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it is now pretty clear from facts, as well as from this prophecy of the image, that they were to continue as long as the Roman empire itself, and even longer, as the same shock of the stone which first destroys the feet of iron and clay, does afterwards break in pieces the other parts in succession, to make preparation for the introduction of the kingdom of the STONE become a MOUNTAIN; that is, of Christ reigning upon earth." I saw in the night visions, and behold one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven;"-to this our Saviour alludes,*" Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven." And it was fulfilled in a lower sense, by his coming in judgments upon that generation then alive, but it is to be more completely so by those with which he will destroy the kingdom of the beast, and set up his own, over all the earth, in its place.— "And he came to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And
* Math. xxvi. 64, 65.
there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."
Strange blindness of papists to the wrath that pursues that devoted system of error.—The cup of fury sent round to the nations in its connection.-The reign of terror, the consequence of it.-The doctrine of Balaam, in the true spirit of popery.—Modern popery divested of nothing but power ;—it remains still as objectionable to protestants as ever, and is the cause of the woes which now afflict the christian world.-England's exemption through divine mercy, provided for by the prescience of God,-but can only be perpetuated to the end of the indignation, by adhering to the original principles of the reformation.
HE may well be pronounced blessed and happy, "ter, quaterq. beatus," whose lot shall be cast in that time of sabbath to the people of God, when we reflect upon the frightful contrast by which it is to be immediately pre
ceded. For from the time of the going forth of the commandment to draw the avenging sword, it does not appear there is likely to be any considerable respite to the plagues of ROME, any more than there was to those of EGYPT. They then trod one upon the heels of another in quick succession, and the piteous cry of terror and anguish was more piercing and loud at every stroke.
The world has been kept in a continued state of suspense and alarmed expectation from the first uplifting of the STONE, and the new and still more tragical tale of every succeeding year's occurrences, surpasses that of the years of woe that are gone by. The monster Antichrist, like a huge oak, the growth of centuries, hath struck so deep his roots, and insinuated himself so intimately into the constitution and fabric of almost all the governments of Europe, that the convulsions of his expiring agonies will shake the civilized world, as it were, to the "The Lord will cause his glorious voice to be heard, and will shew the lighting
down of his arm with the indignation of his anger, and the flame of a devouring fire; with scattering, and tempests, and hailstones. And in every place where the rod of correction shall come, which the Lord shall lay heavily upon him, in battles of shaking will he fight with it."*
The prophets have made use of the most terrible images, to represent the havoc which the BREAKER will make in the present subsisting state of the earth, before all be reduced. to that chaos from which the new world of
the millennium is to be regenerated. "Fear and the pit (of Tophet), and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth," and by one or the other of these judgments a great part of mankind will be destroyed, as were the sinners in Sodom, which would not take warning of the predicted punishment." The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth
shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall