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THE JEWS CONTINUE A SEPARATE PEOPLE. TILL THE

END OF THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES.

NUMBERS xxiii. 9.

Lo! the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned

among the nations.

The separate state of the Jews proved from facts, and uni-
versally admitted up to the time of the birth of Christ—From
that period of their history, a difference of opinion exists in the
Christian church-That difference stated— The opinion that
their separation will continue till the end of the world, main-
tained-Distinction between Israel and Judah-As a plain
matter of history—As fully recognized by the prophets-Dis-
tinction between Judah national and the Christian remnant out
of it in each age.-Clearly stated by St. Paul-Continued sepa-
ration of the Jews not to be accounted for by second causes-

Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Gibbon quoted-Proofs that the separa-

tion must continue— 1st. From the predictions that the Jews

shall be a taunt, reproach, proverb, and by word—2nd. From

the prediction of the transfer of the cup of the Lord's anger

from them, to those who have afflicted them-3rd. From the

argument of St. Paul, that the receiving of the Jews again to

God's favour, will be as life from the dead to the Gentile

world. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES.

St. Luke xxi. 24.

Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the

times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

The Jewish nation to continue separate, till the end of the
times of the Gentiles, or the present dispensation-What is

meant by the present dispensation—The plan of Jehovah respecting this world, gradually developed or dispensed— The end of it promised from the beginning—All former dispensations have fallen short of that end--The present dispensation examined into —The history of the progress of Christianity gives no reason to suppose the present to be a final dispensation—The design of the present dispensation, 1st. To take and save a people out of the Gentiles, Acts xv. 14–Proofs from the experience, the number, and the character of the real disciples of Jesus Christ-2ndly. To provoke the Jews to jealousy—The termination of the present dispensation—The nature of it will be a separation-Proofs from the ancient prophecies, the parables of our Lord, and the apostolical Epistles— The date will synchronise with the restoration of the Jews, and precede the introduction of millennial blessedness . . . . . . . 66

LECTURE IV.

THE JEWS SHALL BE BROUGHT TO A PENITENT STATE OF MIND, PREPARATORY TO THEIR RESTORATION.

LEVITICUs xxvi. 40-—42. If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their

fathers, with their trespass that they trespassed against me, and that also, they have walked contrary unto me; and that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity; then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

Recapitulation of the former part of the subject-Entrance upon that part of it which is future-What God has revealed, concerning his purposes towards the Jews at, and subsequent to, the termination of the times of the Gentiles—Their penitence, previous to their restoration, argued from, Ist, the language of the predictions, in its natural and obvious meaning ; 2dly, the prayer of Solomon; 3dly, the past deliverances of the Jews; 4thly, the analogy of sound doctrine---Apparently opposing passages of Scripture considered— Their conversion, subsequent to their restoration-Bishop Lowth quoted . . . 97

LECTURE V.

THE JEWS SHALL BE RESTORED TO THEIR OWN LAND.

EZEKIEL xxxvii. 21, 22. Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will take the children of

Israel from among the Heathen, whither they be gone; and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel ; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

Various interpretations which have been given of the text considered; Ist, the return of the Jews from Babylon ; 2dly, the conversion and sanctification of the Christian church; 3dly, the mixture of the two; 4thly, the literal re-occupation of Palestine by the twelve tribes—The last proved to be the correct one, by its being the only one which is consistent throughout 123

LECTURE VI.

THE KING OF THE JEWS.

JEREMIAH xxiii. 5, 6. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto

David a righteous branch: and a king shall reign and

prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days, Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell

safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, TIIE - LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The revelation which it has pleased God to give us, concerning the king of the Jews at, and subsequent to, the restoration of that people to their own land—Text consists of seven distinct particulars—All these must be fulfilled in one person—No such person has ever yet appeared in the world—The only person possessing any claim to it, is Jesus of Nazareth—His claims examined— Three of the seven particulars proved to be applicable to Him, at his first coming—The remaining four proved not to be applicable—A second coming of Jesus Christ, the universal expectation of Christians—If the prophecy be of Him, the four particulars, not yet applicable to Him, must then apply-Proofs from Scripture, that they will apply; so that in Him, considered at both comings, the whole prophecy will find adequate fulfilment—The King's person in that day considered -Its reality-Identity-Appearance . . . . 144

LECTURE VII.

THE JEWS SHALL HAVE NATIONAL PRE-EMINENCE IN THE EARTH; AND SHALL PROVE A BLESSING TO ALL NATIONS.

Isaiah lii. 9, 10.

Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm, in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

The nature of the national pre-eminence of the restored Jews, in the millennium-Consisting in righteousness, peace, and pure worship—The restored Jewish nation shall be a blessing to all

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