Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

deserts, bears witness to the truth of the memorable prediction pronounced 4000 years ago.

tions."

Egypt remains “ a base kingdom" according to the Prophetic word P; " It shall not exalt itself any more above the na

The Babylonians, the Persians, the Macedonians, the Romans, the Saracens, the Mamalukes, and the Turks, have held it in constant subjection for near 2000 years since this Prophecy was uttered.

[ocr errors]

The Mahometan Antichrift ftill rears its proud crescent in the East, though its avenging sword, having done its appointed office, has been long put up into the scabbard.

The corruptions and superstition of Antichristian Rome continue, though the time of her tyranny is past—" The decree is gone forth, who shall disannul it?” The exact time of its full accomplishment it is not given to us to know; " the one day in which her plagues shall come upon her, when she shall be thrown down with vio

p Ezek. xxix. 14, 15.

lence,

lence, and found no more at all,” cannot be yet discovered with certainty ; but the time is declared with fufficient accuracy to explain the wonderful events now passing in the world. Some of “ the kings,” or nations who gave her their strength

“ have begun to take away her dominion,” and others “ stand afar off, and bewail and lament for her, saying, Alas ! alas ! that great city Babylon, that mighty city ?!"

and power,

The confutation of her False Doctrines -the detection of her Impostures--the abolition of her Spiritual Tyranny—the destruction of her Monastic institutionsthe panic of her Adherents, and above all, the progress of a Power which seems peculiarly fitted to execute the wrath of God, point to her fate with more than common clearness.

Scepticism, Infidelity, and Atheism, throwing off the mask of dissimulation which they wore in former times, now boldly avow their principles, and show themselves to the world in all their horrors, “ for the

9 Rev. xviii. 10.

day day of their power is come.”—They call. upon the world to worship the Image they have set up; and whilst heresies divide the Church, they attack its foundations with infernal art and fury.

“ The controversy with the Nations” feems to be begun,

" the sacrifice in Bofrah” is preparing—" the time of trouble is at hand.”

Thus we appeal to the PRESENT STATE OF THE WORLD for the confirmation of Prophetic truth.We point to a wide display of permanert and conspicuous miracles, not confined to a few witnesses who lived in distant times, but open to the view of the men of our own generation, even to as many as have eyes to see what is immediately passing before them, and curiosity to enquire into what is at this instant transacting in the more distant parts of the globe.

By the comprehensive study of the Prophecies we are enabled to find a standard of reference to the different parts of the vast design which now are passing before us in too rapid succession to be otherwise understood'; and the aggregate testimony of facts thus linked together will afford fresh evidence to the truth and order of the mighty Scheme.

undera

We see that many great and extraordinary plans of Providence remain still to be executed; but the certainty of their accomplishment rests upon the foundation of Eternal Truth.-" Hath he said, and will he not do it?” The Ages as they roll are. charged to execute the high commission ; and the past afford a certain pledge for the accomplishment of those future events, which are as clearly predicted, as those already fulfilled.

The multitudes, who sit in the darkness of ignorance and superstition, shall see the light of Truth-the delusions of Mahometanism, and the corruptions of Popery, shall vanish before the glorious light of Christianity, when it shall shine forth in perfect day. Infidelity and Atheism shall sink into annihilation before the presence of the Lord and of his Christ, when he cometh to take possession of his promised kingdom. For the Religion of Christ shall be extended over all the world ;

The

[ocr errors]

· The Heathen shall be his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth his poffeffion.”.“ His dominion shall be from fea to sea, and from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof." When the times of the Gentile Church are fulfilled, the Jews shall be collected with the Christian Church into one fold, under one Shepherd, " which is Christ the Lord ;” and the whole Israel of God shall enter with joy and triumph into the New Jerusalem. Then shall “ all Aesh see the salvation of God”-“ All nations shall do him honour”-for “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."-And then will Prophecy have completed its full and final work, and shine forth in all the splendour of perfect accomplishment.

It is thus that the CHRISTIAN, from his enlarged views of Scripture and of mankind, sees in their full and proper light, the sublimity, the extent, and the importance of Prophecy : and it may be with truth, asserted, that the study of Religion is abfolutily necessary to the understanding universal history. The pretensions of the modern Philosopher to enlarged and impar

« ZurückWeiter »