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founded, and knows not what else to do. He now sces his antichristian, Mohammedan, and heathen. ish kingdoms through the world, all tumbling down. He and his most powerful instruments are taken captive. Now that is in effect done, for which the church of God had been so long waiting and hoping, and so earnestly crying to God, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true," &c. Now this time
, is come.
The angel who set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on ihe earth, lifted up his hand to hea. ven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, that when the seventh angel should sound, the time should be no longer. And now the time is come; now the seventh trumpet sounds, and the seventh vial is poured out, both together; intimating, that now all is finished as to the overthrow of Satan's visible kingdom on earth. This victory shall be by far the greatest ever obtained over Saran and his adherents. By this blow, with which the stone cut out of the mountain without hands shall strike the image of gold, and silver, and brass, and iron, and clay, it shall all be broken to pieces. This will be a finishing blow to the image, so that it shall be. come as the chaff of the summer threshing-floor. In this victory will be a most glorious display of
Christ shail therein appear in the character of King of kings, and Lord of lords, Rev. 19:16. Now Christ shall dash his enenies, even the strongest and proudest of them, in pieces; as a potter's vessel shall they be broken to shivers. Then shall strength be shown out of weakness, and Christ shall cause his church to thresh the mountains. Isa. 41: 15. “Behold, I will make thee á new sharp
throshing-instrument having teeth; thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.” And then shall be fulfilled Isa. 42:13-15.
III. Consequent on this victory, Satan's visible kingdom on earth shall be destroyed. When Satan is conquered in this last battle, the church of Christ will have easy work of it; as when Joshua and the children of Israel had obtained that great victory over the five kings of the Amorites. When the sun stood still, and God sent great hail-stones on their enemies, they had easy work of subduing their cities and country; and in like manner it was also after the other great battle that Joshua had with a great multitude at the waters of Merom. So after this glorious victory of Christ and his church over their enemies, the chief powers of Satan's kingdom, they shall destroy that kingdom in all its cities and coun. tries. After this, the word of God shall have a speedy and swift progress through the earth; as it is said, that on the pouring out of the seventh vial, "the cities of the nations fell, and every island filed away, and the mountains were not found." Rev. 16: 19, 20. When once the stone cut out of the moun. tain without hands had broken the image in pieces, it was easy to abolish all the remains of it. The very wind will carry it away as the chaff of the summer threshing-floor. Because Satan's visible kingdom on earth shall now be destroyed, therefore it is said that the seventh vial by which this shall be done, shall be poured out into the air; which is represented in Scripture as the special seat of his kingdom ; for he is called “the prince of the power of the air," Eph. 2: 2. Now is come the time for
punishing leviathan, that piercing serpent, of which we read, Isa. 27: 1, “ In that day the Lord, with his sore and great and strong sword, shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."
Concerning this overthrow of Satan's visible kingdom on earth, I would show wherein it will chiefly consist, with its extent and universality.
1. Wherein it will chiefly consist. I shall mention the particular things in which it will consist, without pretending to determine in what order they shall come to pass, or whether they shall be accomplished together.
(1.) Heresies, infidelity, and superstition, among those who have been brought up under the light of the Gospel, will then be abolished; and particularly Infidelity, which is now so bold and confident, shall be driven away, and vanish. All shall agree in the same great and important doctrines of the Gospel. Zech. 14: 9. “And the Lord shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.” Then shall be abolished all superstitious modes of worship, and all shall cordially agree in worshiping God in his own way. Jer. 32: 39. “And I will give them one heart, and one way. Ithat they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them.”
(2.) The kingdom of Antichrist shall be utterly overthrown. His dominion has been much brought down already by the vial poured out on his throne in the Reformation; but then it shall be utterly destroyed. Then shall be proclaimed, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen." When the seventh angel sounds,
" the time, times, and half a time" shall be out; and " the time shall be no longer.” Then shall be accomplished concerning Antichrist the things which are written, Rev. 18, of the spiritual Babylon, the idolatrous Roman government, that has for so many ages been the great enemy of the Christian church, first under Heathenism, then under Popery,—that proud city which lifted herself up to heaven, in her pride and haughtiness; that cruel, bloody city, shall come down to the ground. Then shall be fulfilled Isa. 26: 5. “For he bringeth down them that dwell on high, the lofty city he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground, he bringeth it even to the dust." She shall be thrown down with violence, like a great mill-stone cast into the sea, and shall be found no more at all, and shall become an habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Now shall she be stripped of all her glory, and riches, and ornaments, and shall be cast out as an abominable branch, and shall be trodden down as the mire of the streets. All her policy and craft, in which she so abounded, shall not save her. All the strength and wisdom of this great whore shall fail her, and there shall be none to help her. The kings of the earth, who before gave their power and strength to the beast, shall now hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. Rev. 17 : 16.
(3.) Satan's Mohammedan kingdom shall be utterly overthrown. The locusts and horsemen, Rev. 9, have their appointed and limited time, and the false prophet shall be taken and destroyed. And then, ihough Mohammedanism has been so vastly propa. Redemption.
gated in the world, and is upheld by such a great empire, this smoke, which has ascended out of the bottomless pit, shall be utterly scattered before the light of that glorious day, and the Mohammedan empire shall fall at the sound of the great trumpet which shall then be blown.
(4.) Jewish infidelity shall then be overthrown. However obstinate the Jews have been now for above seventeen hundred years in their rejection of Christ, however rare have been the instances of individual conversions ever since the destruction of Jerusalem, and however they have, against the plain teachings of their own prophets, continued to approve of the cruelty of their forefathers in crucifying Christ-yet, when this day comes, the thick veil that blinds their eyes shall be removed, 2 Cor. 3 : 16, divine grace shall melt and renew their hard hearts, " and they shall look on him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness as one that is in bitterness for his first-born." Zech. 12 : 10, &c. And then shall the house of Israel be saved: the Jews in all their dispersions shall cast away their old infidelity, and shall have their hearts wonderfully changed, and abhor themselves for their past unbelief and obstinacy. They shall flow together to the blessed Jesus, penitently, humbly, and joyfully owning him as their glorious King and only Savior, and shall with all their hearts, as with one heart and voice, declare his praises unto other nations.
Nothing is more certainly foretold than this national conversion of the Jews, in Rom. 11. There
many passages of the Old Testament which