Strickersville, Pa., April 3, 1849.
BROTHER BEEBE: – I am still committing blunders, and fear I shall never get from from the imperfection. If my blunders affected myself alone, I could better bear with them; but when they affect others, I feel grieved at myself. If I thought I could comply, I would make a promise to do better for the future, but I fear it would be useless. Through a fool should be brayed in a morter with wheat, with a peatle, yet will not his folly depart from him; and though I feel somewhat bruised by brother Trott’s peatle, I still fear that fear that my foolishness will cleave to me as long as I am in this tabernacle. The remarks alluded to by brother Trott, were an honest expression of my feelings then, as well as now; I did then, and do now believe there are many contributers that know more about the Revelations than I do, or ever shall in this world; how it will be in another and better, should I be so happy as to reach there is yet to be known. But I had no person in view at the time, nor had I any thing else in view than to express my feelings. I admit the remarks will bear a construction entirely different from any thing intended by me. I find in close connection with his severe reference to my remarks, he supposes he has thrown himself open to the shafts of contempt by his wild speculations, &c. Now I am somewhat at lost to understand his exact meaning; but if he designs to convey the idea that I had felt disposed to reflect on him for any thing he has ever written on the Revelations, or anything else, I am happy to be able to say that he is grossly mistaken; for I have never seen any thing from his pen that I could treat with indifference, must less with contempt.
As to brother Trott’s “speculations” about the Jesuits, I see nothing wild; the facts stated by him, are fully sustained by the most authentic history, and as to their capability of every species of falsehood and intrigue, there is no question with us; we all agree that such is their character. And as to his conjecture in reference to their influence in the modern events I perceive nothing wild, must less contemptible; indeed I see nothing in them at war with probability; for there is no knowing the depth of Jesuitical cunning.
As to the downfall of popery, I have no idea that it has arrived; for, to me it is clear that that event will be preceded by the death,and resurrection of the Witnesses, which events I cannot think have yet occurred. But as I could see nothing in the Revelations that seemed to have any direct bearing on the present conditions of the beast, I was led to make the enquiry. I had thought for some time, on the “Seven Thunders,” which, no doubt, embraced certain events connected with the history of the church, from the recording of which John was prohibited for wise purposes; I think however, that from this prohibition I was led into a mistake; for I was disposed to think that as John was not permitted to record the things uttered in the seven thunders, that I had no right to form any conjecture about them; but I am now of a different opinion; for if the events uttered by these thunders are to transpire, as they, no doubt will, if they have not already, I see no impropriety in forming conjectures in reference to them; particularly when important events do occur, that are not particularly pointed out in that part of Revelation, which is written.
As to brother Trott’s conjectures on this point, I am much pleased with them, I think they have helped me very much in this particular, and I am almost ready to say that I have no doubt that the present events are under that prophecy; however they are certainly important, and whatever may be the natural cause of them, God is certainly at the helm. His counsel shall stand, and he will do all his pleasure. Although what he doeth we may not fully know now; yet we shall know hereafter; for I have no question that all the prophecies, have been, now are, or will be fully understood by the church, to the praise and glory of her adorable Head, who never has – never can be deposed from any position he sustains. In conclusion I just say, I hope brother Trott, and others will believe me when I say, that in my remarks alluded to by him, I had no idea of casting any reflection on any one, nor of throwing a bar in the way of any.
Dear brother Beebe, I can without the least hesitancy endorse your editorial, in the 6th number. Indeed you have expressed my own views which I have long entertained on the subject, much more fully than I could myself; and I do hope it may have its desired effect. I am fully convinced that we have much more cause of sorrow in looking at the state of things among us, than we have of fear from the howling and barking of all the wolves and dogs by which we are surrounded. I will conclude by wishing you and all the household of faith Grace, mercy, and peace, through our Lord Jesus Christ; to whom be glory, now and forever. – Amen.
Signs of the Times.
Volume 17, No. 8.
April 15, 1849.