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to vengeance is slow, but its executions are terrible.”
The crisis of a nation generally comes unexpectedly. The period when, in the providence of God, Babylon of old was to be destroyed, came suddenly—in one night. With the rapidity of an eagle's flight Alexander overthrew the Persian empire. The decisive moment in due time arrived, when kingdom after kingdom of the ancient world fell under the ruthless arm of Rome; and when, after the lapse of a few more centuries, the respective capitals of that once mighty empire became themselves a prey to lawless and savage invaders. And in our own times, however inadequately the nearness of the events may affect us—in our times, when the peace of Europe seemed secured by wellbalanced treaties-an unexpected and awful crisis arrived: the Providence of God confounded the politics of the wisest and most experienced statesmen ; and the foundations of all its kingdoms were suddenly loosened, by revolution or
And what security have we against a still more fatal crisis? It is not, that all yet continues calm ; not, that we have national resources ; nor even that we have religious privileges : it is to none of these things that we can trust. A storm, for any thing we can do to prevent it, may suddenly and unexpectedly
gather around us, which shall again confound human politics. The cup of England's and of Europe's guilt may have come to the full; and, as we have in so many instances seen in the foregoing investigations, the ulterior purposes of God with regard to his church and his ancient people may be ripe for execution, and England be no longer, for the reasons we have just given, an exception in the general over.. throw !—Nevertheless, we may be assured nothing permanently, nothing essentially wrong, is going to happen. The Lord's people may confidently and unsuspectingly leave themselves in His hands, with the full assurance that He will do all things well.
And even as a nation, whilst such a promise and gracious declaration as the following is left on record, if we have the heart given us to follow the example of the king and people of Nineveh, as is recorded in Jonah iii. 5-9, we still need not despair : “ At what instant I shall speak, concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it: if that nation, against whom I have pronounced, TURN FROM THEIR EVIL, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them” (Jer. xviii. 7, 8).
I will close, in perfect unison with such a sentiment, with the following beautiful apos
trophe, taken from an American paper put into my hands, a short time ago, by a gentleman from New York :
England, fair Island Queen ! across thy brow
CHRONOLOGY of the PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES
AS EXPLAINED AND ILLUSTRATED IN THIS WORK.
Grant to him and his posterity of the land of
The commencement of the" First prophetical Period,”
of 430 years. 1891 Isaac mocked by Ishmael, and the latter
banished by Abraham from his house. The separation of the two seeds.
The commencement of the "First prophetical Period,”
of 400 years:
Drying up of the Red Sea.
The termination of the “ First prophetical Period,”
of 430 and 400 years.
king of Judah, with the intention of remov-
The commencement of the “ Second Period,” of 65
who, after defeating his enemies, lead a part
731. Shalmaneser king of Assyria invades Israel. 727 Shalmaneser takes Samaria, the capital of the
kingdom of Israel, and carries the people away captive.
This forms the first commencement of the “ Fifth
Period,” or of the 2520 years' captivity of Israel. 724. Shalmaneser again invades Israel in conse
quence of Hoshea refusing to pay tribute. 722. Shalmaneser again takes Samaria. 714. Sennacherib king of Assyria invades Judah,
but, appeased by a tribute, returns. 710. Sennacherib again invades Judah, and finding
that Egypt had formed an alliance to assist
Hezekiah, he goes to reduce that kingdom. 708. Sennacherib suddenly stopped in his career of
conquest by the miraculous destruction of
his army before Jerusalem. 679-6 ...... Esarhaddon carries away the small remnant of
Israel, which remained after Shalmaneser's invasion, into Assyria, and thus totally and finally destroys the kingdom of Israel from being a nation.
1. This event forms the termination of the “ Second Period,” of 65 years.
2. It forms the second commencement of the “ Fifth
Period,” of the 2520 years of Israel's captivity. Esarhaddon also invades Judea, and carries Manasseh into captivity.
This may be considered to form a first commencement of the 2520 years' application to Judah; and it is remarkable that it was not a captivity of the people, as was the case with Israel, but it was the captivity of the
king. The commencement of “ THE TIMES OF THE
GENTILES.” 606 Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon and Assyria,
invades Judea, takes Jerusalem, and carries captive a great number of Jews.
This event forms the first commencement of the “ Third Period,” consisting of the 70 years' Babylonish
captivity. 603. Jehoiakim revolts from Nebuchadnezzar. 602-1 Jehoiakim is re-conquered, removed from the
throne, and, dying soon after, is succeeded by his son Jehoiachin, who is carried to Babylon, and remains in captivity many years. till his death. The crown was thus finally removed from Judah, and the so