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tures. The idols, every idol shall be abolished; and the Lord, the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day; and the worshippers, of these idols shall cast them to the moles, and to the bats, that thus the emblems of darkness and the works of darkness may dwell together. Amen, and amen.
I believe you misunderstood the suggestion in my last letter. It was not the sacramental bread and wine, to which I adverted, when I spoke of the last supper. This last supper you will find in the close of your Bible; and it is indeed with propriety styled the last supper. In Revelations, xix. 17, 18, the account of this last supper is thus given:
“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls which fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
"That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."
A grand supper this! Have you ever reflected seriously upon it? Let us give it a few moments consideration. The messenger, the guests, the bill of fare, Flesh; not the flesh of the Son of God, whose flesh is meat indeed, and whose blood is drink indeed; which meat and drink is designed for friends-Eat, O friends !---drink abundantly, O beloved! No, it is the flesh of kings-not the king that the Lord fixed on his holy hill in Zion! This king is given for the life of the world, and his flesh will constitute their never ending repast. It is the flesh of kings in the plural. A set of men who have often been the scourges of mankind; that God has sometimes given in his wrath. The flesh of captains, the servants of these kings; the cheerful ministers of their will; however cruel, arbitrary and oppressive their commands might be. Of mighty men who have generally been tyrants in their day. And the flesh of horses; an animal celebrated for its pride, its strength, and its thirst for the battle. The emblem of destruction, Revelations vi. 8:
"And I looked, and behold, a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him. And power was given them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death." In the sixth chapter
of Zechariah, and various other parts of scripture, you will find these horses strongly expressive figures. Ye shall not, saith the prophet, ride upon horses; go down to Egypt for horses, &c. &c. but the flesh of those who set on these horses is also to be eaten, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. Thus all men both free and bond have flesh, with which, upon this occasion, they must part.
But what flesh?
Certainly not that flesh which was formed by the hand of God, and redeemed by the blood of Jesus, which flesh, Jesus claims as his own flesh; this flesh is the body which was prepared for our Emmanuel, which he cheerfully assumed, and became one with it. This flesh is the fulness of the humanity of Christ; this is the flesh which shall be fashioned like unto the glorious body of the Son of God; this flesh is right precious in the sight of the Lord; this flesh shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Where I am, says the Saviour, there shall my servants be, and there his servants shall serve him. In my flesh shall I see God, said one, who knew that his Redeemer lived.
What then is that flesh, which at the supper of the great God, shall be served up? Certainly that flesh, that cannot enter into the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven. It is that flesh that is an abomination to God, and to all who are taught of God. It is that flesh under the oppressive weight of which the Apostle Paul groaned, being burdened, crying out with great earnestness-O, wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of sin and death? And in that day, that auspicious day, when the grace of the covenant shall be made manifest, when all shall be taught of God, from the least unto the greatest; then this detestable carcase, or these detestable carcases, shall become an abhorring unto all human flesh. Thus saith the Lord, by the prophet Isaiah, Ixvi. 23, 24:
"And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
"And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh."
"Now the works of this flesh are manifest, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, rath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings;" and, I may add, every evil work. When the Apostle traced in his own heart these evil propensities, being taught of God, he said, "Henceforth it is no more I, but sin that dwelleth in me. So with my mind I serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. This is that flesh that shall be served up at the supper of the great God."
But who are the guests?
The fowls that fly in the midst of heaven; the vulture is the chief of these fowls; these are the fowls that catched away the seed sown by the way side. Our Saviour likens the kingdom of heaven to a grain of mustard seed, which branching out, groweth up into a great tree, in the branches of which, the fowls of the air are lodged. The individuals of the human family are the branches of this tree, and in these branches the fowls of the air, to the very great annoyance of the branches, are lodged. Two of these branches, or individuals, once dwelt among the tombs, and a whole legion of these inhabitants of the air, under the direction of their prince, the prince of the power of the air, were lodged in these poor, harassed, distressed branches. But, driven thence by the Prince of peace, they were permitted to take up their lodging in an herd of swine. These fowls of the air, these unclean birds, these demons, are caged in the hearts of poor fallen men, stimulating them to all manner of evil, and preventing them from doing good, and from distributing.
But there is an unclean supper provided for them, and the restitution of all things shall restore to them all the mischief, every crime which they have originated.
But who is the messenger sent forth to order those fowls which fly in the midst of heaven, to gather themselves together unto the supper of the great God?
The messenger is an angel in the sun; not an angel of darkness. Angels of darkness bring no such glad tidings-certainly not. The grand display of the divine purposes of grace and mercy to a fallen, ruined race, are made by those who dwell in the light; and I am persuaded all those who walk in the light will see as much of the gospel of glad tidings, in the account rendered of this last supper, as in any part of sacred writ.
I have enlarged upon this subject beyond my intention; and yet I have taken no more than a cursory view: you will no doubt pursue it.
I have been so very ill that I have not been able to speak publicly, nor hardly privately; much persecution has been embodied against me in this place. The adversary of men, not being able to do me any legal injury, hath, under the mask of religion, moved the honourable committee to summon me before them in their civil or political capacities; and after having been so long in this place, after having devoted many inclement days, in the midst of a severe winter, to the making collections for the poor, they have thought proper to consider me as an entire stranger! and in language and manner sufficiently haughty, they have demanded, where I was born; whence I came; what business I had in the country; what I did in this town; and how long I intended to tarry here.
This same committee have, it must be confessed, done all they can toward crushing me; they have assayed to murder my good name, and if they have not accomplished their iniquitous purpose, power only, and not will, has been wanting. Is it not well that the Lord reigneth, and that all power in heaven, and on earth, belongeth to him? But whither am I going? It is a volume I am writing, and not a letter. In the letters which constitute my journal, I proceed in this way; but you will suppose I have exceeded all customary bounds.
Let me know how our mutual friends are, and if you converse frequently on the best of subjects; and what success you have in preaching the gospel? I am persuaded you still do and will continue to preach. There should be no still born children brought into the light; no dumb disciples in the school of Christ. From the abundance of the gladdened heart the mouth will speak-it will speak well of the Redeemer's name.
I am, in our dear Saviour, with fervency of affection,
To the same.
I HAVE delivered my message in the presence of a very large multitude; what the result may be is not for me to determine. I waited first on your friend G. who, for your sake, received me very graciously, and invited me very cordially to renew my visits; assuring me he would treat me as well as he was able, on my own, and particularly on my Redeemer's account.
I preached on the first evening of my arrival, to a numerous assembly; selecting my text from the second chapter of the First General Epistle of John, the commencement of that chapter. I did not proceed as far as that most obnoxious passage which follows: "And he is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world." I knew the very men⚫tion of this text, on the then present occasion, would have kindled the rage of my hearers; but I preached this glorious truth notwithstanding, and this I must do, or be for ever silent; and proving Jesus to be the advocate for sinners, was, you will readily acknowledge, as full to my purpose as possible.
I am not without hope, that my Saviour, and the Saviour of this people, sent me hither, and that my labour will not be in vain. Your friend G. acknowledges the consistency of truth, but is afraid; Can we wonder? I have, said he, the theory of truth, but I dare not say it is in my heart. I am told G. has been a hearer of Doctor S. a new light-I have before heard of this gentleman, but preachers of every description are equally opposed to the truth, whether they be new or old lights.
With Doctor R. I had some interesting conversation, which closed by my answer to a question proposed by him in the following words: "How do you reconcile the eternal punishment of fallen angels, with your ideas of divine compassion?
I pretend not to determine their ultimate situation, Sir-I never was capable of inventing a single text. I am not wise above, or beyond what is written; I have no knowledge but what that word contains, which, when accompanied by the spirit, which dictated it,