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COMPORT YE, COMFORT YE MY PEOPLE, SAITH YOUR GOD."
KNOW IS LIFE ETERNAL."
As the “time of the end ” draweth near, there cannot be a question about things in general wearing a still graver and more momentous aspect than at any period of the world's history. In sundry particulars, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the end of the world, as depicted by our blessed Lord, were very similar,-yea, so similar, that we conceive it difficult to define between what applied to the one, and what to the other, except that history has shown how the predictions in reference to the siege and destruction of the holy city were fulfilled. In Matt. xxiv. our Lord makes special reference to the prophecy of Daniel. Much of that, we believe, appertains to coming times-yea, to times which verily have come; for it is identified with the declaration, that “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Assuredly, this is a sign-and a painful sign, too—of the times in which we live; and it has been preceded by another declaration, namely, that “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famine, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Now, although all this has been pointed out in the word as clearly as by a sunbeam, and although it has been plainly and positively demonstrated by matter of fact, yet how remarkable is the very transient effect which these visitations have upon the minds of men in general. Striking as have been the events of these latter times, and rousing as they have temporarily been, yet how speedily men lapse into their previous state of supineness and indifference. All this, we conceive, betokens the necessity of some still louder and more urgent call from above; and this we verily believe will come to pass.