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WITH SOME VIEWS OF THE
WORLD THAT NOW IS;
AND CONSIDERATIONS OF THE STATE OF THINGS, AND OF EVENTS
YET TO PRECEDE THE INSTITUTION OF THE
NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH,
AT THE COMING OF CHRIST TO JUDGE THIS WORLD AND TO RECEIVE
HIS OWN PROPER KINGDOM IN THE NEW KARTE
BY A SERVANT OF THE REDEEMER.
ROCHESTER, N. Y.:
OCT 2 6 1940
The expectation of a glorious state to be realized by our world in its latter age, has been general among those enlightened by Revelation. With the Jews, this expecta. tion has its foundation in both written and oral prophecy. Christians anticipate it on the evidence of the sacred writings, as being sufficiently explicit and certain ; and they are generally agreed, in one respect, as to the time of the happy era, believing it will take place at the end of six thousand years from the Creation. As six days of labor are followed by a Sabbath of rest, so, (a thousand years corresponding with a day) after six thousand years of trial, of sin, ot toil and suffering, shall have passed away, will succeed the great Millennial Sabbath of Peace, Righteousness and Prosperity. As the six thousand years are now drawing near to their termination, it is reasonable that the attention of mankind should be more awakened to the great change so nearly at their door, and to the happy era about to dawn upon the world.
But while this expectation has been so general, and while there has been so general a concurrence in the date at which the glorious age will occur, there have been, and now are, conflicting views as to the manner and extent of the change, the qualities and substance of the blissful age, and in regard to its duration, as well as many of its circumstances. What is that new and wonderful state of things so much anticipated ? has been, as it still is, a question, in the solution of which, there has been, and is much difference in different persons and classes. Generally, it has been looked for under the name of “the Millennium,” and with the idea of a state of tranquility, prosperity and righteousness, prevailing to degrees varying in the views of different persons and classes, to continue through the