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tion of the civil power wielded by the papacy, was consummated in 1809, is not this the probable terminus of the 1290 days of Dan. xii: 11?
Believing this to be the truth, we look for the coming of our Lord in forty-five years from that point of time. The present year, we hope and trust, is the glorious year of release to the people of God.
v. 18. “And the woman is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Rome is here specifically pointed out, for she is the only city that in modern times has ruled over the kings of the earth ; and there is not a nation within the range of christendom, but at some time or other has felt the influence of her iron sceptre. Now, then, let the harlot vaunt herself; let her exclaim, “I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow;" let her boast of her anticipated supremacy of the world ; let her breathe forth her anathemas against the Church of Christ ; let her popes and cardinals, her bishops and priests, revel in the Vatican, and dream of pleasures to come, yet shall her plagues come in one day, for “the ten horns and the beast” (Newcomb's translation) " shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate, and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” This is the word of the Lord. It will not fail. Says the Lord, “it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." And is not the language of Isaiah applicable to the same thing ?
6 Woe unto thee that spoilest, and thou was not spoiled ; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously, with thee! When thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt
be spoiled ; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee,” (Is. xxxiii : 1).
“Who can avoid feeling rapture in the prophetical contemplation, that the period is rapidly approaching when“ Babylon the Great,” that vast habitation of devils, the hold of every foul spirit, and a “cage of every unclean and hateful bird ;” the seven-hilled metropolis of corruption shall disappear from the world forever; not like the inquisition near Madrid, amid a blaze of gunpowder, but as a millstone cast from the height of heaven into the depth of the ocean, to be "found no more at all;" amid heaven's thundering hallelujahs, and earth's universal responsive and adoring acclamations.
“Therefore let us not attempt-by hypocritical and anti-christian sensibilities to sympathize with that popery which is one entire mass of Satanic depravity! When we oppose the Romish pestilential apostacy, we only contend against a hell-born contrivance which is blasphemy towards God and a curse to the human family; and which, having arrogated the divine titles and supremacy, tyrannizes over the bodies and souls, and brutalizes all the faculties of man. * * * * “How enrapturing the thought, that ere long, neither the Russian with his knout, shall trammel man within his superstitious absurdities; nor shall a Turk with his bastinado, bow him to profess the delusions of Mohammed's apostacy; nor shall a Spanish inquisitor, while he racks life from the heart, extort blasphemy from the mouth! Their arms shall be withered forever; and the great multitude shall all combine in the extatic chorus, “ Alleluia · for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth."'*
The great object in writing the foregoing work, has been to bring out the entire argument, not only on some leading events of prophecy, but also on the time of their fulfilment. In a good degree, we believe, this has been accomplished. Many of the facts have been previously published; but in order to present the argument entire in a single volume, and elucidate certain points which had appeared somewhat intricate, and thus present to the world our views in relation to this momentous subject, it was deemed advisable to rewrite a portion of what had been previously published, and to make such additions as farther developments from Scripture and history required. We believe the position taken is fully sustained by Biblical, historical, and chronological testimony. And, if we have been the humble instrumentality in the hand of God of feeding the Church with that food which the Scripture terms “meat in due season,” and of casting light upon the pathway of the weary pilgrim, we can but rejoice, thank God, and take courage.
The subject upon which we have treated is of the most thrilling character; and while we contemplate the awful grandeur of that scene when the “ elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works which are therein shall be burned up,” we feel the assurance within that all is well. This is indeed a heart-cheering and soulreviving subject. Jesus will come; yea, the same Jesus that walked and talked with his lonely disciples while on their way to Emmaus; and as the hearts of those two disconsolate and desponding disciples burned with in them while he opened to them the Scriptures, in like manner will the hearts of his people, though disappointed once again, soon leap for joy;
Here is the central point of all our thoughts, and desires, and hopes ; from which we derive solid peace and unbounded joy. It has been the favorite theme of the Church in every age. If we glance at the records of the past, we find an Enoch, who prophesied, “ behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints;” an Abraham, who not only commanded his children after him, but who sought for a city having foundations, whose architectural dimensions are marked by the hand of God; a Job, who proclaimed his faith thus: “I know that my Redeemer liveth ; and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth ;' a David, who declared, “The mighty God, even the Lord hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, nd it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He