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wertheless, as to the time in which they are to be accomplished, they stand in the same relation to the seals and
trumpets, as Joshua's taking the city of Jericho, chap. vi. ! 3, 4, 5. He compassed the city six days, each day once,
and on the seventh day seven times, and took the city by a general shout. It is also manifest from the resemblance of the vials to the trumpets, and the different effects which they produce, that they do not comprise equal periods of time. The three last trumpets take up much more time in their accomplishments, than the four first; and this also is the case with the vials; however the great events, which have occurred in Europe these last twenty-five years, made it appear, that the duration of each of the three last vials, will not be more than fifteen years. Certain it is, that they are not yet poured out, if it has not been done since the beginning of the revolution in France; and in that case they would comprise a shorter time still, than above expressed.
The fifth vial of wrath has probably been poured out A. D. 1798, and the kingdom of the beast has already stood in a state of darkness during fifteen years. The great whore mounted and curbed it, as she pleased. During the time in which the sixth vial is poured out, on the nations upon the river Euphrates. Popery will probaDly revive by the assistance of the second beast, and regain
in some measure, its first power and grandeur. This sei cond beast will bring all the horrors of persecution on the
Protestants; first in Roman Catholic countries, and afterwards in those places of security, to which they shall have fled. And a bloody one it will be, indeed. During the sixth vial it also changes its character, and appears on the stage of action as the false prophet for the first time ;.. and like the dragon, and the first beast, breathes out od its mouth one of those three unclean spirits like frogs, which go forth to gather the kings of the earth to the bat: tle of the great day of God Almighty.
Though popery, as established by Hildebrand, has done immense injury to the Church of Christ on earth and is even now preparing, to fill up its measure to the brim, by the abominations of the second beast; yet it has only been the beast from the sea. Those calamities and corruptions, which the beast from the bottomless pit will cause over all Christendom, far exceed the Papal tyranny. As the Apocalypse saith but little of the doctrine of this Antichristian power, whose element is Atheism ; I will here supply the reader with some of his most prominent tenets from other parts of the Holy Scriptures.
Daniel chap. vii. 25. He shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the Saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws. Chap. xi. 36-45. He shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every God, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any-God: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour his God Mozim (in the Heb.)
2 Thessal. ii. The day of Christ shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped ; so that he, as God, sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. His coming is after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceiveableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.
rEpist. John, chap. xi. 22. He is Antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Chap. iv. 3. And every spirit that confesseth not, that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God: this is that Antichrist.
O God! These things are so near at hand, and we continue so careless and unconcerned for ourselves and our children;--they are so certain and important, and we are
so mprepared to meet them, as our Heavenly calling requires ; they are not yet passed by, and the third angel shall now soon rouse our slumbering hearts to action, by his terrible denunciation against those, who worship the beast and his image.
May the Spirit of the Father, and of Jesus Christ, be the guide and comfort of all who read and hear this treatise,