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them forever more. My tabernacle also shall be with them; yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people; and the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forevermore.” In this prophecy, it is promised, that Israel shall be delivered from their abominations and transgressions; that they shall become holy, and be the peculiar people of God, walking in bis jugdments and observing bis statutes to do them; that, generation after generation, they shall dwell in the land of Canaan, which once flowed with milk and honey, and shall again, by the arm of Omnipotence, be turned into a fruitful field; that they shall enjoy the tokens of the divine presence, and the blessings of religion and its ordinances; and that the great Eternal shall be the object of their worship and the source of their felicity; that he will be reconciled to them through Christ, and admit them to bis covenant of peace and love; that the mystic David, Jesus the Messiah, shall be their King, their Shepherd, and their Prince forever; and that the nations of the earth shall wiiness the favor and protection of benignant Heaven towards them, when the Lord shall sanctify Israel, and when his sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forevermore. Then to a great degree, shall be seen the removal of the primeval curse,

“And nature all glowing in Eden's first bloom.”.

This dissertation will be concluded with a few remarks.

First, The exertions in the present day in behalf of the Jews, are an omen for good, and an indication that the latter-day glory is drawing near. Efforts are making in England, France, Germany, Poland, and the United States, to effect the return of the house of Jacob. Many societies in Europe and America have been formed, the New Testament has been translated into the He

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brew language, and to a considerable extent circulated; thousands of tracts in Hebrew have been printed and distributed; religious schools for Jewish children and favorably disposed adults have been established; periodical and other publications to enlighten, animate, and encourage the Christian community are constantly issuing from the press; a number of converted Jews have been educated and sent forth as Missionaries, to their brethren; their kinsmen according to the flesh; and inany persons of most eminent distinction in the eastern and western continents, have arisen as patrons to this great and glori

These things promise much on behalf of the Jews. They are as the few drops which precede a mighty shower, and indicate that the millennial day will soon dawn. It is universally acknowledged that when the Jews shall be brought in, then will be the conversion of the fulness of the Gentiles; then Christ will take to himself his great power and reign King of nations as he does now King of saints; then there shall be one fold, comprising Jews and Gentiles; and one Shepherd, even Jesus.

Secondly, There is great encouragement to enlist in the benevolent enterprise of raising up the tribes of Jacob, and of restoring the preserved of Israel. At the present time there is an increased attention to the ancient covenant people of God, in all the nations of Christendom. The formal apathy for the circumcision, ceases from the Christian's busom. The Jews themselves are beginning to be disposed to examine the authenticity of the New Testament. There are great movements among them, especially in Poland. More than two hundred of them on the continent of Europe, bave actually embraced the Christian religion. Already we see a wave sheas, waved before the Lord, as the first fruits of a spiritual barvest. A better and brighter day to Israel has already dawned.

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Verily the branches that have been broken off from the good olive tree, shall be grafted in again.

Like Philip they shall exclaim, we have found him, of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth; and like Saul of Tarsus, they shall preach the faith which once they destroyed. They shall visit the land of their fathers' sepulchres, and when their restoration shall be accomplished, they will pre-eminently aid in the conversion of the Gentiles. “ For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be but life from the dead." Salvation will again be for the Jews; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord froni Jerusalem. Let not unbelief say, there is a lion in the way. thing too hard for the Lord ? What cannot Omnipotence achieve ? Let us not be faibless but believing. Beloved for their fathers' sakes, the Jews shall receive the benedictions of Heaven. There is unequivocal indications that the time, even the set time to favor Zion, is come; that the great crime at Calvary has been punished by all nations; and that God will sınile propitiously upon the descendants of Abraham in these latter days. These things excite to action, and inspire the hope of success, as exertion shall be made to convince the dispersed of Israel that Shiloh has come, the Desire of all nations, to turn away ungodliness from Jacob.

Thirdly, It becomes all to engage in this great and good work, by their prayers, eloquence, and charities. The work is bumane and glorious; it is the redemption of millions of our race from the most deplorable degradation, calamities and woes; the spiritual regeneration and salvation of so many precious immortals. That this great work shall be achieved, we have the promise and veracity of the immutable Jehovah. But it is to be wrought, not by miracles, but by means, by human instrumentality. Gratitude demands the interposition of the Gentile world in behalf of the Jews. We are great debtors to the children of Israel ; because that unto them were committed the oracles of God; and unto them pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenant, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises, whose are the fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came. They are the depositaries of our sacred things. And it is but a just return of gratitude to them that we exert ourselves to rend the vail of unbelief from their hearts, remove the blindness froin their eyes, wipe away their reproach, deliver them from bondage, and bring them into the glorious liberty of the children of God. This, too, Christian philanthropy demands. Love to the Redeemer and his cause, and the glory of God demands it. The Jews, therefore, are the proper subjects of our prayers. With Paul it should be our hearts desire and prayer to God that Israel may be saved. “Those who neglect to pray daily for the Jews,” says archbishop Leighton, “neglect the greatest glory of the church.” And we should pray, too, with the spirit and faith of Daniel and Nehemiah. It is the duty of all who have opportunity, to reason with the Jews out of the Scriptures, opening and alleging that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead, and that this Jesus, who is preached unto thein, is Christ. Those who inquire after the Saviour, they should direct to the Star of Jacob, and say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God. This should be done with meekness, gentleness, and long-suffering. Israel, too, should participate in our charities. As God has given us ability we should contribute to their necessities. The zeal of all Christian lands should be quickened on their behalf. 60 that the salvation of Israel were come

out of Zion ! O that we might speak comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her that her warsare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned ! O that the ransomed of the Lord might return and come to Zion, with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads,—that they might obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing flee away ! How happy should we Gentiles be to meet, on the heavenly Mount Zion, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Moses and the Prophets, Peter and Paul! Let us then imbibe their spirit; exercise their faith, and initate their example, and thus be prepared to join the heavenly assembly, and unite with them in the song of redeeming

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