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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

He is also "the Assyrian" of the latter days, for whom Tophet is ordained of old.

Very soon after the Russian war, which ended in 1829, Mehemet Ali established himself as king of the south.

He attacked and conquered Syria, and for a time was lord ascendant of the east.

This exaltation opened new prospects to Mehemet, and he aspired to the throne of the Sultan.

The time of the end was not far off, there being only a few years of the 2,400 years to expire.

In 1838, Mehemet Ali, king of the south, "pushed at" the Sultan.

Hitherto he had confined his operations to Egypt and Syria, but now at the closing of the war he pushed for Constantinople, and advanced as far as Smyrna; and but for the interference of the great powers, unconsciously "to establish the vision," he would doubtless have dethroned him.

Wearied of this state of affairs, which endangered "the balance of power," England, Russia, Prussia, and Austria undertook to establish peace, and to place things on a permanent footing.

They ordered the king of the south to surrender Syria, including palestine, to the sovereignty of the Little Horn; and to restore the Turkish fleet, which had revolted from the Sultan during the war.

Mehemet refused to do either; contending that Syria was his as a part of his kingdom for ever by right of conquest; and the fleet, as the spoils of war.

These great powers, however, were not to be trifled with.

They were willing that the throne of Egypt should be hereditary in his family; but determined that he should only be Pasha of Syria for life.

But Mehemet would not yield, and the result was, that the allied fleet bombarded the cities of the Syrian sea-board, and took possession of St.

Jean d'Acre.

They again offered him "all that part of Syria, extending from the gulf of Suez to the lake of Tiberias, together with the province of Acre for life," if he would restore the Turkish fleet.

But he still refused, and in the autumn of 1840, they compelled the Egyptians to evacuate the country, and determined he should not have it at all; and threatened that if he did not restore the fleet in ten days, they would bombard him in Alexandria.

Prudence at length overcame the obstinacy of Mehemet; he therefore yielded, and surrendered the ships within the time.

Thus, the land of Israel was returned to the sovereignty of the Little Horn, and Mehemet restricted to the kingdom of Egypt; so that as the result of the sixth vial down to 1840, the political geography of the east had been so changed, that there now existed the king of the south in Egypt, the king of the north towards Ararat, and the dominion of the Little Horn of the Goat between them, extending to the Euphrates.

Such are the important events which mark the end of the 2,400 years, and the approach of the time of the end.

They are evidential of the time soon arriving to which the Lord refers, saying, "I will remember my covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will remember the land".

Mehemet Ali claimed the land as his for ever; but Jehovah hath said, "The land shall not be sold for ever; for the land is mine".

If, then, the Lord would not permit the Israelites to alienate it from one to another for ever, He would be far from permitting Mehemet to possess it, or the Allies to grant it to him, for ever.

The hand of God may be clearly discerned in the events of this epoch.