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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 5

The Prophetic Revelations

The Prophetic Revelations.

I. Read with attention the family history of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, taking especial note of the promises made to these fathers, such as:
aThat the Seed of the Woman should bruise the Serpent's head.
bThat God would make of Abraham a great nation, and that in him and his Seed all the nations of the earth should be blessed—Genesis iii. 14; xii. 2-3, xvii. 4-7; xviii. 18; xxii. 17-18; xxvi. 4; xxviii. 14.
cThat all the land of Canaan should be given to Abraham and to his Seed for ever, and that his seed should be made as the dust of the earth for multitude, and the same promises assured to Isaac and Jacob—Genesis xii. 7; xiii. 14-17; xvii. 8; xxvi. 3; xxviii. 13-15; xxxv. 12.
dThe confirmation of the gift of inheritance by a Covenant for a hidden period, which ratified the promises to Abraham and his seed 430 years before his descendants arrived at Mount Horeb under Moses, and thy declaration of the seed as a littler and Deliverer who should possess the gate of his enemies.—Genesis xv. 7-21; xxii 16-18.

Observe also that Isaac is the allegorical representative of the Shiloh of Israel in the substitutionary sacrifice, and figurative resurrection, detailed in Genesis xxii. Jacob refers to Shiloh's death by Levi—Genesis xlix. 6; and in verse 10th, he foretells his dominion over the world.

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Hence the Faith of Abraham Consisted in these Particulars:—
1.That his Seed, in the descent of Isaac, Jacob, and his twelve sons, would become a great and mighty nation.
2.That when this should be accomplished, in the full sense of the promise, they—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—would be living witnesses of it. (The gift of eternal life.)
3.That at the time indicated in No. 2 they and their nation would be in actual possession of the Land of Israel, from the Euphrates to the Nile.
4.That Abraham's Seed (the Christ) would be a great and powerful Ruler or King raised up of his descendants and styled Shiloh, or the Giver of Peace.
5.That he should be "Heir of all Things," of the nation, the land, and the dominion of the world.
6.That he would descend in the line of Judah.
7.That he would be slain, but on the third day—Genesis xxii. 4—from the sentence passed upon him, be raised from the dead in the Land of Moriah, as prefigured in the case of Isaac: and bring life and immortality to light through the Gospel to all believers in the promises whose faith should be counted for righteousness.
8.That he would be slain by the descendants of Levi; therefore exclaimed Jacob, "O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united."—Genesis xlix. 6; and
9.That Faith, or a full persuasion that what God had thus promised he would perform, would be counted for Righteousness to all to whom Abraham became the father; and that to realize the hope of Highteousness, the Righteous must rise from the dead, because under the Adamic curse all are of the dust and all return to dust again.

Such was the Faith and Hope of the Gospel believed from Adam to Abraham, and to Moses, Gal. iii. S—but which that generation of the Israelites did not believe whose carcases fell in the wilderness of the Land of Egypt; and on account of their faithlessness, Jehovah swore in his wrath that they should not enter into his rest. These things appeared so improbable that those who believed them were esteemed by their contemporaries as worthy of reproach. This was styled the "Reproach Concerning page 3 the Christ," to which was and is attached the recompense oi' the reward on account of "The Christ." Moses refused to be called the Son of Pharaoh's daughter, and cast in his lot with a nation of slaves; let us, therefore, also go forth unto him, bearing his reproach.

II. Having acquired an understanding of the promises made to the Fathers, become acquainted with the history of their descendants:

1. In their deliverance from Egypt—Exodus i. to xix.

2. In their organization as a body politic during the forty years in the wilderness—Exodus xv.; Deut. xxiv.

3. In their conquest and settlement in Canaan—Joshua i. to xxiv.

4. Under judges for life—Judges, to 1st Samuel x.

5. As a united nation under kings—1st Samuel xi. to 1st Kings xii. 15.

6. As two separate nations and kingdoms—the one under the house of David, the other under Jeroboam, the son of Nebat—1st Kings xii. 16 to 2nd Chronicles xxxvi.

7. As to the overthrow of the kingdom of the Tem Tribes by the Assyrians, 390 years after their revolt from the house of David, and in the sixth year of Hczekiah—2nd Kings xvii. 5 to xviii. 12. Here it should be noted that the Ten Tribes have been in dispersion ever since. Hence all prophecies relating to their restoration and future glory remain to be fulfilled.

8. As to the subversion of the kingdom of the Two Tribes under the house of David—2nd Kings xxiv. and 10 and xxv.; Jeremiah xxxix.
aIn relation to the captivity of Jehoiachin, &c, in the eighth year of Nebuchadnezzar.
bIn regard to the destruction of Jerusalem, &c, in the 19th year of his reign.

(The history of these two kingdoms should be well understood, or great mistakes will be made in the interpretation of the Prophets. It should also be remarked that David's kingdom and throne have never been restored since the overthrow by the Chaldeans, but numerous prophecies declare that they shall be in more than their former Glory when Solomon occupied them. Therefore this remarkable event remains to be fulfilled.)

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9. The History of Israel should also be studied as to the 70 years' captivity.
aFrom Jehoiachin's captivity to the destruction of the city—Ezekiel i. to xxiv.
bFrom the same to the overthrow of Babylon—Daniel.

10. As to the restoration from Babylon, especially concerning the decrees of the Persian Kings—Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

The commonwealth of Israel continued in vassalage to Babylon, Persia, and Greece, till before Christ, 165, being 430 years from the desolation of the city, B.C. 505. It then became independent under the Asmonean dynasty during 129 years, when it became subject to the Romans, who set up the Idumean or Hcrodian race of Kings. Under these the Shiloh was born. Afterwards Judea was converted into a procuratorship.' The sceptre had departed from Judah and been transferred to the Romans. The Leviticol authorities arraigned the Christ before Pilate, for confessing that he was the King of the Jews, and extorted the sentence of death against Him. He was crucified through the voice of the Jewish rulers and people, and died according to the Scriptures, and in about 37 years afterwards the Romans took away the daily sacrifice, cast down the place of its sanctuary, destroyed the city, cast down the truth to the ground, destroyed the mighty and the holy people, and carried them away captive into all nations, where they still remain, waiting for the "restitution of all things" belonging to their nation—Daniel viii. 11-22-24, and ix. 26; Luke xxi. 24.

In studying the records of Israel, the covenant made with David recorded in 2nd Samuel vii. 12 17, is essential to the right understanding of the, truth. The promises contained in it are styled "The sure mercies of David" in Isaiah lv. 3, and Acts xiii. 34. These are the gracious promises made to David. These are offered to Shiloh and the Saints. They are the nucleus of "the joy set before Him" and them, on account of which "He endured the Cross and despised the shame." They promise

aA Seed to David who should be the sovereign of a kingdom.
bThat he should build a temple for Jehovah—Zechariali vi. 12-13-15.page 5
cThat his throne should be everlasting. d That he should be Son of God as well as Son of David. That he should suffer for the iniquity of men, but mercy should not forsake him.
fThat David's house, throne, and kingdom should be established for ever before him—(that is)—David himself should be a living witness of its perpetuity (the gift of eternal life).
gThat therefore he should rise from his sleep with his fathers, and live for ever. David styled this "The Jaw of the ascending Adam," which related to his house for a great while to come—2nd Samuel vii. 19. In his last words—2nd Samuel xxiii. 3—he informs us that God spake to him about this personage laying down this general principle in relation to the kingdom he had promised, namely, that "He that Ruleth over Men Shall be a Just one Ruling in the Righteous Precepts of Elohim."

The members of David's house were not so with God; yet God having made with him this covenant (of a hidden period) ordered in all things and sure, such a character must arise out of his family to "rule the world in righteousness." Therefore, said he, this Covenant"is all my salvation, all my desire," although appearances at present do not indicate its accomplishment. Read Psalms lxxxix. and cxxxii. 2-18; and Acts ii. 25-31.

"The Kingdoms of this World shall become our Lord's and His Christ's; through the execution of the written judgments at the Christ's appearing and kingdom; and He shall Reign unto the ages of the ages."

—Rev. xi. 15.

And the Lord shall be king over all the earth; in that day shall there be one Lord, and His name one—Zech. xiv. 9. Then will follow a reign of peace and righteousness, and wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of the times, and the nations of them that are being saved will Rejoice in their King, and in his coheirs, the glorified saints who will possess with him the dominion of the world—Dan. vii. 14-18-27. Rev. v. 9-10.

III. To Advance still further in the doctrine of the page 6 Christ, we must proceed to the unsymbolical prophecies, such as the Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Micah, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Their contents may be arranged as to generals under the following heads, namely,

1.The calamities predetermined upon the two nations of Israel.
2.The restoration of the house of Judah from the Chaldean captivity—Haggai.
3.The restoration from the present dispersion.
4.The bringing back of the Ten Tribes, and re-union of all Israelites into one kingdom and nation in the land of Israel.
5.The glory, power, and blessedness of the Israelitisk nation during One Thousand Years, during which all other nations will rejoice in Israel's covenant King.
6.The birth, life, sufferings—moral, sacrificial, and pontifical character, &c, of the covenant King of Israel.
7.His resurrection from the dead, ascension to the Divine Nature, and assumption to Heaven, there to remain a limited time;
8.His return, and subsequent glorious and triumphant reign on the throne of his father David from the time of the restoration of God's kingdom again to Israel, until "there shall be no more death;" "He shall be a priest upon His throne," after the order of Melchizedec—Zech. vi.; Psalm ex. 4; see also Ezekiel xxxvii. 10-28.