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shall also the Son of man be in his day” (Luke 17:20-21). The kingdom of God when it comes with power, will not come like any of the kingdoms of men, they come by and with observation, you note their rise and progress as they grow and increase in power and greatness, but not so the kingdom of God, that comes instantaneously, as quick as the lightning which shineth from one part under heaven unto the other part under heaven; just as suddenly as the dead are raised, and the living saints changed, which is in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, just so quick will the kingdom of God appear among men.

When Christ comes, the saints come with him to execute the judgments written, even as Enoch, the seventh from Adam, testified, saying, "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 14-15). And in that day Jesus testified that it should be as it was in the days of Noah, “They did eat, hey drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed ” (Luke 17:26-30).

CHAPTER VI

THE MYSTERY OF THE MANNER OF THE REIGN OF

CHRIST AND HIS BRETHREN

Not visibly and personally on throne - Christ's inheritance as son and heir of Abraham Promise in Eden of Christ's supremacy - Christ to possess gates of his enemies Coming of the Father with Christ to inaugurate his reign - Christ's work, past and future - Jesus both Lord and Christ An angel former bearer of name Lord- Did God the Father descend on Mount Sinai ?How the angel communicated with Moses Manner of reign of Christ on David's throne - Mortal kings under Christ Manner of kingdom of God.

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What we have to say on these points has special reference to those people who in these times have come to see and believe that Christ is to reign on David's throne, and that the saints are to reign in the earth, but who, while they have done well to repudiate the universally received errors of the immortality of human souls, and the false hope of going to heaven at death to reign with Christ above the skies, in the form of a disembodied spirit, have nevertheless on the other hand degraded the reign of Christ on David's throne, and the reign of the saints over the nations, to almost a dead level with the reign of ordinary kings and judges of the earth in the flesh, even saying that Christ will reign literally, visibly, and personally, on the thrones now occupied by the kings of the earth, and that the saints will also personally occupy the mayors' chairs in cities, and towns, and the judges' benches in courts of justice, insomuch, that all kings, rulers, magistrates, and judges in the Aesh will be set aside, and abolished, and only immortal men occupy their places. This chimera, this dream, will no more be realized than the dreams of the blind and foolish sects of Christendom falsely so called who expect to reign with Christ above the skies while they are dead and mouldering away to ashes in their graves.

Such views, therefore, of the reign of Christ, and of the kingdom of God in the ages to come, are too carnal, and they prove to those who are properly instructed in the kingdom of God that the persons holding them are still ignorant of the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Whereas on the contrary, we will show a better and a scriptural way; namely, that Christ will reign on David's throne through and by mortal kings, through righteous kings of David's line according to the flesh, and the saints will also reign over nations in a much higher sense than actually occupying their earthly thrones, and judgment seats; whereas these earthly thrones and judgment seats during the reign of Christ and the saints, for a thousand years will be occupied by mortal men, as they are now, and have been in ages past, but they will be under the close surveillance and direction of Christ and his saints, whom

the Lord will make princes in all the earth. The reign of Christ and his saints in the earth will be an angelic and invisible reign, all of which we will show in its proper place when we come to treat of the important question of Christ Jesus as Lord.

CHRIST'S INHERITANCE AS SON AND HEIR OF ABRAHAM

THE PROMISE IN EDEN OF CHRIST'S SUPREMACY Christ as the seed of the woman is first referred to in Eden, in the sentence pronounced upon the serpent, where it is said (Gen. 3:15), "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed, and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Now the serpent is here employed to represent the principle of sin in the children of men, and those who walk after the flesh, who are sinners, or the seed of the serpent, called also the children of wickedness. The seed of the woman is Christ and his brethren, who are the children of God. Between these two classes God has placed enmity, so that they are contrary the one to the other, and the contention between them is deadly, and will never cease till one or the other is exterminated. The seed of the serpent in the struggle has frequently triumphed, but it is truly said in the Book of Job "Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon the earth, that the triumphing of the wicked is short and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? Though his excellency mount up to the heavens and his head reach unto the clouds, yet he shall perish forever like his own dung” (Job 20:4-7). The seed of the woman, Christ, as the head and representative of his brethren was bruised in the heel by the serpent seed when he was put to death, but it was only a bruise in the heel, because he did not see corruption and was raised again from the dead on the third day; so that it was only a bruise in the heel, which was healed by resurrection, and so the struggle did not end when Christ died by the hand of the wicked, for he was raised in power, and in the fullness of the times will take hold of the ends of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it, and so destroy them.

CHRIST TO POSSESS THE GATE OF HIS ENEMIES When the covenant was confirmed of God in Christ by the oath of God, then the Angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time and said, " By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying, I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore” (Gen. 22:16-17). This numerous seed spoken of above refers first to his natural seed, according to the flesh; and secondly, to his spiritual seed composed alike of Jews and Gentiles, who are of the same precious faith with himself, and who can all claim the solemn pledge of this oath, as a personal guarantee to themselves. But there is a particular person referred to in this oath where it is said, “ And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." This Paul points out as follows, in his letter to the Galatians, saying, “ Now to Abraham and his seed, were the promises made, He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant that was confirme og before of God, in Christ (as recorded in the twenty-second chapter of Genesis) H: the law which was four hundred and thirty years after (the last act o confirmation as recorded, Gen. 46: 2-4), cannot disannul, that it should mak the promise of none effect” (Gal. 3:16-17). These precious promises in was not God's purpose in any wise to make void by the law, and these twi oracles in God's oath, which says, first, “ And thy seed shall possess the gat of his enemies”; and second, “In thy seed shall all the nations of the eartl be blessed," refer to Christ, even as Paul's application of this Scripture shows " Thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies "; but who are his enemies. First, his own nation, for it is said, “ He was in the world, and the world was made by him and the world knew him not. He came unto his own (nation) and his own received him not " (John 1: 10). And many of the parables which Jesus spake, applied to his own people, for the scribes and Pharisees perceived that he spake of them, as it is said (Matt. 21:33-46), "And when the chief priests, and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them, but when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.” And in these parables Jesus pointed out how the husbandmen had sent his servants at different times to get the fruits of his vineyard, but they took his servants and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. At last he sent his own Son, saying, They will reverence my Son. But when they saw him they said, “ This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.” But what says the sequel ?" He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto others, which shall render him the fruits in their season."

The Psalmist says, " Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power ” (110:3). They were not willing in the day of his humiliation and weakness, but when he comes again in the latter days, he will come in power, and in great glory, and he will first purge out the rebels, and those who trespass against him, as it is testified in the fourth chapter of Isaiah saying, “And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem; when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning” (Isa. 4:3-4). But the enemies of Christ were not, and are not confined to the rebellious house of Israel, for it is written in the second Psalm, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." This Scripture found its first fulfillment in the conspiracy of Herod, Pontius Pilate, and the rulers of Israel (Acts 4: 25-28), For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together. For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done." This Scripture and its interpretation prove that Christ's enemies include the nation of Israel, for if the Lord's own nation

turned against him, how much more the nations that never knew the Lord; for it is written, He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and judgments unto Israel, he hath not dealt so with any other nation, and as for his judgments, they have not known them ” (Ps. 147: 19-20). When Christ had finished the work of human redemption and was raised up from the dead, by the glory of the Father, to fulfill the Scripture contained in the one hundred and tenth Psalm, where his Father said to him, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool," - to fulfill this Scripture, forty days after his resurrection from the dead he ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God, as a mediator and high priest, to grant repentance and remission of sins unto men.

This oracle says he is to sit there until the time arrives for his foes to be made his footstool ; and speaking of the time when he will come again to restore again the kingdom to Israel, he said to his own apostles, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has reserved in his own power" (Acts 1:7). And the great feature of his second coming few seem to realize; namely, that his Father comes with him, to make his foes his footstool; for says Daniel, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days (the Father himself) did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of whose head like the pure wool; his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him, thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him, the judgment was set, and the books were opened ” (Dan. 7:9-10). Now this august person was not Christ, but the Father himself, who comes in the latter days to make his son's foes his footstool, and Christ is introduced upon the scene of action in the judgment, as follows (verse 13), “I saw in the night visions, and behold one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 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 which shall not be destroyed."

This is the time and this is the manner in which Christ's foes will be made his footstool; for those nations brought to view in this vision comprise the great and powerful nations of the world in that day, and also the nation of Israel, which is brought to view here under the symbol of the little horn, who makes war for a period of three years and a half upon the saints, supported by the strength and power of the fourth beast, with whom he is in alliance, and to whom he stands related as one of his horns, with which he thrusts at Israel, which we will speak of when we come to consider the visions of Daniel and John. The time when the Father gives to his Son such power and excellent majesty is referred to in the second Psalm, for after it is there said, “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee,” which Paul interprets to prove his resurrection from the dead, when he says he was declared to be the Son of God with power; after that, therefore, the says to him,

Ask of me and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” And

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