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the cutting off of the Messiah, if there is any truth in the present Anno Domini.
We can certainly then arrive at one point-the cutting off of the Messiah ; and from dating back again, from the midst of the last week, find out the very year the commandment went forth to restore and build Jerusalem; and this has been a sore and long-contested point.
Now that the vision of the ninth chapter is one with the eighth, we cannot doubt; for the angel expressly declares in the ninth chapter, twenty third verse, “ Therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision;" and there is no other vision that has ever yet been pointed out that I have seen, nor can be, I think, but that of the eighth chapter, of the 2300 days; and this will bring it to about the year 1847.
And this is the time mentioned by that blessed and devoted servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, Joseph Wolff; and he is one of that nation of whom God declares, “ Ye are my witnesses,” (Isa. xliii. 10); the truth therefore must first come from the mouth of a Jew, and not a Gentile.
PLACE FOR THE MANIFESTATION OF
THE GLORY AND KINGDOM.
I HAVE been repeatedly asked, whether I thought there would be any particular place where the Glory would, in a more particular and eminent degree, be manifested; and where the everlasting Kingdom would be set up? I have invariably answered, I did; because the Word of God clearly taught and testified it would be in mount Zion and Jerusalem. I make no reference now to the invisible principles which are so often called the Kingdom in the abstract, but the place where these principles and virtues will be embodied and made visible.
1. In relation to the place where the Glory is to appear. “For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the Glory in the midst of her.” (Zec. ii. 5.)
“In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.” (Zech. xii. 6.)
“ And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee it shall come, even the first dominion ; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.” (Micah iv. 8.) In the verse immediately preceding this, it is said, “And the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.” Jeremiah iii. 17, says: “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 imaginations of their evil heart.”
Now these texts prove four things, viz.:
1. That the Glory is to be manifested in the midst of Jerusalem; for, “I, saith the Lord, will be the Glory in the midst of her,” i. e. Jerusalem, (see the preceding verse).
2. That “ Jerusalem is to be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem."
3. That the “first dominion, the Kingdom, shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem," and that at a time when “the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever ;" so this cannot be fulfilled yet.
4. That at that "time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord, and all nations shall be gathered unto it.”
Will any one then say, God only requires us to be pure in heart, and state or condition; and that his everlasting Kingdom has nothing to do with place; and that one place is as good or no better than another? It is true that during this intermediate Gospel dispensation, “neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, are men to worship the Father, for they that worship him must worship him "in spirit and in truth.” (John iv. 21, 23.) But in that dispensation into which this is about opening they will also worship him in spirit and in truth :
66 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. people shall go and say, Come ye, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths : for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah i. 2, 3.) Here then place is required by God; and place inclusive of Gospel state, and not state exclusive of place, as it is now during the present dispensation. And how very reasonable it is, that all the holy state and condition of this
dispensation should take possession of redeemed holy place which is promised us in the next dispensation--when the new heaven and new earthwhen our redeemed bodies—when Mount Zion and Jerusalem shall all be redeemed by judgment and burning.
There is a general sentiment pervading the minds of nearly all those who are looking for the second coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, that when the Glory is made manifest, it will be seen alike in its display all over the habitable globe at one and the same time; but I think this arises from want of a thorough and critical examination of the sacred record.
Isaiah lix. 20, says: “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob:” and at this very period of time it is said, “ Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the Glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” And mark, at this very time, when the Redeemer comes to Zion to turn ungodliness from Jacob, and his Glory is risen upon Zion, it is said, “ For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people : but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his Glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isa. lx. 1,2.) I am aware, John, the Divine, in Rev. i. 7, says, “ Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him;" but we must remember