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ever.' He shall judge thy people with righteousness-and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as LONG AS THE SUN AND MOON ENDURE, THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS.

In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so LONG AS THE MOON ENDURETH.-He shall have DOMINION also from sea to sea, &c. -His name shall endure FOR EVER : His name shall be continued as LONG AS THE SUN: and men shall be blessed in him : all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name FOR Ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen, The Lord reigneth : THE WORLD ALSO SHALL BE ESTABLISHED THAT IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED. He shall judge the people righteously. : Men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts.—Thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power.—Thy kingdom (is) an EVERLASTING KINGDOM (Heb. a kingdom of all ages); and thy dominion throughout ALL GENERATIONS.—

-All the wicked wili He destroy. Let all flesh bless his holy name FOR EVER AND EVER. The way of the wicked He turneth upside down. THE LORD SHALL REIGN FOR EVER, thy God, o Zion, unto ALL GENERATIONS. Hallelujah. They joy before thee according to the joy in harvest.-For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden.—For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood, but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.Of the increase of his government, and peace (there shall be) no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth, even FOR EVER. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this..

In the days of these kings shall the God of Heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and IT SHALL STAND FOR EVER.? A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him—the judgment was set and the books were opened.--I beheld till the beast was slain.-Behold, (one) like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven.–And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him : HIS DOMINION (is) AN EVERLASTING DOMINION, which shall not pass away, and HIS KINGDOM THAT

:-And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High (Chald. high ones), whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. 8 In the last days it shall come to pass that the mountain of the house of the Lord—shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it, and He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations.-We will walk in the name of the Lord our God for EVER AND EVER.-I will make her that halted a rem. nant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation : and the Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion from henceforth, even FOR EVER. 1 Ps. Ixviii. 1, 3, 16,

2 lxxii.

3 xcvi. 9, 10. 4 cxlv. 6, 10-13, 20, 21.

5 cxlvi. 9, 10.

6 Isa. ix. 3–7. 7 Dan. ii. 44.

8 Dan. vii. 10–14, 27.

9 Mic. iv. 1-7.

WHICH SHALL NOT BE DESTROYED.

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SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER.

Such testimonies tell of the perpetuity, while the earth remains, of that kingdom, which issuing out of the judgment on all nations, the Lord will establish among the sons of men—the kingdom prepared from the foundation of the worldwhen the kingdom of God shall come, and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The kingdom of the Father, and the kingdom of the Son—the kingdom that shall be given to the saints, are not set apart, or marked as separate kingdoms, in the word of God; nor is there one measure assigned in it for the one, and another for the other. On the sounding of the seventh trumpet the kingdoms of this world are become (the kingdoms) of our Lord, and of his Christ—as great voices in heaven proclaim, whatever weak and wavering voices on earth may say—AND HE

All the words of God, above quoted, proclaim as loudly as the seventh trumpet, that the time of the coming of the kingdom is that too of the destruction of the destroyers of the earth.

All these prophecies ally themselves at once with testimonies in the last vision of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Of the new Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from God, it is written, 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.—

They shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.The THRONE OF GOD AND OF THE LAMB shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.-And THEY SHALL REIGN FOR

And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and THE LORD GOD OF THE HOLY PROPHETS sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which MUST SHORTLY BE DONE. The throne of God shall be in it.-It is the kingdom of the Father, in which when every thing that defileth is gathered out of it, and the children of the wicked one are cast into a furnace of fire, the children of the kingdom of God—for they are his children now, and his sons and servants they shall ever be—shall shine as the sun, when the kingdom and dominion under the whole heaven shall be theirs. It is the kingdom of the Son, in which his throne is also set and over which he shall reign for ever and for ever, when first the great day of his wrath is come, and the destroyers of the earth are destroyed; and his saints shall reign for ever and for ever.

All these are but a few of the many testimonies to the

EVER AND EVER.

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duration of the kingdom which then shall come: as the Lord God of the holy prophets hath testified by them. Scripture here defines its own terms; and shows how the duration of the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness, as the sceptre of Christ's kingdom shall thus be stretched over it all, far surpasses that of this age, of which Satan is. the god, even as he has been the prince of this world since the fall.

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of God and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.The throne of the Lamb shall be in it.- I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and the morning star.-Thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.1- I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever; thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, thy seed will I establish FOR EVER, and build up thy throne To ALL GEN

And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord (Rev. xix. 1): thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints (xix. 5–7).-I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.-In my name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.-Also I will make him my first born, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, AND

--My covenant will, I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his THRONE AS THE SUN BEFORE ME. It shall be ESTABLISHED FOR EVER AS THE Moon, and a faithful witness in heaven. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will per form that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I. cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David : and He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land (the earth). In those days shall “Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely; and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness. For thus saith the Lord; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel.-Thus saith the Lord: If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant. Thus saith the Lord, If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take of his seed rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.'': David my servant shall be king over them. And they shall dwelt in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their

1 2 Sam. vi. 16. 2 Psalm lxxxix. 2-5, 23-29; 34-37. 3 Jer. xxxiii. 14-26.

HIS THRONE AS THE DAYS OF HEAVEN.

children, and their children's children for ever : and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them : and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also will be with them; yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary : for thou hast found favor with God. And behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. AND HE SHALL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOR EVER; AND OF HIS KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE NO END.? Text here again unites itself with text, when both are but parts of the same testimony.-For unto us a child is born, and unto us a Son is given : and the government shall be upon his shonlder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, 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 it, and to establish it-from henceforth even for ever.*

In the days of the seventh angel when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be finished, as He hath declared unto his servants the prophets. Thy watchmen, saith Isaiah, shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy–He hath redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm, in the eyes of all nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord.

Isaiah records the promise of the new heavens and the new earth; and when the Lord creates them, He creates Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. There is no mystery in the testimony of that or of any other prophet who speaks of these things, that the kingdom of God over all the earth, which commences with the overthrow and ruin of all the enemies of the Lord, is not limited to a period which some earthly monarchies have exceeded. Among the numereus testimonies, throughout the prophecies, to the blessedness which shall ensue when the Spirit shall be poured upon all flesh, and the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever, the only passage (so far as the writer can discover), in which allusion is made to sin and death; is that Ezek. Xxxvii. 24-28.

3 Isa. ix. 6, 7.

Luke i. 30-33.

which not obscurely intimates the prolongation of human life, and the exterminating curse that at once would light upon a sinner.

“ The voice of weeping shall be no more hcard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days : for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner an hundred years old shall be accursed.—They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat; for as the days of a tree shall be the days of my people, and mine elect-shall long enjoy the work of their hands.” Isa. Lxvi. 19–22. It is not written that when the days of men, as once they were even in a sinful world, shall be as the days of a tree, that two or three generations will sum up the duration of the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness; or that, when the kingdom of the Father shall come, the will of God will be done on earth as it is in heaven, only for so short a time compared to that in which the will has been done of another prince than the Prince of peace, and of another god than the God of heaven. But, prolonged as the life on earth of a righteous people shall be, there are other and very different testimonies.

Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. He is the Lord our God: His judgments (are) in all the earth. Be ye mindful always of his covenant ; the word which He commanded to a thousand generations. He is the Lord our God: his judgments (are) in all the earth. He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant He made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; and confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance.3 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy acts.-All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; to make known to the sons of men, his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is AN EVERLASTING KINGDOM, and thy dominion throughout all GENERATIONS.— The Lord preserveth all them that love him,

but all the wicked will He destroy. My mouth shall speak the praises of the Lord: let all flesh bless his holy name FOR EVER AND FOR EVER.* Happy is the man that hath the God of Jacob for his help—which keepeth truth for ever.-The way of the wicked He turneth upside down. The Lord shall reign FOR EVER AND EVER, thy God, o Zion, unto ALL GENERATIONS.• Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty

• Deut. vii. 9.

2.1 Chron. xvi. 14, 15. Ps. cxlv. 4, 10-13, 20, 21.

Ps. cy. 7-11. 5 cxlvi. 5, 6, 9, 10.

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