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end of those days. The Angel says, “ Go thy way till THE END BE,” and “thou shalt “RISE UP,” (Ger. text),
FOR THY LOT," (Heb.) AT THE END of the days." Thus it is written, and thus it will be fulfilled. The 1335 days (years) extend just 45 years beyond the 1290. In the margin of the Bishop's Bible is placed the following note: “In this number, (1335 days,) we have a month and a half added to the former number; viz., the 1290 days. In a month and a half (Jewish time) there are just 45 days, and this added to the 1290, make 1335 days, which we believe will end in 1854.
This brings us to the culminating point in the visions of Daniel. It directs the eye to the zenith of that glory to be revealed at the resurrection of the just, when Daniel, with all the saints, will take the kingdom to possess it “forever even forever and ever.” And 0, what heavenly attractions cluster around that momentous scene! When we cast a glance over the history of the world, we find the masses of men have been subservient to the aggrandizement of the few; might has exalted itself against right; the earth has been strewed with carnage and deluged with blood. But shall death ever riot on human flesh ? Are there no bounds to this ocean of sorrow? no limitation to the curse? The curse shall be removed from off all the earth, says that voice that commands the billows of ocean, “hitherto shalt thou come and no further." The fiat of Him who controls the winds of heaven, saying, “Peace, be still,” has gone forth that the winds of commotion shall be hushed, the jarring elements revert to their primeval order, and discordant principles to their original harmony.
But before this Eden beauty can cover the earth, it must be thrown into the crucible of the divine laboratory, the dross removed, and the pure metal, passing through a mould of beauty and of glory, shall come forth remodelled, a regenerated creation of new heaven and earth, resplendent with the glory of God and the Lamb. What adds grandeur and enchantment to the whole, is the moral beauty and glory that adorns the place, and fills the earth, as the waters cover the sea.
The saints of old saw this land "afar off;" but we behold it nigh at hand. O, thou tender mother, who hast deposited thy sacred treasure in the dust, the smiling, prattling infant of thy maternal love, - and in doing this thou hast felt that thy nature suffered violence, and as though thy heart strings would break from very grief, — listen to that voice which says' to thee, “Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord ; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy." The delicate flower has not ultimately perished; its leaves are but folded for the night, to be reopened when the morn of the resurrection shall dawn. Its beauty, and freshness, and fragrance will all return; and transplanted to Eden bowers, it will bloom, in unfading loveliness, a model of beauty perfected by the finger of God.
Ye family circles whose number has been broken by the fell destroyer, if your friends have fallen asleep in Jesus, do not “mourn as those who mourn without hope.” The day of their redemption draweth nigh; soon the bands of death will be sundered! The righteous dead shall hear the voice of the Son of Man! and they that hear shall live! The eye that has lost its lustre, shall be rekindled amid the blaze of everlasting day! the cheek that is pallid in death, will be mantled with the glow of immortal youth! the frame that is palsied and inert, will be raised in the power of an endless life! And all this beauty, and glory, and joy so soon to come! At the end of the days, they will receive an inheritance among the just, pure and undefiled, and that fadeth not away!
EXPOSITION OF MATTHEW, CHAP. XXIV.
“ And Jesus went out and departed from the temple : and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things ? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, say. ing, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world ? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you,” (vs. 1-4). It
appears from the record given by Mark, that four disciples were present when this instruction was communicated, namely, Peter, James, John, and Andrew. It has been generally supposed that what is recorded in Matt. 24, and in Luke 21, was communicated at the same time, but this idea we believe to be inadmissible.
From the account given by Luke it would appear, that the Saviour was in the temple when He saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury, and the poor widow casting in her two mites; and it was at this time, that some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones ; to which He replies : “As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in which there shall not be left one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down." They then ask Him, 6. When shall these things be?” etc. He proceeds to answer the question, and in course of His remarks, refers to the trials they were to experience Jerusalem was to be encompassed with armies — trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled — there would be signs in the sun, moon and stars — distress of nations with perplexitythe sea and the waves roaring—the powers of heaven shaken, and the sign of the Son of Man should appear.
“And in the day time he was teaching in the temple;
and at night He went out, and abode in the mount that is called the Mount of Olives.” But we inquire, what was it that He taught in the temple ? Evidently that which is recorded in this chapter, while that which is contained in the twenty-fourth and twenty-fith chapters of Matthew, was spoken on the mount of Olives, in the evening of that day. And this circumstance accounts for the apparent discrepancy between the two records. Luke has given the discourse of our Lord as uttered in the temple, while Matthew has recorded it as delivered on the mount of Olives. Says Luke, " There shall be wrath upon this people,” (the Jews,) "and they shall fall by the edge of the sword,” etc., while Matthew says nothing of the Jews, but teaches that the elect, namely, the people of God, shall suffer tribulation. The trouble and wrath that was to come upon the Jews was identified with the treading down of the city, and runs parallel with its duration; while the tribulation, of which Matthew speaks, is to be shortened. In proof of these positions we adduce the