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place, nor any fuch divine punishments inflicted on the enemies of the nation, at their return from the Babylonish captivity; it is manifeft, that this principle, was not then accomplished. The fame objection lies against the perfon, and time of Jefus : whence it is demonftrable, that this principle remains to be fulfilled in the latter days, immediately preceding the restoration of the nation, by the true Meffiah.

The fecond principle is, that the vengeance which will be taken on Edom, and Botfrah, (which is Rome) will be far more dreadful, than that taken on any of the other nations; and thofe that escape of them, will not attain the same happiness which the other nations will, in regard to the light of truth, and the worship of the moft High: as fhewn in the fourth, fifth, fixth, and twelfth prophecies. This principle, it is manifest from all history, did not take place at their return from Babylon; nor yet in the time of Jefus : whence it is manifeft, that it remains to be fulfilled in the latter days.

The third principle is, the redemption, reftoration, and falvation of Ifrael, that is then

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to take place as fhewn in the fecond, third, fourth, fixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth prophecies. This glorious reftoration of the nation, it is well known, hath never yet been accomplished for their return from Babylon, was in no way conformable to what is predicted by the Prophet in these prophecies: for then, the outcafts of Ifrael, and the dif perfed of Judah, were not gathered together; as there was but a small part that returned from Babylon; and thofe of the lower orders of the people only; the ten tribes that were carried away by the king of Affyria, did not return: neither did thofe of Nrael and Judah, that were in Egypt, the land of Ammon and Moab, in Gaul and Spain, and divers other parts, return. How then can it be faid, that thofe great and glorious promifes which speak of the restoration of the nation, were ever accomplished? Does not the Prophet speak clearly and explicitly of the complete restoration of the nation? when he fays, (Chap. xxvii. 13.) "And it shall come to pass in that day, the great trumpet fhall be founded; and those fhall come who were perishing in the land of Affyria, and who

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who were difperfed in the land of Egypt: and they fhall bow themselves to the LORD, in the holy mountain in Jerufalem." Again," (Chap, xliii. 5.) "Fear thou not, for 1 am with thee from the eaft I will bring thy children, and from the weft I will gather thee together. I will fay to the north, give up; and to the fouth withhold not: bring my fons from afar, and my daughters from the end of the earth :" &c. Befides a number of other paffages, to the fame purport, all which, is a manifeft proof, that it hath never yet been accomplished; and that it remains to be fulfilled in the latter days.

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The fourth principle is, that at the future redemption, the ten tribes that were carried away captive, by Shalmanefer king of Affyria, will return; as fhewn in the second, fifth, and eighth prophecies; but this, it is well known, did not take place at their return from Babylon, as above fhewn.

The fifth principle is, that the future redemption will be entirely conformable to that of Egypt in every refpect; more especi lly in their exact conformity in the followng particulars. First, that the whole nation vill be redeemed; and that not one of them

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Second, that the nations that hold them in fubjection, or fhall prevent their return: will be utterly deftroyed, as was Pharaoh, and the Egyptians in the red fea.

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Third, that their redemption will be by the hands of a great Prophet; eminent for his prophetic fpirit, and the ftupendous miracles that he will perform, as was Mofes, who redeemed them from Egypt.

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Fourth, that God will utterly deftroy the tongue of the Egyptian fea, so that there will be an highway for Ifrael, as when they came up out of Egypt: as fhewn at large, in the fecond and ninth prophecies; and which, is a demonftration, that these prophecies were not fulfilled at their return from Babylon; for that did not refemble their redemption from Egypt in any one particular*, here mentioned: nay, in one particular, it was diametrically oppofite; for

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when they were redeemed from Egypt, they had the higheft fpiritual felicity, bestowed upon them: viz, the ark of the covenant, the fpirit of prophecy, the Urim and Thumim, and the fire from heaven: but all thefe, were wanting in the fecond temple: as fhewn in Volume 1ft. page. 42. And in my answer to Docter Priestley's first Letters to the Jews, page 46.

As to what the generality of Christian Writers affert, that it denotes the fpiritual call of the Gentiles at the coming of Christ; is highly fallacious: because, in the aforefaid fecond prophecy, the Prophet fays, "And it shall come to pafs in that day, (that) the LORD fhall again put forth his hand the fecond time, to recover the remnant of his people, which shall remain, from Affyria," &c. Whence, it is clear to demonstration, that as the Prophet calls the future Redemption, the fecond time; and that it is, to recover his people; it can apply to none else, but those that had already once before been fo redeemed and as the Prophet fays in the fame prophecy, "And he fhall gather the outcasts of Ifrael, and the dispersed of Judah will he VOL. II. Q

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