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álty was abolished by the Convention, and a new constitution was by them formed and published; and it was accepted by the people, in the stead of the first, formed by the National Assembly. The moderate principles of the first constitution were abandoned. No further toleration was given to religion or conscience. On the 26th of August, 1792, "an open profession of Atheism was made by a whole nation, once zealously devoted to the Papal superstition. Corresponding societies and Atheistical clubs were every where held, fearless and undisguised."
Massacres and the reign of terror succeeded; to hint the particulars of which would fill a volume. It it a prominent idea in prophecies relative to this horrid Power of the last days, that his destruction is nearly connected with his origin; that he ascends from the bottomless pit, to go into perdition; and his damnation slumbers not. Many events, which took place soon after the revolution, may be viewed as an earnest of this truth; as a first fruit or pledge of the fulfilment of it. It appeared in facts that infidelity has the heart of a demon; the ferocity of a tiger; the fangs of a pan. ther; and the fury of a lion. Its delicious food is blood. It flies with the winds of a fiend, to the field of carnage; and sucks the blood of its own brotherhood.
This was verified in France. About 100 of the prime leaders in the revolution, soon fell by the hand of violence. Being enemies to heaven and earth, they were, of course, enemies to each other.
And being inured to murder and blood, they were prepared to cut each other's throats. The righteous God thus far blessed the world, by letting those infernal lions loose upon each other. They, and hundreds of thousands of their deluded followers, soon found for each other a preinature grave; and thus presented the world with a miniature of the tremendous exit, which, at but little distance, awaits the body of that Antichristian Beast.
Something of the feats of the French arms abroad, soon after their revolution, may be learned from the following report of Dubois Crance, to the convention,
Jan. 30th, 1795. He says; “Last year you maintained nearly eleven hundred thousand fighting men. France stood armed on one side, Europe on the other; and victory constantly followed the three colored standard. Holland is conquered; and England trembles. Twenty three regular sieges terminated; six pitched battles gained; 2000 cannon taken; 200 towns submit. ted. Such is the glorious result of the last campaign. The next campaign promises, if possible, still more surprising successes.'
The loss of men sustained by the armies of France from 1791, to 1796, was calculated at twelve hundred thousand. And beside this loss, the number of mur. dered citizens, including men, women, and children, during the reign of terror, is said to have been two millions.
This account is confirmed by Gen. Danican, a French officer, who declared, that three millions of Frenchmen perished within the first four or five years of the French revolution.
Such a series of events could not have been without some deep and most mischievous plot. And such a plot the history of Illuminism unfolds.
The re-establishment of Popery by Bonaparte not
inconsistent with Atheism's being the characteris
tic of the French Empire. The present French Emperor has evinced, by his proclamation in Egypt, and by other documents, that, in point of sentiment, he was not unprepared to become a prime leader of the Antichristian Empire. *
* The object of Bonaparte's expedition into Egypt, in 1798, is expressed in the following extract from an intercepied letter, written by a major in his army; dated Grand Cairo, July 28th, 1798. “The government have turned their eyes toward Egypt and Syria; countries, which by their climate, goodness, and fertility of soil, may become the granaries of the French comnierce, her inagazines of abundance, and in course of time the depository of the riches of India. It is most indubitable, that, when possessed of, and regularly organized in, these countries,
Bonaparte's re-establishment of Popery forms no ob. jection to his being an Atheist; nor to Atheism's being
we may throw our views still farther, and in the end destroy the English commerce in the Indies, turn it to our own profit, and render ourselves the sovereigns also of these parts of AfriCa and Asia. All these considerations united have induced our government to attempt the expedition to Egypt. That part of the Roman power has been governed, for many ages, by a spe. cies of men called Mamalukes, who have Beys at the head of each district. They deny the authority of the Grand Seignor; governing tyrannically, and despotically, a people and a country, that in the hand of a polished nation, would becoine a source of wealth and profit.” Kett. vol. ii, p. 268.
But Bonaparte had the subtilty to disguise this object, by the following proclamation in Egypt; in which his own sentiments may be learned; his turn for ihe work of deception; and his flatteries of those, who are marked out for his prey. “In the name of God, gracicus and merciful. There is no God but onc; he has no son, or associate in his kingdom.” Here is an express and designed denial of Christ, and of the Christian Re. ligion. One God must be acknowledged. For the Mohamme. dan Egyptians acknowledge him: Aud Bonaparte was now courting them! He proceeds; “The present moment, which is destined for the punishment of the Beys, has been long anxiously expected. The Beys coming from the mountains of Georgia and Bajars, bave desolated this beautiful country. Bonaparte, the general of the French republic, according to the principles of liberty, is now arrived; and the Almighty, the Lord of both worlds, has sealed the destruction of the Beys. Inhabitants of Egypt! when the Beys tell you, the French are conie to destroy your religion, believe them not, it is an abso. lute falsehood. Answer those deceivers, that they are only come to rescue the rights of the poor from the hands of their ty. rants; and that the French adore the Supreme Being, and bort. or the prophel, (Mohammed) and his holy Koran; (the Mohammedan Bible.) All men are equal in the eyes of God; understanding, ingenuity, and science alone, make the difference between them. As the Beys therefore do not possess any of these qualities, they cannot be worthy to govern the couniry. The Supreme Being, who is just and merciful toward all mankind, wills that in future none of the inhabitants of Egypt shall be prevented from attaining to the first employments, and the highest honors. The administration, which shall be con. ducted by persons of intelligence, talents, and foresight, will be productive of happiness and security. The tyranny anda sarice of the Beys have laid wast Egypt, which was formerly su populous and well cultivated. The french are true Musselm mens; (disciples of Mohammed ) They have at all times beet
the characteristic of the French Empire. For this char. acteristic the French nation clearly and officially assumed, and for years retained. And they have not since taken a single step to change this national characteristic, nor to evince, that Atheism is not their real sentiment as a nation. It has been ascertained, that the French as a nation are Atheists. In support of this, let Dr. Priestly testify: And no one will suspect the Doctor to have been greatly prejudiced against them! He relates the following; “When I was myself in France, in 1774, I saw sufficient reason to believe, that hardly any person of eminence, in church or state, and especially in a great degree eminent in philosophy or literature, (whose opinions in all countries are sooner or later adopted by others) were believers in Christian. ity. And no person will suppose, that there lias been any change in favor of Christianity, in the last twenty years. A person, I believe now living, and one of the best informed men in the country, assured me very gravely, that (paying me a compliment) I was the first person he had ever met with, of whose under, standing he had any opinion, who pretended to believe in Christianity. To this, all the company assented.
the true and sincere friends of Ottoman emperors; and the enemies of their enemies. May the empire of the Sultan therefore be eternal. But may the Boys of Egypt, our opposers, whose insatiable avarice' has continually excited disobedience and insubordination, be trodden in the dust and annihilated! Our friendship shall be extended to those of the inhabitants of Egypt, who shall join us; as also to those, who shall remain in their dwellings, and observe a strict neutrality, and when they have seen our conduct with their own eyes, shall hasten to submit to us. But the dreadful punishment of death awaits those who shall take up arms for the Beys, and against us. For them ihere shall be no deliverance; nor shall any trace of them remain. All the inhabitants of Egypt shall offer up thanks to the Supreme Being, and plit up public prayers for the destruc. tion of the Beys. May the Supreme God make the glory of the Sultan of the Ottomans eternal; pour forth his wrath on The Mamalukes; and render glorious the destiny of the Egyptian nation." (Kett, vol. ii. p. 258261 )
The hypocrisy and Atheism exposcú in this siren chant, , need no comment. They exhibit the heart of the man, who was raised up to scorge a wicked world, and to be the first bloody leader of the Antichristian Empire.
And not only were the philosophers, and other leading men in France at that time, unbelievers in Christianity, or Deists; but they were Atheists; denying the being of God.” (Priestley's Fast Sermon. 1794.)
The French are to be denominated, in the language of prophecy, from the characteristic of Atheism, which they did, in their revolution, by national authority, and undisguisedly assume. The remarks of authors, relative to the ancient ten horns of the Roman Beast, (whether they were correct in their application of those horns, or not,) illustrate my present idea. They tell us, it is sufficient to answer to the prophetic characteristic of the Beast's having ten horns, if we can find precisely ten kingdoms at any one time, into which the old empire was divided. For it is not supposed, they add, that the precise number ten continued. New conquests, subdivisions, or unions, soon deranged and altered their number from being precisely ten. But it it sufficient, that it once was precisely ten. So in the present case.
It is enough to affix to Antichrist the characteristic of Athe. ism, that he officially assumed this characteristic; maintained it for years; and has never discovered the least real disapprobation of Atheism! His character then, is Atheism, notwithstanding that political views, and a kind of necessity, have induced the tyrant of France to re-establish Popery as his nominal form of godliness. The nation derives its characteristic, in the language of prophecy, not from this circumstance, but from its antecedent, undisguised profession of Atheism. Popery is re-established by the French emperor, merely as a tool of ambitious policy.* After the French nation had been torn for years by factions, and drenched in the blood of two millions of its murdered citizens, be. side the seas of blood shed in war, it was there clearly ascertained by woeful experience, that subordination and civil government could never be maintained, without adopting some kind of religion. The Papal sys
• Cicero said of Cataline, "Had he not possessed some apparent virtues, he would not have been able to form so great a de. sign; nor to have proved so formidable an adversary."