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and chat ALL THE WORLD, ALL NATIONS will hear the Gospel, the glad-tidings of the KINGDOM; it is the Gospel of the KINGDOM, not only of celestial felicity to thofe who have departed this life in his faith and fear, but it is the Gospel of his KINGDOM UPON EARTH ALSO; that kingdom we are taught to pray for in these words:

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in EARTH “ as it is in heaven." That kingdom of JEHOVAH and his Messiak, Pf. ii. 2. to which the preferved of the Gentiles will become obedient, and testify their obedience by going up from year to year to JERUSALEM, TO WORSHIP THE KING, JEHOVAH OF HOSTS, AND TO KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES. Zech, xiy. 16, 21.

That which God hath joined together can no man put asunder. If he hath ordained that this great felicity, Rom, xi. 15. which will take place in the restoration of Israel, shall be preceded by a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, Dan. xii. 1. If he hath ordained that it shall take place when the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled, Luke xxi. 24. when his judgments fhall prevail from one end of the earth, even unto the other end of the earth, Jere. xxv. 33. there is no resisting his will ; none can stay his hand, or say unto him, “ What doest 66 thou.” Dan. iv. 35.

These are the words of our blessed Lord: 66 When “ these things begin to come to pass, then look up, $6 and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth

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“ nigh.” Luke xxi. 28. And the same may be gathered from the description we have of that everlasting Gospel, which will assuredly be preached to EVERY nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. 56 I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, “ having the EVERLASTING GOSPEL to preach

unto them that dwell on the EARTH, and to 6. EVERY nation, and kindred, and tongue, and 6 people, saying with a loud VOICE, FEAR GOD, " and give glory to HIM; for the hour of HIS “ JUDGMENT is come: and worship HIM that 66 made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the “ fountains of waters." Rev. xiv. 6, 7. The word Gospel signifies GLAD-TIDINGS, and we might ask, Is it glad tidings that the awful time of God's judgment is come? It is glad tidings, because it is a fure and certain sign that the kingdoms of this world are about to become the kingdom of our God, and of his Anointed, his Messiah, his Christ, Pf. ii. Rev. xi. 15. Zech. xiv. 16-21. 56 Rejoice, O ye na« tions, with his people: for he will avenge the 66 blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to “ his adverfaries, and will be merciful unto his land, 66 and to his people.” Deut. xxxii. 43.

In like manner I conceive that we are enabled to derive comfort from the 18th chapter of Isaiah; for if the lopping and pruning which the Christian vine hath experienced, is the commencement of that lopping and pruning which is described in the text, it is a sure sign that the time approaches in which the swift messengers of JEHOVAH will receive their commisfon; if it is, we are as it were naturally led to look around us, and to consider what land among the various nations of the earth best answers the description of the prophet: “ Ho! land spredding wide the

shadow of thy wings, which art beyond the rivers 66 of Cufh : accustomed to send messengers by sea, " even in bulrush vessels upon the surface of the

waters !” What land is it that is most conspicuous as a GREAT MARITIME AND COMMERCIAL POWER, that will be honoured by being employed as the servants of JEHOVAH, to deliver that message to Ephraim and the tribes of Israel his fellows, the result of which will be their restoration to the land of promise ; and also their restoration to that fold from which they ftrayed, in the days of Rehoboam, as reconciled brethren and obedient subjects to Judah, according to the appointment of JEHOVAH, God of Ifrael? Pf. lxxxix. 1-37. Ezek. xxxvii. 15--28. National attachment should not influence our judge ment in the least degree; but surely if the question was to be answered by any of the nations of the earth, the reply would be, that Britain is at present the most conspicuous MARITIME and COMMERCIAL power; is there then any presumption in our encouraging the hope that the swift messengers of Jeho. VAH will in God's due time arise among us? s. The illes at a distance from Judea, are particularly noticed in the Books of the prophets, as becoming obedient instruments in the hand of Jehovah, in favour of Israel his people. That word of JEHOVAH which he hath ordained to be proclaimed unto the

nations, nations, is to be declared in the ISLES afar off from Zion. The islanders seem to be the persons em: ployed to proclaim it : “ Hear the word of Jeho6 vah, Oye nations, and declare it IN THE “ ISLES AFAR OFF, and say, He that scattered 66 Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd “ doth his flock, Jere. xxxi. 10. “ Surely THE $ ISLES shall wait for me, and the ships of TAR.

SHISH FIRST, to bring thy sons from far, their “ filver and their gold with them, unto the name of “ JEHOVAH thy God, and 10 THE HOLY ONE OF 6 ISRAEL, because he hath glorified thee. And the * fons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their “ kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I 66 fmote thee : but in my favour have I had mercy

on thee.” Isa. lx. 9,. 10. 4. The kings of Tarshish 6 and of THE ISLES shall bring presents: the & kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, 66 all kings shall fall down before him : all nations 4 shall ferve him.” Pf. lxxii. 10, 11. They shall glorify JEHOVAH, “ even the name of JEHOVAH, $ GOD OF ISRAEL, in the ISLES of the fea," Ifa.

6 THE ISLES shall wait for his law." 6 Sing unto JEHOVAH a new song, and his praise 6 from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the 6 sea, and all that is therein; THE ISLES, and the 4 inhabitants thereof."_" Let them give glory unto “ JEHOVAH, and declare his praise in the ISLANDS.” Isa. xlii. 4, 10, 12. 6 THE ISLES shall wait

upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.” Ifa. li. 5. JEHOVA'n reigneth : let the earth rejoice ;

xxiv. 15.

* let the multitude of THE ISLES be GLAD

thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about 5 him; righteousness and judgment are the habitation 66 of his throne." . Pl. xcvii. 1, 2,

The isles being thus peculiarly noticed, I cannot think there is any presumption in cherishing the hope I have expressed; and I am encouraged in this hope by the reflection that a great desire hath arisen in the British isles to obey our blessed Saviour's command, to Go and teach all nations,” Matt. xxviii. 19. In proportion as those events have proceeded, whereby the Christian vine hath been so awfully lopped and pruned, in like proportion doth this desire seem to have increased, and been matured and consolidated, and especially in the instance of the British and Foreign Bible Society, to have been attended with an ample bleffing.

The hope that hath arisen among Christians, that the restoration of the Jews is an event that approaches near (however unhappily some persons cherishing this hope may have fallen into mistakes concerning them) is also another circumstance that strongly inclines me to believe that the Lord is preparing those swist mes. fengers which are spoken of in Isaiah xviii. When they are prepared, they will receive their commission to proclaim the glad-tidings concerning Israel; and as to their success, 6 ALL the inhabitants of the 6 WORLD, and dwellers upon earth, shall fee the $ lifting up as it were of A BANNER UPON * THE MOUNTAINS, and shall HEAR THE SOUNDING as it were of a TRUMPET;" and

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