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Reign of Johab King of Judah,l. Hilkiak 2 Kings

the High-Priest, and other principal Men xxii. 14. are sent by him to consult Huldab the Pro

phetess who was famous in those Days,

and dwelt in Jerusalem in the College. The

- Virgin whom Isaiah took to Wife, is, by Haiah him, callid the Prophetess. We read of Neh?vi. the Prophetess Noadiah, after the Return 14 from Babylon: And of one Anna a Pro

phetess, in the new Testament.dt 70 ftoad

But, Secondly, The Names of those Prophets whose Writings make fo considerable a Part of our Bible, in the Order as they are there plac'd, are these, Mofes, Samuel, David, Isaiah, ilJeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hofea, Joel Amos, Obadiah, 70nah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zepbaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. ndoos

These, we Thall be contented with just naming at present : Only, we must observe one thing, in relation to Prophesy in General : That the Prophetic Spirit ceas'd among the Jews, from the Time of Malachi, the last of them that had it, till the Proclamation of the New Covenant, by the second Elijah, Yohn the Baptist, whofe Coming that Prophet literally, foretels;


cand pathetically exhorts his Countrymen,

in the mean while, in the Name of the LORD, to continue obedient to the Laws Remember ye the law of Moses my fervant, Mal.iv.4. which I commanded unto him in Horeb, for all Ifrael; with the statutes and judgments. Bebold I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And be shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; left

I come and smite the earth with a curse. as With these Words ends the old Teftament : Which, in the Beginning of the new, an Angel applies to Yohn the Baptist; when he prophesies of him before he was born and speaking of him to his Father Zacharias, says; He shall go before the. Luke i.

w il, &c. LORD, in the spirit and power of Elias; to" turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the juft; to make ready a people prepared for the LORD. 9T *Accordingly John the Baptist, was understood, by all true Believers, to be the Elias' that was to come before the LORD. In one Place CHRisT says; This is be, of Mat.

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whom it is written, Behold I fendr m^fj^efen-
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way before thee. For all the prophets jmd the
law, prophesied until John. And, if jpwrf?
receive it, This is Elias which wsj&.to
come. In another place he fays to his dis-
ciples after John the Baptist was beheads, j
J fay unto you that Elias is comfy
and they knew him not, but have done unto
him whatsoever they listed: likewise shall (ii/q
the son of man suffer of them. Then tfieJifk
ciples underflood, that he spake unto them of
John the Baptist. .,;A\4 - 5 v&

SECT. XVIII. N \o > v,
The Manner of Consulting tiMk^'* *

Among the several Ways of asking Counsel of God, among the Israelites, that of having Recourse to his Prophets being onej it will not be amiss, in this Placegtqgive a short Account of them all. „\.

The most lolemn Way, and which,, at the Beginning of their Government was most in Use among them, was that consulting God by the Oracle. When theHigh-Priefl, approaching the Mercy Seat, which was upon the Cover of the Ark tfj • • the


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the Covenant, enquir'd of God, concerning the Point" in Question; and received an Antwer, either in the Negative or Affir

This Way, God himself allows of, in the Law; to prevent them from running after the impure Damons of the neighbouring Heathens, upon all Occasions. After he had given Mofes precise Directions how to make the Merch Seat, He rays; There I will meet thee, and I will commune Exod. with thee; from above the Mercy Seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimonys of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Ifrael. 3 Thither, accordingly; Moses went to confult God, upon al Occafions; and from thence it is that the Lord peaks to him. Thus, we read; When Mofes was gone into Numb.

vil. 89. the tabernacle of the congregation to speak ". with Him, then be heard the voice of one speaking unto him, from off the Mercy Seat, that was upon the ark of teslimony; from between the two cherubims. And the LORD Spake unto Moses. saying, &c. (whence the Expresfion of God's dwelling between

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/ty cherubims* wbich we meet w ith Jn Scripture! \i. 2 -v,\S\ t,v*.» tvrstak \hj Again, aster the Death of yoJkta^sxsKc,: Tude.i.i. find; 'the children of Israel asked she'JiaaMoy faying* Who stall go up for us against Jtbe Canaanites j£r/?, to fight against them Skaz^uf Lord yiwW, Judah JhaU go up r behold* I have delivered the land into bis band; { . .;k. • I J: /.' \ . ;: v ;id i tT Judg. xx. Again; ^ children of Israel tfrgfc 18.z3.28. up to the house ojsGod, and askedecuni fel of God* and said* Which of us shall go up, first* to the. battle against, the children of Benjamin } And the Lokd said, Judah shall go up* first. And when, not having met witk" the desir'd Success, They asked counsel of the. Lo R D, say ing* Shall I go up again to battle against. Benjamin my brother? And tbe Lord said* Go up against him. And having sr -seeded ill the seconds Time, we find them yet more desponding, and seemingly unwilling to think it was the Lo R D'j '3W{iji»T that they should engage with the Benjamitei any more; yet they fast* and pray* and -pn-w quire of the Lord faying*'ShallIyet aph ^ go out to battle against tbe children ^ Beaver Jamin my brother, or shall I cease? And SZ *.\v"» the

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