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He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces ; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth : for the Lord hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."

I will not do more than glance at the fact that murmurers shall then be silenced, that disputers of God's justice shall then be constrained to hold their peace, and that God shall himself be justified when he is pressed, but I would remind you, in the last place, that on that day will be THE MANIFESTATION OF OUR LORD JESUS Christ,—the Spirit of grace and of supplication will have been poured out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and they shall look upon him whom they have pierced and mourn. Yea, in that day every eye shall see him. Oh, what a privilege is this for such miserable sinners as we are! Well might John exclaim (1 John iii. 1, 2), “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and

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it doth not yet appear what we shall be : but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him ; for we shall see him as he is."

III. But, my brethren, there is no observation more commonly made on the subject of the study of unfulfilled prophecy by those who have never studied it than that, be our interpretations true or be they false, the subject must remain theoretical, for it is nowise practical ; let us, therefore, conclude this series of Lectures by inquiring WHAT WE HAVE TO DO WITH THE DAY OF THE LORD!

The answer to be given will not be the same for all men. For instance, I will tell the WORLDLY-MINDED among you what they have to do with that day. It is a day, the coming of which ought to fill you with the greatest alarm. You come to listen to these Lectures, I am quite aware, and I know it is presumptive evidence that you are interested in the subject which have been set before you ; but, as a matter of fact, it would be presumption to suppose you were all really preparing for the events of that day. You have not been accustomed to bring your soul into close connexion with God-to go into the examination of the depths of the deceitfulness of your own hearts, which are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. You treat your religion

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like your dress. You have your morning dress and your evening dress, your Sunday dress and your working dress, and in like manner you have a Sunday religion, a week-day, religion, and a dying-day religion; but you have not yet asked yourselves the plain question, what will all these do for my “Day-of-the-Lord religion?” You have not had time for such short accounts with God, and while your ambition was to be gratified, your intellects to be cultivated, your pleasures to be satisfied, you have forgotten that your hearts had to be re-created, and that you must be clothed in the wedding garment of the righteousness of Christ, or that you can never sit down at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

You think I over-state the case ; why, look at the events of the last few months.

Look at the peace of Europe threatened in consequence

of the Spanish marriages. The mouth of every one has been filled with the atrocity or the policy of those marriages as their opinions might vary ; but where do you hear of any such interest shewn in the preparation of the bride adorned for her husband, whose coming will indeed bring peace on earth and good-will amongst men? Look again at the zeal which is displayed in bringing out, from month to month, those fashions which are continually passing away, and

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I ask you to compare with it the zeal in fashioning men's souls to the image of Christ. And why is this? Because that most practical of all subjects, THE DAY OF THE LORD, is so fearfully neglected. I do not say that in every instance this topic would have its intended effect. We have heard of some poor sinner spending his last moments uttering the frivolous jest, or in planning some means for the furtherance of the work of

But if we all realized more that the Lord is at hand, and that it is just at the very time that men are crying peace and safety, that then sudden destruction will come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape: then, I am confident, many more in this Church would find their hearts solemnized, and themselves inquiring in a right spirit of the Word of the Lord.

Nor is the subject less important to the PROFESSOR OF RELIGION. I do not mean the child of God, but the man who likes religious subjects of conversation and the company of religious people, but has never felt that the day of the Lord will be a day of fearful discrimination.! My friends, if worldly people creep in here to listen to these Lectures, how many professors are here? How many who have a form of godliness while they know nothing of the power thereof?

The lamps must burn in the day of the Lord. It little matters that, dressed alike and speaking alike and sitting alike, you may be here if there be no oil in the lamp, no Divine grace in the heart. You cannot enter together with the Bridegroom unless the lamp be burning. I have already reminded you of the suddenness and the unexpectedness of the Lord's Advent. Why, then, is there no more heart-searching? Why is there not the plain question asked, and the plain answer returned, “If the Lord comes this night, am I ready ?"

I know full well how harsh all this sounds in the ear of the FORMALIST who rests in his own conceit, and wonders that any one should doubt his state before God; but I most sincerely wish I could touch his conscience as easily as I can his prejudices, and make him cry aloud this night, O Lord Jesus Christ, give me thy Holy Spirit. Clothe me in thy righteousness, and prepare my soul to meet thee!

I would gladly see that this series of Lectures had led every unconverted hearer to recollect that now, as the day of the Lord draws nearer, so his day for preparation becomes shorter; and that now he may benefit by that full and free salvation secured by the first Advent of our blessed Lord; but then he comes again the second time to judge

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