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send forth the Holy Ghost in the last days to testify of his second appearing.

2nd. If we consider the opening of the book, that was sealed with seven seals, as done by the Lion of Juda, it will settle the sincere hearted at once, respecting the Lamb's present knowledge of the time of his appearing; and as soon as the mind is confirmed in this faith, the great point is settled; for, it being the prerogative of Jesus Christ to do as he pleases in heaven, and as to his power is joined his will to answer the prayer of faith, we have a right to believe, that in answer to this saving prayer, he will defend his people who say, he is coming in, (that is at or within the time specified, 1847.

I anticipate unbelief from another quarter.

In addition to the above text, will be added, the 35th. verse of the 21st Chap. of Luke. “For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth."

Now, 1. What is coming? Answer: The king. dom of God—that is Emanuel's reign and glory.

2. “ As a snare.”—That them that dwell on the face of the whole earth, should be taken at unawares in the toils of his power.

3. Them that dwell—that "are settled on their lees.”

4. On the face, &c. The face of the earth is its aspect

its real character-and all them that are the world are not of the Father; but_his secret

is with the righteous;" and before the Great Day of the Lord, his little ones, no doubt, will hear him calling them to retire from the world, and hide in their chambers. Yes, in the time of the whole world's wondering after the beast,” and saying " who is like unto this great Philosophy,” the little ones of Jesus will be raised from the face of the earth, in spirit; and as to their persons, they will be separate from the beast, who at that awful time will be worshipped by “all them that dwell upon the earth,” because they have rejected the Lamb, and their names are not written in his “Book of Life.” The numerous allies of the Beast are to be allowed a time and space to fulfill all their abominations; and it will be a dreadful scene! But, Behold the end—“they shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God—and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever!”

There is another way of defending unbelief of these (tidings—even with the text given to us, who live under the “sixth trumpet and vial”— « Behold I come as a thief”— -I ask the unbeliever in the tidings--why the Lord will come so?-Did he not say Watch?-A thief comes in the night, however; and 0 ye Gentiles, who have rejected Christ, and rent his seamless garmentwho have parted it among you, and cast lots upon his vesture—be it known to you, that in the night of your apostacy, he will come as a thief; and

you shall hear the great voices declaring “it is done.”

I shall introduce two texts more, that are in use by unbelievers of these tidings. The first was spoken by our Lord to his apostles, whom he had chosen, on the day in which he was taken up into Heaven: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” Here the unbeliever rests—he goes no farther-But the believer travels on to the next

verse.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me.”—The Comforter was certainly to take of the things of Christ, and show them to his witnesses—and we may safely believe, that as “unto them it was given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, they were informed that the Gentiles were to come into the place of the Jews, and hold the ordinances of God's house for a given time—that when their times of probation should be fulfilled, then the Lord would come again, and restore the Kingdom to Israel. We have abundant evidence that one of them at least, knew the times and the seasons, after the descent of the Holy Ghost: I mean John, the writer of the Book of Revelations. It certainly was given to him by the Spirit of our ascended Messiah, by the Spirit of God the Father, to know the times and the seasons,

which, before the ascension and glory of the Lamb in Heaven, were “not for him to know."

The other text that I propose to mention (which is the last for this book) is Paul's declaration to the church at Thessalonica, “But of the times and seasons brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you”-1 Epis. 5. 1. A writer in the “Morning Watch,” (published at London, England) gives a short, plain, and I think sufficient comment on the passage-he says that "Paul, though he had been only three sabbaths at Thessalonica,” (Acts 17. 2.) had sufficiently acquainted the Thessalonians respecting “the times and the seasons," as that day should not overtake them as a thief; they being children of the light and of the day; and being such, were not in darkness respecting the future.

The vision of Messiah’s glory is certainly at hand, when “ He that shall come, will come, and will not tarry;" and it is of everlasting importance to us, that we believe in, and wait for his appearing. "Prepare my soul to meet Him!”

H. LIVERMORE.

[0+ The following piece was written by Henry Drum

mond, Esq. Mr. Wolf's generous English patron.]

Let us ask, who is it that is coming? It is the Man Christ Jesus, Immanuel, God in our nature. It is the God of War, who is coming to destroy the kingdoms of Europe, which have persecuted the believe ers in Him, and oppressed the poor and the widow, and him that had no helper. It is the Prince of Peace, who is coming to establish his kingdom of righteousness on their ruins, in which the meek shall inherit the earth, and the very bells on the horses shall ring holiness unto the Lord; who only went to heaven “until the times of the restitution of all things.” (Acts iii. 21; Luke xix. 12.) It is the seed of the woman (Gen. iii. 15,) who is coming to bruise the devil's head, and to cast him out from this world, which he has so long tormented with sin, sorrow, tyranny, disease, and death. It is the Heir of Abraham, who is coming to take possession of the land given by God to his father. (Gen. xv. 18.) It is the root and offspring of David, who is coming to reign over the kingdom of Israel for ever and ever. (1 Chron. xvii. 12—27.) It is the Son of Mary, who was born in Bethlehem, lived in Judæa, and was crucified on Calvary, who is coming in like manner as he went away. (Acts i. 11.) It

person of the man who went, it is the person of the man who shall come.--But not for the

was the

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