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them from all their iniquity, whereby they hare finned against me, and I will pardon all their iniquities whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed a. gainst me. And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor, before all the nations of the earth, which fhall hear all the good I do unto them; and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness, and for all the prof perity, that I procure unto it. These verses need no comment; they speak for themselves.
Almost the whole of the fifth chapter of Micah speaks of the manner in which the Jews shall be considered by other nations,when Christ is king among them. The second verse mentions the birth of Christ. In verse third, it is mentioned, that the Jews fhall be given up until the whole of the twelve tribes return; verse four, that then Christ shall feed them in the strength of the Lord ; and at that time, which means the thousand years, it is said, verse 7, 8, 9, “ And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the fons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, in the midst of many people, as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep; who if he go through, both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off." This chapter, and especially these three verses, give us an idea of the state of the Jews in that day, which ex. ceeds all that ever has yet come on them since they were a nation. To their friends they are to be as the dew and rain, these things men cannot be happy without. To their enemies they are to be like a lion among the beasts of the forest, who is king among them, and like a young lion among flocks, who if he rise up against them, there is none to deliver.
I will mention what two other prophets have said con. cerning the honorable state the Jews fhall be in in the view of other nations; these are Zephaniah and Zechariah. The first says, chap, iii. 20, “ At that time will - I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you ;
for I will make you a name and a praise among all peo. ple of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, faith the Lord.” Zechariah viii. 13, “ And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel ; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing, fear not, but let your hands be strong.
Both of these prophets speak of the return of the Jews from their captivity in the same chapters where they mention the name the Jews shall have among the na. tions, in the thousand years of Chirst's reign among them.
To look over that happy period which shall last one thousand years on earth, affords peculiar joy to me in the present state, having a hope through grace, that I shall attain to the resurrection of the dead; to have a part in the first resurrection, which will be one thousand years before the rest of the dead are raised. If the be. lief of this glorious subject affords so much pleasure, what must be the joy of those who live and reign with Christ at that time? More will be done at that time than we can now ask or think. ; At the first view of this glorious subject, we are ready to say, why is it limited to one thousand years ? Why does it not continue forever! This must end that a more glorious state may commence, never to end. After all this glory, fatan will be let loose to deceive the nations of the earth before the last judgment, and the utter deftruction of the wicked in the lake of fire ; which will put an end to fin in this world, and make way for the new heavens and earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness, which we, according to his promise, look for. All these things will be attended to in their order.
“WE HAVE ALSO A MORE SURE WORD OF
VOTWITHSTANDING the glory of the thousand years, when Christ will be king over all the earth ; when all nations, shall meet at Jerusalem from year to year, to worship the king, the Lord of hosts; yet it must have an end, and will close ; and awful scenes will follow it ; by which the way will be prepared for the eternal overthrow of all the wicked, and to bring all the followers of the Lamb, to behold his glory in the new Jerusalem, world without end.
This is particularly mentioned in the same chapter where the resurrection of the just is mentioned, and the reign of Christ on earth for one thousand years. Rev. XX. 7, 8, 9, “ And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them to battle ; the number of whom is as the land of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city, and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”
Here are several important particulars worthy of our notice;
1. The thousand years are to expire....2. Satan will be loof ed out of his prison....3. He will deceive the nations all over the earth, and gather them together to battle....4. They will compass the camp of the faintsand the beloved city...5: A fire
from heaven will devour them all....6. Satan will be cast into the lake of fire, and there be reserved until the last judgment.
I shall make a few remarks on the above particulars. ,
1. The thousand years of Christ's reign on the earth will end.
When we look over this glorious state of the nations for one thousand years, and view their glory under the MESSIAH, when Jew and Gentile shall all unite in love, when wars shall cease to the ends of the earth ; when all nations being of one language, fhall meet at Jerusalem from year to year, to pay their homage to their king, and to be taught his ways; at first thought we cry out, “O that this state might continue forever !" But who. ever reads and believes what is to follow all this, when the new heaven and earth are created ; will see why this glorious state must expire. The day the Apostles faw was glorious beyond what ever had been since the world began, when the churches had reft, and were of one "heart, one mind, one soul, and one judgment. Who * would have thought that there would ever bę any to fall
from that truth which made all free, who knew it? Yet the apostles assured their brethren, there would be a fall. ing away from their order which was to them fo pleasing. As many after the apostles fell from their own stedfaltness, being led away by the error of the wicked, so it will be
after the thousand years are expired. ? How can I leave the delights of the thousand years, to attend to a subject, where rebellion, terror and dele truction are its consequences? But these things follow · after this glory; I must wade through it to higher,
greater, and more lasting glory, which Ihall never end. • 2. At the clofe of the thousand years Satan will be laoseid
out of his prifon, to deceive ihe nations. : During the time of Chrilt's reign on earth, before the day of judgment, Satan who walks about like a roaring lion, will be bound a thousand years; this is recorded. Revelations xx. 2, 3, “And he laid hold on the dragon, that oid ferpent, which is the devil, and fatan, and bound him a thousand years and cast him into the bottomless pit, and thut 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 that he must be loofed a little season."
It is knowledge and obedience to God among men, which prevents being deceived by fatan, so long as men are the children of light, satan is bound by that light, & that wicked one toucheth them not. Those who have known the way of righteousness and then rebel, or turn from the holy commandment, are such as fatan leads captive at his will.
When satan is loosed out of his prison, or not prevented from deceiving the nations; what an amazing change will take place in the world! O how different from that when all obeyed the Prince of Peace.
3. He will deceive the nations all over the earth, and gath. er them together to battle.
At the first view of this particular, we are led to ask how it is poflible for the nations who are under the gov: ernment of the glorious Mefliah to be deceived by satan, to that degree that they shall engage in a war against him?
Those who are the most ignorant of fatan's devices, are the most easily deceived by him. This was the case with Eve; she had never known any thing but righteous. ness, and when the temptation came, “ Ye shall be as Gods,” she thinking it would be fo, immediately tranfgressed the law of heaven, which food exactly opposite to the temptation. By this we may see how one or many under a righteous government may be deceived and become rebels. It is likely to me that when fatan is loosed, he will put it into the hearts of the nations, that if they rebel against the Messiah, chey will be raised higher, than they are in obedience to him ; this will lead to a war against the lamb.
Some one may ask, where all these enemies who are deceived will be found, if in the thousand years allpeople on earth are righteous ? Observe, this deception is to take place after the thousand years are finished. Allowing that at the end of the thousand years all people are righteous; and from that day all who are born ihould