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this northern army is to consist? I answer, that it seems to me, that all those nations at least, who have had a hand in scattering Israel, or parting his land, will come in for a share of those judgments. What still further proves the accomplishment of this Prophecy to be yet future, is what is said in ver. 26, 27, My people shall never be ashamed. And ver. 17, So shall
ye that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain : then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no stranger pass through her any more. And again, ver. 20, But Judah shall dwell for ener, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
Amos the prophet lived in the days of Jeroboam, the son of Joash, king of Israel, and prophesied about 787 years before Christ. Amos ix. 11. “ In that day I will raise up
the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof, and will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old.
That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen which are called by my name,* saith the Lord that doth this.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed : and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
* The meaning here is, that they which are called by my name may possess the remnant of Edom, &c., and not the remnant of Edom, and all the heathen which are called by my name, as it may be understood from our translation.
† Or, be fruitful.
14. “ And I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof: they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15.“ And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.”
This Prophecy is so express and clear, that it wants no explanation. I shall only observe, that the last verse proves the restoration here spoken of to be yet future.
V. HOSEA prophesied about the year 785, to the kingdom of Israel, in the days of the same Jeroboam the son of Joash.
Hosea iii. 4. “ For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim. Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.”
The latter days signify the latter ages of Christianity, or of the world, which forbids the applying this prophecy to any former return. Besides, this prophecy being spoken to the kingdom of Israel in particular, prevents the application of it to the return from Babylon, to which place they were never carried.
(To be continued.)
HISTORICAL NOTICES OF THE MISSIONS
OF THE SOCIETY.
Danzig. “ This district comprises the provinces of East and West Prussia, and part of Pomerania, with a Jewish population of at least 26,000. In West Prussia there are about 5,600 Jews; and in Danzig about 500 Jewish families, consisting of 2,500 individuals. They are divided into five congregations, and have five synagogues, where there are daily morning and evening prayers ; commonly, however, they are not attended by above ten persons. The Jews of Danzig have, until recently, been esteemed by their brethren strict adherents of the old school. But since the political changes of the last few years, divisions have taken place in their community, and in the autumn of 1849, it was finally decided to pension their old orthodox rabbi, and to appoint in his place a doctor of philosophy, who shall preach every Sabbath in the German language. In proportion as rabbinism is losing ground, the prejudices against Christianity appear to diminish. It is nothing unusual now to see descendants of Abraham attend Christian Churches. Danzig, being situated near the mouth of the Vistula, is visited during the summer by numbers of Jews from different parts of Poland and Galicia, who are frequently employed as agents in carrying on the trade in corn, and have the charge of the vessels in which it is brought to Danzig from the different parts of the inte.
rior. When therefore the state of the Jews in the town itself did not offer great encouragement to the missionary, he had many opportunities of preaching Christ to the strangers above referred to, who in their own homes had, in many cases, never been visited by a missionary.
"Danzig has been frequently visited by the Society's missionaries, during the last twentythree years,
and a school for Jewish children was established there in 1828 by the Rev. W. Ayerst, and his fellow-labourer, the Rev. M. S. Alexander. This school continued to flourish for several years, and was at one time attended by ninety-four Jewish children, but at length it met with great opposition from the influence of a few individuals who were incessant in their endeavours to prevent its usefulness. After the removal of Mr. Alexander (in 1830) and Mr. Ayerst in the following year), this station remained unoccupied until 1840, when it became the station of Mr. J. C. Moritz, until 1843; and in July, 1844, the Rev. H. Lawrence entered upon it as his field of labour, being joined soon. after by the Rev. E. M. Tartakover. On September 1st, 1849, Mrs. Lawrence was removed by death, from cholera ; an event which elicited very general manifestations of sympathy with the bereaved husband.
“ Several of the Jews of Danzig have shown a very friendly disposition, and on the Lord's Day they have been seen attentively listening to the public preaching of the Gospel. The prejudice against the missionary, which, in a great majority of instanoes, at one time, formed an insuperable barrier to religious conversation, appears to be much on the decline. The synagogue
service is losing its hold on the minds of many, according to their own confession, and is felt to be devoid of life, instruction, and comfort; while the conviction is spreading among them, that the missionaries are their real friends, and anxious for their welfare.
“ The missionary journeys undertaken every year have afforded abundant opportunities for usefulness, and proved increasingly interesting. Respecting their travels in 1849, the missionaries report that more than three times the number of Bibles were sold than had been the case on any former journey; and could a sufficient supply have been obtained, it is impossible to say how many more would have found grateful purchasers. It is remarkable that there appeared on these last journeys to be no desire or necessity for concealment on the part of the Jews; in not a few instances the publications received were read to little groups standing in the market-place, or in front of their houses. Another interesting feature was the kindness with which the missionaries were received at the places where they were already known; their former visit seenied to have prepared the way for a more ready and friendly access. And at other places where hostility was expected, and on former occasions no Jew called on the missionaries, they were now occupied either in discussions or the distributions of books, the greater part of the day. In referring to these circumstances, Mr. Lawrence writes :• God's ways and times are not always ours : it is good to be practically reminded that the work we sometimes speak of as ours, is in reality His, and that His servants must ascribe all their success to Him; of this we also, in some instances,