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if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, 25 I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, 26 Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth : behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out 27

creature shall be able to separate us from the peaceably with all men. Ro. xii. 18. Where love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. is then the blessedness ye spake of ? For I Ro viii. 28, 29. 32. 37–39. Nevertheless the bear record, that if it had been possible, ye foundation of God standeth sure, having this would have plucked out your own eyes, and seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. have given them to me. Ga. iv. 15. 2 Ti. ii. 19. Blessed be the God and Father 25 Behold, I have told you before.] See of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according xxviii. 8. And who, as I, shall call, and shall to his abundant mercy hath begottenus declare it, and set it in order for me, since I again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection appointed the ancient people ? and the things of Jesus Christ from the dead : to an inherit- that are coming, and shall come, let them ance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that shew unto them. Fear ye not, neither be fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, afraid : have not I told thee from that time, who are kept by the power of God through and have declared it ? Ye are even my faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in witnesses. Is there a God beside me? Yea, the last time. 1 Pe. i. 3, 4, 5. We know there is no God; I know not any. Is. xliv. that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; 7,8. I am God, and there is none like me, but he that is begotten of God keepeth him- declaring the end from the beginning, and self, and that wicked one toucheth him not. from ancient times the things that are not 1 John v. 18. And the great dragon was cast yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and I will do all my pleasure: calling a ravenous Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he bird from the east, the man that executeth was cast out into the earth, and his angels my counsel from a far country : yea, I have were cast out with him. And I heard a loud spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have soice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, purposed it, I will also do it. Is. xlvi. 9, 10, 11. and strength, and the kingdom of our God, I have even from the beginning declared it and the power of his Christ : for the accuser to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it of our brethren is cast down, which accused thee : lest thou shouldst say, Mine idol hath them before our God day and night. And done them, and my graven image, and my they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, molten image, hath commanded them. Thou and by the word of their testimony: and they hast heard, see all this; and will not ye deloved not their lives unto the death. Re. xii. clare it? I have shewed thee new things 9, 10, 1). And it was given unto “him” from this time, even hidden things, and thou (" the beast with seven heads and ten horns") didst not know them. Is. xlviii. 5, 6. And to make war with the saints, and to overcome "it" (" that the disciples should be persethem: and power was given him over all cuted") shall turn to you (said Jesus) for a kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all testimony. Lu. xxi. 13. These things have that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, I spoken unto you, that ye should not be whose names are not written in the book of offended. John xvi. I: life of the Lamb slain from the foundation 26 He is in the desert.] In those days came of the world. And I beheld another beast John the baptist, preaching in the wilderness of coming up out of the earth : and he had two Judea. Mat. iii. l. The voice of him that horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon: crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way and he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth of the Lord, make straight in the desert a by the means of those miracles which he had high way for our God. Is. xl. 3. Annas and power to do in the sight of the beast, saying Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of to them that dwell on the earth, that they God came unto John, the son of Zacharias, should make an image to the beast which had in the wilderness. And he (John) came into the wound by a sword, and did live. Re. xiii. all the country about Jordan, preaching the 7, 8. 14.

baptism of repentance for the remission of If it were possible. He also that received sins. Lu. iii. 2, 3. Art not thou that Egypseed among the thorns, is he that heareth the tian (said the chief captain to Paul) which word; and the care of this world, and the de- before these days madest an uproar, and ceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he leddest out into the wilderness four thousand becometh unfruitful. Mat. xiii. 22. Paul had men that were murderers. Ac. xxi. 38. determined to sail by Ephesus, because he 27 As the lightning cometh, &c.] “He" would not spend the time in Asia; for he (the Lord'') directeth "it" (" the noise of hasted, if were possible for him to be at Jeru- his voice") under the whole heaven, and his salem the day of Pentecost. Ac. xx. 16. If lightning unto the ends of the earth. Job it be possible, as much as lieth in you live xxxvii. 3. Canst thou send lightnings that

of the east, and shineth even unto the west ; so shall also the 28 coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase it 29 there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the

tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the mom

they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are. away, and he that escapeth of them shall me Job xxxv. 35. And the Lord shall cause his be delivered. Though they dig into bell, there glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew shall mine hand take them : though the the lighting down of his arm, with the climb up to heaven, thence will I bring diem indignation of his anger, and with the flame down; and though they hide themselves in of a devouring fire, with scattering, and the top of Carmel, I will search and the tempest, and hail-stones. Is. xxx. 30. And them out thence; and though they be the Lord shall be seen over “them" (" Judah from my sight in the bottom of the sea, there and Ephraim"), and his arrow shall go forth will I command the serpent, and be shall bede as the lightning; and the Lord God shall them: and though they go into aten! blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirl- before their enemies, thence will I remembe winds of the south. Zec, ix. 14. For as the the sword, and it shall slay them: and I lightning that lighteneth out of the one part set mine eyes upon them for evil, und not the under heaven, shineth unto the other part good. Am. ix. 144. Wherescere te le under heaven, so shall also the Son of man is (said Jesus), thither will the easter be be in his day. Lu. xvii. 24.

gathered together. Lu. xvii. 37. The coming of the Son of man be.] Verily 29 Immediately after the tribulatia. * I say unto you, There be some standing here verse 8. I beheld (in the vision of bere which shall not taste of death till they see kingdom) then because of the voice the Son of man coming in his kingdom. Mat. great words which the horn spake, I beter xvi. 28. But who may abide the day of his even till the beast was slain, and his * coming? And who shall stand when he ap- destroyed, and given to the burning peareth? For he is like a refiner's fire, and As concerning the rest of the beasts, they like fullers' soap. And he shall sit as a their dominion taken away, yet their refiner and purifier of silver; and he shall were prolonged for a season and time. purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as vii. 11, 12. But in those days, after to gold and silver ; that they may offer unto the tribulation, the sun shall be darkened. * Lord an offering in righteousness. Mal. iii. the moon shall not give her light; and 2, 3. Behold, I will send you Elijah the stars of the heaven shall fall, and the per prophet before the coming of the great and that are in heaven shall be shaken. dreadful day of the Lord. Mal. iv. 5. Be xiii. 24, 25. ye also patient; stablish your hearts ; for the Shall the sun be darkened.] The stor coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Ja. v. 8. heaven, and the constellations thereed. Where is the promise of his coming (say the not give their light; the sun shall be darker scoffers)? For since the fathers fell asleep, in his going forth, and the moon shall all things continue as they were from the cause her light to shine. Is. xiii. la. 15 beginning of the creation. 2 Pe. iii. 4.

the moon shall be confounded, and 1 28 Wheresoever the carcase is, &c.] The ashamed, when the Lord of hosts sha) Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and to from the end of the earth; as swift as the eagle his ancients gloriously. Is. xxiv. 3 17 flieth, a nation whose tongue thou shalt not un- held the earth, and lo it roas without derstand. De. xxviii. 49. Doth the eagle mount and void, and the heavens, and they up at thy command, and make her nest on high? light; I beheld the mountains, and be She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon trembled, and all the hills moved be the crag of the rock, and the strong place; And I beheld, and lo, there was no mi from thence she seeketh the prey, and her all the birds of the heavens were B eyes behold afar off ; her young ones also beheld, and lo, the fruitful place was a 71 suck up blood, and where the slain are, there ness, and all the cities thereof were bres is she. Job xxxix. 27-30. Behold, I will down at the presence of the Lord, and send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and fierce anger; for thus hath the Lord they shall fish them; and after will I send for The whole land shall be desolated, yel many hunters, and they shall hunt them not make a full end ; for this shall the team from every mountain, and from every hill, mourn, and the heavens above bebe and out of the holes of the rocks. Je. xvi. 16. because I have spoken it, I have purp I saw the Lord standing upon the altar, and it, and will not repent, neither will ! he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the back from it. Je. iv. 23-28. And what post may shake, and cut them in the head, all shall put thee out I will cover the brie of them; and I will slay the last of them with and make the stars thereof dark; I will the sword. He that fleeth of them shall not flee the sun with a cloud, and the moon slide

shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear 30 the sign of the Son of man in heaven : and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send 31

give her light. All the bright lights of dens, and in the rocks of the mountains. heaven will I make dark over thee, and set And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord God. on us, and hide us from the face of him that Ez. xxxii. 7, 8. The earth shall quake before sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of "them” (the locusts"); the heavens shall the Lamb ; for the great day of his wrath is tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, come, and who shall be able to stand ? Re. and the stars shall withdraw their shining. vi. 12-17. And I will shew wonders in the heavens, and The powers of the heavens shall be shaken.] in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of The day of the Lord will come as a thief in smoke; the sun shall be turned into darkness, the night, in the which the heavens shall pass and the moon into blood, before the great and away with a great noise, and the elements terrible day of the Lord come. Joel ii. 10. shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also 30, 31. The day of the Lord is near in the and the works that are therein shall be burnt valley of decision; the sun and the moon up. 2 Pe. iii. 10. shall be darkened, and the stars shall with- 30 The sign of the Son of man.) See verse draw their shining. Joel ii. 14, 15. Shall 3. I saw in the night visions, and behold, not the day of the Lord be darkness and not one like the Son of man came with the clouds light? Even very dark, and no brightness in of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days : it? Am. v. 20. And it shall come to pass and they brought him near before him. Da. in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will vii. 13. Tell us when shall these things be? cause the sun to go down at noon; and I will And what shall be the sign when all these darken the earth in the clear day. Am. viii. things shall be fulfilled ? Mar. xiii. 4. Be9. The great day of the Lord is near, it hold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of shall see him; and they also which pierced the day of the Lord; the mighty man shall him; and all the kindreds of the earth shall cry there bitterly; that day is a day of wrath, wail because of him, even so, Amen. Re. a day of trouble and distress, a day of i. 7. wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness And then shall all the tribes of the earth and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick mourn.] And I will pour upon the house of darkness. Zep. i. 14, 15. There shall be David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the the Spirit of grace, and of supplications; and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, they shall look upon me whom they have with perplexity ; the sea and waves roaring, pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one men's hearts failing them for fear, and for look- mourneth for his only son; and shall be in ing after those things which are coming on the bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness earth; for the powers of heaven shall be for his first-born. Zec. xii. 10. See preced. shaken. Lu. xxi. 25, 26. This is that which com. was spoken by the prophet Joel, I will shew See the Son of man coming.] See chap. xvi. wonders in heaven above, and signs in the 27, 28. And then they shall see the Son of earth beneath, blood, and fire, and vapour of man coming in the clouds with great power smoke; the sun shall be turned into darkness, and glory. Mar. xiii. 26. Master (said the and the moon into blood, before the great disciples), but when shall these things be? and notable day of the Lord come. Ac. ii. And what sign will there be when these 19, 20. And I beheld when he had opened things shall come to pass ? Lu. xxi. 7. Herethe sixth seal, and lo, there was a great after shall the Son of man sit on the right earthquake, and the sun became black as hand of the power of God. Lu. xxii. 69. sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as Ye men of Galilee said the angels), why blood ; and the stars of heaven fell unto the stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, figs when she is shaken of a mighty wind. shall so come in like manner as ye have seen And the heaven departed as a scroll when him go into heaven (at Christ's ascension). it is rolled together, and every mountain and Ac. i. 11. To you who are troubled (God island were moved out of their places. And will recompense), rest with us when the Lord the kings of the earth, and the great men, Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his and the rich men, and the chief captains, mighty angels. 2 The. i. 7. and the mighty men, and every bond-man, 31 He shall send, &c.] All power is given and every free-man, hid themselves in the unto me (said Jesus) in heaven and in earth.

his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to

Mat. xxviii. 18. Go ye into all the world, lie on the south side shall take their journey: and preach the Gospel to every creature. they shall blow an alarm for their journeys. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be But when the congregation is to be gathered saved; but he that believeth not shall be together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound · damned. Mar. xvi. 15, 16. Thus it is writ. an alarm. And the sons of Aaron, the priests, ten, That repentance and remission of sins shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall should be preached in his name among all be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Lu. xxiv. your generations. And if ye go to war in 47. Whereupon, O king Agrippa (said Paul your land against the enemy that oppresseth after his conversion), I was not disobedient you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the unto the heavenly vision, but shewed first trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and your enemies. Also in the day of your glad. then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, ness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginand turn to God, and do works meet for nings of your months, ye shall blow with the repentance. Ac. xxvi. 19. 20.

trumpets over your burnt-offerings, and over His angels.] The Son of man shall send the sacrifices of your peace-offerings; that forth his angels, and they shall gather out of they may be to you for a memorial before his kingdom all things that offend, and them your God: I am the Lord your God. Na which do iniquity. Mat. xiii. 41. When the x. 1–10. Blow up the trumpet in the new Son of man shall come in his glory, and all moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn the holy angels with him, then shall he sit feast day. Ps. lxxxi. 3. And it shall come upon the throne of his glory. Mat. xxv. 31. to pass in that day (of the restoration of the The seven stars are the angels of the seven dispersed), that the great trumpet shall be churches, and the seven candlesticks which blown, and they shall come which were thou sawest are the seven churches. Re. i. ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and 20. Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and sha! write (said the faithful witness to John). Re. worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jeruii. 1. And I saw another angel fly in the salem. Is. xxvii. 13. We shall not all sleep, midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel but we shall all be changed in a moment, in to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, the twinkling of an eye, at the last troisp and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, (for the trumpet shall sound), and the dead and people. Saying with a loud voice, Fear shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be God, and give glory to him ; for the hour of changed. . I Co. xv. 51, 52. For the Lord his judgment is come, and worship him that himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the with the voice of the archangel, and with the fountain of waters. And there followed another trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that rise first. 1 The. iv. 16. great city, because she made all nations drink Gather together his elect, &c.] And he of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. shall set up an ensign for the nations; and And the third angel followed them saying shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and with a loud voice, If any man worship the gather together the dispersed from the four beast and his image, and receive his mark in corners of the earth. Is. xi. 12. Lift u thine his forehead or in his hand, the same shall eyes round about and behold; all these gather drink of the wine of the wrath of God. Re. themselves together, and come to thee. As xiv. 6-10.

I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely closbe With a great sound of a trumpet.] And thee with them all as with an ornament, and the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Make bind them on thee as a bride doeth. Is. xlix. thee two trumpets of silver, of a whole piece 18. Lift up thine eyes round about and see; shalt thou make them, that thou mayest use all they gather themselves together; they come them for the calling of the assembly, and for to thee; thy sons shall come from far, and the journeying of the camps. And when they thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. shall blow with them, all the assembly shall Is. Ix. 4. And ye shall flee to the valley of assemble themselves to thee at the door of the the mountains; for the valley of the mountabernacle of the congregation ; and if they tains shall reach unto Azal; yea, ye sball der, blow but with one trumpet, then the princes like as ye fled from before the earthquake in which are heads of the thousands of Israel the days of Uzziah, king of Judah : and the shall gather themselves unto thee. When ye Lord my God shall come, and all the saints blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the with thee. Zec. xiv. 5. "Then" (" at the east part shall go forward. When ye blow coming of the Son of man”) shall be send his an alarm the second time, then the camps that angels, and shall gather together his elect

the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch 32 is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know 33 that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This 34 generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven 35

from the four winds, from the uttermost part man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. of Israel, An End; the end is come upon the Mar. xiii. 27. And not for that nation (the four corners of the land. Now is the end Jeus) only (did Jesus die), but that also he come upon thee, and I will send mine anger should gather together in one the children of upon thee, and will judge thee according to God that were scattered abroad. John xi. 52. thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all (God) having made known unto us the mystery thine abominations, &c. Ex. vii. 2, 3, &c. of his will, that in the dispensation of the For yet a little while, and he that shall come fulness of times he might gather together in will come, and will not tarry. He. x. 37. one all things in Christ, both which are in Grudge not one against another, brethren, heaven, and which are on earth, even in him. lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge Ep. i. 10. Now we beseech you, brethren, by standeth before the door. Ja. v. 9. But the the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by end of all things is at hand, be ye therefore our gathering together unto him, that ye be sober, and watch unto prayer. I Pe. iv. 7. not soon shaken in mind, &c. 2 The. ii. 34 This generation shall not pass.) Then 1, 2.

goeth “he" ("the unclean spirit) and taketh From one end of heaven to the other.] All with himself seven other spirits more wicked the ends of the world shall remember and than himself, and they enter in and dwell there, turn unto the Lord; and all the kindreds of and the last state of that man is worse than the nations shall worship before thee. Ps. the first. Even so shall it be also unto this XXI. 27. God shall bless us, and all the ends wicked generation. Mat. xii. 45. Verily I of the earth shall fear him. Ps. lxvii. 7. say unto you, There be some standing here They come from a far country, from the end which shall not taste of death till they see of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of the Son of man coming in his kingdom, Mat. his indignation, to destroy the whole land. xvi. 28. All these things shall come upon 18. xiii. 5. Sing unto the Lord a new song, this generation. Mat. xxiii. 36. This geneand his praise from the end of the earth, ye ration shall not pass till all these things be that go down to the sea, and all that is therein, done. Heaven and earth shall pass away, the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Is. xlii. but my words shall not pass away. Mar. 10. I will say to the north, Give up; and xiji. 30, 31. That the blood of the prophets to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons which was shed from the foundation of the from far, and my daughters from the ends of world may be required of this generation. the earth. Is. xliii. 6. Look unto me and Lu. xi. 50. This generation shall not pass be ye saved, all the ends of the earth ; for I away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth am God, and there is none else. Is. xlv. 22. shall pass away, but my words shall not pass And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, away. Lu. xxi. 32, 33. and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle- 35 Heaven and earth, &c.] See chap. v. bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace 18. And all the host of heaven shall be unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be dissolved ; and the heavens shall be rolled from sea even to sea, and from the river even together as a scroll, and all their bost shall to the ends of the earth. Zec. ix. 10. But fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, I say, Have they not heard ? Yes, verily, and as a falling fig from the fig-tree. Is. xxxiv. their sound went into all the earth, and their 4. For the mountains shall depart, and the Words unto the ends of the world. Ro. x. 18. hills be removed ; but my kindness shall not

32 A parable of the fig-tree.] Now learn depart from thee; neither shall the covenant a parable of the fig-tree; When her branch is of my peace be removed, saith the Lord, yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that hath mercy on thee. Is. liv. 10. Thus that summer is near : so ye, in like manner, saith the Lord, which giveth the siin for a when ye shall see these things come to pass, light by day, and the ordinances of the moon know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Mar. and of the stars for a light by night, which xin. 28, 29. And he spake to them a parable; divideth the sea, when the waves thereof Behold the fig-tree, and all the trees; when roar. The Lord of hosts is his name. If they now shoot forth, ye see and know of those ordinances depart from before me, saith your own selves that summer is now nigh at the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall hand. Lu. xxi. 29, 30.

cease from being a nation before me for ever. 33 When ye shall see, &c.] See verse 3. Je. xxxi. 35, 36. But the heavens and the Know that it is near.] Also, thou Son of earth which are now, by the same word (of

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