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"I saw another messenger flying through the midst of heaven, having everlasting good news
to proclaim to the inhabitants of the earth, even to every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and
people ; saying with a loud voice- Fear God, and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgments
is come; and worship him who made heaven, and earth, and sea, and the fountains of water"
(John.)

VOLUME V. THIRD SERIES.

LONDON:
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND CO.

PREFACE.

We now commence our editorial labors for 1852. Another year is filed, and the stream of Time is bearing us forward, whether we will or not. “ Steady and strong the current flows." These epochs of time, with Christians especially, should always be made subservient to religious instruction and edification. In taking farewell of the old, and entering upon the new year, the devout in heart finds innumerable themes for meditation, prayer, and thanksgiving. The mind will, as the seasons recur, be powerfully moved when pondering the path of our feet; and the questions will naturally arise, How has the year closed with us ?- What account of our stewardship has it rendered in the book of God's remembrance ? - What inventory as our portion of the wide-spread domain of truth, love, purity, and immortality ?-How stands our account upon that record, the characters of which are immutable ? “ Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap;" “ And what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ?" A retrospect of the past is commanded, that by reflection and self-examination we may improve for the future.

The disciple of Jesus is graphically described as running a race. But the representation is as true of the wicked. The members of the human family may occupy various positions along the track of life's great journey; but they are all hastening forward the race is universal. Some are rapidly ascending the mountain side, others have already reached the summit, and the shade of evening is falling upon those who have commenced its descent. Well, indeed, will the journey end with us if, as we run, we keep our attention steadily fixed upon “ the mark for the prize of our high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Happy are we, if advancing years cause us to drink deeper at the fountain, which Jesus declared should be in a well of water, springing up to everlasting life.” Happy if the heart be not chilled with increasing age--if, as years revolve their round, the heart yearns to approach nearer to God. Thrice happy, if we increase in devotion, in humility, in kindness, in diligence, and in ripeness for the eternal inheritance which is placed before us in the promises of Him who cannot lie. Animated with a prospect so enrapturing to the eye of faith, let us hail another circuit of our planet as a happy new year, given by the Father of us all.

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From these reflections we turn to considerations identified with our future labors. Another volume of the Harbinger is called for by most, if not by all our supporters and contributors, who have urged upon us its continuance. If they desire to know anything concerning the character of its contents, we can only refer them to the previous volumes, as indicating what the ensuing volume is likely to contain. That it will not be inferior, in any respect, to its predecessors, as to its matter or arrangement, or in its earnest pleadings for the truth, we can confidently assume, upon good and substantial evidence.

It is well known that this periodical sustains a different position to that of

any other in Great Britain. Its articles comprehend mainly, at least - the thoughts and free inquiries of others rather than our own. Nevertheless we generally, though not always, approve of what is presented to our readers. But the great design of this effort is to advance the claims of the gospel of Jesus upon the attention of the world, and to plead for Primitive Christianity unconnected with human traditions. We desire to learn this beaven-born science as it came from the lips of Jesus and his holy Apostles 1800 years ago, and to uphold the Word of God in its integrity, as the only rule of faith and practice.

We may be permitted to say, without incurring the charge of egotism, that we commence this volume with as much zeal as we have felt at any former period, with a little more experience, a deeper conviction of the truth for which we contend, and of the importance of the position occupied by the Reformation-and with as firm reliance on the wisdom and grace from above. Hitherto our efforts have been successful for good, and we entertain the conviction, that for the future they will not be in vain. In the midst of our engagements, we feel that this undertaking is no sinecure.

We are greatly indebted to Brethren A. Campbell, Professor Pendleton, Dr. Richardson, W. Scott, J. B. Ferguson, and many others in Great Britain and America — whose names are doubtless familiar to our readers for their contributions to the pages of the Harbinger. These brethren, with some hundreds of thousands in different parts of the world, are pleading for a restoration, in theory and practice, of primitive Christianity. We are with them in all that is essential for the realization of this object. Whether we succeed or not, our course is onward with this periodical, and we hope will remain so, until events shall declare that the Harbinger is no longer needed, or acceptable to the brethren.

J. W.

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