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OX TIIE SECOXD ADVEXT.
Dear Bro. IIines:– The following is an extract of a letter which I wrote sixteen years since to a friend, on the subject of the near approach of the dear Savior. This was several years before I publicly avowed my faith in the doctrine.
1.*Come, blessed Savior! nor let time delay 2. The sacred morn of that expected day, 3. When all the happy throng, the heavenly band, 4. Descending from above, “the spirit land ;" 5. When the seventh crump its solemn blast shall sound, 6. Anu Gabriel's voice shall shake the solid ground. 7. Then sleeping myriads from their graves shall rise, 8. And ineet their Savior in those nether skies; ... While those who yet remain, by men oppressed, 10. Will feel a sudilen change and join the bless'd; 11. Where, in one chorus joined, the song be raised, 12. Tu God, the Father, Son,-"Ancient of days."
I sometimes almost flatter myself I shall live to • see this glorivus day. Fanatical," say you. Very well; I should not be surprised if you and I should boil be on this earth, alive,
13. When from the east we see a cloud arise, ll. And bring to view a Savior long despised ;
• The figures refer in proof-texts, having the saino numbers, imme diülely fullu wing the letter.
15. When we shall hear that trampet's dreadful roll, 16. That shakes the earth from centre to the pole; 17. H'hen, from the great white throne, indignant ire 18. Shoots forth its blaze, and sets the world on fire:19. Then all the wicked, all that pride can boast, 20. Shall be as stubble, saith the Lord of hosts ; 21. When kings, and captains, tyrants, mighry men, 22. Are the great supper for the fowls of heaven ; 23. And kingdoms, thrones, and powers, dominions riven: 21. Like chaff before the angry whirlwind driven. 25. The dragon, papal beast, and great arch foe, 26. Shall stuk in enilless nighi, eternal ude; 27. The orb of day, his face he hid in gloom, 28. And the old reeling earth in Nature's lomb.
“Then you believe in annihilation ?" methinks I hear you say. No, sir; I believe
29. That this dark orb shall from its ashes risc,
4.1. Then on the surface of the earth they stand, 4'i. A company unnumbered as the sand; 47. For in their flesh they sinned in time that's pass'd, 48. So in the flesh must they be judged at last; 499. Driven and gathered, round the city roam, 50. To hear their senience and receive their doom. 51. But can they scale those walls, so great and high? 52. Nu; nothing enters that Joth make a lie. 53. Lo! on the golden walls, from tower to lower, 51. See saints stand judging them in this dreau bour! 55. There justice, from above, in fiery breath, 50. Destroys the rebels-- " this the second death!”
I am almost persuaded to believe that we shall never meet again until that day, when the Sun of righ:cousness shall rise
57. With healing wings, and grace on grace distil,
The above is written to you, my brother, hoping that you may catch some of the feelings and exercises of the author's weart, while he has often read and pondered over the blessed passages to which you are regiusred in the conclusion, under head of " Proof tests." I can only claint your indulgence; merit I claim not.
For poets say, and surely they can tell,
PROOF-TESTS. 1. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly: Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. -Rev. xxii. 20.
2. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that waich for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.--Psa, cxxx. 6.
3. To the end he may establish your hearts un. blanable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. - Thess, üi. 13.
4. He shall call 10 the heavens from above, and 10 the earth, that he may judge his people.-- Psa. I. 4.
5. And the seventh angel sounded; and there, were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingduuis of this world are become the kingdoms of our Loret
, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.- Rev. xi. 15.
6. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth 10 shake terribly the earih. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worshiip, to the moies and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty; when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.- Isa. ii. 19-21.
7. Marvel not at this : for the hour is coming, in the which alt that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come for this John v. 29.
8. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, 10 meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be wiib the Lord.—1 Thess. iv. 17.
9. Which is a manifest token' of the righteous judgment 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 10 recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you, who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus sball be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.2. Thess. i. _7.
10. In a moment; in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.- 1 Cor. xv. 52.
11. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by tfiy blood our of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.-Rev. v. 9.
* 12. I beheld till the thrones were cast dowrr, and the Ancient of days did sit; whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wuo!: his throne was like the fiery flame, and bis