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lamb, (literally,) and the leopard with the kid.” There will be a literal resurrection of the saints, and they will “live and reign with Christ a thousand years." (see Rev. xx.) Jesus Christ will make his second personal appearance in the same Body in which he ascended; and the literal Jew, the descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, will be converted as the Apostle Paul was, by the brightness of his epiphany, and be brought back to their own land—“ Zion and Jerusalem” (Isa. xxx. 19) will be the recipient of the glory of God; they will be a crown of glory in the hand of their God. And then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion and in Jerusalem, before his ancients gloriously, (or, as the margin more plainly expresses, the Shechinah Glory), there shall be “Glory before his Ancients," visibly and literally.
The truth is, “It is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompense for the controversy of Zion," and it will be for this controversy of Zion that the judgment or punishment of all nations will take place. In Zech. i. 14, 15, God declares, “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, and they have helped forward the affliction," Obad, 10, 12, 15: “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob (speaking of Esau, and we are Esau,) shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.” Isa. xlvii. 6, 11, says: “I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand : thou didst show them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou heavily laid the yoke. Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; and thou shalt not be able to put it off : and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.”
Isa. li. 17, 22, 23: “Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling; and wrung them out. Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again : but I will put
it in the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.”
How perfectly every word of the above prophecies, descriptive of the distressed state and condition of the literal Israel, has been fulfilled to the very letter! And why all the other Prophecies in relation to their restoration and exceeding blessedness, shall not be as literally accomplished, I cannot conceive.
I am fully aware, that all the power and force of every word of God, of every divine prediction, may
be evaded, and rendered entirely ineffective, by saying and believing they are all figurative expressions, or allegorical; or if none of these will do to invalidate them, then some other sense must be found out, some system of spiritualizing, or some hidden, deep, mysterious meaning—any thing but the plain, literal, simple language, in which God has spoken to his accountable creatures, and the only language in which he has made his mind and will known to them, the language in which the Bible has been written, and which declares, that “Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock,” (Matt. vii. 24); and so they have been, and will be, wrested to their own destruction, by not taking God
upon his own word, as we take each other in the plainest, most literal, and obvious manner; and this is, and has ever been, the hardest to poor, proud, fallen nature, because it is the simplest, the easiest, and the plainest, and consequently the only one sense in which our fallen and proud natures cannot cover and deceive others, by disguise, deception, and serpentine subtlety. So we find in the primitive ages of Christianity, every word and prophecy was understood and practised in its plain literal acceptation, unless expressed comparatively or figuratively—of this we have sufficient and abundant proof in the Scriptures of Truth themselves. But as soon as poor, fallen, condemned, proud human nature got the ascendancy, and desired to live in this condemned nature, and hide its life and character; then God's word was viewed as a figure of speech, or an allegory. In short, it has traversed the whole territory or ground of hidden sense and feeling, until John, the Divine, speaks plainly, and tells us its real character, and reveals it by calling it the Mystery of Iniquity, which even in Paul's day began to work. This is self-evident, for things the plainest and most simple are the very furthest removed from mystery and deception; and thus it has gone on, until almost every thing has been spiritualized; yea, even the Resurrection and the personal coming of Jesus Christ, (for we are filled with the dregs of German Neology); and the most
precious Book of Daniel, and the Book of Revelation no less so, have all (as they say) been fulfilled, as well as the 24th chapter of Matthew at the destruction of Jerusalem ; and so we have gone forward and transgressed, and no wonder, therefore, that God has addressed us in Zech. viii. 613, in relation to the final restoration and establishment of the Jews in their own land, in these remarkable words, “If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, shall it be marvellous in mine eyes ? saith the Lord of hosts. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; and I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem : and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness ... And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel, so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing : fear not, but let your hands be strong.” Indeed, the whole chapter ought to be quoted at full length, and also the 2nd chapter of the same Prophet; and it must be particularly observed, in reading the 5th verse of this chapter, where the Lord saith, “I will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and the Glory in the midst of her," that the glorious Shechinah was never manifested in the Second Temple, as the Jews themselves assert, nor ever has been