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worldly amusements, their worldly aggrandizements, that, careless of the future, they will find that day steal upon them, and leave them robbed of their everlasting happiness. Methinks I can see some such characters even now laying out their money for profitable speculations, totally irrespective of the duty enjoined to make to themselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness. I see others educating their children with a single eye to their worldly success, and other some adopting a truckling expediency with a view to worldly peace, forgetting that “if the Lord hide his face, none can behold him, whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only.” (Job xxxiv. 29.)

But this day will also be AN EXPECTED DAY. St. Paul therefore says to the Thessalonian believers, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” (1 Thess. v. 4.) There will be a large body who will be looking for, and longing for the day of the Lord's appearing. I do not say that these persons will be neglecting their worldly duties, the proper education of their children, the due forethought of their future welfare even here on earth. But God will be in all their thoughts, their worldly duties will be performed as unto the Lord, and they will pray, as the Church of

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England teaches her sons to pray, “ that it may please the Lord of his gracious goodness shortly to accomplish the number of his elect, and to hasten his kingdom;" and as the Church of Christ at large has ever prayed, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly.” I remark, in the next place, that it will be a

Thus we read in the book of the Prophet Amos (v. 16—20), “Therefore the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. And in all vineyards shall be wailing : for I will pass through thee, saith the Lord. Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it ?” Such must be the effect upon the minds of those who, careful to lay up treasures here, have no treasures in heaven, who see the luxuries of earth vanish away, and have no part in the joys which are at God's right hand,-who know well the road

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to the theatre and the ball room, but know nothing of the way to heaven,—who have groaned in their weariness during the sabbaths of time, and have no hope of enjoying the sabbath of eternity. For it will be to such the passage into that place where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.

But it will not be a mournful day universally; to some will it be a day of SPECIAL JOY. For then will there be a further and complete fulfilment of the prophecy recorded in Isa. lxi. 143, “ The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek: he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound ; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” The jubilee trumpet will then sound with no uncertain sound.

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In thus acting upon our Lord's remonstrance, “Can ye not discern the signs of the times ?” I

aware many most egregious blunders have already been made, and for ought I know, many as great follies may as yet be committed. We may hear that Napoleon is to rise again; we may be told this year or that year must be the period of the final consummation; we may be called upon to bear with dogmatical teachers and men of heated imaginations, who magnify every molehill into a mountain, and see in the burning of their candles signs of the great conflagration; but this does not prevent its being the duty of a Christian to watch and pray for a spiritual discernment of the times preceding the Lord's Advent. Our Lord has himself given us

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Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

I do not feel myself justified in making any assertions as to the events of the day.

Our own minds are naturally keenly sensitive upon the subject of famine, a visitation more keenly felt in our sister country than in any other, and yet partially felt, also, on the Continent at large. Bear in mind, also, the increased interest which the Jewish question is now exciting in the public mind, and observe how these two subjects are connected in the language of Scripture. I refer

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