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thee, O Gog, the prince of Rosc, Meshech, and Tubal.". Septuagint.
2. "I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee (or smite thee with six plagues), and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel; and I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand." As God is said to bring Russia to the United States, he will do it instrumentally by the agency of America itself. No clue is given to the occasion of the invasion in the prophecy.
3. "Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee." This determines the place of the battle to be in the United States, and shows that monarchy shall here meet its doom.
4. "I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field, to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field, for I the Lord have spoken it." This shows that monarchy will have a most inglorious close.
5. "And I will send a fire on Magog, and upon them that dwell carelessly in the isles, and they shall know that I am the Lord." This shows that there shall be fire or war in Europe at the same time. The isles seem to refer to Great Britain. This is indeed confirmed by John, who, at the time he describes the overthrow of Europe by Israel, or the man on the cloud, describes also the treading of the vine or conquest of Britain. He also says Britain, or the false Prophet, shall be taken with the beast, or Russia. "So will I make my holy name. known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not
let them pollute my holy name any more; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel."
6. "Behold, it is come, it is done, saith the Lord God, this is the day whereof I have spoken." This is the very language used by John when the seventh vial was poured out, in which Russia and Britain were to be overthrown. "It is done."
"And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and set on fire and burn the weapons, &c., and they shall burn them with fire seven years," &c. This indicates the terrible nature of the victory we shall obtain.
7. "And it shall come to pass, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, &c., and seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them." This and several succeeding verses, show further the awful nature of the slaughter.
8. The seventeenth verse renews the declaration of the battle: "And thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God, Speak unto every feathered fowl, and every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves and come; gather yourselves together on every side, to my sacrifice, that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the moun tains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, and of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. Ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrified for you. Thus shall ye be filled at my table, with chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord
God. And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment which. I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them." This coincides with the political judgment day of the ancient of days, described by Daniel. A parallel call to beasts and birds to the supper of God, is found in the seventeenth verse of the nineteenth chapter of Revelations.
In this prediction we see all the great forces of Europe, Asia, and Africa, conjoined to invade Israel restored, and they are all allied with Russia. A greater force is assembled, and more millions of men are brought to the contest, and from a broader field, than were ever before assembled. Now, in the name of all that is rational, is it probable or possible to excite and muster such a force, to pull down a few feeble Jews restored to Palestine. What is there, again, that could induce the ruling powers to grant Palestine to carnal Israel, and then bring all creation together to pull them down again. Surely nothing but wild enthusiasm can believe that the great statesmen of Europe and mighty warriors would combine to effect so small a work as the conquest of Palestine. Surely men must be beside themselves who believe such a thing will take place. But if we turn to the United States, the Christian Israel of the latter day, we see a foeman that bids defiance to all their steel, and that would demand such a confederacy as the prophet describes to create even a hope of success in the contest.
If, in addition to this, we take Ezekiel's description of the country and people of Israel which Russia invades,
and compare it with our own, the coincidence is perfect. So that common sense and revelation both coincide in determining the United States as the Israel to be invaded by confederate Europe.
This destruction of European monarchy by Israel, coincides with the smiting of the great monarchy image by the stone kingdom; the "casting down of the thrones by the people of the saints;" the destruction of the "willful king between the seas in the glorious holy mountain;""the reaping of the earth and vine;" and the taking of "the beast and false prophet," before the Millennium.
As for carnal Israel's restoration to Palestine, it is hard to believe that Turkey, or Russia, or England, or France, or Austria, would ever restore them there to a state of independence; and as for their own efforts to recover it, the notion is preposterous.
The United States is the only people on earth that has a soul magnanimous enough to grant them the boon they desire; and perhaps they will do it after the fall of monarchy. Even then, they would be better off to annex themselves to our confederacy.
NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S PANORAMIC VISION OF THE SIX KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD.
THE history of the world, and of Israel, as detailed by the literal or metonymic prophets, is repeated by symbolic predictions. It is obvious that prophecies of the same ages in the future, must agree in describing the same events; they can not disagree on the same subjects and points; but, as they give views of the same fields, they must shed light upon each other. Symbolic prophecy is more systematic in its arrangement, more vivid in its pictures, and more exact in its chronology, and has enlisted more efforts of exposition than metonymic prophecy.
Thick darkness has hung over all attempts to unseal that portion of them descriptive of the world from the fall of Jerusalem to the present time.
The learned, and the world at large, have been perplexed greatly at this mystery and blindness, and so complete has been the blindness on the subject, that men have not even seen that Daniel affirmed that the prophets were all sealed from the fall of Jerusalem "to the time of the end." The wise have been divinely and purposely hindered in the work of interpretation of this great era. If, however, our age is "the time of the end" of Israel's wandering, we may anticipate the meaning