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fold :-one is, to describe the power that should be raised up to punish the apostasy of the East, as Popery was raised up to be a scourge to that of the West; and the other is, to describe this same power as possessing and maintaining possession, for so long a period as twelve centuries, of that land which in so peculiar a manner has the fate of the world, and God's ancient people in particular, involved in its destiny. This power is described to rise from very small beginnings; to wax great; to cast down to the ground kings and nobles, and ministers of religion, and to stamp upon them as the mire in the streets; to magnify itself even to an equality with the Saviour himself; to destroy utterly the established Christian religion; to pollute the sanctuary; to propagate a false system of doctrines: and in doing these things it is said that it should practise and prosper.
And the testimony of history proves how accurately the description has been drawn. Mahomet overthrew the altars of Jehovah,
" and in Mecca's fane “ Rear’d the dark throne of falsehood's impious reign.” He propagated the impure pages of the Koran; and with that in one hand, and the sword in the other, he established a religion and a kingdom, the ferocity and bloodthirstiness of which are fearfully represented under the fifth and six trumpets of the Revelation, and which are em
phatically denominated, from the misery and ruin they brought upon the world, “WOE TRUMPETS.”
These more amplified descriptions, given in the Apocalypse, of this little horn which was to arise to punish the apostasy of the church in the East, and to possess and pollute for so long a time the Holy Land, turning its churches into mosques, and treating with persevering indignity and scorn alike the worshippers and the reve. lation of Jesus Christ will be found in the Introduction. As has been already observed, this horn now wanes to its very extinction, and is crumbling into ruins. It is here prophesied that it should be “broken without hand;" and
; it is an expression of exactly the same import as that used in the Revelation, where it is said that it should be “dried up.” wind that blows at the present moment from the East, bears tidings on its wings how rapidly this drying-up, this silent destruction, is going forward; and the language of the daily papers respecting it is, “ The Ottoman power is no more; it is but a shadow !” and the mind, in anxious suspense, is waiting to see the issue of the great events consequent on its final extinction, which even to the eye of the commonest observer, cannot be far distant.
Then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” If it be a truth, written in such legible characters
throughout the prophetic writings, that the Jews shall be collected from every nation where they are scattered, and restored to their own land; it is revealed with equal clearness, as an immediate consequence of that event, that the sanctuary shall be cleansed.
" For in that day will the Lord wash away the filth of the daughter of Zion, and purge the blood of Jerusalem, in the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning “Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them ; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them; yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore” (Ezekiel xxxvii. 26-28). “And the glory of the Lord came into the house, by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.... And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places" (Ezek. xliii. 4, 7).
Thus shall the sanctuary, the temple, the most holy place which has been so long desolate, and polluted by every abomination that the malice and hatred of man can invent, be yet cleansed, and made the habitation of Jehovah's glory. The Lord has been pleased to give by Ezekiel, as well as by the Apostle John, many particulars of the new temple that shall be erected, as well as the new city that shall be built. “Glorious things are spoken of thee, O thou city of our God”...“ Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations .... Vio. lence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders: but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory” (Is. lx. 15, 18, 19). ... And the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD IS THERE" (Ez, xlviii. 35).
With regard to the new temple that shall be built, it shall exceed in glory all that have gone before it. There have been already three temples in Jerusalem,—the one built by Solomon; the one by Zerubbabel after the Babylonish captivity; and the new fabric of more stately
architecture, with its glittering masses of white marble and pinnacles of gold, built by Herod. But none will bear a comparison to that described by Ezekiel, which it is prophesied will be five hundred cubits square; whereas that of Solomon's was but sixty cubits. And as it regards the costly materials with which it shall be built, and with which it shall be adorned, the Lord says by Haggai, in speaking of it, “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine ;' implying that, costly as the first temple wasand it is difficult to conceive how costly that was--this should far exceed it.
God has also given us an account of the ceremonial services which will be observed in this new temple. It is to be found in Ezekiel xliii., xliv., xlv. ; and it would appear from this account that many of the ancient rites, ordinances, and sacrifices, will be restored; and that with the Sanctuary the Sanctuary service will be reinstated. As I believe that the word of God should be interpreted literally, unless there be a manifest necessity or impossibility that it should be otherwise, although it may be contrary to our views of things, I therefore believe in this instance what God has spoken will come
If it be His will that these things should be again used, to have a retrospective aspect to the great atoning sacrifice of Christ, as they formerly had a prospective aspect to the