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to me to be the bastard Calvinists, who hold the truth in unrighteousness, (for these are the nearest of any to the church, or to the inner court) these are going, nay are already gone, over to the Arminians; they have formerly waged war with them, and opposed their tenets, but now they have sent an ambassage, and desired conditions of peace, Luke xiv. 32. And some there are who detest this, and exclaim against it, who at the same time have drunk into the very murdering spirit of popery, and are in the same bond of iniquity with them that are now killing the protestants in Ireland; these are gone over in spirit to the whore of Babylon; and go over they must and shall, even every one but the elect of God; for so it is written : “ And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world," Rev. xiii.
But wo, wo, wo, be to all such! And so says truth itself;
“ And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in the forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the
сир of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb."
In the last number of the Evangelical Maga
zine, falsely so called, published by Mr. Chapman in Fleet street, there is an ambassage of peace held out, though not in direct terms, even to the papists themselves, and this fulfils the word of God, that the outer court is given to the
Gentiles, and that all shall worship the beast but · the elect of God, whose names are written in
heaven. Hence we must expect the cloud to gather thicker and thicker; and wolves in pulpits, and hypocrites in pews, to increase more and more, till the pope's last struggle and Zion's last travail come on; when the man of sin shall rise to the fulness of his stature, and the whore of Babylon to her highest dignity, saying, I sit as a queen, and shall know no sorrow, neither widowhood, nor the loss of children. Then in one hour shall her judgments come. And the seventh trumpet of the seventh angel shall bring on this; for the same divine person in Daniel, who swore the beast should continue for a time, times, and a half, swears, in John's hearing, that at the expiration of that time popish tyranny shall cease, and persecution be no more: and so it is written; “And the angel, which I saw upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, that there should be time no longer. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets,” Rev. x. 5—7. Now, if my reader would know what the seventh trumpetproclaims, it is sounded upon the resurrection of the witnesses, when the Holy Ghost quickens them again, and raises them up to publish the gospel throughout the world. “And the seventh angel sounded, and there was great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever," Rev. xi. 15. Now shall the gospel be preached throughout the world, and the greatest kingdom that ever stood be given to the saints of the Most High. But let us look at what is now going on, and be upon our guard. All but the elect shall worship the beast; therefore let us not be startled at the general apostasy of the members of the outer court, for that is given to the Gentiles, therefore they must and shall have it; and it is now going over and submitting to the papists, that they may worship him; for all shall worship him but those whose names are in the book of life. The man of sin is now collecting what is given to him; and when all his members are united, his mystical body will be complete. “Then shall the beast be taken, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.” The whore shall be utterly burnt with fire, for strong is the Lord God that judgeth her. But, to strengthen our hands, let us consider Michael, for he shall stand up when this perilous time
comes on, and shall strengthen and deliver every one that shall be found written in the book, Dan. xii. 1.
Thus, reader, I have given thee a sign of the times, and a true account of the work now on the wheels; nor shall all the hypocrites in Zion, nor all the enemies that I have in Britain, no, nor even time itself, prove me a false prophet in this, or make this prediction a lie.
END OF THE SEVENTEENTH VOLUME.
T. Bensley, Printer,