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with His mighty angels, and you, perfected by trial, because you hold fast ; they who have troubled you, righteously receiving tribulation, and punished with everlasting destruction from that presence which is become your's in joy for evermore. Let us now be fain to pluck out of destruction those in whom we discover that God yet keeps a conscience to the Lord alive in their breasts.

This then is the present state of things, or one we shall see presently accomplished; but there will be a GREAT FALSE PROPHET. The power he will receive of Satan will be very great: his business will be to commend him to whom Satan will give his power and throne and great authority, by the permission of God; and the great false prophet will commend him to mankind by signs and wonders, and miracles, and fire from heaven, to cause men to obey him whom Satan has set up, as the glory and boast of man.

It is one fashion of the unbelief of the present day to deny the existence of Satan, the adversary. There can be no greater cause of any falling into his toils, because when miracles and wonders are now done they will be ascribed to God, and thus they will give credit to Satan and be deceived. But Scripture (and a sad woful sign of the power of Satan is it when the Scripture is kept

from the hands of the people) is express on the subject, that as miracles were performed at the beginning of Christianity, that the miracles at the close of the dispensation will be from the Evil One, and not from God. Such then will have no eyes to discover the deceit, but wonder and worship. This false prophet will without doubt find his representatives, who by the same deceit will commend the same lie to those that are subject to them and not to God; and indeed, all those whose names are not written in the book of life through faith of the Son of God. And it is a sure word, that Christianity falls not into forgetfulness or into the ignorance of heathenism again, but apostate from God in the fulness of human intelligence and in hatred of Christ.

The false prophet will receive his doom with the great king and power who is yet to be manifested, as we learn from the Apocalypse, chap. xix. 20, and other places of Scripture in the New and Old Testament. If you will compare this with chap. xiii. ver. 10, the description of his working miracles to deceive is the same as in chap. xix. 20.

The false prophet in chap. xiii. 10, has the character of a worldly power; this he apparently loses, before he is finally destroyed. It is not said that the prophets mentioned in the text at the head of this tract do any miracles — their task is more ordinary: their character is, that they do not confess the coming of Christ as man, and they say, “Who is Lord over us?"- and they speak of the world, and may be, its religion too. But the time comes ; the world, through hearing of them, is ripe in the deceivableness of unrighteousness to fall into the last snare of the enemy; and the great false prophet, and those who are connected with him, will bring men into the last measure of deception and rebellion against the Lord. The time is not afar off. The signs of the last times abound on every side. It is written, that in the last times false prophets shall come on the earth, and speak by the spirit of anti-Christ. And this is written to warn and quicken you who confess the Lord, that you be not also deceived.

D.

THE BRIDE.—"And the Spirit and the Bride say Come. And let him that heareth say Come. And let him that is athirst come: and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

May the present sweet sense, divinely taught, of our privilege as part of the Bride, espoused to Christ—keep our souls enjoying His love for Whom we wait. While some overlook and some discuss, may we enjoy the Church's bright place--surely fed by, and feeding on, the love of our absent Lord-The Lamb.

NO. IV.

HAGGAI, CHAPTER II.

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I HAVE regarded this second, and indeed first chapter of Haggai, as deeply instructive, mainly as showing God's blessing and power towards a remnant. The work of building the house of the Lord was now begun. The word of the Lord had come to them before, reproving them, that though they could find time to dwell in their ceiled houses (verse 4), and did not suffer any

trifle difficulty to interfere in the way of erecting them, yet if they met with any difficulty in endeavouring to raise the Lord's house, they immediately gave that up, -- "The time was not come that the Lord's house should be built.” Happily this reproof of the prophet had stirred up the minds of the people, they did begin to build; and immediately the word of the Lord came to them to encourage them :-“ I am with you, saith the Lord.” The building proceeds; and now, in this second chapter, the word of the Lord comes to speak with them concerning this building. It tells them the LORD had not despised “the day of small things.” Man might, but God did

“Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison as nothing ?” But what then? "Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord .... And be strong, all ye people of the Lord, and work; for I am with

you,

saith the Lord of hosts." For he According to the

word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my Spirit remaineth among you; fear

And if the Spirit remained among them, was not that all they needed? Is He not the Author of all power, of all wisdom, of all grace? Moving on the face of the waters at the beginning for creation ; the Author of all power in judges or in prophets. And if that was true in its sense (for the

ye not.”

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Spirit indwelling was not yet given, John vii. 39) to the remnant in an earthly dispensation at its close, shall it be less true in a heavenly spiritual one, when the Spirit abiding (John xiv. 16) is one of the great glories of the dispensation? Shall God be more faithful to the covenant of Moses than of Christ ? respect more the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob than those

Yea and Amen”in Him? The Spirit, therefore, remaineth with the faithful remnant of God's people, to guide them, to lead on, to give them wisdom and strength amidst difficulties and enemies. “Yea," says the Lord, “I will shake great kingdoms for your sake.” For when the Lord takes up the cause of His people; He lets nothing stand in the way.

“ Since thou wast precious in my sight thou wast honourable, and I have loved thee; therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life” (Isaiah xliii. 4).

“When He His people's cause defends,

Who then can do them harm?" - And the desire of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with my glory.”

Remark, how beautiful the hope of God's people in apostasy, and the close of their dispensation is, not in their temple becoming equal to the former temple (though seeking themselves to stand in all God's will), but in the blessed better hope of the coming of Him, who is Himself the temple and glory. Then shall all be put straight.

“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former." If inclined to murmur now about small things, I would say it shews we are out of communion with the Lord's mind. It is out of the small things that He brings His greater glory. Is not this the principle enunciated by Christ in 2 Cor. xii. 9.—“My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness;" and so blessedly accepted by Paul in the same verse. “Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory,” etc. If, therefore, we despise small things, we are judging after the flesh, the outward appearance, not in communion with the Lord's mind about it.

The word of the Lord comes further

upon

the matter in ver. 10. It seems to speak of man's inability by himself to good, and of his ability only to evil; they could not sanctify anything indifferent in itself by their touch according to the law, but could only. defile it; showing that man defileth, by his own corruption, even the work of the Lord that is in his hands: So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the Lord; and so is every work of their hands: And that which they offer there is unclean.” But why is this said? Is it to degrade? Oh no, it is only to humble; it is only that in the deep consciousness of our own insufficiency, of our own defilement of such holy work, we may carry on the Lord's service. Yet, thus carried on, God can and will accept it. It is that, like Paul, we may serve the Lord in all humility of mind, with many tears, etc. (Acts xx. 12). And this, I fear, we much fail in. Yet, as was said, grace can accept the sincere, though feeble desire of obedience. There had been nothing but leanness before--leanness, because they had departed from the living God, with whom alone is the riches and fatness of the olive-tree;—and the harvest was not yet brought into the barn: the vine, the fig tree, and the pomegranate had not yet brought forth their fruit: Yet, from this day will I bless you, saith the Lord. Peace and blessing are both here recorded for them (verses 9 to 19).

Yet again the Lord has another word for them; for as I said—and the great point that I think is brought out in this prophet is that — God's almighty strength is connected even with the weakness of His people: “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying,” etc. The Lord said He would overthrow even 66 the throne of kingdoms” for their sake, to deliver them: He would " destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations:' He would " overthrow the chariots, and those that rode in them; and the horses and hould come down, every one by the side of his brother”

(see what was noticed on verse 6).

Let this thought therefore dwell on our hearts, dear brethren, that the least remnant of God's people, as more VOL.II. PT.I.

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