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THE EFFUSION OF THE VIALS.
The apocalyptic narrative of their effusion
297 Introductory observations
299 The Roman empire, secular and spiritual, is the principal subject of these vials....
ib. The sixth vial, which is poured on the Euphrates, is applied by
our most respectable expositors to the destruction of the Ottoman empire-this application acquiesced in...
... ib. The seventh trumpet having sounded in 1792, the effusion of the vials also then began
ib. The consequent difficulty of interpreting the vials, from their
being only in part accomplished .. The whole vials are poured out on the earth-which is a symbol,
denoting the Roman empire, and including Turkey - This earth is an hieroglyphical universe, and it represents the Roman empire as it existed in 1792
ib. Reason for the opinion that all the seven vials began to be poured
out at the same time, and that they are synchronical in all their extent
ib. The first vial is poured out on the dry land, and is followed by a
noisome sore upon the men who have the mark of the beast, and who worship his image
ib. A sore, in the language of symbols, denotes a grievous moral disorder
301 The sore of this vial signifies the principles of atheism, of anar
chy and insubordination, into which the nations of Europe so fearfully drank at the French Revolution
302 Further observations on the consequences of these principles.... ib. An objection stated to the foregoing exposition, and answered... 303 These principles have been the germ of all the calamities of
Europe under the third woe, hence the propriety of the vial which developes them being placed first......
ib. The second vial is poured out on the sea The collective bodies of symbolical waters, signifies the whole po
pulation of the Roman earth. The syinbolical sea therefore, when the empire is in a divided state, must signify the most numerous people of the Roman world, which is the French
nation This vial was fulfilled by the revolutionary massacres in that
country, and by the slaughter of the French people in the
series of wars, down to the period of the dethronement of Bonaparte .....
... 304 'The third vial is poured out upon the rivers, and fountains of
305 This symbol denotes the other nations of Europe, which have all
drank deeply of the cup of blood put into their hands by the third angel
ib. The fourth vial was poured out on the sun
ib. The sun in a divided empire, symbolizes the government of the
principal state. This vial denotes therefore, the oppressive tyranny of the French revolutionary government, which in every stage of its existence has tormented the men of the Roman earth....
ib. The indirect influence of this tyranny, has been felt in every corner of Europe
306 The prophecy is evidently fulfilling, that the men, who in conse
quence of this vial were scorched with great heat, blasphemed God, and repented not to give him glory
307 This is evinced in the actual moral condition of Continental and especially Catholic Europe
ib. Remarks on the state of our own country, as connected with this vial
ib. The fifth vial is poured out on the seat or throne of the beast .. 309 This symbol denotes the power and councils of the head of the beast.........
310 In the year 1792, the Austrian sovereign was the head of the beast ib. The effects of this vial on the Austrian throne until her sovereign.
resigned the title of emperor of the Romans, in the year 1806. ib. The influence of this vial was next felt by Bonaparte, who occu
pied the throne of the beast after the renunciation of Austria. ib. A review of the effects of the vial upon the councils and power
of Napoleon Bonaparte, until he was a second time driven from his kingdom, and exiled to St. Helena
311 Reasons for the opinion, that the effects of this vial, are in a
measure felt by all the governments of the bestial empire, and their subjects..
312 Remarks on the symbolical darkness, which now fills the bestial empire...
313 The sixth vial was poured out on the great river Euphrates, and the water thereof was dried up
315 The Euphrates signifies the pation of the Turks, and the drying
up of its waters denotes the gradual decay of the Ottoman empire.
Remarks on the fulfilment of this vial in the rapid decay of the
Ottoman power-Its destruction seems to be hastening on by the immediate hand of God.......
-315 Who the kings of the cast are that are mentioned in this vial is
yet uncertain—It seems probable that the Jews are designed.. 316 The seventh angel poured out his vial into the air...
317 The seventh vial is the most important of the whole
ib. The symbolical air into which it is poured, signifies the political and ecclesiastical constitution of the Roman einpire
ib. Effects of the vial briefly described in the dreadful political tem
pest and earthquake of the French revolution, and its consequences, till the late pacification of Europe
318 Coincidence between the above interpretation of the hieroglyphics of this vial, and that given by Vitringa
319 Reference to certain conclusions I arrived at, in considering the
sixth seal, and consequence deduced from them, that the ope
rations of the seventh vial are for the present suspended...... 320 Observations on the tripartite division of the great city, which is probably still future....
322 On the fall of the cities of the nations.....
323 Great Babylon came up in remembrance before God, to give her the сир of wrath
324 Every island fled away and the mountains were not found 395 The hail storm considered
326 The remaining effects of the seventh vial, are contained in chap
ters xvii. xviii. and xix. the greater part of which is yet future 327 Under the seventh vial, the bestial empire will be moulded into
that political shape, which shall prepare it for its last blasphemous opposition to the Lamb at Armageddon ....
ib. An objection to the last conclusion, stated and answered
328 Arguments to show that the vials are synchronical
330 Some remarks on the marriage of the Lamb predicted in chapter xix.
334 A short view of the events, which the prophecies of the Old and
New Testament lead us to expect, before the consummation of
the vials... The first of these events, is the conversion and restoration of the Jews
ib. Two passages cited to prove the restoration of the Jews to Pales
tine, the first in Deuter. XXX. 1-7; the second in Jerem. xxxii. 37-49
995 The restoration predicted in these passages cannot be the partial
one, which succeeded the captivity at Babylon, but is evidently future
336 Three arguments to prove that the restoration of the Jews is to take place during the vials
ib. Argument to show that though the conversion of the Jews will
begin before their restoration, it will not be completed till after that event-nor until the second advent of our Lord, at the close of the vials
337 Passage cited from Joel in confirmation of the above conclusions 338 General inferences from what has been said....
339 During the remaining period of the vials, the conversion of the
Jews will proceed with accelerated velocity, and their restoration will be effected— The Roman empire will assume that shape which is to prepare it for the last confederacy; the elect 144,000 will be completed : Babylon will fall, and also the Ottoman empire, and the confederacy of nations will be assembled at Armageddon
ib. In this awful period the Word of Jehovah will be revealed from
heaven in flaming fire-the elect of God will be gathered to the marriage-supper of the Lamb, and the final judgments will be let loose
340 Several passages cited from the Scriptures, which are descriptive of the closing period of the vials
ib. 1st, Rev. xiv. 19, 20,—Remarks on this passage
341 2nd, Jeremiah xxv. 15, 16. and 27-38
ib. 3rd, Isaiah xxxiv. 1-8
343 Remarks on the awful description contained in this prophecy. 344 4th, Dan. ii. 34, 35--Observations on this passage
345 General inferences, deduced from the whole of the foregoing
passages, respecting the nature of the events which are ap
proaching The righteous shall be saved in this awful period
347 Observations on the prospects of our own highly favoured nation ib. Remarks on the harmony between the foregoing conclusions, and the past analogies of the Divine administration.
350 The second causes by which the approaching desolations are pro
bably to be effected, have long been in active operation..... 351 Remarks on the progress of unsanctified knowledge...... 352 Bishop Horsley's remarks on the 46th Psalm, quoted in confirmation of the foregoing reasoning
ib. Observations on the near approach of the day of the Lord .. 353
CHAPTER XIX. PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRESENT STATE OF THE WORLD
IN CONNECTION WITC PROPHECY. Remarks on the extraordinary aspect of the present times ...... 355 The events of the period in which we live, call on us to sit loose to temporal things...
ib. There is now no safety, either for individuals or communities,
but in repentance and faith in the Son of God. ..... ...... 956 To this highly favoured country, the voice of these divine judgments is still the voice of mercy......
357 The nature of the repentance required by Christianity
958 Concluding observations