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s ousness of saints * :" that is, in other words, and now to her was “granted a full pardon of all her transa “ gresions, through the righteousness of Chrift imputed “ to her, and received by her through faith in his
Gospel te ; for the righteousness of Christ is the righte
ousness of saints * Bletled are they which are “ called unto the marriage fupper, to the union of “ Christ with his church : blessed indeed, for they “ are justified, and thall live with Christ in his holy
The churches, now united, justified, and fully prepared to receive their Redeemer, the blessed Son of the most High God is figuratively represented as coming to pour out this vial of the wrath of God upon the impious confederacy, and to remove it for ever out of the way of his reign upon earth. The prophetic description is awful, grand, and sublime. It is expreflive, as far as human language can express, not only of his divine and holy character, but of the busineis he is to be sent to perform.
s And - I saw heaven (the spiritual church) opened, and “ behold, a white horse; and he that tat upon him “ was called Faithful and True; and in righteour“ pess doth he judge and make war.” He is represented as fitting upon a white hors, to denote that, although he had taken upon himself the nature of man, yet he remains immaculate, and infinitely innocent and pure; and he is called Faithful and True, to thew that he had, with the most perfect fidelity and truth, executed the great trust repoted in him by his merciful Father, in bringing out of a finful and miserable world a part of his talien creatures, into a fate of immortality and happiness. It is farther said, that “ in righteousness he doth judge and
* Ver. 6, 7, 8. * Rom. v, 16, 17, 18. • Ver. 6, 7, 8. s Christ is described by the same ternis, Rev. vi. 2.
“ make war;" to intimate, that the judgment paffed upon the impious confederacy, and that the war and destruction he thould pour down upon it, had been bighly merited. “. And his eyes were as a flame of fire ;" they were full of ire and terath at the impiety and extreme blafphemy of the confederacy, he was coming to destroy.
66 And on his head were many
While his divine truths went forth only conquering and to conquer the heathen world, he had one crown only given to him *, the crown of the pagan empire of Rome; but now, hav. ing collected a church, consisting of Jews, and many Gentile nations, over whom he is coming to reign, he has many crowns.
" And he had a name written, " that no man knety but himfelf.” He had the name, the power of God, the extent and infinity of which no man could comprehend but himself. “ And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood;" to denote that he was coming on THE GREAT DAY OF GOD ALMIGHTY, to meet this horrid confede. racy, now." gathered together,” to offer him “ bat“ tle," and to sink it in utter ruin at Armaged- don," the w Mountain of Destruction." "And his s name is called The Word of God;" the name by which the prophet describes him in his Gospel p; because, through him alone THE WORD OF God has been revealed to his fallen creature, man.
66 And " the armies which were in heaven,” the saints and martyrs, “ the first fruits of his Gospel I,” followed “ him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white " and clean," to show, that, being now justified by his imputed righteousness, through faith in him they were without fin, immaculate and pure. Andout of his mouth goeth" a sharp sword, that with it he might “ smite the (confederated) nations." sword is said to go out of his mouth, to describe his
* Rev. vi. 2.
† John, i, 1.
Rom. viii. 23.
Almighty Almighty power, and the ease with which he thall destroy his enemies. It is to be done by a word, or even the breath of his mouth, as with a sharp (word. So St. Paul says, he shall *“ consume the man of “ fin," or the powers of atheism,“ with the spirit of “ his mouth, and the brightness of his coming." And Isaiah," he shall smite the earth with the rod of his “ mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he say “ the wicked to" To show the utter and everlasting destruction with which he is to overwhelm the ungodly, and to prevent their ever molefting his church during his peaceful and blessed reign upon earth, he is figuratively represented as “ treading them in " the wine press of the fierceness of the wrath of “ Almighty God," as a vintner treads, malhes, and separates his grapes, never more to be united.” And now having consigned the ungodly to everlafting perdition, he is to be KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS ; that is, he is to be KING, and reign over the kings, and princes, and the lords of the tribes of Israel, and over all the Gentile kings and lords, who have been justified by his righteousness.
Ver. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.-Here the prophet passes to the immensity of the destruction and the iffue of the battle, between the Son of God and the innumerable host of his enemies, on the great day of God Almighty, at Armageddon. He reprefents" an “ angel as itanding in the sun,” a place from which he overlooks the whole earth; crying with a loud voice, saying, “ to all the fowls that fly in the midft “ of heaven, come, and gather yourselves together, “ unto the supper of THE
GREAT God, that ye may
+ Isaiah, xi. 4. 1 To tread in a wine-press, means utter destruction, Lam. i. 15. Ifaiah, Ixiii. 3. Rev. xiv. 19.
* 2 Theff. ii. 8.'
“ eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and “ the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, 6 and of them that be on them, and the flesh of all “ (kinds of) men, both free and bond, both small “ and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of " the earth, and their armies, gathered together “ to make war against him that fat upon the horse, “ and against his army."
Ver. 20. “ And the beast was taken, and with «« him the false prophet that wrought miracles before
him, with which he deceived them that had re“ceived the mark of the beast, and them that “ worshipped his image :" meaning by the beast, the beast of the fea, or the church of Rome; and, by the false prophet, the head of, or the blafphemous host of atheists, who, not corrected by the plagues of the second and fifth vials, had now joined in a confpiracy against Christ, with the dragon, or polytheism, as I have before shewn. 66 These were cast into 6 the LAKE OF FIRE BURNING WITH BRIMSTONE. " And the remnant were slain with the sword of “ him that sat upon the horse, which fword (or “ breath) proceedeth out of his mouth (an immense “ and dreadful slaughter), for ALL
WERE FILLED WITH THEIR FLESH."
Here the attentive reader will observe, that the powers of apoftafy and atheism are to be utterly destroyed in the battle of the greaT DAY OF GOD ALMIGHTY, but that nothing is faid respecting the “ dragon," or the powers of Polytheism or Pagan idolatry, although parties engaged in the battle. Hence we may conclude, that this darling and first-born child of Satan after the general
* Rev. xvi. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.
deluge, deluge, with a part of his pagan hoft, will be suffered to escape, being reserved for a future and more dreadful punishment. And although we shall find this conclusion verified in the next chapter, yet the utter destruction of apoftasy and atheism, and the reservation of polytheism for future perdition, are foretold by Daniel in a manner fo corresponding with what we have here seen, that I cannot forbear to add a summary view of what this first of prophets has said respecting them, and the following kingdom of Christ, although I have treated of them more fully in a subsequent chapter.
Daniel *, when foretelling the great events which were to come to pass between his time and the kingdom of Christ, represents the God of HeaVen as fitting in judgment upon the four beasts, the Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman cmpires, and passing a decree for their utter destruction. He then adds, - And I beheld then,
because of the words the little horn spake, I “ beheld even until the beast (the fourth or Roman “ beaft) was sain, and his body (meaning every “ member, horn, and branch of him) destroyed, “ and given to the burning fame," or everlasting destruction: and the angel, when explaining the decree, tells him it included on the little horn." 65 But the judgment shall fit, and they (the faints) * fhall take away his dominion, to consume and de“ firoy it unto the end.” Having thus foretold the execution of the decree against the Roman beast, even in its papal state, and of France in its atheiftical liate, he informs us what was the fate of the three other beasts, or the Babylonian, Persian, and Grecian empires, and adds, “as concerning the