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and the Hebrews descended from Shem. Rev. X, 9-11. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, give me the little book. And he said unto me, take it, and eat it up; and it shall be in thy belly bitier, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and eat it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey : and as soon as I had eaten it,my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.' This agrees very strikingly with Ezekiel xi, 1-3. Moreover, he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest : eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.' Any one who pays strict attention to the style of all the prophets, cannot fail to notice that John resembles Ezekiel more than any other of the old prophets. But John was commanded to prophesy before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. While Ezekiel, and all the old prophets, with the exception of Jonah, were commanded to prophesy to the house of Israel. Jonah was sent to prophesy to the people of Ninevah, merely to inform them that their city would be destroyed, that they might repent, humble themselves before God, and to avert the calamity. All the other prophets were sent to the house of Israel, and what they wrote chiefly concerned the house of Israel, or at least, it was to the house of Israel only, unto whom were 'committed the oracles of God.' When John wrote his prophesy, the Jewish dispensation was about to be closed, the spiritual reign of the Messiah was about to coinmence, un der the new and better covenant, where all should know the Lord from the least to the greatest, where all the types and shadows of heavenly things were to be done
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away. And John was the only one of the apostles who was commanded to write any prophesy to any people. I am aware that this will be denied, for it is believed that Paul wrote new prophecies in his epistles, concerning the resurrection, and the change of the living, then to take place. Paul, speaking of the resurrection in the 4th chapter of Ist Thess., speaks of the living being caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Upon this, Dr! Adam Clark says, 'He [Paul] makes a new discovery, that the last generation should not die at all, but be changed in a moment to immortals.' And when the apos
*For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord,' the Dr. understands him to mean, "This I have by express revelation, from the Lord.' But never, since the world was made, was a man more mistaken than the Dr. is in all this; for when the apostle says, 'For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord,' he alludes to the words of Christ to his disciples on the Mount of Olives, as I think I have abundantly shown in the course of this work.
This new prophesy before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings, is to us at the present day, as much as to any other people, and it is all important that we understand it, if by any means we can get any light
If we would search for the truth upon this important subject, we must not be too sensitive about applying such things to ourselves, as belong to us, and such as we deserve. We are naturally too much like the ancient Jews, who, when guilty of the greatest wickedness, teaching for hire, and divining for money, yet would they lean upon the Lord, and say, 'is not the Lord among us? 'none evil can
come upon us.' Revelation xiii, 1-10.“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and-upon his heads the
*' name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion; and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.--And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed : and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon, which gave power unto the beast : and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. , And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcoine thein : and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. Hethat-leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity; he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints,"
The protestants of our day, believe this beast to be the Roman Catholic system of religion, and the Catholics, by way of retort, charge it upon the protestants. As far as I am acquainted with the two systems, I see but little to choose between them. The spirit which reigns in both, may well be compared to a cruel, and blood-thirsty beast. I have no doubt, however, but it was the Papal Church which was intended by a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns. It seems to agree better with what we read in the 17th chapter where I think it is very certain the Romish church is intended. It also came up before the other beast with two horns, by
which last heast, I believe the protestant church was intended. We will now notice what is said concerning the beast with two horns, by which I think it is quite as certain the protestant church is intended, as that the Romish church is intended by the first beast..
Rev. 11-17. "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth ; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth, and them which dwell therein, to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveih ihem that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; say.. ing to then that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads : And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
‘And he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.' These two horns very well represent the Calvinists and arminions, the two great branches into which the protestant church is divided. They both appear like a. lamb, but they speak, as a dragon.
'And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast be.. fore him. Cannot this be truly said of the protestant: church? The catholics never did any thing worse than, to burn people alive for refusing to worship the beast and the protestants have done the same,
'And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth, by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast.'
It appears to me that something very much like this, has been going on in this country, since the protracted meeting system has been put in motion. If the stories of the managers are to be believed, they are doing great wonders,' all through the country, ly the means of those miracles which they have power to do in the sight of the beast.' It is not to be supposed that the meaning of this passage is, that they should really perform miracles, as the apostles did, but only that they would make it appear so.
They were to deceive them that dwell on the earth. Do we not hear people constantly boast of what the Lord is doing by them, conveying the idea that the Holy Spirit is doing wonders by them, as by the apostles anciently? By this they deceive the people, for if all this were true, it would be no less a miracle, ihan to heal the sick, or raise the dead. Nothing which has ever been practised by the catholics, bas been more severely reprehended by the protestants, than exacting money of the people for praying their friends out of purgatory. 'And yet they practise what amounis 10 the same thing themselves! They make it a point, openly to call on all who can be made to yield to their machinations, to present themselves before them for prayers; when they will commence praying in a loud, boisterous manner, that the Lord would keep them out of hell, which is about the same as to pray that they might be delivered from hell or purgatory. And if the sum of money is not particularly nanied, it is easy to see through it all, for this is their trade, and by it they have their wealth. In such scenes the still small voice of truth and reason, is lost, or unheeded, ainidst the roar of the fire, the earthquake, and the whirlwind.