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was since there was a nation, even to that same time." This time of trouble is yet in futurity ; but is hanging as it were over our heads ready to break upon us in tenfold vengeance, when the Angel of the Gospel, who is now flying through the midst of heaven, shall seal the last child of God in their foreheads. And when the four angels who are now holding the four winds, that it blow not on the sea nor on the land, shall cease their holding; when the angel standing on the sea and land shall lift his hand to heaven and swear by him that liveth forever and ever, that time shall be no longer, or as it might and perhaps ought to have been translated," that there should be no longer delay.That is, God would wait no longer for repentance, no longer to be gracious: but his spirit would take its flight from the world, and the grace of God would cease to restrain men. He that is filthy will be filthy still. Mankind will for a short season give loose to all the corrupt passions of the human heart. No laws, human or divine, will be regarded; all authority will be trampled under foot ; anarchy will be the order of governments, and confusion fill the world with horror and despair. Murder, treason and crime will be common law, and division and disunion the only bond of fellowship. Christians will be persecuted unto death, and dens and caves of the earth will be their retreat. All things which are not eternal will be shaken to pieces, that that which cannot be shaken may remain. And this, if I am right in my calculations, will begin on or before A. D. 1839. “And at that time thy people shall be delivered every one that shall be found written in the book.” Now is come salvation indeed. The people of God are. now to be delivered from outward foes and inbred lusts, from the corruptions of the grave, and the vileness of the flesh. Every one, the poor, and despised child of God, will then be delivered when he makes up his jewels. many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” This verse brings us down to the resurrection of the dead, when the dust will give up the bodies of the saints, and they shall awake to everlasting life, when death shall be finally conquered, and the grave resign up her captive saints to victory and glory. The Angel also mentions the resurrection of the wicked and speaks of their shame and everlasting contempt. He dwells not in detail on this second resurrection, as though

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it was too painful for thought, yet tells enough to let the wicked unbeliever know his awful doom and is silent.

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever.” This verse needs no comment, it is a beautiful figure of the righteous in glory and the durability of that happiness in the invisible and immortal kingdom of God. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end.” Some have taken occasion from these words to say, that this

prophecy was to be shut up and sealed, that none might understand it until the end. "If it was so, why give it to Daniel at all? Why note it in the scripture of truth? Why give to us the same instruction which made Daniel understand what should befal the people of God in the latter day? But the plain and obvious meaning of the first part of this verse is, but thou, O Daniel, close up your prophecy, and set your seal to the truth of it, for at the time of the end many shall run to and fro;" that is, at the time of the end, the means of travel would be greatly extended, so that many would travel into all parts of the earth, and would increase in knowledge of places, men and things. “And knowledge shall be increased.” Can any prophecy be more literally fulfilled than this? The increase of travel, and the means of conveyance, and the improvement in the arts and sciences at the present day have astonished the projectors themselves; but if it should mean holy things, then look at the great number of Missionaries sent into all parts of our world. There are but few nations, civilized or barbarous, Christian or heathen, but what are visited by the professed ministers of Christ, and knowledge of the word of God has increased. And within thirty years, the bible has been translated into one hundred and fifty languages, more than three times the number of all languages that had received a translation during 1800 years before. Millions of copies of the bible have been circulated within the thirty years past where thousands only had been circulated before.

Then I, Daniel, looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river, and said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, how long shall it be to the end of these wonders ?" Here Daniel saw the two holy ones inquiring of the man clothed in linen which stood upon the waters of the river.

This man is the same as Michael standing up for the chil dren of thy people. The reason I assign is, he is clothed in linen, which shows he is the high priest for the people of God. It is the same angel that John describes, Rev. x. 1-6. This angel is represented as being the Messenger of the Covenant, by baving a rainbow on his head. He was clothed with a cloud pure and white like linen. He, too, had a little book open showing what he should do, agreeing with our explanation, spreading the Gospel for the last time through the world, standing one foot on the sea and the other on the earth, to keep down the power of anti-Christ who sets on many waters, Rev. xvii. 1, 15, and the power of the kings of the earth until the whole elect should be sealed. See Rev. vii. 1-3. And this is the Mediator is evident, when he closes up the mediatorial kingdom, when he says, Rev. x. 6, “That there should be time no longer,” or as some translate it, that there should be no longer delay, which must of course have one of two meanings, either God will no longer delay his judgment, or he will no longer wait to be gracious. See next verse, and II. Peter iii. 9. Take either one or both positions, and it proves my object, that a part of the 45 years, the history of which we are now considering, is taken up in spreading the gospel and bringing the last remnant in to Christ's fold. “For this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world as a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.” Matt. xxiv. 14. But the question, How long to the end of these wonders? means to the end of the reign of the beast which the world wondered after, Rev. xiii. 3. 7th

verse, " And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven.” This language shows us plainly, that it is the same angel which John saw in Rev. x. 1-7. And the same time is indicated in Revelations as is in Daniel. Here in Daniel it is in the last 45 years, and in Revelations immediately preceding the time when the mystery of God shall be finished, all that had been declared by his servants the prophets, the whole prophecies would be accomplished. “And swear by him that liveth forever, that it shall be for a “time, times and an half.” This is the same length of time given in Daniel vii. 25, which is there given as the reign of the little horn. It is also the same time which is given in Rev. xi. 2. Fortytwo months, three years and a half, to give the holy city to

be trodden under foot. Again, the same time is given, Rev. xi. 3, for the two witnesses to prophecy clothed in sackcloth, 1260 days. Also, Rev. xii

, 6, 14, for the church in the wilderness, and again in Rev. xii. 5, where the antichristian beast had his delegated power to continue forty two months. All these times ended in A. D. 1798, as we may hereafter show; when the 45 years began to accomplish the things which I have been attending to in this lecture. " And when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people all these things shall

. This brings us down to our text, and gives us another important and conclusive sign by which we may know we live on the eve of finishing the prophecies and on the threshhold of the immortal and eternal state. Let us be wise, then, and secure an interest in the inheritance among the just, that when we fail on earth we may be received into everlasting habitations prepared for those who love Christ.

But the last sign," the scattering of the holy people;'. a part of the perilous times. How are they to be scattered? I answer, by the errors of the antichristian abomination, and the lo heres and lo theres, by dividing the people of God into parties, divisions and subdivisions. And methinks I hear you say, surely these things are already accomplished. 'Yes, you are right in part, but not to its extent ;

the sects are all divided now, but not crumbled to pieces ; some are subdivided, but not scattered. The time is soon coming when father will be against the son, and son against the father. Yea, the sects are all divided now. Presbyterians are divided into Old and New School, and then again into Perfectionists. Congregationalists are divided between Orthodox and Socinianism, old and new measures, Unionists, &c. Methodists are divided between Episcopal and Protestant. Baptists are divided between old and new measures, Antimasons, Campbelites, open and close communion, &c. &c. Quakers are divided between Orthodox and Hicksites, and thus Inight we go on and name the divisions and subdivisions of all sects who have taken Christ for their captain.

And now let me sum up in short what we have proved to you in this discourse. And first, I showed the length of time our history would take up, viz. 45 years. By the numbers given in Daniel xii, 11-13, his 1290 days, beginning when the ten kings represented by the ten toes in

Nebuchadnezzar's dream, and ten horns in Daniel's vision, should be converted to the Christian faith, and the daily sacrifice abomination taken out of the way, viz. A. D. 508, which would end us in 1798, when the Pope lost his power to reign over the kings and trample on the holy people, and the abomination of desolation ceased his civil reign by being deprived of his civil power by Bonaparte. I then showed you that the number 1335 days, beginning at the same time as the 1290 days, viz. A. D. 508, would end in 1843, at the resurrection, for Daniel would stand in his lot at the end of these days. And you have undoubtedly noticed that this brought us to the same year that Daniel's whole number 2300 brought us, which is forty-five years, the difference between the two numbers 1290 and 1335. I then began at Daniel xi. 40, and gave you the history of Bonaparte, his wonderful career of conquest and power, and his final end. I then gave you the history of Michael standing up, and the Reformation that followed in the years 1815-16-17, even down to the present time. Then the unfulfilled prophecy which must come soon upon us, the troublous times. Next we came to the time of the deliverance of the people of God, every one that sleep in the dust of the earth and the resurrection. Then the Angel gave us a few signs which would happen in the course of this time, such as the running to and fro, the increase of knowledge, the nations being restrained from preventing the Gospel being preached and scattering the power of the holy people, all which you have many of you witnessed, and can judge for yourselves whether these things are so.

I shall now leave you for the present, and may you reflect candidly and seriously on the subject, for many of you who are now on the earth may live to witress this fulfilment, and if unprepared then, with what regret will you look back on your present opportunity and wish you had improved these precious moments for the salvation of your souls and for the glory of God.

Be wise, O ye inhabitants of the earth, for the Lord will come and will not tarry, and the day of vengeance will overtake you as a thief in the night, " but the wise shall understand.”

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