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cept the article above mentioned; and I cannot be thankful enough for them; for his labours have aided my search after Indian origin far more than Boudinot, Smith, or Buchanan's, though these three present me “apples of gold in pictures of silver.” I understand, while attending to McDonald's notes, &c., on the first and second verses, that America was presented to the prophet in a vision, and that it contained a very oppressed and degraded people, whose land the rivers (nations) had spoiled. I behold the poor Indians immediately; and my question is answered “who are they?” by the last verse in the chapter. I therefore claim the acquiescence of my astonished mind, and declare to the people of these nations, or these states, that the Indians are that very people on whom the dying patriarch Jacob poured the fulness of prophetic benediction, that includes these grand and memorable words:
“The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors, unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren." Genesis, 49th chapter, 26th verse.
The first clause of this verse signifies to the patriarch's most faithful and obedient child, (his beloved Joseph, that the benediction of Abraham to Isaac, and the grace of Isaac to Jacob, were far behind the blessings that were to come from his dying lips, and distill among
"the thousands of Manasseh and the ten thousands of Ephraim.”* Abraham could say to his elect son, as his last will and testament, the land of Canaan shall be thine; and Isaac to Jacob,
* Compare Gen. 49. 22–26, with Deut. 32. 13–17, the first point named. "I understand it, in '"Ephraim is the strength of mine head-and Manasseh is mine."
“God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and bow down unto thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee.” This is the first.
“God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be an assembly of people: And give the blessing of Abraham to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land, wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.” All this is excellent; but in neither or both do I discover an enlargement of the borders of Abraham. Let us pursue, therefore, the sacred scriptures, and search for "the field the Lord hath blessed." I think we shall stop a moment at Genesis 28. 1415, especially at the 14th verse. The expressions “spread-abroad—to the west--to the east—to the north—and to the south”-I am satisfied that Jehovah himself enlarged the borders of Jacob's blessing. We will now search the field for a divine seal. I am sure I have found it in the 28th verse of the 32nd chapter in the book of Genesis. Truly might Jacob testify, as in the 26th verse of Genesis, 49th chapter.
Truly might Jacob, whose surname was Israel, exclaim, "gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob, and hearken unto Israel your father, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in THE LAST DAYS!"'*
The inspired patriarch spake as he was moved by the Holy Ghost; and his prophecy was, the testimony of Jesus. All professors of Christianity consent that the 10th verse is partly fulfilled; and I am
* See Hosea, 6. 2, 3. Days, Milleniaries.
ready to exclaim, how can the Jews deny it? Alas! they did not keep close to the law and testimony of God, but leaned to their own traditions.
The blessing of Judah by Jacob is in great style. He is King and law-giver, for an appointed time; and his brethren must praise him; for he is a type.The blessing of Judah by Moses is very different. It implies that he is separated from them, and in difficulty; but the blessing is, that God will unite him to them again.
But the blessing of Joseph, so great, by Jacob, seems to be copied by Moses (except the Archers and Stone of Israel) in his prophecy of the “Great Day of Jezreel.” Jacob's prophecy carries the battle at Armageddon, and the advent of the Shepherd of Israel to save his flock, in the future tense; but Moses celebrates it as done. In both of these great prophecies, Joseph is shown greater things than the rest; and I can see him a distinguished type of the all-blessed Saviour in his advent, to reign on the earth, when the sun and moon and eleven stars,” shall make obeisance to him, whose feet they hurt with fetters (the cruel nails) of iron!
The blessing of Joseph is first literal—a fruitful bough.” His descendants are mentioned, and his only. “Ten thousands of Ephraim, and thousands of Manasseh.” Jacob said his branches should run over the wall. They should go beyond the land of Canaan, for to take possession, of the utmost bound (the land of the sun's going down) of the everlasting hills.
Jacob spake of Joseph's afflictions, and of his victory, by the interference of the God-Man. The whole meaning of the remarkable words, "from thence is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel," is not given to me at present; but I expect it will be made
plain soon. I think it has a connexion with the first verse of the nineteenth of Isaiah.
I am delighted to find out that the poor Indians have such blessings in store for them. I am rejoiced in spirit that Joseph's descendants are soon to be presented by angels, to the Lord of Hosts, at Mount Zion, washed from all their filthiness, and dressed in the coat of many colours, presented by their “everlasting Father, the “Prince with God,” or, EMMANUEL! I said soon. I believe it must be so, according to the signs of the times in this country; and I expect they are the same through the world; for, by Moses, God announced to the children of Israel his determination to punish them as a nation, if, as a nation, they broke his covenant.
They have done it. Israel is divorced by the word of the Lord. “She is not my wife; neither am I her husband.” It seems that Israel's miseries commenced in a civil war, to which she is provoked by the conduct of a haughty king; and by her rebellion against the house of David, she rejected her Messiah. Yet, her compassionate and long suffering God allowed her a space for repentance in the country of Samaria; but she repented not. Her contrary walk, at last, drew upon her all the curses of that law she had despised. She was hewn by the prophets; yet she did not return. Hosea and Amos were faithful in painting her guilt; and foreshowing her doom; but she refused to hear, and finally, "the bow of Israel was broke in the valley of Jezreel;" for in the ninth year of the reign of Hosea, the King of Israel, Samaria was delivered up into the hands of Shalmaneser, King of Assyria, and carried away among the Heathen, to rue their obstinate rebellion against the living and true God. Then “the Lord removed Israel out of his sight.” The record
is made in 2nd Kings, 17th chap.; and for any further information concerning the Ten Tribes, we must apply to the prophet Esdras, whose wonderful description of the last days is vetoed by ecclesiastics in the Gentile church, as not to be owned in Scripture. (See Esdras, 2nd book, 13th chapter, 12, 39– 47.) I understand by Esdras, that the Ten Tribes are gone beyond the river Euphrates. This is a riyer in Western Asia. * It has its source in the north-east mountains of Armenia. It was the northeast border of the extensive dominion that was promised to the children of Israel.
They entered into Euphrates by the narrow passages of the river. N. B. The Euphrates is divided into two streams, greater and lesser: it is described as “running through delightful plains, where its banks are decked with the constant verdure of willows, palm trees, and rich pastures.” Isaiah, when speaking of the restoration of Israel, says, “they shall spring up as among the grass; as willows by the water courses.'
Esdras was told by the Lord that the journey of the Ten Tribes took eighteen months; and that the region was called Arsareth. This appears to be Mount Ararat,' that lies north of Armenia, a cold country.
“In a land where no man dwelt,” (i.e. no Gentiles,) the Ten Tribes were to remain, till “the latter time;" and when they shall begin to come, the Highest shall stay the springs of water again, and they are to go through with peace.
The 48th yerse intimates that some of the Ten Tribes were left behind in Assyria, and they were to be found within the Lord’s borders. They are to
* Wood's Dictionary.