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church in her wilderness state, and the fall of minis. ters froin the purity of the gospel into antichristian abominations, and the shaking of the moral heavens by the doctrines of Papacy, called in the word of God " the doctrines of devils;" to accomplish which, according to Daniel and John, and the cpinions of all commentators, will include a time or period of 1260 years. “And then shall appear the sign of the Sou of man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man com·ing in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory; And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet; and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." All this was to happen after the tribulation of those days; therefore could not have happened at the destruction of Jerusalem,
Paul, in his second Epistle to the Thessalonians, speaking of the faith and patience of the saints in enduring persecution and tribulation, says, i. 5—10, “ Which is a manifest token of the righteous judge ment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer; seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you ; and to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ : who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe." It is evident that Paul in this place is speaking of the righteous judgment of God, the revelation of Jesus Christ from heaven, the taking vengeance on all who know not God, both Jew and Gentile, ard the punishing with everlasting destruction those who obey not the gospel, from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power; and this, too, when he comes to be glorified in his saints. 21.1s can have no reference particularly to the Jews, as st was written to the Gentile believers at Thessa. Jonica ; and must have reference to all that troubled or persecuted them, whether Jew or Gentile. Then, in the second chapter, he tells us, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” And yet the objector says that it was near at hand.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition : who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped ; so that be, as God, sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”. This description of Paul agrees with Daniel's little horn, vii. 25: “And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.” Paul says, 8tb verse,
" And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceiva. bleness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
By these quotations, we perceive that the coming of Christ was not at hand, and could not take place, as Paul reasons, until the man of sin should be revealed, the son of perdition, who should wear qut the saints of the Most High 1260 years, and then should the Son of man he revealed, and destroy him by the brightness of his coming. No man can suppose that this time could have passed between Paul's epistle this Thessalonian brethren and the destruction of Jerusalem. Therefore we conclude, from these facts, that the judgment must be in the future; for Daniel' says, that at the end of all these things “the judgment shall sit ;” and Paul says, that these persecutions and tribulations are a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God.
Another set of objectors say, “ The judgment will not take place until we have enjoyed one thousand years of peace and prosperity, and the world be converted to God.”
In reply : ) this objection, I would present the following text in Daniel, vii. 21, 22: “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High.” Luke xvii. 26, Christ says: “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 23: Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot, even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Paul says, “ And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” 2 Thess. ii. 8. Again, 2 Tim. iii. 145: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn a way." 12th and 13th verses : “ Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall sax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." John, in the 7th chapter of Revelations, when he saw the whole family of the redeemed out of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white rohes and palms in their hands, was inquired of hy one of the elders, “What are these which are arrayed in white robes ? and whence came they?” the answer was, “These are they which came out of great tribulation.” This evidently shows us that there can possibly be no period of time in which the children of God will not suffer persecution or tribulation, till the end come. Consult also 2 Tim. iv. 1 -S. Jas. v. 1-9. Jude 14--21.
Now, if this objection is valid, how can it be true that Daniel's little horn, and Paul's man of sin, can make war and prevail against the saints until the Ancient of days comes, and be “consumed only with the spirit of his mouth, and destroyed by the brightness of his coming ?” How can it be true that all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution, if the whole world is to be converted, and universal peace pervade the earth for a thousand years? What kind of a millennium will that be, when evil men and seducers was worse and worse, in the midst of perilous times, and all hell, as it were, is disgorged of its contents, and come up to the great battle of God Almighty ? Or must these objectors he classed with those who cry safety," when “sudden destruction cometh?”
And now, kind reader, let me warn you to prepare for a future judgment. I know the Universalist priest will laugh and scoff at the word prepare ; but let them laugh and jeer, their race is short; for when men cry
peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh, and they shall not escape.”. Be warned, then; prepare to meet your God in judgment. The Holy Spirit whispers in your mind, a judgment. The word of God reads plain, “ Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness ;” and this, too, after ihe resurrection, as the hearers then understood the apostle Paul. See Acts xvii. 31, 32: “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in right.
eousness, by that man whom he hath ordained: whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter." The apostle Paul, and all true ministers from that day to this, have preached a judgment to come, after the resurrection of the dead. Your consciences have always been a monitor unto you, until they became seared by false teachers and vain theories of men. Your judgment and reason are well convinced that in this life equal justice is not distributed to all alike, which is an evident token to you that there is a judgment to come, in the which God will reward the virtuous and punish the vicious.
If all these evidences will not lead us to a prepa. ration for that great and notable day of the Lord, I ask, what will? What can God do more? He has come by his Spirit, his word, his servants, and with your conscience and reason, all combining to make you believe and live with reference to that day. Why do you linger, sinner, on the brink of eternal ruin? What evidence have you got that all will be well? The demon of darkness tells you “ that you shall not die;" the Universalist minister tells you that all will be saved, prepared or unprepared, and that there is no judgment in a future state; and the desire of your own heart says, time enough yet. Which, I ask, will finally succeed? Will the Spirit of God, will the word of God have any influence upon you? I beg of you, dear reader, read and judge for yourselves—think and act for eternity; do not put off a preparation which is of vast importance, if there be a judgment day in a future state. When the kingdoms of this world shall pass away like chaff, when error shall vanish like the smoke, and man shall stand before his Maker, uncovered from all hypocrisy, naked of all deceit, exposed in thought, word and deed, see as he is seen, and know as he is known,--will you be able to stand? Will you be found in heaven? AMEN.