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this will be to the wicked and ungodly; when the Lord Jesus Christ will come to set up his Kingdom in the World, for he will work the way through it, in the Destruction of his Enemies; and therefore called the Day of the great Slaughter. Oh what a Day of Slaughter will this be, when Antichrist shall be destroy'd, and thousands of thousands of Sabbath-breakers, Swearers, Liars, Whoremongers, and prophane Persons, (who now by their. Wickedness proclaim War against the Majesty of Heaven) fall call to the Rocks and Mountains to fall upon them, to hide them from the Face of him that fits upon the Throne, and from the Wrath of the Lamb ?. For (this will be their Cry) the great Day of his Wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand? Rev. vi. Ver. 16, 17.
Then it is that 'the Towers shall fall, by which, not only Babylon, the Mother of Harlots, is understood, but all Towers and high Places that wicked Men now endeavour to flee to, hide and shelter, themselves in : Then their Pride and lofty Looks will fall. Yea all their Idols of Gold and Silver Mall be crusi'd down to the Moles and to the Bats; tkeyfli all go into the Clefts of the Rocks, and into the Tops of the ragged Rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the Glory of his Majesty, when he ariseth to make terribly the Earth ; then it is that the Lord alone Wall be exalted. This is the Time that the Lord will ari e as be did in Mount Perazim, he Mall be proth as in the Valley of Gibeon, that he may do bis Hork, his strange Work; and bring to pass his A&H, bis ftrange Aa. Ifai. ï. ver. 12. 20, 21. Ifai. xxviii. ver. 81.
The Time when God did arise in Mount Perazim, was when the Lord made a Breach upon the Philipines (that were Enemies to the Children of Ifrael) as the Breach of Water; 2 Sam. V. ver. 20. the Time when he was wroth in the Valley of Gibeon, was when the Lord poured out his Wrath upon the Canaanites in the dismal Slaughter of that wicked People; such a Time as was never known before nor since; when the Sun did not move out of its Place for a whole Lay, as it is in Joshua X. ver. 12. Then spake Joshua to the Lord, in the Day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the Children of Israel, Sun fard thou still zipon Gibeon, and thou Moon in the Valley of Aialon ; ver. 13. and the Sun food fill, and the Mion stayed until the People had avenged themselves upon their Encmies. .
Now as the Lord did arise in Mount Perazim, .and was wroth in the Valley of Gibeon, for to de
stroy his and his People's' Enemies, to deliver Ifrael, and gave them the Land of Canaan for a Poffefsion; so will the Lord arise again, and make a Breach upon wicked Men; he will be wroth as he was in the Valley of Gibeon, when all the Earth shall be devoured with the Fire of his Jcalousy; then will the Lord do his Work, his strange Work, and bring to pass bis A#, his strange A&t: the Work that God will do in this Day will be so ftrange and wonderful, that wicked Men and Devils will be astonished at it; yea it will be wonJerful and amazing to the People of God themselves, such a Work that now is not only out of the Reach of their faith, but out of the Reach of their Apprehensions.
. Well, then it is, That the Light of the Moon will be as the Light of the Sun; and the Light of the Sun Mball be sevenfold as the Light of seven Days. This does not only respect the clear Discovery of Din : yine Grace under the Dispensation of the Gospel, which is as the Light of the Sun to us, in Comparison of that Light which the Saints had under the Mofaical Administration. But in that Day, this Light will he so wonderfully increased, as to appear for Brightness, like the Light of seven Days. This Number seven we find in Scripture to be a holy mystical Number, which the Spirit of God often nakes use of, to set forth the Perfection of a Thing by.
The seven Pillars, Wisdom had hewn out, which bears up and supports the House or Church of God; sets forth that Perfection of Strength and Divine Power, that always stands engaged for the Safety and Preservation of the Saints; Prov.ix. 6. Again in Rev. v. 6. and I beheld, and lo in the midst of the Throne, and of the four Beasts, and in the midst of the Elders stood a Lamb as it had been Nain, baving seven Horns, and seven Eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God font forth into all the Earth. By this Lamb in the Midst of the Throne can be no other than the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Chrif. By the seven Horus, signify the Almighty Omnipotent Power of Christ. By the seven Eyes, his Immensity and Omniscience; or the Perfection of his Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding ; nothing is, nor can be hid from him. And Rev. i. Ver. 4. Grace and Peace (is said to flow) from him... which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before the
Throne. Here we have the Trinity of Perfons set forth in this and the 5th Verse; from whom it is that Grace and Peace, through this blessed Mediator the Lord Fesus Christ, is communicated unto the Saints. From him which is, was, and is to come, the Immutability, Eternity, and Unchangeableness of the Father is meant; and from the seven Spirits which are before the Throne; must be the Spirit of God, though express'd here before Christ who is the second Person. The Reason of which; I humbly conceive may be, becaufe the subject Matter of the following Discourse does more large
ly treat about Christ, and therefore mention'd in - the last Place. Now, if by the seven Spirits is meant the Spirit of God, as certainly it inust, because Grace and Peace does come from him as well as the other persons, and cannot be said to come from Angels, nor no meer Creature: Then I understand, by this Number seven, the seven Spirits, to hold forth not only a Plenitude, but the Perfection of those Graces that proceed from, or are wrought by the Spirit of God in the Saints. Many other Places of the same Import I might take Notice of, but this is suificient to prove that by the Number seven, in the Language of the Holy Ghost, a Number of Perfection is signified.
And therefore by the Light of the Sun, being sevenfold as the Light of seven Days, must mean that Perfection of Light an: Divine Knowledge, which will shine forth, and shall by the Lord JeSus, that Sun of Righteousness, be communicatel unto the Church ; when all Clouds and Darknesses shall be done away. And he will destroy in this Mountain (that is the Mountain of Christ's Kingdom)
thé the Face of the Covering cast over all People, and the Vail that is spread over all Nations; Ifai.xxv. · ver. 7. O what a Perfeétion of Light, and spiritual Understanding will there be upon the Children of God at this Time? Then all those great and wonderfnl Mysteries that now we are so much at a Loss about, will shine forth in their naked Beauty, Glory, and Excellency. We shall understand that deep Mystery of the Holy Trinity better than now we do ; we shall then come to the full Aflurance of Understandiug, to the Acknowledgement of the Mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Chrift; Col. ii. ver. 2. Again, the Mystery of Christ's Incarnation, or the Union of those two distinct Natures divine and human, in the blessed Person of the Mediator ; (whereby we are brought as near to the Enjoyment of God as possibly could be, both in Grace and Glory) will shine forth unexpressibly glorious in the Kingdom of Christ; the Mystery of Creation, Redemption, and divine Providence, with a thousand other Mysteries, shall be unfolded in their Beauty and Excellency, as bright and clear as Chrystal; Which Mysteries we have now but a weak, dark, short sight into at the best. There will be no Differences in Judgments among the People of God; and sure I am there will be none in Affections; no Heats, Disputes, nor Division among the Saints any more : Then they shall be of one Heart, and one Mind, and serve the Lord with one Consent: They shall speak freely the pure Language of Canaan to each other-without Offence; Zeph. iii. ver. 9. Then all those controverted Points amongst the Godly, which now causes us to stand at so far a Distance from each other,