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be the day of Jezrael. For, if the fall of the Jews be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness ? Nay, instead of opposing or slighting the truth, so eager shall the heathens be to receive it, that out of all the languages of the nations ten men shall lay hold of the skirt of only one Jew, declaring, with a holy vehemence, their full determination to go with him, inasmuch as they have heard that God is with him of a truth. In short, the whole world shall press eagerly to Jerusalem to behold the glory of the Lord, and to receive instruction from the lips of his servants. All nations shall flow like a mighty torrent to his holy mountain, assured that he will teach them of his ways, and cause them to walk in his paths; that the law shall go forth out of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Wars and tumults shall be no more; and the whole earth will form, as it were, only one great family of faithful worshippers.
It is not impossible, that some may feel a curiosity to know what nation is intended by the great maritime power destined to take so conspicuous a part in the restoration of Judah. On this point their curiosity cannot be gratified; at least, not with any degree of precision. Bp. Horsley has studiously, as it were, enlarged the circle, within which the power in question is to be sought for. “ Its situation,” says he, “is not otherwise - F 4
" described in the prophecy which peculiarly sets « forth its office and actions *, than by this cir“ cumstance; that it is beyond the rivers of “ Cush. That is, far to the west of Judèa, if “ these rivers of Cush are to be understood, as " they have been generally understood, of the " Nile and other Ethiopian rivers; far to the east, “ if of the Tigris and Euphrates. The one, or “ the other, they must denote; but which, is un“ certain :-insomuch that we know not, in what
quarter of the world to look for the country " intended, whether in the East Indies, or in the " western parts of Africa or Europe, or in Ame- '
rica t.” What his Lordship says on the subject is perfectly just: and, were there no other prophecies that treated of the restoration of Judah except that which particularly describes the mari, time power, we undoubtedly could not even approximate to any certainty respecting its precise situation. But there are other parallel predictions, which, although they do not authorize us to say that this state or that state is the maritime power intended by Isaiah, seem nevertheless to give us some warrant very considerably to contract at least the circle within which it is to be sought, The isles of the Gentiles, and the ships of Tarshish,
* Isaiah-xvii. + Bishop Horsley's Letter on Isaiah xviji. P. 90, 91. See also P. 37-41.
are represented as bringing the sons of Judah froin afar unto the name of the Lord their God *: and the returning Jews themselves are exhorted, while
v aloud from the sea or (as the original word may with equal propriety be translated) the . west, to glorify God in the isles of the sea, that is,
the isles of the west t. Now it is well known, that the Jews were accustomed to call the whole mari. time region of Europe by the general name of the isles of the Gentiles or the isles of the sea; because the Phenicians were unable to reach any part of that region, except by the means of shipping t. And it is further known, that perhaps the greatest part of the Jews, properly so called, is scattered through the different nations of Europe. These isles of the Gentiles then are destined to the office of bringing back the Jews : but some one nation among them, described as the Tyre of the day, and whose ships are mystically styled the ships of Tarshish, is plainly to take the lead in bringing back at least the converted Jews. Thus is the circle at once narrowed, from the east and the west in general, to a particular part only of the west; namely, the maritime region of Europe, and some mighty naval power which will then occupy the same place in the modern world that Tyre did in the ancient world. But the isles of the Gentiles,
* Isaiah Ix. 8-11.
+ Isaiah xxiv. 14, 15.See Mede's Works, B. I. P. 272; 273.
and the ships of Tarshish, are clearly described by Isaiah as restoring the Jews in a converted state, and as undertaking that office upon religious motives: and he represents, with equal plainness, both the great maritime power, and the Jews under its protection, as being faithful and acceptable worshippers of the Lord in purity and truth. Yet we know, that at this very period, the mighty confederacy of Antichrist, which (we have reason to believe both from prophecy and from the passing events of the day). will at least comprehend the whole of the papal Roman empire, will commence its expedition against Palestine, in direct opposition, though perhaps not avowed opposition, to the purposes of the Most High. Here then, at the epoch of the restoration of Judah, we have the isles of the Gentiles divided into two parts : the one papal, and subject to the tyrannical domination of Antichrist; the other protestant, and under the influence of the maritime power described as the ships of Tarshisk. Those isles of the Gentiles therefore, and the ships of Tarshish, which restore the Jews in a converted state, and in order to glorify the name of the Lord their God, certainly cannot be that part of Europe which is subjugated by Antichrist : because their views and principles are directly opposite to the views and principles of Antichrist. Hence it will follow, that the maritime power must not only be sought for generally in the isles of the Gentiles or in Europe, but particularly in the believing isles of
the Gentiles or in protestant Europe. Further than this we have no authority to advance, and therefore I shall not advance further: but I shall content myself with resting in the conclusion, that the maritime power will be that state of protestant Europe which shall possess a decided naval superiority at the time when the 1260 years shall expire. This mighty maritime power, and other smaller maritime protestant powers its allies, described by the prophet under the general name of the isles of the Gentiles, will undoubtedly be the agents in converting and restoring those Jews who are not under the influence of Antichrist. .
Such is all the positive knowledge, that we can now attain to, respecting the great naval power, which will act so conspicuous a part at the time of the end. Every person, who attends to the subject, will doubtless have his own private conjectures : but he is not, I think, warranted in making his conjectures public; because he cannot have those clear grounds to go upon, which almost indisputably attach to France the character of Daniel's infidel kingdom, and more recently the additional character of the Carlovingian head of the Roman beast, that is, to contrive and direct the Antichristian expedition against Palestine at the time of the end. We are at present very manifestly living in the last days of blasphemous atheisin and infidelity; and there is every reason to think, that we cannot be very far distant from the close of the 1260 years,