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N. B. That these four Chapters belong to these last Times, and to the Restoration of the Jews, and their Resettlement in Jerusalem, and on Mount Sion, upon which Mountain they are to build their last and most glorious Temple, is evident by Chap. xxvii. 6.-9. and by the Conclusion of the xxiv, and xxvïi Chapters; which I desire the Reader to peruse distinctly. Nor is there any Reason to doubt as to the Parallels here added. But the Principal Events foretold, as generally prior to that Restoration, are these twelve following. Ifa. xxiv. v. 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 17, 18.
(1.) That in general a Curse shall then come upon the Earth, with an universal Diffolution of its former State; with the utmost Impartiality, and without all Respect of Persons ; but that as the Great are generally the most wicked, and the grand Occasion of the Wickedness of others, they shall be particularly brought down. And as the meaner Sort of People are usually the best, but greatly oppress'd and tyranniz'd over by the Great, these meaner but better People shall be advanced, and delivered from the Oppression and Tyranny of the other, for the Time to come.
(2.) That the Cause of this Curse, v. 5. xxvi. 211 and of the terrible Judgments included in it, is no other than the horrible Pollutions of Mankind, in not only transgresfing other Laws and Ordinancies, but the Everlasting Covenant, the Ten Commandments themselves; and particularly in the shedding of Men's Blood, which will now be directly ex
posed without any Covering to the Divine Vengea ance.
3. That these amazing Judgments fhall destroy the greatest Part of sinful Men; so that but a few fall be left to survive these Judgments. v. 6.
4. That in a particular Manner, the Mirth and Follity of the Age shall be utterly dissolved, and turned into Mourning and Lamentation. v.7, 8.
5. That a very few good Men, both Jews and Cbriftians, like the gleaning of Grapes when the Vintage is done, shall be providentially preserved from these terrible Calamities; and the good Jews in particular, shall sing Hymns of Praise to God for their Deliverance and Salvation. v. 14, 15. XXV. I-12. Xxvi. 1. 18. xxvii 2. Who are also advised to lie still and quiet, during this Indignation of God toward the Wicked. v. 20. 21.
6. That some of the eminent Signals of these Judgments themselves, shall be frightful Meteors in the Heavens, to come upon Mankind from the Air. v. 18.
7. That many and terrible Earthquakes are to come now upon Mankind, either from the Air above, or the Ground below, or both together. v. 18, 19, 20. 4 Efa. ix. 3.
8. That the Isles of the Sea shall be especially concerned in the Thanksgivings to God for the Deliverance and Salvation of the Righteous; who now at last are made sensible of these grand Mysteries of Divine Providence, in the Restoration of good Jews, and the Salvation of good Cbristians ; which Mysteries yet are concealed from the Disobedient.
9. That the principal Parts of the Divine Vengeance will now fall upon the principal Authors ! of the World's Wickedness, the ungodly Kings,
and Princes, with their ungodly Ministers of State; whowill be first imprisoned in Hades, and long afterwards punished there, or in Gehenna. xxiv. 4, 21, 22. See No. 1. and Ezek. xxvi. 20.
10. That Death shall be so far conquered at this Restoration of the Jews, that there shall be then a firf Refurretion for the Martyrs, both Jews and Christians; and that in the literal Sense also: xxv, 8. xxvi. 19. Constitut. v. 7. And all Tears and Reproach shall be taken away from them. Ezek. Xxxvii.
N.B. I interpret the first Refurre&tion both of the Jewish and Christian Martyrs, Dan. xii. 2. and them only; because for the Christian's firfte Refurre&tion, it is expressly so in the Revelation. Apoc. XX. 4, 5. And for the Jewish Resurrection of dry Bones, it belongs to those that had been sain only: Ezek. xxxvii. 9. Which seems to me to imply Martyrdom also ; when, as the Psalmist speaks, Pfal. Ixxix, 2, 3, 4. The Heathen had given the dead Bodies of God's Servants to be Meat unto the Fowls of the Heaven, and the Flesh of his Saints unto the Beasts of the Earth; and when they had shed their Blood like Water round about Jerufalem, and ibere were none to bury them: When also the Jews were become a Reproach to their Neighbours, a Scorn and Derision to them that were round about them,
11. That the Sun and Moon shall be particularly concerned at this Time, upon the Exaltation of the Kingdom of the Jews on Mount Sion ; where the new Temple is to be built ; and in Jerusalem the City of God, which is to be built clofe by it. If. xxiv, 23: 'xxx, 26.
12: That the Veil of that gross Ignorance, which God had winked at hitherto, shall now be taken away from all Nations ; IS. xxv. 7. Aits xvii. 30. and they shall perceive the direct Interposition of Providence in these eminent Events, and own them to be derived from a Divine Power.
I proceed to other Predictions, continuing the former Numbers.
13. If. lx. 9. Surely the Ines shall wait for me, and the Ships of Tarshish first; to bring thy Sons from far, their Silver and their Gold with them, unto the Name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel; because he hath glorified thee.
14. IJ. Ixvi. 7, 8. Before she travailed she brought forth; before her Pain came, she was delivered of a Man-child. Who hath heard such a Thing? Who hath seen such Things ? Shall the Earth be made to bring forth in one Day? Or shall a Nation be born at once? For as soon as Sion travailed, she brought forth her Children.
N. B. This Prediction quite takes away that Objection against what I assert of the sudden Restoration of the Jews, from the small Appearances hitherto of any visible Preparation making in the World for so vast and important an Event, and de
monstrates that it will be executed in some
very sudden, unexpected and providential, or miraculous Way ; to the great Surprize of all Mankind.
I proceed to other Prophecies of Joel, and Daniel, and Haggai, Joel ii. 30, 31.
30. I will shew Wonders in the Heavens, and on Earth ; Blood, and Fire, and Pillars of Smoke.
31. The Sun shall be turned into Darkness, and the Moon into Blood, before the great and terrible Day of the Lord come.
N. B. By this great and terrible Day of the Lord, I understand that Time of Trouble in Daniel, fuch as never was fince there was a Nation, even to that same Time, Dan. xii. 1. By those Pillars of Smoke, in Joel I understand the Tails of those numerous Comets which have been seen of late : of which this is no improper Description; and by turning the Sun into Darkness, and the Moon into Blood, I understand such total Eclipses of the Sun and Moon as we have had of late. And by that Blood, and Fire, which are here set down at first, as distinct from thofe Eclipses, I understand those bloody, or fiery Meteors which have been of late so remarkable, and of which more hereafter. (See my Astronom. Year, per tot.)
Dan, xi. 40,-45. At the Time of the End (of the Roman Empire] shall the King of the South, [the Saracens) push at him; [at that Empire :) And the King of the North, [the Turk] hall come against him, like a Whirlwind, with Chariots, and with Horsemen, and with many Ships; and he shall enter