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1. And after these things I heard Alleluiah. Praise ye the Lord a great voice of much people in from the heavens : praise him in heaven, saying, Alleluia; the heights. Praise ye him, all
his angels; praise ye him, all his
hosts, &c. cxlviii. i, 2. 1, 2. Saying, Alleluia; Salva- For his name alone is excellent; tion, and glory, and honor, and his glory is above the earth and power unto the Lord our God: for heaven. 13. Halleluiah. Praise true and righteous are his judg- the Lord—which keepeth truth for mients.
ever, which executeth judgment for the oppressed—but the way of the wicked he turneth upside
down, &c. cxlyi. 1, 6, 7, 9. 2, 3. For He hath judged the Halleluiah. Sing unto the Lord great whore, which did corrupt a new song, and his praise in the the earth with her fornication, and congregation of saints. Let the hath avenged the blood of his serv- high praise of God be in their ants at her hand. And again they mouth, and a two-edged sword in said, Alleluia : and her smoke rose their hand; to execute vengeance up for ever and ever.
upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people to execute upon them the judgment
written, &c. cxlix. 1, 6, 7, 9. 4, 5. And the four-and-twenty This honor have all his saints, elders, and the four living creatures Alleluia. cxlix. 1, 6, 7, 9. Save fell down and worshiped God that us, O Lord our God, and gather sat upon the throne, saying, Amen; us from among the heathen, to Alleluia. And a voice came out give thanks unto thy name, and of the throne, saying, Praise our to triumph in thy praise. Blessed God all ye his servants, and ye that be the Lord God of Israel from fear him, both small and great. everlasting to everlasting: and let
all the people say, Amen. Halle
luia. cvi. 47, 48. 6. And I heard as it were the The Lord shall reign for ever, voice of a great multitude, and as thy God, o Zion, unto all generathe voice of many waters, and as tions. Halleluiah, cxlvi. 10. the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia; for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
7. Let us be glad and rejoice Let Israel rejoice in him that and give honor to him.
made him : let the children of Zion be joyful in their king. Let the saints be joyful in glory. cxlix.
7, 8. For the marriage of the -The Lord taketh pleasure in Lamb is come, and his wife hath his people : He will beautify the made herself ready. And to her meek with salvation. 4. was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white : for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9. And he said unto me write, O visit me with thy salvation; Blessed are they which are called that I may see the good of thy to the marriage supper of the chosen, that I may rejoice in the Lamb.
glodness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance. cvi. 4, 5. Let the saints be joyful in
glory. And every creature which is in Praise ye the Lord from the heaven, and on the earth, and under heavens. Praise ye him, all his the earth, and all that are in them, angels. Praise ye the Lord from heard I saying, Blessing, and hon- the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps or, and glory, and power be unto -mountains and all hills-beasts him that sitteth on the throne, and and all cattle; creeping things, unto the Lamb for ever and ever. and flying fowl—kings of the earth Rev. v. 13. And all the angels, and all people, princes and all worshiped God, saying, Amen, vii. judges of the earth : both young
men and maidens; old men and
children-his glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints. Psa. cxlviii. Let every thing that hath
breath praise the Lord. cl. 6. The kingdoms of this world are The way of the wicked He turnbecome the kingdoms of our Lord eth upside down. The Lord shall and of his Christ; and He shall reign for ever, thy God, o Zion, reign for ever and ever. The unto all generations. cxlvi. 9, 10. time that thou shouldest destroy them that destroy the earth. xi. 15, 18.
The time that thou shouldest Let the saints be joyful in glory. give reward to thy saints. xi. 18. cxlix. 5.
He gathered them in a place -He regarded their affliction called in the Hebrew tongue Ar- when he heard their cry; and He mageddon. The wine-press was remembered for them his coventrodden without the city.-Spare nant, and repented, according to thy people, O Lord, and give not the multitude of his mercies. cvi. thine heritage to reproach. Joel 44, 45. To execute upon the ii. 17.
heathen the judgment written.
cxlix. 7, 9. And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb Hallelujah. Sing unto the Lord stood on the Mount Zion, and a new song. Let Israel rejoice with him 144,000, having his in him that made him : let the Father's name in their foreheads. children of Zion be joyful in their And I heard the voice of harpers king. Let them sing praises unto harping with their harps; and him with the timbrel and harp. they sung as it were a new song cxlix. 1-3. before the throne.
And before the living creatures Sing unto the Lord a new song, and the elders. xiv. 1-3. Sealed his praises in the congregation of 144,000 out of all the tribes of the saints. cxlix. 1. children of Israel. After this I
beheld a great multitude—of all nations stood before the throne, &c. vii. 4, 9.
And they sung as it were a new He hath not dealt so with any song—and no man could learn that nation. cxlvii. 20. song but the 144,000 .... the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. xiv. 3, 4.
And I saw a new heaven and a Blessed be the name of the Lord new earth. And I saw the holy from this time forth and for evercity, new Jerusalem, coming down more. From the rising of the sun from God out of heaven. xxi. 1, 2. unto the going down of the same, I will build again the tabernacle the Lord's name (is) to be praised. of David which is fallen down. cxiii. 2, 3. The Lord shall reign Acts xv. 16; Amos ix. 11. 1 for ever, (even) thy God, o Zion, create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and to all generations. cxlvi. 10. The her people a joy. Isa. Ixv. 18. Lord doth build up Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord, o Jerusalem; praise thy God, o Zion. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; He hath blessed thy children within thee. cxlvii. 2,
12-14. Ascribe ye greatness to our God. He hath showed his people the He is the Rock, his work is perfect: power of his works, that He may for all his ways are judgment: a give them the heritage of the God of truth and without iniquity, heathen. The works of his hands just and right is He. Rejoice, O are verity and judgment. cxi. 6, ye nations, with his people; for He 7. Which made heaven and earth will avenge the blood of his serv- —which keepeth truth for ever; ants. Deut. xxxii. 3, 4, 43. And which executeth judgment for the they sing the song of Moses and oppressed. The Lord loveth the of the Lamb, saying, Great and righteous ; but the way of the marvelous are thy works, Lord God wicked He turneth upside down. Almighty; just and TRUE are thy The Lord shall reign for ever, ways. Thou hast taken to thee thy God, o Zion. cxlvi. 6-10. thy great power, &c. xv. 3; xi. 17.
Thy judgments are made mani- - To execute the judgment fest.
written. cxlix. 9.
PROPHECIES OF ISAIAH COMPARED WITH THE BOOK OF
Truth can bear every trial. Testimonies that are faithful and true can never be shaken. The word of God abideth forever. As the Scriptures are searched to see whether these things are so, prophet after prophet shows how they all spake by the same Spirit, as of the same times of the restítution of all things. In courts where distinctions are made between law and equity, and where truth is not al. ways distinguishable from error, and in which witnesses often disagree and judges differ—and in regard to things spiritual, a decision vainly deemed expedient for settling a church, can be given without any reference to one word of Scripture—it is a special pleader's part, as a case advances to proof, to extract contradictions if he can, or to neutralize, if it be adverse, the testimony of one witness by that of another. The witnesses whom God hath chosen, and by whom He spake, may be gainsaid ; but their evidence can not be confuted ; and scriptural questions can be settled by Scripture alone. Futurity, to which it was the office and the prerogative of the prophets to appeal, has never failed, when changed into the present or the past, to ratify their sentences : and ere the times of restitution come, desolations show, in city after city, and country after country, the effects, as they predicted, of another rule than that of the Lord, and of another faith than that of his word. As they testified of local judgments that are past, their words agree together as the things agree with them. And in whatever manner their testimony be tried—whether verse by verse in single psalms or visions be compared with other scriptures for their own as well as mutual illustration, or different testimonies to the same things be compared, as in the separate sections of the Tables, with those of various scriptures—the word of truth, if thus rightly divided, shows its inherent brightness,
even as, when suffered to shine in its own light, and kept from contact with the grosser earth, the diamond ever sparkles, whichever way it be turned. The word of the Father of lights is not to be outshone by any of his works. The preciousness of the knowledge it imparts, though incomparably greater than that of all earthly gems, is not unsearchable like that of the richness of the grace which it reveals.
Isaiah has been called “the evangelical prophet.” He testified indeed of the incarnation and of the decease, but also of the deity and the dominion of Jesus, as the gospel itself is the gospel of the kingdom. He alone of all the prophets records in express terms the promise of the ne heavens and the new earth, for which apostles and primitive believers looked, according to it. But, as God spake by the prophet, He identifies his own creating of these with his creating Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy, at the coming and kingdom of the Lord, when He shall plead with all flesh by fire and by his sword, and the worm shall not die nor the fire be quenched of them that have transgressed against him, and the blessedness and peace even on earth shall be such that only incomprehensible figures adequately picture its inconceivable nature and degree.
The subject of his prophecy throughout, according to the title of his book, is, if his testimony be believed, the things which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of the four kings of Judah, during whose reigns he prophesied. He saw the judgments that have come upon that people and that city, as the burden which they have borne for ages bears witness to their literality; nor was it kept from the view of the prophet that the last would be the greatest, and that the Lord at his coming will render indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, to the Jew first, when Jerusalem shall be his furnace, and the Lord shall wash away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall purge the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning ; thereafter to be made an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. -Akin to the same theme, or linked, in judgments on their enemies, to Judah and Jerusalem, testimonies were borne by Isaiah as by other prophets, to things that they saw concerning the enemies of Israel of old, and their cities and countries; the accomplishment of which has shown and still