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Wha shall ascend. inta the hill of the LORD? and who sball stand in His holy place ?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure beari; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righ. teousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of them that seek Him, of them that seek thy face, O Jacob.
Lift up your heads, O je gates, and be je lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory. The LORD strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.
* The MESSIAH shall joy in Thy strength, O LORD; and in Thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not with holden the
request of his lips. For Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: Thou șetiest iz crown of pure gold on His head,
He asked life of Thee, and Thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
His glory is great in Thy salvation : hanour and man jesty hast thou laid upon him.
For Thou hast made him most blessed for ever: Thou hast made him exceeding glad with Thy countenance.
For the Messiah trusteth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
Thine hand shall find out all Thine enemies: Thy right hand shall find out those that hate Thee.
* Psalm xxi.
Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of Thine anger : the Lord shall swallow them up in His -wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
Their fruit sbalt Thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of mer. 1
For they intended fuil against Thee : they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.
Therefore shalt Thou make them turn their back, when Thou shalt make ready Thine arrows upon Thy strings against the face of them.
Be Thou exalted, LORD, in Thine own strength : so will we singer and praise Thy Power.'.
Though our Lord's Apostles no more beheld him on earth after his ascension, some of them were indulged with visions, representing him to their imagination in his glory. His beloved disciple John in particular, who wrote a book, which has been transmitted to us, called " The Revelation of John the Divine." It contains a number of prophecies relating to the state of the church in different ages, from the days of the Apostles to the end of the world, which are at present involved in great obscurity ; but there are many plainer passages, which may be considered as the continuation of our Lord's personal history. These afford great 'satisfaction in the pe.. rusal; we will therefore examine some of them. But it will be proper first to have recourse to the ancient pro. phecies, in order to see how they describe the Divine Being, whom they style the LORD, and what they predicted concerning the glorification of the Son of Man.
EXTRACTS FROM THE ANCIENT PROPHECIES.
Dan. x. and vii.
1. Thus saith the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, JEHOVAH God of Hosts, I am the first, and I am the last, and besides me there is no God.
II. Hearken unto me, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have called. I am He; I am the first, and I am the last :
Yea, my hand hath founded the earth : and my right . hand hath spanned the heavens.
I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel thy SAVIOUR.
III. I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up, and his train filled the Temple.
Above it stood the Seraphims—and one cried unto another and said, Holy, Holy, LORD God of Hosts, the whole earth is full of thy glory.
And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone, and
the likeness of the throne was the likeness as of the appearance of a Man above upon
it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire, round about within it; from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appear. ance of fire, and it had brightness round about as the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. IV, I lift up mine eyes and looked, and behold a
Man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz.
His body also was like beryl, and his face as the ap. pearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
V. I beheld till the thrones of the earth were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool; his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
A fiery stream issued before him, thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thou. sand stood before him.
I saw, and behold one like the SON OF Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him,
And there were given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS. From the former part of these extracts we may understand, that the Divine Being, called the LORD under the Mosaic dispensation, was the one eternal God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and the preserver and deliverer of Israel ; yet in several parts of the Old Testament we read, that God is invisible, that no man has seen God at any time. The term invisible refers to God as the FATHER, who, in respect to his infinite ma. jesty and greatness, cannot be seen by any creature ; but we learn from many parts of Scripture that the
Derry made his presence evident to the senses of men and angels, by a Person or Representative proceeding immediately from Himself, and of the same essence or nature, and that this person or Representative is distinguished by the titles of the Lord, the LORD GOD, JEHOVAH the GLORY OF THE LORD, the WORD of the LORD, the LORD OF: Hosts, &c. and he was frequently seen by the Patriarchs, and during the Mosaic dispensation, under these characters.
It appears from the Jewish history, that as a punishment for the sins of his chosen people, the LORD (or, WORD, as St. John styles him) was hidden from them, only making occasional revelations of the Deity to para ticular persons called Prophets; but to them he was rea vealed in visions, as sitting on a glorious throne in hea. wen, (as the Glory of the Lord formerly sat between the Cherubims on the ark,) representing the majesty of God, and worshipped by the heavenly host as God. They likewise beheld in the same manner the LORD, or. Ancient of Days, He, whose goings forth had been of old from everlasting, receiving to himself the Son of Man, or Messiah, investing him with everlasting and univer. sal dominion over all peopk, - nations, and languages, From the New Testament we learn that at a time appointed by infinite wisdom, the LORD, or Divine WORD, took our nature to him, and appeared on earth, as MAN possessing human faculties, but displaying at the same time every property which former revelations had taught mankind to ascribe to the Deity. This wonderful Being was called Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. By his doctrine and miracles Christ proved, that the LORD of the people of Israel manifested his presence on earth in his person. It is, therefore, the duty of Christians to acknowledge CHRIST