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drieth up,

So man lieth down and riseth not;

“ David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised on high, out of their sleep.”

The anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of These words fell not unnoticed from the lips of the

Israel, said,

The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my venerable, yet troubled and confused, sufferer. With

tongue. other unadvised assertions, they were plainly taken up The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me." when, in the end, God himself addressed himself to Job. “ Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, Such is the emphatic assertion of his inspiration. Such and said,

is the glowing language in which he tells how he was Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge ?

“moved of the Holy Ghost."

When his heart " indited a good matter," and "his Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth ? tongue was as the pen of a ready writer,” he poured

forth predictions of a glorious future, to be brought in Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea ? Or hast thou walked in the search of the depth ?

by the authority and might of One who should, at some Have the gates of death been opened unto thee ?

future period, arise to rule the earth (Ps. xlv). When Or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death ? "

the utmost wishes of his heart were exhausted—when Chap. xxxviii. 1, 2, 4, 16 and 17. “ the prayers of David the son of Jesse were ended," How then should he adventure the assertion, that

he had just rendered worship on the same account. “ As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and “His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued

as long as the sun: So man lieth down and riseth not till the heavens be no more"? And men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him The order of the resurrection was not as yet revealed.

blessed. Only Job must not assert what would directly contradict

Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth

wondrous things. full revelations which should be made afterwards. Yet And blessed be his glorious name for ever : even Job could say:

And let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen and

Amen. “Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book !

The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.”

Ps. lxxii. 17-20. That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

And when the hour had come for him to die, his last For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth;

words were employed in the most beautiful utterance of And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my prophecy, as to the same glorious person and his day of flesh shall I see God:

equity and mcrcy-a day however, in each case, anWhom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and nounced as being introduced by solemn and exterminat

not another; Though my reins be consumed within me.” Chap. xix. 23—27 ing judgments upon the wicked. There is much of

mystery still, yet the light breaks in apace. We add His wondrous words were " written -yea, “printed only, for the present, those “last words of David.” in a book," whatever was the meaning of Job's very words, so rendered. And truly in this case, the words “Now these be the last words of David. of Job were words of knowledge-divinely imparted

David the son of Jesse said, And the man who was raised knowledge. In the subsequent light we discern this

up on high, light. A “Redeemer” should one day stand upon the The anointed of the God of Jacob,—And the sweet psalmist earth. Job knew this; and that, though his body

of Israel, said, should become the food of worms, yet in his flesh he

The Spirit of the Lord spake by me,-And his word was in my

tongue. should see God. He knew that he should die, and rise

The God of Israel said,- The Rock of Israel spake to me, again. Yea, with the wise woman of Tekoah, he could He that ruleth over men must be just,- Ruling in the fear of say with certainty, “We must needs die”; or with God. the yet wiser writer, of the book of Ecclesiastes, “The

And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun living know that they shall die.” The men of that


Even a morning without clouds; age could generally affirm that with certainty. The

As the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining subsequent unfolding to christians, when the risen after rain. Christ had departed, shortly to return,—the subsequent Although my house be not so with God; unfolding to christians, of the mystery that they all

Yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, -Ordered

in all things, and sure: “shall not sleep,” did not affect the question as to these

For this is all my salvation, and all my desire,- Although he children of a previous dispensation. They must die. make it not to grow. Yet those who had wisdom knew that they should rise But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust again. Job at the least, was well assured of this. away, And his memorable words, written in the Book OF

Because they cannot be taken with hands."

2 Sam. xxiii, 1–6. BOOKS for ever, thus furnish the first definite declaration of a life beyond the death man's sin had introduced. The light thrown upon the future by the successive

6. The light breaks in upon us as the waters of a revelations of the book of Psalms may well furnish the flood, when we approach the times and the prophetic matter for a subsequent meditation. A thousand such ministry of David.

would fail to set it adequately forth to view. e.



Christ's place, the saying “my Lord delayeth his

coming," "the sitting in the temple of God, showing The frequent recurrence of this title in the New Testa- that he is God”: and it found its most brilliant, though ment, or its interchange with its synonyme, “The king- by no means solitary, expression in the Church of Rome. dom of God,” must always produce an impression that The men who resisted the claims of that church met its meaning is of the utmost importance, and that those with a certain success that was very soon limited. The who mistake the idea attaching to the word by which reformation was soon arrested in its course; and the Christ designated his own system, are certain to mistake reason very evidently was, that those who directed its the system itself.

course forgot what ought to have been their guiding As a matter of fact, ever since the first announcement principle: and, instead of really bringing themselves of Christianity, there have been two essentially different back to the apostolical idea of a church - viz., a body modes of conceiving the nature of the church, or the of disciples expecting the return of their master—they fellowship of Christ's disciples; and it would form no gradually slipped into the real principles of the aposunprofitable task to inquire whether the various contests tasy, and tried to elevate their fraction of the church that have at successive epochs occurred in the history of into an all-sufficient body, “ sitting in the place of God." the church, may not be traced to these different modes of And this return to the apostasy is no more noticeable in considering the kingdom of heaven.

that party which tended towards Rome, and elevated To our own apprehension, nothing seems clearer than the sacerdotal character of the clergy, than in that which that, from the very first, i. e., from the expulsion of placed the same power in the hands of synods and conAdam and Eve out of Paradise, a great and notable pro- gregations. The apostasy was much wider spread than mise was given of restoration —restoration of course to protestants believed; and, in consequence, both parties what had been lost, viz., to a terrestrial locality, under read the larger of the two volumes of the Bible in an the visible presidentship of Christ (who is and always unnatural sense. Instead of seeing the promise made was Jehovah visible), and under the unimpaired in- to Israel as made to a condition of things, not existing Auence of the Holy Spirit. The office of the prophets in any purely Gentile church; both called themselves was to preserve this three-fold promise, and to inculcate Israel, and appropriated to themselves the promises made the necessity of not separating one of them from the only to the circumcision: giving what is called a spiriothers. When, at length, the offer from on high was tual, i.e., an altogether arbitrary, sense to some of the made, and the solemn voice of the herald was heard, plainest words that have ever been uttered. · Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” we Is it any wonder that the church of Christ among believe that the burden of the preaching amounted to christian countries, is very far from being the real power this: “The return of the true King, and the recovery it ought to be: or if throughout the world—the christian of Paradise cannot take place, until repentance be secured, world -the church is barely tolerated: allowed indeed, i.e., until the Holy Ghost be paramount over men's as the Romans allowed their colleges of Augurs, only as affections."

a part of the state police, which is in some cases useful, The history of Christ's life carefully records that the but either ridiculed, or thrust back, when it offers to do condition was refused : the Holy Ghost was not admit- real work. ted; the King was rejected; and the kingdom of heaven Why! men of the world know, and christian ministers postponed ; and when the King was charging his disciples suspect, that the mutual relations between the world what they were to do during his åbsence, he laid it and the church, are neither natural, nor such as Christ down as a distinguishing mark of their being his true intended. We ought to hold and preach that the world disciples, that they must watch for his return, and expect has not yet been taught to look upon the church, in affliction, if they held fast to their discipleship; at the its scriptural light, as teaching men how to regain by same time he warned them that there should arise a lawful means what they are all striving to attain by great and wide-spread apostasy; a rising up of his ser- other means :—the reign of peace and goodness, the vants, who should cast away the expectation of his presence of a good king, the absence of war and disease return, and act as though they were all-sufficient with- -in a word,“ the kingdom of heaven.” out him.*

This, then, is one view of the subject. The other is, that the church as left by Christ was the kingdom of THE OLD TESTAMENT enjoys the testimony of more immediate heaven, perfect in itself, and, of itself fully able to govern apostles mention and quote it continually, and with reverence

Divine authority than the New, since our Lord Jesus and the the world. Now it seems to us that this idea of the

as the Word of the living God. But the manner in which the church has always been struggling for preeminence; and Ou Testament is treated among us, clearly shows that, in its has always so far succeeded as to keep the other view whole mode of conception and representation-in its whole in the background, and even to prevent its becoming view of God and the world—it differs as widely from views curthe prominent topic for which to contend, when ecclesi- rent among us, as a majestic primeval forest contrasts with the astical domination has been resisted.

busy thoroughfares of our metropolitan cities. Rationalistic

criticism directed its first attacks against the Old Testament, The apostasy was the elevating of the church into and seems to maintain here its ground longest ; for, while we

may regard it as almost entirely conquered in the field of dog.

matic and New Testament exegesis, we see yet a considerable * Compare Matt. xxiv. 48–51 with 2 Thess. ii. 34, whi·lı manifestly number of distinguished theologians influenced in their views

The apostasy which St. Paul speaks of, must have been something which the christians knew well evough had already of the Old Covenant, more or less, by the principles of that

adverse criticism.-Auberlen's Daniel and St. John.

refer to the same event.

nation.” Thus Israel stands in the same relation to People and Land of Ksrael. humanity as a priest stands to the nation ; it mediates

in the relations of humanity to God (πας γαρ αρχιερευς ISRAEL'S VOCATION. *

υπερ ανθρωπον καθισταται τα προς τον θεον, Heb. ν. 1). ISRAEL is again to be at the head of all humanity. We, Hereby the relation of Israel to the nations is fixed, from our one-sided Gentile-Christian point of view, not merely for the times of the Old Covenant, during have at first difficulty to take in and reconcile ourselves which Israel did not even exercise her priestly office as to this idea. But although the Church lost this view, regards the heathens, but for all times, and for ever. it is yet of such importance and significance in Holy Because " the gifts and calling of God are without Scripture, that, in strict truth, it must be designated as repentance.” Rom. xi. 29. It is remarkable, that the an important key to the understanding of the prophetic same Apostle, who preaches so frequently and so emword. If this truth is viewed in its Biblical connexion, phatically, that in Christ the distinction of Jew and it will lose the appearance of an arbitrary and accidental Gentile is abrogated—that in him circumcision and character, which may at first seem to attach to it. Holy uncircumcision are of no avail (Rom. iii. 29; Gal. ii. Scripture looks on the human race, not as an aggregate 28, vi. 15; Eph. ii. 13—18; Col. i. 11), attributes to of individuals and nationalities, but her view of world Israel a peculiar advantage and preeminence, in saying, and humanity is a thoroughly organic one, and laid that the noble olive-tree of the kingdom of God is, down, once for all in the very first pages of Revelation properly and strictly speaking, their own (iòca), and in Nature is a great organism, which, in its various and designating even the unbelieving and rejected Jews as successively created gradations, is striving upwards to the natural branches (kara puruv kdado, Rom. xi. 21– its Head : Man; all rational creation, is connected with 24), whereas he represents the believing Gentiles as him as its ruler and lord. Gen. i. The creation of man only grafted in, contrary to nature (Tapa pvolv, verse commences a life, higher than the life of nature-a 24). How is this contradiction to be solved? Simply life based upon free personality in the image of God by considering the different points of view from which

—the life of history. The spiritual nobility of hu- Scripture stands in the different passages and repremanity is primarily expressed in its unity. Natural sentations quoted above. From the religious point of differences are of subordinate importance; all have view, in their relation to God and Christ, as needing sprung from one blood, and have the same endowment mercy and salvation, Gentiles and Jews stand on å and destiny. Notwithstanding, the life of history is perfect equality; the same righteousness is imputed to not monotony and sameness, and therefore the human them, the same glory is given them, they have the same race has likewise its organic structure and gradations. part in Christ, and by him both have access to the Hamites, Japhetites, and Shemites, are according to Father in One Spirit. We see this also in the transGen. ix. and x., the three grand groups of nations form- figured Church, which consists of both Jews and Gening humanity, in which an ancient comparison saw a

tiles. But from the stand-point of the history of the parallelism to the three fundamental elements in the revelation, as regards the way in which God uses men individual man- body, soul, and spirit. Moreover, at as instruments to bring about the objects of his kingthe head of individual nations, and groups of nations, dom, the case is altogether different; from this point as well as at the head of the whole race, there stand of view Israel is, and ever shall be, the chosen people personal fathers and representatives, who impress their through which God executes his plans concerning huspiritual bodily character on their descendants. Such manity. The relation of Jews and Gentiles is quite is one of the living, concrete, fundamental views of similar to that of man and woman. The last difference Scripture, which have hitherto not been sufficiently re- does likewise not exist in Christ; and the apostle (Gal. cognised and appreciated. Through the words of bless-iii

. 28) joins the two expressly: “there is neither Jew nor ing which Noah pronounced (Gen. ix. 26), Shem is Greek, there is neither male nor female.” But although chosen as the chief representative of pneumatic life, as

man and woman are equal in Christ, and before God, the mediator of the fundamental relations of humanity and have the same privileges and rights of mercy, yet to God. But the blossom and flower of Shem is Israel, woman is subordinate to man not only in the house, but (Gen. xi.); even as the flower of Israel is He in whom also, essentially, in the Church 1 Cor. xiv. 34; 1 Tim. the whole race is to be summed up, as in its second ii. 11, etc. The woman is not to teach, but to ask Adam, the spiritual Head. Comp. Gen. xii. 1–3. Thus her husband for instruction. Thus the Jews are our the people of Israel receives for all times the destiny, teachers in divine things. They are our teachers even to be recipient and mediator of divine revelations. When in the New Testament times. Since their rejection, Israel appears for the first time as a people in Egypt, the voice of divine revelation has been silent. But if God sends his word to Pharaoh ; Israel is my first-born we wish to hear God's Word in these times without son. Exod. iv. 22. And immediately before the giving revelation, we must turn to the writings of Jews, since of the law on Sinai, the Lord says (Exod. xix. 5, 6), the whole Bible, even the New Testament, is written “Now, therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and by Jews. Jesus and His apostles were Jews. Therekeep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure fore if revelation is to recommence in the millennial unto me above all people'; for all the earth is mine, and kingdom, it is necessary that converted Israel stand at ye shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and an holy the head of humanity. The Israelitish priest-kings

are upon earth what the transfigured priest-kings are in heaven. Then there shall be a blessed glorious chain

• From Auberlen's Daniel and St. John.

of giving and receiving—God, Christ, the transfigured We spent between two and three hours in these quarries. Our bride the Church, Israel, the world of nations- simi- examinations were, however, chiefly on the side towards lar to the word in 1 Cor. xi. 3: The head of the woman westward was a quarry of the peculiar reddish marble so

the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Our guide stated, that more to the is man, the head of every man is Christ, and the head commonly used as pavement in the streets of Jerusalem. of Christ is God.

From the place where we entered the descent was gradual ; between some of the quarries, however, there were broad tights

of steps, cut out of the solid rock. I had no means of judging Things New and Old.

of the distance between the roofs of the vaults and the streets

of the city, except that from the descent the thickness must be THE SILENT BUILDING OF SOLOMON'S TEMPLE.

enormous. The size and extent of these excavations fully bore When Bishop Heber read his beautiful poem, “ Palestine,” in out the opinion that they had yielded stones enough to build manuscript to Sir Walter Scott, his friend remarked that in not only the Temple, but the whole of Jerusalem. speaking of the Temple of Solomon he had forgotten to refer to “The situation of these quarries – the mode by which the the silence which prevailed during its erection. The poet stones were got out- and the evidence that the stones were immediately retired for a few minutes and introduced the fully prepared and dressed before being removed, may possibly following beautiful lines :

throw light upon the verses of Scripture in which it is said — “No workman's steel, no pon lerous axes rung;

2 Chronicles ii. 18—' And he (Solomon) set threescore and ten Like some tall palm, the noiseless fabric spruvg."

thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and tourscore This very remarkable circumstance has been frequently thousand to be hewers in the mountains, and three thousand noticed. It is regarded as an indication of the deep sense and six hundred overseers to set the people & work.' And which Solomon had of the sacredness of the work; and it has again-1 Kings vi. 7-And the house, when it was in given rise to many pious and useful meditations. Matthew building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought Henry in his commentary says, “ It was to be the temple of the thither; so that there was neither hammer nor ax nor any tool God of peace, therefore no iron tool must be heard in it; of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.' quietness and silence both become and befriend religious It could scarcely bave been anticipated that at a period so exercises; God's work should be done with as much care and as remote from that in which the temple was erected, any evidence little noise as may be; the temple was thrown down with axes should arise, thus to confirm the statement concerning the and hammers; they that did it roared in the midst of the con silence observed in the building; yet this testimony has come gregation, Ps. lxxiv. 4, 6; but it was built up in silence. forth as it were from the dead to verify the word of truth. Clamour and violence often hiniler, but never further the work This, however, is only one of a large and accumulating class of of God." These thoughts are well worthy of consideration, facts in our day, by which the faith of believers is justified, especially of those who can never assert their own opinions and the clamourer's voice of infidelity silenced. At the comwithout violently assailing those of others; nor do anything for mencement of this century, Egypt began to pay its tribute to God, without inviting the multitude to come and see their zeal the truth and accuracy of the Mosaic narrative; and now from for the Lord of Hosts.

the mounds of Assyria we are constantly receiving the most The fact itself

, however, has lately received a remarkable overwhelming testimony to the faithfulness of that portion of confirmation of its truth. Mr. Douglas, a Scotch gentleman, the history of Israel and Judalı, which stands in connection writing to the Athenæum on the 3rd of May last, states that with Assyrian history." during a recent visit to Jerusalem he learned from a very To all such interesting practical proofs of the truth of the intelligent Hebrew, that there were extensive quarries beneath Scripture narrative, our pages will be open at all times, and we the city; and that there was abundant evidence that from those shall be happy to receive notices of this kind from any of our quarries had been obtained the stones employed in the building correspondents. and re-building of the temple. He had visited them some time before, with two Englishmen, and discovered that the quarries

THE MOUNT OF OLIVES. had contained materials sufficient for building the walls and the A statement has appeared in The Times, that this mount has city of Jerusalem. We extract the following statement: “When been purchased by Madame Polack, the widow of a wealthy fairly inside, we found ourselves in an immense vault, and Hebrew banker at Königsberg, in Prussia. It appears that standing upon the top of a pile which was very evidently formed she intends to beautify the place, and indeed to improve the by the accumulation of the minute particles from the final whole neighbourhood, at her own expense. In order to restore dressings of the blocks of stone. On descending this pile, we the mount to its original state, she has planted the whole space entered through a large arch, into another vault, equally vast, with a grove of clive trees. and separated from the first by enormous pillars. This vault, This is a very remarkable circumstance, and shews the or quarıy, led, by a gradual descent, into another and another, belief which exists among the Jews, concerning the fulfilment each separated from the other by massive stony partitions, of the prophecy of Zechariah xiv. 4, where speaking of which had been left to give additional strength to the vaulted Jehovah, it is said, “And his feet shall stand in that day on the roofs. In some of the quarries the blocks of stone which had mount of Olives." been quarried out lay partly dressed ; in some the blocks were still attached to the rock; in some the workmen had just com- TRUE CATHOLICITY.—Let us bate all spirit of sect, ecclesias. menced chiselling; and in some the architect's line was distincttical, national or dissenting, but love Jesus Christ in every sect, on the smooth face of the wall of the quarry. The mode in ecclesiastical, national, or dissenting. The true catholicity wbich the blocks were got out was similar to that used by the which we have lost, and which we ought to find again, is that of ancient Egyptians, as seen in the sandstone quarries at Hagar love in the truth. A restoration of the church is necessary-I Tilsilis and in the granite quarries at Syene. The architect know it, I feel it, I invoke it from the depth of my soul. Only first drew the outline of the blocks on the face of the quarry; let us follow after it in the path where it may be found. Forms, the workmen then chiselled them out in their whole thickness, ecclesiastical constitutions, and the organization of congregaseparating them entirely from each other, and leaving them tions, have their importance, and even their great importance. attached by their barks only to the solid wall. They were then“ But seek we First the kingdom of God and his righteousness; detached by cutting a passage behind them, which, while it and all these things shall be added unto us." Let us then, sirs, separated the blocks, left them roughly dressed, and left the wall be decided and firm in the truth; and in loving those who stray, prepared for further operations. We remarked the similarity let us freely march against error. Let us place ourselves upon between the stones chiselled out in these quarries and the few the eternal rock of ages, which is the Word of God, and we will blocks of stone built into the south east corner of the wall of leave all these vain opinions, all these witless innovations, Jerusalem, which are so remarkable for their size, their weather. which endlessly are born and die in the world, tumultuously to worn appearance, and the peculiar ornamentation of their edges. fall beneath us.--Merle D' Aubigne.

Poetry, Original and Select.


Where'er the patriarch pitched his tent,

He built an altar to his God;
And sanctified, where'er he went,

With faith and prayer, the ground he trod.
Through all the east for riches famed,

(Heaven's gifts) he set his heart on none;
Nor when the dearest was reclaimed,

Withheld his son, his only son.
Wherefore in blessing he was blest;

Friendless, the friend of God became;
Long wandering, everywhere found rest;

Long childless, nations bear his name.

author cleverly describes the two antagonist principles at present in operation in Europe, the spirit of association, and the spirit of the priesthood; gives the history of the dispute between the church and government of Baden; an account of the con. flict between civil legislation and the canon law of Rome ; re. cent persecutions ; solution of our difficulties ; Stahl's doctrine of tolerance; and state of protestant christianity in Germany. W.

The Second Advent. Extracts from letters lately published in the Torquay Chronicle. By the author of the Last Vials. (London: W. Yapp, Old Cavendish Street.) Contains as clear an account of the millenarian hypotheses as we have yet seen. In the compass of thirty pages, are compressed the arguments of volumes ; some of them appear to us to be unanswerable. We wish that our Christian brethren holding opposite views, would take it up in a calm spirit of inquiry, and re-investigate the matter for themselves.

W. God's Eternal Purpose, and Christ's Everlasting Kingdom. By Thomas George Bell, Esq., LL.D. (London: W. Yapp, Old Cavendish Street.) Presents many interesting passages of Scripture in a new light, especially those that relate to the people and the land of Israel. Those who think that premillenial doctrines tend to blunt the edge of earnest practical appeals to the sinner's conscience, should peruse this pamphlet, and they will probably abandon this common but untenable assumption.


Nor nations born of blood alone;

The father of the faithful he,
Where'er his promised seed is known,

Faith's heirs are his posterity.
My God, if called like him to roam,

Glad may I all for thee forsake;
My God, what thou hast made my home,

Let me thy sanctuary make.

Notes of the Month.

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Thy law, thy love, be my delight,
Whate'er I do, or think, or am,

THE “May Meetings” have been well attended, and with the
Walking by faith and not by sight,

return of peace, have had a considerable increase in their funds. Like a true child of Abraham.

The British and Foreign Bible Society celebrated its fifty. JAMES MONTGOMERY, second anniversary on the 7th, when the president, the Earl of

Shaftesbury, took the chair. In his opening speech he noticed

the proposal for a new translation of the Bible, and spoke very Our Study.

powerfully against it. He said that from the sample of this work which had been received, it seemed that a commentary

was desired and not a translation. “ He would resist it unto The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelations of St. John, the death.” —The Trinitarian Bible Society met at the viewed in their mutual relation. With an exposition of the prin- Freemason's Tavern on the 19th ult., Admiral Vernon Harcourt cipal passages. By Carl August Auberlen, Dr. Phil., Licentiate in the chair. G. F. Maberly, Esq., read the report, which gave and Professor Extraordinarius of Theology in Basil, with an Appendix, by M. Fr. Roos, translated by the Rev. Adolph Saphir. various parts of Europe, and stated that they had met with

an interesting account of the operations of the Society in (Edinburgh : T. and T. Clark, 38, George Street: pp. 458 cheering and increased success. The income of the year was crown 8vo.) We have elsewhere laid this volume under contri- £952 15s. 2d., showing an increase of £175. Several speeches bution (p.16) and hope, in a future Number, to give our readers were delivered in favour of the distinctive features of the an analysis of its contents; meanwhile we hasten to direct atten. Society, and resolutions passed pledging the meeting to support tion to it, as a very valuable addition to prophetical literature.

it. The Bible Translation Society held its 16th annual By the publication of this volume, Messrs. Clark have largely in. meeting on the 24th ult., the treasurer, the Rev. E. Steane, D.D., creased the obligation under which they have placed the Church in the chair. It had its origin in some differences as to the of Christ, by their important issues.


translations made by Baptist missionaries in British India. Millennial Studies : or What saith the Scripture concerning the We are glad to record a statement of the chairman, that " He Kingdom and Advent of Christ? By the Rev. W. P. Lyon, B. A., believed he should not be deemed a betrayer of secrets when Tunbridge Wells. (London : Ward and Co., 1856.). This is a he remarked that there were measures in course of adoption re-publication of a series of papers on Millenarianism, which having this healing tendency, designed to bring about this lately appeared in the Evangelical Magazine. The opinions reunion of their denomination with the British and Foreign of the Rev. T. R. Birks, the Rev. H. Bonar, and the Rev. Dr. Bible Society. — The Naval and Military Bible Society held Cumming, are the principal subjects of discussion. The volume its 76th anniversary on the 5th, the president, Admiral Vernon is referred to in another part of our Review.

Harcourt in the chair. From the report, it appeared that the A Nero Solution of the Contemporaneous Symbols of the Reve- Army, Navy, and Militia, had been supplied with 42,657 copies lation of St. John ; &c. By the Rev. R. Gascoyne, M.A. of the Word of God. (Mickleton, Gloucestershire. Second Edition. London: Wertheim and Macintosh. 1855.) In this work the author thinks that the first series of symbols describes the apostasy; the The Prophetical Society, formed for the prayerful discussion of second, the true church, and that the “Constantinian” church questions connected with prophecy, with a view to the practical of the fourth century was the former : th † the rupture of the advantages of such inquiry to the church, has met regularly seals describes its development under the man of sin, or during the month at Maddox Street, Hanover Square. On the Antichrist; and the blast of the seventh trumpet, or the dis. 6th ult., the Rev. T. R. Birks read a paper on preterism and charge of the vials describes its destruction.

futurism, their points of approximation. The differences, he Signs of the Times : letters to Ernst Moritz Arndt, on the observed, among the students of prophecy, are either primary Dangers to Religious Liberty in the present state of the world. or secondary in their nature. The first relate to the outline of By Christian Charles Josias Bunsen, D.D., D.O.L., D. PH. the successive dispensations of God, the second to the appliTranslated from the German by Susannah Winkworth." (Lon. cation of the prophecies to the events of such dispensations. or don : Smith, Elder & Co., 1856.) In this work, the illustrious the first we may distinguish ; (1) anti-millenarianism, which


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