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Nations. From the time of Moses there was yet : · some little remainder of that Spirit among other

Nations, as is evident by Balaam, who was, 'tis true, a very wicked man, but yet was not a false Prophet., But when the race of Abraham became a great people, and had a Country apart to them selves., then the Spirit of God withdrew altogether from the other Nations, and then was inade a perfect division of the People. 5. In the separation of the Waters that was made on the second day, the Waters which were above ; ;. c. the · Clouds, were nothing in comparison with those beneath = e, the Seas. So in the second Period, wherein was a division of the People, the superior Waters, which were the family of the Patriarchs,. were nothing in comparison with the rest of mankind. And hereby we have the reason why in that great work of the Creation God would make so much account of so small a matter as the Clouds (are in nature, even to assign a pérticular day for,

their creation. 'Tis because they were the Image of the families of the Patriarchs,who were very inconliderable for their number, but yet were to make so great a figure in the History of the Church. 6. The superior Waters were little or nothing as to their extension, but had this advantage above the waters which were beneath, that they were nearer Heaven: so the families of the Patriarchis little in number had this advantage; to be admitted to les cret and special communion with God. He conversed with the Patriarchs, as a man with his intimåte friend. 7. The Clouds are lifted up to só - high a place by the rays of the Sun , and the attra

ction of Heaven : the families of the Patriarchs were advanc't to that glory of being distinguisht

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Clouds are the fruitfull springs, whence proceed the rain, the fruitfullness and blessing ofthe Earth; God would make the Patriarchs the springs of blessing to the Church, In thy seed shall all the Nations of the Earth be blessed. Therefore the lews did always in their prayers make mention of the Covenant made with Abraham, Ifaac, and lacob. 9. God put the Firmament, or Expansum, between the upper and lower Waters; 'tis that large vacuity of Misery and fin, which separates the World from the Church. " 10. From the Clouds'tis easy to fall into the lower Waters, but the Waters which are beneath rise with difficulty to the Clouds. The fall is easy from the Church to the world and fin, but 'tis difficult to pass from the world to the Church.

In the third day was made a perfect separation of the waters, i.e. that work of the separation of the Waters was finisht, and this is the reason why God blessed not the work of the second day. We must not look for a Mystery in that'; or imagine that on that account the waters must needs fignify fin. God blessed not the work which he had not yet finifht. We find no Benediction in the second day, but to make amends we meet with two in the third: for those words; and God saw that it was good, are repeated twice; 'tis because in that third day we find twóworks, the compleating the separațion of the waters is one, and the Creation of Plants another; and God said, Let the waters that be-under the Heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry Land appear. 'Tis an image of a perfect separation of People into one place, so e into the World, which is a great and vast abyss, full of darkness and impurity; into that I say, lec

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the Waters run, there let the reprobare Peopte Partes gather together. 2. And let the dry Land áp pear : the holy People who till now had appeared mixt with the men of the World, let them apu pear seperate from all other people. 3. The World _ is represented by the Sex, the Church by the Enrih and dry Land, so since that time in the stile of the Prophets, and of Preachers, the Sea hath always been an image of the World. The Arkof Noah. which floated on the waters of the Deluge, is the Emblem of the Church beaten by the waters of this world. Jesus Christ fleeping in the Ship which was toftby a Tempest; is the Image of the Church, where Christ seems to be asleep while she is beaten and afflicted by the World. 4. The Sea is the habitation of Monsters, the world is the residence of the wicked, where we may see Monsters of

covetousness, of Ambition, of Impurity, and vioElence. The greatest Animals" upon Earth are not

to be compared with those which live in the waters. There are disorders to be found in the Church, ?tis true; but they are nothing in comparison with those which are in the world. 5. The face of the Waters is barren, and produceth nothing, whereas the superficies of the Earth is fruitfull. The World

doth inwardly nourish Monsters, and in its outside * produceth nọ solid good, or true vertue. 6. The

Earth is the Synagogue of the ancient Church, shie is incompast with waters on allsides, the People and Nations of the World. 7. She is continually af-,

ficted by them; and if we regard the violence of y the waves, one would think the should be over

whelmed. 8. Nevertheless she stands her ground, and remains victorious. 9. The waters of the Sea have no setled foundation; they are always in motion, but the Earıb is fixt, the People of the world

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Land that hath its roots in the foundation of the world, in God's eternal decrees. 10. The Sea makes a frightfull object, especially in a Tempeft; but the Earth presenţs our eyes with an agreeable diversity of Mountains and Hills, of Trees and Flowers, of Fruits and Blossoms. The world is a deformed spectacleby reason of its disorders, and uniformity of its faults. But the Church shows us an agreeable diversity of gifts, greater and less, of vertues, ofgood works, of good Fruits ; for the Plants and Fruits are to the Earth, that which vertues and good works are to the Church. The Plants have their roots in the bowels of the Earth, they appear on the outside of it ; they serve for ornament and use, and need the kind influences of Heaven to make them grow. All this agrees well to the vertues and good works of the Church. God faid, Let the Earıb bring forth Grass , as if the Earth produced Plants by its own vertues: 'tis because he will have us aét, as if our vertues proceeded from our selves, asif we were the Authors of 'em , that he might thence take occasion to reward us for’em. But among the Plants of the Earth which are thus good & usefull,there are some hurtfull ones, some poisons among the good Fruits of the Church, there are some wicked works. 12.Laftly, the nearerany. Land is to the Sun, the better its Fruits; the nearer any Church to God, the Sun of Righteousness, the better içs works.

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CHAP. XXII. inge Explication of the Mysteries of the four last days:

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T He fourth day anfwers to the fourth Period of

1 the Church. 1. In this fourth day God crear ted the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. Tis easy?. to take notice therein of Christ the Sun of Righam teousnefs, of the Church who derives allher Light from the Sun, and the of Teaobers of the Chrißian i Church, which are as the Stars ofthe Intelligible World. This alone should open all mens eyes and make it evident, that we ought to search after 2 the Cburcle throughout the whole work of Crea-T tioni: for this is the Key of the whole: Mysteryst

This fourth Period is from Iefus Christ unto the birth of Antichrift, ia till the middle of the fifth Century. In this period we have the Sun of Rigbar teousness, so Jesus Christ is called by the Prophets; and Evangelists, The Light which infiglitens every Tohn L' man that comes into the world: Soby the Apostles, The Father of Lights, in whom isro shadow of change, James 1. jie, a Sun that hath no Tropicks..? The Pārrallel to between lefus Christ and the San is too manifettle of the

Moon with, and eafy to make, to be long infifted on. I will the

In the Church rather fpeak somewhat of the Moon, which is an admirable Emblem of the Churchoni 1. The Moon hath all her Light from the Sun, The Church hath all her Beauty, Holiness, Vertue, and Glory from I. Christ. 2. The Moon retains some spots, and those considerable ones, in her borrowed Lights the Church hath many great and plain defects in heç

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