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" Wish what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you
again." “Whoso taketh the sword, shall perish with the sword.” “ He that sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed."-BIBLE.
As we glance at the history of nations, we find the foregoing prophecies fulfilled in a striking manner, without exception. The haughty Assyrian and Babylonian kingdoms filled the earth with slaughter and blood ; so did Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome; and each perished by the sword-and “Fuit" is the only epitaph engraved on their tomb-stones. The measure that they meted to others, was meted to them again. Papal Rome, for a long series of years, led the saints to captivity and death; but at length was herself led into captivity, and her civil power prostrated by the sword.—Rev. xiii. 10. Spain was once the most powerful nation of Europe, and was the most bloody and oppressivemihe cradle of the Inquisition : now she is the most feeble, and has merely a nominal national existence; her own measure to others has fearfully fallen on her own head. It is also frequently true of individuals. A striking case is recorded in Judges, i. 6, 7. " Adoni-bezek fled, and Judah pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
And Adoni-bezek said, Seventy kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me;" Haman was hung on the gallows that he had erected for Mordecai. Those who plotted the prophet Daniel's destruction by lions,
were themselves destroyed by the same lions.
The Egyptians drowned all the male children of the Israelites; and they were plagued by the Almighty in the death of all their firstborn, and were themselves drowned in the Dead Sea.
Antiochus-Epiphanes was a most bloody monster. He was smitten of God, eaten by worms, and died in dreadful agony.
The Jews crucified Jesus, and persecuted his followers. In a few years their city, temple, and nation were ruined.
Maximinus put out the eyes of many thousands of Christians. Soon after the commission of his cruelties, a disease arose among his own people, which greatly affected their eyes, and took away their sight. He himself died miserably; and upon the attack, his eyes started out of his head, through the violence of his distemper, A. D. 313. All his family were destroyed by violence.
Cyril, a deacon, was murdered by some Pagans, at Heliopolis, for his opposition to their images. They ripped open his belly, and ate his liver. Soon after, their teeth came out, their tongues rotted, and they lost their sight.
Philip II. of Spain, one of the greatest persecutors of the church in these latter times, and the inventor of the inquisition, was at last smitten in his body with a strange disease, which his physicians could neither understand nor cure. His body was overspread with grievous boils, whence issued putrid matter, and vermin in great abundance, so that his attendants could scarcely endure the stench. He who had invented the most hellish tortures for others, was himself tormented for
years with inexpressible pain and anguish. This was becoming the inventor of the inquisition to have such an end.
Those most active during the French revolution in decapitating men, women and children, with the guillotine, were themselves beheaded by the same manner.
All the leaders of the mob that murdered Lovejoy at Alton, Illinois, have died by the hands of violence.
The Jews put Christ to death to save their place and nation, (as they said,) from being taken away by the Romans; but this base act was the very cause of the Romans taking away their place and nation.
The Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States, in their general conferences refused to use their influence to abolish or even to allow slavery to be a moral evil; for fear that the Southern church would separate from the church North; but the very thing they dreaded has occurred.
Mexico was once drenched in the blood of its innocent natives by the blood thirsty Spaniards, and now the vials of divine wrath are being poured on their descendants, and the soil is reddened by their own blood.
Our own country is very guilty in its cruel treatment of the aborigines, and in holding over two millions of poor Africans in slavery, and unless there is a general and heart-felt repentance, the accumulating storm of divine wrath will soon burst upon our nation in all its fury.
In the great day of Judgment, every individual will receive the same measure as he has meted to others. 6. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward." Under the third, of the seven last plagues, we read, Thou art righteous, O Lord, who art, and wast, and shall be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy, or deserve it." “ Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works : in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double." Christ forcibly illustrates this subject in the case of his forgiving a servant who owed him ten
thousand talents, which he forgave, and then this ungrateful servant seizes a fellow servant, and casts him into prison, because he could not pay one hundred pence. He thus addresses him ; Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou besoughtest me. Oughtest not thou to have shewn pity to thy fellow servant, as I shewed to thee? So his master being angry, delivered him to the jailors, to remain in their hands until he should pay the debt. Thus will my Heavenly Father do to every one of you who forgiveth not from his heart the trespasses of his brother.”—Matt. 18: 23–35. 6. Inasmuch as ye have done this to any of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Come ye blessed of
Father !” And to the condemned: “Inasmuch as ye did it not to these, ye did it not to me. Depart ye cursed.”— Matt. 25: 34–46. Thus the poor, afflicted, down-trodden, suffering, and despised outcasts of society are Christ's representatives upon earth, and our treatment to them will be meted out to us again. Christ has directed us, when we make a feast not to invite the rich; but the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and has assured us that our recompense shall be at the resurrection of the just.-Luke, 14: 12-14. Will those in our cities and villages who believe Christ's words, occasion!y cheer the hearts of the poor by collecting