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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
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.
conceded, except by atheists. But, to guard ourselves
and others against atheism, to which the corrupt heart is
the sole end for which man was made P and for which
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