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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Cromwell "tormented them (the Royalists) who dwelt in" England, and who drew the sword for the "right divine of kings to govern wrong"; he struck terror into those in Ireland who worshipped the beast, and devoured them with fire and brimstone from the cannon's mouth.

In France, the Huguenots did good service against the beast.

They shut up the political heaven, and suffered not the rain of peace to descend upon Piedmont, and the south, where the blood of Albigenses, and Waldenses, was crying out from the ground, like Abel's, for vengeance upon those who dwelt upon the earth.

But, however successful for a season, they were destined to succumb for a while; as it is written, in Daniel, "The little horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them: Until the ancient of Days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High: and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom".

Now, it must not be forgotten that, by reason of the Little Horn's empire comprehending the three subjugated horns, it is a part of the ten-horned apocalyptic beast as well as the independent horns; therefore what is affirmed of it, is also affirmed of the beast as a whole, including its mouth and horns.

Hence, John writes the same thing of the ten-horned beast, and of the two-horned beast, and the image of the former beast's imperial head, that Daniel does of the Little Horn, saying, "The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit," or sea, "shall make war upon them, and shall overcome them, and kill them"; and in another place, the ten-horned beast "shall make war with the saints, and overcome them"; and again, the two-horned beast "causeth them that dwell in the earth tofo homage to the (imperial head of the ) first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

And he causeth those that dwell upon the earth to err through the deeds it was given him to do against the beast; saying to them that dwelt on the earth that they should make an Image of the Beast, which had the wound by a sword and did live.

And it was given to him to give breath (pneuma) to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast that they should be killed.

And he caused all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the bond, that a sign (cavragma, mark or sign) should be made upon them on their right hand, or upon their forehead: and that no man might be qualified (duvnhtai, be able, in a moral sense) to buy or sell, except he have the sign, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name".

Now it is the saints who refuse to adore the imperial Roman image, or Eyes and Mouth of the Little Horn; and who have not the sign X upon their foreheads, or in their right hands.

These are the parties whom the image has caused war to be made upon, and who have been prevailed against, and killed with all the attendant enormities of promiscuous massacre.

The slaughter of the Albigenses in Languedoc; of the Vaudois in the valley of the Piedmontese mountains, in the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries; and of the Huguenots on St.

Bartholomew's, and at the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes; the dragonnades, drownings, etc., are instances of the cruelties inflicted upon the saints by the roaring lion of the "eternal city".

In the face of these teeming testimonies of history, the special pleaders of the Papacy have the hardihood and effrontery to declare that the Head of their church has put none to death; that their church is the pure, sinless spouse of Christ!

But the spirit denounces it as "drunk with the blood of the saints," because, in stirring up the secular powers to murder and massacre the opponents of Romanism and the advocates of human rights, it has "caused the saints to be killed"; and become so dyed in wickedness, and steeped in crime, that its iniquity hath at last reached unto heaven, and the burning flame of war is consuming and destroying it unto the end.

But, says the apostle, "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but spiritual".

In his letter to the Ephesians, he enumerates them as the girdle of truth, the breast-plate of righteousness, the preparation of the gospel of peace for sandals, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.

This is the "whole armour of God" which "the people of the holies" are permitted to use.

The two-edged sword of the spirit is the only offensive weapon they are allowed to wield in combat with the Beast.

The impulses of the flesh would lead them to crush the tyrants who have drenched the earth with their blood, and to bruise their heads like serpents, but their Captain has said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay".

It is the impulse of the flesh, hostile to the truth of God, which urges the Beast to war against those who adhere to that truth.

The people of the holies are forbidden to act under such an impulse, but to imitate Jesus, who resisted not, but committed his cause to God.

Unresisting suffering is the law of their spiritual warfare.