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6 fire; and his breath as an overflowing stream, « shall reach to the midst of the neck.--And " the Lord shall cause his glorious voice (thun“ der) to be heard, and shall shew the lighting 66 down of his arm, with the indignation of his “ anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, “ (lightning), with scattering, and tempeft, and 6 hail-ftones.--For Tophet is ordained of old ; “ yea, for the king it is prepared ; he hath made “ it deep and large; the pile thereof is fire and “ much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a * ftream of brimstone doth kindle it.” Isa. Xxx, 27, 28. 30. 33. “ For behold, the Lord will " come with fire, and with his chariots like a “ whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and “ his rebuke with fames of fire. For by fire, “ and by his sword, will the Lord plead with all “ flesh; and the slain of the Lord shall be many,” chap. Ixvi. 15, 16. “God came from Teman, " and the holy One from mount Paran. His c glory covered the heavens, and the earth was 66 full of his praise, and his brightness was as “ the light, he had horns coming out of his “ hand, and there was the hiding of his power. “ Before him went the pestilence, and burn“ing coals went forth at his feet.—Thou didst “ march through the land in indignation, thou “ didst thresh the heathen in anger. Thou “ wentest forth for the salvation of thy people,
“ even for salvation with thine anointed;" Habak. iii. 3, 4, 5. 12, 13'.
The Jews are then described as descending to the valley of Jehoshaphat, to complete the victory which the swords of their enemies, and the fire of the elements had already obtained for them. “ And Judah also shall fight at Jerusa« lem;" Zech. xiv. 14”.
The remains of those forces once so formi. dable, now scatter in various directions, and endeavour severally to gain their own countries, (Isa. xiii. 14. Jer. 1. 16.); but the Jews pursue and make an immense llaughter all over the land of Palestine. This is that wine-press out of which came “ blood even unto the liorse“ bridles, by the space of a thousand and lix “ hundred furlongs 3;" Rev. xiv. 20.
The complete destruction of the enemies of religion at Armageddon, is laid before us in various passages. Take the following as a speci. men: “And the destruction of the transgressors
(1) See likewise Ifa. Ixiii. 1.--5, 6, and Rev. xiv. 17.-20. to close.
(2) See the texts quoted, p. 348. and downwards.
(3) For the holy land, according to Jerom, measures in length 200 Roman or 160 Grecian miles. The Romans computed eight furlongs to a mile, but the Greeks allowed ten, so that hy either computation the extent is just 1600 furlongs; fee Mede's Clavis Apocalyptica.
" and of the sinners shall be together, and they “ that forsake the Lord shall be consumed. " And the strong shall be as tow, and the ma6 ker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn 5 together, and none shall quench them ;” Ifa. i. 28. 31. - Wo'to the multitude of many people, « which make a noise like the noise of the feas; ," and to the rushing of nations, that make a' v rushing like the rushing of mighty waters ! « The nations shall rush like the rushing of “ many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and " they shall fee far off, and shall be chaced as the « chaff of the mountains before the wind, and “ like a rolling thing before the whitlwindo « And, behold, at evening-tide trouble ; and 6 before the morning he is not. This is the « portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of " them that rob us";” Ifa. xvii. 12.-14.
• Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth “ forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; “it shall fall with pain upon the head of the
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(1) The chaff of the summer threlhing-floor is the figure used, Dan. ii. 35. to signify the destruction of the enemies of religion, immediately before the kingdom of Christ, or the Millennium commences. Here too the circumstances fix the time, “ at evening-tide,” towards the close of the long calamitous clay of their dispersion, there shall be trouble arising from the persecution of the blafphemous king, and before the morning of the first resurrection, or Millennium, he their oppressor ceases to exist.
« wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord shall “not return, until he have done it, and until
he have performed the intents of his heart : “ in the latter days ye shall consider it ;" Jer. XXX, 23, 24. “Say to the forest of the south', 6 Hear the word of the Lord, Thus faith the « Lord God, Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, “ and it shall devour every green tree in thee, " and every dry tree : the Aaming flame shall 6 not be quenched, and all faces from the south « to the north shall be burnt therein. And all 66 flesh shall see that I the Lord have kindled " it: it shall not be quenched ;” Ezek. XX, 47, 48.
(1) Armageddon or Judea may be called the Foreft of the South, because at the time the kings of the earth and their armies are gathered together there, the Jews,
to whom the prophecy is directed, lie to the north of them, in the wilderness of Assyria.
of the Events that take place betwixt the Battle ' of Armageddon and the Millennium.' ...
T ET us now see the consequences of the vic. U tory obtained at Armageddon, or the events that occur during the five years which in. tervene betwixt the battle and the commence. ment of the Millennium.
Resettlement of the Jews in the Land of Promise.
The first and immediate effect of this victory is, that the Jews take possession of the land giv. en by promise to their fathers, out of which they had been ejected 2000 years.
It appears from the concurring testimony of the prophets, that they shall be very numerous ; for it is at that period God addresses Zion: “' Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold : “ all these gather themselves together, and come *s to thee. As I live, faith the Lord, thou shalt " surely clothe thee with them all as with an