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and inhabitants. They will be redeemed" with righteousness;" a believing acceptance of the offering made by Christ. There will be no such provision for them as to endure God's judgment, and then, because they have suffered it out, be pardoned or justified, and saved. Again: Isa. iv. 4, the same sentiment is again repeated.
" And when the LORD SHALL HAVE WASHED AWAY THE Filth of the daughters of Zion." The Lord is to wash away the filth of the daughters or inhabitants of Zion. “ And shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst of thee, by the spirit of JUDGMENT and the spirit of BURNING.” “ And the Lord will create upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon all her assemblies a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory there shall be a defence."
This deliverance of the daughters of Zion, the converts, will never be until the resurrection of the just, when this corruptible, through the death and resurrection of Christ, will put on incorruption and glory. The glory of Zion also must be referred to that day when the New Jerusalem, Mount Zion, the city of the living God, shall descend, and the glory of God lighten the city of the great King. It was for the sins of Manasseh, which he did in Jerusalem, that this punishment was begun, or the certain infliction declared, so that God declared, though Moses and Samuel stood before him, his mind could not be toward that people. " Let them go forth,” he said. Jer. xv. 5, he addresses Jerusalem : “For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem ? or who shall bemoan thee? or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest ?” Verse 6: “ Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord, thou art gone backward ; therefore will I stretch forth my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting. the justification of Jerusalem is foretold, Isa. xl. 2: "Speak ye comfortably unto Jerusalem, and cry unto her that her warfare is accomplished, and her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.” The Psalmist predicts the building up of Zion and God's mercy to her. Ps. cii. 13: “ Thou shalt arise and have mercy upon Zion. For the time to favor her, yea, the set time is come." Verse 16: “When the Lord BUILDETH UP Zion, he shall APPEAR IN HIS GLORY.”. According to these texts, Zion can never be built up until the Lord, whose everlasting dwelling-place is at Jerusalem, shall appear in his glory. He will do so when he comes in the clouds of heaven, in his own glory, in the glory of the Father, and all the holy angels.
Listen a moment to the Saviour, while he pronounces the doom of Jerusalem. Luke xix. 4144: “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side. And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee: and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another: because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation."
But he will come again to Jerusalem and be greeted by a race who “shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
“ Then shall the sanctuary be JUSTIFIED."
THE LAST END OF THE INDIGNATION.
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."
The indignation is God's anger or displeasure against the church, for which her civil polity has been broken up, and she dispersed among the nations of the earth and destroyed from being a people. Had the church, when placed in the land of promise, remained obedient to God, it is evident, from a multitude of promises, they never would have been removed. But proving disobedient, and forgetful of God, they were driven out, to return no more until human nature is radically and constitutionally changed. But the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. Speaking of the final return of the REMNANT of Jacob to the mighty God, the Lord says, Isa. x. 25: “For yet a very little while and the INDIGNATION shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.". When the indignation ceases, Jerusalem's warfare will be accomplished, and her iniquity will be pardoned. 1 The Lord, in addressing himself to Israel, at the time Nebuchadnezzar came against Jerusa: lem, declared why he came, and how long the
desolation of the throne of Israel should continue on account of their iniquity. Ezek. xxi. 24–27: “ Therefore thus saith the Lord God; because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I say, that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand. And thou, profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come when iniquity shall have an end, thus saith the Lord God; remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same; exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him."
When he comes, therefore, who is the heir of David's throne, the indignation will cease, Zion be built up forevermore, and all the redeemed of the Lord will return and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy on their head; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall
One characteristic more, in the explanation of the vision by Gabriel, is important in this place. Dan. viii. 17: “Understand, O son of man; for AT THE TIME OF THE END, THE VISIÓN." The time of the end began, as is demonstrable, and will be shown in another place, in 1798, at the fall of popery, or the end of the 1260 years of papal rule.
all fee away:
RECAPITULATION OF THE FOREGOING ARGUMENT.
1. The vision. It begins with the ram having two horns, while both horns were high, but the
last of the two the highest. And also, while no beast could stand before the ram. This is said (verse 20) to be the kings of Media and Persia. It includes the goat; his great horn between his eyes,
conquest of the ram, and the breaking of his great horn. It also presents the four notable horns which came up for the great horn ; also the little horn which came out of one of the four horns. The goat is said (verse 21) to be the king of Grecia ; the great horn between his eyes, the first king. That being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance shall stand up, understanding dark sentences. This power is to stand up against the prince of princes, and be broken without hand. All these events could not take place either in 1150 or 2300 literal days; and hence, the time must be understood figuratively, a day for a year, 2300 years.
2. The sanctuary, is mount Zion, or Jerusalem, the capital of the kingdom of God, where David's throne was established ; but which in Daniel's day, and ever since, was and is desolate, and in the hands of the Gentiles. It is now under condemnation, but will be justified or pardoned, and built up at the end of the 2300 years. It is yet desolate; therefore the period is not expired.
3. The“ indignation," is God's manifested displeasure against his people, by which he has broken up their civil polity and dispersed and scattered them abroad among all nations, from the land of promise. The vision extends to “ the last end of the indignation." But they are yet