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and everlasting Joy shall be upon their Heads, and Sorrow and Sighing shall flee away,
35. 10. and 51. II. They shall lift up their Voice they shall sing for the Majesty of the Lord. Where neapsives fore praise the Lord in Urim, even the Name of LXXIL the Lord God of Israel, from the Isles of the Sea, Ifa.
24. 14, 15. meaning the Western Islands, not improbably our own Country, called in the next Verse, the Wing of the Earth, from whence Songs of Praise, or (as the LXXII † seem to understand it) wondrous ț Técota Things were heard; which may poslibly be nxétapes. a place of Refuge in that Day. But to reurn ;, the Holy Scriptures seem plainly to avour this Opinion, That the Preservation of the Righteous shall be only of their PerCons (unless perhaps also of their near Friends for their fakes ) as it was in the Case of Lot ; for whose fake even his Sonsin-Law (who it plainly appears by the Sequel of the Story were not personally qualify'd) might have been preserved if they would, Gen. 19. 14. But by no means of their Estates and Poffeflions. For alas! these they have long ago forsaken in their Hearts : They are the poor in Spirit, and the Meek of the Earth, to whom this Deliverance is promised ; such as have forsaken the World, have forgotten themselves and their Father's House, and are seeking after a better House, even that is not made with Hands; and an abiding City, even an heavenly. They are dead to the World, with the Pleasures and Profits of it, efteeming the Reproach of Christ greater Riches than all the Treasures of Egypt or Babylon ; for
their Hearts as well as their Treasures in Heaven, out of the reach of Disappoi ment and Loss, where neither Moth Rust do corrupt, and where Thieves not break through and steal: The c! Use they made of their Riches, was please God and accomplish his Will
, iar nistring to the Neceffities of the Sain and relieving their needy Brethren. A they know that the Will of God is perta better obey'd by a chearful Submiffios > Resignation to the disposals of Provider than by all the moft costly Offerings a charitable Soul can make. Finally, desire nothing but to be fixed in God, be clear and void of all Creatures, and maintain in themselves a holy Quiet, divine Peace ; enjoying in their Pored great Riches ; in their Miseries great ca tent; in their Afflictions exceeding 16 and in their continual Labours great R and Peace. Hence are those Admonitio to the Servants of God, in order to pl pare them for that time, to fit loose fro the Things of the World, and to seek pri cipally the Kingdom of God, and its Rig teousness, and not to be seeking great Thin for our selves (i,e. Honours, Eftates and PX ferments) at a time when God is about to be down what be bas builded up, and to pluck whatsoever be bath planted ; and our Lives o Shall be given us for a Prey, in all Places and thersoever we shall go; as the Prophet miah tells Baruch, Chap. 45.5. So also the of Esdras, O my People, hear my Word: My you ready to the Baitle; and in those Evils
even as Pilgrims upon the Earth.
the Earth. He'that selleth, let him be as him that fleeth away; and be that buyeth, as one that shall lose : He that occupieth Merchandize; as be that hath no Profit by it : : And be that buildeth, as be that shall not dwell therein: He that soweth, as if he should not reap : So also be that planteth the Vineyard, as be that Shall not gather the Grapes : They that marry, as though they should get no Children ; and they that marry, not, as the Widowers : And therefore they that labour, labour in vain, 2 Esd. 16.40. Hence also our Blessed Saviour, Matth. 24. 16. warns his Disciples, and in them ail Christians, that when they shall see the Abomination of Desolation in the Holy Place : That is, in its compleat and ultimate Meaning, Antichrift; but in a more lax and open Sense, Sin and Error patroniz'd and justify'd in those Places, and by those Persons where, and amongst whom, nothing buc Truth and Holiness ought to be found; that then, in Expectation of the approaching Judgments, They that are in Judea should flee unto the Mountains : Which Words, tho' in their first and literal Signification they did imply, that the Jews, when they saw Ferusalem compassed about with Armies, should take that for a Signal to escape to the Hill-Countries of Judea, that so they might be more out of the reach of the Roman Armies: Yet in a mystical Sense, the same may be apply'd to all Christians; understanding by the Hills, the Everlasting Hills; the Heavenly Mountains of Vertue and Contemplation, from whence alone we muft expect Help and Protection. Psal. 121,
v. 1. Then he that is upon the House-top; that : advanced in the Spiritual Life, let him a come down to take any thing out of his H: i.e. let him not condescend to inter with the impertinent and trifling Conca of this world. And let not him that is in Field ; i. e. working in God's Vineya, turn to take away his Cloaths; i. e. returni old cloathing which was not of God's Spirit, 30. 1. and which must be taken off, to cover the nakedness of those who are cloathed with the true cloathing, wb. the Righteousness of the Saints, Rev. 3.18.14 and so on; teaching us thereby, the ceflity of with-drawing our Affe&tions fa those Pleasures and Enjoyments which m.) be forsaken, when we shall be forc'd to len all, and shift for our selves. For it is po bable, that as God hath generally da with his Servants at such times, fo hew deal with them then, i.e. by some fer means or other, warn them to escape of those Places which are in danger. God did to Lot in the Destruction of Sim and Gomorrah; and so (to mention no mom Ecclesiastical History informs us, that did to the Christians in Jerusalem, a li before its Destruction, warning them escape to Pella, a little Ancient City of lestine, not far off. So it is probable 6 will deal with his Servants again, even many of us, as have in the Faith and E pection of this time of tryal, waited pa ently in the way of the Cross, for i Spirit of Adoption and Sealing, which th: baptize us into that living Communion
Fellowship of Love, where those VirginSouls, in whatever Kingdom, Country, or Nation, they are hidden, scatter'd, and di. spersed, shall be united in the Spirit and Center of Unity, which is the true Communion of Saints, Fobn 17. 21. Eph. 1. 10. 4. 13. to whom the Glory of the MountSion Kingdom shall come, consisting in a perfect Security from the Curse, where Darkness, Sin' and Death, are perfectly swallow'd up in Victory.
$ 9. The Sum of what is here advanced 9. A Recaseems to be elegantly comprized in the pitulation
of the 9th Chapter of the Prophecy of Ezekiel. In the preceding Chapter God shows the Prophet in a Vision, the Abomination in the Holy Place, which provokes him to Jealousy, and to bring Ruine and Desolation on the Church and Nation of the Jews. Thus he speaks, v. 17, 18. Haft thou seen this? (i. e. The various kinds of Idolatry afore-mentioned ) Is it a light thing to the House of Judah, that they commit the Abominations which they commit bere? For they have filled the Land with Violence, and have returned to provoke me to Anger ; and lo! they put the Branch to their Nose: Therefore will I also deal in Fury : Mine Eye also shall not spare : Neither will I bave pity : And though they cry in mine Ears with a loud Voice, I will not bear them. By the Jewish Church in this Place, which was then the Peculiumi or Visible Church, we may understand, in a mystical Sense, the Christian; whose Abominations when they are come to the heighth, call for the fame Vengeance and Judgments as theirs D 3