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to read, and search the Prophecy of this Book (how deep Joever the Mifteries thereof be) wherein the Clory of Christ's Kingdom is so conspicuously held forth unto us.
Therefore it is (candid Rcader) that I have, in these insuing Sheets, presented thee with a short Exposition of many Texts of Scriptures out of the Old and New Testament, which do treat so much upon that glorious Subject, of the Kingdom of Chrift.
The Method which I have used, in the Explanation of those 'exts, is, (as you may find) First, To prove the (ertainty, Secondly, The Manner ; Thirdly, The Nearness of this blessed Time: Each one of which does greatly concern all those, who love the Lord Jesus Christ, to be'acquainted about.
As to the Certainty of such a Kingdom to be in this World, I wuld appeal unto all (who are not bigotted to a contrary Opinion) and do desire them to tell me, whether there be any one Point of Doctrine, which the Holy Scriptures treateth upon more than this glorious Kingdom,
And if so; Why should any of the dear Saints call this precious Truth into question? Why then fhould it by others be so much opposed and quarrelled against ?
As to the Truth of such a glorious State to be in this World, you have here a Cloud of Witnesles bearing Testimony unto the Reality thereof, as it were on every Side. If the Lord hath recorded nothing in vain, or superfluous in his Word (as 91011e without Blas; bemy dare say there is) than the Glory of Christ's Kingdom, which is founded upon such a Multitude of Divine Promises and Prophecies, stands as an unmoveable Rock (against all the battering Ran's of Oppofition) in the Holy Scriptures of Truth.
Besides the Account which we have given us in the Word of God, í find that there has been some eminent Perfons in the Church, who have believed the Truth of Christ's Kingdom to be in this World, from the Time of the Apostles.
I shall mention three or four. First, The Council of Nice was for the Opinion of the Millenarians (as it bas been reproachfully called) which Council was by the Appointment of Conftantinus the Great, wherein they did set forth certain Forms of Ecclesiastical Doctrines ; according to which, all Teachers in the Church were to frame their Discourse: Some of which Forms are recorded by Gelafius Cyzicenus. Among which there is this Form for the Doctrine of the Resurrection, which is, ' That the World was made more mi
nute, or viler, because of Fore-knowledge; for . God saw that Man would Sin : Therefore we ex
pect new Heavens, and a new Earth, according
to the Holy Scriptures, when shall shine forth s the Appearance and Kingdom of the Great God,
and our Saviour Jesus Christ. And then, as Daniel faith, the Saints of the most High shall take the Kingdoin, Chap. vii. 18. And there shall be à
Pure Earth, Holy, a Land of the Living, not of 'the Dead; which David foreseeing, by the Eye
of Faith, cries out, Pfal. xxvii. 13. I believe to see the Goodness of the Lord in the Land of the living; a Land of the Meek and Humble: For, ! faith Christ, Matt. v. 5. Blessed are the Meek, for they all posess the Earth; and the Feet of the
* Meek and Humble shall tặead upon it, Ifa.xxvi. 46. This being the Opinion of the whole Ortho· dox Christian Church, in the Age immediately following the Death of St. John when, yet Poly
carp, and many of the Apostles Disciples were living) ? as Justin Martyr exprefly affirms. A Testimony (without all Comparison, to perswade such as
rely upon Authority and Antiquity. And there'fore it is to be admired (Jaith Mr. Mede) that
an Opinion, once fo generally received in the ' Church, Mould ever be so cried down and buried.
Secondly, Fustin Martyr who flourished about the Year after Christ's Birth, 140. (many of those who was conversant with the Apostles were then living) was of this Opinion of the Millenarians, with many others, as he affirms, beside himself. I shall give you some of his own Words as quoted by Dr.Homes.
' Jesus (saith he) commanded us to love our Enemies, which is by Ísaiab published in many Words, ' in which is the Mystery of our Renovation, and ' of all absolutely, that expect Christ to appear in Jerusalem, and do endeavour to please him by
their Works. And in another place, this Jesus ' is he of whom we know Heaven and Earth was : made, and by whom the Father will make new the Heaven and Earth. This is he that shall • shine in Jerusalem as an eternal Light.
Again, freaking in Opposition to the Saducees who denied the Resurrection, Mark xii. 18. If " there be any that are in all things Orthodox ' Christians in Opinion; we all know well the • Resurrection of the Flesh, and the thousand Tears
in ferufalem built again, and beautified, and eu
larged, as the Prophets Ezekiel, Ifaias, and others i declare.
And furthermore, a certain Man among us (speaking of him as living in bis Time) whole ' Name is John, one of the 12 Disciples of Christ,
hath foretold in that Revelation that was given to him, that those that believe in our Chrift, Shall finish a thousand Tears in Jerusalem. Justin Martyr writing unto one Trypho saith, That many, who are not of the Pure and Pious Judgment of real Christians, deny this Opinion of the ' thousand Years; but all Christians who were Sound and Orthodox did believe it. And so, according to Justin Martyr's Opinion, All those who denied such a Kingdom to be in this World, were looked upon by him as Heterodox, and of an unfound Judgment.
Again, one Ireneus famous for Piety and Learning, who flourished about the Year of Christ, 178. hath these Expressions, in how many Days this
World was made, in so many thousand Years it is perfected: For if the Day of the Lord be as it were a 1000 Years, and in six Days those Things that were made, were finished, it is manifest that the perfecting of those Things is the fix I thousand Year. When Anti-christ reigning 3 " Years, and 6 Months, shall have wasted all ' Things in the World, this must mean the Latter End, or just upon the Expiration of his Reign, in which time he will be more desperate, and in which 2 Days and an Half the Witnesses are to be Nain)? Then shall the Lord come from Heaven ' in the Criis in the Glory of is Father cast' ing Art, and tomat obey im into 'theaterie bui bigin to th7uft the . Times 0
dom what is t. Ref of Sab
• bath, the Seventh Day sanctified, and restoring ( to Abraham the Promise of his Inheritance. Thus Ireneus.
What wonderful Things hath Tertullian exprefsed concerning this blessed Kingdom? who flourished about the Year 181. Take his own Words.
For, we also confess, that a Kingdom again is
promised us on Earth, but before that in Heaven, ' and in another State ; to wit, after the Resur
rection, for a thousand Years, in the City of Di• vine Workmanship; Jerusalem brought down from
Heaven: Which the Apostle also Points out to be our Mother above. And pronouncing our foli
teuma, that is our Traffick to be in Heaven, • doth indeed assign the same to some heavenly City; and this Ezekiel knew, and the Apostle
John faw. This we say was provided of God, for the receiving of the Saints at the Resurrection, and the refreshing of them, with all fpiritual good Things, in Recompence of those Things which in the World we either despised, or loft;
for it is both just and well beseeming the Lord, " that there also his Servants should triumph, • where they have been afflicted for his Name. < This is the Manner of the Heavenly Kingdom. « After the thousand Years, whereof within which
is included the Resurrection of the Saints. Rising sooner or later, according to their deserts, then also the Deftruction of the World, and the Burning of the Day of Judgment being executed; we being in a Moment changed into an angelical Substance (to wit, by that incorruptible Cloathing upon) Thall be translated into the Cælestial Kingdom. Thus far Tertullian.