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Hail was exceeding Great. It may possibly be this Hail that fob means by the treasures of Hail, which God hath reserved for the Time of Trouble, against the Day of Battle and War, Job. 38. 22. This being indeed the Great Day of Battle and Destruction of the Antichri ftian Powers out of the whole Earth, to which that Ancient Writer frequently refers.
II. THE Second Great Transaction, and which more immediately concerns this discourse is the Destruction of Antichrist and his Great Army at the Battle of Armageddom. It is the Opinion of some, that the Prophecy of Ezekiel, Chap. 39. concerning Gog and Magog is to be understood of Antichrift and his Army; though all know very well that by Gg and Magog, Rev. 20. is to be understood that vaft Diabolical Multitude that shall encompass the Holy City after the Millennium. How true this Opinion may be I shall not presume to say, but must acknowledge, that it seems to be favoured by feveral Circumstances of that Prophecy. 1. The same Invitation is made to the Fowls of Heaven, Ezek. 39. v. 17-21. as is made, Rev. 19. V. 17, 18. for the Slain of the Battle of Armageddon. 2. The Gog and Mugog mentioned in the Revelations are to be devoured by Fire, and consequently not left to be eaten by the Fowls of Heaven. ! 3.
The Destruction of the last Gog by Fire in the Revelations is said to be immediately followed by the Great and last Judgmert. Whereas in Ezekiel, the destruction of Gog
is mention'd with no such Consequences, but rather with a happy Succession of Peace and Repose to the Church in the very fame Earth; mention being made of burying the Dead, burning the Weapons, and a Duration of Seven Years of Strangers travelling that way, and of the Heathens glorifying God upon the Account of his Judgments, which may be understood of their Conversion, even as we believe that the Millennial Glory will follow after the De-a struction of Antichrist. Before this Battle of Armageddon, there is an Invitation to the Fowls of Heaven made by an Angel standing in the Sun, Rev. Chap; 19. V., 17, 18. . saying, Come and gather
your selves together to the Supper of the Great God, that ye may eat the Flesha of Kings, and the Flesla of Captains, and the Flesh of Mighty Men, and the Flesh of Horses, and of them that fit thereon, and the Flesh of all Men (i..e. all sorts of Men) both free and bond, both small and great. As it is allo Ezek. 39. 17, 18, 19. Many different Opinions there are about this place among the Commentators. Those of them who interpret it in an Allegorical and Mystical Sense, insist upon the Incongruity of setting an Angel in the Literal Sense to invite all the Fowls of the Air to a Banquet. But suppose we should grant that this part may be nothing more than an Oriental form of Speech; who attributed every thing, especially in Prophetical Writings, to the Ministry of An- . gels, yet I see no reason why we may not understand the other Part literally, that is,
if this Antichristian Army be to be deftro ed or slain in a literal Sense, then their . dies will be literally dead, and when so z proper Food for ravenous Birds, and wi. Beasts of the Earth, and why then may: not express, that there shall be such great Multitudes of them destroyed, that all the Fowls of Heaven may come and feast up their Bodies? Though I must acknowle that there are good Reasons given Dr. More in the last of his Divine Dialog to prove that this cannot be understood therwise than in a Mystical and Spiritu:
Sense. "Antichrist § 26. And now follows the Grand Ca. taken and tastrophe. Whilst the Antichristian Army
are thus gathered together, Behold the Hest tomless
vens were opened, Rev. 19. 11. and a wbit Pit.
Horse, and be that sate upon him was cales Faithful and True, and in Righteousness he di Fudge and make War. By the white Horse mat be lignified Christ's Royalty and Glor from his Resurrection to his Second Com ing in his Kingdom. The Rider is said to be Faithful and True; because of his appearing in his Kingdom, according to his Pro mise, which Atheists, Deists, and they c: the Antichristian Party had called in Que. stion,
asking, Where is the promise of his coming? These Unbelievers he will in his Righteousness judge and destroy.
V. 12. This Rider is described. Hi Eyes were as a Flame of Fire (penetrating and judging all things in a quick and terrible manner) And on his Head were many Cross
(denoting the Amplitude of his Dominion) And be bad a Name writen which no man knew but Himself. By Name in Scripture, is of: ten fignified Nature, and so this Mysterious Name may be something expressing the gamy Hypoftatick Union of the Two Natures in our Blessed Lord; which as it does infinitely transcend the short limited Capacity of Human Nature to comprehend, so it will appear now more Illustrious and Glorious than ever.
V. 13. HE was eloathed with a Vesture dipt in blood (exprefsing his Triumph through the Blood of his Cross) and his Name is called (or he is) the Word of God, i.e. He is the Eternal word of God, the Second Person in the Ever-Blessed-Trinity, the Word by whom God spake when he made the World; and spake also to our Forefathers under the Old Testament, and to us in the Gofpel.
V. 14. ARE described his Companions and Attendants. The Armies which were in Heaven (i. e. the Angels and Saints, wliether dead or living, in whom the Kingdom of Heaven is perfected) followed him upon white Horses, Companions and Partakers with Christ in his Glory and Kingdom, cloathed in fine Linnen white and clean. Their Robes or Righteousness having been wafhed and made white in the Blood of him who is cloathed with the Bloody Garment.
V.15. AND out of bis Mouth goeth.a Sharp Sword, (viz. his Word, which is sharper than ny two-Edged Sword, Heb. 4. 12.) that with it
be may smite the Nations of the Earth, ani them with a Rod of Iron, (during the com nuance of his Glorious Kingdom) a». treudethtbe Wine-press of the fierceness andWrati. Almighty God (as he once trod it by himle alone when in his own Body he bore wor the Cross the Iniquities of us all, Isa. 6: :: So will he now tread down the wickedir are the accursed Vine of Sodom, or rather
. speak in the Language of Isaiah in the fore-cited Place, make them tread it ther selves whilst they suffer that Vengean: which he inflicts upon them. V. 16. AND he had
upon bis Vesture, ands on his Thigh a name Written KINGA KINGS, and LORD of LORDS. ( wore and discovered Glorious and Illuk ous Symbols and Characters of his Suprec
: Universal Monarchy.) Some think charol his former Name mentioned v. 13. den: ted his Divinity; so this may denote in Kingdom as Son of Man, therefore wears a Title on his Vesture, as Kings diy their Royal Cognizances, by which they are distinguished and made known.
WITH this Glory, this Might, and Au. thority he scatters and confounds the Diabolical Army, that are said, v. 19. to be gathered together to make War again! him. They fall before him as the shades of Darkness before the Rising Sun. See how the Lightnings flash in their Faces, hoy they tremble and are amaz'd, they reely and stagger, and are at their Wirs en and in this confusion they shall as in the