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the young and old should rejoice together, and that God
will turn their mourning into joy. All this is to take · place when the new covenant is made with them. See verse 31, 32, 33, 34.
What a glorious situation must the world be in at that day, and particularly the Jews. When this city and . temple is built ; when the twelve tribes are reftored, and each enjoying their land, according to the new division of it to each tribe. When they shall fee the king in his beauty, dwelling in his temple, built, in the city which lies between the seven, and five tribes of Israel.
Now cast your eyes abroad; look eastward, westward, northward, and southward. Behold the pleasant land which the Lord promised to Abraham, and his feed. Behold the Mediterranean sea on the west! See the ships appear, bringing from distant lands, the worshippers who are coming to see the king in his beauty, and to crown him Lord of all. See them landing at Joppa, while their brethren on the fore joyfully receive, and welcome them to Emmanuel's land; Hark! How these brethren of different nations, all speaking one language, join their loud voices, and shout, « worthy is the Lamb who has redeemed us by his blood.” See the crowds which fill the road from Joppa to Jerusalem, hastening to see the city of the great king,and going from strength to strength,till at last they appear in Zion before God. Look southward, and eastward, and see the multitudes coming by land, on camels and dromedaries, to join their breth ren, in praises to the LORD, who dwells in Jerusalem.
Add to all this, the voice of health is heard, fickness, war, and famine is no more. Surely we may say, “ bles. fed is he that shall eat bread in thy kingdom." Even fo, Amen.
ÎN this Sermon will be noticed, the peculiar rivers, and
streams, which will flow through the land of Canaan, in the thousand years of Christ's reign on the earth.
IT is evident from the prophecies, that when Christ reigns on the earth, there will be many new rivers ... streams, springs, and fountains, in different parts of the
earth, even where now there are none.
The first I shall notice, is the one mentioned by Ezekiel. This river, many have undertaken to spiritualize, or turn into a similitude ; but we might with as much pro. priety turn the whole scriptures into similitudes, and say of the whole, as Ezekiel's hearers once said of him, “ Doth he not speak parables?”
I shall give a particular account of this river as it is recorded in Ezekiel ; that every candid reader may fee that a real river is intended, and not a figurative one.
The description of this river which shall appear in the thousand years of Chriít's reign on earth, is recorded in Ezekiel xlvii. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, “ Afterwards he brought me again unto the door of the house ; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward ; for the fore front of the house stood toward the east, and the water came down from under the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar,then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the outer
gate by the way that looketh eastward, and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ancles. Again he measured a thousand,and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees; again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. Afterward he measured a thousand ; and it was a river that I could not pass over ; for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
And he said unto me, Son of man, halt thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. Now, when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river, were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then said he unto me, these waters issue out towards the east country, and go down into the defert, and go into the sea ; which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whetherfoever the river shall come, shall live ; and shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither; for they shall be healed; and every thing fhall live whither the river cometh. And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even to En-egliam; they shall be a place to fpread forth nets; their filh shall be according to their kinds, as the Glh of the great fea, exceeding many. But the miry places thereof, and the marffies thereof, shall not be heal. ed, they shall be given to falt. And by the river, upon the bank thereof, on this fide, and on that fide, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neicher Thall the fruit thereof be consumed ; it shall bring forth new fruit, according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary ; and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine." "
This river is mentioned as one which never ran before ; and on this account some may think this has reference to the outpouring of the spirit in the last days; but the iprophecy declares that God's opening new rivers and fountains in the defert is a new thing which he will do. Isaiah xliii. 19, 20, “Behold I will do a new, thing; now it shall spring forth ; fhall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the defvert. The beasts of the field shall honor me, the dragon's tand the owls, because I give waters in the wilderness,
and Rivers in the defert, to give drink to my people, imy chosen:” XXX. 25, 4 And there fhalt be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and
treams of waters, in the day of the great flaughter, when the towers fall.” It is plain that these prophecies concerning rivers and streams are to be fulfilled, at the time when the great army is flain, and when the Jews are in great prosperity. See verse 24, 26, 27, 28, 29. - I will mention one prophecy more to prove that there 3will be rivers in the land of Canaan, in the thousand years, such as never were before. Joel iii. 18, “And it thall come to pafs in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow down with milk, and all the rivers of Judah fhall flow with waters, and a fountain thall come forth of the house of the LORD, tand shall water the valley of Shittim." - This prophecy is to be fulfilled, when the great army is brought into the valley of decision, when the LORD shall spar out of Zion, fee verse 14, 16. This is the time when the great army shall be destroyed, as has been noticed in a former sermon. At this time the rivers and fountain hali flow; at which time it is said, Egypt shall be a defolation while judah shall dwell forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. * These places are sufficient to prove toany rational mind, that rivers and fountains will at that glorious time flow in great abundance through the promised land, when all nations fubmit to Chist. " I shall now mention several things concerning the river mentioned by Ezekiel.
1. We will notice the source of this remarkable river. .
In the chapters before this the man with the measuring lige had thewn Ezekiel the city and house of the Lord
of hosts, where he will dwell in the latter days. He told him what the law of the house was, -HOLINESS... Chap. xliii, 12,.“ This is the law of the house ; upon the Sit top of the mountain, the whole limit thereof round about 13 fhall be most holy. Behold this is the law of the house. He fewed him three gates of the house, one on the north, <* one on the south, and one on the east. The north and fouth gates were for the entrance of the worshippers.; * but the east gate was for none but the prince to enter 7. sd the Lord Jesus, the prince of peace..
Wong After he had shewn him the east gate, or door, androl carried him round to other places, he brought him back again to the east door of the holy house; there he faw, waters running out from under the threshold of the eaft sy door. Here is the beginning of that river which he saw a afterwards deep enough to swim in. This must be the "I fame river mentioned in Joel iii. 18, “And a fountain 16 fhall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water: the valley of Shittim." Here the same house and foun. in tain is mentioned which Ezekiel faw. I think that a Zechariah has reference to this river when he says Zech. xiv. 8, “ And it shall come to pass in that day, :: that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem ; half of i them towards the former fea, and half of them towards" ; the hinder sea; in Summer and in Winter shall it be.”. This water is to go out of Jerusalem, when the Lord is to king over all the earth.
2. After the men had shewn the waters to Ezekiel, he began to measure by the side of the little stream, and af. ter he had measured one, thousand cubits, he brought him across and the waters were only to his ancles. Hemeaf- * ured a thousand more, and the waters were to his knees, in He measured a thousand more, and brought him across; .' the waters were to his loins. When he measured the fourth time, the waters had increased to a river where) be might fwim. . .. The distance which was measured, was over one mile, .. and short of three. What a rapid increase of water, in running no further. All this Ezekiel had in vision. : ) Part of his vision, all must own was a reality. He really ,