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they shall no more say the Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but the Lord liveth, which brought up, and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I have driven them,, and they shall dwell in their own land." This, again, will be fulfilled when the Messiah does come. In his days shall Judah be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; in the days of the Righteous Branch f when he shall reign and prosper. Now in the days of Jesus of Nazareth, Judah was not saved! neither did Israel dwell safely! Therefore, he, Jesus of Nazareth, is not the Righteous Branch! he is not the Messiah! he did not reign nor prosper ! Judah was not gathered, and are yet dispersed! neither has Israel dwelt in their own land! (which certainly must mean Samaria, Galilee, &c.) as before said, we know not to this day where he is, and therefore, Jesus of Nazareth was not the Messiah! Wherein can he be said to have reigned? According to his own account, or rather according to the account given of him, he is made to say, "My kingdom is not of this world ;" then he did not reign in the earth! According to the account, he refused even to try the poor woman taken in adultery! wherein does he then support the character of reigning? Where did he reign? Where did he prosper? Where did he execute judgment and justice? He is said to have gone about preaching! The only thing he ought not to have done, he did do! "He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street." Although, not in my humble opinion,
at all spoken of the Messiah, yet is by ians, applied to him,
and this he ought not to have done; if he was emulous of the character of the servant, he ought not to have been a preacher! As before shown, he ought to have reigned as king! He ought to have prospered instead of being executed as a fellon! He' ought to have executed judgment and justice! His office ought to have been executive, not legislative! He is to judge the earth with the rod of his mouth, and slay the wicked with the breath of his lips! (by his order.) In short, he ought to have been a king of the earth, giving orders and commands, executing judgment and justice, in the earth, not an itinerant preacher, and quack doctor, as he is pourtrayed in the New Testament! He ought to have smitten the corners of Moab! He ought to have conquered all the children of Seth! (all the world.) He ought to have had dominion from sea to sea, and from the river , unto the ends of the earth! In consequence, the law for the governing of the world, would and should have proceeded from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem! Yes, he ought to have judged
among the Nations! And the kingdom and dominion, under the whole heaven, should have been given to Israel, who are the people of the Saints of the Most High; and this should never alter, this dominion should be everlasting; and finally, he ought to have introduced peace on, and in the earth! Instead of all this, the exact reverse is now the case. Is this peace? They call the present time, the day of the Messiah ; when the kingdom of the Messiah, is taught and promulgated, they call it his reign, for so they call all those countries where the doctrine of Jesus of Nazareth's being the Messiah, is believed and taught; consequently this then is the day of "peace on earth, and good will to men;" they at all events, will have that the voice, is a voice of peace. Is this the case? Jeremiah the prophet, tells us otherwise, chap. xxx. 4. &c. "For thus saith the Lord, we have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, ;uid not of peace, Ask ye now, and see whether a man does travail with child? Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness. Alas, for that day is, great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacobs trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, that I will break A is yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him; but they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them." Thus reasons Jeremiah from the mouth of the Lord; this voice which is pretended to be the voice of the Messiah, the voice of peace, is a voice of trembling a voice of fear, and not the voice of peace, it is not the voice of the Messiah. For ask ye now, does a man travail with child? the answer to this question is certainly no! a man does not travail with child, a man does not breed children, and has no travail, "why then do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces turned into paleness." If a man cannot travail with child, why do they all stand in misery, in pain, as a woman in travail. If this is the voice of the Messiah, the voice of peace, why is all the world steadily embroiled in tears, all faces are turned into paleness; war seems to be more natural to the world than peace. Is this the reign of the Messiah, the reign of peace? certainly not: this is trembling, fear, and not peace; as I before said this man is not Our Teace. After the Messiah shall have reigned 1800 years, shall all the world be embroiled in wars? It will be as unnatural, and impossible to have wars, when the Messiah, does reign, as it is for a man to travail with child. But this is not the . day of peace, the day of the Messiah: this is the time of Jacob"s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it; Jacob, that is the Jews, shall yet have rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid; and how will it be brought to pass, why thus: "It shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds; and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: but they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them." The yoke of the false and idle worship shall be broke from his neck, and in the room thereof, they shall serve the Lord their God, and the bonds of the kingdom of the false Messiah, shall be burst, and in the stead thereof, the true Messiah, David their king, shall be raised up unto them, serve the Lord their God, and David their king; not David their God, God forbid! no, the Lord only as God, and David as king only; thus it appears from this prophecy, that David the king the Messiah, is to be raised up after Israel and Judah, are gathered together, after the reign of the false Messiah is destroyed, his bands burst, and yoke broken: after, or rather during the reign of the false Messiah, the reign of trembling, fear, and not peace, Israel and Judah, are to be gathered together ; then is the Messiah, the true voice of peace, David their king, to be raised up, and not before, unto them; not as erroneously held unto the Gentiles, but unto them, Judah, and Israel, "My goodness concerneth you not," or as the Bible has it translated, "extendeth not to thee," "but to the Saints, that are in the earth, and to the excellent in whom is all my delight," to Israel and Judah, only who are here ment, by the saints and excellent.
From the foregoing, it appears that Jesus of Nazareth," cannot be the Messiah, the voice of peace, because the time he is said to have come in, is a wrong time, it commenced the day of Jacob's trouble, the day of trembling, fear, and not peace, which will be broken, and in opposition thereto, the true Messiah will be raised up. This, also, appears very plain to be the true meaning of the prophecy, from the parallel prophecy of Ezekiel xxxvii. 21, &c. "Thus saith the Lord, behold I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whether they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and will bring them to their own land, and will make them one nation in the land, and upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all, and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all; neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will clease them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; they shall all have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments and observe my statutes, and do them; and they shall dwell in the land, that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt, and they shall dwell therein, even they and their children, and their children's children, for ever ; and my servant David-shall be their prince for ever." So that it is plain, so plain again that he may run who reads ; that Judah and Israel must be gathered together, into Palestine, all the twelve tribes, Ephraim, as well as Judah, must be gathered together, and must possess their own country the mountains of Israel, the land that was given to Jacob their father; they must there live, all of them, the whole house of Israel, and become one nation, whereas they were two nations, Ephraim one, and Judah another; but when the Messiah comes they will be one nation, in the land and upon the mountains of Israel: then David my servant the Messiah, will be king over them. Thus it is certain, in the time of Jesus of Nazareth, nothing of all this had happened, Judah and Israel had not become one nation on the mountains of Israel, therefore he is not David our king, he is not the Messiah. Again, Daniel, ii. 44. "In the days of these kings, shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, and it shall break in pieces, and consume all these king doms and it shall stand for ever."
This is the kingdom of the Messiah here spoken of, it is to break in pieces all these kingdoms, is to conquer all the world and therefore become universal, as Daniel has it in chap, vii. 27. "And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the MosfHigh, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve aad obey him." Thus again is the kingdom of the Messiah universal, "The greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given," and "All dominions shall serve and obey him;" so that it is to be universal: "Whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom," "And it shall stand for ever," "It shall not be for other people ;" it shall not only stand forever, but the Gentiles have nothing to do with it as Gentiles, it shall not be for other people, only for the people of the saints of the Most High, only for Israel; this is the "Good thing that I have spoken to do for the house of Israel."
As one prophecy explains another parallel prophecy, so is this explained by Micah, v. 3—4. &c. "Therefore will I give them up. until the time that she which travaileth, Tiath brought fourth; thea the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. And this man 6hall be our peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him, seven shepherds, and eight principal men; and they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrpd in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders. Here it is plain that the house of Bethleham Ephratah, is to be given up until Judah and Israel are gathered together, "until she which travaileth has brought forth," and then, and not until then, "the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel." Then will the Messiah come, and not before. "This shall be our peace," our Messiah. What a preaching Messiah? No, a king Messiah ; he will send seven shepherds, and eight principal men, who will waste the land of Assyria, with the sword, he will not preach them to death, but if they will not stay at home and be at peace, he will send an army, "seven shepherds, and eight principal men," and will fight them into peace; " thus will he deliver us,." Did Jesus of Nazareth do this? did he do any thing like it? No, it is not even pretended: he then is not the Messiah, he is not the prince, he is not the king, he does not answer to any of the characters of the Messiah, he has none of the requisites, although, allowing he rid an ass! The army of Gog was not yet come, therefore, hath not been destroyed, and therefore the Messiah hath not yet come, who was not, and is not to come until Gog is destroyed, until Judah and Israel are gathered together, in their own land on the mountains, and in the land of Israel, and when this hath come to pass, when Judah and Israel are gathered together, when Gog does come against them, then will God fight against those nations, then will Jerusalem be holy, and no stranger will pass through them any more; then will the king Messiah, Shiloh the Sceptre, David the Prince, the rod from the stem of Jesse, the descendant from the house of Bethleham the Ephrathite, come, but not before. But Jesus of Nazareth is a false Messiah, the voice is a voice of trembling and fear, and not peace; and, therefore, the text under consideration "Rejoice greatly," &c. was not fulfilled, when he is said to have come, they had no cause to rejoice, it was not fulfilled in him., nor in that day., although, allowing he did ride an as5.