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SE R M. unto the third and fourth generation ; That III.
is, Upon a People under a national covenant, and Blessed or beloved ( as St Paul speaks ) for the Fathers sakes, he would for their national irreligion, fend down very Long temporal Judgments. . And This threatning has actually been fulfilled upon them in such a captivity and such a dispersion, as never happened to any other nation upon the face of the Earth.
AMONG Christians, ( for the greater part even of Those also who call themselves Christians, have for many Ages been Idolaters, as the Kingdom of Ilrael had been before;) Among Christians, I say, the introducing This Vice, has not only corrupted the Simplicity of the Gospel, but has also greatly encouraged all immorality, by making Superstition an equivalent instead of a virtuous Life; and particularly it has been the cause of infinite Cruelties and Persecutions among Christians, in order to support tyranny and Superstition; insomuch that even of the Chrifiian Church it is prophesied in Scripture, that in her skould be found
the blood of Saints and of Prophets, and Serm.
I am Alpha and Omega, the Be
ginning and the Ending, saith the Lord; which is, and which was, and which is to come, The Almighty.
HESE words are a descrip-s e r M. Serm. In the giving of This Prophecy, he is IV.
tion of the Person of the IV. T
God and Father of All, from m
his Nature, and from the Part which he is represented to bear peculiarly in delivering This Prophecy.
Alpha and Omega, the First' Author and the last End of all. For the whole Prophecy is, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God, [that is, the Father, ] gave unto him, ver. 10. And the manner of his giving it, is very elegantly described, ch. iv. and v. by a representation of God fitting upon a Throne, Supreme over all; and giving unto the Lamb a Book, which none other but He, in Heaven or on Earth, was worthy to open.
Likewise absolutely, with regard to his Proper Nature, the primary Attributes of the God and Father of All, are; He is Apha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the first Author and Fountain from whom all things originally proceed, and the ultimate End in whom all things finally terminate ; He is, “ which is, and which was, and which “is to come,” eternal of himself by absolute necessity of Naturė, being derived from None, begotten of None, proceeding from None. Lastly, He is, The Almighty, Supreme absolutely over all ; For so the word in the Original Properly signifies ; including every one of