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• THE prophecies in the eighth chapter of Da. niel, and in the 12th, 13th, and 17th chapters of the Revelation having now been considered at full length, and with very considerable detail, it is evident that they embrace the main events which have transpired in the Christian church from the giving of the prophecy to the present time. Of the state of religion in the Roman empire, that which has prevailed in the western or Latin church forms a very prominent part of the prophecies of the Apocalypse; and the predictions contained in the 13th and 17th chapters of this book are so clear and definite in their application to the Papists, that no person can well mistake their meaning. The very name of the Roman Catholic powers is given under the symbol of the number 666, which, by a most certain calculation, is proved to be no other than H Aativ Baoisia, The Latin kingdom, a name by which the Roman Catholic monarchies were collectively known among the Greeks. No other name, independently of its number, will answer the prophetic description. The Latin kingdom is, therefore, without the least shadow of uncertainty, denominated The Beast with seven heads and ten

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horns. Of this power the most awful things are spoken: it is called “ the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit, and goeth into perdition.” It is said of the Beast, that “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.” In Rev. xix. 20. " the beast was taken, and with him the falseprophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” In Rev. xx. 10. we read that the devil who deceived “ the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog,”_" was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where THE BEAST and THE FALSE-PROPHET are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” The Woman or Romish church is denominated “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.” She is said to be “drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” She is exactly like the ancient Babylon, in her idolatry and cruelty; therefore she will resemble this city in her punishment: for as Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, he said to Seraiah, “ When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words; then thou shalt say, O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever. And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates; And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her.” And in Rev. xviii. 21. it is said of Babylon the Great its antitype, that “ a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee.' And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived." No adequate comparison can be made between the crimes of the Heathens and Papists; for the religion of the former was a system of fable; but the latter have blasphemed the sacred system of Christianity by their impious and idolatrous worship. In this respect they have sinned after the similitude of Belshazzar, king of Babylon, whom Daniel thus addressed : “ And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not hum

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bled thine heart, though thou knewest all this ; but hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou and thy lords, thy wives and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know; and the God in whose hand thy, breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.” Therefore as God wrote upon the wall of the Babylonish king's palace, the words Mene, Mene, which Daniel interpreted to Belshazzar as follows: “ This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene, God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it:" so likewise is the kingdom of Antichrist, or Babylon the Great, numbered ; and in due time it shall be finished, according to the Scriptures. The system of numbering which God has used in counting the Beast is the literal valuation of the Greeks, a heathen invention; and, consequently, the very similitude of the religion of the Latin kingdom, which, though professedly Christian, is exactly similar to the Pagan superstition, differing from it almost solely in the objects of adoration, the Latins worshipping the saints and angels instead of the fabulous deities of the Heathens. The Greeks, who, like the Latins, have been great idolaters, escaped not the vengeance of the Lord, as has been seen in the preceding chapter. Because of the horrid impieties which the

Greeks had been guilty of for a very long period, the Othmans were permitted by God to prevail against the Christian worship (so called) in the east. And the Othmans have not only subdued the nation of the Greeks, but have introduced into the conquered countries the religion of Mohammed ; and to this day the transgression of desolation, or Mohammedanism supported by the desolating sword of the Othmans, still afflicts the eastern world, where : the religion of Christ flourished for a considerable period. Seeing then that the Greeks have so righteously suffered such things because of their great idolatry, shall the Latin world escape, which has persecuted with far greater cruelty the true church . of Christ? It is impossible. Therefore saith God (Rev. xviii. 4, 5.) to his people who dwell in the great city Babylon, “ Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” This Divine admonition is of incalculable importance, for “ If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his 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 cup 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: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast

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