F. W. Grant

The Kingdom

(Chap. xi. 15-18.) The third woe is the coming of the kingdom! Yes; that to greet which the earth breaks out in gladness, the morning without clouds, the day which has no night, and the fulfillment of the first promise which fell upon man’s ears when he stood a naked sinner before God to hear his doom, the constant theme of prophecy now swelling into song and now sighed out in prayer, that kingdom is yet, to the "dwellers upon earth," the last and deepest woe.The rod of iron is now to smite,...

The Sixth Trumpet

(Chap. ix. 12 - 21.)   In these trumpet judgments we are, as has been already seen, traversing some of the most difficult parts of the book of New-Testament prophecy. This is owing largely to the fact that the link with the Old Testament seems very much to fail us, and thus the great rule for interpretation which Peter gives us can be acted on only with proportionate difficulty. Moreover, in the case of symbols such as we have before us, the application is of the greatest importanc...

Part 2: The First Four Trumpets

PART II THE TRUMPETS. (Chap. viii. 2 - Xi. i8.) (Chapters 17-19)THE FIRST FOUR TRUMPETS. (Chap. viii. 2 - 13.)   The last seal is loosed, and the book of Revelation lies open before us; yet just here it is undoubtedly true that we have reached the most difficult part of the whole. As we go on, we shall find ourselves in the midst of scenes with which the Old Testament prophets have made us in measure familiar - a part which can be compared in this very prophecy to "a little open book." I...

Lecture 9 - The Song and the Testing

(Exodus, chap. 15.) Having seen the salvation wrought by Jehovah, and the carcases of their enemies upon the sea-shore, the people sing of their deliverance with praises to God. He has delivered; He will deliver, and bring them in the land to which they are going. Not until now was salvation apprehended in its fulness. Three things mark this song: First, the deliverance just effected from Pharaoh and his hosts. Second, the assurance that God will bring them in, and pla...

Lecture 10 - The Manna

(Exodus, chap. 16.) We are now to consider God's provision for the wilderness. The present chapter gives us the bread from heaven; the chapter following gives the water from the rock. The history of the wilderness we must not expect to find in Exodus - the book of redemption; the book of Numbers gives us fully that. Here, we have the provision of divine grace for the need of the people - a provision which is the necessary result of redemption. God having brought th...

Lecture 11 - Spirit and Flesh

(Exodus, chap. 17.) "BREAD shall be given him, his waters shall be sure," says the prophet of salvation. We have seen how the first part of this was fulfilled to delivered Israel; we are now to see the fulfilment of the rest; with deepest significance in their application to us, as those upon whom "the ends of the ages have come," and for whom their accumulated wealth of blessing has been reserved. In the gift of water, as of bread, we find the stamp of grace. It was in answer to ...

Lecture 12 - The Giving of the Law and its Typical Meaning

(Exodus, chap. 20.) We are come now to the second part of the book of Exodus. In the first part we have seen the grace of God meeting the miserable condition of the people, putting away the moral barriers to their deliverance, and then freeing them from the bitter and galling bondage under which they groaned. We have seen, too, His gracious care of them in the wilderness into which He had brought them. We are now to see the throne of God established over the people He h...

Lecture 7 - The Memorial of the Passover

(Exodus, chaps. 12: 43-13: 16.) Having dwelt upon the passover and its accompaniments, we have yet to consider the "ordinance of the passover" as the Lord prescribed it for a continual memorial. There are restrictions here which we have not read of before - restrictions which it is important to note and to remember, which apply, not to redemption itself, but to the enjoyment of it. God begins with us as sinners, or He could not begin at all; but having redeemed us, it is as ...

Lecture 6 - The Accompaniments of the Passover

(Exodus, chap. 12.) Having considered the passover itself, let us now look at its accompaniments. The former shows what faith receives from God; the latter points to its Godward results. First, the unleavened bread-"roast with fire, and unleavened bread." These two things are purposely brought together, as we shall presently see. But first let us look at the "unleavened bread." Literally, it is "compressed bread"- bread of which the particles have not been separated b...

Lecture 5 - Under Sheltering Blood

(Exodus, chap. 12.) With just the brief notice given in the last lecture, I must pass over the history of the plagues of Egypt, until we come to the last, in which we find what is more or less plain to every Christian heart - the death of the first-born, and God's deliverance from it by the passover blood. The apostle has given us inspired interpretation as to it: "Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neit...
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