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shall at length prevail over the blindness of Judaism, the schisms of Heresy, the superftitions of Idolatry, the fables of Mahometanism, the corruptions of Popery, and the blasphemous philofophism of Infidelity ; for our Lord shall fubdue them with the fpirit of his mouth. The remnant left after the decisive battle will be converted by these “ signs from Heaven;" and thus the scene of his humiliation shall be also the scene of his glory.
“ In the beginning God faw every thing that he had made, and it was very good;" but “the earth became corrupt before the Lord” for “ sin had entered in, and death by fin.” And in the end, he who created all things perfect—he who redeemed ús. from the power of Satan, and conquered fin and death, shall « make all things new." “ The present things shall pass away, and a new heaven and new earth,” or a new scene of things fanctified by the Lord our Righteousness, shall receive “ the tabernacle of God, when he cometh to dwell with men *, " The new Jerusalem
When Christianity triumphed over Paganism, and became the established Religion of the world under ? 4
shall be separated from the world as the garden of Eden, but the gates of entrance shall stand open. The Church of Christ, represented, both in its state of suffering and of triumph, by the symbol of a City, will then consist of converted Jews, and Gentile Christians, and the glorious assembly of the faints, “ the first-born children of the resurrection,"refined and purified from earth and sin, and form one body under Christ their Head; then will commence the glorious Millennium, so anxiously looked for by the primitive Christians—so desired as the fabbatical rest of the people of God and so apt a type and anticipation of the happiness of heaven. The glory which rested upon the ark within the vail of the Jewish Temple, was but a type of that superior glory of the Lord, which shall be displayed in the midst of the new Jerusalem. ". In this city there shall be no temple, for the Lord God Almighty and the. Lamb are the temple of it. God shall wipe away all tears from the eyes of its
Constantine, on the opening of the sixth feal, it is said, ¢ And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;" Rev. vi. 14. to describe the change which then took place in the system of the world.
inhabitants ; there shall be no more death, neither forrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; and there shall be no more curse, for there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth; for the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall see his face, and his name shall be in their foreheads; and there shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light, and they shall reign for ever and ever "—shall suffer no disturbance in their kingdom, while the world endures " And there shall be no more fea.” As the Israelites, separated by God from all other nations, needed no King, for the Lord God was their King, fo Thall these holy people be under the immediate government of God and Christ. But the Israelites forfeited this special blefling by their rebellions ; under this “new heaven” there shall be no more sea, nothing similar to the rebellions, and tumults, and popular commotions, which will mark with peculiar violence the times immediately preceding this wonderful change in the System of the World, shall disturb their “ blessed tranquillity *.” Virtue, holiness, and piety, divine love, perfect harmony, angelic purity, and constant happiness will reign and fourish in this Kingdom, for “ death and sin will be swallowed up in victory”-at least their power over “ the saints in the camp," or community of “ just men made perfect.” Then will the communication between earth and heaven be restored at the conclusion as it existed at the beginning of the world. Then will “ the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him Y.” “And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of this city—enlightened by the glory of God, and of the Lamb--and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honour to it, and the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day, for there shall be no night there, and they shall bring the glory and honour of nations into it?..”
* Rev. xxi. 4, 22. and xxii. 3–5.:
shall y Dan. vii. 27.
It requires a greater stretch of imaginarion than seems to be consistent with the sober rules of interpretation, to fpiritualize these defèriptions into the beatific joys of heaven. Nor will the similar descriptions of the more antient Prophets be more easily brought to the fame height of Mysticism. In fact the doctrine of the Millennium steers clear of two extremes. While some imagine that the description of the Messiah's kingdom is to be understood as merely the introduction of the Christian Religion, painted in the lofty style and luxuriant imagery of the East; others imagine, that the inconceivable joys of heaven are thus represented, in accommodation to our feeble faculties. Whereas the truth appears to be, that the introduction of the Christian Religion into the world, and the marvellous work of Redemption by the death of Christ, form the primary subjects of the Prophetic writings; and the train of glorious consequences to follow upon this our carth, their secondary signification. For PROPHECY REACHES BUT TO THE GATES OF HEAVEN. “ If I tell you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly?" was said by our Lord, to check enquiries into what must