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I HUMBLY address the Church on the subject of the “ first resurrection,” having from time to time come to the consideration of this holy mystery, not trusting to my own strength, but entirely depending upon that WISDOM which is from above.
That I may the better show the grounds of my belief in this holy mystery, I will, in the first place, enter generally upon other things spoken of in the book of Revelation.
The Church in times past hath seen, in fulfilment of the prophetic writing, shown on the opening of the first of the seven seals, “ The Cap
tain of our Salvation,” who went forth conquering
and to conquer.
The Church in times to come shall again see with the eye of faith the same Captain of our salvation, “the King of kings, and Lord of lords,” commanding and conquering at the end of the several acts contained in the prophetic writing, shown on the opening of the seventh and last seal.
Here, amongst other signs and wonders, are also shown the mighty powers of the world, the flesh, and the devil. These powers, mighty as they now are, will hereafter work in a more wonderful and mysterious way.
The day of the “ first resurrection” drawing nearer and nearer, as it must be, will not come, until the “ Word of God" shall have caused to fall “ the mystery Babylon the great,” and shall have cast into the second death “ the Beast” and “ the false prophet,” and shall have imprisoned for one thousand years that great enemy “ the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil and Satan."
“ Here is wisdom.
Let him that hath under
standing count the number of the Beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred three score and six.” (Revelation xiii. 18.)
There shall come hereafter upon the enemies of God greater plagues than the plagues whieh
sent in the time of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
There shall also come hereafter upon the servants of God greater trials of their faith and patience, than the trials which were sent in the time of Moses, the man of God. They shall be tried forty-two months. It is the same length of trial during which Israel suffered in the days of Elijah the prophet, when great famine was throughout the land. After the fall of the "
great city,” in which was “ found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth,” we have foreshown the marriage supper of the Lamb, which is the re-union of Christ with Zion, his first spouse, who had been divorced for the sins of her children.
We have also foreshown the supper of the great God, which is the complete overthrow of the Beast, and the false prophet, and the remnant of those who had been gathered together