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'Although predictions more than sufficient to overthrow our Author's opinion for ever, have been already adduced, yet in directing him to this consecutive series, it would be doing injustice to the subject were we to overlook the remaining ones found in the Old Testament. In Daniel, ch. ii. we have this glorious event interwoven into a vision which represented to the greatest monarch on the earth the destinies of mankind to the end of time. He saw a stone cut out without hands, which, after smite ing the image that represented the four monarchies, became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” What then becomes of the Abbé's making Christianity stationary to the end of time, the religion of only the minority of nations? In ch. vii. ver. 14, he will also find it said, " There was given to the Son of man, dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him ; his dominion is an everlasting kingdom, which shall not pass away."-And in v. 27th, “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 niost high,—and all dominions shall serve and obey him." Does not our Abbé begin to blush at his negligence in searching the Scriptures?
Let him also examine Micah, where he will find, ch. iv. 2, language almost corresponding with that used by Isaiah. “ Many nations shall come and say, Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and he will teach us of his ways and we will walk in his paths.Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more ;"--and find all this confirmed with the solemn declaration ; “ for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.” Where were our Abbé's thoughts when he read these passages ? or has he never read them?
· Did he never read even Zephaniah? In ch. ii. 11, he might have found it said ; “ The Lord will famish all the gods of the earth ; and men shall worship him every one from his place.” Who will then keep alive the gods of brahmunism and boudhism, which have hitherto held the greater part of mankind under their yoke? Will the Abbé say that the brahmuns will keep alive theirs. Then he makes them stronger than “the Lord God Almighty.” Further, was ch. iii. 9, beneath his notice? “for then will I turu to the peoples or nations a pure language, that they may All serve Jehovah with one consent." . We may indeed ask our author whether Zechariah be not sufficient alone completely to settle this question. Let him read ch, viii. 23, “Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, in those days it shall come to pass that ten men 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 God is with you.” By what authority will be strike out the languages of India, from “all languages of the nations ?” Should he say, the number is small,“ ten men;" we reply that the prediction mentions quite as large a number from India as from Europe. Let him also weigh ch. ix. 10. The Saviour “shall speak peace to the heathen” (what becomes then of our author's “ everlasting anathema ?”) and “his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.”—And ch. xiv. 9, “In that day Jehovah shall be King over all the earth.—And in that day there shall be one LORD, and his NAME ONE.” Shall that be Shiva? or Vishnoo?-or Jellovah? Alas, the ministers of Vishnoo or Shiva do not even aspire to adding Europe to their god's dominion! It must then be Jehovah; and it is added, “ Ir that day there shall be upon the bells of the horses, holiness to JEHOVAH."
Let us here pause and ask our author how he could overlook a series of prophecy, commencing with the entrance of sin into the world, and closing with the Old Testament Scriptures themselves, declaring the glorious event in such a multitude of distinct Predictions, solemnly sanctioned by that declaration of Him who cannot lie, “ the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it, and their performance guaranteed by, “the zeal of Je. hovah of Hosts shall perform this;"_and, “I Jehovah will hasten it in his time?" We ask him also whether any event has ever been so solemnly and repeatedly predicted beside the coming and the death of the Redeemer of men ;--and whether even His death does not infallibly secure the establishment of his kingdom? Be tween the two events is there not an indissoluble connection? Is it not as the Saviour of men, that the beathen are given to him for his inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession ? Was it not promised to him, that “when he made his soul an offering for sin," he should see his seed, he should prolony his days, and the pleasure of the Lord, should prosper in his band ? Is noť the Abbé's fanaticism which places India and its unborn generations, “under an everlasting anathema,” wholly of his own creation ?
Proofs that the Kingdom of Christ will fill the whole
- earth, furnished by the New Testament. . But had our Author wholly neglected the Old Testament, and confined himself merely to the perusal of the New, we might still wonder how he could have overlooked the intimations of this event to be met with in the Gospels, the Epistles, and the Apocalypse. We may here point him to the testimony of the Angel when announcing the Saviour's birth; “ Behold I bring you glad tidings of great joy which shall be to all people;" and ask him how he came to find Britain among these "all nations," and not the numerous millions of India ? Does he reply, India has not the Gospel in its fulness, while Britain has? As already said, let him apply this reasoning to the prophecies respecting the Messiah only two years before this very period. “ The Son of God has not taken our nature upon him, therefore he never will.” It would have proved with equal force that the glorious event would never happen which the angels here announce! · Let us further refer him to the declaration of John Baptist ; “ Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” Will our Abbé strike out from “the world” the five hundred millions now under the yoke of boudhism and brahmunism? If he does, on what principle will he apply the term to Europe with her hundred and seventy millions?,
But has he duly weighed the various intimations of this glorious event given by our Lord himself? Such intimation is given, as already described, in his commanding his disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." These petitions include every thing contained in the series of predictions already given ;-and was it ever known that even a wise and good man enjoined his children or his servants to ask him continually, for that which he never intended to grant them? Let the Abbé also consider what the intimation implies which our Lord gives in Luke xiii. 29; “And they shall come from the east, and the west, and the north, and the south, and shall sit down in the king
dom of heaven.” He here includes the east in his kingdom as really as the west! Should he reply, that possis bly a few may come from the east; we ask him, who has revealed to him that fewer shall sit down in God's kingdom from the east than from the west?-He must also permit us to ask him, whether, when our Lord declares that God so loved the world,” that he gave his only begotten Son, &c. and says, “ I will give my flesh for the life of the world,” he meant to exclude the greater part of the nations of the world, those under the dominion of brahmunism and boudhism.-Let us further point him to our Lord's prediction, John xii. 32, “ And I, if I be lifted up will draw "all men' unto me.” From “all men” will our author strike out the five hundred millions found in India or Eastern Asia ? On what principle, which will not still more fully exclude the millions of Europe ?
We may also request his attention to another intima-tion of our Lord's, contained even in his awful des. cription of the Day of Judgment. He there informs us that before him shall be gathered all nations, and that he will separate them one from another as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. But what will be the subject of examination ? Their conduct towards him and his people. Why are those on the left hand condemned? For not visiting “ the least of his people, when sick or in prison.” But would it magnify the glory of Divine justice to condemn the Hindoos for not visiting Christ's followers in Britain when sick ? To render the condemnation of the Hindoos, equally just with that of Britain, Christ's people must previously to that day, be situated among them as really as they are in Britain. Yet to suppose that in this representation of that awful day there is any thing which will then be inapplicable to the circumstances of mankind, would be little