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tends from the Persian Gulph, to the Mediterranean, at the south end, and from the Euphrates to the extremities of the land of Palestine, that is, to the sea-coast at the north end.
The same expressions are used Psalm lxxii. 8. where they have likewise a double meaning. They represent the extent of the Messiah's kingdom, and likewise of Solomon's. Now Solomon reigned over all the kings betwixt the Euphrates and the Mediterranean, 1 Kings iv. 24. which fixes the meaning of the expressions both here and in Zechariah, as far as they relate to the people of Israel.
The division of the land shall be different from that originally made by Joshua. It is mi. nutely described in the 48th chapter of Ezekiel. The inheritance of each tribe shall extend along the breadth of the land, from the east to the west fide, so that each tribe shall be poffeffed of
(1) Many have supposed, that the lake Asphalites, or Dead Sea, is meant; but observe that the kingdom of Solomon extended beyond it, and that the country of the Moabites and Ammonites, which lay to the east of it, is said to be possessed by the children of Israel upon their restoration, (Zeph. ii. 9.), consequently it cannot be intended. Now the next sea to the east is the Persian Gulph, into which the Euphrates falls, therefore being the continuation of the same line, which makes the eastern boundary at the north end, it is most probably intended
fea-coast. Seven of the tribes shall lie to the north of Jerusalem in the following order, be. ginning at the entrance of Hamath: Dan, Alher, Naphtali, Manaffeh, Ephraim, Reuben, Judah ; and five to the south, Benjamin, Simeon, Iffachar, Zebulon, Gad. The holy portion for the city, defcribed Ezek. xlv. 8.-21. shall lie betwixt the inheritance of Judah and Benja. min, so as not to be reckoned of either .
(1) The city and the holy portion may be understood, partly in a literal senfe, but chiefly in a mystical, fignifying the national polity, like the new Jerufalem. I prefume the meaning of it cannot be fully understood, till the Jews receive the model of their national polity, upon their conversion. However, it may have thus far a literal meaning, that a certain portion of land, distinct from the inheritance of the twelve tribes, thall be allotted for a fubfiflence to persons in public offices, both ecclesiastical and civil; and that in lieu of tithes and taxes, that have been frequently sources of oppression to the people. I build this idea, on the portion allotted to the prince ; for which the reason is given, “ My princes (hall no more “ opprefs my people; and the rest of the land shall they “ give to the house of Israel, according to their tribes.“ O princes of Israel, take away your exactions from my “ people, faith the Lord God;" Ezek. xlv. 8, 9. Again, it is said of a part of the holy portion, “ It shall be for “ food to them that serve the city," chap. xlviii. 18.; that is, for a subsistence for public functionaries. Farther, the part allotted to the priests and Levites, may fignify a fubfiftence to the ministers of the gospel.
When the Jews are put in pofseflion of the land given to their fathers, at this period, they shall never be ejected out of it, but shall continue in possession of it while the earth remains. So God explicitly asserts. “ Thou shalt no more be term“ ed, Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more " be termed, Desolate: but thou shalt be called “ Hephzi-bah, (I have delighted in her), and “ thy land Beulah, (married): for the Lord “ delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be mar66 ried;" Ifa. Ixii. 4. " The Lord hath sworn « by his right hand, and by the arm of his s strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn " to be meat for thine enemies; and the fons « of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for « the which thou hast laboured: but they that « have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the “ Lord; and they that have brought it toge* ther shall drink it in the courts of my holiļ ness ;” ver. 8, 9. “And they shall dwell in - the land that I have given unto Jacob my • servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt: " and they shall dwell therein,' even they and “ their children, and their childrens children, “ for ever; and my servant David shall be their u prince for ever;" Ezek. xxxvii. 25. “But “ Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem " from generation to generation;" Joel iii. 20.
“ I will plant them upon their land, and they “ shall no more be pulled up out of their land " which I have given them, saith the Lord thy “ God;” Amos ix. 150
Final extirpation of Popery.
ANOTHER remarkable event, consequent upon the victory at Armageddon, is the final ex. tirpation of Popery, that system of Antichrif. tianism which had continued so long in the world, for the destruction both of the souls and bodies of men.
The horrible consternation of Popish idolaters after the battle of Armageddon, is represented by Isaiah, chap. ii. 10, 11.-18, 19, 20, 21.“ Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the “ dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory ~ of his majesty. The lofty looks of man shall “ be humbled, and the haughtiness of men “ shall be bowed down; and the Lord alone " shall be exalted in that day.- And the idols “ he shall utterly abolish. And they shall go “ into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves “ of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the “ glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake
1 terribly $i terribly the earth. In that day a man shall “ cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, “ which they made each one for himself to wors ship, to the moles, and to the bats; to go in" to the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of « the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and “ for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth " to shake terribly the earth.”
This consternation in them shall be accompa. nied by a conviction in others, that the system maintained by them is most offensiye to God, and subjects those who adhere to it to the pu. nishment of eternal death. We might infer this from the several texts which intimate the destruction of the beast by fire, as Isa. xxx. 33. chap. xxxi. 9. Dan. vii. Ij.; for all these feem to have an aspect not only to the material fire at Armageddon, but likewise to the torments of hell, so frequently described by fire in scripture.
But the sentiment is explicitly asserted in the following texts. " And they shall go forth, " and look upon the carcases of the men that s have transgressed against me : for their worm $6 shall not die, neither shall their fire be " quenched ; and they shall be an abhorring “ unto all fleth ;” Isa. Ixvi. 24.
The transgressors mentioned here are those destroyed at Armageddon ; for their destruction is coeval with the return of the Jews, ver. 20.