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Things which plainly relate to the Meffiah; some whereof are cited and applied to Christ in the New Testament, and several of them were attributed to the Messiah by the ancient Jews. [Sce the Texts that follow. ]
He tells us in Chapter vi. ver. 12. Thus speaketh the Lord of Hofts, Jaying, Behold the Man whose Name is the Branch, he mall build the Temple of the Lord, he shall bear the Glory, and fall fit and rule
upon bis Throne; and he shall be a Priest upon his Throne, and the Counsel of Peace fall be between them both: And they that are afar off, Mall come and build in the Temple of the Lord. Wherein the Prophet informs us, " that this person, whom foregoing Prophets have called The Branch out of the Root of Yelle, shall build up the Church of God in the World, thall be both a Priest and a King, with Counsels of Peace; and the Heathens that are, afar off shall come and affift this Work of building up the Church."
This fame Prophet declares also, that Chrift fhould come to Jerusalem as the King of Zion, meek and bringing Salvation, riding upon a Colt the Fole of an Ass, Zech. ix. 10. which was fulfilled, Matt. xxi. 5. and John xii. 15.
22 Q. Does this Prophet say any Thing concerning the Remiffion of Sins to be obtained througla Jesus Chrift?
A. Yes, there is a remarkable Prophecy in Zech. xiii. 1. which must be referred to this Subject. In that Day there shall be a Fountain opened to the House of David, and the Inhabitants of Jerusalem, for Sin and for Uncleanne's; that is, by the Death of Christ, and his Blood making Atonement for Sin. And ver. 7. his Sufferings are described, which should be inflicted on him, when God himself should bruise him, and make his Soul an Of
fering for Sin, as Ifaiah expresses it; and that his Disciples for a Seafon should forsake him. Zech. xiii. 7. Awake, O Sword, against my Shepherd, and against the Man that is my Fellow, faith the Lord of Hofts. Smite the Shepherd, and the Sheep frall be scattered, which was fulfilled Matt. xxvi. 56.
And besides all this, bis Sufferings from the Hands of Men are also described; namely, that he fhould be fold for thirty Pieces of Silver, which should be given to the Potter, Zech: xi. 12, 13. which the Prophet speaks as personating the Meifiah, as David had often done before; and it was fulfilled Matt. xxvii. 9, 10. The Prophet foretels also the Manner of his Death, namely, that he should be pierced; and intimates the Converfion of some of those Jews who crucified him, Zech. xii. 10. I will pour out on the House of David, and the Inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of Grace And Supplication ; and they mail look on me (or bim) whom they have pierced, and mourn for him : Fulfilled in John xix. 34, 36. when his Side was pierced with a Spear, and his Hands and Feet with Nails; and Asts ii. 23, 36, 37, 41. when bis Crucifiers were converted; whereof a fuller and more glorious Accomplishment is expected in the latter Days among the Jewith Nation, who have been piercing him with Reproaches almost ever since.
23 Q. And what does Malachi, the last of the Prophets, speak concerning Christ?
A. His Prophecy is expressed in pretty plain Language: Chapter jii. s. Behold, I will send my Misënger, (namely, John the Baptift) and he mall prepare the Way before me, Matt. xi. 10. And the Lord, whom ye seek, Mall suddenly come to his Temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant whom you de
light in. And he shall
fit as a Refiner and Purifier of Silver ; and he shall purify the Sons of Levi, that they may offer to the Lord an Offering in Righteounefs. Now this was accomplished when Christ came into the Temple, and when he reformed the evil Practices of the Priefts and People.
24 Q. You have given us a large Account of what the Jewish Prophets have foretold; but were there no others besides the Jews, which prophefied concerning Christ?
A Yes, there are two very remarkable Per. fons who were not Jews, whose Expressions have a Reference to our blessed Saviour; and these were Balaam and Job.
25 Q. What did Balaam fay concerning Chrift?
Å. There hall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter mall rise cut of Israel, and shall smite the Corners of Moab, and destroy all the Children of Seth; Seir and Edom fall be a Podellion; and out of Jacob hall come he who shall have Dominion, Numb. xxiv. 17, &C.
26 Q. What Reason is given to prove that this refers to Chrift?
1. Christ is called the Morning-Star, Rev. xxii. 16. He was of the Family of Jacob or Israel: He fhall smite and destroy the Enemies of the Church, and have the Heathens for a Poffeffion, and his Dominion is everlasting, Psalm ii. 6-9.
27 Q. What is the remarkable Prophecy which Job spake concerning Chrift?
A. Job xxix. 25, 26. I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall fand at the latter Day upon the Earth: And though after my Skin Worms destroy this Body, yet in my Flesh all I fee God.
28 Q. When is this Prophecy to be fulfilled ?
Heaven, Heaven, fhall come to raise the Dead, and to judge the World, he shall fand at last upon the Earth, after his Enemies are conquered ; and the Children of God in their new raised Bodies shall see God; that is, thall see Jesus Christ the Redeemer, who is Emmanuel, or God with us; and who is described as God manifef in the Flesh, i Thess. iv. 16, 17. i Cor. xv. 24-26. 1 Tim. iii, 16.
29 Q. What great and evident Truths may be inferred from this long Rank of Prophecies concerning Jesus Christ our Saviour ?
A. We learn, that from the Beginning of the World, ever since the Sin and Fall of Adam, throughout the several Ages of Mankind, there haih been a continual Succeffion of Prophecies given from God, who foreknows all Things, concerning some great and glorious Deliverer and Şaviour, who should be manifested to the World in Time; and that he should appear as the King of Israel, and for the Salvation both of Jews and Gentiles : And accordingly he has been expected by those good Men in the several Ages who were best acquainted with the Scriptures, and particuJarly in that Age wherein Jesus Christ appeared, See Luke i. 69, 70. and xxiv. 27. Acts iii. 18-24.
30 Q. But does this determine Jesus the Son of Mary, to be this glorious Person, this expected Saviour?
A. Since all the Characters which so many Prophets, in so many different Ages, have given concerning the Messiah or Christ the Saviour, do really agree and meet together in Jesus, and in none besides; they leave us no Room to doube whether this Jelus of Nazareth, the Son of Mary, be the Christ or no.
***AVING finished the History of the
OLD TESTAMENT, and related in H short the Affairs of the Jews, so far
as we find them recorded elsewhere,
we proceed now to the History of the New: The chief Subjects of it are our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Saviour of Mankind; John the Baptist, who was his Forerunner; and the Apostles, who were his Followers.
The History of John the Baptift is but short; it contains a brief Narrative of his Birth, his Mi. niftry, and his Death.
The History of Christ our Saviour is much Jarger, and it may be divided into three distinct Parts, namely, The Account of his Birth and Childhood; the Account of his public Life and MiN 2