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he a Place vpn the Earth. But having sboke something to these Scriptures, I shall pass them by at preient: Besides, if it be considered thaVthe Persons who spake these Words, And has made us unto our God Kings and Priests, were the Saints, ana such as were already in Heaven when they spoke them j then they expected that they should receive a Kingdom wherein they should reign as Kings and Triests. Now the Place where they should reign as such appears in the following Words * And wejhall reign on the Earth. Can any give a reason why the Saints that were in thepofleihon of Heaven at this time, when John saw this Vision, and heard them speak these Words in their Song, Thou hast made vs unto our God Kings and Priests, and we stall reign ort the Earth -, if they were not to return again with Christ at his Second Coming; and as Kings and Priests to reign on the Earth.
But if it should be objected that these Words were not spoke by the Saints, as being then in Heaven, but on the Earth. In answer to that I shall first premise that it will be granted by all, and deny'd by none, but that these two Particles Us and We, has made us Kings and Priests, and we stall reign on the Earth, must be the Saints and Children of God, they, and they only being the Purchase osCbrist's Blood, the Travel of his Soul. Then they must be considered either in Earth or Heaven, when they spoke these Words. If upon Earth, I query whether they did then reign as Kings and Priests (as some would endeavour to expound the Reign of the Saints to be only a spiritual Reigning over their Sins and Corruptions-, and the Lord knows how poorly we reign over these this day) if you will
fay lay that they do now reign, then consider how absurd and contrary this Interpretation is to this as well as many other Places of Scripture: for if these Saints, when they sung this Hong, were upon Earth, and did then reign as Kings avd Priests-} how is it that they said, Thou hast made us Kings and friests, and we stall reign on the Earth? Why did they say we stall reign, if they then did reign? Surely there must be a Difference in these two Words, We do and We stall. Is not this Interpretation contrary to the Truth it self expresled in the Text, or at least inconsistent with the Text, for to say We do reign, instead of faying U e stall reign on the Earth? Would it not look strange and inconsistent, if a King or an earthly Prince who reigns and is in the actual p> fleilion of his Kingdom, should fay, J am King over such a Kingdom, and stall reign in it? Would it not look strange to fay, 1 stall reign, when at the (ame time he does reign? If we make so little or no difference between stall and do, according to this Interpretation, as,to fay the Saints do reign onEarth, instead of laying, They stall •, what strange Contuiion fliould we run many things ('the Truth it self) into? How strange would this be, if we should alter the Word in many Places, and fay do instead of stall? As in Pray. iii. 35. The Wise (such as are wise to Salvation) stall inherit (or possess) Glory. Should we fay the Wise do inherit or pojsess Glory, what would this be less than to fay the Saints are glorified while they are in this World? Or to fay that the Saints are now actually in Heaven, while they are in.their Militant State upon Farth? Again in Phil. iii. 21. Who flail change our Vile Body, that it may be fashioned like unto his Glorious Body. Now to
alter this Word from stall to do, and fay, who dots charge our Vile Body thai it may be fastioned like w«to his Glorious Body, would make our Bodies whilst imperfect to be immortal and incorruptible, free from Sin, like the Glorious Body of Christ \ and so consequently not fubjedt to Death: Whereas this is not to be until Christ's Coming, and the Resurrection of the Saints; which is the Time we are speaking os when the Saints stall reign on the Earth. Now how inconsistent this would be to the Text and the Truth held forth in it, I leave others to judge. Many other Places I might take notice of, to shew what a Confusion this altering or putting another Interpretation upon a Word, would make of the Scriptures; but this insufficient: And therefore we cannot by any means admit of this Word in the Revelations, to be changed from stall, to fay they do reign: For if we stiould, this indeed would be the ready way to make the Scriptures in the Likeness of Wax, to turn and twist it about which way we please, according to the Humours and Fancies of Men. Well then ! It is time to thrust this Contrarylnerpretation offtheStage; and let us fay no longer they do, but they fiall reign on the Earth.
If any should further object, and say that these WoMs are not to be understood as being spoke by the Saints either then in Heaven or upon the Earth •, but that it is prophetically spoke of the Saints after the Resurrection of their Bodies, when they shall be g'orify'd •, and that then they stall strg this vewSong: I have no reason to contend with this, as long as we do not alter the Text; though I have, in the first opening of the Words, endeavoured to shew that this mv> Sojtg was fung by the