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plan of benevolence, and encourage every project of Christian zeal. Borne on the favouring gales of liberty, political, civil and religious, the everlasting gospel shall wing its

every land ;* and, as it becomes more widely propagated, the Spirit will be more copiously effused. As Christians are multiplied, devotional exercises will be multiplied ; and the Spirit, more universally implored, will more universally be granted. Piety will spread, and its fruits increasingly abound. Religion, morality, the arts, sciences, and commerce, will all be in the most favourable circumstances, and flourish accordingly, while “ Holiness to the Lord” shall be the universal motto. Every virtue will prevail, and, beneath the fostering influence of holiness, prudence, and industry, the earth will yield her increase, the substantial comforts of life abound,“ God will bless us, and all the

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* Religion cannot flourish where religious liberty is not enjoyed. ... ... The want of religious liberty in nearly all the countries of the world, is the grand hinderance of the propagation of the gospel at this day."-Letter to the Rev. Lewis Way, by Dr. Bogue, cited in Dr. Bogue's Memoirs, by Dr. Bennett.

ends of the earth shall fear Him."

66 And it shall come to pass in that day, the heavens shall hear the earth, and the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and the Lord will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground; and He will break the bow, and the sword, and the battle out of the earth, and will make the people to lie down safely."

The proper direction of human talents and resources will provide, generally speaking, against the ills of life ; the general cultivation of the earth will leave few resorts for beasts of

prey, lence of universal love refuse nourishment to the principle of war. (Hosea ii. 18, 22.) Yet, while human nature is less than perfect, its condition, in regard both to holiness and happiness, must be less than perfect also. When the aggregate of crime is lessened, the sum of wretchedness, which owes its chief amount to sin, must be proportionately diminished. But death will still invade domestic peace.

Vain imaginations and sinful actions will still discover

and the prevawent up personally, visibly, corporeally; but now with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall be raised first. Then the living, being changed, and the dead in Christ raised, all shall be “caught up together with him in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we be ever with the Lord'; wherefore, comfort one another with these words," nor perplex your own minds, or the minds of others, by vain disputations about where our glorified bodies shall reside, and what shall become of the earth we leave. There is a locality already somewhere suited to the condition of glorified bodies; for Christ has risen and is become the first-fruits of them that believe. (Luke xxiv. 51.) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in holy conversation and godliness, looking for and

Lord;" its inhabitants, whoever they be, a holy people, zealous of good works. Antecedently to this, the Jews will have turned to the God of their fathers, and the literal descendants of Abraham have been merged in the general assembly and church of the first-born; so that when the seed of Abraham is asked for, the respondent shall answer,

seek the seed of Abraham, look around, behold all people have become the children of Abraham!” This progression shall go on, without any serious interruption, or interval, any loosing of satan, any revival of popery, idolatry, or infidelity, until opposition to the government of Christ shall cease; and, “in such an hour as they think not,” the terminating day arrive, when, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, all who live shall be changed; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and the living shall be changed.” At that quickening hour those which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those which are asleep; for the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, in like manner as he went up personally, visibly, corporeally; but now with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall be raised first. Then the living, being changed, and the dead in Christ raised, all shall be “caught up together with him in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we be ever with the Lord; wherefore, comfort one another with these words," nor perplex your own minds, or the minds of others, by vain disputations about where our glorified bodies shall reside, and what shall become of the earth we leave. There is a locality already somewhere suited to the condition of glorified bodies; for Christ has risen and is become the first-fruits of them that believe. (Luke xxiv. 51.) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in holy conversation and godliness, looking for and

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