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ing of Jerusalem-and at that time, (the angel assures Daniel) his people should be delivered, every one who should be found written in the book. And many of them wbo sleep in the dust of the earth shall then awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt; and then the wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they who turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever.

Here then is a regular chronological connected series of action and conduct in the fourth kingdom, and by the king of a fierce countenance, after the Messiah's being cut off, with an account of the suffer. ings of God's people, and the proceedings of their victorious and powerful enemies and persecutors, till the end of that fourth government; when the accomplishment of God's sovereign purposes in the salvation of bis chosen, shall be fully effected at the second commg of the glorified Redeemer, according to his own positive assurances.

MICAH.

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THE prophet Micah seems to follow Isaiah in the same track. He says, “ that in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come and say, come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth out of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem--and he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-books: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Micah, chap. iv. 1. 2.

ZEPHANIAH.

ZEPHANIAH is as clear as any of the rest“ They shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. Then will I turn to the people a pure language, or lip (meaning worship) that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent-From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, my suppliants, the daughters of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.” Zeph. chapt. ii. 11. iii. 9. 10.

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FROM this short and cursory view of the subjecay pe as far as the old testament affords testimony to it, thạone o serious and well informed mind must be convincer Msent a as one well observes, “ that there is a continue their series and connection, one uniform analogy and desig till carried on for many ages by divine prescience, throug-epher a succession of prophecies, which as in the propia rec centre, do all meet together in Christ, and in hi instr only, however the single lines, when considered spet part may, in many instances, be imagined to hav under another direction and point to intermediate events ce si nothing is more evident, than that the whole suo stia cession of prophecies can be applied to none bu.co Christ."-So it is in lines drawn from a centrs to an outward circle--the line equally tends to such outward circle, notwithstanding it may strike a numi ber of smaller and intermediate ones.

In vain it is for minute philosophers, or proud vain and ignorant men, to cavil and raise objection to this settled and determinate plan of infinite wisdom persuading themselves, in order to cover their inde lence or weakness, that the nature and attributes ? the Deity are inconsistent with what they in the prio of their conceited understandings, think proper call partial and local attachments to a particos

people, more remarkably obstinate and rebellious than any other nation on the earth.

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This nation, it must be acknowledged, was singled out from all the other nations, as God's peculiar people, they only persevering as a nation, in the Forship of the one only living and true God; and although at present apparently cast off from being his people; yet their time to come, will be a time of love, and they will yet be gathered into the sheep-fold of the great shepherd-God therefore has in great mercy left us on record, an account of his dealings with, and his instructions to, these his peculiar people, who he yet considers as the apple of his eye, who once were under his own immediate government. 1 --This was done for the advantage and improve. ment of the christian church, when he should think proper in his all.condescending grace to extend the dispensation of his mercy, through his beloved son, and some of all the nations of the earth, Jew and Gentile, should be taken into the family of the faithful, and become, in like manner, his peculiar people under the immediate guidance of his holy spirit. Ought not these objectors rather to reflect seriously on the fact?- That God has thus given up and rejected, though for a time, his own beloved people; the children of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, with whom he entered into a special covenant, and for whom it is said he has manifested so great partiality. And this on account of their unbelief and disobedience to his righteous government--what then must neces.

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