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Son of Man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matt. xxv. 31, and xix. 28. And Micah saith, “ The Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.” Micah iv. 7. And Zechariah saith, “ The Lord shall be King over all the earth.” Zech. xiv. 9. And Isaiah is very bold, and saith, “ The moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of Hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” Isaiah xxiv, 23.

In addition to this direct testimony, we have the inspired histories of those persons who are declared to have been types of Christ. The most remarkable of these, in connexion with our present subject, were Adam, Melchizedek, and Solomon.

Of Adam we read that he was created in the image of God, the force of which expression, in the original, conveys the idea of dominion, as it is afterwards expressed in the divine grant to him, “ Have thou dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the air, and over every living thing that moveth on the earth.” Gen. i. 28. The earth was fair, yea, lovely; all things created upon it were very good, and Adam was king over them all. Now Jesus Christ is called the second Adam, and that not merely by contrast, recovering what Adam lost, but also by comparison, reigning as a king in the renewed earth, concerning which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began; even the restitution of all things, as it is called by the Apostle Peter, (Acts iii. 21.) when the creation shall be delivered from the bondage of its present corruption; when the earth shall again be lovely, and all things upon it good; when Jesus Christ shall appear in it without sin unto salvation; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things shall have passed away, and he that shall sit upon the throne shall have said, Behold, I make all things new. Rom. viii. 20—23; Heb. ix. 28; Rev. xxi. 1-5.

Of Melchizedek we read, that he was king of Salem, and priest of the Most High God. Gen. xiv, 18. King and priest! This was a combination peculiar to Melchizedek himself. We have no other instance of it in the Old Testament history. Uzziah attempted it, and was smitten with leprosy for his profane presumption. 2 Chron. xxvi. 16-21. In the New Testament we learn that Jesus Christ, at his first coming, was made a priest after the order of Melchizedek: but neither did he at that time

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exhibit the combination of priest and king. He refused to be a king, he withdrew and hid himself when he perceived that the people were about to proclaim him king. The glorious combination was reserved for his second coming, when the antitype of Melchizedek, bringing forth bread and wine, and blessing Abraham, shall be fully manifested; and that shall be fulfilled which is written by the Prophet Zechariah, “Behold the man whose name is the Branch," a title by which the Messiah was well known; Isa. xi. l; Jer. xxiii. 5; Zech. iii. 8. “He shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and he shall sit and rule upon his throne, and he shall be a priest upon his throne." Zech. vi. 12, 13. The attempt to combine these two offices in one man is as hateful to God, under the Christian dispensation, as it was under the Jewish, though he does not shew his abhorrence of it in the same summary manner. It is this attempt made and persisted in by the Bishop of Rome which peculiarly characterizes him as Antichrist. All who acknowledge his authority in both characters as king and priest, are partakers of his sin. It is an invasion of the prerogative of the Lord Jesus, in whom alone the legitimate combination of these characters can be shewn upon the earth.' He is the great High Priest, with whose offering the Father is well pleased; and without ceasing to be so, he will appear as King in Zion. Solomon was a prince of peace.

Israel had been long militant under David, who in the end conquered all his enemies. Under Solomon they entered into rest, the land had peace on every side, the Temple of God was built with unparalleled splendour, the king of Tyre was there with a gift, and the queen of the south came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of the great king. 1 Chron. xxix. 23—25; 2 Chron. first seven chapters; Matt. xii. 42. The church of Christ is still militant; the last triumphs of David have not yet been achieved; he has not yet effectually bruised the head of the serpent; he is expecting till his enemies be made his footstool, according to the promise, (Psalm cx. 1; Heb. x. 12, 13.); at the time appointed it shall be done, and Solomon shall appear. Then shall the church enter into rest; the spiritual temple of the Lord (all the materials of which shall have been prepared during the reign of David) shall be builded gloriously; the head-stone of the corner shall be brought forth with shoutings of, Grace, grace unto it; Jerusalem shall be a praise in the earth; kings and queens of the Gentiles shall bow before her and her King; for a


greater than Solomon shall be there. Zech. iv. 7; Isa. xlix. 22, 23.

Thus is it fully proved, both “ by sure warranty of Scripture" and by typical analogy, that Jesus Christ will be the king of kings upon the earth in that day.

II. But who shall be his companions? who shall reign with him in his glorious kingdom?

The answer is, the saints of God, who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, who have waited for the King in patient obedience, who have overcome the world, and endured unto the end. For thus it is written, “ The saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever.”

" And the time came that the saints possessed the king. dom.” And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.” Thus saith the Lord Jesus, “ Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly : hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.“ To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne.” 56 Ye shall be hated of

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