Page images

nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

5. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.


[ocr errors]

The glories of the millennian kingdom of Christ, or the kingdom of the mountain form the princ cipal subject of this prophecy. In the end of days, or at the termination of the great period of 1260 days, the Jewish Church will begin to be restored to her right of primogeniture. She will join her younger sister, the Gentile Church; and will unite with her in receiving Jesus as the Messiah. Jel'usalem will become a kind of spiritual metropolis of the fifth great monarchy, that of the Lamb: the glory of the Lord will be in the midst of her: and she will be acknowledged by all nations to be the joy of the whole earth.

The return of the converted Jews will however be opposed by the faction of Antichrist and his congregated vassals. These the Lord will rebuke in his anger; and, after cutting off the irreclaimable part of the confederacy, will cause the rest to lay down their weapons of war, and to humbie themselves before Messiah the king.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]


The judicial blindness of the Jews-Their presers

vation from entire destruction. Isaiah vi. 8. And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. 9. And he said; Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10. Make gross the heart of this people; make their ears dull, and close up their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 11. And I said, Lord, how long? And he answered: Until the cities be laid waste, so that there be no inhabitant; and the houses, so that there be no man; and the land be utterly desolate ; 12. And the Lord have removed men far away; and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 13. And, though there be a tenth part remaining in it, even this shall undergo a repeated destruction: yet, as the ilex, and the oak, though cut down, hath its stock remaining, so shall a holy seed be the stock of the nation.

COMMENTARY. The remarkable judicial blindness of the Jews, with respect to the promised Messiah, is here very


clearly predicted: and, accordingly, the prophecy is so applied both by our Lord himself, and by his apostles St. John and St. Paul *. This blindness is to continue during the whole time of the dispersion: and so accurately has the prediction been fulfilled, that now, at the end of seventeen centuries from the sacking of Jerusalern by Titus, we still behold the Jews removed far away from the land of their fathers, and labouring under the same astonishing infatuation that prompted their ancestors to crucify the Lord of life.

Yet, notwithstanding the general dispersion and ruin of the people, a tenth part was to remain in the land; but even this scanty remnant was to uno dergo a repeated destruction. Nevertheless the nation itself was to be preserved in the midst of its calamities; and, although frequently undergoing an almost total excision, was still to shoot forth again like young twigs from the stump of an oak that has been cut down. The passage, in which this part of the prediction is contained,

though somewhat obscure, and variously ex

plained by various interpreters, yet, I think, has “ been made so clear by the accomplishment of “ the prophecy, that there remains little room to s doubt of the sense of it. When Nebuchad

nezzar had carried away the greater and better part of the people into captivity, there was yet

[ocr errors]

Matt, xiii, 14. Jobn xii. 40. Acts xxviii. 26.

a tenth

a tenth remaining in the land, the poorer sort, « left to be vine dressers and husbandmen under “ Gedaliah *; and the dispersed Jews gathered " themselves together, and returned to him t:

yer even these, Aeeing into Egypt after the death “ of Gedaliah, contrary to the warning of God

given by the prophet Jeremiah, miserably pe“ rished there. Again, in the subsequent and “ more remarkable completion of the prophecy in " the destruction of Jerusalem and the dissolution “ of the commonwealth by the Romans, when the Jews, after the loss of above a million of men, " had increased from the scanty residue that was « left of them, and had become very numerous

again in their country; Hadrian, provoked by " their rebellious behaviour, slew above half a " million more of them, and a second time almost “ extirpated the nation. Yet, after these signal « and almost universal destructions of that nation, "and after so many other repeated exterminations " and massacres of them, in different times and “ on various occasions since, we yet see, with “ astonishment, that the stock still remains, from “ which God, according to his promise frequently “ given by his prophets, will cause his people to « shoot forth again and to flourish I.”



2 Kings xxv. 12, 22.

+ Jer. xl. 12. Bp. Lowth's Isaiah in loc. See also Mr. Lowth in loc. 56 We ought," says one of the orators in the Jewish Sanhedrini


[ocr errors]


The birth of Christ-His second advent --The bless

ings of his millennian kingdom--The restoration and conversion of IsraelThe exhaustion of the mystic Euphrates and Nilem The overthrow of the Antichristian sovereign of the mystic Babylon in the land of Palestine.

Isaiah xi. 1. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots : 2. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; 3. And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord : and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4. But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and with equity shall he work conviction in the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the blast of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked one. 5. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of

at Paris, “ to return our thanks to Providence, who has not “ suffered that the aged tree should be torn up by the roots, " though it has often permitted that its branches should severely suffer.” Trans, of Paris. Sanhed. p. 165. .


« EelmineJätka »