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sions, the reformed churches, against the bloody persecutions of the church of Rome. It is GREAT BRITAIN that has made the firmest and noblest stand against the poisonous inundations of French atheism; and, in a good degree, under the merciful providence of God, stopped the rapidity of its progress over the world. And, moreover, there is reason to hope, upon a comparison with the state of other nations, that, in GREAT BRITAIN, "the commandments of God" are better "kept," and "the testimony of Jesus" better observed, than in any other country whatever. The dragon, then, being the type of FRANCE, and "the remnant of the seed of the church," GREAT BRITAIN, how completely do the facts, of which we have been, as it were, spectators, verify the prophecy? We have seen France declaring war against all the powers in Europe, within her reach. She has attacked GREAT BRITAIN, and carried destruction and conquest into the Netherlands, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, over the Alps into the heart of Italy, and, over the Pyrennees into Spain and Portugal; subjugating a great part of them to her power, or granting to them peace, on terms inconsistent with their interests, their safety, and their honor; that she may, at her pleasure, hereafter, reduce them, with her amazing acquisition of strength, to her absolute tyranny. And this, it is evident, she has artfully done, that she might bend her whole
force against GREAT BRITAIN alone. This she has also done, according to the text, "in great wrath," if we may give credit to the evidence of her own declarations and actions. In her great rage and fury she has denounced vengeance and utter destruction to GREAT BRITAIN, for the virtuous and powerful opposition made to her atheistical blasphemy and anarchy, and their all-destructive consequences. Her raving and wrathful denunciations. have been in the language of the Romans, when resolved upon the annihilation of Carthage, her rival in power: "Delenda est Carthago" was their language, and it has often. been repeated in her supreme councils; meaning, that GREAT BRITAIN shall fall, and the name of it be erased from the map of the world for ever. In direct pursuance of these menaces, and to insure that success, which would gratify her unprovoked malice and ambition, she had no sooner màde peace with Germany, than, by her secret intrigues, she drew into her plan that powerful madman Paul, the emperor of Russia, and the kings of Sweden, Denmark, and Prussia, all meditating the destruction of this happy Island: and she is, at this moment, while I am relating the fact, drawing her armies to the sea-coast, determined to execute her wicked design. But, merciful God," who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty," the wisdom of this world is foolishness with thee: thou takest the
* Rev. i. 8.
wise in their own craftiness*; and by one small stroke of thy omnipotence, in the death of the Emperor of Russia," thou hast turned their councils into foolishness," compelled them to recede from the powerful confederacy and to leave the dragon alone to go "to war with the remnant of the seed of thy church." Thou hast hitherto supported that remnant in this great contest, for the preservation of thy holy word, from apostate and atheistical darkness. Thou hast often delivered them when they thought there was none to deliver; in many instances hast enabled them to defeat the wicked designs, and to triumph over this wrathful enemy: and hast now, through the wisdom of their councils, prepared them to meet him without fear or dismay. O, forsake them not; but continue to direct their councils by thy wisdom, to give strength to their arms by thy power, to lead them in the day of battle, that they may ascribe the victory to thee ALONE, and GIVE TO THEE ALL THE GLORY. And, above all, may they be deeply impressed with a sense of thy infinite power, goodness, and mercy, sincerely repent of their sins, "keep thy holy commandments, and hold fast the testimony of Jesus" in spirit and in truth; for in that case, thou hast promised that thou wilt "abundantly pardon," wilt "never leave them, nor forsake them;" and thy word is "yea, and amen, for evert."
Job, v. 13.
This was written before the preliminaries of peace.
THIRTEENTH CHAPTER OF THE REVELATION.
On the "Beast of the Earth," or the particular History of the " Beast of the bottomless Pit."
AND I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a Leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and
the dragon gave him his power and his seat and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his
heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave pow er unto the beast and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast, who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth, speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given
unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
him to make war with the 7 And it was given unto saints, and to overcome them and power was given tongues, and nations. him over all kindreds, and
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,
whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into
captivity shall go into сарtivity: he that killeth with the sword, must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns
like a lamb, and he spake as give life unto the image of a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men;
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast, say ing to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image of the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to
the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he csused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads :
17 And that no name might buy or sell, save he that had the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.
WE have seen that the prophet, in the two last chapters, has only traced out the great lines of the history of the western part of the church, and of its two great enemies, the Pope and the revolutionary republic of France, and briefly introduced their characters into its general history. He had not descended to a particular detail of their actions and conduct, nor to the particular measures by which the former was to "tread the holy city under foot