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PROPHECY XXIII. The restoration of Israel....the long sufferings of the Jews in the course of their return. Ezek. xx. 33–44. P. 196.
! PROPHECY XXIV. The overthrow of the mystic Tyre and her prince preparatory to the complete restoration and prosperity of Israel. Ezek. xxvi. 7-.-21. xxvii. xxviii. P. 200.
PROPHECY XXV. The dispersion of Israel through the tyranny of their shepherds....God will require his people at their hands....the restoration of Judah partly in a converted and partly in an unconverted state....the opposition of the unconverted to the converted, a proof that the unconverted will be restored by Antichrist....downfal of the 'mystic Edom....the political revival, restoration, and final union of Israel and Judah....the overthrow of Gog and Magog at the end of the Millennium. Ezek. xxxiv, xxxv. xxxvi, 1-32. xxxvii. xxxviii. xxxix. P. 221. '
PROPHECY XXVI. . Descriptive character of the powers that will compose the Antichristian con
federacy....the progress of Antichrist to Palestine....his overthrow there.... the restoration of Judah during a time of great trouble at the close of the 1260 years. Dan. ii. 40-45, 34, 35. vii. 7-27. Rev, xiii. xvii. Dan. xi. 36_45. xii. Rev. xvi. 12-21. xviii, P. 258.
PROPHECY XXVII. The restoration of Israel....their instrumentality in converting the Gentiles.... the state of the Jews in the days of their dispersion. Hosea i. 2–11. ii. 21 -23. iii. P. 277.
PROPHECY XXVIII. The captivity of Judah and Israel....the application of some of their members
to the mystic Assyrian to effect their restoration....their distress....their final political revival. Hosea v. 8-15. vi. P. 281.
PROPHECY XXIX... The successive restoration of Judah and Israel. Hosea xi. 8–12. P. 287.
PROPHECY XXX. The restoration and conversion of Israel....his rejection of Antichrist. Hosea xiv. P. 289.
PROPHECY XXXI. Irruption of Antichrist into Palestine....his destruction there....general effusion .. of the Holy Spirit....a description of the overthrow of the confederated ' nations at the period of the restoration of Judah. Joel i. 1---14. ii. iii. P. 292.
PROPHECY XXXII. 'The dispersion of the Jews, and the occupation of their country by foreign
invaders....their restoration and triumph over the mystic Edom. Amos viii. 11, 12. ix. 4---15. P. 311.
PROPHECY XXXIII. The certainty of the restoration of Judah and Israel. Micah ii. 12, 13. P. 314.
PROPHECY XXXIV. The glories of the millennian church....the mystic birth of the Jewish nation...
the overthrow of the Antichristian confederacy partly by the instrumenta
lity of the Jews....the advent of Christ....he protects the now converted Jews, and destroys the mystic Assyrian....the instrumentality of the Jews in the conversion of the Gentiles. Micah iv. v. P. 315.
. . PROPHECY Xxxy. Lamentation of the dispersed church of Israel....a promise of her restoration and the overthrow of Antichrist. Micah vii. P. 323.
PROPHECY XXXVI. The dispersion of the Jews....the sacking of Jerusalem by the Romans....the
call of the converted Jews....their triumphant settlement in their own land ....the destruction of the mystic Nineveh....the prevalence of pure religion.... the instrumentality of some great maritime nation in restoring the Jews. Zeph. i. 2---18. ii. ii. P. 327.
PROPHECY XXXVII. The various dispersions of Israel by four kingdoms of the Gentiles....the final restoration and prosperity of the Jews....the miraculous overthrow of Antichrist. Zech i. 12---21. P. 344.
PROPHECY XXXVIII. The general restoration of the Jews, and the conversion of the Gentiles. Zech. viii. 2...23. P. 349.
PROPHECY XXXIX. The instrumentality of Judah in the overthrow of Antichrist....the restoration
of Joseph....his office of converting the Gentiles....the fate of Egypt and Assyria. Zech. x. 3..-12. P. 352.
PROPHECY XL. The miraculous overthrow of the Antichristian confederacy....the conversion
of certain Jews in Jerusalem....the preservation and conversion of the third part of the Antichristian confederacy....the previous sacking of Jerusalem by Antichrist....the manifestation of Messiah to destroy Antichrist....the extermination of false religion....the destruction of Antichrist....the prevalence of true religion...the nature of the plague with which the faction of Antichrist will be afflicted....the part which Judah will act....the final conversion and prosperity of Judah. Zech. xii. xiii. xiv. P. 355.
PROPHECY XLI. The restoration of the Jews at the close of the times of the Gentiles. Luke xxi. 20.-24. P. 369.
PROPHECY XLIII. The present rejection and final conversion of the Jews, when the fulness of the Gentiles shall have come. Rom. xi. 1-.-33. P. 374.
PROPHECY XLIV. The visible manifestation of Christ to confound Antichrist. Rev. i. 7. P. 379. Conclusion. P. 380.
A general Statement of what may be collected from Prophecy
relative to the restoration of Israel and the overthrow of Antichrist.
I HE restoration of Israel and the overthrow of Antichrist are so closely connected together, that it will be found impossible to treat of the one without likewise treating of the other. In a former work * I have briefly considered them both : but, the object of that work being an examination of the prophecies which relate to the whole period of the 1260 days, it was necessary to discuss what is only the catastrophe of the great drama with a proportionable brevity. Yet even that part of the subject appeared to be of so much importance, as justly to merit a distinct and more ample consideration. Hitherto I have confined myself almost entirely to the prophecies of Daniel and St. John : now I purpose to take a wider range, and to collect into one point of view the various scattered predictions, which foretell that the whole house of Israel shall assuredly be restored, and that the power of Antichrist shall at the same period be broken for ever. But first, that the subject may be rendered more clear and less intricate, I shall give a general statement of what may be gathered from them relative to those two great events t.
* A Dissertation on the prophecies that relate to the great period of 1260 years.
t I think it superfluous to croud my margin with references, as all the prophecies, upon which this general statement is founded, will be given at large and commented upon hereafter.
The era of the restoration of Judah seems to be very definitely marked by Daniel. He teaches us, that at the close of the three times and a half or the 1260 days, God will cease to scatter his holy people, or (as Mr. Wintle renders the passage) will accomplish the scattering's of his holy people; in other words, that he will begin to bring them back into their own land *. And, in order (as it were) that we may not possibly misunderstand him,
*“ Until how long shall be the end of these wonders ?-It shall be until a time, times, and a half; and, when he shall have finished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these wonders shall be finished.” (Dan. xii. 6, 7.) Since then all the wonders contained within the period of the three times and a half are finished when the scattering of the holy people is finished, the most natural meaning of the passage seems to be, that the period of their scattering will come to a close, and consequently they themselves will begin to be restored, when the three times and a half shall have expired. But they have not yet begun to cease to be a scattered people; therefore the period of their scattering has not come to a close : and, since this period expires when the period of three times and a half which contains the wonders expires, we can scarcely avoid inferring, that we cannot as yet have arrived at the termination of the three times and a half. In short, as it appears to me, the only certain badge of this termination is the commencement of the restoration of Judah. But see the matter fully discussed in my Dissert, on the 1260 years, Chap. III. and in my reply to Mr. Bicheno.
Some, I believe, have imagined, that the holy people, whose scattering is to be finished at the end of the 1260 years, are not the Jews, but those pious witnesses who are appointed to prophesy in sackcloth during that period.
The whole context however of the prediction shews this opinion to be erroneous. The revealing angel introduces it by informing Daniel, that he will make him understand what shall befall his people in the latter days, or (as the , original espression ought rather in that passage to be translated) during the succession of days. (Dan. x. 14.) Such being the case, since the prophecy reaches to the very time of the end, and to the overthrow of Antichrist, we must necessarily suppose, that it will conclude with foretelling the restoration of the Jews; otherwise the most remarkable event in the history of Daniel's people would be omitted. Indeed the very expression to scatter shews, that they alone can be intended ; for in none of the predictions relative to the tyranny of Popery are the witnesses ever said to be scattered, nor in fact were they ever scattered in any such remarkable manner as the Jews.
I am no wav singular in drawing the preceding conclusion from this prophecy of Daniel.
- The Fews,” says Mr. Mede," shall be carried captive over all nations, and Jerusalem trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled: that is, until the monarchies of the Gentiles should be finished. For these times of the Gentiles are that last period of the fourth kingdom prophesied of, a time, times, and half a time : at the end whereof the angel swears unto Daniel (Chap. xii. 7.), that God should accomplish to scatter the power of the holy people. This is that fulness of the Gentiles, which being come, St. Paul iells us, the Deliverer shall come out of Zion, and all Israel shall be saved. Rom. xi. 26. (Treatise on Daniel's Weeks. Works B. III. p. 709). I make no question but these times of the Gentiles, with which the Fews' tribulation shall end, are either the times of the four monarchies in general (that is, the times of that prophesied dominion of the Gentiles), or, (which is all one in