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6 WE HAVE ALSO A MORE SURE WORD OF
IN this fermon is contained, a description of the kingdom of
Christ on the earth, one thousand years, after he has overthrown all the kingdoms of this world and taken them for. himself and the faints.
In the foregoing fermons it has been plainly proved from the prophecies, that Jesus Christ will in the latter days stand on the earth, and that he will raise all the dead saints, and change the living ones, and that they will reign with him on the earth, without any interruption one thousand years, before the day of judgment. This is what I am now to describe.
In the prophecies where these things are mentioned, there is an order observed, which if attended too,will thew us the propriety of that which the Lord says shall certainly come to pass. When Christ described his kingdom, he compared it to the grain, which grows first the blade, next the ear, then the full corn in the ear. Mark iv, 26, 27, 28, “ And he said, fo is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cait feed into the ground; and should Deep, and rise night and day; and the feed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how, for the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself ; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.”
Here are three states of the corn-the blade-the ear, and the full corn in the ear-From the time that Christ begun to preach, to this day, his kingdom on earth has
been in the blade ; there are none who attain to more than the apostles and primitive saints attained too; but few if any attain to what they did in degree ; though many have the same in nature; none expect, or can expect more than they had. After all that has been said or done we are no more than in the blade. - At the resurrection of the just, there will be more than we can have in this state ; at that time the kingdom will be in the ear, all the faints who are raised, or changed, will have more than can poflibly be enjoyed in this world and will have it for a longer time than any ever had it here: but the kingdom will not appear as the full corn in the ear, untill the new heaven and earth is created, which will not be till after the day of judgment ; when all the wicked will be punished with the second death; then the new Jerusalem will come down from God out of heaven, with walls of Jasper, gates of Pearl, and Streets of Gold; where the nations of them that are saved, shall dwell, where there shall in no wise enter any thing that worketh abomination or maketh a lye. In this world
the saints, (who are children of this kingdom,) shine like 1..candles, or lamps,and need to be often trimed, in the thou
fand years, or ear state of the kingdom; they who turn many to righteousness will shine like the stars in the firmament ; but in the new heavens, and earth beyond the thousand years, and day of judgment, the righteous will
fhine brighter than stars,even as bright as the fun forever; a this will be the brightest they can be brought to by him -- who saves by his blood. Christ says of such, Matth. xiii. - -41, 43, « The son of man shall send forth his angels, 3. and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that * offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cait them
into a furnace of fire ; there shall be wailing and gnash1.ing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the $ fun in the kingdom of their father. Who hath ears to
hear let him hear." 1 One great difficulty which has risen in my mind, and in
the minds of others, concerning the thousand years of 1.: Christ's reign upon earth, is not diftinguishing between the
power which Christ now has and the power which he will take to himself when he appears the second time."
We also mistake by not considering the difference there is between the kingdom in the blade and in the ear. I have formerly thought Christ would do that before the first resurrection, which he will not do till all the saints in their graves are raised to meet him in the air to reign with him on the earth.
Jesus and his apostles have told us that we are not to look for the glory of his kingdom in this world. Christ told Pilate his kingdom was not of this world; he meant, that though he should hereafter reign on the earth, it would not be until he had gone to heaven and returned. Luke xviii. 36, “ Jesus answered, my kingdom is not of this world ; if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews ; but now is my kingdom not from hence.” Here he fpeaks of a kingdom which he shall have in an other state beyond this. When the high priest adjured him to tell them whether he were the Christ, (or Mef. fiah,) or not, it is said, Matth. xxvi. 64, “ Jesus saith un. to him; thou hast said, nevertheless I fay unto you, hereafter shall ye see the son of man setting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven." At this time, when he comes in the clouds of heaven, he will take the kingdom, and have the whole command all over the world, Paul speaks of Christ's kingdom at his coming, 2 Timothy iv. i, “ I charge thee therefore, before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.” Here his kingdom is mentioned with his appearing..
When Paul speaks of a general subjection to Jesus Christ all over the world, he mentions it as something to be done in the world to come, and not in this; Heb. ii, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, “ For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we now speak; but one in a certain place testified, saying, what is man that thou art mindful of him ; or the son of man that thou visitest him ? thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedt him with glory and ļonor,
and didit fet him over the works of thine hands : Thou haft put all things in subjection under his feet : for in that he put all things in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him: but now we see not yet all things put under him : but we fee Jesus, who was made a little lower then the angels for the sufferings of death, crowned with glory and honor ; that he by the grace of God should talte death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”.
In this place Paul says, he speaks of the world to come. · Now we do not see all things in subjection to Adam, angels,nor Chrift; though Christ has all power in heaven and earth,yet we seemillions who are not in subjection to him, but are at this day fighting against him and his children. There will be a time when the birds, beasts, fishes, and men, will all be in as complete subjection to Christ, as. they were to Adam, when God gave him the dominion over the fowls, beasts, fishes, and every living creaturé. This was Paul's comfort, that he saw Jesus who would have the world to come all in fubjection. This world to come will commencé at the resurrection of the juft. This Christ has declared, Luke xx. 34, 35, 36, “ And Jesus, answering, faid unto them, the children of this world marry, and are given in marriage ; but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that WORLD,and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage. Neither can they die any more ; for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.”
I think these things must appear plain to every one who reads the scriptures, and compares these things with what is plainly revealed concerning those great and im. portant things.
My design in this sermon is to describe the Kingdom of Christ on earth a thousand years, this is the Kingdom he taught his disciples to pray for, saying, “ thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." This is what is meant by the Millennium. I do not
choose to use this word, as it is not in the bible; it means a thousand years. This is the expreflion used, and I choose to make use of it as it is recorded in Revelation XX. 4, " And they lived and reigned with Christ a thou. fand years."
This will be the happiest time any of the sons of Adam ever saw; and the longest time of glory and joy that has ever been since the world was; yet with all its glory it will only be introductory to a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
In order to describe this glorious kingdom of Christ that it may be understood, I shall speak of several things, which will then take place. 3.1. Jesus Christ will be the king over all the earth ; and be * acknowledged and submitted too as fuch. .
This is mentioned in Zechariah xiv. 9, “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth; in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one." There are sev, eral things peculiar to a king which are found in Christ, who will give a law which will be received in all the earth.
There are four ways in which men become kings; 1. By birth--2. By gift-3. By conquest-4. By choice. In all these ways Christ is king-he was born king of the Jews; his father gave him all power in heaven and earth; he overcome the world, and God, angels, and saints have made choice of him, to be the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Jesus Christ possesses all the qualifications necessary to make his subjects safe and happy in the thousand years.
1. Age is necessary in a king: he is now the ancient of days.
2. The certainty of his life is another great thing. He fays, I am he that was dead and I am alive, and behold I live forever more.
3. 'Wisdom and knowledge are necessary for a king, these Christ has; in him are hid all the treasures of wildom and knowledge.
4. Power is necessary for a king, this Christ has now; All power is given to him in heaven and earth, and ai