Sivut kuvina

and ever, And the four and twenty elders, which fat before God on their seats (usually fupposed to be the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the twelve Apostles of our Lord, to represent the Jewish and the Christian Churches], fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power,

great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldst give reward unto thy servants the Prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name both small and great ; and shoulds defroy them which destroy the earth. And the Temple of God was opened in heaven, [it had been shut during the reign of the beast] and there was seen in his temple, the Ark of his Testament; and there were lightnings, and voices, and thun, derings, and an earthquake, and great hail P."

A multitude of other passages might bę brought in fạrther proof of the harmony of the Prophetic writings under bath covenants, concerning these days of punishment to the

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

wicked, and of triumph to “ the saints of the Most High.” Whoever compares the awful threatenings contained in the Prophecies already stated, of signal vengeance upon the enemies of God and his people, by the power of the Son of Man, visibly exerted in such a manner as to command an universal acknowledgment of his divine authority with Daniel's account of the total destruction of the Image, and with St. John's description of the victory over the “ Beast and the false Prophet, and the kings of the earth which had worshipped the Beast and his image,” cannot but be struck with the accuracy of the resemblance. “ Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the filver, and the gold broken to pieces together, and become like the chaff of the summer threshing., floor, and the wind carried them away that no place was found for them, and the stone became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth,” " And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse', and he that sat upon

, Daniel ji. 35.

• Rev. xix. 11, &c. It is observable, that when the first feal was opened, there appeared “ a wbite horse, and he that fat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer." Rev. vi. 2. Mede, Lowman, and Sir Isaac Newton, confider this person as representing Jesus Christ, and this interpretation appears to me most clearly just.

him was called Faithful and True, and 117* sighteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written that no man knezo but he himself: and he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood ; and his name is called, the Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him 'upon white horses, clothed in fine linen white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should fmite the nations. And he shall rule (or judge) them with a rod of iron. And he treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God; and he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. And I faw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God, that ye may' eat the flesh of kings', and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that fit on them, and the flesh of all men both free and bond, both small


• See Daubuz's explanation of these terms, p. 55. of this volume.


and great.

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war against him that fat on the horse, and against his army. And the · beast was taken, and with him the false Prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that worshipped þis image; these both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone: and the remnant were pain with the sword of him that fat upon

the horfe, which sword proceeded out of his mouth. And all the fowls were filled with their flesh. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand, and he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand




Nor are the gracious promises to his people, both Jews and Gentiles, of special care and protection amidst these tremendous judgments, of signal deliverance, and of the establishment of a new kingdom of peace and everlasting happiness under the IMMEDIATE GOVERNMENT OF THE SON OF MAN, less accurately stated by these Prophecies, And that this kingdom will

Rey, xix, 11-21, XX. 1, 2.


be established on earth by miraculous proofs of Divine power, and be supported and increased 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 caufes, the belief gradually funk into oblivion. Miftaken as they were in their expectations of its near approach, and fanciful as were their con-, ceits 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 recover ground; though


« EdellinenJatka »