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the prophetic beam, which, by the prophet Joel, the Spirit of God casts upon this scene! (iii. 1.)

“For, behold, in those days and at that time When I shall bring back the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also assemble all the nations, And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there respecting my people Israel and

my

inheritance, Whom they scattered among the nations, and divided my

land.

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Proclaim ye this among the nations ;
Sanctify war, rouse the valiant ;
Let all the warlike men draw near and come.
Beat your plough shares into swords,
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, I am strong.
Assemble yourselves and come, all ye nations around,
Ah, collect yourselves there, where Jehovah is about to lay low

thy mighty one.
Let the nations be roused and come up
Unto the valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there will I sit to judge
The whole of the nations around.
Put
ye

in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, get ye down, for the press is full, The vats overflow; surely their wickedness was great ! Multitudes ! multitudes ! in the valley of the executed-justice, Surely the day of the Lord is near, in the valley of executed

justice!

* See Newcombe and Horsley. + The valley of decision, or the “cutting short.”

The sun and moon are darkened,
And the stars withdraw their shining.
And Jehovah shall roar from Zion,
And utter his voice from Jerusalem ;
And the heavens and the earth shall shake;
But Jehovah will be a refuge for his people,
And a strong hold for the sons of Israel.
And ye shall know that I am Jehovah, your Elohim,
Dwelling in Zion, the hill of my sanctuary.
And Jerusalem shall be holy,
And strangers shall pass through her no more,” &c.

The order of events seems to be clearly discoverable from this passage alone. The general assembly of the nations for judgment in the holy land, after Judah's restoration. The harvest, which ever symbolizes the gathering of the elect, preceded, we know, by the resurrection of the blessed. Then follows the treading of the wine press, accompanied with the shaking of the nations, symbolized by, and as it will be seen, accompanied with great changes in the heavenly bodies and on the surface of the earth. Should, therefore, the taking up of the saints not take place, as is the sanguine expectation of some, before the armies are gathered at Armageddon, yet surely, “when these things begin to come to pass,” or corresponding military movements are seen among the nations of the earth, leading to this position of things, the Church cannot then but know that “the judge is even at the door.”

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Before the Redeemer “comes to Zion,” and “treads the wine press” at

Armageddon ; we have intimation, also, that he will have conducted
certain portions of his people through the deserts to the east of
Palestine—These, the subject first of sore judgment, as well as the
remnant in the city—"The relics from the sword” at length find
favour-Ephraim found in a state of idolatry-Converted and
united with the “tents of Judah," they enter the Holy Land in a
warlike attitude-The first manifestation of the Saviour made to
these-At length to the remnant in Jerusalem-They look on him
whom they have pierced, and are delivered from their
guiltiness."

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We have seen in the last section, that before “the Redeemer cometh to Zion,” or “cometh forth at Zion,” in order that he may bring his saints with him, as it is asserted he will, he must have raised his dead, and taken up from the earth the living who believe in his name. So, also, we have intimation in other Scriptures, that before Jehovah Sabaoth goes forth to the great conflict, his presence

-manifested, perhaps, by his cloud of glory, as at the first Exodus-proceeding from the east, will have conducted certain portions of Israel through the desert, to the scene of this great warfare.

This, of course, will be a pre-eminent part of the grand restoration of the chosen people. It strikes me as being described to take place, at the very time when the anti-christian armies are employed on their last fatal expedition in Palestine. I believe that “the tidings out of the north and out of the east,” which the victorious king hears in Egypt, have some connection with this approach of a divinely conducted people, and, perhaps, also that oracle, which, in the drying up of the waters of the Euphrates, saw a way prepared, for “the kings from the sun-risings.”

The scriptures which disclose this second Exodus are numerous.

The lxviii. Psalm is very express and particular, and may serve as an introduction to the other scriptures, which will illustrate its meaning. “The song opens with that solemn invocation, which was used by the Israelites in the wilderness, in the time of Moses, when the tent of the tabernacle was struck, and the Levites set forward with the sacred burden upon their shoulders.”

"Let Elohim arise, his enemies be scattered ;
And they that hate him flee before him."
They shall be dispersed as smoke is dispersed;
As wax is melted before the fire,
The wicked shall perish from the presence of Elohim.
But the righteous shall rejoice,
They shall be glad at the presence of Elohim,
They shall exult with rejoicings :
Sing ye Elohim, chant his name.
Prepare ye the way for him that rideth through the deserts ;
In Jah his name, and rejoice before him,

Father of the fatherless, defender of widows,
Elohim in his holy habitation.
Elohim is restoring the destitute to a home,
Bringing forth prisoners into scenes of plenty:
But the refractory * remain on the dry-rock.
Elohim, when thou wentest before thy people,
When thou marchedst through the desert,
The earth trembled ; ah, the heavens dropped ;
At the presence of Elohim Sinai itself,
At the presence of Elohim, the Elohim of Israel!
Thou didst scatter, Elohim, a plenteous shower,
And established thy fainting heritage ;
Thy food settled upon it,
Of thy goodness thou preparedst for the poor-afflicted,
Elohim, Adonaiť hath given the word,
The spreaders-of-the-tidings, are, a numerous host !
• Kings of armies fleethey flee !
And she that stayeth at home divideth the spoil.
Though ye have been lying among the pots,

Ye shall be like the wings of a dove, covered with silver,
And her pinions with verdant gold.
When Shadai has scattered kings,
Then shall she be white as the snow in Salmon.'

The hill of Bashan is the hill of God!
The hill of Bashan a hill of swelling heights !
Why look ye so enviously, ye swelling hills ?
This is the hill which Elohim has desired to dwell in,
Ah, Jehovah fixeth his dwelling here for ever.

Or “the rebellious,” or “revolters shall inhabit the dry-rock.

+ Or parched.
Adonai, the Master “ Lord,” or Sovereign Lord.

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