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and on this mountain shall he destroy the covering, that covered the face of all the people, and the veil that was spread over all the nations."*
The seed of Jacob are (then) to be brought from the east, and to be gathered from the west-The north is to give up, and the south not to keep back. His sons are to be brought from afar, and his daughters from the ends of the earth.
Having sworn by himself, the word went forth out of his mouth in righteousness, that unto him every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall swear.
And when the enemy shall come in as a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him, and the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and to them, who turn from transgression in Jacob. The nations are to walk in his light, and kings in the brightness of his sun-rising-The riches of the sea are to be poured in upon him, and the wealth of the nations is to come unto him-The nations are to wait, and the ships of Tarshisht among the first, to bring the sons of Israel from afar, their, silver and their gold with them, because of the name of Jehovah their
* From this it is pretty evident that there is a veil at present on all nations with regard to the 2d coming of Christ, which the restoration of the Jews will have a tendency to remove. This is typified by the veil that, even to this day, it is said, that the readers in the Jewish worship have, hanging over their faces while they read the law of Moses to the congregation.
+ If the Spaniards in South America should ever prosper as a pommercial people, they may be meant.
God, and of the holy one of Israel, for he hath glorified them.-And the sons of strangers are to build the walls, and their kings shall minister unto them their gates are to be opened continually: not to be shut day nor night, that men may bring in the wealth of the nations; and that their kings may come pompously attended; for that nation and that kingdom which will not serve them, shall perish.
The glory of Lebanon is to come unto her: the fir tree, the pine and the box together, to beautify the place of his sanctuary, and to glorify the place whereon he shall rest his feet.
The sons of their oppressors shall come bending before them; and all that scornfully rejected them, shall do obeisance at the soles of their feet.-Jerusalem is to be made an everlasting boast; a subject of joy, for perpetual generations-She is to suck the milk of the nations, and at the breast of kings to be fostered; and to know that Jehovah is her saviour and redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob.-For brass, she is to have gold, and for iron, silver-for wood, brass, and for stones, iron.-Her inspectors are to be peace, and her exactors, righteousness.
Violence will no more be heard in her land, nor wasting or destruction in her borders. Her walls are to be called salvation and her gates praise-The sun will no more be her light by day, nor the brightness of the moon by night; but Jehovah is to be to her an everlasting light, and God her glory-Her
people are to be all righteous and to inherit the land forever, that God may be glorified. His ancient people the Jews (though now dispersed to the very ends of the earth, and a hissing and a bye word to all nations) shall then build up the ruins of old times they shall restore the ancient desolations, repair the cities laid waste, the desolations of continued ages.
Strangers shall then feed their flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be their plough-men and vinedressers.
They are to be named priests of Jehovah-ministers of God shall be their title. They shall eat the riches of the nations, and in their glory they are to boast-Their seed shall be illustrious among the nations, and their offspring in the midst of the people. -All who see them shall acknowledge that they are the seed, which the Lord hath blessed-The Lord is to comfort Zion-He is to comfort all her waste places, and make her wilderness like Eden; and her desert like the garden of the Lord.
As the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations.
The command of God is to go through the gates -to prepare the way for his people-to cast up the causeway to clear it from the stones-lift up on high a standard for the nations-for behold Jehovah
proclaimeth unto the ends of the world; say ye to the daughters of Zion, lo! thy Saviour cometh-behold his reward is with him and the recompence of his works before him; and they are to be called, the holy people—the redeemed of Jehovah; sought out, a city not forsaken."
The reason is clearly given, for this wonderful change in the state and circumstances of God's people, so unlike what they are at present, scattered over the earth, with scarcely a spot to place their feet, which they can call their own; excluded from their city and promised land, which are now in the possession of a powerful nation, and so despised by all the inhabitants of the earth, that they have scarce a ray of hope left, but from faith in the word of God by his prophets; this alone keeps up their spirits in this day of gloomy darkness to them. God having declared most expressly by his prophet," that he will create new heavens and a new earth, and that the former shall not be remembered or come into mind any more;" by which it is to be understood throughout the scriptures, the political forms of gov. ernment in the world, with the grandeur and lustre of their dominions, their political heights and glory.
But his people shall rejoice and exult in the age to come, which Jehovah creates; for he will create Jerusalem a subject of joy, and her people of gladness, and Jehovah will exult in Jerusalem and rejoice in his people.The key of the house of David, shall be then laid on the shoulders of the Messiah," as an
ensign of royalty and government, so that he shall open and no man shall shut; and he shall shut and no man shall open."
"Jehovah is to come (as introductory to this glorious day) with fire and with his chariots, like a whirlwind to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire; for by fire and by his sword, will Jehovah execute judgment on all flesh, and the slain of Jehovah shall be many.-Jehovah shall come and gather all the nations and tongues together, and they shall come and see his glory; and he will impart to them a sign-and those who escape will be sent to the Heathen, and the isles afar off, that have not heard of his name, neither have seen. his glory; and they shall declare his glory among
The Jews are then to be brought for an offering unto the Lord, out of all nations, on horses, in chariots and litters; and upon mules and dromedaries to his holy mountain Jerusalem; and of them shall be made priests and levites-so that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath, to another, all flesh shall come and worship before the Lord."
So explicitly and particularly has this evangelical prophet promulged the glorious state of Christ's victorious kingdom on earth, at his second advent; as nothing any ways answerable to this transporting description, has yet happened in the world since his first coming in the flesh, it must be yet to come.