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tion of which, the Typical, the Ceremonial, and the Prophetical dispensations throughout the whole course of the Jewilh history, and for no less a period than 4000 years, was made subservient. And if it shall appear, as it surely must appear, that the great design of Prophecy, was THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION UPON THE BASIS OF DIVINE REVELATION, let him consider that the question, whether he shall receive or reject Christianity, becomes in the highest degree important; because, if it be proved that these Prophecies contain the revealed will of God, it neceffarily follows that MAN IS BOUND TO BELIEVE AND OBEY THE RELIGION OF Christ, ..
In order to display this great design of Prophecy in the most clear and striking point of view that I can imagine possible, I shall fubjoin, “ The Life of Jesus Christ, as drawn from the Antient Prophets,” by Mr. Gilpin, and then proceed to point out in the second Part of this Work, additional evidence in support of what has been asserted refpecting the extent as well as unity of de
Gilpin's Exposition of the New Testament, vol. i. P. 45–60.
fign in the great fcheme of revelation, from the Prophecies which refer to the ages of the world subsequent to the establishment of the Christian religion.
THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST AB DRAWN
FROM THE ANTIENT PROPHETS,
-". I have divided the whole collection into four fections. The firft exhibits a series of those Prophecies, which contain the earliest, and most remote intimations of the Messiah, They are dark, it is true: but as they plainly appear to center in one point, they illustrate each other. Each Prophecy, confidered apart, might be called obscure ; but the whole series in combination emits certainly a very strong light. They begin with predicting a
victory; and an everlasting covenant, which · was to take place between God and all the
nations of the earth. Under the ideas of a tree, and a mountain, they hold out the grandeur, and dignity of the Messiah's kingdom; and in a variety of beautiful images, in which all nature is represented in harmony,
and the wild beasts of the forest tamed, they exhibit that peace, and happiness, and univerfal change in the manners of men, which this glorious predicted reign was meant to introduce; disclosing, at the same time, throughout, its Spiritual nature, and the transcendent joy, with which it ought to be received. ::
“ In the second fection are exhibited thofe Prophecies, which relate to the birth of the Messiah. Here the prophetic language becomes more distinct, and full. Those general intimations, which were given before, begin now to break, and particularize. The same lineaments appear; but the features are more distinctly marked. The section opens with predicting the forerunner of the Messiah, in the perfon of John the Baptist. The Prophes eies of the Messiah's birth succeed ; and the wonderful peculiarity of his being born of a virgin. The place of his nativity is specified; and the characteristics of his office, and the nature of his government, are strongly marked.
sIn the third section I have collected such Prophecies, as appertain to the Messiah's life. The whole plan of it indeed is fpecified
with as much precision as the figurative language, in which these predictions are clothed, is able to convey. He is represented as arrayed in the dignity of a Prophet, like Moses; and of a Priest, like Melchizedec. At the same time, his mean, and suffering fiate on earth is strongly characterized. His gentleness, and holiness; the great efficacy of his preaching ; the offence he gave to worldly men; his repressing the spirit of worldly wifdom; his triumphant entry into Jerusalem; and his divine presence in the Temple; are all diftinctly held out. The variety, and even the kind, of his miracles are specified; and his pastoral care is strongly represented by images highly expressive of tenderness and affection.
.“ In the last section I have collected such Prophecies, as appertain to the death of Christ. Here the Prophetic spirit, as if imagery failed in describing the last scenes of this awful life, descends from its lofty fights, and marks the several circumstances of that folemn period in the plainest terms; but marks them also with almost historical precifion. From his being betrayed by one of his Disciples, to his resurrection, there is scarce a fingle circumstance, which one or other of the Prophetic writers hath not mentioned.
The The bargain made for thirty pieces of filver the dispersion of the disciples on the seizing of Jesus -- the particulars of his trial—the false witnesses, that appeared against him--the usage of the foldiers - the mode of his death
-the behaviour of his enemies during that awful period—the time of that great eventthe end, and intention of it - the manner of his burial —and his triumphant resurrection all appear to be so exactly conformable to the history of the New Testament, that we might almost think them plain transcripts from it, if we had not the very best historical evidence, that they were all written, published, and well known, many hundred years
- the latest of them above four hundred — before the birth of Christ.”
Containing the earliest intimations of the
I will put enmity between thee (faid God to the serpent) and the woman -- between thy feed and her seed: it shall bruise thy