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Return of the Jews, and union of the kingdoms.

and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.

Lk. 21. 24. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, antil the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

424. Will the whole house of Israel return, and be united in one kingdom in Palestine ?

Is. 11. 12. And shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. The envý also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

Jer. 3. 17. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

Jer. 23. 7. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Ezk. 36 10. And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it.

Ezk. 37 16. Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the Return of the Jews, and union of the kingdoms. children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick: and they shall become one in thy hand. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these? Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand. And thy sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thy hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all. Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: 25. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt,-even they, and their children, and their children's children forever. 26–28.

Hos. 1. 10. The number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered-Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Mic. 2. 12. I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men, 13.

Return of the Jews unobstructed.

Zec. 10. 6. And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring then again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them. And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord. I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased. 10. I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead, and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them. And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.

425. Will any obstructions to the return of the Jews be removed ?

Is. 11. 15. And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egpytian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod.

Is. 27. 12. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel,

Rev. 16. 12. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

426. Was Canaan given to Abraham and his seed?

Gen. 12. 7. And the Lord appeared unto Abraham and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land.

Numerous seed promised to the Jewish progenitors. Gen. 13. 14. And the Lord said unto Abraham, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it,

and to thy seed forever. 17. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

Gen. 15. 18. In that same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates; The Kanites, and the Kenezites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizites, and the Rephaims, And the Armorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Gen. 17. 8. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger: all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Gen. 26. 2. And the Lord appeared unto him, (Isaac and said, Go not down into Egypt: dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee: for unto thee and unto thy seed I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy Father.

Gen. 28. 13. I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed. Ex. 6. 4. and 32. 13.

427. Were the Jewish progenitors promised a very numerous seed ?

Gen. 13. 16. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Gen. 15. 5. and 22. 17.

Possessions of the Jews.

Gen. 26. 4. And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven.

Gen. 28. 14. And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth; and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. Num. 23. 10.

Hos. 1. 10. The number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered.

428. Will the Jews yet possess the whole of Palestine ?

Is. 11. 14. They shall, fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.

Amos 9. 11. In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this.

Obad. 18. And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it. And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the cap. tivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

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