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« uncleanness--In that day shall there be upon & the bells of the horses, Holiness unto the Lord; “ and the pots in the Lord's house shall be like
the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot « in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness « unto the Lord of hosts : and all they, that sa« crifice, shall come and take of them, and seethe “ therein: and in that day there shall be no
more a trafficker in the house of the Lord of 4. “ Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound
an alarm in my holy mountain : let all the in« habitants of the land tremble: for the day of “ the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand: a day « of darkness, and of gloominess, a day of clouds « and of thick darkness, as the morning spread
upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, nei
, years of many generationst. A fire devoureth
sa akiutadana * Zechar. xii. xiii. xiv,
+ I apprehend, that by this expression we must understand the last attempt of Satan against the Lamb at the close of the Millennium; when, after “ the years of many generations' subsequent to the outrages of “ the great and strong people" here predicted, he shall stir up from the four quarters of the earth the nations styled by St. John Gog and Magog. Meanwhile, during the millennian rest, there shall be none like that strong people, till the years of its many generations shall have fully elapsed. The Gog and Magog, mentioned by St. John, are evidently the same as the Gog and Magog predicted by Ezekiel, The expedition of these nations against Palestine
" before them, and behind them a flame burneth: s the land is as the garden of Eden before them, a and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, ", and nothing shall escape them-Before their * faces the people shall be much pained: all faces "shall gather blackness-They shall run to and " fro in the city: they shall run upon the wall; Is they shall climb up upon the houses; they “shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The “ earth shall quake before them; the heavens " shall tremble: the sun and moon shall be dark, « and the stars shall withdraw their shining. " And the Lord shall utter his voice before his
army : for his camp is very great : for he is “strong, that executeth his word: for the day of " the Lord is great and very terrible; and who
can abide it?-Then will the Lord be jealous “ for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the “ Lord will answer, and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil; ye
shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the hea
bears a strong resemblance in many points to the expedition of the infidel king and the false prophet. Yet it certainly cannot be the sume, both because St. John informs us that it shall take place at the end of the Millennium; and because Ezekiel, in strict correspondence with him, asserts that it shall be directed against the Jews so long after their restoration to their own land, that they should be dwelling there in all the confidence of unsuspecting security (See Ezek. xxxviii. 8, 11, 12, 14:). The war of Gog and Magog is fully discussed in my work on the the Restoration of Israel and the overthrow of Antichrist.
« then. But I will remove far off from you the « northern one, and will drive him into a land “ barren and desolate, with his face toward the “ east sea, and his linder part toward the utmost “ sea; and his stink shall come up, and his ill
savour shall come up, because he hath done
great things-- Be glad then ye children of Zion, “ and rejoice in the Lord your God-And ye
shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, « and that I am the Lord your God, and none “ else: and my people shall never be ashamed. “ And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your
your daughters shall prophesy, your - old men shall dream dreams, your young men " shall see visions *. And I will shew wonders « in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and
Svi * This is applied by St. Peter to the effusion of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, though strictly, relating to the era of the restoration of the Jews and the glorious period of the millennium. The first advent of Christ is frequently considered by the inspired writers as a sort of type of his second advent : whence we find, that predictions, which properly belong to the one period, are often applied by anticipation to the other. Thus, in a similar manner, the apostles apply the prophecy of David, in the second Psalm, to the conspiracy of the chief priests with Herod and Pontius Pilate against our Lord : yet, if any one will compare that second Psalm with the description of the Word of God routing his congregated enemies in the nineteenth chapter of the Apocalypse, he will be convinced, that it does not receive its ultimate accomplishment till the second advent, whether literal or spiritual, at the commencement of the Millennium.
fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be « turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, “ before the great and the terrible day of the Lord
come. And it shall come to pass, that, whoso« ever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be “ delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem as shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and « in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. For,
behold, in those days, and at that time, when I “shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Je. “ rusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will
bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, " and will plead with them there for my people, «s and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scat“tered among the nations, and parted my land, “The children also of Judah, and the children « of Jerusalem, have ye sold unto the sons of the “ Ionim *, that ye might remove them far from " their border. Behold, I will rase them out of “ the place whither ye have sold them, and will
retirrn your recompence upon your own head : « and I will sell your sons and your daughters into « the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall
* By these Ionim seem to be meant all the various worshippers of the Ionah, or Noetic dove, both in the East and in the West; bot the Ionians of Greece exclusivcly. The dispersion of the Jews extends nearly to the whole world: and so widely, in old times, did the worship of the Ionek also extend. I have already consiclered the subject in a Dissertation on the Mysteries of the Cabin.
* sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off : “ for the Lord hath spoken it. Proclaim ye this
among the Gentiles: Sanctify* war, wake up “ the mighty men; let all the men of war draw
near; let them come up. Beat your plow“ shares into swords, and your pruning hooks into
spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assem“ ble yourselves, and come, all ye nations, and
gather yourselves together round about: thither “ cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. « Let' the nations be wakened, and come up to “ the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit “ to judge all the nations round about. Put ye “ in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get
you down, for the press is full, the fats overflow; “ for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multi“ tudes, in the valley of concision. The sun and “ 'the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall “ withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall “ roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jeru$6 salem; and the heavens and the earth shall « shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his
people, and the strength of the children of Is“ rael. So shall ye know, that I am the Lord “ your God dwelling in Zion my holy mountain; “ Then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no
strangers pass through her any moret."
# So the word is properly rendered in the margin of our translation of the Bible. + Joel ii. iii.