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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 suture 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,

* andfrom all the countries, wherein they are 'scattered; this must also be still 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 house of Israel, or, the

* whole house of Israel, or, all the families of 'Israel, or, the children of Israel, &c. there 'all the twelve'tribes must, I think, be un'derstood.) Lo / the days come, faith the 1 Lord, that I will bring again the captivity

* Israel and Judah, and I will cause them to -f return to the land that I gave to their 'fathers, and they stall possess it. After

this, he says, he will multiply them, and 1 make them glorious, that they shall be

* his people, and he will be their God;

but * but denounces his anger against the wick'ed, and then adds, in the latter days ye

* Jhall consider It\ Jeremiah xxx. 3, 18 to

* the end;

'By another prophet God declares, he , 'will not utterly destroy the house of Ja

* cob, but that all the sinners 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 Jhall

* 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 Hosea fore

* told, that the children of Israel should 'abide many days without a king or a prince, f and without a sacrifice, 6cc. as has been

* the case with them for several ages, and 'still continues to be at this time, yet he ,' v 'immediately 'immediately adds, afterwards Jhall the 'children of Israel return, and seek the Lord

* their God, and David their king, that is 'the Messiah, and stall sear the Lord, and 'his goodness in the latter days, Hose a iii.

'4. 5

* * '* ......

'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 shall be 'from the north, as well as from all other 'parts, and that a branch of David, that is 'the Messiah, shall reign over them with

* righteousness and equity; none of which 'things have ever yet been fulfilled, and i therefore must relate to a suture 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 govern'ment, to whom even the Gentiles shall 'seek, adds, it jhall come to pass in that day,

* that the Lord Jhall set his hand again,. & 'second time, to recover the remnant of his

'people. * people, which Jhall be left: And he foall '-assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather

* together the dispersed of Judahfrom the four

* corners of the earth. Isaiah chap. xi.

* But, the more fully to confirm the cer

* tainty of a future restoration of all the 'Israelites, let us consider the glorious and 'happy times, when the Mefliah shall 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. lxi- lxvi. 12, 18, 20. and

N 'Jeremiah '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, / will make them one nation upon

* the mountains of Israel; and one king' says he 'Jhall be king to them all, and they Jhall

* no more be two nations, and David my

* servant,' that is the Messiah, 'Jhall be

* king over them, they Jhall also walk in my

* judgments, and observe my statutes, and do 'them; and they Jhall dwell in the land that 'I gave unto Jacob my servant, wherein 'your fathers' have dwelt, and they Jhall dwell 'therein, even they and their children, and

* their childrens children, for ever, and my *servant David Jhall be their princefor ever.

* Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace

* with them, it Jhall be an everlasting cove'nant with them, and I will place them, and

* multiply them, and will Jet my sanctuary in

* the midst of them for evermore; yea I will be

* their God, and they Jhall be my people. Here 'we have a full prediction of a restoration


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