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fired when they shall see the Lamb of God standing on the mount Sion, and with him his hundred and forty-four thousand worthies, having his Father's name, [divine Majesty, irresistible power, ineffable love, and bliss inexpressible] written on their fore. heads!' (Rev. xiv.) But,
7. What will peculiarly tend to keep men from relapsing into rebellion against God, will be the long life of the godly, and the untimely death of those who shall offer to tread the paths of iniquity. The godly shall attain to the years of the antediluvian Patriarchs, and the wicked shall not live out half their days, they shall not live above an hundred years, or, to speak after our manner, they shall die in their childhood. This seems to be isaiah's meaning in the following description of the days of refreshing: Behold, I create new heavens, and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered. But be you glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: For behold I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, aud her people [to be nothing but a] joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people, and the voice of weeping shall no more be heard in her: There shall be no more thence [a burial of] an infant of days, nor [a godly] old man that hath not filled his days: For the child shall die an hundred years old, but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And it shall come to pass that before they call I will answer, and while they are speaking I wil hear.' The very beasts of the field will partake of the happiness and glorious liberty of the sons of God: Fo 'the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock, and they shall no hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith th Lord.' (Isa. lxvi. 17, 25.)
Having dwelt so long upon the account which th, evangelical prophet gives us of the day of vengeance and of the days of refreshing, I shall dismiss this par of the subject by giving two or three short extrac from some of the remaining Prophets.
Daniel fixes, in the days of Messiah the Prince, tl
great tribulation, which shall come upon the ungodly, of which the destruction of Jerusalem was but an emblem; God's judgments beginning at his own house. And when the Messiah shall thus have sitten in judgment, and shall have consumed and destroyed the wicked, or bruised the serpent's head in the person of antichrist and his adherents, the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High,' of Jehovah Shiloh, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; and all dominion shall serve and obey him,' according to the decree recorded in Psalm ii. 7. (Dan. vii. 26, 27.)
Joel also describes, in the most lively mauner, the work of the Messiah, both as he is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and the peaceful Shiloh, to whom the gathering of the people shall be. Speaking of our Lord under the first of these characters, he says, 'In those days, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat,* [the valley of judgment] and I will plead with them there for my people, I whom they have scattered.-Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye Heathen. Come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: For there will I sit to judge all the Heathen, [saith the Son, the mighty God, to whom all dgment is committed, as he is Son of man.] Put ye a the sickle, for the harvest is ripe, the press is full, the fats overflow, the wickedness of the earth] is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his pice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth ball shake:' For, as the apostle expresses it, in taking of our Lord, ' He hath promised, saying, Yet ce more, I shake not the earth only, but also hea(Heb. xii. 26; Joel iii. 1, 2, 11, 16.)
As Joel hath thus described the Messiah as Son of
The word Jehoshaphat means God is the Judge,' or the judgof God.
David, shaking and destroying his adversaries the wicked, so he represents him also as son of Solomon, procuring days of peace and prosperity to the Israel of God. Be glad, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for the Lord will do great things' for you. Fear not, for whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered;' for 'in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance.' Egypt shall be a desolation; and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for their violence against Judah: But Judah shall dwell for ever, and [the new] Jerusalem from generation to generation : For I will cleanse their blood which I have not cleansed, for the Lord [Jehovah Shiloh] dwelleth in Zion.' And the Prophet describes the means of this cleansing, in this noted promise, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shail prophesy,' &c. A capital promise this, of which our Lord gave an earnest on the day of Pentecost, when he sent a gracious shower on his little vineyard, as a pledge of the mighty rivers of righteousness, which will, by and by, cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. (Joel ii. 21, 28, and iii. 19, 21.)
Should you deny, Sir, that the Lord, who will thus roar out of Sion, and then pour out his Spirit on al flesh, is the Messiah, the mighty God' described by Isaiah, I prove it by the following reasons, which entreat you never to forget. (1.) The bruising of th serpent's head belongs to the wonderful Seed of th woman, to the Child born to us, whose name is "Thi mighty God,' and not to the Father who hath com mitted all judgment unto the Son :' If you deny thi Sir, you not only represent Christ as a mere man, b as a man who renounces one of the Messiah's title which is the true and faithful Witness;' for he ha expressly laid down, in John, the proposition on whi I built my argument. (2.) The 19th chapter of t Revelation contains a description of the strange wc in the place, which Joel calls the valley of decisio
er of Jehoshaphat; and that terrible work is there declared by St. John, to be specially the work of the Son, whom he calls the Word of God.' (3.) Joel promises that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered;' and St. Paul, in Rom. x. 12, 13, applies the words to our Lord Jesus Christ, as appears from the apostle's doctrine in Rom i. 16, and Acts xvi. 31. (4.) The Lord, who in Joel acts the part of a deliverer, is the Lord' who shall call the remuant' of the Jews, and shall at last reconcile Jews and Gentiles in himself; and therefore is indubitably the Shiloh, unto whom the gathering of the people shall be; compare Joel ii. 32, with Genesis xlix. 10. And (5.) The Lord who dwelleth in Zion,' and who cleanseth the blood and sins of mankind by pouring out his Spirit upon all flesh, is certainly the Messiah, or Jehovah Shiloh, to whom the very words of Joel are applied by St. Peter, in Acts ii. 16, 38.
Hoping, Sir, that you will not lose sight of these ive arguments, I proceed to shew you how some of the other lesser Prophets speak of the Messiah's days of Tengeance, and of refreshing.
Amos, as the other Prophets, shews the apostacy of the church, foretels her sifting punishment, her pre ervation during the great tribulation, and the day of rengeance, in which God with us,' the Messiah, will Istroy all the wicked.
When the church shall thus have been cleansed ad the wicked destroyed, the times of refreshing will which are thus foretold by this Prophet.
In at day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that fallen, and close up the breaches thereof, and I will ise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of ,' as in the days of Solomon, a type of the Prince Peace, who is the mighty God, the Lord of David well as his Son. Then shall the prosperity of God's eople keep pace with their righteousness, and overtheir peaceful habitations. They shall possess e remnant of Edom and of all the Heathen, who are ed by my name, saith the Lord who doth this;
then shall the ploughman overtake the reaper, and the treader of the grapes him that soweth the seed, and the mountains shall drop sweet wine. I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel, and plant them in their own land [rendered like the garden of Eden :] And they shall no more be pulled out of it, saith the Lord God;' Emmanuel, the Shiloh, to whom shall be the gathering of the converted nations. (Amos ix. 11, &c.)
Micah thus speaks of the second coming of the Messiah to do this strange work as Lion of the tribe of Judah: Hear, all the people, hearken, ( earth, aud let the Lord God be witness against you from his holy temple. Behold the Lord will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth: The mountains shall be molten under him as wax before the fire, and the valleys shall be cleft.' (Mic. i. 2, 4.) But this terrible judgment shall begin at the house of the Lord, even at Zion and Jerusalem. 'Hear, ye heads' of the house of Jacob, that pervert all equity, and say, Is not the Lord among us? No evil can come upon us! Zion, for your sake, shall be ploughed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps.' (Mic. iii. 11, 12.)
When the Lord's people shall have borne his indignation, Shiloh will gather the purified remnant of them, and use them as his glorious instruments for the conversion, or the punishment of the wicked, 'I will surely gather the remnant of Israel, I will put them together as the flock in the midst of the fold. The breaker [the bruiser of the serpent] is come up before them; their King shall pass before them, and the Lord [Jehovah] on the head of them, to redeem them from the hand of their enemies.' (Mic. ii. 12; iv. 10.)
The Messiah's strange work in the valley of decision is thus described by this Prophet: Many nations are gathered against thee, O Zion, who say, Let her be defiled. But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel; for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O Daugher of Zion: For I will make thine