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earth lay down their arms, and cease to oppose the kingdom of the Prince of peace. Though some suppose the millenium has already commenced, and will soon be peaceably ushered in ; yet their opinion does not appear to be well founded upon any thing God has said in his word, or has done in his providence. Wars and rumors of wars are still sounding in our ears; and and in respect to those nations in particular, who will probably destroy one another to prepare the way for the restoration of the Jews. It concerns the friends of God to prepare for the fiery trials, that may await them.

5. It appears from what has been said, that we have as much reason to believe the Jews will be eventually restored to their native country, as they had to believe the coming, incarnation, sufferings, and death of Christ, before his appearance in the flesh. There was a multitude of plain predictions in the Old Testament con. cerning the person, life and death of Christ, which the Jews ought to have believed before he appeared, and especially after he had appeared, suffered, and died. But there are as many plain predictions both in the Old and New Testament concerning the restoration of the Jews after their long dispersion. And there are no more apparent difficulties in the way of their returning to their native land, than there were in the way of Christ's coming into the world. But christians have been very unbelieving in respect to their return. Their unbelief of that remote event has become proverbial. If we hear any one say, that such or such event will not take place till the Jews come, we understand him to mean, that such an event never will come to pass.-Such unbelief of the plain and numerous predictions of the conversion and restoration of thc Jews, has led

christian nations to despise and abuse that ancient and and once venerable nation. This feeling and conduct is a species of infidelity, highly reproachful to those who profess to believe the bible, in which there are such great and precious promises in favor of God's peculiar people. It is true, they deserve to be despised and neglected, for their despising and neglecting the hea. thens so long, and viewing themselves as the only nation worthy of the notice and favour of God. Even the apostles, at first, supposed the gospel was sent exclusively to the Jews, and that salvation was of the Jews only. But this is no excuse for gentile christians, who neglect, despise, and abuse them almost every where. But,

6. Since God has plainly told us, that he intends to deliver them from their low and depressed state, and carry them back to their native land, and put them into the possession of all the privileges and blessings of the gospel, we ought to desire and do all we can to bring about that great and happy event. We believe, that the gospel makes no distinction between Jew and gentile, and that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. It appears from what has been said, that their conversion and restoration will be a rich and extensive blessing to the world, and like life from the dead to us, as well as to them. It is, therefore, a most important and desirable event. Paul viewed it in this light ; “Brethren, my heart's desire, and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” He says again, “I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be safed : as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes : but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief; even so have these also now not believed, that through your mer. cy they also may obtain mercy.” We are much indebted to the Jews, who prepared the way for the coming, incarnation, and atoning death of Christ, and for spreading the gospel far and wide by the apostles, who were descendants of the Hebrews, the seed of Abraham. We have received unspeakable benefits from their being, for a while, cast away, and are promised still greater benefits from their predicted restoration. We ought sincerely to desire this great and glorious event; and to unite in our exertions with those, who are forming societies and using means to bring it to pass.

The christian nations at the present day, seem to have a greater tenderness for the Turks than for the Jews, and are unwilling to disturb them, for the sake of delivering the Jews from their despotic and cruel hands. But this is probably a work, which they ought to do, and are destined to do. There is no ground to expect the restoration of the Jews, without the aid and assistance of the christian world. And if the Jews are to be restored before the commencement of the millenium, it is time for christians to be awake and alive to the great and arduous work they have to do, and to prepare themselves for it. And they will not prepare themselves for it, until they attend to and believe the divine predictions concerning God's peculiar, chosen, and beloved people, who are groaning for deliverance from the eruelty and oppression of an ungrateful and unbelieving world.

Finally, this subject teaches us the indispensable obligation, we are under to believe, and love, and obey the sacred oracles, which the Jews so long preserved, and at length conveyed to us gentiles, who were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. The apostle asks, “What advantage hath the Jew ? or what profit is there of circumcision ?" He replies, “Much every way : chiefly because that unto them, were committed the oracles of God.” These we have more fully and completely in our hands, than the Jews ever had. By these we are highly favored above the Jews, who have only the Old Testament in their hands; and above all the pagan world, who are totally destitute of divine revelation, and perishing for the lack of knowledge. Our obligations to embrace the gospel, are as great as the blessings which are promised to all who do embrace it. Those who disbelieve and reject the gospel, not only forfeit all the blessings it offers to their choice, but expose themselves to an aggravated condemnation for resisting the light and force of divine truth, which renders them far more guilty than the unenlightened heathens. So our Saviour said to them, who heard and rejected the gospel he preached, “Wo unto thee, Chorazin ; wo unto thee, Bethsaida ; for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in

Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and · Sidon at the day of judgment than for you."

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