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PICTURESQUE DESCRIP pit and a great chain in his hand. Isa. xlix, 1.-4. Listen, o isles,
And he laid hold on the dragon,
TIONS. into me; and hearken, ye people,
that old serpent, which is the
TIE BAVIOUR. from far; The LORD hath called
Devil, and Satan, and bound him me from the womb; from the Rev. 11, 18. And unto the angel a thousand years, And cast him bowels of my mother bath he of the church in Tbyatira write; into the bottomless pit, and shut made mention of my name. And These things saith the Son of him up, and set a seal upon him, he hath made my mouth like a God, who hath his eyes like unto that he should deceive the nations Bharp sword; in the shadow of his a flame of fire and bis feet are no more, till the thousand years hand hath he hid me, and made like fine brass.
should be fulfilled: and after that me a polished shaft; in bis quiver Rev. xix, 11-14. And I saw hea. he must be loosed a little season. hath he hid me; And said unto ven opened, and bebold a white But the rest of the dead lived not me, Thou art my servant, o Israel, horse; and he that sat upon him again until the thousand years in whom I will be glorified. Then was called Faithful and True; and
were finished. This is the first I said, 1 bave laboured in vain, 1 in righteousness he doth judge is be that bath part in the first
resurrection. Blessed and holy have spent my strength for and make war. nought, and in vain; yet surely a flame of fire, and on his head resurrection: on such the second my judgment is with the LORD,
death bath no power, but they were many crowns; and he had a and my work with my God. name written that 'no man knew shall be priests of God and of
but he himself: And he was Christ, and shall reign with him a Rev. xix, 15, 21. And out of his clothed with a vesture dipped in thousand years. mouth goeth a sharp sword, that blood: and his name is called The with it he should smite the na Word of God. And the armies
Paul's BATTL.. tions; and he shall rule them with which were in heaven followed a rod of iron; and he treadeth him upon white horses, clothed in
1 Cor. xv, 31, 32. I protest by the wine-press of the fierceness fine linen white and clean.
your rejoicing which I have in and wrathi of Almighty God. And
Christ Jesus our Lord, I die the remnant were slain with the
daily. If after the manner of men
THE MILLENNIUM. sword of him that sat upon the
I have fought with beasts at horse, which sword proceeded out Rev. xx, 1-3, 5, 6. And I saw an Ephesus, what advantageth it me of his mouth: and all the fowls angel come down from heaven, if the dead rise not? let us eat and were filled with their desh. having the key of the bottomless I drink; for to-morrow we die
Matth. x, 22. And ye slabe PERSECUTION, PERSECUTIONS IN Gal. iv, 29. But as then he that John IV, 20.
Remember the GENERAL.
was born after the flesh persecut- word that I said unto you. The Ps. xciv, 6. They break in pieces ed him that was born after the servant is not greater than bila
lord. If they have persecuted me, thy people, O Lord, and allictSpirit, even so it is now. thine heritage.
1 Thess. il, 14, 15. For ye, breth- they will also persecute für: Ps cxis, 86. All thy command- ren, became followers of the they bave kept my saying, Ley ments are faithful: they persecute are in Christ Jesus: for ye also
churches of God which in Judea will keep yours also. me wrongfully; help thou me.
Acts xiv, 22. Confirming the have suffered like things of your souls of the disciples, and exbert Lam. iii, 45. Thou hast made us own countrymen, even as they ing them to continue in the til as the off-scouring and refuse in hare of the Jews; Who both and that we must through you the midst of the people.
killed the Lord Jesus, and their tribulation enter into the kingdom Matth. a, 21. And the brother own prophets, and have persecut-of God. shall deliver up the brother to ed us, and they please not God, death, and the father the child: | and are contrary to all men.
Acts ax, 22, 23. And now, bubuk and the children shall rise up Rev. vi, 9, 11. And when he had Jerusalem, not knowing the thips
I go bound in the spirit tol against their parents, and cause opened the fifth seal, I say under them to be put to death, the altar the souls of them that that the Holy Ghost wituesit
that shall befall me there: 2014 Mark xiii, 12. Now the brother were slain for the word of God, in every city, saying that broj shall betray the brother to death, and for the testimony which they and afflictions abide me. and the father the son; and child held: And white robes were dren shall rise up against their given unto every one of them;
2 Tim. iii, 12. Yea, and all the parents, and shall cause them to and it was said unto them, that
will live godly in Christ Jeans be put to death.
they should rest yet for a little shall suffer persecution. Luke xxi, 16. And yo shall be season, until their fellow-gervants
1 Thess. iii, 3, 4. That no me betrayed both by parents, and also, and their brethren, that should be moved by these all brethren, and kinsfolks, and shonld be killed as they were, tions: for yourselves koort friends; and some of you shall they should be fulfilled.
we are appointed thereunto, F. cause to be put to death.
verily, when we were with you
FORETOLD AND EXPECTED. 1 Cor. iv, 9. For I think that
we told you before that we God hath set forth us the apostles Dan. XI, 33. And they that un- suffer tribulation; even as it can be last, as it were appointed to derstand among the people shall to pass, and ye know. death: for we are made a spec-instruct many: yet they shall fall tacle unto the world, and to by the sword, and by flame, by VARIOUS FORMS OF PER angels, and to men. captivity, and by spoil, many
SECUTION. ( 2 Cor. 1, 8. For we would not,
days. brethren, have you ignorant of
Matth. x, 18. And ye shall be
1 Cor. iv, 12, 13. And labour our trouble which came to us in brought before governors and working with our own basis Asia, that we were pressed out of kings for my sake, for a testimony being reviled, we bless
; biz measure, above strength, inso- against them and the Gentiles.
persecuted, we suffer it; Besar much that we despaired even of Matth. xxiii, 34. Wherefore, be- defamed, we entreat: we are 11:J life.
hold, I send unto you prophets, as the filth of the world and or 2 Cor. vii, 5. For when we were
and wise men, and scribes; and the off-scouring of all things sale come into Macedonia, our flesh
some of them yo shall kill and this day. had no rest, but we were troubled crucify; and some of them shall on every side; without were fight-ye scourge in your synagogues,
Heb. x, 33. Partly, while ings, within were fears.
and persecute them from city to were made a gazing-stock botats city.
reproaches and alllictions an! 2 Cor. xi, 26, 27. In journeyings
Luke a, 3. Go your ways: be-panions of them that went &
partly, whilst ye became as often, in perils of waters, in hold, I send you forth as lambs perils of robbers, in perils by
used. mine oun countrymen, in perils among wolves.
Heb. xl, 36.
And others bv by the heathen, in perils in the Luke x1, 49. Therefore also said trial of cruel mockings ge! city, in perils in the wilderness, the wisdom of God, I will send scourgings, yea, in perils in the sea, in perils them prophets and apostles, and bonds and imprisonnent. among false brethren; In weari- some of them they shall slay and ness and painfulness, in watch persecute.
HATRED AND ANINOSITT. inge often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and these, they shall lay their hands on sorely grieved him, and shot á
Luke xxi, 12. 13. But before all
Gen. xlix, 23. The archers har nakedness.
Gal. I, 13. For ye have heard of you' up to the synagogues, and him, and hated him. my conversation in timo past in into prisons, being brought before the Jews' religion, how that be- kings and rulers for my name's hated of all men for my came sond measure I persecuted the sake! Aud it shall turn to you for sake; but he that endureih to be church of God, and wasted it. a testimony.
end shall be savod.
Matth. xxiv, 9, 10. Then shall , occasion against Daniel concern- f sbalt sarely die. Why hast tbou they deliver you up to be afflicted, ing the kingdom; but they could prophesied in the name of the and shall kill you; and ye shall be find none occasion nor fault; for LORD, saying, This house shall be bated of all nations for my name's asmuch as he was faithful, neither Bike Shiloh, and this city shall sake. And then shall many be was there any error or fault found be desolate without an inbabitant? offended, and shall betray one in him. Then said these men, And all the people were gathered another, and shall hate one an We shall not find any occasion against Jeremiah in the house of other.
against this Daniel, except we the LORD. Lrike xxi, 17. And ye shall be find it against him concerning the
Acts iv, 18. And they called bated of all men for my name's law of his God.
them, and commanded them not Eake.
33. When they heard to speak at all, nor teach, in the Acts iv, 1, 2. And as they spake that, they were cut to the heart, name of Jesus. unto the people, the priests, and and took counsel to slay them.
Acts V, 27, 28, 40. And when the captain of the temple, and Acts ix, 23. And after that they had brought them, they set the Sadducees, came upon them, many days were fulfilled, the them before the council: and the Being grieved that they taught Jews took counsel to kill him, high priest asked them, Saying, the people, and preached through
Did not we straitly command you, Jesus the resurrection from the STIMULATING OTHERS TO PER that ye should not teach in this dead.
name? and, behold, ye have filled
SECUTE. Acts v, 17. Then the high priest Jer. xxvi, 11. Then spake the and intend to bring this man's
Jerusalem with your doctrine, rose up, and all they that were priests and the prophets unto the with him, (wbich is the sect of the princes, and to all the people, agreed: and when they had called
blood upon us. And to him they Sadducees.) and were filled with saying, This man is worthy to indignation. die; for he hath prophesied against commanded that they should not
the apostles,and beaten them, they Acts xiv, 2. But the unbelier this city, as ye have heard with speak in the name of Jesus, and ing Jews stirred up the Gentiles, your ears.
let them go. and made their minds evil-aflect
Acts xvil, 5-8, 13. But the Jews ed against the brethren. which believed not, moved with
FINES LEVIED. envy, took unto them certain OUTRAGE. lewd fellows of the baser sort, and sion of me in my bonds, and took
Heb. x, 34. For ye had compasActs vil, 54. When they heard gathered a company, and set all these things, they were cut to the the city on an uprvar, and as- joyfully the spoiling of your goods, heart, and they gnashed on him saulted the house of Jason, and have iuo heaven a better and an with their teeth.
sought to bring them out to the Acts xxil, 22-24. And they gave
people. And when they found enduring substance. him audience unto this word, and them not, they drew Jason, and
IMPRISONMENTS. then lifted up their voices, and certain brethren, unto the rulers
2 Chron. xvi, 10. Then Asa wag said, Away with such a fellow have turneå the world upside wroth with the seer, and put him
of the city, crying, These that from the earth; for it is not fit that he should live. And as they down are come hither also; Whom in a prison house: for he was in a cried out, and cast off their
Jason hath received; and these rage with him because of this clothes, and threw dust into the all do contrary to the decrees of thing.....
Acts iv, 3. And they laid hands air, The chief captain commanded Cesar, saying that there is anhim to be brought into the castle, other king, one Jesus. And they on them, and put them in hold and bade that he should be exam
troubled the people, and the unto the next day: for it was now ined by scourging; that he might rulers of the city, when they even-tide. know wherefore they cried so heard these things. But when
Acts v, 18. And laid their hands against him.
the Jews of Thessalonica had
on the apostles, and put them in Acts xxvi, 11. And I punished was preached of Paul at Berea, them oft in every synagogue, and they came thither also, and stir
Acts viii, 3. As for Saul, he compelled them to blaspheme; red up the people.
made havock of the church, enterand, beiogexceedingly mad against
ing into every house, and haling thein, I persecuted them even
men and women, committed them unto strange cities.
Acts iv,5-7. And it came to pass
to prison. on the morrow, that their rulers, Acts xii, 4. And when he had CONSPIRACIES.
and elders, and scribes, And apprehended him, he put him in Ps. Ixxi, 10, 11. For mine ene- Annas the high priest, and Caia- prison, and delivered him to four mies speak against me; and they phas, and John, and Alexander, quaternions of soldiers to keep that lay wait for my soul take and as many as were of the kin- him; intending after Easter to counsel together, Saying, God dred of the high priest, were bring him forth to the people. hath forsaken him: persecute and gathered together at Jerusalem. take him; for there is none to de
And when they had set them in CORPOREAL PUNISHIENTS. liver him.
the midst, they asked, By what Mark xiii, 9. But take heed to Jer. xviii, 18. Then said they, power, or by what name, have yourselves: for they shall deliver Come, and let us devise devices ye done this?
you up to councils; and in the against Jeremiah; for the law
synagogues yo shall be beaten: shall not perish from the priest, PREACHING SILENCED. and ye shall be brought before nor counsel from the wise, nor Jer. xxvi, 8, 9. Now it came to rulers and kings for my sake, for the word from the prophet: come, pass, when Jeremiah had made a testimony against them. and let us smite him with the
an end of speaking all that the Acts xvi, 22, 23. And the multitongue, and let us not give heed LORD had commanded him to tude rose up together against to any of his words.
speak unto all the people, that the them; and the magistrates rent Dan. vi, 4, 5. Then the presid- priests, and the prophets, and all off their clothes, and commanded ents and princes sought to find the people took him, saying, Thou to beat them. And when they
had laid many stripes opon them, this way unto the death, binding when Jehoiakim the king, with they cast them into prison, charg- and delivering into prisons both all his mighty men, and all the ing the jailer to keep them safely. men and women. As also the princes, heard his words, the king
2 Cor. xi, 23, 25. Are they minis- high priest doth bear me witness, sought to pnt him to death: bar tersof Christ? (I speak as a fool) I and all the estate of the elders: when Urijan heard it, he was
went into am more:in labours more abundant, from whom also I received letters afraid, and fled, and iu stripes above measure, in pri- unto the brethren, and went to Egypt; And Jehoiakim the king sons more frequent, in deaths oft. | Damascus, to bring them which sent men into Egypt, romely, Of the Jews five times received I were there bound unto Jerusa- Elnathan the son of Achbor, and forty stripes save one. Tbrice
certain men with him, into Egypt lem, for to be punished. was I beaten with rods, once was Acts xxvi, 10. Which thing I And they fetched forth Urijah oh I stoned, thrice I suffered ship- also did in Jerusalem: and many of Egypt, and brought him unto wreck, a night and a day I have of the saints did I shut up in Jeloiakim the king; who slev been in the deep.
prison, having received authority him with the sword, and cast bij from the chief priests; and when dead body into the graves of tbe
common people. they were put to death, I gave my
the hand of Ahikam the son of John ix, 34. They answered and voice against them.
Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that said unto him, Thou wast alto Rom. viii. 36. As it is written, they should not give him into the gether born in sins, and dost thou For thy sake we are killed all the hand of the people to put him to touch us? And they cast him out. day long, we are accounted as
death. sheep for the slaughter, BANISAMENT.
Jokin xv, 21. But all these thing 2 Cor. iv, 11, 12. For we which
will they do unto you for my Acts xill, 50. But the Jews stir-live are alway delivered upto
name's sake, because they know red ap the devout and honourable death for Jesus' sake......
not him that sent me. women, and the chief men of the then death worketh in us, but ufe
John Xvi, 2, 3. They shall per city, and raised persecution in you.
you out of the synagogues: yes against Paul and Barnabas, and Rev. xiii, 7. And it was given the time cometh, that whoscere: expelled them out of their coasts. unto him to make war with the
killeth you will think that be Rev. 1, 9. I John, who also am saints, and to overcome them: and doeth God service. And the your brother, and companion in power was given him over all things will they do unto you, të tribulation, and in the kingdom kindreds, and tongues, and na
cause they have not known the and patience of Jesus Christ, was tions.
Father, nor me. in the isle that is called Patmos,
Rev. xvil, 6. And I saw the
Acts xil, 3. And becanse be say for the word of God, and for the
woman drunken with the blood of it pleased the Jews, lie proceeded testimony of Jesus Christ.
the saints, and with the blood of further to take Peter also. (Tua
the martyrs of Jesus: and when I PUT TO THE SWORD.
were the days of unlea rede saw her, I wondered with great bread.) 1 Kings xix, 10. And he (Elijah] admiration.
Acts xvi, 19-21. And when der said, I have been very jealous for
DISSECTED ALIVE. the LORD God of hosts: for the
masters saw that the hope of tot
Heb. xi, 37. They were stoned, gains was gone, they caught Pad children of Israel have forsaken they were sawn asunder.
and Silas, and drew tiem into 159 thy covenant, thrown down thine
market place unto the rulers, 1:2 altars, and slain thy propbets with PERSECUTORS AND THEIR brought them to the magistrates the sword; and I, even I only, am
PLEAS. left; and they seek my life, to take
saying, These men, being Jers, it away.
Esther ili, 8. And Haman sala do exceedingly trouble our de
And teach customs which are D. Acts xil, 1, 2. Now about that unto king Ahasuerus, There is a time Herod the king stretched certain people scattered abroad, lawful for us to receive, neither te forth his hands to rex certain of and dispersed among the people observe, being Romans. the church. And he killed James in all the provinces of thy king Acts xxvi, 9. I verify thongs
with myself, that I ought to de the brother of John with the dom; and their laws are diverse sword.
from all people, neither keep they many things contrary to the name
the king's laws: therefore it is not of Jesus of Nazareth. STONED TO DEATI.
for the king's profit to suffer PERSECUTION DEFEATS 2 Chron. xxiv, 19-21. Yet he sent them.
ITSELF. prophets to them, to bring them Ps. xiv, 4. Have all the workers Acts V, 24, 25, 41, 42 Nor again unto the LORD; and they of iniquity no knowledge? who when the high priest, and the testified against them; but they eat up my people as they eat captain of the temple,and be cotel would not give ear. And the bread, and call not upon the priests, heard these things, thes Spirit of God came upon Zechariah LORD.
doubted of them whereunto its the son of Jehoiada the priest, Jer. xxvi, 19-24. Did Hezekiah would grow. Then came one asa which stood above the people, king of Judah and all Judah put told them, saying, Behold, the and said unto them, Thus saith bim at all to death? did be not men whom ye put in prizos as God, Why transgress ye the com- Tear the LORD, and besought the standing in the
temple, mandments of the Lord, that ye LORD, and the Lord repented him teaching the people. And the cannot prosper? Because ye have of the evil which he had pro- departed from the presence of the forsaken tho LORD, he hath also nounced against them?
Thus council, rejoicing that they forsaken you. And they con might we spired against him, and stoned against our souls. And there was
procure great evil counted worthy to suffer stisur
for his name. And daily in him with stones at the command. also a man that prophesied in the temple, and in every house, the ment of the king, in the court of name of the LORD, Urijah the son
ceased' not to teach and prescu the house of the LORD.
of Shemaiah of' Kirjath-jearim, Jesus Christ. SLAIN IN VARIOUS WAYS.
who prophesied against this city, Acts vill, 4. Therefore they to
and against tbis laud, according to were scattered abroad went en Acts xxii, 4, 5. And I persecuted all the words of Jeremiah: And I where preaching the word
Acts xl, 19, 20. Now they which were disobedient, and rebelled my sake and the gospel's, the were scattered abroad upon the against thee, and cast thy law be- same shall save it. persecution that arose about hind their backs, and slew thy
Mark x, 29, 30. And Jesus angStephen travelled far as prophets, which testified against wered and said, Verily I say unto Phenice, and Cyprus, and An-them to turn them to thee; and you, There is no man that hath tioch, preaching the word to none they wrought great provocations. left house, or brethren, or sisters, but unto the Jews only. And Therefore thou deliveredst them
or father, or mother, or wite, or some of them were men of Cyprus into the hand of their enemies, children,'or lands, for my sake, and Cyrene, which, when they who vexed them: and in the time and the gospel's, But he shall were come to Antioch, spake unto of their trouble, when they cried receive an hundred-fold now in the Grecians, preaching the Lord unto thee, thou heardest them this time, houses, and brethren, Jesus.
from heaven; and, according to and sisters, and mothers, and Acts xiv, 4-7. But the multitude thy manifold mercies, thou gavest children, and lands, with perseof the city was divided: and part them saviours, who saved them cutions; and in the world to come held with the Jews, and part with
out of the haud of their enemies. eternal life. the apostles. And when there
But after they had rest, they did was an assault made both of the evil again before thee: therefore
Luke vi, 22, 23. Blessed are ye Gentiles, and also of the Jews, lettest thou them in the hand of when men shall hate you, and with their rulers, to use them do their enemies, so that they had when they shall separate you from spitefully, and to stone them,
the dominion over them: yet when their company, aud shall reproach They were ware of it, and fled they returned, and cried unto you, and cast out your name
as evil, for the Son of man's sake. unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of thee, thou heardest them from Lycaonia, and unto the region heaven; and many times didst Rejoice ye in that day, and leap that lieth round about: And thou deliver them, according to
for joy; for, behold, your reward is there they preached the gospel. tby mercies.
great in heaven: for in the liko Gal. i, 23, 24. But they had Luke xi, 50, 51. That the blood
manner did their fathers unto the
prophets. heard only, that he which per
of all the prophets, which was secuted us in times past, now shed from the foundation of the
Luke ix, 24. For whosoever will
save his lite shall lose it: but whopreacheth the faith which once he world, may be required of this destroyed. And they glorified generation; From the blood of soever will lose his life for my God in me.
Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, sake, the same shall save it.
which perished between the altar Luke xii, 11. And when they Phil. i, 12-14. But I would ye should understand, brethren, that
and the temple: verily I say unto bring you unto the synagogues and the things which happened unto
you, It shall be required of this unto magistrates, and powers, generation.
take ye no thought how or what no have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; So that
Matth. xxiii, 35, 36. That upon thing ye shull answer, or what yo
shall say. my bonds in Christ are manifest you may come all the righteous in all the palace, and in all other blood shed upon the earth, from
Luke xxi, 14, 15. Settle it thereplaces; And many of the breth
the blood of righteoua Abel unto fore in your hearts, not to meditate ren in the Lord, waxing confident
the blood of Zacharias, son of before what ye shall answer: For by my bonds, are much more bola | Barachias, whom ye slew between I will give you a mouth and wisto speak the word without fear,
the temple and the altar. Verily dom, which all your adversaries 2 Tim. li, 9. Wherein I suffer sball come upon this generation. I say unto you, all these things shall not be able to gainsay nor
resist. trouble, as an evil-doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not Rev. xvi, 5-7. And I heard the
John xvi, 1. These things have bonnd.
angel of the waters say, Thou art I spoken unto you, that ye should
righteous, O Lord, which art, and not be offended. FORBIDDEN BY GOD. wast, and shalt be, because thou Acts xx, 24. But none of these Prov. xxiv, 15. Lay not wait, o hast judged thus: For they have things move me: neither count I wicked man, against the dwelling shed the blood of saints and pro- my life dear unto myself, so that of the righteous; spoil not his phets, and thou hast given them I might finish my course with resting-place.
blood to drink; for they are joy, and the ministry which I Matth. xxiil, 30-32. And say, If worthy. And I heard another have received of the Lord Jesus, we had been in the days of our
out of the altar say, Even so, Lord to testify the gospel of the grace fathers, we would not have been God Almighty, true and righteous of God. partakers with them in the blood are thy judgments.
Acts XXI, 12, 13. And when we of the prophets. Wherefore ye
heard these things, both we, and be witnesses unto yourselves, that SUFFERERS SUPPORTED BY HIM. they of that place, besought him ye are the children of them which
Matth. V, 10, 11. Blessed are not to go up to Jerusalem. Then killed the prophets. Fill ye up they which are persecuted for Paul answered, What mean ye to then the measure of your fathers. I righteousness" sake: for theirs is weep and to break mine heart?
Acts xxii, 7, 8. And I fell unto the kingdom of heaven. Bless- for I am ready not to be bound the ground, and heard a voice ed are ye, when men shall revile only, but also to die at Jerusalem saying unto me, Saul, Saul, wby you, and persecute you, and shall for the name of the Lord Jesus. persecutest thou me?' And I an say all manner of evil against you Rom. v, 3, 4. And not only 80, swered, Who art thou, Lord? And falsely, for my sake.
but we glory in tribulations also: he said unto me, I am Jesus of
Matth. X, 38, 39. And he that knowing that tribulation worketh Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. taketh not his cross, and follow- patience; Aud patience, experiPUNISHED BY GOD.
eth after me, is not worthy of me. ence; and experience, hope.
He that findeth his life shall lose Rom. viii, 18. For I reckon, that Deut. xxx, 7. And the LORD thy it; and he that losoth his life for the sufferings of this present timo God will put all these curses upon my sake shall find it.
are not worthy to be compared thine enemies, and on them that
Mark viii, 35. For whosoever with the glory which shall be re. bate thee, which persecuted thee. will save his life shall lose it; but vealed in us. Neh, ix, 26-28. Novertheless they whosoever shall lose his life for 2 Cor. I, 3-7. Blessed be God,