The Spirit Of Prophecy In Relation To The Future Condition Of The Jews -- By: Luther F. Dimmick

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 004:14 (May 1847)
Article: The Spirit Of Prophecy In Relation To The Future Condition Of The Jews
Author: Luther F. Dimmick

The Spirit Of Prophecy In Relation To The Future Condition
Of The Jews

Rev. Luther F. Dimmick

The future condition of the Jews, is a subject which has received, from various sources, no small attention. The subject is worthy of attention. It is worthy of attention, for its own sake. Every branch of truth, and every department of the divine operations, has in it something to repay investigation. The connection of this subject with other themes, imparts to it a still higher interest. The right understanding of it will lead to some views of essential importance, in regard to the general character of the religion of the Bible; besides which, some lessons of practical duty will grow out of it. The Jews have been a people greatly distinguished.1 Their origin was remarkable,—Abraham, the fa-

ther of the faithful, and the friend of God. For two thousand years, they constituted God’s visible church, while all the other nations of the world were left without the impressive merciful visitations with which they were favored. Through this dark period, they were the depositaries of the oracles and the ordinances of the true religion, for the world’s benefit in subsequent time. And through them came, at length, the world’s Deliverer, “the Light and Life of men.” To these things the apostle alludes: “What advantage, then, hath the Jew? or what profit is there in circumcision? Much every way; chiefly because that unto them were committed the oracles of God,” (Rom. 3:1–2). “To whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises. “Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all God blessed for ever. Amen,” (Rom. 9:4–5). The past, in respect to them, is full of wonders.

The present state of the Jews, as every one knows, is a state of dispersion. Reckoned at about six millions, they are scattered through almost every part of the civilized world.2

In respect to the future condition of the Jews, two leading views are entertained. One is, that of their literal restoration to Palestine, the land of their fathers; the reestablishment of their national polity and worship; their conversion to Christ, and his reign among them, marked with peculiar manifestations of the divine favor, making them the head of all the nations of the earth,—a peculiar people in time to come, as they have been in time past. Some suppose Christ will descend personally, and reign p...

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