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Truentury by effor Mathurn

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Taken from Ancient and Modern History, Sücred and Profane;

TOGETHER WITH A COMMENT ON THE TWO WITNESSES (REV. XI.)
THE THREE (UNCLEAN SPIRITS LIKE FROGS, WHICH GO FORTH
TO THE KINGS OF THE EARTH, AND THE WHOLE WORLD
AND THE GREAT CITY WHICH IS SPIRITUALLY CAL-
LED SODOM AND EGYPT, WHERE ALSO OUR

LORD WAS CRUCIFIED:" THE GREAT
EARTHQUAKE WHICH WILL CONVULSE
THE WORLD WHEREVER THE
HABITATION OF MAN

IS FOUND

taken from the prophecies:

AND THE CERTAIN DELIVERANCE OF THE FAMILY OF MAN FROM TIL CRUEL OPPRESSION AND MISRULE OF KINGS-CRAFT, PRIESTCRAFT AND ARISTOCRACY; AND THE TRIUMPH OF

TRUTH AND PEACE OVER ERROR,

FRAUD AND VIOLENCE.

He is a Freeman, whom the Truth makes free,
And all are slaves beside.-CowPER.

BY WILLIAM MATHERS.

WHEELING,
PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR.
PRINTED BY W. COOPER HOWELLI-.

1831.

Western District of Tirginia, 'TO WIT:-

DISTRICT CLERK'S OFFICE. CE it remembered, that on the nineteenth day of October, in the Finiy filih year of the Independence of the United States of America, William Mathers, of the said District, has deposited in this Office, the title of a book the right whereof He claims, as Author, in the words and figures following to wit:

"The rise, progress and downfall of aristocracy, taken from ancient and modern history, sacred and profane, together with a comment on the two witnesses (Rev: xi;) the three "unclean spirits like frogs, which go forth to the kings of the earth and the whole world, and the great city which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified:” The great earthquake which will convulse the world, wherever the habitation of man is found: taken from the prophecies: and the certain deliverance of the family of man, from the cruel oppression and misrule of Kingscraft, Priestcraft, and Aristocracy; and the triumph of truth and peace over error, fraud and violence,

He is a Freeman, whom the Truth makes free;
And all are slaves beside.-Cowper.

By Wm. Mathers.” In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States entitied An Act for the encouragemhnt of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned:' And also an Act entitled, “An Act Supplementary to an act, entitled an Act for the encourgement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical, and other prints."

J. Y. DODDRIDGE,
Clerk of the Western District of Virginia.

12-17-4

72.31

PREFACE.

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When I first began to write, the utmosi I capected to do. would be a few essays for the newspapers, or a pamphlet at most; hoping thereby to induce men of talents, of leisure, of reading, and of liberal sentiments: with which our happy and great republic so much abounds: to write on these things: our newspaper press being the most enlightened, and the only really free press in the world. Its responsibility then is great beyond conception. To use this highest of all human tribunals, for directing the public mind, and turning men's thoughts and observations to the astonishing events that are taking place, and must inevitably take place amongst the nations, in such rapid succession, that the mind can hardly keep pace with it. And when it is clear and evident, from the signs of the times, in connection with the Divine prophecies: that the order of human society throughout the world, is about to undergo a thorough and radical change, must be obvious to even superficial observers. It is passing strange to see so little said upon these all important occurrence, instead of enlightening mankind, in these things, to see any writer on our side of the Atlantic, giving a wrong direction to discussions of this kind, either from party predelictions, or sectarian prejudices, or let the motives be what they may, the consequences are pernicious; and the mind that is honestly in search of truth, is dissatisfied and disappointed. And we see even theological writers, from these same reasons, or by too closely treading in the steps of former writers, have given a bias and coloring to every thing they have touched, which has only darkened counsel by words without knowledge.

The almost universal inattention and apathy of the world of mankind to these most interesting topics, is to me at least, a plain proof of the truth of the prophecy of him who is emphatically Truth itself. Matt. xxiv, 44. Therefore he ve also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh. And as to the signs of the times, we have the same unerring truth to warn us. Verse 32.Now learn a parable of the fig-tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. And in the 13th chapter of Luke 40th verse-Be ye therefore ready also: for the

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