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Bistrict of Urtnrout, TO WIT :
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the eleventh day of June, in the forty-seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America, SMITH & SHUTE, of the said District, have deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit : “ View of the Hebrews; exhibiting the destruction of Jerusalem ; the certain restoration of Judah and Israel; the present state of Judah and Israel; and an aduress of the prophet Isaiah, relative to iheir restoration. Ву ETHAN SMITH, Pastor of a Church in Poultney, (Vt.) • These be the days of vengeance.'-CHRIST. “Yet a remnant shall return.'-ISAIAH.” In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned."
Clerk of the District of Vermont. A true copy of record, examined and sealed by
J. GOVE, Clerk,
Few historical events have been of such interest to the world, as the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, about forty years after the ascension of our blessed Lord. This remark is true, if the event be contemplated simply as a piece of history. But when it is admitted that the event was a striking fulfilment of denunciations of wrath uttered by Christ on his persecutors, and by ancient prophets on the same people; also that it furnished a most brilliant type of the final destruction of Antichrist in the last days; it becomes far more interesting. This interest must be felt at this period, when the great events of the last days connected with the restoration of the Hebrews, are in a train of incipient fulfilment. The signs of the times are important on this generation. For upwards of thirty years they have been assuming an aspect, with which the Christian world ought to feel deeply impressed ; and which will issue in the battle of that great day of God Almighty, and in the millennial kingdom of Christ.
The restoration of God's ancient people is to be as “life from the dead” to the Gentile world. Some have queried whether they are literally to be res. tored to Palestine. It hence becomes important to examine the prophetic scriptures upon this subject. This the writer has attempted to do; and will exbibit the result of his enquiries, in the following pa ges.
To ascertain the present state of the Hebrews, must be a matter of interest; and especially the state of the ten tribes of Israel. This, in the following work is attempted. Also an explanation is given of an address from the prophet Isaiah to some Christian people, relative to the restoration of the ancient people of God; and probably this people is Ameri
If it is ascertained that the ten tribes are to be restored with the Jews, in the last days ; they must be now in existence, and they must come to the knowledge of the Christian world about this time : for the time of their restoration must be near. And it is believed they are coming to light with ample evidence. This must deeply interest the Christian part of the world.
It would be strange if so great a section of Christendom as our United States, could claim no appropriate address in the prophetic writings. And it is thought to be capable of being shown, with a satisfactory degree of evidence, that such an address is indeed found; and one of great interest at this day. The writer acknowledges himself to be affected with this part of the subject; and he would rejoice to be the humble instrument of exciting a corresponding feeling in the minds of his christian breth.
Poultney, July, 1823.
RECOMMENDATION. The Pawlet Association certify, that they have heard the Rev. E. Smith read a considerable part of his “VIEW OF THE HEBREWs;" that they do highly approve of the plan and execution of the work; do wish its publication; and cordially recommend it to the perusal of all classes of people. Voted, unanimously.
Attest, RUFUS CUSHMAN, Scribe.
The land of promise was long a land of wonders. The Hebrew nation there was, for many centuries, the cradle of the true and only church of God on earth. There glorious things were wrought for her salvation. Patriarchs had there prayed, sacrificed and praised. There Prophets had prophesied; and the Almighty had often made bare his holy arm. There his people had too often apostatized ; had been expelled from their Canaan ; and again mercifully restored. There the ten tribes of Israel had renounced the house of David, and their God; and were hence banished to some unknown region of the world, to the present day; while the Jews were still retained in the covenant of their God. There God, manifest in the flesh, made his appearance on earth ;-performed his public ministry ;atoned for the sins of the world ;--and ascended to glory. There the tirst heralds of the gospel dispensation commenced their ministry; and thence the wonderful scheme of grace was propagated through the nations.
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Jerusalem was the capital of this earthly Canaan. Glorious things were spoken of this city of our God. “ Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, was this Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the Great King. This, for many centuries, might be called God's Capital on earth. God said, alluding primarily to this city, “ For the Lord hath chosen Zion to be an habitation for himself. Here will I dwell, , for I have desired it.” Here great things were done in divine faithfulness : which led the psalm
“ God is known in her palaces for a refuge. For lo, the Kings were assembled ; they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and so they hasted away." “ The Lord of hosts is with us ; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” “In Salem stood his tabernacle; and his dwelling place in Zion. There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield and the sword of the battle.” This city of God long answered well to its name,–Jeru, they shall see ; Salem, peace. Long did the church, while they walked with God, there see and enjoy peace.
But alas, we find recorded of this city, temple, and nation of the Jews, a fatal reverse. They found the sentiment in their sacred oracles fulfilled; “ The Lord is with you while ye be with him ; but if ye forsake him, he will cast you off.
The Jews became carnal ; crucified the Lord of glory; and they fell under the denunciations, and the full execution of his wrath. Their law. giver Moses, and their prophets had long thundered against them, that when they should become of the character they finally assumed, the most tremendous judgments of God should cut them off. And the Messiah uttered against them, in