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the Bible :-God is every where: it, the air; sometimes, the stars; and sin alone prevents us from perceiv. in the passage in 2 Cor., so much ing him : “He is about our path, and dwelt upon, hades. We shall also about our bed,"c " and in him we frequently, perhaps most commonly, live, and move, and have our being.”f find that it simply means, the sky, Where sin does not impede the per- without any implied limitation to ception, he is doubtless manifested the first heaven, or the second; but in all parts of his creation : and meaning generally the place over when the curse shall be taken away our heads. At other times we shall from the earth, his glory will here observe that it serves for the purtoo be sensibly felt. In the mean pose of poetic imagery, to exalt time the theory which leaves his our conceptions of the Deity. We gladdening, heaven-creating pre- shall, in some instances, understand sence thus unconfined, and rather it to mean God himself: in others, extends it to multitudes of worlds, we shall perceive its reference to is surely the most honorable to his the glorious kingdom of Christ upon perfections; however ill it may cor- earth : and sometimes it will exhibit respond with the boundaries of our a political or ecclesiastical meaning, finite apprehensions.
denoting the government of kingBefore I conclude, I must revert doms, or of the Church. May God to the recommendation with which grant us spiritual discernment to I set out;—to use precision in the discriminate properly in reading ideas which we attach generally to his own blessed word : may He the language of Scripture, and to guide us into all profitable knowthis word, heaven,' in particular. ledge ; and preserve us from all Sometimes we shall understand by injurious error! Amen.
NIL. f Acts xvii, 28.
e Ps. cxxxix.
ON THE PESTILENCE.
That we are living in eventful consider the Pestilence which times, all must acknowledge; and stalketh at noonday.” This is a very many even of those who do theme that will yet, I fear, speak not look for the glorious rising of home to the hearts and feelings of " the Sun of righteousness”—who all. We know not how soon it do not expect that Jesus will come to may be written in characters of reign amongst His ancients glori- blood before our eyes; and it will ously-do nevertheless confess, that not be the less terrible, because some mighty event is being ushered God has for a time stayed his dein. But to the christian who is in- stroying angel, so that the disease deed watching for the triumphant has not pursued its course with its coming of his Lord, -to him who wonted giant strides,—because the is keeping his garments free and his Lord has in his mercy held back loins girded, anxious to be ready to the sword, and thus, as it were, meet the Bridegroom,--these signs given to Britain a short time to speak with a ten-fold significance, repent and to turn from her iniLet us however for the present take quities. But we know not how one particular subject; and briefly long his mercy may wait : perhaps
even now the disease may be extend they do not for themselves fear the ing its roots slowly and steadily; pestilence, awful though it be. Let and ere many weeks shall have every believer evince that he bepassed over our heads, it may rise lieves “ that no evil can come nigh up like a tree; and as the yew him ; that even if a thousand o'erspreads the village churchyard, should fall at his side and ten so may this awful pestilence over- thousand at his right hand, yet he spread our land in its length and is safe under the wings of the Albreadth, so that the voice of mourn- mighty;" (See Ps. xci;)—knowing ing and lamentation will be heard that if death does not touch him he throughout our cities :---yes ! in
in remains to serve the Lord; and that those very streets which now re- if it does, he dies only to depart sound with the shout and the laugh and wait in a state of happiness until of a God-forgetting people. Now with all the saints he return with his is the time for the christian to go Almighty Brother to a purified and forward, and to warn sinners to flee honored world, there, having received from the wrath to came ;-now is a redeemed and glorified body, to the time for every one, who has reign with Christ. Oh then let us tasted of the good things of Christ, lift up our heads and be glad; for to stand between the people and the what have we to fear? These things, destruction that is coming on them; terrible though they be, are but the —to call upon all who do not know filling up of that picture of which an the Lord Jesus as their Saviour and Almighty hand has sketched the Redeemer, to come now to the true outline,--are but the reality of that Bethesda, and wash in that fountain pattern which we may behold in opened for sin and for uncleanness. the prophetic Scriptures. May the This is not a time for any to lurk in Lord hasten the time, when our corners and to hide those talents earth shall be purified from the slime which God has committed to their of the serpent;—when the strong charge. Shall we now be either man armed who hath so long “ kept afraid or ashamed to acknowledge the house” shall be forced to yield, Jesus ? shall we hesitate to preach and to confess that a stronger than " the acceptable year of the Lord,” he has come! May all who love the when that very year is swiftly ap- Lord Jesus in sincerity and truth be proaching in the hope of which strengthened against these perilous Enoch rejoiced, saying, “ The Lord times, and be enabled to see and becometh with ten thousands of his lieve that these “ pestilences and saints ?”—that very time to which diseases," these wars and ruPaul was looking, and in the hope mours of wars,” though causing of which he exhorted the disciples discordant sounds, are but as the
“ comfort one another" under tuning of instruments before a contheir afflictions, since “ the Lord cert and to last but for as short a • himself shall descend from heaven time; and then one glorious hymn with a shout, with the voice of the of joy and rejoicing shall peal forth Archangels and with the trump from the whole redeemed creation, of God, and the dead in Christ and while men shall beat their shall rise first.'
swords and their spears into plough But there is one thing which, as shares and pruning hooks, they shall it appears to me, christians ought shout aloud-“ ALLELUIA ! ALLEnow particularly to show both by LUIA! for the Lord God Omnipotheir word and in deed : viz. that tent reigneth !”
ORIGINAL NOTES ON THE APOCALYPSE.-BY H.
The writer, having frequently place until the day dawn?"-or, arisen dissatisfied from the perusal how would the Spirit of prophecy of various systems on this subject, lead into all truth as it is in Christ read the Apocalypse in earnest Jesus; as he promised, saying, prayer for the Lord's teaching, and He shall show you things to come.” then used the following exposition This verse also states, that Jesus in a social prayer meeting. Looking sent his angel, and signified to John for that “unction of the Holy One” what he has here recorded of the which teacheth all things, it was word of God and of the testimony presumed that the internal structure of Jesus Christ and of the things of the prophecy would, in con- r that he saw.” The Syriac version sistency with the fixed meaning of informs us, in agreement with some symbols and examination of parallel of the earliest writers, that the prophecies, lead to clearer appre- vision was vouchsafed to John in hensions of the Revelation of the Patmos, whither Nero banished him : contents of that book, which Daniel and there, Sir I. Newton thinks, he had been commanded to seal until wrote this record of it before the the time of the end. For it is not, destruction of Jerusalem. We need as some suppose, the depository of not discuss the criticisms with which mysteries still concealed, but their various opinions on that point are disclosure. The title Apocalypse supported; but proceed to the subdenotes the unveiling or uncovering ject itself. what was before hidden; in allusion probably to the roll of the Law, which being locked up and covered In our Lord's prophecy of the with a veil in the sanctuary, was period between his departure and opened with much ceremony, amid return, he rests principally on the shoutings of joy and notes of praise, destruction of Jerusalem, which was by the purchaser of this privilege. the first great event after his as
The lst verse styles it, The cension; and on the last events, Revelation of Jesus CHRIST,” given which were to be the signs of his him (as Mediator of the new co- return : these being the two points venant, as the Priest and Prophet of his disciples' inquiry. These of his Church) not to conceal from, events, described in three of the but to show to his servants” gospels, mark, as I suppose, a period generally, and not to any class in subsequent to most of the revolutions particular, “ the things which must in the Roman empire, ecclesiastical shortly come to pass,”a and which and civil, which I consider to be lead to his desired return in glory. symbolized by the earthquake unOtherwise, how would prophecy be der the sixth seal; (ch. vi, 12-17,)
a light which shineth in a dark during the percussions of which the
a 2 Pet, i, 19.
b John xvi, 13.
* An earthquake seldom ceases after one shock: the earth reels to and fro under continued or oft repeated percussions. So has France in particular, and most parts of
tenth part of the city fell, under the either part of the inspired volume; sounding of the sixth trumpet: which was all penned by Jews, but (ch. xi, 13:) a period also under every word inspired by God himself. the latter blasts of that trumpet In so vast a portion of Scripture during which the Euphrates is gra- as its prophecies, how shall each dually exhausting; and during which short lecture contain the materials anarchy, blasphemy and infidelity in a form at once comprehensive are spread abroad by the three un- and condensed. Perhaps by a rapid clean spirits, who, (under the out- sketch of each division of the book pouring of the sixth vial,) gather of Revelation which will bring into the kings of the Roman earth to the one view the eventful period in which still future battle of Armageddon, we live, coinciding with that de(ch. xvi, 12-14,) which terminates scribed in Matt. xxiv, 29–31; the fourth monarchy.
Mark xiii, 24, 25; and Luke xxi, This scene of the present times is 25, 26, 28, already adverted to : preparatory to the COMING of the for those passages describe the SON OF Man in the glory of his period of the END of this dispensaFather, or of the Godhead, to de- tion being the signs of our Lord's stroy both parts of the Roman return. This was the subject of empire, and both its apostacies; the anxiety of his apostles ;c and the and of course to close the persecu- reply of Jesus was divided (and I tion against his true Church, and to suspect his last revelation also was open his reign with the saints. All divided) in correspondence with this this is described in the Old Tes- two-fold inquiry ; viz. “When shall tament prophecies of Babylon's these things be? this desolation destruction and Israel's restoration, of our country and people ? and and is further developed in the what, (oh, what!) shall be the book of Revelation. Thus they sign of thy coming? and of the altogether form one complete pro- end of the world ?" phecy and the interpretation there- In the New Testament prophecies, of; as Newton remarks of those of the intermediate period of Israel's Daniel and John.
separation from God is very cursorily We must remember, that the un- referred to : the prophecies respectchangeable Jehovah formed
formed one ing this must be adduced from the perfect and therefore uniform de- Old Testament. sign; the revelations of which must On reading verses 1-3 allow me be in perfect keeping or unity with to repeat, that this is the Revelation it and with each other, though of Jesus Christ, which the Father their light shineth more and more imparted to him as the Mediator, unto the perfect day. Consequently, Priest and Prophet of his Church, no passage can contradict another ; " to show to his servants ;'-not to but what Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah show to John only, not to the declare respecting literal Israel and apostles or the learned only :--but their enemies, must correspond with to all who may be characterized as New Testament prophecies con- his servants, however imperfectly cerning spiritual Israel and their they serve him. In chap. v, 5 we enemies. Neither is omitted in learn, that when John wept because
Christendom, under repeated revolutions, and minor changes, preparatory to the greater shocks.
• Matt. xxiv, 3.
none was worthy to open the sealed servants of Jesus, and glory in posbook, it was as the Lion of the tribe sessing the Spirit's prophetic testiof Judah, (respecting his manhood,) mony to him in his mediatorial and as the Root of David, (respect- work, and godhead; or, in having ing his divine nature,) that the to bear this testimony to men for his Lamb prevailed to open it. His
sake : still therefore they act agreemanifestation, as taking flesh of the ably to the truth that God only must seed of Abraham, is not forgotten be worshiped, and that therefore he on addressing Gentile Churches. who accepts worship, though also
There is some difficulty in the the Lamb slain, is GOD. This is expressions in verses 1 and 3; be- the spirit, the essential charactercause though with the Lord a thou- istic of the united testimony of all sand years are as one day, it is not prophecy, by whomsoever delivered so with man; and to him therefore or administered. all the things revealed did not then I beseech you observe that “ JE
shortly come to pass," nor was sus Christ sent his angel and sig" the time at hand” for them all. nified, or communicated
his RevelaBut the opening up of that succes- * tion to his servant John ;" yet in sion of events was at hand,—the chap. xxii, 6, it is written. The commencement of that course of LORD God of the holy prophets time, which hath rolled onwards and sent his angel to shew to his sershall still flow on, till all be fulfilled, vants the things which must shortly and time itself be no longer. For come to pass. Glory to God ! here the events foretold in this Revela
we have a positive, undeniable detion run through the period from claration, in holy Writ, that he who the giving of the prophecy until the sent his angel for this purpose is Lord's return; being a development Jesus Christ, and also the Lord God of all particulars concerning both of the prophets, and of the same his true and the professing Church, angel. When John offered undue and the empire as connected with reverence, even some sort of worship them, throughout the whole first to the angel by prostration, he readvent day which was the scope of peated, xxii, 9, See thou do it not, His prophetic sketch of events in for I am fellow servant of thee, Matt. xxiv, &c. even until it be and of thy brethren the prophets, closed by the dawn of his second and of them that keep the sayings advent day.
of this Book; worship God !!* By the close of the first verse we Observe again in v. 2 another learn, that angels are subject to evidence of the godhead of our Jesus Christ in ministering to his adorable Saviour. What he spake servants. Hence in chap. xix, 10 v. 1, is here called the Word of the angel who directed John what God,” as well as " the testimony of to write said, I am thy fellow Jesus Christ.” 'servant, and of thy brethren that A blessing is next pronounced on · have the testimony of Jesus; all who read and hear this testi' worship GOD! for the testimony mony. Fear not therefore to be of Jesus, [i.e. that he is God,] is presumptuous in humbly seeking to
the Spirit of prophecy." Remarks apprehend by the teaching of the able words ! from which we learn Holy Ghost what is revealed. As that angels confess themselves the John was “in the Spirit” when he
* Compare Eph. i, 10, and ii, 15.