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and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom.”
The consideration of this part of the subject will, however, be found in the “ Second Application” of this “Period,” which immediately follows.
four winds, shall relax that hold, and the judgments of an offended God shall with an overwhelming fury burst upon the world, but one way of safety appears; and that is, being found in the ark Christ; and by repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, turning from every evil way. “Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thy heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them” (Joel ii. 17).
V. The last reason which has induced me to consider this term of “seven times” as chronological is, that its termination synchronizes with those of the other unfulfilled prophecies.
This will immediately appear by the most superficial reference to the Chronological Chart, where it will be perceived that the year 1843 is equally the termination of the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Periods.
These five reasons carry with them, to my mind, a strong presumptive evidence that the hypothesis I have advanced is correct; and that the probability is very great that the long period of Israel's and Judah’s captivity and dispersion is nearly at an end ; and that this termination will correspond to the two thousand
five hundred and twentieth year from the final ruin and destruction of the kingdom of Israel. Further, that whenever this time arrives, STONE, which is to be cut out without hands,” will smite the great symbolical image of Nebuchadnezzar, representing the four successive general monarchies, and BREAK IT IN PIECES ; when they all will become “ like the chaff of the summer threshing-floor, and the wind will carry them away, so that no place will be found for them.”
And the awful truth that this state of things is fast coming upon us, appears to be the burthen and end of many prophecies, symbolical as well as chronological. Apparently for the express purpose of compelling us to believe in a catastrophe so repugnant to our natural impressions and the usual course of the world, it is a period very often alluded to in the Sacred Volume. The language of the seventh trumpet, which, as the sixth is so very near closing, must soon sound, has been already noticed. It was, undoubtedly, typified by the seventh trumpet before the walls of Jericho, the blast of which completely levelled every opposing barrier to the Jews' possession of that devoted city. In the case before us, on the seventh angel sounding, “the kingdoms of this world are to become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ;
In the manner of encampment, and in the order of march during their forty years' journey in the wilderness, the post of honour always was assigned to this tribe. The camp of Judah (which was the most distinguished also in point of number) always marched first; and its ensign or standard was erected in the centre of “the east side, towards the rising of the sun,” when they stood still; as that of Reuben was on the south ; Ephraim on the west; and Dan on the north: each of these having a tribe on the right and the left (See Numbers chap. ii.). It is named (in Rev. chap. vii.) as the first in the mystical number of the tribes which are said to be sealed during the suspension of the awful commotions of the sixth seal.
But its chief pre-eminence was in its being the chosen tribe from which Messiah, after the flesh, was to descend, and to which A GRANT OF THE SOVEREIGNTY was distinctly and formally given.
There have been two separate and most remarkable grants given to the posterity of Abraham; both of which are expressed, with regard to the time of their continuance, in similar strong language. The first is the grant of Canaan, which is common to all the tribes; the second is the grant of the throne, which is confined to the tribe of Judah and the house of David. The terms in which the former was by supposing that to-day will be as to-morrow, and that the schemes of human policy adopted by the governments of the world will prosper as they have been wont; but as surely as the sounding of the six former trumpets brought on the world their predicted calamities and overthrows, so surely shall the seventh and last be attended by all its similar, but fearfully augmented and most ruinous, consequences.
Every prediction that is uttered concerning these coming judgments, concerning this great change, is consistent with God's former proceedings against nations; consistent with each other; and consistent with the awful attributes of Jehovah, as far as He hath been pleased to reveal them to us. And they are consistent with the oath and covenant which He sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, when He gave them the grant of the land of Canaan, to them and to their seed for EVER.
The Lord is at no loss for means to execute his decrees: “He hath spoken, and he will also bring it to pass; He hath purposed it, and will also do it.” “Calling a ravenous bird from the East, the man that executeth his counsel from a far country.” The Jews are at present “STOUTHEARTED, and far from righteousness ;” and the voice of their fathers' God is calling unto them, in their own Scriptures, to HEARKEN unto him ;