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as a thief (or suddenly), blessed is he that watcheth.”_" And he gathereth them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon m [“ the spirits of devils” had
to the kings of the earth, and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty "."] And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air. And there came a great voice out of the Temple of heaven from the throne, saying, It is done.” “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and
And the four and twenty elders, which fat before God on their seats (usually supposed to be the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the twelve Apostles of our Lord, to represent the Jewish and the Christian Churches] fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou haft taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldst give reward unto thy servants the Prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name both small and great ; and shoulds destroy them which destroy the earth. And the Temple of God was opened in heaven, (it had been shut during the reign of the beast) and there was seen in his temple, the Ark of his Testament ; and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail P.”
n Rev, xvi. 14.
m Rev. xvi. 15, 16.
hast p Rev. xi. 15-19.
A multitude of other passages might be brought in farther proof of the harmony of the Prophetic writings under both covenants, concerning these days of punishment to the wicked, and of triumph to“ the saints of the Most High.” Whoever compares the awful threatenings contained in the Prophecies already stated, of signal vengeance upon
the enemies of God and his people, by the power of the Son of Man, visibly exerted in such a manner as to command an universal acknowledgment of his divine authority~with Daniel's account of the total destruction of the Image, and with St. John's description of the victory over the “ Beast and the falfe Prophet, and the kings of the earth which had worshipped the Beast and his image,” cannot but be struck with the accuracy of the resemblance.
66 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold broken to pieces together, and become like the chaff of the summer threshing-floor, and the wind carried them away that no place was found for them, and the stone became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth 9." " And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse', and he that fat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written that no man knew but he himself: and he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called, the Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a. Tharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations. And he shall rule (or judge) them with a rod of iron. And he treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God; and he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. And I saw an angel standing in the fun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the fupper of the great God, that ye may eat the flesh of kings ·, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that fit on them, and the flesh of all men both free and bond, both small and great. · And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war against him that fat on the horse, and
9 Daniel ii. 35.
Rev. xix. 11, &c. It is observable, that when the first seal was opened, there appeared “a white horse, and he that fat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer." Rey. vi. 2. Mede, Lowman, and Sir Ifaac Newton, contider this person as 'reprelenting Jesus Christ, and this interpretation appears to me most clearly just.
against his army.
And the beast was taken, and with him the false Prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that worshipped his image ; thele both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone: and the remnant were Nain with the sword of him that fat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth. And all the fowls were filled with their flesh. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand, and he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and. Satan, and bound him a thousand yearst."!
Nor are the gracious promises to his peo. ple, both Jews and Gentiles, of special care and protection amidst these tremendous judgments, of signal deliverance, and of the establishment of a new kingdom of peace and everlasting happiness under the IMMEDIATE GOVERNMENT OF MAN, less accurately stated by these Prophecies. And that this kingdom will be established on earth by miraculous proofs of Divine power, and be supported and in
! Rey, xix. II 21. XX. 1, 2..