Post Number: 261
|Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 9:00 am: || |
Friday, July 14, 1843
(taken from Litchfield Enquirer)
Letter from William Miller to Brother Himes
Brother Himes-- My health is on the gain, as my folks would say. I have now only twenty-two biles from teh bigness of a grape to a walnut, on my shoulder, side, back and arms. I am truly afflicted like Job. And about as many comforters--only they do not come to me as did Job's, and their arguments are not near so rational. I want to see brother Bliss. I hope he is right about the termination of the periods, but I think not. I will tell you why, if you will examine, you will find all the ceremonies of the typical law, that were observed the first month, or vernal equinox, had their fulfillment in Christ's first advent and sufferings; but after all the feasts and ceremonies in the seventh month or autumnal equinox, can only have thier fulfillment at his second advent--
Let me notice some:
1. The ark rested on the seventh month, seventeenth day. This has an appearance of a type, the rest of the gospel ark at the judgment. Genesis 8:4
2. The sanctuary, and worshippers, and all appearing to it, were cleansed on the seventh month, tenth to seventeenth day, Lev. 14:29-34, surely a type.
3. The Israelites of God were to afflict their souls, from the evening of the ninth to the evening of the tenth day, seventh month, Lev. 23:27-35, a type of the troubles, Daniel 12:1.
4. The holy convocation of all Israel, seventh month, 1-15 day, Lev. 23:24; Num. 24:1. A type of the gathering of the elect, Psalms 81:3-4, 98:6.
5. The great feast, seventh month, fifteenth day, all Israel appeared before the Lord. Lev. 23:34; 1 Kings 8:2.--Type of the marriage supper. Heb. 9:9,10.
6. The jubilee sounded seventh month, tenth day, through all the land. Lev. 25:9,10. Type of final redemption. 1 Thess. 4:14-17.
7. The time of release of all Hebrews in bondage seventh month fifteenth day. Deut. 15:1-15, 31:10-11; Jer. 24:8-14, at the feast of tabernacles. This evidently is typical of the release of the Israel of God.
8. The atonement was made on the tenth day, seventh month, and this is certainly typical of the atonement Christ is now making for us. Lev. 16:1-34, antitype. Heb. 9:1-28.
9. When the high priest came out of the holy of holies, after making the atonement, he blessed the people. Lev. 9:22,23; 2 Samuel 6:18. SO will our Great High Priest. Heb. 9:28. This was on the seventh month, tenth day.
10. This was in harvest time, the feast of harvest was kept in the seventh month from teh tenth day to the seventeenth. Lev. 23:30 (this part was faded). Christ says plain in the "harvest time".
11. Also in the feast of the tabernacles, in the great day of the (illegible) in the last day, Jesus' voice will call forth in the righteous dead. John 5 28, 29. 1 Thess. 4:16.
Will you and brother Bliss examine and tell me what you think of my scribble, on this point. If this should be true we shall not see his glorious appearing until after the autumnal equinox. A few months more of trial and calumny (?), and then all will be over. I wish I could see you once more, but do not leave your work to gratify me; MINE I expect is done. I am ashamed to write to any but you, brother Himes; you can and will pity the trembling hand of
Low Hampton, May 3, 1843.
Post Number: 262
|Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 9:01 am: || |
Some of the newspaper wasn't very legible.
I am surprised, but maybe I shouldn't be, that I wasn't taught this stuff about Miller while growing up.
(Message edited by butterfly_poette on October 11, 2012)
Post Number: 14024
|Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 10:45 pm: || |
Another thing we weren't taught is that William Miller was a 32nd degree Mason during the time he came up with his 15 proofs for the return of Christ in 1843.
Post Number: 993
|Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 - 5:46 am: || |
His point #6 demonstrates Miller's lack of Biblical acumen. Jesus unequivocally claimed to be the fulfillment of Jubilee:
He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him, and unrolling the scroll, He found the place where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
because He has anointed Me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me
to proclaim freedom to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him. He began by saying to them, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled."
Jesus read from Isaiah 61:1-2, which is a prophecy that speaks in terms of the Jubilee. Then Jesus said, "Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled."
Miller's error here is yet another example of the problems one gets in to when one lets the Old Testament interpret the New, rather than the other way around.