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There shall be no want : “ Thus saith the Lord God'
”—“My servants shall eat ”—“My servants shall drink”_"My servants shall rejoice
My servants shall sing for joy of heart” " They shall have right to the tree of life, and shall enter in through the gates into the -mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there ;” and “the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters.”
The serpent shall die, and the deceitful herb of poison shall die. * “Instead of the thorn shall come up
the fir-tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tree.” The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord." "And ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."
“ There shall be no more curse;" because no sin shall be there. “Dust shall be the serpent's meat.” “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
They shall live: as the days of a tree are the days of my people. The sign and pledge of immorta ity to our first parents was a tree; and Isaiah gives the same token of immortality to God's people, who shall obtain that world-as
* Occidet et serpens, et fallax herba veneni
the days of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God, shall be their days—" because I live, ye
shall lize also.” “ Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.” “ The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb;" and it was great and high -a hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man-the angel ; “ and the building of the wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass." “ And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones.” « And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl : and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass." And “the Lord God Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple of it."
“ And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.”
There flows the “ pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God, and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and of either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month : and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
“And there shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever.” “ Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients, gloriously.”
0 Jerusalem! thou shalt be called the city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel. "And I will make the place of my feet * glorious," saith the Lord. “For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls salvation, and thy gates praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.” “ Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings, and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the mighty one of Israel”—I will make thee an eternal excellence.
Thy sun shall no more go own, neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light; and the days of thy
* I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” Job xix. 25. The righteous, “when their Redeemer shall stand at the latter day upon the earth, shall be exalted forever; then they shall shine forth as the sun, and be made kings and priests unto God.”
mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, * that I may be glorified.”
O Lord our Lord, the Son of Man, we look for thy world ; and now, by faith, behold all things created new, all things in subjection under thy feet; thy glory set above the new heavens. O Jesus, how excellent is thy name in all the new earth! The Lord hasten it in his time.
Seeing, then, that we look for such things, what manner of persons ought we to be in all holy conversation and godliness: and, beloved, let us be diligent that we may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
* They shall inherit the land forever, which is the inheritance promised to Abraham, and to his heirs—the branch of my planting, which is the tree of life planted by the hand of God in Paradise—the work of my hands, which is the city that Abraham sought, whose maker is God.
THE NEW JERUSALEM.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.--Rev. xxi. 2, 3, 4.
The writings of the modern millenists, upon this doctrine of the new Jerusalem, afford more evidence of the fruitfulness of their imaginations than of the truth of their system, an
are a striking instance of the liberties they take in handling the prophecies.
They confess that things are said of the new Jerusalem too perfect for this world, and also that things are said of it that undeniably describe its situation in the earth. And the method they have devised to reconcile these things, without adopting the sentiment of a restoration of the