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mighty Angel come down from Heaven, clothed with a Cloud, and a Rain-bow was upon his Head; and his Face was as it were the Sun, and his Feet as Pillars of Fire; and he had in his hand a little book open; and he set his right Foot upon the Sea, and his left Foot upon the Earth; and cried with a loud Voice, as when a Lion roareth, and when he had cried, seven Thunders uttered their Voices; and when the seven Thunders had uttered their Voices, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from Heaven, saying unto me, seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. And the Angel which I saw stand upon the Sea and upon the Earth, lifted up his hand to Heaven and Sware, By Him that liveth forever and ever, who created Heaven and the things that therein are, and the Earth and the things that therein are, and the Sea and the things which are therein, that there should be Time* no longer.!" “ And I saw another + Angel fly in the midst of Hea. ven, having the everlasting Gospel to Preach unto
• Lowman, in his interpretation of these words..." Time shall be no langer".--clearly refers them to the last times---the End of things, viz. the Resurrection and last Judgment; when the Mystery of God, and the several Dispensations of Providence towards the Church militant on earth, shall be fully accomplished, or brought to an end ---This prophecy, of John, as quoted just above, in the body of the Sermon “ I saw the dead, &c." confirms this. “A series of prophecy, says Lowman, which thus reaches to the Resurrection, the last Judgment and the dissolution of the world, must certainly reach the period of duration, when Time (as it now is) shall be no more.” Many of the prophecies of the Old Testament, have a double reference, will bear a double interpretation, and may have a double accomplishment, one near at hand, the other more remote, approaching even to the last day or end of time.
Rev. Ch. xiv. Ver. 6, 7.
them that dwell on the Earth, and to coery Nation and Kindred and Tongue and People; saying with a loud voice---Fear God and give Glory to him, for the Hour of his Judgment is come; and worship Him that made Heaven and Earth and the Sea and the Fountains of Waters.” “Behold* I come as a Thief. Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” “ Andt I saw an Angel come down from Heaven, having the Key of the bottomless Pit, and a great chain in his hand, and he laid hold on the Dragon, that old Serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless Pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more".-. But what comes more immediately to our purpose, is to shew, in John's own words, that this prophecy extends to the last day; for after shutting up the Devil for a season, our misterious prophet in this very chapter, brings him back again at the last day, to receive his final Retribution-..“ Andt the Devil that deceived the Nations, was cast into the lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the Beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented Day and Night, forever and ever! And I saw a great white Throne and him that sat on it, from whose face, the Earth and the Heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them; and I saw the Dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book
* Rev. Ch. xvi. Ver. 15. † Ch. xx. Ver. 1-.-3.
Rev. Ch. xx. Ver. 10, to the end of the chapter.
was opened, which is the Book of Life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to his works;-And ihe Sea gave up the Dead which were in it, and Death and Hell [Hades or the Grave] delivered up the Dead which were in them, and they were judged every Man according to their Works; and Death and Hell, or the Grave were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second Death: and whosoever was found not written in the Book of Life, was cast into the Lake of Fire.”
St. Paul, as it is set forth in the eighth Sermon, gave Felix a Sketch only of some of the most alarming Circumstances of the Dissolution of this World and the last Judgment; leaving us with a Wish that he had given us a more full Description, in one connected View, since no Language (but that of Scrip. ture and the inspired Writers) is equal to the Mighty Theme. This led me, as above, to collect the chief of those Scripture Texts which relate to those subjects, according to the order in which the writings of the authors, stand in the Bible; beginning with Mo. ses, and extending down to the revelation of St. John; out of which a short description might be taken, wholly or very nearly in the words of Holy Writ. This hath been attempted as follows.
“ 'Tis Midnight!* deep, still and dreary midnight. For that great day of the Lord shall come as a Thief in the Night; when all is hushed in Secu. rity and ease. 'Tis as if Darkness and Silence had resumed their ancient reign. On this side, on that, an universal Slumber has sunk the unsuspecting world into deep repose. The very Sons of riot lean the exhausted head after the foul debauch, and tired nature enjoys a temporary respite. Even the usual watch of night slumbers on his post, and not a single thought is loose, save those airy dreams that sport on wildered fancy. Or if it be not Midnight---pal. pable and visible darkness to all (nor can it be, while the Sun goes round and dispenses his alternate supplies of light to the different nations upon Earth); yet it is the Midnight of the Mind...the unguarded hour of the Soul, when it is engaged in every thing else, except the one thing needful!" 'Tis when the lamps of men are without Oil; and when, like the foolish Virgins, they are not looking for the Coming of the Bridegroom!
* The Sermon from which this description is copied, was first deli. vered in Trinity Church, New-York, more than 47 years ago, viz. on Christmas Day, 1755, intended to be as nearly in Scripture Language as possible. The Reader will judge what difference the long period of
But behold! the warning Angel descends from Heaven. A Cloud is his garment.--a Rainbow encircles his head--his face is as the Sun's Glory, and his feet as pillars of fire. He holds in his hand a little book open, which is the Registry of God, and coniains the Councils of the Creator; he sets his right Foot upon the Sea and his left Foot upon the Earth; and he lifts up his (other) hand unto the Heavens; and with a voice loud as when a lion roar. eth, and in the midst of seven thunders, Swears... By him who liveth forever and ever, who created Heaven and the things that therein are, and the Earth and the things that therein are, and the Sea and the things which are therein---Swears! What does he Swear after this most alarming introduction? Swears, “ That there should be Time no longer” that the Sun and the Seasons, and the Succession of Day and Night, and all the things that now are, should cease to be, and should be swallowed up, and lost in the vast unfathomable Abyss of Eternity!
47 years, will make in the compositions of a man; but it being part of the Author's works, and always designed for the Press, this was consider. ed as the proper place.
Thus assured of the Death of Time, and the Dis. solution of this world, let us approach in the fear of God, and guided by his word, to attend and describe their awful Funeral! For, Hark! the invitation is given, and the summons announced by another Angel, even an Archangel, whose mighty voice, and the loud sound of the trump of God shake the earth from Centre to Pole--
" Awake! Awake! ye that dwell in dust, and come to Judgment! Hear Oye dry bones the word of the Lord, and come together from the four winds!”
It is done! the dry bones hear and obey. In the dark mansions of every grave and charnel-house, a noise and shaking is heard, while the bones come, together, bone to his bone, at the Almighty summons; Lo! the sinews and the flesh come upon them, and the skin cover them above, but there is no Breath in them. Yet, Lo! again the Lord speaks and commands...“ Come from the four winds, O Breath!” and the breath comes! they live, and stand upon their feet, an exceeding great army, and turn their new-opened eyes to the Heavens... But the Hea