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"I saw another messenger flying through the midst of heaven, having everlasting good
In commencing anew our editorial labors, a few observations, by way of introduction, will be naturally expected from us. We think that the character of our future endeavors, is most truly indicated by our past exertions. The same immutable principles will continue to guide us, as we step hopefully forward on the journey of life.
We desire to be mindful of the numerous instances of kindness and sympathy which we have experienced at the hands of our friends and contributors, both at home and abroad. We trust that the same earnest co-operation will be extended to us in the future. It has been our anxious endeavor, so far as circumstances would permit, to satisfy the wishes of all; but, unfortunately, we have not succeeded in accomplishing this difficult task. Indeed, in the present state of human knowledge, and with faith, hope, and love so imperfectly developed, such a result is not to be expected, either by the editor or the subscribers and contributors. There is scarcely any work in which we engage that yields us unmingled satisfaction. It is the lot of humanity. By it the truly enlightened disciple of Jesus is constantly reminded of his glorious destiny. "Then shall I be satisfied, when I awake up in thy likeness.”
It is in hope of rendering good service to the cause of truth and righteousness, that we recommence the duties connected with the publication of another volume of the Harbinger. Our resources are ample as they will, we doubt not, prove interesting ; and, with the able assistance of our accustomed and esteemed contributors, we may safely promise our readers a volume of surpassing utility and value.
We maintain, as heretofore, that the Christian system embodies the most stupendous and wonderful histories and facts that ever came under the notice of man. Its commands, promises, and threatenings are clothed in the most imperious terms, demanding our unreserved confidence and implicit obedience. In this system, then, as unfolded in the New Testament, we have history written for our instruction and imitation — facts recorded to elicit and strengthen our faith-commands given to test our obedience--promises made to stimulate our hopes of enjoyment — and threatenings pronounced that we may be warned against incurring the penalties therein set forth. By a careful observance of these things, we shall best prepare ourselves for the blessedness which awaits the Christian, and escape the doom denounced against the disobedient and the unbeliever. “ Convinced that the sources of spiritual light are exclusively confined to the Scriptures of Truth, we entertain no hope of profiting in the least degree