Joseph Wolff, written by himself; revised and edited by John Bayford. Narrative of a mission to Bokhara, in the years , to ascertain. 9 Results Narrative of a Mission to Bokhara, in the Years , to Ascertain the Fate of Colonel Stoddart and Captain Conolly, Vol. 1 of 2 (Classic Reprint). D.: Late Missionary to the Jews and Muhammadans in Persia, Bokhara, Cashmeer, etc. (Cambridge Library Collection – Religion) [Joseph Wolff] on
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Bokhars falling of the stars in gave added force to the proclamation of the message of a soon-coming Saviour. Wolff was born in Germany, of Hebrew parentage, his father being a Jewish rabbi. While very young he was convinced of the truth of the Christian religion. Of an active, inquiring mind, he had been an eager listener to the conversations that took place in his father’s house as devout Hebrews daily assembled to recount the hopes and anticipations of their people, the glory of the coming Messiah, and the restoration of Israel.
One day hearing Jesus of Nazareth mentioned, the boy inquired who He was. So strong was this feeling that, though forbidden to enter a Christian church, he would often linger outside to listen to the preaching. Great Controversy, page Conviction at once fastened upon him. He went home and read the scripture, wondering to see how perfectly it had been fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. Were the words of the Christian true?
The boy asked of his father an explanation of the prophecy, but was met with a silence so stern that he never again dared to refer to the subject. This, however, only increased his desire to know more of the Christian religion. He joseh a home for a time with kinsmen, but was soon driven from them as an apostate, and alone and penniless he had to make his own way among strangers.
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He went from place to place, studying diligently and maintaining himself by teaching Hebrew. Through the influence of a Catholic instructor he was led to accept the Romish faith and formed the purpose of becoming a missionary to his own people. With this object he went, a few years later, to pursue his studies in the College of the Propaganda at Rome.
Here his habit of independent thought and candid speech brought upon him the imputation of heresy. He openly attacked the abuses of the church and urged the necessity of reform. Though at first treated with special favor by the papal dignitaries, he was after a time removed from Rome. Under the surveillance of the church he went from place to place, until it became evident that he bo,hara never be brought to submit to the bondage of Romanism.
He was declared to be incorrigible and was left at liberty to go where he pleased. He now made his way to England and, professing the Protestant faith, united with the English Church.
After two years’ study he set out, inupon his mission. And while he sought to lead his people to Jesus of Nazareth wolff the Promised One, and to point them to His first coming in humiliation as a josepn for the sins of men, he taught them also of His second coming as a king and deliverer. He shall be king over all the earth. The groanings and lamentations of the creation shall cease, but songs of praises and thanksgivings shall be heard.
When Jesus comes in the glory of His Father, with the holy angels, Universal peace shall prevail. Joseph Wolff, pages To those who urged from the scripture, “Of that day and hour knoweth no man,” that men are to know nothing concerning the nearness of the advent, Wolff replied: Are we never to know that period, whilst He Himself exhorteth us not only to read Daniel the prophet, but to understand it?
Besides this, our Lord does not intend to say by this, that the approach of the time shall not be known, but that the exact ‘day and hour knoweth no man.
Joseph Wolff, page He also visited the United States, on the journey thither preaching on the island of Saint Helena. He arrived in New York in August, ; and, after speaking in that city, he preached in Philadelphia and Baltimore, and finally proceeded to Washington. The same honor was granted to me by the members of the government of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in whose presence I delivered lectures on my researches in Asia, and also on the personal reign of Jesus Christ.
He was bastinadoed and starved, sold as a slave, and three times condemned jseph death. He was beset by robbers, and sometimes nearly perished from thirst.
Once he was stripped of all that he possessed and left to travel hundreds of miles on foot through the mountains, the snow beating in his face and his naked feet benumbed by contact with the frozen ground.
Adams, In Perils Oft, page The Bible in Hebrew and English he carried with him wherever he went. Of one of his later journeys he says: I felt my power was in the Book, and that its might would sustain me. Among Jews, Turks, Parsees, Hindus, and many other nationalities and races he distributed the word of God in these various tongues and everywhere heralded the approaching reign of the Messiah.
The Arabs of Yemen, he says, “are in possession of a book called Seera, which gives notice of the second coming of Christ and His reign in glory; and they expect great events to take place in the year I spent six days with the children of Rechab. They drink no wine, plant no vineyard, sow no seed, and live in tents, and remember good old Jonadab, the son of Rechab; and I found in their company children of Israel, of the tribe of Dan.
When only seven years old he was boasting to an aged Christian neighbor of the future triumph of Israel at the advent of the Messiah, when the old man said kindly: The knowledge he sought was studiously kept from him in his Jewish home; but, when only eleven years old, he left his father’s house and went out into the world to gain for himself an education, to choose his religion and his lifework.
When warned against going unarmed among savage and bbokhara tribes, he declared himself “provided with arms”– “prayer, zeal for Christ, and confidence in His help. Thus he persevered in his labors until the message of the judgment bokhar been bikhara to a large part of the habitable globe.
In his travels in Bokhara he found the doctrine of the Lord’s soon coming held by a remote and isolated people.