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by Dr. John Thomas
When He takes the work in hand, the feeble become strong; and the poor despise riches.
His saints of Media "did not regard silver; and as for gold they delighted not in it".
Politicians speculate as though money were omnipotent; and we hear "financial reformers" predicting the in activity of Russia and Austria for want of funds!
Where did the barbarians procure funds for the overthrow of the western empire in the fifth and sixth centuries?
Did they not support themselves by the spoil?
Let the Russian treasury be as empty as it is said to be, and its expenditure exceed its revenue by double the alleged deficit, it will only operate as a pressure from within, causing her Autocrat to "enter into the countries and to overflow and pass over," and to enrich himself with the spoil of those he is destined to subdue.
From among the lowest of the people there arose a military hierarchy, headed by a chief who became the sword of God and scourge of Europe.
It is scarcely necessary to say that this was Napoleon and his generals.
To him, as the man of the earth and sword of the democracy, it was given to carry on the vengeance upon Daniel's fourth beast.
He appears pre-eminent in the pouring out of the third vial upon "the rivers and fountains of waters," which, under his hand, "became blood".
His celebrated campaigns in the Alpine regions and plains of Italy, abounding in springs, lakes, and rivers, strikingly illustrate this vial of wrath.
The Austro-Papal, or little horn, was the principal in the war with whom he had to contend.
The "Italian fields" were the arena of the dreadful massacres of the witnesses by the "holy Roman" power, whose mercenaries on the same Aceldama received blood to drink at Napoleon's hand.
This righteous retribution is the subject of angelic celebration, saying, "Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy".
To this, a voice is represented as issuing forth from the symbolic altar, responding in these words: "Even, so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments".
This vial began in 1796 with the war against Piedmont, and ended with the destruction of the little horn, or two-horned beast's, dominion over Italy; and with the establishment of the sovereignty of the military democracy of France.
But the judgement of the saints upon the little horn did not stop here.
They next proceeded to pour out God's wrath upon "the sun" of Roman Europe.
They had eclipsed him in Italy; and their Corsican chieftain received imperial power, and in the exercise of it literally "scorched men with fire," Being now himself the sun of a great part of Europe, he would tolerate no rival.
The house of Hapsburg still claimed to be the sun of the Roman world, which the head of the now imperial democracy resolved should not be.
He therefore "scorched men with great heat" in his German wars.
He executed all the wrath of the fourth vial upon the Austrian empire, till at length the time arrived to "fill the beast's kingdom with darkness".