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points out the coming of the Messiah, ought it not to be as exact as the prophet has declared it? but here we find the contrary; for there is a difference of thirty seven years: therefore Jesus could not be the Messiah.
Again ; if the seventy weeks is the only passage to be found that points out the coming of the Messiah, * why did not one of the apostles quote it as a clear proof to convince the people by it? but we do not find that either Paul or any other brought forward this passage ; therefore they could not have thought of such a thing; for they knew that it had no reference at all to the Messiah, and on this account did not quote it.
* We also read in this verse, that “the Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself :" this is not true, for no such thing is to be found in the Hebrew text, for the text has it ve-en lo, which signifies, " and not to him ;” that is to say, that the Messiah, which means the king, shall be cut off in the last week; “ and not to him ;" i. e. he shall have no successor ; by which is pointed out, that there shall be no more kingly power in the Jewish nation. * And this Messiah that was to be cut off was king Agrippa ; and so it happened, that in the last week he and his son Monves were slain by the order of Titus.
Perhaps some people will ask, How came he to be called a Messiah: I have already shewn that a prophet, a high-priest, and a king, are called by the name of Messiah ; also every one that is called a king is called a Messiah. Now Cyrus, who was a heathen king, is called a Messiah : (see page
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* THE MESSIAH IS NOT YET COMB.-We must look upon this world as divided into three periods. The first was during the residence of Adam and Eve in paradise, and before they fell. The second period began, when Adam was driven out from paradise, and continued until the coming of the Messiah. The third or last period will commence by the coming of the Messiah.
The first part was perfect. The middle part was imperfect. · * The third part will restore the first perfection, and so continue for evermore.
In the first, man was perfect, that is, without sin; then he was an angel ; for angels in heaven sin not, and where there is no sin, there is no death : by this we may learn that man was born to live for ever, because a perfect God created a perfect man; and, as God lives for ever, such was to be the nature of man : and so it was, because the proper habitation of man was paradise, and there he was to live for ever, he and his seed after him. We also know from scripture that paradise is upon earth, for we read in Genesis ii. 10, “ And a river went out of Eden to water the garden ; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads : and the names of these rivers are well known to the world. Now, when heaven and earth, and all the host of them were finished, then man and angels were both alike; heaven and earth were both alike, for the one was as holy as the other; nay, the degree of man was above the angels, for his wisdom was above theirs ; * the angels could give no names to all living creatures, but Adam did, and until this day they bear the names which Adam gave them.
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* The MessiAH IS NOT YET COME.-We are assured by the prophet Isaiah, lix. 20, 21, that as long as Israel is dispersed abroad, the Messiah is not come: for by his coming the sin of Israel will be blotted out: and this prophetical declaration is confirmed by the apostle Paul ; “ And so all Israel shall be saved ; as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Romans xi. 26, 27. First must be considered the term, “For this is my covenant.” What is that covenant? To send them “ the deliverer.” For what ? " to take away their sins.” Here it must be acknowledged by every one, that when the Messiah shall come the sin of Israel will be taken away; and here is a clear proof that, as long as Israel is scattered, their sin is not taken away, and their continuance in their sins affords an evidence that the Messiah is not yet come.
* That the MESSIAH is Not yet come, may be confirmed by scripture : “ And I will make your cities waste, and bring your temples into desolation.—And I will scatter you among the heathen; and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them. And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them