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claring them to mankind, must unquestionably have been Universalists.
II. DAVID. "Ask of me, and I shall give thee, the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." (Psalms ii. 8.)
"The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works; All thy works shall praise thee O Lord, and thy saints shall bless thee." (cxlv. 9, 10.)
"All nations whom thou hast made, shall come and worship before thee O Lord, and shall glorify thy name." (lxxxvi. 9.) Now, unless it can be proved that there is, or ever was, or will be, any nation whom God did not make, we contend, for the literal accomplishment of this prophecy in some future age or dispensation, in one or other, of the everlasting ages of some translators.
The Psalmist by the Spirit, speaking in his typical character, says, "Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell." (Schoel, Hebrew-Hades, Greek) neither wilt thou suffer thine holy one to see corruption." (xvi. 31.)
"All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee." (xxii. 27.)
"Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also and lift them up for ever (xxviii. 9.) But who are God's people? See Deut. vii. 6.—Rom. xv, 10, 12. Thus the posterity of Abraham will be seen to be the chosen people of God, and the Gentiles also, though not in the peculiar sense of the former people; yet, they are God's people. And what is the inheritance of our God? The Psalmist has answered this question, in his 2d Psalm, 8 v: "Lo, children, are an heritage of the Lord.” (cxxvii. 3.) "O thou who hearest prayer unto thee shall all flesh come."
Thus, David believing in, and prophesying, from the same promises of God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as the above passages clearly prove, must have lived and 'died a faithful Universalist.
III. ISAIAH. Therefore, behold the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and
bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (or God, with us.)---Ch. vii. 14. "For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God! the Everlasting Father! the Prince of Peace!" (ix. 6.) Thus, the name Immanuel is explained and identified with that of the Mighty God! the Everlasting Father, &c. who is God with us. "And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it."(xxv. 7, 8.)
"Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else: I have sworn by myself; the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow; every tongue shall swear."(xiv. 22, 23.) The Ascetics, finding that they cannot contradict this, and similar passages favorable to the happy restoration of all the entire human family, grossly contort it, by admitting that every knee shall bow, and every tongue swear; but it shall be in torment, never-ending torment.
"For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought, and ye shall be redeemed without money."(iii. 3.)
"But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."(liii. 5.) And concerning the Gentiles,
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children."-(liv. 13.) "In a little wrath, I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer."-(ib. id. 8.)
"The Lord hath made bare his holy arm, in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God."-(l. 10.)
"Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be ye strong, fear not; Behold your God will come with vengeance; even God, with a recompense; and he will come and save you."-(xxxv. 4.) Of the children of Israel he saith,
"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins."(xlii. 25.)
"Because I know that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew and thy brow brass; I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I showed it thee, lest thou should say, Mine idol hath done these, and my graven image, and my molten image hath commanded them."-(xlviii. 4, 5.) "For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it; For how should my name be polluted? And I will not give my glory unto another." (Verses 9 to 11.)
"I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayst be my salvation unto the end of the earth."(xlix. 6.)
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: But my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished."-(li. 6.)
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all."-(lii. 6.) "He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied."—(v. 11.)
To the Gentiles the Spirit hath said, "Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed; neither be thou confounded, for thou shalt not be put to shame; for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is
thy husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall he be called."--(liv. 4, 5.)
"For, as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thi her, but watereth the earth, so shall my WORD be that goeth forth out of my mouth: It shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."-(lv. 10, 11.)
IV. JEREMIAH. "Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a Righteous Branch; and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name, whereby he shall be called, the Lord our Righteousness."-(xxiii. 5, 6.)
"After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be my people: And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more."-(xxxi. 33, 34.)
"And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the Lord." (xlviii. 42.) Yet I will bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the Lord; thus far is the judg ment of Moab."--(ib. id. 47.)
The forty-ninth chapter treats of the judgment of the Ammonites, the Edomites, of the natives of Damascus, of Kedar, and Hazor, and Elam; and also of their final recovery or restoration in the latter days, as of Moab. Thus, the Prophet JEREMIAH asserts the recovery and final restoration of both Jews and Gentiles in the latter days. And as ISAATH and JEREMIAH believed in the ul timate fulfilment of their respective prophecies, they were, beyond controversy, Universalists.
V. EZEKIEL. "As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom
thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters."-(xvi. 48.) "Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins: but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thine sisters in all thy abominations which thou hast done."-(ib. id. 51.) "When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them."" -(v. 53.) "And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord, that thou mayst remember and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more, because of thy shame, when I am pacified towards thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord God."-(v. 63.) A parallel passage, illustra tive of this, s recorded, (Rom. iii. 19,) "that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world become guilty before God." "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."―(v. 23.) "Where is boasting then? It is excluded." (v. 27.)
The Prophet, in the thirty-sixth chapter, shows that Israel was rejected for their sins, and shall be restored without their meriting it; but because God would be faithful to his promises. The thirty-seventh chapter, by the resurrection of the dry bones, clearly shows, that the dead of the children of Israel shall arise again, and be restored to their own land, and that David shall again rule them, in their recovered and sanctified state. The thirtyninth chapter asserts, that having been plagued or tormented for their sins, they shall be gathered again, and received into the eternal favor of their Creator. The writings of this Prophet being decidedly against the eternity of future punishment, according to the decisions of all Partialists, he was a strong Universalist.
VI. DANIEL. "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to punish the transgressions, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to