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nal selicity of the Elect. The Psalmist prophe* cies also of the christian sacrifice and office of priesthood in the new covenant, after the similitude of Melchisedech, whose offering was bread and wine. From this æra, the prophets, heralds, of thee, O Great King and Lord os the Universe, proclaim the great day of salvation, in which you would manisest yourself in human fl sh taken from a virgin. (Besore Christ 742.) 17th chapter of Isaiah- "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, that is, God with us." 9th chap. " For unto us a child is born, a son is given j and the government soall be upon his moulder; and his name shall be called Wondersul, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom to order k, and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from hencesorth even sor ever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will persorm this." St. Luke 1st.' chapter. •" And in the sixth month from the conception of St. John the Baptist, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Gaiilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel being come in, laid to her: Hail, sull of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. And when she had heard, she was troubled at his laying, and thought with herself, what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear nor,
Mary, for thou hast sound grace with God. Be* hold, thou (hall conceive in thy womb, and shall bring forth a son; and thou shale call his name Jelus. He shall be great, and shall be called the son of the Most High; af>d the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David . his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of bis kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her; The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High snail over-shadow thee; and theresore the Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son os God. And, behold, thy cousin Elizabeth she hath also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth, month with her that is sailed barren, because no word sin a 11 be impossible with God. And Mary said; ' Behold the hand-maid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her." Isaiah 4.oth-chap. *' Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warsare is accomplished, that her iniquity Is pardoned; for she hath received of the Lord's hand, double for all her sins. The voice of him thatcriethin the wilderness. prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desart a high way for our Gcd. Every valley shall be exalted, and ev-ry mountain and hil! shall be m^Jelow; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the Lord fival 1 be revealed,
vealed, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.'' Luke the 3d chapter. " Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of Iturca, and the country of Trachonitis, Lyfanias tetrarch of Abilina, under the high priests Annas and Caiphas; the word of the Lord came to John, the son of Zachary, in the desart; and he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins; as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet j a voice of one crying in the wilderness; Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled; and every mountain and hill shall .be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways plain; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. He said theresore to the multitudes that came to be baptized by him; * Ye offspring of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring sorth theresore fruit worthy of penance, and do not begin to say, 'We have Abraham sor our father.' For I say to you, that God is able of these stone's to raise tip children to Abraham. For now the axe islaid to the roots of the trees. Every tree theresore that bringeth not sorth good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire. The office and character of St. John was by the angel Gabriel announced to Zachary, as you will see in the 1st chapter of the fame Evangelist. But the angel '.rm 'said
said to him, 'Fear not, Zac'hary, for thy prayer is heard; and thy wise Elizabeth shall hear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John; and thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great before the Lord; and shall drink no wine, nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother-s womb: and he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God: and he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, that he may turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare for the Lord a perssect people." Isaiah nth chapter. " And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding. the spirit of council and might, the spirit ot knowledge, and the sear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the sear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and heshall smite the earth with therodofhismouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he flay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and saithfulness the girdie of his reins. (BesoreChrist 606.) Jeremiah 31st. chap. "How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, a woman shall compass
a man. a man. And in the 33d chapter. Behold the days come faith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shail reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In thy days Judah shall be saved. and Israel shall dwell sasely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness. Before Christ 519. Zachariah 3d chapter. Hear now, O Joshua, the high-priest, thou, and thy sellows that fit besore thee, for they are men wondered at; for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch: for behold the stone that I have laid besore Joshua, upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, faith the Lord of Hosts, and 1 will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
Your great law-giver, Moses, in his book qf Numbers, 24th chapter, relates Balaam-s prophecy, in which the Messiah is clearly resserred to. I (hall see him, but not now; I shall behold him, but not nigh; there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel. This prophecy, with the prophecy of Jeremiah, 21st chapter. Thus faith the Lord, A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children, ressused to be comforted. Also, Micah, 5th chapter. Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops; he hath laid siege against us, they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the