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E. G. Dorsey, PrinteTi



The following pages were penned at the request of the Rev. James
Anderson, Rector of Moore and Drum, in the Diocese of Tuam, who
put Mr. Gipps' book, unexpectedly, into the hands of the author. — As
the examination was undertaken, in obedience to the wishes of a private
friend, and commenced without any view to pubhcation, (he work itself
is not shaped as it would have been, under other circumstances. Much
of the practical bearing of the subject has been omitted — the reader is
requested to make up the deficiency, by bringing every page at once to
the test of God's revealed word, and to the throne of grace. The mat-
ters discussed, are of infinite moment; affect in the deepest manner our
respective relations to time and eternity ; and can only subserve any
salutary end when our inquiries into them are conducted under the
guidance of the Holy Spirit, and in reverent submission to his authority.
— Oh ! that there were one unanimous cry to arise, from every section
of the visible Church, for the outpouring of the Spirit on the whole. —
Till this event arrive, we shall be torn with dissensions — led astray by
every error that arises — and polluted with evils. — It becomes us now
with an irrepressible energy, with entreaties that admit of no denial, to
cry mightily to the Lord to restore his comforts unto us, and revisit
his vine— for— The Lord is nigh, even at the doors, to take account of
his servants.



Author's respect for Mr. Gipps. — The Second Advent not
more discoursed of in the New Testament than in the Old.
— Difference of opinion on tiie subject does not depend on the
Interpretation of Rev. xx. 4, 5. — The Second Coming of
Christ is foretold in the previous part of the book. — Dani^er
of Interpreting^ words, not according to the context, bvit
according to their use in other places, when applied to other
subjects.— Ten points. — Eight considerations examined. —
Argument from authority rebutted, - _ _ . _ 5—35


Parables. — Wheat and Tares. — Criticism on the expression
Kingdom of Heaven, illustrated by grain of mustard seed.
— Confounding the judgment on the wicked quick, and on
the wicked dead, cause of error. — Harvest and Vintage, Joel
ii. 3, 1 1 .—The Draw Net.— The Marriage Supper.— Talents.
— Judgment, illustrated by reference to Dan. vii. 13. — The
■wovAs Nations. — Saints exYA^dncA. — Goats and Sheep, Ezek.
xxxiv. 10, 31. Mic. iv. 6, 8, 36—57


The Transfiguration.— The Coming-One.— 2 Pet. i. 16.—
Prophecyof the Judgment, Matt. xxiv. — Parable of the Fig-
tree and all the trees, Luke xxi. — The Gospel Kingdom. —
Figurative Comings. — The Last Day. — Christ's voice heard
in the grave. — The Judgment-seat of Christ.— Retribution
of enemies, - 58—84


The Kingdom.— Matt. xiii. 41; xvi. 28.— Luke i. 33; xxii. 30.—
John xviii. 36.— Eph. v. 5.— Col. i. 13.— 2 Tim. iv. 18.— Heb. i.
8.-2 Pet. i. 11, The delivering up of the Kingdom. — 1 Cor.



XV. 23— 26.— David ic rule over Enemies.— The Tabernacle
state of the New Heavens and New Earth.— Psalms ex.
xlvii.— First Fruits.— The End.— 2 Tim. iv. 1. - - - 84—116


Literal and Figurative interpretation discussed. — Symbols. —
Psa. xi. 6— 8.— The Branch and Root of Jesse.— Isa. Iv. 12,
13. — Resurrection of Souls. — Mr. Gipps' Rules of Literal
and Figurative Interpretation examined. — First Resurrec-
tion as connected with the Statements in Zech. xiv. 1 — 11.
—Luke XX. 34— 36.— Acts iv. 1, 2.-1 Cor. xv. Phil. iii. 11. 117—149


Letter to His Grace the Hon. and Most Rev. the Lord Arch-
bishop of Tuam, &c. &c. - - 151—159

Notes, 160





Author's respect for Mr. Gipps. — The Second Advent not more discoursed of
in the New Testament than in the Old. — Difference of opinion on the sub-
ject does not depend on the Interpretation of Rev. xx. 4, 5. — The Second
Coming of Christ is foretold in the previous part of the book. — Danger of
Interpreting words, not according to the context, but according to their use
in other places, when applied to other subjects. — Ten points. — Eight con-
siderations examined. — Argument from authority rebutted.

UikMay, 1833:
Mr DEAR Friend,

I have complied with your request, and perused Mr, Gipps'
treatise on the First Resurrection with the most diligent atten-
tion. The excellent spirit, which pervades it, is just what I
should have expected from a man of the deep piety, which I
believe the author to have possessed. I remember still, with
great pleasure, the sweet savour of his preaching on one occa-
sion at St. John's, Chichester, some years ago, where I had the
privilege of hearing him. His mode of treating the subject
also, is what it ought have been, an appeal to the written word.
In obedience to your request, I will just glance at the princi-
pal topics, with as much regard to your desire for brevity as
possible, and with all the respect, wiiich is due to the memory
of so devoted a minister of the word.

I. The notion with which he set out, of finding a priori more
of the Second Advent in the New Testament than in the Old,
js one which cannot be granted and is quite unfounded. One,
who comes to the perusal of any part of the Bible with a pre-
conceived conviction of what he must, or must not find there,
is sure to err. In point of fac'r, the New Testament contains
vastly more oi the Jirst Advent, than we meet with about it in
the Old. It is actually a history of all that related to that ad-
vent, with lengthened proofs that he who has come is the Mes-


siah, though he has not yet fulfilled all that was predictetl con-
cerning him; and hortatory declarations of duty, involved in,
and arising out of the fact, that the Virgin-born deliverer has
appeared. These declarations necessarily connect themselves
with the completion of the deliverance, to be effected at the
period of the second advent, respecting which, therefore, we
meet with abundant intimations for the encouragement of the
faithful. But these notices of the coming one, (o s/i;^s/^£voc) are,
in general, assumptions rather than descriptions of the fact,
that he will return as the destined conqueror and king. They
suppose the previously revealed matter as certain; and rather
enforce the moral obligations connected with his Epiphany to
come, than detail its results. These, on the contrary, are to
• be met with, at great length, in the Prophets, and therefore
are we directed to them for illumination in all that relates to
the Presence (n^tpovc-nt) and Majesty (M6j-aA£»T»

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