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tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my fanctuary; and' I will make the place of my feet glorious. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass,and for stones iron ir I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness."
This house is to be built after the Jews return, and are in prosperity in their own land, as is plain from this whole chapter. The materials of this house are particularly mentioned, which are fir, pine, box, iron, brass silver and gold: I do not see how any person can spiritualize all these things, so as to make good joints in the church of Christ which is built of living fones, a spiritual house.
This house is mentioned by Micah, who speaks of it as fomething to be at the last days. · Micah iv. I, “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of
the HOUSE of the Lord shall be established in the top of • the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.” Every person by reading the two following verses may see that this prophecy refers to the time, when all kingdoms are given up to Christ. . Another prophecy of this house is recorded in Haggai ii. 7, 8, 9, “ And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory, faith the Lord of hosts; the silver is mine, and the gold is mine, faith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, faith the Lord of hosts, and in this place will I give peace, faith the Lord of hosts."
The things which are to take place when the glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, prove that this house will be built in the last days; at the time when the heavens and earth are shaken ; which will be when Christ's feet shall stand upon the mount of Olives, and the time when he destroys the great army gathered against Jerusalem
The fortieth, fofty first, forty second, forty third, forty fourth, forty fifth, and forty fixth chapters are wholly taken up in describing the city and house, which we are
‘now speaking of; and there is not a doubt in my mind
When the disciples faw Jerusalem and the temple garnished with all manner of precious stones, they could not forbear saying, “ Mafter fee what manner of buildings is this ?" But what was all that glory to that of the latter house, when the king of glory shall enter into his house through the gate at the east, and fill the house with his glory, while all nations shall come to see a greater than Soloison, and to hear his wisdom when he dwells there,
Let us for a nioment consider a city large, encompassed by a strong and beautiful wall, lying four square, and three gates on each side ; the city filled with riches in abundance, well watered, the citizens all healthy, rich, righteous, and in peace; with a temple and palace, where their king resides, and where they meet to pay their homage to him, and to receive his law, where songs of praise are continually founding, and where people are continually gathered to acknowledge the king as their king, and to rejoice with the citizens; how glorious must this appear! especially when it is known that this glory is to continue one thousand years, and beyond that a state far exceeding this, and this to continue, world without end.
From what we read, we may form fome faint ideas of the glory of the king and the latter house ; But,
“ His beauty.we can never trace, .
'Till we behold him face to face." There are three things which will be peculiar to this state of glory, as it respects the posterity of Abraham ;
The first is, that the whole of the twelve tribes will be restored.
The second is, that though the Jews will be settled according to their old estates after they return; yet when it' Christ comes, there will be a new division of the land by .1* lot, as it was given before.
The third is, the remarkable flourishing state of that land, when the city and house are built.
First, at that time the twelve tribes will be restored. It is thought by many, that this will never be ; be. cause we do not know where the ten tribes are. That .. the twelve tribes will be gathered out of all lands and resettled in Canaan, is evident from substantial witnesses.
This is contained in the new covenant, which is to be made in the last day; Hebrews viii. 8, “For finding .. fault with them, he faith, behold the days come, faith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.” Here it is positively declared, that the new covenant will be made ." with the house of JUDAH, and the house of Israel; and 4 though we do not know where the ten tribes are, the Lord does, and will ere long bring them with Judah to their own land.
2. Another thing which proves that the twelve tribes will be brought back when Christ reigns on the earth in Jerusalem ; is, his promise to the apostles. Matth. xix..? 28, “And Jesus said unto them, verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man fhall fet upon the throne of his glory, ye. also shall set upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve : tribes of Israel. This place has reference to the time when Christ will reign on the earth.
To fuppose that in the heavenly state, the twelve tribes will be distinct from all others, is too absurd to be admitted ; but to consider it as refering to the time in when the apostles shall have a kingdom under him, . . we can see the propriety of this promise. This agrees with what Christ has said in other places. Luke xxii. 28, 29, 30, “ Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations; and I appoint unto you a
kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and set on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matxxvi. 29, “ But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day, when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” Mark xiv. 25, “Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God." All these places have reference to Christ's reign upon earth a thousand years; at which time, it was twice mentioned that the twelve tribes of Ifrael will be there,
3. Another thing, which proves that Judah and Israel. will return to their land, is the numerous prophecies which speak particularly of this glorious event.
I will here mention a few of the many. Isaiah xi. 11, 12, 13, “ And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall fet his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Af. syria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Ha. math, and from the Islands of the sea ; and he shall fet up an Ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the oute casts of Israel,and gather together the dispersed of Judah, from the four corners of the earth. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adverfaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.”
This prophecy refers to such a general gathering of the posterity of Abraham as never has been ; and at that time Judah and Ifrael are partieularly mentioned, as coming from the four corners of the earth to dwell in their own land.
Jeremiah has spoken of the return of Judah and Ifrael, at the time when Jerusalem is called the throne of the Lord, and when all nations shall come there to worship. Jeremiah ii. 17, 18, “At that time, they shall call Je. rusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem, neither shall they walk any more after the
imagination of their evil heart. In those days the houfe of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they fhall come together out of the land of the north, to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.”
Here Judah and Israel are both mentioned, as coming together into the promised land. In chap. xxxi. 35, 36, 37, the same subject is mentioned " Thus faith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; the Lord of hosts is his name; if those ordinances depart from before me, faith the LORD; then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever." This prophecy declares that the Ifraelites, or ten tribes, shall never cease to be a nation forever.
There were some in Jeremiah's day, that said the two families, (Judah and Israel) were cast off from being a nation, and that they were despised on that account ; but the Lord told them, by the prophet that they never should cease to byla nation. Jeremiah xxxiii. 23, 24, 25, 26, “ Moreover, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying ; considereft thou not what this people have fpoken, saying, the two families which the Lord hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? Thus they have despised my people, that they shoud be no more a nation before them. Thus faith the Lord, if my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; then will I cast away the feed of If. rael, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his feed to be rulers over the feed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ; for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.” The certain return of the ten tribes of Israel, is mentioned in a familiar manner in A. mos ix. 8, 9, “Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth, saving that I will not utterly def. troy the house of Jacob, faith the Lord. For, lo, I will command, and I will lift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is fifted in a seive, yet Ihall not the