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the God that we are looking for, and Oh that we might be in a continual Expectation, with a Raisedness of Affection, because he will come and save us. Ijaiab xxv. 9. And it Jhall be said in that Bay; (the Day of his glorious Coming) Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us: This is the Lord, (the Lord Jejus) we have waited for him, (oh he is worth our waiting for!^ we will be glad. (And why? Because this will be the Day of ovr Redemption :) and therefore we will reJoyce in his Salvation. Then it shall be said (in a peculiar way) among the Heathen, that the Lord reigneth. Let the Heavens rejbyce, the Churches of Christ, the Saints of the living God, let the Earth be glad: All Creatures shall and will receive some Benefit in this blessed Day of Restitution, (except wicked Men and Devils-,) Let the Sea roar, and the Fulness thereof. If this is to be understood, properly, every Creature, according to its Kind, in the Sea, as well as on the Earth, shall in that Day, (more than yet they have done) answer the End of their Creation. But if figuratively, wicked Men are compared to the troublesome Sea, who never are at Rest; they, instead of being glad, will roar for Anguish of Spirit. Let the Field be joyful, and all that is therein; then stall aU the Trees of the Wood rejoice; that is in Respect of the Plenitude of Fruit which they will bring forth, or the Fruitfulness that will appear in them, when the Curse fiall be taken off of all the Earth, and the Earth restored^ to its Paradistical State. Then Joy will spread it self as the Wings of the Morning Light, overall the Works of his Hands, for this Joy is said to be before the Lord; and what is the Reason of

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.•". .:..! ... , . .. g\\ this,/or he (that is, the Lord Jesus Christ, this, God) cometh, for be cnmetb; (twice expressed, to {hew the Certainty of it) but what does he come for? To judge the Earth •, be stall judge the World with Righteousness, and the People with his Truth -, Psalm xcvi. 10, n, 12, 15. How full is the New Testament for the Proof of this, Mark xiii 26. And then stall they fee the Son of Man Coming in the Clouds with great Power and Glory. Yea, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, they all speak of it. Rev. i. 7. Behold be cometh in the Clouds, and every Eye stall fee him. This is the Person that the Spirit of God directs us to look unto, both in the Old and New Testament; this is the Lord thy God that stall come, and all the Saints with him; that is, with Jesus Christ. This brings me to the second Particular.

Secondly, Who they be that shall come with him -, and that is, all the Saints. It is true, the Angels shall come along with Christ at that Time •, as it is in 2Ep. of Thejf.ii.-}. But they a enot made mention of in this Place, to shew that his Coming is upon the Account, and for the Glory of his People. Well then! It is the Saints, the Children of God, that shall come. with him, not some of them, but all, as it is in the Text; The Lord thy God stall come, and all the Sai)its with thee. Not one will be left behind, but they shall all come with him, all that are interested in Christ, all that have a Part in the first Resurrection; not only those that are dead, or steep in Jesus, stall God bring with him, but the living Saints too, such that shall be found alive when Christ cometh, they shall be charged in a Moment, in the Twinkling

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of an Eye. Behold, I stew you a Mystery, m stall 9tot all steep, but we stall be changed in a Moment, Sec. Then the Dead stall be raised incorruptible, and we (that are living) stall be changed. The same we find in I Thejs.iv. 15. For this we fay unto you ly the Word of the Lord, (therefore most certainly true) that we which are alive, and remain unto the Coming of the Lord, stall not prevent (or hinder) them which are asleep (How doth this appear?) itfolloweth, for the Lord himself stall descend from Heaven with a Shout, with the Voice of the Archangel, and with the Trump of God, and the Dead in Christ stall rise first. In these Words we may observe, I. That the Lord Jesas will come himself, not a Deputy in his room. 2. He will come with a Shout so loud as will be heard all the World over, yea and those that are in the Grave, or at the Bot. torn of the Sea, ,and have been there for hundreds or thousands of Years, shall hear it, and come forth : The fame is signified by the Voice of the Archangel, and the Trump of God. 3. The Dead in Christ shall rise first: That is, the rising of the one, and the changing of the other, will be, before the wicked rife, for there is no mention made of their rising at this Time in neither of these two Texts. But to come to the 16 th Verse, Then we which are alive and remain, stall be caught vp together with them (that are raised) in the Clouds to meet the Lord in the Air, and so stall we ever be with the Lord; neve, shall Christ and the Saints part, after this blessed Meeting. Christ is said to come in the Clouds, there it is ,that the Saints shall meet him, both the Dead raised, and the Living changed. They shall be. caught up together

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in the Clouds. What to do? To stay with Christ in the Clouds, do we think? Surely no. But that they may come along with him, according to this Text: Then when all the Saints are gathered together, and the whole mystical Body of Christ is compleated-, thenitisthat they shall be all caught up in the Clouds to meet the Lord in the Air; not to continue, but to come along with him. And so the Words will be fulfilled in the largest Extent that they can be taken in •, And the Lord thy God stall come, aud all the Saints with thee.

Thirdly, From whence it is that Christ will come, and that is from Heaven; I mean in Respect of that Place which we call Heaven, that is, the Jmperial Heaven, and in the Scripture is called the third Heaven; otherwise he will not come from Heaven, because he brings Heaven alone with him; yea, it is his glorious Presence that makes Heaven, and where Christ is in his Glory, there Heaven may be said to be. Now that Christ, when he comes in the Clouds with Power and great Glory, will come from Heaven under the first Consideration, is very clear from many Scriptures: I shall mention but two, and so pass on •, ABs iii. 20, 21. And he stall fend Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the Heaven must receive until the Times of Restitution of all Things, which God hath spoken by the Mouth of all his holy Praphets since the World began. There I shall observe that Christ'will not come again in Person, until he is sent by the Father •, but at the Time which the Father hath appointed, he stall fend him. And from whence will he send him? Why, from Heaven, where he now is in his Personal Glory j therefore the Heavens must receive him until then,

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whom the Heaven must receive. They did receive him at his Ascension,, after he had compleated the Work of our Redemption: But how long must they receive, or retain him? Until the Times of the Restitution of all Things, until that Time, and no longer ^ then it is that he will come from Heaves. Again, Matt. xxiv. 3c. And then stall appear the Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven. Then, or immediately upon his Coming, will appear the Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven, the Place from whence he is to come. What this Sign will be, whether the Wrath of God, which (hall at that Time be revealed from Heaven, against all Ungodliness , Or the Fire and Conflagration of the last Day, which mil appear in the Heavens; I shall not determine: It follows then-, shall the Tribes cf the Earth mourn that is, all the wicked that shall be found living upon the Earth at that Time > And they shall fee the Son efMan coming in the Clouds with "Power and great Glory. His Coming in the Clouds does {hew that he will come from Heaven. Thus we fee then the Place from whence it is that Christ will come. But,

Fourthly, The Place where he will come, and that is upon this Earth. Zech. xiv. 4. And his Feet stall stand in that Day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the East, &c. His Feet, that is, Christ's Feet: None can deny but that this is spoke of him.

Secondly, The Time when his Feet is to stand upon Mount Olives-, it is, in that Day^ not the Day of his first, but at the Time of his second Coming; which does sufficiently appear from the wonderful Effects that arc to follow, at the Time

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