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In this city Zion-the church-true holiness can be found. “But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness, and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions." Obadiah 17. Thank God, this city is filled with holiness, and true holiness is that which adorns her. “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God.” This river is the river of salvation. Iis streams are love, joy, peace, light, glory, and eternal life. And as men and women scattered throughout the realms of sin and dark sectism in these last days come back to the city of Zion, the holy Jerusalem, the church of the first-born, they have the privilege of drinking these crystal waters until their souls are fully satisfied. Oh the sweetness, the glory, the grandeur of this city of God, and the blessedness of dwelling therein! Not alone in a future age beyond the resurrection are we to enjoy these rich blessings, but we “are come unto Mount Zion, unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem ... to the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven” (Heb. 12:22). Here it is seen that this city and the church are identical, and in this dispensation we have come unto it. Under this figure of a city, then, we see the security, government, and beauty of the church of God.
One of the most beautiful and striking figures of the new-testament church is that of a mountain. Under this figure is presented its stability, grandeur, and eudurance.
Turning to Isa. 2: 2, 3, we find the following prediction: “And it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” This is a clear prediction of the new-testament church. "The last days” refers to the Christian dispensation. The church here is presented under the figure of a mountain upon which the Lord's house is located. And this mountain "shall be established in the
top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills.” This refers to an exalted position of Christianity. All other religions are far beneath it. Christianity mounts up above every other religion and the church of God above every other institution.
Another beauty of this church is seen in the fact that “all nations shall flow unto it.” Under the legal dispensation the privileges and blessings of God were extended to one nation only, but the new-testament church was to open her doors to all the nations of the earth, and the saved of all nations were to flow unto it. Thank God, we have the fulfilment of this today; for the gospel is going forth to all the nations of the earth, and such as are being saved are brought from the dark valleys and realms of sin to the high mount of holiness, truth, and salvation, and are flowing into the one church of the living God.
In Dan. 2: 34, 35, Christianity is presented under the figure of a great mountain, which shall fill the whole earth. This signifies that ultimately Christianity will conquer the nations and be the universal religion. As we shall hereafter show, we are living in the very time and taking part in the very work which in God's providence is destined to fulfil this prediction. Paul, in writing to the Hebrew brethren, says, "Ye are come unto Mount Zion." Heb. 12:22. As we point the telescope back across the mists and fogs that roll at our feet, back over the dark valley of apostasy covering a period of 1610 years, we behold in the distance a beautiful mountain transplendent with the rays of the morning sun, and upon her height the house of God, which is the church of the living God. This mount is the mount of God's own holiness. Thus saith the Lord, “I am returned unto Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain." This is a clear prediction of the new-testament church. Jerusalem and the mountain refers to the church of God. Notice it is the mountain of the Lord of hosts; that is, the mount upon which he dwells, and the same is said to be holy.
“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge." Psa. 48: 1-3. This text primarily may refer to the literal city of Zion, Jerusalem; but since that was but a type or shadow of the spiritual Zion, the new-testament church, there is a beautiful application of this scripture to the people of God in this dispensation. As the saints gather in Zion, inside her impregnable walls of salvation, their shouts of praise and thanksgiving to God are again heard; and as they come to the mount of his holiness and possess the same glory that adorned the early church, the gates of praise fly open, and God is glorified in the midst of them. This church is said to be the city of the great king. “God is known in all her palaces.” This represents the fact that the Lord dwells in this holy mountain, and here is the place where his blessings fall. “The Lord shall bless thee, O habitation of justice and mountain of holiness." Jer. 31:23. Not only does the Lord bless his people in Zion, but, as predicted in Isa. 26:6, ho spreads a feast of rich things before them. “And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of