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Extracts. The Startling Cry-"He Cometh," by Krummacher. Signs of

the Times, by Charlotte Elizabeth. First Resurrection, by Stuart. Ad-

vent Experience, by Charlotte Elizabeth. The New Earth, by Chalmers.

The Vindication and Great Incentive, by Bonar. The Blessed Hope, by

Andrews. The Solemn Warning, from the Journal of Prophecy. Look-

ing for His Coming, by Barnes, Coming of the Bridegroom, by Alford.

The Church's Last Testimony, by Melville. Count on Christ's coming, by

Radstock. The Spirit and the Bride Say, Come, by Martyn. The Faith

that Sustains, by Connor. The End of the World, by Tait. The New

Creation, by Vanoosterzee. Where Are We? by Spurgeon. Distinguish

the Times, by M'Neile. The Coming of the Lord Jesus, by Müller. The

Gospel a Witness, by Gilfillan. Our Great Want is Christ, by Stockton.

The Ancient Hope, by Patterson. Loving His Appearing, by Seiss. The

Triumphant Kingdom of God, by Vanoosterzee. The Final Consumma-

tion, by Hodge. The Universal Song, by Spurgeon. Pre-millennial

Creed, by Ryle. Essay on the first Resurrection, by Gordon. Two Res-

urrections, by Alford. The Coming of the Lord in its Relation to Chris-

tian Doctrine, by Brookes. History of the Pre-millennial doctrine, by

West. Defense of Pre-millenarianism, by Duffield. Return of Christ

and Foreign Missions, by Mackay. The Second Coming of Christ, by

Varley. Christ's Second Coming, by Moody. Relative Period of the

Second Advent, by Guinness. The Final Farewell, by Cumming. Au-

thor's Adieu. Dying Words,-"Tell the Church to hold on till Christ




It is not necessary to apologize for calling the attention of Christian men to the testimony of a multitude of the most eminent servants of God in all ages, regarding the greatest event in human history, the Coming of the Judge of quick and dead, and the establishment of his kingdom in the world which he has made. The assurance that this globe is yet to be the theatre of the grandest displays of divine goodness, mercy, grace, and glory, is confined to Christians of no sect or age; it is the universal faith of the universal Church. Since the time when man went out from his lost paradise, separated by sin from the presence of his God, the hope of the triumph of good over evil, and of the bruising of the serpent's head by the woman's conquering Seed, has been the joy of every faithful heart. The promise of universal blessing through Abraham and his Seed can never fail of its accomplishment; and He who said, "As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord;" and who has declared that "The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea," will not fail to make good all that he has promised. For eighteen hundred years the prayer,"Thy kingdom come, thy will be done IN EARTH as it is done in heaven," has ascended to the throne. And that this prayer will eventually be answered, and that God's will shall yet be done in earth as it is now done in heaven, admits of no doubt in the mind of the believing child of God.

Just how and when this state of glory shall be introduced, is with some a matter of question; but the ultimate conclusion is beyond all dispute or cavil. To give light upon this subject is the purpose of the present volume, the aim of which is, not to present new theories, nor to advocate the opinions or advance the interests of any sect, but to direct attention to the old paths, and invite those who search the Living Oracles to listen to the consenting testimony of the most eminent servants of God in all the ages, upon this important theme.

The present treatise is by no means exhaustive, for to exhaust this subject would be to explore all sacred literature, and reproduce elaborate treatises and massive volumes which have come down from ages past; but the plan of the work has been, not only to present a summary of the views of different individuals, but to allow each writer to state for himself his own conclusions in his own language, and thus give the reader the benefit of the personal testimony of each witness, upon the point in question. Hence the author of this volume instead of writing a mere history, has largely suppressed his own reflections, and held in check his graphic pen, allowing THE CHURCH to speak upon the point at issue, through its most eminent and eloquent teachers.

It has been often stated that the opinion that the world is to be converted to God through the existing instrumentalities of gospel preaching and publication, is an opinion peculiar to modern days, and in entire opposition to the faith of the earlier ages of the church. In this volume that statement is proved true, and proved beyond the possibility of successful contradiction. The Voice which speaks from these pages is not the voice of the author or the editor; nor is it the voice of despised and obscure students of prophecy, nor unwise and over-excited fanatics; but it is the Voice of THE CHURCH;-the Church of many ages and of many lands. It is not the voice of a single generation, but it is the voice of those who, catching the words of inspiration from apostolic lips, and following in apostolic footsteps, have run with patience the race that was set before them, and have been able to say, as their course was finished, "I have kept the faith."

Upon this important question The Church is entitled to a hearing: and this book is prepared that she may have it. And if this voice seems strange to some who are sunk in the easy slumbers of luxury and worldliness, it is nevertheless the Voice of the Church; if it seems stern and rugged to those who wear soft raiment and dwell in the palaces of kings, it is yet the Voice of the Church. If its utterances seem like the words of those that mock, it is nevertheless the Voice of the Church; and The Church must be heard; and in this volume The Church of the living God, the light of the world for seventeen hundred years, through some FOUR HUNDRED of its most ancient, eminent, learned.eloquent, and steadfast men.-martyrs, confessors, preachers, teachers, expounders, reformers, orators

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and poets, representing the church during the whole period of its existence, and including all its branches and departments, ―utters its solemn protest against the prevailing doctrine of the world's conversion,-the syren song of those who say "peace and safety," while sudden destruction draweth nigh.

In view of the array of evidence presented in this volume, the question will arise, What is truth? Shall we accept the prevailing opinion, that this world is calmly gliding on to days of millennial blessedness and peace?-an opinion of which no traces can be found in the early history of the Church of Christ, or shall we embrace that ancient faith which, undazzled by the glare of worldly prosperity, and the fancies of a false philosophy, views the world as in rebellion against God, as living in the grasp of the Wicked One, as ripening for the harvest of judgment, as waxing old like a garment, and destined to be changed, convulsed, dissolved and renewed by the mighty power of Him who created and redeemed it, and who shall yet renew it and rule it forever?

The illustrious line of witnesses here testifying, goes back through "the noble army of the martyrs" to the "goodly fellowship of the Apostles." The records of the church do not furnish four hundred other names so famed as these; there is no chance to accumulate a mass of rebutting testimony; and these men have uttered in no uncertain tones the Voice of the Church upon this important theme. Were they all mistaken in their understanding of Scripture statements for many hundreds of years? Was it reserved for modern divines to correct the faith of those who listened to apostolic teachings, and who followed in their teachers' paths? Has that which was an unknown doctrine or a condemned error in the church for seventeen hundred years, come at last to be the true faith of the gospel? And shall we, the successors of those who have steeled themselves against earth's flatteries and earth's frowns for many generations, with the solemn watchword, "The coming of the Lord draweth nigh!” now fold our arms in lazy lock, and say in our hearts, or with our lips, the Lord "delayeth his coming"? How are we certain that the judgment is hundreds of years distant from us, when for ages past the church has considered it near to them? Have we a new revelation? Has God sent forth men to declare that all things do and will "continue as they were" for ages yet to come? Has he not rather proclaimed that the hour of his judgment is at

hand? Has he not said, "Behold, I come as a thief"?—and that too, in connection with events that are now occurring before our eyes? And has he not said, "Blessed is he that watcheth"? Shall we then cease to watch? If the early disciples were bidden to watch because they knew "neither the day nor the hour” of the coming of the Son of Man, have we learned that that day and hour are so far distant that we may be excused from the watchers' wakeful care?

And what are the present prospects of a church that has set out in all confidence to convert the world? How may those now putting on the harness, boast of greater expected success than is warranted by the experience of those who have put it off after having fought the good fight? The prophets could not convert the world; are we mightier than they? The Apostles could not convert the world; are we stronger than they? The martyrs could not convert the world; can we do more than they? The Church for eighteen hundred years could not convert the world; can we do it? They have preached the gospel of Christ, so can we. They have gone to earth's remotest bounds, so can we. They have saved "some," so can we. They have wept as so few believed their report, so can we. They have finished their course with joy, and the ministry which they have received to testify of the gospel of the grace of God; we can do the same. Can we reasonably hope to do more? "It would take to all eternity to bring the Millennium, at the rate that modern revivals progress," said the venerable Dr. Lyman Beecher, before a ministerial convention, held close by old Plymouth Rock. And what hope is there that they will progress more rapidly? Is it in the word of God? Glad would we be to find it there. Sadly we read that "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."

Has God a mightier Saviour-a more powerful Spirit? Has he another Gospel which will save the world? Where is it? Is there any way to the kingdom other than that which leads through much tribulation? Is there another way to the crown besides the way of the cross? Can we reign with Him unless we first suffer for his sake?

No doubt the world might be converted if men desired to know the Lord. And so had all who heard, received with gladness the word of God, the world might have been converted within twenty years from the day of Pentecost. If each

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