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phet speaks of a fact, not of a tendency; of a re-, ality, not of a possibility, or a probable event. The truth is, * these days are not called the days of the Messiah, nor of his kingdom or priesthood, but in respect to a few chofen vessels, his mystic Ifrael. They are the days of his flesh, of his humble and afflicted state in his peculiar members, in whom the sufferings of Christ, the whole body of the firstborn, must be fulfilled. This is called the fellow
* Michaelis understands the lion by the wild beast of the reeds ; and by bulls and calves, proud and fierce tyrants, disturbing the Silver rivers, or clear streams. Calmet seems to adopty among various senses, the pride of the Egyptian soldiers, who had nails and plates of filver on their shoes and fandals. Mr. Merrick in: terprets pieces of silver by the musical instrument, the fiftrum; into which, the Egyqtians put little bits of this metal, to increase the sound, and to stir up the idolaters to more agitation and violent gestures in their dances before their idols. But, if we understand Mithrappes, trampling, by the word rebuke before, it may more justly signify, that God would so terrify thein, that they should run with precipitation, and trample on each other, or as in French it might be expressed, s'entrefoulent, from the great hurry to prelert their homage, by gifts of silver. This last sense carries a connection with what fotlows, as the consequence of the divine rebuke and interposition. Let us compare with this rapid submitlion the prophet Isaiah in chap. Ixvi. 20. They Mall bring an offering, Mincbah, out of all nations, upon horses, and chariots, and litters, upon mules and swift beasts, to my holy mountain, Jerusalajim, faith JEHOVAH. As this grand prophecy of the flowing in of the Gentiles, stands near the end of this evangelical preacher, it can only be fulfilled at the founding of the seventh trumpet, when the kingdoms of this world are for the Lord and his Grijt.
fhip and participation of the sufferings of the Lord, remaining for the Gentiles, to render them worthy of crowns, thrones, and feats of judgment over the other portions of all nations, as Paul teftifies in Rom. viii. 18. 2 Cor. i. 5, 6, 7. Phil. iii. 10. and Peter confirms in 1 Epi. iv. z. and James in chap. V. 10. when all these are gathered into the fold; then at the month Ethanim, of elders or adult males, the days of the Meffah in spirit, in clouds of heaven, in chariots and horses of Israel, will commence for salvation to the ends of the earth. There is no mark or seal of rest before a seventh day, month, or year : all the intermediate space is the journey of the hidden Israel in the wilderness, the dry and barren land, and the path for strangers and pilgrims, as much unknown to Babylon, and her children of the world, as the tabernacle and people of the Hebrews were in that typical journey of their wilderness, mostly unknown; and where known, despised, insulted and persecuted by the great nations round about their little land of Judea. For want of this distinction, the language and promises of the spiritual kingdom, glorious within, and mean without, as Christ in flesh was, are both misconceived: and one chief cause of wars, religious and civil, has flowed from the denial of Jefus Christ, as the propitiation for the fins of the whole world; which denial was taking away the daily sacrifice from the gospel, and bring
ing the abomination of desolation into the holy place, standing where it ought not. Matt. xxiv. 15. For Satan who deceiveth kings and the nations, can effect this delusion only by the key of knowledge being loft, and by false prophets, a spirit of error and falle interpretation, introducing false Christs, that is, denying the orre lamb that taketh away the fin of the world, as the holy baptist proclaimed him to his own disciples in Fohn chap. i. 29. and by that means, teaching men to hate, persecute, and destroy one another, as if they had no interest, sharė, or portion in the blood of him, who, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man. Heb. ii. 9.
John iii. 19. 1 John i2. Then were substituted by subtle and designing men, falfe Chrifts, mediators and interceffors by saints, and other means of the deceivableness of unrighteousness, inslead of the öne blood and holy fire of the spiritual baptizer from heaven: for God gave them up to believe a lie, by the strong working of error, because they believed not the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness, that they might be condemned for renouncing the truth, which John calls the testimony of Jesus Christ, according to his own words, the mercy-feat or propitiatory, not only for our fins, but for the fins of the whole world. Are there then two Chrisis, or ttvo testimonies, except those, wlisch men have in. vented and forged for profit and dominion over the faith, as dreadfully evident in the Romish and Greek
churches; churches? and also under every other denomination of people profesling faith; not in Jesus Christ, as testified to by Moses and the prophets, and by the gospel and its prophets, but as priests, teachers and ministers of the word as they call themselves, have represented him, contrary to his own records, promises and declarations, both under the old letter, and the new fpirit. And this ignorance of the true Christ is to this day the one foundation of the hatred, enmity, blind and cruel zeal, persecution and destruction of one another, by civil and religious wars over the world, by the subjects and disciples of him, as they profess, who has told them in numberless passages, clear and decisive, that he is the Saviour of all men, especially of the faithful. Chalmannim, only used in this place, fome interpret princes, princely embassadors, nobles, and fat or pampered great men. Now, as Mitzrajim who gave name to Egypt, was the son of Ham, upon whom the curse of servant of servants unto his brethren went forth from Noah; so a time is fixed for Egypt, his pofterity, to return in the third generation unto the congregation of JETIO. VAH, yet as a servant, or an inferior to his brethren. Deut. xxiii. 7. David, prophesying on the record and types of the law, saw the happy period, when this sentence would be removed from Canaan; and when the Egyptians, the ancient enemies of Israel, the elder brothers in the kingdom
of the new heavens, would cease to be fuch, as the apostle teaches us: old things are passed away, be: hold, all things are become new. 2 Cor. v. 17. Ifa. xliii: 18—21. The partition-wall is broken down, and the gates of the new Jerusalem are not shut day nor night, but are open to receive the nations, as they flow in to the city of the living God. For, though they were judged and destroyed ac cording to men, or the wrath of the magistrate in flesh, they live unto God in fpirit. Now Jesus Christ is the quickening spirit, and judge of what is alive, and what is dead, that is of flesh and spirit, as he speaks in Yohn chap. v. 25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, that the hour cometh, and now is, that the dead shall hear the voice of the fon of God, and they that hear, shall live. And he has been a judge from the beginning, though his feat of judge ment and his fire was first openly revealed at PENTECOSTE. “ Ethiopia (Cush) shall cause her hands to hasten unto thee.” We find in this place another son of Ham, and brother to Mizra. jim, who gave name to Arabia and Ethiopia in Gen. x. 6. He is the father of Nimrod, who was the mighty hunter before the Lord. And in this character. Saul, the son of Cush, the Benjamite, meets us in Pfal. 7. who pursues David, the chosen one of the tribe of Judah, and family of Felse, with the most unceasing malignity, envy and hatred, till he loses his kingdom, which is transferred to