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Japhet the son of Noah; a country of the most filthy and detestable idolatry, in which, in early times, the great idol Atergatis, a mermaid, was the god of their adoration, and " Gog" was their prince, and a great enemy of the Jewith church. It may therefore be reasonably supposed that the prophet meant, by those two words, figuratively to describe the refractory idolatrous nations, who are now to be deceived by Satan in the four quarters of the earth, and to be gathered together to battle: a mighty hoft! for “ their number is to be as the sand of the « sea.” Nor are the saints to be unprepared to meet the dreadful event: they are to be “ in camp, as it is before figuratively expressed, they are.“* to stand upon a sea of glass mingled with fire,” under the protection of their Almighty Redeemer, invincible.
Of this perfect security, this invincibility of the church of Christ, Satan shall be so ignorant as' to know up nothing of it, and be under a delusion fo strong, that he shall think it will be an easy * prey ; and shall therefore go upon the breadth of the earth, and compass the camp of the saints about, and prepare to destroy it; but fool! THAT GOD, WHOSE WISDOM AND POWER I$ INFINITE, and “ who made “ the heavens and earth and the fea, and the rivers “ and fountains of water ,” Thall pour down FIRE upon thee and thy mighty host, "and devour thee;" that is, by such means as shall be consistent with his omnipotent will, utterly destroy them; that, in this great and last awful overthrow of the enemies of his holy word, he may be “ fanctified,” and his holy name glorified, in their fight, as well as in that of his church.
* Rev. xv. 2.
g Rev. xiv. 7. Acts xiv. 15.
But although the heathen world is to be thus utterly destroyed, yet Satan, which is the devil, their leader that deceived them, being *"* fpirit,” a fallen angel f, is not to be destroyed with them, but is to be reserved for a worse, and yet a more merited fate-a fate to which even annihilation would be infinitely preferable: he is to be taken and cast “ into A LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, where “ the braft (of a posiaty) and the false prophet (of “ atheism) are punished (having been cast thither “ before the coming of Christ), and to be tormented “ day and night for ever and ever."
Thus Chrift, will now have reigned, according to the express prophecy of St. Paull, "until he hath put all enemies “ under his feet,” except one, and “ this, the last
enemy that is to be destroyed, is death.” He will now have triumphed over that “old serpent” who seduced our first parents to disobey their bountiful and benevolent CREATOR moft ungratefully and wickedly; who entared and betrayed the pious deicendants of Noah into the pollutions of 'heathen idolatry; who, when Christ had spread the holy word and will of God over the heathen world, feduced his church into Mohamedan and papal darkness and apostaly, and into all the horrid abominations, blafphemies, and lufts of French atheism; who, not yet fatiated with all this mischief, this
perdition” of the fouls and bodies of the human race, seduced the remains of the three last-mentioned enemies of Christ into a grand confederacy to prevent his coming; and who, now desperate with so many defeats, has audaciousy attempted to destroy him and his church IN THE HEIGHT OF HIS POWER
* Eph. ii. 2.
* Matt. xxv. 41. i Cor. vi. 3. ģ Rev. xix. 2. i i Cor. xv, 25, 26.
From this triumph of “ THE BLESSED SON OF " God," the Prophet passes to the destruction of the world, the second resurrection, and the last judgment, which seem to be described as if they were to be in a manner contemporary events--events blessed and glorious indecd to those who shall, during their probationary state in this life, have put their faith and hope in him, and “ feared God and given glory to “ him" in spirit and in truth! but events awful and dreadful beyond all expression to those who have refused to hear his voice, treated him as an impostor, and denied both “ the Father and the Son," and Thall have deluded their own souls to believe they can live without God in the world." The former he shall set on his right hand, and the others on the left. To the former he thall say, “ Come, ye "i bleffed of my Father, inherit the kingdom pre“ pared for you from the foundations of the world." And to the latter, “ Depart from me, ye cursed, into
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his an
gels.” This awful subject, which I will endeavour to explain by other parts of God's holy word, the prophet foretels in thcle words :
Ver. 11.-" And I saw a great white throne, " and him that sat upon it.” It was a throne to denote his fupremacy and omnipotence over all his works : it was white to show his immaculate jufiice. “ And he that fat upon it was THE ETERNAL SELF
EXISTING JEHOVAH, The I AM, THE ALPHA AND “' OMEGA, THE SUPREME INFINITELY PERFECT AND
EVER GLORIOUS GOD, BESIDES WHOM THERE IS " No God." . A God whose purity and holiness are fo infinitely perfect, that no temporal, impure, or imperfect thing, can, for a moment, bear his holy presence without perishing *. Of his excellence the
Exod. iii. 6. xix, 21. 1x. 35.
prophets and apostles have attempted in vain to give us a perfect idea, as all such attempts must be while we remain in this imperfect fallible ftate; for that which is finite and mortalcannot comprehend infinity. Nahum attempts to describe his infinite righteousness and justice, when foretelling the same awful event here predicted by St. John: “ The LORD,” says he, “is how to anger and great in POWER, and will not “ at all acquit the wicked. His way is in the “ whirlwind, and in the storm, and the clouds are “ the dust of his feet. He rebuketh the sea, and “ drieth up all the rivers. The mountains quake 6 at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burnt at
HIS PRESENCE; yea, the world and all that dwell
therein. Who can stand before his indignation ; • and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger ? “ His fury is poured out like fire; and the rocks « are thrown down by HIM. The Lord is a good
strong hold in the day of trouble ; and he knoweth a him that trusteth in HIM. But with an over“ running flood he will make an utter end of the place " thereof (of the earth), and darkness, or everlast“ ing punishment, shall pursue his enemies.”
Such is Nahum's sublime, although inadequate, description of the God of heaven; and such his prediction of the fame awful event here foretold by St. John. And although the first is more diffuse in narrating the fact, and the other more brief and comprehensive, there is such an agreement in the essential circumstances, that I will not pass over it without a remark or two. The first begins with a description of the omnipotence and righteousness of God, for the most part literal ; the other, in a concise and beautiful figure, reprefents the same truths, by seeing God fitting upon - A white throne;" an emblem of purity, power, and righteousness. The first predicts that the mountains shall quake at him,
and the hills shall melt, and the earth, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein, shall be burnt at his presence. The other, that “ the earth and the “ heavens shall flee away from his face.” And the first, that God will make an utter end thereof;" and the other, that there shall be “ found no place “ for them,” plainly meaning that they shall be utterly annihilated by the same incomprehensible wifdom and power by which they were created *. Of the fame event St. Peter alío trcats in his first Epistle equally clear and concise ; “ For,” says he, “ the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the
night, in the which the heavens Thall pass away with
a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fer“ vent heat ; the earth also, and the works that are “ therein, shall be burnt up.” I could here add the testimony of other prophets and apostles to confirm the truth of this great prophetic event, but enough has been offered to convince any true believer in those * “ two witnesses” of God, the Old and New Teftament. And as to the atheist and sceptic, who deny the existence, or doubt the truths of the holy word of God, all that the prophets and apofiles have said will not g“ remove their delusion,” nor fave them from the everlasting punishment that will be irreversible if they persist in their blasphemies and unholiness until death ; which they must know, from daily events, may be to-morrow, yea, the next moment.
The prophet having now foretold the coming of Christ with the departed faints, their union with the just then living upon earth in his kingdom, the depression of the power of Satan, his capture and final punishment, and the utter destruction of the
* Dan. xii, I.
2 Peter iii. 10.
Rey. xi. 3.