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blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
When Jeremiah prophesied of the destruction of ancient Babylon, he gave the following charge to Seraiah: “ When thou comest to Babylon, it shall « be, when thou hast made an end of reading this “ book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast “ it into the midst of Euphrates: and thou shalt “ say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise “ again *.” Thus, as the stone was tied to a book and cast into the Euphrates, by the direction of the Prophet, in token of the fall of literal Babylon; so a mighty and glorious angel took up a stone in his hand, and with force and violence hurled it into the sea. This action is very strongly and beautifully expressed in the original Greek, as if the millstone would not fall sufficiently rapid by its own accelerated force, without an impetus to be impressed upon it by the power of the destroying angel. Thus the total and final overthrow of the Papacy is here predicted by the most affecting and striking symbol that can possibly be imagined. Thus antichristian Rome shaīl be overwhelmed never more to rise again, and her ruin will be total, final, and complete. This destruction will excite the most doleful lamentations among the adherents of the antichristian church, as well as cause the members of the true church of Christ to shout for joy. The marks of this desolation are recounted with triumph. The sounds of music, the bustle of craftsmen, the grinding of millstones, the light of lamps and candles, and the joyful salutations of the bridegroom and the bride, have all ceased; and they are succeeded by the awful stillness of death.- Are the reasons of this destruction inquired ?--Three are here assigned by the angel who is represented as executing the tremendous commission.
First, “ her merchants were the great men of the “ earth.” Those who dealed in her spiritual merchandise, enriched themselves by their imposing and iniquitous traffic.-Secondly, “by' her sorceries all 6 nations were deceived." By the bewitching allurements, the lying sophistries, and the pretended miracles of this antichristian church, all the states and kingdoms under its dominion have been imposed on. By its pernicious superstition and its destructive idolatry they have been seduced and deceived. Thirdly, “ in her was found the blood of prophets, “ and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the “ earth.” This is the sin which has peculiarly aggravated her crimes, and which will tremendously enhance her condemnation and misery. She has shed the blood of the saints by myriads. The number she has slain is past computation. This consideration alone will therefore justify God, as the righteous and moral Governor of the world, in executing upon her the predicted vengeance.
From this chapter we have the most convincing evidence of the certain and irrecoverable fall of the antichristian power of Rome papal. She is the mystical Babylon, whose ruin has been pronounced by an illustrious angel, as the herald of Jehovah, and confirmed by the emblem of a vast millstone thrown with violence into the depths of the sea. How dreadful and complete will her destruction be! She who flourished in abundance, pomp, and luxury, and who sat as a queen and supposed she should see no sorrow, shall become desolate, like a horrible uninhabited wilderness, haunted by demons, and doleful birds, and savage beasts. All her pride, and riches, and luxury, shall be turned into shame, and want, and misery; all her joy into mourning, and all her pleasure into torinent. Strong is the Lord who judgeth her, and it is impossible that she can withstand the force of his omnipotent arm.--Blessed be God that Britain has long been separated from this