Sunday January 29, 2012

Continuing our posting of the chapters from the new book, Beginning & End. Millers dream is in three parts. I really learned a great deal about God’s care over his own through this dream.

We shift gears just a bit, to add Brother Miller’s dream about the man with the dirt-brush; with Notes and Introduction, by James White. I make no comments in this portion.

Brother Miller’s Dream, The Present Truth, No. 10, James White, Oswego, May, 1850,  p. 73.

BROTHER MILLER’S DREAM

The following dream was published in the “Advent Herald,” more than two years since. I then saw that it clearly marked out our past second advent experience, and that God gave the dream for the benefit of the scattered flock.

Among the signs of the near approach of the great and the terrible day of the Lord, God has placed dreams. See Joel ii,28-31; Acts ii,17-20. Dreams may come in three ways; first, “through the multitude of business.” See Eccl.v,3. Second, those who are under the foul spirit and deception of Satan, may have dreams through his influence. See Deut.xiii,1-5; Jer.xxiii,25-28; xxvii,9; xxix,8; Zech.x,2; Jude 8. And third, God has always taught, and still teaches his people more or less by dreams, which come through the agency of angels and the Holy Spirit. Those who stand in the clear light of truth will know when God gives them a dream; and such will not be deceived and led astray by false dreams.

“And he said, Hear now my words; if there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” Num.xii,6. Said Jacob, “The angel of the Lord spake unto me in a dream.” Gen.xxxi,2. “And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night.” Gen.xxxi,24. Read the dreams of Joseph, [Gen.xxxvii,5-9,] and then the interesting story of their fulfilment in Egypt. “In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night.” – Kings iii,5. The great important image of the second chapter of Daniel was given in a dream, also the four beasts, etc. of the seventh chapter. When Herod sought to destroy the infant Saviour Joseph was warned in a dream to flee into Egypt. Matt.ii,13.

“And it shall come to pass in the LAST DAYS, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts ii,17.

The gift of prophecy, by dreams and visions, is here the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and in the last days is to be manifested sufficiently to constitute a sign. It is one of the gifts of the gospel church.

“And he gave some apostles; and some PROPHETS; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Eph.iv,11,12.

“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily PROPHETS,” etc. Cor.xii,28. “Despise not PROPHESYINGS.” Thess.v,20. See also Acts xiii,1; xxi,9; Rom.xii,6; Cor.xiv,1,24,39. Prophets or prophesyings are for the edification of the church of Christ; and there is no evidence that can be produced from the word of God, that they were to cease before evangelists, pastors and teachers were to cease. But says the objector, “There has been so many false visions and dreams that I can not have confidence in anything of the kind.” It is true that Satan has his counterfeit. He always had false prophets, and certainly we may expect them now in this his last hour of deception and triumph. Those who reject such special revelations because the counterfeit exists, may with equal propriety go a little farther and deny that God ever revealed himself to man in a dream or a vision, for the counterfeit always existed.

Dreams and visions are the medium through which God has revealed himself to man. Through this medium he spake to the prophets; he has placed the gift of prophecy among the gifts of the gospel church, and has classed dreams and visions with the other signs of the “LAST DAYS.” Amen.

My object in the above remarks has been to remove objections in a scriptural manner, and prepare the mind of the reader for the following

DREAM.

    “I dreamed that God, by an unseen hand, sent me a curiously wrought casket,

The “casket” represents the great truths of the Bible, relative to the second advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, which were given Bro. Miller to publish to the world.

about ten inches long by six square, made of ebony and pearls curiously inlaid. To the casket there was a key

The “key attached” was his manner of interpreting the prophetic Word – Comparing scripture with scripture – the Bible its own interpreter. With this key Bro. Miller opened the “casket,” or the great truth of the advent to the world.

attached. I immediately took the key and opened the casket, when, to my wonder and surprise, I found it filled with all sorts and sizes of jewels,

The “jewels, diamonds, &c.” of “all sorts and sizes” so “beautifully arranged in their several places in the casket” represent the children of God, [Mal.iii,17,] from all the churches, and from almost every station, and situation of life, who received the advent faith, and were seen to take a bold stand in their several stations, in the holy cause of truth. While moving in this order, each attending to his own duty, and walking humbly before God, “they reflected a light and glory” to the world, equalled only by the church in the days of the apostles. The message, [Rev.xiv.6,7,] went as it were, upon the wings of the wind, and the invitation, “Come, for all things are now ready,” [Luke xiv,17.] went abroad with power and effect.

diamonds, precious stones, and gold and silver coin of every dimension and value, beautifully arranged in their several places in the casket; and thus arranged they reflected a light and glory equalled only by the sun. I thought it was my duty not to enjoy this wonderful sight alone, although my heart was overjoyed at the brilliancy, beauty and value of its contents. I therefore placed it on a centre-table in my room, and gave out word that all who had a desire might come and see the most glorious and brilliant sight ever seen by man in this life. The people began to come in, at first few in number, but increasing to a crowd.

“The people began to come in, at first few in number, but increasing to a crowd.” When the advent doctrine was first preached by Bro. Miller, and a very few others, it had but little effect, and but very few were waked up by it; but from 1840 to 1844, wherever it was preached, the whole community was aroused.

God Bless your Study

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