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LETTER I.

OY TITE SECOND ADVENT.

DEAR Bro. ITIMES:-The following is an crtract of a letter which I wrote sixteen years since to a friend, on the subject of the near approach of the dear Savior. This was several years before I publicly aruwed my faith in the doctrine.

WILLIAM MILLER.

• 1.*Come, blessed Savior! nor let time delay

2. The sacred morn of that expected day,
3. When all the happy throng, the heavenly band,
4. Descending from above, the spirit land ;"
5. When the seventh irump its solemn blast shall sound,
6. Ani Gabriel's voice shall shake the solid ground.

7. Then sleeping myriads from their graves shall rise, . 8. And ineet their Savior in those nether skies; ... While those who yet remain, by men oppressed, 10. Will feel a sudden change and join the bless'd; 11. Where, in one chorus joined, the song be raised, 12. Tu God, the Father, Son,-—" Ancient of days."

I sometimes almost flatter myself I shall live to see this gloriuus day. “Fanatical," say you. Very well; I should not be surprised if you and I should buth be on this earth, alive,

• 13. When from the east we see a cloud arise, 11. And bring to view a Savior long despised ;

The figures refer in proof-texts, having the saino numbers, immo diately fullowing the letter.

15. When we shall hear that trumpet's dreadful roll, 16. Tt.at shakes the earth from centre to the pole; 17. When, from the great white throne, indignant ine 18. Shoots forth its blaze, and sets the world on fire: 19. Then all the wicked, all that pride can boast, 20. Shall be as stubble, saith the Lord of hosts; 21. W'hen kings, and captains, 1yrants, mighly men, 22. Are the great supper for the fowls of heaven; 23. And kingdoms, thrones, and powers, dominions riven; 21. Like chaff before the angry whirlwind driven. 25. The dragen, papal beast, and great arch foe, 21. Shall stuk in endless niyhi, eternal uue; 27. The urb of day, his face he hid in gloom, 28. And the old reeling earth in Narure's tvmb.

· “Then you believe in annihilation ?" methinks I hear you say. No, sir; I believe

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29. That this dark orb shall from its ashes risc,
30. And the new heavens, descending from the skies,
31. The happy bride, adorned in righteousness,
32. Shall with the Bridegroorn enter to his rest.
33. Then, O my soul, will you, perinitieri, view
31. This word fulfilled, "created all things new;":
35. And all be banished-trials, sins, and fears,
36. To live and reign with Christ a thousand ycars.
37. The beloved city, filled with boys and men,
38. Will constitute the New Jerusalem,
39. And there, as priests to God, with Christ to dwell,
40. While Satan and his hosts are chained in hell.
41. Bu, lo! a thousand years are pasi and gone,
42. Since the new world was from the old one born ;
43. l'hen death gives up the particles of dust,
41. And hell lets loose the spirits of the cursed.

4.1. Then on the surface of the earth they stand, 4.1. A company unnumbered as the sand; 47. For in their flesh they sinned in time that's passid, 48. So in the flesh must they be judged at last; 4!). Driven and gathered, round the city roam, 50. To hear their sentence and receive their doom. 51. But can they scale those walls, so great and high? 52. Nu; nothing enters that Joth make a lie. 53. Lo! on the golden walls, from tower to lower, 51. See saints stand judging them in this dreau bour! 55. There justice, from above, in fiery breath, 50. Destroys the rebels- this the second death!"

I am almost persuaded to believe that we shall nerer meet again until that day, when the Sun of righ:cousness shall rise

57. With healing wings, and grace on grace distil,
58. And cleanse the church on Zion's holy hill;
59. Where sin no more controls, nor death by sin,
60. Bui justified and glorified with him:
61. No need of sun or moon, for he's our light;
62. No changing seasons there, nor gloomy night;
63. No parting there of friends, nor farewells given,
64. Bui gathered all in one from earth and heaven.
65. On this my faith is fixed, my hope is raised
6ti. To him ihe glory, and his name the praise.
67. Then, while I stay in this unfriendly stale,
08. Loril, give me grace, and patiently I'll wait.

The above is written to you, my brother, hoping that you may catch some of the feelings and exercises of the author's weart, while he has often read and pondered over the blessed passages to which you are referred in the conclusion, under head of " Proof tests." I can only claint your indulgence; merit I claim nol.

For poets say, and surely they can tell,
To read a poet right, " drink from his well;"!
To feel the spirit, catch the spirit's flame,
And kindred spirits kindle back again.,
Then read the proof, my brother, and believe,
If I'm not right, I'm happy being deceived ;
For hope's an anchor,--all in this agree,-
And faith a helmsman--so at least with me;
The word of God my compass, love the role,
Experience are my sails, and Christ the whole.
Grace is my ballast, for it keeps me low;
The Spirit is the wind, that bears me through ;
Perfection is the haven for which I run,
Consigned to him who gave for me his Son;
Life is the voyage, and I am “homeward bound,"
Time is my log.book, death my anchor-ground;
The resurrection is my ship o'erhauled,
Eternity unites us all in all.

WILLIAM MILLER.
August 17, 1826.

PROOF-TESTS. 1. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly: Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. -Rev. xxii. 20.

2. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.--Psa, cxxx. 6.

3. To the end he may establish your hearts un. blaniable in holiness before (iod, even our Father, al the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his sainis. -1 Thess. ill. 13.

4. He shall call 10 the heavens from above, and 10 the earth, that he may judge his people.-Psa, I. 4. , 55. Aud the seventh angel sounded; , and there, were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingduuis

of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lorei, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.- Rev. xi. 15.

6. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship to the mnies and to the bats; 10 go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesiy; when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.—Isa. ii. 19-21.

7. Marvel not at this : for the hour is coming, in the which aff that are in the graves shall bear his voice, and shall come forth. John v. 29.

8. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be wiib the Lord.—1 Thess. iv. 17.

9. Which is a manifest token' of the righteous judgment of God, that ve may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you, who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.2 Thess. i. _7. · 10. In a moment; in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.- 1 Cor. xv. 52.

11. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us (o God by thiy blood our of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.-Rev. v. 9.

12. I beheld till the thrones were cast dower, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head liked the pure wuul: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his

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