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kindreds, and tongues, and nations (that are neither the witnesses nor they that in the next verse are called the inhabiters) shall not suffer their dead bodies to be buried or put into graves.” But some will say, This will be a sad day; so it will, and gloomy, but it will be but short, the righteous shall have dominion over them next morning. Christ Jesus our Lord, in answer to the question of His disciples about the destruction of Jerusalem, said, “When these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. "

Another sign of the approach of the ruin of Antichrist will be this: Rev. xi. 10. Then as to sense and reason all shall be hushed, all shall be quiet and still. The followers of the Lamb shall be down, the followers of the Beast shall be up, cry, Peace and safety ; but, behold, while they thus sing in the window, death is striding over the threshold (Zeph. ii. 14). While they are crying peace and safety, sudden destruction cometh; by that they have well settled themselves at their table with Adonijah, they shall hear it proclaimed, with sound of trumpet, “ The witnesses are risen again.” Now the Christian pipes will go again, and surely the earth will be rent with the sound of their shouts and acclamations, while they cry with joyful sound, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever.”

Woe to the wicked, it shall be ill with them, for the Lord Jesus will now begin to show His jealousy, and to make known His indignation towards those who have thus cruelly slain His prophets, digged down His altars, and made such havoc of the afflicted Church of God. Now will He whet His glittering sword and His hand shall take hold on vengeance, that He may render a recompense to His enemies and repay them that hate Him. But this He will not do immediately by Himself, but by such instruments as have been spoken of before.

I then take it, that the destruction of her flesh shall come by the sword as managed in the hands of kings, who are God's ministers for the punishment of evil deeds and the praise of them that do well. Not that the Church, even as a Church, shall be quite exempt, and have therein no hand at all, for she, even as such, shall with her faith and prayers help forward that destruction.

Kings, I say, must be the men that must down with Antichrist, and they shall down with him in God's time. Pray for kings to the God of heaven, who has the hearts of kings in His hand, and do it without wrath and doubting; without wrath because thyself is not perfect, and without doubting because God governeth them and has promised to bring down Antichrist by them.

I do confess myself one of the old-fashioned professors that covet to fear God and honour the king. I am for blessing them that curse me, for doing good to them that hate me, and for praying for them that despitefully use me and persecute me; and have had more peace in the practice of these things than all the world is aware of.

Now these kings, whose hearts God shall set to destroy Antichrist, shall do it without those inward reluctancies that will accompany


men, they shall be stripped of all pity and compassion ; hence they are compared to the mighty waves of the sea, which saith, when the wrecked and dying mariners cry out for mercy for themselves and for their children, "I am a SEA! I travail not nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish young men or bring up virgins: I have therefore no pity for these, or

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any of them; therefore they must be swallowed up of this sea, and sink like a stone in the midst of these mighty waters.”

FROM REV. W. HUNTINGTON. 1807. The different passages of Scripture which appear to me to point out the future progress


popery are the following: " And when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished” (Dan. xii. 7). These holy people are in this island, and I believe there are but few elsewhere. The Catholics are now labouring, and the Jacobins with them, to get into the army and


in order to influence both. Next they will get into the houses of Parliament, and when once they can carry their point, then the outer court will be given to the Gentiles, which means the Romans (Rev. xi. 2). When they have got possession of this, mass will be read in the churches, and popery in all its branches will be the established religion of Great Britain; and as for our dead formalists, the Arminians also, and all the old dead and dry dissenters, these must unite with them, for “All that dwell upon the earth shall worship the beast, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. xiii. 8). Having thus gotten possession of the outward court, the Established Church, and grasped all power, civil, ecclesiastical, and military, they will then abolish the Act of Toleration and scatter the power of the holy people, when they will get at the temple and the inward spiritual worshippers and put a final stop to all real worship, and silence the witnesses of God, which are called two, including both churches and ministers. “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascended out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, and they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves (Rev. xi. 7–9). This seems to be the last effort of the man of sin.

The death of these witnesses seem to be a political one, or slaying them as witnesses, that is, silencing them altogether. And then the Pope “shall plant the tabernacle of his palace between the seas in his glorious holy mountain ; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him” (Dan. xi. 45). « And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation : but the elect shall be delivered” (Dan. xii. 1). And when Michael stands up, the Holy Spirit will descend. This time of trouble will last three years and a half. “ And after three days and an half the Spirit of Life from God entered into them (the slain witnesses), and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come

up hither. And they ascended up in a cloud,” and appeared once more a cloud of witnesses for God (Rev. xi. 11, 12). And amid this display of power rom this cloud of witnesses, the man of sin will be discovered by the light, and be consumed by the Spirit of the Lord's mouth; and the ten kings of Europe which now help the whore (being converted) will then hate her, strip ħer, and burn her (Rev. xvii. 6).

Of all the enemies I ever met with in the world, the corruption of my own nature has been the worst,” said a dying saint.

“SWEARING TOM” OF BASINGSTOKE. At Christmas, in the year 1800, Mr. Marsh was ordained to the


of St. Laurence, Reading. As the church had to be closed for repairs before the following Sunday, his valued Christian friend, Dr. Ring, invited Mr. Marsh to spend that day with him at his mother's house in Basingstoke, promising him the opportunity of preaching, as the curate of the parish church had offered the pulpit.

The rector had been for some time non-resident, but returned unexpectedly that week. On hearing of the arrangement that had been made, he said to his curate, “That evengelical young Marsh shall not preach in my parish." When this was announced to him on his arrival, it was received by him with his usual serenity of temper, merely replying, “Then I am to be a listener instead of a preacher to-morrow.

But I can pray as much I wish, no man forbidding me!” The Master in whom he implicitly trusted had otherwise planned that Sunday's work for him.

Early in the morning a messenger came from a clergyman who had a small church in the suburbs of the town, to say that he had been seized with an attack of inflammation in the chest, and that he would be most grateful if Mr. Marsh would undertake his duty. Gladly accepting this opportunity, he went forth to preach the Gospel of Christ from the words, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

At the conclusion of the sermon he offered to give the congregation an afternoon service. Between the services the news spread about the town that the young clergyman who had been refused the pulpit of the large church was to preach again in the small one. With the generous impulse of Englishmen to take the side of any one whom they fancy to be injured, the numbers who pressed to hear him were so great, that the congregation overflowed until the churchyard was crowded. Even the choir deserted the parish church in order to testify their sympathy with the young clergyman who had fallen under the rector's ban.

Amongst the crowd in the centre aisle there stood a man so noted for his ungodliness and profane language, as to be known in Basingstoke by the name of “Swearing Tom.” He was a leader in sin and profanity; and for seventeen years he had never entered a church. It was only curiosity which brought him now. The text was taken from Ezekiel : “I will put a new spirit within you.” Towards the end of the sermon the preacher quoted the words, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke xi. 13) remarking that, “Contrary to the conclusion that might be expected, the promise was not to children only, but simply to those who asked. There was nothing, therefore, between the worst of men and this most blessed gift from heaven but to ask for it." He then added, “If the most wicked man in this church would go home and pray that God for Christ's sake would give him the Holy Spirit to change his heart, God would hear and answer that man's prayer.' These words went straight to the heart of “Swearing Tom.

S the worst man here," he said to himself; “I will go home and pray.” As he went he had to pass by the familiar public-house; but, unmoved by the calls of his companions, he refused to turn in. On reaching his home he threw himself upon his knees, and tried to pray in the words which he had heard from the pulpit. The prayer was answered. From

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that time he became a changed man, and his name of "Swearing Tom " was soon altered for that of “Praying Tom,” by which he was known till the day of his death. He placed his leisure time at the disposal of his clergyman for visits to the sick and afflicted, and was made a great blessing for upwards of half a century in his native town. It was not until Mr. Marsh preached again in that church, after a lapse of thirty years, that he became aware of the blessed results of his first Sunday's sermon, when Tom himself asked leave to speak to him in the vestry, and told him the story of his conversion.

Many years later, as Dr. Marsh was going up the stairs of Exeter Hall for the last meeting there of the British and Foreign Bible Society at which he was able to be present, a stranger met him and asked if he was not Dr. Marsh? On receiving the reply, he said, “Ah, dear sir, 'Praying Tom,' of Basingstoke, is now · Praising Tom’in heaven."

His last hours were blessed indeed, for he died as he had lived, rejoicing in his Saviour.-Life of Dr. Marsh.


“WITH OUR LIVES." “Protestants will have nothing left to give but their bodies to be burnt! Are they

prepared for that?”The Rock.
YES, for the honour of Jesus' name,

Yes, for the truth of God,
Like the martyrs of old, we could brave the flame,

We could tread the path they trod.
For He who sits on the throne above,

Who died for us on the cross,
Has filled our souls with the faith and love

That for Him counts all things loss.
And still His Truth is a dearer thing

Than wealth, or kindred, or life:
We have loved it through long, calm days of spring,

We will keep it through storm and strife.
Give us the dungeon, the chain, the stake,

His Truth shall be still our own;
From our children's children the foe shall take

That Truth with our lives alone!
“With our lives!” Let history speak, and tell

What triumphs are won in death!
How widely the Gospel echoes swell,

Waked by a martyr's breath!
How the man of God may be bound and slain

And his ashes sprinkle the ground,
But the Truth of God shall untouch'd remain

And His word shall not be bound! (2 Tim. ii. 9)
For the Truth of God, for the Saviour's name,

Oh, brothers, awake once more!

e may not yield to the priestly claim

That darkened our land of yore.
Give us the dungeon, the chain, the stake,

God's Truth must be still our own,
And our children's children in peace partake

The heritage we have won!
-The Rock.

Pilgrim Papers.




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(Continued from Vol. III., page 522.) “ CASTING all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.” This is a lesson that can be learned nowhere else but in straits and difficulties. As long as we can help ourselves, and find rest in the creature, the Lord's care is nominal, we do not see it upon us, nor is it sought after, and prized by us ; but, when our wisdom fails us, and all creatures, and all of all creatures is found to be a broken cistern, then are we driven to the Lord, our last, and only refuge ; and necessity compels us to try Him; and although it might be with shame, fear, and trembling, yet there is a striving to cast the burden of our overwhelming care upon Him. And in His own time He leads us to see, in every step of our pilgrimage, the sweet beams of His tender, constant care, shining conspicuously, and hear it speaking as with a trumpet tongue; " He careth for you." And the soul's response is, “What shall I render unto the Lord ? for, let me look where I may, and to what time or circumstance I may, I am constrained with blushing wonder to say, The Lord has been careful for me; with all the care of one, whose soul was absorbed with delight, in being ever-mindful to do me good-as the promise runs : Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly, with my whole heart, and with my whole soul.'"

One evening after I had presented my case to the Lord for Him to direct me, I sat and listened to hear if He would answer my petitions, and tell me what I should do, and where I should direct my steps. While I was waiting and watching, the words came to me, "Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.” The moment the words had rolled over my thoughts, I found I had another errand to go to the Lord with, and it was to ask Him which city it was into which I was to go. I looked at the several cities by which I was surrounded, and wondered which city the Lord could mean, for I was convinced that the words came to me from the Lord ; but, for trial, He had concealed the place from me, which was afterwards to be made known, at the time, and in the way which was pleasing to Himself.

Fretful I have often been, because the Lord has held me in suspense, and refused to gratify my unbelief, by explaining to me, from beginning to end, the mystery of His dealings with me. All

my life long the Lord's dealings with me have been by piece-meal, here a little, and there a little. Oh, what poor foolish unbelieving creature I have been, and still continue ! Unbelief is always in a hurry; faith only is content to wait. Had the Lord explained to me His leadings and dealings from beginning to end, as I have craved, and many times murmured because He has not done it, what a number of intermediate lessons of the greatest sweetness

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