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nations shall worship before him ; for the kingdom is the Lord’s, and he is the Governor among the nations.” Not that Christ will save from perdition the kingdom of antichrist. That kingdom is doomed to utter destruc. tion. “Babylon, the great, is fallen, is fallen!” is in a measure, already fallen; and will soon fall to rise no more ; will fall, as a mill-stone into the sea, and “shall be found no more at all.” - Accordingly, we find, in fact, at this day, that while great and successful efforts are made to enlighten those pagan nations, who have never enjoyed nor abused the gospel of Christ; no door is opened by divine Provi. dence, for the instruction and conversion of the popish and Mahometan nations. May we not conclude, that these nations are reprobate P And that they are gathering together unto the battle of the great dai of God oilmighty? Will they not then become the victims of divine ńotion * “Then, the saints of the Most High will take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom, forever, even forever and ever; or to the end of the world. We remark further, that as the Millenium advances, the doctrines of salvation by mere sovereign grace, and by the power of the Holy Ghost, are more and more confirmed. The only reason given by the Psalmist, and the only reason which can be given why “All the ends of the world shall remember, and turn unto the Lord,” is this, that “the kingdom is the Lord’s, and that he is the Governor among the nations.” For, among the fallen race of men, none. are found disposed to promote the cause and kingdom of Christ. But were mankind ever so well disposed to do this, they would be infinitely de; ficient in power. No power but that of God, could accomplish the destruction of the great adversary; and the conversion of the whole world; and secure the faith and perseverance of all nations, Jews and Gentiles, during a thousand years. These are certainly, the works of God. As a conclusion of this interesting subject, we may remark, that the view which has been given of the events preparatory, and of the events which shall constitute the glory and felicity of the Millenium, exactly corresponds, not only with the prophecies, but also with the series of facts, noticeable in the present eventful age of the world.

Prophecies of the restoration of Israel, and of the conver

sion of the heathen, as well as of the decline and downfall of antichrist, are, beyond a doubt, in a course of accomlishment. The armies of Gog and Magog have, perhaps, een partially mustered and marshalled. Very great battles have been already fought, which might be anticipations of the greater battle of Armageddon. This warfare will not be decided, however, till after the Jews shall be, in a great measure, restored from their captivity, and resettled in their ancient inheritance. For we have found abundant evidence, that the final battle is to be fought on the mountains of Israel ; and the warfare is to be waged against those who shall be brought back from the captivity; and who will be happily settled in the land promised to Abraham and his seed. Great battles, it is said, have been already fought, but not so great as to involve in one common ruin the whole antichristian world ; nor have they been so directly and professedly waged against the kingdom of Christ. Religion has been, in a great measure, out of the question, in the ardent struggles for power and conquest. ... These struggles, however, have been overruled by divine Providence, greatly to weaken the antichristian powers. The waters of the symbolical Euphrates are drying up, and the way of the §: of the East, the conquerors of spiritual Babylon, is fast preparing. Yet the vision may be long, It is however, for an appointed time ; and at the end, it shall speak and not lie. Therefore let us wait patiently. Never let the faith and patience of the saints be exhausted; especially when, by passing events, we have increasing assurance of the accomplishment of all the lorious things which are spoken of the city of our God. Wait half a century for the restoration of Israel, and the conversion of millions of the benighted heathen; and for the harmony of the jarring sects of christians. Wait and hope for the abolition of all ecclesiastical tyranny; and for the restoration of true christian liberty; under the holy discipline of the gospel. , Wait for an end of all political as well as ecclesiastical despotism. Wait and |


pray for a universal reformation of morals; and for a
universal purity of heart and life.
Finally; how does it become all people who profess to
believe the gospel, and to rely on the promises of God,
to abound in prayer and hope, in a view of all that is
before them | For notwithstanding his immmutable pur.

poses and promises, the Lord will be enquired of by his

people; he will be sought unto, and trusted in; and not one of his precious promises will ever be fulfilled, but

in answer to the effectual and fervent prayer of the

faithful. “Lord, come quickly.”.....AMEN.

Essay xxxiv.
The Immortality of the Soul.
THAT the soul of man is immortal, is generally

conceded, except by atheists. But, to guard ourselves

and others against atheism, to which the corrupt heart is
very liable, I propose to state some of the many arguments
from scripture and reason, which prove that the soul will
never die. Solemn is the consideration, and unspeakably
animating to the friends and followers of Christ, that
they shals exist, and that all their intellectual and moral
faculties shall grow and expand, and that they shall
increase in knowledge and holiness, and shall rise in
lory and happiness, for ever and ever ! Who will not
#. to evidence, in proof of this glorious doctrine :
This doctrine is proved by the following arguments.
1. If man be not immortal, it does not appear, that
this world was made for the most important purposes.
The things of this world, considered as ultimate objects,
appear to the contemplative mind, to be of very small
importance. Those who attain to the highest worldly
good, gain but a bubble, compared with #. extent of
their capacities. And in the midst of their best hopes,
and of their highest acquisitions, how many are there
cut down and withered “As for man, his days are as
grass, as the flower of the field he passeth away.”
* Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” Arethings temporal

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the sole end for which man was made P and for which
God made and governs the universe * Even an infidel
ought to blush at so great an absurdity | Those who
deny the immortality of the soul, and a future state of
rewards and punishments, scarcely ask themselves or
others, for what purposes God made and governs the
2. The soul of man is an immaterial existence, capable
of surviving the body; and is evidently formed for
immortality. It does not appear to be necessarily im-
paired, by the diseases and decays of animal nature.
The human soul often manifests the greatest vigor and
brilliancy, in the hour of death. “While the outward
man perishes, the inward man is renewed, day by day.”
Viewing the soul as immaterial, and aspiring after immor-
tality ; and viewing mankind in general, dying with
strong anticipations of future and eternal scenes ; we
discover satisfactory evidence of the immortality of the
S. Generally speaking, the human soul does but just
begin to expand, and make improvement in this short
and perplexed scene of life. Room is left for endless
growth and progress in knowledge, virtue and happiness.
If the soul perishes with the body, there is a broad basis
for improvement, but next to no superstructure. Every
infant that is carried to the grave, has been furnished, by
the Creator, with a capacity to make improvement in
eternity, inconceivably greater than was ever made by a
Locke or a Newton in this life. Can we suppose, that
such capacities are formed to o in embryo P to
be extinguished almost as soon as they commence an
existence? The supposition is most irrational and absurd.
The soul of man is doubtless immortal. It will survive,
not only its own mortal tenement; but also the whole
material and perishable universe.
4. They who acknowledge the being of a God, and of
his wise and holy government of the world, must ac-
knowledge the necessity of a future state of rewards and
punishments, as a state of retribution. It is irrational to
suppose, that rewards and punishments are, by the deal-

ings of Divine Providence in the present life, administered to mankind according to their deserts. In this life, the way of the wicked often prospers; and they are happy who deal very treacherously. The righteous are also frequently involved in great affliction and adversity, On this account, David was in deep perplexity, until he went into the sanctuary of God, and understood the end of the wicked. In the sanctuary, he was led to contem: plate the future state of rewards and punishments; and in a view of this great and solemn scene, his mind was relieved. He saw how the divine character would be vindicated, by the administration of justice in the eternal state of retribution; and his pious soul was satisfied. 5. The doctrine of immortality is the only ground on which good morals can be supported.—Set aside this solemn doctrine, and the great body of mankind will adopt the libertine maxim, “Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.”. Let us gratify every propensity of the heart, and of the mind; fetus rioticarnal pleasures; for soon we shall be annihilated. Our existence and our memory will perish. Of all doctrines, that of annihilation has the greatest tendency to licentious: ness. Take away all sense of accountability, and all fear of future punishment; and the principal motives to morality are destroyed. Present gratification will be the sole object of pursuit. Conscience will be seared as with a hot iron, and will cease to do its office. Can we suppose a doctrine to be true, which is not according to godliness? but which opens the floodgates of impiety and iniquity P Certainly not. By its moral tendency, every doctrine may be tested. If it produce good works, it is the doctrine of divine truth; but if it produce evil works, it is a false and heretical doctrine, a doctrine that leads to death. We may now attend to what is taught us in the scriptures, concerning this solemn and interesting doctrine. In them we read, that “life and immortality are brought to light, through the gospel.” By the gospel of Christ, the immortality of the soulis more clearly revealed, than it was by the scriptures of the old testament. Speaking of the resurrection of the body, it is said by the Apostle, “This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this

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