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0, hear the word of the Lord,
The Shechinah of his Glory!
Yea, behold the water from his side!
And Royal Diadem!
To the Star of Bethlehem!!"
Thus it is made clear and manifest to my mind that the Glorious Shechinah pertains to Israel; and the first event of any moment that I expect is, the nations will be waked up out of their sleep by this very Glory which he describes as the name of the Lord, burning with anger, as follows:
Isaiah xxx. 27-30, “Behold the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with anger, and the burden thereof is heavy : his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire : and his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with a sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err. Ye (the Jews) shall have a song, as in the night
* Zech xii. 10; xiii. 6: Ps. xxii. 16.
when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One o Israel.” (This is the effect that the Glory has upon his friends.) “And the Lord shall cause his Glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lightning down of his arm, (what a perfect description of his Shechinah Glory!) with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hail-stones.”
Moses says (Exodus xxiv. 17), “ And the sight of the Glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.”
John says (see Rev. iv. 5), “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices.”
Psalm xviii. 7–17: “ Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down : and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; yea, he did fy upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed; hail-stones and coals of fire. The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail-stones and coals of fire. Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me." David
says: “ When the Lord builds up Zion, he will appear in his Glory;"—and by this Glory I believe he will cleanse the sanctuary at the end of 2,300 days. “Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion," Psalm cxiv. 2; and the road stands open before us to "bless Israel, and we shall be blessed ; or curse him, and we shall be cursed." For I believe every wind that blows will show and manifest God's providence in favour of his ancient people Israel. Man's hand cannot stop it; their enemies will only work their own destruction, and prepare a net for their own feet.
Another blessing in the establishment of Zion will be-one Lord, one Faith, and one Baptism. There will be no more sects and parties, divisions and subdivisions: for “thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall
they sing: for they shall eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.” (Isaiah lii. 8.)
But the greatest blessing of all will be, that when this Glorious Ensign or Standard appears, it will be attended with that great sevenfold light which is the foundation and principle of every blessing and excellency in the coming kingdom. Thus it was with the Most Holy Place : it was not enlightened by the sun, nor by the candlestick, like the Holy Place, but by the Shechinah Glory—the very cause of the Light of God. Therefore Isaiah, in the 26th verse of the 30th chapter, before he describes in the 27th, “ The name of the Lord coming from far, &c.” says, “Moreover, the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.”
This light, I believe, proceeds from the Shechinah Glory; for he dwells in it: and Isaiah says, (lx. 19,) “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy Glory." How beautifully the Word of God harmonizes and corresponds!
Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” (John viii. 12; ix. 5.) John says, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world !" (John i. 29.)
Behold this blessed and eternal principle of Light, from whence every blessing and beatitude flows—both in the spiritual and natural, both in the inward and outward worlds--for it is the Life of the outward Sun.
This principle of Light is the Centre of all goodness, and foundation and source of every virtue.
It is that “which enlightens every man that cometh into the world.” (John i. 9.)
It is that which makes manifest the nature of darkness, and gives power and ascendency over its offspring, sin.
He is indeed the True Light of this world; and not only the Light of this outward world, but the Light of the eternal world, which therefrom emanates, and penetrates these dark properties of matter that constitute this world, so far as they have a recipient to receive it.
This blessed Light is the foundation of all life, for it is this Light that gives all the sensibility to life ; therefore it is called in Scripture “the Light of Life.” (John viii. 12.)
It is the foundation-Of all Knowledge: for it is only by this light that any thing is made manifest and discernible, so that it may be known ;- For whatsoever doth make manifest, is light.' (Eph. v. 13.)