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The Deliverance of Judah, at Jehofhaphat's Prayer, was foretold by Jahaziel, in the midst of the Congregation; and was accomplish'd accordingly, by their Enemies destroying one another, 2 Chron. xx.
Elijah foretold, that the Dogs.fhould lick Ahab's Blood in Jezreel, where they had lick'd the Blood of Naboth : Which, as b Josephus says, was objected by Zedechiah, one of the False Prophets, against Micaiah, who foretold, that Ahab fhonld be flain at Ramoth gilead; but he was brought Home in his Chariot from Ramoth-gilead to Samaria, and there the Dogs lick'd his Blood in Jezreel, 1 Kings xxii
. 38. so that both the Prophecy of Elijah and Micaiah was fulfilld. And when one Prophet seems contrary to another, one foretelling the principal Thing, and another some accidental Circumstance, which those that were prefent, and most concern'd in the Action, could not imagine, 'till it happen'd; and False Prophets, in the mean time, watch the Event, to take all Advantages from it, against the True Prophers, and "can find none : nothing more can be desired, to affure us of the Truth of any Prophecy. The same Prophet foretold the like Judgment upon Jezebel, and that the House of Ahab should be like the House of Jeroboam, and like the Houfe of Baafha ; 'the Destruction of both which had been foretold by other Prophets, and their Prophecies fulfill'd, as this of Elijah's also was.
Elijah, by a Writing sent to Jehoram King of Judah, foretold his Death, and the Itrange manner of it, viz. That after the Loss of his Children, and his Wives, and all his Goods, he fhould be afflicted in his Bowels, and that his Bowels fhould fall out by degrees, 2 Chron. xxi. 12. The fame Prophet not only foretold the Death of Ahaziah, but caus'd Fire twice to come down from Heaven, upon those who were sent to apprehend him, 2 Kings i. And at his Prayer,
Fire descended from Heaven, and consumed the Sacrifice, in the sight of Baal's Prophets, being four hundred and fifty ; to whom Elijah, who was the only Prophet of the Lord there present, had made this Proposal, The God that ansuereth by fire, let him be God: And when Baal, notwithstanding all their hideous Cries, and the cutting themselves, did not hear them; then, upon Elijah's Prayer, the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt-facrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench, 1 Kings xviii. 38. which was the same Miracle, repeated in the midst of Idolaters who were so provoked and enraged against the Prophet Elijah, that had been before wrought in the fight of the People of Israel, in the time of Moses, Lev. ix. 24. and of David, i Chron. xxi. 26. and at the Dedication of Solomon's Temple, 2 Chron. vii. 1. c And this Miracle of Elijah, in bringing down Fire from Heaven, to consume the Sacrifice, and that of Moses in like manner, were both confess’d to be true, by Julian the Apostate himself.
The miraculous Cure of Naaman's Leprosie, must be notorious throughout the Kingdoms both of Syria and Israel, 2 Kings v. The wonderful Deliverance of the Israelites, when the Syrians heard a Noise of Horses and Chariots, and therefore rais'd the Siege of Samaria, and the Plenty which follow'd, was foretold by Elifba, with a Judgment upon that Lord who doubted of the Truth of his Prediction. The same Prophet foretold the Death of Benhadad King of Syria, and that he should neither recover of his Sickness, nor die a Natural Death. And the Reign of Hazael, who succeeded him, is describ'd in such true and dreadful Characters, that Hazael thought it impossible for him to be guilty of so much Cruelty, 2 Kings vii, visi.
c Cyril. contra Julian. I. 10. P. 343. Edit. Lips.
The Leprosie inflicted upon Uzziah, for presuming to burn Incense unto the Lord, which it was lawful for the Priests only to do, was a permanent Miracle ; for his Leprofie continued till his Death; and for that reason, he liv'd separately, and his Son, from that time, had the Administration of Affairs, 2 Kings xv. 5. and this Miracle of the Leprosie was d accompanied with a terrible Earthquake, mention’d Zech. xiv. 5. Amosi. I. and the e Ruins which were caus'd by the Earthquake, remain'd as a perpetual Memorial of the Judgment.
An hundred fourscore and five thousand of the Afsyrians were Nain by an Angel of the Lord, in one Night, 2 Kings xix. 35. and this Deliverance was foretold by Isaiah, when the Asyrians were in the Height of their Pride and Blasphemy, and the People of Judah in the Extremity of Danger and Despair, Ifai. xxxvii. It happening likewise, that this Invasion of the Asyrian Army was in the Year of Jubilee, the Enemy had ravaged and consum'd the Corn of the last year, and by the Law concerning the Years of Jubilee, the Jews were commanded not to low in those Years, (Lev. xxv. U.) so that there was a miraculous Provision promised, and accordingly made them, of two Years Sustenance, without their own Care or Labour, 2 Kings xix. 29. At the Prayer of Isaiah, the Sun went back ten Degrees, for a Sign to King Hezekiah of his Recovery : and the Princes of Babylon fent Embassadors to enquire of this f Wonder, 2 Kings xx, II. 2 Chron. xxxii. 31.
d Hieron. in Efai. c. vii. & in Zech. c. xiv. e Joseph. Antiq. 1. 9. C. 11.
Quia apud eos (Chaldæos) aftrorum observantia ejf, ftellarunq; cursus longo ulit o exercitatione cognitus intellexerunt solein revere fum, Diei spatia duplicata , fervire ei, quem folurn Deum putabant. Cumq; caufas hujus miraculi, rationemq; perquirerent, fami per omnes Gentes volitante, didicerunt propter ægrotarionem Regis Jude etiam curfum figni clarissimi mutatum. Hieronym. in Ifai. xxxix. I.
It was imposible there should be any Mistake in Miracles of this nature, which have the same Evidence that those of Moses himself had, having the joint Testimony of a whole People to prove the Truth of them.
Isaiah foretold the Destruction of the Kingdom of Ifrael, with the set time of it ; Within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people, Ifai. vii. 8. 8 The exact fulfilling whereof the Fews prove, by computing from the twenty fifth Year of Uzziah's Reign, which was the Year of the Earthquake, mentioned Amos i. 1. which they say attended the Judgment inflicted upon Uzziah, for usurping the Priest's Office. The Desolation foretold by him of Babylon is attested by * Eye-witnesses to be fulfill'd in all Particulars, chap. xiii. 19. “ | All the ground on “ which Babylon was spread, is left now desolate, no“ thing standing in that Peninsula, between the Eum s phrates and the Tigris, but only part, and that a. . “ Imall part of the great Towre, which God hath “ fuffer'd to stand (if Man may speak so confidently " of his great impenetrable Counsels) for an Eternal
Testimony of his great work in the confusion of “ Man's pride; and that Ark of Nebuchadnezzar, for
as perpetual a Memory of his great Idolatry, and "condign Punishment ; nothing else shewing the Fi
gure of any thing, which hath been either of Ornament or of Greatness, or of Place inhabited. So
truly doth God judge the huge Sins of the World, " and maintaineth so justly the Credit of his Meslen
gers, that tho' they speak great things, they never speak vain things.
After the Death of Alexander, Babylon was little regarded, but fell to decay, 'till it became quite defolate. Strabo applies to Babylon, what had been said
g Euseb. & Hieron. in Efai. vii. 8. Irai. xiii. 19. Rauwolf's Travels, c. 7. Travels into Persia, p. 21,
* Hieron. comment. in
† Sir Ant. Sherley's
of Megalapobis in Arcadia h The Great City is a great Ruine. And with him agree, Diodorus Siculus, Paufanias, and Pliny.
Isaiah prophesied of Cyrus by Name itwo hundred and ten Years before the Accomplishment of his Prophecy; and foretold the Rebuilding of the Temple, an hundred and forty Years before it was demolished. The expressions describing hisConquests are so plain and full, that as Șt. Jerom k observes, the History of Cyrus, by Xenophon, is an admirable Comment upon this Prophecy of Isaiah, That faith of Cyrus, He is my Shepherd, and shall perf rm all my pleasure, even saying to Jerufalem, Thou shalt be built ; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. Thus faitḥ the Lord, to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him: And I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two-leaved gates, and the gates shall not be fout. I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight
. I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of Iron ; and I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places. He shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts. Ifa. xliv. 28. and xlv. Į, 2, 3, 13. And this Cyrus himself, thoan Heathen Prince, was so sensible of, that he acknowleged it in his Proclamation which he put forth for the Building the Temple : Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me, and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah, 2 Chron. xxxvi. 23. Ezra i. 2. And the circumstances of the Birth, Edu
h 'Ερημία μεγάλη έσιν ή μεγάλη πολις. Strabo, lib. Ι. p. 1073. Auris Baburavou võu Begizú to je bio oikeg. Tó ö warison cuids THX85 ye wz76). Diodor. Sic, lib. 2. initio, p. 70. Ουδέν έτι ήν iso meni tiirs. Pausan. in Arcad. p. 264. leg. osa võv. In folitudinem rediii. Plin. Hist. 1.6. c. 26. i Joseph. Antiq. 1. 11. C. 1. Hieron. ad Ifai. c. 44.