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language than this, the return of God's places now inhabited,” is very descripancient covenant people to their own tive of the land of Israel, provided it is land could be predicted. Their return hereafter to be filled with inhabitants, is possible, and it is possible that it should and to be restored to its former glory. be revealed in the holy Scriptures, pro- Also what is here said about the peovided they are to return. But if all this ple who are to be restored to this land, amount to no revelation of it, let me ask, favors the idea that it is the literal Israel. How could it be revealed ?,
God calls them, “ My people of Israel.” There is something in the 38th chap-They are said to be gathered out of the ter which makes it very clear that the nations. The literal Israel are now dispeople of Israel shall yet be restored to persed among the nations. If they their own land. In this chapter, the should be again collected together, and Lord, addressing himself to Gog with his restored to the holy land, they must be company, says, “In the latter years thougathered out of many nations. Again, shalt come into the land that is brought this people are described as having gotback from the sword, and is gathered outten cattle and goods, silver and gold, so of many people, against the mountains as to make it very tempting for their enof Israel, which have been always waste: emies to come upon them to take the but it is brought forth out of the nations, | spoil. “As rich as a Jew," has become and they shall dwell safely all of them.”||a proverb. The prospect now is, that if Further on in the chapter the address they return to their own land, they will still continues ; Andi thou shalt say, I return with great wealth. will go up to the land of unwalled villa- 2. It is evident that the restoration of ges, to take a spoil, and to take a prey, to the Jews, spoken of in this portion of turn thine hand upon the desolate places Scripture, is posterior to the return from that are now inhabited, and upon the peo- the Babylonish captivity : For 1st. It is ple that are gathered out of the nations, in the latter years, and latter days.which have gotten cattle and goods, that These phrases when used in the old Tesdwell in the midst of the land." “And|tament refer to a period at least as late thou shalt come against my people of as the gospel days. 2d. These mounIsrael, as a cloud to cover the land, it tains of Israel are here said to have been shall be in the latter days, and I will always waste. It is more natural to supbring thee against my land.”
pose that this means the many centuThese passages, if properly attended (ries which wi!I have transpired between to, afford pretty striking proof of a literal the expulsion of the Jews by the Romans return of Israel to Canaan. This will and their return in the Millennium, than appear by the two following remarks. 1. to suppose it refers to the period of the There are a number of things inentioned Babylonish captivity. concerning this land, and this people who In the next chapter where the same are to be restored to it, which are calcu subject is continued, the Lord says, “I lated to make us understand them in the have gathered them unto their own land, literal sense.
The land is said to be and have left none of thein any more brought back from the sword, intimating there,” i. e. among the vations whither that they were dispossessed of it by the he had driven them. When he gatherconquering sword of their enemies.ed them froin ihe Babylonish captivity, Again, it is said to be gathered out of he left most of them there: but in this many people, referring probably to the future restoration none of thein are to many hands through which the holy land be left behind.—(To be continued.) shall have passed. Again, this land is distinguished by being called the moun. For the Utica Christian Magazine, tains of Israel. After their restoration, THEOLOGICAL MISCELLANIES, it is called the land of unwalled villages.
Taken from a Common-place Book. This appears like a literal description of
(Continued from No. 12, Vol. II. Page 380.) the land immediately after their return
No. 9. In a rationel war we cannot: to it, while as yet they have had no time I have peace until the majority desire i to build walls of defence. Desolate
Individuals unay sigh for peace, and be
willing to accept of the terms on which world, however various, all have one it can be obtained; but if the nation are common nature ; and all come from for war, the war must be continued. We God: “ With thee is the fountain of life." have callse to be thankful, that it is oth-Every river has its fountain : And all the erwise in our war with the king of hear-rivers of celestial enjoyment can be traen. He offers to make peace with our ced up to God, as their fountain. All whole world, if they will submit to the the rills, rivulets, brooks and rivers head terms which he proposes. “ Look unto in the same place, even in God, the founme, and be ye saved, all the ends of the stain of living waters. Here bead all earth." If all the ends of the earth those over-flowing rivers of pleasures, would reinember and turn unto God, he which so abundantly satisfy the exalted would be at peace with them all. But spirits of heaven. These rivers will rise any one nation, town, family, or individ- || higher and higher to all eternity. O nal, may, separately from other nations, what an infinite, inexhaustible fountain towns, families and individuals, conclude there must be in God, to supply such an infinitely advantageous and lasting numerous and overflowing streams of peace with the offended Sovereign of bliss forever and ever! O let my conthe world. “ Him that cometh” (even ceptions of the High and Holy One be if he come alone) “ I will in no wise cast greatly enlarged ! While on earth, let out.” Let every child of Adam know, me have some sweet prelibation of those that if he has not become reconciled to i rivers of pleasures wbich water the parGod it is his own fault. It is because | adise of God ! that he himself is in favor of keeping up the war with his Maker. If it were not The following REPORT of the Revival of Re.
ligion in Princeton College, was presented to so, earth and hell combined could not
the board of Trustees, at their meeting, on prevent his possessing the peace of God the 4th day of April last, by Dr. Grcen, Pre which passeth all understanding.
sident or that Institution. And thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with On this subject I have thought it my thee is the fountain of life.” Ps. xxxvi. 8, || duty to make a correct, though it must 9. The joys of heaven are all of the same be a very summary, statement to the holy nature; but yet they are various.board; both because the subject is im. The pleasure, which a christian receives portant and interesting in itself, and befrom hearing the word preached, is dif-||cause imperfect and erroneous accounts ferent from that which he receives in respecting it have been circulated. prayer, and yet they both partake of the For nearly a year past-that is, since game holy nature. Sometimes the saints the commencement of the last summer hold communion immediately with God session--- a very large proportion of the bimself--at other times they have com-students bave attended on all the relimunion one with another, and are great-gious exercises and instructions of the ly delighted with each other's society. I college with more than ordinary seriThus in heaven, there may be rivers of ousness : and the minds of some of them pleasures. There will be fellowship with|as now appears, were ripening, through the triune God. Saints in heaven will this whole period, for what has since have the most intimate and endearing taken place. There was nothing more fellowship among themselves. It is not apparent, however, for six weeks after improbable, that in heaven every saint the commencement of the present seswill become very intimately acquainted | sion,* than an increase of this serious atwith every other saint. The pleasures tention to the religious duties of col. of frienilship will in that blessed world be
* The winter session of the college commen. fully realized. There will be the pleas- ces six weeks after the last Wednesday of Sepure of beholding divine glory-the pleas- ember, and continues till the first Thursday ure of adoring the Holy One, and chant-after the second Tuesday of April. The suming forth the praises of Him, who
mer session covimences four weeks after the dead, and is alive, and liveth forever last Wednesday of September, which is the day
last mentioned period, and continues till the more, These pleasures of the upper of the annual commencement.
A REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN THE COLLEGE.
lege; an increase both of the degree of which are stated and customary, but seriousness, and of the number of those those which are occasional, and the at in whom it was visible. Every reli-tendance on which is entirely voluntary. gious service, both on secular days and Thus, of the students who are now in on the sabbath, was attended with a so- the college, a majority* inay be viewlemnity which was sensible and impres-ed as hopefully pious; and a large prosive. In this manner the revival com- portion of the residue appear to posmenced, or rather became apparent, in sess much tenderness of conscience, and the 2d week of January, without any un-show a very desirable regard to religious usual occurrence in Providence, without duties and obligations. any alarming event, without any extra- It has already been intimated that rodinary preaching, without any special this revival of religion commenced withinstruction, or other means that might be out noise, and without any other means. supposed peculiarly adapted to interest than those which had been a considerathe inind. The divine influence seem- ble time in use. Rut having thought it ed to descend like the silent dew ofliny duty to converse wilh my pupils, as heaven; and in about four weeks there often as they requested it, at the time were very few individuals in the college when their minds were filled with anxedifice who were not deeply impressed ious sears and enquiries; and also to exwith a sense of the importance ofspir amine them individually and carefully, itual and eternal things. There was since hope bas, in some measure, sucscarcely a room-perhaps not one. ceeded to fear; I have had a favorable which was not a place of earnest secret opportunity to enquire, and have attendevotion. For a time it appeared as if | tively enquired, after the instrumental the whole of our charge was pressing in. causes of this revival, as indicated by the to the kingdoin of God; so that at length views and feelings of the parties conthe inquiry, in regard to them, was, notcerned. Four such causes appear to who was engaged about religion ? but have had a manifest agencywho was not ?--After this state of things 1. Aud chiefly, the study of the Holy had continued, without much variation, Scriptures ;t accompanied with comfor about two months, it became mani nents on the portion read, and a practifest that a change was taking place.- cal application of the leading truths conSome were becoming confirmed in the tained in it. God has remarkably honorhopes and habits of evangelical piety ; ed and blessed bis own word. Strange some were yet serious, thoughtful and as it may seem, this study of the Bible prayerful, though perhaps not in so great has always been a favorite one among a degree, or at least not so apparently, as the youth of the college, not excepting once they had been ; while some were the most gay and dissipated. Pains have, plainly loosing the impressions which indeed, been taken to render it interest they had lately felt. And such has con
The whole number of students in the class. tinued to be the state of this interestinges of the college is one hundred and five; of concern to the time of making this re whom twelve were professors of religion when port. The result is, that there are some
the revival began. what more than forty students, in regard For more than táo years, the Holy Scrip to whom, so far as the time elapsed will tures had been made the surject of as regular permit us to judge, favorable hopes may ematics, or philosophy. The afternoon of the
study and examination as the classics, the math. be entertained that they have been made Lord's day was appropriated uniforTilly to the the subjects of renewing grace. Per-recitation of a certain number of the students, haps there are twelve or fifteen more,
taken promiscuously (for all were required to who still retain such promising impres- signed to them the preceding week. The re
be prepared) on five chapters of the Bible, assions of religion as to authorize a hopecitation was always accompanied with exposithat the issue, in regard is most of them, tions, critical remarks, and a practical applicamay be favorable.
And nearly the tion. The exercise was concluded with prayer whole of the remainder show a great || and singing, and was considerded as the afterreadiness to attend on all the social ex-morning, public worship, in the usual forro
noon religious service of the college. In the erciscs of religion; not only on those was celebrated.
ing; but the degree in which it has been 3. The effect of moral discipline has so, has been truly surprising. And ou been manifestly favorable to this revival. der the divine blessing, it has served to 'This discipline, vigorously and vigilantenlighten and instruct the youth in theirly maintained, has preserved the youth, duty; it has rendered their minds sol- i generally, from those practices, babits emn and tender, beyond what they and vicious indulgences, which counterwere themselves aware of at the time ; act, dissipate, and destroy all serious and it has given them a deep reverence for religious impressions. It has had an induthe truths of divine revelation ;t it has eace in preventing that hardness of heart qualified them to hear preaching with and insensibility of conscience, which are advantage; and at length revealed truth the natural and usual effects of unrestrainhas, we trust, been powefully and effec- ||ed vice. It has formed a practical lestitually applied to their consciences, by mony against the moral vileness of sevethe Spirit, by whom it was indited. ral things which youth are apt to consid
2. The circumstances in which the er, if not as entirely innocent, yet, as evistudents have lately attended on publicdences of manliness and spirit. After worship have been peculiarly favorable many efforts to resist these effects of to their religious improvement. They discipline, by the least virtuous part of have worshipped, in consequence of the the college, the attempt was seen to be burning of the church in this place, in vain; and it was clearly perceived that the prayer hall of the college, for more the effects mentioned were sensibly felt, than two years past. For about eighteen by the great mass of the students, before months they have worshipped separately the revival. It was also very noticeable from the people of the town; and have, that the revival made its appearance with the theological students, who joined with an act of discipline. A student (one them partially at first and generally of|of three dismissed at the same time) late, formed an audience or congrega- was almost immediately seized with a tion by themselves. This has given anremorse of conscience and anguis, of opportunity, which has been carefully mind that were very affecting-He has improved, to choose such subjects and since become hopefully pious. But beadapt such a manner, in preaching to fore any thing of this was known in the them, as appeared best calculated to ar-college, the remarks which were made rest their attention. Appropriate ad- when the dismission of the three studresses have frequently been made, and dents was announced, seemed to prothe service has, in all respects, been con duce a powerful effect on a number; ducted with a special view to their advan- and during that week feelings and exertage and religious edification. In these cises which had, in a certain degree, circumstances, they have felt an unusual long existed in secret, could no longer interest in the solempities of the sanctu.be concealed.--Nearly at the same time, ary—they have felt that they were the an admonition, given in private, was parties directly and particularly con-remarkably blessed to the individual cerned in these solemnities; and the concerned. good effects of this sentiment have been 4. The few pious youth who were incalculably great, and were very ap members of college before the revival parent before the revival was visible. In were happily instrumental in promoting a word, this mode of conducting public it. They had, for more than a year, worship must be considered as having been earnestly engaged in prayer for been a powerful instrumental cause, both this event. When they perceived the in producing an awakened attention to general and increasing seriousness which religion at first, and in cherishing it thro' has been noticed, several of them made the whole of its progress.
an agreement to speak, privately and +In the month of February 1813, a Bible So- tenderly, to their particular friends and ciety was instituted in the college, composed || acquaintance, on the subject of religion: of the literary and theological students indis. And what they said was, in almost every criminately. It has been very active in distributing Bibles, gratuitously, especially to the sol. instance, not only well received, but diers and sailors of our country.
those with whom they conversed be.
came immediately and earnestly engag-|| the means used to cherish it, to guard it, ed in those exercises which, it is hoped, and to direct it, I shall conclude my rehave issued in genuine piety. A public port on this subject with a few short reprofession of religion, made by two of marks, offered with a view to give a the students who had been a good while correct apprehension of its nature and thoughtful, had also, at this time, much character. intuence, apparently, both in producing I. It has been, so far as I am able to and deepening impressions in many judge, remarkable free from extravaothers.
gance and enthusiasm. I know of nothThe special means made use of to ing, in regard to this revival, that I think promote and cherish this revival, besides would be called extravagant or enthusithe circumstances already mentioned, |astic, by any one who really believes in were the following--A short address on the great doctrines of the protestant rethe subject of religion was made, after formation. Particular pains were early prayers, on every Saturday evening. taken to guard against the evil here conIn preaching on the Lord's day morn-| templated; and, by the divine blessing, ing, subjects were selected suited to the they have been made so successful that existing state of the college-in this par-I am not acquainted with a single inciticular we are deeply indebted to the dent or occurrence, indicative of intemTheological professors, who have gen-perate feeling or conduct, that we are erally conducted the morning service. called to regret. A particular reference was often made 2. There has been no sectarian spirit to the religious attention which had been accompanying or mingling with this reexcited among the students, in the re-vival. There are students in the colmarks which accompanied their bible lege belonging to four or five different recitations. A weekly lecture, intend- denominations of christians. At first, ed for the students exclusively, was there appeared to be some apprehengiven by myself, on every Tuesday -ion in the minds of thos who were not evening. A social prayer meeting was presbyterians, lest they should be drawn held, on every Friday evening, at which into a union with this denomination, if one of the Theological professors com- they yielded to the sentiments and feelmonly made an address. A family ||ings which began to be prevalent. But prayer meeting (as the students called it) I told them, in the first address that I was, every eveving, held among them- made to then on a Tuesday evening, selves, at which a large proportion of the that it was my fixed purpose to inculwhole college attended. Smaller and cate no doctrine or tenet that was not more select associations for prayer were found in all the public orthodox creeds also: formed. The individuals whose of protestant Christendom—that I was minds were anxious and labouring, were indeed earnestly desirous that they as often as they requested it, carefully should all become real practical chrisconversed and prayed with in private-- ||tians, but that I had no wish to make a in this service I am to acknowledge the single proselyte. This, I believe, reassistance received from the professors moved every apprehension-and the inof the seminary, from their pupils, and timation then given has been sacredly from the pious students of the college: regarded. Not a single thing has beei. Finally, writings of approved character, said by myself, nor, I am persuaded, by on doctrinal and practical religion, were the Theological professors who have pointed out and recommended to the preached to them that has had any inperusal of the students; and a short sys- tentional tendency toward preselytism. tem of questions and counsel, which 1|On the contrary, every thing has been herewith submit, was drawn up by my. general. The great catholic doctrines self, for the use of those who began to|of the gospel have been exclusively incherish the hope that they had entered culcated. It is believed that there is not on a life of practical piety.
an individual of the college who would, Having thus mentioned the chief in-| if questionred, complain that he has, in strunicutal causes of this revival, and any instance, felt himself pressed with