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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Not, however, to its full extent.

It is but the kingdom in its small beginning, as when David reigned in Hebron over Judah only.

The Lord Jesus, as King of Judah, will have to bring the ten tribes and the nations generally to acknowledge him as King of Israel and Lord of the whole earth.

What would the reader think of the little kingdom of Greece undertaking to subdue the whole world?

Yet when the Lord appears in his little kingdom of Judea, he will undertake to deliver every Israelite in bondage, establish David's kingdom to its full extent, overturn all kingdoms and dominions among the Gentiles, abohsh all their superstitions, enlighten them in the truth, and bring them to submit to him joyfully as their lawgiver, high priest, and king.

He will begin this mighty enterprise with Judah; for "he hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.

And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, and the riders on horses shall be confounded".

"And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God.

In that day," saith the Lord, "I will make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf;

and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left".

Such is the illustration of their prowess.

The nations will be as wood, or as sheaves, subjected to the action of fire.

They may resist, but they are certain to be subdued without further power of resistance.

"They shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of their feet".

Their conquests will begin with the countries contiguous to Judea.

For when the Assyrian shall invade their land, the Judge of Israel having caused him to fall, "Judah shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he" that is to be ruler in Israel "deliver them from the Assyrian when he cometh into their land, and when he treadeth within their borders.

And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord".

Having thus conquered the land which God promised to Abraham and his seed for an everlasting possession, and made Judah as a bent bow in the hand of the king, the next thing is for the Lord to fill it with Ephraim as His arrow-headed weapon of war.

In other words, "the Lord will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem" under the banner of Gogue; and to accomplish this so as at the same time to bring back the ten tribes to the land of Canaan, He will cause Judah to make war upon Greece, and blow the trumpet to war against the ten kingdoms of the habitable, and the populations of the west among whom "the remnant of Jacob" is dispersed.

These scattered tribes will have been "hissed for" or invited to leave the lands of their oppressors, and to make common cause with Judah.

They will respond to the invitation; and as "the arrow of the Lord they will go forth as lightning; and they shall devour and subdue".

"And they shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine.

[ Zec. xii. Zech. xiii. Zec. xii. 10-14; Rev. i.7. Zec xiii. ver. ver. Zech. x.3-5. ]