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degree of certainty; because Daniel has left it wholly undetermined : but we must conclude, that the point of the division will be marked by some signal event; otherwise how can we rationally account for its having been made ? Now, when we find by comparing prophecy with prophecy, that the restoration of Judah will precede the restoration of Israel, and that the restoration of Israel will not even so much as commence until the restoration of at least the main body of Juilah is completed, and till the power of Antichrist is broken: it is at least highly probable, that the 30 years will be occupied in the conversion and restoration of Judah, in the great carthquake or political convulsion that divides the Latin empire into three parts, in the northern hailstorm, in the wars of Antichrist with the kings of the South and the North, in his grand expedition against Palestine and Egypt, and in the contemporary naval expedition of the maritime power undertaken for the purpose of bringing back the converted Jewos; that the 30 years will close with the complete overthrow of Antichrist in the valley of Megiddo, an event than which we cannot conceive one better calculated to mark a signal chronological epoch; and that the 45 years will be employed in the wanderings of those who escaped from the rout of the Antichristian army and who will carry every where the tidings of God's supernatural interference, and in the subsequent conversion and restoration of the whole house of Israel. I wish
this to be understod only as a conjecture; for it would be folly to speak positively before the event.
11. When the 45 years shall have expired, when the whole family of Jacob shall have been converted and restored, and when the 'stick of Judah shall have united itself for ever with the stick of Joseph ; then will commence the season of millennian blessedness. We have reason to suppose, that the ancient people of God, now converted to the 2 faith of Christ, will be greatly instrumental in ; spreading the glad tidings of the Gospel ainong . the 'heathen nations, already prepared to receive it by so many supernatural interpositions of Pro- , vidence, and by beholding with their own eyes the glory of the Lord permanently manifested over Jerusalem. According to the united testimony of many of the prophets, Israel, after his restoration, will be sowo among the Gentiles, and 'will thus be made, in a wonderful manner, from first to last, the seed of the Church. This preaching of the Gospel by the converted Israèlites, unlike the preaching of it by that first handful only of seed the Hebrew Apostles of our Lord, will, I apprehend, be totally unattended by persecution or opposition: for all trials of that nature would be incompatible with the predicted peace and blessedness of the Alillennian Church God will incline the bearts of the Gentiles to receive the word gladly. Great shall be the day of Jezrael. For, if the fall of the Jews be the riches of Ii4
the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? Nay, instead of opposing or slighting the truth, so eager shall the heathens be to receive it, that out of all the languages of the nations ten men shall lay hold of the skirt of only one Jew, declaring, with a holy, vehemence, their ful! determination to go with him, inasmuch as they have heard that God is with him of a truth. In short, the whole world shall press eagerly to Jerusalem to bebold the glory of the Lord, and to receive instruction from the lips of his servants. All națions shall flow, like a mighty torrent to his holy mountain, assured that he will teach them of his ways, and cause them to walk in his paths; that the law shall go forth out of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
12. It is not impossible, that some may feel a curiosity to know what nation is intended by the great maritime power destined to take so conspicu. ous a part in the conversion and restoration of Judah. On this point their curiosity cannot be gratified; at least, not with any degree of precision. Yet, although we presume not to say, that this or that particular modern nation is intended; we may, by comparing prophecy with prophecy, ascertain both the region in which that nation is to be sought, and the religious character of that nation. The result of such a comparison is briefly as follows: that the maritime power must not only be sought for generally in the IVest, but particularly
in the isles of the Gentiles or Europe ; and, not only generally in the isles of the Gentiles or Europe, but particularly in the believing isles of the Gentiles or protestant Europe *. Further than this I cannot find that we have any authority to advance, and therefore I shall not attempt to advance further : but I shall content myself with resting in the conclusion, that the maritime power will be that state of protestant Europe which shall possess a decided naval superiority at the time when the 1260 years shall expire. This mighty maritime power, and perhaps other smaller protestant maritime powers its allies, described by the prophet under the general name of the isles of the Gentiles t, will be the agents in converting and restoring those Jews who are not under the influence of Antichrist.
13. From what has been said concerning the events which are to take place at the close of the 1260 years, the following positions may, I think, be collected.
1. The Jews inost certainly will be restored. 2. They will as certainly be converted to Christianity. 3. They will begin to be restored as soon as the 1260 years shall have expired. 4. They will be restored in two great divisions. 5. The
* This comparison is drawn out at length in my Work on the restoration of Israel, and the overthrow of Antichrist.
† Isaiah lx. 9. That part of the isles of the Gentiles is of course here spoken of, which is not subject to the controul of Antichrist.
first of these divisions will be restored in a con- . verted state by the prevailing protestant maritime power of the day. 6. The second will be restored in an unconverted state, and in opposition to the views of the niaritime power, by a confederacy consisting of the Roman beast under his last head, the false prophet, and the vassal kings of the earth or Latin empire. 7. The confederacy, one member of which is certainly the atheistico-papal king, kraving sanctified their war by proclamation, will: successfully invade Palestine by land, will occupy Egypt, will return and sack Jerusalem; and will plant the curtains of their pavilions between the seas in the glorious holy mountain. 8. Their triumph however after this last exploit will be but short. Assembling themselves together at Megiddo, they will suddenly be overthrown by the Divine Word of God, and will be agitated by such a preternatural confusion as to draw every man his sword against his fellow: so that the bulk of this mighty northern army shall miserably perish between the seas of Palestine; and the infidel tyrant himself come to his end, none being able to help krim. 9. The Latin city will be divided by an earthquake into three parts at the first effusion of the seventh vial ; the earthquake, the expedition of Antichrist, and the rout at Armageddon, being equally comprehended under the same vial, 10. Two out of three parts of the bestial confederacy will be destroyed at Megiddo. 11. The power of the beast and the false prophet will be for ever