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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

They reign by the same grace, or favour, by which sin reigns over the nations.

They have no favour in the eyes of God.

He bears with them for a time: and makes use of them as His sword to maintain order among the lawless; until His gracious purposes in favour of His saints shall be manifested, according to the arrangement of the times He has disposed.

Then "will his saints be joyful in glory; and the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints.

Praise ye the Lord".