Page images

SECT. 111.

Concerning the ten-horned beast of the sea.

[ocr errors]

The seven-headed and ten-horned beast of the sea is not the

same as his own little horn mentioned by Daniel, or the Papacy, p. 180.-On the contrary, he is the same as Daniel's ten-horned beast, of whom the little Papa: horn was only a single member: that is to say, he is the temporal Roman Empire, p. 193.-In what sense St. John beheld the rise of the ten-horned beast, p. 197.--How the ten-horned beast is said to continue or to practise 42 months, which is the same period as the reign of his own little horn, p. 197.-la what sense it is said, that this beast “ was, and is not, and vet is," p. 199. -The apocalyptic ten-horned beast is ihe Roman beast, in his revived or papally idolatrous state, p. 200.How he is said to have seven heads, p. 202.--- In what sense he was wounded to death by a sword under his sixth head, and afterwards restored to life again, p. 206.- An enquiry into what is meant by the last head of the beast, p. 218.His last head consists jointly of his seventh and eighth heads; whence it may be termed his septimo-octave head, p. 225.It can only be sought for among the following powers: the line of the Western Emperors; the three Kingdoms ot the Heruli, the Ostrogoths and the Lombards; the sarebate of Ravenna; the Popedom; and the Carlovingla Empire, p. 227.-This septimo-octave head cannot be the line of the Western Emperors and the Papacy, p. 228.--Neither can it be the three Gothic kingdoms in Italy and the Papacy, p. 229.—Nor can it be the Exarchate of Ravenna and the Papacy, p. 231.--Nor the Papacy considered as existing in a twofold capacity, p. 233.---But the Pairicate of Rome moerging into the Carlovingian Emperorship:p.239.While Charlemagne was s'atrician of Rome, he was the seventh bead: when he became Emperor, he was the eighth head; the seventh and eighth heads being thn, in his person amalgamated, as it were, so as to form one septimo-octave

· head,

head, p.240.--Three objections to this scheme of interpretation answered, p. 243.----No power has ever yet arisen within the limits of the Roman Empire, which at all answers to the prophetic character of the double er septimo-octave head, except the Carlovingian monarchy alone, p. 256.On what head of the beast the ten horns appeared to be growing, p. 257.--Various points of resemblance between the beast and the revived or Papal Roman Empire, p. 258. -General statement of the whole interpretation of the symbol of the seven-headed and ten-horned beast, p. 262. ----Accomplishment of the last part of the prophecy, p. 264.


Concerning the two-horned beast of the earth.

The two-horned beast of the earth and the image are not Infi

delity and democratic Tyranny, p. 267.-Neither are they the French republic and the prostitute goddess of reason and liberty, p. 275.—The two-horned beast is not the same as the beast of the bottomless pit-- Ludovicus cannot be the name of the beast, p. 277.—The two-horned beast is not the Romish clergy, as contradistinguished from the Papacy, p. 281.—But he is the catholic spiritual empire of the Church of Rome, considered as including both the Pope his head, and the regular and secular papal clergy his two lamb-like horns, or distinct ecclesiastical kingdoms, p. 283.

-This spiritual empire, which at its first rise was only a small spiritual kingdom, is represented by Daniel under the symbol of a little horn springing up among the ten horns · of the Roman beast: but, when the saints were given into the hand of the little horn by the Pope being constituted Bishop of Bishops and supreme head of the universal Church, the little horn became a catholic spiritual empire, and as such is represented by St. John under the symbol of a second



beast co-operating with the ten-horned or secular Roman beast,p.284.- Points of resemblance between the two-horned beast and the Papacy, p. 285.-- His two borns, p. 288... His first horn symbolizes the regular clergy, p. 291.-His

second horn, the secular clergy, p. 295.-His making of an image for the ten-horned beast is the revival of idolatry by the Pope, p. 311.-Reasons why the image cannot be either the Pope, the Carlovingian empire, or the Inquisition, p. 326.

-The prophetic description of the name of the beast must be carefully attended to, in order to discover what it is: for it is not sufficient merely to discover a name that comprehends the number 666, and thence to infer that that name is the name of the beast, p. 331.--The opinion of Irenèus upon this point is perfectly just, p. 336.—Latinus is the name of the beast ; both because it contains the number 666 because it is the name of a man, because it is the name of an empire, and because it is the gentile name of every individual in that empire, p. 337.—The mark of the beast is the cross, as abused by the secular Latin empire to the purposes of cruelty and superstition, p. 340. The two apocalyptic beasts in short are the two contemporary Latin empires, secular and spiritual, p. 347.--To shew their close connection with each other yet further, St. John afterwards repre. sents them- jointly under one great compound symbol, a harlot or apostate church, riding upon a seven-headed and ten-horned temporal beast, p. 348.

vondt om *IDEN?

of of

to ០៤ ៖ { , 2947 ör

SECT. V. om od na The history of the true Church during the period of the great

Apostasy-_The harvest and vintage of God's wrath. Under the image of 144,000 sealed servants of God standing

and exulting on the mount Zion, is represented the desolate church in the wilderness, sorrowful yet always rejoicing,

[x] during the period of the 1260 years, p. 354.-The 144,000 are the same as the two mystic witnesses ; and they peculiarly represent the internal state of the church previous to the era of the Reformation, although the witnesses will continue more or less to prophesy in sackcloth to the very time of the end, p. 355.-Their joy is purely of a spiritual nature and subsists along with great temporal distress, p. 356.After describing the 144,000, the prophet suddenly introduces an angel flying in the midst of heaven and bearing the everlasting Gospel, p. 359.--By this angel Luther and his followers seem to be intended, through whose instrumentality the Reformation was most unexpectedly begun,p.360.The first angel is follow ed by a second, prophetically denouncing the destruction of the mystic Babylon, p. 362.By this angel Calvin, and the different reformed continental churches of his persuasion, appear to be meant, p. 363.The second angel is followed by a third, denouncing everlasting misery to those, who shall continue to worship the beast and his image and to receive his mark, p. 366.-By this third angel, the third great branch of the Reformation, the church of England, which is not professedly either Lutheran or Calvinistic, seems to be represented, p.366.--Thegreat persecutions at the era of the Reformation predicted, p. 367.-Having passed the epoch of the Reformation, the prophet describes in brief the events of the third woe-trumpet under the types of a harvest and a vintage ; for this last chapter. of the little book, like the preceding ones extends through the whole period of the 1200 days, p. 368.—The history of the third wee-trampet however the prophet details at large in the greater beok of the Revelation, dividing it into the seven periods of the seven vials, P 371.--These vials must be arranged in three classes, in order that they may ve made to synchronize with the barvest and the vintage: namely, the vials of the harvest; the intermediate vials; and the vial of the vintage, p. 374.

[ocr errors][merged small]

Concerning the effects of the last woe-trumpet, the pouring out of

the seven vials, and the restoration of the Jews.

At the sounding of the last woe-trumpet, the seven vials fuil

of the last plagues are poured out, p. 375.--The seven vials are all posterior to the 12th of August, 1792, when the third woe-trumpet began to sound, and when Antichrist was revealed, p. 376.–They more or less affect both the East and the West, p. 377.-Though they succeed each other in regular chronological order, no intimation is given, that one shall be completely emptied, before another begins to be poured out, p. 378.-The harvest comprehends the three first vials, and symbolizes the miseries inficted upon mankind by the tyranny of Antichrist during the madness of the French Revolution, p.378.-The vintage synchronizes with the seventh vial, and relates to the final destruction of all God's enemies in the land of Palestine, p. 379.---The remaining three vials occupy the intermediate space between the harvest and the vintage, p. 379.



Concerning the vials of the harvest.

The harvest may be considered as commencing, not merely

with the first vial, but with the earliest blast of the third woe; and the downfal of the tenth part of the great city may be esteemed the first fruits of it, p. 380.--The harvest


« PreviousContinue »