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Mall rebuke many people ; and they shall beat their fwords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

This place proves that Jerusalem will be the city where Chrilt will dwell when he is judge among the na. tions, at the time when wars shall ceafe throughout all the earth.

Jesus Christ says that Jerusalem is the city of the great king. Matth. v, 35,'“ Neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king." Christ is that great king, who will be great in the midst of Zion. When he spake of the destruction of Jerusalem, by the Romans, he said that the Gentiles should hold Jerusalem until certain times were fulfilled. Luke xxi. 24, “ And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations, and Jérusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." Te is remarkable that Jerusalem has been in the possession of the Gentiles from the time that Titus led the Jews an'm. way to this day; and it will be so until the Jews return to their land, and prepare for the coming of him who owns the city, where he who once fuffered without the gates of Jerusalem, will be honored within its walls for one thousand years. 9. There are a number of prophecies that plainly declare that Jerusalem will yet be built and quietly inhabited, without any fear of their enemies, and that the king of glory will be with them. This time has never been, I thall here mention a few of the many which speaks of this glorious circumstance." Sal. The first prophecy, which I shall mention concerning the building of Jerusalem, as the residence of Christ, is recorded in Ifaiah i. 26, 272" And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the begining; afterwards thou shalt be called the city of righe. eousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.” .

Jerusalem, or Zion, has never been in a situation to answer this description, « A city of righteousness and

faithfulness." The certainty of Jerusalem's being build for the residence of the king of glory in the thousand years of his reign on the earth, is recorded in Isaiah ii. 2, 3, “ And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations fhall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, come ye, and let us go up to the mountain 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 out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.".

In this prophecy, Zion and Jerusalem are mentioned as the seat of government in the last days, where the Lord shall dwell when all nations fhall obey his law. This time has never been ; før then Christ in Jerusalem, shall judge among the nations, and wars shall cease to the ends of the earth. This shews that Jerusalem sball yet be built as the city of the great king. Another prophecy which I think refers to the building of Jerufalem , for Christ, is recorded in Isaiah iv. 2, 3, 4, 5“ And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jeru. falem, when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof, by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night ; for upon all the glory shall be a defence.” This appears to refer to the same thing as the other place just mentioned.

This same prophet has given a beautiful description of Jerusalem, at the time when it shall be built as the city of the great king, who shall dwell there. See chapter xxxiii. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, “Look upon Zion the city of our solemnities; thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down, not one of the stakes thereof thall ever be removed, neither hall any of the cords thereof ever be broken ; but there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad riv. ers and streams ; wherein shall go no gally with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby; for the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us. Thy tacklings are loosed ; they could not well strengthen their masts; they could not spread the

fail; then is the prey of a great fpoil divided ; the lame "take the prey. And the inhabitants shall not say I am

fick; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." Here is a plain account of Jerusalem when

the king dwells there ; to be seen in his beauty, when ? all the inhabitants shall be righteous.

Isaiah mentions the great earthquake which is spoken of by Zechariah, and his victory over the kings of the earth, and that after this the Lord shall reign in Jerusa. lem in the presence of the raised saints who will dwell with him there,chap. xxiv. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, “Then, the moon shall be confounded, and the fun ashamed,

when the Lord of hoft's shall reign in Mount Zion, and : in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” * From what Zechariah has said, it is evident that when

Jerusalem is rebuilt for Christ, that it will be watered be. yond what it ever was before, and that by reason of the great earthquake when Christ comes to the mount of Olives, the hills south of Jerusalem will become a plain, so that men may dwell there, and there will never be any more destruction among the people forever--fee Zecha. riah xiv. 8, 9, 10, 11, “ And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out of Jerusalem ; half of them towards the former fea, and half of them towards the hinder; in summer and winter shall it be. And the Lord shall be king over all the earth, in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon fouth of Jerusalem; and it Thall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate, unto the place of the

first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of : of Hananeel unto the kings wine-presses. And men shall

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dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction ; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.”

All this is to take place after Christ's feet stand on the mount of Olives, when the great army is slain. See ver. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, after it is said that the army is destroyed, it is mentioned that Jerusalem will be the place where the nations who are not cut off, will come to worship the king when he dwells there. Verse 16, 17, “ And it shall come to 'pass, thạt every one that is left, of all the nations which came against Jerusalem, shall even go up from year to year to worship the king, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the king, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain."

To complete the description of Jerusalem when built for the king, the prophet adds in ver. 21, of this chapter, these words, “ Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts ; and all they that facrifice shall come and take of them, and feethe therein ; and in that day there shall be no more the Ca. naanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.”

These are a few of the many prophecies, which prove that Jerusalem will yet be rebuilt, and be the place where Christ will dwell, when he takes the kingdom, to reign before his ancients gloriously.

It is evident from what is faid in Ezekiel, that when this city is built, it will be very large indeed, as each one may sce by reading the eight last chapters of that book. According as some have calculated Ezekiel's measure, it will be about fifty miles in circumference, or twelve and half miles square, and the square where the holy house is to stand will be four miles in circumference. We have a general defcription of this city, in Ezekiel .xlviii. 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, “ And these are the goings out of the city on the north fide four thousand and five hundred measures. And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel; three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi. And at the east side four thousand and five hundred ; and

three gates; one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan. And at the south lide four thousand and five hundred measures ; and three gates, one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun. At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali. It was round about eighteen thoufand measures, and the name of the city from that day forth shall be, the LORD IS THERE.”

There is no doubt but this city when built, will exceed all that ever has been built ; though it will be inferior to the holy city, the new Jerusalem, which will be after the day of judgment.

2. I am to describe the house,or temple, which will be built in the square of this city, when Christ reigns on the earth a theufand years.

That such an house will yet be built in the land of Canaan is plain from the prophecies. People in generat are taught, that the latter house, which is to be more glorious than the one built by Solomon,means the church of Christ, but this is a mistake : it is true that the church is called an house ; but there is another mentioned, which will be built of lone, wood, iron, brass, silver and gold; which will be collected from different nations for that purpose.

Some have thought that the house built by Zorobabel, is the one mentioned; but that was inferior to the one built by Solomon ; and the one built by Herod, lacked many things which were in the first. I shall mention some of the prophecies which speak of this house which will be built for the king of glory when he reigns in Jerufalem a thousand years.

The first I shall mention is recorded in Isaiah 1x. 7, 66 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together un. · to thre, the rams of Nebaioch fhall minister unto thee;

they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the HOUSE of my glory.That this is the house to be built hereafter, is plain from what is said in ver. 13, 17, where this house is called God's fanctuary. “ The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir

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