Early Adventist Hilborn on Present Truth

The Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Rochester N.Y., January 20, 1854, Vol. III, No. 18.

From Bro. Hilborn,


Though a stranger to you, personally, yet I rejoice to say that I feel familiarly acquainted with the spirit you seem to manifest in that very welcome Paper which you send to me. Unless I am entirely mistaken in regard to what the Spirit of my blessed Jesus is, it is a very prominent characteristic of the principal writers of the Review. And my prayer is that nothing which savors of a contrary spirit may ever find a place in its columns.

As it was sent me free of charge, it is certainly due from me, at least, to say that it has been read with pleasure, and I trust with profit, and I feel to praise God for the light of the present truth that shines into my soul, although I feel to be a lonely pilgrim here.

In St. Peter’s time there was a present truth, or a truth applicable to that time. The Church has ever had a present truth. The present truth now is that which shows present duty, and the right position for us, who are about to witness the time of trouble such as never was.

Present truth must be oft repeated, even to those who are established in it. This was needful in the Apostle’s day, and it certainly is no less important for us, who, are living just before the close of time. Obedience to the truth will kill us to this world, that we may be made alive by faith in Jesus. “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.” John xvii, 17. This was the prayer of Jesus.” I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.” 3 John 4. Error darkens and fetters the mind ; but the truth brings with it freedom, and gives light and life. True charity, or love, rejoiceth in the truth. Cor. xiii, 6. “Thy law is the truth.” Ps. cxix, 142. David describing the day of slaughter, when the ” pestilence shall walk in darkness, and destruction waste at noonday,” so that “a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand,” says,: “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Ps. xci, 4.

Now is the time, the only time, to seek a shelter in the truth of the living God. What is done to spread the truth, must be done quickly. The four angels are holding the angry nations in check but a few days, until the saints are sealed. Then it will be too late to spread before precious souls the present saving truths of the Holy Bible. May God help them to receive the truth, and be established in it, is my prayer.


Oakwood, C. W., Jan., 1853.

(Present day Oakwood resides between Lakes Scugog and Simcoe along Highway 7.)



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