Illustrations of Prophecy
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1808. Excerpt: ... they not protected them, and continued to protect them, of this empire of superstition and idolatry there would plainly have been an end74.' i CHAPTER IX. Arguments Intended To Shew That The French RevoluTion IS FORETOLD BY ST. JOHN. THE prophetic narrative of the witnesses in ch. xi. Will admit of yet farther elucidation. I begin with inquiring into their genuine character; and, for this purpose, shall first refer to two writers, distant from each other in point of time, though coincident in point of sentiment. The testimony which the witnesses give, says an early apocalyptical writer, is not only against the church of Rome, but against all false churches, Who are her daughters ', and it is not only against them, but also against the Ten antichristian Kings'. The author of the Signs of the Times in the same manner includes among them, not only those who have witnessed against the domination and errors of the papacy; but likewise 'all those who bear witness for Civil Liberty against the tyrannies of those, ' who haVe enslaved mankind. 'Even wise and good men have not, perhaps, sufficiently considered the worth and importance of the witnesses of the latter description, in fulfilling the great designs of God's goodness towards men; and hence they have almost always interpreted this prophecy as relating to the state of religion only; as if the civil and political state of man were held in little coiisideration by the Lord of the whole earth1.' 74 P. 723. 1 Apocalyptical Mysteries, by rt. K. Lond. 1667 Part. I. p . 5. 2 P. 23. / Vol. I. o - In order to bring some decisive arguments to show, that many of the witnesses in ch. xi. are of a political character, and that their resurrection denotes a great political event, I must not omit what 130 years since fell from the pen of Dr. Henry Mor...
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