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by Dr. John Thomas
Doings of the witnesses when invested with power -- They execute justice on their enemies -- A great earthquake -- They seventh trumpet -- Divided into seven vial-periods -- The third, fourth, and fifth vials, and Napoleon -- England and the second vial -- Turkey and the sixth vial -- All Europe and its second series -- The prophecy of the Frogs explained -- The mission of the unclean spirits -- Their operation the sign of Christ's stealthy and sudden return -- The great desideratum in view of the Advent.
"The time of the end," styled also by Daniel "the latter days" is the period of the Beast's trouble by sword and flame at the hands of the saints.
They are to "consume and destroy his dominion to the end".
Their success, however, in this work of blood will be the occasion of bringing up a power upon them, which will overcome them in turn; and by his conquests build up the Image of Nebuchadnezzar, and bring out again to view the Lion, the Leopard, and the Beast; by which the Image will be broken to shivers; and the Beasts "have their dominion taken away by the Ancient of Days;" though their existence will be prolonged for "a season and a time," or 1,000 years, during which their destinies will be at the disposal of the inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
There elapsed four years and eight months between the publication of the Justinian code, and that of the pandects and institutes.
A second edition of the code, amended and enlarged, was proclaimed in rather less than six years after its first publication.
Now it is remarkable, that about the same space of six years was occupied by the antagonists of the Beast, in the national assembly of its principal kingdom, in repealing, by its 8,370 decrees, the Justinian constitution of the empire by which the Bishop of Rome became the lion-mouth of the dominion, and the Roman superstition the State religion of the Horns.
In 533, the supremacy of Rome in ecclesiastical affairs was recognized by Justinian: and in 1,260 years after, that is, in 1793, the new constitution was adopted, and the Roman religion abolished.
There are other notable considerations of the same kind which the reader may observe for himself in studying the history of these periods.
Want of space forbids my going more into detail upon this part of the subject; I shall, therefore, return to a brief outline of what remains concerning the witnesses after their ascension to supremacy in the sight of their enemies.
Having responded to the "great voice from the heaven, saying unto them, Come up hither!
" they were not long in making their power felt.
They converted the States General into the National Assembly on June 17, 1789; abolished the feudal system, and all privileges; and declared ecclesiastical property to be the property of the nation.
In 1790 they continued to shake the monarchy with great violence.
They suppressed all religious orders; and destroyed "seven thousand names of me" (ojnovmata ajnqrwvpwn); that is, completely abolished all titles of nobility, not even sparing the king's.
These things were only preliminary to the fall of the throne.
"The tenth of the city fell," for, in 1792, they abolished the monarchy, and proclaimed a republic.
31, 1793, they executed "national justice" upon Louis XVI, the representative of the king who, in 1685, had massacred them by thousands in cold blood.
His Queen soon met with the same fate; and to crown all, the worship of Reason was substituted for the vile superstition of Rome.
The national justice having been carried to this extent, "the remnant were affrighted".
The reign of terror was established.