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upon 'em in themselves, but considers them with Part 2. that treasure of the Gospell committed to their charge.
This Gospell is the Pearl of great Price, which when one had found, he went his way, and sold all that he had to purchase it. This is the Treasure of which S. Paul speaks, when he faith, we have shis treasure in Earthen vessels. The Apostles, with Evangelical truth in their Breasts, are the | 12 foundations, the 12 Gates, and the walls of the City. They are Every thing with this; for Truth is every thing; and without it they are noihing.
V. 22. And I saw no Temple therin , for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its Temple. This must be understood as the words of another Prophet, who speaking of the Church in this periods faith; Every man shall not teach his Neighbour, for they shall be all taught of God; which doth not import that the Ministry fhall be abolisht, but that the increase of Knowledg shall be so great, that ordinary men might ratherbe Teachers, than need to be taught : doubtless there fhall be Temples to the end of the world, and places set a part for publiek worship. But it shall hardly be necessary to distinguish places for divine service, because God shall be every where served in perfection. The Lord and the Lamb Shallbe its Temple. God shall dwell in them, and they in God; the union of holy souls with God shall be most intimate and reciprocal."
V.23. And the City had no need of the sun , nor of the moon to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light therof. Here the sun and the Moon do signifie created lights, which cause a succession of day and night, and
Partż. these Luminaries are Emblems of the manner
wherin the light of Grace is now dispenst. There is now a mixture of Light and Darkness, of Day and Night, in the fame Church, and in the same soul. It shall no more be thus in the Church of the seventh Period;The air of that Church fhal be always full of Light. God shall abundantly impart know ledge to the Souls of the Saints, in a more immediate manner; without any created Luminary.
V.24. And the Nationso shall walk in the Light of it : and the Kings of the Earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
V.25. And its Gates shall not at all be shat by day: for there shall be no night there.
V.26. And they shall bring the glorj and honour of the Nations into it.
V. 27. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, or that worketh abomination, and a lie, but they who are written in the Lamb's book of Life.
Here is the perfect and compleat calling of the Gentiles, who shall joyn themselves with the con verted Iews, to compose.this glorious Church. The Holy Ghoft seems to intimate, as if there should be none but the Elect, and no Reprobates. At least, if there be any Hypocrites that their number shall be fo small as not worthy to be counted.
Then he skewed me a pure River of water of life, clear as Christal, proceeding out of the Throne of God, and of the Lamb. 'Tis so well known that water in the Scripture stile fignifies grace and the Divine Spirit, that 'tis needless to remark it. Ho every one that thirsts, come to the waters ; out of bis belly shull flow living waters : but he pake of the
Spirit, which they should receive who believed on Part 2: him. So that the River which proceeds out of the Throne of God, is thạt viral Spring of Spiritand Grace, which God will most plentifully dispense to this church. It is the same River which the
Chap 47 Prophet Ezekiel faw coming out of the Temple: at first it was no higher then the anckels, but by little and little the increase was such, that you mustbe obliged to swim to pass over it. 'Tis the Emblem of that measure of Grace, which is always pro. gressive, and in these laftand happy days, shall How as the Sea.
.V. 2. In the midst of the street of it, and of either fide of the River,, was there the Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits , and yielded boer fruit every moneth, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the Nations. This is almost copied from Ezekiel, so that we may see it describes the same thing. Ezekiel said, that on the bank of ihe River, were very many trees on the one side and the other, fruit trees, whose leaves shall norfade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed, it shall bring forth new fruit every moneih. This farther denotes Grace, which is our meat and drink ý to satisfy our hunger, and quench our thirst, which is the Manna in the Wilderness; and Water out of the Rock. The fruits of this tree shall be for the healing of the Nations, Ezekiel faith, the leaf thereof shall be for medicine. That Gract which shall be our food, shall also supply the use of Phyficki Every one may fee here.at manifeft allufion to the Earthly Paradise , to its Rivers, and to the Tree of Life that was there. Todenote that the Church in this her last Period shall be a true
Paradise, where plenty and abundance of all bleffings may be met with. 'Tis of this reign, and of this last Period of the Church, that the last part
Part 2, of the eleventh Chapter, is to be understood. We
have already seen how that Chapter is an Epitome of what shall befall the Church. In the first part, we have a short account of the happy state of the Church during the time of its purity. In the second, the reign of Antichrist is described, and the latt perfecution which the Church shall suffer. And in the Third, we have the glorious state of the Church after she hath subdued her enemies. This is the
were great voices in Heaven, saying, the Kingdoms of
V. 18. And the Nations were angry, and the wrath is come, and the Time of the dead that they should be judged, and that thou should give reward unto thy Servants the Prophets, and to the Saints, and them that fear thy name , smal and Great , and shouldft destroy them which destroy the Earth.
V. 19. And the Temple of God was open'd in Heaven, and there was seen in his Temple the ark of bis Testament, and there were lightnings, and voices, and thundrings, and an Earthquake, and
We have observed, that the seven Trumpers followed upon the seven seals, and were not contemporary with’em : the seven seals carry the
Prophecy almost as far as the fall of Paganism unto Part 2, Constantine, the first Christian Emperor.
The seven Trumpets divide the rest of the Time, between Constantine, and his Christin Successors, to the end of the World. And the seventh Trumi. pet that sounds here, is the beginning of the last Period; which comprehends the fall of the Empires of the World, and particularly that of the Antichristian Kingdom, or the Papacy,
The seventh Angel sounded, and there were great voices. These are voices of Acclamation and joy. That Thánders and Lightning sare joyned to those voices, fignifies the preaching ofthe Gospel.
And ihe four and twenty Elders, who sat before God on their seats , fell upon their faces, and word. shipped God, saying, we give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, &c. 'Tische Song and subject matter of thanksgiving, wherewith the Holy People, fhould praise God, during the reign of a thousand years ; when God shall have subdued all their Énemies. Observe here, thatthefonr and twenty Elders: appear alone, and begin the Song; whereas in the firit Vision the living Creatures begun the Song: and the Elders followed'em. 'Tis not to exclude the living Creatures and the Ministry, in the last Period of the Church ; but to signify, that then the People shall be so filled with the Divine Spirit, that they shall not need to wait the inspiration and affistance of the Holy Ministry to ingage them to praise God, and perform holy duties.
The Nations were angry, and thy wrath is comes j.e. the Nations of the Antichristian People , have executed their malice and fury and thou hastavenged it by destroying their Empire. And the Time of the dead that they should be judged, and that thori shouldest give reward unto thy Servants the Pro