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him."-"His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun, and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed." "Blessed be his glorious name for ever, and let the whole earth be filled with his glory."
Psalm lxxvi.—This Psalm declares the power and the judgments that shall accompany Messiah's Kingdom. "In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel."—"Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still when God arose to judgment to save the meek of the earth."
Psalm xcvi. declares the glories of Messiah's Kingdom, and calls upon every creature to bless, and to praise him. "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, fear before him all the earth; say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously."
Psalm xcvii.-The glorious reign of Messiah is here described. "The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice, let the multitude of the isles be glad thereof."
"The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory."
Psalm xcix. The same subject is continued. "The Lord reigneth: let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubim: let the earth be moved. The Lord is great in Zion: and he is high among all the people."
Psalm ci.-Messiah here declares the peace, and righteousness of his kingdom. "I will early destroy all the wicked of the land: that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord."
Psalm cii. requires to be particularly noticed. It is written as a dialogue in which Jehovah, in answer to the supplication of Messiah in the flesh, declares to him the glories which await him, when his kingdom shall be established on the earth in the latter day. "Thou Lord shalt endure for ever, and thy remembrance unto all generations: thou shalt arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favour her, yea the set time is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth, thy glory. When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory; he will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer."-"This shall be written for the generation to come, and the people which shall be created shall
praise the Lord: for he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary, from heaven did the Lord behold the earth,"—" to declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem, when the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms to serve the Lord.". "Of old thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they shall perish, but thou shalt endure, yea all of them shall wax old like a garment: as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end ; the children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee."
Psalm cxlv.-The Church sets forth at large the glories of Messiah's reign, and praises him for all his blessings. One passage must suffice. "My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and all flesh shall bless his holy name for ever and ever."
Many other passages from the Psalms might be adduced in exact conformity with those already recited, but further extracts can hardly be thought necessary, and much other Scripture still remains to be examined. The Psalms alone would however be sufficient to warrant the assertion, that in the latter day Messiah will come to establish his kingdom
and to reign with open and personal glory, making himself governor of the nations, and a great king over the earth; and all the earth shall worship him, and all nations serve him. And then shall the meek and the righteous inherit the land, and delight themselves in the abundance of his peace; the wicked also shall be cut off, and the nations shall be subdued under the feet of Messiah, and his people.
Scripture Evidence of Messiah's Reign visibly upon Earth-from Isaiah.
The Book of Proverbs stands next in order to the Psalms. It was written by Solomon (the Prince of Peace) an eminent and acknowledged type of Messiah upon the throne of his kingdom. Solomon speaking by the Spirit declares in the commencement of this book, the judgment which shall be executed upon those who have set at nought the counsel of Messiah, and who would have none of his reproof; of whom it is declared, that Messiah in the day of his vengeance shall "laugh at their calamity, and mock when their fear cometh." And this inspired writer, after setting forth the ancient glory of Him who is "The wisdom of God," delivers to his people many precepts for their guidance; every one of which when carefully examined, and accurately understood, will be found replete with gospel truth, chiefly hidden from the sons of men under the veil of moral instruction.
The Book of Ecclesiastes and the Canticles were written by Solomon with reference to Messiah, the