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.filling the place with their dead bodies they will fuy, " blessed is he that cometh in the name of the LORD;" this Christ has said the Jews will say when they see him again.
4. After Christ, (or Michael,), has judged this great army in this valley of decision, he will then proceed to destroy them; this will be done in several ways ;=first, he will send lightning like arrows, to devour them. Zechariah ix. 14, - And his arrows shall go forth as lightning." Second, the Lord will fight against them as he once fought in the day of Gibeon, when he threw hail. îiones upon thern from heaven. Zechariah xiv. 3; “ Then fhall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.” This I think refers to the time when the sun stood ftill, at the command of Joshua; it is said at that time, “ That the LORD calt down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died ; they were more which died with che hailstones, than they whom the children of Israel flew with the sword,” Joshua x. 11. Third, they will, like the Midianițes llay each other, Ezekiel xxxviii. 21, " And I will call for a sword against him (Gog) throughout all my mountains, faith the LORD God, every man's fivord shall be against his brother." This is spoken of the same army. Fourth, the inhabitants of Jerusalem that are left, fvill slay some of them, Zechariah xiv. 14, “ And Judah allo fhail fight at Jerusalem ; and the wealth of all the deathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abund. ance. Fifth, those who are not destroyed in these various ways will die with the plague, fo that there will scarcely any escape to tell the news in the countries they came from. Zechariah xiv. 12, " And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem ; their flesh Thall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” Verse 15, “And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these
tents.” In Ezekiel it is said, that this army should come on horses ; here it is said that not only the men but even the beasts should die with the plague ; how dreadful must be their situation when their fieth shall consume away while they stand upon their feet !--taken of a sudden, according to what is said in chapter xii. 4, « And in that , day faith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astoniftament, and his rider with madness." This peftilence is mentioned by Ezekiel, chap. xxxviii. 22, “ And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood.”
5. After this great army is flain in this terrible manner, we are told what will be done with the dead bodies. Some of them will be devoured by ravenous birds, and some of them will be buried. Some will be devoured by ravenous beasts. Ezekiel xxxix. 17, 18, 19, 20,“ Andi thou, son of man, thus faith the LORD God, speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field ; affemble yourselves and come ; gather yourselves on ev. ery side to my facrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great facrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fallings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken of my facri. fice which I have facrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, faith the LORD God." · All this is spoken of the army that came to Jerusalem which the LORD said he would slay upon to mountains of Jerusalem. We are told in this chapter that those who are not eaten by the fouls and beasts shall be buried in the land of Israel, and that they shall be seven months in burying them, the number of the dead will be so great, verfe 11, 12, “ And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves, in the land of Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the fea ; and it shall stop the noses of the passengers; and there shall they bury Gog, and his multitudes; and they fhall call it, the valley of Hamon-Gog-[The multituds
of Gog] And seven months Thall the house of Israel te burying them, that they may cleanse the land.” Howwonderful is the spirit of prophecy! read, understand and believe what God has said !
6. We are told that the bows, arrows, and handstaves" which this army shall leave will be fo numerous, that they will serve the Jews for fuel in that mild climate for seven years, so that they will have no occasion to go into the forest to cut down any wood for fuel in all that time. Verse 9, 10, “ And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the. bows and the arrows, and the hand-staves and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years ; so that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut. down any out of the forest ; for they shall" burn the weapons with fire'; and they snall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, faith the LORD. God."
7. It appears from this chapter, that almost the. whole of every nation that composed this army, will come to Jerusalem, leaving only a few behind, called the sixth part, verse 2, “And I will turn thee back, and. I will leave but the fixth part of thee.”
8. God's design in all this is, to make himself known to the Jews, and in all the earth, as he did in Pharaoh when he rose against God. The sudden and dreadful. overthrow of this great and powerful army, will sound through all the earth, and will prepare the way for the spread of the knowledge of Jesus over all the earth.. This is mentioned in verse 21, 22, 23, “ And I will fet my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen Ihall fee my judgments that I have executed,and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God, from that day and forward. And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity.” • We now see what will be done at the coming of Chrift; his enemies flain, the mountain parted, the Jews delivera
ed, and the way prepared for the spread of the knowledge of Christ over all the world, who is now come to reign on the earth a thousand years. Lest some should doubt whether Christ will ever appear and reign on the earth a thousand years, I shall in the next Sermon mention the prophecies, which speaks of his coming, and what will be at that time.
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IN this Sermon will be noticed ; The prophecies which speak;
of the coming of Christ to reign upon the earth, with the cir. cumstances of it, &C..
IN this Sermon, I shall first mention what is faid of this appearing of Christ, by the Prophets,by Chrift, und the apostles.
The first who fpake of the coming of Christ to reign on the earth, was Enoch the seventh from Adam, Jude xiv. 15, “ Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to con. vince all that are ungodly among them of all their un. godly deeds which they have ungodlily committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly finners have fpoken against him.”
That this prophecy refers to the time when Christ sball come to stand on the mount of Olives, when the great army is gathered against Jerusalem, is plain by comparing this with what Zechariah has said. Here it is said, that he will come with ten thousand of his faint: to execute judgment upon the ungodly; there it is said, that he shall come and all the saints with thee. Zech. xiv. 5, it is also faid, that at that time he will slay the: wicked. - Another prophecy concerning the coming of Christ to reign upon the earth, is recorded in Job xix. 25, 26, 27, * For I know that my REDEEMER liveth, and that he