The Key of David
By Warder Cresson (Michael Boaz Israel ben Abraham).
On the Two Messiahs Yet to Come, Handed Down and Taken From the Inspired Men of God, and Obtained in Jerusalem.
1st. From Joseph a Suffering One , fulfilling Gen. 49:24, and Isaiah the 53d.
2d. David the Triumphant One, fulfilling Psalm 18:16 to 50; and Jer. 30:9. "Rabbi Moshe Ha'Darshan writes upon Genesis i. 3, "And God said, Let there be Light: and there was Light;" which, says he, corresponds with that we find written in Psalm 97:11, "Light is sprung up to the Righteous," which Rabbi Abba said was also couched in the words of Daniel 2:22, where it is said, "And the Light dwelleth with him;" the Light which is meant thereby being the Light* of King Messiah; so also it is said of him, Psalm 34:9, "For with thee is the fountain of Life: in thy Light shall we see Light;" which is to be understood of the Light of Messiah the King. He also teaches that God his the Messiah and his Generation under the Throne of his Glory;† upon which Satan said unto God, Lord of the world, "What Light is that which lies hid under the Throne of thy Glory?" and God said, It is the Light of the Messiah and his Generation." Then Satan replied unto God, "Lord, permit me and I will oppose Messiah and his Generation." and God said, "Thou canst not prevail against him." And Satan answered, "Permit me and I shall be able." Then said the holy and blessed God, "If you are set upon this attempt I will destroy you out of the World, but one of his Generation will I not suffer to perish." Then the Holy and Blessed God began to speak with the Messiah, "O Messiah, my Just One, they who are hid along with Thee are of this kind,§ that by their sins they will bring you into great affliction, insomuch that your eyes will not endure the light, and your ears will hear great reproach, and your nose will be offended with ill smells, and your mouth will taste bitterness, and your tongue will cleave to the roof of your mouth, and your skin will stick to your bones, so that your courage will sink in mourning and grief. What, therefore, will you do? If you are willing to undertake these things it will be well with you; but if not, behold I will remove them from you. Then Messiah replied, Lord of the world, it is with joy that I undertake to suffer all this tribulation and anguish upon this condition, that in my days you will bring all the Dead to Life, even all that have died, from the first Adam unto that very time, and not only those who have died natural deaths, but those who have been devoured by Wolves and Lions, as well as those that have been devoured in rivers and seas, and not those only, but also the abortives; and not the abortives only, but all those who, according to your omniscient knowledge, shall be born and are not yet born, all those thou shalt save in my days. Then said the hold and blessed God, I consent. And forthwith the Messiah voluntarily undertook all these tribulations and afflictions, as it is written in Isaiah 53d chapter."
The foregoing beautiful tradition is handed down from the Fathers, and is very much the same, in almost every particular, as is declared in the Book of Job, which book is a complete exposition of God's People Israel, whom Satan is permitted in this Life to Tempt, Persecute, and afflict, even almost unto death, in order to endeavor to cause them to deny and curse God and die; but all Satan's endeavors and temptations will prove fruitless and unavailing either against them or their Messiah, as they will all be restored to Life and Blessedness at the Resurrection, and be blessed with "twice as much as they were worth before," that is, the "double Portion" above all that can be had in this life; therefore they are not to be reckoned with the Gentiles, all of "which have their Portion in this Life." See Psalm 17:14; and 83:12 and 17.
There are those of whom David speaks in his 49th Psa. 19th verse, "They shall never see Light," that is the Light of King Messiah and his Generation;" and again in his 53. Psa. 20th verse, he says, "When thou awakest (in the morning of the Resurrection) thou shalt despise their Image," because their souls bear the Image of the Glory, Riches and honor of this world--that they bore in this world and carried in this world--which Image God despises and will abhor in the resurrection morn; "When God will arise in Judgment to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. See Psa. 74:9.
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