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" war,” to break the power of those who had concerted their destruction, to extirpate super. ftition, and establish the truth.
The rapidity of their conquests is in general afferted by Isaiah, chap. xi. 14. "They shall “fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines to“ ward the west, they shall spoil them of the “ east together; they shall lay their hands upon " Edom and Moab, and the children of Am« mon shall obey them.” A particular account of the conquest of all Palestine is given, Ifa. xiv. 29.-32. to the close. As in the passage quoted immediately before, the Jews are compared to an eagle, so here to a fiery flying serpent darting on his prey. They are said to come from the north, because they march up from Affyria. The effect of their coming is, that “all Palestine “ is dissolved,” the government is overturned, and the inhabitants are destroyed. Verses 30. 32. are a description of the Millennium ; and the conquest foretold being interwoven with that event, shews, that the one immediately precedes the other. We have another account of this conquest, Ezek. XXV. 15.-17.“ Thus faith the 66 Lord God, because the Philistines have dealt " by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a “ despiteful heart, to destroy it (the house of Ju“dah) for the old hatred; therefore thus faith - the Lord God, Behold, I will stretch out mine « hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off - the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of “ the sea-coast. And I will execute great ven, " geance on them with furious rebukes ; and " they shall know that I am the Lord, when ! " shall lay my vengeance upon them.”!
A fimilar account is given by Zephaniah, chap, ii. 4.-8. " Gaza shall be forsaken, and “ Aihkelon a desolation; they shall drive out 6 Alhdod at the noon-day, and Ekron shall be “ rooted up. Wo unto the inhabitants of the " sea-coasts, the nation of the Cherethites, the “ word of the Lord is against you : 0 Canaan, " the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy " thee, that there shall be no inhabitant. And " the fea-coasts shall be dwellings and cottages " for shepherds, and folds for flocks. And the “ coasts shall be for the remnant of the house of “ Judah; they fall feed thereupon, in the “ houses of shkelon shall they lie down in the “ evening : for the Lord their God shall visit “ them, and turn away their captivity.”
These latt words Thew, that the conqueft in view, is coeval with the return of the Jews from their captivity; but no such event took place upon their return from Babylon ; therefore it fall take place upon their return from the present difperfion, consequently after the battle of Armageddon.
The conquest of Moab is largely described in the xvth and xvith chapters of Isaiah', and in the xlviiith chapter of Jeremiah ?.
The conquest of the country of the Ammonites is laid before us, Jer. xlix. 1, 2. “ Con“ cerning the Ammonites, thus faith the Lord, “Hath Ifrael no fons ? hath he no heir ? Why “ then doth their king inherit Gad, and his
people dwell in his cities? Therefore behold,
the days come, faith the Lord, that I will 66 cause an alarm of war to be heard in Rabbah ¢ of the Ammonites, and it shall be a desolate cheap, and her daughters shall be burnt with “ fire; then shall Israel be heir to them that es were his heirs, faith the Lord.” Israel did not hitherto poffess the country of the Ammo. nites; but when settled in his own land after
(1) That the time of this conquest is after the battle of Armageddon, (see p. 363, et seq.) The period of three years, mentioned chap. xvi. 14. does not refer to the preceding prophecy, but points to a different and near event, When the prophets mention a very remote event, they sometimes introduce a nearer event, relating to the same people or country, that when accomplished it may afford a proof of the completion of the more remote event in its own time. Several instances might be adduced of this, if it were necessary.
(2) The prophecy of Jeremiah is so fimilar to that of Isaiah, that they must both refer to the same time.
the battle of: Armageddon, his boundary shall extend, as we have seen, from the coasts of the Mediterranean to the banks of the Euphrates. Then shall he be heir to the Ammonites. To that period therefore the prophecy points. · The conquest of the countries of Moab and Ammon is foretold by Zephaniah,chap. ii.8.--11. “ I have heard the reproach of Moab and the “ revilings of the children of Ainmon, whereby “ they have reproached my people, and magni“ fied themselves against their border. There“ fore, as I live, faith the Lord of hosts, the « God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, «s and the children of Ainmon as Gomorrah,
even the breeding of nettles and falt-pits, and
a perpetual defolation, the residue of my peo« ple shall spoil them, and the remnant of my
people Niall poffefs them. This shall they “ have for their pride, because they have re“ proached and magnified themselves against - the people of the Lord of hosts. The Lord “ will be.terrible unto them: for he will famish “ all the gods of the carth, and men shall wor. “ hip him, every one from his place, even all " the illes of the heathen.” Here it is asserted, that the people of God, or the children of Israel, hall conquer these two countries, and then poffefs them, ver. 9.; at that time, when all 15 the gods of the earth shall be familhed,” that
is, when every false religion shall be destroyed, and men shall every where worship the true God, ver. 11. These circumstances can only apply to the period after the battle of Armageddon, and immediately before the Millennium.
The conquest of the country of Edom by the people of Israel, and consequently at the fame time, is predicted by Ezekiel, chap. xxv. 12. to 14. “ Thus faith the Lord God, Because that “ Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah, 6 by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offend« ed and revenged himself upon them; There“ fore, thus faith the Lord God, I will also “ stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will - cut off man and beast from it, and I will o make it desolate from Teman, and they of “ Dedan shall fall by the sword. And I will “ lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of “ my people Ifrael, and they shall do in Edom “ according to mine anger, and according to my “ fury; and they shall know my vengeance, 6 faith the Lord God.” They shall not only conquer the country of Edom, but they shall likewise possess it ; " and they of the south shall “ poffefs the mount of Esau;" Obad. ver. 19.
The conquest of Syria at the same period, seems to be the event foretold by Jeremiah, chap. xlix. 23.-28. The punishment of Syria and Palestine, mentioned Zech, ix. 1.-8. cer
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