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bringing forth the fruits thereof." Matt. xxi. 43. —Hence you may learn, that his success was not better abroad than it was at home. At home he is blamed for doing his work in secret, and abroad he is called a devil. And he cried out, " Why go ye about to kill me i" and again he says, " The kingdomjshall be taken, and given to another nation :" * well might the people cry out, Away with him, he is a bad man. First, when he came unto Galilee, he said, that he was sent only to Israel; now with the same commission he will go to another nation. He was taken and judged, and was found guilty, and he received due punishment.
* The Messiah Was To Be Conqueror.—He will subdue all nations by his coming : and he who will be called the Messiah, and whoever is the true Messiah, will be able to perform and finish everything: nay, without fighting he will never settle his kingdom; and this we shall here prove. "Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for the possession." Psalm ii. 8.
1. To obtain this large inheritance and possession, cannot be done except by fighting, as it is written, "Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." Psalm ii. 9.
2. " Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces." Daniel ii. 34.
3. "Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass, and thou shalt beat in pieces many nations; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth." Micah iv. 13.
4. "That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us." Luke i. 71.
5. " The Lord of Hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar." Zech. ix. 15.
6." In that day will I make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the nations round about, on the right hand and on the left; and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem." Zech. xii. 6.
Although the king, Messiah, with his people Israel, shall fight all nations, yet the victory will not be their's, but the Lord's, for so it is written.
1. "Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against the nations, as when he fought in the day of battle." Zech. xiv. 3. "The Lord is a man of war." Exod. xv. 3.
2. " The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man; he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war; he shall cry, yea, roar, he shall prevail against his enemies." Isaih xlii. 13.
Perhaps the gentiles will say, We never shall go and fight against the Messiah. This is not true, for when he shall come they shall not believe him to be the Messiah: although they will see wonders m heaven and on earth, yet shall they not believe him: and so it is written," The kings of the earth shall set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against his anointed." Psalm ii. 2.
. 3. The gentiles- are challenged to a battle. "Proclaim ye this among the gentiles; prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up." Joel iii. 9.— The challenge is accepted. Now also many nations are gathered against thee, tha£ say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look, &c. Micah iv. 11. And all the nations shall be gathered together against Jerusalem. Zech. xii. 3.—Jerusalem shall be taken by the gentiles. "For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city." Zech. xiv. 2. This will be the last battle in this world; and after this battle shall the kingdom of the Messiah be established, from one end of the world to the other end.
Thus far it is clearly proved that the kingdom of the Messiah cannot be established until he first fight against the gentiles. This will be his commission to appear like a mighty king, and subdue all; but he will not be a preacher.
* A PARTICULAR OBSERVATION CONCERNING THE
Law Of Moses. Every man knows that whatever has a beginning has also an end. We know that man was formed of dust, and unto it he must return. The nature of man is changeable in all his actions; to-day he is bad, to-morrow he is good; to-day he is good, and to-morrow he is bad; to-day he says Yes, and to-morrow he says No; to-day he says No, nnd to-morrow he says Yes; to-day he says I will, but to-morrow, I will not; what he had spoken yesterday, to-day he has already forgotten; what he shall speak to-morrow, he knows not; nay, the very minute before, he knows not what he shall speak. But we know this, that there is only one that has no beginning and no end, and this is God: no man will contradict me when I say, that every word that God intended to speak to man was known to him from everlasting: he, by his Godly wisdom, * prepared to himself a drawing by which he was to build this world; in this drawing were specified, the length and breadth of it; and there was an appointed time for every thing, when to begin and when to end: every nation that was to appear afterwards, was called by its name; and a great number of particular men were called by their name beforehand; yea, every man that was to be born was known unto him. In this drawing were also described particular rivers and their names, particular mountains and their names, deserts and their names, cities and their names: in this drawing is also to be found how long this world shall exist; also the good and bad fortune of every nation: this drawing is commonly known by the name of the law of Moses. He, by his Godly wisdom, prepared also subdrawings; but all of them are only the channels,of the former: these subdrawings are commonly known by the name of the prophets. In due time, when he thought proper by his Godly wisdom to create this world, every thing appeared according as it was described in this great drawing.
—We find in this drawing that in six days the world was created. We ask, Why just six days, neither more nor less? We also believe that he who created this world in six days could have done it in one day, in one hour, nay, in one minute: here we must acknowledge that it was intended to represent something. One reason is this, to shew that * the number of six is a complete number, which is to denote the four quarters of this world, heaven above, and the earth beneath: these six points include the whole description of the drawing, and the Lord over the whole of this great fabric is only one. This point will be handled more in the following pages. Secondly, that each day is to represent a thousand years; that is, that this world shall exist for the space of six thousand years. The seventh day, which is called the sabbath, represented, that after six thousand years there shall be a sabbatical time for a thousand years. The creation of man was the last. * His name was called Adam: in the original this name consists only of three letters viz. Dik ADM. In this name is represented the beginning of the world, also the centre, and the end. The letter A denotes Adam, the letter D is David, the M is the Messiah. * In the year of the creation 2854, David was born; and so long as it is from Adam to David, * even so long, or near it, will be the time of the coming of the Messiah; but never before. By this account it appears, that the time of the appearance of the Messiah is near at hand; for, if we add 2854, then the coming of the Messiah will be in the year of the creation 5708. This present year we count 5571: and here we find that there