Behold, the Lord cometh
out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their
iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more
cover her slain. Isa. 26:21.
There is coming rapidly and surely an almost universal guilt upon
the inhabitants of the cities, because of the steady increase of determined
wickedness. The corruption that prevails, is beyond the power of the
human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of strife,
bribery, and fraud; every day brings its heart-sickening record of
violence and lawlessness, of indifference to human suffering, of brutal,
fiendish destruction of human life. . . .
Our God is a God of mercy.
With long-sufferance and tender compassion He deals with the transgressors
of His law. . . . The Lord bears long with men, and with cities, mercifully
giving warnings to save them from divine wrath; but a time will come
when pleadings for mercy will no longer be heard. . . .
The conditions prevailing
in society, and especially in the great cities of the nations, proclaim
in thunder tones that the hour of God's judgment is come and that
the end of all things earthly is at hand. We are standing on the threshold
of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God
will follow one another--fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war
and bloodshed. . . .
The storm of God's wrath
is gathering; and those only will stand who respond to the invitations
of mercy, . . . and become sanctified through obedience to the laws
of the divine Ruler. The righteous alone will be hid with Christ in
God till the desolation be overpast. Let the language of the soul
have I none;
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, Oh leave me not alone!
Still support and comfort me.
"Hide me, O my Savior,
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Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
Oh, receive my soul at last!"