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his kingdom and his glory; I mean, the thief on the cross, Luke xxiii. 41, 42.; But when the hour and the power of Popish darkness comes, one furviving witness there shall not be, Rey. xi. 73–10.

The boast, however, of bloody Babel, though loud, fhall not be long. Down shall her trophies instantaneously tumble. Her destruction is determined by a decree, more irreversible than the laws of the Medes and Persians. That decree is gone forth; it is written before Him who is of one mind; and, in his wonder-working providence, shall one day be put in execution. The man of sin fhall come to his end, and none shall help him. Rome, rejoicing over the buried truth, and the butchered witnefses; hugging herself with the thought that she shall be no more tormented with their Testimony; lo! her sun shall go down at noon.

Seated high in the temple, drunken with the blood of the saints, carousing over her idolatrous cups, and dreaming of nothing but uncontrouled power, and uninterrupted prosperity, in that very hour, the fearful hand-writing shall appear, as on the opposite wall, God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it, Dan. v. 25. It shall not be sooner said than done. Her kingdom shall be divided : the kingdom and dominion under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, and with Christ shall they live and reign for many generations, Dan. vii. 27. Rev. xx. 4.

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In describing the number of the beast, 666, from the words LATEINOS and ROMIITH, I am afraid I will not be understood by the unlearned Reader, in such a manner, as I could wish. The truth is, the Letters in these two words being all numeral, as every letter among the Greeks and the Hebrews is, the number in either word amounts precisely to 666.: so the name DAVID, according to the Roman reckoning, makes 1006.; DANIEL, 551.; and MELCHISE DE C, 1751.

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In the whole of the work, such as it is, I have used great plainness of speech. I have not intentionally wrested scripture to support any hypothesis of mine. If, in any instances, it appear that it has been inisapplied, I hope the candid Reader will attribute the mistake, not to wickedness, but to weakness. I have not the vanity to think but I may be mistaken in my views respecting fome things: humanum est errare.

I do not consider my sentiments as a test of orthodoxy, or as a term of Christian communion. This, however, I can honestly say, that not one sentiment was intended to impofe on the weak or the unwary.

I have no party-interest to serve: The cause of truth neither needs, nor can be supported by falsehood. Truth, truth is the pearl of which we should ever be in quest; and though found as on a dunghil, it lhould be more precious to us than

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the golden wedge of Ophir. The great question should be, not what says this man, or that man; this party, or that party; But, What is truth? It is recorded to Levi's immortal honour, that he acknowledged not his brethren, Deut. xxxiii.

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The truth and the peace we are to seek; the latter as founded on the former : the one, the solid basis; the other, the beautiful superstructure.

In publishing what I take for truth, it has been my care not to irritate the passions of men, to their own and the truth's prejudice. The archangel, when contending with the devil, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, Jude verse

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and much less should men or ministers, when contending with one another. The wrath of man never did, never can, work the righteousness of God. Our ftrange fire may devour ourselves; but one unhallowed fpark of it, God will not suffer to come nigh his altar. To bite and to devour one another, Gal. v. 15. indicates much of the canine, but nothing of the Christian, temper. It is like lions, wolves, and dogs, not like brethren. What Christ said to his servants in the days of his flesh, is too too applicable to us ftill: Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of, Luke ix. 55.

Generally we no sooner enter the field of controversy, than we dip our pen in gall; and the contest which began concerning truth, foon degeDerates into a war for victory: Having begun in the Spirit, we end in the flesh. And often, it is apparent, that we are more eager to blacken one another, than to illustrate the truth, and make her triumph.

In what instances, or to what degree, I have deviated from the truth, and the temper, of the meek and lowly Jesus, the public will determine.—Mean while, I am not conscious of having caft fire inte the sanctuary, Pfal. lxxiv. 7.

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The Lord himself arise and cleanse it. May he sit as a refiner, and purify the Sons of Levi, that they may offer unto him an offering in righteoufness, Mal. jii. 3. May Zion's watchmen see eye to eye, and be no more as Babel-builders, Ifa. Jii. 8. May the people be of a pure language, that they may all call on the name of the Lord, to serve him with one confent, Zeph. iii. 2. May he in mercy accept of this mite, devoted to his service; render it subfervient to the interest of true religion, strengthening to many, and occasion of stumbling to none. With these views, I would now humbly lay it at his feet; conscious that I am not worthy to be called by, much less to minister in, his name, as being less than the least of all faints.

THOMAS BELL.

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