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Mr. Kett supposes the six vials will not have spent all their influence till the seventh is poured out; every one who examines them accurately must be of the same opinion. The three last words, “ it is done” are of themselves sufficient to arouse and thrill mankind with an awful and terrific dread.*
VERSE 1. And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, come up hither, I will shew, unto thee the judgment, (the angel in this chapter shews the judgment, and the angel in the next chapter describes the fall) of the great whore, that sitteth upon (or is surrounded by) many waters.
North sea-Irish sea--British channel, &c. Examine Britannia upon the halfpenny.
VERSE 2. With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication (wickedness), and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine (gold) of her fornication (wickedness).
* From various passages in the introduction, and farther reflections on the six chapters, I judge the seven vials will have a progressive effect during the dreadful
and a half, and that they certainly will all be in operation after the Regency commences, and more ar less afflictive at different periods.
VERSE 3. So he carried me away in the spiru * into the wilderness: and I saw a WOMAN sit (rely) upon a scarlet coloured beast (the army) full of names of blasphemy (different kinds of wickedness), having seven heads, (the protestant succession) and ten horns.
Which are ten assisting, and afterwards destroying monarchies.
Verse 4. And the woman was arrayed in purple, (emblematical of the church) and scarlet colour (the army), and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls (crown), having a golden cup (gold) in her hand, full of abominations, and filthiness of her fornication : (wickedness):
Verse 5. And upon her forehead (her confidence being conspicuous) was a name written (sufficiently legible) MYSTERY + hidden design unfolded) BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS (examine the halfpenny) AND ABOMINA- . TIONS OF THE EARTH,
She is represented by a woman in the attire of an harlot, with wet drapery from the hips upwards, and which causes the parts to be exposed; a loose garment thrown over the thighs and legs,
Carry the mind, the thoughts, or the spirit of re. fection, to the former, and present situation of America, and then refer to the 12th chapter.
+ “ The word mystery, in the scripture sense does not refer to the difficulties in which a question may be in volved, but to a total ignorance of a principle, till it is declared. It relates not to the comprehension but to the discovery of a doctrine."
but so as to permit them to be very conspicuous; the feet, arms, bosom, neck and head, completely bare, and in the very attitude of invitation. If the engraver had designed an harlot he could not have depicted one more accurately; see the figure, and the verse as it is printed in our Bibles, associate ideas, (even to the exclamation, Soho), and the emblems cannot but very forcibly impress the human mind.*
VERSE 6. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrst of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
VERSE 7. And the angel said unto me, wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, (the hidden design explained) and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads (the protestant succession) and the ten horns. I
The ten assisting and afterwards destroying monarchies.
VERSE 8. The beast that thou sawest was, * I have to request that my readers would view Britannia
upon the halfpenny seated upon a mountain,” (Daniel ii
. verse 45), and “ rising up out of the sea, (Rev. xiii. 1), the trident, the shield, the ship, and the olive-branch, and then make their own reflections.
+ Mr. Wakefield has it “witnesses :" probably alluding to the death of the witnesses in the 11th chapter.
* Mr. Wakefield has this verse something different, I therefore give his translation : " And the angel said unto. me; why art thou astonished? I will tell thee this mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns, that carrieth her."
The passage therefore means that the woman or Britannia is supported, sustained, borne up, or "carried,”.. by the beast with seyen heads and ten horns.
and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, (deep) and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth (the Continent) shall wonder (be amazed), whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.* VERSE 9.
And here is the mind which hath wisdom, The seven heads (the protestant succession) are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth (placeth her strength).
VERSE 10. And there are seven kings : five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
VERSE 11. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the cighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.t
These two verses, the 10th and the lith, are the most difficult of any part of the prophecy, and it was a long time before I could make them out. I now declare them to mean the protestant succession.
William-Anne-George the First-George the Second, and George the Third. These Five are fallen (observe it does not say dead) One is (is in power when the prophecy will be explained as (or acting as) a king, which is the
* Mr. Wakefield has it " and will soon come.” That is to be a king again.
+ Mr. Wakefield translates this verse as follows . “ And the beast which was, but is not, is himself both an eighth and one of the seven, and is going to destruction."
Regent, making the sixth*) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space (another Regent, or the sceptre assumed † which his the seventh). And the beast that was, (had been) and is not, I even he is (or will be) ihe eighth, and is of (or belonging to) the seven.
How particularly strong is this last passage. He will again sway the sceptre which makes
* This is the Prince of the Covenant described by Daniel, in the 11th chapter ; who on Sunday the 27th of January, 1811, took a sacramental test according to the direction of a recent act, preparatory to the oath constituting him a Regent: he therefore may with truth be proclaimed by me, to be the “ one is,” or the Prince of the “ holy covenant.'
+ I should suppose the latter by some peculiar pas. sages in the 11th chapter of Daniel, and the 3d verse of the 12th chapter of Revelations, for it says in that verse • seven heads and ten horns, and seveN CROWNS upon his HEADS :" if so, it makes the prophecy perfect, for then it will be SEVEN KINGS. From the present awful circumstances and
latest reflections, I have every reason to suppose there will be two monarchs at the same time : and let it be remembered whether one or two the prophecy will still be found to be correct. He is to work deceitfully.” • And both these kings hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table.” (See the 21st, 23d, and 27th verses of the 11th chapter of Daniel). From the middle clause of the 18th verse of that chapter to the 40th are internal transactions, the King of the South, mentioned there, is an internal, not an external king; the passages are operations of the fifth vial
upon the seat (or throne) of the beast," and probably comprehends part of the second and third.
I'" Is not" now one (that is when the Regency commences,'and the book is issued) for his power by a covenant” will then be delegated to another.