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in the midst of them for evermore. My ta-
" It shall yet come to pass, that there Thall come people, and the inhabitants of
- Ezek. xxxvii. 24-28.
• Zech. ii. 10-12.
many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of Hofts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations Thall come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerufalem, and to pray before the Lord. Thus faith the Lord of Hofts ; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you; for we have heard that God is with you f.” “ For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not reft, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory, and thou shalt be called by · a new name, which the mouth of the Lord
shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed forsaken, neither shall thy land any more be termed desolate 8"
* Zech. viii. 3—6. 20—23.
Ifaiah lxii. 1-4. ; From
· From these sublime descriptions, and from innumerable other passages in the Old and New Testaments, I think it appears probable, that when the amazing progress of wickedness shall have nearly ba-, nished faith from the earth (excepting “ those nations which are to be saved,” Rev. xxii.)—when the INFIDEL POWER has reached its utmost pitch of daring, and the rest of the various followers of Antichrist, or Satan—Pagan, Mahometan, Papal, and Heretical-impelled by various motives, shall have filled the earth with tumult and misery, and their principal force shall be directed against the land of Judea, and the Religion of Christ—when the Jews shall repent of all their fins, and look to God alone for their deliverancewhen the Church of Christ, that is, the body of faithful worshippers of all denominations throughout the world, purified by tribulation, enlightened by Prophecy", and exalted by the hope of approaching redemption, shall “ lift up her head with joy,” amidst surrounding terrors, looking for the glorious appearing of her Lord
h " The giving ear to the Prophets, is a fundamental character of the true Church."' Sir Isaac Newton. . Y 3
Then shall appear the sign of THE SON OF MAN in the heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn; and they Thall fee THE SON OF MAN coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the uttermost part of the earth, to the uttermoft part of heaven. Then two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” For then shall “ the righteous" be openly distinguished“ from the wicked, and him that serveth God, from him that serveth him not k.”
The conjectures I have presumed to offer
i Mr. Mede fuggested the idea of Christ's appearing to the Jews fomewhat in the fame manner as he appeared to St. Paul at his conversion, and was inclined. to think this hinted at by St. Paul himself, in i Tim. i. 16. and by our Saviour, Matt. xxiv. 29, 30. which he supposed to refer to Zech, xii. 11. but considering the “ tribulation” which was to immediately precede w the coming of the Son of Man," as referring solely to the Jews, he found it difficult to reconcile these ideas together. * Malachi il. 18.
refpecting the course of things yet future, have conducted us to this awful period, without the supposition of any apparently miraculous interposition of Divine providence: but an entire new fcene, as I humbly conceive, now opens to our view ; for I consider the appearance of the Messiah at this period of the world, to be the sounding of the seventh trumpet, which is to “ finish the mystery of God.” I imagine the “ seventh vial filled with wrath,” will be poured out when this trumpet “ shall begin to found;" and that the conclusion of Daniel's Prophecies accurately accord with this last trumpet; “ And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great Prince, which ftandeth for the children of thy people ; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall be (finally delivered, every one that shall be found written in the . book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that turn many to righteousness, shall shine as the stars for ever and ever!.” “Behold, I come
Dan, xii, 1–3: . Y 4