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" time of trouble,” this “ day of vengeance,” represented in Scripture as a day of unequalled terror and desolation, may the antient people of God be delivered from captivity, and be restored to the inheritance of their fathers.

; Whoever reflects upon the well-attested facts which mark the courfe of this gigantic Tyrant, will readily picture to himself a scene of unexampled horrors. But he will feel that imagination cannot reach the miseries that await the world, when this infuriate Fiend, swollen with success, shall call forth all his various powers of systematic wickedness and terror, and hurry on the business of destruction. Then will the feeds of woe, already fown in every foil, produce their bitterest fruits; and the contending powers will “ shake the earth," till “ the nations fhall be fifted as wheat 9."

9 The' rebellion in Ireland will give fome idea of what may be expected from the junction of Jacobin principles with Popith bigotry and fanaticism; so that whether these Antichristian powers unite or contend with each other, the prospect is equally formidable to the world.

Still, however, the remnant of the Church who put their trust in God, and obey his commands, will be secure under the protection of the Almighty. “ Seek ye the Lord all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment, seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger *.” “ Then they that feared the Lord, spake one to another; and the Lord hearkened, and heard it; and a book of remembrance was written before him, for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, faith the Lord of Hofts, in that day when I make up my jewels ; and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and, discern between the righteous and the wicked; between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not. For bebold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble. And the day that cometh shall burn them up, faith the Lord of Hofts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch 9,"

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But while this “ war,” incited and upheld by the “ three spirits out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false Prophet?”—or the Infidel, the Papal, and the Mahometan Powers-under the command of “ Satan” himself shall thus “ destroy the earth",” the glorious plan of universal happiness will hasten towards its completion. “ In that day, there shall be a root of Jeffe, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek, and his rejt shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again, 'the second time, to recover the rernnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah, from the four corners of the earth. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off. Ephraim

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Thall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together : they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them *. And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian fea: and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall Smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod. And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left from Assyria, like as it was in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou waft angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my falvation; I will trust, and not be afraid ; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my falvation. Therefore

* Edom and Moab, and the children of Ammon, were to “ escape out of the hand of the northern king." See Daniel xi.

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“ When the Lord shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah, from the four corners of the earth, it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the Heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel, fo will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing; fear not, but let your hands be strong.” “ For I will make you a name, and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn

your captivity before your eyes, faith the · Lord.”.." And I will plant them upon

their land, and they hall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, faith the Lord a... And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be delivered. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. For behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of

? Ifaiah xi. 10–16. xii. 1—3. Compare Rev. xvi.

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by Amos ix. 15.

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