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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 161
THE JEWS SHALL HAVE NATIONAL PRE-
Isa. Hi. 9. 10. Break forth into joy, sing together,
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 he a "blessing to all the nations of the earth—Proofs from Scripture—Mr. Faher quoted—The nature of the hlessings hestowed upon the nations, hy means of the restored Jews—A converted, or Christian state, not an Adamic state—Proofs from Scripture—Objections answered—The duration of the blessing communicated to the nations-Considered to be for a limited period, from Rev. xx. 4—7—Universalism shewn to be unscriptural—Conclusion of the whole subject—Practical application, addressed to Christians —And to Jews 189
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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 wTord 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 of historians is to trace their origin, their national pedigree, so to speak; which, when they have done, they consider that the question, Who are these people, is fully answered. Thus did Tacitus concerning the ancient Germans; and thus Gibbon concerning the Suevi, the Allemanni, and other barbarian tribes, who contributed to the downfall of imperial Rome.
In adopting the same method respecting the Jews, we, in the first place, trace them back to a certain province of the Roman empire, which provoked the hostility of the Emperors Vespasian and Titus, and the capital city of which was destroyed by the latter emperor, with a dreadful slaughter of the inhabitants. The survivors were scattered abroad among the various nations of the earth; and the Jews in England, and other countries of Europe, at this moment, are the descendants of those refugees. For a series of years previous to this dispersion from Judea, they were tributary to the Romans. The eastern campaigns of Pompey, and the still earlier conquests of vScipio, supply us with abundance of the most authentic information upon this point. The history of the Macedonian conqueror enables us to trace the origin of the Jews still farther back;