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of the church and the saints again possess the kingdom, “the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High” (verse 27). Yes, "dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him." Verse 14. That is, in all the earth in all nations where the gospel is destined to go, there will be found disciples of Jesus offering praise and honor and glory to his matchless name. Here, then, we have the glorious triumph of Christianity set forth. It becomes universal. In this sense the church of God, the saints, the beloved city, shall have the dominion under the whole heaven. Christ will have true disciples among all people, nations, and languages; and they shall serve him. This state of things shall continue until the end,
Gog and Magog; or, The Final Conflict.
The events in the closing years of this dispensation will be very similar to those in its beginning. History shall repeat itself. Back in the morning-light age of the church Christianity opposed every false religion. This was unavoidable, for in its very principles it stands opposed to every false way. As Christianity spread principally throughout the pagan Roman empire, its effects were mostly felt there. As will be the case in these last days, the pagan systems of religion went crashing to pieces before the onslaughts of Christianity. Back there this was confined to Rome, while in this evening time it will be universal, all over the world.
In Revelation 12, as fully considered in previous chapters, after Christianity cast down the dragon-paganism throughout the Roman empire—“he persecuted the woman”-church (verse 13). The dragon became “wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed” (verse 17). As the pagan systems were overthrown and Christianity spread throughout the entire Roman empire, the devotees of these false systems, seeing their religions crumbling, became very wroth, and in order to stop the onward progress of the gospel they inaugurated a bitter persecution against the Christians, or church of God. The same will be true in these last days-only at this time all religions of earth will be united in the opposition.
With the restoration of the pure church of God and Christianity to its primitive glory, they stand opposed not only to the pagan systems but to every false and corrupt system of apostate Christianity. This includes the Catholic sect and all Protestant sects. As the devotees of all these false systems see their religions crumbling, they will do just what the pagans did throughout the Roman empire in the beginning: they will unite in a general opposition against the pure church of God. The shattered remnants of all these counterfeit religions will unite in confederation.
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." Rev. 16:13, 14. While the Lord is mustering his host upon the high plains of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16) in this beautiful evening light, the spirits of devils will gather together the conquered and defeated factions of all other religions in a general confederation and opposition to the burning truth of God aud the true saints who stand in its defense. This is the last great spiritual conflict. The dragon here is Paganism, the beast is Romanism, and the false prophet is Protestantism. We have seen in a previous chapter that the second beast of Revelation 13 represents Protestantism. This second beast and what is elsewhere in symbol termed the “false prophet” are identical. (Compare Rev. 13:11-15 and Rev. 19:20.) Here, then, we have heathenism (the dragon), Popery (the beast), and Protestantism (the false prophet) all gathered together by spirits of devils in opposition to the true church of God.
We have seen that God is gathering his people out of all the maze of false religions, out of all Protestant sects as well as out of the Catholic sect. The church thus gathered out
now stands in square opposition to all sect-religions, and, thank God, it has victory over them. This victory of the church in the evening light is seen in the book of symbols as follows:“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire (the pure Word and holiness of God]: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God." Rev. 15: 2. My brethren, "we have reached an awful era in the onward sweep of time.” The greatest victory that the church is ever to enjoy or win is here. She will conquer the nations, and rule them with a rod of iron. But this will also incur a tremendous opposition from the shattered remnants of all the defeated and fallen religions of earth, just before the end. There will be a confederation of all these, in a last attempt to turn back the onward-sweeping tide of Christianity. Observe that these spirits of devils gather the “whole world"; that is, not only Catholics, Protestants, and the devotees of the various pagan systems, but also Mohammedans and the adherents to every false system of earth.
It is evident that this will take place just be