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either Affyrian or Babylonian; ochers in the tiine of their captivity which prophecies were accomplished and fulfilled on their re-peopling Palestine, and during the time of their second temple. Your scriptures particularly mention that your second temple would be more glorious than your first, and should be honoured with the manifestation of the Meffiah. Under Herod the great, your temple was magnificently beautified, he being a politick prince, knowing how tenacious the Jews were for their own princes, their expectation of the Melliah, himself an alien; resolved to gratify their predominant passion, the thirst for earthly pomp and greatness, the temple he neither spared art, nor expence, to complete it a wonder. He built many cities, and towns, and laid out immense treasures; not only to make Palestine che garden of delights, but his munificence passed into other countries, he being a favorite and fast friend of Augustus, then emperor of the Roman empire, which at that period was in its meridian, and in profound peace, gave Herod every advantage to execute the great and noble projects, that were done at that epoch. By this refined. policy of king Herod every wish suca ceeded, so that Jerusalem seemed the centre to which all nations resorted and number of profelytes made. Cities, towns and inhabitants in . the kingdom of Judah were innumerable, which awed the Romans, and at the death of Herod the Great, it was thought too powerful to be placed under one crown, and was there. fore divided. It is worthy your attention to

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consider the space, or time, that intervened betwixt the Babylonian captivity to that of the Romans, which you will find to be from the date of Darius's decree, five hundred and ninety, or near fix hundred years; and from the finishing the second temple, to its being destroyed, five hundred, eighty-five or thereabouts, in which long space many prophecies that you are perplexed and flattered by, imagining, they relate, as the chapter in Zachariah you last quoted, to the joyful return of your nation from your present captivity, related to the return from the Babylonian. Zachariah prophecied, at the very time of the Jews returning, this and many other pleasing promises, on which you build your hopes, went no furs ther than to the putting your Messiah to death, and others are gracious promises to the Messiah and those of the new covenant. Some prophecies give us hopes that near the end, Israel will be converted when Christ will manifest himself. Zachariah 12th chapter, “ And I will pour up. on the house of David, and upon the inabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of fupplications, and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mouen for him, as one mourneth for his only fon, and shall be in bitierness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalemn, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Migiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart, and their wives apart ; all the families apart, and their wives aparc.” In the

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following chapter. « And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thy hands? then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends, Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, faith the Lord of Hofts:Smite che shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered ; and I will turn my hand upon the little ones. ' And it fall come to pass that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off, and die ; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part thro' the fire, and I will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is cried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear then : I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, The Lord is my God. .

Mofes. Who has Ifrael pierced but Jesus. Christ, who can the Lord of Hosts call his Fellow or Equal, but Messiah? whose hands did Ifrael wound, Jesus Christ, and also his feet, nailing him to the Cross? O misery, misery, my heart sickens, and as a cold hand pressing into a clod of death, my mind feels lost in the dark region of woe. My sorrows redouble your force, overpower and place me where no comfort can be admitted, but be exposed im. precated and feel malicious infults, ceaseless, from those fiends, whose infernal gall against my God, I have so deeply drank. O dark horror of black despair, wreak vengeance on my guilty head. O my soul, can you look even by diftant thought on your God, that you have pierced, and, if it were possible, not only robbed

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fobbed him of human life, but his Godhead. I shudder and find dark despair cloud my reason, offering the baneful cup, which, should I take, it would be a fresh infult to that God at whose dread tribunal I now stand arraigned. The cup I mean is death. O my God, my Lord, that from my remembrance I have been insulting with one continued insult, by a rooted hatred, impressed and imbibed from my parents, and which was handed from the perpretrators of the bloody act, in perpetual succession, through our generations, to us now living; grant the scourge may not spare the wretch, who, tho' not the immediate perpetrator of the horrid deed, yet gave place and nourished, not only in his own, but in thousands of hearts, the gall of hatred and blafphemy against our God and Father. But do not permit me to offer any any farther insult, more particularly the heinous crime of the Traitor Judas, in destroying the life you created, after the crime he stands charged long before by the prophecy of Jeremiah, as we took notice, and then farther forewarned and set forth by Zachariah in the nith chapter, which takes in the treason of Judas and reprobation of the Jews (518 years before Christ). “ Open the doors, o Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. Howl,

fir-tree, for the cedar is fallen; because the i mighty is spoiled : howl, Oye oaks of Bashan,

for the forest of the vintage is come down. There is a voice of the howling of the shep

herds ; for their glory is spoiled : a voice of by the roaring of young lions; for the pride of

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Jordan is spoiled.” Thus faith the Lord thy God, “ Feed the flock of the slaughter, whose , poffeffors say them and hold themselves not guilty ; and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord, for I am rich, and their own shepherds pity them not. For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord, but I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king; and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them. And I will feed the flock of faughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves ; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands, and I fed the flock. Three Shepherds also I cut off in one month, and my soul loathed them, and their soul alfo abhorred me. Then, said I, I will not feed you; that that dieth, let it die: and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off, and let the rest eat, every one the flesh of another. And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant, which I had made with all the people. And it was broken in that day; and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the Lord. And I said unto them, if you think good, give me my price, and if not forbear; so they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said unto me, Caft it unto the potter; a goodly price that I was prized at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord. Then I cut :asunder my other staff, even Bands, that

I might

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