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. 153 tinomianism, must be reckoned among the number. “ Broad is the way that leadeth unto destruction, “ and many there be that go in thereat." Are we in the “ narrow way that leadeth unto life?” We belong to a Church which has been the glory of Protestantism; but shall we be found amongst those who are its true and spiritual worshippers? If not, what will our external privileges advantage us ? The witnesses spoken of in this prediction, have hitherto prophesied in sackcloth, and will continue to do so to the end of the twelve hundred and sixty years. They have been generally a despised people: they were peculiarly so till the Reformation was established ; and are still so, in some measure and degree. But it is a signal honour to bear a faithful and courageous testimony for Christ and his truth.If we are found among the witnesses for Jesus, we shall be as green olive-trees in the “ house of our “ God, and as lights shining in a dark place." But this honour cannot be obtained without Christian fortitude, self-denial, faith, and patience. It would be safer to face a battery of cannon, than to injure those whom God loves; for he will spoil those that spoil them.--Happy are they who are the followers of Jesus. He will preserve them as the apple of his eye; and it shall be well with them in life, in death, and for ever.
Chap. xi. 7–12. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them and kill them. 8. And their dead bodies shall lie in the When the witnesses “ shall have finished” their testimony, the beast that cometh out of the bottomless pit shall fight against them and kill them. The verb in the Greek signifies to finish, to perform, to accomplish, to go over. The tense in which the word occurs is the aorist or indefinite, which, in some measure, is ambiguous and uncertain. The words translated, “when they shall have finished," may perhaps be rendered, “when they shall be per“ forming, accomplishing, or going over their testi“ mony.” Admitting this translation, the event may be past. But if the words be rendered, which in my opinion they may in stricter propriety and more literally, when they shall be finishing; or (as in our translation) when they shall have finished, or accomplished, their testimony; then the event must be yet future. In this case, it is evident that the fulfilment of the prophecy must take place at the termination, or nearly at the termination, of the twelve hundred and sixty years. The agent who destroys these witnesses, is the beast that arises out of the bottomless pit, that is, the Roman empire, probably, in its last form. But whether the beast will effect its purpose by the papacy or by infidelity, is uncertain. This general and successful attack of the beast upon the witnesses (if it be yet future), may be conducted under another form, and by other instruments and means than those by which he has made his former assaults. Papal persecutor's were often concealed infidels; and infidels, concealed under that or any other mask, may equally answer the prediction, if they form a part of the secular Roman empire: for this is the power which is to slay the witnesses, whether the event be considered past or future.- The witnesses are to be killed, and their dead bodies are to lie in the great city “ which “spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also “ our Lord was crucified.”. The slaughter of the witnesses cannot refer to the martyrdom or death of