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The Prophet's Vision.

The Prophet's Vision.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,


Isaiah

Read the Bible as we will — every word spells Christ. On
Him hangs the solution of every type, ceremony, and
figure. In His light, we see light in all. Without Him, all
is mystery and darkness.'
BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,


Isaiah

Read the Bible as we will — every word spells Christ. On
Him hangs the solution of every type, ceremony, and
figure. In His light, we see light in all. Without Him, all
is mystery and darkness.'

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THE PROPHET'S VISIO. BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A., Isaiah Read the Bible as we will — every word spells Christ. On Him hangs the solution of every type, ceremony, and figure. In His light, we see light in all. Without Him, all is mystery and darkness.' We are about to enter on a most solemn but instructive portion of Q-od's Holy Word. It embraces things in heaven, and things on earth. It first presents to our view the great Subject of all things in heaven and on earth — ^the Lord Jesus Christ, sitting on His throne of glory, (see John xii. 39 — 41). Under the figure of the Seraphim, we are next presented with a picture of the Church and her service in heaven, (see Eevelation iv. 2 — 9). And lastly in the Pro- phet Isaiah himself, we may see shadowed forth, the Church and her service on earth. This, so far as I can judge, is an outline of the spiritual instruction we may derive from this comprehensive and interesting chapter. The primary explanation of the vision seems to be this. The nation of Judah had fallen into idolatiy. Apostacy abounded on every side. Isaiah is commanded by the Lord, to go and rebuke the people for their wickedness^ and to THE pbophet'b yibion. 55 pronounce on them G-od's terrible judgments. Hie mission- ary is prepared for his work by God Himself^ as we learn from the effects the vision produced on him. Judgment culminates in mercy to the remnant, who are to return to the worship of the true Q-od, and to be blessed in the earth. Such appears to be the literal and primary expla-
 
nation of the entire chapter. There might be another lesson designed for the nation of Judah in this vision, at least for those who still remained true to the worship of Jehovah, and one which it may pro- bably have been the Holy Spirit's intention to teach them Their good King Uzziah was dead. The throne was vacant. All things looked discouraging. Matters seemed to have reached a crisis in their history. Probably many were troubled and cast down. At this juncture the Lord reveals Himself to the Prophet as seated upon His throne in heaven. Thus they were to learn, probably, that though the nation had turned its back upon G-od He was still the supreme and jealous Buler over all. He was above all Q-ods, and His throne above all thrones — " high and lifted upP Though the earthly throne might be vacant, and all things might look dark and discouraging, the Lord had not vacated -ffw throne. He was King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Though everything on earth might be out of course, all was right in heaven. It seemed to say to all those in Judah who '* sighed and cried for the abominations of the land," and whose hearts were cast down within them, "Look above earth and earthly things. All is right here. I am the Lord, /change not, though all is changing beneath.'' " I am the Lord, / change not ; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." What a needed lesson for us as well as for them ! We 66 THE FBOPHET's YIBlOTSf. are so circumscribed by things of time and sense, as, un- consciously, to forget things eternal and within the veiL We need to be ever reminded that there is something in- finitely higher than them all, where alone the heart can truly find repose. When earthly things are all out of course, and the horizon is dark over our heads, we need to be continually reminded that our "house is not so with God;" that "when
 
flesh and heart fail, Ghod faileth not ;" that when kings and rulers give up their breath and return to the dust ; when distress of nations with perplexity is overspreading the earth, and men's hearts are failing them for fear, " the Lord sitteth upon the waterfloods." The Lord sitteth on His throne and stilleth the raging of the sea. Here all is change ; there all is stabilily. Here all is passing away ; there all endureth for ever. Here all is unrest, turmoil, and tossiog ; there is the repose of every faculty, and the everlasting home of the heart. What a comfort is this amid all the changes and chances of this mortal life ! The world may change ; our position and circumstances in this world may change ; sceptres may be broken and thrones may lie scattered in the dust ; the smiling &ce and fond greeting of earthly Mendship and love may ere nightfisdl yield to alien looks and estranged affection, and the brightest and best of all earthly things around us may be as the fading hues of even. How sweet in the midst of such a transient and fleeting scene to look upward and feel that " our. house is not so with G-od ;" to cast a look within the veil and see stability written on all, even when eveiything earthly is shaking beneath us! Oh! what perfect peace for the heart, what calm repose for the troubled spirit ! Let life's fitful fever waste away the earthly tene- ment and crumble it to dust; let time's curfew bell ring the THE PEOPHET's VISIO. 67 knell of this trembling world; still can the believer look up and see his anchor within the veil, holding his frail bark safe amid all its breakers, and enabling him to ride triumphantly on life's stormiest sea. He can hear a " still small voice " whispering amid all its troubled tumult to his inmost soul, and saying, " Be still and know that I am God : I will be exalted among the heathen ; I will be exalted in the earth." But let us proceed and look at the opening vision as pre-* senting us with a view of the Church of God and her

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