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The Flying Roll.

The Flying Roll.

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ZECH. V. 1 4.
ZECH. V. 1 4.

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Published by: glennpease on May 31, 2012
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ZECH. V. 1 4.Then I turned, and lift up mine eyes, and looked, and beholda flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou ?And I answered, I see a flying roll j the length thereof istwenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Thensaid he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth overthe face of the whole earth : for every one that stealethshall be cut off as on this side according to it ; and everyone that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side, accord-ing to it. I will bring it forth, saith the Lord of hosts, andit shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the houseof him that sweareth falsely by my name : and it shall re-main in the midst of his house, and shall consume it, withthe timber thereof, and the stones thereof.The voice of Zechariah resounds from the ruinsof Jerusalem. He prophesied at the period whenIsrael, scarcely returned from Babylonish captivity,was occupied with the rebuilding of the.desolatedcity and the ruined temple. The strength of thepeople was broken as it had never been before, anda melancholy feeling pervaded every breast, not-withstanding their regained liberty. But the Lorddid not forget his son Judah, and sent him, amongst6 THE FLYIG ROLL.Other messengers of peace, the golden-mouthedZeehariah, who almost exclusively prophesied
good ; and, like a true evangelist, poured streamsof refreshment and consolation into the weariedsoul. What cheering prospects are unfolded, inthe four first chapters of his prophecy, to the anx-ious minds of the people, through the obscurity inwhich they were at that time involved; and theglad tidings begin again in the sixth. The fifthchapter alone intervenes in a somewhat difi^erenttone, conveying a warning against the subtlety andenvy of the devil, who would not cease endeavour-ing to establish his dominion along with the king-dom of the Lord.This chapter contains two significant visions of a false human doctrine, which would oppose itself to the truth at all times ; but, at certain periods,with very particular energy and decision. Thesevisions had a primary reference to Jewish pharisa-ism, and afterwards to that of later times amongstChristians. But the prophet's sphere of vision ex-tends still further ; and, I am of opinion, he sawat that time, in spirit, that which has found its com-plete realization only in the anti-Christian and fash-ionable religion of the present day." Then I turned," says Zechariah, " and lift upmine eyes, and looked." The glorious vision of the golden candlestick and the two olive-trees had just passed before him, and a heart-cheering inter-THE FLYIG BOLL. 7pretation had been given him of them by the mouth
of the Lord himself. Gladly would he have gazeda while longer on these pleasing images ; but thiscould not be permitted him. And thus occasion-ally we meet with those who have received a Divinepermission to continue in happy ignorance of thedark side of the times in which they live, and whopeacefully and permanently repose between themore pleasing visions of Bethlehem, Tabor, Calva-ry, and the heavenly Zion. . Living almost entirelywithin, and scarcely affected by the outward world,they travel, quite like strangers and pilgrims, calm-ly and thoughtfully, along their retired path ; andif compelled to hear, as they proceed upon theirway, of the existing state of things in some partic-ular place upon the earth, they hear it only as if they heard it not. They are constrained immedi-ately to turn their ears again to the lips of Jesus,and inquire how it stands with themselves and theirown hearts. Their heart is their world and theirchurch J and that which they experience in inter-course with Jesus, their chronicle, their history of the day, and of the world.But such happiness falls not to the lot of all inthe kingdom of Christ. It is not permitted everyone thus to shut himself up with the Lord, and tolead only a closet life. Others must enter with alltheir energies into the outward affairs of the church.Its position and promotion in their more universal8 THE FLYIG ROLL.and extensive sense, is laid in an obligatory man-

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