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Evidence

Evidence

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Foreword:
(this
Foreword
written February, 2003 by DanielWinters; earlysda@hotmail.com)This book is a collection of lectures William Miller gave in theyears before 1843. It is more of a transcript of oral lectures, ratherthan a book written for a reader. It's hard to believe today in 2003,that nearly all "Christians" in the early 1800s were dead-set againstthe idea that Jesus would literally come back to this earth and rewardthe faithful and punish the wicked. A man led of God, Mr. Miller, givesin natural sequence the results of his studies of the Bible regarding the2nd coming of Jesus Christ. He spends quite a bit of time onexplaining the various symbols used in prophecy, comparing scripturewith scripture. Some of his main points are that, the 2nd coming willbe literal; the prophecies have a historical fulfillment, and pagan andpapal Rome are the main beasts spoken of in Revelation. As a resultof applying the prophecies historically, he was required by his ownrules of interpretation to interpret prophecy as all finishing by 1843when he believed Jesus would return. He closes nearly every lecturewith an appeal to sinners to get ready for the soon coming of the Lord,which is the overriding theme of all his lectures.This particular book was typed in letter by letter (623,627!)from a photo-copy of the original, and i neither added nor deletedanything to this work other than this Foreword and what is noted inthis paragraph. Spellings were left as found. I spent around 100hours typing this in, and tried to make this format for the computerlook as much like the original as possible, but if i made any errors,someone please let me know. There were 5 mistakes noted, but leftas in the original:p. 97: "It it" should be "It is"p. 130: ")if" should be "(if"p. 162: "saints," should be "saints."p. 208: "sanhedrim" should be "sanhedrin"p. 219: "least" should be "last"One mistake was changed as it affects the meaning intended:In the Supplement section, there is a mathematical mistake. In theoriginal it shows 475 being added to 4190 resulting in 4695. Ichanged this to 4665. Also, 30 added to 508 is shown as 508, so ichanged this to 538.The notes (*), were originally placed at the bottom of thepage, but with no pages here, i put them at the end of each chapterwhere they are referenced. There is a Chronological chart of the worldin a fold-out at the end of the book that i scanned in and is availableseparately as a jpg file. To download the chart, or this whole book,
 
along with other of William Miller's works, please go to:www.earlysda.comA few notes on this book: Roman numbers are used for Bibleand book chapter numbers. A short refresher course:i = 1vi = 6xv = 15l = 50ii = 2vii = 7xix = 19lx = 60iii = 3viii = 8xx = 20xc = 90iv = 4ix = 9xxx = 30c = 100v = 5x = 10xl = 40ci = 101and "&c." (etc.).Yes, having greater light now in 2003, we may smile at someof his interpretations; for example - he would probably be shocked
more
than anyone to see the resurgence of the Papal power - but inlooking at the overall effect of his message, and seeing how God ledhim in the whole (read chapter 22 of the 1858 Great Controversy titled"William Miller") we should be even more thankful to God for leadinghis people in a mighty way, out into the truth (^-^).
EVIDENCE
FROM
SCRIPTURE AND HISTORY
OF THE
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST,
ABOUT
THE YEAR 1843;
EXHIBITED
IN A COURSE OF LECTURES.
 _________ 
B
Y
WILLIAM MILLER.
 
 _________ 
BOSTON:PUBLISHED BY JOSHUA V. HIMES,
14 Devonshire Street.
1842. _________________________________________________________________ 
INTRODUCTION.
 _________ 
I
 N
presenting these Lectures to the public, the writer is only complying with thesolicitations of some of his friends, who have requested that his views on the Propheciesof Daniel and John might be made public. The reader is therefore requested to give thesubject a careful and candid perusal, and compare every part with the standard of DivineTruth; for if the explanation the writer has given to the scriptures under considerationshould prove correct, the reader will readily perceive that it concerns us all, and becomesdoubly important to us, because we live on the eve of one of the most important eventsever revealed to man by the wisdom of God--the judgment of the great day.In order that the reader may have an understanding of my manner of studying theProphecies, by which I have come to the following result, I have thought proper to givesome of the rules of interpretation which I have adopted to understand prophecy.Prophetical scripture is very much of it communicated to us by figures and highlyand richly adorned metaphors; by which I mean that figures such as
beasts, birds, air 
or 
wind, water, fire, candlesticks, lamps, mountains, islands,
&c., are used to representthings prophesied of--such as kingdoms, warriors, principles, people, judgments,churches, word of God, large and smaller governments. It is metaphorical also, showingsome peculiar quality of the thing prophesied of, by the most prominent feature or qualityof the figure used, as
beasts
--if a
lion,
power and rule; if a
leopard,
celerity; if a
bear,
voracious; an
ox,
submissive; a
man,
proud and independent.
 Fire
denotes justice and judgment in its figure; in the metaphor, denotes the purifying or consuming up the drossor wickedness; as
 fire
has a cleansing quality, so will the justice or judgments of God."For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learnrighteousness." Therefore almost all the figures used in prophecy have their literal andmetaphorical meaning; as
beasts
denote, literally, a kingdom, so metaphorically good or  bad, as the case may be, to be understood by the subject in connection.To understand the literal meaning of figures used in prophecy, I have pursued thefollowing method:--I find the word "
beast 
" used in a figurative sense; I take myconcordance, trace the word, and in Daniel vii. 17, it is explained to mean "kings or kingdoms." Again, I come across the words "
bird or fowl,
" and in Isa. xlvi. 11, it is usedmeaning a conqueror or warrior,--Cyrus. Also, in Ezekiel xxxix. 4-9, denotes armies or 

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