John Foxe on the restoration of the Jews and images in churches

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And then (saith he) it shall come to passe, that all the people of Israel shall be saved: which testimony of the Apostle is a sufficient argument to declare, that the Jews shall be restored again, if I be not deceived. … But the knowledge of the certain moments and appointed minutes of that time, we commit unto the Lord. This only we learn most assured out of S. Paul, that God hath decreed upon an infallible certainty of time, wherein the Gentiles shall mount to their fullness, and the Jews also after that fullness of time shall return unto the faith. ...

For what marvel was it if the Jews (yet were taught by the prescript rule of God’s law to abhor worshipping of images) entering into the churches of Christians, & beholding the walls, pillars, & all the corners thereof, bedaubed with painted, & carved idols, besides innumerable other bables of imagery, perceiving also open market to be made, not only of the picture of the crosse, but of the sacrament of bread & wine also, displayed & blazed abroad not after the manner of communicating, but gloriously vaunted with singular magnificence to be honoured and kneeled unto: what marvel was it (I say) if they being offended with this open idolatry, did so long refrain from us, and from the discipline of our faith?

But it is well now, thanked be Christ, yet these offensive baggage & image worshippings are for yet more part defaced & scraped out of Christian churches, & the ancient purity of Christian profession, is begun to take so good footing, yet now amongst us remain no dregs in our temples, in our religion, nor in our doctrine, that may minister just occasion of offence to the Jews, or any other enemies, though they inveigh our religion never so much. ...

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