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Times and Seasons, 15 February 1842

jealousy. For I will turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers 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 transgressed 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 remnant 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 evident 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 continent shall bring him an offering; fourth, that the House of Israel will not do iniquity any more; fifth, that their enemies shall be cast out, and their judgments taken away, that they should not be afflicted 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 Abraham is heir of the promises, and the Gentiles 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 faithful 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 Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never 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 evident 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 Spirit 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 fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall [p. 689]
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]
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