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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

The Melchizedec Son of David, then, is to build the Millennial Temple in Jerusalem to the name of Jehovah; and as the Tyrian Gentiles aided Solomon to rear his edifice, so those who are far off from Jerusalem, where the prophecy was delivered, are to co-operate in the erection of Shiloh's, which is to be "a house of prayer for all people," when the Lord shall "plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people".

If the reader wish to know more about the temple to be built by Shiloh in Jerusalem, he can consult Ezekiel.

The description comes in between the battle of Armageddon, in which Nebuchadnezzar's image is broken to pieces on the mountains of Israel, and the earth shining with the glory of the Lord.

The first nine verses of the forty-third chapter show that the era of the temple described is when Shiloh "dwells in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and his holy name they shall defile no more".

This is conclusive; for ever since their exode from Egypt until the present time, they have incessantly defiled the Lord's name; but the prophecy contemplates a period when they shall do it "no more".

When the Lord Jesus shall sit upon the throne of his father David, as high priest of the nation, and has dedicated the temple to the Most High, what then?

"Many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house (or temple) of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths".

"The sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar".

And "there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts".

Want of space for the third part of this work will not permit me to enlarge here; I must therefore leave these and many ohter testimonies of the same sort to the reflection of the reader, without any further comment, and pass on to a brief consideration of the things which conern THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

If I have been successful in making a distinct impression upon the reader's mind as to the nature of "the kingdom of God and of his Christ"; and that impression has originated within him a desire to know what he must do to inherit it, it remains now to direct his attention to the things of the name of Christ.

This is a subject which would occupy very much space if all were to be said about it that would be profitable.

I find myself, however, compelled to confine myself to a mere sketch, which the reader must more highly finish as the result of his own investigations.

The name of Jesus Christ comprehends all that is affirmable of him; and is, therefore, the summary of his character as a prophet, sacrifice, priest, and king.

Hence, to understand his name we must know what is testified of him in the law, the prophets, the psalms, and the apostles.

From the Old Testament we may become acquainted with the Shiloh's name.

This is absolutely necessary: for unless we understand what sort of a person Christ was to be, how can we, when we learn the name of Jesus as described by the apostles, be able to say that the name of Christ as set forth in the prophets, and the name of Jesus, are the name of one and the same person?

But by comparing the apostolic history with the testimony of prophecy, we can intelligently confess that "Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ the Son of the living God".

This, then, is a first principle of the name of Jesus.

Admit that he is the Shiloh, and all things predicted of the Shiloh are solely applicable to him.

Now there are certain things affirmed of Jesus Christ, the belief of which is highly essential to the constituting of a believer an heir of the kingdom.

These things have regard to Jesus as an offering for sin.

He died, was buried, and rose again.