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• of this prince will be limited by the laws

of Moses ; and, instead of laying any taxes on the people for the support of his dig

nity and public expences, he is to have' those considerable poffeffions in the land • allotted him, which were before mentioned.

• Now the land of Israel is very good • and fruitful, and the character God gives

of it is this, that it is a good land, a land flowing with milk and honey, which is the *glory of all lands: And Moses tells the • Ifraelites, it is a land of brooks of water,

of fountains and depths, that Spring out of vallies and bills, a land of wheat and barley, and vines, and fig-tree., and pomegranates, a land of oil-olive, &c. Exodus iii. 8. • Deut. viii. 8. It is situated in one of the • best climates of the earth, extending • from 31 to 34 degrees of north latitude. • The sun rises at Jerusalem, in the midst of • summer, about five in the morning, and • sets at seven, and in the shortest days, in • winter, rises and sets vice versa. This



• situation, where it is joined with a good • soil, is generally free from the excesses of • heat and cold, and thereby is the best fitted • for the pleasure and delight of human life, o as well as suited to the constitutions of • mankind. It is also the best fitted for the • kindly ripening of all sorts of corn, for • producing the best wines, and for bring•ing to perfection the different fruits of all • the various parts of the world; both those

which grow in the colder countries, and • those which seem peculiar to the hot ones ; • and, moreover, supplies plenty of grass • for cattle.

• Having Thewn that the land of Israel is • very good and fruitful, situated in a happy • climate, and that the Ifraelites will dwell

there in peace and safety for some years after their restoration, we next enquire who are these enemies of the Israelites,

that will then come up against them, with *the consequences of this invasion. The • chief or head of them is called Gog by • Ezekiel, who is particularly pointed out


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by these distinguishing characters, his be

ing of the land of Magog, and the chief prince of Mesbech and Tubal, the ancient • Pontus and Cappadocia, now subject to • the Turks. The army also of Gog is to • confist chiefly of horsemen, which is re• markably true both of the Turks and Per« fians.

• The fame power seems to be prophefied • of by Daniel xi. 40 to 44, under the cha

racter of the king of the north. For the • greatest empire north of the land of Israel • is the Turk, who has overthrown and de• ftroyed many powers, and possest himself of • Constantinople, and the eastern empire; • he has the glorious land, or the land of Il

rael, in a great meafure under him, and • has intirely subdued Egypt. • The Libyans, • that is, the people of Barca, are at his steps, or under his influence. So are also • the Ethiopians, that is, the Arabians near Egypt, and along part of the coasts of the • Red Sea, in the Stony and Happy Arabia. • While Edom, or the wild Arabs, who


• live south of the land of Israel, and Moab

with the chief of the children of Ammon, • that is, the Arabs on the east of Jordan, • and the Salt Sea, have escaped out of his . hands and are not at all subject to him.

• We are told in the next place, that * tidings out of the east and out of the north,

Shall trouble him, therefore be shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. Daniel xi. 44. If then • the Muscovites, or some northern power • were to unite with the Persians, against • the Turk, we might probably see him • much troubled, and go forth with great * fury, and with great armies to destroy * many; and this perhaps may be the time • for the restoration of the Ifraelites to their own land. Some years after their restoration theTurk will come up against the land of Israel, and will plant the tabernacles of bis palace in the glorious holy mountain, or • at Mount Zion, but fall come to his end • there, and none shall help bim. Dan. xi. 45. and xii. I.

* But to return. Besides the Turks,we find • several other people will join themselves • to him, to invade the Israelites, as Perfia,

though at present they are at variance with • each other ; so also Libya, or the nations • on the coast of Barbary in Africa, Ezekiel • xxxviii. 1 to 8. Wich these also will be • joined Æthiopia, that is, the Arabians near • Egypt, and along part of the coasts of the • Red Sea, in the Stony and Happy Arabia. Gomer, also, and all his bands, with the bouse of Togarmah of the north quarters and

all his bands; both which people were originally seated in Natolia, and the

neighbouring places in the lesser Asia, which • are now subject to the Turks.

"These then are the nations, that will come up in the latter days against the • children of Israel, who will then have • been some time brought back from the * sword, and gathered out of many nations, . wherein they had been dispersed, and re• stored to their own land. They shall * come from the northern parts, and shall


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