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THE JEWS BROUGHT FORTH UNTO ISRAEL.-ISRAEL'S RETURN.
upon his land.”
ministration of the word, did John behold Him, whose eyes are as a flame of fire, and who searcheth the reins and the heart. It was to search out, and consume the heart-wickedness of his people, by that which truly maketh manifest, that Israel had been parted, and placed thus along the great line, in which hath come the ministration of the word.. The word was thus ministered by believing Jews, such as Paul, from Jerusalem, round about unto Illyricum. It was by the lamp of fire from Jerusalem, supplied with oil by our great superintending High Priest, that mercy hath visited us, who sat in darkness, "to guide our feet into the way of peace."
The ministration of judgment hath also thus come; as truly hath been fulfilled, in the unbelieving Jews, the figure of the smoking furnace, as in the believing Jews, who were made light in the Lord, was displayed the burning lamp. The Romans, who laid Jerusalem waste, and who led the Jews away captive in their last great captivity, drew them down northwestward, in the same direction as had come the ministration of the word of life. They have been an exemplification of the curse upon those who reject Him in whom alone blessing can be found. To the truth of the Gospel, the case of unbelieving Judah has been a constant and loudly attesting witness. See as to the uses which this remnant from Jerusalem was to serve unto the outcasts of Israel, Ezek. xiv. 22, 23.
Nor in the Jews alone have these witnesses been made to appear, but the case of every people, not only from Jerusalem, round about to Illyricum, but even straight onward in the direction of our own island, has been made to witness to the truthfulness of God, either in mercy or in judgment. Nor will the witness here terminate—nay, hence it will, and has,
in a measure, spread unto the uttermost parts of the earth; and not only will the witness thus spread, but thence it will come together into unity and strength, when in that land, which hath so long lain desolate without them, which darkness hath covered, whilst gross darkness was covering the people, the children of promise shall, in the light,“ be lifted up
like the stones of a crown, as an ensign
Then the Lord will accomplish his covenant mercy of which he spake to Abraham, saying, “ Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river Euphrates." The country, then inhabited by "the Kenites, the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites," is now empty for returning Israel. As truly as they have multiplied in the ends of the earth, has their own central-land been made empty for them. And they that are left of the nations around shall yet say, “ This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden, and the waste, and desolate, and ruined cities, are become fenced, and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you, shall know that I, the Lord, build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it." Yes, there shall yet come the voice from the throne, saying, It is done. The mystery of God is finished. The face of the covering which was cast over all nations is destroyed " The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see together." Now will have come the manifestation of the sons of God, and now, in truth, will be the waiting for God's Son from heaven, and the great proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom.