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with propriety, be applied to no other nation but GREAT BRITAIN. It was BRITAIN that gave to the world a Wiclife, that great and unwcaried reformer and opposer of the church of Rome. It was through the labours and doctrines of this great and good man, the Gospel of Christ was rescued from Papal superstition, and settled in England, Bohemia, and other parts of Germany. It was GRAT BRITAIN where the reformed religion became firft established, as the national religion. It has been GREAT BRITAIN which has been its chief pillar and fupport, by aiding, on many occasions, the reformed churches, against the bloody persecutions of the church of Rome. It is GREAT BRITAIN 7that has made the firmeft and noblest stand against the poisonous inundations of French atheism and, in'a good degree, under the mereiful providence of God, stopped the rapidity of its progress over the'world. And, moreover, there is reason to hope, upon a comparison with the state of other nations, that, in GREAT BRITAIN, &ilthe commandments of God” are better to kept," and "the teftimony of Jesus better observed, than in any other country whatever. The dragon, then, being the type of FRANCE, and the remnant 46. of the feed of the church," GRÉAT BRITAIN, how completely do the facts, of which we have been, as it were, spectators, verify the prophecy? We have Teen France declaring war against all the powers in Europe, within her reach." She has attacked GREAT "Britain, and carried destruction and conqueit into the Netherlands, Holland, Germany, Switzerļand, over the Alps into the heart of Italy, and over the Pyrennees into Spain and Portugal; subjugating a great part of them to her power, or granting to them peace, on terms inconsistent with their interests, their safety, and their honour; that she may, at her pleasure, hereafter, reduce them, with her amazing acquisition of strength, to her absolute tyranny. And

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this, it is evident, she has artfully done, that the might bend her whole force against GREAT BRITAIN alone. This she has also done, according to the text, “ in great wrath," if we may, give credit to the evidence of her own declarations and actions. In her great rage and fury she has denounced vengeance and utter destruction to GREAT BRITAIN, for the virtuous and powerful opposition made to her atheistical blasphemy, and anarchy, and their all-deftructive consequences. Her raving and wrathful denunciations have been in the language of the Romans, when resolved upon the annihilation of Carthage, ber rival in power: “ Delenda eft Carthago" was their language, and it has often been repeated in her supreme councils; meaning, that GREAT BRITain shall fall, and the name of it be erased from the church of the world for ever. In direct pursuance of these menaces, and to ensure that success, which would gratify, her unprovoked malice and ambition, she had no sooner made peace with Germany, than, by her secret intrigues, she drew into her-plan that powerful madman Paul, the emperor of Russia, and the kings of Sweden, Denmark, and Prussia, all ineditating the destruction of this happy island: and she is, at this moment, while I am relating the fact, drawing her armies to the sea.coast, determined to execute her wicked design. But, merciful God, “who is, and who was, and who is

to come, the Almighty *," the wisdom of this world is foolishness with thee: thou takest the wife in their own craftinessifs, and, by one small stroke of thy omnipotence, in the death of the Emperor of Rusia,..“ thou hast turned their councils. ipto “ foolishness," compelled them to recede from the powerful confederacy, and to leave the dragon alone to go “ to war with the remnant of the feed of thy

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« church.” Thou hast hitherto supported that remnant in this great contest, for the preservation of thy holy word, froin apostate and atheistical darkness. Thou haft often delivered them when they thought there was none to deliver; in many instances haft enabled them to defeat the wicked designs, and to triumph over this wrathful enemy: and haft now, through the wisdom of their councils, prepared them to meet him without fear or dismay. O, forfake them not; but continue to direct their councils by thy wisdom, to give strength to their arms by thy power, to lead them in the day of battle, that they may ascribe the victory to thee ALONE, and give TO THEE ALL THE GLORY. And, above all, may they'. be deeply impressed with a sense of thy infinite power, goodness, and mercy, sincerely repent of their fins, “ keep thy holy commandments, and hold fast: " the testimony of Jesus” in spirit and in truth; for in that case, thou hast promised that thou wilt « abundantly pardon," wilt " never leave them, " nor forsake them ;" and thy word is “yea, and amen, for ever*."

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: THIRTEENTH CHAPTER OF THE REVELATION.:) On the Beast of the Earth,or the particular Hiftory,

of the Beast of the bottomless' Pit.""; AND I stood upon the sand of a bear, and his mouth as; of the fea, and saw a beast rise the mouth of a lion : and; the up out of the sea, having seven dragon gave him his power heads and ten horns, and up- and his seat and great auon his horns ten crowns, and thority. : upon his heads the name of .3 And I saw one of his blasphemy.

heads as it were wounded toi 2 And the beast which I death; and his deadly wound, saw was like unto a leopard, was healed: and all the world, and his feet were as the feet wondered after the beast.

. :* This was written before the preliminaries of peace.

4. And they worshipped before him, and causeth the the dragon'which gave power : earth and them which dwell unto the beast : and they therein to worship the first worshipped the beast, saying, beast, whose deadly wound Who is like unto the beast, was healed.. . od who is able to make war with 13 And he doeth great him?

wonders, fo that he maketh ; 5 And there was given un- fire come down from heaven to him a mouth speaking great on the earth in the hght of things and blafphenties; and men; power was givéri unto him to 14 And deceiveth them continuefortyandtwo months. that dwell on the earth by

61 And he opened his'. the means of those miracles mouth in blasphemy against which he had power to do in God, to blafpheme his name, the hight of the beast, faying and his tabernacle, and them to them that dwell on the that dwell in heaven. earth, that they should make

And it was given unto an image of the beast, which him to make war with the had the wound by a sword, faints, and to overcome them; and did live. E * and power was given him over 15 And he had power-tó" all kindreds, and tongues, and give life unto the image of

nations.vii i .. the beast, that the image of : 8 And all that dwell upon the beast should both fpeakı.

the earth fhall worship him, and cause that as many as whose names are not written would not worship the image in the book of life of the of the beast should be killed. Lamb sain from the founda- 16 And he caused all, both tion of the world. 4. t. qui fmall and great, rich and

9 If any man have an poor, free and bond, to reedr, let him hear. " ceive a mark in their right

10 He that leadeth into hand, or in their foreheads; captivity thall go into capti- 17 And that'no nume miglit. vity: he that killeth with the buy or sell, save he that hadsword, niuft be killed with the the mark or the name of the fword. Here is the patience beaft, orthe number of his and the faith of the saints. , namne. ' * * * *

11 And I beheld another ! 18 Here is wisdom. Let beast coming up out of the hiin that hath understanding earth; and he had two horns count the number of the like a tumb, and be- fpake as beast ; for it is the number a dragon. ," . it of a man; and his number · +2 And he exerciseth alis-fig-hundred threefeere and the power of the firft least fix. : des d'on WE

WE have seen that the prophet, in the two last chapters, has only traced out the great lines of the history of the western part of the church, and of its two great enemies, the Pope and the revolutionary, republic of France, and briefly introduced their characters into his general history. He has not descended to a particular detail of their actions and conduct, nor to the particular measures by which the former was to stread the holy city under foot “ 1260 years;"' nor by which the latter was to “ KILL " the two witnesses of God, during the space of. “three years and an half;": and therefore we shall find that he proceeds in this chapter, in 'strict chronological order, to the particular meafures and circumstances of their conduct. i. s roses

He begins with those of the church of Rome, under the figure of "a beast rising out of the sea;" and employs the first ten verses in foretelling and describing the beast which he saw rise up, and whence The: derived her power*: the obedience and adoration which men should pay to her afe; her idolatry, her blasphemy, 'her dreadful and extensive persecutions of the word of God in the church of Chrift|l, the duration of her power, and depression of the church, her captivity and fall **. Here we have a complete history of the weftern church, fo far as The was concerned with and oppressed by the church of Rome. Upon this part of her history I shall not, however, enlarge, because many of the figns are predictive of events which have been fulfilled, in ages paft; and my design is, to confine my remarks as much as possible to those which relate, as I have already in-.

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