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BY DUNCAN MACGREGOR


Rev. vii. 9-17.

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great mul'titude which no
man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,
and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands ; and
cried with a loud voice, saying. Salvation to our God which
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. . . . These
are they which came out of great tribulation, and have
washed their robes, and made them white iu the blood
of the Lamb. . . . They shall hunger no more, neither
thirst any more ; neither shall the sun light on them, nor
any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the
throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living
fountains of waters ; and God shall wipe away all tears from
their eyes."
BY DUNCAN MACGREGOR


Rev. vii. 9-17.

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great mul'titude which no
man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,
and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands ; and
cried with a loud voice, saying. Salvation to our God which
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. . . . These
are they which came out of great tribulation, and have
washed their robes, and made them white iu the blood
of the Lamb. . . . They shall hunger no more, neither
thirst any more ; neither shall the sun light on them, nor
any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the
throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living
fountains of waters ; and God shall wipe away all tears from
their eyes."

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THE GREAT MULTITUDE.BY DUNCAN MACGREGOR Rev. vii. 9-17."After this I beheld, and, lo, a great mul'titude which noman could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb,clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands ; andcried with a loud voice, saying. Salvation to our God whichsitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. . . . Theseare they which came out of great tribulation, and havewashed their robes, and made them white iu the bloodof the Lamb. . . . They shall hunger no more, neitherthirst any more ; neither shall the sun light on them, norany heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of thethrone, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto livingfountains of waters ; and God shall wipe away all tears fromtheir eyes."LATE in the afternoon, when the tiredlaborer raises his bended back andsees the sun wheeling to the west, hecomforts himself with the thought thatevening is coming, and that he will soon gethome to rest. Tlie tempest-tossed marinerfeels his heart beat quicker as he descries thehill-tops of his native shore rismg out of thesea. And the soldier, during the weary night-watch in the bivouac, when the distant humof men and the random shot tell of possibledeath on the morrow, solaces himself with thedream of home, the loving welcomes, and the joyof recounting his perils and hair-breadth escapes.It is with some such feehng that we readthese words. The home-sick tvill think of 
 
home. Here is the home of the redeemed — thehome of the faitliful laborer, of the heavenward-bound voyager, of the good soldier of JesusChrist. We have vivid life-like glimpses of heaven in such words as those — " To-day thoushalt be with me in paradise ;" " Having a desheto depart, and to be with Christ, which is farbetter." But in the Apocalypse the veil isdrawn aside, heaven's crystal doors are thrownopen, and the beloved disciple, like the shep-herds Bunyan saw on the Delectable Mountains,carries us away to the top of a gi'eat and highmountain, and shows us, through the glass of 282 THE SHEPHEED OF ISRAEL.faitli, the glories of tlie New Jerusalem. Herewe have — 1. A vision of the redeemed,John tells us he saw a great multitude of allnations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.We are apt to think the saints are few, and, likeElijah in his fit of despondency, we sometimesmake them fewer than they are. We are apt toconfine our regards to our own country, perhapsto our own church. We are here assured thatwhen the saints of all ages and lands aregathered together, they will form a multitudeinnumerable as the stars of night, as the sandupon the sea-shore. From the four continentsof the world they come : men of all nations andraces, civilized and uncivilized, bond and free — Shemitic, Scandinavian, Celtic — from the snowsof Lapland, and from beneath the sunny skiesof Italy — French and Germans, Greeks andKussians, the Hindu and the Chinaman, Africans
 
and Americans — will gather around the throneof the Lamb on high.^ All the distinctions of * " See these pure white clouds that stretch, in ranks likerolling waves, across the canopy of heaven in the still, deepTHE GEEAT MULTITUDE. 283earth will be forgotten there. Not as a Cliurcli-man or Dissenter, not as an Episcopalian orPresbyterian, not as a Baptist or WesleyanMethodist, will any man enter heaven, butsimply as a believer in Christ; and all othercharacteristics will be swallowed up in adoringlove to him.Think of the joyful meetings there after thebitter partings of earth ! Sense dominates overnoon of a summer day. Eow after row tliey lie in tlie light,opening their bosoms to the blaze of a noon-day sun : andthey are all fair ; they are ' without spot, or wrinkle, or anysuch thing. ' "Who are these that stand, as it were, aroundthe throne of God, in white clothing, and whence camethey? These are they that have come from various placeson the surface of the earth and sea. Some have come fromthe briny ocean, and some from miry land : some from yel-low, overflowing rivers, and some from cool, crystal sxDrings :some from stagnant pools in lonely deserts, and some fromthe slimy bed of the Thames or the Clyde, where livingcreatures can scarcely breathe upon their banks. All arealike welcome to these heavens, and all in their resurrectionstate equally pure. May I, spiritually distant and unclean — may I rise, like the snow-white clouds, from earth to heaven,and take my place without challenge among the stainlesswitnesses who stand round the Eedeemer's throne ? 1 may — not because my stains are few ; but because the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanseth from all sin. I may — not

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