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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

The scribes taught that Elijah must precede Christ; which Jesus approved, saying, "Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things".

He said this after John was put to death.

John did not restore all things; but Elijah will, and that too before the Lord Jesus makes himself known to the ten tribes, whom he will meet in Egypt.

The period of Israel's probation drawing to a close, they will have advanced as far as Egypt on their return to Canaan, as it is written, "They shall return to Egypt".

This is necessary, for it is written also in more senses than one, "Out of Egypt have I called my son".

As they are to be gathered from the west, north, and east they will have gone through the countries by a circuitous route to Egypt.

They are to be gathered from Assyria, or the countries of Gogue's dominion; but I have not yet discovered in the word the line of march they are to follow in arriving at Egypt.

But that they are to be assembled there is certain; for it is written, "I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt".

This was spoken some two hundred years after the overthrow of Samaria; and it is indisputable that neither Israel nor Judah have been again brought out of Egypt to inhabit their land; the exodus from Egypt is therefore still in the future.

But in coming out of Egypt they will have to cross both the Nile and the Red Sea; and although their march hither will have been one of conquest, it will not have been unattended with defeat, because of their own rebelliousness.

The hearts of their enemies will be hardened to their own destruction to the last conflict.

The south will still be disposed to "keep back" Israel from their country.

Therefore, leaving Egypt, "Ephraim shall pass through the sea of affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away".

The combined forces of Egypt and Assyria shall be broken as the hosts of Pharaoh, and the horse and his rider be drowned in the depths of the sea.

For "the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make (Israel) go over dry shod like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt".

They will now sing the song of Moses, and the song of the Lamb, who will have given them such a mighty deliverance from all their enemies.

Being now "the ransomed of the Lord, they shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads".

The prophet "like unto Moses," mightier than Joshua, and "greater than Solomon," will conduct them into the Holy Land, and, having delivered to them the New Covenant, will "settle them after their old estates".

Having "wrought with them for his own name's sake," and by them as his "battle-axe and weapons of war," subdued the nations, and brought them to his holy mountain, he will "accept

them there," and "there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land," as one nation and one kingdom under Shiloh "serve the Lord God".

Thus in forty years the little kingdom of Judea will have become "a great mountain," or empire, "filling the whole earth".

According to my annexed chronology the world will then be 5993 years and nine months old; that is, 4085 and nine months to the birth of Christ, three years and eight months before the vulgar era, which must be added to the two periods 1865 and 40, which altogether yield 5993 years, from the birth of Adam on the sixth day, to the morning of the Seventh Day of 1000 years's duration.

[Luke.1.17. Hos.viii.13. Zech.x.10,11. Isaiah.xi.15,16.]