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will rejoice with the heavens, and in heart will be united together; for the church militant and church triumphant will rejoice together : as it is said, in Daniel vii. 14. when the Lord cometh to make the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of the living God, it is said, “ There was given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages should serve liim : his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" And the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever.” Now, if this kingdom be given to the Saints, and they are only to possess it, these Saints must revolt in their hearts against the evil beast that is to be destroyed; therefore it is said, they will be glad and rejoice, when the marriage of the Lamb is come, to unite all nations to him, who long for his appearance; and they will revolt in their hearts against the great dragon, that old serpent, called the devil, which deceiveth the whole world; they will rejoice that he is cast down; that the kingdom of God may be with men; then will the sayings be fulfilled–That the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell among them, and his delight will be with the sons of men; as it is written by the prophet—The Lord will pour out his Spirit upon all flesh; and his laws will be written on their hearts; and they will all know the Lord from the greatest to the least. These are the promises made for the end, unto those who love his appearance, and are longing for the coming of their Lord; these are the people of whom it is said in Daniel vii. 27. that the Lord will give the kingdom to; for it is written, “ The kingdom, and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heavens shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom ; and all dominions shall serte and obey him." Then will be fulfilled the
words spoken by the prophet Micah, iv. 1.3.4%"In the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all people shall flow unto it: They shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks ; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more : But they shall sit every man under his vine, and under his fig-tree, and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts hath spoken it. Isaiah xi. 94" They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Chap. xxv. 8, 9-“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall be taken away from off all the earth ; for the Lord hath spoken it.
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God, we have waited for himand he will save us ; this is our Lord, we have waited for him; we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Now, it is impossible for this prophecy to be fulfilled, by any revolution of man against kings, emperors, popes, or whatever heathens may be, that the nations may revolt against. We see, when one falls another riseth in his stead, like the former, and sin and sorrow are over the earth the same; therefore the rebuke of the Lord's people being taken away from the earth, cannot allude to any particular man; and this, (as Daniel says.) the wise will see and understand, but the wicked will not understand; and this also is what the wise will sce, that death was caused by the subtlety of the serpent; and that death will be swallowed up in victory, in and through the merits of CHRIST, and the promise which the Lord made in the fall. Genesis jij. 1.-" I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy
head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.". Now these last words were fulfilled when our SAVIOUR expired on the Cross, and gare hinself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time: and this due time bringeth in the long-wished-for REVOLUTION, when the enmity is kindled in the woman's breast against the serpent that betrayed her at first ; and her seed will join with her ; but Satan's seed will be against her. This is the revolution that bringeth in the end, when the Lord will come to fulfil his promise, which he made to the woman, to bruise the serpent's head; then will he swallow up death in victory, and wipe off ears from all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall be taken away from off all the earth. Satan is the great accuser of the brethren; he rebuked the Lord concerning Job. When the Lord justified him, mark the answer which Satan made, chap. i. 9 “ Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast thou not made a hedge about him? but put forth thine hand now and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.” Here Satan had the confidence to reprove the Lord concerning Job; that meaneth, he condemned Job that he would not be that perfect and upright man, to fear God and eschew evil, if the Lord would put him to the trial by afflicting him. This was Satan's confidence concerning Job; then may he not be called the rebuke of the Lord's people, when he had that confidence to speak of one whom the Lord had said was a PERFECT and UPRIGHT man? And this the wise will see and understand, how Satan is the rebuke of God's people, that is to be taken away from off the earth, when the Lord cometh to bring in his Kingdort
. of Peace ; then the wise will say, This is our God; we have waited for him ; we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation, that he is come to deliver us from the power of our spiritual enemy, and to bruise the head of our adversary, and to redeem us unto the Lord, to bring in his Kingdom of
Peace. Then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, in Isaiah liii. 11-“He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied;" for this hath been the travail of his soul for men, to bring them to a TRUE KNOWLEDGE. of himself, and of the love he hath shewn to mankind; and that they may have a clear knowledge of all the miseries and evil that sin and sorrow have brought upon us; and that they may be sensible who was the author thereof: and that this power must be destroyed before man's happiness can be completed. Thus, when the eyes of men's understanding are opened, to refuse the evil and choose the good, then will be see the travail of his soul, and be satisfied with the love of mankind. So this is the long-wished-for revolution, to see men's hearts revolt against Satan, as they have revolted against the Lord; but no revolution against men can bring in this glorious and happy period, which is promised in the Scriptures of Truth. Let us reflect on all the revolutions, and all the destruction, which have happened to tyrants, in ages back, and see if it completed the happiness of man; or if tears were wiped away from off all faces; and all the earth praised the Lord. This was never done by the revolutions of men ; neither will it ever be accomplished by any revolution which man can point out; for though the deluge swept away the whole race of mankind, save Noah and his family ; yet, as the world increased again, sin brought on sorrow; and this we may trace through the records of the Bible. And the same we may see by the French revolution : what happiness hath it caused to mankind? only delaged Europe with blood: and were Buonaparte and his followers to be destroyed to-morrow, sin and sorrow would remain the same, if the power of the first BEAST be not destroyed, that artfully sought our ruin in the beginning, and is still going about, as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may deTOUT, deceiving the nations and the people, leading
them to destruction. And this is the revolution we must have in our hearts, against his power and his devices, and plead the promises of God, who hath been the Author of our Faith, to rely upon his Words, trusting that he will be the finisher thereof; and the Lord will consume him with the brightness of his coming, when he cometh with might, majesty, and glory, to bring in his kingdom, which was promised to man before the foundation of the world : then will the earth be filled with his goodness, and man will be filled with his praises, and David's words will be completed -
" Then shall the teeming ground
A large increase afford,
Will praise the living Lord.” And now I shall come to the Scriptures which speak of those times : some I have mentioned already, which allude to the fulfilment of the scripture prophecies. St. John, xii. 31, 32—“ Now is the judgment of this world ; now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.'
- Chap. xvi. 7-13.—“ If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you ; but if I depart, I will send him unto you; and when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my FaTher; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. Howbeit, when the Spirit of Trutlı is come, he will guide you into all truths.” Now these Scriptures plainly speak of the END; for the prince of this world was not then cast out; neither were all men drawn to the Lord ; neither are they to this day. Here our Saviour was speaking to his disciples what they theirselves - did not understand; therefore they judged that he spoke these words, signifying what death he should die ; for