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CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
FROM EGYPT TO THE LAND OF CANAAN:
WITH THE MANNER OF THEIR CROSSING JORDAN, AND ENTERING
INTO POSSESSION OF THE PROMISED LAND.
TOGETHER WITH A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF
JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE,
COMPARED WITH THE
BY EBENEZER WICKES,
MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL, IN NEW-BALTIMORE, GREENE CO. NEW-YOK.
ALBANY-PRINTED BY JOHN B. JOHNSON.
Real. Jan 20'28 BF
A SHORT PREFACE.
As the writer of this Compendium does not conceive it in his power to meet the approbation of all his readers, he has paid no attention to that, but has endeavoured as nigh as possible, to compare subjects, that truth may speak for itself; and he would advertise the minds of his readers, that the only way to know what figures will count, is by their shape, and the only way to make use of them in arithmetic, is to change them from place to place, as the case may require; for, it is like talking by signs with a man that is deaf and dumb, and the signs must be changed into a different attitude, to communicate different things; and, thus, when figures are rightly used, they will give the exact answer by way of revelation.
3d March, 1823.
WE, the subscribers hereby certify, that we have carefully perused the MS. of the following work; and think it will be of use to the Public, and tend greatly to promote the Redeemer's s cause.
EPHRAIM CROCKER, Pastor of the Baptist Church of Christ in Rensselaerville and Berne. MATTHEW PALMER.
Northern District of New-York, to wit.
BE it remembered that on the 5th day of May, in the 47th year of the Independence of the United States of America, A.D.1823,Ebenezer Wickes, of the said District. has deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Author in the words following, to wit: A Compendium of the Travels of the Children of Israel, from Egypt to the Land of Canaan; with the manner of their crossing Jordan and entering into possession of the promised Land. Together with a short description of Jerusalem and the Temple, compared with the Gospel. By Ebenezer Wickes, Minister of the Gospel, in New Baltimore, Greene Co. New-York.”
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CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, &c.
WHEN I have perused the writings of many able men, that have wrote upon the figurative day, I have been reduced to a measure of astonishment, to see that almost all ancient and modern writers, when they have made mention of the land of Canaan, have represented it as a type of Heaven, which I think, to be very foreign from what was intended by the great Head of the Church, when he made promise to Abraham, that he would give this land to him and his seed; and, that it should be a land flowing with milk and honey: for I think, it is most certain, if it was intended that the land of Canaan should be a type heaven, the doctrine of falling from grace must be true: for all the old fathers, (except Caleb and Joshua,) that came out of Egypt, and were figuratively regenerated in the Red Sea, died short of the promised land, and if it was a type of Heaven, they never reached the place, but some will say that figures will not go on all fours. This is, no doubt, a truth, when they are made use of to represent an incomprehensible Being; for his fulness cannot be measured, nor numbered: but when that Being makes use of them, to represent his purposes, on the ground of revelation, they are perfect numbers, and will count up exactly what is intended in them, and it is vain to say in this case, they will not go on all fours; for, if there can be no question put to a scholar in common arithmetic, but what can be answered by figures (and it is certain there is none that is a fair question) then the pre-eminence is given to the latter; but for us to suppose that God's method of communication in a figurative way to be imperfect, it would be an impeachment upon the character of God, and this cannot be admitted: but it would no doubt be better for us to acknowledge our ignorance, and unskilfullness in the use or knowledge of the figures contained in the word of God, than to say, because we do not perfectly understand the use of them, that they will not go on all fours. Though I do not profess to be more skillful in the word than many of my brethren; yet, inasmuch as there is a diversity of