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power, and coming in the clouds of beaven!." “ O Jerusalem, behold your house is left unto you desolate ; and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me until the time when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord m.” “ And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their fight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven, as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel ; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This fame Jefus, which is taken up from you into heaven, fall fo come, in like manner as ye have seen bim go into beaven".” “ And he was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the fun, and his raiment was white as the light °. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said, Master, it is
Mark xiv. 61, 62. on Luke xiii. 34, 35. * Acts i. 9--11.
• The appearance of our Lord during the transfigua, ration, and the glory which shone upon the face of Mofes, may be types of the appearance of our Lord, when he fhall come to establish his kingdom in glory.
good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias : for he wist not what to say, for they were sore afraid ; and there was a cloud that overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son; hear him p."
The twentieth chapter of Revelations appears in my judgment to declare in express terms, that there will be a first or partial resurrection of the dead, who shall live again on this earth, as priests of God and of Christ; that is, “ Blessed and holy men made perfect,” peculiarly devoted to the service of God, and the extension of his religion ; not subject again to death, but probably appointed to receive fome change, which shall improve the mode of existence, when the end of all things here shall come, and they are to be “ received into the mansions of glory, eternal in the heavens." It seems impossible to understand the " loofing Satan from his prison at the expiration of the thousand years, and suffering him to go out to deceive the nations in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to
gather them to the battle, and to compass the camp of the saints and the beloved city ?,” in any other sense, than as circumstances which are to take place during the present system of things on earth, excepting only the different state of the Christian community. Nor cân we, I think, avoid believing that the great day of universal judgment will be after that period. “ Christ must reign,” and surely we are authorized to suppose, on earth, till he hath“ put all his enemies under his feet," " and then cometh the end”—“ the great day of final judgment, when the heavens and the earth reserved unto fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat-when the earth and the heaven (" for which no place is afterwards found "") shall flee away from the face of him who fitteth upon the throne—when the dead both small and great (not those who had part in the first resurrection, and upon whom the second death shall have no power, these are “ the faints whom God will bring with him”) shall stand before God, and the books shall be opened, and every man judged according to their
? Rev. xx. 7:9..
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1. XX. II.
works—when all, not found written in the book of life, shall be cast into the lake. of fire, reserved for the Devil and his angels; but those whose foreheads have been fealed, shall be admitted into everlasting glory in the heavens—and when, the stupendous scheme, for which the Son of God took upon him the nature of man, being completed, the Messiah “ shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father, that God may be all in all,”
It is material to observe, that the promise of the universal diffusion of the Gospel is not confined to any particular age or period, but is to be considered as a growing work, that demonstrates the gradual fulfilment of Prophecy from the first appearance of our Lord to the end of the world: and the primitive Christians referred the ultimate completion of this promise to the times of the Millennium. If the propagation of the Gospel be even now considered as a duty in every Christian state, what will be the ardor, and the effects of that ardor, when pure and primitive Christianity is established in peace and security! The perfect unanimity and obedience of Christians to their holy law, and the sincere and
active zeal for the general falvation of mankind, joined to the visible marks of divine favour vouchsafed to this holy Community, will extend its blessings over the whole world, in a manner which it is difficult for us, in the present state of things, to conceive. But we are taught by Scripture to believe that there will be some fupernatural means of making it the univerfal Religion, when the great Event, revealed by Daniel and St. John, shall finish the reign of Antichrist in all its various forms —“ in that day when the Lord with his sore and strong sword shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent, and shall say the Dragon that is in the feas"-unless we fuppose some of the plainest passages of epistolary as well as prophetical writing to be nothing more than allegorical allusions to certain events, concerning which we are not able to form a distinct idea. And I truft we have already seen enough of the literal accomplishment of the Prophecies, not to be easily led away from the plain meaning by allegorical interpretations. We know that the pure Religion of Christ
Isaiah xxvii. 1.