Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh,
and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.
Isa. 21:11 (last part), 12.
An understanding of the hope of Christ's second coming is the key
that unlocks all the history that follows, and explains all the future
The voice of the true watchman needs now to be heard all along the
line, "The morning cometh, and also the night." The trumpet
must give a certain sound, for we are in the great day of the Lord's
The truths of prophecy are bound up together, and as we study them,
they form a beautiful cluster of practical Christian truth. All the
discourses that we give are plainly to reveal that we are waiting,
working, and praying for the coming of the Son of God. His coming
is our hope. This hope is to be bound up with all our words and works,
with all our associations and relationships. . . .
The second coming of the Son of man is to be the wonderful theme
kept before the people. Here is a subject that should not be left
out of our discourses. Eternal realities must be kept before the mind's
eye, and the attractions of the world will appear as they are, altogether
profitless as vanity. What are we to do with the world's vanities,
its praises, its riches, its honors, or its enjoyments?
We are pilgrims and strangers who are waiting, hoping, and praying
for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. If we believe this and bring it into our practical life,
what vigorous action would this faith and hope inspire; what fervent
love one for another; what careful holy living for the glory of God;
and in our respect for the recompense of the reward, what distinct
lines of demarcation would be evidenced between us and the world.
. . .
The truth that Christ is coming should be kept before every mind.
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