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prophecies also against the nations that hated the Jews, when they represented the Church of God, and who rejoiced in the destruction of Jerusalem, God, according to His Word, has made a full end of; they have disappeared from the earth. To the Ammonites : “Thus saith the Lord God; because thou has clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel; behold, therefore, I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and will deliver thee to the heathen ; and I will cut thee off from the people, and I will cause thee to perish out of the countries: I will destroy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord” (Ezek. 25 : 6). For the same reason God said: “I will execute judgments on Moab" (Ezek. 25: 14). "I will lay my vengeance upon Edom.” “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off forever.” There is none "remaining of the house of Esau The things of Esau ” have been “ searched out, and his hidden things sought up," that not a relic can be found in their ancient dwellings. (Obad 18; Jer. 49: 17; Ezek. 25: 13). For the same cause, judgments were to be executed on the Philistines; and also upon Tyre; then one of the richest cities in the world.
They shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers : I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. It shall be a place for the spreading of
nets in the midst of the sea ” (Ezek. 26: 2). These prophecies have been literally fulfilled.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the LORD: but this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, saith the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD : for they shall all know Me, from the least of them, unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD” (Jer. 31: 31). "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you : and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes." “Thus saith the Lord God: I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them” (Ezek. 36: 19, 24, 25, 26, 37). Two hundred years before Jeremiah, Amos prophesied : “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 destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD. For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth ” (Amos 9: 8). Christ said : “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations : and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21: 24). Paul says : "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto 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."
" For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved” (Rom. 11:11, 15, 25).
Since their return from their captivity in Babylon, five hundred years before Christ came to the present day, the Jews have never been idolaters; but have remained faithful to the worship of one God; while for over twelve hundred years, the whole visible Christian Church was grossly idolatrous. They are living witnesses for the truth of the writings of Moses and of the prophets ; of the truthfulness of the whole Bible; although for two thousand years, all men have been against them.
The wonderful prophecies concerning their dispersion have been literally fulfilled; and are being so now; and the prophecies of their being brought again into the visible Church, with the fulness of the Gentiles, are equally certain. A full end has God made, according to His Word, of many nations: but the Jews, although without a country, and sifted through all nations, still continue a great people; witnesses for the truth of the Bible, as they have been in all the past generations; and they will continue a perpetual miracle, proving the truth of the Word of God to the generations to come; until the Gospel shall be preached to all nations; and then, shall the Jews be brought into the Church of Christ; with the fulness of the Gentiles (Rom. 11: 25).
ERRORS IN CHURCHES SINCE
In the New Testament we have the account of the Church in the days of Christ. In the Epistles, we have a record of the errors in the churches founded by the Apostles. In the Revelation, we have the errors of the seven churches in Asia, which led to the removal of their light, and to their extinction ; and also, a prophetic account of the rise and fall of the great apostate church. The most of the errors, spoken of and condemned, still exist in the greater part of the churches. The children of God should be warned against them; that they may avoid them. In the Gospels, we read the warnings of Christ against the rulers of the Church in His day. "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” (Matt. 16: 6). "They be blind leaders of the blind” (Matt. 15: 14). "Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition" (Matt. 15:6). “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the the damnation of hell?” (Matt. 23: 33). The "generation of vipers ” still lives; and they are the leaders in large portions of the Church at the present day. It was to a ruler in the Church, Christ said: "Except a man be born