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it shall come to pass that be that is left in Zia on, and be that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called boly, every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem. When the Lord shall have washed away
the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof, by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning."*
“ And every Island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell
Isai, iv. 1. I consider the design of the prophet's words in the first verse, to be a strong intimation of the destruction of the human species, and of the scarcity of men at this time, occasioned by the preceding wars and plagues; and that it is here expressed agreeably to the ideas and customs of the jews, and of their law then subsisting, is naturally to be expected. It would have been very awkward had it been otherwise. But that the prophecy relates not to the BABYLONISH captivity but the BOMAN, and to the time of its termination and of the restoration of Israel, is evident from the words themselves.
The BRANCH is one of the appropriate names of Christ. (Zech. iii, 8; vi. 12.) The time of his glorious kingdom and chief beauty is yet future ;--and “the escaped of Israel” are one day here promised a portion therein.-Their zeal and penitence, and the purity and holiness of this period that is to ensue, upon the fall of their great enemy, is the subject of many correspondo ing prophecies. See Sect. v.
upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent, and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”—The disappearance of the islands and mountains in the late papal empire, may signify the abolition of the great church dignities, or lesser popedoms, in that corrupt communion; and together with the continued dissolution of the monasteries and convents, and the whole system of monkery, answer to verse 21, of the nineteenth chapter, where it is said “ all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” The same is also intimated by the prophet Zechariah (xiv. 12).-—" And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord shall smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem"-(the emblem of the true church of Christ). “ Their flesh* shall consume away while they stand upon their feet ;--and their eyest shall consume away in their holes,
* The spoils of the church, obtained by pious frauds, and pow seized by licenced robberies.
7 Eyes allude to the EPISCOPAL PRINCIPALITIES and DIGNITIES. (See Sect. xxii. p. 93, and Sect. xxxii.) VOL. II.
--and their tongue* shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord? (sent as a scourge of God,)“shall be among them, and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.” In Isaiah xix. 2, there is a prophecy of civil dissention, “ city against city, and kingdom against kingdom,” to be sent in judgment upon the MYSTICAL EGYPT, which inay perhaps synchronize with this time, These calamities may be the meaning of the “great hail” which fell upon them out of heaven, which intimates that it shall be some very flictive calamity,t and shall grow up out of the church, or popish system itself. But the effect it produces, in not leading them to reflection and repentance, but rousing their languid zeal to greater vigour in the repetition of their idolatrous blasphemies, is a proof how deep the papal cancer must have struck its roots, since they are still not to be drawn out even after the head and principal limbs have been destroyed.
* The TONGUR expresses their fulminating excommunications and bulls, now falling into contempt, and the decline of the LATIN TONGUE, used in their church service, which was one remarkable characteristic of the ROMAN BEAST, The HEAD
CHURCH being now no more, and the sinews of its strength cut asunder, its decay will be rapid, while apparently it still stands upon its feet.”
+ Hail is the common prophetic emblem of popular commotions, and the uncommon size of this, and great the torment and destruction they suffer from it, express the severity of that cufferings by these multiplied and successive judgments of almost every description.—“They shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry : and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king, and their God, and look upward," -(to idols, but not to Jesus Christ himself). Isai, viii. 21. “ DIODORUS speaketh of hailstones which weighed a pound and more; PHILOSTORGIUS mentions hail that weighed eight pounds; but these are about the weight of a talent, or about an hundred pounds, a strong fi. gure to denote the greatness and severity of these judgments.”
The church of Rome clearly pointed out by St John
as the object of the foregoing prophecies.-Exhibited as an adulteress, sorceress, and mur. deress.-Wonderful coincidence of existing facts with this description.—Hymns to Mahuzzim.St John's hierogiyphic explained by circumstances of locality which the catholic writers themselves, admit.
AFTER this account of the pouring out of the seven vials of the wrath of God, upon the kingdom of the antichristian tyrant, by the effect of which (in several successive stages of decline and fall,) its entire ruin and extirpation is to be accomplished; the prophet proceeds in chap. xvii. to give a complete view, in the same figurative stile, of the apostate church, supposed to be taken when she was at the utmost height of her imperious domin