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dom on the earth. "Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for tby possession."—Psalms ii. 8.
"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whok; earth is Mount Zioa, on the sides of the north, the city of the great king."—Psalms xlvii'u 2.
"Then shall the earth yield her increase, and God, even our God, shall bless us: God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear him."—Psalms Ixvii. 6, 7.
"Tea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him."—Psalms lxxii. 11.
"And blessed be his glorious name forever, and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen, and amen."—Psalms lxxii. 19.
To Isaiah the prophet, the Lord has spoken plainly of the kingdom of his son. Many places in the book of his prophecy, declare that his government shall be from the rivers to the ends of the earth, and that all souls then on the earth shall come to have a saving knowledge of his grace.
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above all hills, and all nations shall flow unto it."—Isa. ii. 2. From which nothing can be clearer, than that a time must arrive, as the zenith of what the Saviour began to do (when he made to the woman her first promise, that her seed should bruise the serpent's head, this shall be done,) when Satan shall be shut up in the bottomless pit, and a knowledge of the Lord conaeqiiently shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the face of the sea. At that time they shall have "beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." This thea is the expectation of Isaiah, and should be the firm and certain expectation of all saints, who shall not then be disappointed; for then " Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders, but thou shalt call thy walls salvation, and thy gates praise. Thy people also, shall be all righteous; they shall inherit the land for ever. A little owe shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time."—Isa. lx. 18, 21, 22.
By the spirit of inspiration, the prophet Jeremiah looked beyond the sorrows of his countrymen, to whom was committed the oracles of truth, the first testament, and after whose name all saints are called Israelites, not because they are descended from the lineage of Abraham, but because thevy a»c the household of faith.
The prophet, therefore, looks through the long vista of ages, to the time when Jerusalem, spirtual Jerusalem, Mount Zion, shall be built in the tops of the mountains, and all nations shall flow to it, which shall not like the temple, its glorious type, "be plucked up, nor thrown down any more forever."—Jer. xxxi. 40. "Therefore, they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock, and of the herd; and their soul shall be as a watered garden, and tbey shall not sorrow any more at all."—Jer. xxxi. 12.
The Jews, nor their country, nor yet their city, for glory and strength excelling all others, have ever yet arrived to any such state of happiness as spoken ok above, by the prophet Jeremiah; it is therefore undoubtedly spoken of the times of the Millennium, when Jerusalem, in the spiritual sense, shall be built, and is called the New Jerusalem, which cannot be pulled down or overthrown, nor its inhabitants sorrow any more at all, strongly intimating that its citizens shall not suffer either from natural or moral-evil, any more, as they formerly had, in the days of probation.
The prophet Daniel is declared, in the scriptures, to' be a man greatly beloved of heaven; this was said to| him by the angel Gabriel, at a time when he prayed and made his confession to God. And because he was beloved of the Most High, he was pleased to make known to him, in a vision of his sleep, the times which' should pass over the nations of the globe, and also over the saints, how they must suffer from the tyranny of the beasts which he saw arise out of the sea, and strove together, which has actually come to pass in the several eras of time. But beyond all these, he saw a more glorious vision, which cannot be understood otherwise than of the Millennium. "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a king • dom, that all people, nations, and languages, should
serve him: his dominion is an everlasting- dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be -destroyed. But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever; even for ever and ever. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of" the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High."—Dan.vii. 13,14,18,27.
It is evident that this kingdom shall be on the earth in the latter days, (which are even at the door) because in the last quoted verse, are the words, "under the whole heaven," and therefore, is qualified as belonging to the earth.
From what has been advanced on the preceding pages of the second division, I feel justified in believing, that the ancient Jewish Church did expect, that when the Messiah should come, he would finally involve the whole earth in his kingdom, and that peace and great glory should be the concomitants of his reign for one thousand years. But why the idea should obtain of so definite a term of years, in the early age of the Church, is deeply interesting; but we see the same doctrine taught by the holy St. John, who wrote as he received it from the angel of Jesus Christ.
I shall next proceed to prove, under the same division, that the Christian Church have ever taught the expectation of a Millennium.
St John, the Revelator, speaks of that great day, as a day in which Christ shall come to be admired of his taints, who shall then take the kingdom, and possess it for ever.
In order to prove that the Christian Churches in the days of St. John, believed that a Millennium should come in the latter days, I have only to transcribe the seven first verses of the 20th Chapter of Revelation, which I proceed to do.
Verse 1st.—"And I saw an angel comedown from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand.
Verse 2d.—«' And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil and satan, and bound him a thousand years.
Verse 3d.—" And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed for a little season.
Verse 4th.—" And I saw thrones, and they that sat tipon them; and judgment was given unto them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither hud received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Verse 6th.—«. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection."
Who can speak plainer than St. John does in those two last quoted verses? stating, explicitly, that between the resurrection of the righteous dead, and the resurrection of the wicked dead, shall be a lapse of a thou-i