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THE

THEOLOGICAL AND LITERARY

JOURNAL.

EDITED BY DAVID N. LORD.

VOL. III.

JULY, 1850-APRIL, 1851.

NEW YORK:
PUBLISHED BY FRANKLIN KNIGHT,

140 NASSAU STREET.
LONDON JOHN CHAPMAN,

142 STRAND.

1851.

THERE

ENTERED according to Act of Congress in the year 1850, by

DAVID N. LORD,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

ROBERT CRAIGHIAD, PRINTER,

112 FULTON STREET.

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Art. I.-WILL THE GRAND CONSUMMATION, giving the King

doms of this world to Christ, be introduced under the Dispensation of the Spirit ? By Rev. Joseph Steele, Castleton, Vermont. An Article in the Bibliotheca Sacra, November, 1849.

BY THE EDITOR.

A MORE general reason perhaps than any other for neglecting the study of the prophetic Scriptures, is the impression that the knowledge of them, if attained, would be of but little utility. All the great truths of the gospel, it is held, and the various forms of duty, grounds of obligation, and sources of motive, are already understood. An exact comprehension, therefore, of the revelations made in the visions of the Apocalypse and the ancient prophets, cannot, it is inferred, essentially affect any question of faith or duty, and may, without injury, be postponed till made known by events. In this judgment, which is, we believe, wholly mistaken and unfriendly to the piety of the church, as well as irreverent to God, Mr. Steele does not concur. He holds that no “question can be of greater practical importance to the church,” than that debated by interpreters : whether the giving of the kingdoms

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