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a sword not of mortal shall devour him. And he shall betake himself to flight from the face of the sword; and the courage of his chosen men shall fail.
And through terror he shall pass beyond his strong hold; and his princes shall be struck with consternation at his flight. Thus saith Jehovah, who hath his fire in Sion; and his furnace in Jerusalem.”
Sennacherib fell by the sword of man, even of his own sons, which is another contradiction.--Also when he retired from the siege of Jerusalem, it was not " for fear of the sword" of the jews, but of that divine arm which protected them. This seems therefore to be rather a prophecy of some still future tyrant, often called the Assyrian, who is to meet his ruin on that holy ground, and from an army of converted jews, and to be personally cut off" by a sword not of man,” but by some divine judgment, The fire of the divine wrath on this eminent occasion in Sion, and the furnace of Jehovah in Jerusalem ; seems to indicate some catastrophe of greater importance than the overthrow of that Assyrian tyrant.
The similar description of Gog in Ezekiel, and of Gods anger against him seems to confirm my application of this prophecy also to an extremely late period." Thus saith the Lord God, art thou be!-of whom I have spoken in OLD TIME by my servants, the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years (ago,) that I would bring thee against them ? and it shall come to pass at the same time, when GoG shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, THAT MY FURY SHALL COME UP IN MY Face."--Ezek, xxxviii. 17. &c.
in the Psalms, which represents the destruction of the destroyers of mankind, whose trade is war and plunder, and who live by their swords, perhaps relates to the same time; as it likewise involves the redemption of Israel, and the conversion of the nations. “Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver,"—(till the unbelieving submit to Christ, and offer gifts,)-“scatter thou the people that delight in war. Then PRINCES shall come out of Egypt”—(the jews, or kings of the cast, shall emerge by a second Exodus out of the mystical Egypt of the Roman captivity,)—" Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God”-(by conversion of the African tribes, and of all the world, unto Christ).
To cite but one passage more.
I conceive this idea of the BREAKER coming to the end of his long career in Judea, to be additionally confirmed by Isaial, xiv. 22, where the holy prophet, after giving that fine ironica] de
scription of the once formidable spiritual despot of mystic Babylon, concludes with an account of the sweeping vengeance which shall in the end overtake both him, and the SCOURGE OF GOD also, which arises out of his root, and by which he is himself destroyed, although he cannot help supporting him with the whole weight of his spiritual artillery.* “ I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of Hosts, and cut off from BABYLON the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord. I will sweep it with the ben som of destruction. The Lord of Hosts hath sworn, saying, surely as I thought, so shall it come to pass, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand. That I WILL BREAK THE AssyRIAN IN MY LAND, and UPON MY MOUNTAINS TREAD HIM UNDERFOOT. Then shall bis goke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth,"—(or catholic Roman empire,)
* Sect. xxiiii p. lll.
" and this is the hand that is stretched out upon
all the nations" (of which that spiricual confederacy is made up).
Recapitulation of the remarkable epithets and em.
blems, by wbich the BREAKAR, or destroyer of the papal Roman empire, and PRECURSOR OF IsRAEL, is distinguished in the Prophecies.-His usual deep policy and caution over-ruled by the irresistible power of God, in one remarkable instance. -Papal misinterpretation of the Prophecies corrected by a Satanic commentary.
great instrument of Providence in modern times, of whose ambition and spirit of conquest the divine Ruler of the world will make use, to avenge the blood of the saints under the altar, and to prepare a way for the return of his people Israel to their original seats, (against the time when their approaching happy reconciliation with their injured Messias shall take place,) is marked in prophecy by many distinguishing traits of cha