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The fify Hall was crowded to overflowing ' la >t night, on the oooasion of the Kev.iD.i O Donnell's farewe'llleotufe, when,ho tooS to* Ms subject 'Palestine aij'd tEe Jgwii: their' 1 H lstoiy and Pestiliy.' After a hymn had been iitttrtily sung the rev. lecturer Wr"—■■'' ' ' straightway w' iU '" "'. - ," *aO T' fl.:- 1 ' "t-i"" ms. lecture. ..He 1 first of- all -«■««; with the origin of the Jewish race ct, , the: sefctiti S apart of the Land, ot Palestine for Abraham, Isaac, ,and,| Jacob and their seed for «ver, and quoted numerous biblical extracls to show that the Jews were God's..cho-~en people. The Jews, he said, as God's chosen people, would never be utterly cast. out of God's favor. In the 1900 years that had elapsed since the days of Christ the Jews had been scattered and dispersed over the whole earth, and had been subjected to hardship!* and cruelty that might well have obliterated any nation and wiped any dynasty out of cxistenoe. The entire population of the Jews numbered some eight or ten millions, who had no city, no country, no king, no Parliament, no throne, and no temple in which to worship ; and yet through ali the ages they had retained their individuality, and had in no way become linked or amalgamated with any other nation or peop'e. This, the speaker affirmed, was in direct accord with the old biblical prophecy, and proofs were not wanting that th .t prophecy would be fulfilled in its entirety—that the Jews would bo restored, Palestine be exalted to the first nation of the earth, and Jerusalem beeome the metropolis of the world. The lecturer deprecated the statements made by some Christian preachers that the Jews were no longer God's chosen people, and said that if that was so he would have to close his Bible, for he would have no more use for it. God had made a Covenant that he would ■ never Utterly Cast the Jews off, and when God made a covenant it was absolutely unalterable and eternal. God's word, that they ttould, be scattered over, .the fate, of the earth; wis.provedby the fact that the Jews were now living in every civilised country. The restoration would-be hastened by the overthrow of Turkey, who had for long been a barrier to the gathering of the Jews together in their own land. Even now the return of the Jews was making great progress, and Palestine was being transformed from a wilderness into a garden In Milan, Rome, and Trieste travellers visiting the various studios had been surprised at seeing handsome marble columns and bronze gates in course of preparation, and on asking whit these were for had heen told that they were for the new temple at Jerusalem. The Jews were having a temple secretly built piecemeal in Europe. That, however, was not the temple that Ezekiel foresaw, but it showed the Jews' expectation of getting back as a nation to their own country at no very distant date. Ho was of opinion that Paul's conversion was a'foreshadowing of the manner in which the Jews would be brought back to God-not by the preaohing of the Gospel to them but by the direct agency of God Himself. Even now that work was proceeding, and the Jews in various parts of the. earth were forsakm? their old religion for that of Christ, and accepting Him as their King. A curious fact about the Bible was that every line of it had come to us through Jewsno Gentile had ever written a word in the Scriptures of God. In conclusion, Mr O'Donnell said: We need to be kind to the Jews, to pray for them that they may get the light that is dearer than life itself to us. Ponder the Scriptures, and then you will see the truth opening up before you, as I have seen it during the last six years, the wonderful vista of the future that lies before them—lsrael restored and exalted to the supremest nation of the world, with Christ as their reigning and ruling King. Then the reign of peace on earth and goodwill to men will have been ushered in. I trust my remarks thus far will have enabled you to see the interest of this subject, so that you will carefully and prayerfully study it, and I trust it will be with you as with me—a matter of profound interest and joy.—(Applause.) A series of very interesting views were then shown by means of the oxy-ether light, the different pictures being explained very ably by Mr O'Donnell. The kcture was very interesting, and was listened to throughout with very close attention, frequent applause manifesting the appreciation with which the rev. lecturer's remarks and utterances were received.

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PALESTINE AND THE JEWS., Evening Star, Issue 10419, 14 September 1897

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PALESTINE AND THE JEWS. Evening Star, Issue 10419, 14 September 1897