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punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquities; the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her dead.

In that day, the Lord, with his sore and great and strong sword, shall punish Leviathan, the piercing serpent, even Leviathan, that crooked serpent, and shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.' The judgment spoken of in this book fell on the beast, or fallen Israel, in the day of her judgment; and is the same that John referred to, when the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea.

He says, the sea became as the blood of a dead man. Remember this sea was composed of many waters; and the angel informs us that the many waters where the whore sat, were 'multitudes and people, which contained all the dragon' part of Israel, which had received the mark of the beast.

John speaks of the same punishment as Isaiah. ‘And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities: Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double

according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.' This was the woman that sat upon many waters. The angel informed John that the woman was that great city which ruled over the nations of the earth; and that great city was Jerusalem, drunk with the blood of the saints,



Daniel, speaking of the time we have been speaking of in the last chapter, says, And at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one


that is written in the book. Chap. xii. 1. These were the elect from the twelve tribes, which God's peculiar people, who had their names written in the walls of new Jerusalem, which John saw coming down out of heaven. Rev. xxi : 2. Ezekiel speaks of the same city.

These did not receive the mark of the beast, but obtained the victory by the blood of the Lainb, and the word of his testimony. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire. And them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on a sea of glass, having the harps of God; and they sing the song of Moses and the Lamb; saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty : just and true are thy ways, thou king of saints.' Rev. xv: 2, 3. These were those who had not commited adultery with the whore of Babylon, and by so doing avoided the mark of the beast. These are represented by the five wise virgins, who had oil in their lamps, and went in to the wedding: Matt. xxv : 1.

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his fore

head, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation ; shall be tormented with fire and brimstone, in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence

of the Lamb ; and the smoke of their torment ascendeth forever, and ever; and they have no rest day nor night who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.' Rev. xiv : 9–11. These were the same persons as those foolish virgins, who had no oil in their lamps ; and it will be observed they were punished in time when there were day and night succeeding each other, which could not be in a future state ; for that state does not admit of any such revolutions. There cannot be the shadow of a doubt, that in this the same time is referred to as we have described in the last chapter.

This will appear evident, when it is remembered, that there were seven vials poured out upon the land, which corresponds with the seven years in which Jerusalem was beşeiged, and its inhabitants tormented with all sorts of torments; which waxed worse, year by year. This was the judgment written in the books of the law and

the prophets concerning Judea and Jerusalem, and described by John. “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven flew away : and there was found no place for them.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life ; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Rev. xx: 11, 12. As we have before said, these books were the two covenants.

This is further confirmed by the following. And I saw te beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth, and the fowls of heaven were filled with their flesh.' Rev. xix: 19-21.

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