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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

But a time is coming when the antichristian, Mohammedan, and pagan nations of the world will all become the people of God, and, therefore, Christian.

This is evident from the testimony of scripture, which saith, "In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the Land: whom the Lord of Hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance".

And again it is written of Christ, "He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass; as showers that water the earth.

In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

They (the Arabs) that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

The kings of Tarshish, and of the isles, shall bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

His name shall endure for ever; his name shall be continued as long as the sun; and men shall be blessed in him; all nations shall call him blessed".

According to this testimony, it is proved that the nations, or families, of the earth will become the people of God as well as Israel, who will have the pre-eminence among them as the inheritance of the Lord; and so Israel and the nations will constitute a kingdom and empire, which will then compose "the World," and be blessed in him and Abraham; whose subjects will reciprocate the benefits bestowed upon them, and serve their god-like rulers with heart-felt loyalty, and blessings upon his name for ever.

But when we contemplate the nations now in Satan, and Israel scattered to the four winds, and compare their present condition with what is to be when they all serve Christ and are blessed in him and Abraham, we perceive the womb of futurity to be pregnant of a mighty change; and one, too, which cannot be effected by mild and persuasive measures.

The time for persuasives has passed away.

The nations turn a deaf ear to everything which is not in harmony with their lusts.

Hence, coercion can alone bring them to wait for the divine law.

For this reason, it is testified of Christ -- "He shall break in pieces the oppressor"; and "will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

And the nations shall see and be confounded at all their (Israel's) might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth; they shall be afraid of the Lord, Israel's God, and shall fear because of thee".

This testimony shows that the nations will be reduced to abject submission, even the most powerful among them.

Their courage and means of resistance will have departed; for by the sword of the Lord and of Israel they will have been subdued.

At this crisis however, they will find a deliverer in him who hath overcome them.

"Look unto me," saith he, "and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.

I have sworn by myself," to Abraham, "the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear, saying, Surely in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come".