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by Dr. John Thomas
Thus, an empire of 800,000 square miles, and containing a population of 85,000,000, in territory, one fifth part, and in number of inhabitants one half, of united Europe, was either in quiet subjection to Napoleon's sceptre, or on the point, as was supposed, of becoming so.
But the time had not then arrived either for the final destruction of the Beast's dominion; or, for the saints to possess the kingdom for ever; nor, indeed, are the saints of the Median class the persons for whom everlasting dominion is intended.
These are merely the consumers and tormentors of the fourth beast; and not "the possessors of the kingdom under the whole heaven for ever, even for ever and ever".
This is reserved for the saints of the holy city, styled by Daniel, "the people of the saints".
It was necessary, therefore, to energize the prostrate Beasts, and to enable them once more to prevail against the saints, but not to kill them, as in 1685; for their agency was still needed for the perfecting of the plagues that yet remain to be executed for the tormenting of the Little Horn to the end.
To compass this necessity, God had reserved powers on the east and west of Europe which had not been subdued.
These were the great rival dominions of England and Russia.
To the former had been assigned the pouring out the wrath of the second vial upon the sea.
England began her work in 1793, and, with little interruption, made the sea "as the blood of a dead man" for two-and-twenty years.
The maritime parts of the Beast's dominion suffered the vengeance of her power; and so completely did she clear the sea of his ships of war and commerce, that it might be truly said of them, "every living soul in the sea died"; and the waves were ruled by Britain's fleets alone.
In attacking Russia, the democracy exceeded the limits of its commission; for the Russian dominion is not yet of the ten-horned Beast of the sea, or two-horned Beast of the earth.
While Russia, indeed, was combating for the Beasts in Italy and Germany, her hosts were at length everywhere defeated; but when they stood upon their own soil, God shielded them from the Avenger, whose strength was wasted by His frost and snow.
Repelled within the limits of Roman Europe, the power of Napoleon dried up more rapidly than it prevailed.
By the armies of Russia on the east, and by those of England on the south, the beasts were again enabled to stand.
The Eagle fled before the Leopard and the Bear, who at length wrested from him the prey, and restored it to liberty and dominion, just 1,260 years from the defeat and death of Teias, the last of the Gothic kings of Italy; and the defeat of the Franks and Allemanni there.
Thus far the seventh trumpet had sounded with terrible effect against the Greco-Roman dragon; which was plagued not only in Europe, but in Egypt and Syria.
In 1815, peace was finally proclaimed; "the holy alliance" formed; the "holy Roman empire" resuscitated; and the Papal Jupiter reinstated on his throne; and the rest of Europe portioned out according to the interests of the old dynasties of the Beast, and the good pleasure of the Congress of Vienna.
But the Beast and his allies can settle nothing upon a permanent basis any more.
"For ever" in its decrees, extends only to the end of the blasts of the seventh trumpet.
The "holy alliance" was pledged to keep down the democracy, and to maintain the "order" in which the blasphemers of God's name, and the destroyers of the earth, delight.
But after a few years, God dissolved it like a thing of air.
The time at length arrived to make preparation for the restoration of Israel.
The "abomination that maketh desolate" had prevailed under divers forms from the celebrated epoch 530, beginning the third year of Justinian's reign upon the throne of Constantinople.