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Part 2. "Others instead of confesling, that this Text is too

clear to be understood in the literal sense ; say, that
it is too obfcure, and must be explain’d by others
that are more clear. Truly I do not conceive, how
men can speak at this rate. 'Tis obscure, because
it faith the contrary to that which these Gentlemen
imagin, and because’tis inconstant with their Hj-
photheses.

CH A P. XVII.
The second Spring of Arguments to prove the

thousand years reign, is the reign promised to
the lews. The promises made to them, have
not been fulfilled, but must be. The conver-
fion of St. Paul is a Type of thất of the whole
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He fecond spring of my Arguments shall be the

Prophecies and Oracles, which promise unto the tew's extraordinary bleflings, a reign upon Earth, a prosperity that shall be visible to all Nations; yea ; an elevation to a Kingdom unto which all Nations must pay homage. These Oracles are *without number: we mult only produce some of them. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the Mountain of the Lords house shall be establishi in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the

nebills, and all Nations shall flow unto it. 3. And fperities to many people shall go and say, Come ye and let us go

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the Mountain of the Lord, to the house of the Jews. God of Iacob, and be will teach us of his ways, &c.

And he shall judge among the Nations, and rebuke many people. And in Chapter 25, v.8. He will swallow up deathin victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the rebuke of bis

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Lord hath spoken it. And in the beginning of the 32 Chapter. Behold, a King shall roign in righteousmefs, and Princes shall rule in judgement. And a man'shall be a hiding place from the

storm, and a con vert from the tempeft. And in the 41 Chapter, v. 8. But thou Israel art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of, Abraham my friend,&c.v.io. Fear, not, for I am with thee, be not dismay'd, for I am thy God, I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righa teousness, V.12, Thou shalt seekthem, and shalt not find them, even the men that contended with thee,&c. V. 15. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing Instrument having teeth, thou shalt thresh the mountains, and shalt make the hills as chaff. In the 43 Chapter, vers. 1, 2, 3, &c. But now thus faith the Lord that created thee O Jacob, and he that formed thee O Israel , Fear nòt, for I have redeemed thee; I have called theeby name; Whenthou passeft through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee For I am the Lord thy God, the holy one of Israel thja Saviour ---- Fear not for l am with thee, I will bring thy feed from the East, and gather thee from

the West I will say to the North, Give up; and to the South, keep not back; bring my sons fromfar, and my daugha ters from the ends of the Earth. And in the 44 Chap V.2,3. Thus faith the Lord ibat made thee, and formed thee from the womb, who will help thee. Fear not O Jacob my servant; for I will pour water upon him that is thirsly, and floods upon the dryground: I will pour my spirit upon thy feed ; and my blessing upon thine Off-fpring. And in the 45 Chap.v.14,1); 16,&c. Thus faith the Lord, the labour of Egypt and inerchandise of Ethiopia, and of the Sabeans, meri of

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thine, they shall come after thee in chains, they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make fupplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee, & there is none else,&c.v.23,25. I bave sworn by my self, the word is gone out of my mouth in righ, 'troufneß, and shallnot return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. In the Lord sball all the seed of Israel be justified, and glory: In the 49. Chapter throughout, and especially from the thirteenth Verse. Sing , Heaven, and be joyfull, o Earth, and break forth into linging, O mountains, for God bath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afilisted. But Sion bath said, the Lord hath forsaken me, and my

Lord hath forgotten me: Can a woman forgei ber sucking child, &c. Thi children shall make halte, and thy destroyers, and thej that made thee waste shall go forth of thee: Lift up thine eyes round about and behold, all these gather themselves together, and come to theejas Ilivefaith the Lord, thou shalt surely cloath thee with ibem all as with an ornament, and bind them on thee as a Bride doth, &c. Then shalt thou say in thy heart, who hath begotten me these ,feeing I have lost my children and am defolate, a captive, and removing to and

fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone, chefe where bad ihey been? &c. And Kings shall besby nursing fathers, and Queens thy nursing mothers, and they shall bow down to thee, with their face toward the earth, and lickup the dust of thy feet, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord, for they shall not be ashamed ibat wait for me. One might transcribe the whole Prophet, for he is filled with these great promises. Read the 54, the 61, the 65, the 66, and above all the 6o Chapter, where he speaks to Ierusalem, Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the

glory of the Lord is

197 risen upon thee; Forbehold, the darkness shall cover Part 2. the earth, and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon chee,& his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and Kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about and sée : all they gather themselves together, they come to thee.; thy fons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy fide. Thenihou shals fee, and flow together, and thine heart shall

fear, and be enlargeld, because the abundance of the Sea shall be converted unto thee and the forces of the Gentiles shall come un to thee, &c.' And the sons of the strangers shall build up the walls, and their Kings shall minister unto thee; for in my wrath I (mote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. All the rest of the Chapter hath the same strength, and the same sense.

Weask, when these Oracles have been fulklled? These Ora: was it, when this people was brougt back out of the beappiyed, Babylonian captivity? But how cañany man speak to the reat this rate? what extravagant figures would these this propie be? Because this people rebuilt the City of lerufalem, after the and the Temple, and formeda petty State in Syria, captivity: under the Maccabees; couldany one fay, that their Empire should be as large as the whole world, that all the Kings of the earth should pay them homage, that their children should be without number, &c.?. Besides, have not all these Oracles a Character of [pirituality, whịch shewsus, that God promiseth to give the lews light, knowledge, holinels,righteousness? Thy people also shall be all righteous, faith the Prophet. But 'tis well known the

government of the Maccabees was not ofthis nature. Tis therefore certain, yea, 'tis owned by all that are able topieree into the spirit of the Prophets that all these bleflings have relation unto the times of the Meffiah,

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Part 2. Let any one tell us, what blessings the Nation These Ora- of the lews hath received by the Meffiah? For alnot been most two thousand years, this miserable Nation is

scatter'd throughout the Earth, it is the excreplisht since the coming ment,

the curse & off-scouring of all; it fighs under long and cruel captivity. Matters shall they then go off thus, the endof the World will come; the Jews shall perish in their miseries! If this be so, certainly all these Prophecies are cheats; the Holy Spirit hath deceived this Nation, all their Oracles are false

and God hath born them up with vain hopes; for this is trifling with God and men, to fay, that these promises were accomplisht in that small number of lows, who were converted to Christianity : When those lewish Chriftians were so bad Christians, that they only served to found a cursed heresy, and sect; which hath born the name of Ebionates and Nazarens,

Twill without doubt be said, that the lews Shall have the fulfilling of these great promises, through their return and calling, which will be at the end of the World. Indeed 'tis a Position in true Christianity, that the lews shall be called again, A thousand Oracles (some of which we have cited) promise this. The Miracle, by which God doth preserve this Nation, proveth it, as I think most irrefiftably. For bakly, 'tis a thing that hath no example, and cannot be imagined, that God should for two thousand years preserve this people, scatter'd among other Nations, yet without mixing it self with them, or learning their manners, their Religions, their fashions , which all other dispersed Nations do. This plainly speaks, that God preferves them for some great work. Now this being supposed, that the Jews shall be converted, if presently after, the World shall end, and if neither.

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