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by Dr. John Thomas
The Mouth of the Little Horn, of the two-horned, and of the ten-horned Beasts, is common to the three symbols -- it is mouth to them all.
It is said to be like the mouth of a dragon; hence it is Roman and Imperial -- the speaking organ of the three.
Now, the same things are affirmed of it by John as by Daniel.
He says, "It speaks great things and blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in the heaven".
And then it is added that "it was given to him to make war with his saints and to overcome them".
It also continues the same length of time which is expressed by "forty-two months" instead of by "time, times, and dividing of time"; for it is clear that as long as the beast lives, so long will its mouth continue to speak.
Now, in the exercise of the power given to it, the imperial or Papal image spoke, and in consequence of its speaking it caused all to be killed who would not do homage to it.
It also caused all its subjects to be marked with the sign of a cross "in their right hand" in ordination, and "on their foreheads" in paidorhantism; and unless a man had this mark it would not permit him to "buy or sell" as a spiritual soul-merchant in its bazaars.
The symbols of this chapter of revelation, it may also be remarked, represent the Gentiles in their civil and ecclesiastical constitution, who tread down the holy city.
This is evident from the testimony, that the beast with its ten horns and mouth of a lion, possessed "power over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations".
From what has been advanced the reader will then perceive that two parties are represented which are antagonists, namely, the saints and the sin-power.
Hence, he has before him a symbolical exhibition of the sentence upon the serpent, saying, "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel".
The saints are marshalled on the side of the woman; and their persecutors on the side of the serpent.
The war has been long, fierce, and bloody; but the saints' victory is certain and the destruction of the beasts and their image inevitable and sure.
In the previous chapter I have briefly sketched the cruelties practised by the Ten Horns, the Little Horn, and the ecclesiastical image upon the witnesses and the holy city (called the saints in the aggregate) in fill the countries in which they have appeared.
France and the "bloody house of Austria" have been pre-eminent in the strife.
They are dyed in infamy of every kind, which they have enacted on the most virtuous of the human race.
In all their deeds of fiendishness they have been applauded by the archdemon of the Papacy, who styles them his "beloved sons," and the mercenary instruments of his cruelty, his "dear children".
Does the reader suppose that the just and merciful Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of those who keep His commandments and have His testimony, hath looked on the fiendism of the sin-power with indifference; and that He will permit their wrongs to die unavenged?
If he do, he has greatly mistaken God's character, and knows nothing at all of the awful judgments He has decreed against those who "bruise the heel" of His beloved.
Did He judge Egypt for oppressing Israel, though at the time idolaters; did He sink Sodom into the volcanic abyss for its crimes; and did He punish Judah with pestilence, famine, sword, and scattering for eighteen centuries, because of unbelief of "the truth as it is in Jesus," and for killing His servants -- and will He not avenge His elect whom He hath chosen, upon the demoniac powers which have continued to crush them?
The scripture saith, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints"; and "precious shall their blood be in his sight".
If the blood of the murdered Abel, crying from the ground, was heard of God and avenged, what shall be said of that exceeding great and piercing cry, which upon the same principle, ascends to His throne from that ocean of blood which has been poured out like water from the hearts of his slaughtered saints?