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end or the close of the 1260 years, be opposed by a king of the north and a king of the south; yet, in spite of their efforts, it will succeed in overflowing many countries, and in conquering Palestine, Egypt, Libya, and the land of Cush. In the midst of these victories its chief will be disturbed by some untoward tidings out of the north and out of the east: tidings probably of the arrival in Pa lestine of the navy of the great maritime power with the converted of Judah, which, supposing the infidel king to be then in Egypt and Libya, would reach him from the north and north-east. Enraged at such ungrateful news, he will go forth in his fury to devote to utter destruction his opponents : and he will succeed in taking Jerusalem, This however will be his last victory. Advancing to Megiddo, a town near the shores of the Mediterranean, where (as we learn from St. John) the conflict will be finally decided ; advancing therefore (will the conjecture be deemed too unreas sonable?) against the forces of the maritime power, and such of the Jews, as shall be under its pro. tection (the apostates themselves perhaps, late the allies of Antichrist, being now of the number, and converted): advancing, I say, against this town, he shall there unexpectedly come to his end, none being able to help him. The triumphant Word of God shall break his confederacy, that Eabel which he had so long been carefully erecting; and, at
the head of the armies of heaven, shall superna. turally, overwhelm himn with sudden destruction.
During this period of unexampled trouble, which so awfully terminates with the slaughter of Megiddo, we are expressly taught by Daniel, in
perfect harmony with the other inspired prophets, that, the restoration of Judah shall take place: consequently the whole prophecy relative to the expedition of Antichrist must be so interpreted as to harmonize with the many predictions which treat of the conversion and return of the ancient people of God.
Yet, at the time when the power of Antichrist is broken, all his followers will not be involved in indiscriminate destruction. The least guilty will be spared, converted, and scattered into all nations. Wherever they go, they will carry the wonderful tidings, that God hath overthrown his enemies, and accomplished the restoration of his people Judah. One thing only remains to complete the grand scheme of general redemption, and fulfil the sure word of prophecy. Though Judah hath returned, the lost sheep of the house of Israel remain still to be gathered.' But they shail not long continue in the land of their captivity. Struck with the marvellous tidings of those that had escaped from the slaughter of Megiddo, all nations shall bring the brethren of Judah, an offering unto the Lord, to his holy mountain to Jerusalem; the stick of Joseph shall be united with the stick of Judah; one king,
even the mystical David, shall be king unto thêm all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided any more into two kingdoms *
This cireumstance of a two-fold successive restoration will perhaps shew us, as I have already observed, why Daniel divides the 75 years, which will intervene between the expiration of the 1260 years and the commencement of the 1000 years. or the season of millennian blessedness, into 30 years and 45 years. The 30 years may be taken up with the restoration of Judah, and the antichristian war of the infidel king and his associates at the time of the end; the 45 years may be oecupied with the subsequent restoration of Israel, in consequence of the tidings carried far and wide by the converted fugitives from Armageddon. When the 75 years have elapsed, and when the whole house of Jacob has been brought back, then will commence the thousand years of the reign of the saints f. None except vital Christians, none
* Isaiah lxvi. 19-24. Ezek. xxxrii. 19-25.
t“ We may venture to say in general, that there may be a. " considerable space of time between the fall of Antichrist, and " the last judgments which shall be inflicted upon him. Some * learned men, who have compared the prophecies" of Daniel " and the Revelation together, suppose the interval of time bes "tween the 1960 days and the 1335 days to be included within " the times of the seventh trumpet, during which the seven lust plugues will be fulfilled.” (Mr. Lowth's Comment. on Dan.
except protestants in reality no less than in name, will then hold the reins of government throughout the whole world; the tyranny of Popery and Infidelity will be every where subverted; earth will become a school for heaven in a far higher sense than it has ever yet been; and man, daily conversing with his Maker, shall eat as it were angels' food, and walk as it were upon the threshold of the world of spirits.
At the close of the Millennium, after the destruction of Gog and Magog, the second or ge. neral resurrection will take place. The first heaven and the first earth shall pass away, and a new heaven and a new earth shall occupy their place. The Church of God shall be finally translated to everlasting rest and happiness ; tears shall be wiped from every eye; and death shall be swallowed up in victory.
xii. 12.) This interval of time appears to me to belong exclusively to the seventh vial, as others have perhaps more justly imagined. See Mr. Lowth on Dan, xij, ko
The restoration of Israel—Their instrumentality in
converting the Gentiles-The state of the Jew's in the days of their dispersion.
Hosea i. 2. The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea was in this manner. The Lord said unto Hosea; Go, take to thee a wife of
pros. titution, and children of promiscuous commerce: for the land is perpetually playing the wanton, forsaking the Lord. 3. So he went, and took Gomer, daughter of Diblaim; and she conceived, and bear him a son... 4. And the Lord said unto him, call his name Jezrael (a seed of God); for yet a little while, and I will visit the blood of Jezrael upon the house of Jehu, and I will abolish the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5. And it shall be in that very day *, when I break the bow: of Israel in the valley of Jezrael. 6. And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said, Call her name Lo-Ruhamah (not beloved): for I will no more cherish with tenderness the house of Israel, insomuch as to be perpetually forgiving
* In that very day.) “ This entire abolition of the kingdom “ of the ten tribes shall take effect at the time when I break the s bow of Israel in the valley of Jezrael.” Bp. Horsley's Hosea in loc.