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the extension of his religion ; not subject again to death, but probably appointed to receive fome change, which shall improve the mode of existence, when the end of all things bere shall come, and they are to be “ received into the mansions of glory, eternal in the heavens,” It seems impossible to understand the “
looping Șatan from his prifon at the expiration of the thousand years, and suffering him to go out to deceive the nations in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them to the battle, and to compass the camp of the saints and the beloved city ?,” in any other fense, than as circumstances which are to take place during the present system of things on earth, excepting only the different state of the Chriftian community. Nor can we, I think, avoid' believing that the great day of universal judg- , ment will be after that period,
" Christ muit reign," and surely we are authorized to fuppose, on earth, till he hath" put al} his enemies under his feet,” and “then cometh the end"the
great day of finał judgment, when the heavens and the earth referved unto fire shall be dissolved, and the elements fhall melt with fervent heat--when the earth and the heaven (" for which no place is afterwards
. Rev. XX. 7,90
found ?) Thall Alee away from the face of him who fitteth upon the throne--when the dead . both small and great (not those who had part in the first resurrection, and upon whom the second death shall have no power, these are " the saints whom God will bring with him") shall stand before God, and the books shall be opened, and every man judged according to their works--when all, not found written in the book of life, shall be cast into the lake of fire, reserved for the Devil and his angels ; but those whose foreheads have been sealed, shall be admitted into everlasting glory in the heavens--and when, the stupendous scheme, for which the Son of God took upon him the nature of man, being completed, the Messiah " shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father, that God may be all in all.”
It is material to observe, that the promise of the universal diffufon of the Gospel is not confined to any particular age or period, but is to be considered as a growing work, that demonstrates the gradual fulfilment of Prophecy from the first appearance of our Lord to the end of the world : and the primitive Christians referred the ultimate completion of this promise
* Rev. XX. II.
to the times of the Millennium. If the propagation of the Gospel be even now considered as a duty in every Christian state, what will be the ardor, and the effects of that ardor, when
pure and primitive Christianity is established in peace and security! The perfect unanimity and obedience of Christians to their holy law, and the sincere and active zeal for the general salvation of mankind, joined to the visible marks of divine favour vouchsafed to this holy Community, will extend its blessings over the whole world, in a manner which it is difficult for us, in the present state of things, to conceive. But we are taught by Scripture to believe that there will be some supernatural means of making it the universal Religion, when the great Event, revealed by Daniel and St. John, shall finish the reign of Antichrist in all its various forms—" in that day when the Lord with his fore and strong sword shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent, and shall slay the Dragon that is in the sea”---unless we suppose some of the plainest passages of epistolary as well as prophetical writing to be nothing more than allegorical allusions to certain events, concerning which we are not able to form a diftinct idea. And I trust we have already seen enough of the literal accomplishment of the Prophecies, not to be easily led away from the plain meaning by allegorical interpretations. We know that the
s Ilaiah xxvii. i.
Religion of Christ shall at length prevail over the blindness of Judaism, the schisms of Heresy, the superstitions of Idolatry, the fables of Mahometanism, the corruptions of Popery, and the blasphemous philosophism of Infidelity ; for our Lord shall fubdue them with the spirit of his mouth. The remnant left after the dea cisive 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 saw 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 us from the power of Satan, and conquered sin 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 sanctified by the Lord our Righteousness, shall receive " the tabernacle of God, when he cometh to
dwell with men !." The new Jerusalem shall be separated from the world as the garden of Eden, but the gates of entrance fball stand open. The Church of Christ, reprefented, both in its state of suffering and of triumph, by the fymbol of a City, will then confist of converted Jews, and Gentile Chriftians, and the glorious assembly of the saints, " the firstborn children of the refurrection," refined and purified from earth and fin, and form one body under Chrift their head; then will commence the glorious Millennium, fo anxiously looked for by the primitive Chriftians-lo defired as the fabbatical rest of the people of God and fo 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 fuperior glory of the Lord, which shall be displayed in the midst of the new Jerusalem. " In this city there fhall 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 inha
- When Christianitý triumphed over Paganism, and became the established Religion of the world under Constantine, on the opening of the sixth seal, it is faid, " 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 fyftem of the world,