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WHO SHALL BE SAVED.
and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony, for my name's sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony against them. And the Gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: For I will give you a mouth, and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death; and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. But there shall
not a hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved,
And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand.:) and when ye shall see Jerusalem com
passed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains *; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled. But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day : For in those days shall be great tribulation, affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation of the world, which God created, unto this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. And then if any man shall
* Accordingly we find that at the near approach of the destruction of Jerusalem, the Christians, seeing it about to be invested by the Roman armies, and remembering the warning of our Lord, fled to Pella, in the mountains of Gilead, beyond Jordan, far from the scene of war. All the minute particulars of this terrible destruction, so remarkably revealed by Christ, and in a time of perfect peace too, were fulfilled before the lapse of a single generation. This miserable deso lation of the city, and dreadful havoc and utter dispersion of the Jews, took place between thirty and forty years after the crucifixion of our Lord.
HE WARNS MEN TO TAKE HEED.
say unto you, Lo here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders: insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, 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 of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
The Lord hath set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings. He hath put a new song in my mouth: even a thanksgiving unto our God. Many shall see it and fear, and shall put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man that hath set his hope in the Lord. Burnt offerings and sacrifice for sin hast thou not required: then said I, Lo, I come. In the volume of the Book it is written of me that I should fulfil thy will, O my God: I am con. tent to do it; yea, Thy Law is within my heart.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Questions on Section XXI.
Repeat our Lord's reply to the question, "which is the first and great commandment?"
What question did Christ put to the Pharisees concerning the Messiah?
How can we, who know the two-fold nature of Christ, answer the question without difficulty?
How did Christ warn his disciples against the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees?
In what terms did he mourn over the iniquity of Jerusalem ?
In what terms did he applaud the liberality of the poor widow?
How did Christ correct the erroneous opinion of some of his disciples that the end of the world was then near at hand?
What promise of special inspiration did He make to his apostles when they should be persecuted and brought to judgment for his name's sake?
Who, does He tell us, shall be saved?
How far must the Gospel be preached before the end come?
What does our Lord warn his followers to do when they should see the predicted signs of the destruction of Jerusalem approaching?
THE LIFE OF CHRIST.
From Christ's Account of the Manner of His second coming to judge the World, to his declaring the Proceedings at the last Day, and directing the preparation of the Passover, the day before His Crucifixion.
O Lord Jesu Christ, who, at thy first coming, didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; that at thy second coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
BUT after the tribulation of those days there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring: Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the sun shall be darkened, and the moon 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 the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn. And then they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And then shall he send