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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

But he has not yet received it, or he would be at this time reigning in the future habitable land.

Till the Lord Jesus, however, sits on his throne as "King of the Jews," the providential direction of human affairs is committed to the Elohim; who are termed the angels of the little ones who believe in Jesus; because they minister to their profit, in causing all things among the nations to work together for their ultimate good.

When that remarkable change in the constitution of things is brought to pass, when Jesus having received the sovereignty, the angels shall do homage to him, there will be a great national jubilee throughout the earth.

The nations which are now groaning under the blood-stained tyrannies of the world, and imprecating curses loud and deep upon the heads of their destroyers, will send up to heaven a shout "like mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God, the Omnipotent, reigneth".

Paul evidently had a view to this period of blessedness, when he quoted the saying, "Worship him, all gods".

He quoted this from the ninety-seventh psalm, which celebrates the epoch of the reign in these words: "The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of the isles be glad.

Clouds and darkness are round about him; righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

His lightnings enlightened the world; the earth saw and trembled.

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves in idols: worship him, all ye Elohim.

Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O Lord.

For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth; thou art exalted far above all the Elohim".

Such will be the manifestation when the Father shall bring the Lord Jesus back again to the habitable.

At present the Elohim are ascending and descending the ladder, so to speak, between the Lord Jesus, who is at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens, and the earth: but, when "he reigns on Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, before his ancients gloriously," heaven and the habitable will be one; and the Elohim will ascend and descend upon him.

Heaven will then be open to the eyes of his saints, and they will behold the wonders of the invisible.

For such is the doctrine taught by the Lord himself; who, when Nathanael recognized him as the Son of God, and King of Israel, because he revealed his secret actions, said to him, "Thou shalt see greater things than these.

Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man".

Then will the future habitable have been subjected to the Son.

The ladder of ages and generations, as I have said, connects the commencing and terminating epochs of a long period of time.

Of this interval, nearly four thousand years have elapsed.

A few more years only remain, and the top of the ladder will be attained by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and by all others with them who shall be accounted worthy of the kingdom of God.