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weep bitterly. The highways lie waste, the way-faring man ceafeth: He hath “ broken the covenant, he hath despised the “ cities, he regardeth no man. The earth (land) “ mourneth and languisheth; Lebanon is a“ shamed and hewn down ; Sharon is like a " wilderness; and Balhan and Carmel shake off “their fruits.” chap. xxxiii. 7, 8, 9. At length he and his army are represented as arriving at Jerusalem; " and the city shall be taken, and “ the houses rifted, and the women ravished; “ and half of the city shall go forth into cap
tivity, and the residue of the people shall not “ be cut off from the city,” Zech. xiv. 2. For " in this alarming situation the church is defcribed as having recourfe to the protection of the Deity. " O Lord, be gracious unto us; " we have waited for thee: Be thou their arm “ every morning, our salvation also in the time “ of trouble,” Ifa. xxxiii. 2. While they are engaged in prayer, a convi&tion of God's interposition in the destruction of their enemies, is impressed on their heart; fo that their supplication is changed to thanksgiving.
" At the “ noise of the tumult the people fled; at the
lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered. “And your spoil shall be gathered like the ga
thering of the caterpillar: As the running to “and fro of locusts, shall he run upon them. “ The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: “ He hath filled Zion with judgment and righ“ teousness," Isa. xxxiii. 3, 4, 5. As a farther answer to their prayers, the Deity is introduced addressing Gog and his army, in folemn threatenings. “Now will I rise, faith the Lord : now will I be exalted, now will I lift
up “ myself. Yę shall conceivę chaff, ye shall “bring forth stubble: your breath as fire shall devour you. And the people shall be as the “burnings of lime: as thorns cut up, shall they o be burned in the fire,” Ifa. xxxiii. 10, 11, 12.
These threatenings are instantly executed. The multitudes that compose the vast army of Gog are destroyed, partly by the swords of each other, partly by the fire of the elements, as God formerly destroyed his enemies of Armageddon. " And it shall come to pass at the same time, « when Gog shall come against the land of Il“ rael, faith the Lord God, that my fury shall “ come up in my face. For in my jealousy, and « in the fire of my wrath, have I spoken, Surely “ in that day there shall be great shaking in “ the land of Israel. And I will call for a sword
against him throughout all my mountains, “ faith the Lord God: Every man's sword shall “ be against his brother. And I will plead a.
gainst him with pestilence, and with blood i - and I will rain upon him, and
“ and upon the many people that are with him, " and overflowing rain, and great hailftones, fire “ and brimstone,” Ezek. xxxviii. 18, 19, 21, 22. 6. And fire came down from God out of heaven, ss and devoured them," Rev. XX. 9.
A Decline of the Gentile Churches.
No remarkable event occurs during the period that elapses betwixt the destruction of Gog and the last day; only it would appear, from various passages already quoted, that the Jewish church continues faithful until Christ's appearance. It is particularly asserted after the destruction of Gog, Ifa. xxxiii. 20. “ Thine eye shall see Je" rufalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that « shall not be taken down, not one of the stakes “ thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any
of thecords thereof be broken.”-“ So the “house of lfrael fhall know that I am the Lord " their God, from that day and forward," Ezek. xxxix. 22. Their endeavours to maintain purity and fidelity, are increased in confequence of Gog's invasion. Being fully sensible of the great evils arising from a spirit of oppofition to the discipline of the church, which ani.
mated Gog and his followers, they endeavour to discover and suppress the first movements of it. So I understand these expressions : “ And they “shall fever out men of continual employment, s passing through the land, to bury with the “ pafsengers those that remain upon the face of “ the earth, to cleanse it. And the passengers « that pass through the land, when any feeth a 6 man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, " till the buriers have buried it in the valley of « Hamon-gog," Ezek. xxxix. 14, 15. These expreffions cannot be taken in a literal sense ; because the
army of Gog, if it were allowed to remain unburied for seven months, would occafion pestilential disorders: Again, if you suppose the bones mentioned, to be a few scattered over the mountains, which had escaped the notice of thofe who buried the main body at the end of seven months, the danger arising from them would be over; and the burial of them does not appear of fo great importance, as to require that men should be appointed for that employ. ment; nor could it be faid that the burying of these bones, cleansed the land. The expressions are certainly figurative, as the Jews unconverted arecompared to dead and dry bones, Ezek. xxxvii. So the bones of Gog's army here, fignify perfons unconverted, who refift the authority of the church, and hate the restraints of religion.
That men answered to the continual employment of discovering these bones, implies, that the church appoints officers for the purpose of searching into the first movements of the fpirit mentioned. When the spirit is discovered, the officers employed make it publicly known to the ordinary civil magistrates, who, by every legal method, suppress it. The proper employment of the civil magistrate is, to suppress' all vice, immorality, and irreligion, as a burier' covers out of fight a nauseous carcase. By the lawful diligent exercise of discipline, the land is cleansed, the Jewish church is kept pure.
However, it would appear that the Gentile churches are represented as declining from the purity of the Millennial state, and that the fame spirit of opposition to the truth, which animated Gog and his followers, shall continue to prevail and to spread till the last day.
This is implied in the representations given of the state of the world immediately before the laft trumpet sounds. " As it was in the days “ of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the « Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they “ married wives, they were given in marriage * until the day that Noe entered into the ark: " and the flood came and destroyed them all. “ Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot, they did eat, they drank, they bought, they