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least grain fall upon the earth.” In this prophecy, we are told that the house of Israel, fhall be sifted among all nations, and yet not one of them loft, so as not to be gathered with Judah at the last day.
I will mention only one prophecy more, which speaks of the return of the house of Israel, with the house of Judah, Hosea iii, 4, 5, “ 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 with. out an ephod, and without a 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." A people in such a situation as this must be unknown to any other people, so are the ten tribes at this day, called the house of Israel; but the Lord says they shall return in the latter days, and seek the Lord, and we may rest assured that the Lord will halten it in his time. • Second. In addition to all this, at the time when the city and house is built, and the twelve tribes are brought back, there will be a new division of the land of Canaan, different
from what it was when ofhua divided it to them. ii. This is an additional proof of the return of the twelve
tribes to the promised land.
Before the new division of the promised land is mentioned, the Lord told Ezekiel, where the bounds of the land is; he mentions the North, East, South, and West bounds of the land, which shall be divided hereafter by lot, this is the same as is mentioned in Numbers, but the division of the land is different, so that we are certain that these things will be at a future day, and have not reference to any thing past. · The boundaries of this land are mentioned in Ezekiel xlvii. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, “Thus faith the Lord God, this shall be the border whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Ifrael; Jofeph fhall have two portions And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another; concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers, and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance. .
And this shall be the border of the land towards the north fide, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad; Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazer-hatticon, which is by the coast of Hau. ran. And the border from the sea shall be Hazar-enan, the border of Damascus, and north northward, and the border of Hamath; and this is the north side.
And the east side ye shall measure from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Ifrael by Jordan, from the border unto the east fea ; and this is the east side.
And the south side fouthward, from Tamar, even to the waters of Itrife in Kadesh, the river to the great sea ;' and this is the south side southward.
The west side shall be the great sea from the border, till a man come over against Hamath, this is the west. fide ; fo shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.” .
This description of the boundaries of the land of Ca.. naan agrees with that mentioned in Numbers xxxiv. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The next thing which follows, is the new division which will be made of this land, to the Israelites when Christ reigns there a thousand years; this is mentioned in Ezekiel xlviii, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,—23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, “ Now these are the names of the tribes; from the north end to the coals of the way of Hethlon, as i one goeth to Hamath, Hazar-enan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath, (for these are his fides east and welt) a portion for Dan. And by the border of Dan, from the east side unto the west side, i a portion for Asher. And by the border of Asher, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Naphtali. . And by the border of Naphtali, from the east side unto the west lide, a portion for Manasseh. And by the bor. der of Manasseh, from the east side unto the west fide, a portion for Ephraim. And by the border of Ephraim, from the ealt lide even to the west fide, a portion for
Reuben. And by the border of Reuben, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Judah."
Here is the lot of feven of the tribes in the new divi. sion. The portion of each tribe is to run from east to weft across the whole land of Canaan. Dan is to have his portion on the north boundary of the land of Canaan, running from east to welt, bounded east by the sea of Galilee, weft by the Mediterranean sea near Sidon. A. fher has his next from east to west, next Naphtali, next, Manasseh, then Ephraim, and next Judah, running from east, west, across the whole land.
From verse 8 to the 22d, mention is made of a piece of ground between the portion of Judah and Benjamin, which is for the city, prince, and sanctuary, which lies not in either of the portions of the twelve tribes; but between them ; having seven of them on the north of it, and five on the south. Judah's portions joins the north side of the square, and Benjamin's the south side. *After this is described as you may fee, then the portion of other five tribes are mentioned, verse 23, &c. “ As for the rest of the tribes, from the east fide unto the west side, Ben. jamin shall have a portion. And by the border of Ben. jamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have a portion. And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the west side, Issachar a portion. And by the border of Issachar from the east side unto the west. fide, Zebulun a portion. And by the border of Zebulun, from the east side unto the west fide, Gad a portion. And by the border of Gad, at the south side, fouthward, the border shall be even from Tamar even to the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to the river towards the great fea. This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are there portions, faith the Lord God."
How.can any person doubt of the exact accomplishment of what is here declared ? When it is laid down in such a particular manner, even the very places which Moses mentions as the ancient boundaries are mentioned again ; and that we may know that this has not reference to what is paft.
Such a division of the promised land is mentioned, as proves that what is mentioned here has never yet been, but will be ere long, when Jesus takes to himself his great power and reigns before his ancients gloriously.
Third. At that time the land of Canaan will be in a remarkable flourishing state, as to the number of inhabitants, and the great plenty which the earth Mall yield.
At the present time the land of Canaan is in a barren situation, and thinly inhabited, and to outward appear. ance, no one would think that it could ever be very fruitful; but whoever confiders the number of inhabitants which once dwelt there, and the abundance which the land produced, may be convinced that he whose power once caused such an abundance, can do it again ;.. and he who has promised to do it, will certainly fulfill. his word, in the latter days.
I shall mention only a few prophecies, which speak of the flourishing state of Canaan in the thousand years, as to the number of inhabitants, and the plenty which the earth shall produce. In the book of Isaiah we are told of the numerous inhabitants, who shall dwell. there, Isaiah xlix. 18, 19, 20, “ Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold, all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, faith the Lord, thou shalt fure. ly clothe thee with them all as with an ornament, and bind them on thee as a bride doeth ; for thy waste and . thy defolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall fay again, in thine ears, the place is too strait for me; give place to me, that I may dwell. Then shalt thou say in thine heart, who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lolt my children, and am defolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? - And who hath brought up these ? Behold I was left alone ; these, where had they been? Thus faith the Lord God, behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my handard to the people, and they shut wing thy sons in their arms, thy daughters shall be carried upon their should. ers."
In former years, I have endeavoured to spiritualize this prophecy ; but it is plain that the prophet here refers to the state of the Jews and their land, in the latter days. In the verses before these, the prophet calls on the heav.
ens, earth, and mountains, to rejoice in what God had 1 done for his people, the Jews; and then mentions that
those who destroyed them, and laid their land waste,
hould leave the land. This has reference to the time --, when the Turks fhall give up the land of Canaan to the
Jews; it is then mentioned, that the now desolate land, az where the Jews were destroyed, as to being a nation,
should be so full of inhabitants, that there will not be - room for them to dwell, and must on that account, spread ; out further. This will appear a matter of wonder to
the Jews, to think of such an amazing increase of inhab. itants in that land, after it has been so long desolate.
The great plenty which shall be in the land of Ca. naan, in the thousand years of Christ's reign, is beauti. - fully described by Jeremiah ; chap. xxxi. 10, 11, 12,
• Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the Isles afar off ; and say, he that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the Lord hatlı redeemed Jacob, and ransom. ed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.
Therefore, they shall come and fing in the height of Zi. : on, and shall flow together, to the goodness of the LORD,
for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young
of the flock, and of the herd; and their soul shall be as - a watered garden ; and they shall not sorrow any more 3. at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both
young men and old together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.” .
In this prophecy, the nations, and ifles afar off, are called upon to hear what God will do for Jacob; and that is, that he who scattered Jacob, will gather him. After this, it is said, that the Jews fhall come and sing in the height of Zion; and particular mention is made of a great plenty of wheat, wine, oil, young of the flock, &c. and that the virgins shall rejoice in the dance, and that