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rufalem! Jerusalem! which killeft the • prophets, and stonest them who are sent - unto thee, how often would I have ga
thered thy children together, as an hen • doth gather her brood under her wings,
and ye would not? Behold, your house is • left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto - you ye shall not see me, until the time 6 come,when ye shall say, blessed is he, who • cometh in the name of the Lord.' And again, Luke xix. 41, &c. •and when he, Jesus, 'was come near, he beheld the city, Jerusalem, and wept over it, saying, If
thou hadst known, even thou, at least in * this thy day, the things which belong unto • thy peace, but now they are hid from * thine eyes. For the days shall come upon • thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench « about thee, and compass thee round, • and keep thee in on every side, and • shall lay thee even with the ground, and • thy children within thee; and they lhall • not leave in thee one stone upon another, • because thou knewest not the time of thy « visitation,
But let us turn our eyes from this melancholy prophecy, which was fulfilled in the fiege and overthrow of Jerusalem to its very foundations, about forty years after it was delivered by Jesus the Messiah, and contemplate that glorious scene of things, and happy change, which will take place in your condition, when you shall cast off your unbelief, and unequivocally acknowledge the crucified Jesus to be your Messiah ; that ftone, whereof the prophet Isaiah xxviii 16. fpeaks, thus faith the Lord God, behold, • I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a
tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure • foundation: He that believeth shall not • make haste,' or be confounded; that fone, which, the prophetic Pfalmist, Psalm cxviii. 22. thus describes, the stone which the • builders, your unbelieving ancestors, ‘re• fused, is become the head of the corner,' that Atone, which proves, according to Isaiah viii. 14. a stone of stumbling, and a rock • of offence, as well to you, as to them, so long as, in the words of the apostle Peter, | Peter ii. 8. ye stumble at the word of prophecy, ' being disobedient thereto.'
Now the great and precious promises, which God has in store for you, on your conversion to the faith of Christ, are so well described in an admirable selection of a variety of passages from your own prophecies, contained in a little tract, intitled A • Treatise of the future Restoration of the '. • Jews and Israelites to their own land;' that I shall lefsen my labors greatly, by giving you copious extracts from it. It was printed in the year 1747, was given me by a friend in the year 1761, and I believe is now become very scarce. As the anonymous author of the treatise imputes, in general terms, your present dispersion to the con• fequence and effect of the iniquities and • disobedience of your fathers, alledging, that, on account of their great wickedness • they were delivered into the hands of the • Romans,' and is wholly silent in respect to their particular sin, in rejecting and crucifying the Messiah, I apprehend it to have been written by some learned Jew. However, as we agree in a main point, that God • has promised to give you the Messiah to • reign over you at Jerusalem, whose king
• dom shall be an everlasting stingdom of
righteousness and peace, and in the last • ages be established over the whole earth, I shall not scruple to profit by the labors of this supposed unknown worthy Ifraelite. The whole of the treatise is worthy to be reprinted at the joint expence of your wealthy brethren. That I may not swell this work to an immoderate size, I shall but feldom cite the prophetic passages at length, produced by this writer, but refer you to them, omitting a repetition of similar pasfages for the sake of brevity, which indeed I have consulted in all my former citations from the Jewish and Christian Scriptures,
• The only restoration, to their own land, he observes, “any of the Israelites have • had, was only a partial one, consisting of : the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, • and that only from Babylon, by Cyrus, which lies east of their land: Whereas,
this, (the full and final restoration,) is to • be a return of the children of Israel, and therefore most probably of all the twelve tribes, from the north, and from all the
• lands, wherein they are dispersed.' See Jeremiah xvi. 14, 15. The prophecy also,' of Ezekiel, xx. 33 to 39. plainly re• lates to a future period ;' for the particulars therein mentioned, such as “the bring• ing of the Israelites out of the countries * wherein they are scattered in so distinguish
ing a manner, the pleading with them in the wilderness face to face, in their paf• fage up to their land, and the destroying of • all the wicked among them, imply such a • restoration, and attended with such cir* cumstances, as have never yet been known. * And that this prophecy relates to all the *twelve tribes, appears from what follows, · where God declares, he will bring them • into the land of Israel, and that in his • holy mountain, or at Mount Zion, there "Jall all the house of Israel, that is the twelve
tribes, serve him, Ezekiel xx. 40 to 45.
restoration of all the twelve tribes, let us . proceed to some other prophecies, and let • it be remembered, that, as the Ifraelites, or ten tribes, have had no return, since