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age there is scarce one of note, who older writers on this subject Mede, · hath not made some discovery Newton and Vitringa arc entitled to worth knowing ; and thence I seem our consideration : of the more mo

to gather that God is about to open dern we cannot overlook Woodhouse, • these mysteries. The success of Tilloch, Faber, Cuninghame, Frere, others put me upon considering it Irvine, and some others.

Now we are decidedly of As the work of Sir Isaac opinion, that that main revolution Newton is frequently appealed to to which Newton adverts has now

(from its being the production of a come to pass : at least that it has genius, who is presumed to have long since commenced; and that the brought to the study of prophecy the important and awful events

same principles of careful and sober nected with it are still transpiring, investigation which he applied to the and are hastening on that great ulti- science of astronomy,) and as that mate crisis, when we shall be en- Work is now scarce; we had intendabled to say of prophecy—“that ed first to have given a compendious which is perfect is come.

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summary of its contents : but upon xiii, 10.) We refer to the French further consideration we have thought Revolution of 1792, the remarkable it better to suspend for a month the character and effects of which are, by continuation of the work of Dr. all commentators of any note, con- Homes, and to reprint the whole of sidered as fully answering to the Sir Isaac Newton's work in the redescription of the Apocalypse.

mainder of this Number. And this And though we dare not presume we are now enabled to do in the of any

modern writer on this subsequent pages, and without any subject, that his exposition of the abridgement, or omission; that book of Revelation is on the whole which we here present being an unobjectionable : yet is it true, in a exact copy of the quarto edition of much greater degree than it was in his prophetical works. the days of Sir Isaac Newton, that We shall in our succeeding Numthere is scarce one, who has not made bers take uptwo or three of the others some discovery of note : many very which we have enumerated; and important features of it are already then we must for the present leave interpreted with a

clearness of the remainder, until works upon demonstration, that produces full other portions of the prophetical conviction in unprejudiced minds ; Scriptures have been brought before materials for a more correct solution

our Readers. of remaining particulars are constant- We only have finally to observe, ly being added to the common trea- that the object of our Reviews will sury; untenable views are refuted and

not be merely to give a friendly aid exploded ; while passing events, towards the sale of a work : but first in the present deeply interesting it will be, to communicate informaepoch of the church, are rapidly un- tion concerning the views of the folding its true meaning.

several authors; secondly to point Now we cannot at present under- out those things in every treatise, take to notice every work of emi- which greatly commend themselves nence on this subject, that has been

to our own judgement; and thirdly, written : at least not in such a mode without presuming to give a better as to do justice to them as reviewers, interpretation in their place, to offer or to present either a summary or friendly strictures on those things, analysis of their contents. Of the which appear to us objectionable,



Important facts connected with The capital of the empire has also the changes of the Turkish empire experienced a series of remarkable demand insertion in any Register of calamities within these three or four events connected with Prophecy. years.

We instance the horrible The Turkish power is admitted, massacre of the Janizaries, when by all the most able and judicious the waters of the Bosphorus were expositors, however different their for weeks afterwards covered with views in other respects, to be their floating carcases.

Two most symbolized by the river EUPHRA- destructive fires, which consumed TES, mentioned in the Book of whole districts of the city, besides Revelation.

For Turkey, according fires of smaller account. The rato some, first had its origin from four vages of the plague, and since then small sultanies on the banks of the Eu. of the cholera morbus. phrates, (and is therefore represent- To these we now add an account ed by four angels bound in that river; recently received of an awful calaRev, ix, 14;) and it is the Turk, who mity, which visted it so recently still has possession of those territo- as the 5th October. After an unries; and who now also treads down common sultry night, a hail storm the Holy City. The drying up of of a dreadful character followed in Euphrates, (xvi, 12,) at the pouring the morning. There fell lumps of out of the sixth vial, is also, by ge- ice, as large as a man's foot, (first neral concurrence, interpreted of the singly, then like a thick shower of gradual diminishing and destruction stones,) which destroyed every thing of that power; and it is now the with which they came in contact. deliberate opinion of most, and in- Some were picked up half an hour deed has been so for some time, that afterwards, which weighed above a the recent reverses of that power, pound! Animals of all kinds and and the appalling judgements, en- some human beings were killed by dured in its capital and other places, the storm, and innumerable persons all indicate, that the period of its and animals wounded. The damage drying up has arrived. The most to the houses has been general and marked epoch of the commencement remarkable. The lumps of ice broke of this weakening is perhaps the to atoms all tiles, &c. and like musbreaking out of the Greek insurrec- ket balls shattered planks half an tion in 1822, which has pretty well inch thick. Every house is unroofed; severed away that portion of the and since that day. (which was five Turkish dominions. The battle of days afterwards, when the account Navarino, the loss of Algiers, the va- was sent away) the rain has unceasrious defeats sustained from the Rus- ingly poured down in torrents. sian arms, and cessions of territory The storm passed along the Boshave followed since; to which may phorus, over Therapia, Bujukden, and be added the doubtful allegiance of Belgrade, and in one day entirely Egypt, and the evident disaffection of destroyed the vintage, which was many of the governors of provinces. just ready.

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tinctly tells us, that“ all these things Mr. Editor,

happened unto them for types, (tvI have often been struck, when TOL ovveßaivov,) and are written for reading the Word of Truth, with the

our admonition upon whom the ends apparent appositeness which exists of the ages are come.”c Jude also, between several of the histories of in his catholic Epistle, likens the the Old Testament, and events, fore- apostacy of the last times to “ the announced by the Spirit of prophecy, way of Cain,” " the error of Bato occur at or about the period of laam,” and “the gainsaying of the second coming of the Lord Je- Core.d Such is a part of the clear sus. Perhaps, as your object is the warrant we have in Scripture for investigation of truth, you may not considering historical events, which deem a few remarks on this subject happened by the ordination of God unworthy of insertion in your Ma- in a former and professedly typical gazine. I pray " the Father of dispensation, as having direct and Lights to lead us by his Spirit intended reference to these last into " a right understanding in all times. “ All Scripture is given by things.”

' inspiration of God and is profitable That certain events in the Old

' for reproof, for correction, 'for inTestament histories were intended 'struction in righteousness, that as by Jehovah to shadow forth antity- men of God we may be perfect, pical occurrences in after times, no throughly furnished unto all good one I think can doubt, who is a r works."e

“ Search the Scripbeliever in the declarations of Scrip- tures ”f is the command of a kind ture. Our Lord himself refers more and tender Father, whose every than once in his discourses to the word and work bear testimony that histories of Noah, Lot, Moses, Jo- " God is love.How often in the nah, &c. As it was in the days of hallowed employment are we conNoah so shall it be also in the days strained, with the enraptured Paul, of the Son of Man.”"As Moses to lift up our hands and heart in lifted up the serpent in the wilder- holy admiration while we exclaim, ness, even so must the Son of Man “ O the depth both of the wisdom be lifted up.” The great Apostle ' and knowledge of God ! how unof the Gentiles (or rather the Holy 'searchable are His judgements and Ghost by him) several times bespeaks His ways past finding out!--to Him our attention to the histories of the "be glory for ever ! Amen”. & There nation of Israel, as having a direct is nothing more sweet than to see application to ourselves; and once dis- the hand of God by gradual unfold

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b John iii, 14. c1 Cor. x, 11. d Jude 11. e 2 Tim. iii, 16, 17.

f John v, 39. 8 Rom. xi, 33.

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ings drawing aside the curtain, of mercy. Long-suffering, which which hides the future events of the man's presumption might abuse, is Church and the world, thus shew- proved to end in wrath and indignaing us, as in a picture, a develop- tion, by desolations and judgements ment more or less clear of his pur- already poured out without mixture poses hereafter to be accomplished in the fierceness of God's anger. Prefigurings and illustrations of the The historic testimony of the Book divine plan are given with a plain- of truth, and the face of nature, ness, and often with a minuteness, scarred with the blasting thunderwhich must, when meditated upon, bolts of Jehovah's vengeance, stand excite our wonder and command our out to our view as a monument, praise. Every step, which the Lord that God will not be mocked. And takes in self manifestation “ to make

to make every typical history the Bible confor Himself a glorious name,”h bears tains should be diligently marked the impress of his love ; which is in- and inwardly digested, if peradvenfinite as his essence, and eternal as ture the Lord may, through it, his existence. To all our God is • make us wise unto salvation." gracious—to the world which seeth There is a danger, I am aware, of not, and to the Church which under- abusing instead of using the lessons standeth his mercy. An exhibition thus given to us : for man is apt to is not made of the essential nothing- run into extremes; and the coldness ness and vileness of the creature, of utter neglect is sometimes exwithout shewing forth the glory and changed for the heated zeal of unperfection of the Creator, in the wise enthusiasm. knowledge of whom is eternal life. ticular instance, however, I believe, " That they may know that I only that the Church has erred more by am Jehovah ” is the declared pur- inattention and omission, than by pose of Him that inhabiteth eternity. a contrary procedure.

While we Alas! that we should be such fools, attempt not to be wise above that and so slow of heart to believe all i which is written, we should atthat our God hath spoken unto us tempt, and that most studiously, by prophecy and type ! As though ' to be wise up to that which is line upon line and precept upon

(written.” Such is the sentiment precept were not sufficient to in

of a great and justly admired divine, struct;—as though promise after Dr. Chalmers; and in accordance promise were not sufficient to en- therewith I would humbly enter on tice ;-as though threatning after this interesting subject, in the earnthreatning, and warning after warn- est hope that others, who have more ing, were not sufficient to alarm ; ability according to the gift of God we have picture after picture, histo- and the grace that is in them, may ry after history, type after type, be led into a much further investijudgement mingled with mercy, and gation of the same.

mercy rejoicing over judge- In any pre-acting and foreshewment;" until the mental eye is ing of future things the presentation crowded with images of coming thereof to our mind must bring with events, thus mercifully for us " cast- it difficulties which necessarily are ing their shadows before.” Love, great.

Love, great. God's design, in giving nowhich might be questioned, is made tice of a future event by a typical cognizable and palpable by deeds history, was not, we may rest assured,

often so

h Isaiah lxiii, 14.

i Luke xxiv, 25.

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to afford a couch for careless in- plainly and satisfactorily revealed,) dolence; but to excite to active we have a true and bona fide repreinquiry, and to induce constant and sentation of the glory, in which our assured watchfulness. We are not Lord will come, attended by the therefore to expect in the picture a raised and changed saints, of whom I minute filling up, nor a vividness of take Moses and Elias to be the types ; colouring, such as to obviate inquiry while Peter and James and John reand preclude the necessity for in- present the dwellers upon the revestigation; but, what in reality we deemed earth under the government find, a breadth of outline and suffi- of Christ and his brethren in the ciency of determinate configuration kingdom. Still we have not even to fix attention and excite humble here all the minute and concomitant research.

A prophecy by fact circumstances of that blessed day so (which an historical type truly is) is much as shadowed.

much as shadowed. Our dispensaplainer, and (if the expression be tion is an ABC dispensation, if I allowable) more cognizable to the may so speak. "We see through a spiritual senses, than a prophecy by glass darkly,”?« beholding as in a words ; but it would lose that cer- glass the glory of the Lord. ”'m Eftainty of purpose, which I have spe- fulgent blazes of light we could not cified above, if it had that minute- bear, even if vouchsafed : the mind ness of detail, and individuality of of the great Architect alone sees character, and complete filling up of from the beginning the perfection every part, which belong to a thing and symmetry and glory of the buildrealized, and which is to be mani ing : we have the planwith that let fested in the antitype. It was for us be satisfied, and humbly study this reason the Law was said to be its proportions and design ; that a shadow of things to come ;j and when - the top-stone is brought the beautiful drapery of mysterious out with shouting, Grace, Grace unand incomplete delineation has won- to it!"n our voices may be among drously served to excite in the the loudest in the chorus of the Church of God that searching for new creation." truth as for hid treasures, which, Designating a typical history, as a when pursued with humility and faint outline of picture work, which teachable faith, will always issue in in detail shall be filled up and comthe knowledge that “maketh rich pleted when the antitype is fully reand addeth no sorrow therewith :”k vealed ; let us see what historical

the path of the just” will events strike us particularly, as typibe indeed, if thus trodden, as a fying the period in which we liveshining light, which shineth more the last days immediately preparaand more unto the perfect day," tory to the second advent of the when the glorious panorama shall Lord Jesus. I shall here assume be spread before us for eternal what I think Mr. Cuninghame, Mr. contemplation. In the transfi- Irving, Mr. Begg, Mr. Hawtrey, guration on mount Tabor, which and others have proved, that the St. Peter calls the coming and second advent is pre-millennial. power of the Lord Jesus,” (i. e. a There is one Old Testament histypical fore-showing by historical tory which has long been impressed verity of a future event, made known on my mind, as very deserving of to faith, and by that type more our serious and prayerful attention:

so that

i Heb. x, 1.

k Prov, X, 22. 11 Cor. xiii, 12,

m 2 Cor. iii, 18.

ni Zech. iv, 7.

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