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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

The "Economy of the Fulness of Times" will now have fairly commenced, and the Day of Christ in all the glory of the Sun of Righteousness have opened in all its blessedness upon the nations of the earth.

The gospel preached to Abraham, saying, "In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed," will be a reality.

The Lord with Judah as his bonded bow and Israel for his arrow, having subdued the nations, and "bound their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron" as his conquests progressed, will have transferred their much-abused power to his saints, who shall rule them With a rod of iron which cannot be broken.

Having received his law, and experienced the justice of its administration, "all nations will call him blessed," and "daily will he be praised".

A universal jubilee will celebrate the admiration of mankind, and their devotion to the King of all the earth.

The world will no more resound with war's alarms for a thousand years; and among the highest there will be glory to God, on the earth there will be peace, and good-will among men.

The mission of the Lord Christ will have been gloriously fulfilled.

He will have raised up the tribes of Jacob, restored the preserved of Israel, and been the salvation of Jehovah to the end of the earth.

In his days there will be abundance of peace; for the nations will beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into scythes, and practise war no more.

"At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem" as the metropolis of the world: "neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart".

The things they now delight in will then be an abomination to them; for "the Gentiles shall come unto the Lord from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things in which there is no profit".

When enlightened by the Lord, this will be their judgment of the "sects and denominations," Pagan, Mohammedan, Papal and Protestant, which now as a covering spread over all nations, darkens their understandings, and alienates them from the life of God.

But when the King of Israel and his Saints shall rule the world, all these superstitions will be for ever abolished, and mankind will be of one faith and practice.

They will speak one religious language, and serve Jehovah with unanimity;

for, says He, "Then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord with one consent".

This must, indeed, be the Lord's doing, for who among men has the wisdom, knowledge, and power to bring the nations to speak intelligibly on religious subjects, and to be of one religion?

The sword only, can prepare the way for this.

Mankind must be made to lick the dust like a serpent, before they will consent to change their creeds for eternal truth.

Judgment will bring them to reason, and they will say at length, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob; and will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem".

Under such teachings as this the work will be accomplished.

As to Israel, the Lord will have gotten them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame; and have made them a name and a praise among all the people of the earth.

"All nations shall call them blessed, for they shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts".

[Ezek.xxxvii.21-28;xx.40; xxxiv.22-31. Rev.ii.26,27. Isaiah xlii.4. Luke ii.14. Isaiah xlix.6. Jer.iii.17. Jer.xvi.19. Isaiah xxiv.7.]