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Jews, in what manner it becomes one of the
plagues of popery. - The Valley of Decision,
- fatal to the antichristian powers. -Prophetic
picture of Christ, in his wars against the Beast.
-Hie conquers by sufferin s.-Savage procla-
mation for the extermination of the witnesses,
is reversed upon their enemies. – The seventh
viai – he B.AST and FALSE P OPHET broken,
The consequences of the seventh vial. The
mystery of God is fiuished. The remaining
strength of the apostacy wasted by intestine
division and civil wars, which depopulate the
papal kingdoms. -Suppression of the popish
church dignities and authorities. Great inve-
teracy of that supe, stition, which even these
terrible and long continued judgments cannot
The church of Rome clearly pointed out by St
John as the object of the foregoing prophecies.
- Fxhibited as an adulteress, sorceress, and
murderess. — Wonderful coincidence of exist.
huzzim -St John's hieroglyphic explained by
circumstances of locality which the catholic
The prophecies of the ancient prophets against
Egypt, Edom, and Babylon, applied to Rome
by St John, -particularly in allusion to her in-
toxicating cup, and dementation thereby,--her
cup of trembling, - her pride and false securty,
- her hypocrisy, and sorcery, and venality. -
Some of these prophecies less applicable to
Babylon than to Rome, and some applicable
to Rome only, as her destruction by volcanic
fire,- and the universal abhorrence in which
The connection in prophecy between the fall of
Antichrist, and the restoration of Israel - Pro-
phetic illustrations of the harvest and vintage.
- They are destructive to popery but restora.
tive to Israel -Christ coming from Edom.--
The mystic Ephah, the original of St Paul's
man of Sin - Fruitless attempt at the restora-
tion of Popery.-It is the object of sacred ab-
horrence to God and man for ever. The har-
The silence of our Lord upon the subject of Ana
tichrist accounted for –His allusions to antia
christianism being prophetic, were designed to
be explained by time and events. -- l'he solu.
tion of some peculiarities in our Lord's con-
duct, upon the supposition of an intended
allusion to the MARIAN IDOLATRY.-And of
some difficulties in his preceptive discourses,
by a reference to the superstitious abuses of
Our Saviour's notice of phylacteries allusive to
future ahuses of greater importance.-False
ideas of relative holiness, applied by the Jews
to the temple of God, by Papists to idol tem-
ples, the shrines of the Saints, their reliques
and images.-Our Lord's picture of pharisai-
cal religion the true type of Popery --Tradi-
tion abused more by Papists than by the
Scribes.-The taking away the sacramental
cup -Many of Christ's parables allude to Po.
pery ;- particularly the evil eye--and the evil
Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's
four great universal monarchies. The lasť
of them, or the Roman empire, of great
importance in a prophetical view. Some
of its distinguishing peculiarrities concisely
Daniel's brief sketch of the Roman empire un-
der the emblem of the legs of a great image,
in chap. second, illustrated by himself in three
following visions.-In chap. seventh, by the
fourth beast and his little horn - In chap.
eighth, by the king of fierce countenance.-
In chap. eleventh, by the king, the
fender of Mahuzzim. --The substance of these
four representations given collectively by St
John in his two beasts and their image. The
false miracle of commanding fire to come
down from heaven, compared with a true one
of the witnesses. The character of the same
antichristian chief, as drawn by David, con-
formably to the prophecies which followed
after, and to historical truth.
two beasts of St John, the antichristian idola.
trous and persecuting Roman empire, and the
church hierarchy and papacy engrafted upon it.
A further division into ten kingdoms in ca.
tholic obedience to the pope – The union be-
tween them co npared to iron mixed with miry
clay -The ill union of the popish errors with
the gospel truth - l'he papal militia. 352
The kingdom of Christ announced as commenc-
ing in the days of the fourth universal mon.
archy, or the ROM AN EMPIRE -But not es-
tablished in the fulness of its power and glory
until that shall be totally removed.-False
apprehensions of the MILLENNIUM as past
already.--Christ's reign on earth of slow pro-
gress. -Antichrist not the only obstruction to
the kingdom of heaven on earth - Both the
past and present state of the christian world
inconsistent with it - Superstition and fanati-
cal enthusiasm in different ways tend to the
same end, in defeating the due influence of
the gospel. -False measures of holiness and
spiritual pride, still obtrude themselves upon
the votaries of delusion for christian humility
Supercilious and counterfeit humility a badge of