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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, Ist. 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 syn. chronise with the restoration of the Jews, and precede the introduction of millennial blessedness
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
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
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, The 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
THE JEWS SHALL HAVE NATIONAL PRE-EMINENCE IN THE EARTH; AND SHALL PROVE A BLESSING TO ALL NATIONS.
Isaiau 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
the nations of the earth-Proofs from Scripture—Mr. Faber
Who, and what are the Jews, and what shall they be? These are questions of lively interest to the Christian. The past history and present condition of the Jewish people, bear witness to the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, and to the immediate personal agency of Almighty God in the management of the affairs of this world, with a power and plainness which no gainsayer can refute. And the Holy Scriptures bear witness to the future pre-eminence of that degraded people, with a reiteration of prediction which no believer can resist. History is the providence of God. The Bible is the word of God. They mutually attest each other, on the subject of the Jewish nation, unto this day. Collusion is manifestly impossible; the inference, therefore, against the sceptic, is irresistible.
Who are the Jews ? --In answering such an inquiry concerning any people or nation, the practice