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He measures "with a golden reed the city and the gates thereof, and the walls thereof."

He pours out the third vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters.

He preaches the Gospel, and so different is it from the current opinions, that "it is counted a strange thing."

He declares, opposed to the current belief, that in the Lord there is righteousness to men on earth. Surely shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength." (Isa. xlv. 24.)

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He is "the ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth God's counsel, from a far country." (Isa. xlvi. 11.) The ravenous bird is a figure to intimate a destroying power. The same figure is employed in connexion with the supper of the great God.

He is the man "clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side.” (Ezek. ix.)

He is "that certain saint which spake," and said the 2,300 days date from the setting up of Mahomedanism, and that the sanctuary will not be cleansed of it until nearly the close of the next millenary.

He alone holds with Daniel "in the things" of his last vision, (x. 21.) This vision has especial reference to the times in which we live, as the terms "the great river Hiddikel," and "his body like the beryl," intimate.*

He is presented by Zechariah "in that day when many nations shall be joined to the Lord, and shall be God's people." (Chap. xi.)

The prophecies concerning this individual are mingled up with prophecies concerning Christ, and it

The river which went out of Eden to water the garden (Gen. ii.) is explained in "Truths Maintained."

is difficult wholly to separate them. But the vast separation is, the one is born by the Spirit of God, "of a pure virgin," and the other is "a brand plucked out of the fire" (Zech. iii.); nevertheless, a branch of the root of Jesse. The one is the mighty God, the everlasting Father; the other is a branch that grows out of the roots of Jesse.

Since the conviction that God has called me for His special service, I have sought, over and over, and over and over again, that I may not be misled. The evidence now presented does not complete the whole. When I began my labours, in 1848, I wanted encouragement to proceed; by a heavenly vision I received it. My ignorance was about to lead to a wrong interpretation of Scripture; a night-vision put me right, and shed thereby a flood of light upon the Scriptures. Another vision instructed me, that the course through which I should be led would become a common highway for Christendom. Other visions lead me to believe that God has not yet done with me, to carry forward all His purpose.

Visions by night and visions by day ofttimes mislead. God, for His own great purposes, sometimes misleads. "If the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet." (Ezek. xiv.) In working out a comprehensive scheme, many agents are employed. They are dealt with specially, agreeably to the objects intended in and through them. An inflation of mind springs out of this, and carries them beyond the limits with which wisdom should encircle them. The limited purpose for which they have been chosen as agents is overstepped, and " deceived heart turns them aside," so that there is lie in the right hand.”

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To walk the narrow path in God's true ways, neither diverging to the right or to the left, is very, very difficult, and can only be accomplished by the help of God's sustaining strength. If He lead by the right hand, then are the footsteps sure. While we learn that a prophet is ofttimes misled by dreams, we are told, "The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord." (Jer. xxiii.) Into thy hands, O Lord, I commit myself. I desire to be as heated wax, ready to receive the signet of the Lord. Ever prepared, ever earnest, ever watchful, ever desiring to do God's will, the affections continually prompting, "Here am I; send me." And yet would I desire to worship, to adore, to kneel in humble posture, to sing praises to our God, though all others be preferred before me. Let this be the song of my mouth in all situations, and under every circumstance, "Blessing, and glory, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen."

CHAPTER XI.

THE FUTURE.

THE Scriptures, as we have seen, proclaim a change out of an ecclesiastical rule to another order of things. This change is brought about by increased light; a false Christianity gives place to a true Christianity. The discovery that the New Jerusalem is the city of

God on earth, and the main burden of the Scriptures, ushers mankind out of darkness into marvellous light. The time of this discovery is announced variously, but not indefinitely. We, therefore, in the words of Isaiah, exclaim, "Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee."

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This light shines first in England, the chosen land; "the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north.” It will gradually spread over all the earth. Its influence will first be felt in Protestant lands. it gathers volume and intensity, it will reach to, and illumine, and chase away the abominations of Romanism, both western and eastern. From Christendom it will spread over all the earth, and ultimately give health to all nations.

Daniel and St. John announced that states of a false Christianity would prevail for twelve hundred and sixty years.

The twelve hundred and sixty years of the prophets, do not date from only one period. As Christianity passed into gloom and darkness, so correspondingly it has been passing, and will yet continue to pass, into brightness and light. The twelve hundred and sixty years are announced under the varied terms of twelve hundred and sixty days, forty and two months, time, times, and half a time. They respect the setting up of particular aspects of the false, and each commencement will have its corresponding termination in twelve hundred and sixty years.

After the apostolic period, Christianity began to deepen into gloom. In the fourteenth century, or twelve hundred and sixty years afterward, Wickliffe began to put an incurable sore upon Romanism. In the beginning of the fourth century, the Roman

Government allied itself to Christianity. In the sixteenth, the Reformation began to dissever the union between Romanism and Christianity. In the seventh century, the Bishop of Rome claimed supremacy. In the nineteenth century, the Bishop of Rome will be deposed. In the eighth century, Romanism had attained development. In the twentieth, it will be falling rapidly into decrepitude.

When pure Christianity is taught, the Hebrews will begin to awake out of their present death-like sleep, and discover that true Jews are Christians.

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After this, the purer aspect of Christianity will excite the attention of Mahomedans, and under its influence Mahomedanism will be wasted away. river Euphrates will be dried up. Mahomedanism, by the spreading light of Christianity, will be “wasted away without hands."

When Mahomedanism has ceased, the way will be prepared for the kings or the kingdoms of the east, -the few yet remaining Pagan kingdoms, which, up to this time, have been nourished by continuity with Mahomedanism.

The last conflict will be about the close of the seventh millenary. The raking up of old sentiments by the three unclean spirits, like frogs, "out of the mouth of the dragon" infidelity, "out of the mouth of the beast" Romanism, and "out of the mouth of the false prophet" Mahomedanism, together with Gog and Magog, representing the yet remaining Paganism, will occasion the final conflict for truth and peace.

Ezekiel, in his 38th and 39th chapters, describes this conflict. Christians will have been living for many years in peace. The Pagans, thinking them an

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