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QUERIES ON THE SUBJECT OF
THE ISRAELITISH ORIGIN OF THE BRITISH NATION.
1. Is not the house of Israel, and especially the tribe of Ephraim, clearly distinguished from that of Judah, in both the historical and prophetical parts of Scripture? 1 Chron. v. 2; Jer. iii. 11. Were not of Ephraim especially to come, the many heirs of the promises made unto the fathers, just as of Judah was to come, the One Heir, from whom the blessing was immediately to descend? Gen. xlviii. 15—20; Gen. xlix. 8—12.
2. Were not the lost tribes of Israel to he found in these, the last days, as seed the Lord hath blessed ?" Hos. ü. 14—23; Is. xxix. 17—23; lxi. 9, 10; lxvi. 8—14; Jer. xxxi. 1—10; Ezek. xi. 15—20; Hos. i. 10, 11. Do the signs of the times, as well as the prophetic dates, indicate the time to be come when God shall have 4 accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people?" Dan. xii. 4—7; Is. vi. 11, 12.
3. Have not all previous attempts to find the lost tribes of Israel proved abortive, especially as to the accounting for Ephraim, the heir of the promises made unto the fathers, and of which was to come the promised “ fulness of the Gentiles," or“ multitude of nations?" Rom. xi. 25; Gen. xlviii. 19; Is. xli. 25—29. Does not the Scripture declare, that the previous non-discovery of Israel has been occasioned by Israel's blindness, and not by God's having failed to fulfill his word? Isa. xlii. 18—25; xliii. 1—13; xlv. 17—21. Does not the Scripture expressly gnize our present condition as being that in which Israel would be found? Aid do they predict matters respecting Israel, which can only be fulfilled in these nations ? Is. xxvii. 6—10; Jer. xxxi. 10, 11; Mic. vii. 16; Jer. ii. 18; Ezek. xi. 16, &c.—
4. Does history (which traces our Saxon ancestry back to the very countries into which Israel were carried captive by the Assyrians) present anything opposed to this view? Turner's “ Anglo-Saxons," vol. i. 94—102. Is it likely that the God of truth would utterly cast away the people unto whom the promises were made; and out of the same place bring forth quite a different people to have fulfilled to them the promises freely made unto Israel, and so solemnly confirmed to them by oath? Luke i. 68——75; Rom. xv. 8; Mic. vii. 18—20; Is. xxv. 1—7; Ps. cv. 10. Could it thus be said that the gifts and calling of God are without repentance? Rom. xi. 29; Is. xli. 8, 9.
5. Are not the intellectual, moral, and physical characteristics of the English exactly those that were to he expected of the nations promised to come of Ephraim? See Lee. IV. on the Training of Israel. Can our ancient religious rites, political institutions, manners and acquirements, better be accounted for than as having been derived from ancient Israel? See Lectures VIII.—XII. Do not the favours bestowed upon these nations in the north-west, and the whole course of God's dealings with the English nation, indicate clearly their being under the kindness, and care of the good Shepherd of Israel? Gen. xlix. 22--26; Ps. lxxx. 1—3; cxlvii. 19, 20.
The following passage the Author had left out of the present edition. The subject
belongs more properly to “ The Book of Inheritance," a work on the Restoration of Israel. The passage, however, having been referred to by several esteemed writers, both in Reviews and other publications, as belonging to the present work (see Geneste's “ Judah and Israel," pages 265, 266), it has been thought good to retain it.
Isaiah, Chap. Lx. This beautiful portion of Scripture
Isaiah, chap. lx. ver. 1-4. seems to consist of six smaller por " Arise ! shine! for thy light is come, tions, the first five of which are son
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon
thee. nets, or songs of fourteen lines each.
For, behold the darkness shall cover the The first places the hearer in Jerusa earth, lem, in the Holy Land, and bids him And gross darkness the people ;
But the Lord shall arise upon thee, look around, and see how the light is
And his glory shall be seen upon thee: breaking ; and how all around are And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, preparing to flow unto Mount Zion, the And kings to the brightness of thy rising. city of the Lord. The next four pa LIFT UP THINE EYES ROUND ABOUT, ragraphs point eastward, and westward,
All they gather themselves together; and northward, and southward, -to the
They come to thee! characteristic treasures of each quarter,
Thy sons shall come from far, as being contributed to that city, And thy daughters shall be nursed at thy which shall then he the joy of the
side." whole earth. The sixth paragraph, The second paragraph is a call in five verses of four lines each, de upon Jerusalem to look eastward; scribes the settled and increasing state and to be filled with holy fear toof glory and blessedness which Jeru
ward God, whilst her heart is ensalem shall ultimately enjoy.
larged toward men, when she sees The first paragraph is a call to
how abundantly the God of the whole courage, and to a clear exhibition of
earth hath enriched her there, with the truth, in anticipation of the com the means of distributing blessings ing glory. Jerusalem is called to
among the nations, from the Cape of look around, and see how immensely
Good Hope, to India and Australia. more numerous her children are, and
The Erythrean Sea, with its two how much more favourably dealt
branches, and all the treasures of with, than she had at all anticipated.
Arabia between, are hers. The burnThe day dawns; the morning begins
ing desert, now abundantly refreshed, to spread upon the mountains. It is
will contribute its rich and varied time to put off the works of darkness,
productions as provision for the house and to go forth, in light and holiness,
of the Lord's glory: to arouse a sleeping world to a recognition of the word, and working, and
THE EAST. ways of Jehovah; and to a prepared
" Then thou shalt see, ness for the glorious issue of all his wonderful acts to the children of men.
And flow together;
And thine heart shall fear, Let us, then, feel as one with Jerusa
And be enlarged, lem, while she is thus addressed by
Because the abundance of the sea shall be
converted unto thee, the Spirit of Prophecy, as anticipating
The forces of the Gentiles shall come unto this time :
THE FUTURE FLOWING TO JERUSALEM.
The multitude of camels shall cover
thee; The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah : All they from Sheba shall come :
They shall bring gold and incense; And they shall show forth the praises of
the Lord. All the Aocks of Kedar shall be gathered
together unto thee, The rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto
thee: They shall come up with acceptance on
The third sonnet turns the eye westward, and sees the swiftly-sailing steam-ships, with undeviating aim, stretching up the Mediterranean; bringing in abundance the children of Zion, with their treasures, unto the Lord. No more may Israel be termed Lo-ruhamah; seeing that from this quarter it is so truly manifest, that the Most High, in his favour, hath indeed had mercy on her :
They shall not be shut day nor night; That-may bring unto thee the forces of
the Gentiles, And—their kings brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not
serve thee shall perish ; Yea, -nations shall be gaterly wasted. the glory of Nebaion shall come unto
thee, The fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box,
together, To beautify the place of my sanctuary; And I will make the place of my feet
glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee
shall come bending unto thee; And all they that despised thee shall bow
themselves down at the soles of thy
feet; And they shall call thee, the city of the
Ver. 8-10. “ And I will glorify the house of my glory.
Who—these !-Ay as a cloud.
And as the doves to their windows ? Surely the isles shall wait for me, And the ships of Tarshish first, To bring thy sons from far, Their silver and their gold with them, IJnto the name of the Lord thy God, And to the Holy One of Israel, Because he hath glorified thee. And the sons of strangers shall build up
thy walls, And their kings shall minister unto thee.
For in my wrath I smote thee, But in my favour have I had mercy on
The fifth paragraph looks northward, and sees the Redemption, prefigured by that from Egypt, made complete. And it is intimated that the rich mineral treasures of Idumea, here on the south, are equally hers, as the trees of Lebanon in the north. All the bondage and oppression, with which the children of Africa have so long been visited, are at an end,-at the same time that all contribute to Jerusalem's glory and joy :
The fourth sonnet looks northward, and sees the gates of the enemy given into the hands of Israel, and all her former oppressors and despoilers made submissive, or brought to nought.The ravenous beasts from the north
the wolf, the leopard, the bear, and the lion, and all others, which may attempt to spoil the land, shall at length cease to devour upon the Lord's holy mountain. And the glory of Lebanon (in this quarter of the land) shall be all her own:
Ver. 15—17. “ Whereas thou hast been forsaken and
hated. So that no man went throughI will make thee an eternal excellency,
A joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gen
tiles, And shalt suck the breasts of kings: And thou shalt know that I, the Lord
thy Saviour, And thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of
And for stones iron;
Ver. 11-14. “ Therefore thy gates shall be open con
The former paragraphs describe Israel's obtaining of the land, — to which, indeed, the Scripture sonnets generally relate.
JERUSALEM'S FUTURE GLORY.
The sixth and last paragraph regards the permanent peace, and glory, and righteousness, and magnifying of
God, in that kingdom which, whatever changes the earth may hereafter undergo, shall never pass away:
THE FUTURE GLORY.
And thy gates Praise.
And thy God thy glory.
Thy sun shall no more go down;
The work of my hands.
That I may be glorified,