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But the multitude of thy foes shall become as small dust,
The enemy is addressed:
“ From Jehovah Sabaoth shalt thou be visited
The other scripture that I would quote is, Zechariah the fourteenth :
Behold, a day cometh to Jehovah,
And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of
Elohim shall come,
* See Archbishop Newcome on the Minor Prophets. lxvi. 7, 8, 9. liv. i, &c.
SECTION THE FIFTH.
THE GLORIFYING OF THE SAINTS.
When the Redeemer cometh forth at Zion, “ all his saints are with him”
-Before this grand crisis, therefore, other prophecies must have had their fulfilment--The blessed dead have been raised - The living saints have been changed—The order of events as symbolized, Revélation xiv.—The glorifying of the saints connected with the seventh vial—The symbols of that vial—The Redeemer proceedeth to Armageddon, where the armies of the nations are assembled.
The nations assembled in Palestine engaged finally in a siege of Jerusalem, which they all but carry, marks, as we have seen, the epocha of the appearance of the Lord, at least with respect to his manifestation and interference in the conflict described above. But we observe he is manifested “ with all his saints" -“Jehovah cometh from heaven with ten thousands of his saints.” * This must remind us, that other scenes belonging to the second advent of our Lord, must already have been displayed, before " the Redeemer shall come to Zion;" especially, that the souls of “them that
sleep in Jesus," have heard his voice, and been raised up, and that his living saints have already undergone their glorious metamorphosis, in order to come with their Redeemer. The following scriptures must have been fulfilled :
1 Thess. iv. 14–17. “ For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even them also which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive, and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them that are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive, and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
1 Cor. xv. 50—55. “ Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is thy sting? O Hell, where is thy victory ?” &c.
This quotation of St. Paul from Hosea xiii. 14, affords an incontrovertible argument to prove that the manifestation of the Messiah to Israel, and the resurrection of the just, are simultaneous; and the apostle's other reference in this passage to Isaiah xxv. 8, equally proves that we are to understand by the destruction “ of the last enemy death,” ver. 26, the “swallowing up of death in victory,” mentioned by the prophet. Then will God bring with Christ the souls of his redeemed from the unseen state, and their dead bodies from the dust of the earth; that they may come forth with him at the time of her deliverance.
These two divine oracles of the New Testament, the language of which is so plain that it requires no commentary, ascertain, therefore, the fact that the blessed resurrection and the assumption of living saints, are events, which will precede the appearance of the Lord upon earth, they are caught np in fact to meet him in the air, before his feet alight on this earthly ball : or “stand on the mount of olives,” and they are never more separated from him : “and so shall we ever be with the Lord." Thus when he is shewn in the visions of the opened heavens they are shewn with him:
Rev. xix. 2. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse ; and he that sat upon him was faithful and true, and in righteousness doth he judge and make war. His eyes are as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written that no man knew but he himself: and he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, and his name was called THE WORD OF GOD. And the armies which were in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, and ont of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nation, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and 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."