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twofold Branches, first spiritual, and then perfo nal. Rev. xx. Now in respect of this long Duration of Time, which exceeds all the Kingdoms or earthly Monarchies, that ever were in the World, it may be said to be everlasting : The Word Everlafting being often taken in Scripture for a long Duration of Time ; as in Lev. xvi. 34. And this fball be an everlasting Statute unto you, to make an atonement for the Children of Israel,' for all their Sins once a year. Now we know that this Statute continued no longer than while Christ, the Suba ftance of this Shadow, was come. This I might · prove from many other places : But,
Secondly, This Kingdom may be said to be evera lasting, because it shall never be destroyed, as all other Kingdoms have been, after their longest Continúance, no Power either of Earth or Hell, Men or Devils, will ever be able to destroy it: This blessed Kingdom of Christ shall never be succeeded by any other, and therefore it may be called an everlasting Kingdom.
Thirdly, A third Reason why this glorious Kingdom of Jesus Christ is said to be everlasting, is because as it shall never be destroyed, nor suca ceeded by any other; so neither shall it cease to be a Kingdom after the last Judgment; but will be as a Kingdom taken up into a higher, fixed, unchangeable State of the ultimate Glory in the eternal Heavens: For then the Lord Fesus Christ, as Man, (when he hath reigned) will deliver up the Kingdom unto the Fatherthat God may be all-270 all. And so the Kingdom of Christ with the Saints will be swallowed up in the boundless Ocean, Fru
ition, and eternal. Enjoyment of God, by Vision for ever; 1 Cor. xv. 28. .
Seventhly, There is another Thing to be considered for the Proof of Christ's Kingdom, before I close this Chapter ; and that is, that this Kingdom of Christ, and the Saints are contemporary: - They will begin, and continue together as one and the fame Kingdom : And therefore we read so often in the Explanation of this Vision, after the Beast and all other Powers are destroyed, the Saints poslersed the Kingdom. The fame Time that Chrif has this Kingdom given unto him, at the same Time the Saints are said to possess it; in the 18th Verse; * But the Saints of the most High, Mall take the King
dom, and possess the Kingdom for ever, even for ever a and ever. This Kingdom then shall never be de
stroyed, nor taken from them, by "no Force nor Power whatsoever, but they shall possess and enjoy it for ever, three times expressed in this Verse. See again in Verse 21. I bebeld, and the same Horn made War with the Saints, and prevailed against them. This is that Horn that had Eyes, and a Mouth, that spake very great Things, whose Look was more stout than his Fellows; which I look upon (as before) to be the Antichristian Horn) af ter he had formed that strange Sort of Government, in his clearing the Ecclesiastical and Civil Power, which he made use of in making War with the Saints, and prevailing against them. This the People of God have had a sufficient Experience of, not only in our latter, but in Ages paft; which more or less will continue, until Christ comes to set up his Kingdom ; as it is in the 22d Verse ;, Until the Ancient of Days came, and Judgment was
given to the Saints of the moft High, and that Time came that the Sints poffefed the Kingdom. Let us take a little Notice here, that after the Warring Time of the Beast or Little Horn is over, and the Ancient of Days is come, then Judgment was given to the Saints, which respects the just Distribution .of Rewards, which shall be given unto them, by the Lord Jesus Christ, at that Time; then it is that the Saints possessed the Kingdom. i
l ging -- Now this Kingdom, which the Saints at this time are to possess, cannot be meant of: a spiritual Kingdom of Grace under the Gospel (as I have often fhewed) is very plain in these Words ; for the fpiritual Kingdom of Grace, which is in every Believer, these Saints were in the possession of that then, during all the Time that the Beast did make war against them: Therefore this Kingdom must be that glorious and visible Kingdom of Christ, which, will not be given into their actual Possession, until the War is ended, th? Beast destroyed, and the Anas cient of Days does sit. Again, neither can this blessed Kingdom here spoken of be meant ef the Kingdom in the Eternal Heavens, as appears plain: also, in the 27th Verfe, that if we do but serious ly. consider it, there will be no room left for a Doubt, to question the Truth of such a glorious perfect Kingdom-State in this World, to be possessed and enjoyed by Christ and the Saints, between the Time of his personal Coming, and the Winding up. of the last Judgment: The Words run thus; And the Kingdom and Dominion, and the Greatnes of the Kingdom, under the whole Heaven, shall be given to? the People of the Saints of the Most High; whole Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom :. And all Domi
nion shall serve and obey him. I shall observe in these Words, First, That here is a Kingdom to be given, which for the Nature of it, is the same with what I have all along been endeavouring to prove to be a spiritual, and also a perfonal, visible, and glorious Kingdom.
Secondly, This Kingdom is to be given by the Fa-. ther (as it is in the 12th of Luke, Verse 32, Fear not little Flock; it is your Fatber's gond Pleasure to give you the Kingdom) unto the Saints of the most High; by which the People of God, consisting of both fews and Gentiles, are to be understood."
Thirdly, When is this Kingdom to be given? At the Time of Christ's fecond Coming, when the whole Number of the Elect shall be gathered in, the dead Saints raised, and the Living changed into a State of Incorruptibility and Immortality. For Christ does not receive this Kingdom until he comes in the Clouds of Heaven, and then it is said to be given to him, and fo consequently to the Saints, who receives it upon their Account, by Vertue of the Covenant that was between the Father and the Son on the Behalf of his People, for this Kingdom is one of those gieat Blessings of the new Covenant, and is contained in it, as may be seen in Fer. xxxiii. 20, 21. .
Fourthly, The Power of Rule and Government in this Kingdom-State, fhall by Christ be put into thé Hands of the Saints, as is signified in thofe Words, and the Kingdom, and Dominion, and the Greatness of the Kingdom, &c. Now what can these Expressions mean, but that a Kingdom, not a bare Name of a Kingdom, but that the Glory, Power, Rule, Authority, and Government of the King.
dom, shall be given to the People of the Saints of et the Most High; for they shall fit with Christ upon
Thrones, to judge the World of wicked Men and fallen Angels. i Cor. vi. 2, 3.' Do ye not knud. that the Saints fall judge the World ? Know ye not that we hall judge Angels? How much more things that pertain to this Life? Then will the Mountain of the Lord's House (which is the Church of God) be exalted and established upon the Top of all Mountains and Hills of all worldly Powers; Then the Law of Power, Rule, and Government, shall go
forth out of Sion, and the Word of Grace and Mer? cy from Jerusalem, Mic. iv. 1, 2...
Fiftbly, The Place where this Kingdom is to be erected, possessed, and enjoyed? Which is the principal Point my Thoughts are fix'd upon, in the
Handling of this Discourse, and that is under the cei whole Heaven. What Words can express the Visibi. dility and Glory of Christ's Kingdom, with the Saints," me in this world, more than these do? You may read
the Words again (and the Lord help the Reader ses & riously to consider what he reads) And the King
dom, and Dominion, and Greatness of the Kingdom, under the whole Heaven, fall be given to the People of the Saints of the Must Higb, &c. Doth not the Spirit of God speak in these Words, as plain as porSibly Words can be spoke for our Understanding? That we might not mistake the Meaning of the Holy Ghost, and take this Kingdom for the Kingdom of the Ultimate Glory, in the eternal Heavens ; he faith exprefly, that it shall be, in respect of Place, under the whole Heaven. This is not then to be understood (as some would carry it) 111; but Under tbewhole Heaven: Mind that Expression, Not under