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ry of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."

6. In the thoufand years fome will die; but in the new earth, there is no death. Rev. xxi. 4, "And there fhall be no more death."

These things prove that the new heaven and earth will appear after this prefent state of things are at an end,' when Chrift fhall put down all rule, all authority and power, when the Son himself fhall be fubject, that God may be all in all,

A few words more fhall close this fermon.

This Sermon contains a fhort account of the last but two, of the glorions things which fhall be hereafter. The new heaven and earth are as plainly defcribed in the fcriptures as the refurrection of the dead, or the last judgment; and though many people think there will be a judgment day; yet when they are told from the fame book that there will be a new heaven and earth beyond that, or that God will make all things new; at once they fay, "doth he not fpeak parables?"

We have certainly the fame reason to believe that the heaven and earth will hereafter be made new, as we have to believe that mortal men will become immortal; when they are immortal, they will be pure: then they will want a place of refidence pure and perfect as they are; the new heaven and earth will be the place; being as completely fuited to their fituation when immortal, as this heaven and earth now is for men who are mortal. As to the notion men have of an heaven beyond the fun, moon, and stars, it favours of paganism and not of Christ. There is no doubt but Chrift afcended up to heaven; but I believe it was to the fun, or to fome of the worlds we call ftars or planets.

The pagans and mahometans, tell us of heavens, defcribed in the form of cities or temples, a Paradise of senfual joys, or the Elefian Fields, these things are but imaginary things borrowed or formed from realities in the fcriptures; these are the counterfeits, but the true coin is found recorded in the fcriptures of truth. There is a great glory in the heaven and earth at the prefent time,

and we are ftruck with aftonishment, while we confider the heavens the work of God's fingers, the moon and stars which he has ordained, and of the earth we may fay, it is full of thy riches, and full of his glory. O how much of God's riches and glory does this prefent earth contain ! as well as the heavens or Atmosphere! Many are faying, "what a poor miferable world is this!" Where is it poor? Where is the place on earth that God's goodnefs, riches, and glory are not feen?

How immenfe are the riches of this earth in its present ftate! How full of gold, filver, brafs, iron, all manner of precious ftones, pearls, corals, &c. what riches are there in cattle and creeping things, what an abundance for food and clothing does the earth afford, with other delights of life. How full of riches are the feas, in every part of the world, who can count these riches! Look upward, fee the beauty of the heavens and read the riches there, how valuable is the air in which we breathe; the light of the fun, moon, and ftars! Which of them can we part with? Surely he gives us all things richly to enjoy! Why do men make thefe complaints? Because they abuse the bleffings of heaven, defpifing the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long fuffering, con fuming the mercies of God upon their lufts. If the heavens and earth are thus glorious, and full of riches now,O what will they be when made new,and fuited to the ftate of faints immortal! When no peftilence fhall infect the air, nor lurk in any path we tread! When the air, the water, and food will all be life; when righteousness fhall dwell in the earth forever, instead of having a tranfient refidence. Then, O then the curfe brought on the earth for the first Adam's fake, shall be forever removed for the fake of the fecond Adam, the Lord from heaven.. Night will then be forever past, and one eternal noon fhall gladden the hearts of the happy bleffed forever; death, tears, crying, pain, lofs, andevery ill, fhall be ever excluded from that happy state with all who work abom. ination, or make a lye..

This is the earth which the meek shall inherit, the earth which abideth forever, where the righteous fhall fhine world without end. Who is there that would wish to fail of this glory? Each one will fay, "Let my last end be like that of the righteous." To have this glory, feek first the kingdom of God and his righteoufnefs, and all thefe things fhall be added unto you.

"Only believe, and then fing on,
Heaven is yours forever."

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What more is needful to make the blifs of those who fhall be immortal complete? One thing more; the holy city new Jerufalem, which fhall be in the new earth, with the river of water of life, and the tree of life in the midft of the city. These things I fhall endeavour to describe in the next Sermon.

SERMON XX.

"WE HAVE ALSO A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY." &c.

THROUGH various fcenes of terror, wars, fongs, victories, and the world on fire, we have at last arrived to the laft thing mentioned in this courfe of Sermons, and to the laft thing that is to take place as it refpects this earth forever: viz ...

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HE NEW JERUSALEM, where the faints. fhall dwell forever, after all the wicked are punished with the fecond death."

The fame fure word of prophecy which has been a light fhining all the way through thefe fermons, while attending to thofe things that have and are to be fulfilled, is fufficient to teach us all we need to know concerning the New Jerufalem, where the faints fhall dwell forever, beyond all the changes which are to take place, until the NEW JERUSALEM fhall be feen, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her huf band.

This city,the new Jerufalem, which is to be the refidence. of the faints forever, is plainly described in the scriptures of truth, and particularly in the new teftament. John tells us of the new heaven and earth, and that there was no more fea; and after mentioning this; proceeds immediately to mention and describe the NEW JERUSALEM; Rev. xxi. 2, "And I John faw the Holy City, NEW JERUSALEM, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."

This city which will be feen in the new earth, is mentioned in other parts of the fcriptures, by seven different words and expreffions; which all mean the fame thing as the words, NEW JERUSALEM. This I fhall fhew be fore I proceed to defcribe this holy city.

1. The first words befides New Jerufalem, which are ufed to defcribe this city, is, "The Holy City;" in this verfe, "And I John faw the Holy City, new Jerusalem.” Rev. xxii. 19, "And if any man fhall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God fhall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the Ho LY CITY." It is certain that the holy city, and new Je rufalem, both mean one.

2. The NEW JERUSALEM is called, "The tabernacle of God;" Rev. xxi. 3, "And I heard a great voice out of heaven, faying, behold, the TABERNACLE of God is with men." What is called the holy city, and new Jerufalem, in verfe 2, is here called the TABERNACLE of God. It is evident that the tabernacle of God mentioned here means the fame as the new Jerufalem.

3. This new Jerufalem is called the heavenly Jerufalem, and city of the living God which he has prepared for them that love him. Heb. xii. 22, "But ye are come to mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerufalem." This agrees with the new Jerufalem coming down from God out of heaven. Heb. xi. 16, "But now they defire a better country, that is, an heavenly; wherefore God is not afhamed to be called their God, for he hath PREPARED for them a city." This city, appears to be the fame as the new Jerufalem. This city is prepared, and fo is the new Jerufalem; prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and though the elect will fet down with Abraham, Ifaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom, when Chrift reigns on the earth, yet after all this, they will enjoy a city already prepared for them from the foundation of the world,

4. This NEW JERUSALEM, is by Paul called the Jerufalem which is above. Gal. iv. 26, " But JERUSALEM which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Paul in this verfe tells us of a Jerufalem which is above;

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