« PreviousContinue »
* and of the finners shall be together, and they " that forsake the Lord shall be consumed. “ And the strong shall be as tow, and the ma.
ker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn “ together, and none shall quench them;" Ifa. i. 28. 31. “ Wo to the multitude of many people, " which make a noise like the noise of the seas; “ and to the rushing of nations, that make a s rushing like the rushing of mighty waters ! “ The nations shall rulh like the rushing of “ many waters : but God shall rebuke them, and - they shall flee far off, and shall be chaced as the “ chaff of the mountains before the wind, and “ like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. " And, behold, at evening-ride trouble ; and 66 before the morning he is not. This is the “ portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of " them that rob us”;" Ifa. xvii. 12.-14.
" Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth " forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; « it shall fall with pain upon the head of the
(1) The chaff of the summer threshing-floor is the figure used, Dan. ii. 35. to signify the destruction of the enemies of religion, immediately before the kingdom of Christ, or the Millennium commences. Here too the circumstances fix the time, “ at evening-tide,” towards the close of the long calamitous day of their dispersion, there Thall be trouble arising from the persecution of the blafphemous king, and before the morning of the first resurrection, or Millennium, he their oppressor ceases to exist.
'« wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord fhall « not return, until he have done it, and until “ he have performed the intents of his heart :
in the latter days ye shall consider it;" Jer. *xx. 23, 24. “Say to the forest of the south, 66 Hear the word of the Lord, Thus faith the « Lord God, Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, « and it shall devour every green tree in thee, 6 and every dry tree: the Aaming flame shall s6 not be quenched, and all faces from the south 66 to the north fhall be burnt therein. And all 66 flesh shall see that I the Lord have kindled of it: it shall not be quenched;" Ezek. xx. 47, 48.
CH A P
(1) Armageddon or Judea may be called the Forest of the South, because at the time the kings of the earth and their armies are gathered together there, the Jews,
to whom the prophecy is directed, lie to the north of them, in the wilderness of Assyria.
Of the Events that take place betwixt the Battle
of Armageddon and the Millennium.
I ET us now see the consequences of the vic. U tory obtained at Armageddon, or the events that occur during the five years which in. tervene betwixt the battle and the commence. ment of the Millennium.
Resettlement of the Jews in the Land of Promise.
The first and immediate effect of this victory is, that the Jews take poffession of the land giv. en by promise to their fathers, out of which they had been ejected 2000 years.
It appears from the concurring testimony of the prophets, that they shall be very numerous ; for it is at that period God addresses Zion : “ Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold : ~ all these gather themselves together, and come " to thee. As I live, faith the Lord, thou shalt $ surely clothe thee with them all as with an
« ornament, 6 ornament, and bind them on thee as a bride “ doth. For thy waste and thy desolate places, “ and the land of thy destruction, shall even “ now be too narrow by reason of the inhabi. 6 tants, and they that swallowed thee up shall 6c be far away. The children which thou shalt « have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say “ again in thine ears, The place is too strait for “ mę : give place to me that I may dwell, “ Ifa. xlix. 18.-20. “But ye, O mountains of If" rael, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and “ yield your fruit to my people Ifrael ; for they 66 are at hand to come.—And I will multiply 6 men upon you, all the house of Israel, even o all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, " and the wastes shall be builded : and I will « multiply upon you man and beast; and they 6 shall increase and bring fruit : and I will sệt. “ tle you after your old estates, and will do “ better unto you than at your beginnings ; " and ye shall know that I am the Lord.—As ço the holy flock as the flock, of Jerusalem in “ her folemn feasts, so shall the waste cities be “ filled with flocks of men ; and they shall know “ that I am the Lord,” Ezek. xxxvi. 8. 10. 11, 38, ¢ Yet the number of the children of Israel is shall be as the fand of the sea, which cannot be “ measured nor numbered,” Hofea i. 10. “I os will surely afsemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I
“ will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I “ will put them together as the sheep of Boz“ rah, a, the flock in the midst of their fold: as they shall make great noise by reason of the “ multitude of men,” Micah ii. 12. “Run, “ speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem «s shall be inhabited as towns without walls for as the multitude of men and cattle therein," Zech. ii. 4. " I will bring them again also out 66 of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of " Assyria: and I will bring them into the land " of Gilead and Lebanon, and place shall not be 66 found for them," chap. X. 10.
After the battle of Armageddon, the ten tribes of Ifrael shall possess the land in conjunction with the two tribes. “ In those days the “ houfe of Judah shall walk with the house of “ Israel, and they shall come together out of « the land of the north, to the land that I have “ given for an inheritance unto your fathers ;' Jer. iii. 18. " Then shall the children of Ju. “ dah and the children of Israel be gathered to. “ gether, and appoint themselves one head, and “ they shall come up out of the land : for great “ Ihall be the day of Jezreel;" Hosea i. 11. “ The word of the Lord came again unto me, “ saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee “ one stick, and write upon it, for Judah, and ď for the children of Israel his companions: then