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the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, to explude the shell of rock that covers it, and lay open a LAKE OF FIRE to the astonished eye of the beholder. *

I conceive then, that while the conduct of the distant war, perhaps in the Holy Land itself,+ is intrusted by the IMPERIAL DRAGON to his generals, as being easy to be decided in one battle, by immense superiority of numbers and instruments of destruction, against powers insignificant and ill prepared for such an encounter ; the two principals remain in the ancient capital of the world, in deep consultation for further mischief, and to concert together the spiritual and military operations of the war against the rising church of Christ. And thus taken in their own trap, as the rebellious jews were in Jerusalem, one fatal day terminates their reign and lives together, by the entire destruction of their armies in the field of battle, through the visible power

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God, and by precipitating them both, with their principal partisans in attendance at that time, alive into the fiery gulph of an immense crater, which suddenly opens underneath this second Sodom. *

* This conjecture gives some (I will not say the best) account of the DRAGON and FALSE PROPHET being taken in their own net, and in what manner they will go back and fall and be broken-and snared-and taken, which is intimated in several prophecies; and by what means they can be cast alive into a LARE of Fire burning with brimstone, and how a lake of that unusual kind can be provided. It also accounts for the burning of Babylon by no ordinary event of a military capture, but by the strong hand of the Lord God which judgeth her; (Rev. xviii. 8,) and for the rising up of her smoke for ever and ever ; and for this being done in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb, (Rev. xiv. 10,) or in public sight of the true church of Christ; and for their being called to be spectators of a calamity of such unparalelled horror. (Isa. lxvi. 24.)

This conjecture also seems to account for many things spoken in the ancient prophets of ancient Babylon, and applied by St John to the mystic Babylon, or Rome.." Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and fa. mine;" (Rev. xviii. 8,) and that " in one hour shall her judgment come;" (xviii. 10,) and for the singular mode of her submersion and disappearing out of sight,-"A mighty angel took

up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, thusWITH VIOLENCE shall that great city BaBrion be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all."

To this unsuccessful and final attempt of the apostate powers against the pure church of Christ, and particularly to the horrible event of it to the wicked agents engaged in it, the prophetic psalmist alludes in several places ;—in the ninth psalm very particularly. “The Lord is known by the judgment which be executetb: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands, The WICKED shall be turned into Hell, and all the nations that FORGET GOD," or apostatise from him to idolatry. In psalm cxi. 8, he alludes to his evil machinations against ree ligion, and the divine retribution of them.--" Let not his mischievous imagination prosper, lest they be too proud. Let hot burning coals fall upon them :'-(alluding to the vials of wrath :)" let them be cast into the fire, and into the pit, that they never rise up again.” See Sect. x. p. 269, and Sect. xv. p. 391, &c,

SECTION XXV.

The consequences of the seventh vial. The mystery

of God is finished. The remaining strength of the apostacy wasted by intestine division and civil wars, which depopulate the papal kingdoms.Suppression of the popish church dignities and authorities.-Great inveteracy of that superstition, which even these terrible and long continued judgments cannot easily subdue.

By the dreadful catastrophe that befals the combined multitudes in the VALLEY OF DECISION, where God sits as judge himself in the day of recompences, and by the still more tremendous judgment, which at the same time in another quarter overwhelms the two principals, and the capital city in a fiery destruction, there is a decisive blow given to the apostacy; and the Two Witnesses are now by a great voice called up to heaven, and pure and true religion is in general securely estaba lished. *

« And the remnant”-(of the apostates) were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” The consequence of this result of such a contest, decided in so undeniable a manner by the arm and interposition of God,

In Sect. xix. I have observed that St John sums up the hisa tory of the martyrs, (which suffered from the persecuting fanati. . cism of an idolatrous and apostate religion, in both the eastern and western churches,) in the eleventb chapter ; and this brief epitome of the whole Revelation is placed there where the hise tory of the eastern church ends, and that of the western (under the rule of the Pope) commences; and its several parts are af. terwards unfolded in the following visions, in which the suffer. ings, and death, and resurrection of the witnesses make a principal part. The rise, tyranny, and fall of the beast being of interest no otherwise than as the history of the true church and faithful servants of Christ is involved in it.

The EARTHQUAKE with which the history of the witnesses concludes, (Rev. xi. 13,) is the same as that in chap. xvi. 18, where the effects and consequences of it, (in the happy restoration of the true church, and the fall and ruin of the apostacy,) are represented more at large; the seventh trumpet (x. 7) and the seventh vial, (xvi. 17,) by which “ the mystery of God was

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