Excerpt from Columbia Mission: A Sermon Preached in St. Stephen's, Westminster, on the Sunday Before Advent, 1860
God has reserved in'his own power; but, so far as this Scrip ture does raise, by God's mercy, the veil which separates us from the future, - so far as, by His plain revelation, God gives us here a glimpse Of what is to be hereafter, so far I hold that it is a blessed study to read and to hear the words Of this pro phecy. A time is here shadowed forth to us which no doubt we ourselves shall see and take a part in. A scene is Opened out to us at which some deep anxiety pressed upon the spirit Of St. John. A book was beheld in the right hand Of Him that sat on the throne, written within and without, and sealed with seven seals. A strong angel proclaimed with a loud voice, Who is worthy to Open the book, bud to 1o0se the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, or in earth, neither under the earth, was able to Open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, says the Divine, because no man was found worthy to Open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 1 But, at that moment Of awful suspense, in the midst Of the anxiety Of those who may tremble at this mighty work of Opening the book Of life, we are taught that the Lion Of the tribe Of Juda, the Root Of David, shall prevail to open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof. One will then sit on the throne, as revealed in this vision, and to Him in all the universe, to that centre Of all knowledge and glory and power, there will ring forth a new song, in the presence Of assembled angels and Of men, - a song Of joy and of triumph, that He is found worthy and able to Open the book. Able, inasmuch as He was slain, and had redeemed them to God by His blood out Of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. Oh! For the calm happiness of that blessed time, when the saints Of God will sing in spiritual peace for ever.
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