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no, nor ever fhall be. 22. And except those days fould be kortred, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects lake those Days shall be shortned. 23. Then Pif any man hall say unto you, Lo, here is Chrift, or there: believe it not. 24. For there a shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall fhew great Signs and Worders, iníomuch that if it were posible, they shall deceive the very (1) ele&t.
Ha 65. 8, 9. Thus faith If there arise among you a Prophet, the Lord. As the new Wine is a Dreamer of Dreams, doc. I found in the Cluster, and one faith, 2 Thef 2:9, 10, 11. Whose coming
Destroy it not, for a Blessing is in is after the Working of Saran, it: So will I do for my Servants s with all Power, and signs, and lying fakes, that I may not destroy them Wonders, and with all Deceivableall. And I will bring forth a nefs of Unrighteousness, in thein Seed out of Jacob, and out of Ju. that perish ; because they received dah an Inheritor of my Moun. not the Love of the Truth, that tains: and mine Ele&t shall inherit to they might be saved.
. And for it , and my Servant shall dwell this Cause God shall send them there. : Zech. 14. 2
-The strong Delusion, that they should Sidde of the People shall not be cur believe a Lie. † Rev. 13. 13. He off from the City. 2 Efdr. 2. 13. doth great Wonders, so that he maPray for few Days unto you, that 15 keth Fire come down from Heathey may be bortned.
veri on the Earth, in the Sight of ** Mar. 13. 21. If any man Men. Rev. 16. 14. They are the hall say to you, Lo, bere is Chrię, Spirits of Devils working Miracles, or lo, he is there, believe him which go forth unto the Kings of not. "Luk. 17. 23. They shall 20 the Earth, and of the whole fay to you, See here, or see thiere : World, to gather them to the Bat30 not after them, nor follow tle of that great Day of God Althem. Luk. 21 8. Take heed mighty. Rev. 19. 20. The Beast
be not deceived: for ma was taken, and with him the falte py shall come in my Name, saying, 25 Prophet that wrought Miracles te
am Chrift, and the Time drawęth fore him, with which he deceived near: go ye not therefore after them them that had received the Mark
Mat 7. 15. Beware of falfe of the Beast. : Prophets which come to you in + Joh. 10. 28, 29. of 2 Tim Sheeps clothing - f Deut' 13. 1.30 2. 19. See on Joh. 6. 37.
(1) This Word does not fignifie any determinate Number of Men and Women chosen to Salvation before the Foundation of the World, exclufive of the rest of Mankind,
but it stands for the Church or the whole Body of Chriffigns, as in the Old Testament it does for the Church of the Hews, or the Ifraelites. Thus, Deur: 4 37. Because he loved thiy fathers, Atrabam, Isaac, and Jacob, he chose, or, eleĉted you, their Sied after them Again, Deut-7. 6. The Lord thy God hath chofen, or, elected thee to be a special People to himself. In which Places, and many others, by the Perfon's cho
or elefted, are meant, the whole Nation, or Church of the Jews. In the New Testament, St. Peter, i Epift. 2. 9. uses the lame Term for the
25. Behold, • I have told you before. 26. Wherefore if they shall fay unto you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers, believe it not. 27. For as the blightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west: so fhall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28. For wherefoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29. I d Immediately af, ter the tribulation of thole Days, shall the e fun be (2) dark
3. 15. The Sun
a Joh. 16. 1. These things havę darkned in his going forth, and the I spoken unto you, that you should Moon shall not cause her Light to not be offended. 2 Pet. 3. 17. Be. shine. *Ez. 32.7. - I will cover Joved, seeing ye know these things be the 'Şun with a Cloud, and the fore, beware left ye also being led s Moon shall not give her_Light
. away with the Error of the Wick Joel 2. 10,31 ed. fall from your own Redfaitness. and the Moon shall be dark, and the
B: Luk. 17. 24. För as the Stærs shall withdraw their shining. Lightning that lightneth out of one The Sun shall be turned into Darkpart under Deaven, shineth to to ness, and the Moon into Blood, bethe other part under Heaven; fore the great and the terribleDay of so shall also the Son of man be the Lord come.
Amos 8.9. It in his Day.
shall come to pass in that Day, © † Job 39. 30. Her [the Eagles] faith the Lord God, that I will young ones also suck up blood : 15 cause the sun to go down at Noon, and where the slain are, there is she. and I will darken the Earth in the
Luk. 17. 37. 'Wheresoever the clear Day. Zeph. 1, 15. That Day Body is, thither will the Eagles bę is a Day of Wiath, a Day of Trougathered together.
ble and Distress, á Day of Waste: Dan. 7. 11, 12. I beheld 20 ness and Desolation, a Day of Darkthen, because of the great Wordsness and Gloominíss, a Day of Clouds which the Horn spake : I beheld and thick Darkness. even till the Beast was pain, and his 24. + A&t. 3.'20. The Words as Body destroyed, and given to the above in Joel 2. 31. * Luk. 21. 25, burning Flame. As concerning 25 There shall be Signs in the Sun, and the rest of the Beasts, they had in the Moon, and in the Stars. + Rev. their Dominion taken away: yet 6. 12. The Sun became black as their Lives were prolonged for a Sackcloth of Hair, and the Moon Season and Time.
became as Blood. et Ifai. 13. 10.-The Sun fhall be 3:
whole Body of Chriftians, or the Christian Church. re are a chosen, or elected Generation. Now as it could not be inferred from hence by the Jews, that
every one of them were faved; so neither can we conclude, that ever ry Chriftian will be saved; no, only the Righteous and the Obedient ihall obtain Eternal Life. See this inore' ar large in Dr. Whitby Alar. 24:24. On Mar, 13. 20. And on i Pet. 2.9.
(2) Thele Expressions, the Sun shall be darkned, &c. both here and in the References, are not to be understoodi literallye Wherever therefore we meet with them, or to what Time or Place foever they relate,
ped, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall e fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be sha
ken. 30. And then shall appear the f sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the 5 tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall h see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he shall i send his angels * with a great sound of a trumpet, [Or, with a trampet and a great voice,] and they hall gather together his elect from the four Winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32. Now learn a parable of the * fig-tree: When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that fummer is nigh: 33. So likewise ye when ye shall see all
these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34. 1 Verily I say unto you, " This generation shall not pass, till all
Dan. 7. 13. I saw in the
Lord himself shall descend from Night Visions, and behold, one like Heaven with a Shout, with the the son of Man came with the Voice of the Archangel, and with Clouds of Heaven, and came to the Trump of God.
the ancient of Days, and they s + Luk. 21. 29. And he fpake a brought him near before him. to them a Parable, Behold, the
Zech. 12. 12. The Land Fig-tree, and all the Trees. Shall
mourn, every Family apart, the if Jam. s. 9. -Behold, the Family of the House of David a. Judge ftandeth before the Door. part, and their Wives apart, &c. .: Jer. 31.35, 36. Thus faith
** Rev. 1.7. Behold, he com. the Lord, which giveth the Sun eth with Clouds; and every Eye for a Light by Day, and the OrdiShall see him.
nances of the Moon and Stars for * Mat. 13. 41. The Son of man a Light by Night, which divideth hall send forth his Angels, and is the Sea, when the Waves thereof they shall gather out of his King. roar ;
the Lord of Hosts is his 1 Cor. 15. 52. -At Name. If those Ordinances depart the last Trump, (for the Trumpet from before me,faith the Lord, then thall sound) and the Dead fhall
be the Seed of Israel also fhallceafe from raised, &c. Thef. 4. 16. The 20 being a Nation before me for ever.
the idea we should form in our Minds is, that fearfal Judgments Thall come upon that Place or People ; not that the Sun, &c. shall really fall from Heaven, &c. For the Inhabitants of the Eastern Countries, whose manner of Speaking the Writers of the Holy Scriptures imitate, were wont to express themselves in very lofty and figurative Terms. The Learned Jews understand those words of Isaiah, Chap. 30.26. The Light of the Moon Shall be as the Light of the Sun, and the Light of the Sun shall be jë venfold, to be a Prophecy of great Profperity; for they are wont to repre
fent Prosperity and abundance by Light, and Adversity and Want by Darknefs. pentru Dr. Lightfoot says, that by the Sun is signified the State of Religion, and
the Church; by the Moon, the Civil Government; and by the Stars, the Judges and Doétors of boch.
these things be fulfilled. 35."Heaven and earth fhall pass but my words shall not pass away.
36. But o of tha and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, my Father only. 37. But as the days of Noe were, fc also the coming of the Son of man be. 38. For ? days that were before the Flood, they were eating and d ing, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that entred into the Ark, 39. And knew nột until the F came, and took them all away; fo fall also the comi the Son of man be. 40. Then fhall! two be in the field, one shall be taken, and the other left, 41. Two women sha grinding at the mill, the one shall be takeni, and the ot left. 42 4' Watch therefore, for ye know not what h your Lord doth come. 43, But s know this, that if the go
n t Pfal. 102. 26. Ifa. 51.6. commanded him. * Luk. 17. + Mat. s. 18 * Mar. 13. 31:
+ As it was in the Days of Noe, Heb. 1. II:
See on Luk 16., 17. shall it be also in the Days of O + Mar. 13. 32. But of that Son of Man. ti Pec. 3. 20. Whe Day and that Hour knoweth no man, 5 once the Long-suffering of Go no not the Angels which are in waited, as in the Days of Noa Heaven, neither the Son, but the while the Ark was a preparing.– Father.
Luk. 17. 34, Qc. I tell you P + Zech. 14. 7. It shall be one in that Night there shall be two Day which fall be known to the 10 Men in one Bed, the one shall be Lord, nor Day, nor Night: but it taken, and the other left. lhall come to pass, that aç Even.
Mat. 25. 13. *Mar. 13:33ing-time it 'Thall be Light. A&. Take ye heed, watch and
for 1.7. It is not for you to know the ye know not when the Time is. Times and the Seafons, which the 1st Luk. 21. 36. Watch ye therefore, Father hath put in his own Power. and pray always, that ye may be
9 + Gen. 6: 3, 4, 5. The Lord accounted worthy to efcape all faid, my Spirit Thall not always chese things that shall come to Itrive with man, for that he alto pass, and to standi before the Soni is Flesh : yer his Days shall be an 20 of man.- 1 Cor. 16. 13.Watch ye, flundred and twenty Years. There fand fast in the Faith, quit you were Giants in the Earth in those like Men, be strong. Thes. s. Days; and also after that, when 6. Let us not Sleep as do others ; the Sons of God came in unto the but let us watch and be sober, Daughters of Men, and they barë 25 1 Pet. '58. Be fobet, be. vigilant, Children unto them, the same be because your Adverfary the Devil
, came mighty Men, which were of doc. old, Men of renown. And God
i Thef. 5. faw that the Wickedness of Man 2. Your selves know perfe&ly, that was great, upon the Earth, and 30 the Day of the Lord fo cometh a that every Imagination of the a Thief in the Night. $ 2 Pet. } Thoughts of his Heart was only 10. The Day of the Lord will come Evil continually. * Gen. 7. 5. Noah as a Thief in the Niglar, in which did according to all that the Lord
S * Luk. 12. 39.
man of the house had known in what watch the thief would
CHA P. XXV.
ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2. And five of them were wise, and five mere foolish. 3. They that were foolish, took their lamps, and took no Oyt with them : 4. But the wife took
the Heavens shall pass away with a
of the Houfhold of Faith. great noife, c.''Rev. 3.3. - If
d Rev. 16. 15. The Words un: therefore thou shalt not watch,
der Ver. 44. will come on thee as a Thief, and † Mat. 25.' 21, 23. His Lord 1 thou shalt not know what Hour » faid unto him, Well done, thou
will come upon thee * Rev. 16. good and faithful Servant ; choy am Behold, I come as a Thief. haft been faithful over a few things Blefled is he that watcheth, and
I will make thee Ruler over many keepeth his Garments, left he walk things: Enter thou into the Joy naked, and they see his fame. 10 of thy Lord. Ver. 23. The Same * Mat. 25. 10. Luk. 12. 44.
Wirds. Luk 12.42. Who then is that Pfal. 11. 6. Upon the Wicked faithful and wife Steward, whom he fhall rain Snares, Fire, and Brim; his Lord Shall make Ruler over ftone, and an horrible Tempeft his Houshold :-1 Cor.4. 2. More- 15 this shall be the Portion of their over it is required in Stewards that Cup. a Man be found faithful.
+ See on Mat 8.12'. "Gal.6.10. As we have therefore h Eph. s: 30. 'We are Members opportunity,let us do good unto allMon, of his Body, of his Flesh, and of
his and especially unto them who are 20