The Advent Herald, and Signs of the Times Reporter [Himes], vol. 7

May 29, 1844

Vol. VII. No. 17. Boston, Whole No. 161

Joshua V. Himes



NEW SERIES VOL.VII. NO. 17. Boston, Wednesday, May 29, 1844. WHOLE NO. 161. HST May 29, 1844, page 129.1




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My grace is sufficient for thee.—2 Corinthians 12:9. HST May 29, 1844, page 129.7

Trembling Saints! lift up your eyes,
Clouds may gather, tempests rise;
Earth may quake and mountains fall,
Yet is Christ your “all in all;”
Faithful flock, oh fear not ye,
“As your day your strength shall be!”
HST May 29, 1844, page 129.8

Zion’s mourners! look on Him,
Let your sight no terrors dim;
He can Satan’s rage enchain,
And the wrath of man restrain.
Fainting souls, hear His decree,
“As your day your strength shall be!”
HST May 29, 1844, page 129.9

Sorrowing sinners! short’s the hour
For the tempter’s subtle power;
What tho’ persecution dire
Yet may try you in its fire—
Spouse of Christ, His promise see,
“As your day your strength shall be!”
HST May 29, 1844, page 129.10

Christ’s beloved! be not dismayed,
“I am with you;” He hath said,
Through the waters when ye go,
Not one wave shall overflow;
‘Mid the flame unharmed be ye,
“As your day your strength shall be!”
HST May 29, 1844, page 129.11

Church of Jesus! banish fear,
Your redemption draweth near;
Christ is coming, seek more grace,
Soon ye’ll view Messiah’s face;
Patient saints, be constant ye,
“As your day your strength shall be!”
HST May 29, 1844, page 129.12



As God’s word declares that without faith it is impossible to please Him, and whatever is not of faith is sin, it may not be inappropriate, at this time, to look a little into the nature of faith. HST May 29, 1844, page 129.13

Paul defines it to be “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”—“Faith is taking God at his word,”—he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. This faith was what made Abel’s sacrifice more excellent than that of Cain, who did not exercise it. Enoch was translated by faith, “for before his translation, he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Faith leads its possessor to believe what appears incredible and unnatural to those who live by sight. It did not seem credible or natural, to the antediluvians, that God would destroy the world by a flood. He never had so destroyed it, and reasoning from analogy, he never would. Besides, in the exercise of common sense, how could they believe it, “for the Lord had not caused it to rain upon the earth, but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” How preposterous and absurd it must have seemed to the ancients, to hear Noah talk of a deluge—utterly impossible, they doubtless said, such a destruction cannot be! HST May 29, 1844, page 129.14

Prof. Bush, in his letter to Mr. Miller, says, “your views strike people as intrinsically irrational and incredible.” Noah’s views were just as unfortunate in their effect on the mass of mind, because there was not faith. Faith is not knowledge, it is “the evidence of things not seen.” Noah knew that the flood was coming on the earth, because he believed God; and moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house. What a sublime instance of living by faith, was that of this patriarch!—Alone and with none to sympathise with him—amid the scoffing of an unbelieving world, he showed day by day that he believed God. He feared not to sacrifice property, reputation, all things, and obey the Lord. The faith of Abraham stands out in bold relief on the sacred pages, it required the patriarch to act on the incredible and unnatural command to slay his son. HST May 29, 1844, page 129.15

In faith there is a trusting of consequences to God, and the father of the faithful showed by immediately obeying God, that he did not cast away his confidence, “accounting that God was able to raise him (Isaac) up even from the dead, from whence also he received him in a figure.” Had he known just how this trial would terminate, there would have been no trial, no room for the exercise of faith, or trust in God. HST May 29, 1844, page 129.16

Since the Lord will have a tried people—since he will give those that love him an opportunity to show it, every age has its great test question. The dwellers on the earth, in Noah’s time, doubtless had faith that God made the worlds, and it is not unreasonable to suppose that they prided themselves in believing what every body believed, but that they had no true faith in God, was proved in the time of trial.—How faithful was Abraham proved, by the test to which God put him! Yet if Isaac had been required to offer up his son Jacob in the same way, it would have been no trial at all—his faith would not have been exercised, because he would have foreseen the probable consequences; so God had other tests for him. HST May 29, 1844, page 129.17

The inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, doubtless would have greatly resented being called unbelievers—might have plead that they believed God made the worlds—that he destroyed the earth by a flood, and have thought this speculative belief which all received, very good religion; but as to receiving the truth that God was about to destroy their cities, that was far from them. HST May 29, 1844, page 129.18

Faith always requires a risk, or that sacrifice which is so called, by those who walk by sight. But he who takes God at his word does not fear—is willing to take the consequences of obeying him. The faith of Abel resulted in his death. Noah lost the good opinion of all the world, and while they ridiculed him, doubtless spoke much about the great triumph they would have, when the time passed by. The ridicule they were heaping on him then, was but an earnest of that which was coming. If Noah had not had faith, he would have reasoned thus: “I understand the Lord has said there will be a flood. Perhaps I may be mistaken in the event or the time, and then what will the world say? I do believe firmly all that God has revealed down to this last threatening of a deluge, and am willing to act in accordance with it, for there is no risk; but I cannot think God would call upon me to ruin my influence, so I shall be prudent, and not give the wicked cause to blaspheme. I will labor night and day for their coversion—it cannot be that God really means to destroy the wicked—it is true he has told me so, but I think it is to be spiritually understood. The deluge is doubtless a great figure, of the very general and overwhelming conversion which is to overflow the earth, in righteousness, so I will labor with all my soul to convert the wicked, and not obey God in building the ark, for it is possible there is some mistake about it; it may be a delusion. But if there is really a deluge, I shall be just as well off as if I had built an ark, for I shall be found zealously laboring for souls, and I shall doubtless reap a more abundant reward, for I shall have pursued a less selfish course, and God will take care of me and my family, and doubtless many of the converted wicked.” HST May 29, 1844, page 129.19

If Noah had indulged in unbelief, he would not have been moved with fear (the fear of the Lord, trembling at his word) to prepare an ark to the saving of his house. As God’s command was the test which was to try him, if he had not obeyed he would have thus proved that he had no real love for God or saving faith in his word, consequently would have shared the fate of the ungodly. HST May 29, 1844, page 129.20

Abraham might have reasoned, if he had less faith, “God hath told me that in Isaac shall all nations of the earth be blessed. Now if I slay him I shall prove God a liar. I love him too well to do that—I must suppose my senses imperfect, and I have not understood the command God has given me. So I will act as enlightened judgment and reason dictate. I will sacrifice Isaac in my heart. I will see that my affections are no longer fixed on him as an idol. Why, what should I say to his mother—how could I ever see her after murdering her boy! Incredible! unnatural! God cannot command me to take the life of my beloved child. It is to be understood spiritually. The offering up of my son is a figure God has made use of, to teach me the danger of loving him too well.” HST May 29, 1844, page 129.21

Suppose that Abraham had thus withheld his son, how little would God have been glorified! What leanness would have come into the temporiser’s soul. He would have showed that he had no faith in God, for he could not trust the consequences of doing as he commanded—he could not risk any thing on his word. As his faith was counted for righteousness, so his unbelief would, in the case supposed, be counted for unrighteousness, and he would doubtless have brought on himself the fierce judgments of the Lord. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.1

What if Moses had reasoned, in view of the “treasures of Egypt,” “Here I am raised from my poor slave people to be a Prince in Pharaoh’s family. I am heir to the throne—I have been instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. God has doubtless raised me up to rule over this land, and when I come to the throne, I will see that my oppressed and despised nation, has a great many privileges. I will remove the task-masters and make the Egyptians take their turn in serving. It is true that God has intimated to me that he has raised me up to lead the Israelites to the land of Canaan: but my inclination teaches me that that must be understood spiritually. The departing of the children of Israel from Egypt must mean that they shall be delivered from bondage, and have the right of freemen in this land. I am jealous for the honor of God, and I know if I should attempt the wild project of getting this defenceless multitude through the wilderness they would all perish. I have too merciful a disposition to do that. Why, to begin with, how should we ford the Red Sea? And how could we get food in the desert! Incredible! unnatural! I must concieve the Lord’s commands to be spiritually understood. He has given me a beautiful and highly impressive figure of the deliverance from slavery, which I shall effect for my people when I come to the throne, I believe God made the world; that Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise, and all his dealings with his people down to the present time, but this last command to go through a howling wilderness, with three million of people, I do not believe.” If this had been the reasoning of Moses—if he had thus chosen not to suffer affliction with the people of God, and to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; how would God have been honored by him? If he had thus spiritualized away God’s word—if “he had done evil that good might come,” his condemnation had been just, he could not have “entered into rest, because of unbelief.” HST May 29, 1844, page 130.2

By faith the shepherds went to Bethlehem to see Jesus, for they believed the good tidings which the angels brought. By faith the wise men followed the star in the east, and worshipped the Son of the Highest in the manger. By faith the leper said, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. By faith the centurion said to the Lord, I am not worthy that thou should come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.—Of whom Jesus said, “I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.” By faith the ruler of the synagogue said to the Savior, my daughter is even now dead; but come and lay thy hands on her and she shall live. By faith the two blind men followed Jesus, crying, thou son of David, have mercy on us. Then he touched their eyes, saying, according to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened. By faith the fishermen forsook their nets and followed Jesus. By faith the woman of Samaria, went into the city and said, Come see a man which told me all things the ever I did; is not this the Christ? By faith Peter walked on the sea to go to Jesus; but when his faith wavered, he began to sink, and cried, Lord, save, or I perish. By faith Mary, the sister of Lazarus, said, Lord, if thou hadst been here my brother had not died. By faith Jesus was anointed for his burial. By faith the poor widow cast in her two mites into the treasury. By faith the live wise virgins went forth to meet the Bridegroom, with their lamps trimmed and burning. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.3

But the time would fail, to tell of all those who were examplns of faith. The Apostles through faith “wrought righteousness, obtained promises,” healed the sick, cast out devils, and did many wonderful works. And in all these examples of faith, we see that what was unnatural and incredible, was believed; there was a test—a risk. The apostles, what did they risk in following Jesus of Nazareth? All things earthly; they forsook all and followed him. All the talent and teaching of the nation were arrayed against them. They might, if they had had less faith, have reasoned thus: “The Sanhedrim—the council of the seventy, in which is the concentrated wisdom of the age, ought to know if this is the Son of God. It will be time enough for us to believe him when he is acknowledged by our wise men. What! believe that this is the wished for Messiah, when our spiritual teachers reject him. Far be that from us; we are too prudent—we regard our influence and reputation too much for that. “Have any of the rulers believed on him?” How much faith would there have been in such like queries? But how different was their reasoning. They conferred not with flesh and blood, but left all and followed Jesus. “What a sublime faith was theirs; how it overcame the world!” They believed in the carpenter’s son; “he who made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant.” They believed that he was the Messiah, and trusted that he would redeem Israel. When Peter expressed his faith in the Savior, he said to him, blessed art thou, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Yes, faith is the gift of God, and he giveth liberally to all, and upbraideth not. But the mass reject it, and choose to walk by sight. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.4

But that great test question,—“Is this the Christ?” which tried men in the days of the apostles, is no test now. Every body believes it; scarcely is there a dissenting voice, where the Gospel beams. The proof that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Highest, has such abundant testimony, and is so well supported, that we may say we know it—not believe it; it is knowledge, not faith. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.5

There have always been enough on the earth who have kept at a safe distance from the wake of the great trying truths of the age. They had been ready to subscribe to that which had, in years gone by, tried others, since in their day it is very generally and popularly received, and suppose that they have faith that will entitle them to an inheritance with Abraham, the father of the faithful. Ah! how mistaken are such! There is no saving faith without trust; God will have one test at least, for every Christian: and in every age he brings to light some starting truth, which his children do well not to reject. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.6

Faith is unconditional. The believer is required to take God at his word, without inquiring why it is so. These are precious words to the faithful. “What I do, thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.” But some will say, do you think it necessary to receive the belief, that the Lord is at the door? Is it necessary to salvation? I answer for my self, it is; for when we see the signs, the Savior says, know that it is near. With the light I have had, I should lose my soul, if I rejected it. Why? because it would not be taking God at his word, and without faith it is impossible to please him, and all that is not of faith, is sin. I have been led into the glorious hope, to look and haste unto the coming of the Son of Man, and he that having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is not fit for the kingdom of heaven. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.7

We are told, when the Son of man cometh it will be as in the days of Noah; then the time was known, so it is revealed for the coming destruction, consequently it is presumptuous and sinful in the extreme, to remain wilfully ignorant. Again, the parable of the ten virgins, plainly teaches that the time is to be known, and that the Midnight-Cry will be sounded at that time. How could the five wise virgins go forth to meet the Bridegroom, if they knew nothing of the time of his coming. It is evident that the foolish virgins did not believe in, or trouble themselves about the time, hence were not ready when the Bridegroom came; they thought the time could not be known, and that it was afar off—they had no oil in their lamps (faith in God’s word) and for this they were shut out of the kingdom. All are commanded to watch for Christ’s coming, else it will come as a thief in the night. Now how can one watch for that which one is not at all expecting? Jesus has said, “Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me.” This is the coming to judgment; how can one, who has no faith in the speedy appearing, obey him in watching? Do not begin to spiritualize.—Remember how you would have condemned Noah, Abraham and Moses, if they had pursued the same course, to avoid exercising faith and taking up a cross, when a plain and literal command was given. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.8

It is a solemn fact, that a great temptation has come on all the earth, and it will effectually measure the love of truth which is in every heart. All those that dwell on the earth—who have their treasures in this world, will not endure this test,—they will not believe the unequivocal declaration of God’s word, and the burning day will overtake them unawares. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.9

As it is written that the secret of the Lord is with them that fear him, and at the time of the end the wise shall understand, it seems very plain, that all who are the Lord’s will be guided into the truth of his coming. All that have the spirit of Christ, must have a presentiment that he is near at hand. As it was in the days of Noah—all that were saved believed the deluge would come, and were shut into the ark in good season. As it was in the days of Lot; he was aware of the destruction, and escaped from Sodom. Prepare! Set thy heart in order! The alarm cry has been sounded, from one end of the earth to the other. Have faith in that which is testing the world—“Behold the Bridegroom cometh.” Escape to the mountain.—Tarry not in all the plain; HST May 29, 1844, page 130.10

——“Escape for thy life. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.11

And look not behind thee, remember Lot’s wife.”

E. C. Clemons. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.12

A Bishop.—A Bishop (says the London Weekly Dispatch) is an ecclesiastic nominated by the sovereign for the purpose of instructing his subject in the virtues of self-denial and humility, and to warn them against “the pomp and vanities of this wicked world.” That the “Reverend Father in God” may do this with effect, he is put in possession of a large income, has a palace appointed for his residence, is enabled to keep equipages, employ servants in livery, give costly entertainments, and is required to adorn his person with robes, lawn sleeves, etc. There are twenty-six of these exalted teachers of self-denial and humility in England and Wales, and fourteen in Ireland; so that if the people of England, Wales, and Ireland do not sufficiently despise “the pomp and vanities,” it is certainly a sort of miracle, and no fault of “the powers that be,” etc. The British Church Establishment (according to the Dispatch) costs the nation annually about three millions sterling. HST May 29, 1844, page 130.13

The Time of Trial


In the third chapter of Revelations, tenth verse, the Savior says to a portion of his Church—“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” HST May 29, 1844, page 131.1

It is very natural to inquire who are to be tried, and what is the temptation which is to try them: HST May 29, 1844, page 131.2

If we can ascertain who are meant by those that “dwell upon the earth,” then we shall know who are to be tried; and it is very evident that the “temptation” has something to do with the Lord’s coming, for he says in the immediate connection, “Behold I come quickly.” HST May 29, 1844, page 131.3

In Luke the twenty-first chapter we read that the Son of man “shall come as a snare on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth:” the verse preceding this seems to contain a parallel declaration, and explains who are those that may be said to dwell on the earth:—“Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness and cares of this life, and so that day come on you unawares; for as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the earth.” HST May 29, 1844, page 131.4

Those that dwell on the earth, are not simply the openly vicious: one may be very exemplary, as the world would say—one may be honest, temperate, moral, and professedly religious,—and yet have the heart overcharged with the cares of this life, and be “dwelling on the earth.” All those who have their good things in this life—who lay up for themselves treasures on the earth, are included in this class; and to them the day of God will come unawares. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.5

It is written in the thirteenth chapter of Revelations, that all the world wondered after the beast which was to make war with the saints and overcome them, (see Daniel 7th,) and continue forty and two months—they worshipped the beast saying, “who is like unto the beast—and all that dwell upon the earth—shall worship him—whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb.” Thus mankind are divided into these classes;—those that dwell on the earth and those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.6

Something further is said of the former class in the chapter last quoted. The beast which arises after the Papacy, having “lamb’s horns and speaking like a dragon” [which many suppose is Protestantism,] exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and all that dwell therein, to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed; and he deceiveth them which dwell on the earth,” for they think that he is better than he is. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.7

We read too in another chapter that “they that dwell on the earth, shall rejoice over them [the two witnesses slain] and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another, because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth.” HST May 29, 1844, page 131.8

Most agree that the two witnesses are the Old and New Testaments, and that they were said to be slain when they were set at naught by France as a nation, in the latter part of the eighteenth century. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.9

It is evident that those that dwell on the earth have their possessions here; while it is just as clear, that those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life—the strangers and pilgrims—have their treasures stored in heaven. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.10

The time of trial immediately precedes the time of trouble spoken of by Daniel [see twelfth chapter second verse,] “a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation, and at that time God’s people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” HST May 29, 1844, page 131.11

The temptation from which the worldlings will not escape, is to disbelieve that the Lord is coming. They hear that the marriage supper of the Lamb is prepared—the Bridegroom hath sent out his servants to call those that are bidden [church members, as some suppose] “Come, for all things are now ready. But they all with one consent began to say, I pray thee have me excused:”—their hearts for the most part are on the world, and they choose to think it is not supper time yet, or if it is they are too much engaged to come in. Are they not dwellers on the earth? “Judge ye.” The Savior says, “I say unto you that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.” It is said that all the world is bidden; how then do the second class of servants bring in the poor, the maimed, the halt and the blind? And the third class go into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in? HST May 29, 1844, page 131.12

But one says, “this bidding to supper is not the cry that is now sounded, to earth’s remotest bound—Behold the Bridegroom cometh.” Read Luke 14:15, and see what is the subject under consideration, in the parable of the marriage supper: it is the blessedness of eating bread in the kingdom of God; as it is written, “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Revelation 19:9. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.13

When the Lord last supped with his disciples, he said as he took the bread, “I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God;” and of the wine he said, “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God shall come”—See Luke 20th chapter; “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until I drink it new with you in my Fathers kingdom.” Paul says, first Corinthians 11th chapter 26th verse, “As often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death until he come.” It seems very plain then from these passages, that when the kingdom of God comes, Jesus will come and he will sup with his people. This is at the setting up of God’s Everlasting Kingdom, when the image which represents earthly dominions—Satan’s kingdoms of this world, will be smitten upon the feet and become chaff. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.14

How solemn and impressive are the words of the Savior, “I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” He is at the right hand of God, from henceforth expecting till his foes be made his footstool; and how earnestly should every believer pray “thy kingdom come.” Even so come, Lord Jesus! HST May 29, 1844, page 131.15

Those who spiritualize the coming of the Savior, to be consistent, should spiritualize his going away, and say it was not personal—in direct contradiction to his own declaration, that he was a Spirit after his resurrection. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.16

If his second coming is spiritualized and made of none effect, then to have matters correspond, the drinking of the wine new in the kingdom of God must be nothingized too; and in the spirit of this doing away with Bible truth, we must proceed to evaporate the description of the last supper itself. How inconsistent for disbelievers in the Lord’s advent, to show forth the Lord’s death, since it is connected with his coming! HST May 29, 1844, page 131.17

We are judgement bound, and let us use the reason God has given us. Jesus went away personally, and will so come in like manner as he went to heaven. He supped with his disciples the same night that he was betrayed, and he will sup with them soon in the kingdom of God, for the signs of Jesus’ coming are all fulfilled, and we are commanded to know that he is near, even at the door:—Jesus is saying, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with me.” HST May 29, 1844, page 131.18

Now the supper is all ready, as the prophecies declare and the signs indicate, and the Lord hath sent out the third class of servants, to compel those that are yet in the hedges to come in. Reader, are you willing to be among those that make light of this gracious invitation, and go away to your farm, or your merchandise? Thus proving that you are one of those that dwell on the earth, if so, you are not escaping from the temptation which has come upon the whole earth, to disbelieve the coming of God’s Son from heaven. “The great day of God which is near, and hasteth greatly,” will overtake you as a thief. For it will be as it was in the days of Noah—then the world knew not of the impending destruction, until the flood came and swept them all away. Yet it was not because they were not sufficiently warned; for the building of the ark admonished them: it was because they made light of the warning and “began with one consent to make excuse.” HST May 29, 1844, page 131.19

Those that dwelt upon the earth in Noah’s day, perished, and so it will be in the burning day—they are snared by the devil, who successfully tempts them to disbelieve that the kingdom is at hand, as the word of God plainly declares. And oh, there are some on the heights of Zion, watchmen by profession, who make no pretensions to be able to know what time of night it is, and yet are crying peace and safety, in relation to the Lord’s coming, which is an evident token that the end is near, for when that cry is sounded, God’s word informs us that sudden destruction will come! HST May 29, 1844, page 131.20

Then, professor, sinner, whosoever you are—dear reader, come, for all things are now ready. Oh, make not light of it! Be not snared with those that dwell on the earth, who will not come to the knowledge of the truth. Be not overcome with the great temptation, which is now trying all those that dwell on the face of the earth. Reject not the Lord’s coming. Behold, the Bridegroom cometh—the marriage supper of the Lamb is ready. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.21

Forget not the wedding garment—the robe of Christ’s righteousness, if when the King shall come thou wouldst not be speechless, and be cast into outer darkness.—E. C. Clemons. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.22

“As it was in the days of Noah.”


And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of the heard was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.23

What an awful character does God give of the inhabitants of the antediluvian world! 1. They were flesh, (ver. 3,) wholly sensual, the desires of the mind overwhelmed and lost in the desires of the flesh, their souls no longer discerning their high destiny, but ever minding earthly things, so that they were sensualized, brutalized, and become flesh; incarnated so as not to retain God in their knowledge, and they lived, seeking their portion in this life. 2. They were in a state of wickedness. All was corrupt within, and all unrighteous without; neither the science nor the practice of religion existed. Piety was gone, and every form of sound words had disappeared. 3. This wickedness was great; it was continually increasing, and multiplying increase by increase, so that the whole earth was corrupt before God, and was filled with violence, (ver. 11;) profligacy among the lower, and cruelty and oppression among the higher classes, being only predominant. 4. All the imagination of their thoughts were evil—the very first embryo of every idea, the figment of every thought, the very materials out of which perception, conception, and ideas were formed, were all evil; the fountain which produced them, with every thought, purpose, wish, desire, and motive, was incurably poisoned.—5. All these were evil without any mixture of good—the Spirit of God which strove with them was continually resisted so that evil had its sovereign sway. 6. They were evil continually—there was no interval of good, no moment allowed for serious reflection, no holy purpose, no righteous act. What a finished picture of a fallen soul! Such a picture as God alone, who searches the heart and tries the spirit, could possibly give. 7. To complete the whole, God represents himself as repenting because he had made them, and as grieved at the heart because of their iniquities! Had not these been voluntary transgressions, crimes which they might have avoided, had they not grieved and quenched the spirit of God, could he speak of them in the manner he does here? 8. So incensed is the most holy and the most merciful God, that he is determined to destroy the whole work of his hands: And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created; ver 7. How great must the evil have been, and how provoking the transgressions, which obliged the most compassionate God, for the vindication of his own glory, to form this awful purpose! Fools make a mock at sin, but none except fools.—A. Clarke’s Com. HST May 29, 1844, page 131.24

Advent Herald & Reporter

No Authorcode

“The Lord is at Hand.”

BOSTON, MAY 29, 1844.



I.—The word of God teaches that this earth is to be regenerated, in the restitution of all things, and restored to its Eden state as it came from the hand of its Maker before the fall, and is to be the eternal abode of the righteous in their resurrection state. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.1

II.—The only Millenium found in the word of God, is the 1000 years which are to intervene between the first and second resurrections as brought to view in the 20th of Revelations. And the various portions of Scripture which are adduced as evidence of such a period in time, are to have their fulfilment only in the New Earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.2

III—The only restoration of Israel yet future, is the restoration of the Saints to the New Earth, when the Lord my God shall come, and all his saints with him. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.3

IV.—The signs which were to precede the coming of our Savior, have all been given; and the prophecies have all been fulfilled but those which relate to the coming of Christ, the end of this world, and the restitution of all things. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.4

V.—There are none of the prophetic periods, as we understand them, extending beyond the [Jewish] year 1843. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.5

The above we shall ever maintain as the immutable truths of the word of God, and therefore, till our Lord come, we shall ever look for his return as the next event in historical prophecy. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.6

Note.—The above was written in the Jewish year 1843 which has now expired. According to the best chronologers the captivity of Manasseh, the commencement of the seven times, or 2520 years of Levit. 26th. was B. C. 677; also the captivity of Jehoiakim the commencement of the Great Jubilee, or 2450 years, was B. C. 607; also the decree to rebuild Jerusalem in the seventh of Artaxerxes, the commencement of the 70 weeks and 2300 days, of Dan. 8th and 9th, was given, B. C. 457; and also the taking away of Paganism in Rome, the commencement of the 1335 days of Dan. 12th. was about A. D. 508. Reckoning from those several dates, the respective periods can extend only to about the Jewish Year 1843. This being ended, our published time is now past; but as we can find no new dates for the events from which we have reckoned those periods, we cannot extend them beyond the time specified, which has been our only time; and yet our faith is as strong as ever, that at the end of those periods the Lord wilt surely come; while we can only wait for his coming such time as human chronology may have varied from the exact time,—continually looking for, and momentarily expecting his appearing. This we do in accordance with Habakkuk 2:3,—“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end” [of the prophetic periods] “it shall speak and not lie; though it tarry,” [beyond their apparent termination] “wait for it; because” [when they are fulfilled] “it will surely come, it will not tarry,” HST May 29, 1844, page 132.7

Special Notice to Agents and Correspondents. All communications, drafts and orders designed for this office, should be directed to J. V. Himes, only. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.8

The proper transaction of the business of the office requires a strict compliance with this notice. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.9



To the friends and supporters of the Advent Cause

Dear Brethren and Sisters:—It is now about four years since I became acquainted with Bro. Wm. Miller, and became interested in the subject of the Second Advent through his instrumentality. On a candid and patient hearing of his lectures on the subject, I became fully convinced that there was to be no literal return of the Jews, or spiritual reign on earth of a thousand years, before the resurrection of the righteous dead. I also became convinced by his illustrations of prophetic time, the advent must be nigh, and the next event in order, in historical prophecy. I did not, for several months, embrace his views of the time, but was at once so deeply impressed with the truth of its being “nigh, even at the door,” that I regarded it as a duty which I owed to the church and to the world, to labor for its universal promulgation. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.10

The paper entitled the “Signs of the Times,” was started with a view to a full examination of both sides of the question. During the publication of the first six months, in which the arguments were given for and against the time, I became fully settled in the conviction of the truth of Mr. Miller’s calculation, and avowed it accordingly. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.11

I then resolved, by the grace of God, and the aid of the believers, to publish this message as far as possible, to the entire world. The instrumentalities to be used, were, the Press, public lectures, camp-meetings, conferences, etc. Special arrangements were made for Mr. Miller to visit the principal cities in the Union. Camp-meetings and conferences were held in the less populous parts of the country. And our publications were scattered by the million, over the land and world. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.12

What I have done in this important field of labor, has been from a solemn conviction of the truth of the Advent doctrine. The manifest approbation of God in the progress of every department of our labor, in addition to the strong reasons of its truth, greatly strengthened my faith. The reformation of thousands of the ungodly; the revival of the professors in every branch of the Church, the general approbation of the doctrine by the more pious and spiritual members of the churches and the universal opposition of the wicked, both in and out of the church, has had a strong tendency to confirm the first convictions of its truth. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.13

The time we have published to the world, in which we expected the prophetic periods to terminate, is now past. We were mistaken as to the definite time, but not in reference to the truth of the general theory. The principles of interpretation, which giving a day for a year in the prophetic portions of Daniel, and Revelations; and suppose that the prophetic periods reach down to the end of the world, we still believe, and hold with unshaken confidence. The mistake in an exact calculation does not in the least affect the correctness of these views. We therefore look with increased confidence and hope for the Advent of our King, as being now at hand. With this view we feel under stronger obligations than ever to carry forward the enterprise in which we have been engaged. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.14

Our faith is based upon the positive testimony of the living oracles. For example; in the second chapter of Daniel, we have the metalic image of gold, silver, brass, iron and clay. Four universal monarchies, Babylon, Media and Persia, united, Grecia and Rome are here symbolized. A fifth universal and eternal kingdom was to succeed the entire destruction of the first four earthly ones. All that remains to be fulfilled now is this—the stone is to smite the image, and grind it to powder. This is the next event, and may come at any moment. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.15

The seven trumpets also bring us down to the resurrection. The fifth and sixth, confessedly, on all hands, relate to the rise, progress perfection and fall of the Turkish, or Mahomedan power. The fifth trumpet gives the chronology of five months, or 150 years. From 1299 to 1449. The sixth gives a period of 391 years and 15 days. Beginning 1449, it ended in 1840. 10 Some commence the last named period in 1453, at the fall of Constantinople; with this view, it will end in June of the present year. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.16

On the termination of this period, the “Second Woe,” will have passed. And behold, the “Third Woe cometh quickly.” And, “in the days of the voice of the seventh Angel, when he shall begin to sound the mystery of God shall be finished, as he has declared to his servants, the prophets,” Revelation 10:7. The next event is, the sounding of the seventh trumpet. Then the kingdoms of this world are to become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.—And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged, and that thou shouldst destroy them that destroy the earth,” Revelation 11:15, 18. This is the time when the “Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.17

The recent events in the east, which relate to the Turkish Empire, furnish the strongest evidence of its speedy dissolution. About the time of this event the seventh angel will sound, and the “mystery of God will be finished.” Christ will come in his glory. There is no way to avoid this conviction. Christ is “at the door.” HST May 29, 1844, page 132.18

Another reason for our faith is founded upon the signs of the coming of Christ, as given in the Gospels. In connexion with the descriptions given of his personal and glorious Advent in the clouds of Heaven, he has given us several signs. The sun shall be darkened, the moon withdraw her light, the stars should fall from heaven. Nations should be in perplexity—men’s hearts would fail them for fear, etc. Then, they were to see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads: for your redemption draweth nigh. See Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21. These signs have all been fulfilled. Nothing remains now but the grand event, and that must be at the very door. Again, we repeat, there is no way to evade the conclusion:—Christ is at the door. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.19

It will be seen then, that if the prophetic periods are not fully understood, as to their exact termination, that we have events and signs there is no mistaking, which show the Advent nigh. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.20

How then shall we give up our faith and hope? We see no way for any mistake in these reasons for expecting the personal advent of Christ, as an event for which we may rationally look every hour. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.21

With these views of this subject we cannot cast away our confidence, which has great recompence of reward. But shall rather exercise patience, after having done the will of God, lest the promised reward should be lost. For yet a little while, and be that shall come, will come, and will not tarry. See Hebrews 10:35, 39. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.22

If the above view is correct, the labors and sacrifices of the friends of the Advent cause have not been in vain. All our fondest wishes and blessed, and glorious hopes are soon to be realized. What time remains, then, should be occupied in watchfulness and prayer, and more abundant labors for the salvation of men. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.23

The Advent meetings, lectures, and papers should be sustained. The publications should be scattered; and for only keep what ground we have gained, but we should make advances in to the ranks of those that are sleeping upon their arms. There should be no giving up—no going back—no tempoizing—no truce with a Laodicean church. HST May 29, 1844, page 132.24

On! let all the soul within you.
For the truth’s sake, go abroad!
Strike! let every nerve and sinew
Tell on ages—tell for God.
HST May 29, 1844, page 133.1

My Stewardship


In connexion with the above statement of my general views, and course of action, it may be proper to give a brief statement in relation to the business, and financial department. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.2

I have endeavored to conduct the business department under my care from the commencement, on the most efficient and economical principles. I have regarded myself as a steward, and have used the means put into my hands for the advancement of this, the most sacred of causes, according to the abilities which God hath given me. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.3

I began the “Signs of the Times,” without means but not without faith that it would be sustained. In its publication together with that of the “Midnight Cry,” at New York, and the “Second Advent Library,” in this city, with various other publications here and elsewhere, in all amounto five millions; my rule has been to publish and scatter according to the means furnished by divine providence. When I have had little, I proceeded on a small scale, and when furnished liberally, I have scattered profusely. So that I have never been embarrassed, or brought disgrace upon the cause by any financial delinquencies. From forty to fifty persons have been employed, and have all received their just demands. Others with whom I have traded largely as men of business, can testify to our punctuality and faithfulness. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.4

My business transactions are all open to the inspection of both friends and foes. We have been closely watched by the enemies of the cause, and if anything could have been discovered to impeach my character, it would have been done. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.5

Having said thus much, I now wish to state that I have only sufficient means to meet my present liabilities up to the first of next month. There are subscriptions due on the Midnight Cry at New York, and the Advent Herald in this city, as also, money due for books, from agents, which, if paid in, will enable me to meet the expenses of the offices, and papers up to the end of the present volume without embarrassment. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.6

I have been thus particular because of the current reports now circulated through the length and breadth of the land, that I have greatly enriched myself by the Advent cause! Some, no doubt, really believe it. I shall not defend myself farther than to say, that my books are at the service of all who wish to make an examination. And that I offer my accusers every facility to obtain the facts in the case. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.7

My purpose now is to continue the papers, and publications as heretofore, while they may be needed. I have no doubt that the means to sustain them will be afforded, as long as they are of use to the cause of God. This I now leave with God, and the friends of his cause to dispose of. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.8

The brethren and friends throughout the country who have aided in the work by donations and labors, will accept my heartfelt acknowledgements for the confidence they have reposed in me, as their fellow-laborer, and agent in distributing their appropriations to the cause. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.9

The infallible record is on high. When that shall be opened, and we are called to give an account of our stewardship, may the word be spoken to us all, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of the Lord.” HST May 29, 1844, page 133.10

Joshua V. Himes.
Boston, May 29, 1844.

Philadelphia Riots


Dear bro. Himes:—Our once peaceful city has been the scene of lawless riot. Opposing parties of politicians and religionists have met in fearful combat; blood has been poured out like water, and the incendiary flame has laid whole neighborhoods, with their churches, in ashes. The daily prints are full of minute details of this work of fire and bloodshed, which it is unnecessary to repeat here; and we would merely notice the spirit of the agents, and the general effect upon the public mind. There seems to be an unnatural recklessness, a feverish, yet determined power at work, like a deep undercurrent, which threatens mutual extermination. It is a spirit in accordance with the whirlwind impetuosity of the times, whose impetus accelerates each moment, as all near the grand vortex of a world’s crisis. This may perhaps be considered as a slight development of the elements, that like the fires of the pent volcano, now slumber in our midst, which will shortly break forth to mingle with the gathering horrors of the last day. There seems to be upon the general mind a fearful looking for an undefined presentiment of what is to come, an inward sense that the judgments of God are impending, which, according to the Scriptures, is one of the last signs to precede the coming of the Son of Man. Not only the recent tragedies in our city, but the general character of foreign news, and the political and ecclesiastical state of the world, confirm apprehensive expectation. Although during the past year the common journals have been filled with accounts of supernatural phenomena, and in many cases we have received the testimony of eye witnesses of integrity and worth, yet we have rarely appealed to their authority. But the present accounts are so notorious and well authenticated, respecting the meteors, and the remarkable opening of the heavens, on the night of the burning of the old church of St. Augustine, that we will here allude to them. When the flames were encircling the cross on the spire, a large meteor was seen darting from the heavens above it. Late the same night, a strange appearance like a moon, the color of blood, was seen directly over the city; this was seen by different individuals in different parts of the city, by some who were, and by others who were not believers in the second advent. A gentleman who resides a short distance from the city, was called up, about the same hour, and witnessed with others, an opening in the heavens, revealing a brightness beyond, and such was its unearthly glory, that he supposed the Judge would immediately appear. Many who have been opposed to our views, now begin to consider whether indeed these things are not so; even some of our Catholic neighbors have said,—“Well this looks as if what the Miller people say, is coming to pass.” On the other hand, the little company who are waiting for Jesus are confirmed in their hopes, and feel calm and unmoved amidst the fury of the storm. An aged sister, who is a widow, and resides alone in the vicinity of the scene of terror, was asked how she was sustained, while many around her were filled with consternation, moving their goods, and flying from their homes. She answered that she closed her door, and took her Bible before the Lord, and felt a sweet peace and confidence that He was near, and would soon deliver her from the wickedness that was destroying the earth. In the midst of this tumult, what an anchor of hope is the sure promise of the immediate return of the Lord. It has been a strong hold, and a sweet refuge to every heart who confides in Jesus near. In this confidence we have felt secure; while looking upon the angry flames as they were ascending to heaven, the words of the prophet stood out before the mind in bold relief. Behold the plagues are sent, and shall hot return again, the fire is kindled and shall not be put out, till it consume the foundations of the earth.’ “The dead shall be cast out as dung, and there shall be no man to comfort them, for the earth shall be wasted, and the cities shall be cast down.” “O my people, hear my word, make you ready to the battle, and in those evils he even as pilgrims upon the earth.” “For yet a little, and iniquity shall be taken away out of the earth, and righteousness shall reign among you.” “Hear, O ye my beloved, saith the Lord, Behold the days of trouble are at hand, but I will deliver you from the same, be ye not afraid, neither doubt, for God is your guide.” HST May 29, 1844, page 133.11

At present the city is under the guard of the military, and the surface is quiet. May the Lord keep us in this perfect peace, and deliver us from the approaching hour that is to try all that dwell upon the earth. Still waiting. C. S. M. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.12

Philadelphia, May 15th, 1844. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.13

The Conference in Philadelpha


Dear Bro. Hale:—The past week has been a season of refreshing to many waiting hearts, and we have had the privilege of meeting With some who have been long faithful and tried friends to this glorious cause. Among these were Brn. Himes, Snow, Gates and Robinson, from abroad, and Litch, Ossler and others of our city. The conference was held at Julianna Chapel, and as usual with Adventists, the exercises consisted of a Bible class in the morning, with lectures in the afternoon and evening of each day.—Several subjects of interest relating to the glorious gospel of the kingdom were ably discussed, as the reason of our hope, the faith of our dispensation, and the closing hour when the vision would seem to tarry, etc. Our position, as waiting in these last moments of expectation for the Master, occupied much attention. It was illustrated and confirmed from the testimony of the prophets, as a portion of unprecedented interest and unspeakable responsibility, and a point that fills up the last niche in prophetic history. As the appointed hour arrived, a despised company met standing fearlessly upon the promise, a scoffing world within and without the church, crying, “Where is now your God?” and the believers still looking upward, with loins girded, lamps burning, and an overcoming faith that knows no denial, crying continually, “Thy kingdom come.” HST May 29, 1844, page 133.14

Many thrilling appeals were made, to strengthen the things that remain, to encourage and comfort the weary, and to sustain the faint hearted. A feeling of unison and love pervaded the meeting, and a oneness of faith and hope and decision. A confirmed conviction that we stand upon the threshold of time, a determination through grace to persevere even unto the end, and an increasing confidence in the reasons of our hope, was manifested in all the lectures. The interest has been well sustained; and we have noticed in the congregations individuals of different churches, who are coming in to the truth at the eleventh hour. Since the riotous scenes of the week previous, there are some who begin to consider more seriously whether these things are not so. The late accounts of outrage, wrong and violence from Europe confirm these apprehensions, and in a lecture from our indefatigable brother H., these alarming features of the last days were presented with the graphic power of reality.—The brethren and sisters continue unshaken, having no desire to cast a away their first confidence, but are waiting patiently, knowing assuredly that yet a little while and He that shall come, will come, and will not tarry. C. S. M. HST May 29, 1844, page 133.15



The following is an extract of a sermon by Bro. C. Fitch, preached in College Hall, Cincinnati, and published in the Western Cry of May 11. HST May 29, 1844, page 134.1

Now, what is the method by which men in these last days have contrived to blind their own eyes, and shut out every ray of light from their understanding touching the momentous events which are about to break upon them; It is what is called the spiritual fulfilment of prophecy; which claims that what God has said is one thing, and what he means is a another. To support their theory the whole mass of spiritualizers, from Daniel Whitby downward, have never been able to produce any proof but their own unauthorised assertions. They talk loudly and learnedly, to be sure, about principles of interpretation, but the whole rabble of them have never been able to produce any such thing. Why dont they talk about principles of interpretation for Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, or Rollin’s Ancient History, or Gillie’s Greece, or Milners History of the Church? Why, simply because they know that if they were to talk thus about such works as these, they would talk nonsense. Then why will they be forever prating their stupid nonsense about principles of interpretation for the Bible. If the Bible is not a book that expresses its own meaning in the language which it uses, it is not a revelation, and never will be, till the God who gave it shall give us another, to explain this. I would like to know where the man is, who is wise enough to tell us what God means when he himself has not told us: but has used language which expresses not his true meaning, but something else. The men who dare to talk thus, as all those do who talk about rules for a spiritual interpretation of the Bible, ought to stand aghast at their own monstrous impiety. It is only a method which the devil has helped men to invent, of making the word of God of none effect by their traditions. HST May 29, 1844, page 134.2

There was a time when both the first and second Advent of our Lord were future.—There was then just as much reason for saying that his first Advent would be spiritual, as that this would be the manner of the Second Advent. Just as much reason for saying He would be born spiritually of a spiritual virgin, in spiritual Bethlehem; and be carried away spiritually into spiritual Egypt; and to return spiritually, to have a spiritual abode in spiritual Nazareth; and become thus a spiritual Nazarene; and at length ride spiritually into spiritual Jerusalem, on a spiritual ass; and be spiritually betrayed by a spiritual Judas, for thirty pieces of spiritual silver, into the hand of spiritual enemies; to be spiritually spit upon with spiritual spittle; crowned with spiritual thorns, smitten with spiritual stripes, nailed to a spiritual cross, to die a spiritual death, after having been spiritually athirst, and presented with spiritual gall and spiritual vinegar in a spiritual sponge; his spiritual garment being spiritually divided among spiritual soldiers; dying at last a spiritual death, and coming forth in a spiritual resurrection.—Just as much reason, I say, for saying that all these things would be spiritually fulfilled in his first Advent, as that he would come spiritually the second time, in spiritual clouds, attended by spiritual lightning, burning up his enemies with spiritual fire and brimstone, and taking his seat on the spiritual throne of David, and establishing a spiritual kingdom for a spiritual reign. Now, since everything that had reference to the first Advent has had a literal fulfilment according to the plain import of language, and God has thus proved to us that he has spoken to us just what he meant; where is the least shadow of a reason for saying that Christ is to come next in a spiritual way? O what stupid nonsense have the wise ones of this world been accustomed to receive for truth, touching the glorious coming and kingdom of our Lord! O that God would tear away the covering from their eyes and let them see their own immeasurable folly, that they might be ever-more ashamed of themselves; and learn that when a God who cannot lie speaks, he utters what he means in language which he intends those who hear him to understand. This spiritualizing stuff is but the miserable drivellings of unbelief, a way which the devil has helped men who are wise in their own couceit to invent, for keeping up the hypocritical pretence of faith in God, while they make him a liar. 1 John 5:10. “He that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record which God gave of his Son.” HST May 29, 1844, page 134.3

Nothing is more manifest than that multitudes who profess to believe the Bible, who read it every Sabbath in their public assemblies, and perhaps daily in their families: do not after all credit the plain testimony of the Lord. It is not long since I was conversing with a professed minister of the Gospel, to whom I remarked, that as we were told by Paul, the man of sin would be found in the temple of God until destroyed by the brightness of Christ’s coming, when he should be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, and hence that there would be no temporal millennium previous to the Savior’s Advent. O, he replied, “that will be a spiritual coming.” Now, that man did not believe the Bible on this subject, and is just as truly a hypocrite with regard to the Second Advent of Christ, as the Jews were with regard to the First Advent. The same thing is true of the vast multitude who pretend to believe God, and then take this spiritualizing way of making him a liar. They profess to believe the Bible, but will not take what God has said for truth This whole system of spiritualizing rests on the monstrous assumption that when God says one thing he means another. The whole mass of spiritnalizers are challenged to furnish the faintest shadow of proof, that when the Savior’s Second Advent is spoken of, something else is meant. HST May 29, 1844, page 134.4

Letter from Br. Wheeler


Dear Brother Himes:—Although a stranger to you, permit me to address a few lines to you in order to inform you that the glorious doctrine of the speedy coming of Christ is the source of much comfort, joy and peace to those that believe it in this place. There are but few of us that are willing to be called fools that we may be wise. We meet every Tuesday evening, and the Lord meets with us; we have refreshing times. Would the Lord meet with us if we were promulgating an error? No, I cannot believe it. “There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit.” We should have condemnation if we were walking after the flesh. About the time I embraced the doctrine, when I tried to do it away in my own mind, and make myself believe that we knew nothing about the coming of Christ, I felt condemned. But glory to God! since my soul has been converted into the glorious doctrine of the speedy coming of Christ, I have not had a doubt, I have no condemnation, but my “peace is like a river, and the righteousness thereof, as the waves of the sea.” I have suffered much since I embraced the doctrine. I stood alone for some time, and now there is a little flock here that are daily and hourly looking for the Lord of Glory, and are determined to look for him “untill he comes to reign whose right it is.” There is quite a number here that are almost persuaded to believe, and some of them do believe, but they love the praise of men more than the praise of God. Some are trying to do away the first resurrection by saying it is already passed; some are spiritualizing the coming of Christ and the resurrection, and others are looking for a thousand and perhaps, they say, three hundred and sixty five thousand years of peace, and in the very next breath they will admit that Christ may come at any moment. Now I ask where is the consistency of such a belief? If the Bible teaches that there is to be such a time as that before this world shall end, why do they have their doubts about it? Why do they admit that Christ may come before the end of that time? Ah, they are walking after the flesh, and their own conscience condemns them. The doctrine of Christ’s coming has shaken their faith. God has confounded their language, as he did the people that were building the tower of Babel. They cannot understand one another. They are saying that Christ bound Satan when he came to redeem the world, and that we are and have been living in that time for more than 1800 years. But others cannot agree with them, for the Jews, they say, have got to return to the promised land. Now I believe, Glory to God! that the Jews are soon to come into possession of the inheritance which was promised to Abraham “that he should ever alter receive for an inheritance,—an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for us, who are kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.” O, I bless the good Lord that he has given me an existence in these last days, and that I have his blessed word to read, and his spirit to guide me into the truth of it. And we may “know he is near,” and that we should be watching hourly and momently for his coming! Yes, we study the word of God, we find here a little, and there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept. O, that the Lord would give us grace to continue faithful until he comes, that we may be ready to enter in at the marriage supper of the Lamb! HST May 29, 1844, page 134.5

Yours in the blessed hope of soon seeing him who is the Judge of quick and dead. HST May 29, 1844, page 134.6

Peacham, May 5, 1844. HST May 29, 1844, page 134.7

Br. H. A. Chittenden, who has lately returned from the west, writes from Hartford as follows:—“I arrived here on Wednesday, and find matters much as usual. “The brethren, as far as I have seen them, seem happy, and willing to wait their appointed time.” HST May 29, 1844, page 134.8

Morrisville, Pa. Bro J. C. Gillinghame writes:—“There are something like ten or twelve of us here who are still looking in the hope of soon seeing Jesus, and joining the blood-washed band, with our King and our Lord.” HST May 29, 1844, page 134.9

“Blessed are the ears that gladly receive the pulses of the divine whisper, and give no heed to the many whisperings of the world—which hearken not to the voice which is sounding without, but unto the truth teaching inwardly.”—Kempis. HST May 29, 1844, page 134.10

Br. Hutchinson—the “Voice of Elijah.”


Dear Bro. Himes,—In consequence of my visit to Toronto, I have not been able to issue “The Voice of Elijah” at the regular time. I wish those to whom I send it, both in the States and Canada, to be acquainted with this fact. It is at present problematical whether I shall continue here, or return to Canada East. Wherever I am, I intend to publish the paper according to my means. You will oblige by publishing this in the “Advent Herald” and the “Midnight Cry.” Yours, etc. HST May 29, 1844, page 134.11

R. Hutchinson. HST May 29, 1844, page 134.12

28 “Lead me to the Rock.”


1. O, Savior of sinners, when faint and depress’d, with
man-i-fold trials and sorrows oppress’d, I’ll bow at thy
feet, and with confidence cry, ‘Lead me to the rock that is
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higher than I!” When tempted by Satan the Spir-it to
grieve—The service of Christ, my Re-deem-er to
leave, I’ll claim my re-la-tion to Je-sus on
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high, The rock of sal-vation that’s higher that I. HST May 29, 1844, page 135.3

16 “Hail to the brightness.”


1. Hall to the brightness of Zion’s glad morning! Joy to the
lands that in darkness have lain; Hush’d be the accents of sorrow and
mourning, Zi-on in tri-umph be-gins her mild reign.
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3. When judgments, O Lord, are abroad in the land,
And merited vengeance descends from thy hand!
O’erwhelmed with the sight, for protection I’ll fly,
And hide in the Rock, that is higher than I!
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4. When summoned away before God to appear,
By free-grace supported I’ll yield without fear!
Most gladly I’ll venture with Jesus on high,
To enter the Rock that is higher than I!
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5. ‘Tis there, with the chosen of Jesus, I long
To dwell, and eternally join in the song,
Of praising and blessing with angels on high,
Christ Jesus, the Rock that is higher than I!
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6. The faithful sure promise the fathers believed,
Shall then be fulfilled and the glory received;
The hand that was pierced for me wipe my tears dry.
For to reign with the One that is higher than I.
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2. Hail to the brightness of Zion’s glad morning,
Long by the prophets of Israel foretold;
Hail to the millions from bondage returning.
Gentiles and Jews the blest vision behold.
HST May 29, 1844, page 135.9

3. Lo, in the desert rich flowers are springing,
Streams ever copious are gliding along;
Loud from the mountain-tops echoes are ringing
Wastes rise in verdure, and mingle in song,
HST May 29, 1844, page 135.10

4. See, the dead risen from land and from ocean,
Praise to Jehovah ascending on high;
Fall’n are the engines of war and commotion,
Shouts of salvation are rending the sky.
HST May 29, 1844, page 135.11

The cause in Cincinnati


The meetings are still continued at Great Tent, and have increased in interest since our last account.—Bro. Brewer lectured on Sabbath A. M., upon the “seven seals.” The congregations were much interested. Bro. Fitch lectured in the afternoon, briefly going the over the second, seventh and eighth chapters of the prophecies of Daniel. The rise aud fall of the four universal kingdoms that were to precede “God’s Everlasting Kingdom,” was illustrated in a very impressive manner, by the aid of a carved image, representing the one described in Daniel 2:32, 33. When proof was adduced that ancient Babylon fell, the head of the image was taken off and laid aside; and so of the breast and arms, the belly and sides, then the legs, leaving uothing but the feet and toes. None but the wilfully blinded could help seeing that we are living in the very last days. Bro. Fitch lectured again in the evening from Daniel 11th and 12th chapters. More attentive congregations could not be found, than we had throughout the day. The number that thronged the tent, could not have been much, if any, less than 5000 persons to each of the meetings P. M. and evening. On Monday evening the rain fell and the wind blew so as to prevent raising the tent, and there was no meeting. On Tuesday evening Bro. Fitch lectured for the last time. His discourse was upon the Hope of the Christian, and penally of the Divine Law to be executed against the wicked; the former centering in the resurrection and the latter in death. Bro. Fitch and wife, and his little daughter, left on the steamboat Cutter, on Wednesday A. M. He goes to Cleaveland by the way of Beaver. Bro. Brewer and wife were in his company on the same boat. HST May 29, 1844, page 135.12

Since our tent meeting began, we have heard of many cases of powerful awakening, but no account of any conversions has yet reached us. But we are persuaded such labors are not lost. Indeed they are not; for God’s people have been greatly comforted and encouraged; and we humbly hope and pray that when the “Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels, to gather his elect from the four winds,” he may find some that have been sealed for the kingdom during these meetings. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.1

Tabernacle—As we have no place in which to hold our meetings, it is considered by the bretheren generally, advisable to erect a temporary building, about 60 by 80 or 100 feet.—Western Cry. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.2


No Authorcode

BOSTON. MAY 29, 1844.

Editorial Correspondence


Dear Brother Hale:—The faith of the believers in the near approach of the advent in this city, is not affected by any seeming delay of the time. On the contrary, they feel that without such an apparent delay, the vision could not be said to tarry. Consequently this delay, instead of being an indication that we may be mistaken in believing that the coming of the Lord is nigh at the doors, is a father assurance that not one jot or tittle of God’s word can fail; and that He that cometh will come and will not tarry. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.3

While the Adventists are thus strong in their faith, the great body of the church and world seem ready to enquire, Where now is your promise of the Lord’s coming? They cannot see how the coming of the Lord can be delayed on account of his long suffering, not being willing that any should perish, bu’ that all should come to repentance. Most of those who reject the doctrine of the Advent, are deeply engrossed in some great object of this world. The political world are all engaged in politics; and the sects are eager to build up themselves and advance their own interests. The Episcopalians are erecting a most magnificent temple in this city, to be called Trinity Church, which might vie with any heathen pagoda. Ii is constructed of hewn and carved stone, at an expense of about $500,000. If finished, it would exceed in splender, any church on the American Continent. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.4

The Methodists are still holding their last quadrennial general conference in this city. I say last; for if time should continue, there is but little prospect, from the animosity exhibited between the delegates from the north and south, that they would ever again agree to meet in a similar capacity. The case of Bishop Andrew, who has married a wife holding slaves, has been brought before the conference; and it appears that previous to this, he has been, unbeknown to the conference, a slaveholder for the last ten years! The northern and southern delegates are holding private caucuses, on the question of slavery; and conisderate judges predict that before the conference shall adjourn, a division of the church will be the result. Occasionally their public debates are quite spirited and acrimonious; and the whirlwind of excitement sweeps over their deliberations. Wm. A. Smith a D. D., who instigated the mob against brother Storrs when he visited Virginia, is a delegate, and he occasionally shakes himself like an enraged lion. He is a powerful man, and when aroused does mighty execution. A Mr. Hardin who had been suspended by the Baltimore conference for being a slaveholder, appealed to the general conference, which sustained the Baltimore conferance by a vote of 117 to 56. This exhibits the relative strength of the two parties. When the vote was declared the southern members were greatly chafed; and Smith denounced the majority to their face. He said he should enter a protest that would burn on their cheeks; and that they could not dispossess him of his self possession, but could easier chain the lightning, or confine the winds in the cave of Euolus. Some, in giving vent to their feelings, spoke of their coolness; but one delegate replied, that though they might talk of their coolness, yet if they were iron, if dipped in cold water, they would “fizz.” Alas! thought we; are these the men who are to bring about the millennium by their “beloved Methodism,” as they term it? HST May 29, 1844, page 136.5

If time should continue a few months, the prospect is, that our country is to be involved in a whirlpool of political excitement, which will so engross the minds of politicians, that no time will be found or a calm consideration of the great truths presented in the scriptures. The Protestants and Catholics of our great cities were never possessed of a spirit of greater and more bitter hate against each other, than at the present time. Personal and bodily fear is all that restrains thousands of them from shedding the blood of each other. We need not be surprised at an outbreak in this city, on the least provocation, which would rival the bloody scenes of Philadelphia. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.6

The Mormons have established a paper in this city, which advocates the claims of General Joseph Smith for the Presidency! The last news from Europe is very ominous of the approaching downfal of Turkey and of dissentions among the nations. Aside from all chronology, the indications are, that the nations will soon be angry, and the wrath of God come. In haste, yours. S. Bliss. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.7

New York, 1844. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.8

The Advent Shield


Is now ready for delivery. The work has been got up with much labor and expense, not only to shield and defend the Advent Cause, but the great principles of the Protestant reformation; and especially the principles of prophetic interpretation, as held by the great mass of the old orthodox Commentators. It contains the following articles. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.9

Art. I. The Millerite’s Confession and Adventist’s Apology. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.10

II. The Rise and Progress of Adventism. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.11

III. Prophetic Chronology. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.12

IV. The Downfall of Great Babylon. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.13

V. Our Position as to Time, Prophetic Periods, and Future Labors. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.14

Review of Prof. Chase’s “Remarks on the Book of Daniel. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.15

It contains 144 pages. It was advertised at first at fifty cents per copy, the same as book-sellers charge for works of the same size and kind. But in order to bring it within the reach of all, and give it the widest circulation, we have reduced the price o 37 1-2 cts single, $4 per dozen. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.16

Anniversary Week.—Meetings commenced on Monday evening at half past seven o’clock. And continue till Friday as follows. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.17

Meetings of conference and Bible classes at 10 o’clock A. M. Lectures at 3 P. M., and at half past seven in the evening. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.18

Advent Conference, at South Woodstock, Vt, to commence June 9th, and continue through the week. Brethren Himes and Shipman will attend. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.19

Advent Meetings


For the information of our friends who may visit or reside in Boston or its vicinity, and to guard them against the false reports which are so industriously circulated by our opposers, that “the Millerites have given up all their meetings, etc.,” we insert the following. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.20



Advent meetings are held every Sabbath, (morning, afternoon and evening) at the following places: HST May 29, 1844, page 136.21

In the Tabernacle, Howard-st., Boston. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.22

In the hall over the Norfolk Bank, Roxbury. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.23

In the vestry of the Free-will Baptist Church, South Boston. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.24

In the hall near the bridge, Watertown. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.25

Tabernacle. Brethren Himes and Jones gave three lectures in this place on Sunday last, to ful and very attentive audiences. The interest on the Advent is increasing in this city. Brother Himes baptized seven, on Sunday morning. There are frequent conversions in the congregation. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.26

A Second Advent Conference will be held, if time continue, at the Baptist meeting house in Danville, Vt., commencing on Thursday, June 20th, at one o’clock, P. M. to continue over the Sabbath. Bro. I. H. Shipman and myself may be expected to attend. Other Advent lectures are invited; we hope the brethren and sisters, all through that section, will attend. By request, L. KIMBALL. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.27

A Camp-meeting will be held at Gilmanton, N. H. on the ground occupied last year, to commence June 25, Providence permitting, and continue over the Sabbath. All necessary preparations will be made by the Committee for the comfort of those who attend. Bro. Cole, Litch, Himes, and others will be in attendance. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.28

Committee.—Isaiah Clough the A. Hackett. Archelaus Moore, John Cole, Langdon W Morgan, E. C. Drew. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.29

The Second Advent brethren are hereby notified that there will be a camp-meeting held on the 11th June next, if time continues, half a mile east of Chipman’s Landing, on Lake Champion, in Orwell, on the land of Bro I. Sholes. It is expected that all that come will bring tents, as far as practicable, prepared in live on the ground. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.30

The following brethren are selected to make arrangements: Brn. C. Wines, Vergennes. Vt.—D Smith, Ticonderoga, N. Y.—D. Smith, Addison, Vt.—H. Shipman, Fort Ann, N. Y.—I, Wilcox, Orwell, Vt—R. Miller, Low Hampton, N. Y.—E. Martin and M. Williamson, Benson, Vt.—Bro. Fancher, Sandyhill, N. Y.—Dr. A. Smith, Castleton. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.31

May 9, 1844. M. WILLIAMSON.

Letters received to May 25, 1844


Lamon Dale; R Winter, Bristol. Eng; W S Carleton by pm $1; E A Dodge by pm $1: Horace Briggs $1; and $2, 16 in Jan; pm E Hamilton. N Y; Wm Moore by pm $1; Rev J Byron by pm $1; C S Brown $8; J L Paine $1; G S Miles $30; C Heavey; pm New Hartford, Ct; pm Brooklyn, Ct; pm Holmes Hole; H Patten. O Roberts by pm $1; D H Gould; Wm Twitchell by pm 25c; pm Detroit, Mich; A L Hersey; pm Chelsea, Vt; pm Bradford, Ms; Wm Gage, by pm $1; W L Phipps $1; pm S Middleboro, Ms; pm Hall, N H; J Dow by pm $1; C P Collins, J K Marshall and Jane Ripley by pm $2; pm Pennfield, N Y; pm S Canton N Y; W C; J C Parker; Geo Smith by pm $1; I H Shipman; pm Plainfield, Ct; C Wines and others; pm Winthrop, Me; Saml Bower; J Thatcher by pm $3; E Harlburt, E Wiggin jr, by pm $1; pm Mason, N H; S Perry, Joel Prior, and Rhoda Avery, by pm $1 each; M J Tuck $3, and G Brooks, by pm $1; C G Strong; N L Cary; pm Athol, Ms; T Cole; pm Sandwich, Ms; S Bliss; pm Braintree Ms; S Bower; pm Troy, Me; J J Porter, dtr; A Hart, by pm $1; S Stone by pm $1; J D $1; P Dean by pm 50c; J Burnham pm $1; D Hall P D Bradford by pm, $1; pm Union” Mille, N Y; pm Albany, N Y; N Farrar and Abel Allen by pm $1 each; pm Albany, N Y; H Ashley by pm $1; A Whiting and D Ireland, by pm $1 each; Hiram Barton J Weston J M Thompson and J Shaw, by pm 50c each; S Bablwin by pm $1; S Ashley by pm $1; pm Washington, D C; T F Pomeroy by pm $1; L Wiswell; pm New Castle, Ind. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.32

Packages Sent


G S Miles, 67 Green at, Albany N Y; J V Himes, 9 Spruce at; N Y; J Litch, 41 Arcade Phila; Lamon Dale, Nashua, N H; E C Galusha, 17 Amide, Rochester, N Y; H Patten, care of C Swartwout, Utica, N Y; C Hersey, care of G S Miles, Albany, N Y; F G Brown, Westboro, Ms, care of Rev A Harvey. HST May 29, 1844, page 136.33