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AKTOR, LENOX

Y FOUNDATION

THE

WESTERN PEACE - MAKER,

AND

MONTHLY RELIGIOUS JOURNAL.

CONDUCTED BY R. H. BISHOP. D.D., C. E. STOWE D.D. & J. W. SCOTT,

« Pray for the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that
love thee.

- PSALM CXXII. 6.

VOLUMEI.

OXFORD:

PRINTED BY W. W. BISH OP.

1839.

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THE HOUR OF THE GREATEST DISTRESS OFTEN, IN GOD's GOVERNMENT, IS THE PERIOD OF THE MOST COMPLETE DELIVERANCE.

But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and besides all this, to-day is the third day since these things were done.

LUKE XXIV. 21. NEVER were the faith of the Church, and the hopes of all the godly, apparently, being so near extinct, as on the morning of the Resurrection. This was the darkest hour in the darkest day in the development of God's great plan of salvation. The enemy, it was dreaded, had completely triumphed. The promise made to the fathers, and in which the fathers had trusted through the long period of 4000 years, had failed; and the blackness of despair covered almost every face, and almost every heart, among those who were waiting for the consolation of Israel. And yet the reverse of all that was apprehended was the true state of the case. The promise had been literally fulfilled. The seed of the woman had bruised the head of the serpent. The Son of God had triumphed over death and Hell, and had upon the cross spoiled principalities and powers, making a show of them openly, and triumphing over them in it. A full and free salvation even deliverance to the captives, and the opening of the prison doors to them that were bound, was now to be proclaimed to all people and nations and tongues—and this proclamation was to be continued till the last generation of men.

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