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shall this phænomenon be explained? We are at the present moment, witnesses of the fact; but who can unfold the mystery. This blessed book, the book of truth and life, has made our wonder to cease. 'THE LORD HER GOD IN THE MIDST OF HER IS MIGHTY.' His presence is a fountain of health, and his protection a wall of fire.' He has betrothed her, in eternal covenant to himself. Her living head, in whom she lives, is above, and his quickening spirit shall never depart from her. Armed with divine virtue, his gospel, secret, silent, unobserved, enters the hearts of men and sets up an everlasting kingdom. It eludes all the vigilance, and baffles all the power of the adversary. Bars, and bolts, and dungeons are no obstacle to its approach: Bonds, and tortures, and death cannot extinguish its influence. Let no man's heart, tremble, then, because of fear. Let no man despair, in these days of rebuke and blasphemy of the Christian cause. The ark is launched, indeed, upon the floods; the tempest sweeps along the deep; the billows break over her on every side. But Je. hovah-Jesus has promised to conduct her in safety to the haven of peace. She cannot be lost unless the pilot perish. Why then do the heathen rage, and and the people' imagine a vain thing? Hear, O Zion, the word of thy God, and rejoice for the consolation. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."



Mere preservation, however, though a most comfortable, is not the only, hope of the Church; she has


(2.) The prospect of increase.

Increase from an effectual blessing upon the means of grace in places where they are already enjoyed; for thus saith the Lord, I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will


pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring; and they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.'

Increase--from the diffusion of evangelical truth through Pagan lands. . For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people ; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about and see : all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shall see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the gentiles shall come unto thee.'

Increase from the recovery of the rejected Jews to the faith and privileges of God's dear children. • Blindness in part has happened unto Israel'--they have been cut off, for their unbelief, from the olive tree. Age has followed age, and they remain to this hour spread over the face of the earth, a fearful and affecting testimony to the truth of God's word. They are without their sanctuary, without their Messiah, without the hope of their believing ancestors. But it shall not be always thus. They are still beloved for the father's sake.' When the · fullness of the Gen. tiles shall come in,' they too shall be gathered. They shall discover, in our Jesus, the promised Messiah ; and with tenderness proportioned to their former insensibility, shall cling to his cross.

Grafted again into their own olive tree, "all Israel shall be saved.' It was through their fall that salvation came unto us Gentiles. And, if the casting away of them be

' * the reconciling of the world, what shall the receive ing of them be but life from the dead ? What

eç. stasy, my brethren! the Gentile and the Jew taking sweet counsel together, and going to the house of

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God in company! the path of the swift messenger of grace marked, in every direction, by the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ--a nation born at once..the children of Zion exclaiming,

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The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.' The knowledge of Jehovah overspreading the earth' as the waters cover the sea;' and all flesh enjoying the salvation of God!

This faith ushers in a

(3.) Prospect of the Church...the prospect of triumph.


Though often desolate, and afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted, the Lord her God will then make her an eternal excellency,' and repay her sorrows with triumph.....

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Triumph-in complete victory over the enemies' who sought her hurt. The nation and kingdom, saith the Lord, that will not serve thee shall perish; yea those nations shall be utterly wasted. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the sales of thy feet; and they shall call thee the city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel. That great enemy of her purity and her peace, who shed the blood of her saints and her prophets, the MAN OF SIN who has exalted himself above all that is called God,' shall appear, in the whole horror of his doom as the son of perdition, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.2 The terrible but joyous event shall be announced by an angel from heaven crying mightily with a strong voice, Babylon, the, great is fallen, is fallen! ALLE LULA,' shall be the response of the Church universal, Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God; for true and righteous are his judgments; for he hath judged the great whore which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of her servants at her hand!' Then,




too, the accuser of the brethren'


that old serpent which is the Devil and Satan,' shall be cast down, ' and bound a thousand years that he shall deceive the nations no more'..This will introduce the Church's Triumph-in the prevalence of righteousness and peace throughout the world.



'Her people shall be all righteous.' The voice of the blasphemer shall no longer insult her ear. Iniquity as ashamed shall stop its mouth, and hide its head. All her officers shall be peace, and all her exactors, righteousness. The kings of the earth brining their glory and honor unto her,' shall accomplish the gracious promise, The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills by righteousness.' Her prince whose throne is forever and ever,


shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more! Every man shall meet, in every other man, a brother without dissimulation. Fear and the sword shall be far away, they shall sit every man under his vine and under his figtree, and none shall make them afraid.' For thus saith the Lord, Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy wall, Salvation, and thy gates, Praise.''


Triumph-in the presence of God, in the communion of his love, and the signal manifestation of his glory. Behold the tabernacle of God shall be with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.' Then shall be seen, the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, which

shall have no need of the sun, neither of the moon,' to shine in it; for the glory of God shall lighten it, and the Lamb shall be the light thereof. And the


nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it,---and they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it; and there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.'

Such, according to the sure word of prophecy, will be the triumphs of Christianity; and to this issue all scriptural efforts to evangelize the heathen contribute their share. That mind is profane, indeed, which repels the sentiment of awe; and hard is the heart which feels no bland emotion---But let us pause-You exult, perhaps, in the view of that happiness which is reserved for the human race: you long for its arrival; and are eager, in your place, to help on the gracious work. It is well. But are there no heathen in this assembly? Are there none who, in the midst of their zeal for foreign missions, forget their own souls; nor consider that they themselves neglect the great salvation? Remember, my brethren, that a man may be active in measures which shall subserve the conversion of others, and yet perish in his own iniquity. That very gospel which you desire to send to the Heathen, must be the gospel of your salvation; it must turn you 'from darkness to light, from the power of Satan unto God; it must make you meet for the inheritance of the Saints,' or it shall fearfully aggravate your condemnation at last. You pray Thy kingdom come.' But is the kingdom of God within you? Is the Lord Jesus in you, the hope of glory?" Be not deceived. The name of Christian will not save you. Better had it been for you not to have. known the way of righteousness---better to have been the most idolatrous Pagan---better, infinitely better, not to have been born, than to die strangers to the pardon of the Redeemer's blood, and the sanctifying virtue of his spirit. From his throne on high he calls; calls, my brethren to you, Look unto me



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