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which before lay concealed. In this sense it is used in many parts of the Scriptures, and in this sense it accurately applies to the manner, in which the French revolution has come. We cannot read the different biftories of this political montter, without perceiving that it had secretly been conceived, and was working in the minds of men long before it appeared in the world ; and that it virtually, if not really, existed several years before it appeared. Indeed, it may be truly said, that it existed from the association of the atheistical crew in the Jacobin club, or at least from the time they deprived the king of his authority. It was then and there finally determined upon, organized, and formed into a system, composed of themselves, and millions of men devoted to it, and its powers essentially exifted in that fyftem. That club was then all powerful within, as well as out of the public councils of the nation, and might have openly announced the revolution at that time, and yet, from a variety of 'motives, they took great care to conceal it from the eyes of the world. They contented themselves with adding to it strength, and placing it in a state which should appal all opposition when they should fay the word; and after a variety of manœuvres, too prolix to enumerate here, when they saw their mine ripe for explosion, they “revealed” their project in their new “ declaration of the Rights of « Man,” upon which I have already commented. The revolution, "the Man of Sin, the Son of " Perdition,” clothed in all its terrors and horrors, now reared its monstrous head from the dark abyss of atheism. Its grands heaven and earth; of not only dethroning all kings, but even the God of the universe; of not only destroying all monarchies, but all governments and all social order ; of not only abolishing the Chriftian religion, but all religion ; of not only smo

thering, thering, in the minds of mankind, all the dictates of reason, and the admonitions of conscience, but all sense of nature and humanity; and of seducing and betraying mankind into atheism and anarchy, now became clearly manifested and “ revealed” to the astonished world.


" The Man of Sin” is moreover to be " « vealed,” according to the text, in his time.But when is that time? We have already answered this question; but as it is a question of importance, I will again briefly recapitulate the substance: The apostle has told us, in language as plain as can well be, that the apoftasy shall come's first," and prevent it for a time ; that the apoftafy shall be taken out of the way, “and then that he shall “ be revealed in his time.” Now, the apoftasy, or the Mohamedan and Papal hierarchies have come : they have continued nearly during the period li. mited for their “ treading the holy city, or church " of Christ, under foot;" and they have performed the dreadful work. And we have seen their powers, during the last century, rapidly declining. In the Eaft we have feen the former, during the last century, declining from its ancient ferocity, and overa whelmed with luxurious and effeminate laciviouf ness; sinking into a lethargic indifference respecting its peculiar fuperftition ; and indeed prepared

to make way for any power that shall seriously in· vade it, and to receive any opinions that shall be proposed to it. And as to the apoitaly in the West, which all Protestant interpreters of the prophecies agree is the church of Rome, we have seen her, within the same space of time, gradually falling from the summit of pride and ambition, into an effeminate gratification of every luftful: paffion, and equally indifferent aś to the prefervation of her late ime menfe power as of her idolatrous superstition:


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Tired of her defpotism, her frauds, and abomi- : nable mysteries,' we have seen millions upon millions, an innumerable host of her devotees, in France, Holland, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and even in Rome itself, rejecting her doctrines, and forsaking her power'; and thus ccasing to prevent, and actually taken out of “ the

way" of " the Man of Sin." Yet more; this fame class of mankind have not only been “ takert “ out of the way,” in ftrict verification of the text; but they have been the introducers of the Man of Sin” upon the stage of the world; for deserting the doctrines of the apoftasy, they had embraced his horrible and blafphemous tenets even before he came, and since have led him triumphant to all his conquests, and enabled him to plant his banners upon the capital of the apoftafy itself. Now, if these facts be fo notorious that they cannot be denied (as they really are, for they have come to pass as it were in our own fight), then this is the time for the power typified by " the “ Man of Sin to be revealed," and for him to perform the impious and dreadful exploits so accurately described and foretold by St. Paul in this chapter, and upon which I have briefly commented in this differtation,

As to the Eastern or Mohamedan apostasy (if I read the Apocalypse aright), it is not, like the Weftern, to fall by the hands of " the Man of Sin,” nor before he himself shall fall. These two great events, of the highest importance to the Christian church, are to take place within less time than half a century. But how far this revolutionary monster is to extend its blasphemous principles and destructive power in the mean time, or when it fhall please à God of infinite wisdom and goodness to say, “ Hitherto Thalt thou come and no: farther, and “ here thy proud waves shall be stayed,” the apostle does not inform us: however, he explicitly declares, that, on account of its extreme sinfulness and consummate blafphemy, “the Lord fhall con


sume it with the spirit of his mouth, and destroy “ it with the brightness of his coming.'

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As treated-of in DANIEL, Chap. VII...,.. DANIEL, one of the most eminent of the Jewish prophets, was born upwards of 600 years before the coming of Christ; or more than 2400 years before the present æra. It pleased a God of infinite wisdom, who fees all things patt, present, and to come, to reveal to him, in a brief manner, all the most prominent and important events which were to come to pass in the world, between his day and the end of time. Daniel committed these to writing in the exact order of their intended accomplishment: and his narrative of them has been preserved for the profitable instruction of future times, both by the Jewish and Christian church.


In this chapter he foretels the rise of the four great empires, under the symbols of four great beasts, the Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, and Ro

The prophecies relating to the three first have fo fully been explained, and the corresponding events so well applied, that it is not my intention to dwell upon any of them, except those that are connected with my present subject; which is “ The “ LITTLE HORN,” and its prototype. But before I enter upon a particular confideration of it, I shall ftate fome preliminary facts, to which I Thall often have occasion to recur, in the course of explaining some of the marks of the fourth beast, and its Little Horn.

1. It is agreed by ancient as well as modern commentators, that the fourth beast is the type of


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