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William Miller - Miller's Works Volume 2 - Evidence From History and Scripture of the Second Coming of Christ About the Year 1843

William Miller - Miller's Works Volume 2 - Evidence From History and Scripture of the Second Coming of Christ About the Year 1843

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“The record of the experience through which the people of God passed in the early history of our work must be republished.” (Letter 105, 1903)

“The experience of William Miller and his associates, of Captain Joseph Bates, and of other pioneers in the advent message, should be kept before our people.” (Letter 105, 1903)

“The standard-bearers who have fallen in death, are to speak through the reprinting of their writings to bear their testimony as to what constitutes truth for this time.” (CWE32)

“Let those who are dead speak by reprinting their articles.” (MS62, 1905)

“Rehearse the experience of the men who acted a part in the establishment of our work in the beginning.” (MS129, 1905)

“The history of the early experiences in the message will be a power to withstand the masterly ingenuity of Satan’s deceptions.” (Letter 99, 1905)
“The record of the experience through which the people of God passed in the early history of our work must be republished.” (Letter 105, 1903)

“The experience of William Miller and his associates, of Captain Joseph Bates, and of other pioneers in the advent message, should be kept before our people.” (Letter 105, 1903)

“The standard-bearers who have fallen in death, are to speak through the reprinting of their writings to bear their testimony as to what constitutes truth for this time.” (CWE32)

“Let those who are dead speak by reprinting their articles.” (MS62, 1905)

“Rehearse the experience of the men who acted a part in the establishment of our work in the beginning.” (MS129, 1905)

“The history of the early experiences in the message will be a power to withstand the masterly ingenuity of Satan’s deceptions.” (Letter 99, 1905)

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Miller’s Works Volume 2:Evidence From ScriptureAnd History Of TheSecond Coming Of Christ,About The Year 1843
 Evidence from Scripture and History of the Second Coming of Christ, about the year 1843; exhibited in a course of lectures. By William Miller 
ByWilliam Miller
Letting the Light shine
Lighthouse Publishing, IncAbrams, WI 54101
Version 1.0
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1998
 
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Introduction.
In presenting these Lectures to the public, the writer is only complying withthe solicitations of some of his friends, who have requested that his viewson the Prophecies of Daniel and John might be made public. The reader istherefore requested to give the subject a careful and candid perusal, andcompare every part with the standard of Divine Truth; for if theexplanations the writer has given to the scriptures under considerationshould prove correct, the reader will readily perceive that it concerns us all,and becomes doubly important to us, because we live on the eve of one of the most important events ever 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 the Prophecies, by which I have come to the following result, Ihave thought proper to give some of the rules of interpretation which I haveadopted to understand prophecy.Prophetical scripture is very much of it communicated to us by figures andhighly and richly adorned metaphors; by which I mean that figures such asbeasts, birds, airor wind, water, fire, candlesticks, lamps, mountains,islands, &c., are used to represent things prophesied of – such as kingdoms,warriors, principles, people, judgments, churches, word of God, large andsmaller governments. It is metaphorical also, showing some peculiar qualityof the thing prophesied of, by the most prominent feature or quality of thefigure used, as beasts–if a lion, power and rule; if a leopard, celerity; if abear, voracious; and ox, submissive; a man, proud and independent. Firedenotes justice and judgment in its figure; in the metaphor, denotes thepurifying or consuming up the dross or wickedness; as fire has a cleansingquality, so will the justice or judgments of God. "For when thy judgmentsare in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness."Therefore almost all the figures used in prophecy have their literal andmetaphorical meaning; as beasts denote, literally, a kingdom, sometaphorically good or bad, as the case may be, to be understood by thesubject in connection.To understand the literal meaning of figures used in prophecy, I havepursued the following method: – I find the word "beast" used in a figurativesense; I take my concordance, trace the word, and in Daniel 7:17, it isexplained to mean "kings or kingdoms." Again, I come across the words
 
iii"bird or fowl," and in Isa. 46:2, it is used, meaning a conqueror or warrior,–Cyrus. Also, in Ezekiel 39:4-9, denotes armies or conquerors. Again, thewords "air or wind." as used in Rev. 9:2, and 16, 17, to understand which Iturn to Eph 2:2, and 4-14, and there learn that is used as a figure to denotethe theories of worldly men or vain philosophy. Again, "water or rivers" areused as figures in Rev. 17:13, it is explained to mean "peoples or nations.""Rivers" of course mean the nation or people living on the river mentioned,as in Rev. 16: 12. "Fire" is often used in a figurative sense; explained inNum. 21:27, 28, Deut. 32:22, Psal. 78:21, Heb. 12:29, to mean justice and judgment.As prophecy is a language somewhat different from other parts of Scripture,owing to its having been revealed in vision, and that highly figurative, yetGod in his wisdom has so interwoven the several prophecies, that the eventsforetold are not all told by one prophet, and although they lived andprophesied in different ages of the world, yet they tell us the same things; soyou take away one, and a link will be wanting. There is a generalconnection through the whole; like a well-regulated community they allmove in unison, speaking the same things, observing the same rules, so thata Bible reader may almost with propriety suppose, let him read in whatprophecy he may, that he is reading the same prophet, the same author. Thiswill appear evident to any one who will compare scripture with scripture.For example, see Dan. 12:1, Matt. 24:21, Isa. 47:8, Zeph. 2:15, Rev. 18:7.There never was a book written that has a better connection and harmonythan the Bible, and yet it has the appearance of a great store-house full of allthe precious commodities heart could desire, thrown in promiscuously;therefore, the biblical student must select and bring together every part of the subject he wishes to investigate, from every part of the Bible; then letevery word have its own Scripture meaning, every sentence its properbearing, and have no contradiction, and your theory will and must of necessity be correct. Truth is one undeviating path, that grows brighter andbrighter the more it is trodden; it needs no plausible arguments norpompous dress to make it more bright, for the more naked and simple thefact, the stronger the truth appears.Let it be noticed that God has revealed to his prophets the same events indivers figures and at different times, as he has to Daniel in the second,seventh, and eighth chapters concerning the four kingdoms; or to Peter, (seeActs 10:16;) also Isaiah and John. Then, to get the whole truth, all thosevisions or prophecies must be concentrated and brought together, that havereference to the subject which we wish to investigate; and when combined,

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