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shall lop the bough with terror, and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots --He shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.—The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lye down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion, and fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adders den ; they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people ; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time, to recover the remnant of his people ; again, he shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah, from the four corners of the earth.” And at the end of the twelvth chapter he says, “Cry out, and shout thou inhabitant of Zion, for great is the holy one of Israel in the midst of thee.” Isaiah here virtually gives us the same information as the rest of the prophets do ; he tells us that the high ones shall be brought down, that the Messiah will come, that Judah and Israel will be gathered together, that all nations will be brought into subjection, to God, and to his annointed, and that the kingdom or reign will be a reign of peace, and that this will all happen in that day. Moses, in Deuteronomy,--the same ; “For the Lord will judge his people, and repent himself for his servants ; Rejoice O ye nations with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengence on his adversaries, and will be merciful to his land, and to his people.”
The prophecy of Balaam, recorded by Moses, must not be for. gotten, Numbers xxiv, 17, "I shall see him, but not now, I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall arise out of Israel, and shall smite the comers of Moab and conquer all the children of Seth” From this prophecy · it appears that the Messiah is to conquer all the world, for there lives no one on earth, who is not a child of Seth; and this is consonant with the prophecy, “And his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth;" also, Isaiah ìi. . “ And it shall. come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the Lords house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem; and he shall judge among the nations.” So that this kingdom is to be universal, Dan. vii. 26–27, “But the judgment shall sit and they shall take away his dominion to consume and destroy it unto the end, 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 Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Isaiah, xlii. 4, “He shall not fail nor be discouraged till he have judgment in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law.
Thus it appears plain, that when all this does happen when all will be perfect peace in Israel, then will the Messiah come, and then they will “not hnrt and destroy in all my holy mountain;" is it possi. ble then, that Jesus of Nazareth can be the Messiah, when his coming was ushered in by the murder of the innocent children of Bethleham and the coasts thereof? that does not look like the peaceful kingdom foretold. Was that peace or trouble, what is it? Now it says plainly in that day, in the day when all shall be peace, then it will happen, but the day wherein Jesus of Nazareth is said to have lived was not a day of peace in Israel; again, “ and his rest shall be glorious," he is said to have died the death of a malefactor; can this be said to be a glorious rest? I, or any other unprejudiced mind would say, this is rather inglorious, the very reverse of glorious. The prophecy says “with the breath of his lips, shall he slay the wicked.” Did Jesus of Nazareth do this ? according to the account he slew no body, but was himself slain by the wicked; how then could he have been the Messiah ? Let us continue the prophecy or prophetic account. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord will set his hand again the second time, to recover the remnant of his people which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the Islands of the sea, and he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the out casts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth; the envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off ; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim ; but they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines towards the west, they shall spoil them of the east together, they shall lay their hands upon Edom
and Moab, and the children of Ammon shall obey them.” Isaiah xi. 11, &c.
All this was to happen, and will happen, “come to pass in that day,” that is in the day of the Messiah, now has any of this at all come to pass ? has not the very reverse of this come to to pass ? In the day you speak of, nothing of this kind happened, or came to pass ; when Jesus of Nazareth is said to have been in the world, no, even to this day, Judah is dispersed, and more dispersed than they were in the time, said to be the time he was in being, he has made no conquest of Moab, and the children of Ammon do not obey them, Ephraim is yet behind the dark mountains. Our knowledge of geography will not even allow us to make up our minds with certainty, to say where Ephraim is, or whether he exits at all: how then I ask, could Jesus of Nazareth have been the Messiah? when his day is past eighteen hundred and twenty four years ago ? and nothing of this prophecy fulfilled; which was to have been fulfilled in his time, in that day? forsooth, because you tell us he rid an asses colt, into Jeruselem! many a man before his time had rid an asses colt into Jerusalem, and was not the Messiah! and many a colt has since his time been rid into Jerusalem, and many a one will yet ride a young ass into Jerusalem, but never one of them has yet been the Messiah! Suppose he did ride a colt does that make him the Messiah! Is this man therefore, Our Peace because he rid an asses colt? He must otherwise answer the description before he can be admitted, and allowed to have been the Messiah! “No oppressor shall pass through them any more,” must be fulfilled before he is allowed for the Messiah ! now has this been verified ? Have not the Romans passed through? Were they not oppres. sors of the worst kind ? Have they not destroyed Judah and Jerusalem ? Burnt up the house, and made all pleasant things waste? How then can Jesus of Nazareth have been the Messiah? Where is the gathering together of Israel, as foretold to come to pass, in that day? Where is the universal dominion of Israel, which was to happen in that time? What do you do with the promise, that “no oppressor shall pass through them any more," when the contrary is self apparent ? But to all this you answer, he rid an ass !
Jeremiah, chap. xxiii. 5. “Behold the days come, saith the Lord of Hosts, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch; and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute justice and judgment in the earth. In his day shall Judah be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely ; and this is his name, whereby he shall be called : The Lord our Righteousness. Therefore, behold the days come saith the Lord, that
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! 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 Naza. reth 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, and 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 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.” 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 wars, 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 PEACE. 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 trou