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die : "Once I believed Popery would look not for them ; when the kings of never return into England; but,' said the earth do not look for them; yea, he, I find it was not faith, but fancy.' I when believers themselves do not look wish it may prove not so, with many of for them; they shall come so suddenly. us. Now, that which I am to speak unto The Holy Ghost saith so expressly, Rev. you is this, how we should live by faith, xviii. 18, `Her plagues shall come in one both in the prospect of the danger of it, day,-death, and mourning, and famine, and if it should come upon us. I shall —and she shall be utterly burnt with fire.' name a few things, which I exercise The reason is, For strong is the Lord myself with. If you have more sup- that judgeth her.' Almighty strength shall porting thoughts and a better guidance be put forth for the accomplishing of it. of light, I pray God confirm it unto you. And if this be not enough, the seven
" The first thing I would exercise my teenth verse tells you that it shall come thoughts upon, and that my faith rests in one hour. And I do verily believe, in, in this case, is this, that there is a that the destruction of this cursed antifixed, determinate time, in the counsel of christian state (of the head of it) will be God, when Antichrist, and Babylon, and brought about by none of those means idolatry, and superstition, together with we see or know of; but that the strong that profaneness of life which they Lord shall break in upon her and destroy brought in, shall be destroyed. It is so her by ways unknown to us. It may be fixed that it shall not be altered. All to-morrow ; it may be not these hundred the wisdom of men, all the sins of men, years. She herself, when it is done, and all our unbelief, shall not hinder it a shall look for no such thing, verse 7th. single day. It shall assuredly come to When she is boasting herself, destruction pass in its appointed season. This time shall come. The kings of the earth shall is reckoned up in Scripture by days, by have no expectation of it, for they shall months, by years; not that we should cry, (verse 16th,) 'Alas! alas! that know the time of it, but that we should great city Babylon, that mighty city; for know the certainty of it; for if it hath in one hour so great riches is come to but so many days, but so many months, nought.' Believers themselves will be then it must have a certain period. The like the children of Israel in Egypt; they fixing and computing of the time of the could not believe Moses because of the man of sin, of Antichrist, by days and cruel bondage they were under. So will months and years, is to secure our faith God's judgments come upon antichrist, in the punctual determination of the the old enemies of Jesus Christ. season, but not to satisfy our curiosity “I would very much consider with when that season should be. But the myself the greatness of the indignation consideration of this, that there is such of God against those that shall in the a determinate season, is a great founda- least comply with antichristianism, when tion of faith and patience. When we it doth come upon us. In Rev, xiii. 11, know it will come, that there is such a there is mention of a beast that had two determinate time, that it will surely come, horns like a lamb, and spoke as a is a great ground of patience to wait for dragon, (which I think is the pope,) and it. This is a great consideration with he exercises all the power of the first me, and I leave it with you. Here I can beast, or the pagan power. And what exercise faith without fancy in the counsel then ? Verse 16th, he causes all to of God, that he will pour out all his receive a mark in their right hand, or judgments and plagues on the antichris- in their foreheads, that no man might tian world until antichristianism be de- buy or sell, save he that had the mark. stroyed and rooted out.
No matter what the mark is. To receive “ The judgments of God shall come anything of him is to receive his mark, upon the antichristian world when they either in our foreheads, publicly, before
the world, or in our right hands, pri- has purposely hidden the precise period vately, to be shown as occasion serves. from our view. The prophet Daniel was Why, what then? Chap. xiv. 6—10, a man full of wisdom and of the Spirit if any man worship the beast, and re- of God, and many revelations were made ceive his mark, the same shall drink of to him in regard to these things; and he the wine of the wrath of God, which is tells us that he heard, but he understood poured out, without mixture, into the not; and that when he made further cup of his indignation; and he shall be inquiries for a clearer insight into the tormented with fire and brimstone in the meaning of what was told him, he was presence of the holy angels and in the informed that the words were closed up presence of the Lamb. I believe, with and sealed until the time of the end. Yet, all my heart and soul, that this will be there was a prevalent opinion amongst the portion of all the men and women in the Jews, and the judgments of the most this nation that shall comply with any judicious biblical critics and commentareturn of antichristian idolatry amongst tors are in harmony with that opinion, us. God shall pour out his indignation that the close of the next century, at the
farthest, will witness the consummation These are the deliberately recorded of the hopes and the fulfilment of the sentiments of Dr. Owen, whose deep in- prayers of God's people on this great sight into the word of God and into the subject. Some are quite disposed to fix character of the man of sin well entitle a considerably earlier date. The interhim to be heard on so serious a subject. vening period may be one of trial and of
As to the period when this catastrophe conflict; and it is needful that every shall take place, of which Rome shall be Christian should gird up his loins, and be the dreadful subject, Dr. Owen exhorts prepared to resist unto blood, if he be so us, no doubt judiciously, to take no heed called. “He that shall endure unto the of computations, in which so many have end the same shall be saved.” May you been so greatly mistaken. We know and I, and all your readers, dear sir, see that the time is determined; but the be- the end, if the Lord will, and endure to ginning and the end is known to God the end, and shout the hallelujah. alone, and we must live by faith until
I remain, dear sir, its accomplishment. The Lord will hasten it in his time. And it would seem from
Very cordially yours, the word of God that the Spirit of God
PROVISION FOR MINISTERS' FAMILIES.
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. My dear Sir,—Will you allow me a Union, which was established in 1798, little space to address my young ministerial offers the means of procuring an annuity brethren on the merits of a Society which for a widow, or a certain sum for orphans, requires only to be known to be valued. in a secure and economical manner. By Our attention has been lately directed to means of its half-yearly payments it has the admirable plan proposed by the Con- since its establishment cheered many a gregational Union for forming an An- lonely widow and gladdened the orphan's nuity Fund for Aged Ministers; but heart by its timely aid, whilst it is now whilst new and valuable institutions urge affording seasonable help in sums vary. their claims upon our notice, let us not ing from 25l. to 50l. per annum to no forget those which have been long proved, i less than twenty-six widows of devoted and by the existence of which much / evangelical ministers. good has been done. The Protestant Notwithstanding, however, the exist
ence of such a Society, and the universal | this Society, and for a trifle more than acknowledgment that such a provision 101. a-year he has insured an annuity of should, if possible, be made for those we 501. for his widow, (which may be inso dearly love, when by the hand of creased by a division of profits,) or, if death we are removed from them, there he leaves no widow, his orphan children are as yet but few who have availed may receive a sum equal to 4001. He themselves of its advantages. The rate could not have insured his life for 5001. of payment to ensure an annuity is regu- at a less rate, and this at 5 per cent. lated by the ages of both husband and would not realize more than 251. a-year wife, and is as low as any of the insur- for his widow; by his annual payment ance offices, whilst its affairs are con- he has never been burdened, but the ducted in the most economical way. Its thought that if he should be early refunded property raises it above the pos- moved from his beloved wife and chilsibility of bankruptcy, its mode of paying dren, they would not be left to the preannuities ensures the funds from lose, carious support of charity, or be comand the fact that there are no proprietors pelled to make a special urgent appeal, who receive interest for money lent, ren- has often cheered him, whilst he feels ders this Society a safe investment. grateful that he has been enabled by this
My dear young brethren, the Protest Society to provide a sum sufficient to ant Union recommends itself especially prevent them from feeling distress. to you; its merits deserve a careful con- I need say no more, as perhaps some sideration ; it is open to all Protestant of my young brethren are only hindered evangelical ministers ; within the reach by inability, and cannot spare from their of all, as its graduated scale permits pay- scanty income even the amount required ments for an annuity for any sum from for the smallest annuity of 101. This 101. to 501.
reason ought not to exist. Deacons and It would be quite superfluous to urge members of churches, shall it exist ? the wisdom of making such a provision. Would you not be conferring a greater Does not affection suggest that a policy favour, and more strongly mark your for an annuity in this Society is the affection for your beloved pastor, by most suitable present which could pos- making him a member of this Society, sibly be given to a beloved partner? than by giving him a present of a service
The Protestant Union is not sufficiently of plate? The amount required for the known. If it were, its members would latter would enable you, by paying in one be more numerous. The ministers of sum (for this the Society allows), to ensure the Scotch Kirk belong to a society of the former. A slight effort on the part the kind, and each minister is expected of the members of churches would greatly to subscribe to its funds as soon as he is increase the number of members of the ordained. This is surely a wise arrange- Protestant Union, greatly decrease the ment, which we might do well to imitate, sorrow of the widowed minister's wife, as this Society also admits the bachelor and free you, Mr. Editor, and your felwho is expecting and desiring to change low-distributors of the profits of the
Evangelical Magazine, from much of We are constantly eye-witnesses of that pain you feel when obliged to refuse the comfort which is derived by the deserving cases. widows of those ministers who were its I have already, dear sir, occupied too members; and the following affords an much of your space; but it what I have illustration that its advantages are within written should lead any one to take the the reach of all. I know a minister claims of this Society into consideration, whose income has never yet been more I am sure you will be gratified, as well as than 1001. per annum, who immediately
Yours most truly, on his marriage became a member of
ness and his punishment. Little do they The love of money, the spirit of accu- think, who are living without God in the mulation for its own sake, or for the sake world, that every step they take is carryof worldly advantage and gratification, no ing them farther and farther from his sooner enters, but it takes possession of the presence and favour, that they are forme whole heart, and leaves no place for the ing a character, by a series of thoughts, remembrance of God. The understand- feelings, words, and actions, which is as ing cannot admit even a thought of him, much estranged from God as if there it is so filled with worldly contrivances ; were no such Being in the universe ; and the memory is so surcharged with worldly can such a course be one of preparation cares, that no trace of God can be either for that state of blessedness where he is made or found in it; and the heart and all in all ? Among intelligent beings, affections are so entirely pre-occupied there must be moral affinity before there with worldly treasures, that there is no can be any real communion ; and he that room in them for this pearl of greatest does not seek and acquire conformity to price. Worldly men seldom embrace God on earth, will find himself destitute any distinct form or character of reli- of the only qualification to enjoy him as gion; and when they do, they are rather the chief good in heaven.--Ibid. the dupes of an ingenious kind of hypocrisy, which deceives themselves, or
STANDING MIRACLES. they artfully assume it for the purpose of Those who possess a record of miradeceiving others; then religion and its cles, combined with the revelation which profession, the inspiration and the work they attest, are in a far more favourable of Mammon, are no better than disguised condition to receive the revelation as a atheism. Judas," the son of perdition,” whole, than those who actually witnessed was an atheist in his heart. Mammon the miracles themselves. The gospel is allured him to the apostleship, that he its own witness, and the greatest standmight rob the poor, and betray his ing miracle that has been vouchsafed to Master.-Dr. Styles.
the world. It embodies all other mira
cles, presents them in the form of testiDEPENDENCE ON GOD THE POSITION mony, and combines with them the
evidence of astonishing agreement and Dependence was at first the condition consistency. It portrays a character of of our being, and when that dependence absolute perfection without a blemish, was rightly placed, it was the glory and without an infirmity; a miracle infinitely dignity of our nature. It was a fearful beyond the power of frail, imperfect man moment for Adam and his posterity when to invent or conceive. It displays in its that mysterious thing, called defection, writers a sublimity which surpasses huinduced his inclination to depart from man comprehension ; a Divine prescience God. That departure, when God, in in mere men, which establishes their claim anger, abandoned the sinner to his choice, to a spirit beyond humanity; a unity of was a fall from the very centre of happi- object which, separated as they were by ness, into a region of wrecks and atoms, time and distance, proclaims a single, allwhich, having no repose, and no enjoy- pervading mind : and in these characters, ment in themselves, could not impart an approximation to the goodness they them to him who had thrown himself | delight to celebrate, altogether wonderful. into the midst of them, to be at once their Inspiration glows in every page; purity sport and their victim. Hence the de- shines in all its precepts; and its docpendence of man, which was once his trines shed celestial radiance on the chadistinction and his security, is now, and racter of God, the realities and glories of will be, till he returns to God, his weak- ' a world to come. With this book in our
hands, the only miracle we want is, the strikes at the obligation of all governunion and devotedness, the universal ment, and the foundation of all order. charity and heavenly aspirations of all It was a single act, but it was the act that who profess and call themselves Chris- cut asunder the golden thread on which tians,-/bid.
were strung, in beautiful connexion and succession, the pearls which form the circle of order and law round the diadem
of God: it cut the golden thread of auThe first sin involved man in guilt of thority, and the pearls, the precepts, fell the most alarming extent. Singly re- scattered to the ground. One sin, as it garded, it is a breach of only one posi- is levelled against the Divine authority, tive precept; but it is, in fact, a violation so would it dethrone the Divine Majesty. of the great principle of all law, and
THE FIRST SIN.
LESSONS FROM INFERIOR CREATURES.
THE CROSS MUST DISPOSSESS THE WORLD.
GLORY WELCOME TO CHRIST'S SERVANTS.
Ip God has been the companion of our Delays of praises are very pernicious way, the cross our guiding star, the word to devout gratitude. Our feet should of life our chart, the promises of salva- move as quickly to the altar of thankstiou our compass, the love of Christ our giving as to that of supplication. constraining impulse, we may well become resigned, should the haven “where we would be" open upon us a little before we expected it.
Animals and birds teach us many useful lessons: thus, when the squirrel is disturbed, it skips from bough to bough,
continuing near the earth; while the The cross of a crucified Saviour cannot | lark, when alarmed in her nest, flies upstand on that pedestal to-day on which
ward with rapid wing, singing as she the idol of the world is to be erected to
soars. Just so the worldling, when beset morrow. It refuses to stand side by side with grief, goes from one terrestrial obwith it. It must be there alone, or it ject to another ; while the Christian, will not be there at all.
leaving all his earthly cares behind him, rises on the wing of faith and prayer, to seek, with tuneful heart, his rest in
God. We should consider each hour lost that passes without a thought of God. is about our path," and ought to occupy
What an anchor is this! The wildest the chief place in our hearts. We should
storm can be made a calm, and with never be weary in the cause of such a
such a pilot we can sail safely over the Master—"our Father in heaven.”
most tempestuous seas. There will be times when the Christian will need the
encouraging words, “It is I; be not Blessed be God for a Bible inspired. afraid.” The Lord has all hearts open Blessed be God for a Bible preserved. before him; and he knows which, like Blessed be God for a Bible translated. | David, is grieved for his sins, and which, Blessed be God for a Bible printed.-Mr. like Judas, mourns after a worldly manJay's Sermons.
GOD MUST HAVE THE CHIEF PLACE IN OUR
TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.