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Let us now turn to Ezekiel, who had repeated visions of the personal majesty, and glorious appearance of the Lord Jehovah. His prophecy opens with a magnificence worthy of the immortal subject of his words, -words inspired by the Holy Ghost himself, who spake by the Prophets.
Full of immortal joy, he proclaims the majesty of God in many parts of his records ; too many, in fact, to be here enumerated.
It seems that God renewed to Ezekiel the vision shewn to those who accompanied Moses
to Mount Sinai. For in his tenth chapter it is recorded : “ Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the Cherubim, there appeared over them a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne. Then the glory of the Lord went up from the Cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the Lord's glory. And the sound of the Cherubim's wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the. Almighty God when he speaketh.” We collect from the latter part of this quotation, that Ezekiel saw, and heard,
in reality, the appearance, and the voice of the living God.
Who can doubt that God exists, and did exist, and will exist throughout all ages ? Who that beholds his wonderful works throughout the universe; whether looking up to the heavens, his throne; or upon the earth, his footstool? Or, standing upon the shore of our sea-girt Isle, there witnessing his Almighty sway, who causes the flowing, and the reflux of the ocean ; and says to its waves, 66 Thus far shall thou
go, farther ?"
To Ezekiel also God shewed by a vision, as recorded in his thirty-seventh chapter, the resurrection of the dead ; thereby assuring the Prophet that the body and soul of man shall again be united together; when that dust, which has returned into dust, shall once more form a human body, and rise again from the
grave. In the Book of Daniel, we find a remarkable appearance of the Son of God, when his Almighty power saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, from the burning fiery furnace. For Nebuchadnezzar said, “ Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the
fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “ Therefore I make a decree, that every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; shall be cut in pieces, and their houses made a dunghill : because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort."
Alas ! my brethren, that Infidelity should still prevail ; still audaciously speak against that same God, the Lord our God, in this Christian country : still come forth to deny the Trinity in Unity, in every place, on every opportunity! For, at the last great Day of Judgment, even the heathen monarch, Nebuchadnezzar, shall testify against this generation,
For whosoever denieth the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, and the divinity of the Holy Ghost, denieth the truth of Jesus Christ; and is not a Christian, but an Unbeliever. It is the duty, it is the interest of every man throughout our Nation, to discourage the blasphemy which inundates us upon every side.
side. For those who lose sight of the obligations of religion, who despise the
name, and reject the divine nature of Jesus Christ, their Redeemer, and their God; soon shew themselves equally careless about taking away the property, and even the lives of their fellow-men. Such were the Puritans in older times ; and such would soon be our modern unbelievers, if they had the power they so ardently seek for, on pretence of religious scruples.
Nebuchadnezzar's decree shows how his opinion agrees with that which we have been confirming by our selections from the history of mankind since their creation.
“I thought it good,” says he, "to show the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.
How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders ! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.”
To Nebuchadnezzar also was shewn, by his vision, the Eternal Trinity of the Godhead decreeing what was about to happen to him ; as fully explained by Daniel, when called upon to interpret his dream. “ This matter, said one of the holy ones, who “came down from heaven;" “is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of 6 the holy
the holy ones ; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."
They who attentively read the fourth chapter of Daniel, and consider the frequent, and relative uses of the words therein; sometimes speaking of “the High God,” “ the Most High,"
“ the watchers," ones ;” and attributing the decrees of the Almighty to each therein named, cannot but perceive the Holy Trinity plainly defined.
For who watches from heaven, from whence one of these holy ones came down in Nebuchadnezzar's vision or dream, but God? Who but God superintends the earth ; or can decree what shall thereafter come to pass among the children of men ?
Who is holy, in this exalted sense, but God alone; who can be equally holy ones with God, but the whole of the ever blessed Trinity ?
In the tenth chapter, Daniel gives an account of another remarkable appearance of the Word, or Son of God; who, as St. John's Gospel testifies, “was in the beginning with God, and was God.” For by comparing