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* This great prosperity of the children os

* Israel, with their dominion over some of 'the neighbouring nations, and the judge

* ments poured out on their enemies, joined 'with the presence of the Messiah their 'king at Jerusalem, and the glory of the 'Lord, will invite people, even from the

* most distant countries of the earth to come

* up to them, to worship the Lord God, 'to pay their homage to the Messiah, and 'to be eye-witnesses and partakers of these 'blessings. Tea, many people and ftrottg

* nations jhall come to seek the Lord of Hosts

* at Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord, '&cc. Zech, viii. 20, 21, 22. Rejoice 'then, ye Gentiles, with Jerusalem, that 'ye may be satisfied with her consolations,

* and be delighted with the abundance of 'her glory.

'And heie 1 would observe, that Jeru'salem is so situated as to be fitted for the

* capital of the world, and for the chief seat

* of universal empire : for it is placed nearly 'in the middle of this part of the earth,

* which


* which contains three of the four great 'continents, and is almost equally distant

* from the most remote nations of it on every '- side.And the great sea,'the Mediterranean, 'washing this country on the west, and

* the red sea, and the Persian gulph, 'coming up almost to it on the south and 'east, makes it equally advantageous for 'ships to come thither from every ma'ritime part of the world, even from Amc'rica itself.

'To these things we may add, that God 'promised Abraham, he would give to hi* 'feed the land from the river of Egypt to 'the river Euphrates, Gen. xv. 8. This 'he afterwards confirmed to the Israelites

* thus, / will set thy bounds from the red *sea, even to the sea of the Phiiijiines,' part of the Mediterranean, 'andfrom the desert, 'that is of Syria, unto the river, or the Eu'phrates.Exodus xxiii.31.N0w though So'lomon be said to have had dominion over

* those countries, from the river of Egypt

* to the Euphrates, and seems in general to

P 4 'have * have extended his power from the red sea

* to Tadmor in the desert of Syria, 2 Chron. viii. 4, 17. and ix. 26. yet the Tyrians and 'Zidonians were never subject to him, but 'always continued independent, though 'God had promised the Israelites to drive

* out the Zidonians before them. Joshua 'xiii. 6. Hence it appears most probable,

* that as this prophecy of the Israelites

* having the possession of all these countries, 'has not been yet fulfilled, so the , time 'will come when it shall be exactly accom'plished". And since at the times we are

* now. speaking of, several of these parts 'will be in a great measure void of inhabi

* tants, because being subject to the Turks,

* they will* it is likely, come up with them 'against the Israelites, and consequently be

* destroyed, and since the remainder of the 'Israelites, still left among the nations will 'be restored at this time; this -seems to 'be the proper period for the entire fulfil-' 'ment of this prophecy.. -And to this pur'•pose Ifeiah xlixi 19, 20. and liv. 2,'3,* 'tells them, thywajle and desolate places, Sec.

'stall * Jhall ev«n now be too narrow by reason of 'the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee 'up, that is the Turks, &c. stall be far

* away, &c. &c. So also God by Zech. x.

* 6, 10. says, I will bring them into the

* land of Gilead and Lebanon, and place jhall

* not be foundfor them, &c. So that even 'the mountains of Gilead and Lebanon, 'added to the former land of Israel, shall < still be too little, and their possessions will

* be extended quite to the Euphrates and

* the red sea-. ,:

. 'Thus have we considered the prophecies 'relating to the times, when the Messiah

* shall be the prince or king of the Israel

* ites; but we sind other prophecies, which f consider him as the sovereign of the whole

* world, and which seem to relate to the 'last times of all, to which we now pro'ceed.

* How long will be the interval of time

* between these two periods is uncertain;

'but 'but if that ancient tradition among the

* Jews be true, that the world should con'tinue 6000 years in this unhappy state,

* surrounded with evils and afflictions of va'rious kinds, and that the seven thousandth 'should be the sabbath, or universal rest:

* then the reign of the Messiah, as the king

* of the whole earth, will be established, 'when the world shall be 6000 years old. 'Just before this period, another power', probably the papal power of the church of Rome in particular, leagued with the ecclesiastical power of all civil establishments in religion in general, armed by its respective civil powers, * will stand up against the 'Messiah, the prince of princes, and prof bably attempt the destruction of the Israel

* ites; but God will then appear, the judge

* ment will sit, the beast will be Jlain, bis

* body destroyed, and given to the burning 'fame, Dan. vii. 7 to 12, and viii. 23, 24, '25. that is, those people will be destroyed, 'part of their land will be given to the

* fire, and then the reign of the Messiah 'will be established over the whole world,

* or

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