, yet only bless, Thy rod, my chastening God!
and pictorial style always makes him a welcome writer. He is
always earnest, loving, devout, and practical ; and hence as we I would, but cannot, joy In tribulation's night;
have already said, always welcome. What christian can read Nor welcome sorrow's gloomy sky
the following burst of chastened feeling, and not involuntarily As joy's soul-cheering light!
mingle his thanksgiving with the author's, whose every page I would, but cannot, part
thus takes captive the reader, and holds him till the book is From ties than life more dear!
“The symbol is a TONGUE, the only instrument of the grandest war
ever waged: a tongue,-man's speech to his fellow man; a message in I would, but cannot, sit
human words, to human faculties, from the understanding to the under All lowly at thy feet,
standing. from the heart to the heart. A tongue of fireman's voice, Like Mary, ready to submit,
God's truth; man's speech, the Holy Spirit's inspiration; a human organ, To all to thee seems meet !
& superhuman power! Not one tongue, but cloven tongues; as the
speech of men is various, here we see the Creator taking to himself the I cannot ! But thou, Lord,
language of every man's mother; so that the very words wherein he Canst every wish fulfil!
heard her say, 'I love thee,' he might also hear the Father of all say 'I Canst mould my conduct to thy word,
love thee. My spirit to thy will!
“How does that fire symbol, shining on the brow of the primitive Then oh, revive my faith!
church, rebuke that system which would force all men to worship God in My sinking courage raise!
one tongue, and that, not a tongue of fire, but a dead tongue, wherein no Bind me to thee, in life and death,
man now on earth can hear his mother's tones! . . . , And thine shall be the praise !
« Blessed be the hour when that TONGUE of FIRE descended from the
giver of speech into a cold world! Had it never come my mother might LUBECK, Feb. 5th, 1854.
have led me, when a child, to see slaughter for worship, and I should have taught my little ones that stones were gods. “Blessed be the Lord God,
the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things! And blessed be his Scripture Queries.
glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and amen!'" (We shall be glad to devote a portion of our space to questions such as. But just because our author is a brilliant and powerful writer those that follow, and shall be happy to receive answers; but can only there is the greater need of caution as to his doctrinal state. pledge ourselves to insert such replies as may appear to us most suitable.
ments; for this reason we hope to return to the book upon The questions and answers must, however, be plain and simple in their
some future occasion; meanwhile we cannot but express our character and style. Questions of a strictly critical or philological character, should be sent to our excellent contemporary, the Christian regret that upon the solemn and important subject of the Annotator', 8 bi-monthly periodical which has rendered considerable Holy Spirit, our author should venture loose and unsatisfactory service in this direction, and has recently become increasingly useful.]
statements, such as we have indicated by italics at the close of Sir, I should be glad to be informed wherein lies the the follow cogency of our Lord's reply to the Sadducees regarding the "He (the Comforter) would take the things of Christ, the things of the resu
Father, and reveal them unto them: whereas now they constantly mis
apprehended his relation to the Father, and that of the Father to him. most cogent, cannot be doubted, for it put the objectors
misapprehended his person, his mission, and his kingdom. Again, he would convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to
come: and this not as one teacher limited by a local personality, but as a I have consulted, seem to bave missed the sense of the
Spirii diffused abroad throughout the earth."*" passage, and view it as affording evidence of the existence
In his fourth and fifth chapters, Mr. Arthur very ingeniously of the spirits of men after death; which cannot be its true
introduces a defence of several of the leading features of the meaning, as this was not the matter in dispute.
Wesleyan system, without naming them: probably his Wesleyan How is John's testimony concerning the Messiah, (John
reviewers will do this for him. i. 33-34.) to be reconciled with Matt. ii. 13-15? It is clear Upon the whole " The Tongue of Fire" is a most timely and from the latter of these passages, that John knew Jesiis, powerful production, and although we cannot subscribe to all and that his knowledge of him prompted his utterance of its statements, yet we do most earnestly recommend its perusal the words: “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest to every thoughtful christian.
D. thou to me?” Whereas, in the former passage, John says, | Short Arguments about the Millennium ; or, Plain Proofs for “ he knew him not" until after his baptism--until he saw
Plain Christians that the Coming of Christ will not be pre
millennial; that his reign on earth will not be personal. By the Spirit descending upon him.
Benjamin Charles Young, Minister at the Darkhouse Chapel, A BIBLE STUDENT.
* These italics are ours; the first (world) is our author's.
horch, reb and than hear his hat TONG
Notes of the Month.
Coseley, near Bilston, Staffordshire. (Leeds : Heaton and Son; London: Houlston and Stoneman. 1854.) The materials of this book are evidently drawn, in a great measure, from the more elaborate and well-known volume of Dr. David
LONDON PROPHETICAL SOCIETY. Brown. But there are arguments adduced by Mr. Young, I Tue ordinary meeting of this society was held in the rooms. for which Dr. B. would certainly not wish to be respon- | Maddox Street, on Thursday evening, June 5th, when the Rev. sible. For instance, in page 10, he contends that the vision of W. CADMAN. M.A., delivered a discourse from 2 Tim. iv. 8, from “One like unto the Son of man coming in the clouds of hea- which he showed that “the love of Christ's appearing " forms ven," as pourtrayed in Dan. vii., proves nothing in favour of an important part of the true christian's character, and if fully pre-millennialism, because “ the coming of the vision is past." I developed. has a promise of special reward. Mr. Cadman acThe words and italics are both Mr. Young's. He adds, “ The knowle
He adds, " The knowledged himself indebted, for much spiritual instruction, to prophet described a scene the action of which had taken place a work written by Bishop Patrick on Christ's Glorious Epiphany, in his time. I saw,' he says, 'and, behold, one like the Son which he recommended his audience to procure and study, as of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the lin it the summum bonum of human good was laid down to be, to Ancient of days.' The second coming of Christ is yet future, “ Love the appearing of the Lord Jesus, and that no real and cannot be identical with an action that occurred more christian should be satisfied until he realized the privilege of than two thousand years ago.” This is a “short argument" | being able to look forward in anticipation of his glorious ap. indeed! but it would equally prove that heaven and earth pearing.” The rev. speaker deduced three reasons why chrishad long since fled away-death and Hades been long since I tians should love his appearing." First, depicting the love of cast into the lake of fire, and the everlasting state of the
the church to Christ as they stood in the relative characters of blessed been long since introduced! John uses the past tense bride and bridegroom, and shewing that the true church was with regard to each, in Rev. XX., xxi.
represented in Scripture both as bride and wife, while the apos1, The Question Answered : Will the Millennial Reign of Christ tate church was represented as the mother of harlots; secondly, be spiritual alone, or both spiritual and personal ? By Arthur because of the honour that is due to Christ as the bridegroom, A. Rees, minister of the gospel, Sunderland. (London: R. husband, lover, and protector of the church, and that in his Theobald. 1856.) 2, The Enthroned Redeemer: or, the testi- absence she ought not to be merely satisfied with hearing of mony of Scripture to the present kingly rule of Christ, in oppohim, but to long for his actual presence, to weary for his return, sition to the Millenarian denial of that doctrine. With special to “love his appearing." The true church now longs for his reference to the Rev. A. A. Rees' « Question Answered." By the return. In the words of Cowper's “ Winter's Walk at Noon," Rev. William Parker, minister of Dundas Street Independent she says, Chapel, Sunderland. 1856. 3, Strictures on the Rev. W. Par.
“ Come then, and added to thy many crowns, ker's Pamphlet, “ The Enthroned Redeemer." By a Layman of
Receive yet one, the crown of all the earth,
Thou who alone art worthy! It was thine the Established Church.
By ancient covenant, ere nature's birth; In Mr. Rees' pamphlet we have an argument for Christ's
And thou hast made it thine by purchase since, personal coming and reign, founded on the well-known parable
And overpaid its value with thy blood. of the nobleman in Luke xix., and supported by a brief glance
its proclaim thee King; and in their hearts
Thy title is engraven with a pen at several other passages. As to its matter, it is convincing ;
Dipp'd in the fountain of eternal love. its style is clear, and its spirit truly kind and conciliatory. Mr.
Thy saints proclaim thee King; and thy delay Parker's reply we shrink from characterizing. Of millena
Gives courage to their foes, who, could they see
The dawn of thy last advent, long desired, rianism he speaks derisively as a "new revelation," and says
Would creep into the bowels of the hills, that scriptures, in which no sane man ever thought of looking
And flee for safety to the falling rocks. for it, are dragged in as teaching it.” He complains that “any
The very spirit of the world is tired
Of its own taunting question, asked so long, one acquainted with millenarian writers will have perceived
. Where is the promise of your Lord's approach? that there is a good deal of following-the-leader principle among
The infidel has shot his bolts away. them." He represents them as teaching that the “ three mea
Till his exhausted quiver, yielding none,
He gleans the blunted shafts that have recoiled, sures of meal are not gradually and silently leavened, but
And aims them at the shield of truth again." frightfully shaken, as by the hand of some fury!” Having
And thirdly, that christians should “love their Lord's appear. quoted our Lord's words "first the blade, then the ear, after
ing,” because of the indissoluble tie that unites the church that the full corn in the ear," he is not ashamed to add, “ But with our brethren this beautiful natural system is too slow.
and Christ. The church is the bride, the Lamb's wife. All There is not sufficient romance about it. With them a full
true christians are members of Christ's body by this marriage ripe crop is up almost before the harrows have buried the seed.
relation, and though at present, owing to minor differences, Professor Anderson never changed his eggs into full-grown first
christians are not one in spirit, yet at his appearing, all mis. class Cochins so quickly as millenarianism changes this fallen
understandings shall cease, and this is a powerful reason world of ours into the perfectly matured kingdom of Christ."
why they should “ love his appearing," for then will his prayer We sincerely ask forgiveness of our readers for having soiled
be fulfilled, " that they may all be one; as thou, Father, art in
me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us." As our paper with such a quotation. It is, however, a fair speci
yet it is not fulfilled, but it shall be when their Lord shall men of Mr. Parker's performance, the “Strictures" on which,
come to dwell with them; hence they cannot but “love his by a layman, are calm and temperate, affording a brief but
appearing.” Grace shall one day be given to the church withsatisfactory reply to everything like the semblance of an argu.
out measure, as was typified by the golden candlestick, with ment presented by Mr. P.
its seven lamps deriving their oil from one source, and attended Untold Pleasures Made Known. No. 1, Frederick and his to by one in the midst like the Son of Man. But this can Wife. No. 2, An Evening Worth Remembering. No. 3, The only be when Christ shall appear the second time to salvation. Anxious Heart made Glad. No. 4, The Prother's Return. (W. and shall dwell with his people for ever. Yapp, Old Cavendish Street, London.) Contains a remarkably | A SPECIAL public meeting of this society was held on Wed. clear illustration of the great cardinal truth of salvation, that nesday, the 11th ult., at the Hanover Square Rooms, under the it is not by works of righteousness which we have done, that presidency of Mr. O'Malley, Q.c. we are saved, but by the free and totally unmerited grace of The Rev. T. R. Birks read a paper on “The Coming of God, through the righteousness of Christ, or the works that he Christ the Perpetual Hope of the Church." He commenced has done for us. These illustrations consist of little tales or by adverting to the diversities existing among christians on the stories about conversion, told in a very pleasing manner, and subject of the advent of Christ, and the importance of diligent one calculated to make a deep impression upon a young and inquiry on a question of such momentous interest, observing open mind. We can safely recommend them. The four may that to rest satisfied, without research, about the meaning of be had for twopence.
W. prophecy was to despise a part of our christian birthright. He
then passed in review the four principal theories prevailing in ference to "the times of restitution." In the New Testament the the world respecting the future of mankind. First, that of allusions to the redemption of earthly things were more sparing, the antichristian philosophy, which was supremely indifferent but were always associated with the return of the Lord. That as to the existence of a God, its hope being in its own" law of return too, was ultimately connected with righteous judgment. progress," and its own reason that wisdom by which it hoped | The greatest blessings had been usually accompanied by the to regenerate the world. Next, the opposite extreme, that of most solemn judgments. The promise to Noah was preceded an unloving christianity, with its voice like that of the apo. by the flood; the blessings vouchsafed to Abraham were accalyptic eagle denouncing woe in mid-heaven, followed by no companied by the destruction of the cities of the plain; the cheering sounds of the everlasting gospel. It looked for the entrance into Canaan was preceded by the plagues of Egypt; swift annihilation of the human race, limiting redemption to a and the introduction of the gospel itself was connected with little flock who were to be translated to a distant home, while the most solemn judgments on the unbelieving Jews. Thus, the whole visible creation was to be swept away, and the ma- in whatever light the subject was regarded, whether in the jority of mankind consigned to eternal ruin. The lineaments direct exhibition of it in the Word of God, or in the con. of justice were made to veil all the attractive features of hea. nection of the coming of Christ with the bestowal of earthly venly love. This theory, though current in the middle ages, blessings, or in the connection between the judgment of sin had comparatively few disciples now, having yielded to a and the richer triumphs of mercy, all pointed to the same larger philanthropy, and a more comprehensive study of the conclusion, that the coming of the Lord to execute judgment Word of God. Between these two limits two varieties of chris was to be the signal for the introduction of “the times of tian hope divided the judgments of men. Both acknowledged restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth a judgment to come, the resurrection of the dead, the sentence of all the holy prophets since the world began.” of life and death eternal; and both rejoiced in the prospect of The Rev. W. JENKINSON expressed bis concurrence with the better days for the world. One of these views anticipated a sentiments of the author, and argued that it was rational to spiritual millennium in the absence of the Lord : the world suppose that the Creator of mankind would make himself was to be filled for a thousand years with peace and holiness, known by his visible presence, as he had done to Adam. til a short season of decay was followed by the second advent The Rev. W. BAYLEE replied to the objection that those who of the Judge; then the Lord would separate the holy from look for the second coming of the Lord have no sufficient motive the unholy, consign his enemies to their tomb, and either to engage in missions; referring to the case of the church at destroy or purify the earth. The other view regarded the re. Thessalonica, which was commended for its earnestness and demption of the earth and the triumph of boliness as the zeal as a missionary church, “ From you sounded out the Word effects, not the precursors, of the Lord's return. The Lord's of the Lord;” and of which it was likewise said in terms of absence measured the time of the church's widowhood; his approval, “And they waited for the Son from heaven." It was presence the period of bridal festivity and joy. The author plain he said, that this church did not find waiting for Christ to then alluded to the scriptural testimony respecting Christ's be a hinderance to their missionary labours. first and second advents: to the promise in paradise that the After a few words from the chairman, the meeting separated. seed of the woman should bruise the head of the serpent; to On the following evening a second meeting was held at the the promise made to Abraham and his seed; to the repeated same place, under the presidency of the Earl of Shaftesbury. announcements of the prophets respecting the coming Messiah; The Rev. E. ELLIOTT read a paper entitled, “ Prophetic and to the various types — the paschal lainb, the smitten rock, grounds for expecting Messiah's promised second coming or the brazen serpent, the manna, and the mercy-seat, by which manifestation; that coming of which Antichrist's destruction is he said the hopes of the church were constantly nourished and to be one primary result, at no great distance of time from the strengthened. The coming of the Messiah was the one bridge present; compared with the prophetic grounds for expecting on which the eye of the church was fixed, and the centre round Messiah's coming in human flesh about the time of Jesus which every message of the law and the prophets revolved. Christ's birth and life in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberias.” The author proceeded to describe the coming of Christ, and He said that the evidence of the expectation of the Messiah's his rejection by the Jews; and quoted numerous passages of speedy coming prevalent among thoughtful Jews in the reigns Scripture to show that after his ascension, his coming again of Augustus and Tiberias ran through all the four gospel was still the constant hope of the church, and the ground of its narratives. When the announcement was made to the Virgin confidence and comfort. Thus man's hope was first directed to Mary, no wonderment was expressed about the declared imChrist's advent in the flesh; then the church rejoiced for a minence of the coming, whatever unbelief there might be as short time in his presence on earth; and now was looking to to other parts of the angel Gabriel's statement. When the wise heaven for its hope and awaiting his promised return. The men came to Jerusalem, the priests and the people were stirred prevailing view, however, placed the second advent of the Lord from the depths by their statement, not as one which was at so distant a period, previous to which there were to be a absurd and incredible, but one of intensest interest, and which thousand years of holiness and happiness by the triumphs of fell in with the general desire and expectation. Passing on to the gospel, that the minds of Christians were prone to turn the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberias, when John the away from it, and fix on nearer objects—the progress of the Baptist began his ministry there was a general expectation of gospel in the world, and their own personal happiness when the Messiah ; people mused in their hearts whether Jolin was they should be called to leave the body. Thus the coming of the Christ, and messengers were sent to him to ask him the the Lord remained like a barren doctrine hardly finding a question. The expectation continued down to the Jewish war place in the real hope of Christians, which was centered on and the destruction of Jerusalem: and it was this which led their increase of personal happiness or the expected ameliora- the Jews to give credence to one and another false Messiah, and tion of human society by the influences of the gospel; but so armed them with such desperate courage against the Romans. far as it dissevered expectation from the one true object of the Tacitus, Suetonius, and other historians had testified to the prechurch, the coming of the Lord, it contradicted the voice of vailing belief that about that time some one would obtain the emall Christian prophecy, and must exercise a distracting and pire of the world. This expectation was wafted from the far east enervating influence on the mind. The advent of the Lord, even to Rome, and was exhibited by Virgil's fourth Eclogue, thus thrust into the far distance, was practically lost sight of; “Pollio," ascribed to the nobleman so named with reference to while on the other hand, the expected era of blessing secured the year of his consulship, B.C. 40, as one marked by the birth by the quiet influence of the gospel, melted insensibly into the of a child of extraordinary and felicitous destinies, who was to creed of the philosopher, which would work out the world's usher in the golden age of which the Cumæan sybil sang. The redemption by the collective powers of human reason and author then referred to the various decrees- those of Cyrus, wisdom. Turning, however, to God's book, the good things to Darius, and Artaxerxes — from which the 490 years, signified come were always associated with the coming and presence of by the 70 weeks of Daniel might be reckoned; and stated that the true King. This was especially the case in the Old Testa- it was mainly from the calculation of that period from one of ment, where from first to last the same message was given with re. the several commencing epochs, that the strong expectation of the Messiah arose among the Jews. He then referred was a truth, but a truth held in an anachronism, they merged to the prophecy that the sceptre should not depart from the first coming in the second. The humiliation of Christ on Judah till Shiloh should come, and to Daniel's vision Calvary was hidden behind mount Zion, He considered that of the four successive mundane empires, which could the Old Testament was much overlooked in the present day, not, he said, be overlooked by the inquiring Jew; ob- and many men were apt to regard it as they would an old serving that sceptical philosophers might then as now, have almanack, forgetting that even an old almanack returned to its urged many objections against the prevailing anticipations: uses when it had accomplished its cycle of years. The future they might, for instance, object, that the sceptre had as truly was but the next modification of the past, and the present the departed from Judah at the time of the Babylonish captivity as period of their transition. The expectation by christians of the under the Romans; and that the Hebrew word translated second advent was no priestly speculation, and though that 6 weeks," was uniformly employed to signify weeks or days. advent might indeed be more distant than was supposed by However, Cbrist did appear 490 years after the decree for the some, it might also be nearer. Such habitual expectation was restoration of Jerusalem, and lived, and ministered, and died. a high inducement to the cultivation of those graces which Passing to the second division of the subject, the rev. gentleman become the christian character. The author then further dwelt on the Scriptural intimations of the the fate of the adverted to the question, is Where is the promise of his Roman Empire: and argued, that the 1260 days (or years) of coming?” the answer to which he said was seen in the passover Roman domination, predicted by Daniel, were nearly at an end, and various Jewish ordinances and festivals: the real difficulty measuring the period from the most probable epoch, that of was not to point out where it was, but where it was not. He the ten Western kingdoms' common submission to the pope then alluded in detail to the various festivals, and to their about the beginning of the seventh century; and consequently typical bearing on the second advent; expressing an opinion the time bad nearly arrived for the beast having his body given that as Christ rose from the dead on the third day, his people to the flame, and Messiah receiving his glorious kingdom at would rise at the second advent at the commencement of the the hands of the Ancient of Days. There was also additional third prophetical day, or shortly after the year 2,000. He conproof in the signs of the times. Many were running to and fro, cluded by commending the subject to the prayerful and candid and knowledge was increasing. Missionary societies were send- inquiry of professing christians. The Rev. W. Kelly then ing forth the gospel to be preached as a witness to every nation addressed the meeting, which separated shortly after 9 o'clock. under heaven. The hearts of the Lord's people were being i At the meeting of the society held at Maddox Street, on Tues. drawn out in a special feeling of compassion and interest respect-dry the 24th ult., a paper was read by the Rev. E. AURIOL, on ing the Jews, and that after 1800 vears of the most utter indiffer. “The present dispensation of election preparatory to the glorious ence. According to the elaborate tables of the most judicious coming of the Lord Jesus Christ." The subject, he said, inchronologists the world's six thousand years seemed to be just volved the whole question of the coming of our Lord. Were about expiring at the selfsame time that the 1260 years of papal we to look for the salvation of the world by an increased spread supremacy were also expiring. If so, did it not look as if the of divine truth, or to expect the bringing out of a people world's sabbatism was approaching? The more he thought from the Gentiles? The latter of these two views was scripupon the subject the more wonderful, and strong, and sustained tural, and most in accordance with the experience of God's did the prophetic evidence appear that the Messiah's coming dealings with his church. The opposite view resulted from was really near at hand. The evidence, however sceptical neglect of those portions of Scripture which speak of the philosophers might deprecate it, appeared stronger and more millennial glory in the recovery of a ruined world; and that view various than that which pointed in the days of Augustus and postponed to so distant a period the second advent as to weaken Tiberids to Messiah's first coming ; substantiated as it was by the force of those passages of Scripture which distinctly com. continuous fulfilment of prophecy from the days of Daniel to mand us to wait for the Lord's coming. The testimony of the present time. Against the effect of that evidence there Scripture did not admit of the expectation of a millennial remained the counter effect of the general scepticism and period between this and the consummation which would fol. indifference of the world upon the subject. We were thus low; nor did such expectation agree with the hitherto imreminded of the Lord's solemn words of warning that at the perfect spread of God's Word throughout the world, and the time of his second coming many would be doing just as they few who were really God's people, even where christianity did at the times of the flood and the destruction of Sodom; and was most professed. There would eventually be a full difof the prediction of that apostle, that scoffers should come, fusion of the truth, but that was not the object of the church's saying, “Where is the promise of his coming ?" It became present hopes, the expectation being that the Lord would us to be on our guard against such folly und scepticism; and return and find the world in an unprepared state. The view when the judgment was once satisfied, it was our duty to seek of the present dispensation as one of election, agreed with the aid of that Spirit who alone could impress savingly the parable of the wheat and the thres, and with the re. scriptural verities upon the mind; that the same Spirit who presentation of Christ's coming as a thief in the night, with taught the disciples effectually at Messiah's first coming, when which the opposite view was inconsistent. The description of the Jews rejected him, might, with regard to the subject of his those who should reign with our Lord was consistent with the second coming, lead us “into all truth.”
opinion that they were an elect people. Our Saviour's prayer The meeting was also addressed, on the same subject by the recorded in the 17th of John, was for the elect whom his Father Rev. Dr. Marsh, the Rev. William Niven and other gentlemen. had given him out of the world. In no church had there been The proceedings terminated at half-past nine o'clock.
a people wholly devoted to God. The speaker's view had been Another meeting was held June 17th, Colonel Stace in the objected to as discouraging to missionary efforts, but such fears chair. An interesting paper was read by the Rev. Alexander appeared inconsistent to those who distinguished between real Dallas, on the glorification of the saints; and the meeting was christianity and the mere dissemination of the truth as a system. addressed by Ňr. Wheatley and the Rev. J. Kelly.
The first instance of a truly righteous nation would be seen in A meeting was held on Saturday, June 21st, at the Han- restored Israel. In anticipation of that time it became us to over Square Rooms : General Alexander in the chair. After seek with all diligence to make our calling and election sure. some opening remarks by the chairman, the Rev. J. B. Owen that having watchfulness, zeal, and love, with the earnest of read a paper on the types of the second coming, in the the Holy Spirit, we might at his coming be found a ready and Jewish festivals. He remarked that concerning the subject a willing people. The Rev. J. KELLY believed that God would which was to occupy their attention, St. Peter had quoted take a people out of the world, and that there would be an ultisome men as asking “Where is the promise of his com- mate union of the church with Christ. The Rev. J. SMITH ing?" The coming there alluded to could not have meant observed, that the church of God might be said to resemble the our Lord's first coming, for in the days of Peter that was sheet which Peter saw let down from heaven. It was not assoalready past. The Jews in general had overlooked the first ciated with the things of time, but was here in the character of advent, and the sceptical amongst them seemed to have doubted a witness. After a few remarks by the Rev. JOHN BAILLIE, the the second. The Jewish theory of the kingdom of the Messiah meeting separated at nine o'clock.