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able circumstances attending it-the return of the
tions-great revolution by Constantine--argu-
CHRIST--opposition from heresies and paganism
fast in the faith--the Waldenses--Wickliff, Huss,
Chap. VI. IMPROVEMENT OF PAST EVENTS-evidence
that the Scriptures are the word of God, from op-
CHAP. VII. FROM PRESENT TIME TO FALL OF ANTI-
CHRIST-a very dark time must first come-the glo-
CHAP. VIII. PERIOD OF THE CHURCH'S PROSPERITY-
the kingdom of heaven comes-prophecies ful.
WORK OF REDEMPTION.
For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the
worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.— ISAIAH, 51 : 8
The design of this chapter is to comfort the church under her sufferings, and the persecutions of her enemies; and the argument of consolation insisted on, is the constancy and perpetuity of God's mercy and faithfulness, which shall be manifest in continuing to work salvation for her, protecting her against all assaults of her enemies, carrying her safely through all the changes of the world, and finally, crowning her with victory and deliverance.
This happiness of the church of God is here set forth by comparing it with the contrary fate of her enemies that oppress her: and we may observe,
I. How short-lived are the power and prosperity of the enemies of the church: "The moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool :" however great their prosperity, and their present glory, they shall by degrees consume and vanish away by a secret curse of God, till they come to nothing, and all their power and