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to read, and search the Prophecy of this Book (hop deep Joever the Mifteries thereof be) wheiein the Clory of Christ's Kingdom is so conspicuously held forth unto us.
Therefore it is (candid Rcader) that I have, in these insuing Sheets, presented thee with a short Exposition of many Texts of Scriptures out of the Old and New Testament, which do treat so much upon that glorious Subject, of tbe Kingdom of Chrift.
The Method which I have used, in the Explanation of those Texts, is, (as you may find) First, To prove the certainty; Secondly, The Manner; Thirdly, The Nearness of this blessed Time: Each one of which does greatly concern all those, who love the Lord Jesus Christ, to be'acquainted about.
As to the Certainty of such a Kingdom to be in this World, I wuld appeal unto all (who are not bigotted to a contrary Opinion) and do desire them to tell me, whether there be any one Point of Doctrine, which the Holy Scriptures treateth upon more than this glorious Kingdom,
And if fo; Why should any of the dear Saints call this precious Truth into question? Why then should it by others be so much opposed and quarrelled against ?: ? As to the Truth of such a glorious State to be in this World, you have here a Cloud- of Witnesies bearing Testimony unto the Reality thereof, as it were on every Side. If the Lord hath recorded noth
ing in vain, or superfluous in his Word (as 91011e without Blafi bemy dare say there is) than the Glory of Christ's Kingdom, which is founded upon such a Multitude of Divine Promises and Prophe
cies, stands as an unmoveable Rock (against all the battering Ran's of Opposition) in the Holy Scriptures of Truth.
Besides the Account which we have given us in the Word of God, I find that there has been some eminent Persons in the Church, who have believed the Truth of Christ's Kingdom to be in this World, from the Time of the Apostles.
I shall mention three or four. .. First, The Council of Nice was for the Opinion of the Millenarians (as it has been reproachfully called) which Council was by the Appointment of Conftantinus the Great, wherein they did fet forth certain Forms of Ecclesiastical Doctrines ; according to which, all Teachers in the Church were to frame their Discourse: Some of which Forms are recorded by Gelasius Cyžicenus. Among which there is this form for the Doctrine of the Resurrection, which is,That the World was made more mi
nute, or viler, because of Fore-knowledge; for God saw that Man would Sin: Therefore we ex
rect new Heavens, and a new Earth, according ' to the Holy Scriptures, when shall shine forth s the Appearance and Kingdom of the Great God,
and our Saviour Jesus Christ. And then, as Daniel faith, the Saints of the most High shall take the Kingdom, Chap. vii. 18. And there shall be à
Pure Earth, Holy, a Land of the Living, not of i the Dead; which David foreseeing, by the Eye ! of Faith, cries out, Psal. xxvii. 13. I believe to
see the Goodness of the Lord in the Land of the 'Living; a Land of the Meek and Humble: For,
faith Christ, Matt, v. 5. Blessed are the Meek, for they Mall possess the Earth ; and the Feet of the
« Meek and Humble shall tread upon it, Ifa.xxvi, :46. This being the Opinion of the whole Ortho
dox Christian Church, in the Age immediately • following the Death of St. John when yet Poly- carp, and many of the Apostles Disciples were living)
as Justin Martyr expresly affirms. A Testimony (without all Comparison, to perswąde such as " rely upon Authority and Antiquity. And there< fore it is to be admired (Jaith Mr. Mede) that "an Opinion, once so generally received in the . Church, should ever be lo cried down and buried.
Secondly, Justin Martyr who flourished about the Year aster Christ's Birth, 140. (many of those who was conversant with the Apofiles were then living) was of this Opinion of the Millenarians, with many others, as he affirms, beside himself. I shall give you some of his own Words as quoted by Dr.Homes.
Jesus (faith he) commanded us to love our Eneį mies, which is by Ísaiah published in many Words, ? in which is the Mystery of our Renovation, and
of all absolutely, that expect Christ to appear in ' Jerusalem, and do endeavour to please hin by " their works. And in another Place, this Jesus ' is he of whom we know Heaven and Earth was : made, and by whom the Father will make 3:€w "the Heaven and Earth. This is he that shall • shine in Jerusalem as an eternal Light.
Again, (reaking in Opposition to the Saducees who denied the Resurrectiox, Mark xii. 18. If " there be any that are in all things Orthodox
Christians in Opinion; we all know well the "Resurrection of the Flesh, and the thousand Years ' in Jerufalem built again, and beautified, and en
larged, as the Prophets Ezekiel, Isaias, and others declare.
< And furthermore, a certain Man among us
Speaking of him as living in bis Time) whose Name is John, one of the 12 Disciples of Christ,
hath foretold in that Revelation that was given I to him, that those that believe in our Chrift, • ball finish a thousand Tears in Jerusalem. Justin
Martyr writing unto one Trypho saith, That many, who are not of the Pure and Pious Judg?ment of real Christians, deny this Opinion of the thousand Years; but all Christians who were Sound and Orthodox did believe it. And so, ac
cording to Justin Martyr's Opinion, All those (who denied liich a Kingdom to be in this World,
were looked upon by him as Heterodox, and of 'an unsound Judgment. .
Again, one Ireneus famous for Piety and Learning, who flourished about the Year of Christ, 178. hath these Expressions, ' in how many Days this - World was made, in so many thousand Years it " is perfected: For if the Day of the Lord be as it I were a 1000 Years, and in six Days those Things " that were made, were finished, it is manifest
that the perfecting of those Things is the six 6 thousand Year. When Anti-christ reigning 3 " Years, and 6 Months, shall have wasted all “ Things in the World, this must mean the Latter End, or just upon the Expiration of his Reign, in which time he will be more desperate, and in which 2 Days and an Half the Witnesses are to be Nain) 'Then shall the Lord come from Heaven ( in the crois in the Glory of us Father cast<ing Avisli, and thom i at obey him into "the ) ale sise: bui' begin to thi+ Zuft the • Times o,
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« Meek and Humble shall tread upon it, Ifa.xxvi. 66. This being the Opinion of the whole Ortho"dox Christian Church, in the Age immediately • following the Death of St. John when yet Poly
carp, and many of the Apostles Disciples were livirg) as Justin Martyr expresly affirms. A Testimony (without all Comparison, to perswąde such as
rely upon Authority and Antiquity. And there<fore it is to be admired (Jaith Mr. Mede) that ? an Opinion, once fo generally received in the
Secondly, Justin Martyr who flourished about the Year after Christ's Birth, 140. (many of those who was conversant with the Apofiles were then living) was of this Opinion of the Millenarians, with many others, as he affirms, beside himself. I shall give you fome of his own Words as quoted by Dr. Homes.
Jesus (faith he) commanded us to love our Ene' mies, which is by Isaiah published in many Words, ? in which is the Mystery of our Renovation, and
of all absolutely, that expect Christ to appear in "Ferusalem, and do endeavour to please him by " their Works. And in another place, this Jesus
is he of whom we know Heaven and Earth was : made, and by whom the Father will make new 'the Heaven and Earth. This is he that shall • shine in Jerusalem as an eternal Light.
Again, freal ng in Opposition to the Saducees who denir? Resurrection, Mark xii. 18. if there? - hat are in all things Orthodox pinion:
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