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there is no law, there is no transgression, that is ever to be remembered of God; for he has laid on Christ, who is mediator of the new covenant, the iniquities of us all, both Jews and Gentiles. So when the heavens and earth fled away, the old Jewish dispensation ceased, with the law of the ten commandments, which then were fulfilled, and never till then. This Sinai law worketh wrath, and by the dragons breaking that law, they brought on themselves the great day of wrath, of God Almighty. Christ told these dragons, when on earth, till heaven and earth. shall pass away, not one jot nor tittle of the law shall fail, till it was fulfilled. Christ was only the end of the law to those who believed on him, as in the case of the elect; they believed Moses. and the prophets, that led them to believe in Christ: so Christ was the end of the Sinai law to them, so that they
were saved from the great day of wrath, which fell on the dragon part of Israel, who did not believe on Christ. So when the dragon was destroyed, and the old heavens and the old earthly, tabernacle of works, were burnt up, then he that sat upon the throne said, behold I make all things new; that was a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. This is the new covenant or Gospel dispensation, in the which, the Lord declared that their sins and iniquities he would remember So he concluded all under sin, that he might have mercy upon all. From this kingdom the dragon Israel was expelled.
These dragons of the wilderness, lived in the land of Judah and Jerusalem; this was the wilderness into which the angel carried John- So he carried me away in the spirit, into the wilderness, and I saw a woman sit upon a
scarlet colored beast; this was the old red dragon, with his coat dyed in the blood of the martyrs of Jesus Christ; this woman was Jerusalem. John the Baptist, came preaching in the same wilderness, where the dragon, devil and Satan dwelt; this was the same wilderness, where Christ was carried up into, to be tempted of the dragon, devil and Satan. See Matt. iv: 1, • Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil;' this devil was the dragon Israel, who were striving to induce the Lord to become their earthly king. And it appears that they strove very hard to gain their point. See John vi: 14, 15, Then those men, when they had seen the miracles that Jesus did, said, this is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he
departed again into a mountain alone; these men were of the dragons of the wilderness, and were the devil and Satan; this was the devil that Matthew speaks of, that took Christ up into an exceeding high mountain and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, that was of the Jewish world. It is likely, that these Jews carried him upon 'the highest mountain that they could find in all the land of Judea, so as to give Christ the best view that they could over the land of Canaan, which was their former kingdom; then they told him that he would possess the whole of the land of Palestine, if he would become their earthly king, and free them from the Roman authority, and restore their former kingdom to Israel again. So the dragons of the wilderness tempted Christ in this way; they did not believe him to be the Saviour of the world, but they thought, by his mira
cles which he performed, that he would free them from the Roman authority, and restore the kingdom to Israel again. So this was the way, that the dragon, devil and Satan tempted Christ.
This was the same Satan that tempted Aaron to make them a calf to worship; the same that tempted Joshua to number Israel; And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked Joshua to number Israel, for which the Lord smote Israel.' Christ speaks of the same Satan, which was the dragon; and the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. Christ knew all things, and he knew what a persecuting spirit the dragon possessed; he knew that they had persecuted all the prophets, and they held out the same spirit of persecution against him and his disciples. Christ informed his disciples concerning these dragons, and what they would do