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away her dominion,” and others “ stand afar off, and bewail and lament for her, saying, Alas! alas! that great city Babylon, that mighty city'!”
The confutation of her False Doctrinesthe detection of her Impoftures—the abolition of her Spiritual Tyranny—the destruction of her Monastic institutions--the 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 clearnefs.
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 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” seems to be begun,
" the facrifice in Bofrah” is preparing" the time of trouble is at hand."
- Rev. xviii. ro.
Thus we appeal to the PRESENT STATE OF THE WORLD for the confirmation of Prophetic truth. -We point to a wide display of permanent 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 fee what is immediately passing before them, and curiosity to enquire into what is at this instant transacting in the more distant parts
· 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 fuccession 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.
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 Bb 3
events, which are as clearly predicted, as those already fulfilled.
The multitudes, who fit in the darkness of ignorance and superstition, shall see the light of Truth--the delusions of Mahometanism, and the corruptions of Popery, Thall 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 Heathen shall be his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth his poffeffion.” His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the rising of the fun 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 flesh 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 fea." And then will Pra
PHECY have completed its full and final work, and thine forth in all the splendour of perfect accomplishment.
It is thus that the ChrisTIÁN, from his enlarged views of Scripture and of mankind, fees 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 absolutely necessary to the understanding universal history. The pretensions of the modern Philosopher to enlarged and impartial views of things must then be considered as false and absurd. Rejecting the surest guides of human reason, he wanders through the labyrinths of History as chance directs, resting only in those places which appear to favour his system ; and, like. the fly upon ihe beautiful Corinthian pillar, sees nothing but disorder and confusion. The Christian, on the contrary, steadily following the clue which Religion offers, observes the connexion of the parts, and their relation to the vast, the wonderful Plan, which reaches from the creation of the World, to its final destruction from Earth to Heaven ! Raised to the lofty station to which Revelation only can conduct him, he surveys as in a widely extended prospect, the past and present history
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of the world—" His eyes are opened" and his conceptions are elevated and enlarged by admiration, gratitude, and hope, while he beholds the Nations of the earth that have carried on, and are now fulfilling the great designs of God with respect to his chosen people and the Religion of Christ. He sees the most apparently trivial as well as the most signal events made subservient to the triumph of true Religion, and the eternal welfare of mankind; and the vicissitudes of human life --the vice, the folly, and the misery of man --as tending to one glorious object under the conduct of infinite wisdom, goodness, and power. He surveys the transitory glory of antient and of modern states, the boasted monuments of art, the attainments of learning, the
powers of genius, the light of science, and the various employments of human life, not as subjects of useless speculation, but with a reference to that particular end, which, whether they are collectively or separately considered, gives an unspeakable importance to them all :-Collectively, as they form one sublime system of order in the Divine appointments-one long series of dispensations--of which we may obtain sufficient knowledge to enlarge our capacity, to excite our wonder and adoration, to quicken our sense of depend