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Time in which Gog appears.
The duration of the Millennium is limited to a thousand years, fix several times, in the 20th chapter of the Revelation, which induces me to consider it as a definite number. Again, l-understand the number in its plain literal meaning; for though there are obvious reasons for concealing by mystic numbers, a long period of calamity, such as that in which Antichrist reigns, these cannot apply to a period of confolation, such as the Millennium is represented to be. The length of the period rather increases, than diminithes the confolation promised. Further, as the period is measured by years only, not by months or days, I take the number to signify so many civil, not prophetic years. So the Millennium will end A. D. 13072. Afort time after the close of the Millennium, Gog appears. The exact year I pretend not to determine. At the end of the Millennium, to Satan is loosed out of his “ prison, and goes out to deceive the nations," Rev. xx. 7, 8. But fome years will be neceffary to give fucccfs to his delusions, and after his artifice has fucceeded, fome years more will be necessary to collect forces from the four quarters of the earth," to invade the Church.
After the destruction of Gog and his army, no event of importance occurs, till the last judgment. The whole period that elapses, from the end of the Millennium to the day of judgment, is expressly called “ a little feafon," (Rev. xx. But it may be so called absolutely, as including only a few years ; or comparatively with the period that preceded it, and so may include a f-w centuries. Thus the seventh head of the beast is said to continue “a fhort space,” (Rev. xvii. 10.) that 'is, compared with the fixth head, though' It continued near two centuries.
But the exact number of years that 'interven. ed, either betwixt the end of the Millennium and the day of judgment, or betwixt the de. structioa of Gog and the day of judgment, I know not; and no number has occurred to me, i in the prophecies, by which to discover it! with satisfying conviction. that God has been pleased to conceal the length of this last period, to keep the Church watchful,
It would appear
(1) We are told, Ezek. xxxix. 12, and 14. that the people of Israel were “seven months" burying the bones of Gog's army. I have no doubt but the person mentioned by the prophet, is the fame introduced by the apostle at the close of the Millennium ; and it is obvious, that burying the bones must be taken in a spiritual, not a literal sense. Perhaps, therefore, the seven months
looking for the appearance of the Judge ; and that having given so many demonstrations of his second coming, by the completion of prophecy in the ages that preceded, he will give no more till the last trumpet sounds.
may measure, in mystic numbers, the period that elapses betwixt the destruction of Gog and the day of judgment, making 2 10 prophetic years. However, candour obliges me to acknowledge that the conjecture is considerably weakened by what is said verse 9. of the fame chapter, that they were seven years burning the armour of Gog's multitude.
The present State of the World and the Church de
fcribed in the Prophecies.
EFORE I proceed to future events, it may
not be improper to state the view given in the prophecies of this period in which we live. Such a view is necessary to trace the progress of events, by shewing the links which, in the chain of Providence, connect the present with future times. Besides, if the view given of the Church and the World agrees with their state and condition in our times, this coincidence affords the strongest evidence that the prophecies which regard future times, shall be likewise accomplished in their season.
events, of men.
We are now in the year 1038 considerably advanced, in the period of 1260 years, allotted to the reign of Antichrift. Now, the remarkable circumstances of this period are the following:
The Ottoman Empire.
The plague of the fixth trumpet coincides with the latter part of this period, and continues to the conclusion of it, Rev. ix. 13.-21. “ And “ the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice « from the four horns of the golden altar which 6 is before God, saying to the sixth angel which “ had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which 66 are bound in the great river Euphrates. And “the four angels were loosed, which were pre“pared for a hour, and a day, and a month, " and a year, for to slay the third part " And the number of the army of the horsemen