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hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted! behold I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundation with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy, gates of carbuncles, and all thy" borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.' Isa. liv:1–13.

The Gentiles were the innumerable company that stood on Mount Sion with the Lamb. These slew the dragon that was in the sea; and the elect part of Israel which had gotten the victory over the beast, which was the dragon, came into the wedding with the innumera,

ble company of angels, which were Gentiles, and all stood on Mount Sion together; then they all came under the law of the new covenant—this covenant is a covenant of peace. And after those days saith the Lor I will write my law in their hearts, and print them in their thoughts. This is the law which proceeds from spiritual Sion, which is the new Jerusalem. Isaiah calls Mount Sion, the mountain of the Lord's house. •And it shall come to pass in the last days, (that was in the last days of the Jewish dispensation,) that the mountain of the Lord's house (this is a spiritual house for his bride to rest in,) shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto i.,' See Isa. ii: 2. All Gentiles, as well as the hundred and forty and four thousand elect of Israel. They flowed to it in the day of their marriage with the Lamb. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; (this was the house that the Lord promised the Gentile bride that she should have) and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Sion shall go

forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Ver. 3. I shall give it as my opinion that this new covenant took place when the old Jewish covenant came to an end; and the Gentile world has had this law written in the heart and mind ever since Christ became mediator of this new covenant; and this law teaches us to love God with all our hearts, and our neighbor as ourselves. And whenever we do wrong, we are reproved by this law which proceeds from spiritual Sion.

Paul says, “That we have proved both Jew and Gentile, that they are all under sin; but according to the promises of God in Christ, who is mediator of this new covenant, that neither the sins of Jews nor Gentiles, will ever be remembered under the new covenant. For God the Father, has laid on him the iniquities of us all; and Christ is made of God, unto righteousness. Secondly, sanctification. Third, redemption from all sins. This is a free gift, which has come on all men, to justification of life. So we are dead and our life is hid with Christ in God.

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CHAPTER VII..

THE GLORIOUS TERMINATION OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM.

We have shown that those judgments threatened in Scripture, are what was intended by the second death. We have likewise shown that these terrific judgments were threatened to Israel alone, and that they are the only individuals that will ever suffer the second death. We have likewise proved that these fearful judgments, were outward physical evils; visited upon that generation to whom they were addressed. But although such was their fearful doom in this world, for their wickedness, yet God will have mercy upon them--for he is of tender mercy and has no pleasure in the death of the wicked.Ezek. xviii: 23. Hence the prophet says, 'Nevertheless, I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will estab lish unto thee an everlasting covenant.' And

I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.' Ezek. xvi : 60, 62. Hence the apostle says, 'For I would not brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, (lest ye be wise in your own conceits) that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved.' Rom xi: 25, 26.Thus although Israel has suffered so much for their disobedience and for so many ages, yet, the time will come, when they will be gathered together with the Gentiles in one abode, then there shall be one fold and one shepherd.

Israel was first called to the privileges and blessings of the gospel, and turning a deaf ear to it, they were rejected for a season, and the Gentiles called. Hence the prophet says, 'I am sought of them that asked not for me ; I am found of them that sought me not : I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.' Isa. Ixv: 1. By those who were not called by the name of God, is intended the Gentiles, who did not seek him. In this way, both Jews and Gentiles, which constitute all mankind, are to be saved--saved through the power of truth.

Hence the apostle says, 'For

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