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great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said Alleluia : and her smoke rose up for ever and

ever. Rev. xix. 1-3. 43. Rejoice, O ye nations, with And I saw as it were a sea of his people : for he will avenge the glass mingled with fire : and them blood of his servants, and will that had gotten the victory over render vengeance to his adversa- the beast, and over his image, and ries, and will be merciful to his over his mark, and over the numland and to his people.

ber of his name, stand on the sea

of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamo, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty: just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints (marg. or nations or ages). Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for Thou only art holy; for all nations shall come and worship before thee ; for thy judgments are made manifest; xv. 2-4. And He gathered them (the kings of the earth and of the whole world, into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.—The wine-press was trodden without the city.He treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God, and he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.- And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem.-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 shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.-And the nations of them that are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it, &c. xvi. 16; xiv. 20; xix.

15, 16; xxi. 1-4, 24. Moses wrote of Christ. But in his song he spake of other things than the bruising of his heel. That


sung, by them that had gotten the victory over the beast, when they also say, Thy judgments are manifest—all nations shall come and worship before thee. When the Son of man cometh shall He find faith on the earth ?" is the Lord's own question till then, to which many scriptures affix the negative it implies. “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name ?" is the question which accompanies the declared manifestation of his judgments, and which many scriptures alike resolve, in conformity to the prayer of faith, as the same Jesus taught it to his disciples. In the song of Moses testimony is borne to the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, as the Lord shall judge his people, even as according to the gospel that judgment shall fall on the Jew first; and also on the Gentile. It is the day of judgment so searching and severe, that the fire is



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kindled in his anger which shall reach to the lowest hell. It is the day of the revelation of his righteous judgments, when he whets his glittering sword, and his right hand takes hold on judgment; even as when heaven is opened the King of kings judges and makes war in righteousness, and renders vengeance to his enemies, and rewards them that hated him and made war against him, and slays them with the sword that proceeded out of his mouth. It is the day in which he will make his arrows drunk with blood, as if they were steeped in the wine-press of his wrath, from which it so copiously and extensively flows.

enemy are shown in the destruction of the destroyers of the earth ; His rewarding vengeance to his enemies and adversaries is shown in the fate of the gathered kings and nations of the whole world ; while, in the same words

-as spoken by Moses, uttered by Jesus, and written also in his Revelation which God gave unto him—his avenging the blood of his servants is the reason for the nations rejoicing with his people; the reason for the holy apostles and prophets, when God shall make alive as well as kill, rejoicing over the fall of His enemies and theirs; and the reason too for which much people in heaven ascribe salvation, and honor, and power, and glory unto the Lord their God; and a voice coming out of the throne evokes the praise of all his servants, when the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.

Mercy shall rejoice over judgment. “See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god besides me,” saith Jehovah, who was first known by that name to Moses. He kills; and He makes alive : He wounds; and He heals. The song

of Moses, who testified of the Lamb, whatever fearful judgments it displays, is the dirge of a world that lies in the wicked one, where sin and misery abound; but it is also, though less loud than other words of the Lord which follow after, the early herald of a new earth, in which joy shall abound, as righteousness shall dwell. It ends with the rejoicing of the nations, as with the restoration of Israel. After his song was closed, as this privilege was then given him, he saw the land of Canaan from the top of Pisgah, ere the Israelites as a nation entered it. But already had he testified of the time when, judgment overpast, the nations shall rejoice with Israel : and his

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the King of kings and the Lord of lords ; one fold, as there is one Shepherd and Bishop of souls; and all shall glorify the name of the Lord, and all nations shall come and worship before him; and the kingdoms of this world shall be the kingdom of God and of his Christ—when He shall have destroyed the destroyers of the earth.

Mortals must do things by bit and bit: and in earthly warfare even monarchs have to fight battle after battle. See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god beside me,” are the words of him whose thoughts are not like man's thoughts ; neither his words nor his doings like theirs. When He begins, He will also make an end. The Lord has a controversy with the world for its iniquity; a controversy with all nations, because of his people Israel ; and a controversy too with all the persecutors of his saints, whose blood He will avenge. Farther comparison of Scripture with Scripture, will show how all these controversies shall be settled at once. It is written in the New Testament, as also written in the Old, by the Apostle of the Gentiles, in the Epistle to the Hebrews, as already cited,

Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth, the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which can not be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which can not be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear : for our God is a consuming fire.” The shaking of all things will try what shall stand : things that are shaken are removed that the things which can not be shaken may remain. How all opposing powers shall be shaken till they cease; and by what instrumentality the Lord shall execute his judgments — though the earthly agents themselves be as unconscious that they fulfill the words of God, as the weapon which they use the Divine record alone can show. In commencing this chapter, we went back from the words of Christ to the writings of Moses; and, still cleaving to the testimony, we have now to go forward from that of the Song of Moses to that of the Psalms of David, who first reigned over the house of Israel in Zion, called Christ his Lord, and wrote things concerning him which must all be fulfilled, till the inspired" prayers of David the son of Jesse” are answered, even as they were "ended,” in these words, Blessed be his glorious name for ever! And let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen and Amen.

The end of the matter is the same in the song of Moses, the

prayers of David, the visions of Daniel, the prophecies of Isaiah, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, and the testimony of all the prophets since the world began, as God spake by their mouth of the restitution of all things.—The law and the prophets did homage to the gospel as Moses and Elias on the mount of transfiguration spake of the decease which Jesus was to accomplish at Jerusalem. These servants of God appeared in glory then, as more than witnesses, which paradise gave up for that hour, how the Lord will make alive, when they that have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, shall live and reign with Christ; when a people for his name shall have been taken out of the Gentiles, and He will return and build again the ruins of the tabernacle of David which is fallen down, and set it up, that the residue of men and all the Gentiles might seek after the Lord, who doeth all these things; and the nations shall rejoice with his people, and all kingdoms shall serve and obey him. Thus when the Song of Moses and of the Lamb shall be sung, and all these things shall be done, the glory of the Lord, not limited to the view of three eye-witnesses in the flesh, as they saw his majesty while they were with him on the Mount, shall as assuredly fill the earth as the waters cover the sea, and as the word of prophecy is sure.





OTHER songs of Zion, besides the song of Moses, are made ready for the time when the war of the kings and kingdoms of this world with the Lamb, and the battle of that great day of God Almighty, in which it shall be finished, shall be

To show what meaning they expressly bear, when not subjected to any private interpretation, and how in them God has to be praised with the understanding and the heart also, in the faith of things unseen as yet, they need only to be read as they are written, and to be set side by side with other testimonies of the Lord.

Their claims to be a common testimony with that of other scriptures already compared, present themselves in the second Psalm, as even in the first it is written, The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

PSALM II. 1. Why do the heathen rage, The nations were angry. Rev. and the people imagine a vain xi. 18.–But his citizens hated thing?

him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this (man) to reign over us. Luke

xix. 14. 2, 3. The kings of the earth These (ten kings) have one set themselves, and the rulers mind, and shall give their power take counsel together, against and strength unto the beast. the Lord, and against his An- These shall make war with the dinted (Heb. Messiah), saying, Lamb. xvii. 13, 14. And I saw Let us break their bands asunder, the beast, and the kings of the and cast away their cords from earth, and their armies, gathered

together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and

against his army. xix. 19. 4. He that sitteth in the heav. -Come, that ye may eat the ens shall laugh; the Lord shall flesh of kings—and of captains have them in derision.

and of mighty men. xix. 17, 18.


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