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During this period, Gon, sent into the world the PRINCE OF PEACE, the promised MESSIAH, whose life and doctrines are contained in the New Testament. Before we begin to read that, it will be proper to peruse the following tables, which will assist the memory in the recollection of the principal revolutions which happened in the Jewish state.
JUDGES OCCASIONALLY RAISED UP TO DELIVER ISRAEL FROM THEIR OPPRESSORS.
After the death of the latter, the tribes revolted, and
formed two separate kingdoms.
In the reign of the last king, the ten tribes, of which the kingdom of Israel consisted, were taken by the Assyrians, and carried away captive. The kingdom of Judah, composed of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, the Levites, and such remnants of the ten tribes as escaped the captivity, still subsisted under the govern ment of the following monarchs from the death of Solomon.
In the reign of the last king, the kingdom of Judah was subdued by Nebuchadnezzar, and carried away captive into Babylon.
KINGS WHO OPPRESSED ISRAEL AND JUDAH BEFORE THEIR CAPTIVITY.
PUL, king of Assyria, whose kingdom was afterwards divided into three parts, viz. Assyria, Babylon, and Media.
KINGS OF ASSYRIA.
The ten tribes were subdued by Sennacherib, and carried away into a strange land by Essar-Haddon his Several kings succeeded these, but we read nothing of them in Scripture till the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, who led the king and people of Judah into captivity, and also conquered Assyria, which was then added to the Babylonian empire.
These were sent, during the reigns of the kings of Judah and Israel, to warn them and the people to depart from their sins, and to promise blessings to the
These prophesied after the Jews were carried into captivity, till prophecy ceased. They comforted the people during their absence from their own land, and foretold their return, and the fate of various nations, also a great deliverance by the Messiah.
KINGS OF BABYLON AND ASSYRIA, TO WHOM THE ISRAELITES WERE IN SUBJECTION.
This last king was subdued by Cyrus king of Persia, who put an end to the Assyrian monarchy, and founded the Persian. He permitted the Jews to return to their own land, and be governed by their own law, but they were still dependent on Persia.
KINGS OF PERSIA, TO WHOM THE ISRAELITES WERE IN SUBJECTION AFTER THE DEATH OF CYRUS.