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ever are truly holy, cannot be out of the Catholic church.
Tenth, in the church are the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and to her is given power to forgive sins, to excommunicate; she has the power to consecrate the true body of Christ.
Eleventh, there is no sin so heinous, which can be committed or imagined, for pardoning which the church has not a power.
Twelfth, that before Christ ascended into heaven, he granted his power to the bishops and priests in the church.
Thirteenth, the Eucharist is to be adored.
Fourteenth, that the true body of Christ, that very same that was born of the virgin Mary, and now sits in heaven at the right hand of the Father, is contained in this sacra
Fifteenth, no substances of the original elements remain in it, although than this nothing seems more strange and distant to the senses.
Sixteenth, the substances of the bread are so changed unto the body and blood of the Lord, that they wholly
Seventeenth, the whole Christ, as God and man, tained in the Eucharist.
Eighteenth, the whole Christ is contained in each species. of the bread, and of the wine; and
Nineteenth, for this reason, they give the bread, only, to the laity.
Twentieth, those who assert this doctrine is not true, are condemned with an anathema.
Twenty-first, this sacrifice of the mass is profitable both for the living and the dead.
These are only a part of the many errors established by the council of Trent. The chief attempt against the witnesses was made in false and ambiguous translations of the
Scriptures; and these were expounded in the way only that the synod of Trent directed. These directions the priests and curates punctually obeyed; and thus, by false interpretations, and teaching for doctrines their own commandments, this great council spent years in a display of idiotism and insanity, at Trent. Here they proved themselves to be that beast that arose out of the bottomless pit, and made war on the witnesses, and killed them.
Verse 8: "And the dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." In this verse let these things be considered:
First, the laying of the dead bodies in the street of the great city, is a proof that this great council of Romish bishops, paid no regard to the witnesses; for it first killed them by establishing its own doctrines, and then let them lie dead in the street, as unw worthy of its further notice.
Second, this great city is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt; which shows the spiritual wickedness that this council committed, and that its crimes are unpardonable.
Third, the words where also our Lord was crucified, prove that the crimes and impieties committed by this council were equal to those of the Jewish high-priest and rulers of the people, who crucified the Lord of Life.
Verse 9: "And they of the people, and kindreds, and tongues, and nations, shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves."
Verse 10: "And they that dwell on the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth."
Verse 11: "And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them."
It is well known that three years and a half after the canons and catechism of Trent were made known, the reformers rejected them with disdain, as all the old errors were established and new ones added. By this time they had translated the bible from the original languages, and had it printed; and by these means the witnesses were once more on their feet, the Spirit of the Lord having aided in the work. And great fear fell upon all their enemies, when they saw the witnesses thus preserved from their destructive hands.
Verse 12: "And they heard a great voice from heaven, saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies beheld them." In this verse the providential care of God is made manifest in the preservation of the witnesses, or gospel law. Although the reformers were instrumental in this great work; yet the glory must be ascribed to God only, who enabled them to do it.
Their ascending up in a cloud shows that they are, though preserved, wrapped in some mystery at present. Even their enemies beheld their preservation with astonishment.
Verse 13: "And the same hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven." The earthquake which the reformers produced was indeed a great one, as it overthrew the tenth part of the papal power. When we consider the numbers in Europe who at that time renounced, or fled from, the errors of popery, it seems probable that they amounted to exactly a tenth part of its inhabi
In this earthquake were slain seven thousand men: this number may be the exact amount of the reformers slain at the first furious onset of their enemies, as the prophet carries the account no further down than the same hour, or time,
that the Reformation commenced. And the remnant of the reformers were affrighted when they saw the powerful opposition they had to combat with, and gave glory to the God of heaven, who was their only Protector from the malignity of the beast.
Verse 14: "The second woe is past; and behold, the third woe cometh quickly." The second, or papal, woe ends here. But, alas! the third, or protestant woe cometh quickly. Since the Reformation, we may behold its dreadful consequences. Where is love? Where is peace? Our first reformers had great zeal, and withstood the fiery and cruel persecutions of the times with the greatest courage and fortitude. But, how are the mighty fallen! View protestants in the seventeenth century persecuting each other for non-conformity, and sapping the foundations of truth. View them in the eighteenth century at open war with each other. View them, also, even forming popish alliances, until they are now gathered together into one place, called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon.
Verse 15: "And the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ and he shall reign forever and ever." This seventh sound of the gospel trumpet is caused by the protestant reformers, of every description. Is it not the firm belief of the heavenly-minded of them, that under this seventh, protestant sound, the kingdoms of this world will yield a willing obedience to the witnesses, and become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ. Do they not pray for the downfall of Antichrist - for the conversion of the Jews for the extension of Christ's kingdom among the nations of the earth. I would remark here that heaven, in the language of prophecy, is of three kinds :
First, the heaven of eternal happiness, where there is fulness of joy and pleasure forevermore.
Second, the heaven, or comfort which a saint enjoys in his own mind.
Third, the heaven which saints enjoy in the friendly and social intercourse in which they participate with each other. The voices in this verse allude to this last.
Verse 16: "And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshipped God,"
Verse 17: "Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned."
In these two verses observe, first, that the twenty-four elders, those faithful trustees of the law and the gospel, are presented as praising God for preserving those precious witnesses and promises of his mercy.
Second, they praise him for maintaining his great power, and bringing forth the Reformation.
Third, they praise him for his providential care in that he reigneth over all.
Verse 18: "And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth." The prophet here shows the effects which the Reformation produced, and which still continue. The nations were angry: behold their anger at that period, evinced in dreadful persecutions in popish and protestant powers slaying each other—in blood-shedding to maintain balances of power — in disputing and quarreling about what they call the rights of man, and the dreadful consequences resulting therefrom in wars unparalleled since the creation, carried on by the professors of Christianity.
And thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that