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(chap. xii. 27). “Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel, to stand in the battle in the day of Jehovah” (chap. xiii. 5).

“ And thou profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come when iniquity shall have an end” (chap. xxi. 25). “Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come.” “ Thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years(chap. xxii. 3, 4).

66 Shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength ?” “He that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears.” In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped” (chap. xxiv. 25-27). In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth ” (chap. xxix. 21). " Howl ye, Woe worth the day! For the day is near, even the day of Jehovah is near, a cloudy day, it shall be the time of the heathen." In that day shall messengers go forth from me(chap. xxx. 2, 3, 9).

« In the day when he went down to the grave" (chap. xxxi. 15). As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places, where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day(chap. xxxiv. 12). In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities” (chap. xxxvi. 33). “Prophecy and say, In that day, when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?" It shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land.” “And it shall come to pass at the same time, when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, fury shall come up in my face.” “For in my jealousy, and in the fire of my wrath, have I spoken: Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel” (chap. xxxviii. 14, 16, 18, 19). Behold, it is come :this is the day whereof I have spoken.

" And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel." “ So the house of Israel shall know that I am Jehovah their God, from that day and forward” (chap. xxxix. 8, 11, 22).

So in DANIEL. “There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known what shall be in the latter days(chap. ii. 28). “Until--the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom ” (chap. vii. 22). “Understand, O Son of man; for at the time of the end shall be the vision.' “ And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation; for at the time appointed the end shall be.” “And the vision of the evening and the morning, which was told, is true; wherefore shut thou up the vision, for it shall be for many days(chap. viii. 17, 19, 26). “I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days; for yet the vision is for many days" (chap. x. 14).

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of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end; because it is yet for a time appointed” (chap. xi. 35). At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as there never was since there was a nation, even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book(chap. xi. 1). “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end." “ From the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” “Thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot at the end of the days(chap. xii. 4, 11, 13).

So in Hosea. “Yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.” “At that day I will break the bow of Israel.” “Great shall be the day of Jezreel(chap. i. 4, 5, 11). “ And it shall be at that day, saith Jehovah, that thou shalt call me Ishi.” In that day will I make a covenant for them.” In that day I will hear” (chap. ii. 16, 18, 21). “ Afterwards shall the children of Israel return, and seek Jehovah their God, and David their king, and shall fear Jehovah and his goodness in the latter days(chap. iii. 5). “Come, and let us return unto Jehovah ; for he hath torn, and he will heal us; after two days will he revive us; in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight” (chap. vi. 1, 2). The days of visitation are come; the days of recompense are come” (chap. ix. 7).

So in JOEL.“ Alas, for the day, for the day of Jehovah is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come (chap. i. 15). The day of Jehovah cometh, for it is nigh at hand; a day of darkness and of gloominess; a day of clouds and of thick darkness.” The day of Jehovah is great and very terrible; and who can abide it ? ” (chap. ii. 1, 2, 11). “And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh:-and also upon the servants and upon

the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of Jehovah come” (chap. ii. 28, 29, 31).In those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations." « For the day of Jehovah is near.' s In that day the mountains shall drop down new wine” (chap. iii. 1, 2, 14, 18).

So in OBADIAH. * Shall I not in that day, saith Jehovah, even destroy the wise men out of Edom ?” “ Neither shouldst thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction ; neither shouldst thou have spoken proudly in the


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For the day of Jehovah is near upon all the heathen(verses 8, 12, 15).

So in Amos. “He that is courageous among the mighty, shall flee away naked in that day(chap. ii. 16). "In the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him ” (chap. ji. 14).

“Wo unto you that desire the day of Jehovah : to what end is it for you the day of Jehovah is darkness and not light.' “Shall not the day of Jehovah be darkness and not light ? even very dark and no brightness in it” (chap. v. 18, 20). “ The songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day.In that day, saith Jehovah God, I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.” In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst” (chap. viii. 3, 9, 13). “ In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen.” “Behold, the days come that the mountains shall drop sweet wine” (chap. ix. 11, 13).

So in MICAH. “ In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled” (chap. ii. 4). In the last days the mountain of the house of Jehovah shall be established in the top of the mountains.” In that day, saith Jehovah, will I assemble her that halteth” (chap. iv. 1, 6). In that day I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots(chap. v. 10). The day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh.” In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed." In that day also, he shall come even to thee" (chap. vii. 4, 11, 12).

So in HABAKKUK. “The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (chap. ii. 3). “O Jehovah, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy” (chap. iii. 2).

So in ZEPHANIAH. The day of Jehovah is at hand.” In the day of Jehovah's sacrifice, I will punish the princes, and the king's children.” In that day there shall be the noise of a cry.

At that time I will search Jerusalem with candles.” The great day of Jehovah is near.” That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities and against the high towers." In the day of Jehovah's wrath, the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy; for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land” (chap. i. 7, 8, 10, 12, 14-16, 18). “Before the day of Jehovah's anger come upon you.” “It may be ye

shall be hid in the day of Jehovah's anger” (chap. ii. 2, 3). “Wait ye upon me until the day that I rise up to the

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prey.” In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings ?In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not.” At that time I will undo all that afflict thee.At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you; for I will make you a name” (chap. iii. 8, 11, 16, 19, 20).

So in ZECHARIAH. “I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.“And many nations shall be joined to Jehovah in that day(chap. ii. 11). In that day shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig-tree” (chap. iii. 9, 10). In those days ten men shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew” (chap. viii. 23). “ And Jehovah their God shall save them in that day, as the flock of his people” (chap. ix. 16).

My covenant was broken in that day(chap. xi. 11). In that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people.” In that day, saith Jehovah, I will smite every horse with astonishment." In that day will I make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among the wood.” that day shall Jehovah defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem." In that day I will seek to destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem." "In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem (chap. xii. 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11). In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” In that day I will cut off the names of the Idols out of the land.” In that day the prophets shall be ashamed” (chap. xiii. 1, 2, 4). “Behold, the day of Jehovah cometh.” His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives.” In that day the light shall not be clear nor dark; but it shall be one day which shall be known to Jehovah, not day nor night; but it shall come to pass that at evening-time it shall be light.” In that day living waters shall go out from Jerusalem.” In that day there shall be one Jehovah, and his name one." In that day a great tumult from Jehovah shall be among them.' In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness unto Jehovah." In that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of Jehovah” (chap. xiv. 1, 4, 6–9, 13, 20, 21).

So in MALACHI. “But who may abide the day of his coming, and who shall stand when he appeareth ? ” “And they shall be mine, saith Jehovah of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels.” “Behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Jehovah (chap. iii. 2, 17, and iv. 1, 5).

And in the PSALMS OF DAVID.In his days shall the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace ;-he shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth” (Psalm lxxii. 7, 8); besides other places.

5. By day and time, in these places, is meant the coming of the Lord. By a day or time of darkness, of thick darkness, of gloominess, of no light, of desolation, of the end of iniquity, and of destruction, is meant the coming of the Lord when he is no longer known, and consequently when there is nothing which constitutes a church remaining. By a day cruel and terrible, a day of wrath, of anger, of tumult, of visitation, of sacrifice, of recompense, of trouble, of battle, and of mourning, is meant the coming of the Lord to judgment. His coming for the purpose of establishing a new church, which should acknowledge him as the Redeemer and Saviour, is meant by the day in which Jehovah alone should be exalted; in which he should be one, and his name one; in which the branch of Jehovah should be beautiful and glorious; in which the righteous should flourish; in which he should revive, seek his sheep, and make a new covenant; in which the mountains shall drop new wine, and living waters go out from Jerusalem; in which they should look unto the God of Israel; besides many similar expressions.*

6. To the above passages, shall here be added some others which speak more openly of the coming of the Lord; as these : “ The Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us] ” (Isaiah vii. 14; Matt. i. 22, 23). “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the Government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,

* The following remarks on the meaning of the phrase “ the end or extremity of the days,” or “the latter or last days," so often occurring in the prophets, are translated from Gussettius's Commentaries on the Hebrew Language; and they are here subjoined because many readers may be pleased to see how strongly the explanation of these words, as given above, is corroborated by the most learned of the writers, both Jewish and Christian, who have made the Old Testament, in its original language, their particular study.

“If it be now asked, What is meant by the phrase 'the end or extremity of the days,' or the latter or last days ?' (ory means) we answer, The time of the Messiah. This was clearly seen by the Rabbins. David Kimchi, on Isaiah ii. 2, says, hwn 499 D'37 MAN 3 [That is, “The end or extremity of days means those of the Messiah.'] The same is affirmed by Moses Gerundensis, and after him by Manasseh ben Israel in his work De Resurrectione, L. 3. c. 3. More early authors, and such as are more to be relied on, even the apostles themselves, had come to the same conclusion. Thus John (1 Epist. ii. 18,) says, • Little children, it is the last time;' evidently supposing that phrase to denote a peculiar epoch, and that this epoch had then arrived. Paul speaks in the same manner : see 2 Tim. ii. 1; 1 Cor. x. 11; Heb. ix. 26. So does Peter (1 Epist. i. 20): and Jude (Epist. 18). They speak of a certain time, or days, to which they give appellations of the same import with the phrase byt ning; and they call this their nang [the extremity or end], although it was then present, and was not supposed by them to be still to come. They would never have adopted this mode of speaking, had not this denomination, as applied to the days of the Messiah, been already in use : thus they must have drawn it from this prophetic phrase, d'97 Asans [the end or extremity of days]. And certain it is that wherever this phrase occurs in the prophets, it applies most exactly to the days of the Messiah :" in other words, to the period of the coming of the Lord. See Gussettii Comm. L. Ebr. under the root 08.

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