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• succeed, yet, at last, as Daniel xi. 45. • assures us, this king of the north, or the • Turk, shall come to his end and none shall · help him. · And God by Ezekiel xxxviii.

21, 22. speaking of Gog, and his army, • says, I will call for a sword against him; &c. every man's sword Mall be againsi his brother : and I will plead against him with

peftilence and blood: and I will rain upon him and his bands, &c. an over-flowing orain, and great hail-ftones, fire and brimstone. And Zechariah xiv. 12, 13, 16, &c. • says, this shall be the plague, wherewith thé Lerd ßball smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem : their flesh shall consume away, while they stand on their feet, and their eyes in their boles, and their tongue in their mouth, &c. &c. So that • they shall be consumed by pestilence and · fire from the Lord, and shall also quarrel 6 and fight one against another.

• At the same time the Israelites go through these troubles in their own land, - we find, that those, that fall be in Egypt

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• and Affyria, and perhaps also in other i countries, will suffer great afflictions, but • Mall be delivered at last, and restored to • their own country. For Isaiah xxvii. 12, *13, compared with xi, 15, 16, speaking • as we apprehend of these times, says, it * Shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord Mall beat of" from tbe channel of the

river, unto the stream of Egypt, or dry • up the river Nile for them to pass over, and ye Mall be gathered, &c. and they shall

come which were ready to perish in the land

of Asyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, &c. So again by Zech. x. 6, to • the end, God says, I will strengthen the ? house of Judah, and will save the house of · Yoseph, or the ten tribes, &c. &c. Thus

shall the good and virtuous Ifraelites be • every where delivered; which leads us to

consider the finishing of their restoration ; "while all the wicked among them shall be . entirely cut off. Jer. xxx. 23, 24. Ezek.' *xx. 33 to 39. Amos ix. 9, 10, &c.

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The restoration of the remainder of the • Ifraelites still continuing in their disper• fion, follows immediately after the destruc• tion of Gog and his army, Thus faith the Lord God, now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel: And again, I have gathered .them unto their own land, and bave left * none of then any more there, that is, among

the heathen. Ezekiel xxxix. 25, 28. * And this restoration seems to be brought • about by his sending those of the army of .Gog, which escaped that terrible destruc

tion, to all the nations afar off, to tell his deeds and to declare his glory. I will gather all nations, and they shall come, and see .. my glory, &c. and I will send those that escape

of them, unto the nations, and to the illes afar off, that have not heard my fame, &c. and they fball declare my glory among the Gentiles, and bring all your brethren for an

offering unto the Lord, out of all nations, upon horses, and in chariots, &c. to my holy « mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, Isaiah Ixvi, 15 to 21.

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* And how glorious their restoration will .be, the following prophecies declare. In that day the Lord shall set his hand again

the second time, to recover the remnant of . his people, &c. &c. Isaiah xi. 11 to 15. * And in another place, Surely the illes Mall wait for me, &c. to bring thy fons from far, &c. &c. Isaiah 1x. 9, 10. xlix. 22, 23. • And again, at that time they shall call ye- . rusalem the throne of the Lord, &c. &c. • Jer. iii. 17, 18. And once more, in * those days &c. ten men fall take hold, out of all languages of the nations, of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, we will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you. Zech. viii. 23. For the

ranfomed of the Lord Mall return, and come to Zion, with songs, and everlasting joy on * their heads, &c. Ifaiah xxxv. 10.' And how universal their restoration will be, may be collected from those strong expressions in Jeremiah xvi. “I will send for many “ fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish « them; and after will I send for many

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• The Lord will from henceforth also • dwell among them, and his glory will be . constantly visible in the temple. Ezekiel * xliii. 1 to 10. xliv. 1, 2. xlviii. 35. • And the Messiah will come to refide among • them as their prince or king. I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king Mall reign and prosper, and mall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah Mall be saved, &c. and this is bis name, &c. The Lord our Righteoulness,Jeremiah xxiii. 5; 6. and xxxiii. * 15, 16. And it is the same person we • apprehend is meant by David their king; I will set up one shepherd over them, and be

Sall feed them, even niy fervant David, &c. ' and I, the Lord, will be their God, &c. • Ezekiel xxxiv. 23, 24. And again, I ' will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, &c. and gather them on every fide, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the

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