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his Church, but stand afar off and ally ascend for all who know not gaze at it, as golden fruit which the Lord Jesus. Let us also bear in they dare not touch.
mind the need of great circumspecWhat then are the things that tion and watchfulness, that we may prevent any from attaining to this shine as lights in the world: for present inheritance ? I cannot here many are scrutinizing the conduct of discuss them all; but one great bar- those who declare, I am on the rier is a want of boldly declaring “I Lord's side ;' and still more.do they am on the Lord's side,” and thus jealously watch those who take their appearing still to halt between two stand on that glorious testimonyopinions. This indecision not only " the Lord himself shall descend prevents inward peace, but gives our with a shout, with the voice of the worldly friends more hope of re- * archangel, and the trump of God, claiming us; and many will ridicule and the dead in Christ shall rise
wavering saint, who would not first; then we which are alive and attempt it towards a more deter- remain shall be caught up together mined christian. Or it may be ' with them to meet the Lord in the there is some besetting sin, which
Yes—many I repeat, are the world perhaps sees not, but watching, to see if the lives of such which poisons every spiritual en- agree with their declaration, that joyment, and pollutes every holy they expect the Master of the house feast. Bitterly shall that Christian speedily. sorrow, who turns aside to walk after Let us therefore keep near to the flesh. Let not any say, he cannot Jesus, in humble confidence, trusting get dominion over his sins : let him only to his arm to save us in the day remember that with God all things of peril. Alas! we know not how are possible, and that if he will but soon the fire of persecution may seek His help He will make him prove and make manifest, who are more than conqueror.”
the friends of Jesus and who are All believers are now more than not; nor how soon many of those ever called upon to press forward to- who are now preaching the Gospel ward the mark. The time for work of salvation from their pulpits to a is short. The Lord is at hand. The congregation, sitting in ease and convulsions of nations, and that comfort, may soon have to exchange direful pestilence which is stalking their pulpits for rocks, and preach before Him, tell that the night of Christ in the forest, or in the wilderdarkness is far spent and that the day ness to which they have fled. But of glory is at hand. Now must fear not-let not your hearts be they take unto them the whole troubled, neither let them be afraid, armour of God; for now shall there for still shall the Lord's words hold be times of trouble, such as were good;
Peace I leave with you, my not since the world began. (Matt. peace I give unto you : not as the xxiv, 21.) And these times shall be · world giveth give I unto you. shortened for the Elect's sake. Oh, When those times arrive we shall then let us bestir ourselves : and if more truly desire that swift return we have friends, or relatives, or of the Lord which many of us have members of our own household forgotten, or ceased to look and who know not the Lord Jesus as watch for; and our prayer shall their Saviour, now, while the time is then more truly be-" Come, Lord short, let us urge them to flee to Jesus, come quickly.” Him. And let our prayers continu
« THE LITTLE WHILES.”
JOHN XVI, 16-23.
Mr. Scott, of whom we cannot have the most cordial, solid and speak with too much respect as an ' substantial joy communicated to expounder of sacred Scripture, gives them; which would not be dethe following explanation of the stroyed by his ascension into heafirst part of the above passage. ven, as the Holy Spirit would be “ Our Lord intimated to his apostles o their comforter : nor would the
that in a few hours he would be * malice of men or evil spirits, or * removed from their sight by his “any of their trials and sufferings in · death and burial : but after a short life and death, ever deprive them * time they would see him again as of it.” “ When Jesus should as' risen from the dead; because he cend into heaven, and the Holy was visibly to ascend to the Fa- Spirit should come on the aposther in their presence, that they tles: their views would be so enmight testify that event to the larged, and their faith and hope so world.
confirmed, that they would not have This exposition, however, does not • occasion to ask him the meaning appear to me to convey the mind of any of his words, as before they of our Lord, as expressed in those had been desirous of doing. words which so much puzzled the In this passage of Scripture three disciples who were then present. periods are spoken of, two little
A little while and ye shall not whiles, and a day, in which the see me, and again a little while and Lord would see his disciples again. ' ye shall see me, because I go to According to Mr. Scott's exposition, • the Father.” Their meaning as if I understand it aright, the first
nveyed to my mind may be more “little while" included the period, clearly shewn by a paraphrase : “A from the time of his speaking these little while and ye shall not see me, words to that in which " he would [because I shall be dead and buri- be removed from their sight by his ed ;] and again a little while and death and burial ;" the second ye shall see me, [and only a little “ little while," the short time bewhile,] because I go to the Fa- tween his burial and resurrection ther."
from the dead; the day in which Besides this our Lord speaks of a they should see him again with joy, day, in which he will see them again; according to his view, meant the in which, though now they have same time after his resurrection ; sorrow, their heart shall rejoice, and that day in which they should ask and their joy no man taketh from him nothing, the period after his asthem; and in which also they shall ask cension. According to my view, the him nothing.a On this passage Mr. first little while" intended the Scott has the following observations. three days, or part of three days, “ Thus they [as well as he]
as he,] during which he was in the grave; ' would have sorrow: but he would the second “ little while,” the forty certainly see them again after his days between his resurrection and resurrection ; and then they would ascension; and the day, in which
il ww. 22, 23.
they should see him again with joy, fact, that the mourning time of the another season different from the se- Church, and the rejoicing time of the cond little while; and certainly the world, was not confined to that short same season in which they should space of three days. I readily grant, ask him nothing.
that those days were days of darkness As it regards the construction of and peculiar distress to the Church ; the two “little whiles,” I prefer that and I will as readily grant, that the which I have ventured to suggest, appearing of Christ to the disciples because it is the most easy and na- after his resurrection was a subject of tural of the two ; and the reason peculiar joy, fitted to remove that which our Lord gives for the Church distress; but, who can say, that the seeing him during the second period uninterrupted joy of the Church comonly a little while,—viz. because menced at that season? If so, the he went to the Father,-is a sub- mourning time of the world must stantial reason, easy to be under have commenced also, for they are stood. Whereas Mr. Scott's expo- simultaneous. But was
was it so ? We sition obliges him to add to that must acknowledge that it was not. reason, and to say, “because he was “ The world” has had and will have visibly to ascend to the Father in
the upper hand in the earth for the 'their presence, that they might time appointed by the Father,—even ' testify that event to the world :" until that
shall arrive, which though in itself a truth, was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, not the truth I conceive which the in which “ the kingdom and dominLord designed to convey at that ' ion and greatness of the kingdom time. He was giving the apostles under the whole heaven shall be a reason why, after having been given to the people of the saints taken from them a little while, and of the Most High.”b
Then we having returned, he then should con- shall see, what as yet we see not, tinue with them only a little while; all things put under Christ, as the and the reason was a plain one,- head of his body the Church.c because he went to the Father. Then Christ will manifestly reign as
That the day, in which the Lord God the Father's King; and that would see them again, (v. 22) and power in heaven and earth, which the day, in which they should ask he now exercises in an unseen manhim nothing, (v. 23) intended the ner in the spiritual and providential same season, is, I think, undeniable kingdoms, shall be clearly revealed. from the form of expression there Then the meek spirited shall used. Let any one read the two possess the earth and be refreshed verses attentively, and I hardly think 'in the multitude of peace,” for it possible he can draw any other then Christ will reign as Solomon, conclusion. The question therefore the Prince of peace. When that now is, what day did our blessed day shall dawn the tables will inLord intend ? Neither the one day deed be turned! No longer shall nor the other, I believe, suggested we “call the proud happy," but shall by Mr. Scott; but the day of his confess that “ blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.”d That it could not intend the time, Christ will in that day see his when he should see his Church after Church again, yea
“ face to face, e his resurrection, is clear from this and her heart shall rejoice, and her
D Dan. vii, 27.
c Heb, ii, 8.
d Matt. 1, 5.
e 1 Cor. xiii, 12.
joy no man taketh from her. But resurrection? or that the Church has who will say that this took place asked nothing of Christ since his immediately after his resurrection ? ascension into heaven ? Certainly Have we forgotten the warning, not: for the apostles asked him,
Through much tribulation ye shall amongst other things, when he enter the kingdom ?” Have we for- would restore the kingdom to Israel; gotten the prediction, or But the and the Church has asked and condays will come in which the bride- tinues asking of the Lord Jesus groom shall be taken away, and Christ the performance of his pro
then shall they fast in those days?" mises, and the exercise of all his And is not this the very season of office works on her behalf. She the bridegroom's absence ? and can has asked, and still continues to ask the true bride rejoice unceasingly in him to reveal the Father to her ;& this season? It would seem in very to pour out the Spirit upon her;h mockery of the actual condition of to give her repentance and remission the Church since her glorified head of sin :i and all these things she ascended to the Father, to assert has asked and still asks of Christ this. It would appear to be in very directly, and of no other person in derision of all the tears and blood the glorious Godhead,—thatis to say, which have been shed, and of all the if she be taught of God to ask as sighs and groans which have been the truth is in Jesus. Therefore I uttered, and which have entered in- conclude, that the day spoken of by to the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, our Lord was neither that of his reduring the eighteen hundred years surrection, nor any of the days imin which she has been clothed in mediately succeeding his ascension, sackcloth. Now she weeps and la- but that of his second coming. ments, but the world rejoices; now In what sense then are we to unshe is sorrowful, but then her sor- derstand the words,
- In that day ye row shall be turned into joy: and, shall ask me nothing ?” In their when that day shall dawn, the world plain literal sense; and, if we conshall lament; and with reason too, sider them as referring to what shall for then “sudden destruction cometh happen in the great day of Christ's upon them, as travail upon a woman appearing and kingdom, a very easy with child, and they shall not exposition of them is afforded. In escape.”f
that day, when the Church shall see Another reason, for which I can- her Lord, and be made like unto not admit that the day spoken of by him, (for she shall see him as he is,) our Lord intended either the day her joy will be so full, her glory so succeeding his resurrection, or any great, and she will be so satisfied of those which shortly followed his with the plenteousness of her porascension, is found in the last words tion, that she will want nothing, and of the passage,—" And in that day therefore have nothing to ask. Her ye shall ask me nothing.'
faith will be swallowed up in sight, Now, is it true, that the apostles her hope in fruition, and her prayer asked nothing of Christ after his converted into praise. .
h Acts ii, 33.
f 1 Thess. v, 3; 2 Thess. i, 7-10. 8 Matt. xi, 27.
i Acts v, 31.
REVIEW OF BOOKS.
MAITLAND AND OTHERS ON THE PROPHETICAL TIMES.
(8) An Enquiry into the grounds The subject of controversy, conon which the prophetic period of tained in the works just enumerated, Daniel and St. John has been sup- appears to us of no small importposed to consist of 1260 years; by ance; being calculated, if Mr. MaitS. R. MAITLAND, Perpetual Curate land's opinions are based upon sound of Christ Church, Gloucester.- principles, to effect an entire reHatchards, London, 1826. 8vo. Pp. volution in the greater portion of 86. 3s.
prophetical interpretation. We (9) A Second Enquiry, &c. by S. anticipate benefit from this disR. MAITLAND.-Rivingtons, Lon- cussion under any circumstances. don, 1829. 8vo. Pp. viii, 176. 6s. It causes one grand feature in the
(10) MORNING WATCH, Vol. I, Protestant system of exposition to p. 509. Review of the above two be thoroughly sifted and proved ; Treatises.
and it will either come forth from (11) An attempt to elucidate the the furnace refined from its dross, prophecies concerning Antichrist ; by and shining more brightly; or, if it S. R. MAITLAND.–Rivingtons, Lon- be not grounded in truth, it will be don, 1830. 8vo. Pp. 54. ls. consumed, as in such case it ought
(12) The 1260 days, in Reply to to be. Indeed, in the present state a Review in the Morning Watch; by of prophetical investigation, learned S. R. MAITLAND.
and pious adversaries, such as we (13) The Rejoinder of the MORN- esteem Mr. Maitland to be, are ING WATCH. Vol. II. P. 448, 1831. especially useful. The students of
(14) A Treatise on the 1260 days prophecy have on the whole been of Daniel and St. John, &c. by the left too much to themselves, and Rev. W. Digby, A.M.—Tims, Dub- many crudities have doubtless got lin; Hatchards, Nisbet, London, mixed up with principles and inter1831. 12mo. Pp. 84. 2s. 60. pretations which may in the main
(15) A Letter to the Rev. W. prove scriptural and sound : and Digby. A.M. occasioned by his Trea- whatsoever tends to promote more tise, &c. by S. R. MAITLAND.- of the spirit of sobriety in our inRivingtons, London, 1831. Pp. 76. vestigation, and to lead us to prove
(16) Strictures on the Rev. S. R. all things well, holding fast only to Maitland's four pamphlets on Pro- that which is good, will unquestionphecy, and in vindication of the Pro- ably be beneficial to the cause in testant principles of interpretation; which we are engaged. by WM. CUNINGHAME, Esq. of Lain- The argument is lengthy, as may shaw.-Nisbet, London, 1832. 8vo. be judged from the numerous pamPp. xii, 64. 2s.
phlets which head this article : we * There have appeared several other notices and reviews of Mr. Maitland's pamphlets in various periodicals; but the writers touch upon the points in question too slightly for their works to avail us much; and in some instances they are manifestly unacquainted with prophetical subjects. We conceive indeed that some of these have done injury to the cause they have intended to support; for Mr. Maitland, perceiving their unskilfulness, has dashed among them like an eagle into a dovecote, and through their weakness has seemed for a time to enjoy a triumph.
There have been two letters also on Mr. Maitland's side, published by Mr. Mc Caul, missionary to the Jews; but they appear to have been distributed privately and not sold : at least we have been unable to meet with them.