ed, detested Jew, this new counterfeit of Christianity, with all hell at his heels, could not falsify the blessed text. By its means, the faith of God, never extinguished, fully revived and spread abroad, and occasioned a great falling off from Popery to Christ. Here was a fresh call on the indefatigable diligence of Satan : he responded to it, by bringing in as many heresies, and by effecting as many divisions as he possibly could among those who held aloof from the idolatrous system ; in the hope that he should yet be able so to arm it again with temporal power, as to crush the little flock of Christ within its gigantic jaws. In this position he now stands, working among the three branches of the human family, with the angry zeal of one, who knows that his time is very short. The descendants of Canaan he keeps in bondage of body and soul the most galling, the most degrading that man can submit to; and until within a short period, he had power even over a truly enlightened Christian nation, to make them active agents in perpetuating, yea, in aggravating the horrors of his yoke, on the necks of their sable brethren. Shem's principal representatives, the chosen, highly-favoured children of Jacob, are yet wholly blinded to the great truth which they have conveyed to us; and with the books of the Old Testament in their hands, and with the deepest reverence for all that Moses and the prophets have written concerning Christ, their eyes are withheld from recognising the substance of the shadow which they so cherish: and with the view of the water of life flowing across their path, they perish in unslaked thirst. The fiction with which Satan has long deceived so large a proportion of nominal Christendom, is still sustained ; and up to this time he keeps his ground, in defiance of increasing light on all sides ; so that we only now and then hear of an indi. vidual rescued from the dominion of that blasphemous cheat, and enabled to see the snare coiled around him ; while full as many, brought up in the doctrine and worship of the true God, turn aside unto fables, and believe the lie. When we consider that of all these multitudes, and the myriads beside who have not been specified, every single individual requires the vigilant superintendence of some subtle spirit to continue his de. lusion, to harden him against the truth, and even against the pleadings of his own natural reason, and the surrounding evidences of a power, goodness, holi. ness, that he refuses to acknowledge, we may partly conceive what active duty is required of each several angel among the fallen host: and how prodigious must be the diligence of their leader, ever seeing and direct. ing such a complicated work.

In this instance alone, we have gone beyond the track of Scripture history; but not that of prophecy. The Bible sets forth what should come to pass; and we look at what has occurred, and what will yet occur, before our eyes. The prolonged bondage and wretchedness of Canaan's race, the unbelief, dispersion, and continued degradation of Israel, and the great apostasy from the Christian Church, with its duration and con. sequences, are all most exactly foretold. And Satan, as “the god of this world,” “the prince of the power of the air,” “ the spirit that now worketh in the child. r'a of disobedience,” is distinctly shown to be their governor, until, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, they are delivered out of his hand, and translated to the kingdom of God's dear Son.



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There is a wisdom peculiar to the powers of evil whereof the apostle speaks: “ This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish ;” James iii. 15; and there is a knowledge gained by close, continued observation, apart from any divine aid whatever, and which fits a man to deceive and defraud his neighbour. In this, we may believe Satan abounds; and we are quite sure that he has the

power municating it, because the Scriptures distinctly say so. He can enable his servants to prophecy, but not true things: John saw an unclean spirit proceed out of the mouth of the false prophet. Rev. xvi. 13. endow them with miraculous powers; as witness Pharaoh's enchanters, and the predicted apostasy of him, “whose coming is after the workings of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders ;" 2 Thess. ii. 9; and who, under another name, is described as he that “ doth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth, in the sight of men

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the means of those wonders which he hath power to do in the sight of the beast." Rev. xiii. 13, 14. The heaven here spoken of, is, of course, the upper region of our atmosphere ; for to the heaven of God's presence Satan cannot extend his influences; however, he may, by some mysterious mandate, be made to appear there, as we have already noticed. By devilish wis. dom he may devise many crafty plans, and by devil. ish power carry them into most destructive operation; and it is important to consider this point, lest we fall into the very common snare, of despising and neglecting what we are bound most vigilantly to watch and to guard against.

Men, by accurate observation of the phenomena of God's works, and tracing effects to their causes, sometimes make marvellous discoveries; and by a judi cious application of the knowledge acquired, by analogical reasonings, fit combinations, and often by apparent accidents, occurring in the course of the curi. ous investigations, they produce results that bear the character of amazing inventions. Yet how limited, how clouded, how defective, how utterly insignificant is the widest sphere of man's laborious observation, compared with what Satan can take in at a glance. The painful calculations of the astronomer, arrived at after years of sleepless nights, and requiring probably as many more studious days to render them intelligi. bly credible to others, are simple matters of common observation to him. Those hidden laboratories, where the elements in mystery and darkness work, are so far open to him as created intelligence is permitted to ex.

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