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But to return : let us briefly conof the land, rulers and ruled, may sider the persons mentioned and the hear and heed what the Lord has circumstances accomplished in this spoken concerning THE LATTER DAY. little history, now proposed for our God's witnesses, for whom the glori- investigation. To begin with the ous reversion of the world's govern- persons employed on the occasion, ment is in store; are still among us; we have a description given of one we meet them in almost every who simply stiles himself “ Captain street; and yet we go on speculating of the Lord's host;" and secondly and dreaming—anon the Poles and we have mentioned Joshua and the then the Franks commanding our Jewish people, who under his direcattention-while the sure word of tion and guidance overcame and deprophecy, like a light shining in a stroyed their enemies.—That the dark place, gives us in no very dis- former personage was either the tant perspective a glimpse of things great Angel of the covenant, the

Judah is seen in the vista true Captain of our salvation, or an as reaping the fruits of judgement angelic messenger representing the and victory; and Ephraim beating second person of the glorious Trinidown the nations, as the battle axe ty, no one I think will question who and weapon of war in the hands of considers his ready acceptance, nay the Lord of Sabaoth! The fig tree claim, of the worship and adoration is budding ; but the nations see it paid him by Joshua, and the evident not! The Euphrates before Babylon, allusion to the same Leader of the like the Jordan before Jericho, is host in Chapter vi, 2—" And THE drying up; but the sign is not re- LORD said unto Joshua, &c." Do garded ;-and, because despised, we then find, at the period of the soon will the warning of Jesus be Lord's return, any manifest heading found to issue in vengeance, and he or generalship of the armies of Israel will indeed come as a thiefand by the Prince of the kings of the

as a snare" on the inhabitants of earth, (under whatever temporal ruChristendom !

ler they may march, when they Let no one say " these things are

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the rising of the Sun,”) of no moment,--they do not pecu- here foreshown by this Captain of liarly concern me, —they are not the Lord's host, at their first enessential to salvation.” My bro

My bro- trance into Canaan ?-To this questher it is from Edom Jesus walks in tion I would address myself; as it triumph; it is in Bozrah that his will serve the double purpose of garments are sprinkled with blood : proving the second glorious advent there is the outpouring of his anger of the Lord Jesus to be at the time of —there the emptying of his vials of the restoration of the Jews, as well wrath. The sons of the mystic Esau, as the typical nature of the occurwho have oppressed the sons of Ja- rence so succinctly mentioned in the cob, and “ helped forward the afflic- book of Joshua. tion of those whom God had afflict- It is now a common notion among ed, drink deepest of its dregs. He the Jews, that they are to expect who now unites in his own person two Messiahs—one from the tribe of the Shepherd and the Lamb, shall Judah, and the other from Joseph; then

roar like a Lion and tear in which notion they ground upon pieces, and none shall deliver." those passages in the Old Testament Happy, happy he, whose God is which so plainly speak of the prethen the God of Israel!

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day, as well as of the glory of warlike achievements, is given to Judah.-- That they have a partial Ephraim; while to Judah, the only truth here will I think be manifest tribe besides particularly distin

we proceed much further; guished, are given rich and exuberthough they have stumbled at the ant promises, but of a different humble one of Judah, because they nature from the other. On Judah's see him not one with the glory of lap is emptied the full horn of Ephraim. From a careful considera- peace; while to Ephraim there is a tion of many texts of Scripture we declaration made of the possession shall, I think, be convinced, that a of warlike triumphs and splendid time will come, when Ephraim, as victories. In Psalm lx, 7 it is said the pre-eminent and most dis. in accordance therewith, “ Ephraim tinguished of the tribes of Israel, is the strength of my head.-Judah shall have the honor of being head- is my lawgiver.” In Psalm lxxx ed by the returning Lord (who shall the Shepherd of Israel is addressed, have revealed himself to Judah in and in prophetic prayer requested the wilderness on her coming up before Ephraim, Benjamin and from Babylon) when he shall appear

• Manasseh to stir up his strength a Man of war” to “ bring in the ' and to come and save his people.” ' year of his redeemed and the day We are told also in Hosea, i, 11, that

of vengeance of our God.” I know “ they shall be gathered together and not how that seemingly obscure verse appoint themselves one Head and can be otherwise explained, con- come up out of the land, and great tained in the prophetical blessing shall be the day of Jezreel.” We which Jacob gave in his dying words have also in Ezekiel xx, 35 the folto Joseph, — " From thence is the lowing explicit declaration made to Shepherd, the Stone of Israel."d the people of Israel “ I will bring The tribe of Joseph consisted after- 'you out from the people and will wards of Ephraim and Manasseh, gather you out of the countries to the former of whom, being the 'wherein ye are scattered with a younger, the pre-eminence was given mighty hand and with a stretched by the sovereignty of Jehovali. If out arm and with fury poured out. we compare this verse with the pro- And I will bring you into the wilphetical annunciation made in Dan- derness of the people ; and there iel ii, 34-which fore-announces the will I plead with you face to face. overthrow of the divided kingdom of Like as I pleaded with your fathers the Romans by the falling upon it of

in the wilderness of the land of a Stone cut out without hands-we 'Egypt, so will I plead with you shall see a striking parallelism ; and • saith the Lord God.”--Again in receive conviction that the Stone Isaiah xxxi, 4-“ As a Lion shall which grinds to powder the last the Lord come down to fight for great antichristian confederacy, is the · Mount Zion and for the hill thereKing of Zion at the head of the now of.” So in Micah ii, 12, 13 I lost ten tribes of Israel, their Re- will surely assemble, O Jacob, all storer into the land of their fathers. of thee; I will surely gather the

It is very remarkable, that, both · remnant of Israel, I will put them in the blessing of Jacob and the last together as the sheep of Bozrah, predictions likewise of Moses, the

&c. The Breaker is come up besame promise of warlike power and fore them: they have broken up might, the same pre-eminence in and have passed through the gate

c Gen. xlix, 24.

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' and are gone out by it, and their forward, if time and space allowed ; King shall pass before them, and but as I before remarked, I only wish the Lord on the head of them.to allude to these histories, in order Again, in Jer. li, 20 “ Thou art my that others may

dwell • battle axe and weapons of war :

search into them more fully. I · for with thee will I break in pieces consider the subject of this paper

the nations, and with thee will I an important one, in as much as the destroy kingdoms, &c." and at restoration of the Jews and their v. 24 “ I will render unto Babylon future dignity are so fully identified ' and to all the inhabitants of Chal- with the coming and kingdom of our · dea all the evil that they have blessed Lord. A minute and per* done in Zion in your sight, saith haps laborious examination of Scrip• the Lord.”—And once more, in ture, and a comparison of text with Amos v, 5 “ Their Shepherd that text, is needful in order to get to a

gathered them shall lead them and right understanding of this type; break the Assyrian when he shall but I am sure it will repay any one come into our land and tread in with sweet enjoyment who will purour palaces." Not to multiply sue the search in an humble childpassages, the doctrine we have found like spirit; not from vain curiosity, appears plain, viz. that the Shep- but from love to the truth as it is in herd and Stone of Israel shall head Jesus. We must no search for it as the ten tribes thereof at the time of for hid treasures.” It is not gliding the destruction of their enemies and over the surface that will give us the their restoration to the land of pro- deep things of God: by the SPIRIT mise ; and this evidently after the we may know them ; and the drying up of the mystical Euphrates word of wisdom" is one of the or Jordan, which formed the barrier blessed privileges of the Church, too between them and their inheritance. much forgotten, but still part of her And to my own mind the evidence provision of love. Oh, may she of holy Scripture is fully satisfactory, open the casket and take out the -not only that " when the Lord rich jewels, and gird herself with

shall build up Zion then shall he power, and array herself with glory; appear in his glory;" but that a so as to be ready to meet the Bridegreat distinction is made in the dif

groom who standeth at the door! ferent destinies and work of the two Brethren suffer the word of exhorbodies of Jews, before their union on tation—it is God's command! It is the mountains of Israel, after the de- for you to search and see if

any struction of Antichrist: Judah having thing here written testifies of Jesus. before given out the lowly Branch To know him, and knowing, to enjoy from the stem of Jesse, Ephraim shall him, this is life eternal. manifest him as the Staff of power eth to judge the earth”. Before and Rod of dominion for the rescue of him goeth the pestilence and burning his people." I will make Ephraim I will make Ephraim coals flow down at his feet”.

"-" He to ride, saith the Lord, and Judah marches through the land in indigshall plow, and Jacob shall break the ' nation and threshes tlie licathen in clods."d Such is the dignity of Eph- anger.” Oh, when his wrath is raim, and the consequent honor of kindled, yea but a little, blessed Judah and all the children of Jacob ! are all they that put their trust in I have adduced many passages,

him !” and many more might be brought

PHILALETHES. d Hosea 1, 11.

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ON THE LITERAL AND FIGURATIVE

INTERPRETATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.

No. III.

Having in my two former papers viz.--that he should be betrayed by laid down the rules for interpreting one of his companions,n-sold for the sacred Scriptures, and given thirty pieces of silver, and the use many examples in illustration of to which the money should be apthem, especially such as relate to plied,0—be smitten upon his trial, the literal dispersion and restoration and have vinegar and gall given of the Jews ; I now proceed to con- him to drink ;9—also his dying template those prophecies which re- words, r—and that they should pierce late to the Messiah. These are of his hands and his feet, s—yet that two classes, the fulfilled and the un- not a bone of him should be broken ;t fulfilled. And here let the Reader -his being numbered with transbear in mind the fourth rule,-" In- gressors,

gressors, u—the casting lots upon terpret the unfulfilled prophecies his vesture, v-his grave with the ' in the same manner, as historical rich, w—and the resurrection of his facts have verified those that are body. All these things and many already accomplished.”

others which God hath showed by Who that believes in the New the mouth of all his holy prophets, Testament will doubt the literal he hath so fulfilled ;y that is, LITERfulfilment of the following prophe

ALLY fulfilled. cies which relate to the Messiah? The very same events were also He was to be the seed of the wo- foretold by Christ himself, just beman, a-the seed of Abraham, b--of fore they took place. Then he the tribe of Judah and the family of

took unto him the twelve, and said David, c-and to be born of a virgin.

d ' unto them, Behold we go up to The prophecies were also literally Jerusalem, and all things that are fulfilled with respect to the follow- ' written in the prophets concerning ing things : His birth-place Beth- the Son of Man, shall be accomlehem, e-his flight into Egypt, f-his plished.”_"Let these sayings mean appearance and poverty, &- sink deep into your ears : for the the scene of his ministry, b—his Son of Man shall be delivered unto parabolic language, i-his miracles,k the Gentiles, and shall be mock-his quiet deportment, l-his en- ed, and spitefully entreated, and trance into Jerusalem and the beast spitted on; and they shall scourge on which he rode,m—and especially • him, and put him to death; and the circumstances of his crucifixion, the third day he shall rise again.”

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a Gen. iii, 15. b Gen. xii, 3. c 2 Sam. vii, 13–16; Isa. ix, 6, 7. 14; Matt. i, 23. e Mic. V, 2 with Luke ii, 15, 16. f Hos. xi, 1 with Matt ii, 15. 8 Isa. liii, 2, 3; Matt. ii, 23. h Isa. ix, 1, 2; Matt. iv, 13–16.

i Ps. lxxviii, 2; Matt. xxi, 4. k Isaiah liii, 4; Matt. viii, 17. 1 Isaiah xlii, 1–4 ; Matt. xii, 17. m Zech. ix, 9; Matt. xxi, 4. n Psalm lv, 13. o Zech. xi, 12, 13; Matt. xxvii, 3, 9. p Mic. v, 1; Matt. xxviii, 30. q Ps. lxix, 21; John xix, 27. r Ps. xxii, 1; Matt. Xxvii, 46.

s Psalm xxii, 16. t Exodus xii, 46 ; Psalm xxxiv, 20 with John xix, 36. u Isa. liii, 12; Luke xxii, 37. v Ps. xxii, 18; John xix, 24. 11 Isa. liii, 9; Matt. xxvii, 57. x Ps. xvi, 10 ; Matt. xxviii, 7. y Acts iii, S.

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But, strange to tell ! " They under of this world will become the kingstood none of these things.”'z He doms of our Lord and of his Christ; also informed his disciples, that after and He shall reign for ever and his resurrection he would meet them ever : and he will bring all the in a certain place in Galilee; that saints with him.

The very anhe would send them the Holy Spirit; nouncement of this fact induced that they should be opposed while them to sing a new song to the preaching his Gospel; that they praise of their King, and to congratshould be imprisoned and hated of ulate one another saying, all men for his name's sake; and all shall reign on the earth :”c and the these things were literally accom- apostle John says, “ They lived and plished.

reigned with Christ a thousand The Scriptures give a very cir- years." If wicked men had said cumstantial account of his personal these things we might have disascension—the place where he is believed with propriety; but when gone,-the work in which he is at they are asserted by the unanimous present engaged, “ making interces- testimony of the redeemed saints, sion for us.” They also assure us, and by an inspired Apostle, not to that he must retain his present situ- give credit to them is sturdy unation and employment—not as is belief. generally supposed, until the final All christians are agreed that judgement and dissolution of all Christ will reign : the Scriptures things, but "until the times of place that matter beyond dispute. the restitution of all things;" and They say, he must reign; but they that then the Father will send him never apply the terms spiritual or again.a He now reigns personally personal to his reign. They also in heaven, and spiritually on earth. speak of him as sustaining three There can be no such thing as his very important characters, namely spiritual coming, because he is those of Prophet, Priest and King; spiritually here already, and has and though they never apply the never departed for a moment, but terms personal or spiritual to either, has verified his own declaration, yet it is well known, that he dis“« Lo I am with you always even charged his prophetic and priestly unto the end of the world. Now offices personally, and why should it is obvious, that that which never he not sustain his regal office perwent away can never with propriety sonally ? Even now he performs be said to come again; but that his priestly office personally in the which went away, may come again, holy place not made with hands, , that is, his person. That which was where he appears in the presence of seen to go away, will so come again. God to make intercession for us.d Hear the deposition of two heavenly If Christ had a spiritual subsistence witnesses This same Jesus which only, (like the Father and the Holy • is taken up from you into heaven, Spirit,) we might have fairly con· shall so come in like manner as ye cluded that this reign would be only · have seen him go into heaven.”b spiritual ; but as he has a personal At the second advent Christ will subsistence also, is it not equally come to reign, not merely in the fair to conclude that he will reign hearts of men; but—the kingdoms spiritually and personally?

2 Lu. ix, 44 ; xviii, 31-34.

& Acts i, 11.

c Rev. V, 9, 10.

a Acts iii, 20, 21.

d Heb. ix, 1l, 24.

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