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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 haft taken to thee thy 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 should destroy them which deffroy 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 be brought in farther proof of the harmony of the Prophetic writings under both covenants, concerning these days of punishment to the
wicked, and of triumph to “ the faints 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 imagc,” cannot but be struck with the accuracy of the resemblance. “ Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, 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 fat upon
. Daniel ji. 35.
Rev. xix. 11, &c. It is observable, that when the first seal was opened, there appeared “a white 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, consider this person as representing Jesus Christ, and this in. terpretation appears to me most clearly juft. i
him was called Faithful and True, and iit* sighteousness he doth judge and inake war. His eyes were as a fame 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 (word, that with it he fhould 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 ftanding in the fun, 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 his image; these both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone: and the remnant were pain with the sword of him thật 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 ferpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,"
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
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 confefs, 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. Mistaken as they were in their expectations of its near approach, and fanciful as were their conceits 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