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unto his name. Princes and ambassadors are to come to him from Egypt. Ethiopia is to stretch out her hands unto God. He is to judge (or vindicate) the poor of his people,-to save the children of the needy, and break in pieces the oppressor.-The promised Messiah" is to have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth," that is, from the Mediterranean sea to the Persian Gulf, and from the river Euphrates to the ends of the earth; figurative expressions, to typify the whole habitable earth. They who dwell in the wilderness are to bow before him, and his enemies are to lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish* and of the Isles, shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba, shall offer gifts: yea all kings shall fall down before him-all nations shall serve him-his name is to remain forever and forever; to be continued (or propagated) as long as the sun and men are to be blessed in him. All nations are to call him blessed-his seed are to be es tablished forever, and his throne built up to all to all generations—he is to subdue the people under him, and the nations under his feet-he is to choose out an heritage for his people, even the excellency of Jacob whom he loved-all the ends of the earth are to remember and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him, for the kingdom is to be the Lord's and he is to be governor among the nations.-The Psalmist in an ecstacy of joy, on a prophetic view of this glorious event, cries
* That is, Spain or some great commercial country. D
out-"Clap your hands all ye people, for the Lord is to be a great king over all the earth: he shall subdue the people under him, and the nations under his feet. God is king of all the earth;—and reigneth over the heathen.-Through the greatness of thy power, shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee-All the earth shall worship thee, and sing of thee-they shall sing unto thy name."
The whole 67th Psalm is a prayer for this great kingdom" that the way of God may be known on the earth and his saving health among all nationsAll nations whom thou hast made, shall come and worship before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name."-In the 110th Psalm, it is expressly asserted of the Messiah, "The Lord upon thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrathHe shall judge among the Heathen-He shall fill the places with the dead bodies-He shall wound the Heads over many (or great) countries," literally in the Hebrew," the Head over much Country."*
Thus the inspired Psalmist foretels in emphatical language, the kingdom of the Messiah, which has never yet been verified, although we have seen his first coming in the flesh; and if it is ever to be made good by the event, it must be in some future time, and of course, at the second coming of our glorious Immanuel, as he has himself foretold in his word.
But it appears, as time advanced, and the end drew nearer, that the declarations of many successive
and inspired prophets, gave the most explicit and exact predictions of this blessed event, and particularly Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, Daniel, Micah, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, as well as the other prophets, who have also been very minute on this subject.
ISAIAH, who is with great propriety stiled" the evangelical prophet," speaks very expressly on this head, and foretels, in sublime terms, "that a virgin was to conceive and bear a son, and his name was to be Immanuel, (or God with us.) For unto his people a child was to be born; unto them a son was to be given-The Government was to be on his shoulders-His name was to be called WonderfulCounsellor-The mighty God-The Father of the everlasting age, or the age to come-The Prince of Peace Of the increase of his Government and Peace, there was to be no end. A rod was to come forth out of the trunk of Jesse, and a cyon to grow out of his roots; and the spirit of Jehovah was to rest upon him; the spirit of wisdom and understanding-The spirit of counsel and strength-The spirit of the knowledge and fear of Jehovah."
The same evangelical prophet, distinguishes what was to happen in after times, when he says, "that in the latter days (afterwards explained by Daniel more particularly) as meaning the latter end of the 4th kingdom mentioned in his vision, that is, the Roman empire or government, (as it was always understood by the Jews before the coming of Christ) the mountain of the Lord's House, should be established in the tops of the mountains, and exalted
above the hills, and all nations should flow into itand many people should go and say, come ye and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah; to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways; and we will walk in his paths; for from Zion shall go forth the law; and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem, and he shall judge among the nations, and work conviction in many people,-and they shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks. Nation shall not lift up their swords against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
The wolf is then to take up his abode with the lamb, and the leopard lye down with the kid-and the calf and the young lion and the fatling shall come together, and a little child shall lead them.
The heifer and the she-bear shall feed together. Together shall their young ones lie down, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp; and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice den-They shall not hurt nor destroy in all the holy mountain, for the earth is to be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the depths of the sea.-The root of Jesse is to be an ensign to the people, and to him shall the nations repair, and his resting place shall be glorious."
About this happy period, in fulfilment of the promises of his word, the dispersed Jews are to be