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CHAPTER IU.

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Further particulars relative to the subject

SECTION 1.

The trials of the Church under the reign of Antichrist

219

SECTION 2.

Gog and his bands: Or the final expedition and overthrow of Antichrist in

Palestine

259

SECTION 3.

Mr. Faber's opinion concerning Gog considered

293

Mystical Resurrection

306

Different comings of Christ

310
SECTIOx 4.

Ezekiel's Chambers of Imagery

360

SECTION 5.

The bastard of Ashdod: Or the illegitimate Antichristian government

SECTION 6.

Other prophecies, relative to the last expedition and the overthrow of Anti-

christ, and the ruin of the enemies of the Church

341

A Babylonian and Assyrian of the last days

349

CHAPTER IV.

On the seven apocalyptic Vials

358

Vial 1. Fulfilled in the discovery made of Papal corruption, at the reforma.

tion, early in the sixteenth century

361

Vial 2. Fulfilled in the terrible wars in Italy, for nearly half a century, be-

tween Charles V, and Francis I.

382

Vial 3. Fulfilled in the subsequent wars with the house of Austria, and in

Papal nations

396

Vial 4. Fulfilled in the operations of the civil European governments against

the interests of the Papal hierarchy; and the expulsion of the Jesuits from

the principal nations in Europe, after the middle of the eighteenth century 412

Vial 5. Fulfilled in the overthrow of the Papal Beast, by the rise of the An-

tichristian

421

Vial 6. To be fulfilled in the subversion of the Turkish empire, to prepare

the way for the restoration of the ancient people of God to the Holy land 453

The three unclean spirits like frogs

466

Vial 7. To be fulfilled in the destruction of Antichrist, in his expedition

against the Jews in Palestine; and in the destruction of all the persecuting

enemies of the Church, to prepare the way for the Millennium

471

CHAPTER V.

A concise view of the book of the Revelation

486

Two auxiliary Charts

End of the volume.

CHAPTER VI.

The millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ

SECTION 1.

The true sense of the Kingdom of Grace

524

SECTION 2.

Predictions of the coming of Christ's millennial Kingdom

SECTION 3

The desirableness of this Kingdom of Christ

SECTION 4.

Remarks and deductions upon the subject

547

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SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOTES, IN THE FOLLOW-

ING WORK.
The whole passage, Dan. xi, 21—-35, relates to Antiochus as a type of Christ 30
The revolution in Rome from Paganism to Christianity

71
On the mark of the Beast
The lives of the rest of the Beasts prolonged for a season and a time
Charlemagne not the last head of the Roman Beast:-Also the long death of
the Imperial head of the Beast considered

92
The Antichristian Kingdom partly strong and partly broken

92
Exposition of Rev. xiv

120
On the length of the prophetic year
Expedition of Bonaparte into Egypt

168
Seott on the slaying of the witnesses
A signal propagation of the Gospel just before the battle of the great day
Gog, and the last head of the Roman Beast, the same

267
Exposition of Isaiah xviii; or a naval power of the last days aiding the restora-
tion of the Jews

286
The great day of the Lord in the Old Testament, and the seventh vial, the
A scheme relative to Rev. x, and some other passages considered

439
Relative to the time of the overthrow of the Turks

456

143

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235

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RECOMMENDATIONS.

The testimonies kindly given, by those Divines, to

whose inspection and advice the manuscript of the first edition of this work was submitted, will not be here inserted;" (as they were inserted in the first edition;) except the two following, as a specimen of them.

Rev. Dr. Hermenway's. “Having heard a considerable part of the Dissertation above mentioned read, I can heartily concur with the others, who have recommended the publication of it, as ingenious, seasonable, and highly worthy of the public attention.

Moses HEMMENWAY." Wells, Nov. 28, 1809.

Rev. Dr. Thayer's. “Having attended to a Dissertation in manuscript, of Rev. E. Smith, on the Prophecies, relative to Antichrist and the last days; including a Treatise on the seven Vials; I am fully of opinion, that new light is thrown upon the subject; that the predictions, and the events stated as their fulfilment, better accord with each other, than in any publication that I have seen upon the interesting subject. The work appears to be handsomely and judiciously executed; and calculated to afford important and necessary instruction and warning to the present generation. For these reasons it is wished that it may be made public.

ELIAU THAYER." Kingston, July 2, 1810.

PREFACE

TO THE SECOND EDITION.

SINCE the publishing of the first edition of this work, the signs of the limes continue to be very interesting. And the evidence, that a new era of affairs has indeed commenced, is decisive. Nothing has occurred to evince that any material point in this publication, is incorrect. As far as the author has understood, the sentiments of it have niet with general approbation. He is hence encouraged, as the first edition has for some time been disposed of, and a second has been requested, to submit this to the public.

The work has been diligently revised, and enlarged. A new chapter has been inserted, on the Revelation of St. John: And one on the millennial Kingdom of Christ: A new section also, on Ezekiel's chambers of Imagery: And a section on the illegitimale dynasty in modern France. Some other sections are revised, and enlarged. To some of the vials, especially the fifth, considerable additional attention has been paid. In the chapter on the Revelation, two charts are given, to facilitate the explanation of this mystical book. An introductory chapter was prepared, to ascertain the origin and use of the figurative language found in the Bible, and to explain many of the symbols usual in prophetic imagery. But this has since been given to the pubjic in a small separate publication, as A Key to the figurative language found in the sacred Scriptures. Hence it is here omitied.

The late signal reverses in the affairs of the French Empire, it is believed, furnish no serious objection against the views given of that Empire, as the last head of the secular Roman Beast. They indeed furnish the fulfilment of a feature, found in the prophecies, relative to this last part of the Roman Power, which, till lately, has been wanting;-chat "the feet and tocs” of the great image should be "part of iron, and part of clay;" that "the kingdom should be parily strong, and partly broken.That the earth should help the women, (the Church) and occa. sionally open her mouth, and swallow up the foods, cast from the mouth of the dragon, with a view 10 sweep her from the world. That "he wrath of man shall praise God,” when he comes down in the last days, to save all the meek of the earih; "and the remainder of that wrath,” or what would exceed the divine purposes, "he will restrain.” That after the infidel Power, Dan, xi, 36–45, shall have done according to his will, and have magnified himself above every god, or legitimate ruler, and

spoken marvellous things against the God of gods, and Jesus Christ; after the same nation shall have received a god, or ruler, whom their fathers knew not;—an emperor of foreign descent; and shall have been led by him to overrun the most strong holds of neighboring nations; and this foreign god shall have divided out the Roman earth for gain, to his vassal kings of an hour,“ at the time of the end, (when these things are thus far accomplished,) a kingdom of the south shall push, (bute) at him; and a kingdom of the north shall come against him like a whirla wind, which prostrates all in its way. A whirlwind, or tornado, for so many centuries predicted, composed of a vast coalition of powers, might be expected to sweep its way, and prostrate opposition.

An incipient fulfilment of these prophetic strokes, has of lato caused a smile upon the face of the world; and revived hopes, which had become almost extinct. To how great a degrec these reverses may proceed, God only knows. Should the brokenness of this last part of the Roman Power be now made in a considerable degree as conspicuous, as has been hîs antecedent strength; (as the text seems to warrant us to expect; "the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken,") that wicked Power would indeed, for the present, be prostrated! But should this be the case, should all the horns of the Antichristian Beast be torn off, and the wretch lie bleeding and fainting; yet it appears evident that all his work is not yet done. This great Roman Beast does not go into his final perdition, till the battle of that great day of God, which is subsequent to the restoration of the Jews to Palestine.

The enormous Power, or Influence, symbolized by the Beast from the bottomless pit, probably depends on no one man;though it has been accomniodated hitherto with a leader truly prepared for the work of judgment. In the first reign of the im. perial head of the Roman Beast, emperors were set up, and deposed, and numbers slain, in thick succession. And it repeatedly seemed as though destruction had fallen upon the Empire. Still that imperial head continued. That genius of the people coninued, which would be governed by nothing short of a military despotism. And this, we may expect, will be the case, henceforth, on the Roman earth, till the Millennium. Should revolu. tion succeed revolution, it would not alter the case.

The principles of atheism, licentiousness, and disorganization, taught and supported in a profound system, and which constitute the very essence of the Beast from the bottomless pit, are so extensively and deeply disseminated, that the infernal current of them will not be effectually controled nor regulated, even though prime leaders be destroyed, and the earth open her mouth and swallow up their foods of efficient rage! The fountain of the extensive mischief remaining, it will, in some shape, fill all up again. The nature of the Beast from the bottomless pit is not changed. It rests on the broad basis of a

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