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“ fulfilled his days; for he that dieth at an “ hundred years, shall die a boy"." “The “ voice of weeping shall no more be heard “ in Jerusalem, nor the voice of crying :" for “ the days of her mourning shall be 66 ended'.” Fourthly, There will be in this period

The Lord “ will extend peace to the Church like a river, and the “ members thereof will go forth and look

upon the carcases of the men that have

transgressed against the Lord. Their “ worm shall not die, neither shall their fire “ be quenched; and they shall be an ab

horring to all flesh.”

We have already said, that there will be no parties in the Millennial Church; men then will not say,“one, I am of Paul, another, “ I of Apollos, and another, I of Cephas.” There will, therefore, be peace among

her members

;

for altar will not be erected against altar, throughout her borders. And as her borders shall extend from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth, so the peace she shall enjoy will be universal.

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t v. 12. 24.

In fact, the nations and kingdoms of this world, will then be the nations and kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ. A complete and thorough change will then take place in the governments of nations. The magistrate will then be, what he ought ever to be, according to the design of his office, a minister of God for good. The kings and judges of the earth will then do, what they now ought to do,“ kiss the Son,” that is, acknowledge the mediatorial authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. The State will then be the handmaid of the Church. The officers of the one will co-operate with those of the other, for the promotion of God's glory, and the happiness of men. Hence, there will be no wars during this period, nor rumours of wars. The nations, with their rulers, being obedient to the faith once delivered to the saints, the influence of that faith will preserve them from variance, jealousies, or wars. The confused noise of the battle will no more be heard, and the

garments rolled in blood will not be seen. All the enemies of the Church will be slain, and their memory be an abhorrence to all flesh.

Thus delivered from the hands of those who are her enemies; protected and nursed by the magistracy; united in her members, peace will indeed be extended to her as a river. There will be nothing to hurt or destroy in all God's holy mountain. The very beasts of the field will be at peace with men, as well as with each other. “ The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, " and the leopard shall lie down with the

kid; and the calf, and the young lion, and " the fatling together; and a little child shall

lead them. And the cow and the bear “ shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like

And the sucking child shall play the hole of the asp, and the weaned “ child shall put his hand on the cockatrice66 den?.”

Such is the glowing language in which the peace of the Millennial period is predicted by the prophet.

Fifthly and lastly, This state of the Church will be permanent, not transient ; “ for as the new heavens and the new earth • which I will make, shall remain before

me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain"."

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The duration of this period, we are informed, is one thousand years'. As in a few instances, attempts have been made to explain these years as prophetic, making 360,000 civil

years,
it

proper to mention, that those writers who have paid most attention to the symbolical language of prophecy, and are best acquainted with it, do with one voice reject this construction.

It does not come within the scope of my design to detail their

For the

space
then of 1000

years the Church shall enjoy all that happiness, peace, holiness, knowledge, prosperity, and blessedness, which have merely been sketched in a few prominent particulars.

“Let it be observed, however," I use the words of another, “ that the Church of Christ “ shall not be oppressed nor overcome by her “ enemies, when those thousand

years

shall expire. She shall continue triumphant to " the end of the world, and for ever in a “ future state. By the Millennium is meant, 66 that for these 1000 years, no attempt “ whatever shall be made to disturb the

peace and interrupt the prosperity of the

s Rey, xx.

“ Church of Christ, and of the world; that “ there shall be no persecutions nor wars “ on the whole earth: but at the end of « these 1000 years, certain persons, styled “ Gog and Magog, instigated by the Devil, “ shall attack the Church of Christ, and by

bloody wars shall disturb the peace of the “ whole world for a time: but that they “ shall be disappointed in their wicked at“ tempts, and totally destroyed: and that

by their destruction, the Church of Christ, 6 and the world, shall be left in a state of

complete and final triumph and peace"." So permanently, then, will the new heavens and new earth remain ; so long will be the continuance of the Church, both of her seed, and of her name.

Let us now pass on,

II. To the means by which this great event will be produced. This is exhibited to us in these words, “I will set a sign

among them, and I will send those that escape out of them unto the nations; and they shall declare my glory among the “ Gentiles. And they shall bring all your “ brethren for an offering.” We have

s v. 19, 20,

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