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CHAP. VIII. PERIoD of The CHURCH's Prosperity— the kingdom of heaven comes—prophecies fulfilled—knowledge, holiness, peace, love, and order prevail—temporal prosperity—joy and gladness— for a thousand years—Great Apostasy, 394
CHAP. IX. The GENERAL JUDGMENT—salvation and glory of the redeemed—Christ comes in glory of his Father—the last trumpet sounds—saints meet the Lord in the air—wicked men and devils arraigned—all characters revealed—the sentence pronounced—the world on fire—the church enter with Christ into the highest heavens, 408
CHAP. X. IMPRoveMENT CF THE whole—greatness of the work of redemption—its progress through all time, and glorious issue—God the Alpha and Omega of all things—exaltation of Christ—consistency, order, and beauty of God's works of providence—the Scriptures, which show God's design in all these works, must be divine—display of God's majesty and power in redemption—his wisdom—mercy and faithfulness—happiness of God's people—misery of his enemies, 427
W 0R K 0 F REDEMPTION.
For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.—Isaiah, 51 :
The design of this chapter is to comfort the church under her sufferings, and the persecutions of her enemies; and the argument of consolation insisted on, is the constancy and perpetuity of God's mercy and faithfulness, which shall be manifest in continuing to work salvation for her, protecting her against all assaults of her enemies, carrying her safely through all the changes of the world, and finally, crowning her with victory and deliverance.
This happiness of the church of God is here set forth by comparing it with the contrary fate of her enemies that oppress her; and we may observe,
I. How short-lived are the power and prosperity of the enemies of the church : “The moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool:” however great their prosperity, and their present glory, they shall by degrees consume and vanish away by a secret curse of God, till they come to nothing, and all their power and