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OBSERVATIONS

ON THE

UNFULFILLED PROPHECIES,

ETC. ETC.

SECTION THE FIRST.

A RESTORATION OF THE JEWS TO THEIR OWN LAND,

Previous to their general restoration, and to the coming of the Messiah

in his glory.

It has been observed in the Introduction, that in our looking forward to the great day of the Lord, of the few events foretold, and as yet unaccomplished, respecting which we may say, in the language of St. Paul, “For that day shall not come, except there come” this “first,” one event that stands most prominent in the prophetic vision, is a previous return of some parts of the natural Israel, to the Holy Land, and their quiet settlement there : “When he shall have accomplished to scatter the

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in the political changes and renovation of nations: If Greece is to be restored as a nation, why not the common-wealth of the Hebrews ? Nay, from so small beginnings may this prediction of holy scripture proceed to its full accomplishment, that the scoffers of these last days may for some time have to produce it as an instance, where as they will affirm a prophecy has led through the credulity of mankind to its own fulfilment.

I come to this conclusion respecting a previous, partial restoration of the Jews, from the fact revealed in prophecy : that, after their abode for some time, as it should seem, in their recovered country, they are the object of attack from their earthly foes. It is argued, therefore, that in the first “turning again of his hand unto this people,” Jehovah cannot have so “ laid bare his holy arm in the sight of the nation” as, at length, he is described as doing, to the entire discomfiture of all the enemies of his people. For although we know that the wonders wrought in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the Wilderness, after an interval of forty years, while Israel was concealed in the desert, were not sufficient to awe the warlike nations of Canaan into unresisting submission; yet, in the present improved state of civilized man, of the intercourse of nations, and intelligence of governments, it is not to be supposed that miraculous interpositions of Providence, surpassing in greatness-as according to the prediction they will surpass in greatnessthe wonders of the first Exodus, could have been already displayed in the restoration of this people,

power of the holy people,” is indeed a note of time given to the prophet Daniel.*

The great majority of the students of prophecy, whether they understand its language more or less literally, expect a final restoration of Israel to the land of their fathers, under a miraculous and most glorious dispensation of Providence. This is the lofty theme of many of the scriptural prophecies. The attendant circumstances of this restoration, and the undoubted issue, are, from the descriptions of the prophets, so extraordinary and manifestative of the immediate interposition of the Deity, that we cannot mistake them ; whether they form the undisguised subject of the divine oracle, or whether in its symbolical and typical style less important occurrences in the history of the church and of the world, are employed to shadow them forth to posterity.

But there are passages in Scripture which may lead us to conclude, that before this grand and final restoration, in which the power of the present Deity is so evidently displayed, there is to be a restoration of the Jews to the land of Palestine,---a restoration of a more partial and confined character, not so astounding in the eyes of the nations as is implied in the descriptions above referred to,-a restoration which perhaps may take its rise from events of no very extraordinary character, and may pass in the eyes of the world as no very unusual occurrence

* Daniel xii. 7. “In the completing" or "finishiag the dispersion of the holy people,” (Sept.) shall all these wonders be completed, or finished.

in the political changes and renovation of nations: If Greece is to be restored as a nation, why not the common-wealth of the Hebrews ? Nay, from so small beginnings may this prediction of holy scripture proceed to its full accomplishment, that the scoffers of these last days may for some time have to produce it as an instance, where as they will affirm a prophecy has led through the credulity of mankind to its own fulfilment.

I come to this conclusion respecting a previous, partial restoration of the Jews, from the fact revealed in prophecy: that, after their abode for some time, as it should seem, in their recovered country, they are the object of attack from their earthly foes. It is argued, therefore, that in the first “ turning again of his hand unto this people,” Jehovah cannot have so “laid bare his holy arm in the sight of the nation” as, at length, he is described as doing, to the entire discomfiture of all the enemies of his people. For although we know that the wonders wrought in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the Wilderness, after an interval of forty years, while Israel was concealed in the desert, were not sufficient to awe the warlike nations of Canaan into unresisting submission; yet, in the present improved state of civilized man, of the intercourse of nations, and intelligence of governments, it is not to be supposed that miraculous interpositions of Providence, surpassing in greatness--as according to the prediction they will surpass in greatnessthe wonders of the first Exodus, could have been already displayed in the restoration of this people,

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