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Lord Jesus Christ, when arraigned at Pilate's bar. Jesus said, “ My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews."*
As long as the precepts of the gospel are, as in the present day, so much professed and so little practised, unconverted men will always find some excuses for war; but when the glorious period arrives, that Christianity shall possess a real influence over the hearts of kings, and all in authority, war will for ever cease.
The world has been tolerably quiet for the last fourteen years, but I fear that the day is approaching, when it will again be plunged into war. On looking round the political horizon, the
John xviii. 36.
dark clouds of anarchy and bloodshed seem to be rising; but let us pray God to be better unto us than our fears, and let us pray for the hastening of that joyful period, when according to the sure word of prophecy, “ nations shall learn war no more;" when every kindred and people shall be united in the bonds of perpetual fellowship and regard; when the banners of universal peace shall be unfurled; and when all nature shall be restored to its original state of harmony and love. At that time,
“ The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion, and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together ; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cocatrice's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy, in all my holy mountain : for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek, and his rest 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 remnant of his people, which shall be left from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pharos, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamash, 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 shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.”*
• Isa. xi. 6–14.
66 And the angel waich I saw stand upon the sea, and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever, who created heaven, and the things that are therein, 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."--Rev. X. 5, 6.
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