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by Dr. John Thomas
Doth it not cry aloud to heaven against popes, emperors, kings, hypocritical and blaspheming priests, and their hordes of mercenaries; and against all ecclesiastical abettors of arbitrary power in Church and State?
Yes, that voice, though unheard and unheeded by those who worship the beasts and their image, continually ascendeth, and hath "entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth," saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
" The hour has come, and the death-knell of the destroyer hath sent forth its clangour throughout the dominion of the Roman beast.
As in the case of Sodom, though unseen by the eye of the flesh, God hath "come down to see if they have done altogether according to the cry".
He has found it even so.
"Their sins have reached unto heaven," therefore He will reward them double for all the evil with which they have afflicted His saints.
Such, then, is the case before us.
The great national crime has been committed, and perpetuated, of converting the truth of God into a lie, of blaspheming His name, and of bruising the heel of His saints.
All nations are guilty of this, and as national offences can only, and must necessarily, be punished by national judgments, retribution is pouring out upon them according to the word of the Lord.
The outline I have sketched has brought us down to the epoch of the death of the two witnesses.
Daniel beheld this, and at the same time received the information, that the Little Horn was to triumph over "the saints" to the end of the beasts's life, which it arrives at by the end of 1,260 years.
This long period having elapsed, he beheld a sight, the knowledge of which must rejoice the heart of every one who sympathizes in the award of justice to them who are oppressed.
He saw a revolution in human affairs that completely reversed every thing that had previously existed.
Instead of "the saints" being worn out any longer, he saw the power of judgment given to them to take away the dominion of the Little Horn, to slay the beast, and to destroy his body with the burning flame, so that nothing represented by the symbol should be left.
The territory which is to be the scene of this judgment is all that region comprehended in the Roman Dragon, and in the Austrian and German domain.
By the Roman Dragon, I mean the old Roman territory, extending from the Euphrates to the German Ocean, including Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Roman Africa, and the other countries contained within the limits of the ten toe-kingdoms.
Upon this territory, then, our attention must be fixed if we would discern the progress of the events by which the beast's destiny is fulfilled.
He is to be destroyed by the burning flame.
It is evident, therefore, that the territory of his dominion will be turned into a region of flame, in which the populations being everywhere insurgent, and contending with fire and sword against their oppressors, it will become "a lake of fire burning with brimstone".
Into this are cast alive the two-horned beast of the earth, and the image, which before the end of its existence is stripped of its imperial character, and reduced to the humbler dignity of a "prophet," and that a false one.
What remains of this chapter will be occupied in explaining these words of the prophet, -- "The judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end".
The judgment sits upon the whole beast, and consists of slaying and burning.
This distinction is preserved in the Apocalypse; for whilst the beast and false prophet are cast alive into a lake of fire, "the remnant," or the horns that remain, are "slain with the sword of him that sits upon the horse, which sword proceedeth out of his mouth".