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46. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of wkom is as the sand of the sea.-Rev. xx. 8.
47. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in ou members to bring forth fruit unto death-Rom. vii.5.
48. For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according
to God in the spirit.—1 Pet. iv. 6.
49. They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city - Ps. lix. 6, 14.
50. Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them.-Jer. iv. 12.
51. And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. Rev. xxi. 12.
52. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie; but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.--Rev. xxi. 27.
53. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name
All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benja. min's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner-gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's wine-presses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.Zech. xiv. 9-11.
54. Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world ? and if the world shall be judged by you, are
ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters ?-1 Cor
55. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.--Rev. xx. 9.
56. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.-Rev. XX. 14, 15.
57. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.-Mal. iv. 2.
58. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof, by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.--Isa. iv. 3-5.
59. I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues ; 0 grave, I will be thy destruction : repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.-Hos. xiii. 14.
60. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.-Rom. viii. 17.
61. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.- Rev. xxi. 23.
62. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the
Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reiga forever and ever.-Rev. xxii. 5.
63. Therefore, they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock, and of the herd; and their soul shall be as a watered garden : and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy: and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.—Jer. xxxi. 12–14.
64. That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he might gather iogether in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him.—Eph. i. 10.
65. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.-Tit. ii. 13.
66. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.-Rev. iv. 11.
67. Wherefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.-Eph. vi. 13.
68. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.--Heb. X. 36, 37. LETTER II.
ON THE RETURN OF THE JEWS.
DEAR BRO. HIMES:-I am now at home--found my family and friends well; yesterday was very sick, owing to iny great anxiety to see home, and my fatigue on my journey. To-day I feel much better, and shall employ a little time in writing to you.
Those souls whom I have addressed in my six months' tour are continually before me, sleeping or waking. I can see them perishing by thousands; and when I reflect on the accountability of their teachers, who cry "peace and safety," I am in pain for them. How many souls will brothers Phelps, Cambell, and others, who are sticklers for the Jews' return, and for a temporal millennium, be the means of lulling to sleep; and while they are flattering themselves that their teachers are right, find, to their eternal cost, that their preparation for the eternal world was delayed a few days too long, on the vain supposition that the Jews must return and a millennium intervene. Why will they not listen to reason and scripture? Peter was converted from such a selfish and bigoted mind, when he said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” Acts x. 34, 35. And yet, truly, if the Jews ever return, they must be respected of God; for will not all acknowledge that they are to be gathered by God out of all nations, &c. ? Isa. lxvi. 20: “And they sball bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem,
saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord.' They are not gathered because they work righteousness, or because they are children of faith ; but because they are “ God's ancient covenant people.” For if they believe, they are grafted in among the Gentile believers, and are no more Jews in that sense. Rom. X. 12: “For there is no differ. ence between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.”
Now if the Jew be restored because he is a Jew, then Peter needed another conversion ; for he said he perceived that God was no respecter of persons. What a pity that Peter had not the aid of brother Phelps and his deacon to teach him better. Again -how foolish Paul must have been to wish himself accursed, Rom. ix. 3: “For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my. kins. men, according to the flesh;" when brother Phelps, Skinner, and the notorious Whittemore,* if they had lived in his day, could have told him, in five words, “Father Paul, God will not cast away his ancient covenant people ; for all Israel shall be saved.”
Once more--if James had lived in the days of the Boston trio, he might have written a very different epistle than the one he wrote to the “twelve tribes scattered abroad.” Instead of pointing to the law of liberty and faith in Christ Jesus as their justification, and respect of persons, he might have told them to remain steadfast as Jews, and in the end they would all be gathered in and saved. Yes, how different would James have written, if he had believed in the return of the Jews, and the salvation of God's ancient covenant people.
If then the Jew, as a Jew in the flesh, must have another day, God must have respect of persons, without any reference to the work of righteousness. Or God must give the Gentile another day, after the Jew. Rom. i. 16, 17: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salva
* These gentlemen, with a few others, made themselves conspicuous by their hostility to Mr. Miller and his views, when in Boston in the winter of 1840.