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creased by miraculous proofs of Divine favour, till“ the time appointed” for the CONSUMMATION of the mighty scheme “ laid before the foundations of the world” does, I confess, appear to me most clearly stated also.
The opinion of the earliest ages of the church upon this subject is well known. A great number of the primitive Christians believed in a Millennium, though, from various causes, the belief gradually funk into oblivion. Mistaken as they were in their expectations of its near approach, and fanciful as were their conceits respecting the Millennium itself; the increasing corruptions and sufferings of the Church appeared to obliterate the hope of any such state from the minds of men; and by degrees Christians were led to look back, instead of forward, for the fulfilment of a Prophecy which they evidently perceived did not accord with present times. But in proportion as Scripture has emerged from the dark ages of ignorance and superstition ; and the study of the Prophecies has given clearer views of that great scheme which it has pleased God to reveal by his word, the opinion of a Millennium has seemed to re. cover ground; though the ideas concerning its nature continue to be as vague as if every one felt himself at liberty to consult his fancy, instead of the authority of Scripture, for the various conjectures he forms. I conceive, however, that, according to the Scriptural doctrine of the Millennium (or at least, what I apprehend to be the Scriptural doctrine), Jews and Christians will be found to agree better than is usually imagined, relative to the fplendour of the Messiah's reign on earth. And this should be considered as an argument of great weight for the truth of such an opinion. But the final appeal must be made to the Prophetic descriptions under both covenants. Many of these have been already stated; and I must beg the Reader to compare them with the following passages, and to examine others, to which I shall refer, with a view to this particular subject.
" And many [not all] of them that fleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt; and they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the 1335 days. But go thou thy way till the end be, for thou shalt rest and fand in thy lot at the end of the days :" that is, at the end of those days of vengeance which I have just described to thee “ “ The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart; and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace : they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness*." “ As in Adam all die, even fo in Christ shall all be made alive. But every one in his own order. Christ the first fruits, afterwards they that are Chrift's at bis coming y.” “ For the Lord himself ball descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Chrift Mall rise firstz.” “ For what. is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming a ?? The
u Daniel xii. 2, 3. 12, 13. * Isaiah lvii. I, 2.
v i Cor. xv. 22, 23. and from the thirty-fifth verse to the end of the same chapter. »
3 i Theff. iv. 16. as Theff. ii. 19.
first and second chapters of the second of Thessalonians appear to be express upon the subject of this kingdom, and accurately correspond with the Revelation of St. John—" For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile. body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working where. by he is able to subdue all things unto himselfb." “ For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, Sall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” “ If Jesus had [already] given them rest, then would he not have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God d.” " But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels; to the general assembly and church of the first-born which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.” “Who died for us,
5 Philip. iii. 20, 21.
c Col. iii. 3, 4.
that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him f.” “That where he is, there we may be also 8.” “ Whom the heavens must retain till the restitution of all things h.”. “ If the casting away of them (the Jews] be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be but life from the dead ? -For I would not; brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye [Gentiles] be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Ifrael' shall be saved ; as it is written, There shall come out of Zion THE DELIVERER, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob i.” • When the Son of Man shall fit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel k.”
“ And the High „Priest asked him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed ? And Jesus said, I AM; and ye all see the Son of Man sitting on the right-hand of
fi Theff. v. 10.
& John xiv. 3.