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Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather. all nations."
From these Prophecies it plainly appears, that these people," the preserved of the Lord,” "" are to be made yet farther instrumental to the execution of the great design of univerfal salvation b.” Whether we fuppose the restoration of the Jews will be effected by evidently miraculous means (which is perhaps very highly probable), or whether God will incline their hearts to take advantage of an opportunity which the apparent chance of war will offer, the fulfilment of this remarkable Prophecy, to which the world in general has looked for so many ages, must be a very powerful means of opening the eyes of many națions, and greatly increase the number of Christians. '' And the circumstances attending their restoration, even without the supposition of a miracle, must certainly have a great effect upon the Christian nations of the world, and contribute greatly to their standing in this day of trial. “ If the diminishing of them (the Jews) be the riches of the Gentiles, how much more
See vol. i. c. ii. p. 79.
their fulness © ?" It is natural however to suppose that the enemies of Religion would be exasperated to the highest pitch of frenzy, and that they would gather together all their forces against a people thus declared to be protected by God, whose Existence they madly doubt, or whose Providence they impiously deny. On this occasion, the righteous would be naturally separated from the wicked, for they could not join in fuch a cause. “ Some doubting” would probably stand aloof to see the issue of the contest. We may, however, presume that a numerous army of the “ desperately wicked” would be collected against the holy land, “ to defy the armies of the living God d. ” “ Affociate yourselves; O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces ; and give ear all ye of far countries; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought ; speak the word, and it shall not stand, for God is with us!!
But while “ the Heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing against the
di Sam. xvii. 26.
c Rom. xi. 12.
Lord, and against his anointed,” the house of Israel Thall humble themselves before God, shall " repent and be converted,” and the Messiah, their deliverer, may appear. “ And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I ļifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers : and there shall ye remember your ways, and your doings wherein ye have been defiled, and ye shall loath yourselves in your own fight, for all your evils that ye have committed. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have wrought with you for my name's fake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, faith the Lord 8.” “ Gather the people, sanctify the congregation. Let the priests and the ministers of the Lord weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and
f Whether their conversion will be previous to the appearance of the Messiah (for which they will be prepared by a change of heart; “I will take away their ftony heart, and give them a heart of flesh”) or whether the appearance of the Messiah will produce their conversion, is not, I think, explicitly declared. & Ezekiel xx. 42-44.
give not thine heritage to reproach, that the Heathen should rule over thern; wherefore should they say among the people, where is their God? Then shall the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith.
And I will no more make you a reproach among the Heathen, but I will remove far off from you the northern army, and I will drive him into a land barren and defolate, with his face toward the east fea, and his hinder parts toward the utmost fea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill favour fhall come up, because he hath done great things. Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice; for the Lord will do great things, -And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour my spirit upon all flesh, and your fons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. And also upon the servants and handmaidens, in those days, will I pour my Spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens, and in the earth, blood and fire, and pillars of smoke. The fun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord
come h.” “ In that day will I make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand, and on the left; and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again, in her own place, even in Jerusalem. The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David, and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah i.” In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of [erusalem, and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David. And the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants
* Joel ii. 16-21. 28.-31.
i May not the glory of the house of David mean the Christian Church, which is properly the house of Christa the descendant of David ? If so, this passage seems to indicate, that the Jews will be recalled, and experience some signal marks of Divine favour, before the Gentile Christian Church shall be established in peace and happiness.