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TO MR. CAMBELL, ON THE LITTLE HORN, THE EVENINO
AND MORNING VISION, JEWS' RETURN, AND MILLEN NIUM BEFORE THE RESURRECTION.
DEAR BRO. HIMES : I perceive in the last number of the “ Signs of the Times,' that Bro. Cambell is still harping on his little horn of the third beast, and separating the morning from the evening vision. And, without any proof, he continually asserts the Jews' return and millennial reign before the resurrection. Do I understand aright?
Now, I think Bro. Cambell may be put right, or at least he will help a brother, in charity, out of his “ vagaries."
1. As it respects the little horn of Daniel, eighth chapter, he says it is Mahomedism; and yet it belongs to the third or Grecian kingdom, and, of course, is now in existence, and must be until 2300 years are accomplished, which, according to his own showing, will be in A. D. 1843. Then, the fourth, or Roman kingdom, is not yet in being; for the fourth kingdom was to bear rule over, or tread down, the whole earth. Dan. vii. 23: “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.” And this little horn is the third kingdom, and is said to wax exceeding great. Dan. viii. 9–11.
Surely, Bro. Cambell will help Bro. Miller out of this “ vagary.” “Rollin tells us " that the four kingdoms of the Grecian monarchy became Roman provinces thirty years before Christ,” which was six
hundred and fifty before Mahomet. Daniel tells us that this little horn would stand up in the latter time of these four kingdoms. Mr. Cambell makes him stand up six hundred and fifty years after the fourtb kingdom had destroyed the whole earth. Dan. viii. 23-25: “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” Surely this is a paradox; or I am dreaming
II. Concerning the evening and morning vision, I will say, “ What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” Dan. viii. 26, 27: “And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told, is true; wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.” Here Daniel plainly unites the visions of the evening and morning, as Mr. Cambell calls them, and Daniel unites them in one, calling it “the vision;" and plainly says “it shall be for many days." What shall be for many days? The vision of the evening and morning. How many days? I answer, 2300 days. Either both are to be understood as but one vision, seen at different times, or both ending at the same time. If the morning vision is only numbered, why does the prophet unite them and tell us it is for many days?
III. As it respects the Jews return, I say there is not a text, promise or prophecy, written or given of God, which was not given before their return from Babylon, and I believe was then literally fulfilled.
IV. With reference to the millennial reign before Christ comes, I ask Bro. Cambell to reconcile the following passages with his views, and give me light:Dan. vii. 21, 22: “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom ;'--compared with Dan. vii. 9, 10, 13: “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him : the judgment was set, and the books were opened. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.” Also, Luke xvii. 26-30. Mark xiii. 23-29. 1 Thess. iv. 14–18: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive, and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 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 with the Lord. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words." Also, v. 1-4. 2 Thess. ii. 7-10: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the bright. ness of his coming ; even him, whose coming is
after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." Rev. xiv. 14–20.
In the mean time, I advise you, my dear reader, pot to put off your preparation for eternity; I entreat you, by all that is dear, not to wait; I warn you
now to secure your title to heaven, to happiness, and • glory. Do not wait until you see the end of our dis
cussion. Perhaps, before we have finished our con. troversy, the voice from the “great white throne” may pronounce these dreadful words, “IT IS DONE !” There is no harm in being secure. It is safe to be ready. If I thought, that I should be the means of your neglecting this one thing needful, by my wri. tings, I would write no more. Let not curiosity or neglect be the means of your eternal regret and misery.
WILLIAM MILLER. New York, May 19, 1940.
PREFATORY REMARKS-CLOSING UP OF THE DOOR OF
DEAR Bro. Himes: Your letters, both from Port. land and Boston, were received last Saturday, when on my way to Dresden, where I have lectured four
We had a good time. The Lord was there. Day after to-morrow I begin a course of lectures at Fort Ann. The next week I go north, where I have three places, which will take three weeks at least. I do not know what to say to you about coming to Massachusetts again. I have more business on hand than two men like me could perform. I must lecture twice every day. I must converse with manyanswer a host of questions_write answers to letters from all points of the compass, from Canada to Florida, from Maine to Missouri. I must read all the candid arguments, (which I confess are not many,) that are urged against me. I must read all the " slang” of the drunken and the sober; and since “hard cider” has become so popular, these publications are not few. The polar star must be kept in view, the Chart consulted, the compass watched, the reckoning kept, the sails set, the rudder managed, the ship cleaned, the sailors fed, the voyage prosecu. ted, the port of rest to which we are destined understood, the watchman to answer the call, “ Watchman, what of the night?”
CLOSING OF THE DOOR OF MERCY-MILLENNIUM. Yours, and brother Litch's articles on the closing of the door of mercy, are good.* All that I can do in addition, would be to bring a few passages of . * See Appendix, No. III. Also, see articles in tho Signs of the Times, No 9, pagi 70, by MR. LITCH.