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quick and powerful and sharper than any twoedged sword *;" with which sword Christ fights against His enemies y, and smites the nations s. Satan is the dragon that is in the sea ; the sea being figuratively used in Scripture to denote the seat of the dominion of Satan. “Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab [Egypta), and wounded the dragon ? Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return and come unto Zion, and everlasting joy shall be upon their head b.” These, words refer to the passage of the Israelites through the Red Sea, and they show that the drying of the deep, the overthrow of Pharaoh in the sea, and the deliverance of the Israelites from the power of Egypt, afforded a figure of the redemption of mankind, as has already been shown. The destruction of the temporal Pharaoh in the sea, was a figure of the destruction of the spiritual “ Pharaoh-the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers d;” it repre
* Hebr. iv. 12.
5 Isaiah, li. 9–11.
sented the destruction of “ leviathan, that crooked serpent—the dragon that is in the sead," the ruler of the spiritual Egypt, the prince of the powers of darkness. The annihilation of the ruler of the temporal Egypt, in the waters of the Red Sea, represented the destruction of the ruler of spiritual Egypt by those waters of salvation which Christ has imparted to mankind. “ The depths of the sea” were made “ a way for the ransomed to pass over," in representation of the salvation afforded to mankind by our Saviour, who “ maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty watersf.” He hath prepared a way to the heavenly Zion : “ in the habitation of dragons where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes, and an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it-but the redeemed shall walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion, with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads 8.” “I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea h." - The Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea, and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry-shod. And there shall be an
Isaiah, li. 10. ' Isaiah, xliii. 16; xix. 5.
& Isaiah, xxxv. 7-10.
h Psalm Ixviii. 22. .
highway for the rempant of the people which shall be left from Assyria, like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypti.” “I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry, and Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling for dragons k;” “ a drought is upon her waters, and they shall be dried up?." The threatened destruction of “ Babylon" is entitled, “ the burden of the desert of the sea m." The drying up the sea, the annihilation of the dwelling of “ the dragon” and the " serpent," denotes the annihilation of the empire of the spiritual Pharaoh, the destruction of the power of Satan. The waters of Egypt and of Babylon are to be dried up; the abode of the dragon is to be made a way for the ransomed to go to Zion: “I will bring them again out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyrian." “ It shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river [Euphrates] unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, Oye children of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come that were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of
· Isaiah, xi. 15, 16. * Jere. li. 36, 37.
m Isaiah, xxi. 1.
Zech. x. 10. Isaiah, xi.
Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalemo."
Thus the spiritual “ children of Israel" shall be delivered from spiritual bondage, and shall be established in the spiritual kingdom of the new Jerusalem.
Throughout the prophetic writings, severe judgments are denounced against Assyria, Babylon, and Egypt ; and, although these were, in part, directed against the temporal enemies of the seed of Jacob, yet they have a relation principally to spiritual Assyria, spiritual Babylon, and spiritual Egypt.
“ It shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work, upon Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day P.” “ The fire of the Lord is in Zion and his furnace in Jerusalem 9." Christ 6 is like a refiner's fire;" He is “ the light of the worlds:" He will destroy him that 6 beareth thorns and brierst;” of Him it was predicted, “ This shall be our peace when the
Assyrian shall come into our land; and they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof, thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrianu;" for this prediction refers to Him who was to come forth from Bethlehem to be " a Ruler in Israelw.” This “ Assyrian," from whom Christ was to deliver mankind, is the spiritual Assyrian. When He “ shall pass through the sea with affliction, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up; then shall the pride of Assyria be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.”
Yet, severe as are the denunciations against these enemies of the spiritual Jerusalem, promises are held out, that these seats of infidelity and idolatry shall, after they have been smitten, be united to Christ's kingdom: “ In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord ; and it shall be for a sign and a witness unto the Lord of Hosts in the land of Egypt, for they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a Saviour and a great one, and he shall deliver them: and the Lord shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord, and shall do sacrifice and oblation ; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the Lord, and perform it.
* Zech. x. 11.
u Micah, v. 5, 6.