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JOURNAL OF PROPHECY.
“ NOT THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD."-1 COR. II, 6.
SCIANT IGITUR, QUI PROPHETAS NON INTELLIGUNT, NEC SCIRE DESIDERANT,
CHRISTI NESCIRE MYSTERIUM.
JEROME IN EP. AD EPH.
JOURNAL OF PROPHECY .
ART. I.—THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST, AND NATURE OF THE
AGE TO COME.* The exceedingly great and precious predictions and promises which relate to the glorious state of the Church and world during what has been commonly called " The latter-day glory, but which may more properly be termed “ The kingdom of Christ in the future ages of the world," appear to excite an increasing interest in the minds of the pious and intelligent. And as they certainly were given to man with the design that he should understand and make a proper use of them, it cannot be wrong to endeavour, by every rational method, to obtain a knowledge of their real meaning.
A blessedness is pronounced in the introduction to the Revelation on “ him that readeth, and them that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.” But to what purpose would they be read or heard, or how could they be properly kept or performed, without being understood ?
From several passages of Scripture, there is great reason to expect, that when those predictions are about to be accomplished, the Lord will shed a much greater light on them, and more clearly reveal their meaning to those who humbly seek to understand them.
This article is interesting, as being written nearly fifty years ago, in 1812, before any of the well-known prophetic works of modern days had been published. The author found his way to millenarianism by the guidance of the Bible alone. His views are clear, and expressed with precision and vigour.—ED. Q. J. P.