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And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land; and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods." There has never yet been such a time in Camaan, therefore it is yet to come.
This prophet fays, that when the seed of Abraham return to their land, instead of being two nations as they have been for many hundreds of years by the name of Judah, and Israel, they shall no more be two, but one nation, and infead of having two kings, as it was when the tribes revolted, in the days of Jeroboim, or none as they are now, they shall have one king over them when they are settled upon the fruitful mountains of Ifrael.
See Ezekiel xxxvii. 2-1, 22, 23, “ And say unto them. thus faith the LORD God, behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whether they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them in. to their own land; and will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king over them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all ;, neither shall they defile them. selves any more with their idols, nor with their detesta. ble things, nor with any of their transgressions ; but I will fave them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them, so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.”
There is one thing very remarkable in almost every prophecy concerning the return of the Jews; and that is, that God says, “they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” This is the contents of the new cov. enant. In Ezekiel xxxix. 27, 28, it is said that when the Lord begins to bring them into their land he will do it completely so that there shall not one be left behind; when they came out of Babylonin the days of Nehemiah, only a part returned, but when they return again all will return without exception.“Then shall they know thatI am the LORD their God, which caused them to be lead into captivity anong the heathen; but I have gathered them
into their own land, and have left none of them any more there."
I here give one quotation from Hofea upon this subject. Hosea iii.4, 5, “ For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a facrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without a teraphim : afterward fhall. the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.” When this prophecy was delivered, the children of Israel had a king, a sacrifice, an ephod and a teraphim, but from the time they faid we have no king but Cezar, they have remained without either of these to this day, and the daily facrifice bas ceased. This same prophet who said they should be without these things [and we see the truth of this part] has said that afterwards they shall have a king in the latter days, and without doubt the time is near when this last part will be as exactly fulfilled as the former part is now in the sight of all the world.
The prophet Amos has delivered a prophecy concer, ning the return of the Jews, which has never been fulfil. led, fee Amos ix. 14, 15, “And I will bring again the çaptivity of my people of Ifrael, and they shall build the walte cities, and inhabit them, and they shall plant vine. yards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land, which I have given them, faith the Lorothy God." This prophecy agrees with the others concerning the fruitful land; he says that when this takes place they shall be no more pulled up out of their land; but they are now out of their land and cannot ene ter in ; but it will not be so always."
Obadiah has left his testimony concerning the return of the Jews, Obadiah. verse 17, 19, 20, 21, “ But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their poffeffions, and they of the south shall possess the mount of Efau ; and they of the plain the Philistines; and they shall posa
sess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria, and Benjamin frall possess Gilead. And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel (all possess that of the Ca. naanites, even unto Zarephath ; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south. And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to Judge the mount of Efau ; and the kingdom thall be the LORD?s."
This prophet is fo particular as to name the places where the seed of Israel shall possess, when they return to their own land. They shall, (he says) possess the mount of Efau; the land of the Philistines, the fields of Ephraim, the fields of Samaria, Gilead, the Canaanites unto Zare. phath, and the cities of the South. This has never been; but will be when they return to their own land..
What Zephaniah has said upon this subject, agrees. with the testimony of the other prophets; Zephaniah; iii. 19, 20, “Behold, at that time, I will undo all that amict thee; and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you; for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, faith the LORD."
I fhuil add but one testimony more to the many; this is Zachariah, who speaks of the resettling of the land of Canaan in a most wonderful manner.
Zachariah xiv. 9, 10, 11, " And the LORD shall be king over all the earth; in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem ; and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamins's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of HANANEEL unto the king's wine presfes; and men shall dwell in it, and there thall be no more utter destruction ; but Jerusalem Sall be safely inhabited.”
There is one thing worthy of notice in all these pro. phecies which differs from what was said in the other covenant made with the Israelites at Sinai, that is, the first covenant always said, if ye keep my laws it shall be with you in the land ye go to possess; if not the enemies shall come in upon you, ye shall be carried away cap. tive, &c. but in all these prophecies concerning the return of the Jews, there is no such thing mentioned. “ They shall return, they shall be my people, I will be their God, they Mall know que, I will give them a new beart. They Mall d well in the land forever, there shall be no more utter destruction, they mall no more be driven out among the heathen ; but jhall polless this land forever. These things fhew the glory of that covenant, which promiseth a return of the Jews to their land to posless it forever.
These are but a few of the many places in the writ. ings of the prophets which speak of the return of the Jews to their land. Whoever reads them, and compares what is written with the promises of God to Abraham, and his feed, and views the present state of the Jews, must be convinced that these prophecies are not to be explained away, by applying them to believing Gentiles ; but that they will have a literal accomplishment in the return of that dispersed people to the land of Canaan, which is now in possession of the Turks, who are Gentiles, who possess it according to Christ's prophecy ; in Luke xxi. 23, 24, " For there fhall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people; and they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations ; and Jerusalem shall be trodden duwn of the Gentiles, untii the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” All this is true in our day. The Jews are among all nations, and Jerusalem to this day is trodden down of the Gentiles.
It may be proper to give a fhort account of the present situation of the land of Canaan, of Jerusalem, and the Jews, with the manner in which they will return, this I shall notice in the next Sermon.
While I look over these prophecies, see their agreement, and know from the present state of the Jews, that
they will ere long return to their own land, and there be a great blefling to the world, my soul leaps for joy, I am filled with wonder, joy and love, and say, “ Rejoice O ye nations, with his people ; for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful to his land and to his people !” There is none like the God of Jeshuran, who rideth upon the heavens in thy help, and in his excellency on the skies.” “Let the whole earth be filled with his praise." Amen and Amen.