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the foundation of the world, as it appears from the words of Jesus in Matthew, 25th chapter and 34th
It is evident that the kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world was Paradise, which Adam was driven from,
And the tree of life which was in this Paradise, was then guarded by cherubims, and a flaming sword, which turned every way.
And Solomon also speaks of this in his Song, 4th chapter, and 12th verse.---" A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” And Ezekiel prophesied,
in the 44th chapter, and 2nd verse, saying :---" This gate shall be shut, and shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it, because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.”
This gate was to be shut till times should be ended ; and that none entered in but the woman's seed, which is called the King of Glory, who entered in after four thousand years; when he rose from the sepulchre, and partook of the tree of life; and then it was shut.
And it is said in Revelation, 2nd chapter and 7th verse :--.“ He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches, to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God."
Avd it is said in John, 16th chapter, and 24th verse.---" Hitherto ye have asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
And it is said in Revelation, 3rd chapter, and 21st verse.---" To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his Throne."
And this throne is to be on this planet, and is to
be revealed from heaven; so it is said in Ist Peter, Ist chapter, 4th and 5th verses.---“ An Inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, really to be revealed in the last time.”
The old inheritance, which is the old world, is corruptible, and defiled, and must fade away, unlees it be changed by the Spirit; but the life of the new world, which is the world to come, is incorruptible, and fadeth not away: and this inheritance, which is the life of the world to come, is now reserved in heaven, but is to be revealed in the last time.
The time of the old world, is divided into time and times, which is three dispensations; and in the last of these three times will a new world be made, which is for eternity, which is not the life of the blood, but the flesh and the bone; and will be given unto those who are kept by. the power of God through faith unto salvation. And the balf time, which is for a thousand years, is for the old world to serve the new one.
Abraham is called the father of the faithful, and God said unto him, in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed ; the seed of Abraham is Christ, Matthew, Ist chapter, and those who are joint-heirs with him; who have the same faith which Abraham had, who believe that God will fulfil all his promises, and God will keep them by his power, through this faith, and will prepare them to receive his salvation; not the salvation of their souls only, but also the redemption of their bodies, to be made like unto his glorious body.
And God will cut short the last or third time; for it is said in Mathew, 24th chapter, and 22nd verse: "Except those days should be shortened, there should be no Alesh be saved."
So it is said in Romans, 9th chapter, and 28th verse: “He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness; because a short work will the Lord make
the earth.” And he says in Revelation, 22nd chapter, and 12th verse: "Behold, I come quickly; and my rewarıl is with me.”
It is said the world to come is not made in subjection to the angels.
It is evident that the old world is in subjection to the angels, to see whether they will obey tlie angels which kept not their first estate, or the an. gels which kept their first estate, Jude, 6th verse; they are put under the angels of God to keep the fallen angels from destroying them before the appointed time; and to be ministering spirits and guardians, to all that seek to do the will of God.
So it is said in the 91st Psalm, Jlth and 12th verses: “He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways: they shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."
And in Hebrews, Ist chapter, 14th verse: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation ?''
This is the mission of the angels to the old world, which must pass away; so it is said in Hebrews, Ist chapter, 10th and 11th verses: “Thou, Lord in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands; they shall perish, but thou remainest: and they all shall wax old as doth a garment.”
And it is said in the 6th verse: “When he bringeth in the first-begotton into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
And at the birth of the first-begotton, the angels appeared unto the shepherds, see Luke, 2nd chapter, 8—14th verses: “And there were in the
same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord.
12. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling-clothes, lying in a manger.
13. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14. Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
The 8th Psalm, 4---6th verses: shews further the difference between the old world and the new one;
It is said: "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou visitest him?
5. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6. Thou hast made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet."
And it is said in Hebrews, 2nd chapter, 8th and 9th verses: “But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9. But we see Jesús, who was made a litle lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory, and honour."
The first Adams' seed is made lower than the angels, but the latter Adam, Christ his seed higher than the angels, and all in heaven and on earth, are to be subject to them.
So it is said in 1st Corinthians, 6th chapter, 3rd verse: “Know ye not that we shall judge angels.”
And Satan testified in Matthew, 4th. chapter, and 6th verse: saying, “It is written he shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
It is evident from the 91st Psalm, Ilth and 12th verses: that this charge was unto the angels which kept their first estate; Jesus having the nature of the woman on him, which man cast the blame on; and Satan also tempted him to worship him, but Jesus was not in subjection to this evil power; for Jesus said unto him, in Matthew, 4th chap. - 10th verse: “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
So he was not in subjection to the angels, but the angels to him; so he said in Matthew, 26th chapter, 53rd verse: “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels.”
And when man is changed into his image he will have the same power, because he will be of God, as the woman is also of the man; for as Christ is of God, so will this woman, which is the house of Israel, be then of Christ; as he says in John, 14th chap. 1lth and 20th verses: “I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and
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And it is written in Genesis, 28th chap. 12th to 14th verses:
'Jacob dreamed, and behold a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13. And behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy Father, and the God of Isaac: The land whereon thou liest to thee will I give it, and to thy seed,