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foregoing verse. AH, except martyrs and thoft^ whose names were written in the lamb's book of lise are included in the terms, the rest of the dead. . Andj by their not living, till the thousand years were jinifhed, is meant, their not living/«ci> a lise as saints and martyrs lived; a happy reign with Christ.

Thus representing one part of mankind as enjoying happy lise with Christ, whilst jthe. other parr^ though raised from the dead at the same time, are in a state of suffering j is persectly agreeable to the whole, current of New Testament scriptures. Matt. iii. ii. "Whose fan is in his band, an^hewill thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat: into thegaroer j but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable sire." That mixture of wheat and chaff, of, saints and sinners in the present state of Christ's church, will not continue always j for the time, is coming when a clear and decided separation /hall be made. This is most explicitly, declared by our. Saviour, iri the parable of the wheat and tares, Matt. XIUV24—30. "Another parable put he forth unto them, faying, the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his sield: But, while men slept, bis enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and biought forth fruit, then appeared the tar<? also. So the servants of the householder came,: and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, an enemy hath done this. The


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lo J ferVatats said unto him; Wilt thou then that we "go' and gather them up ? But he said, Nay; lest, while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: ana in the time of harvest I will fay to the reapers, Gather ye together siist the tares, and bind them in bundles, to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." Afterwards, Jesus gratisied his disciples with the explanation of this parable.---" The good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares arc the children of the wicked one ; the enemy that sowed them is the devil { the harvest is the end of the World } and the reapers are the angels. Ast therefore, the tares are gathered and burned in the sire, so shall it be in the end of the world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of sire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth in the kingdom of their Father."

These are the same ideas with those of Se. John, The wicked are cast into a furnace of sire according to our Saviour: they are cast into a lake of sire according to St. John. Our Saviour says, "the righteous shall shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father ,», St. John says, « they lived and reigned with Christ." In the most express representation our Saviour hath given us of the gen«»1 judgment, we sind that, at the fame time that P the the lighteous are approved and rewarded ; the wicked are condemned and are punished; Matt, xxv. "Thenshall the king fay unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world— Then shall he fay also unto them on the left hand. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting sire, prepared for the devil and his angels."—And we sind these sentences immediately put in execution, "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into lise eternal."—If we are right in the interpretation of the expression ol St. John, "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were sinished," as I think we are; here is a plain intimation that they may live in the fame manner with the righteous, or at least, that some of them may, after the thoufandyears shall be sinished.

5. What is meant by the first resurreftitn? What we have seen under the 4th inquiry, leads us to suppose that the righteous and wicked are both raised together ; both stand together on the scene of the general judgment; both hear the sentence of the judge at nearly the same time; and that both res ceive the execution of it together; the one going into everlasting punishment, and the other into life tternal. But, if there could be any doubt whether the righteous and the wicked will be raised at the lame time, our Saviour hath removed it. John v. a8, 29. "The hour is coming, in the which all that

ar« i»re in their graves shall hear his voice, and come forth; they that have done good, to the resurrection of lise; and they that have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation." In the words of our Saviour, there is something very observable in consirmation of our interpretation of the expression in St. John, but the reft of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. Our Saviour does not allow that the wicked are raised to life, though they are raised from the grave. "They that have done good, to the resurrection of life ; and they that have done evil to the resurrection," not of life, but "of damnation," or death j they aie raised in order to die tha second death.

This passage of our Saviour affords us a plain and positive answer to our present inquiry, What does St. John mean by a first refurretlion ? plainly, a resurrection to life.

It was the sirst resurrection to a happy and glorious reign with Christ in the new earth. And well did St. John call him blessed and holy, or separated and distinguished, who hath part in the first refur— reSiion. Such are admitted to a great and honorary privilege. Now, if we allow St. John to have spoken intelligibly, and with propriety ; there is another resurrection to be expected. Those who are cast into the lake of sire, which is the second death, may rise to happy lise, of the same kind with that which those of the sirst resurrection enjoy.

We have already anticipated the answer to our 6th.



inquiry, Who we are to understand by Gog and Maoog? They are wicked men who are sufsering the second death.

I have been long on this paffige of scripture; but as brief as I could well be, consistently with a full exposition. And I really think we have had things of very great importance under eonsideration.

We have seen a rational and intelligible, as well as scriptural, accDunt given of heaven and hell. We have also seen that the martyrs, and all the saints, all righteous persons in this lise, shall si!; on thrones, with judicial power in the general judgment. That these shall reign a thousand years with Christ in the new earth, without any attempt from satan, or from wicked men, to hreak their peace; and afterwards for ages of ages. We have also seen that the wicked dead, though raised from the grave, shall not live again, or live a happy lise until athous'and years aftertax genera! judgment. We have seen that the martyrs and all whose names are in the book of life, shall enjoy the sirst resurrection to a happy Use; aud that the sirst resurrection to happy lise, eacour.^s us to .rxpect another, and, perhaps, many others, of the fame kind. We have sinally seen that satan and wicked men will attempt to disturb the peace and to incerrupi the happiness of the faints in the new earth; but that sire from God out of heavem shall destroy them. A most joyful consideration to every pious,virtuous mind, that the en


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