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A

SERMON PREACHED

before the K

1 N

as

:M

A 1

EsT

1 E,

at

Whiie~HaU,

on

lVednefdaj,

the

XXV.

of

December,

A. D.

MD

c v

1.

being

CHRISTMAS

day.

E SA. Chap. IX. V

er.

VT.

For, unto

tu

a Childe is bomt, ttnd unto

tu

a Sonne

u

giwn;

t~nd

the Gowrme•t

i.s

11pon

His Jhoulder; and He Jha!l call His

Name

WoN

D E R FuLL,

C o

u

N–

SELLER,THE MIGHTY

GoD,

THE

Ev£R'LASTlNG FATHER,

T

H E

P

R I N C

£

Q

F

p

EA

C Eo

HE words are out of

Efay:

~nd~

ifwe had aot heard himll:lmed ·

might wdl have beene thought, out ofone

oftheEvangelifts,

;a;

more like a Storie than aProphecie.

!J

borne, isgivm,

found, as if

they had beene written at,or fince the birth of

clii-ijl:

yet were they

written merethanfix hundredyeeres before.

·

There is no one thing fo <>reatafiay to our faith,

as

thatwefinde

the things, we bdeeve, fo pYainly fore-told,fo many yc=ares before.

Isf,orne,

ts

gwen

l

Nay,jhaU

6e;

fpealcehkeal'rothet: Nay,n-

;11·

qttens

defutur~

per modum pr.eteriti;

[peaking of things to come as

if they were already pafi. This cannot be, that Go

o,

whua!leth thingsthatArt not, aJ if

they

wm,

and

cha!lmgeth

any other, rodoethelilce. ltistrue; miraclesmovemuch: but

yet even in Scripture, weereade of

IJingmiraeks:

:md the poffibilityoffalfedealin<>-lea–

vcth place ofdoubt, even in thofe that be true. But, for one, fix hundreq yeares befor;Hee

~s born~,

to caufe

pro;hecies,

plaine direct prophecies to bee writtenof Him: that palfeth

all

conceit; cannot be imagined', how poffibly it may bee, but by

God

alone. Therefore

Mit–

homet,

and

all

falfe Prophets came, (at leafi boafied to come)

in

ftgnes.

But,challenge them,

at this; not a word, no mention ofthem in the world, till tpey were borne. True therefore,

that S.

John

faith:

The Ttjlimonie

(that is, the great principal! tefiimooy) of

Ief

~«,

is thej]irit

of

prophecie.

It made

Saint Peter,

when he had recounied wha,t he himfe)fe had heard,

10

the

M

ottnt

(yet, as ifthere

mi~ht

be,even in

rhat,deceptiofen/

m)

to

adde,Habemm etiamjrn:iorem

fermonem propheti.e : We have .sword

of

prophecie,

befides

1

and that,jrmimm

:

the

furer

ofthe

rwaine.

'

This

propbecie

is ofacertaine Chi!de.

And,

ifwe aske, ofthis

place~

(asilie

l!.u,l;ch

Jtd;

of another, in this

Prophet) of

whom

ffeaketh the Prophet this

l

wee mufi make the an[wer,

that (there)

Philip

doth;

ofchrift:

and the

ttflimonie of Jefm

is

thejfirit ofthis Pro;hecie.

The ancient

I

ewes make the f.1me. It is but a fond lhift, to draw it (as the latter Iewes doe)

toEzeki.u:

it will not cleave. It was fpoken toLAh4z,

E\;kias

father,now King : and that

• aftet: the-great overthrow he had, by the

Kings ofSyria mdlfrAel,

in the fourth ofhis raigne.

~ut,

it is deduced, by plaine lupputation, out ofthe eighteemhofthe

fecond ofKings : Ez;,e.

'

kia

was

nineyeeres old,

before

AhAz

his Father came to the crowne. I; was by that time, too

late, to tell it for tydings, (then) that

he

was

horne;

he thC?, being

thirteene

]etrts

of

age.

Befide, how fenfelelfe is it, to apply,to

.Ezeki.o~

,that m the next

'Vtrfe;

that,,fhu

gowrll·

ment

and

peace

there

jho11ldbe none end,

that

hitthrone

Jh~tdd

be tflahlifhedfrom

thenceforth

for

ever:

wher~as

his peace and government (both) had an end

wit

hill few yeeres

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