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§ 26. REV. ix. 1-11.

The Rise, Progress, and eventual overthrow of the two Syn-
chronical Apostasies of the two great Enemies of the
Peace, Knowledge, and Happiness of Mankind, Popery
and Mohammedanism, are described by the two first Woe
Trumpets, and by the third Woe Trumpet, as far as the
sixth Vial, which was poured out under the latter-The
fifth Trumpet, or first Woe Trumpet, is sounded-The
fall of a Star, the Corruptions of the Eastern Church,
introduces the apostasy of Mohammed, and the Saracens *,
who conquer the erroneous Christians 150 Years-606 to

1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall
from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the
key of the bottomless pit.

2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace ; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man.

6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

7 And the shape of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there
were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt
men five months.

The last and most interesting accounts of the origin of
Mohammedanism, its progress, and its temporary check by the
Crusades, are to be found in Mr. Charles Mills' eloquent and
interesting works, the Historics of Mohammedanism, and of the

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$27. REV. ix. 12, to the end.

The sixth Trumpet sounds after a long interval-The four
Sultanies of the Mohammedan Power, whose Capitals
were Bagdad, Damascus, Aleppo, and Iconium, begin to
leave their Territories near the Euphrates, and attack the
Christians, their first Victory being gained in 1281-
They destroy the Greek Empire, for which they had
been prepared, 1453—Their last acquisition of Territory
was made in 1672.

12 One woe is past: and, behold, there come two woes
more hereafter.

13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions: and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk :

21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

$ 28. REV. X. 1-11.

The History of the Eastern Empire having been predicted,
the Prophecy proceeds to the History of the Western
Empire during the same period of 1260 Years-This

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Portion of the Prophecy is given to St. John by another Asia Minor.
Angel, as a separate Book, to distinguish it from the
Events predicted by the two Woe Trumpets.

1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from
heaven, clothed with a cloud; and a rainbow was upon
his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet
as pillars of fire:

2 And he had in his hand a little book open and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth : and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven,

6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, That there should be time no longer :

7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

$ 29. REV. xi. 1-14.

The little Book containing the prophetic History of the
Western Church, is divided into five Portions-The first
Portion represents the separation between nominal and
spiritual Christians-the Contempt and general Neg-
lect and Hatred of the Scriptures, and their right Inter-
preters, under the description of two Witnesses prophesy-
ing in Sackcloth-It is predicted that these Witnesses

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will prophesy nearly 1260 Years, till the approaching Asia Mar
close of their Testimony in Sackcloth-when they will be
killed, and rise again, and triumph over those who re-
joiced at their Death-This will take place before the
sounding of the seventh Trumpet-This Portion of the

Apocalypse is very obscure: it may be that it is a gene

ral Introduction to the Contents of the little Book. 606

1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod : and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

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4 These are the two olive-trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies; and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy and have power over waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

10 And they that dwell upon 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.

11 And after three days and an 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,


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.

13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake,



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14 The second woe is past; and behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

§ 30. REV. xi. 15-18.

The seventh Trumpet sounds-The rejoicing of the univer-
sal Church at the anticipated triumph of the Witnesses,
at the end of the 1260 Years.

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 for ever and ever.

16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

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.

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 them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

§ 31. REV. xi. 19. xii. 1-17.

The second Division of the little Book-Under the Figures
of a Woman bringing forth with pain a Man Child, and
being driven by a Dragon, with seven Heads and ten
Horns, into the Wilderness, is prophesied the Persecution
of the Church of Christ, which brings forth true and
faithful Christians, by the evil Spirit, which first intro-
duced Evil into this World-This Contest continues also
1260 Years, from 606 to 1866.

19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and
there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and
there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an
earthquake, and great hail.

1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

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