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kaw Jerusalem, and saw how it would be in the latterdays; and I have not a doubt but he saw in vifion, a river which thousands and millions will hereafter see, though there is now no such river in the world.
We ought to remember, that the great earthquake which will be when Christ comes, will make a great change in the face of the earth, and especially in the land of Canaan. We are told, that the mount of Olives will be parted, and removed, half toward the north, and half toward the south, and that all the land south of Jerufa. lem, which is now mountains, shall become a plain, that. men may dwell there. See Zech..xiv.
This river will without any doubt, run through the valley which will be made when the mount of Olives is divided by the great earthquake. These waters are to run towards the east country, from there to the desert,, and from thence into the dead sea.
3. These waters which ifsue out from under the thref. hold, will be of an healing nature,, even the dead un. healthy. water of the sea of Sodom will be healed by the waters of this river when it runs there. Where Sodom: and Gomorrah once stood, only a dead lake is now fees. It is given over to falt, and though the river Jordan con. tinually runs into it, yet it remains still in a barren, use less situation. There is no kind of creature that can live : there ;, but it is here said that, “being brought forth in. to the sea the waters shall be healed.'
This will be the time when Sodom and Gomorrah will be restored, or brought back to its original state. Once,, this very lake was like a garden well watered, Genefis xiii. 10, “ And Lot lifted up His eyes, and beheld all the: plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where,, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest to Zoar.” What an amazing change has taken place in those cities ;: but when this river runs into the: lake all will be fruitful.
The restoration of the land of Sodom, Samaria and Jerusalem, are all spoken of in one chapter. Many have fupposed that the people will be restored; but it is the
land, not the people that are spoken of, seeEzekiel xviu55, s. When thy fisters,Sodom and her daughters,fhall return to her former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou' and thy daughters shall return to your former estate." By So. dom and her daughters,is meant Sodom & the other cities around. The daughters of Samaria, are the younger cities dependant on her, fo of Jerusalem and her daught ers. God has promised to restore the land of Canaan sto the Jews, by an everlasting covenant, and at that time to restore the cities of Samaria and Sodom. The time will be when these waters will restore the land to its former fruitfulness,
4. We are told that this river thall be full of fifh as the fish of the great fea, or Mediterranean. This will en rich the inhabitants of the land, and it is faid that all along the banks of the sea which was once a dead lake, there shall be fishers from En-gedi on the southwest of the lake to En-egliam an the northeaft. This dake is now about eighty miles long, and about twenty miles wide.
5. It is said that besides the abundance of fish that the fea shall produce, that on each bank of the river shall be fruit trees, whose leaves shall be for medicine. This need - not appear strange to any perfon. As to waters of an healing nature, we know there are many such now. We are all well acquainted with fruit trees, and know that the leaves and bark of many trees are now used fur medicine. :D
How delightful must this river appear in that day! Having its beginning at the house of the Lord in Jertfalem, and running down into the desert, and healing old Sodom on its way to the great fea; add to all this, every part of it stored with fish who leap out and mean his praise, while the beautiful fruit trees all along the bank offer their fruit to every hungry man, and their medicinal leaves to the fick ; while at the same time under their shade the happy fishermen follow their bufiness, enjoy the shadow in the head, feed on their fruit when hungry, receive health from the leaves, and fpread forth their nets, - joining together in fongs of praise to him who is to their fouls a place of broad rivers and streams.
What person on earth by reading this account of the river and country, would ever think that all this had ref. erence, to certain things never seen nor to be seen? To prove that this will be a reality in the land of Canaan in the last days, the Lord told Ezekiel, the bounds of the land where this river is to run in the last days. See ver. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. w. I think it plain from the prophecies, that the deserts of Arabia and other places which are now uninhabited, by reason of their being without water, will be well watered and inhabited when Christ reigns on the earth. This is mentioned in Isaiah xxxy. 6,7-" Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall fing ; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert ; and the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water ; in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass. with reeds and rulhes.”
I cannot think that the holy Ghost moved the prophet to describe the work of the spirit on the heart, by this defcription of waters breaking out in the wilderness; but I believe that it will have a literal accomplishment, when the Lord Jesus shull reign over all the earth in Jerusalem. O glorious day, when the parched deserts of Arabia shall become fruitful, yielding abundance for man and beast, when men shall there eat and drink, and delight themselves in the great goodness of the Lord!
Blessed and holy are those who shall live when God shall do this.
“WE HAVE ALSO A MORE SURE WORD OF
PROPHECY,” &c. ' ?
IN this discourse I shall, 1. Prove that all nations will meet
in Jerusalem from year to year, during the thousand years of Christ's reign upon earth... 2. Mention the design of their meeting .... 3. The respect which will be shewn the Jews by other nations, at the time when they meet with them at Jerusalem.
1. I am to prove that all nations will meet at Ferufalem from
year to year, during the thousand years of Christ's reign upon earth.
HIS by some may be thought a thing in. credible; but the situation of the nations of the earth at that time, will require that all nations, or at least that fome of all nations, in behalf of the rest, should meet at the seat of government for the benefit of the whole.
This we know, is necessary in all governments, especially where the good of the 'whole is viewed. What benefit should we receive from our general government, were it not for the annual meetings of all the states by their reprefectatives in Congress,where they act in behalf of the whole ? Without this, all would be but a name.
The annual meetings among the different denomi: nations who profess to belong to Christ, (though they meet to act on things peculiar to their own denomination, and not on things recorded in the new teftament) prove the necesity of an annual meeting of all nations, when
they shall call him blessed. Were it not for the annyal meetings of the Presbyterians, where a part act for the whole, the denomination would cease out of the land. Were the Methodists to omit their annual meetings, their denomination would not be known either to themselves or others. : At the time when there shall be one Lord and his NAME one; all those party distinguishing names and meetings will be overpowered by the glorious name christe ian; and the great annual meeting of all nations by their representatives, when, “ Many people shall go and say, come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zi. on shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jewufalem.”
This annual meeting, like the sun which overpowers all other lights, will overpower all the little annual meet, ings of the different religious denominations, and all the annual meetings of states, kingdoms, and Empires in the world.
If there were not plain prophecies of this yearly meet ing through the thousand years of Christ's reign upoi? earth, I should not have mentioned these things, for 1 believe that all prophecied of in scripture is possible, and needful, or it had not been mentioned. ". The part of the world where all nations are to meet, is à central part, more than any other on earth, and the course of the different great rivers in the earth, shew that a passage there from all parts of the earth in a short time is possible. - I shall now mention the prophecies which speak of this great meeting from year to year. Ifaiah ii. 3, " And many people shall go and oiy, come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." * This prophecy refers to something which has not yet taken place. The verse before this, mentions what fall