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“ in pieces captains and rulers. And I will “ render unto Babylon, and to all the inhabi“tants of Chaldea, all their evil that they have “ done in Zion, in your sight, faith the Lord;” Jer. li. 20.--24. “ And the house of Jacob “ Thall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a “ Alame, 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 «c of Efau ; for the Lord hath spoken it ;' Oba. diah, ver. 18.“ I will surely assemble, O Jacob, “ all of thee : I will surely gather the remnant “ of Israel, I will put them together as the 6 sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of " their fold : They shall make great noise by “ reason of the multitude of men. The break. " er is come up before them : They have bro. “ ken up, and have pa " and are gone out by it, and their king shall « pass before them, and the Lord on the head 6 of them ;" Micah ii. 12, 13. “ Now also “ many nations are gathered against thee, that “ say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye “ look upon Zion. But they know not the “ thoughts of the Lord, neither understand 6 they his counsel : for he shall gather them as “ the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, “O daughter of Zion : for I will make thine “ horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass,

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“ and thou shall beat in pieces many people : " and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, es and their subftance unto the Lord of the 66 whole earth,” Micah iv, 11, 12, 13. “ And e the remnant of Jacob shall be among the « Gentiles in the midst of many people, as a “ lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young “ lion among the flocks of theep : who, if he go “ through, both treadeth down, and teareth in “ pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand " fhall be lift up upon thine adversaries, and " all thine enemies shall be cut off," Micah'v. 8, 9. “Mine anger was kindled against the fhepherds, and I punished the goats: for the “ Lord of hoft hath visited his flock in the house " of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly " horse in the battle,” Zech. x. 3. - In that “ day will I make the governors of Judah like "a hearth of fire among the wood, and like a “ torch of fire in a fheaf; and they fhall de« vour all the people round about, on the right " hand and on the left : and Jerufalem shall be “ inhabited again, in her own place, even in Je. “ rufalem ; chap. xii. 6.: « And Judah also “ fhall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of “ all the heathen round about shall be gathered “ together, gold, and filver, and apparel in “great abundance ;" chap. xiv. 14.



SECTION III. The circumstances of the Battle, issuing in a glo

rious Victory for the Jews.

The same light of truth which discovers the parties, reveals likewise the manner of the battle of Armageddon.

After the Jews are trained forty years in the wilderness of Assyria, from the date of their conversion, under the immediate eye of God: After the kings of the earth, deluded by Popish emiffaries, during the same period, are induced at length to bring their armies into Judea, to refist them; the Jews by, a mandate from heaven under the conduct of the Messiah, march up to take possession of the land given by promise to their fathers. " And there shall be an high" way for the remnant of his people, which « shall be left from Aflyria, like as it was to “ Israel in the day that he came up out of the " land of Egypt;" Isa. xi. 16.

So solemn an occafion, will readily bring to their recollection the dealings of God with their nation in time past, and certain circumstances in his dealings, will as readily excite fears for the future. Those fears, and the manner in which God removes them, are laid before us, lfa: liv. 4.--17. to close.

It will be natural for them to reflect, now that they are about to possess the land, that they were put in possession of it twice before, and were as often expelled out of it, while the last expulsion was far more severe than the first; hence the dread of being ejected a third time, with still greater severity, damps their joy, and overwhelms their spirits. To remove this fear, God addresses them: “ Fear not; for thou “ Thalt not be ashamed: neither be thou con“ founded ; for thou shalt not be put to shame : “ for thou shalt forget the shame of thy “ youth, and shalt not remember the reproach o of thy widowhood any more. For thy Ma“ ker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is « his name: and thy Redeemer the holy One 66 of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall - he be called. For the Lord hath called thee “ as a woman forsaken, and grieved in spirit, " and a wife of youth, when thou waft refused, “ faith thy God. For a small moment have I “ forsaken thee; but with great mercies will “ I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face “ from thee for a moment; but with everlast" ing kindness will I have mercy on thee, faith o the Lord thy Redeemer. For this is as the “ waters of Noah unto me : for as I have sworn o that the waters of Noah should no more go " over the earth; so have I sworn that I would

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“not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. “ For the mountains shall depart, and the hills “ be removed; but my kindness shall not de“ part from thee, neither shall the covenant of “ my peace be removed, faith the Lord that “ hath mercy on thee;" Ifa. liv. 4.-10.

After intimations of the warmest love, com. pared to that of a husband for the wife of his youth, the object of his first and strongest affection, he assures them, that as he formerly swore to Noah, and pledged himself to his pofterity, filled with the dread of a second deluge, that no such event should ever take place to difpossess them of the earth ; so now he solemnly swears that he never will be wroth with them, nor rebuke them, by disinheriting them of the land they are about to poffefs. So long as the earth endures, they shall remain in it, and when time shall be no more, they shall experience his loving-kindness in a heavenly country, throughout the ages of eternity. It will readily occur to them, that ease and prosperity corrupted their fathers. The submission they learned by a course of discipline in the wilderness, was changed into disobedience, upon their possession of the land ; “ Jeshurun waxed fat có and kicked.”

The humility they acquired by their captivity in Babylon, was, some time after their return,


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