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Respecting the effusion of the fourth and fifth vials. p. 46.
CONSISTENCY requires, that we should adapt the rise and tyranny and excision of the seventh head to the general current of apocalyptic prophecy. p. 46. I. In the series of the seven trumpets, the last of them, which
introduces the third great woe, comprehends the series of the seven vials. Hence, if the seventh trumpet has began to sound, the series of the seven vials
must have commenced. p. 47. 1. The effusion of the first vial.
48. 2. The effusion of the second vial.
p. 3. The effusion of the third vial.
p. 48. 4. These three vials comprehend and synchronize with the
allegorical harvest of God's wrath. p. 49. II. The fourth and fifth vials, which regularly succeed them,
synchronize with and graphically delineate the entire
reign of the short-lived seventh Roman head. p. 49. 1. The fourth vial describes the rise and military tyranny of
the Francic Emperorship. p. 50. (1.) A detail of the facts, which illustrate the accomplish
ment of the prophecy. p. 51. (2.) The chronological arrangement of the rise of the
seventh head. p. 53. 2. The fifth vial describes the decline and fall of the Francic
Emperorship. p. 54. (1.) A statement of the general ideas, which are conveyed
abstractedly and a priori by the terms of the pro
phecy itself. p. 55. . (2.) A detail of the facts, which illustrate the accomplish
ment of the prophecy. The fifth vial began to flow in the year 1808, when the decline of the Francic Emperorship commenced: and its stream was at its
height seven heads of the Roman beast which are now all extinct; so that at present the hieroglyphical monster, being headless, is in his predicted state of deatla or political non-existence. p. 67.
height in the summer of 1815, when the Francic Emperorship was mortally wounded by the sword.
III. A recapitulation of particulars, and an enumeration of the
Respecting the rise and fall of the eighth form of Roman
government. p. 70.
WHEN we have reached a certain point in a chronological prophecy; we are led, from the very necessity of the thing, to form a general idea of what is next to follow. Nor does this at all involve any presumptuous attempt to intrude into the office of a prophet, rather than to rest satisfied with the cha. racter of a mere interpreter. For, when it is foretold that such and such events are to happen; we must inevitably anticipate their naked occurrence, though we presume not to specify all the minute particulars of it. p. 70. I. Now we have seen, that the entire duration of the Roman
wild beast is divided into three successive periods : his existence, or the first term of his life ; his intermen diate non-existence, or the period during which he lies
and his reëxistence, or the second term of his life. Of these three periods, the first is past: and the second is now in actual lapse. Hence, without claiming to prophesy, we must needs anticipate the
future commencement of the third. p. 72. II. Froin such premises we are obliged to conclude (and our conclusion is, in fact, nothing more than the direct
assertion of the prophet himself), that, as the wild beast was slain by the violent excision of his seventh head, he must revive by the healing of the same more
tal wound which caused his death. p. 76. III. The naked fact of the wild beast's revival being thus ex
pressly foretold by St. John, we have next to inquire under WHICH of his seven heads he will revive.
1. On this point we can know nothing, beyond what pro
phecy has taught us. p. 77. 2. Yet, by a careful discussion of particulars, we may with
ut much difficulty arrive at the conclusion after
which we seek. p. 78. 3. This conclusion is, that, as the seventh head is the head
which was mortally wounded by the sword; that same seventh head is the head, which is destined to -be healed.
81. 4. But the sword-slain seventh head is the Francic Emperor
ship. Therefore the Francic Emperorship is destined to be revived. And this seventh head, when revived, will be that eighth form of Roman government; which, whensoever it shall appear, is to be one of the
preceding seven heads. p. 81. IV. To this conclusion we are equally brought by the excellent
principle of homogeneity. p. 81. 1. The healing of the deadly wound must be homogeneous
to its infliction. But the infliction of the deadly wound is the violent excision of the Francic Emperorship by the sword of war. Therefore the healing of the deadly wound must be the revival of the Francic Emperor:
ship. p. 82. 2. Such a conclusion is wholly independent of any individual
or individuals : so that it is quite uncertain, both at what time, and under what agent, the Francic Empe
rorship will be revived. p. 82. V. The present conclusion however is so important, that we cannot be too jealous in our admission of it. Hence
it will be useful to sum up the steps, by which we are
regularly conducted to it. p. 84. 1. The principle of the argument is : to take as a basis cer
tain positions, directly established by inspiration itself; and then to reason forward, by aid of the chronological prophecy, to the conclusion whither they
conduct us. p. 84. (1.) The first position is, that the apocalyptic seven-headed
wild beast is an hieroglyphic of the Roman Empire.
(2.) The second position is, that the sixth head of the Ro
man wild beast is the Emperorship of the Romans.
2. Now these two positions will lead to the following train of
conclusions. p. 86. (1.) The sixth head, which had begun to exist in the time
of St. John, and whose representative for the time being always bore the official title of Emperor of the Romans, fell, like its five predecessors, in the year
1806. p. 86. (2.) But, since the economy of nature requires that the
seventh head should arise, either shortly before, or in the
very article of, the fall of the sixth head; this seventh head, most definitely characterized, as being at once short-lived and destined to fall by the sword of foreign violence, must have been in existence before the expiration of the year 1806. Now to the seventh head, thus characterized both circumstantially and chronologically, the Francic Emperorship alone per. fectly corresponds. Therefore the Francic Emperor
ship must be the seventh head. p. 86. (3.) The excision of the seventh head produces the head
less or defunct state of the Roman Empire. This state we now behold with our own eyes : for, at pre
sent, the Roman Empire has plainly no head. p. 88. (4.) After this defunct state of the Roman Empire, the prophet arranges a period of its reëxistence, which
in the hieroglyphic is described by the revival of the slain wild beast, in consequence of the healing of his mortally wounded seventh head. But the mortally wounded seventh head is the Francic Emperorship. Therefore the Francic Emperorship will be revived : and, when revived, it will constitute that eighth form of Roman government, which is to be the same as one
of the preceding seven. p. 91. VI. Both the person by whom, and the time when, the Francic
Emperorship will be revived, is uncertain : but the latter is closely connected with the effusion of the
sixth vial. p. 92. 1. The effusion of the sixth vial is acknowledged by our best
commentators to describe the subversion of the Otto
man Empire. p. 92. 2. But, during the effusion of this yet future vial, we find the
now defunct and headless wild beast restored to life and in full action. Therefore his deadly wound must be healed, either shortly before, or shortly after, or at the precise time of, the commencement of the sixth
vial's effusion. p. 93. 3. Hence it is plain, that the downfall of the Ottoman Em
pire stands in close chronological connection with the revival of the now headless wild beast; which revival will be effected by the healing of his seventh head or
the Francic Emperorship. p. 94. 4. Amidst all the convulsions of Europe, which have followed
the French Revolution, the crazy Ottoman Empire has still continued to exist unchanged down to the
present hour. p. 94. 5. Yet we are told, on the authority of an experienced mili
tary officer, that Russia and Austria conjointly might overturn it in a single campaign, and that nothing preserves it save the powerful mediation of England.
VII. The future ascent of the revived wild beast from the abyss
is homogeneous to his past ascent from the sea : for the abyss and the sea are synonymous terms. p. 99.