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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Have Canaan, Jerusalem, and the twelve tribes been translated beyond the skies?

O no, say they, these things remain, but then they are types of things which exist where Jesus is!

Alas, what sorry stuff, what shilly-shally twaddle is this, to come out of the mouths of "great and good and pious men".

It is admitted that David's and Solomon's reigns were typical, or representative, of Christ's reign; not beyond the skies, however; but upon their throne and in their kingdom upon the veritable land promised to Abraham.

But, inquires one, if not beyond the skies, where are the kingdom and throne of David?

In answer to this question, reader, mark it well -- at present they exist nowhere.

They once existed, and while they had a being they were the kingdom and throne of God among men.

He has kingdoms and thrones in other orbs; but we have nothing to do with them, and have no more right, had we the power, to go and take possession of them either as "souls," or bodies, than the angels have to come and seize upon all the thrones and kingdoms of earth, which belong to Christ and his brethren by inheritance.

But let us leave to the owls and bats the idols of the schools, the worshipful phantasmata of the apostasy, and let us turn to the enlightening testimony of God.

The scripture, foreseeing that God would temporarily abolish the kingdom of David, saith in view of the covenant, "But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.

Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.

Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin.

All that pass by the way spoil him; he is a reproach to his neighbours.

Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.

The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame".

This is descriptive of the state of the kingdom of God and of David for twentyfive centuries past.

The crown and throne are in the dust, and the territory and people a by-word among the nations.

Instead of the covenant being fulfilled, if the present state of things were final, it would be "void," and the promise of God have failed.

In view, then, of the promises and things as they are, the scripture inquires, "How long, Lord?

Wilt thou hide thyself for ever?

Lord, where are thy former loving-kindnesses, which thou swearest unto David in thy truth?

" Yes: where are they?

In promise still.