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cerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion saken away ; yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages, should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” - Were it needful I might eafily shew how this prophecy agrees with the others I have mentioned concerning, Christ's coming, to destroy the armies which will rise a. gainst him, and break all kingdoms in pieces, and be the only king on earth.— I will add a few remarks on this paffage.
1. Daniel represents the ancient of days coming in fire, so the other places say, " he shall be revealed in
flaming fire.” i 2. Daniel says, a fiery stream issued out and came
forth from before hima-Zechariah says, his arrows shall go forth like lightning-Christ says, his coming will be like lightning —Here Daniel, Zechariah, and-Christ a. gree, which shews that they all spake of one thing.
3. Daniel says, thousand thousands ministered unto him; and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him, the judgment was set, and the books were opened. Enoch fays, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints—Zechariah says, he will come and all the ižints with thee. Daniel says, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him to be judged ; Joel says, Christ will bring Gog and his army into the valley of decision to judge them there. In this, Daniel, Enoch, Zechariah, and Joel all agree.
4. Daniel says, the beast was flain, his body destroyed and given to the burning flame. Ezekiel says, of Gog and his army, that they shall be slain ; that they ihall be devoured by the beasts, and given to the fowls of the air.
5. Daniel says, the rest of the beasts had their domin. ion taken away ; yet had their lives prolonged for a shore time. John mentions that the great army which comes a. gainst Christ after Gog and his army are destroyed, shall be flain, and be feasted upon by the fowls of heaven, after they are slain by the rod of iron, by the sword which cometh out of the mouth of him that fitteth on the horfey. and by fire and brimstone from heaven.
6. Daniel says, that after all this destruction, the Son of man came with the ANCIENT of days, and that there was given him dominion, glory, and a kingdom, that all "people, nations, and languages should ferve him, and that his dominion should last, and his kingdom never be. destroyed ; and that the saints should poffess the kingdom under the whole heaven, and that all dominions shall serve, and obey him. John speaking of this fame subje&, says, Revelation xi. 13, 14, 15, “And the same hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men: leven thousand; and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. And the seventh angel founded, and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” In what John fays, we may fee an agreement with what Daniel has faid. John fpeaks of the earthquake, the same which will part the mount of olives ; this caused a tenth part of the city to fall, in which were slain, (this I suppose means Rome) seven thousand; the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to God. It was said woe, woe, woe, to the earth by reason of the trumpets yet to sound. The seventh found, which was the third woe, declared that all king. doms were owned by Chrift; this must be a glorious event, and it is cried woe; the reason of it is, because of the great flaughter which will be made among the king's of the earth, and their armies before they will yield to Christ, who will destroy all who rise against him”; and
put down all rule, authority, and power, and be the Lord alone to be exalted in that day.
There is one thing more to be mentioned, to prove that Christ must appear before all the earth is full of the knowledge of God, and that is, that the man of sin, the mystery of iniquity, will remain on the earth until Christ appears on the mount of Olives. This is the popish pow. er, which is now spread into different parts of the world. That city ruleth over the kings of the earth ; the old Roman empire is now standing, and Roman religion un. der the name of Christianity. The power of Mystery Babylon will be greatly weakened; but it will never be destroyed from the earth until Christ comes ; this Paul has declared, Thessalonians ii. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day Mall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ; who oppofeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped ; so that he, as God, fetteth in the temple of God, Thewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that when I was yet with you I told you of these things? And now ye know what withholdeth, that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only he who now letteth, will let, until he be taken out of the way; and then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming ; even him whose coming is after the working of satan, with all power, and signs and lying wonders.”
It is almost universally acknowlged that the man of fin mentioned here is the Roman goverment, under the Popes, who have called themselves God upon earth. This power, is to be destroyed by Jesus Christ at his coming, when he comes with power and great glory. The Roman government, especially under the Popes, has been the feat and nest of every kind of wickedness that could be invented, or practised; and this wicked, as it is called, will remain in a great measure until the coming of Christ ; all who practise wickedness under the name
of religion, will be slain unless they repent and turn to God. Paul says, Christ will « consume that wicked, with the spirit of his mouth, and destroy him with the brightness of his coming.” This agrees with what John says, concerning the army that will be destroyed when Christ comes. "The beast, (this Roman government and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered themselves together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” “ All these were flain with the sword which proceedeth out of Christ's mouth.” This is the same as being consumed with the spirit of his mouth, and destroyed by the brightness of his coming. This will be the last war on the earth before the thousand years of peace throughout all the world ; in this battle, the greatest part of men on the earth will be slain ; espe. cially those who are called great men, such as kings": captains, and mighty men, and such as have been lead. ers in wickedness. When those are destroyed, wickedness will be destroyed with them in a great measure." The remnant which are left of all nations, will be af frighted and give glory to God, and will come to Je. rufalem from year to year to worship the Lord Jesus, when Jerufalem shall be called the city of the great king. Zechariah xiv. 16, “ And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left, of all the nations that came against : Jerusalem, shall even go up from year to year to wor. Nip the king, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.” More upon this hereafter.
In this great battle will be included the fall of mystery Babylon, and the harvest of the earth mentioned in Rev. elation xiv. ,
As those kings and their armies were led on by Satan, who deceives the nations ; immediately after this gener. al slaughter among the wicked inhabitants of the earth, Satan will be bound or prevented from deceiving the world any more for a thousand years. This is mention.. ed in Revelation xx. 1, 2, 3, “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand; and he laid hold on the Dragon, that old ferpent, which is the devil, and satan, and bound him a thousand years ; and cast him
into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled, and after this he must be loosed a little season.” This binding satan, is mentioned as taking place, after the beast, the kings, and their armies are destroyed, as every one may fee if he reads the chapter before this. This binding fatan, means his being no more allowed to deceive, or work in the children of disobedience. He will not for one thouf. and years, walk about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
what an happy day will that be,when no one shall feel a temptation from fatan to disturb their peace for one thousand years! When all these things take place, we shall see the accomplishment of this prophecy. Daniel ii. 44, 45, “ And in the days of those kings, shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed ; and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces, and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the filver, and the gold, the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter ; and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof is sure.” This will finish the mystery of God, ; when the seventh angel shall found the trumpet of wos to the wicked, and universal joy to the faints, Revela.
tion xi. 15, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there * were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our LORD, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.” - All this being done, the way will be prepared for Jesus to appear in his kingdom, which is not of this world ; but of that world where those who are counted worthy to obtain it-and the resurrection of the dead, are neither married nor are given in marriage, but are equal to the an. gels, neither can they die any more.
The way is now prepared to speak of the last reign of Christ upon the earth a thousand years, this I shall; attend too in the next fermon.