History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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The golden head was to represent Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon; the other parts other kings and forms of government, which I shall not now mention in detail, but confine my remarks more particularly to the feet of the image. The policy of the wicked spirit is to seperate what God has joined together, and unite what he has seperated, which he has succeded in doing to admiration, in the present state of society, which is like unto iron & clay. There is confusion in all things both political and religious and notwithstanding all the efforts that are made to bring about a union, society remains disunited, and all attempts to unite it are as fruitless as to attempt to unite it are as <​it are as​> fruitless as to attempt to unite iron and clay.
The feet of the image is the government of these . Other nations <​& kingdoms​> are looking up to her for an example of union, freedom and equal rights, and, therefore, worship her like as Daniel saw in the vision, although they are beginning to lose confidence in her, on seeing the broils and discord that distract her political and religious horizons. This image is characteristic of all governments and institutions, or most of them; as they begin with a head of gold and terminate in the conte[m]ptible feet of iron and clay. They make a splendid appearance at first, promising much more than they can perform, and finally end in degradation and sink in infamy. We should not only start to come out of Babylon, but we should leave her entirely, lest we be overthrown in her ruins. We should, therefore, keep on improving and reforming. Twenty four hours for improvement now, is worth as much as a year was, a hundred years ago. The spirit of the Fathers was cut down, or those that were under the altar, are now rising, this is the first resurrection. the Elder that falls first will rise last. We should not form any opinion only for the present, and leave the result of futurity with God. I have risen up out of obscurity, but was looked up to, when but a youth in temporal things. It is not necessary that God should give us all things at first, or in his first commission to us, but in his second John Saw the Angel deliver the gospel in the last days, which would not be necessary if it were already in the world: This expression would be inconsistent, The small lights that God has given are sufficient to lead us out of Babylon [p. 123]
The golden head was to represent Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon; the other parts other kings and forms of government, which I shall not now mention in detail, but confine my remarks more particularly to the feet of the image. The policy of the wicked spirit is to seperate what God has joined together, and unite what he has seperated, which he has succeded in doing to admiration, in the present state of society, which is like unto iron & clay. There is confusion in all things both political and religious and notwithstanding all the efforts that are made to bring about a union, society remains disunited, and all attempts to unite it are as fruitless as to attempt to unite it are as fruitless as to attempt to unite iron and clay.
The feet of the image is the government of these . Other nations & kingdoms are looking up to her for an example of union, freedom and equal rights, and, therefore, worship her like as Daniel saw in the vision, although they are beginning to lose confidence in her, on seeing the broils and discord that distract her political and religious horizons. This image is characteristic of all governments and institutions, or most of them; as they begin with a head of gold and terminate in the contemptible feet of iron and clay. They make a splendid appearance at first, promising much more than they can perform, and finally end in degradation and sink in infamy. We should not only start to come out of Babylon, but we should leave her entirely, lest we be overthrown in her ruins. We should, therefore, keep on improving and reforming. Twenty four hours for improvement now, is worth as much as a year was, a hundred years ago. The spirit of the Fathers was cut down, or those that were under the altar, are now rising, this is the first resurrection. the Elder that falls first will rise last. We should not form any opinion only for the present, and leave the result of futurity with God. I have risen up out of obscurity, but was looked up to, when but a youth in temporal things. It is not necessary that God should give us all things at first, or in his first commission to us, but in his second John Saw the Angel deliver the gospel in the last days, which would not be necessary if it were already in the world: This expression would be inconsistent, The small lights that God has given are sufficient to lead us out of Babylon [p. 123]
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