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NATIONAL RESTORATION AND CONVERSION
TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL;
NOTES ON SOME PROPHECIES
BELIEVED TO RELATE TO THOSE TWO GREAT EVENTS; AND INTENDED TO SHOW
AND THAT THE OCCASION OF IT HAS BEEN UNIFORMLY PREDICTED.
COLLATED WITH THE HEBREW, AND THE WORKS OF MOST EMINENT
COMMENTATORS; AND CONTAINING SOME REMARKS
UPON THE THEORY OF PROFESSOR LEE.
“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion : for the time to favour her, yea, the set time,
BY WALTER CHAMBERLAIN, M.A.,
WERTHEIM AND MACINTOSH, 24, PATERNOSTER ROW.
RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,
JAMES PRINCE LEE, D.D.,
LORD BISHOP OF MANCHESTER.
A CHARACTERISTIC kindness has permitted me to inscribe this volume with your Lordship’s name, and I cheerfully embrace the conclusion that, in giving this permission, your Lordship is actuated by a desire to promote an interest in God's people Israel (by whomsoever their cause be advocated), rather than by any confidence either in the abilities or the attainments of the writer.
The object of the work is to show that every sound principle of scriptural interpretation, and of the interpretation of the prophets especially, demand from the Christian Church the confident expectation of an approaching restoration and conversion of the twelve tribes of Israel ; that such restoration will be a process antecedent to the conversion; and that such conversion will be essentially
national, i.e., wrought miraculously upon the unconverted national restoration of both houses at Jerusalem.
That no argument unsoundly advanced, no failure unwisely provoked, and (which will be of most importance in your Lordship's opinion) no sentiment unscripturally expressed, may incur your disapprobation, is the earnest
Obedient, humble Servant,
OCTOBER 1, 1854.
These chapters are designed to investigate the great question of a future national restoration and conversion of Israel. The treatment of this subject has sometimes been connected with an effort to determine the times and the seasons of its accomplishment, as well as to follow out its consequences into what is technically termed the millennium.
It is not to be denied that Holy Scripture contains certain chronological prophecies, which it seems reasonable to suppose are chronological only that believers may study the times which they indicate; it is also undeniably true that certain results of a purely spiritual character are predicted as immediately produced by the conversion of Israel; but I imagine that the investigation of these times, and such results, are two subjects perfectly distinct from the previous question—Is any national restoration and conversion of Israel foretold at all ?
Similarly, it seems far from doubtful that great events of a mundane character, affecting most intimately the Church of Christ, are antecedently associated with the future destiny of the Hebrews; and it is open to any student of prophecy to consider the predictions of such events when directing his attention to the prospects of that people; but whether it be really necessary to do so may be questioned. Mr. Faber, who is high authority on the subject, has indeed asserted that “the restoration of Israel and the overthrow of Antichrist are so closely connected together that it will be found impos