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appearance, have been peculiarly attached to the colours of blue, yellow, and scarlet— The heads of their horses were as the heads of lions, to denote their great strength and fierceness : out of their mouths seemed to issue fire, and smoke, and brimstone : and by this semblance of lightning, the prophet observed, that the third part of men were killed. This is a manifest allusion to artillery and gunpowder, which were invented under the sixth trumpet, and were the main engines used by the Turks, in subverting the Greek empire- The horses moreover had power to do hurt by their tails, as well as by their mouths, their tails being like unto serpents, and having heads. The Turks, like the Saracens, were not merely secular conquerors, but were animated with all the wild fanaticism of a false religion. They profess and propagate the same imposture ; they injure no less by their doctrines, than by their conquests ; and, wherever they establish their dominion, the Koran triumphs over the Gospel.

Yet, notwithstanding the signal overthrow of the Constantinopolitan monarchy, the rest of men, who were not killed by these plagues, repented not of their idolatrous worship of mediatory saints and angels, nor of their spiritual sorceries and fornication-Accordingly we find, that in the papal church idolatry was at its height during the sounding of the sixth trumpet : in the same manner as Mohammedism attained to the zenith of its glory by the subversion of the Greek empire. Previous to this period, the Greek church had struggled successfully with the Roman church for independence and equality : but the downfall of Constantinople effectually humbled both the ecclesiastical rival of Popery, and the temporal antagonist of Mohammedism. In the days of the Saracens, the Arabian imposture triumphed over the proud monarchy of Persia ; but was only able to torment the declining remains of the once formidable empire of Rome. In the days of the Turks, it beheld the city of Constantine prostrate at its feet, as well as the capital of Chosroes. Still however did the church of Rome continue her triumphs over sense, humanity, and religion. Unawed by the signal punishment of her sister of Constantinople, she resolutely set her face against the reformation which

commenced under this trumpet, and persecuted those who protested against her superstition and appealed to Scripture : a more tremendous power therefore, than either the Saracens or the Turks, will be summoned against her by the blast of the third woe ; which nevertheless will afterwards perish, united with her.

It is observable, that the precise duration of the second woe-trumpet, is not marked by St. John in his prophecy of the Euphratèan horsemen. The Turks were prepared for the slaughter of the third part of men, an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year; or 391 natural years and 15 days : consequently the second woe-trumpet began to sound at the commencement of those 391 years, or in the year of our Lord 1281 ; but it does not terminate till the great earthquake in the West has taken place, and till a tenth part of the Roman city has fallen.* Then we are informed, that “ the second woe is past, and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.”

• Rey. xi. 13.

END OF VOL. I..

DISSERTATION

ON THE

PROPHECIES,

THAT HAVE BEEN FULFILLED, ARE NOW FULFILLING,

OR WILL HEREAFTER BE FULFILLED,

RELATIVE TO THE

GREAT PERIOD OF 1260 YEARS;

THE PAPAL AND MOHAMMEDAN APOSTACIES; THE TYRANNICAL REIGN OF ANTICHRIST, OR THE INFIDEL

POWER;

AND

THE RESTORATION OF THE JEWS.

TO WHICH IS ADDED,

AN APPENDIX.

BY THE REV. GEORGE STANLEY FABER, B. D.

VICAR OF STOCKTON-UPON-TEES.

FIRST AMERICAN FROM THE SECOND LONDON EDITION.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

a Shut up the Words, and seal the Book, even to the time of the end : many shall rur

to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Dan, xü. 4.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY ANDREWS AND CUMMINGS,

GREENOUGH AND STEBBINS, PRINTERS.

1808.

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