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ed up: That is, the canon of the scripture is completed with an awful advertisement to the world, to take care, tha none add to, or diminish and take from, the words of thi book; under the pain of the wrath of God, Rey. xxii. 18. 19 There you fee with what an awful solemnity the vision aw prophecy is sealed : Read, "For I testify unto every man thai lieareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any mas shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him tbi plagues that are written in this book: And if any man sltal tske away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and Mt of the holy city, and from the things which are written m this book."
6. In the day of the Messiah the most holy is anointed} that is Christ himself, who is the holy One of God, Acts iv. 27. "The holy One of Israel is anointed with the oil of gladness above his fellows." And Christ may be called the rooft holy, with allusion unto the place in the temple of Jerusalem, called the " Holy of holies;" wherein was the Shechina, the visible appearance of the divine presence, from between th« cherubims, Exod. xxv. 22. He is our New Testament Holy ol Holies, into which, as kings and priests unto God, we are allowed to enter, and paritcipate of his anointing; I mean, of the Spirit of Christ.
7. In his days the covenant is confirmed with many verse 25. By his death and blood, the covenant of grace aw all the promises of it are lo ratified and confirmed, thai we, without fear of vicious intromission, may intermeddle with the blessings thereof, as goods difponed by a testamentary deed, Heb. ix. 16. 17. "Where a testament is, there must also, of necessity, be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead; otherwise it is of no strength it all whilst the testator liveth."
8. He has made the sacrifice and oblation to cease, verse 27. that is, he has put an end to these typical sacrifices that were of divine appointment, during the standing of the Old Testament ceconomy, the sacrifice of his own death having come in tbc room of all these.
Besides these mentioned by Daniel, I will tell you of sorre other great and wonderful things, that are done in the days of the great ,IV'essiah: Aud O, let all the world wonder at them \
I. In his day the glory of henven is brought down to earth ! And O what a wonder is here! Christ is the brightness of the Father's glory: and to be sure the brightness of tie
Father's glory must be the brightest and most glorious thing n heaven: yet this is brought down to the earth, and lecii by nen upon earth, John i. 14. " The word was made nest), and ve beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the ■ather!" Sirs, whatever you think of this; yet I can tell rou, that this is the admiration of angels; fee bow they fall 1 wondering at it, If. vi. 3. The seraphims, while they are --holding the glory of God, in the face or person of C'lrifl, hey are so stricken with wonder, that they cry, " Holy, holy, loly is the Lord of hosts!" And observe what is added in he close of the verse. "The whole earth i; full of his glory!" she seraphims do not say, The whole heavens are full of his [lory ; for that is no wonder to them, "feeing there can in » wife enter into heaven any thing that defileth:" But that he whole earth should be filled with the glory of an incariate Deity ; that he should come down from heaven, and n»alifest his glory to a lost world, full of fin and misery, through » vail of flesh, is what the inhabitants of heaven are stricken with wonder at. O Sirs !" Tue tabernacle of God is witli »en!" In the days of the Messiah, the glory of heaven is brought down to earth; and is not this a great thing done, in the Messiah's days?
». In the days of Christ, "the temple of God is opened, and the ark. of his testament is to be seen," Rev. xi. last verse. 0 Sirs ! We who live in the days of Christ, have a far better and more glorious temple than ever the church of Israel had, even when their material temple was in its greatest splendour: Christ is the temple! and Oh, God is in his holy temple j yea, the fulness of the Godhead dwells in him bodily! And the temple is opened in the dispensation of the everlasting gospel; and we have free access into this temple; every bar and impediment that stood in our way of communion with Cod is now removed; and we have "boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that 's to fay, his flesh," Heb. x. 19. 20. And here is to be seen the ark of his testament; the ark was a chest, where10 the two tables of the law were kept, written upon stone. "«M, Christ is the true Ark, in whom the law is kept, and *ept for ever. The honour, beauty, and glory of it is maintained and preserved by Christ; for he has made it honourable, and magnified it by his obedience unto the death. Oh, is not this a great thing done in the days of the Messiah!
3- lu his day paradise is openrd; and the new Jerusalem
is brought down from God out of heaven, Rev. xx. 16. We lost an earthly paradife by the sin of the sirst Adam, but we regain a heavenly paradife by the righteoufnefs of the fecond Adam. Yea the new Jerufalem is fent down ; all the glory of heaven and of a happy eternity are wrapt np in a word of grace; in a covenant of grace, and brought down to us, that we by faith may possefs them.
4. A bridge is laid over the insinite gulph of natural and moral distance, between God and man, and the gulph of divine wrath, that cut oss our communication with heaven ! And by this bridge, a free passage and communication is opened, between God and man; by the bridge of the human nature united to the divine, ossered in a facrisice to justice, we may pass and repafs, or "go in and out, and sind pasture. The just fussered for the unjust, that he might bring us to God." He is the way to the Father, and there is no coming to the Father but by Christ. This is the ladder that Jacob faw, passing between heaven and earth, and the angels afcending and defcending upon it. It is upon the footing of the mediation of the Son of God, that the " angels are ministering fpirits, fent forth to minister for them who are the heirs of falvation."
5. In the day of the great Messiah, a throne of grace is reared, and proclamations issued out to all the ends of the earth, to come unto it with boldnefs, for "mercy and grace to help in time of need," Heb. iv. 16. If. lv. 1. *' Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the Waters, and he that hath no money, come, buy and eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." O Sirs, is it not a happinefs to live in fuch halcyon days, that whatever we need, we have it for the asking? For now, since the tribunal of justice is fprinkled by the blood of the Lamb, and turned to a, mercy-fcat, it is nothing but ask and have, with the King that sits en the throne: "Ask, and it shall be given you ; feek, and ye shall sind ; knock, and it fhall be opened unto you. For this is the considence that we have towards him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us." So forward and liberal is he, that he even prevents us with his mercy, before we r.fk it of him: " Before they call, I will anfwer; and whiles they are yet fpeaking, I will hear." And again, "Hitherto have ye asked nothing; ail;, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."
6. In the days of the Messiah the true manna is rained upon the children of Ifrael, in the wildernefs of this world. 1' \vr.s a real and continued miracle that Gcd wrought for Ifrael, n the wilderness, when, instead of feeding them with the proluct of the earth, he made the heavens to rain down bread mong them, about their tent doors, till they came to the proniled land. But, O Sirs, this was but a faint shadow of the niraculous way that God takes of feeding our fouls, while Tavelling through the wilderness of this world, unto the promised rest that is above: "My Father (fays Christ.) givetli pou the true bread from heaven." And what is that true bread? It is the flesh aud blood of his eternal Son: "This is meat indeed, and drink indeed : and except we eat the flesh, and drink the blood of the Son of man, we have no life in us." This true manna is rained down upon us, in the dispensation of the everlasting gospel. The preaching of an incarnate and crucified Redeemer, brings Christ and his salvation as near to us as ever the manna was brought to Israel, when it fell about their tent doors : yea, we have it in our hands ; we have it in our mouths: we have it in our hearts; in the word of faith which we preach<
7. In this day the mystical brafen Serpent is lifted up upon the pole of the everlasting gospel, that poor sinners, who are dying of the sting and poison of the old serpent, may be healed by looking unto it. John iii. 14. 15. "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up; that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have eternal life.''
8. In the day of the Messiah, the wells of salvation are opened. "Waters break up in the wilderness, and streams in thedesart." It was prophesied, If. xii. 3. (of the day of Christ) "With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation:" And I would fain hope, that, even in this place, and upon this occasion, that promise has been fulfilled to not a few. The Rock has followed them, nnd been like rivers of waters in a dry place to their fouls; passing through the valley of Baca, they found it a well, the ram also came down and silled the pools of ordinances ; according to that promise, Psal. Ixxii. 6. "He (hall come down like rain upon the mown grass, as showers that water the earth.''
9. In his day, beggars are taken from the dunghill and set among princes* This is what is foretold by the prophet David, upon the humiliation of the most high God, Psal. cxiii. 7. 8. " He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, a-id lifteth the needy out of the dunghill, that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people." O what a surprising scene "13 it, when Christ the Prince of the kings of the earth comes, in a day of power, and takes the poor foul, lying in Lik: dung
of a natural state, wrapt up in sin and misery, decks it wit his own beauty, makes it like " the king's daughter all gk rious within," and verifies that word upon it, Psal. xlv. 9 "Upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir?' The poor soul even blushes to think of its preferment, a what it is come to, when it looks " unto the Rock whence i was hewn."
10. In the day of the Messiah "the barren woman is mad: to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children,'* PiaL cxiii. g. The poor Gentile world was a poor barren vroM during the Old Testament dispensation; but Oh ! now, in the day of the Messiah, Ihe keeps house; or, as it is in the He» brew, 'she dwells in a house;' she is brought in under the roof of the house of mercy, which shall be built up for even And (he is made a joyful mother of children: hence is that call given to the church of God among the Gentiles, under the New Testament, If. liv. 1. " Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear, break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child; for more are the children of the1 desolate, than the children of the married wife, faith the Lord:" The converts unto the Christian faith under the New Testament, among the Gentile nations, are far more numerous than the converts that were made to him among the Jews, under the Old Testament. Rev. vii. 4—9. There is there mention made only of twelve thousand out of every tribe; but among the rest of the nations and languages of the world, there is an innumerable company which no man can number, clothed with the white robes of the imputed and implanted righteousness of Christ, crying, "Salvation to our God that sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever."
11. In the day of the Messiah, not only is the head of the old serpent bruised, but death, the king of terrors, is vanquished, and his destroying or stinging power is removed! The death of Christ was the death of death; his burial and resurrection was the destruction of the grave, Hos. xiii. 14. "I will ransom them from the power of the grave." Our glorious Redeemer having spoiled death and the grave, he proclaims the victory, faying, "I am he that liveth, and w« dead ; and behold I am alive for evermore, and have the keys of hell and of death," Rev. i. 1 7.
Thus much for the first thing, namely, the day of Christ.
II. The second thing in the method was, to speak a little of
faith's view, or sight of the day of Christ Tor clearing of
this I would have you to know,