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him and flee at such a Juncture? But ib ■ it was in the Event.
The ° Brazen Serpent, which Moses set up in the Wilderness, is the lype he makes use of, to signify by what Death he was to die; but who could think, be• fore it happened, that a foreign Governour should proceed to blood upon Questions about the "Jewish Law; that, upon a wild Accusation, he mould condemn a Person, in whom he sound no Fault; and condemn him to the Cross, which was a Roman Punishment, and only inflicted on the vilest Malefactors? But so it was in the Event.
Jonah's being three Days and three Nights in the Whale's Belly, before he was cast out upon Shore, is another Emblem of his, to denote the time between his Interrment and his Resurrection; but who, that had seen him crucified, dead and buried, would have ever thought of his rising precisely according to the Space of time that was limitted? But so it was in the Event.
Once more; Hereafter pall ye fee the Son of Man fitting on the Right-hand of Power, and coming in the Clouds of Heaven, is a Passage, which he borrows from P Daniel, to declare to 1 the HighPriest
"Joh. Hi. 14) 15. >Ch. vii. »3, 14. 'Matt. xxvi. 64.
Priest his future Exaltation $ but to see Him stand a Prisoner at the JudgmentSeat in expectance of his Doom; to see Him led away to Execution, with the Clamours and Insults of the People about him; to see him befmear'd with Blood, and panting, and fainting, and dying on the accursed Tree, who would have thought, that this was the Person, * who was ordained of God to be the 'Judge of ^lukk and Dead, and to whom he hath i given a Name, which is above every Name, that at the Name of Jesus every Knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and Things under the Earth? But so it was in the •Event.
And therefore we may infer, that since these Events,and * many more that might be mentioned, how improbable soever they might seem, and beyond the compass of Man's Conjecture, did always answer to their respective Prophesies, according to the Applications, which Christ made of them j this is •
"Actsx. 42. sPhil. ii. o, 10.
* Sitch are the Rejection of the Jews, the Destruction of their City and Temple, the long Duration of their Desolation, and the Conversion os the Gentiles to the Christian Religion, &c. All *hich our Saviour foretold, and they accordingly came to pass.
a Testimony beyond Exception, that he could not poffibly be mistaken in their meaning, and consequently that all his other Interpretations of Scripture must be true, because he had always the fame infallible Spirit residing in him/
A Reatpi- And now to take a Review of the tuiation of three foregoing Sections, which, in forego-66 Point of Matter, are much the fame. If ing Secti- there are different kinds of Prophesies in ""• the Old Testament, some that are applicable to Christ, and the Events concerning him expressly, and others in a Sense not seemingly so obvious to us, but what the Spirit of God might have primarily* in view: If our Saviour and his Apostles us'd sometimes a typical, sometimes* a parabolical, and sometimes an allufive way of discoursing with the People, which however did not affect their literal Application of the Prophesies: lit St. Matthew,hy the Words, that it might be fulfilled, intends no more (according to the Hebrew Phrasiology) than hereby was verified, or this Event answer'd the Prediction, or the like: Isj by out of Egypt have I called my Son, (which was a common Adage among the sews) he means no more than a providential Deliverance
liverance from some eminent Danger: If John the Baptist, considering the great Resemblance between him and Elias in their Temper and Disposition, as weft as many Articles of their Lives, might properly enough be called after his Name: If the Blindness and wilful Obstinacy of the Jews in our Saviour's time will justify his applying to them the Character, which Isaiah gives of the People, who liv'd in his Days: If, by Isaiah's Virgin; who was to conceive and bear a Son, is properly to be understood (as both the Etymology of the Word, and the Solemnity of the Introduction shew) a Conception without the Use or Knowledge of Man; which Conception was matter of Assurance to the House of David, that the intended Invasion should not prosper against them: If the Character of the Prophet like unto Moses suits neither with Joshua, nor with a Succession of Prophets in the Jewish Church, but, in its chief Line"aments, can agree with none but our Blessed Saviour: If the Prophesy of DanieFs Weeks (when rightly computed) can belong to no other Event, than the Destruction of Jerusalem, and the Contents thereof can properly refer to our Lord's Transactions only: If.the Book of Daniel has all the genuine Marks,
both both internal and externals concurring with the Testimony of the Jnciehts, of it£ being a canonical Piece of Scripture j insomuch, that neither his calling some Jjjyr'ian Princes by Names, different to Ik what the Grecian Historians give them, ft nor his occasionally using some 'terms 7 of Jrt, which might possibly be of ■' Grecian Derivation; neither his being omitted (as is pretended) in the Version of the Septuagintj in the Characters of the Prophets given us by Ecclefiajlicus, in the Caldee Paraphrase of Jonathan, nor having some spurious Pieces, still fcxtant, forg'd in his Name; neither the Plainneis of his Predictions, nor the symbolical Turn of his Stile (which Was equally in use among other Prophets) can be any valid Objection aigainst it: If the Commandment, mentions in the Prophesy of Daniel, does properly denote a' Royal Decree, and our Saviour (though not personally present) may be said to go again/I the Jews, and the Romans, who were the Instruments of Providence, in destroying the City, and profaning the Temple, may be said to be his Army or People: If Christ by his coming into the World, and the other Transactions of his Life^ may be said to seal up the Prophesy; by his . preaching the Gospel,' to confirp the