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world to endless ruin. All that Mr. Cobh does is to bring one of these D. D.s 10 prove his point; no matter what the Bible may say, one of these will put down all the Bible in the world. They feed on all rotten carcasses, and will find themselves in the end where John has placed them, Rev. xxii. 18, 19, and 15: “ For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book; and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in ihis book. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." This hobby of the Universalists has been confuted a thousand times; yet they will harp on a broken string their discordant notes, io loll mortals to sleep, and 10 prevent the lost children of men from hearing the midnight cry and preparing for judgment.
I will confute them once more. Acts xvii. 30–32: " And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: because he hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resur. rection of the dead, some mocked; and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.". ment day is at the resurrection, evidently; and this day is appointed, and I am showing the appointed time. Amos iii. 7: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets;" and I have plainly shown that he has so done it, Phelps, Cambell, Skinner and Whittemore to the contrary notwithstanding.
WILLIAM MILLER. Low Hampton, Aug. 1, 1840.
This judg. REVIEW OF « A BIBLE READER” ON
THE TWO WITNESSES, REV. XI. 8.
DEAR BRO. HInes: The rules which are given in the 13th No. of the “ Signs of the Times,” by a “ Bible Reader," to interpret scripture, I believe to be good, and worthy to be known and read of all men. Therefore, I wish to apply his rules to the text in question, Rev. xi. 8: "And their dead bodies shall lie in the streets of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified."
Now let me inquire of the Holy Spirit,
1. What dead bodics? Spirit answers ; The two witnesses, or testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev. xi. 3 –7: “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive-trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will húrt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies : and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of iheir prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smile the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war agaiust them, and shall overcome them, and kill them."
2. What are those witnesses ? Rev. xi. 4: « These are the two olive-trees, and the two candle. sticks standing before the God of the earth.” Zech, iv.: The candlestick is there called the word of God unto Zerubbabel. Psalm cxix. 105: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The olive-trees are sons of oil, the evidence for our faith in Christ. John v. 39 : “ Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." The answer then is, the Scriptures.
3. Who killed the witnesses ? The Spirit answers, John v. 7: “ The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit.” What is the beast? Spirit answers, Rev. xvii. 3: “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness; and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heids and ten horns." This beast had seven heads and ten horns. Now read Rev. xvii. 4 S: “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the murtyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. - And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest, was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, (whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world,) when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." Daniel has explained this beast. Dan. vii. 7 and 23: * After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fonrth'beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceeding!y; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it; and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down and break it in pieces.” The answer then will be, in plain, simple language, “The Roman kingdom, while under the woman (or false church) or last head." Rev. xvii. 13: “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength to the beast."
What great city is this alluded to in the text? Spirit answers, Rev. xvii. 13: “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reign-tu over the kings of the earth." Also Rev. xvi. 19: “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fel): and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give into her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." Again, Rev. xiv. $: “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
Then this great city is Bahylon mystical; yes, or Rome under papal rule. Why is it called Sodom and Egypt? Because the Holy Spirit has made them an ensample or figure of other cities or nations that should afterwards live as they had lived. 2 Peter ii. 6: “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemg. ed them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly." Jude 57: “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the Lord, having sared the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward des. troyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgınent of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
Why does it say “where also our Lord was cruci. fied?" Answer. If Sodom and Egypt are used figuratively in the text, which “the Bible Reader" must admit by his own exposition ; then also must " where the Lord was crucified " be so used; for it says " where also ;" i. e., in like manner as this place would sin like Sodom and Egypt, so would they crucify the Lord of glory afresh. Heb. vi. 6: “If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." In his mystical hody, Col. i. 24: “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church." How many streets were in this great city? An
Rev. xi. 13: “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thou. sand : and the remuant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven." Ten streets, agreeing with ten toes, ten horns, and meaning ten kingdoms. Rev. xvii. 12: “And the ten horns which thou saw. est are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast."
Were these witnesses only to be slain in one king. dom? No more. Rev. xi. 9: “And they of the people, and kindreds, and tongues, and nations, shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves."
Which of the ten kingdoms would do this; or in which would it be done? I answer, the Holy Spirit has not told us. This is only to be known when the subject matter is fulfilled. Here, " the Bible Reader" seems to be confused. He has gone into the city of Jerusalem, he is hunting for the street where Christ was crucified. Dear sir, you will never find it there.. Go you out of the city on the mount that is paved with skulls; go where criminals suffer, if would Gind where the Sodomitish rulers and Egyptian tyrants