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We are told how the Jews will return to their land, it will be in a manner as miraculous as when they went out of Egypt into Canaan, chap. xi. 14, 15, 16, “ But they shall fy upon the shoulders of the Philistines to. wards the west ; they shall spoil them of the east together ; they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them. And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind fhall shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod.' And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left from Assyria ; like as it was to Ifrael in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.”

These verses shew plainly that God will do the same things for the Jewish nation when they come into their land again, that he did when he brought them from E. gypt to Canaan, in ancient days.

This subject is spoken of in chap. lxii. 4, 8, 12;. “ Thou shalt no more be termed, forsaken; neither fall thy. land any more be termed, defolate ; but thou shalt be called, Hepzi-bah, [that is, my delight is in her] and thy land Beulah, [that is, married] for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies ;. and the fons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine for the which thou hast laboured. And they shall call them, the holy people, the redeemed: of the Lord ; and thou shalt be called, fought out, A CIT. Y NOT FORSAKEN."

It is not possible for language to express any thing plainer than the return of the Jews is here described. : 1. The Jews and their land are both mentioned, one. has the promise of being never forsaken, and the other never defolate. Every person who considers the present Itate of the Jews, knows that they are a fórsaken people, and that their land is now desolate in a great measures, Merse 4

2. It is promised that they shall then eat the fruit of their labours, now, in that land the man who fows is not certain to reap ; but not so when God makes the new covenant with the Jews; for God has promised that they shall be called a city not forsaken, verse 8, 12.

This subject is beautifully illuitrated in chap. lxvi. 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, “Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her ; rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her ; that ye may fuck, and be satisfied with the brealts of her confolations ; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abund. ance of her glory. For thus faith the Lord, behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream ; then shall ye fuck, ye shall be bourne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees; as one whom his mother comforteth, so will 1 comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. For I knew their works, and their thoughts; it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall .come and see my glory. And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to TARSHISH, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to TUBAL, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon fwift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, faith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clear vessel into the house of the Lord. And I will also take of them for priests and for levites, faith the LORD. For as the new heavens, and the new earth, which I will make, {hall remain before me, faith the Lord, so shall your feed and your name remain.”

This prophecy exactly agrees with that in chapter 1x. and contains a farther description of the circumstances which shall attend the return of the Jews.

1. As in the other chapter, fo here it is mentioned that at their return the Gentiles shall fee God's glory a

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mong the Jews, and that the glory of the Gentiles shall come to them, verse 12, 19, in the other chapter it is said, “ the forces of the Gentiles shall come;" here it is said, that the glory of the Gentiles shall come like a flowing stream.

2. In the other chapter it is said that when the Jews return to their land, they shall be brought in the arms and on the shoulders of the Gentiles; and in ships of Tarshish ; here it is said, they shall be brought upon horses, in chariots, litters, on mules, and swift beasts, from all nations to Jerusalem, verfe 16, 20.

3. In the other chapter, it is declared to be as certain as the waters of Noah concerning the Jews returning and dwelling long in their own land: here it is said to be as certain as the new heaven and earth which will be hereafter created, verse 22.

How can any person read this chapter and doubt the return of the Jews to the land of Canaan !

It is certain that there has never any such thing taken place among the Jews, or any other nation as is mentioned in this chapter ; therefore it is yet to come to pass. The Lord hasten it in his time. Amen.

These quotations are a small part of what Isaiah has said upon this glorious subject, we will now fee what Jeremiah has said concerning the return of the Jews.

In Jeremiah iii. 16, 17, 18, 19, it is said ; “ And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied, and increased in the land, in those days, faith the Lord; they shall no more fay, the ark of the covenant of the LORD, neither - Thall it come to mind, neither fhall they remember it,

neither shall they visit it, neither shall that be done any more. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem ; neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. In those days the house 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. But I said how shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? And I. faid, thou shalt call me, my Father; and shall not turn away from me.” .

This prophecy evidently refers to the return of the · Jews to their land in the latter days.

1. It is said that when they are multiplied and in. · creased in their land, that they shall say no more about

the ark of the covenant made at Sinai, it shall be forgot. ten ; this has never yet been, the Jews to this day are all zealous of the law of Moses and circumcision, ver. 16.

2. The Prophet says that at that time the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and, that they thall come together out of the land of the north into the land which God gave Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for an inheritance. This has never been, for the house of Judah and Ifrael have never walked together since the days of Tereboam to this day, verse 18.

3. The Lord asks how he can give them this land, which is now in the hands of other nations, seeing they have treacherously departed from the Lord as a wife treacherously departs from her husband? The answer is given, how it can be ; “ Thou shalt call me my Father, and shall not turn away from me," verse 19.-This exactly agrees with what is said in the new covenant in Hebrews viii. “ I will be merciful to their unri:hteousness, &c."

Another account is recorded in Jeremiah, xvi. 14, 15, 16, “ Therefore, behold, the days come, faith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, the Lord liveth that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, but, the Lord liveth that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whether he had driven them, and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, faith the LORD, and they shall fish them, and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks."

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How exact this prophecy is with the one just mentioned !

1. It was said there that they should not say the ark of the Lord; here it is said they shall no more say the Lord liveth which brought them out of Egypt; but the Lord liveth that brought them out of the north coun. tries and all places where they had been driven, ver. 14:

2. As in the third chapter ; fo here it is said, “ I will bring them again into their land that I gave their fathers."

3. Isaiah fays they shall be sent for in all parts of the caith ; here it is said the fishers shall fish for them, and that hunters shall find them from the mountains, hills, holes, and rocks, verse 16.

Another glorious prophecy of the return of the Jews, is recorded in Jeremiah xxx. 3, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 22, “ For, lo, the days come, faith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Ifrael and Judali, faith the LORD; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possets it. For it shall come to pass in that day, faith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him ; but they shall ferve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, faith the LORD, neither be dismayed, O Israel ; for, lo, I will tave thee from afar, and thy feed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and be quiet, and none shall make himafraid. For I am with thee, faith the LORD, to save thee; though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee; yet will I got make a full end of thee; but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, faith the LORD; because they called thee an outcast, saying, this is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. Thus faith the LORD, behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tent, and have mercy on his dwelling places; and the city Thall be builded upon

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