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that our Lord will reign personally, on That the same is predicted by those earth, during the Millennium.'
which assert that Israel shall be " cast " • You will find, I think, that the out of their land no more again for two doctrines stand or fall together,' ever." said Mr. Spencer; "and this, I imagine, “« Will you abide by these canons ?' will be allowed by those who maintain asked Mr. Spencer, addressing Dr. them both.'
M'Cloud. Well, I do not think so,' said Mr. “ They satisfy my own mind,' replied Aylmer, but I shall be glad to hear the Doctor ; but I would rather lay what you have to say on the subject; down this :-That prophecies, such as and I am sure Dr. M*Cloud, who is so those which I have quoted, are too glothoroughly versed in it, will endeavour rious to have been fulfilled by anything to satisfy your doubts.'
that occurred at or after the return from Most assuredly,' said the Doctor; Babylon ; and therefore remained unful'pray let us hear them.'
filled.' “May I ask, then, upon what pas- “Let us try some prophecies by the sages of Scripture you found your ex. first canon,' said the Rector. All pectations of a still future restoration of I want to prove at present is, that, in the Jews ?'
prophecies relating to the return from “ Dr. M.Cloud smiled; Mr. Rough- Babylon, Israel and Judah are menton laughed rather rudely; Mr. tioned together ;-and, consequently, Weatherhead, and the ladies, uttered that the first canon fails.' various exclamations, the substance of “I do not see that,' said Mr. Wea. which the Doctor expressed by saying, therhead. • Why, sir, such passages are innu. " • Why, it is a mere matter of fact,' merable.'
said Mr. Sericold. *** Possibly,' said the Rector, in his “Unquestionably,' observed Mr. quietest way, and taking out his pocket- Aylmer ; that canon cannot be mainbible, but will you favour me with a tained. Let us go on to the next.' few of them,—some that you consider "But now let us examine the second the strongest?'
assertion, that all passages in which it is “ After a short tumult, occasioned promised that Israel shall be " cast out by suggestions and quotations of fa- again no more for ever," are to be vourite passages, Dr. M'Cloud selected applied to a future restoration. [Then and read the following: Isaiah xiv. 1, 2; follows an examination of various pasIsa. lx,; Jer. xxx. 9, 10; and Ezek. sages ] Are we to say any more about xxxvii. 21-25.
this second canon ?' “ * What,' exclaimed Dr. M.Cloud, “ . It can hardly be necessary,' said • what do such passages as these predict, Mr. Aylmer ; 'I think that you have, but the restoration and glory of Israel ?' at least, shown that it is not altogether a
". They predicted it, undoubtedly,' safe one.' said Mr. Spencer, ‘at the time when they “ • The next is,' continued the Rector, were uttered. But has there not been that, where very glorious promises of a restoration since that time, by which, prosperity are given, there cannot be possibly, they were fulfilled ?'
any reference to the first restoration ; ** You mean the return from the may I ask what are meant by “ very seventy years' captivity in Babylon,' said glorious promises ?”' the Doctor. No ; these prophecies “ • Promises, such as I quoted,' replied were not fulfilled by that.'
Dr. M‘Cloud, 'foretelling pre-eminence * Is not that return at all the subject among the nations ; dominion over their of prophecy ?' asked the Rector.
enemies, and the Gentiles ; great tem* Yes, occasionally,' replied Dr. poral prosperity ; their conversion, and M'Cloud, but it is not referred to by universal righteousness ; the presence of such promises as I have been reading.' the Lord among them for ever.'
“• Will you tell us then how we may "• If I can show that such promises distinguish the predictions of the past are connected with the return from restoration from those of the future ? Babylon, it will be allowed, I believe,
*6* There are two canons, cried Mr. that this canon also fails,' said the Weatherhead and Mr. Roughton both Rector. together-two canons,' continued Mr.
Certainly not,' said Mr. WeatherWeatherhead, who spoke faster than the head. “Oh, no! no ! cried many other, which will always enable you to female voices. discover which restoration the prophets Clearly,' said Mr. Sericold, it are speaking of. The first is,- That must, in that case, fail, as a criterion to those prophecies foretell a still future distinguish the former from a future restoration, which speak of the return of restoration.' Israel as well as Judah. The second, - " " No doubt of it,' added Mr. Hoskins. “Of course,' said Mr. Aylmer, 'we shall be lighted, not with the sun and must all allow that. Pray go on.' moon, but by the actual presence of God;
** I take, then,' continued Mr. Spen- and that King David shall be raised cer, 'the first passage quoted by Dr. from the dead, and occupy his ancient M'Cloud, to which I have before re- throne.' ferred ; Isa. xiv. 1–3. [Then follows "No, not David,' cried Lady Tattlea survey of various passages.]
ton, and Mrs. Whimlingley, with one "• It is very evident,' said Mr. Mer- voice,-' not David, but the Messiah, ton, that promises such as we are the Son of David.' speaking of, embracing Israel and Judah, ““I thought the prophecies were to be characterized by the words “everlasting" interpreted literally,' said Mr. Spencer. and “for ever," and very glorious in "Well, I take them literally,' said their terms, were intended to be under- Mr. Weatherhead. “I believe that all stood of the return from Babylon, and this will come to pass as you have of the "day" or age connected with it. described it ; only, I think the Jews And I cannot understand how the advo- will rebuild the Temple, and have all cates of a strictly literal interpretation their worship and festivals restored, of prophecy reconcile their views of while in their unconverted state.' these promises with their principles.' ". In that case, their religious services
For my part,' said Mr. Weather- and observances will not be acceptable head, 'I believe that there will be other to God, I presume,' said Mr. Spencer. nations, enemies of Israel, who will be ““ Why, no ; certainly not.' called Babylon, Assyria, and so forth ; “ • And, yet, these are the subjects of and that the promises indicate the future prophecy,--of glorious promises. Does victories of Israel over these, and a glo- any one else believe this ?' rious restoration from their captivity «« « No, no,' said Dr. M'Cloud ; 'we among them.'
-I mean, myself and the Society-beThen, you do not contend for a lieve, that all these will be restored after literal interpretation of the prophecies, their conversion ; and that the rites of said Mr. Merton,
the Mosaic law will become again, not ** Yes, I do,' replied Mr. Weather- only acceptable to God, as in the days of head, but I believe there may be a old, but obligatory upon Jews and Gensecond, and a third. ---yes, and a fourth, tiles.' and fifth, literal fulfilment of the same “ • You stand, forgive me for saying prophecy.'
so,' said the Rector, upon the verge of “. Surely not, Sir,' said Mr. Hoskins; most fearful heresy. What St. Paul has ' where would be the certainty which, designated as “imperfect,” “ beggarly we must believe, belongs to the Word of elements,” “a carnal commandment, God ? The prophecies would be like the shadows,” a “yoke of bondage," and heathen oracles, if this were so.' has explicitly declared to be “done away
"Surely,” said Dr. M'Cloud, . there in Christ,” abolished by the setting up are many predictions of Zechariah, as of that kingdom which cannot be well as the other prophets, which you moved," you contend shall be all will not maintain were accomplished in restored ; we are again to have altars, the restoration from Babylon ; for in- sacrifices, passovers, priests ; and Jerustance, those in the fourteenth chapter.' salem is again to be the place where men
“ *You think these remain to be ful- must worship. Is not this mere contrafilled in the future restoration of the diction and defiance of the Epistles to Jews ?' said Mr. Spencer.
the Galatians and Hebrews, and indeed «« « I am sure of it,' replied the Doc- of the whole spirit and principle of the
Gospel ?' 6 6 And literally ?'
Well,' observed Dr. M‘Cloud, “I “Quite literally
see that local influence is too strong for “* All the prophecies are to be ful- us; but I would wish to ask Mr. Spenfilled literally,' said Mr. Weatherhead. cer in what way he proposes to interpret
“Then you believe,' rejoined Mr. the prophecies in question, many of Spencer, that all the nations of the which he must know are unconditional, earth will be required to go up to Jeru- and unfulfilled.' salem, every year, to keep the feast of "And I should like to know,' said tabernacles ; that the Temple will be Lady Tattleton, where he thinks the rebuilt, according to the vision of Eze- ten tribes are, and what is to become of kiel ; that the sacrifices, and all the tem- them.' ple-services, will be again offered, and ". And the personal reign,' cried Mrs. the Levitical priesthood restored ; that Whimlingley ; nothing has been said vast rivers shall flow from the sanctuary, about that.' [Then follows a long arguand trees with unfading leaves and fruit, ment upon the Old Testament prophegrow on their banks ; that Jerusalem cies.]
"" It is singular,' remarked Mr. Mer. They are spoken of in Ezra and Neheton, that the epistles written expressly miah as thus re-united. The twelve to Jews, and those of James and Peter, tribes are spoken of by St. Paul, and contain not the slightest allusion to the St. James, as one people, in their time, future restoration and re-establishment of and we know that, at least, some dethe Jewish polity, civil or ecclesiastical.' scendants of the ten tribes inhabited the
“ It is still more singular,' added Mr. and then; for Anna, the prophetess, Spencer, 'that there is not a word said was of the tribe of Asher. Whence I about it in the whole of the New Testa- conclude, that we are not to look for the ment.'
ten tribes, anywhere but among the ““ What not in the eleventh of Ro- known Jews all over the world.' mans ?' almost shrieked Lady Tattleton, “Of course,' said Mr. Weatherhead, Mrs. Whimlingley, and friends.
'you reject the doctrine of the personal “ . Not in the eleventh of Romans ?' and pre-millennial advent of our Lord.. urged Mr. Weatherhead.
“I do,' said the Rector ; . because it *** Observe,' said the Rector, there is is founded on prophecies which, in the not a syllable here about restoration, or literal sense, have been already fulfilldominion, or glory. That their conver- ed, and, in the spiritual sense, of course sion is spoken of, I admit; but, that require only a spiritual fufilment.' those passages signify that they are to * • I perceive,' said Dr. M'Cloud, convert the world, is disproved by the rising to take leave, “that the Jewish subsequent declaration, which, you will cause is not likely to meet with much take notice, is absolute, not hypotheti- support at Ecclesbourne, since the only cal,—that “blindness in part is happened principles upon which it can be advoto Israel, until the fulness of the Gen- cated are rejected by the ministers of tiles be come in ;” that is, clearly, until the parish.' the large majority of the Gentiles shall “But surely,' said Mr. Weatherhead, have been brought into the church of the Rector will not object to assist in Christ.'
the conversion of the Jews.' “No such thing, Sir,' said Mr. “ • Certainly not,' replied Mr. SpenRoughton; it means, “ until the times cer ; 'but I feel some hesitation as to of the Gentiles be fulfilled." ;
attempting it through the medium of “6. We have scholars here,' said the your Society. May I ask whether your Rector; ‘and I appeal to them whether missionaries preach to the Jews your that can possibly be meant by the ex- doctrine of their future restoration pression " their fulness shall have come and glory,—their return to Jerusalem, in?")
with their silver and gold,' and their “Mr. Roughton looked angrily at possession of the riches of the Gentiles, Mr. Merton and Mr. Sericold, but did and the reign of their Messiah in the not press for their opinion.
midst of them?' “You have not yet told us,' said Mr. « • Of course,' said Mr. Roughton, Aylmer, 'what, in your opinion, is the it is their duty to declare to them the right way of interpreting the Old Tes- whole counsel of God.' tament promises quoted by our friends “• Then the apostles fell far short of here.'
their duty,' rejoined the Rector, • You “ I interpret them,' replied Mr. would not then, I suppose, employ as Spencer, .as they are uniformly inter- a missionary any person who does not preted in the New Testament. In the
hold, or will not preach, this doctrine?' letter, they were, for the most part, tem- “Sir,' said Dr. M'Cloud, .it is a prinporal ; and were, according to their ciple recognized by the Society, as you conditions, fulfilled, while the Church
may see in its reports, that success is was under “the elements of the world," only to be expected in the proportion in bound up with the Jewish covenant. which the intention of God towards his In their full signification, they were people is understood, proclaimed, and, spiritual ; and their accomplishment as far as we have anything to do with it, was reserved for the time when the carried out.' Church should become spiritual, and “ . Then I cannot conscientiously supfree from the yoke of bondage.' port your Society,' replied the Rector ;
" • You were asked a question about and, as I am thoroughly convinced that, the ten tribes,' said Mr. Aylmer; 'what with such principles and preaching, it do you think has become of them ?' will not only fail to effect its proposed
... Various passages which I quoted,' object, but produce a perfectly opposite replied the Rector, especially Isa. xiv., result, I would recommend you to Jer. 1., li., show that it was predicted reverse its title, and call it “THE that Israel should return with Judah SOCIETY FOR
JUDAISM after the seventy years' captivity, and AMONG CHRISTIANS."!! both, thenceforth, form nation. “The party soon after broke up. On
their way home, Mr. Merton asked the “ • But surely, papa,' said Miss SpenRector whether he thought of offering cer, 'these will be a better order of miMr. Weatherhead the curacy.
nisters than the immoral, fox-hunting set, * Decidedly not,' said Mr. Spencer; whose successors you seem to consider ' he would be quite out of his element them.' among us; besides, he would make all “Yes, my dear; just as the Scribes our Sunday-school teachers and scholars and Pharisees were better than the Sadstudents of prophecy.”
ducees and Herodians, but equally Another clerical character intro- under the condemnation of our Divine
Master, duced for rejection is Mr. Chirpingley the pseudo-evangelical. The last character introduced
“* Was not Mr. Chirpingley consider- to be rejected is Mr. Kirkstone, ed what is usually called an Evangelical the Anglo-Catholic. It is sketchpreacher, during Dr. Priestley's time ?' ed in caricature, the author having asked Miss Spencer.
* • He was,' replied her father, and accumulated all the fanciful devices not without reason ; for he certainly which various Tractarians are said preached the great truths of the Gospel, to have practised, adding to their as he has done during his association number from his own fertile brain; with myself.' " • Is it not somewhat uncommon,'
for we suppose that he does not inquired the young lady, ‘for clergymen mean literally, for instance, that who mix much in worldly society, to any “ Anglo-Catholic” has urged preach those truths so prominently as that the Church of England means to gain the character of Evangelical that a clergyman is to cross himself ministers?'
“. Not of late years,' replied Mr. sundry times in the prayer of ConSpencer: since the revival of spiritual secration in the Communion office, religion in our Church, and the multi- because there are typographical plication of really pious and zealous daggers and asterisks for reference Evangelical ministers, intelligent cler
to the margin, which he takes for gymen of the class which you refer to
crosses. have become ashamed of preaching single † and double * cold, dry, moral essays, and have in We need not give a sample of these consequence adopted (principally, in mummeries, which are humorousdeference to public opinion) a kind of ly ridiculed, as our readers have Evangelicalism. But they are now, I fear, fast going over to the ultra High
had enough of them in grave faChurch, or Tractarian party, the doc- shion from other sources. The trines of which they feel to be more chapter is defective in not adecongenial to their taste and habits.' "? What makes you think so, papa?' delusions of the school of Mr.
quately exhibiting the doctrinal asked Miss Spencer.
" . They find,' continued the Rector, Kirkstone, in comparison with that the doctrines of that party exalt which vestments and ceremonies their official character to the highest are of far inferior moment. point, independently of any qualifications or efforts of their own ; that they make
Having written over-largely, we the performance of ceremonies the most must refer our readers back to our important part of the ministerial office; last Number for our general opithat they require of them little or no nion respecting the volume. We exercise of the mental or spiritual fa. cannot say that as regards “the culties in the work of teaching; and above all, that they supply them with Evangelicals,” with whom our aua systematic excuse for suppressing the thor professes to take up
his lot, most vital truths of the Gospel,--the his book is kind or fair. The atonement and intercession of our Lord charge especially of their making Jesus Christ, the influence of the Holy faith a good work, we have shown Spirit, the necessity of conversion, truths which are always obnoxious to to be unfounded ; nor do they the carnal mind, and from the considera- preach, as he insinuates, against tion of which it is always glad to escape imparted, inwoven, sanctification; So that I shall not be surprised to find, for though they teach with St. if the Tractarian party holds together a few years longer, that the majority of Paul that Christ “is made unto its members will be men of this class.' us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption ;” they do Mant, that it conveys a change of not the less say that heaven is the nature ; while the Tractarian party inheritance of none but “them go the full length of the Tridentine that are sanctified;" that “without hypothesis. Neither does our holiness no man shall see the author write discreetly upon the Lord ;” and that Christ “gave subject of prophecy ;' for in anihimself for us, that he might re- madverting upon extravagances of deem us from all iniquity, and interpretation, he apparently casts purify unto himself a peculiar peo- an air of ridicule upon the study ple zealous of good works." Again, itself. Towards all with whom he their interpretations of the Anglican differs--and with whom does he Baptismal service are not more di- not differ?—he indulges a satirical verse than were those of the vene- vein; as if he had pleasure in rable men from whose views our picking—or at least spying—holes author considers them to have in men's coats, and pointing swerved ; nor more than the opi- them out to his neighbours. Hownions of divines of other sections ever, thinking that with these of the Church ; for we find, at this strong exceptional remarks, we very moment, upon the catalogue might yet learn some good lessons of the Society for Promoting from his pages, we have used them Christian Knowledge, the tract of freely, believing that he means to Bishop Bradford maintaining that
wound not as an enemy but as a baptism conveys to the infant a friend. change of state; and of Bishop
REVIEW OF IRISH EPISCOPAL CHARGES., 1. Archbishop of Dublin's Charge ;-2. Primary Charge of the Bishop of Cashel ;—3. Primary Charge of the Bishop of Ossory.
(Continued from page 630.) The remaining Irish Episcopal them by incautiousness; regretCharge upon our list is that of Dr. ting also a few things in Mr. O'Brien, Bishop of Ossory, Ferns, Froude, or the British Critic, or and Leighlin ; the chief topic of the “ill-judged” Tract XC. ; but which is the Tractarian contro- admitting that their chief doctrines versy. His Lordship does not ex- are not touched by these unhappy tenuate the discussion into a petty mistakes; and finally, with amiasquabble respecting a few ritual ble candour, contrasting their meek observances; much less does he spirit, gentle words, and holy speak in a hesitating, undecided deeds, with the party violence, tone, as if perplexed between a Dissenterism, unchristian tempers, desire to side with the Tractarians, and unblushing mendacity of their and a consciousness that this opponents. The Bishop of Oswould not be prudent ; lauding
sory goes at once to the main their excellent intentions and ge- points ; discusses them calmly nuine church principles ; thanking and fairly, but resolutely; and them for the great good they have clearly evinces that he considers effected, though lamenting they he is dealing with most serious have gone somewhat too far upon errors and grievous delusions. certain points; then bristling If our notice of this Charge-or fiercely upon some extravagance rather treatise—were to be meaof some unguarded wight among sured by its importance, the ability their followers who has damaged displayed in it, and its value as