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for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all hier sins.
“ The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God."
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain :
" And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh sha see it together, for the mouth of the Lord
ath spoken it.”
“O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain : 0 Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, behold your God!
" Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him : behold his reward is with him, and bis work before him.
"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; he shallgather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young
" Hast thou not known, hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord the creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth noi, neither is weary? there is no searching of his undei. standing
" He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
"Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.
" But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
We shall now turn our attention for a moment to some prophesies found recorded in the 30 and 4th chapters of the prophet Malachi.
"Behold I will send my messenger and he shall prepare the way hefore me: and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: Behold he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.
" But who shall abide the day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap.
" And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and sil. yer, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteous, ess.
“'Then shall the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem, be pleas. ant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
" And I will come near to you in judgment; and I will be a swift witness agaiost the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hircling in his way, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not ine, saith the Lord of hosts."
“ And all nations shall call you blessed : for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of bosts.”
• Then they that feareal the Lord spake often to one another; and the Lord hearkened, and heard it; and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord and that thought upon his name.
" And they shall be mine, said the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him
" Then shall ye retura, and discern between the righteous and the wicked ; and between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not."
"For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickediy, shall be stuba ble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root por branch,
** But unto you that fear my name shall the son of righteousness arise with hearing in his wings; and ye shall go forth and grow up as calves of the stall.
%. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be as ashes under the soles of your feet, in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
“ And he shall turp the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."
The above quoted passages are but very few in comparison, with the whole of those divine prophesies found recorded in the Old Testament, which have immediate reference to the first divine refreshing which God promised to pour upon his infant church, in the first ages of christianity, which was a. bundantly fulfilled on the days of Pentacost, and in the apostolic age; and some of those passages, not only have reference to the first ages, but reach forward to what some divines have been pleased to call the Millenium; and even to the restitution of all things, as it is termed in the words of our text.
We shall now turn our attention to a few passages which
have more immediate reference to those refreshings, which God has been pleased to promise he would pour on the churcít of Christ; in the latter days, we may truly say we can take notice of but a few of those divine promises, recorded by the prophets, for perhaps, not one of the prophets which have spoken in the name of the Lord, but what have foretold of the rich displays of God's grace, love, and power, which he will accomplish in the world in the latter day, when the Messiah's kingdom shall be established to the utmost parts of the earth, and all shall know the Lord, from the least to the greatest, and when God shall sprinkle clean water in abundance upon the church, and cleanse them from all their filthiness and idols.
We shall first take notice of a few prophecies found record. ed in Isaiah who has been called the Evangelical prophet; the first of these prophesies are found in the 2d chapter.
* And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mouniains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all pations shall flow unto it.
“And many people shall go and say, come ye, and let us go úp to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths, for out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the word of the Lord from Jesus, amen.
" And he shall judge among the nativos, and, shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks : nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
And that this prophecy is not as yet fully accomplished is evident, for it appears that the prophecy includes, the nations in general, if not all the human family, and a period of his description, I think will be acknowledged, cannot be tound in the annals of history; consequently must have its more full ac. complishment in the latter day glory, of the church.
And again in chapter 4.
“In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is writ. ten among the living in Jerusalem ;
" When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jeru. salem from the midst thereof, by the spirit of judgment, and hy the spirit of burning.
16 And the Lord shall create upon every dwelling-place of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for upon all the glory shall be a defence."
From this we shall pass to the 9, 11 and 12 chapters, and select a few passages from them which most eridently point us to those divine refreshings, which God has reserved for the Church in the latter days.
Chapter 9th.--"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called wonderful, counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting father, the prince of peace.
“Of the increase of his governinent and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment, and with justice, from henceforth, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.”
And Chapter 11th.--" But with righteousness shall he judge the poor and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth ; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
“And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the guide of his reins.
“ The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid ; and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together; and a little child lead them.
“ And the cow and the bear shall seed ; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
“ And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice-den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain ; for the carth shall be full of knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
“ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign for the people; To it shall the gentiles seek; and his rest shall be glorious.”
And again in chapter 12th.-"And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: Though thou wast angry with me thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
“ Behold, God is my salvation ; I will trust and not be afraid ; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song ; he also is become my salvation.
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out the wells of salvation. “And in that day shall ye say, praise the Lord, call upon his
name, declare his doing, among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
“ Sing unto the Lord ; for he hath done excellent things; this is known in all the earth."
And Jeremiah, has borne witness to the same divine refreshing, which God ha!h promised to pour upon the christian church, in the latier days ; we will take one declaration in particular from this propbet. Chapter 31 beginning at the 3 ist verse
Behold the day is come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah;
“Not according to the covenant that I made with their Fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; (which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord ;)
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel ; after those days saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
“ And they shall teach no more every map his neighbour and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord : for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord : for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.”
Zechariah bears testimony to the same fact where he says “the Lord shall be king, over all the earth in that day shall there be one Lord and his name one."
We shall now turn our attention for a few moments to a declaration found recorded in the New Testament. The first we shall refer to is in the 6th chapter of Matthew, where our Lord teaches us how to pray, “Our father which art in Hearen, hallowed be thy name,-thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”-Which perfectly agrees with the vision, which the apostle John saw, respecting the divine refreshing, God would pour upon the church in the latter days, under the reign of the Messiah.
“And I beheld,” said John, “ and I heard the voice of many angels round about the Throne, and the Beast and the Elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands ;
“Saying with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive Power, and Riches, and Widom, and Strength, and Honor, and Glory, and Blessing.
“ And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are