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with propriety, be applied to no other nation but GREAT BRITAIN. It was BRITAIN that gave to the world a WiCLIFP, that great and unwearied reformer and opposer of the church of Rome. It was through the labours and doctrines of this great and good man, the Gospel of Christ was rescued from Papal superstition, and settled in England," Bohemia, and other parts of Germany. It was GRAT BRITAIN where the reformed religion became first established, as the national religion. It has been GREAT BRITÀI N which has been its chief pillar and support, by aiding, on many occafions, the reformed churches, against the bloody persecutions of the church of Rome. It is GREAT BRITAIN that has made the firmeft and nobleft ftand against the poisonous inundations of French atheism, and, in a
good degree, under the mereiful providence of God, Itopped 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, silhe commandments of God” are better "kept," and "the teftimony of Jesus" better observed,
than in any other country whatever. The dragon, then, being the type of France, and the remnant *. of the feed 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 graving to them peace, on terms inconsistent with their interests, Their safety, and their honour ; that she may, at her pleasure, hereafter, reduce them, with her amazing acquisition of firengib, 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 atter destruction to GREAT BRITAIN, for the virtuous and powerful opposition made to her atheistical blasphemy. and anarchy, and their all-deftructive confequences. Her raving and wrathful denunciations have been in the language of the Romans, when resolved upon the annihilation of Carthage, ber rival in power : “ Delenda eft 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 church of the world for ever. In direct pursuance of these menaces, and to ensure that success, which would gratify her unprovoked malice and ambition, she had no sooner made peace with Germany, than, by her secret intrigues, The 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 takeft the wife in their of thy omnipotence, in the death of the Emperor of Ruflia,,,," thou haft turned their councils. ipto “ foolishness,” compelled them to recede from the powerful confederacy, and to leave the dragon alone to go" to war with the remnant of the feed of thy
a 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 halt enabled them to defeat the wicked designs, and to triumph over this wrathful enemy : 'and haft now, through the wisdom of their councils, prepared them to meet him without fear or dismay, O, forfake 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 afcribe 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 fins, " keep thy holy commandments, and hold fast :
the testimony of Jesus” in spirit and in truth; for in that case, thou haft promised that thou wilt “ abundantly pardon,” wilt “ never leave them, o nor forsake them ;” and thy word is “
amen, for ever *.
THIRTEENTH CHAPTER OF THE REVELATION. On the “ Beast of the Earth,” or the pàrticular History, of the “ Beast of the bottomless
' Pit." AND I stood upon the fand of a bear, and his mouth as of the sea, and saw a beast rise. the mouth of a lion: and the up out of the sea, having seven dragon gave him his power. heads and ten horns, and up
and his feat and great au-i on his horns ten crowns, and thority. upon his heads the name of
3 And I saw one of his blafphemy.
heads as it were wounded toi : 2 And the beast which I death; and his deadly wound, saw was like unto a leopárd, was healed: and all the world! and his feet were as the feet wondered after the beast.
* This was written before the preliminaries of peace.
4. And they worshipped before him, and causeth the the dragon which gave power : earth and them which dwell unto the beast : and they therein to worship the first worshipped the beast, saying, beast, whose deadly wound Who is like unto the beait, - Was healed. who is able to make war with 13 And he doeth great him?
wonders, fo that he maketh 5 And there was given un- fire come down from heaven to him a mouth speaking great on the earth in the hght of things and blasphenties; and, men; power was giveti unto him to 14 And deceiveth them continuefortyandtwo months. that dwell on the earth by
61 And he opened his the means of those miracles mouth in blasphemy against which he had power to do in God, to blafpheme his name, the hight of the beaft, faying and his tabernacle, and them to them that dwell on the that dwell in heaven.
earth, that they should make 7 And it was given unto an image of the beast, which him to make war with the had the wound by a sword, faints, and to overcome them; and did live. and power was given him over 15 And he had power to all kindreds, and tongues, and give life unto the image of nations.
the beast, that the image of 8 And all that dwell upon the beast should both fpeak, the earth fhall worship him, and cause that as many as whose names are not written would not worship the image in the book of life of the of the beast should be killed. Lamb lain from the founda- 16 And he caused all, both tion of the world. 1
small and great, rich and 9 any
man have an poor, free and bond, to reear, let him hear.
ceive a mark in their right 10 He that leadeth into hand, or in their foreheads; captivity shall go into capti- 17 And that'no nume might vity: he that killeth with the buy or fell, fave he that hadsword, niuft be killed with the the mark or the name of the fword. Here is the patience beatt, or the numler of his and the faith of the saints.
ii And I beheld another 18 Here is wisdom. Let beast coming up out of the hin that hath understanding earth; and he had two horns count the number of the like a tumb, and be- fpake asi berit; -for it is the number a dragon,
of a man; and his number 12 And he exereiseth altis fix-hundred threefeere and the power of the firfi least fix.
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 his general history. He has not descended to a particular detail of their aclions and conduct, nor to the particular measures by which the former was to “ tread the holy city under foot “ 1 260 years;" nor by which the latter was to "KILL "the two witnesses of God, during the space of “ three years and an half." and therefore we Thall find that he proceeds in this chapter, in 'strict chronological order, to the particular meafures and circumstances of their conduct.
He begins with those of the church of Rome, under the figure of “a beast rising out of the fea;" and employs the first ten verses in foretelling and defcribing the beast which he saw rise up, and whence she: derived her power*: the obedience and adoration which men Mould pay to her f; her idolatryi, her blasphemyg, her dreadful and extensive persecutions of the word of God in the church of Christ|l, the duration of her power, and depreflion of the church, her captivity and fall **. Here we have a complete history of the western church, fo far as The was concerned with and oppressed by the church of Rome. Upon this part of her history I shall not, however, enlarge, because many of the signs are predictive of events which have been fulfilled, inages paft; and my design is, to confine my remarks as much as possible to those which relate, as I have already in
1.Ver. 7, 8.
§ Ver. 5, 6, Ver. 10