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since; but it must be in that temple described in Ezekiel. So let us all be very careful to believe, accept, and tremble at the Word of the Lord in its plainest and most obvious sense, remembering that “ Heaven and earth shall pass away before one jot or tittle of God's word shall fail.” And let us, moreover, be careful, very careful, how we despise or maltreat God's ancient covenant people, the Jews; for God hath declared, that “ He that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of his eye.” (Zech. ii. 8.) I would here, by way of caution and warning, introduce a little dialogue between a Humming Bird and a Butterfly.
It is as follows:
“ A humming bird one day, upon seeing a very beautiful and variegated butterfly, felt very desirous of forming an acquaintance with it, and made known the desire he had of enjoying the butterfly's society. The butterfly replied, 'I cannot think of such a thing, as you quite despised and slighted me the other day. O! said the humming bird, it is not possible that I ever despised or slighted such a beautiful and charming creature as you are.' The butterfly replied, "O! I was a poor despised caterpillar (i.' e. worm) then.""
So now, the Jew, i. e. Jacob, is a poor, dolesome, despised worm among the Gentiles. Their present situation and condition are weakness, degeneration, and debility; but when the Shechinah Glory of God covers them, surrounds, adorns, and beautifies them, we shall realize the moral of the fable of the Humming Bird and Butterfly: and the following beautiful predictions and prophecies will have their accomplishment, and be fully understood by the Gentiles.
- The sons of all them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations." What glorious and blessed promises these would appear to us if we would believe and take them just as they are written. “Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of Kings : and thou shalt know that I am thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isa. lx. 14-16.) And again, lxi. 5—7, 9: “ And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your ploughmen and vinedressers. But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God; ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame ye shall have double; and for con
fusion they shall rejoice in their portion : therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.... And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.”
Jeremiah xxxiii. 9, confirms this, and says, “And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all nations of the earth, (Judah and Israel, which hear all the good that I do unto them : and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it," or them.
“ Zion, I love the blessed Mountain ;
Zion, I love the blessed hill;
O yea, that I will.
How soothing is thy air,
Oh! how my soul watches every change in the East, and the news from thence by every arrival. Now the signs of the times declare the FigTree (i. e. the Jews, see Jeremiah xxiv. in proof of this,) has begun to blossom, although his branch is yet tender, declaring “ the summer is nigh, even at the door.” See Matt. xxiv. 32, 33. Yea, I hail every change in their favour with a pæan of joy and rejoicing,-believing with St. Paul, (willing to let others differ from me, as they please,) “Now if the fall of them (i. e. Jews) be the riches of the (Gentile) world, and the diminishing of them the riches of Gentiles (by the Gospel,) how much more their fulness ?” And almost every man of common sense must see and feel, upon a moment's serious reflection, that unless God manifests himself in some extraordinary and supernatural manner, so that we may see which Church he owns among the many hundred claimants and aspirants, we must be left in the dark as to which is the only right one; for they all claim to be the one only true church, and we will do so, until things wax worse and worse, if possible, and Babylon rage more and more with her thousands of confused tongues and voices. But I believe and know that the Great and Mighty God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, will very soon settle the contest by the visible manifestation of his Shechinah or Glory over his beloved literal Israel, as he declares he will do in Isaiah lxvi. 18-21: " For I know 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” (or Ensign or Shechinah)
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 (because of this glorious Shechinah) all your brethren as an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord.”