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"He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off
all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the
Lord hath spoken it" (Isa. 25: 8).
Again the description of the city given in Ezek. 48: 30-35 with its twelve gates,
each bearing the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel, establishes another link with
the restored Jerusalem which shall be on the earth, and the heavenly city which is to
descend out of heaven after the Millennium has run its course.
"The nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the
earth do bring their glory and honour into it" (Rev. 21: 24).
In strong contrast with the constitution of the Church, "where there is neither Greek
nor Jew" (Col. 3: 11), the distinction between Israel and the nations will be maintained
throughout the whole period. It is not within our present intention or ability to attempt to
fit O.T. prophecies into (1) The Millennium or (2) into the succeeding Day of God;
all we know is that many Scriptures hitherto labeled "Millennial" have been so indicated
without sufficient justification. Patient and accurate study is demanded of any who will
attempt to extend the suggestions offered in this brief article; patient accumulation and
tabulation of many prophecies that deal with the hope and destiny of Israel will have to
be made before it can be said with any degree of certainty "here Israel's kingdom ends"
or "this is Millennial", but we can only express our conviction that Israel's Kingdom will
continue until the day of which I Cor. 15: 28 speaks, when it will be swallowed up in
"the perfect day" (Prov. 4: 18), "the day of the age" (II Pet. 3: 18) when what we
loosely call "eternity" takes the place of time.