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but that, since the revolution in France, a scaling time has passed; many have been born into the spiritual kingdom of Christ, more than has ever been known, in the same period of time, since the apostles' days. This seal, then, is evidently opened, and is a strong evidence that the book of life will soon be opened, and the dead will be judged out of the things written in the books.
22. The sixth vial was poured out about the year 1322, when the Ottoman power began to be dried up. This is an important sign that we are on the brink of the judgment day. Rev. xvi. 12, “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the waters thereof were dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” This preparation is for the last great battle, which will take place at the pouring out of the seventh vial, in the year 1839 or 40. At the pouring out of the seventh vial, a voice from the throne will pronounce the word, It is done. The kingdoms of the earth and governments of the world will be carried away, and their places not found. Every writer, of any note, will and have applied this vial to the Turkish government, and of course must acknowledge that this vial is poured out, for the power of the Turkish government is but little more than a name, and the strength of the Ottoman power dried up.
23. Another evidence is Daniel's resurrection at the end of the 1335 days. This evidence is very plain and evident, for Daniel says, xii. 11–13, “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” This cannot be the Jewish sacrifice; for if so, then it must have been fulfilled about five hundred years past; and as no event took place then which would warrant us in so understanding it, I can see no rational objection to understand this daily sacrifice to mean Pagan rites and sacrifices, which was the original beast of which the abomination of desolation was only an image, and, as I have shown in a former lecture, was to continue six hundred and sixty-six years; and as Paul tells us, that when he was taken out of the way, the man of sin would be revealed
agreeing in language with Daniel. I think the proof is strong that from the taking away of Pagan worship, A. D. 508, to the end of the Papal civil power, would be 1290 years, which would end in the year 1798, and thus agree with all of John's numbers in Revelation. And then Daniel says, or the angel to Daniel, “ Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” Thus add 1335 to 508, will bring us down to the year A. D. 1843. “But go thou thy way till the end be, for thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” And “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection.” Then Daniel will stand in his lot, and Job will stand on the earth in the latter day.
24. Daniel's vision of 2300 days long. I have in some former lectures shown clearly that Daniel's vision concerning the four great monarchies which were or were to come, included the whole history of the world, so far as God saw fit to reveal it, down to the judgment day, and the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds. I then showed that the question was asked, how long should be this vision. The answer was given - 2300 days. I then proved that days were to be counted years, by the command of God, by the example of Jacob, and by the fulfilment of a part of the vision. I then showed you when this vision began by the angel Gabriel's own declaration, who was commanded to instruct Daniel into the vision. According to this instruction I showed you that 490 years were accomplished of this vision, to a day, at the crucifixion of Christ, both events happening on the 12th day of the first month, 490 years apart. And then I inquired, that if 490 years of 2300 was fulfilled when our Savior was crucified, how much of the vision remained after his death. I answered, 1810 years. I then inquired, what year after his birth that would be ; . and the answer was, in the year 1843. I then begged the privilege, and do now, for any person to show me any failure of proof on this point, or where, possibly, according to Scripture, there may be a failure in the calculation I have made on this vision. I have not yet, by seventeen years study, been able to discover where I might fail.
Lastly. Another sign of the last day you will find given by Paul, 1 Thess. v. 2, 3, “For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” Compare 2 Pet. ii. 17–22.
The doctrine of peace and safety, and that there is no punishment in the future state, had but few or no advocates until very recently. I am not certain but the first preacher of this soul-destroying doctrine is now living; and they now boast of their multitudes of followers and advocates. There have been, in past ages, a few who preached the doctrine of the restoration of all men, after a suitable punishment in hell ; but to modern Universalists belongs the invention of preaching "peace and safety when sudden destruction cometh.” If this sign is not fulfilled in the preachers of this order at this time, I ask, How can it be fulfilled ? and what must the doctrine of those be who preach peace and safety”? Surely, no human being can invent a doctrine so full of (promised) “ peace and safety" to the wicked as this; and no other denomination on our globe ever have opposed the doctrine of the coming of Christ, the judgment day, and future punishments, but the modern Universalists; and if this is the doctrine that Paul had reference to in our text, as, I am fully satisfied, every candid and religious mind must and will allow, then we may reasonably suppose “ sudden destruction cometh upon them, and they shall not escape.”
Therefore, my dear reader, I shall now, with a few closing remarks, leave you to your own reflections.
The Jews had twenty-one signs in the Scriptures given them of the first coming and person of Jesus Christ; yet • many rejected him as an impostor. You say, if you had lived in that day, you would have believed; and you in your hearts condemn them as a hardened race of unbelievers; and notwithstanding their great pretence to piety, you say they were justly denounced by our Savior as a generation of vipers and a band of hypocrites. But, my hearers, be careful your own hearts do not condemn you
for your unbelief in the signs which the prophets, Christ, and the apostles have given you as tokens of his second coming and the judgment day. I have brought from the word of God twenty-five signs of his second coming, end of the world, and judgment day, and all apparently fulfilled within the age of many present, or fulfilling now before your eyes. And do you believe? Many of you profess to be pious ; many of you say, Lord, Lord! But do you believe his word ? Are you willing to risk your life, your character, your all, on his word? or are you fearful and unbelieving ? Now is the time to try men's souls. Now, if you wish to be sure, examine closely, and see whether your faith will stand in the day of trial which is coming ; yes, has already come, in a thousand ways, to draw you from the gospel of Christ to another new gospel, which is not the gospel of God. “ Can ye not discern the signs of the times?" Let me give you one rule by which you may know a false doctrine. They may have many good things in their creeds, they may be very plausible in their arguments, and after all deceive you. But examine them closely, and you will find they will deny, ridicule, or try to do away some prominent doctrine of the Bible, such as the divinity of Christ, his second coming, office of the Holy Spirit, eternal punishment, doctrine of grace, election, conviction for sin, regeneration, repentance, or faith. And when you hear or see them make light or scoff at any thing of this kind in the word of God, go not after them, nor bid them God speed. 6 Can ye not discern the signs of the times ?”
And to you, impenitent friend, God has at all times given you warning of his approaching judgments. If you repent, believe his word, and break off your sins by righteousness, he is faithful and just to forgive you your sins. Why not take warning by the past? Is there no example for you ? Look at the antediluvian world, Sodom and Gomorrah, Nineveh, Babylon, Jerusalem, and the once enlightened Asia, now worse than in heathenish darkness. Will God punish nations, and not individuals? This cannot be, for nations are composed of individuals; and God is just, for he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness. “Can ye not discern the signs of the times?” Will God's word fail of being accomplished? Can you show a single instance? Why not listen, then, to the warnings and admonitions, to the calls and invitations, to the examples and precepts contained therein ? "Can ye not discern the signs of the times ?” Will God cut off the unbelieving Pharisee for not discerning the signs of the times, and let you, with twofold more light, go free? No: how can ye escape, if you neglect this great salvation? Watch, then, the signs of the times." I say, Watch.
Opponents have triumphantly referred to Lecture VIII, in this work, and also to Lecture VII. (p. 109,) and Lecture XIII. (p. 202,) which Mr. Miller supposed would be fulfilled in 1839, and make a great handle of these passages to destroy the infuence and the correctness of the cal. culations of Mr. Miller, by claiming a failure of one of his calculations, Mr. Miller first adopted Guthrie's date for the commencement of the invasion of Greece by the Turks, and which, according to him, was in 1298. Gibbon, however, fixes it upon the 27th of July, 1299. The mistake, therefore, was not in Mr. Miller, but in Guthrie.
The civil commotions alluded to were based upon the coming of the third wo: when the sixth angel had ceased sounding, it is said " the second wo is past; and behold the third wo cometh quickly," Rev. xi. 14. The time that would intervene between the close of the second wo and the commencement of the third, would depend entirely upon the latitude that is to be given to the term "quickly," and which was not so immediate as Mr. Miller supposed.
It would seem that the present turpitude of public morals, the defalo cations, bankruptcies, frauds, duels, murders, etc., etc., and the break ing up of all confidence in the community, must convince any impartial mind, that if the author expressed himself strongly with regard to the anarchy of these times, his anticipations have not been altogether unrealized.