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3. The gathering of the Jews to Palestine. *
As to the man of sin, the son of perdition, I believe he is the vile person portrayed in the eleventh chapter of Daniel's book of prophecy; the beast shown to John in a vision, as coming up out of the bottomless pit, see Rev. chap. 17. 8, typified by Nimrod, the first king upon earth, by Pharoah the first persecutor of Israel, also Goliath, Sennacherib, Belshazzar, and Leviathan. I believe that he is really a man, as much as I believe that Domitian was a man, or Nero, Julius Cæsar, Antiochus, Epiphanes, or Voltaire.
Jesus of Nazareth, who is Christ, was a man.
The Beast usurps authority—appears first-reigns three years
half. The Lamb then destroys the Beast, and reigns 1,000 years.
I believe there is a particular year, month, and day appointed for this Beast to commence his reign; and that it is the signal of divine vengeance on the Gentiles, by the emptying of that tremendous cup in the hand of God, Psalm 75.t At the same time, two remarkable witnesses will prophesy at Jerusalem, and the Beast will kill them, and then he will sit in the temple of God, as God: this scene cannot continue longer than three days and a half, just as long as the witnesses lie dead. As soon they rise, and ascend, in the same hour (prophetic calculation an hour is about six weeks) there is a
* The Holy Land.
+ Seventh vial.
great earthquake, in which seven thousand men are slain, the remnant are affrighted, they cry to their Redeemer; and immediately the seventh trumpet sounds, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.”
The wild Beast, in his reckless fury, daringly approaches the heavenly warrior who rides the white horse and is taken prisoner, with the false prophet; and both are cast into the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels—then, indeed, Emanuel goes forth from conquering to conquer. . He binds his greatest foe, the chief captain of fallen angels, casts him into the bottomless pit, shuts him up, and seals his prison door with the mandate of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, that he shall tyrannize, deceive, and calumniate no more, until the thousand years, called Millennium, are fulfilled. Then comes the victory of Love.
The Jews, who have withstood even the warnings of the witnesses while they lived, are alarmed by their death, speedy resurrection and triumphant ascension on a cloud, and refuse submission to the Beast, who is fired by their resistance, to destroy them with hellish fury. His army is composed of all nations—he leads the desperate crew-Jerusalem is taken, the houses are rifled, the women ravished. What consternation, what agony of despair, fills the bosoms of God's elect people! Ah! why is this? why is Jerusalem ever and anon, when possessed by her children, an aceldama? Is it on account of our rejection of Jesus of Nazareth, whom our fathers killed. O! that the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, would pity and forgive. If Jesus is our Messiah, O that he will come to us, and we will say, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord,” “It shall come to pass, saith the Lord, while they
are calling I will answer; and while they are speaking I will hear.”
Now behold the majesty of his coming-
· His ways are everlasting.”—Hab. 3. 3—7. Now we may view the solemn meeting that takes place between the Lord and his brethren according to the flesh. The Shiloh stands before his elect. They look on him whom they have pierced, and mourn as one mourneth for an only son—they are in bitterness for him, as for a first born
Ah! hear that broken-hearted Jew
They cast me out and slew me! It is difficult for me to pursue this theme. Oh! I believe that the mourning of that day will exceed all that was ever felt of sorrow. The house of David, the men of Judah, with Benjamin and parts of other tribes in Israel, are mingling their tears with the dust at those dear pierced feet
* That is, preceded his event. + Read Malachi, 4th chapter. * Zechariah 14. 4. also Isaiah 24th chapter.
I must hasten to a point, that will astonish angelsimmediately the Prodigal son is drest in robes of honour-shoes are put on his feet, and a ring upon his hand; the fatted calf is killed for him to eat, and the everlasting Father celebrates the resurrection from dead works (the ritual of Moses) of his eldest son, even the ancient Zion of God. What if angels, that never transgressed one divine command, should complain that redeeming love is not prepared for them? Israel's rejoicing shall not be marred. He is called their brother, and God declares the meetness of rejoicing in the jubilee year, "the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.”Then will Israel sing “Lo! this is our God (whom Peter denied, Judas betrayed, Herod mocked, Pilate delivered up, and our fathers crucified) we have waited for him: we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.-Then shall Jerusalem be built; and they shall call her walls salvation, and her gates praise. Yea, “Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall not press through her any more. Then "shall they use this speech in the land of Judah, and in the cities thereof, the Lord bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.'
But-do I not omit an event of vast magnitude? In my ecstacy of joy over the restoration of Israel, I have left the bringing back the dear lost Ephraim, to be understood by my readers, as a thing of course. We will introduce it now. * Judah is pardoned; and then *the great trumpet is blown; and they that are ready to perish in the land of Assyria shall come, even the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.”
* See Matthew 24, 31. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, &c., and Isaiah, 27, 13. "Then shall the great trumpet be blown,” &c.
“Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as doves to their windows?” Behold they come from far, from the north, and from the west, and from the land of Sinim.*
This flying multitude are the outcasts of Ephraim -these doves are, I believe, the ten lost tribes of ancient Jacob—to whom the King will say “fear not, for I have redeemed thee, thou art mine. I am the Lord, your Holy one, the creator of Israel your King,” “and ye are my witnesses saith the Lord, that I am God."
O, the joyful cement of the two tribest (long since broken apart, and withered too, but now green again) in the Eternal Prophet's hand. Ephraim and Judah are united in love forever, bound together by the strong bonds of the everlasting covenant Jehovah made with their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even the oath and confirmation of the Lord.
Now Israel is indeed saved in the Lord with an everlasting Salvation. No weapon formed against them shall prosper, every tongue that riseth against them in judgment, they shall condemn; for “God hath spoken, and who shall disannul it, ye shall be my people for ever, and I will be your God.”
After the lapse of a thousand years ["each day for a year”?] of peace and joy, the tempter shall be loosed from his prison, and rouse the envy of Gentile nations again, but it shall not avail—they may march across the breadth of the earth, and compass
camp of the saints about, and the beloved city, Vea, they may ascend and come like a storm, but Israel shall not be hurt-for “God is not a man that he should lie, neither shall the son of man repent;"
* Or South America.
+ Ezekiel, 37,