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V. 8.—Behold the eyes of Adoni Jehovah are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it, from off the face of the earth, saying, I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith JEHOVAH.
Here again is a wonderful prophecy, whose fulfilment is evident to every one: the kingdom of the Jews has been destroyed from off the face of the earth for nearly two thousand years, and yet the house of Jacob, the Jewish people, exist scattered over the face of the whole earth ; yea, they are not destroyed, for they remain an existing miracle, a race as distinct as the Chinese, who never quit their own country.
V. 17.-Unto Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness: and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 21. And Saviours shall come up on Mount Zion, to judge the Mount of Esau, and the kingdoms shall be Jehovah's.
This single quotation from Obadiah is enough to prove that he wrote in the same spirit as the other inspired penmen, for he declares that holiness and deliverance shall be on Mount Zion, and that the kingdom shall be JEHOVAH's; that is, when the MESSIAH shall appear
there to establish his holy religion.
V. 1.-And the word of Jehovah came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh. 4. And Jonah cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. 5. So the people of Nineveh believed Elohim, and proclaimed a fast. 8. Let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to Elohim. Yea, let them turn every one from his evil way. 9. Who can tell
if Elohim will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? 10. And ELOHIM saw their works, that they turned from their evil way, and ELOHIM repented of the evil that he had said he would do to them, and he did it not.
It has often been remarked, that it is said, “JEHovah he is Elohim”-in this quotation it is indirectly asserted. In verse 1 it is said, the word of JEHOVAH came; and in verse 5 they believed EloHIM. This does not overthrow the doctrine of a plurality in the Godhead, but it does greatly confirm the unity of the Trinity.
Thus saith JEHOVAH to Micah concerning the prophets that make his people to err, 6. Therefore night shall be unto you, that
shall not have a vision ; it shall be dark unto you, that
shall not divine. 7. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded; yea, they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from Elo
JEHOVAH declares that it is for the wickedness of the people that there is no answer from Elohim; here one person of the Trinity speaks of the others.
V. 7.- Therefore, I will look unto JEHOVAH, I will wait for the God of my salvation, my God will hear me.
Here Micah declares his expectation of the future appearance of the God of salvation, and very frequently the Psalmist and other holy men of old do the same; thus, then, it may be said they were Christians, for they expected and hoped for the coming of this God, the Saviour, REDEEMER, and EMMANUEL.
V. 2.-God is jealous, and Jehovah revengeth. Jehovah revengeth, and is furious. JEHOVAH will take vengeance on his adversaries. 3. JEHOVAH is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. Jehovah hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 7. JEHOVAH is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble, and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Nahum names Jehovah in perfect unison with the other writers, and declares that although he is very angry, yet he is slow to punish ; but nevertheless he will not acquit the wicked : therefore, although the other persons of the Trinity are not named by him, yet his silence by no means implies a difference of faith.
V. 2.- JEHOVAH, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid. O JEHOVAH, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in wrath remember mercy. 3. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. 18. I will rejoice in JEHOVAH, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19. JEHOVAH Adoni is my strength.
Habakkuk confirms the distinction of persons : he rejoices in the God of his salvation, and declares that ADONI JEHOVAH is his strength. All this perfectly coincides with the faith of former prophets.
V. 1.--The word of Jehovah came to Zephaniah, 7. Hold thy peace at the presence of Adoxi JEHOVAH, for the day of Jehovah is
at hand, for JEHOVAH hath prepared a sacrifice; he hath bid his guests. 14. The great day of Jehovah is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly. 15. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.
Is it possible to read this prophecy and the gospel account of the day of the Crucifixion, and not perceive that that is the subject here referred to ? and yet
it is emphatically called the great day of Jehovah.
For thus saith JEHOVAH of hosts, 6. Yet once it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land. 7. And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory, saith Jehovah of hosts. 9. And the glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith Jehovah of hosts, and in this place will I give peace, saith JEHOVAH of hosts.
And great indeed was the glory of that place and house, for there our Blessed Saviour taught the people.
CH AP. VI.
V.5.-These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the ADONI of all the earth.
All Christians acknowledge Jesus Christ as the ADONI, or JUDGE, of the whole earth ; and in the ninth chapter of Daniel, it was remarked that the ADONI is invoked as Elohim and the JEHOVAH, and also the Great and Terrible God; thus clearly is Messiah the Judge considered as an essential part of the Elohim by the sacred penmen : this is so frequently asserted, that the difficulty of comprehending the mystery can in no wise invalidate the truth of a fact enforced throughout the whole Bible.
V. 21. Let us go speedily to pray before JEHOVAH, and to seek Jehovah of hosts I will go also. 22. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek Jehovah of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before.JEHOVAH. 23. Thus saith Jehovah of hosts : In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that ELOHIM
is with you.
This quotation is strikingly prophetic of the history of the Gospel, when the Magi came to worship the infant Jesus in the manger, when the fame of him was noised abroad, and above all, when, at his circumcision, it was declared that this child was the Being of whom the prophets had spoken under the designation of
EMMANUEL, which, being interpreted, is God with
V. 10.--I have no pleasure in you, saith Jehovah of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hands. 14. Cursed be the deceiver which hath in his flock a male, and voweth and sacrificeth unto ADONI a corrupt thing, for I am a Great King, saith Jehovah of host, and my name is dreadful among the nations.
V. 13.--Your words have been stout against me, saith Jehovah. 14. Ye have said, It is vain to serve Elohim, and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinances, that we have walked mournfully before Jehovah of hosts? 18. Then shall ye return and discern between him that serveth Elohim, and him that serveth him not.