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destruction of war, for the nations will learn war no more,' must be before our millennium !” Very well, brethren ; I ask, what is meant by these words, " and the earth was reaped ? " Mr. Cambell says, in his Illustrations of Prophecy, page 378, As the vintage succeeds the harvest in the course of nature, so it is subsequent to it in the prophecy, and will be by far the most terrible. The figure of a harvest is frequently used to denote the gathering of the right. eous, but the vintage seldom, if ever, in the Bible." What does Bro. Cambell mean? He means that the gathering of the saints is before the destruction of the wicked, in plain English; or it is a "ragary," and has no meaning: Then, page 380, he says, “This will be the gathering of the clusters of the wicked for the great battle preceding (before) the reign of the saints." Then, speaking of this reign, page 409, he says, "The soul of eminent piety will live and reign in the persons of Christians during the thousand years, not the bodies of the dead." But what does brother Cambell mean? say you. There appears to be some darkness in his illustrations. True; but you never read one of those writers in your life, who did not leave you in greater darkness than before you read their illustrations. Mr. Cambell is the most fortunate of any of their writers, and is deserving of most praise. Why? Because he has said very little on this reign before the resurrection ; and if he had quoted all the Scripture, as he has, and then said that little less, his illustrations would have been excellent. But as it is, we hope it will do little or no harm.

But what does he mean? say you. I answer. He, in the first quotation, acknowledges that the first harvest is the gathering of the saints, then afterwards comes the harvest of the vine, which is the destruction of the wicked. Then the soul of piety will live and reign in the persons of saints (or Christians) during the thousand years, not in dead bodies.' No, nobody can for a moment suppose that a “SOUL of eminent piety can live in a dead body a thousand

years.” But where does he get his knowledge of this “SOUL ?” I suppose he gets his account from Rev. xx, 4. John says, “And I saw the souls" (Bro. Cambell

says

" he saw the soul") of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands.Bro. Cambell' has in. proved much upon John; he says, " of eminent piety." What a great improvement is this! Beheading, wit. ness, word of God, worship, beast, image, mark, forehead, hands, all, all left out. John further

says,

and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." Bro. Cambell

says,

will live and reign in the persons of Christians during the thousand years." Christ, through John, says, This is the first resurrection.Bro. Cambell says, Not the bodies of the dead." Here, my dear reader, is a specimen of your teachers, that are so highly applauded by all the popes and cardinals in the land. Why? Because he has outdone the pope himself. The pope has made new laws; but Bro. Cambell has in this exposition made new scripture!

Christ says, “The harvest is the end of the world.” Cambell and Smith tell us that the world will not end until more than a thousand years after the har. vest. Christ says, “Let the tares and the wheat grow together until the harvest.” Bro. Cambell says, “ The wheat shall grow a thousand years after the tares are harvested and burned,” that is, if you and I can understand him. What a plain contra. diction between our Savior and these popular writers of the present day. The world, and the proud pliari. sees, my dear reader, love their own. Anything that will put off the evil day, and “cry peace and safety," will be accepted by our bigoted editors and worldly-minded priests. But, my dear friends, study for yourselves, be sure you get the mind and will of God. Lay your foundation sure. Let no man de ceive you by any means. Many who say, Lord, Lord, shall not be able to enter in ; but those, and those only, which do the will of our Heavenly Father, shall have right to the tree of life and enter through the gates into the city. Do not, my impenitent friends, delay the salvation of your souls until the harrest of the gospel is past; and thens, in the end, have it to say, as said the prophet Jeremiah, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." AMEN.

LECTURE ON

THE FINAL JUDGMENT.

ACTS xvii. 31.

Because he hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the world

in righteousness.

JUDGMENT is the sentence or decision of a judge, and implies that there is a right and wrong, good and evil. And in judging, it is always supposed that the judge will, in his judgment, bring to light the right and wrong, good and evil. And in judgment, too, it is expected to receive rewards and punishments, according to the law by which we are judged. There are many judgments spoken of in the Scriptures : but my object will not be to take you into all the different ways in which judgment is there used, but I shall endeavor to prove that God hath appointed a day of retribution, in which he will judge the world in equity and truth; those under the law he will judge by the law, and those under the gospel by the gospel.

I. I WILL PROVE THAT THERE IS A DAY APPOINTED FOR THE JUDGMENT OF THE WHOLE WORLD, AFTER

Acts xvii. 31: “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousa ness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof

THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.

he hath given assurance unto all mren in that he haib raised him from the dead."

It is very evident that those who heard the apostle, anderstood him to assert, plainly, that there was a day of judgment appointed, in which all men that were dead would be raised and participate in it, as well as those who were alive. See what follows. Verse 32: “ And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.” Again, Rom. ii. 16: “ In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.” We see by this passage, that the day of judgment spoken of in' this iext is yet in the future; for every man knows that every secret thing is not yet brought to - light. Luke viii. 17: "For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid that shall not be known and come abroad.” Or, as Paul says, 1 Cor. iv. 5: “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God.” What time? In the day appointed. And when ? When the Lord shall come. Then shall every man who has done well have praise of God. “ Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me.”

Again, we are told, that Jesus Christ is to judge the quick (or the living) and the dead, at his appearing, and his kingdom. See Acts x. 42: “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead.” 2 Tim. iv. 1: “I CHARGE thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus, Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.” See also 1 Peter iv. 5: “Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.” By these passages we are taught that there is a judgment after death; at the resurrection. You will permit me to bring

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