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been long enough. Then another voice proclaims, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her fins, and that ye receive not her plagues. Thus he goes on to describe her splendor, pride and stateliness, influence and tyranny, and the astonishment which her fall would occasion to all who had any connection or acquaintance with her, for they should see that all her gainful traffick and curiofities should be no more.
8. And though her declension should be gradual, yet her final ruin shall be sudden and awful, for it is said, in one hour is fe desolate, yea fhall be thrown down with great violence, as a mill-stone into the sea, and shall be found NO MORE AT ALL. This last expression is very emphatical, and is repeated six times in the space of three verses. Read over the eighteenth chapter of Revelations. Then comes on a sweet song of praise and thankfgiving, and two reafons are afligned for the heavenly inelody, one is, the destruction of the great whore; for which all his fervants are exhorted to fear him, both small and great. Then the multitude like inany waters, and like mighty thunders, lift up their voices saying, Alleluia, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigned. Let us be glad and rejoice and give honour to him; for the morriage of the Lamb, is come and his wife has made herself ready.
Thus the great antichrist being removed, a way is made for espousing fouls to Jesus by preaching of the everlasting gospel, which is matter of great joy to
all the heavenly inhabitants. But though the seat of the beast is abolished, yet the scattered forces, affisted by infidels either in name or nature, should rally again, and make another feeble effort; but it is only to make a final end of them, and the false prophet, the mahometans, joined with them all unanimous in their hatred against the lamb; for the beast was taken and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These were both cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were pain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded from his mouth; and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
10. Thus, by judgments most awful, of different kinds, by the preaching of the gospel, that being the sword of him who fits upon the white horse, shall the pagan, the papist, the turk be subdued either to the obedience of the lamb, or to eternal perdition. What is expressly meant by the brighness of his coming, we are not told, but undoubtedly it will be some singular display of his power and glory, either natural or fupcrnatural, either in the moral or the civil world; and will be marked out with such characters as will evidence its divine original. A cloud directed the Israelites in their journey from Egypt to the promised Jand, † and a star conducted the wisemen to the new born saviour, I ana when that fame saviour is claiming Rev. xix. I-8. ver. 19, &c. ·
+ Exodus. 14.
the heathen for his inheritence, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his poffeffion, cannot he give some visible token of his power and presence still? If the fun must be arrested in his full career, and the moon must make a solemn pause, * while the sword of justice is avenging the quarrel of incensed majesty, why may not a gracious God give some visible token of his special grace, while the darling scepter of
is reached out to millions, when they shall fly as a cloud, and as doves to the windows. + If it is true, what we read in the Maccabees, of strange appearances seen in the heavens before the desolating wars, and by Josephus before the destruction of Jerusalem, as well as what our own writers say, of uncommon sights in Germany, before the breaking out of the war, in the beginning of the last century ; why may not some ray of heavenly glory beam forth when the banner of the cross is elevated, and all nations shall Aow to it?
11. As the apostle says, If the ministration of death was glorious, how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious ? So we may say if the dispensations of awful justice were accompanied with such manifest fignals; why may not the glorious reign of Jesus be preceeded by some visible tokens ? when the kingdoms of this world mall become the kingof our God and bis Chrif forever. It was an uncommon price which was paid for the redemption of mankind, and the greatest miracle which either man
or angel ever did, or ever can behold, is that of God being manifeft in the flesh. * We are expressly told, that God will serv wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath. + And we may certainly expect, that what God has said will infallibly come to pass.
12. How very desirable is that blessed time when those grand obstructions to the redeemer's honour shall cease? when those impediments to the pure truth shall be deftroyed? Let such as fear the Lord, pray for the accomplishment thereof. Let them lift up holy hands without wrath or doubting, that the delusions of Mahomet may cease, and the superstitions of Antichrist may vanish away; that the influence of the one and the other may be speedily ended. That the iron, the clay, the gold and the silver may be broken to pieces together, and may become like the chaff of the summer threshing floors, and that the wind may carry them away, that no place may be found for them; and the stone which smites the image may become a great mountain, and fill the whole earth. I 1 Tim. iii, 16. + Acts ii. 19.
| Dan. xi. 35.
The chaining of the Dragon.
REV. xx. 1, 2.
And he laid hold on the Dragon, that old Ser.
pent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.
E have already taken a pleasing view of one
bright ray of that glory which shall be in the latter days, viz. the destruction of Antichrist, the the beast who received his power from the dragon, together with the false prophet, the propagator of lies and imposture, namely, the whole structure of popery and all the gross falfhoods of Mahomet. I hope every lover of Jesus and his pure gospel, feels no painful sensations, that these two pillars of the kingdom of the arch rebel should fall.
2. It is highly probable these two general opposers of the pure truth will nearly fall at the same time. Popery, blessed be God, has been long upon the decline, and many of its most gross absurdities difappear, especially in these parts where the truth bas broke out, and where learning has revived. Nor is