which exert themselves to send his Gospel to the perishing heathen, may hope to see his power and glory in the sanctuary, as the gracious fruit of their prayers
When Christians learn to compare the providence of God with the word of his prophecy, and see the completion of the promises approaching, they will gladly
open their treasures, and present their gifts unto Jesus. When they believe that his voice,
which shook the earth, will once more not shake the earth only, but also the heaven; that the world and the Church may be
prepared, in its fullest extent, to receive a kingdom which cannot be moved; they will not refuse nor turn away from him
that speaketh from heaven; they will esteem Zion their chief joy, and favor the dust thereof. - He that hath an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches.
And now, my Brethren, despise not the day of small things; complain not that you have labored in vain, and spent your strength for nought;
for yet a little while, and you or your children shall see, and hear of greater things than these. The Lord will show thee great and
mighty things which thou knowest not. The voice of the trumpet will sound long, and wax louder and louder.
You will hear of judgments which shall make the ears to tinger; and of mercies you will also hear; for, from the uttermost parts of the earth
we shall hear songs, even glory to the righteous.
The Church of Christ, we trust, hath survived her worst days;
[See Appendix M.]
or if conflicts sharp and severe should still be in reserve, we may assuredly consider the present efforts to propagate the Gospel as a precious token
for good. It is an earnest of the revival of religion at home, and a pledge of salvation to perishing heathen abroad.
Who that sympathizes with the miseries of the human family, can fail to rejoice in observing the people of the Lord, of different denominations
uniting their counsels and exertions in this benevolent work! Who that can estimate the necessity and excellence of the doctrines of grace,
will not view with
raptures of gratitude and praise, an approaching period, when the ignorant will be instructed, the vicious reclaimed, and the religion
of the blessed Jesus universally prevail! Without indulging in expectations too sanguine, or anticipating a rapid and uninterrupted
series of successes, in which no delays or discouragements will interpose, we wait in confidence for the full accomplishment of the promise,
and participate gladly in THE TRIUMPH OF THE GOSPEL.
What John in vision saw, we now behold an existing fact. We see another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting
Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth. With fervent prayers and raised affections we cordially bid him God speed. Go,
welcome messinger of good tidings, bear the invaluable treasure to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.
Proclaim with a loud voice that the hour of his judgment is come; cry aloud, spare not, until the whole world shall learn to
fear God, to give glory to him, and worship him as their CREATOR and REDEEMER.Amen.