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THE DESOLATE WOMAN COMFORTED.
and an easy divining of the future, as in the days of old :
"The Asae met in Ida Valle,
And talked of the world's great calamities;
Then the earth yields her increase; and want and woe are felt no more:
"There were fields without sowing, All adverse things became prosperous;" "The Asae will dwell without evils, Do you yet understand?"
Then the two brothers, dah and Joseph, are made one; and choose for them one head, and are given the promised headship over the heathen:— "Then Heinir shares the power of choosing Vidar,
And the sons of the two brothers
Then there is the promised glory in Jerusalem: Israel and Judah have walked together out of the north country, to Mount Zion, the glory from which shall cover the earth:
"A Hall stands, brighter than the sun,
Then, the millennial ages having
Sing. O barren,
Break forth into singing and cry aloud,
Enlarge the place of thy tent,
For thou shalt break forth,
On the right hand and on the left;
Fear not for thou shalt not be ashamed;
So clearly, indeed, have the traditions of these nations been related to the contents of our Bible, that it was at one time supposed the northern nations had become acquainted with them through the medium of Christianity. Such a supposition is however now abandoned; and thus do these traditions remain as incontestable evidence of the truth of the Israelitish origin of the people that possess them.
Well may this outcast house of Israel, who had seemed to be no more dear to her husband, but to be given a bill of divorcement, and for ever sent away—well may she be addressed as in Isaiah, liv. 1—8. The address is evidently made to the people who had previously been in the Lord's favour: and yet, not to the Jews; (see Gal. iv. 27.) The words are thus confined to Israel, as cast out among the Gentiles, preparatory to her Husband's manifesting himself more fully as her Redeemer, and, at the same time, as the God of the whole earth:
And shalt not remember the reproach Of thy widowhood any more.
For thy Maker—thine Husband; The Lord of hosts—his name;
And thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
For the Lord hath called thee
As a woman forsaken
And grieved in spirit,
For a small moment have I forsaken thee;
In a little wrath I hid my face from thee,
But with everlasting kindness,
Saith the Lord, thy Redeemer."
STATE OF EUROPE, SUBSEQUENT TO THE NORTHERN
—Not this laid up in store with Me,
For the day of their calamity—at hand,
And the things that shall come upon them make haste.
For the Lord shall judge his people,
And repent himself for his servants,
When He seeth that--power is gone,
And he shall say, Where—their gods—rock in whom they trusted?
Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices,
--Drank the wine of their drink offerings?
Let them rise up and help you,—be your protection.
Israel's being brought out into these Maritime Countries.—Consternation of the former Inhabitants.---Complete supplanting of the Enemies of Israel---And the powerful Instrumentality whereby all this would be effected—All clearly foretold, as in Is. xli. 1—16.—The Great Whirlwind among the Nations, Jer. xxv. 15--33, sweeping Israel out of their place of hiding, into the foreground of Europe.--State of Europe, consequent upon the Whirlwind, as described by History.---Theories as to the Increase of the Northern Nations.--They are the Seed the Lord hath blessed.--The Great Change in Europe, consequent upon their Settlement here.---Its whole phenomena consistent with the Israelitish Origin of the People who produced it.—Their Mixed Form of Government, and happy Constitution of Society.Feudalism.—Provision for the Clergy.—Chivalry.--Commercial Leagues and Corporations. ---Freemasonry.--Heraldry.—The Crusades.---Language, Music, and Poetry.—Time of the Introduction of Christianity among them.—Religious and Temporal Blessings.---All consistent with the idea of their being the Line of the Lord's Inheritance.—Objections considered.
The bringing of Israel forth from the east, into these islands, where the people were to renew their strength; where nations passed away from before them; and where they were given power over kings,—over those who had usurped the dominion of the world: all this appears to be clearly foretold in the prophetic word; as, for example, in Isaiah, xli:
"Keep silence before me, О islands;
Called him to his foot,
Gave the nations before him,
He pursued,—passed safely;
By the way he had not gone with his
THE LORD ACCOUNTS FOR OUR POSITION.
Who hath wrought and done—calling the
God "hath not seen iniquity in Jacob; neither perverseness in Israel:"—not that there was none there; but, in his grace, "He hath clothed him with the robe of righteousness." He hath beheld him in the Righteous One—the multitudinous seed, in the One Seed, Christ.
In the succeeding verses, (5—9,) there is described the consternation of these countries; and their vain superstitious recourse to images, which began then to multiply in the churches —called Christian,—but from which the spirit of Christianity seems to have almost entirely vanished, at the time the Gothic race broke in upon Western Europe. This people, who had, as was prophesied, lost their name of Israel, are repeatedly pointed their origin; and they have, also, their end, or the purpose of God with regard to them, declared. Too many of them, however, have, like Israel in Canaan, learned the way of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before them.
seed of Abraham, his friend, with whom He condescended to have familiar intercourse. He is chosen of God,—who, in opposition to all human unbelief, here emphatically declares, "I have not cast thee away." The complete supplanting of the enemy, of whose gates he has been given the possession, is then described, (verses 10—12):
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
THE GREAT WHIRLWIND.
once, and again, and a third time. In the first and second circuits, the north, whither Israel had been removed, is passed by; but the third circuit ends in the north; and the whirlwind spends its fury there, producing that overwhelming movement of the nations to which we adverted in our last Lecture; whereby both the Romans and the Barbarians were alike removed, and obliged to give way to Israel—to the nations that had come of Jacob, and who seemed so near being crushed between them. (Jeremiah, xxv. 15— 33):
all the kings of Arabia; and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert, and all the kings of Zimri; and all the kings of Elam, (North) and all the kings of the Medes, and all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another; and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth; and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them."
The great nations then fall, and rise no more, whilst Israel, who had been small, is lifted up, and made to ride upon the high places of the earth. They are carried forward in the great movement, and set down in the place which the God of their fathers had, from old time, appointed; where they were to renew their strength; and thence spread abroad, to the encompassing of all nations.
"Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.
And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, ye shall certainly drink.
For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished; for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of Hosts."
"Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; He shall mightily roar upon his habitation, he shall give a shout as they that tread against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations; he will plead with all flesh; He will give the wicked to the sword, saith the Lord.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: They shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground."
The truth of the foregoing prophecy may, perhaps, best be illustrated by the following account of the attack of the Romans, upon what were called the barbarous nations in the north of Europe; and next of the ample revenge which the latter took of that