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PROPHECIES BY CHRIST HIMSELF.
No. CCXXXIV to CCXXXVI.
Sect. 8.-As to the Extent and Duration of Christ's Kingdom.
No. 234. The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Matt. xiii. 31, 32. Mark iv. 30-32. Luke xiii. 18, 19.
No. 235. The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Matt. xiii. 33; (so Luke xiii. 20, 21.)
No. 236. "Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I (i. e. Jesus) will build my Church, and the Gates of "Hell shall not prevail against it." Matt. xvi. 18.
"Not prevail." The continuance of Christianity, notwithstanding the restraints it imposes, and the opposition it meets with, is one of the strong proofs of its divine origin: The gates or councils of hell have made it the object of its bitter attack, but Christianity still prevails, (as Christ foretold it should,) and the attacks upon it only serve to make men search the Scriptures to see how these things are, and to keep alive a full recollection of the evidence by which it is supported, of the foundations upon which it stands.
VIRGIL'S FOURTH ECLOGUE.
SICELIDES Musæ, paulo majora canamus.
Occidet Assyrium vulgo nascetur amomum.
O mihi tam longæ maneat pars ultima vitæ !
Pan etiam, Arcadiâ mecum si judice certet,