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doctrines popish zeal was capable of advancing, and what practices the cause of holy church could justify: the most candid of their apologists being found, on almost all the points in controversy, in direct opposition to the apostles, and having as little scruple, when their hand was in, to contradict their Master SECTION XXIII.
The sixth vial makes preparation for the RESTORA
TION of THE JEWS, by the fall of the TURKISH EMPIRE, and in its consequences becomes a plague of the PAPAL APOSTACY---The state of the world at this period a general subjection to an universal tyranny.* -The head of the apostacy (ejected from royal and independent sovereignty by the effect of the fifth plague) is stiled from henceforth THE FALSE PROPHET.--An hopeful scheme set on foot against the church of the witnesses ostensibly, but against christianity itself in design.
“ AND the sixth angel poured out his vial
great river Euphrates ; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared." Late events have enabled us to give a better account of the five preceding vials, than we can as yet do of what follows in this vision. It will be clearly understood by the event, in no long time hence, who these figurative KINGS of THE EAST really are; and what the mystical RIVER EUPHRATEs is, which at present opposes an insurmountable obstacle to their
* I am very desirous of reserving one exception to the universality of this new empire.
passage. For God will once again “finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness ; because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth,” when the time of ISRAEL'S REDEMPTION draweth nigh.
The holy land is the lot of their inheritance. They were ejected out of it for their sins and unbelief, yet not without many infallible promises of a return, the glory and happiness of which should exceed even the sorrows of their departure. “ The sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in
my favour bave I bad mercy on thee. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the gentiles, and shalt suck the breasts of kings, and thou shalt know that I Jehovah am thy Saviour, and thy
Redeemer. the. Mighty. One of Jacob.* For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and fur wood brass, and for stones iron. And I will also make thine offi, cers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. (Isa, lx. 10, &c.) “The PRINCES of the people are gathered togetber," says the psalmist, t " even the people of the God of Abraham." And again,“ When he shall have scattered the people that delight in war, then, shall the PRINCES. come out of Egypt."I With such promises, this highly favored nation, now made “ KINGS and PRIESTS unto God," and become the glory of the earth, may well deserye the prophetic designation of “ the KINGS OF THE EAȘt:" and the more especially so, as it is in all their prophecies intimated that the destrůction of popery is to precede, and make way for the events which are to lead back the jews to the Holy Land, and that their visitation will come in the time of a tres mendous political hurricane. *
* If there could be any just room to doubt that these pass. ages in the prophets, so numerous and so express, do apply to the RESTORATION OF THE JEWS, and not to the exaltation of the christian church only; the remark always accompanying them," thou shalt then know that I Jehovah am thy Saviour," would be alone sufficient to direct us to that application, as the Jews alone do still doubt of this, and will have that doubt removed only by this very means. + Psalm xlvii. 9.
| Psalm lxvii. 31.
We see here that the preparation for this great event becomes one of the plagues of the BEAST, but in what manner time alone can with certainty unfold. That the delusion sent upon popery and its advocates is strong, we have evidence in facts, as well as proofs of holy writ. And that they will be again ready (if restored to their former state of church supremacy and spiritual tyranny over the conquered world,) to make a holy war or crusade of every thing that offers itself as a necessary means of upholding the HbŁY ROMAN CHURCH AND EMPIRE, we cannot doubt, let it be aś wicked as it may, or how: ever clearly it may be opposed by God's word, or even by SIGNS AND WONDERS vouchsafed on such an occasion. The man
See Section vi,