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Jews, (Luke vii. 28.) Among those that are born of Women, there is not a greater Prophet than John the Baptist; but he that is least in the Kingdom of Heaven, is greater than he, viz. with regard to the Extent of their Science, and to their Knowledge of Things divine, and to their worshipping their God in Spirit and in Truth. O Days deserving to he eternally celebrated! O truly


So that notwithstanding these Objections, we must allow the Israelites their Share in the future Canaan, their Restauration, and promis'd Rest. For so it is that the Apostle to the Hebrews argues, that there fill remaineth a Sabbath for the People of God: By which Title he particularly marks out the Israelites, a People belonging to God in a peculiar Manner, and in Covenant with him. Now this Sabbath, although it may in some Respects be apply'd to the Gospel State, yet the Jews, we fee, are not come to the Enjoyment of that Rest; and since this Sabbath ought to be the Antitype corresponding to those Types of it, the Septennial Sabbaths of the Land of Canaan, the Jews may reasonably expect another more glorious Sabbatical Reft, anorher happier Canaan; that so the Antitype may more exactly answer to its proper Type.

It must be acknowledg'd that the Apocalypse does chiefly run upon the Millennium, and regards the Jews above all others, as though the Millennium belong'd to them solely. 'Tis true, it does in a great Measure belong to them, hut not to them alone, as is plain from Revel, vii. <j. and xx. 4.

But that many Places, and indeed the main End and Design of that Prophecy, respects the Jews, is apparent enough to any Reader. See likewise Holmes, Vol. ii. p. 125, & 17.6, &c. * * * * *

Christ is the Creator of both Worlds, the old, and the new one that is to be. He is said to be the Creator of


Golden Age! O truly blissful Life! Let this thy Kingdom come, O Lord; and as thy Will is done in Heaven, let it be done on Earth. Thou gavest thy Promise that thou Rw. m, wouldest come quickly, and wouldst renew xx* all Things: Why does our God stay? what hinders the Motion of thy Chariot? what stops the Course of its Wheels? Let all thy J^go*Enemies peri/h, 0 Lard; but let those who Jl" hue thee, be like the Sun, when he mounts the Skiest in all his Strength, and in all his Glory.

Thus have we with Brevity treated of the State of the Millennium. They who desire to fee the Rest that relates to it, may find it in the forementioned Theory. At the End of this Millennium there will follow the last Judgment and the second Resurrection j and then comes the Consummation of all Things. I must confess there is no Mention made in the sacred Writings exprefly


the old World in many Places, P/al. cii. Joh. i. 3,16. Colj i. 17. Heb- L 10.

As to the World that is to be, the Messiah is called, T«T«p Tk ttiav®' y.ihKotT®', the Father of the WarM f come, Isa. ix. 6- From whence the Author to the Hebrews, Chap. ii. 5. fays, that the hix.vfj.ivnv rfiv fxt\\«<reivt the World to come, is in a peculiar Manner subject to him. The yews call it t»onD!?:iy» which regards the World, a* well the natural as moral. It is worth enquiring whether they make the Messiah the Author of this likewile.

I do not remember that the Messiah is any where in Scripture said to be the Author of the new Heaven, jmdthc new Earth.* * * *


and nominally, either of a second Resurrec" tion, or a second Judgment. But each o* Revel, xx. them is hinted at and implied in that Vision v 5'& & °f St. John, which gives us a View of the ii. ' Millennium j that one will be at the Beginning, and the other at the End of it. And as for the Resurrection, in other Places of the sacred Writings, sometimes Regard is had to the first, and sometimes to the second, without distinguishing accurately. St. Paul in his Epistle to the Corinthians treats chiefly, if not solely, of "the last Resurrection, as was before observed: But Christ in St. Ijike seems to Luke xiv. point at the first, which he calls, The ResurII5- reSiion of the Juft, not of all, but of the Just separately: Such as is the first Resurrection, in which the Wicked are to have no Part, (Revel, xx. 4, 5. which compare with PJal. i. 5.) which will be the Time of the first Retribution. And this Resurrection of the Just, answers to Tf) 7r<z\!yysvso-/a, 'The Regeneration, in which likewise Christ promises the Reward to his Saints, Matt. xix. 28, 29. Lastly, in the second, and last Resurrection, the Glory of the Just will find its Accomplishment, when Mortality being swallow'd up of Life, and their Terrestrial being converted into Celestial and glorious Bodies, they {hall be really equal, and like to the Angels.

This is the End of human Affairs, and this their Consummation. But now some may enquire concerning the Earth, What will


become of that, when its Inhabitants all have left it? Concerning this Matter, and others that have Relation to it, we have, in the 'Theory of the Earth, given our Conjectures. But since these are doubtful and problematical Points, and, as it were, out of the Compass of the Christian Doctrine, we did not think it proper to insert any Thing of them here. And so much for these Matters.


Of Heaven and Hell. What sort of Heaven that of the Christians is, and how far it way be said to be local. What Hell is; whether there is, or will be any Subterranean, or any other local, corporeal, and external Hell, before the Day of Judgment, and Conflagration of the World. Of the Punishments of Hell; whether they are to be looked upon as finite, or infinite, or indefinite.

AN D now we have seen an End of all human Things upon Earth; and Heaven and Hell come next to be consider'd. By the Word Heaven, the Christians understand a State and Place of future Felicity, or Seats of beatified Souls: And these Seats they place in a sublime Station, remote from


Earth, and high in the Starry Regions, and call them Heaven. To this Point there is an Agreement between the Christian Doctrine, and the Opinions of the wisest among the Heathens, and the Sentiments of their Philosophers, who sent back those Souls that had behaved themselves well on Earth, to that Heaven, from which they at first descended. But as for the Poets, a Generation audacious and lawless, and who represent and misrepresent the Doctrines of the Ancients according to their Pleasure, and mew the Truth in Disguise and Masquerade, they place their Elysian Fields, their Seats of the Blesied, in I know not what Lands, and fortunate Islands; or, which is yet more incongruous, under Ground, and in subterranean Regions. Thus grofly does Virgil philosophize, to the Capacity and Taste of the People; and that, perhaps, from an obscure or corrupt sort of Knowledge, either of the ancient, or the future Paradise. 'Tis true, indeed, the Saints will enjoy a happy Life in that new Earth, and that second Paradise: But the Question is not here concerning that intermediate Happiness, but the supreme Beatitude and Seat of the Saints, after the last Resurrection, at the End of the Millennium, when putting on their celestial Bodies, and changing their Seats, they mall enjoy a consummate Glory, and an inconceivable Felicity.


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