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• postles and prophets, for God hath avenged “ you on her," Rev. xviii. 20. She readily obeys the divine mandate : 6 After these things “ I heard a great voice of much people in hea
ven, saying, Alleluia : Salvation, and glory, “ and honour, and power, unto the Lord our “ God : for true and righteous are his judg. “ ments : for he hath judged the great whore, “ which did corrupt the earth with her forni“ cation, and hath avenged the blood of his fer“ vants at her hand. And again they said, Al“ leluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and “ ever. And the four and twenty elders, and 66 the four beasts, fell down and worshipped 6. God that fat on the throne, saying, Amen ; „ Alleluia,” Rev. xix, 1, 2, 3, 4.
This event shall prove the occasion, not only of joy, but likewise of increase to the church of Christ. Many chained to the surperstitions of Popery by strong prejudices, until that period, shall then be set free, being convinced by the word and providence of God. They shall hear with efficacy, “ A voice from heaven, saying, “ Come out of her, my people, that ye be not 6 partakers of her fins, and that ye receive not e of her plagues," Rev. xviii. 4. The gospel, which had a free course from the period that the seventh trumpet founded, shall now be preached with increasing zeal, and additional
success. “And there followed another angel, “ saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great “ city, because she made all nations drink of 66 the wine of the wrath of her fornication'." Rev. xiv. 8.
C H A P.
(1) Mede, Newton, and some others, suppose the voice of this angel to have been fulfilled by the Albigenses and Waldenses ; bat the arguments already advanced, p. 186. to refute their opinion respecting the preceding angel, will apply here. The voice of this angel is posterior to the former ; and therefore, after the founding of the seventh trumpet. Besides the repetition of this voice, chap. xviii. 2. clearly fixes the period to the fifth vial, of which that chapter is an enlarged explication.
Of the Events that take place from the Destruc
tion of Rome to the Battle of Armageddon, or Seventh Vial.
The Papal Power is erected in Judea.
IN order to trace the progress of events farI ther, a question must be resolved, which will readily occur here. Seeing Rome is destroyed, and rendered uninhabitable by the fifth vial, and the beast and false prophet are destroyed only by the seventh vial, Where shall the refidence of the beast be during the period that elapses betwixt the fifth and seventh vials ?
I answer, In the land of Judea, in the city of Jerusalem. I embrace this opinion, not from any preconceived prejudice, but upon the testimony of the truth. It never once entered into my mind, until a careful perusal of the prophecies first suggested, and then con. firmed it with convincing evidence. Because this circumstance is closely interwoven with the events that follow after, and that a knowledge of it is necessary to understand their connection, I shall briefly state the evidence on which it rests.
I. It appears to me to be asserted in the most explicit manner, by the prophet Daniel, chap. xi. 41. and 45. “ He shall enter also into the glori. " ous land.-And he shall plant the tabernacles " of his palace betwixt the seas in the glorious “ holy mountain.” The prophet having shewn in the 40th verse a successful attack made on the blafphemous king, by his European neighbours, (as I have already explained it), pursues the fequel of his story ; he shews, that in conse. quence of this attack, being forcibly expelled from his former residence, he (the blasphemous king) should enter the glorious land, or land of Judea, (so termed, ver. 16. of this chapter, and chap. viii. 9.) and that his entrance should not be for a transient visit, but for a stated residence in the city of Jerusalem, situated be. twixt the dead sea to the east, and the Mediterranean to the west ; “ He shall plant the taber6 nacles of his palace betwixt the seas in the “ glorious holy mountain.” I may appeal to every unprejudiced person, whether this be not
the most obvious, natural, and unconstrained meaning of the passage. But in regard a person of so great authority in interpreting scripture prophecy, as Joseph Mede, gives a different turn to this paffage, it will be necefsary to examine his opinion. He supposes the pronoun be, in the beginning of verse 41st, and downward, to refer to the king of the north, and not to the blafphemous king, which alters wholly the sense of the passage. It is true, that the king of the north is the person last spoken of in the preceding verse ; but it is likewise true, that the transition from one person to another in the prophecies is very sudden, and in no passage of the prophecies more so than in this chapter ; so that the strict rules of grammar, which require the pronoun to refer to the person last spoken of, in a discourse like the prophet's, is but a slender foundation to build on, without other corroborating circumstances. For instance, it is said, ver. 6. “ The king's daugh" ter of the south shall come to the king of the « north to make an agreement: but he thall “ not retain the power of the arm; neither Chall “ he stand, nor his arm.” Here the pronoun he, ought in strict propriety to refer to the king of the north, as the person last fpoken of ; but the following clause corrects that application, and shews that the king of the south is intend