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Part 2. is as the Moon, and notwithstanding the nearest
approaches of the Sun, there remain valt distances between them. But towards the end of the fixtb Period, and throughout the seventh ; her union unto Christ shall be immediate and intimate as that of a Wife with her Husband ; therefore the Church in this seventh Period is represented as a Spouse which was to be brought to the Lamb.
On the other hånd , Jesus Christ appears under three Emblems. In the fourth Period, as a Sun, which scatters the darkness of Idolatry, Paganism, and Ignorance , that covered the face of the Earth. This Śan is plac't in the fourth point , just in the middle of the seven , to let us know, that he is the Center of the Church ; the Sun which gives light before and behind ; to the preceding Ages, and to those which follow him.
Towards the end of the sixth Period, and throughout the seventh, he is A man, to whom God gives dominion over the Fowls of the Air, the Fish of the Sea, and creeping things, and four.footed Beasts, 1. e: That Christ in this last Period shall be Lord and King who shall rule over the Birds; tame the boldest and most aspiring spirits, who mount even unto the Heavens, he Thall humble them, and keep 'em within the bounds of their duty: over the fish of the Sea, to deliver 'em from their corruption; over Creeping things, to destroy the influence of their poison : over wild Beasts, to tame their fierceness, and render them meek as Lambs. In the first day Jesus Christ was figured but by a dim Light, because in the first Period of the Church, he vouchfaf't her but a very imperfect knowledge of himself. This methinks is the Mystery of the fix days;
which way well serve as a favourable omen in re- Part2. ference to the seventh day, because every thing The myftetherein seems to accord well; what then is wanting leventh to the World, after the works of the fix dayé , to day of the render it perfect ? Holiness and Rest; and thefe are the two Things which God added on the se
venth day. Holiness, for he Sanctified the seventh o day, and thereby the rest of the World. Reft, for
till then God had been at work, and the World in Motion. Now God gave the World that Reft which it wanted, in that he himself rested on the seventh day. All this is an admirable Emblem of our fevenih Period, for the fake whereof all this explication of the Type of the Worlds Creation hath been given. During the fix days, God made the Church to pass through several changes, he will bring it to perfection at the end of the sixth, by the ruin of the Antichristian Kingdom, and by the Conversion of all Nations. What then is wanting to it? Rest and Holiness. Ret, for bitherto the hath always been in toýl and Travel. Holiness, for the hath alway been imperfect. We must therefore look for a seventh Period, which thall be a Kingdom of Rest and Holiness, wherein the Church shall no more be persecuted, either by Fire and Sword, or by Heresy and Idolatry; wherein also there shall be a plentiful effusion ofthe H. Spirit, to produce a great degree of Holiness and Sanctification among men.
We must not say, that the accomplishment of This my this Type will be found in Heaven, where is Reft fery shall and Holiness, and that therein is the mystery of plisht upoä the seventh day. I say again, that cannot be meant, because this seventh Period must be of the fame kind and order with the other fix. Weeven Dow observed, that the Sun was created on the
Part: 2. fourth day, there are three days before, and three
after, exactly in the middle of the seven, to signify that Christ the Son of Righteousness is the Center of the intelligible World. If he be the Center of the seven Periods; he must certainly have an equal reference to all the points of that Circumference. Now what relation can he have to the seventh day, if Eternity be meant by it? In that Eternal abode Christ shall have no more the relation of a Center, a Sun, and a King. For St. Paul tells us, that then God shall be all in all, and Christ shall deliver up the Kingdom again to his Farber. Moreover, 'tis certain there ought to be a proportion between the seventh Period, and the fix fore-going ones: Now there is none between Eternity and the duraţion of the Church upon Earth. And lastly, I am bold to say, that the ancient Types were not establisht by God immediately, to figure Heavenly Things, but only the Graces and Favors of God in this World, under the Kingdom of the Meffiab; You cannot fhow me any one of the ancient Types, which hath an imħediate relation to the glories of the Heavenly Paradise. The marriage of Adam and Eve was the immediate Type of the Union between Christ and his Church, in the Kingdom of his Grace. It did only mediately typify their Union in the Kingdom of Glory. By consequence this sevenıb day, which all acknowledge to be Typical, must have its immediate relation not to the Sabbath of the Church in Heaven, but to its State of Ref
CHA P. XXIII.
A farther Confirmation of the future profperity of
the Church upon Earth. The 21, and 22. Chap.
We may not pass from the Apocalyp, without
saying somewhat concerning the last Chap: ters. If we needed another Head of Arguments to prove our notion of the Reign of Christ for a thous sand years, and the Triumphant state of the Church upon Earth, before its final glorious Triumph'in Heaven ; we might be furnisht from these last Chapters. For they are not, as is commonly supposed, a description of the Church in Heaven. They The Prod exactly answer to the nine laft Chapters of the Prophecyper phecy of Ezekiel. That Prophet in those nine last Chapters Chapters, sets forth in a figurative manner the con- is the faine dition of the Church of Israel after its restoration ; with that their glorious Kingdom, and the wonderful Peace
Chapt. of they should injoy after their return; which return the spociety
lyesen Tor recalling was to be after the fall of Anticbrist.
St. John gives an account what the Church shall be after with relation to that Fall, after it shall have bin accomplisht; so that both these Prophets describe the Church, as to the fame Period, and the same condition. This will easily appear, if webriefly run over that which remains of the Apocalypse. It cannot be questioned, but that our Prophet con
of the latt
Fart 2. cludes the 20th Chapter with a description of the
last day of Judgement. The war of Gog and Ma gog follows upon the reign of a thousand years, to the revoltof Gog and Magog succeeds their defeay after their defeat there is nothing but the last day, which shall come and surprize the World in the twinkling of an eye. This is lignified by those
words: Cliap. 20. V.11. Then I saw a great white Throne , and
him that sat on it, from whose face the Earth and Heaven fled waỹ, and there was found no place for them. White as well as Purple is a Royal colour, and withal a Priestly, for the Priests were clothed in white. The Holy Prieit's garments on the day of Expiation, according to the tradition of the few's, were called Bigdei Lavaii, white garments. In like manner he that fat upon the Throne is our King and Prieft. The Earth and the Heaven fled from his face ; for they shall be burnt, that they may be renewed.
V.12. And I saw the dead small and great stand before God , &c. 'Tis a description of the last Judgement, to the end of the Chapter ; all this is plain.
The 21. Chapter begins with these words, And
I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth; for the fort The firft Heaven and the first Earth were passed away. Thele Vilion of words do evidently allude to what he had faidjust 21. Chap before, and the Heaven and the Earth fled away. Vi refpe&s As that was interpreted of what should happen at follows the the last day of Judgement; it is clear, that these end of the new Heavens and this new Earth must be under
ftood in a literal, and not a figurative sense, for the new World after it hath been refined by fire. And so the description we read of here , even to the ninth Verse, is that of eternal Rewards and