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d published to all nations, and kindreds, and tongues, and peo. e, by the faithful dispensers thereof; XIV. 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to n; &c. eaching them all the world over, that, forsaking all their supertions and sinful will worships, they should fear God only, and ve glory to him; &c. XIV. § And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is llen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink
the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 'hen, upon the free and sincere preaching of the Gospel, there, bllowed another messenger from God, which cried, saying, It is allen, it is fallen; the mystical Babylon, the great city of the vorld ; because she hath drawn all nations, to drink of the cup of
er spiritual fornications; and, thereby hath caused them to drink if that cup of God's wrath and vengeance, which belongs to those şrievous offences. | XIV. 9 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 his forehead, or in his hand, Then followed a third messenger from God, with further tidings of judgments, upon those, which do wilfully maintain the pride, and tyranny, and wicked errors of the Antichristian state, saying, If any man do, after these clear publications of the Gospel, give divine worship to any created power, whether civil or spiritual, and shall make profession of his servile and idolatrous prostitution thereunto, (See chap. xiii. verse 8.)
XIV. 10 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. The same man shall drink of that inconceivably bitter cup of God's wrath and vengeance, without any mixture at all of mercy and re| mission: and he shall be infinitely and eternally tormented, with
that fire and brimstone of hell; and both the holy angels of God, and Christ the moek and merciful Saviour of Men, shall see them without pity, so tormented forever. So also verse 11.
XIV. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus, And now, upon the sight of these torments inflicted upon wicked and idolatrous men, God's cbiidren shall well find the fruit of their patience and constant profession of the true faith of Jesus Christ, and their conscionable obedience to the commandments of God; in that they see themselves free from this grievous vengeance, and possessed of joy and happiness.
, XIV. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. And I heard a voice from heaven, bidding me to write these words
follorins, as worth of perpetual remembrance and com% tion; Biessed are the dead, which have now laid down the for Caris; and sucb as are found in Christ, when they go bea no less blessed are they, than those holy martyrs of the prom: times: yes, saith the Holy Spirit, they are doubtless blessed cause tber both are freed from those calamities which attendeco Dife, and do likewise receive the comfort and benefit of all the pa works sbicb thes did here below.
XIV. 14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and spasi doud one sat like unto the Son of Man, having on his head agus croin, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And I looked, and I bebeld a present representation of address to a terrible judgment: for tbere appeared Christ, the Eterna 51 of God, as in his glorious Humanity, sitting upon a white che to shew the integrity and glory of his presence: haring og bis a golden crown, representing bis majesty and power; and a sickle in his hand, implying his readiness to cut down the ripes ders of the world, and to execute his just severity upon them.” also verses 15, 16, 17, 18.
XIV. 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, as gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great Dikepros the wrath of God. Then the angel did, accordingly, by the sickle of his powerful ezecution, cut down the sinful generation of mankind; and did cas them down into hell, the place of torment appointed for all ? wicked enemies of God.
XIV. 20 And the winepress was trodden without the aty, blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by space of a thousand and sir hundred furlongs. And the execution was wonderfully great and fearful; insonic as the blood of the slain was so deep, as that it reached up to te very bridles of the borses, for the space of two hundred miles length : so great and general was the destruction of those, rk did wilfully follow the enemies of Christ.
XV. 1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marcellow seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled ar? the wrath of God. And I saw another wonder in beaven, great and marvellous: Mr, in way of preparation to that Last Judgment and Execution, 1s Seven Angels, which had power to inflict the Seven Last Playu upon the enemies of Christ; in which is the accomplishment of those judgments, which he meant to bring upon the kingdom Antichrist, before his utmost confusion.
XV. 2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: 27 them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his ima and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on i sea of glass, having the harps of God. And I saw, as it were, a sea of crystal, mixed with some tincture of redness, as of the colour of fire; by reason of the persecuti
tending the profession of Christ: and I saw them, that had cougeously and constantly stood out, both against the impious eclicts r idolatry which proceeded from the heathenish emperors, and gainst the wicked and sinful decrees of their successors and the iranny usurped by them, standing joyfully upon that glassy sea, s having escaped all the billows of their late persecutions, and tesfying their joy in outward expressions of a melodious thanksiving.
XV. 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and he song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of Saints. And they, in acknowledgment of the benefit of their deliverince from these fiery waves of persecution, sung the same song, chat Moses, the servant of God, uttered upon bis deliverance froni the Red Sea; Let us sing to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; and, together with it, sung a most sweet and pleasant ditty, which was taught them by the Lamb himself, Christ their Redeemer. 1 XV. 5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened :
And, after this, I looked, and beheld the very inward part of heas ven, (which was as the Holy of Holies, wherein the Ark of the
Testimony was placed,) having been formerly shut, was now ! opened:
'XV. 6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the li seven plugues, clothed in pure and white linen, und having their
breasts girded with golden girdles. And from thence, even from that more inward and reserved place of glory, came those Seren Angels, which had the Seven Last Plagues to inflict; atid they, to signify their purity and faithful diligence in their executions, were clothed in pure and white linen, and had their breasts girded with golden girdles.
XV. 7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who livcth for ever and ever: And one of those prime Angels, which were next to the Throne, delivered unto the Seven Messengers of God's Wrath, Seven Gola den Vials, wherein were contained those deadly liquors of just rengeance, which the Everliving God had decreed and appointed to be poured out severally upon his enemies, on earth.
XV. 8. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. And, as it was of old in the material Temple, that, when God would shew his presence therein the smoke filled the room, so as the ministers of that holy place could not stand in it; so it was now, in the giving of this commission for these Seven Last Plagues: the glory of God did so shew itself, as that no man was able to comprehend the majesty thereof, until this so important a business was dispatched.
XVI. 1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying: seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the pre: God upon the earth. And I heard a great voice, as proceeding from God, out oi Temple in heaven, saying to those Seven Angels, which wer: signed to be the executioners of this vengeance of God, Go ways, and pour out the several plagues upon the people earth.
XVI. 2 And the first went, and poured out his viel upen 1 earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the main had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped image. And the First Angel went, and poured out his vial upon those 3 gions of the Earth, which are under the Roman Empire; and the fell a noisome and grierous sore and botch, like to the sixth plass of Egypt, upon the idolatrous clients of that bestial goreroox: and the successors therein; and, spiritually, great exasperation : mind, through envy and malice, against those which prezdte the sincere Gospel of Christ.
XVI. 3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the ss and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soui in the sea. And, that no part might be free, the Second Angel poured his pointed plagues upon the Sea, to the effusion of the blood of the that dwelt by or upon it; in so large quantity, as that the water seemed as the congealed blood of a dead man; so as the corrupter moisture thereof could not but kill all that lived therein: Tris was literally fulfilled, in those bloody battles, betwixt the Turks and Christians; and those of hostilely affected Christians and themselves.
XVI. 4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rider and fountains of waters; and they became blood. Yea, that nothing might remain pure and wholesome, as the eart and the sea were smitten with plagues, so the Rivers and you tains also were by the vial of the Third Angel turned into blood; as it was done in the first plague of Egypt; through that extres bloodshed, which the avenging hand of God should justly can amongst men, by their own cruel divisions.
XVI. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art niet: teous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou has judged thus. And I heard that angel, which had special charge given him over the waters, confess, how just the proceedings of God were in this vengeance of his; saying, O thou Eternal God, who art of the self, and hadst thy being from thyself before all beginning of time, and shalt be everlastingly, thou art just and righteous in the plaguing these wicked persecutors of thy servants.
XVI. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, au thou hast given them blood to drink : for they are worthy. . . For they have not stuck to shed the blood of thy Saints, in the
orrible and frequent massacres; and now thou hast given them lood to drink: neither are they worthy of any other portion, who ook delight to spill it.
XVI. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. And I heard a voice of one of those martyrs, which had cried fornerly for revenge from under the altar, (Chapter vi.) now applauding tlie justice of this vengeance ; saying, Even so Lord God Almighty, thou hast heard our prayers, and hast approved thy judgments to be most true and righteous.
XVI. 8 And the fourth ungel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And yet further, that even the very heavens, whose infuence had wont to be wholesome and beneficial to mankind, might now be turned harmful and deadly to wicked men; the Fourth Angel poured out his vial upon the Sun; and, thereupon, that goodly planet, which was wont to bring comfort, by the light thereof, to the ini babitants of the earth, became so fiery and scorching, that the
beams thereof were intolerable; breeding extreme plagues and calentures, and other deadly maladies amongst men. . XVI. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues : and they repented not to give him glory. And men, being broiled as it were with the extremity of heat, and tormented with the diseases which followed thereupon, instead of humbling themselves under the just and powerful hand of God, wickedly blasphemed his Name; who had the power to inflict these plagues: and they repented not of their sins, nor gave him the glory of his justice.
XVI. 10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast ; and his kingdom was full of darkness ; and they gnawed their tongues for pain; And the Fifth Angel poured out his vial on the Prime Seat and Metropolis of the Empire; and the power and government thereof, both spiritual and temporal, began to be obscured and abased; and the followers and abeitors thereof gnawed their very tongues for indignation;
XVI. 11 And blasphcmed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. And, instead of acknowledging their error, they blasphemed the God of Heaven, because of their deep discontent and vexation, and repented not of their wickedness. · XVI. 12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates ; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And the Sixth Angel poured out his vial upon the great River Euphrates, which was the defence of the Eastern Babylon; and, as Cyrus, when he went about to take that city, first drained the channel of the Euphrates and derived the streains another way, so shall it be now ordered, by the Providence of God, that this great rirer shall be made passable to the kings of the East, that so those