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ry of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
6. In the thousand years fome will die ; but in the new earth, there is no death. Rev. xxi, 4, "“ And there shall be no more death."
These things prove that the new heaven and earth will appear after this present state of things are at an end, when Christ shall put down all rule, all authority and power, when the Son himself shall be subject, that God may be all in all.
A few words more shall close this fermon.
This Sermon contains a short account of the last but two, of the glorions things which shall be hereafter. The new heaven and earth are as plainly described in the fcriptures as the resurrection of the dead, or the last judge ment, and though many people think there will be a judgment day; yet when they are told from the fame book that there will be a new heaven and earth beyond that, or that God will make all things new; at once they say, “ doth he not speak parables ?"
We have certainly the same reason to believe that the heaven and earth will hereafter be made new, as we have to believe that mortal men will become immortal ; when they are immortal, they will be pure : then they will want a place of residence pure and perfect as they are ; the new heaven and earth will be the place ; being as completely suited to their situation when immortal, as this heaven and earth now is for men who are mortal. As to the notion men have of an heaven beyond the fun, moon, and stars, it favours of paganism and not of Christ. There is no doubt but Christ afcended up to
heaven; but I believe it was to the sun, or to some of · the worlds we call stars or planets.
The pagans and mahometans, tell us of heavens, def. cribed in the form of cities or temples, a Paradise of senfual joys, or the Elefian Fields, these things are but im. aginary things borrowed or formed from realities in the scriptures; these are the counterfeits, but the true coin is found recorded in the scriptures of truth. There is a great glory in the heaven and earth at the present time, and we are struck with astonishment, while we consider the heavens the work of God's fingers, the moon and stars. which he has ordained, and of the earth we may fay, it is full of thy riches, and full of his glory. O how much of God's riches and glory does this present earth con. tain ! as well as the heavens or Atmosphere ! Many are saying, “ what a poor miserable world is this !” Whereis it poor? Where is the place on earth that God's good. ness, riches, and glory are not seen?
How immense are the riches of this earth in its present state ! How full of gold, silver, brass, iron, all manner of precious stones, pearls, corals, &c. what riches are there in cattle and creeping things, what an abundance for food and clothing does the earth afford, with other delights of life. How full of riches are the seas, in every part of the world, who can count these riches ! Look upward, see the beauty of the heavens and read the rich. es there, how valuable is the air in which we breathe ; the light of the sun, moon, and stars! Which of them can we part with? Surely he gives us all things richly to enjoy! Why do men make these complaints ? Because they abuse the blessings of heaven, despising the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long suffering, corifuming the mercies of God upon their lufts. If the heavens and earth are thus glorious, and full of riches: now, what will they be when made new,and suited to the state of faints immortal! When no pestilence shall infect the air, nor lurk in any path we tread! When the air, the water, and food will all be life ; when righteousness fall dwell in the earth forever, instead of having a tran. fient residence. Then, O then the curse brought on the earth for the first Adam's fake, shall be forever removed for the sake of the second Adam, the Lord from heaven.. Night will then be forever past, and one eternal noon ihall gladden the hearts of the happy blessed forever ; , death, tears, crying, pain, loss, andevery ill, shall be ever excluded from that happy state with all who work abon, ination, or make a lye..
: This is the earth which the meek shall inherit, the earth which abideth forever, where the righteous fhall shine world without end. Who is there that would wish to fail of this glory? Each one will say, “Let my last end be like that of the righteous." To have this glory, seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
“Only believe, and then sing on, .
Heaven is yours forever.”
What more is needful to make the bliss of those who fhall be immortal complete ? One thing more; the holy city new Jerusalem, which shall be in the new earth, with the river of water of life, and the tree of life in the midst of the city. These things I shall endeavour to describe in the next Sermon.
“WE HAVE ALSO A MORE SURE WORD OF
PROPIIEC Y.” &c.
THROUGH various scenes of terror, wars, fongs, victories,
and the world on fire, we have at last arrived to the last thing mentioned in this course of Sermons, and to the last thing that is to take place as it respects this earth forever : viz ...
THE New JERUSALEM, where the fainis. fhall dwell forever, after all the wicked are punished withe the second death."
The same sure word of prophecy which has been a light shining all the way through thefe sermons, while attend. ing to those things that have and are to be fulfilled, is fufficient to teach us all we need to know concerning the New Jerusalem, where the faints shall dwell forever, be. yond all the changes which are to take place, until the New JERUSALEM thall be feen, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husa band.
This city,the new Jerusalem, which is to be the residence of the saints forever, is plainly described in the scriptures of truth, and particularly in the new testament. John tells us of the new heaven and earth, and that there was no more fea ; and after mentioning this ; proceeds im. mediately to mention and describe the New JERUSALEM ; Rev. xxi. 2, “And I John saw the Holy City, NEW JERUSALEM, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her busband."
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This city which will be seen in the new earth, is menttioned in other parts of the scriptures, by seven different words and expressions; which all mean the same thing as the words, New JERUSALEM. This I lhall fhew be. fore I proceed to describe this holy city.
1. The first words besides New Jerusalem, which are used to describe this city, is, “ The Holy City ;' in this verse, “ And I John saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem.” Rev. xxii. 19, “ And if any man fhall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the Ho. Ly City.” It is certain that the holy city, and new Je rusalem, both mean one.
2. The New JERUSALEM is called, “ The tabernacle of God;" Rev. xxi. 3, “ And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, behold, the TABERNACLE of God is with men.” What is called the holy city, and new Je. rusalem, in verse 2, is here called the TABERNACLE of God. It is evident that the tabernacle of God mention. ed here means the fame as the new Jerusalem.
3. This new Jerusalem is called the heavenly Jerusalem, and city of the living God which he has prepared for them that love him. Heb. xii. 22, " But ye are come to mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.” This agrees with the new Je. rusalem coming down from God out of heaven. Heb. xi. 16, “ But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he hath PREPARED for them a city.” This city, appears to be the fame as the new Jerusalem. This city is prepared, and so is the new Jerusalem ; prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and though the elect will fet down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom, when Christ reigns on the earth, yet after all this, they will enjoy a city already prepared for them from the fuundation of the world, d
4. This New JERUSALEM, is by Paul called the Jerufalem which is above. Gal. iv. 26, “ But Jer USALEM which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Paul in this verse tells us of a Jerusalem which is above;