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f ing life and happiness. These are she 'saints of the Most High, who, under the 'Messiah, are to be the lords and gover'nors of the rest of the world; these are 'they to whom the kingdom, and dominions 'and the greatness of the kingdom under the 'whole heaven, Jloall be given, who Jhall 'take it, and possess the kingdom for ever. * Dan. vii. 18, 27.' that is, till the end 1 of the kingdom of the Messiah, by whose 'appointment they wilj, reign in subordination to him.
''Such will be the great happiness of 'those who shall be found worthy to par'take of this resurrection,' For " the rest '*. of the dead are not to live again, till the' "thousand years" of sabbath or rest, under the Messiah, " be finished," See John's Apocalypse xx. v. "when," as I have repeatedly remarked, "he shall deliver up "the kingdom to God who gave, it, that V God may be all in all." See 1 Cor. xv. 28. "For thine," Jehovah, " is the king's dom, the power, and the glory, for ever . . • *-* throughout ** throughout all ages world without end." To thee therefore alone, "the God of the "spirits of all flesh, God and Father," as Well " of our Lord Jesus Christ," as of his fellow men, who "hast blest us with all "spiritual blessings in Christ," be addrest all worship, prayer, praise, and thanksgiving, by all thy rational creatures, through the boundless duration of eternity.
'Now at the beginning of this glorious 'state,' the millennium, * there seems as if
* some renovation would be made here, both 'on the earth, and in the air or heavens;
* such an alteration will make them more
* healthy and more fruitful, without any
* of those inclemencies they are now sub'ject to, and therefore they are called by 'the name of new heavens and a new 1 earth, Isaiah lxv. 17, 18. in opposition to
* their present state.
'As to the state and condition of the rest 'of mankind, still living in the various parts
* of the world, we find, that the earth Jhall
* be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the
* waters cover the sea. Isaiah xi. 9. So 'that the practice of virtuewill appear truely 'amiable, and a life suitable thereto, will
* be enforced by the strongest arguments,
* and by the noblest examples; and true rc'ligion and virtue will very probably greatly
* prevail. And it is of these times we
* think, God by his prophet Malachi i. 11. 'speaks, faying, from the rising of the fun 4 even unto the going down of the fame, my
* name Jhall be great among the Gentiles, &C.
* The consequence of this will be, (as long
* as mankind shall continue to be good and
* virtuous) the happy enjoyment of every
* blessing, with health and long life. Isaiah
* lxv. 20. and the greatest plenty and pro'spi-rity.
* Thus shall universal peace and happiness 'flourish in the world, free from those terri
* ble destructions and calamities, thgtwasting 'and desolation which the rulers of this
* world, from pride, - ambition, or revenge,
* now spread among mankind: For during
'these * these last times there shall be no more
* war, the peaceful kingdom of the Messiah 'mall be established over the whole earth,
* and all nations shall go up at proper
* seasons to Jerusalem, to the throne of the 'Lord, to worship before him at his holy
* mountain, and to receive his laws and com
* mands, It foall come to pass in the last 'days, that the mountain of the Lord's house
* Pi al I be established, &c. and many people 'Jhallgo andsay, let us go up to the mountain
* of the Lord, Sec. and he will teach us of his 'ways, and we will walk in his paths: for
* out of Zion Jhall goforth the law, &c. And . * he Jhall judge among the nations, &c. and
'they Jloall beat theirswords into ploughshares,
* &c» Nation so all not lift up sword against
* nation, &c. But they Jhall fit every man
* under his vine, &c. Isaiah ii. 2. 3, 4.
* Micah iv. 1 to 5.
* And now even the noxiGUs animals will 'become harmless, and the wild beasts of 'prey no longer devour. The wolf and the 'lamb flail feed together, &c. &c. The
* Qj2 'fucking 'fucking child foall play cn the hole of the asp,
* &c. They fliall not hurt nor destroy, in all
* my holy mountain: Isaiah Ixv. 25. xi. 6 to
* 10. So that all nature will put off the de'formity and confusion of its present state, 'and be restored to the purity, splendor, 'and beauty of the first creation. This
* opens a new scene worthy of the attention
* of every good and beneficent mind, to find 'a restitution and renovation of the first
* times before Adam's transgression, new
* heavens and a new earth, the habitation
* of the righteous, crowned with everlasting 'glory and honor, and universal peace and
* harmony restored throughout the whole 4 creation.'
I have now finished my copious extracts from this useful treatise, distinguished by inverted commas, from my additions to, and remarks on them. They seem well adapted, my Jewish friends, to co-operate with my arguments in producing those desirable happy effects, your general conversion to the faith, that Jesus was the