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Scriptures, which plainly declare the continuance of mankind in the flesh at this time; such a meaning is hardly to be denied to it. It is worthy of remark, that in allotting the portions of the several tribes, in chapter xlviii, Dan's portion is mentioned first, al
though in Rev. vii. the children of Dan do not appear to be sealed : it is difficult to suggest what may be meaiit under this symbol.
But whatever shall hereafter be shewn to us of the
glories of these future ages, Messiah, the Father, the Maker, the Husband, and the beloved one of his Church, will be, as he now is, the source of every blessing. He will be in the midst of his people. In his presence will be fulness of joy, and at his right hand, pleasures for evermore. “ Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.". The cares, the fears, the sorrows, and the troubles of these present evil times will then be as yesterday, when it is past, and as a watch in the night. And we shall be made glad, according to the days in which he hath afflicted us, and the years wherein ' we have seen evil. 6 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have a right to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates into the city." The angel of the Lord testifies of these things in the Churches, and still in these our days the Spirit and the bride say, Come. Let him that is athirst come. Whosoever will, let him take of the waters of life freely. The night is far spent, and already the day-dawn is at hand. The Lord cometh with a recompense, and his reward is with him. Surely he cometh quickly. Amen. Even so come, Lord Jesus. Amen.