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lieve. Take my common-prayer book, and at the head you will read two acts as a specimen of many more statutes for the uniformity and universality of our Sion, so that there may be one religion, both in prayer and sacraments, without this conformity; you will there see the penalties to be inflicted. The ist act was enacted under our gracious fovereign queen Eli. zabeth, the other under our gracious fovereign Charles the Second. So help me God. They were happy days. So be it.
End of the Ninth Conference,
Scene changes. Mofes, Boy, and Notaries.
Meses. M with many for one Weick vaufed
ESSIAH confirmed his covenant
with many" for one week, caufed the facrifice and oblation to cease, and Himself cut off, and from that period desolacion, Two parts of this prophecy are confirmed and remain confirmed at this day. Israet' has been without temple or sacrifice, and themselves drove out and abandoned by their God, scartered throughout all nations, hated and despised, and their country desolate. Where their temple stood is placed the abomination of desolation, the worship of the Impostor Mahomet. This part of the prophecy, stands open to the whole world, and this from the very time marked and pointed out to us by our fcriptures that the Meffiah should come, from which point of time you date your christianity. But, alas ! where shall Israel search for the fulfilling of the other two parts of this prophecy? where is the Meffiah that is cut off, or, where are the men that He confirmed His covenant with?
Boy. Jesus Christ is the Messiah foretold by all the prophets who at the appointed time came into the world and manifested Himself to Israel and the world. He entered on His Divine Mission at the age of thirty, and confirmed His covenant, according to the prophecy, with many, and in the middle of the week he was cut off, which was the three years He was on
His Million, when you cut him off from the earth, hanging the Lord of Life on a tree. You have rejected him and he has rejected you. You accused him of blasphemy against God and your temple and being an impostor, and he has Thewed himself to be that God you accused him of blaspheming, and fulfilled the prophecy in all its parts : abrogated, annulled, repealed, and translated His old covenant into the second, and new covenant, which He promised from the begioning, and throughout His scriptures, had your temple destroyed, and on the ground on which your temple stood was erected a heathen, and at this day, a Mahometan temple, or place of worship. He appointed and confirmed twelve bishops, known by the name of the apostles ; one of the twelve He appointed His Vicar, whom he invested with ample power as head and chief, which has come down by a regular succession from St. Peter, who was the first appointed and seared his chair in Rome to the present time. He appointed seventy others also. After His Resurrection, he appeared at different times for foriy days, when he ascended to hea. ven in the sight of one hundred and twenty. He appeared once to five hundred brethren, and, no doubt, many others. A few days after His Ascension, Peter's first sermon added three thousand disciples; and a few days after, they increased to five thousand, and in a short period the new covenant was extended to all parts of the earth. Their found hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Moses. The Almighty gave Ifrael a law, and by that law Jesus Christ was condemned to die.
Deuteronomy 18th chapter. But the prophet which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded bim to speak, or that Shall Speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet Mall die.
Boy. But if thou say in thy heart, how shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him. What we have recited is the latter part of the prophecy, which is the rock of offence to the house of Israel, on which they have split, and plunged themselves in the abyss of destruction; we will begin with the firit part and so proceed to this stumbling stone and rock of offence.
The Lord spake unto Moses in these words: I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and I will put My words into his mouth, and be soall Speak unto them all that I fall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not bearken unto my words, which he hall Speak in My name, I will require it of him. This prophecy, agreed by all, relates to the Messiah, who was to be a recond legislator, or law-giver, to confirm and establish a new covenant.
Moses. What you advance is juft ; for if the first remained, why a second?
Boy. The time of his coming is agreed to be according to the scripture, when Jesus Christ appeared.
Mofes. Universal agreement of the whole world, both Jews and Gentiles.
Boy. He was prophecied to be of the stock of David. and consequently of the tribe of Judah.
Moses. The scriptures declare it.
Boy. You grant these privileges to Jesus Christ.
Mofes. Ifrael never disputed these privileges, they were proved by the universal tax of Auguftus, when every person was obliged to repair to the place of their nativity to answer personally, when , his parents repaired to the city (as stock) of David; for the tribes of Israel kept, from the beginning, each tribe and each family a regular register, to preserve privileges and inconfusion.
Boy. We have, in the reign of the emperor Vespasian, an Inquiry for the for the kindred of David, after the taking of Jerusalem; also by the emperor Domitian, when the nephews of Jude, apostle, was brought before him, who were near relations of Jesus Christ, and being examined by the emperor, declared themselves descendants of David, and that the kingdom of Christ was celestial and not terrestrial : for the emperors were, as Herod, afraid of the power of Christ, taking the prophecies in the tera restrial sense, as Israel has ever done.
Moses. Ifrael ever has, and at this day expect their Messiah to appear, the high and mighty