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isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee." Isaiah vi. 9. In this manner will happen the salvation of Israel, and from thence Israel shall be saved for ever; they shall no more be ashamed; as it is written: " But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation; ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. Isaiah xlv. 17.
* Next to this, all nations will come and acknowledge the Messiah to be their Lord and King, as it is written: "And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the nations; to him shall the gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious," Isaiah xi. 10: And all those nations that shall remain in the world, from thence and further, shall be the servants of Israel, as it is written: "Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nations abhor, to a servant of rulers. Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their faces towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me." Isaiah xlix. 7, 23. Also, any nation that shall say, I will not be subject to Israel, I will not be his servant, shall perish, as it is written: "For the na
tion and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish: yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. The sons also of those that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel." Isaiah Ix. 12, 14.
The Building Of The Temple And City.—After this, the temple shall be rebuilt, as it is described in Ezekiel. Also Jerusalem shall be built, as it is written: "Behold I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and thy foundation with sapphires; and I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones." Isaiah liv. 11, 12.
* The Life Of Israel Will Be As Long As The Days Of Adam.—" There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days; for the child shall die a hundred years old: for as * the days of the tree of life are the days of my people; and mine elect shall long enjoy the works of their hands. And it shall come to pass, that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear." Isaiah lxv. 20, 22, 24.
* The Unity Of God Established.—This will be called the New World, or the world of the Messiah. At that time the Lord will be established throughout the whole world, and it will be known that he is the only God in heaven, above the heavens, in the earth, and beneath the earth; on the East, West, North, and South: and that will be the time when the Lord shall be king over the
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whole earth; but not until that time.—In Exodus xv. we observe, Moses and all Israel sang one song when they passed through the Ked Sea; and every one of Israel made use of every word, and one did not differ from the others even in one single word: and it is a part of the law, therefore it must be acknowledged that the Lord poured out his Holy Spirit upon every one in Israel. But we see one surprising thing in this song; "The Lord shall reign for ever and ever." The question is here, Why did Moses say, The Lord shall reign? why not the Lord reigned? whereby it would be understood that they praised the Lord, who was, and is, and shall be for evermore. But from the text we learn only, that in a future time the Lord will be Lord, but not before he shall reign.—One instance more we find: "The Lord shall be king over all the earth." Zee. xiv. 9. By this passage we may learn that God shall be king in future, but not until then.—Both of these quotations are the words of God, and therefore they must be true; and it must be considered that at the present time the Lord is not king over the whole earth: * because he is not worshipped as the only God through heaven and earth, and the glory which is due to him alone man has given to a bone, and to a stone; to the wind, the fire, the water, animals, the sun, the moon, and to dead men; every one of these is mentioned here as being worshipped as a god, and now is the same. —We find it recorded that several men said, I am a god, but none of them died a good death. King Pharaoh was the first that said he was a god; his punishment was to be drowned in the Red Sea.— * Joash, king of Judah, was the second that made himself a god; he also received his punishment, and he was slain upon his bed, and by his own servants.—Sennacherib was the third that made himself a god; he was slain by his own sons.—
* Hi rain, of Tyrus, was the fourth; he also was slain by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.—Nebuchadnezzar was the fifth that'made himself a god; he also received his punishment; for he was driven from men, to dwell with the beasts of the field; and this kind of punishment was worse than death itself. And in the same manner * every man that said he was a god never died a natural death: all these demi-gods were slain: but those punishments inflicted on them were only a punishment on their bodies; but the punishment of their souls is laid up in store for the day of judgment; for that will be the day for the end of all the false gods, and so they all will end with them together.
When Balaam the prophet saw that in future times men would say they were gods, he cried out; "God is not a man." Num. xxiii. 19. But if he still will say, Man is a god, tell him he is a liar. David also speaks against them, * " They that make them shall be like unto them; so also shall be every one that trusteth in them." Psalm cxv. 8. "They are vanity, and the work of errors; in the time of their visitation they shall perish." Jer. x. 15. "I, even I, am he that comforteth you; who art thou that thou shouldest be afraid of man that shall die, and of the son of man that shall be made as grass?" Isa. li. 12. "Cease ye from man (>that is, to say he is a god,) whose breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be accounted of?" Isa. ii. 22; which is to say, that man is mortal. "And the idols he shall utterly abolish." Isaiah xi. 8. And in that day will be fulfilled, "And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day," ver. 17; which is to say, that at that time all the earth shall know that there never was another god, but only the God of Israel.—We also learn from the words of the apostle Paul, "When all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him; that God may be all in all." 1 Cor. xv. 28. The question here is, * what does Paul mean by this sentence, All in all 9 why did he not explain it? What can now be learned from it? Is it as much as to say, that only God, the God of Israel, will be then known, that he is the only God, and that is all in all; and that all other gods will come to nothing, but God will remain for ever ? And this sense only can be the construction of it; for he says, that Christ shall be subject, and shall deliver up the kingdom to God, and then God will be all in all: and indeed this is true, for he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, hut that will not take place till the restoration of Israel.—* The last verse of the Song of Moses ought to strike the mind of every man; for we may ask the question, why this verse is not the first in the song, as indeed it ought to be; but we find it not so, for it is the last; "The Lord shall reign for ever and ever:" by this we may learn that it is the last, because it will take place in the last days. The gentiles perhaps will say, We also believe