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lem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts.” At that day which closes all the affilictions of time, and begins the dawn and morning of everlasting noon; when Christ shall come again, and shine before his ancients gloriously, and reign a Prince and a King in the midst of his people for ever and for ever—the commencement of the thousand years described in the Apocalypse – holiness to the Lord shall be upon everything in the height, everything in the depth, upon every heart, and hand, and forehead: and the whole earth shall be a holy and a beautiful offering to the Lord that made and redeemed it. “Holiness to the Lord,” means properly and strictly, “ sequestration," “ separation,” “division.” It was stated before that the Hebrew word' Kadosh means not only “ holy,” but also the very reverse, or “unholy." Its literal meaning is a thing devoted : if devoted to wickedness, it is still Kadosh; if devoted to goodness, it is still Kadosh. It is used like the Latin word sacer, which means sacred, and also wicked. The auri sacra fames does not mean "the holy thirst of gold,” but “the accursed thirst of gold.” The word in its original means simply dedication, division, separation, sequestration. Everything in that day—from the meanest article of furniture up to the cherubim that are beside the throne-shall be “Holiness to the Lord;" it means, that whatever be the excellence, the beauty, or the gifts of any creature, these shall no longer be squandered in the gratification of evil desires; but shall all be consecrated, dedicated, and devoted, to the service of the Lord God of hosts. These words will then be no longer a duty to be done, but a fact actually accomplished: “Whatever you do, whether you even eat or drink, do all to the glory of God." Every person in that day - the day that I have endeavoured to fix and to determine—shall feel all the sacredness of a priest, all the responsibility of a
servant, all the dignity of a king unto our God · and his Christ. The lowliest things shall set forth
his praise; the loftiest things shall reflect his glory; all that is little and all that is great shall be equally devoted, dedicated and separated, or be holiness to the Lord.
In order to illustrate this thought, we have only to look at what is the distinctive excellency of a thing, to see and anticipate the excellency that will be devoted and consecrated to God.
The whole Church of Christ shall then be “Holiness to the Lord.” At present the visible Church is made up of tares and wheat; and every attempt that man has made to separate them has ended rather in multiplying than diminishing the tares and injuring the wheat. We are not to expect till “ that day” a pure, and perfect, and spotless Church. But we are told that the Redeemer will present the Church to himself a holy Church without spot, or wrinkle, or blemish, or any such thing. That is, the Church — now stained with a thousand sins, pervaded by imperfections of every sort — shall then be disinfected of all its evil, purified of all its dross, and presented to the Lord a holy Church-without spot, or blemish, or wrinkle, or any such thing—“Holiness to the Lord.” Then the bride shall be clothed in her coronation robes, having made herself ready; then the new Jerusalem— no longer hidden in the distant skies, but revealed as the manifestation of the sons of God shall come down from heaven bright like the sun, fair like the moon, terrible as an army with banners. Then the mystical hundred and fortyfour thousand described in the Apocalypse shall be complete; all God's sons reclaimed, all God's people gathered home; and there shall be no more signs, because there is the substance; no more sacraments, because what is signified is revealed; no more prayer, for all shall be praise. And when angels witness the august offering, the holy spectacle, the redeemed Church, with the inscription on every brow, and the feeling in every heart, “Holiness to the Lord,” they will ask, “Who are these, and whence came they? They are not natives; they are immigrants, they are colonists ; they come from another country; they were not born here.” “Lo, these are they that have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb: therefore are they here present, therefore are they introduced here, and they serve him now day and night, without ceasing.” The whole Church shall be “Holiness to the Lord.”
When thạt day arrives, every place and portion of the earth shall be “Holiness to the Lord.” It has now its profane places, its bleak places, its desert places; but in that day, according to prophecy, its very deserts shall rejoice, its wilderness shall blossom even as the rose. There shall be no profane spot, no distinction between what is sacred and what is secular; the last fire shall have purified by its baptism the earth in which we live, its every mountain shall be holy as Mount Sion, blessed as Mount Gerizim, beautiful and radiant with light as Mount Tabor; all nature shall be the temple and the cathedral of God; every place shall be a sanctuary; every sound shall be a choral psalm; every audience a congregation; every crowd a Church; and thus the whole of space shall be inlaid with God, and all Nature, retuned, restored, regenerated, shall have inscribed upon her brow what the high priest had upon his mitre—“Holiness to the Lord.”.
When that day comes, every service shall also be “Holiness to the Lord.” Man's labour shall be like Adam's in Paradise, refreshment and joy: our life shall be a ceaseless liturgy; our labour shall be a holy offering; our conversation instinct with the purest and the noblest thoughts; the present shall be all peace, the future shall be bright as hope, the review of the past shall only give us thankfulness, and the anticipation of the future shall only give us joy. In that day, when all things are reinstated and restored — in the millennial era — there may be all that we have now, but disinfected, purified, ennobled, invested with a grandeur and a magnificence of which we have no conception now. The sower may still sow, but in sure hope; the reaper may still reap, but in ecstacy and in joy. We must not etherealize the future; we are to have bodies, though resurrection bodies; we are to live upon this orb, though a re-baptized and regenerated orb; we shall be men as we are now; and much, perhaps, that science discloses, that genius strikes out, that we regard as our privileges, our blessings, the elements of our greatness, may, being purified and consecrated, and having stamped upon them, “Holiness to the Lord,” continue in the beautiful age that is to come; that day when the Lord shall reign on Mount Zion, and shine before his ancients gloriously.
In that day, every house and dwelling shall no more be common and profane, but “Holiness to the Lord.” The head of the house shall be the high priest to offer up the prayers and the praises of the group that is around him. Wherever smoke ascends, or a heart beats, or a family congregates, shall be “Holiness to the Lord.” Daily bread shall be eaten like sacramental bread; the table of God's providence shall be holy as the table of the Lord: the Church shall be in the house, and the house shall be in the Church; and the humblest furniture within shall be holy as the ark, beautiful as the cherubim and the glory that was between ; for on the very “bells of the horses," and humblest furniture of the humblest household, shall be in.