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but for the elect's sake, those days shall be shortened. Then if any
man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For tliere shall ai-ise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall
shew great signs and wonders ; insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.
Wherefore, if they shall say unto you. Behold, he is in the desert ;
go not forth : behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto
the west ; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For where-
soever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Iramediatelv after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun
be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars
shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be
shaken : and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven :
and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and
great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a
trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds,
from one end of heaven to the other.

Now learn a parable of the fig-tree ; When his branch is yet
tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh : so



416



CHRIST'S PROPHETIC OFFICE.



John, XV. 15,



John,
xvii. 6-8.



John,
xvii. 25, 26.



John,
xviii. 19-23.



John,
xviii. 37.



Luke,

xxiv. 13-20,

25-27.



likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near,
even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not
pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass

away, but mn tDorbs si) all not pass aujag.

Henceforth I call you not servants ; for the servant knoweth
not what his lord doeth : but I have called you friends ; for all

tijings tijat 3 i)aoc l)carb of mo i^atljcr, 3 l)avc mabc knoroii
unto ^an.

J Ijaoe manifestcb tl)n name unto tl)e men wljicl) tl)ou

gauest mc out of tlje tOOrlb : thine they were, and thou gavest
them me ; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known
that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee : for S

[\avc Qwcn unto tl)em t\)c moths u)l)icl) tl)ou gaoest me ; and

they have received them, and have known surely that I came out
from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee : but I
have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

5^nb 3 Ijaue bedareb ijnto ttjem tljn name, arib will bedare
it : that the love wherewith thou hast loved me, may be in them,
and I in them.

The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his
doctrine. Jesus answered him, Jf spake opcnlg tO tl)e UJOrlb :
3 euer taugl)t in tt]e synagogue, anb in tlje temple, u)l)itl)er

tl)e JcUJS alujags resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
Why askest thou me ? ask them which heard me, what I have said
unto them : behold, they know what I said. And when he had
thus spoken, one of the oflBcers which stood by struck Jesus with
the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so ?
Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil :
but if well, why smitest thou me ?

Pilate said unto him. Art thou a king then ? Jesus answered.
Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this
cause came I into the world, that 3 sljoulb bear toitUCSS UntO
t!)e trutl). Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.

And behold, two of them went that same day to a village
called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore fur-
longs. And they talked together of all these things which had
happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed to-
gether, and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
i3ut their eyes were holden, that they should not know him. And
he said unto them. What manner of communications are these that
ye liave one to another, as ye walk, and are sad ? And the one of
them, whose name was Cleopas, answering, said unto him. Art thou
only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which
are come to pass there in these days ? And he said unto them,



CHRIST'S PROPHETIC OFFICE.



417



What things ? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of

Nazareth, toliicl) toas a popl)ct migl]to in becb anh mox'b bdoxi

(Sob arib all tl)C people : and how the chief priests and our rulers
delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

Then he said unto them, fools, and slow of

heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not
Christ to have sufiered these things, and to enter into his glory 1

'2,\\b beginning at Xltoses anb all tijc propljels, l)c ex-
pounbeb nnto {[]cm in all tl)c scriptures tljc tljings concern-
ing l)imself.

The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that
Jesus began both to do anb teacl}, until the day in which he
was taken up, after that lie through the Holy Ghost had given com-
mandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen : to whom also
he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs,

being seen of them forty days, anb Speaking of tljc tl)ings per-
taining to tl)e kingbom of (Sob.

Repent ye, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted
out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of
the Lord ; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached
unto you : whom the heaven must receive until the times of resti-
tution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all
his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said

unto the fathers, % propl}et sljall tl)e Corb nonr (Sob raise np
mito j}ou, of |iour bretljren, like unto me ; him shall ye hear

in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come
to pass, that every soul which will not hear tl}at propljet, shall be
destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from
Samuel, and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have
likewise foretold of these days.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time
past unto the fathers by the prophets, |)atl) in l\)CSC last bags

spoken unto us bg l]is Son.

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things
■which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every trans-
gression and disobedience received a just recompense^ of reward;
how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ; u)l)icl) at tl)e
first began to be spoken bn tlje £orb, and was confirmed unto

us by them that heard him.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon,
and our hands have handled, of tl)e IXJorb of life; (for the life
was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew
unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was
manifested unto us;) that which we have seen anb Ijearb declare

27



Acts, i. 1-3.



Acts,
iii. 19-24.



Heb. i. 1, 2.



Heb. ii. 1-3.



1 John, i. 1-5.



418



CHEIST'S PROPHETIC OFFICE.



Rev. i. 1-5.



Rev. iii. 14.



Revelation,

xix. 10, 11,

13.



Rev. xxii. 16.



Rev. xxii.20,



we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us : and truly
our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
This then is the message tollicl) tDC l)aoc Ijearb of l)im, and de-
clare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Qjlic Ucoclation of Jfcsus QII)rist, which God gave unto
him, to sl)cu) unto Ilis scronnts tl)ings roliici] must sliortlii
come to :pass ; anb l)e sent anb significb it bg Ijis angel unto

l)is seruant 3o\)n : who bare record of the word of God, a\\b of
tl)e testimonil of Jesus (Cl)rist, and of all things that he saw.
Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this
prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein : for
the time is at hand.

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto
you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to
come ; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne ; and
from Jesus Christ, who is tl)e faitl)ful iDitltess, and the First-be-
gotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans w^rite ; These
things saith the Amen, tl}C faitl)ful anh true witUCSS, the begin-
ning of the creation of God.

And I fell at his feet to worship him [the angel]. And he
said unto me. See thou do it not : I am thy tellow-servant, and of
thy brethren that have tl)e teStimOUJ] of JeSUS : worship God :
for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. And I saw
heaven opened, and behold, a white horse ; and he that sat upon

him was called Faithful and True And he was

clothed with a vesture dipped in blood : and his name is called
S;i)cU3orbof©ob.

I Jesus have sent mine angel tO testifn UUtO tlOU tl)esc

tilings in tl)c cl)urcl)es.

i)c toljicll testiftetl) tl)CSe tIjingS saith, Surely I come
quickly.



XII.



Clirist'3 ^^rit5tli| (Dffire.



In process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the
fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also

brought of tl)i: firstlings of his flock, onb of tl)e fat tl)crcof.
^nb tl)C £orb l)ab respect unto QVbcl anb to l)is offering,-
but unto ^ain anb to l)is offering Ije l)ab not respect.

And Noah went forth, and his sons, and liis wife, and his sons'
wives with him : every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl,
and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went
forth out of the ark.

':^nb Xoal) builbeb an altar unto tl)e £orb, anb look of
euern dean beast, luxb of euern clean forol, anb offereb burnt-

ofterings on tlje altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour:
and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground
any more for man's sake.

And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem,
unto the plain of Moreh. ^Vnd the Canaanite was then in the
land. And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said. Unto thy

seed will I give this land : aub tl)crc builbeb \)c an altar unto
ll)e Corb, m\)o appearcb unto l)im.

And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of
Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Hai

on the east : anb tl)cre l)c builbcb an altar unto tl)c £orb, and

called upon the name of the Lord.

Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the
plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, mxb butlt tljcrc fltt altar
unto tl)c Corb.

And the king of Sodom went out to meet him [Abraham] after
liis return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings
that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's
dale.

And Melchizcdok king of Salem brought forth bi'cad and
wine; aub l)c u)as tl)e priest of tl)c most Ijigl) i&oh. And he
blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God,
])ossessor of heaven and earth : and blessed be the most high
God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he
gave him tithes of all.



Gen. iv. 3-5.



Genesis,
viii. 18-21.



Genesis,
xli. 6-8.



Gen. xiii. 18.



Genesis,
xiv. 17-i!().



420



CHKIST'S PEIESTLY OFFICE.



Genesis,
xxii. 1-14.



1 That is,
The Lord
will see or
provide.



Genesis,
xxvi. 23-;i5.



Genesis,
xxxl. 51-54.



And it came to pass that God did tempt Abraham, and
said unto him, Abraham : and he said. Behold, here I am. And
he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest,
and get thee into the land of Moriah ; uub ofFcX" l)im {\)iXC for it
bnrttt-offering upon one of the mountains which 1 will tell thee of.

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his
ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son,
and clave the wood for the burnt-offering, and rose up, and went
unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day
Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abra-
ham said unto his young men. Abide ye here with the ass ; and I
and the lad will go yonder and worship, and c6me again to you.
And Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering, and laid it upon
Isaac his son ; and he took the fire in his hand and a knife ; and
they went both of them together.

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My fa-
ther : and he said. Here am I, my son. And he said. Behold the

fire and the wood : but tDl)crc is tl]c lamb for a burnt-offering ?
And Abraham said. My son, ©ob toill proyibe Ijimsclf a lamb
for a burnt-offering : so they went both of them together.

And they came to the place which God had told him of; and
Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and
bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And
Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his
son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven,
and said, Abraham, Abraham : and he said. Here am I. And he
said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything
unto him : for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast
not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham
lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught
in a thicket by his horns : and Abraham went and took the ram,
and offered him up for a burnt-offering in the stead of his son.

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah jireh :'
as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be
seen.

And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba. And the Lord
appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of
Abraham thy father : fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless
thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

^nii l)C builbeb aw altar tl)Cre, and called upon the name
of the Lord, and jntched his teat there : and there Isaac's servants
digged a well.

And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this
pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee ; this heap be witness,
and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heaj) to thee,
and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me,
for harm. The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God



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of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of
his father Isaac.

®l)en Jacob offcrcir samfice itpon tl)c mount, and called

his brethren to eat bread : and they did eat bread, and tarried all
night in the mount.

And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in
the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram ; and pitched
his tent before the city. And he bought a parcel of a field, where
he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, She-
chem's father, for an hundred pieces of money, ^nb l)C CXCttch
ll)CVC an altrtr, and called it El-elohe-Israel.^

So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan that
is. Bethel, he and all the people that were with him. '^itb \)C
built tl)Crc IIU altiir, and called the place El-beth-el :° because
there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his
brother.

And Israel took his journey Avith all that he had, and came

to Beer-sheba, ouir offercb sacrifices unto tijc ©ob of l)is fiTtljer
Ssaac.

And they said, [Moses and Aaron, to Pharaoh,] The God of
the Hebrews hath met with us : let us go, we pray thee, three days'
journey into the desert, anb sacrifice UUtO t^C jCovb OUr (©o5 ;
lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.

And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the
Lord ; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed : let your little
ones also go with you.

And Moses said, IIi;i)Ott must Qwc US also sacrifices
anb burnt-offerings, tljat mc man sacrifice unto tije £or5

our Q5otl. < Hir cattle also shall go with us ; there shall not an
houf be left behind ; for thereof must we take to serve the Lord
our God ; and we know not with what we must serve the Lord,
until we come thither.

And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of
Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of
months : it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the
tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb,
according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house : and
if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neigh-
bour next unto his house take it according to the number of the
souls ; every man according to his eating shall make your count
for the lamb. Your lamb shall be toitllOUt bicmisi), a male of the
first year : ye shall take it ont from the sheep, ur from the goats :
and ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month :

anb tl}c toljolc assembhi of tl)c congregation of Israel sljall
kill it in tlje euening. ^nb tl)en sljaUlalie of tl)e bloob, anb



Genesis,
xxxiii. 18-20.



1 That is,
Ood, the Ood
of Israel.

Genesis,
XXXV. (>, 7. •

2 That is,
T/ie God vf
Bethel.



Gen. xlvi. 1.



Exodus, V. 3.



Ex. X. 24-26.



Ex. xii. 1-14.



422



CHRIST'S PRIESTLY OFFICE.



Ex. XX. 24.



Exodus,
xxiv. 3-8.



Exodus,
XXV. 1, and

chap, xxviii,



0trikc it on tl)e ttoo sibc-posts mib on tl)C upper boor-post
of tl)e l)ouscs, roljercin tl)C|i sljull cat it. And they shall eat
the riesh in that night, roast with tire, and unleavened bread ; and
with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden
at all with water, but roast with fire ; his head with his legs, and
with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain
until the morning ; and that which remaineth of it until the morn-
ing ye shall burn with fire.

And thus shall ye eat it ; with your loins girded, your shoes
on your feet, and your staff in your hand ; and ye shall eat it in
haste : it is the Lord's passover. For I will pass through the land
of Egypt this night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of
Egypt, both man and beast ; and against all the gods of Egypt I
will execute judgment: I am the Lord. ^\ib l\)C bloob sljflill be

to J10U for a token upon tl)c Ijouses roljere gc arc: anb roljcn

1 sec tl)C bloob, 3 toill pass oyer gOU, and the plague shall not
be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial ; and ye shall
keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations ; ye shall
keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.

An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, anb sljall sac-
rifice tljcrcon tl)n burnt-offerings, anb tl)2 peace-offerings,
tl)t} sl)eep, anb tl)ine OX&n : in all places where I record my name
I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

And Moses came and told the people all the words of the
Lord, and all the judgments : and all the j^eople answered with
one voice, and said, All the words which the Lord hath said will
we do.

And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord, and rose up early
in the morning, and builbcb an altar under the hill, and twelve
pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young
men of the children of Israel, tnljicl) offcrcb burut-offcrings,

anb sacrificeb peace-offerings of oxen unto tl)e Corb. And

Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins ; aub I) a If of

tl)e bloob be sprinkleb on tl)e altar. And he took the book of

the covenant, and read in the audience of the people : and they
said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.

%nii illoses took tlje bloob, anb sprinkleb it on tl)e people,
anb saib, !3cl)olb tl)e bloob of tl)e couenant, ttil)icl) tl)c toxh
l)atl) mabe will) sou concerning all lijcsc ujorbs.

And the Lord spake unto Moses Take thou

unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the

children of Israel, tl)at Ijc maij minister unto me in tl)e priest's

office, even xVaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's
sons.

And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother
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wise-hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that
they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may
minister unto me in the priest's office. And these are the garments
which they shall make ; a breast-plate, and an ephod, and a robe,
and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle : and they shall make
holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may
minister unto me in the priest's oflBce. And they shall take gold,
and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen.

And tliey shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple,
of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work. It shall have
the two shoulder-pieces thereof joined at the two edges thereof;
and so it shall be joined together. And the curious girdle of the
ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work
thereof; even of o-old, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine

twined linen, ^nb tl)oit sljiilt take txoo oniixstoncs, anh granc
on tijcm tl)c names of tl)e cl)ilbreu of Israel : six of tl)cir
names on one stone, anb tlje otljer siie names of tlic rest on
tl)c otl)er stone, according to tijeir birtl). With the work of an

engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou en-
grave the tw'o stones with the names of the children of Israel : thou
shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold. ^\\b tl]OU sljalt ^Jttt

tl)e ttoo stones npon tl]c sl)onlbers of tl)e epl)ob for stones of
memorial nnto tl)e djilbrenof Jsracl: anb ^aron sl)aU bear
tl)eir names before tl}c £orb upon l)is troo sl)oulbers for a
memorial.

And thou shalt make ouches of gold ; and two chains of pure
gold at the ends ; of wreathen work shalt thou make them, and
fcisten the wreathen chains to the ouches.

And thou shalt make the breast-plate of judgment with cun-
ning work ; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it ; of
gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined
linen, shalt thou make it. Four-square shall it be being doubled ;
a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth
thereof. And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows
of stones : the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle :
this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an eme-
rald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an
agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx,
and a jasper : they shall be set in gold in tlieir inclosings. ^\\b

ll)c Stones sl}aU be raiti) tl)c names of tije cijilbren of Israel,

twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet;
every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve
tribes.

And thou shalt make upon the breast-plate chains at the
ends of wreathen work of pure gold. And thou shalt make upon
the breast-plate two rings of gold, and shalt put the two rings on
the two ends of the breast-plate. And thou shalt put the two
wreathen chains of gold in the two rings which are on the ends of



the breast-plate. And the other two ends of the two wreathen
chains thou shalt fasten in the two ouches, and put them on the
shoukler-pieces of the ephod before it.

And thou shalt make two rings of gold, and thou shalt put
them upon the two ends of the breast-plate in the border thereof,
which is in the side of the ephod inward. And two other rings of
gold thou shalt make, and shalt put them on the two sides of the
ephod underneath, toward the fore-part thereof, over against the
other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod. And
they shall bind the breast-plate by the rings thereof unto the rings
of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it may be above the curious
girdle of the ephod, and that the breast-plate be not loosed from the

ephod. QVnb QVaron s\]a\[ bear tl)c names of tl]e cl)ilbren of
Israel in tl)e breast-plate of jubgment upon l)is Ijeart, u)l)en
lie goetl) in unto tlie l)oIn phue, for a memorial before tl)e
Corb continually.

And thou shalt put in the breast-plate of judgment the Urim
and the Thummim ; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when

he goeth in before the Lord : a\\b Qlarou sl]all bear tlje iubgment
of tl)e cl]ilbren of Israel itpon l)is Ijeart before tlje CoriT ron-
tinualln.

And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue. And
there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall



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