Universal Holy Scripture Treats of The Lord:
L 1. We read in John:--
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not (John 1:1-5).
The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
The light is come into the world and men loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).
While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be sons of light. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth in Me should not abide in the darkness (John 12:36, 46).
From these passages it is evident that the Lord is God from eternity, and that this God is the selfsame Lord who was born in the world; for it is said that the Word was with God, and God was the Word, and also that without Him was not anything made that was made; and it is added that the Word was made flesh, and they beheld Him. It is but little understood in the church why the Lord is called the Word. It is because "the Word" signifies Divine truth or Divine wisdom, and the Lord is Divine truth itself or Divine wisdom itself. And this is why He is called the Light, of which also it is said that it came into the world. As the Divine wisdom and the Divine love make a one, and in the Lord had been a one from eternity, it is said, "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." "Life" is Divine love; and "light" is Divine wisdom. It is this one that is meant by, "In the beginning the Word was with God, and God was the Word." "With God," is in God; for wisdom is in love, and love in wisdom. So in another place in John:--
And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own Self, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was (John 17:5).
"With Thine own Self," is in Thyself, and therefore it is said, "and God was the Word;" and elsewhere, that the Lord is in the Father, and the Father in Him; and that He and the Father are one. As therefore the Word is the Divine wisdom of the Divine love, it follows that it is Jehovah Himself, thus the Lord by whom all things were made that are made; for all things have been created from Divine love by means of Divine wisdom.
L 2. That the Word here specifically meant is the same Word that was manifested by means of Moses, the prophets, and the evangelists, is very evident from the fact that the Word is the Divine truth itself from which angels have all their wisdom, and men all their spiritual intelligence. For this same Word that is among men in this world is also among the angels in the heavens, but in this world among men it is natural, whereas in the heavens it is spiritual. And as the Word is the Divine truth, it is also the Divine proceeding; and this is not only from the Lord, but is also the Lord Himself; and being the Lord Himself, it follows that each and all things of the Word have been written concerning Him alone. From Isaiah to Malachi there is nothing that is not either concerning the Lord, or, in the opposite sense, against Him. Hitherto no one has ever seen this to be so, and yet everyone can see it, provided he is aware of it, and thinks of it while he is reading, especially if he knows that the Word contains not only a natural but also a spiritual sense, and that in this sense the names of persons and places signify something of the Lord, and, derivatively, something of heaven and the church from Him, or else some thing opposite to them. As all things of the Word both in general and in particular treat of the Lord and as the Word, being the Divine truth, is the Lord, it is evident why it is said, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory;" and also why it is said, "While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be sons of light: I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth in Me should not abide in the darkness." The "light" is the Divine truth, thus the Word. This is why, even at this day, everyone who, while reading the Word, approaches the Lord alone, and prays to Him, is enlightened in the Word.
L 3. Briefly stated, the subjects concerning the Lord that are treated of in all the Prophets of the Old Testament, from Isaiah to Malachi, both in general and in particular, are these:-
1. The Lord came into the world in the fullness of times, which was when He was no longer known by the Jews, and when, consequently, there was nothing of the church left; and unless He had then come into the world and revealed Himself, mankind would have perished in eternal death. As He Himself says in John:
"Except ye believe that I am, ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24).
2. The Lord came into the world to execute a Last Judgment, and thereby to subdue the existing dominance of the hells; which was effected by means of combats (that is, temptations) admitted into his maternal human, and the attendant continual victories; for unless the hells had been subjugated no man could have been saved.
3. The Lord came into the world in order to glorify His Human, that is, unite it to the Divine which was in Him from conception.
4. The Lord came into the world in order to set up a new church which should acknowledge Him as the Redeemer and Saviour, and be redeemed and saved through love to Him and faith in Him.
5. He at the same time reduced heaven into order, so that it made a one with the church.
6. The passion of the cross was the last combat or temptation, by means of which He completely conquered the hells and fully glorified His Human.
In the following small work on The Holy Scripture it will be seen that the Word treats of no other subjects than these.
L 4. In confirmation of this, I shall in this first chapter merely adduce passages from the Word which contain the expressions "that day," "in that day," and "in that time;" in which, by "day," and "time," is meant the Lord‘s advent. In Isaiah:--
It shall come to pass in the futurity of days that the mountain of the house of Jehovah shall be established in the top of the mountains. Jehovah alone shall be exalted in that day. The day of Jehovah of Armies shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty. In that day a man shall cast away his idols of silver and of gold (Isa 2:2, 11, 12, 20).
In that day the Lord Jehovih will take away their ornament (Isa 3:18).
In that day shall the branch of Jehovah be beautiful and glorious (Isa 4:2).
In that day it shall roar against him, and he shall look unto the land, and behold darkness and distress, and the light shall be darkened in the run’s (Isa 5:30).
It shall come to pass in that day that Jehovah shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt. In that day the Lord shall shave in the crossings of the river. In that day He shall vivify. In that day every place shall be for briers and thorns (Isa 7:18, 20, 21, 23).
What will ye do in the day of visitation, which shall come? In that day Israel shall stay upon Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, in truth (Isa 10:3, 20).
It shall come to pass in that day, that the Root of Jesse, which standeth for an ensign of the peoples, shall the nations seek, and His rest shall be glory. Chiefly in that day shall the Lord seek again the remnant of His people (Isa 11:10, 11).
In that day thou shalt say, I will confess unto Thee, O Jehovah. In that day shall ye say, Confess ye to Jehovah, call upon His name (Isa. 12:1, 4).
The day of Jehovah is at hand, as a laying waste from Shaddai shall it come. Behold, the day of Jehovah cometh, cruel, and of indignation, and of wrath, and of anger. I will move the heaven, and the earth shall be shaken out of her place, in the day of the wrath of His anger. His time is near, and it cometh, and the days shall not be prolonged (Isa. 13:6, 9, 13, 22).
It shall come to pass in that day, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin. In that day shall a man look unto his Maker, and his eyes to the Holy One of Israel. In that day shall the cities of refuge be as the forsaken places of the forest (Isa. 17:4, 7, 9).
In that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak with the lip of Canaan. In that day there shall be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of Egypt. In that day there shall be a path from Egypt to Assyria, and Israel shall be in the midst of the land (Isa. 19:18, 19, 23, 24).
The inhabitant of the island shall say in that day, Behold our expectation (Isa. 20:6).
A day of tumult, and of treading down, and of perplexity, from the Lord Jehovih of Armies (Isa. 22:5).
In that day shall Jehovah visit upon the army of the height, and upon the kings of the earth. After a multitude of days shall they be visited; then shall the moon blush, and the sun be ashamed (Isa. 24:21, 22, 23).
It shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God, for whom we have waited, that He may deliver us (Isa 25:9).
In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah, We have a strong city (Isa. 26:1).
In that day Jehovah shall visit with His sword. In that day ye shall answer to it, A vineyard of unmixed wine (Isa. 27:1, 2, 12, 13).
In that day shall Jehovah of Armies be for a crown of ornament, and for a diadem (Isa. 28:5).
In that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of darkness (Isa. 29:18).
There shall be streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers shall fall; and the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, in the day that Jehovah shall bind up the hurt of His people (Isa. 30:25, 26).
In that day they shall cast away every man his idols of silver and of gold (Isa. 31:7).
The day of Jehovah‘s vengeance, the year of His recompenses (Isa. 34:8).
These two things shall come to thee in one day, the loss of children and widowhood (Isa. 47:9).
My people shall know My name, and in that day that I am He that doth speak; behold it is I (Isa. 52:6).
Jehovah hath anointed Me to proclaim the acceptable year of Jehovah, and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all that mourn (Isa. 61:1, 2).
The day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed come (Isa. 63:4).
In those days ye shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of Jehovah. In that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of Jehovah. In those days the house of Judah shall walk to the house of Israel (Jer. 3:16-18).
In that day the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes, and the priests shall be amazed, and the prophets (Jer. 4:9).
Behold the days come in which the land shall become a waste (Jer. 7:32, 34).
They shall fall among them that fall, in the day of their visitation (Jer. 8:12).
Behold the days come that I will visit all that is circumcised with what is uncircumcised (Jer. 9:25).
In the time of their visitation they shall perish (Jer. 10:15).
There shall be no remains to them, I will bring evil upon them in the year of their visitation (Jer. 11:23).
Behold, the days come in which it shall no more be said (Jer. 16:14).
I will look upon them in the nape, and not the faces, in the day of their destruction (Jer. 18:17).
Behold, the days come in which I will give this place for a waste (Jer. 19:6).
Behold, the days come that I will raise unto David a righteous off shoot, who shall reign as king. In those days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely. Therefore, behold, the days come that they shall no more say I will bring evil upon them in the year of their visitation. In the end of days ye shall understand intelligence (Jer. 23:5, 6, 7, 12, 20).
Behold, the days come in which I will turn again. Alas I for that day is great, and none shall be like it. It shall come to pass in that day that I will break the yoke, and burst the bonds (Jer. 30:3, 7, 8).
There shall be a day that the watchman upon Mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, let us ascend Zion, unto Jehovah our God. Behold, the days come that I will make a new covenant. Behold, the days come that the city shall be built to Jehovah (Jer. 31:6, 31, 38).
The days come that I will establish the good word. In those days and at that time, will I make a righteous offshoot unto David. In those days shall Judah be saved (Jer. 33:14-16).
I will bring words against this city for evil in that day. But I will deliver thee in that day (Jer. 39:16, 17).
That day is to the Lord Jehovih of Armies a day of vengeance, that He will take vengeance of His enemies. The day of destruction has come upon them, the time of their visitation (Jer. 46:10, 21).
Because of the day that cometh to lay waste (Jer. 47:4).
I will bring upon him the year of visitation. Yet I will bring again his captivity in the end of days (Jer. 48:44, 47).
I will bring destruction upon them in the time of their visitation. Her young men shall fall in the streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day. In the end of days I will bring again their captivity (Jer. 49:8, 26, 39).
In those days, and in that time, the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah shall come together, and shall seek Jehovah their God. In those days, and in that time, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none. Woe unto them, for their day is come, the time of their visitation (Jer. 50:4, 20, 27, 31).
They are vanity, a work of errors, in the time of their visitation they shall perish (Jer 51:18).
An end is come, the end is come, the morning cometh upon thee the time is come, the day of tumult is near. Behold the day, behold it cometh, the morning hath gone forth, the rod hath blossomed, violence hath budded. The day is come, the time is come upon all the multitude thereof. Their silver and gold shall not deliver them in the day of the anger of Jehovah (Ezekiel 7:6, 7, 10, 12, 19).
They said of the prophet, The vision that he seeth shall come to pass after many days; he prophesieth for times that are far off (Ezekiel 12:27).
They shall not stand in the war in the day of the anger of Jehovah (Ezekiel 13:5).
Thou, O deadly wounded wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose day is done, in the time of the iniquity of the end (Ezekiel 21:25).
A city that sheddeth blood in the midst of her, that her time may come; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, so that thou art come to thy years (Ezekiel 22:3, 4).
Shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength? In that day he that escapeth shall come unto thee to the instructing of thine ears. In that day shall thy mouth be opened together with him that is escaped (Ezekiel 24:25-27).
In that day will I cause a born to grow unto the house of Israel (Ezekiel 29:21).
Howl ye, Woe worth the day! for the day of Jehovah is near, the day of Jehovah is near, a day of cloud, it shall be the time of the nations. In that day shall messengers go forth from Me (Ezekiel 30:2, 3, 9).
In the day in which thou shalt go down into hell (Ezekiel 31:15).
I will search for My flock in the day that he shall be in the midst of his flock; and I will deliver them out of all places whither they have been scattered, in the day of cloud and of thick darkness (Ezekiel 34:11, 12).
In the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities (Ezekiel 36:33).
Prophesy and say, In that day when My people Israel shall sit securely, shalt thou not know it? In the futurity of days I will lead thee to My land. In that day, even the day when Gog shall come upon the land. In My zeal, in the fire of Mine indignation, if not in this day, there shall be a great earthquake upon the land of Israel (Ezekiel 38:14, 16, 18, 19).
Behold, it cometh, this day of which I have spoken. It shall come to pass in that day that I will give unto Gog a place for burial in the land of Israel, so that the house of Israel shall know that I am Jehovah their God, from that day and forward (Ezekiel 39:8, 11, 22).
L 4a. In Daniel:--
God in the heavens hath revealed secrets, what shall be in the futurity of days (Daniel 2:28).
The time came that the saints possessed the kingdom (Daniel 7:22).
Attend, for at the time of the end shall be the vision. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the anger, for at the time appointed shall the end be. The vision of the evening and the morning is truth; shut thou up the vision, for it shall be for many days (Daniel 8:17, 19, 26).
I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the end of days; for the vision is yet for days (Daniel 10:14).
The intelligent shall be proved to purge and cleanse them, even to the time of the end, because it is yet for the time appointed (Daniel 11:35).
At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince who standeth for the sons of thy people and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation. At that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book (Daniel 12:1).
Thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end. But from the time that the continual (burnt-offering) shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh waste be set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Thou shall arise into thy lot at the end of the days (Daniel 12:4, 11, 13).
I will make an end of the kingdom of the house of Israel. In that day I will break the bow of Israel. Great shall be the day of Jezreel (Hosea 1:4, 5, 11).
In that day thou shalt call Me, my Husband. In that day I will make a covenant for them. In that day I will hear (Hosea 2:16, 18, 21).
The sons of Israel shall return, and seek Jehovah their God, and David their king, in the end of days (Hosea 3:5).
Come, and let us return unto Jehovah; after two days He will revive us; in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live before Him (Hosea 6:1, 2).
The days of visitation are come; the days of retribution are come (Hosea 9:7).
Alas for the day, for the day of Jehovah is at hand, and as a laying waste from Shaddai shall it come (Joel 1:15).
The day of Jehovah cometh, nigh is the day of darkness and of thick darkness, a day of cloud and of obscurity. The day of Jehovah is great and very terrible and who can endure it? (Joel 2:1, 2, 11).
Upon the servants, and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My spirit. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of Jehovah is come (Joel 2:29, 31).
Behold, in those days, and in that time, which I will bring back, I will gather all nations. The day of Jehovah is near. It shall come to pass in that day that the mountains shall drop new wine (Joel 3:1, 2, 14, 18);
Shall I not in that day destroy the wise men out of Edom? Neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over them in the day of their destruction, in the day of their distress. For the day of Jehovah is near upon all the nations (Obadiah 1:8, 12, 15).
He that is courageous in his heart shall flee away naked in that day (Amos 2:16).
In the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him (Amos 3:14).
Woe unto you that desire the day of Jehovah! What to you is the day of Jehovah? it is one of darkness, and not of light. Shall not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light? even thick darkness, and no brightness in it (Amos 5:18, 20).
The songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day. In that day I will cause the sun to go down at noon and I will darken the earth in the day of light. In that day shall the beautiful virgins and the young men faint for thirst (Amos 8:3, 9, 13).
In that day I will raise up the tent of David that is fallen. Behold, the days come that the mountains shall drop new wine (Amos 9:11, 13).
In that day shall one lament, We be utterly laid waste (Micah 2:4).
In the end of days the mountain of the house of Jehovah shall be established at the head of the mountains. In that day will I gather her that halteth (Micah 4:1, 6).
In that day I will cut off thy horses and thy chariots (Micah 5:10).
The day of thy watchmen, and thy visitation, cometh. The day is at hand for building thy walls. In that day he shall come even to thee (Micah 7:4, 11, 12).
The vision is yet for an appointed time, and at the end it shall speak though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not delay (Habakkuk 2:3).
O Jehovah do Thy work in the midst of the years; in the midst of the years make known God cometh (Habakkuk 3:2, 3).
The day of Jehovah is at hand. In the day of Jehovah’s sacrifice I will visit upon the princes, and upon the king‘s sons. In that day there shall be the voice of a cry. At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps. The great day of Jehovah is near. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and thick darkness, a day of cloud and overclouding, a day of the trumpet and of sounding. In the day of Jehovah’s wrath the whole land shall be devoured, and He shall make a speedy end of all them that dwell in the land (Zephaniah 1:7, 8, 10, 12, 14-16, 18).
Before the day of Jehovah‘s anger has come upon us. It may be ye shall be hid in the day of Jehovah’s anger (Zephaniah 2:2, 3).
Wait ye upon Me until the day that I rise up to the prey, for it is My judgment. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy works. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not. At that time I will deal with thine oppressors. At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will make you a name, and a praise (Zephaniah 3:8, 11, 16, 19, 20).
Many nations shall cleave to Jehovah in that day (Zechariah 2:11).
I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. In that day shall ye cry every man to his companion under the vine and under the fig-tree (Zechariah 3:9, 10).
In those days ten men shall take hold of the skirt of a man that is a Jew (Zechariah 8:23).
Jehovah their God shall serve them in that day, as the flock of His people (Zechariah 9:16).
My covenant was broken in that day (Zechariah 11:11).
In that day will I make Jerusalem a stone of burden for all peoples In that day I will smite every horse with astonishment. In that day will I make the leaders of Judah like a furnace of fire among the wood. In that day shall Jehovah defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem. In that day I will seek to destroy all nations. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11).
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in that day I will cut off the names of the idols in the land. In that day the prophets shall be ashamed (Zechariah 13:1-4).
Behold, the day of Jehovah cometh. His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives. In that day there shall not be light and brightness; but it shall be one day which shall be known unto Jehovah; not day, nor night, at evening time there shall be light. In that day living waters shall go out from Jerusalem. In that day there shall be one Jehovah, and His name one. In that day there shall be a great tumult from Jehovah. In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness unto Jehovah. In that day there shall be no more a Canaanite in the house of Jehovah (Zechariah 14:1, 4, 6-9, 13, 20, 21).
Who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? They shall be Mine in the day wherein I do make a peculiar treasure. Behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven. Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of Jehovah (Malachi 3:2, 17; 4:1, 5).
In His days shall the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace, and He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth (Ps. 72:7, 8).
(Besides other places.)
L 5. In these passages by "day" and "time" is meant the advent of the Lord. By a "day" or "time" of darkness, of thick darkness, of gloom, of no light, of laying waste, of the end of iniquity, of destruction, is meant the advent of the Lord when He was no longer known, and when consequently there was no longer anything of the church left. By "a day" cruel, terrible, of wrath, of anger, of tumult, of visitation, of sacrifice, of recompense, of distress, of war, of a cry, is meant the advent of the Lord to Judgment. By "the day" in which Jehovah alone shall be exalted, in which He shall be one and His name one, in which the offshoot of Jehovah shall be for beauty and glory, in which the righteous shall flourish, in which He shall vivify, in which He shall seek His flock, in which He shall make a new covenant, in which the mountains shall drop new wine, in which living waters shall go out from Jerusalem, in which they shall look unto the God of Israel, and many similar expressions, is meant the advent of the Lord to set up again a new church which will acknowledge Him as the Redeemer and Saviour.
L 6. To these passages may be added some which speak of the Lord‘s advent more openly:--
The Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive and hear a Son, and shall call His name GOD-WITH-US (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:22, 23).
Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, God, Hero, Father of eternity, Prince of peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it in judgment and justice, from henceforth and even to eternity (Isa. 9:6, 7).
There shall come forth a Rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Shoot shall bear fruit out of his roots: and the spirit of Jehovah shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might. Righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and truth the girdle of His reins. Therefore it shall come to pass in that day, that the Root of Jesse, which standeth for an ensign of the peoples, shall the nations seek, and His rest shall be glory (Isa. 11:1, 2, 5, 10).
Send ye the lamb of the ruler of the land, from the rock to the wilderness, to the mountain of the daughter of Zion. By mercy has the throne been established, and one shall sit upon it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness (Isa. 16:1, 5).
It shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him that He may save us: THIS IS JEHOVAH we have waited for Him, we will rejoice and be glad in His salvation (Isa. 25:9).
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of JEHOVAH, make plain in the solitude a pathway for our God. For the glory of JEHOVAH shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Behold, the LORD JEHOVIH will come in strength, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Isa. 40:3, 5, 10, 11).
Mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth. I JEHOVAH have called Thee in righteousness, and I will give Thee for a covenant to the people, for a light to the nations, to open the blind eyes, to bring out the bound from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am JEHOVAH, this is My name, and My glory will I not give to another (Isa. 42:1, 6-8).
Who hath believed our word, and to whom is the arm of Jehovah revealed? He hath no form; we have seen Him, but He hath no appearance. He hath borne our diseases, and carried our griefs (Isa. 53:1, 2, 4).
Who is this that cometh from Edom, with sprinkled garments from Bozrah, marching in the greatness (multitudine) of His strength? I that speak in righteousness, great to save: for the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is come. So He became their Saviour (Isa. 63:1, 4, 8).
Behold, the days come that I will raise up to David a righteous offshoot, who shall reign a king, and shall prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth: and this is His name whereby they shall call Him, JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer. 23:5, 6; 33:15, 16).
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion shout, O daughter of Jerusalem behold, thy King cometh unto thee, He is just and saved. He shall speak peace to the nations and His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth (Zech. 9:9, 10).
Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Zion lo, I come, that I may dwell in the midst of thee and many nations shall cleave to Jehovah in that day, and shall be My people (Zech. 2:10, 11).
Thou Bethlehem Ephratah, little as thou art to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel, and whose goings forth are from of old, from the days of eternity. He shall stand and feed in the strength of JEHOVAH (Micah 5:2, 4).
Behold, I send Mine Angel, who shall prepare the way before Me, and the LORD whom ye seek shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Angel of the covenant, whom ye have desired behold, He cometh but who shall abide the day of His coming? Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and terrible day of Jehovah (Mal. 3:1, 2; 4:5).
I saw, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven and there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages may worship Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and all dominions shall worship Him, and obey Him (Dan. 7:13, 14, 27).
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to consummate the transgression, and to seal up the vision and the prophecy, and to anoint the holy of holies. Know, therefore, and perceive, that from the going forth of the word to restore and build Jerusalem, unto Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks (Dan. 9:24, 25).
I will set his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers: He shall cry unto Me, Thou art my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. I also will make him My firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. His seed also will I make to endure to eternity, and his throne as the days of the heavens (Ps. 89:25-27, 29).
Jehovah said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool. Jehovah shall send the scepter of Thy strength out of Zion; rule Thou in the midst of Thine enemies. Thou art a priest to eternity after the manner of Melchizedek (Ps. 110:1, 2, 4; Matt. 22:44; Luke 20:42).
I have anointed My king upon Zion, the mountain of My holiness; I will declare for a statute, Jehovah hath said unto Me, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee; I will give the nations for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way; blessed are all they that put their trust in Him (Ps. 2:6-8, 12).
Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, but hast crowned him with glory and honor; Thou hast made him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet (Ps. 8:5, 6).
Jehovah, remember David, who sware unto Jehovah, and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, If I shall enter within the tent of my house, if I shall go up upon my couch, if I shall give sleep to mine eyes, until I find out a place for Jehovah, a habitation for the Mighty One of Jacob. Lo, we heard of Him at Ephratah, we found Him in the fields of the forest. We will enter into His tabernacles, we will bow at His footstool. Let Thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Thy saints shout for joy (Ps. 132:1, 7, 9).
The passages here adduced, however, are but few.
L 7. That universal Holy Scripture has been written solely about the Lord, will be more fully evident from what follows, especially from the things to be advanced in the small work on The Holy Scripture. This is the one only source of the holiness of the Word, and is what is meant by the words The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Rev. 19:10).