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all confent in these general Conclufions, That God will never finally for fake his People Ifrael. Secondly, That the Promifes which were given to the Ifraelites, are not as yet fulfilled. Laftly, That the Jews fhall yet enjoy fome great Felicity by means of the Meffiah, when the times of Refreshing fhall come; which we pray that God would haften for his own Glory thro' the fame Jefus the MESSIAH.
UR Author not only afferts, but proves, That the Millenary Reign of Christ was an uncontested orthodox Doctrine, conveyed thro’ all the Primitive Ages*. And he well obferves farther, that, "The Corruptions introduced by the "prefent Millenarians, who have fixed upon a more "modern Situation, and have taken care for pre"fent Felicity equal to their Withes, have warmed "feveral Fanatic Imaginations, and blown their vain "Hopes into Tumults, to the Offence and Scandal
of wife and difcreet Men, and have caft a Slur upon this innocent, tho' in fome measure hated " Opinion +
This juft Obfervation of Dr. Burnet's was felf evident during the time of our Civil Wars, in almost every enthusiastic Freak of the fifth-monarchy-Sect, into whofe Conduct we shall make fome Enquiry, as being very applicable to our prefent Purpose.
In the Year 1643, one of the chief Paftors among those People, and who (in the Stile of the Times) called himfelf a London Divine, was Mr. John Archer; he published a Book, Of the Perfonal Reign of Chrift on Earth, laying forth and proving that Jefus Chrift, together with the Saints, should visibly possess a monar
* See Mr. Earbery's Tranflation of The State of the Dead, Vol. II. P 7 + Ibid.
chical State and Kingdom in this World. This Book was, about feven Years after, judiciously and thoroughly examined by an Anonymous Writer, as fully appears by its Imprimatur *.
He gives us a regular Abstract of Mr. Archer's Performance, and declares, that he was One efteemed of fo great Sanctity and Worth, as that no mean Perfon doubted to file him amongst Men as precious as any the Earth bore in his time; I fhall fearlefly (adds he) take his Word for the Point in hand; and fhall first fum up his Doctrine concerning this Subject, and then fhew the Improbabilities and Incongruities of it; the rather for that I perceive his Conceptions pafs generally for the current Tenet of the Fautors of this plaufible Opinion.
Mr. Archer lays for his Foundation, that there is a Three-fold Kingdom of Chrift; one Providential, which is that univerfal Soveraignty by which Jefus Chrift manageth the Affairs of all the World, both in Heaven and Earth; another Spiritual, which is that Sovereignty which he exercises over the Confciences of fome People, and in fpecial the Elect; fubduing them by his Word and Spirit to an univerfal Obedience of him ; a third Monarchical, wherein Chrift when he enters upon it, will govern as earthly Monarchs do; that is univerfally over the World, and in a worldly, vifible and earthly Glory; not by Tyranny and Oppreffion, and Senfually, but with Honour, Peace, Riches, and whatfoever
The Title of the Piece here referred to is as follows, viz. The Revelation Unrevealed, concerning the thousand Years Reign of the Saints with Chrift upon Earth. 12°. 1650.
"I have perufed this Polemical Difcourfe against the Tenets "of the Millenaries, and find it to be fo learned and judicious, "and penned with such sweet Sobriety and Gall-lefs Modera"tion, that I approve it very well worthy the Printing and Publifhing.
in, and of, the World is not finful; fo as Christ fhall adminifter this Soveraignty over all the Earth, in a vifible, and worldly Manner, for Splendor, Riches, Peace, &c. tho' not in a fleshly or finful Manner: He thence defcends to the Confideration of the Manner of this Kingdom of Christ, both in the Extent and Qualities of it. The Extent of it
he makes to be unto all reasonable Creatures, Angels, Devils and Men; fhewing that the high ones of the Earth, Kings, and their Monarchies fhall fall before the Lord, both Sun and Moon. Majesty of an higher and lower Rank fhall vanish before him; he shall change all worldly Cuftom, and fo all kingly Glory; and fet up a new, even his own Glory. Secondly, for the opening of the Quality of it, he makes a double-Day-of-Judgment; one ftrictly for a partial Judgment of fome, not all; wherein many, both Saints and Sinners, fhall be judged, and that with great Terror and Solemnity; the other general, wherein all Men and Devils fhall be judged; bringing a World of Saints and Sinners firft to the Bar of that more partial and strictlytaken Judgment, long before the last and general Day.
But even that former fhall be, he faith, a gene ral Judging (tho' not to the fecond Death) of all the Ungodly in the World, at leaft of all that will not ftoop to Chrift's Scepter; and Secondly, adjudging to the Saints alive, who fhall be blamed for their former failings.
Now these two Times and Degrees of Judgment begin and end Chrift's Kingdom or Monarchies; fo as all the time of his reign may be fitly called a Day of Judgment, wherein there is an Evening and Morning, anfwerable to the natural Day: In the Evening or firft Part of Chrift's Kingdom there is firft an end, or withdrawing and ceafing of the