jealousy. For I will turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call up on the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the riv ers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed -[the American Indians,]- shall bring mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgress ed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride; and thou shalt no more be haughty because of mine holy mountain. I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. The rem nant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee; thou shalt not see evil any more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, fear thou not; and to Zion, let not thine hands be slack. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing.[”]—Zeph. iii. 8–17. It is ev ident from the above;—first, that when the nations are assembled the Lord will destroy them with the fire of his jealousy; second, that he will restore to his people a pure language that they may become of one heart and of one mind; third, that so glorious will be the work that the Lord’s dispersed people upon this conti nent shall bring him an offering; fourth, that the House of Israel will not do in iquity any more; fifth, that their enemies shall be cast out, and their judgments ta ken away, that they should not be afflic ted any more; sixth, that the Lord, the King of Israel, shall be in the midst of them, and that he will rest in the arms of his love, and joy over them with singing. Surely, this will be a rest for the people of God in earnest, and this will be the time that the House of Israel will enjoy that rest, so often spoken of in the bible, that the Lord has in store for them. But says one, if this rest is for Israel, how can the Gentiles be made partakers in these blessings? We answer, the Gentiles will be identified with them: for Abra ham is heir of the promises, and the Gen tiles through adoption can become heirs with him of the same blessings; and as the apostle says: “Blessed with faithful Abraham.” Paul says: “As many as were baptized into Christ put on Christ, and become the seed of Abraham, and heirs according to the promise.” It is the faithful that will be blessed with faith ful Abraham, whether Jews or Gentiles: for says Paul: “They are not all Israel that are of Israel” or literal descendants.
Joel after speaking of the restoration of the house of Israel and the manner that they shall be blessed with temporal blessings, says: “And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wonderously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Is rael, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall nev er be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.”— Joel, ii. 26–29. From this we learn that the Spirit of God will be poured out upon all flesh, and that it will cause the people of God to prophesy. And it is ev ident that by this, the words of Isaiah, and Jeremiah will be fulfilled: “The knowledge of God shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea.” “All shall know the Lord from the least to the greatest.” The Spirit of God is the Spir it of knowledge and revelation, and when so generally diffused among the saints, it will enable them to know God alike. Jeremiah says in another place, that the Lord will cause the captivity of Israel to return, and he will build them as at first, and then he will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth. When this Spirit is poured out upon all flesh, it will of course effect the beasts of the forest, and thus bring to pass the singular change of their disposition:—“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf, and the young lion, and the fat ling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall [p. 689]