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The Everlasting Covenant

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    The Gospel Work Outlined

    “And there shall come forth a rod (shoot, R.V.) out of the stem (stock) of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots; and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord; and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall he slay the wicked.” (Compare 2 Thessalonians 2:8.)EVCO 512.1

    “And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of His reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” 1Isaiah 11:1-5.EVCO 512.2

    Here we have an outline of the entire Gospel history, including the blotting out of sin and sinners, and the establishing of the righteous in the earth made new, when “the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” 1Psalm 37:11 (together with verses 9, 10).EVCO 513.1

    Having given the whole story, as already read, the prophet goes a little more into detail. Going back to the point where he began, he proceeds:—EVCO 513.2

    “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek, and His rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” 2Isaiah 11:10-12.EVCO 513.3

    Of this gathering of the elect from the four corners of the earth, we read also in Matthew 24:31. The power by which this gathering is to be accomplished will be the same that was manifested when the Lord set His hand the first time to gather his people; for we read: “There shall be an highway for the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.” 3Isaiah 11:16.EVCO 513.4

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