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in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again."-" And Jerusalem shall be called, A city of Truth; and the Mountain of the Lord of Hosts, the Holy Mountain. Thus faith the Lord of Hofts, there shall yet be old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. Thus faith the Lord of Hofts, If (or though] it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes?
“ It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of 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 Hosts: I will go also.
also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem, 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 you."
e Zech. ii. 10. I 2.
him that is a Jew, saying, We will go
with you; for we have heard that God is with
" For Zion's fake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's fake 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.”
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 banished 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
Zech. viii. 3-6.25--23
& Ifaiah lxii. 1-4.
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 Thall repent of all their fins, and look to God alone for their deliverance -- when the Church of Christ, that is, the body of faithful wor1hippers 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 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 shall see THE SON OF MAN coming in the clouds of heaven, with
great glory.. And he shall send his angels with a great sound
6 h The giving ear to the Prophets, is a fundamental character of the true Church.” Sir Isaac Newton.
i Mr. Mede suggested the idea of Christ's appearing to the Jews somewhat in the same manner as he appeared to St. Paul at his conversion, and was inclined to think this hinted at by St. Paul himself, in 1 Tim. i. 16. and by our Saviour, Matt. xxiv. 29, 30, which he supposed to refer to Zech, xii. 1]. but considering the tribulation” which was to immediately precede “ the coming of the Son of Man,” as referring solely to the Jews, he found it difficult to reconcile these ideas together.
of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the uttermost part of the earth, to the uttermost 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 refpecting the course of things yet future, have conducted us to this awful period, without the supposition of any apparently mira. culous interposition of Divine providence: but an entire new scene, as I humbly conceive, now opens to our view ; for I consider the appearance of the Meffiah at this period of the world, to be the founding of the seventh trumpet, which is to finish the nrystery 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 laff trumpet ; “ And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great Prince, which
* Malachi iii. 18.
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, fome 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 as a thief (or suddenly), blessed is he that watcheth.”—“ And he gathereth them to gether into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon » [“ the spirits of devils” had
gone forth “ to the kings of the earth, and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty"."] And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air. And there came a great voice out of the Temple of heaven from the throne, saying, "It is done °.” " And the seventh angel founded ; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever
I Dan. xii. I-3. # Rev. xvi. 14.
m Rev. xvi. 15, 16.