Vol. II. No. 9.
Pittsburgh, September, 1846.
Whole No. 33.
P R O C L A M A T I O N,
KINGS, PRINCES, RULERS, & PEOPLE, OF ALL NATIONS;
AND TO THE CLERGY AND LAITY OF ALL DENOMINATIONS.
A SKETCH OF THE WORLD'S HISTORY IN CONNECTION WITH
THE ECONOMY OF GOD:
PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST.
There is no subject more in interesting than the history of the world, in connection with the economy of
God. We have but a limited account of the old world; but a sufficiency to show that God spake to the
people thereof and deigned to direct their course in righteousness, but they refused, rebelled and
apostatised from the living God; until his wrath was kindled, and in his indignation he overwhelmed them
in ruin; sweeping them, their children, their goods, and their chattels, from the land of the living;
preserving those, and only those who heard and obeyed his voice.
Again the, earth is to be peopled, by the descendants of the only ones of all the race of man, who were
willing to be aided by the counsel of heaven. God comes to them, and deigns to guide them in the way of
salvation; but scarcely had the voice of God ceased speaking, until the spirit of apostacy is spreading
with rapidity, leaving but few to acknowledge the authority of the living God. Man soon put at defiance
the counsel of his God, took power to himself, pursuing a course dictated by the imaginations of his own
heart, and God ceased to be in his thoughts. Soon, very soon, man was sacrificing to devils, making to
himself gods, and bowing to them, offering them divine reverence, and worshiping and honoring the works
of his own hands. As time progressed, iniquity kept pace with it, and a the generations of man multiplyed,
the knowledge of the true God departed from the earth. Man was arrayed against his fellow man. Tribe
against tribe. Clan against clan. Nation against nation, wars and blood sheds spreading throughout all
the habitations of man, until the earth mourned under the iniquity of the people.
Notwithstanding the displeasure of the Lord manifested against the old world, and its inhabitants, and
while the knowledge of this awful destruction, was fresh in the minds of the people, and its effects visible
to the eyes of men, man again puts at defiance the laws of his God, and refuses to have his counsel. Every
one following the imaginations of his own heart, in despite of all the efforts the Lord was using to save
him from destruction. Paul, the apostle, describes this apostacy, which succeeded the deluge, in the
impressive language. From the 18th verse to the close of the 25th verse, of the 1st chapter of the epistle
to the Romans.
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold
the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed
it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being
understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without
excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but
became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. -- Professing themselves to be wise,
they became fools; And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible
man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to
uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,
who is blessed for ever. Amen."
The apostacy here described, was the one among the first frdcendants of Noah, to whose fathers God had
revealed himself in all his power and majesty, in bringing destruction on the old world, in a way that a
God could only do it, and one who could control the elements; but with these facts before them the first
descendants of Noah made to themselves gods out of wood and stone and bowed down to them; the noble man and
the mean man together. So universally did this apostacy of the decendants of Noah extend, that within
one hundred and fifty years after the flood, the knowledge of the existence of the true God, had so far
departed from the world, that it became necessary for the Lord to take measures to again restore it to the
earth. This he did in the persons of Abraham and his descendants.
To such an extent had the apostacy prevailed, that early in that history of Abraham, the Lord laid waste
Sodom, Gomorah, and the cities of the plane, for their great iniquity. Their sins had come up before the Lord,
and the sufferings caused by their abominations were such, that they called aloud to heaven for vengeance,
and the Lord harkened, and heard, and in his wrath rained down fire and brimstone upon them, until they
perished from off the face of the earth. Not, however, until he attempted to reclaim them, by the ministry
The seven nations of Canaan, were near neighbors of Sodom and Gomorah, when God destroyed these cities, but
the sin of apostacy was too deeply rooted in them to turn to the living God, and repent and live; but they,
like Sodom, grew in iniquity, and increased in transgression, practicing their abominations until the days
of Joshua; offering their children in sacrifice to the gods they had made, until their cup of iniquity was
full, and the Lord sent Joshua with Israel among them with a command to spare none, men, women, nor children,
assuring Israel that so incorigable were the Canaanites, that if they spared any, they would be to Israel as
thorns in their sides, and pricks in their eyes; and, instead of Israel reclaiming them, they would corrupt
Israel with their abominations.
The apostacy having become so general, and the corruptions of the earth so great, that the character and the
authority of the living God had almost ceased to exist among men. God having called Abraham, and separated
him and its seed from the rest of the descenddants of Noah, took such a course with them, as was calculated
to shew forth his power, not only to the seed of Abraham themselves, but through them to the world.
The whole history of that people, before their rebellion against God, was a series of divine manifestations,
and displays of divine power. They were removed from place to place: every where the power of God attended
them, until they became a terror to all nations, and the name of Israel's God had become famous throughout
the earth, as far as the sound extended. Through these means did the great God restore to the earth the
knowledge of himself, after the great apostacy which followed after the flood.
While the great God was thus restoring to man the knowledge of himself, through Israel, the nations were
waring against one another: wars and bloodsheds, under the influence of their idol gods, were reigning, and
idolatry was abounding. The kings and nobles were all lost in the wilds of idolatry, and worshipping the
works of their own hands, as well as animals and plants; for so had idolatry degraded them, that they would
worship any thing and every thing, even one another, as well as the hosts of heaven.
Great were the struggles the various nations and individual aspirants were making for universal empire. They
had lost the knowledge of the true God, and man sought to exercise authority over his fellow man, wherever
and whenever he could do it. -- Rome at last gained the ascendency, and after the conquest -- in the days of
her republic, so called -- an attempt was made to systemize the then systems of idol worship, which until that
time, had assumed no settled form. -- This they did by giving a man power to direct the worship of the gods,
calling him by the imposing title of Pontifix Maximus. That is, the highest Pontiff. This Pontifix
Maximus presided over the worship of all the gods, and the worship of the world, was to a great extent
under his direction.
Rome was now in her glory. She had reached the zenith of her ambition. She controled the political and
religious world. Her iron sway was felt among all nations, and in all climes. She dictated the laws of
government and rules of worship to all people. -- The apostacy had now obtained a systematic form.
From this short sketch we can see the character and extent of the apostacy from the living God, among the
first descendants of Noah. The effects of this apostacy, were wars, bloodsheds, horrors and calamities.
Human sacrifices were offering, from the tender infant to the grey headed father; from the delicate maiden
to the aged matron; and all this because the people had apostatised from the only living and true God.
Oppression was reigning in all lands, and no power but the captice of man to restrain it. Previous to this
time, and during the progress of this apostacy, the Lord had, through Israel, been displaying its power.
Egypt had been tormented. -- Pharaoh and his hosts overwhelmed in the sea. Sodom and Gomorrah consumed with
burning flames from heaven. The seven nations of Canaan desolated by the sword in majesty and terror; but
still the nations persisted in their apostacy at the defiance, as it were, of the Almighty.
Well might Paul say, as before quoted, speaking of this very people, "When they knew God they gloryfied him
not as God:" and again, "They were not willing to retain God in all their thoughts." True it is, that when
the people "knew God they worshipped him not as God; but became vain in their in agitations, and their
foolish hearts a were darkened; and they woreshiped and served the creature more than the creator." In all
this round of political ambition, and base and heaven daring idolatry, was God worshiped as such? let all
Did they not know God? let the deluge, the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, and the cities of the plain, the
overthrow of Pharaoh and his host, the ruin of the nations of Canaan, and the power of God which followed
Israel, all proclaiming the Lord God Omnipotent, speak. True it is when they knew God they worshiped him
not as God, and eqnally true they did not like to retain him in their thoughts.
If the question be asked, from whence came the wars and desolations which have overspread the world, the
answer is and only can be, because the people had apostatised from the living God, were not willing to
retain him in their thoughts, and ceased to a under his influence, and placed themselves under the influence
of the creature more than the creator, and thus were they driven into all excesses of debaucheries,
abominable idolatries, and wars and bloodsheds raged uncontroled in the land.
Had the descendants of Noah continued under the influence of the God of their fathers, would there ever have
been a Pontifix Maximus? the answer to this is easy, or would there have been wars and desolations
among them? all know there would not. The whole scene of desolations, which have world laid waste the would
never have existed, had there not been an apostacy from the living God, and that a daring one too, with the
knowledge of God staring them in the face. Had they have continued to seek counsel at the hand of their God,
as did their father Noah, God would have establisbed them in righteousness before him and their peace "would
have been as river, and their righteousness as the waves of the sea;" but they would not retain him in their
thoughts, and, in consequence, they became vain in their imaginations, and worked all uncleanness with
During the existence of the Roman empire, a new scene presented itself, which changed the condition of the
world; we mean the final apostacy of the Jewish nation, and the birth of our Savior. The Jews, and however
astonishing it may be, turned from the precepts of that God who had, and was, establishing his name through
them. They, in their turn, followed the example of the nations, and became idolaters also. They also began
to offer their children in sacrifice to Moloch; to make gods and bow down to them. The rest of the
descendants of Noah had refused to retain God in their thoughts, and, now Israel became tired of the
restraints of the living God, and wearied of revelations; they had enough; they wanted no more; and sought
other gods to lead them, besides the living God. Idolatry was making its inroads among them, and the
knowledge of the true God about again to depart from the earth, and to be supplanted by idolatry. In
consequence of this, the Lord entered into judgment with them, suffered their enemies to come upon them,
and entirely overthrew them; putting an end to their idolatry forever, and sent them forth among all
nations, to be a witness unto all the rest of Noah's posterity, of God's displeasure against apostacy, and
to prepare the way for the end that must come, which could not come till the Jews had been scattered among
all nations; and had been oppressed by all; after which time the Lord was to have mercy on them, and punish
all the nations which had afflicted them.
The disposition in man to turn away from his God, is most incorigable. They will do it in the very midst of
the displays of God's power, and persist in it, till they are destroyed from the land of the living. The
present idolatry of the heathen world, at this day, is the remains of that ancient apostacy of the first
descendants of Noah, which no length of time can reclaim, nor power of God manifested, turn from their
rebellion, but to this day worship stocks and stones, and offer one another in sacrifice to them....
All men who read the bible, have come to the conclusion that the bible contemplates a different order of
things, in the world, from that which now exists. We read that the knowledge of God is to cover the earth
as the waters do the sea. That men are to beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning
hooks, and are to learn war no more: that the very beasts of the field, and of the forest, are to cease their
destruction, to lay down together, and nothing is to hurt or destroy. All these things loudly proclaim a
widely different order of things from that which exists; but upon what principle are these things to take
place, is the matter of inquiry. Some content themselves by saying the Lord will bring it to pass as he
pleases, and we will go on as we are till then. Others think they have something to do with it, and go to
work under the impression that if they can convert the Jews and heathens to their religious faith, they
will make one great step toward accomplishing the object: hence comes missionaries and missionary societies.
Men devoting their time, tallents, and money, with a zeal that will bear the severest trials and sacrifices,
and expose their lives in view of obtaining the order of things contemplated in the bible; but all their
good designs are frustrated; for scarcely has one religious sect commenced its missionary operations among
the people of a foreign nation, till the missionaries of another one there, and Babylon goes hand in hand
with their exertions.
Others take a different course, but all in view of the same object: all aiming at the order of things
contemplated in the bible. -- They begin by proclaiming reformation, at home and great attempts are made
to get some principle on which Babylon can unite, or that department of it which is included in the christian
apostacy; thinking if they can get this done, then, they can go forth and convert the Jew and heathen
departments of Babylon, and thereby destroy Babylon, and usher in that age of peace; but these attempts all
fail. Those who rise up with this view only make another sect, and Babylon is still Babylon. For our own
gratification we will here notice some of the attempts of this latter class, that have been made since our
recollection, as there have been several.
Two men made their appearance about the same time, on in the north, and the other in the south, Elias Smith,
of the north, and Barton Stone of the south, they proclaimed the bible as the only creed, denounced the
creeds and confssions of faith of the different sects, as one of the great causes of the divisions of the
Christian world; but all their efforts to reform this department of Babylon terminated in producing a new
sect. They could not get the other sects to unite with them on the bible. A number of years afterwards
there was another attempt made to reform Babylon, in the persons, of A. Campbell and his associates; the
bible again, was to be the creed; this reformation had added a little to the former, they added the item
of remission of sins to baptism, and with this went forth with great zeal; but old Babylon was too stout
for them! At one time B. Stone of the former reformation, and A. Campbell of the latter, partially united,
but the elements, of which their bible creeds were composed, were too heterogeneous to unite them very
firmly; B. Stone said some things, and wrote some things about the gift of the Holy Spiri, which did not
relish very well with A. Campbell and his associates, and again their pens are employed against each other.
This order of things did not long exist; in a few years behold one of A. Campbell's principal men, W. Scott,
has changed his position from trying to reform Babylon, he is trying to unite her, and his Protestant
Unionist is now in existence.
We have presented these cases, because they have transpired in our own day and the results are now before
our eyes. We have most decisive proof in all these things, that no attempt made or that can be made can
in any degree change or alter the character of Babylon.. She is and will remain Babylon; till the Lord
himself takes her in hand, and then she will fall, disappear, and be found no more.
The cases, that we have mentioned of efforts to convert and reform Babylon, we have done because they have
taken place in our own day, but we might introduce a multitude of cases of similar character. -- That large
and popular society called Methodist, had its origin in an attempt to reform Babylon; but only produced
another sect. There have been attempts to unite certain parts of Babylon, without taking her whole dominions
within the scope of the operation, but a small part only. An attempt of this kind was made in Scotland. There
were a party seceeded from the kirk of Scotland, which were called Seceeders. An consequence of certain laws
made, after their secession, it made a division among them. They were laws which effected mercantile or
other business of a similar character. Such of the Seceeeders as lived in towns, were effected by them; but
those in the country were not. Those in towns had to subscribe to the laws, or else their business must be
stopped. They did so, this gave offence to those of the sect who lived in the country, who were not so
immediately effected by said laws, and a division was made in their ranks. Those in the town were called
Burgers. Those in the country Anti-Burgers.
In process of time an attempt was made to unite the Burgers and Anti-Burgers, but instead of uniting them
another sect was produced, called Unionist, which sect remains to this day. We might add a multitude of
instances of the same kind, but it would swell this pamphlet beyond the limits we have prescribed for it,
but what has been said shews that Babylon can neither bo reformed nor united.
From this short account of Babylon, and the attempt men have made to change or alter her character, we will
turn and ask what has the Lord said about her. Men have built her, but cannot change her character, and if
the Lord does not take her into hand, there is one thing certain, that state of things contemplatod in the
bible will never exist....
The Lord has spoken to the people world by his prophets, in former days of these things; and in the meridian
of time by his Son, and by the apostles and prophets of Jesus, all declaring the same things; and
then, again, has the Lord spoken from the ground, as by one from the dead, notifying the world that the day
was at hand, and the period had arrived for him to begin to prepare for the general destruction which was
shortly coming: and again, he sends the warning voice out of the midst of Babylon, calling upon the world to
hear and obey the call, lest destruction overtake them as a thief in the night.
Let all the kings and rulers of the earth, know assuredly, that this call is made by the counsel of the
same God who inspired the prophets and apostles of old, and by his direction; for verily hath the Lord
required this at our hand, and in obedience to his will we send it forth to the world, as a fore-runner of
what is coming on this generation.
The time is at hand when all shall know, whether they believe us now or not, that what we have here written,
is the truth of heaven, for this generation shall not pass till all is fulfilled. Then as Noah did
to the old world, so do we to the new world, and proclaim to all the inhabitants thereof, that this world is
drawing near its close, the present order of things is shortly to pass away, and the Lord himself is about to
take to himself his great power, and get to himself a great name. The Lamb that was slain, but is alive and
liveth forevermore, is beginning to prepare for his second advent, not to be slain, but to put down all rule
and all authority, but his own. Let those who profess to teach the religion of Christ, beware lest they bring
double vengeance on their heads, by attempting to act the name of Jesus, when he has not authorised them to
do so, and be found blind leaders of the blind, and they and those led by them, all parish together.
We call upon all men, to give glory to God and worship him, who made heaven, and earth and all things therein,
for the hour of his judgment has come, and all who will not resign the honors into his hand, and repent before
him, will be cast down to rise no more, whether they be kings, princes, rulers, bighops, cardinals, popes, we
call upon all to hear and obey, for the Lord will not be mocked by men.
Finally, we call upon all of all nations and climes, whether rulers or ruled, priest or lay, master or servant,
matrons or maidens, to [hear] and attend to this voice of warning, that they be not destroyed. We say to all
who will obey, and leave Babylon; Babylon the great, for the Lord will lay her, her kings, her princes, her
nobles, her mighty men, her artificers, her musicians, and all her riches and glories, in ruins, in one hour,
even in one generation, and that generation is now on the earth.
This proclamation we send forth, not of man, nor by man; neither of any private impulse of our own; but by
the revelation of Jesus Christ. To whom, with God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, be glory forever and ever,