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fifty days, or fifty gates of divine influences opened in their third number, called Binah, or Jacob in the restitution of fallen beings; and in that earnest on the heads of the elders, he knew the greater baptism of the spirit to be poured out on all flesh, in the latter day, as this first gospel was preached by 120 priests, trumpeters on mount Zion below, having received their crowns, and altars of fire, blood, and vapor, from Zion above to multiply unto the ends of the earth.
The strong ones, or bulls, as some translate, lige nify in the judgment of many, the high-priests and great personages who killed the son in the flesh of the fin: and so are Herod and Pilate, types of ancient enemies, Satan and his fpirits of darkness, who watched to devour hin at his birth of old time. Mich. v. 2. Rev. xii. 5. Ifa. Ixvi. 7. They indeed as instruments of the great adversary, killed him in flesh, the judgment of men, but he escaped in spirit, and slew Satan by that very death, and triumphed openly in his resurrection, as the visible and manifested first-born from the dead, and head over all the other brethren of that great name and bless. ing. Heb. ii: 9-14. As he died with all his twelve stones of fire; he rose with them, and breathed the divine generation into his disciples : for this was his Genesis, his thigh, or loins of fire, according as the wise Jews speak, happy are they who are born out of the mouth of God. Compare the effusion of the
holy spirit out of his mouth, and his breath, with the greater pouring forth at Pentecofte, as recorded by
John xx. 22. and Luke: Aas ii. 17–21. For this is the fire, and the sword of Jehovah against all flesh; and the enmity of the will of flesh with its carcafe must be cast into everlasting perdition by that holy fire, which will never be extinguished, for life eternal dwells in it. Amen. The calves of the nations are the vain idols made by Satan, whom Spencer justly calls the ape of God. They were made in Egypt, as the mimic of the cherub ftanding on one foot of the bull. That Ifis and * Ofiris may be here alluded to, is very probable: but the royal prophet looked also at the calves of Dan, or judgment, which began the division and rupture in
* The Egyptian worship is the figure of idolatry. Ifis was adored under the image of a cow : her priestesses were most impudent, prostituting themselves in brothels. They were clothed with white garments in the processions of their goddess, who bore a crown imitating rays. She was the moon, and sister and wife to Ofiris worshipped under the figure of a bull. He was adored by men, who sacrificed the generative organs of their sex to imitate the circumcision of the Patriarchs and the Jews. The people of God to the derifion of idolaters bore this mark in testimony of the fall, and of the promise of the feed who was to abolish files and blood, Adam's coat of skins; while the Egyptians seduced by Satan, worshipped the pudenda of men and women, with the coarsest and moft frantic rites of lewdness and prostitution. And indeed with, out these incitements and alluring baits, the deceiver of the nations could have done little by his forceries and delusions.
ancient time, and in an Ifrael prior to that on earth ; by which divorce death came into the works of God. In the figure of Saul, the rebellious king of Ifrael, whose name is death or the grave called upon themselves by demanding another head than JEHOVAH, we see the effects going forth in ten tribes setting up calves; to which Hofhea looks in chap. x. 5. where he calls them the calves of Bethaven, the house of fon and vanity. This sin, and all division of the first marriage of matter and spirit, with a lower matter or bride, were all removed by Jesus Christ, the repairer of all breaches, and the restorer of the old waste places. For as the first tranfgreffors made that two which was one; fo Christ of twain maketh one new Adam, Zachar, and thus establishes peace in this facred marriage. Matt. xix. 5; 6. Eph. ii. 15. and v. 22. When the holy fpirit, the dove and turtle of heaven, fell at Pentecoste; then did the fire of the law go forth from the right hand : then did the celestial Solomon cover all his wives, and fill their new vessels of the neces earth with living light, giving joys beyond all types and shadows in our nature; which are at best a faint and weak figure, becoming soon the death and sepulchre of all false pleasures, fugitive, deceitful, disgusting and disappointing in the end. Ainsworth juftly interprets this fire of the law, Esh Dath, in Deut. xxxiii. 2. a wonderful chapter, by the cloven tongues of fire, which had but one
root, as the foot of the bull, a clean animal by the law, supporting the cherub, was cloven, but not separated in the division. Others introduce with Calmet, the baptism of the holy Spirit, always called Schechinah by the Jews, as the truth to this part of Mofes. And what is the law, that is, the strength and power of the spirit of life in Jesus Christ, which makes believers free from the law of fin and death, but a gift of eternal fire in a golden vessel containing the blood of the lamb, the vine and new wine of the kingdom, which he drinks at his marriage-feast in Cana of Galilée? This is the great miracle, and manifestation of his glory in the temple of his brides, then knowing the Lord and bridegroon face to face. Rom. viii. 2. Mith-rappes, which is translated fubmitting, trampling, and trampled upon, rather denotes the frantic and wanton behaviour of idolaters, and of Egyptians in particular, the thost famous for ancient fuperftitions and strange idols: and seems to respect the worship of the calves, the great God Ofiris and Ifis; in the phylcal sense, the fun and moon ; and exciting themfelves by pieces or fragments of silver and other tinkling metals, inclosed in instruments, and accompanying their dances, agitations, and bacchanalian orgies and lascivious gestures so common in all idolatrous worship, but more fo at the abominable mysteries of these primary idols and gods. Bythner applies pieces of silver to ornaments on the
robes of the rich, who proudly thrust and trample on their inferiors: but this is a jejune sense at best. The prophet intreats a rebuke of idolaters of Ham's blood, who seemed to insult, in a moft express and designed manner, the rites of the worship of the true God among the Hebrews; and that they should feel it in a way to humble them, and to cause them to abominate, and abhor themselves for their great wickedness. And this sense will render the connection easy and important. He hath scattered: others translate, scatter thou them, that shall delight in wars. The great war and battle of the Lord and his David hath been accomplished in the sufferings and death of the Mesrah, who slew the fpiritual Goliah by a weapon, the most unlikely to prevail, even death to destroy him who had the power of this terrible enemy, the first curse. As to other wars, no nations since the establishment of secular christianity, have more delighted in slaughter than christian kingdoms: and every page of ecclefiaftical history streams with as much blood, as Wollaston humanely complains, that of civil history has done. It is but a lame defence, that Episcopius, Limborch and others have made to the Jewish objection against the Meffiah, that wars were not to be heard of after his advent, who say, that the genius and spirit of the christian religion tends to soften, and subdue the hearts of men to universal peace and good-will. The pro