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“Ye are my witnesses.”—Isaiah xliii. 10.

“To expound these predictions of the ancient prophets, of any thing but the restora.
tion of the natural Israel, is to introduce ambiguity and equivocation into the plainest
oracles of God.”--Bishop Horsley.

FROM THE SECOND LONDON EDITION.

WITH A PREFACE AND NOTES NOT IN THE FORMER EDITION.

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JER. xxiii. 5, 6. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto

David a righteous branch: and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall

execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days, Judah shall be

saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall

be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The revelation which it has pleased God to give us, concerning the king of

the Jews at, and subsequent to, the restoration of that people to their own land

—Text consists of seven distinct particulars-All these must be fulfilled in

one person-No such person has ever yet appeared in the world— The only

person possessing any claim to it, is Jesus of Nazareth-His claims examined

--Three of the seven particulars proved to be applicable to Him, at his first

coming-The remaining four proved not to be applicable-A second coming

of Jesus Christ, the universal expectation of Christians- If the prophecy be

of Him, the four particulars, noi yet applicable to Him, must then apply-

Proofs from Scripture, that they will apply; so that in Him, considered at

both comings, the whole prophecy will find adequate fulfilment—The King's

person in that day considered-Iis reality-Identity-Appearance, 98

LECTURE VII,

THE JEWS SHALL HAVE NATIONAL PRE-EMINENCE IN THE EARTH, AND SHALL PROVE A

BLESSING TO ALL NATIONS,

Isa. lii. 9, 10, Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places, for the

Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord

hath made bare his holy arm, in the eyes of all the nations; and all the

ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

The nature of the national pre-eminence of the restored Jews, in the mil-

lennium-Consisting in righteousness, peace, and pure worship—The restored

Jewish nation shall be a blessing to all the nations of the earth-Proofs from

Scripture-Mr. Faber quoted— The nature of the blessing bestowed upon the

nations, by means of the restored Jews-A converted, or Christian state, not

an Adamic state-Proofs from Scripture-Objections answered— The dura-

tion of the blessing communicated to the nations-Considered to be for a

limited period, from Rev. xx. 4—7—Universalism, shewn to be unscriptural

-Conclusion of the whole subject-Practical application, addressed to Chris-

tians-And to Jews,

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APPENDIX,

127

PRE FACE.

The following Lectures were originally delivered in London. My leading object in their composition was to make intelligible to large mixed congregations, a subject which I considered of great importance, and which I believed to be very rarely made the theme of popular discourse from the pulpit.

That subject is the purpose of God concerning the Jewish nation, as it is revealed in the Holy Scriptures. In examining this, my chief auxiliary has been the decision which history has already pronounced upon the right interpretation of prophetic language; and in my anticipations of the future, all I assume is, that the species of interpretation which events have rendered imperative, as it respects fulfilled prophecies, ought to be adhered to, with consistency and candour, in the examination of those prophecies which are as yet unfulfilled.

The language of the prophets is often, almost always, figurative in some degree: but the events predicted are not the less on that account literal events. When the Holy Ghost spake by the mouth of Zechariah, saying, Smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered, the language was figurative, our Lord not being literally a shepherd, neither his disciples sheep. But the event predicted in that figurative language was a literal event; and to the matter of fact, as it occurred in Gethsemane, the prophecy is applied by St. Matthew xxvi. 31. It is, therefore, no objection to the literal interpretation which I advocate, to say that the prophetic language is figurative. I admit that it is so-sometimes highly so. The question is, What do the figures mean? Do they mean other figures, or do they mean facts? My opinion is, that facts are the legitimate themes of prophecy. I appeal to history, comparing it with the prophetic volume, for the establishment of a principle by precedents; and I endeavour to convince by candid argumentation. I dogmatize not at all. I am open to conviction, when a more excellent way of interpreting the language of the

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