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in my people ; and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days; for the child shall die an hundred
years old; but the finner, an hundred years old, shall be * accurfed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit
them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of - Xhem. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they * shall not plant and another eat; for as the days of a tree,
are the days of my people; and mine elect shall long en
joy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in I vain, nor bring forth for trouble ; for they are the feed
of the blessed of the Lord,and their offspring with them." Here are five things mentioned which those shall have who are born, and live in the thousand years of Christ's reign upon earth.
1. They will have a general time of rejoicing; the * voice of weeping shall be no more heard, nor the voice of crying, this is reentioned as peculiar to the Jews, but I do not think there will be any partiality in the king of glory. O what a time that will be when for one thoufand years, weeping and crying will be done away! This will be a time of general health ; and if they need medicine, the leaves of the trees which will grow on the banks of the new river, which will run into the dead sea, will be for medicine, and for the healing of the nations. 1. 2. There will be none die in infancy, “A child shall
die än hundred years old.” From this it appears that
a person an hundred years old will be considered a child ; *** There shall be no more thence an infant of days." · If at that age they fin, the curse of God will be on them, and they will die for their fin.
3. In this thousand years there will be a great plenty of every thing they need.
4. They will live to a very great age to enjoy the a. *bundance which God will give them. Those who are · raised, or changed at the coming of Chrif will not have
these things; they will not marry nor be given in marriage; but those who are converted of the Jews, or other nations at the coming of Christ on the earth, or are bora
afterwards, will have those outward blellings; the difference between them and the raised and changed saints, then, will be like difference now between angels and faints on the earth now. But that the saints, particularly the twelve tribes will live to a great age in the thous and years, is plain from this expression ; “ For as the days of a tree, are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.” Now all flesh is as grass, and we are as the flower of grass. It is alto. gether likely from this account, that people will live to as great an age as they did before the flood. But though they will live long ; yet they must die, to rise again, when all hear the voice of the Son of God.
5. I think it plain from one expression here, that women who bring forth children, will be delivered from that labor and trouble which is peculiar to them now. Ver. 23, “ They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble, for they are the feed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.” I think this plainly shew's that they will not experience what they do now, and that they will not have the trouble of seeing all their labor and pain in vain, by the death of their children foon after they are born.
In this time there will be an amazing increase of the inhabitants of the earth in one thoiisaud years, being delivered from wars, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, &.c. It may be asked, where will there be room for them on the earth? The earth and sea will contain them all, for God has said it. It must be remembered that at the coming of Christ, the greatest part of the inhabitants will be flain, but few will remain, after the army of Gog is destroyed, and all the other enemies of Christ are cut off. However numerous they are, the earth and sea will contain them, and yield a rich supply for them all.
All these things which I have mentioned, are only the outward things of the kingdom of Christ in the thousand years. I shall now mention some of the inward blessings, which will be peculiar to this thousand years we are now describing, which will be an eighth particular.
8. In this thousand years, there will be a general knowl.. edge of Christ and his ways all over the world ; not only among the Jews, but among the Gentiles.
As it respects the Jews, this is one thing contained in the new covenant ;-Hebrews viii. Il, “ And they fhail not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord, for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.” Isaiah fpeaking of the Jews, after they return, says, Isaiah liv. 13, “ All thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children." All these thus taught, will have the law of God in their hearts, which is love, and thus will they have a new and clean heart; being all righteous. This knowledge will not be confined to the Jews, though it will begin there, all tations will be taught by the same teacher, Christ, who like Solomon the king and preacher, will teach the nations his ways. Isaiah i. 3, “And many people shall go and say, come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the house of the Lord; to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for ont of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
This general knowledge of God and his ways, is particularly mentioned in Isaiah xi. 9, “ For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” This is to be when the lion, the lamb, the cow, bear and little child, are all in harmony-See verse 6, 7, 8. . What knowledge can be greater than this ? Can any man measure the sea? No. It will not only be general, but great ; if it is such a time as this now, as fome think, the feas in Isaiah's time, were very narrow and shoal. · The Lord,by Malichi, has given a sublime description of that happy day; Malichi i. 11, “ From the rising of the sun, even unto the going down of the fame, my name shall be great among the Gentiles.” In Habakkuk ii. 14, The same thing is mentioned ; “ For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
It may be asked how this knowledge will become fa great and extensive? There are several ways in which it will be done.
1. Then, as now, Christ who is the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, will not be a less light than he is nuw; for when he appears in person, at Jerusalem, it will certainly be known; for when he was here before, his fame was founded all a broad. It is said of Solomon, 1 Kings iv. 31, 32, that his fame was in all the countries, that men were fent from all kings of the earth to hear his wisdom. “And his fame was in all nations round about ; and there came of all nations to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom." At that time it will be said, “ Behold a greater than Sotomon is here.”
2. Another thing will spread and increase the knowledge of God and Christ in the world, and that is, the great victory which Christ will gain over his enemies all over the world, when he takes all their kingdoms from them, and rules in the midst of his enemies.
When the LORD told Ezekiel of the destruction of Gog and his army, which will be gathered against Jerusalem when he comes ; he told him that the consequence of i: would be that many nations would know him to be God in the earth. Ezekiel xxxviii. 33, “ Thus will I mag. nify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the fyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” This makes the matter plain.
3. Another way in which knowledge will be increased is, people will come from all parts of the world to Jerufalem, to learn the ways of God, as the queen of Sheba came to hear the wisdom of Solomon. This is mentioned in Zechariah viii. 22, “ Yea, many people, and strong nations Mall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.” See also Micah iv. 2.
4. There will be many to go from place to place to give information of the things of this one glorious king. dom in all the earth. Daniel xii. 4, “ Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge Mall be increased.” This is
to take place when Michael, the great prince, stands for the Jews, in the time of their great trouble. I think it proper here, for the instruction of the reader, to make a few obfervations upon what is mentioned before this ver. In verse 1, 2, 3, of this chapter, are these words; “ At that time, shall Michael stand up, the great prince that standeth for the children of thy people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was fince there was a nation, even to the same time; and at that time thy peo-, ple shall be delivered, every one that fhall be found writeten in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth fall awake, fome to everlasting life, and some to ihame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall fhine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.”
This text has particular reference to the second com ing of Christ to reign on the earth. Michael means Christ the Archangel, or prince of angels. We are told that he shall stand up for the Jews, when the king of the north fhall enter into the glorious land, (the land of Ca. naan) having a command of the treasures of Egypt, and the Lybians, and Ethiopians, are following him ; it is faid, that he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. This is the same army which Ezekiel mentions, with Gog at their head, who came from the north. See chap: xi 41, 42, 43, 44, 45,
When this army comes into the land to take the Jews, it will be a time of great trouble; this has been mentioned in a former Sermon. Then Michael, will stand on the mount of Olives, for the Jews; he will be for them and not for their adversaries. Then he will deliver all that are not cut off ; called them that are written in the books. The fame as the third part mentioned in Zechariah. At this time we are told of the resurrection of the saints ; and though the resurrection of the wicked is mentioned, yet it will not take place till after the thousand years. Paul in one place speaks of a resurrection of the just and unjust in one verfe ; yet it is certain they will not both be at one time. We are told that those public fains,