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• they were first driven out of the land, there• fore wherever the restoration of Israel is * mentioned, it must relate to a future pe
riod. And, as the Jews, or the two tribes • of Judah and Benjamin, have had only a
return from Babylon, which lies east of their country, so wherever the restoration of Judah is spoken of, as from the north, • and from all the countries, wherein they are * scattered; this must also be ftill future. * (Note, by Judah is meant the two tribes
of Judah and Benjamin, which are com‘monly called Jews ; and by Israel, or • Ephraim, the other ten tribes; but where• ever we find all the boufe of Israel, or, the 6 whole house of Israel, or, all the families of • Ifrael, or, the children of Israel, &c. there
all the twelve tribes must, I think, be understood.) Lo! the days come, saith the • Lord, that I will bring again the captivity * Ifrael and Judah, and I will cause them to * return to the land that I gave to their • fathers, and they shall possess it. After
this, he says, he will multiply them, and make them glorious, that they shall be his people, and he will be their God;
.but denounces his anger against the wick.ed, and then adds, in the latter days ye
hall conßder it. Jeremiah xxx. 3, 18 to “the end.
• By another prophet God declares, he • will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, but that all the finners among them Shall die by the edge of the sword; that he will bring again the captivity of his people Israel, that is, will restore them to their own land, and they shall build their waste cities, and be blest with great
plenty; and then assures them, they shall "no more be pulled up out of their land; • Amos ix. 8. to the end, which plainly • determines this to be a yet future restora* tion, as they will never be rooted out of • the land any more.
; . And thus, God having by Hofea fore* told, that the children of Israel should
abide many days without a king or a prince, and without a sacrifice, &c. as has been the case with them for several ages, and ftill continues to be at this time, yet he
immediately adds, afterwards Mall the • children of Israel return, and seek the Lord • their God, and David their king, that is • the Messiah, and shall fear the Lord, and • bis goodness in the latter days, Hosea iii. " 4, 5o
:So also in Jeremiah xxiii. 5 to 9, we « have another promise, that God will re• store the seed of Israel, that is, the
twelve tribes, that this return Thall be • from the north, as well as from all other parts, and that a branch of David, that is the Messiah, Thall reign over them with
righteousness and equity; none of which • things have ever yet been fulfilled, and ! therefore must relate to a future period.
. .." * And again, Isaiah,speaking of the great• ness and excellency of this king, and of
the peaceable and happy times, that will • flourish in the world under his governiment, to whom even the Gentiles shall • seek, adds, it Mall come to pass in that day, • that the Lord shall fet his hand again, i å * fecond time, to recover the remnant of his
people, which shall be left : And he shall
assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather • together the difperfed of Judah from the four • corners of the earth. Isaiah chap. xi.
But, the more fully to confirm the cere ..tainty of a future restoration of all the • Ifraelites, let us consider the glorious and . happy times, when the Messiah Thall reign
over them at Jerusalem. which cannot be * accomplished, till they are restored to • that land. And here I would observe, • that, as the prophecies relating to Babylon, ' to Egypt, to Tyre, &c. and many of . those relating to the Jews, as their capti• vity by Nebuchadnezzar, their restoration .. by Cyrus after seventy years, their de
struction by Titus, and present dispersion, • &c. have been literally fulfilled; so we • have the same reason to conclude, that * all the rest of the prophecies, concerning • the state of the Israelites, yet unfulfilled, « will be also as literally accomplished, and • among them those contained in Isaiah * xlix. 22. lx. Ixi. lxvi. 12, 18, 20. and
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• Jeremiah iii. 17, 18. God assures them, • Ezekiel xxxvii. 19. he will take Ephraim • with the tribes of Israel his companions, • and will join them with Judah and his • companions, and then adds in verses 22, * 24 to 27, I will make them one nation upon
the mountains of Israel; and one king' says he 'Thall be king to them all, and they shall . no more be two nations, and David my • fervant,' that is the Messiah, Mall be • king over them. They shall also walk in my • judgments, and observe my fatutes, and do "them; and they shall dwell in the land that • I gave unto Jacob my servant, wherein • your fathers have dwelt, and they Mall dwell
therein, even they and their children, and • their childrens children, for ever, and my * servant David shall be their prince for ever. * Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace • with them, it shall be an everlasting cove• nant with them, and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore ; yea I will be their God, and they fall be my people. Here "we have a full prediction of a restoration