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never "lost", but that many of Israel returned "in abundance" to Judah after the
In conclusion we should like to add one more quotation--this time from Isaiah:
"The Lord of Hosts shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a
rock of offence to both the houses of Israel" (Isa. 8: 13, 14).
This passage looks forward to the cross and discountenances the idea that only "the
Jews" were responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. In the Acts Peter speaks of the Lord
as "the Stone which was set at nought of you builders" (Acts 4: 8-11), and in his epistles
quotes Isa. 8: 13, 14 (I Pet. 2: 8). It is obvious from this passage that Christ became a
"stone of stumbling" and a "rock of offence" to both houses of Israel, and not merely to
the house of Judah.
We are not discussing here the various matters that arise out of this subject, as we are
confining our studies to one point only. We know from Scripture that all the blessings of
Israel are related to the land promises to Abraham; that Israel will be gathered from the
lands into which they have been scattered; that Israel will be Lo-ammi for many days,
but will return to the Lord and to David their King in the latter days; the Israel shall
dwell alone and not be numbered among the peoples. These and many other items of
revealed truth we pass over as not essential to our main quest. Having "searched the
Scriptures" we intend by grace to abide by our findings. At some future time, under
another heading, we hope to show that the tribe of Dan will be antichristian in the last
days--a serious fact that should deter any believer from becoming associated with a
movement that in any measure prepares the way for such a goal.
The Sevenfold Prophecy of Isaiah.
pp. 41 - 44
So far in this series we have followed the order of books as given in the A.V. If we
continue to follow this order our next study, after the books of Samuel, Kings, and
Chronicles, will be the Book of Ezra, which opens with the words: "Now in the first year
of Cyrus, King of Persia." This is evidently a continuation of the story given in
II Chronicles, for it will be found that the first two verses of Ezra are a repetition of
II Chron. 36: 22, 23.  We must remind ourselves, however, that during the reign of
some of the early kings, certain prophets were raised up, who spoke both of the
immediate perils that beset the failing people, and also of their only hope of restoration
and peace, centred in the long-promised Messiah. It would seem advisable, therefore, to
depart from the canonical order of the A.V. and consider next the testimony of those
prophets whose ministry falls within the period covered by the books of Kings and
Chronicles. We shall then be better equipped for the study of the restoration under Ezra