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there are, especially, to be in the “ last times, scoffers walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming ?”.&c.
Nor can we well mistake the following verses, when we reflect upon the prodigies of moral instructors, who have engaged the attention of mankind in these late ages - the boasted ages of reason and philosophy:-
20. Alas! for them that call evil good, and good evil;
Placing darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Placing bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. 21. Alas! for them that are wise in their own eyes,
And understanding in their own sight.
But this vaunted philosophy, it seems, applies no effectual remedies to the profligacy and injustice of the times :
22. Alas! for them that are powerful to drink wine,
And men of might to mingle strong drink;'
The description, in the former part of this verse, had appeared wonderful indeed, were we strangers to those walks of life, where the ability and bad pre-eminence here described, has been displayed; and in very deed has brought many a man into notice, and into a connexion with the great, that has made him a future arbiter of the fortunes of mankind - and such an arbiter as was to be expected, and as the latter verse describes. Profligacythe road to power among nations professing godliness, and power exercised by the unprincipled over the flock of
Christ - is, therefore, anong the signs of the last times -- when the fire shall consume the ungodly :
24, Therefore, as a flame of fire devoureth the stubble,
And as the blaze consumeth the chaff;
Sabaoth, And have rejected the word of the Holy One of Israel ; 25. Therefore the anger of Jehovah is kindled against his people,
And he hath stretched out his hand against them.
These verses seem to denote some signal judgment, which shall, previously to their consumption by fire, be inflicted on the apostates.
“ These are the beginnings of sorrows." Shall we point to the situation of Europe for these last thirty years ? Truly the mountains,” every thing elevated for rank and authority among mankind, «have trembled :" and the soil has been enriched with the corpses of millions of her inhabitants !
The executors of the last judgment, described in the twenty-sixth and following verses, I conceive to be no armies of mortal men; but the hosts of holy ones, symbolized in the parallel prophecies as coming with the Redeemer. The lion, therefore, of the twenty-ninth verse, is none other than the “ lion of the tribe of Judah :"
26. And he will erect a standard for nations far off,
And will bring them by his call' from the end of the earth:
And, lo! in haste suddenly they come!
No one slumbereth, and no one sleepeth.
Nor the latchet of his shoes unbound. 28. His arrows are sharpened,
And all his bows are bent.
And his wheels are like a whirlwind. 29. His growling is like that of a lion,
He growleth like the young lion :
And he beareth it off, and none delivereth : 30. And he shall roar against it in that day,
Like the roaring sea, and shall gush forth on the land :
pov, to lead out, or call home vit aqua ;' goy signifies to distil in bees, with a whistle. — See Park- drops as dew, and also to throw
down' as a building; but the Arab. · Bishop Lowth considers this jė,'aquæ ubertim afluentes.'—, verse to be defective, and from Bishop Stock renders the last line, some copies of the Septuagint sup “ and the light is darkened in the plies; " and be shall look to the sky above it;" or we may render, heavens upward, and down to the and the light is darkened by her earth : and, lo! darkness and dis ruins ;"—“ the heavens, and the tress, and the light is obscured by luminaries, are so totally invisible, the gloomy vapour.” But, admit that it seems as if the light were ting the integrity of the text, a very · choked up in its first emanations;" suitable meaning is found in the _" and the light is confined in its Arab. bus ‘scaturivit,'
An awful symbol of the appearing of the Redeemer in the character of an avenger; “Behold the Lord cometh with his holy myriads,” &c. &c. *
Remarks on the Sixth Chapter of Isaiah.
Must not pass over, in this review, the vision recorded by the prophet in the sixth chapter:
“ In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord; he sat on a high and elevated throne, and his glory' filled the temple. Seraphs had their station above him : each had six wings : with twain he covered his face, with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he flew : 8 and one called to another, and said; “Holy, Holy, Holy, Jehovah Sabaoth! the whole earth shall be' filled with his glory:" and the pillars of the vestibule were shaken at the sound of their calling; and the house was filled with a cloud: and I said, “ Ah me! I am undone, because I am a man of polluted lips, and I dwell amidst a people of polluted lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah Sabaoth."
* Jude, 14. Compare 1 Sam. ii. 8; Psalm Ixviii. 17; cx. 3; and cxlix.
· The reading of the Septuagint; been actually standing on their Chaldee and Arabic, appears to
feet, but to have been on the wing; have been 777, which Lowth pre and to have had their station above fers; supported, I conceive, by the with respect to the throne, perhaps, general style of Scripture. Bishop as it was seen descending. Lowth, however, renders, “ the you, in the Hebrew language, train of his robe;" and Bishop signifies to burn ;' the same word, Stock, his flowing robe."
in Arabic, ju' to be noble.' ? They do not appear to have Or our
King." Bp. Horsley
REMARKS ON THE SIXTH CHAPTER OF ISAIAH. 149
I call the reader's attention to this vision, because we are unequivocally told in the New Testament*, that Isaiah beheld, on this occasion, " the glory of Christ.” The appearance of the symbol or similitude of the glory of the Messiah must, however, relate to the period of the second advent. It is then the “Son of Man cometh in his glory.” The seraphs, we observe, anticipate, in their song of congratulation, the time when the whole earth should be so filled with his glory, as then the temple in the vision seemed to be. The prophet, too, is sensible that he has seen the King, THE VERY KING;ť doubtless, that very King of Israel, who had been so often foretold in the Psalms, and in other ancient oracles; and who was, indeed, “ the hope of Israel.” The seraphs, in this vision, seem to occupy the place of the “ holy myriads” of the former prophecies; which leads to the supposition, that they are intended to be symbolical of the same happy beings, – the redeemed from among men, hereafter to attend, as glorified spirits, the King Messiah ; and to fly on his high behests, in the government of that “ world to come,” which is “ not put in subjection to angels,” # but to glorified man. Future visions will illustrate this.
The immediate object of the prophecy that follows, is to show the rejection of the Messiah by the Jews. It is several times quoted and applied to that event, by our
has remarked, that the English dered, “ Ah me, that I have been word our, will sometimes best ex silent!”—“ surely I am a man of press the double emphasis, n-nx. polluted lips," &c. Perhaps this verse might be ren