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this book, which he hath opened, and especially by the great one of the coming of his kingdom, to which all the previous events lead. Then it shall appear, not only to the church of Christ, not only to the holy angels, but to the world at large, that Christ is possessed of supreme authority, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, that he bestows the true riches, and that even temporal blessings as well as spiritual are at his disposal, that his wife dom is unerring, his strength almighty, that every revolution in the world and in the Christian church illustrates his honour and glory, and that all blefsing and true happiness are derived from him.
By angels joining in this song, it is intimated, that angels shall be active instruments in the hand of God in bringing about these events, especially, that illustrious one, the coming of the kingdom of God.
Verses 13th, 14th.–And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenX 2
ty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever.
All the creatures of God rational and irrational, animate and inanimate, celestial or terrestrial, unite in singing a song to Him that fitteth upon the throne and to Christ, in which they can all join. It is not meant that the inanimate and irrational creatures of God can praise him with intention fo as to worship him; but only that as instruments in his hands, without knowing what they are doing,or. why they are doing it, they shall all unite in bringing about the events predicted in this book, and e. . specially that distinguished one by which Christians fall be brought to reign with Christ on earth; in such a way as shall reflect the highest praise on God the Father, and the Son. It is thus, Psalm xix. 1,--4. that.“ The heavens declare the glory "' of God: and the firmament sheweth his handy “ work. That day unto day uttereth speech, and " night unto night teacheth knowledge. That “ there is no speech nor language where their “ voice is not heard. That their line is gone out “ through all the earth, and their words to the end “ of the world.”
As shall be shewn in its proper place, it is highly probable, that during the millenium state, the different climates shall be much more mild, and there shall be fewer storms, tempests, and earth
quakes ; that the brute creatures shall be much more gentle and harmless to one another and to man, most 'probably because man will be much more gentle and harmless to them, than all these are in the present state of things. Ifaiah xi, 6,--9. “ The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the “ leopard shall lie down with the kid : and the calf " and the young lion, and the fatling together, " and a little child shall lead them. And the “ cow and the bear shall feed, their young ones “ shall lie down together : and the lion shall eat “ straw like the ox. And the fucking child shall “ play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned “ child shall put his hand on the cockatrice den. “ They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy “ mountain : for the earth shall be full of the know“ ledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
It is, most probably, in reference to the great change for the better, which shall take place at that period, in the state of the air, and the situation and tempers of the brute creation, at a period which may well be denominated the manifeitation of the fons of God; that the Apostle Paul gives the following account of the ardent desires of the brute and even inanimate creation for that period, Rom. viii. 19,--22. “For the earnest expectation of the crea“ ture waiteth for the manifestation of the Tons of “ God. For the creature was made subject to va“ nity, not willingly, but by reason of him, who
“ hath d the same in hope: because the “ creature itself also shall be delivered from the bon“ dage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of " the children of God. For we know that the “ whole creation groaneth, and travelleth in pain " together until now.”
One can scarce conceive a greater display of “ blessing, and honour, and glory, and power” in the Divine Governor of the world, than that which such a wonderful and happy change in the animate and inanimate creatures, would exhibit.
To all these fongs of praise the ministers of the gospel give their Amen; in testimony of their ardent desires, that such a happy state of the church of Christ and of the world may come; and of their firm hope that it shall come, in the manner, and at the time predicted in this book; for the opening up of which, they, Christians, , angels, and the creatures of God at large are represented thus praifing Christ. All true Christians join in the Amen; and they worship the Lamb, which was slain, as him who is now alive and liveth for ever; and who therefore can forsee all events, and act at all times,
C H A P.
THE OPENING OF SIX OF THE SEALS.
Verses ift, 2d. AND I saw when the Lamb
: opened one of the seals, and I heard as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts, saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold, a white horse; and he that fat on him had a bow, and a crown was given: unto him, and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
In vision John faw Christ opening the first seal of the book; and at the same time he heard a voice, loud as thunder, calling unto him, Come and see, which was the voice of one of the living creatures. By the call which one of the living creatures gives to John to come and sce, is fignified that the ministers of the gospel, in every period of the church, direct the attention of men to this book; and give them such views of it as tend to strengthen their faith and patience, that, when they direct the attention of men to this book,