part of the prophecy, in illustration of Ezekiel, chapter the forty-seventh, to which I may refer the reader.

9. And Jehovah shall become King' over all the earth,
In that day shall Jehovah be alone, and his name alone.

This clearly ascertains, that though the immediate throne, or rather sanctuary of the King Messiah, shall be at Jerusalem, and that the land of Israel is more immediately the seat of his kingdom; yet that the rule and dominion of this THEOCRACY extends over all the earth.

For the alterations in the face of the country next described, I refer again to the exposition of Ezekiel.

10. And the whole land shall be made round about as a plain, From Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem;

And it shall be elevated, and inhabited in its place;
From the gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate,

Even unto the corner gate;

And from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses;

And they shall dwell there, and there shall be no more destruction,

And Jerusalem shall abide in security.

For the mode in which the holy city of the Lord's house, occupying the site of Zion and Jerusalem, is to be tenanted, I refer to Ezekiel.

The prophecy next describes the catastrophe of those armies that had been gathered against Israel.

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12. And this is the plague

With which Jehovah will strike all the nations,

Who have arrayed themselves against Jerusalem.

Their flesh shall consume away while they stand on their feet,

And their eyes shall consume away in their sockets,

And their tongue shall consume away in their mouths.

This may illustrate several former predictions which treat of the destruction of the last enemy on the appearance of the great Redeemer: Jude, 14; Job, xix. 23, &c.; Deut. xxii. 40, &c.; Numb. xxiv. 24; 1 Sam. ii. 10; Psalm lxviii. ; cx.; Isaiah, ii. 10, &c.; xiii. ; xxv. ; xxvii. 1 ; xxix. 5; xxx. 30; xxxiii.; xxxiv.; xlix. 24, &c.; lix. 17, &c.; lxii. 8, &c. and the last chapter; Joel, iii. 1; Ezek. xxxviii. and xxxix.; Daniel, xii.

All the armies of the enemy, it should seem, fall not exactly in the same way. It was said before," each by the hand of his neighbour:" so in the following lines :

13. And it shall come to pass in that day,

That there shall be a great tumult from Jehovah among them;

And they shall seize each on the hand of his fellow,

But his hand shall be raised against the hand of his fellow.

Or this may mean: each being equally stricken with amazement and terror, when one would lift up his hand to catch hold for protection on the one nearest him, he will find his neighbour's hand lifted up towards him for the same purpose.

14. And Judah shall fight at Jerusalem,

And shall collect the wealth of all nations round about,
Gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

-Judah, the people first saved by the manifested Saviour; those, probably, whom he had led through the desert. For they, according to the sixty-eighth Psalm, arrive at the Holy Land in time to share in the victory which the Mighty One of Israel achieves :

Kings of armies flee—they flee,

And she that stayeth in the house divideth the spoil, &c.

We are next told that the fate of the animals that attend these immense armies of the nations shall be as the fate of their masters.

15. And so shall be the plague of the horse,

Of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass:

And of all the beasts that shall be in these camps,
Like unto this plague shall it be.

16. And it shall come to pass, that all which is left,
Of all the nations that came against Jerusalem,

Shall even go up from

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To worship the King Jehovah Sabaoth,

And to keep the feast of tabernacles.

There is, it seems, to be a remnant of the apostate armies spared in mercy. It should seem, these do not return to their countries. How should they? Their countries are destroyed by the fire of Jehovah,-- the country of all those, at least, that came from the dominion of the fourth empire. These are they, perhaps, that are possessed for servants and handmaids to Jehovah in the land of Israel, according to Isaiah, chap. xiv. 2.

To proceed :

17. And it shall be that whosoever will not go up, Of the families of the earth, unto Jerusalem,

To worship the King, Jehovah Sabaoth,
There shall be on them no rain.

The term rendered "the earth" in this passage may be rendered "the land;" and the difficulty to us of supposing that some of every family of the whole earth should go up once a year to Jerusalem, seems to be very great. What follows, however, certainly extends the term "the land," or "the earth," far beyond the territories of the tribes,

18. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, And there be not to them the plague,

With which Jehovah will smite the nations,

Which come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles;

This sin of Egypt shall be the same

As the sin of all the nations,

Which go not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

The threatened plague may not affect the Egyptians, because Egypt is peculiarly situated in this respect; it depends not on the showers of heaven, but on the flowings of the Nile. Their sin, however, is the same, and its punishment will not be wanting. Egypt, therefore, is plainly among the nations on whom this service is imposed; and how many nations besides, or whether all the earth that remains, and in what manner it can be accomplished, the fulfilment, perhaps, only can teach: but we remark, Egypt, in regard to its peculiarities of climate, continues, what it was, in the glorious reign of the Elohim of Israel.

20. And in that day there shall be

On the bells of the horses "holiness to Jehovah."

"Holiness to Jehovah," or "holy to Jehovah," was

the inscription on the high priest's mitre. The same sanctity of character, it seems to be implied, shall then be given even to the very inferior animals that are employed in the service of the temple, that is to say, of the holy city of the Lord's house; for all Jerusalem, and all Zion, and the whole area of the elevated mountains, are within the precincts of the temple, and its very beasts of burden are to be regarded as consecrated to Jehovah. It follows:

21. And it shall be, that the pots in the house of Jehovah Shall be like the bowls before the altar;

And it shall come to pass that every vessel in Jerusalem

and in Judah

Shall be holy to Jehovah Sabaoth:

And all who sacrifice shall come,

And shall take them and prepare food in them;

And there shall be no more a trafficker

In the house of Jehovah Sabaoth in that day.

There is something highly mysterious in this language; but perhaps the facts already stated from Ezekiel will serve to explain. All Jerusalem is contained in the temple; and the holy oblation of land around the holy mount extends beyond the limits of what once was Judah -nay, somewhat of a priestly and ministerial character is conferred on all the children of Israel-in the several lotments of their tribes or when they serve the cityor when they approach the holy mountain of the Lord's house.

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3. And they shall be called the trees of righteousness, The plantation of Jehovah for his glory:

They shall restore the ancient desolations,

They shall repair the ruins of former times;

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