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The Everlasting Covenant

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    Chapter 39 - The Time of the Promise at Hand

    We have seen that if Israel had learned the lesson of trust in God and had not continued still in the bondage of pride and self-confidence, the seventy years of Babylonian captivity would have brought them to a point where the long-deferred promise of an everlasting inheritance might speedily have been fulfilled. The conditions, would, in fact, have been the same as when Israel, delivered from captivity, was brought into the land of Canaan under Joshua, a thousand years before; for, as already stated, up to the time of the beginning of the captivity in Babylon the only definite time of prophecy was the period of seventy years. But God foresaw before this time ended that the lesson had not been learned; and so, toward the close of that period He gave the prophet Daniel a vision in which another and longer time was fixed. The prophecy is briefly this:—EVCO 480.1

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