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terpretation, that when language, apparently literal, contradicts a well known fact, it must be understood in afigurative sense. We are not to suppose a person so grossly ignorant of history, as not to know that Judea and Galatia are two different countries; for if he were unacquainted with it before he read his Bible, the perusal of that would set him right. In this case however we need no argument about it; for if Amicus will refer to his Greek Testament he will find, that the wrords—" hath been evidently set forth" are all represented by one word, npoeypa^r], which literally signifies, publicly to write ox preach about a thing. Schleusner says that ypa^str was used by the Greeks, as well in regard to pictures as to writings; and therefore that in this place the Apostle might refer figuratively to the lively colors in which he, when preaching, had described to them Jesus crucified; thus as it were setting the crucifixion before their eyes.
2. In regard to the second difficulty, the harvest and burning of the tares in Matt, xiii, 30, the subject appears to be misapprehended both in the Dialogues on Prophecy (to which we have referred) and by Amicus. The parable does not describe the actual burning of the tares, but their being first gathered in bundles to be burned. (rrpog To KaraKcivaai avra.) Reasoning from analogy we may ask, what farmer would set fire to the tares or any other rubbish in his field, whilst the wheat was still on the ground? He might first separate the rubbish, that nothing offensive might go with the wheat into the barn; but he would certainly take care that his grain was secured, before he put the kindling to this rubbish. And this appears to be the intent of the parable, according to the additional matter to be gleaned from its ex
planation at verses 37—43. The world is to be the field for the manifestation of Christ's kingdom. (v. 38.) In this field "all things that offend" shall be gathered together, (v. 40.) Some circumstances we apprehend will take place previous to the judgement to make a manifest separation between the true children of God and all false and heartless professors; and then we presume the wheat is gathered or housed in a place of security, (y. 30.) Then the burning or judgements are poured out on the tares; (41.) and then the righteous shine forth in their glorious resurrection bodies. (43.) He That Hath Ears To Hear, Let Him Hear.
We would just caution the Reader, in order to prevent misapprehension, that the words translated world in verse 38 and in verses 39 and 40 are very different in the original. "The field" is literally the terrestrial globe: (koctj-ioq) "the end of the world" is the end of the age or dispensation, (aiuv.)
3. We leave the third and fourth difficulties for others to explain; nor can we undertake (as we said on a former occasion) to solve all the difficulties transmitted to us: sufficient for us if we insert them. Yet such information as we may have at hand we gladly offer. To our Correspondent Philos therefore we observe, that all the ancient Fathers and Commentators appear perplexed with this text, and write upon it with diffidence: which at least shows the propriety of not forcing upon it a signification (as some have latterly been inclined to do) at variance with other texts, which speak of the coming of the Lord.
The exposition which most commends itself to our own minds is by Hilary; who considers the words ou fjr) re\ecn]Te racr TroXeia rov lapar}\y &c, not to refer to the apostles "going over" or through the cities, but to the success or completion of their ministry in them; and this with a special reference to the Jews. So that, "when per'secuted, they should flee to other
'cities; and thus the Gospel would 'be driven from Judea, and pass to 'all nations: but that the conversion 'to the faith of the Jews should not 'be accomplished by them; but by 'the power of Christ, when he should 'come again in glory."
ON THE 1260 YEARS.
To the Editor of the Investigator.
I have long been wishing for a Work of this sort, in which a man who does not think himself qualified to write a book might insert such ideas as on attentive perusal have from time to time occurred to him. Without any further preface therefore I address this letter to 3^ou.
It has long been my opinion, that all the prophecies in the Old Testament relate solely to the Jews, either in their integral state or their mixture wdth the Gentiles after their dispersion. That the mention of our Lord and Saviour is only in this light, as he was "to be the glory of thy people Israel." It follows that I read the prophecy of Daniel in this light; and that I make the 1260 years apply to the Jews only. Now Daniel prophesied about 606 years before Christ and in the year 636 after Christ Jerusalem was taken by Omar and the "scattering of the holy people took place," and " the tabernacles of his palaces were planted between the seas in the glorious holy mountain." From that period
(A.D. 636) I calculate the 1290 years and therefore expect, that in the year 1926 the time will come when the Messiah will be acknowledged by the people of Israel; and that in the year 1971 (45 years afterwards) their blessedness will be accomplished. This, I say, had long been floating in my mind, wrhen I took up the second Number of the Investigator; where I see (at pages 19 and 20 of the Reprint) what appears to solve a difficulty wrhich had arisen, as to what is to occur in 1926. The Rabbi Elhazar Ben Hazariah calculates, that the space between the coming of the Messiah and the final resurrection will be 70 years; and as Daniel was then in the Babylonian captivity, this period seems most naturally to be alluded to. Now the year 1926 of the christian era added to the year of our Lord 4004 is equal to 5930, to which add 70 years to "make them glad according to the time wherein they were afflicted," and you have exactly 6000, or the date of the first resurrection, wdien the week days of religion being finished its Sabbath shall begin.
WRITTEN AFTER READING THE NOTICE PREFIXED TO THE FIRST NUMBER OF "THE INVESTIGATOR."
Is this the test; that each who brings his work
Should He reject my offering and reprove,
But if He deign to' accept, yea e'en to smile
All seeing Lord! arm'd with the two-edged sword,
That cuts asunder, and divides between
The soul and spirit; I confess thine eye
Heart searching, and thy weapon sharp and keen;
But yet I feel, 'tis safe and sweet for me
To be examin'd, to be judg'd by Thee.
Tho' sure to mark and to correct each sin;
I therefore come; for not till now untried
The way that leads to thy great Judgement seat:
By grace revealed, by grace kept open still,
'Tis grown at length familiar to my feet.
In hope that Thou wilt own thy servant still,
I bring my humble work and wait thy sovereign will.
SUPPOSED TO BE SUNG BY A CONVERTED JEW AMONG THE RUINS OF JERUSALEM.
Ripe is the vintage of the earth ; a
Its clustering grapes are round and full;
And vengeance, vengeance bursts to birth,
Sudden and irresistible:
Messiah comes to tread amain
The wine-press of the battle plain.13
The cry is up, the strife begun,
Assemble quickly fowls of air;
The cry is up, the strife begun,
And though the pride of Gog increase,
Yea, come, O king! and take the spoil;
Come, scattered race of Judah, come;
Roused by the Jubilee's glad sound
Wake, Zion, wake ; put on thy strength;
Down, Babylon! down, Mahomet 1
They drink, they drink; they fall, they fall,
The graves are cleaved—the saints arise \
Hosannah! hark, the melody
Strikes sweetly on my ravish'd ear;
The constellations make reply
In echoes from each distant sphere,
Till all the wide expansion rings
With " Live for ever, King of kings."
He comes, he comes 1 the heavens rend !k
Floods clap your hands ; ye mountains joy:
Forests in glad obeisance bend;
Earth raise your hallelujah's high:
Let Zion wake the lofty strain—
"Live, King of kings; for ever reign."
Hail! happy day, haste on, haste on!
a Rev. xiv, 18. 1) Is. Ixiii, 3. c Rev. xvi, 16. d Rev. xix, l/, 18. e Ezek. xxxviii. fib. xxxix. s Ibid, xxxvii, 25. h Isaiah, lii, l. i Ibid, liii, 12. i Rev. xx; l Thess. iv, 1(5, 17. k Rev. i, 7. 1 Ezekiel, xlviii, 35.
"The Dawn Of Felicity;" by M. Caisson, an Israelite. A Tract recently published at Paris.
The object of this Tract is to predict the very day and hour of the Advent of Messiah, which is to be on the 9th August, 1832, at lOp. m. / He calculates by the Jewish lunar year, consisting of 355 days; which he maintains, from its being' always used by the Jewish Church, is the true Calendar for the people of God. Thus taking 4000 solar }^ears as the space from the Creation to the birth of Christ, and dividing them and the time subsequently elapsed by lunar years, he makes the 6000 years from Creation terminate as stated above. Our Readers need not we trust be reminded of the words of our Lord:
"OF THAT DAY AND HOUR KNOWETH
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