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at her band. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. » Rev. 19: 1-3. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Psa. 9:17.

The foregoing texts clearly teach the eternal destiny of all beast worshipers and false religionists. The nations that forget God-mentioned in the last text-are the pagans who have not retained God in their knowledge. The beast in some of these texts refers to the entire apostate church, with all its adherents. In other texts the beast and false prophet are both referred to, for these cover every form of apostate and corrupt religion. All these, in the great day of judgment, will be cast into “perdition,” “the burning flame," "the lake of fire and brimstone”; and in that awful place of punishment they will be “tormented forever and ever." This final destiny is termed "hell.” So positively teaches the seven clear texts of Scripture at the head of this chapter, and the Word of God can not be broken.

Christianity, like an angel, a dove of purity, came from heaven, and is divine. Being from heaven, the church of God shall return there in the last day. But all other religions, whether Pagan, Mohammedan, or apostate Christian, including all Catholio and Protestant sects and creeds, “ascended out of the bottomless pit” (Rev. 11:7; 17:8); that is, are of hellish origin. Therefore in the last day all these will go back to the place from which they emanated. In the day of judgment all beast worshipers and false religionists, the entire host of apostates, and all wicked men and devils will be cast into the lake of fire.*

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The Eternal Home of the Church.

The church of God is from above. It is the holy Jerusalem which “came down from God out of heaven.” Ages before it appeared upon earth, it was prepared in the plan of God, and hid in his infinite wisdom and knowledge. It cast its shadow upon earth in the form of the Jewish sanctuary. As there must be a substance to produce a shadow, the church already existed. When the fulness of time came, it came down to earth. Its builder, head, door, foundation, and governor came from heaven. Its law, the truth, “came by Jesus Christ." Its garments of salvation are from God. Its members are all born from above." It is animated with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven." The conversation of all its members “is in heaven." Their names "are written in heaven." Their affections are “fixed on things above, not on things on the earth.” This is the heavenly Jerusalem.

Being a spiritual, divine, and heavenly church, denominated the kingdom of heaven," its affinities and attractions are all heavenward. “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” The mind and heart of the Christian is naturally reaching out into the eternal world. Earth loses its attraction. Its rubies and diamonds, its silver and gold, lose their luster and brilliancy, as the Christian, with an eye of faith sees his riches in heaven. He beholds the sparkling jewels, the unsearchable riches of Christ that await him over there. As he presses forward toward the joy set before him, earth's attractions fade away. None but the earthly-minded desire to remain here. None but those who are void of spiritual life, desire to make this their eternal home. Man is born for a higher destiny than that of earth. There is a realm where the rainbow never fades; where the stars will be spread out before us like islands that slumber upon the ocean; and where the beautiful beings which here pass before us like visions will stay in our presence forever.

The patriarchs and saints of old “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Heb. 11:13). They understood that this was not their destiny, their final abode. David, who reigned over Israel and inherited the Promised Land, says, “I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were."

Psa. 39:12. They were strangers in the earth, even in the land which they received for an inheritance; only pilgrims sojourning here for a short time. Paul says they were seeking a country, "a better country, that is, a heavenly” (Heb. 11:14, 16).

Not only was this true of the Old Testament saints, but Peter denominates the New Testament church “as strangers and pilgrims,” who are“ sojourning here(1 Pet. 2:11; 1:17).“For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Heb. 13:14. “For he hath prepared for them a city.” Heb. 11:16. All these scriptures point us away from this earth to “another country” – yes, to a “better country, ” "an heavenly.” We are only sojourners here. We are traveling to another clime, another sphere of existence, a brighter realm. Our short pilgrimage upon earth is compared to a handbreadth, an eagle hastening to his prey, a swift post, a dream, a shadow, a vapor. Time with gigantic footsteps is bearing us to eternity. Life is soon cut down, “and we fly away.“Because man goeth to his long home." Eccl. 12: 5. "To his eternal home.”—LXX.

That "eternal home” is not this earth, as the

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