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even as the time of Christ's second coming is called midnight, being at the end of it. And they are called the sons of God, as all rational creatures are by creation: We have all one father; one God hath made us all. Hence one of the angels said to John, who was going to worship him, “See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” And, if I am not much mistaken, the anthem of the angels, which was sung in the morning of the creation, is still extant in the oracles of God. This I gather from its being altogether expressive of creating power, but not a word in it of redeeming love.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power:
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created,” Rev. iv. 11. Though I do not imagine this song to be now sung by angels to the exclusion of the saints, for elect men as well as elect angels have cause enough to praise creating power as well as redeeming grace; but the choicest matter of the saints' song must be touching the King; and their sweetest anthem, and which shall be sung on the highest key, and that to all eternity, must be this, “ Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb," Rev. vii. 10. And again: "Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.” Now, as redemp
tion is expressly called a new song, it shews that the hymn of the creation was an old one, the new song making the first old.
Desperate, rebellious, implacable, treacherous, deceitful, false, cunning, vile, foul, filthy, impure, and unclean, as the devils now are, sure I am that they never came out of the hands of their great Creator in so vile a condition, and in such a perilous state; for, when the whole creation was finished, the following is the testimony which God gives of his works: “ And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good; and the evening and the morning were the sixth day."
That the devil was once an archangel, or one of the first rank and higher order of angelic spirits, I have no doubt; because, fallen as he is, he still keeps up his dignity, and claims a kind of sove. · reign power and authority over the rest of the fallen angels: and this our Lord intimates when he distinguishes him from them, calling the leader the devil, and the rest his angels : " Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
None of the names by which our arch-enemy is now called, seem to be his original one, for all his present names are big with mischief, and are such as he obtained by his rebellion, apostacy, and enmity against God. He is called a roaring lion, being king of devils, as a lion is of beasts, seeking
whom he may devour, the souls of men being his only prey.
The sea-dragon, and the old serpent, because he once abused that creature in his seduction of man; and because of his subtlety, craft, and cunning; and because of the venom of sin, which he has instilled into mankind, and upon which he works, and by which he tempts men to evil, and then accuses them of it; and, finally, because all his ways are crooked and perverse, always counteracting the will, the work, and the ways, of God; and they are unwearied at it, being spirits, immaterial; and their agility is great.
He is called Abaddon, and Apollyon, both which signify a destroyer. He has destroyed all mankind; and all the reprobate part of mankind are finally destroyed. He has destroyed all the angeļs that were seduced by him; and he has ultimately destroyed himself, being the author of sin, death, and misery; and these will reign in him, and over him, to all eternity; and as he is supreme in sin, so he will be in death, misery, and in suffering, and that for ever; and this he believes, and at this he trembles.
He is called the wicked one, that steals the word away from the careless hearer; and the evil one, being originally, independently, ultimately, ụnalterably, and eternally evil.
He claims second sovereignty, as a rival to the Almighty, and is therefore called the god of this world, that blinds the minds of them which believe not; and has been exalted, adored, reverenced, revered, and worshipped, as God. Temples have been erected, and altars built, and sacrifices, both human and brutal, have been offered to him: “ They sacrificed unto devils, not to God.”
The prophet Isaiah, in his funeral oration upon the king of Babylon, seems to borrow some of his materials from the brilliant appearance which this angel made before he fell; and, if the king of Babylon's fall from all his glory and majesty into a state of desperation and madness are included in the oration, the fall of Satan is included also. I mean, when Nebuchadnezzar was removed from his kingly throne, and stripped of all his glory; when a beast's heart was given unto him, and when he fancied himself a brute, went upon his hands and feet, all-fours, like a beast, and ran wild in his own forest among the cattle, eating grass as the ox, and wet with the dew of heaven and the showers of the mountains; till, in a long seven years' apprenticeship, he could learn this short lesson, To know that the heavens do rule, Dan. iv. 26. The fall of that proud monarch, both into madness and into death, appears to be taken from the fall of Satan: “ How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cast down to the ground, which didst weaken the natioas! for thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit,” Isaiah xiv. 12—15. In this sublime and elegant speech I think we have Satan's original name; it is Lucifer, which signi. fies bringing light, or day-star, and serves to show us the shining lustre of glory that was upon all the angels when God made them; a shining glory attended them wherever they went, as it does attend on all the elect angels to this day. Hence we read of the glory of the holy angels, Luke ix. 26. Now, as there is nothing evil in the name of Lucifer, which is, as some say, day-star, or bringing light, it bids fair to be his original one; his present names he obtained after his fall, as they are all big with mischief; but this he bore before he fell.
Moreover, it is apparent that the whole apostacy from God, both of angels and men, originated or began with one of the angels; for our Lord himself ascribes it to one only, and he is now called the Devil and Satan. “Ye are of
your father the devil, and the lusts of
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him." All which seem to show us that Satan was the ringleader of all the apostacy, and is spoken of in the singular number, and as such