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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

There will be no more resuscitation of the old governments, but all things will be absorbed into one continental dominion upon the old Roman domain.

In the midst of this great commotion, Britain promotes the colonization of Judea, which is an event pertaining to the sixth vial.

By this time, Turkey is no more; and Constantinople acknowledges the sceptre of the Autocrat.

England and the Russian lead on the world to the day of doom.

They advance their hosts to "the wine-press without the city," which is called Armageddon in the Hebrew tongue, and geographically situated in the land of Israel.

There "as a cloud to cover the land" the armed multitudes are assembled, and preparing to decide the fate of Asia by the sword.

But there falls upon them "a great hail out of heaven".

Their power is broken; Judah is saved; Messiah appears "as a thief"; the Roman Dragon is bound; and the restoration of the kingdom and throne of David is commenced.

Such is an outline of the results to be brought about by the "mighty earthquake" whose premonitions have already revealed what is hereafter to come to pass.

In the coming tumult, "great Babylon comes into remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

And every island disappears, and the mountains are not found.

And there falls upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent; and men blaspheme God because of the plague of the hall; for the plague thereof will be exceeding great".

But the "mighty earthquake" having commenced in 1848, and the democracy which caused it having been repressed to a considerable extent, what agency remains, as revealed in the scriptures of truth, by which is to be brought about the wonderful consummation we have been considering?

The answer to this question is contained in the following words.

"I saw," says the apostle, "three unclean spirits like frogs out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

For they are the spirits of demons ( daimovnwn ) working wonders (poiou`nta smheta), and they go forth to the kings of the earth, and of the whole habitable (oijcoumevnh" oslh") to assemble them to the war (eiJ" povlemon) of that great day of God the Almighty.

And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon".

In this passage we have to consider the "three unclean spirits like frogs," the three mouths out of which they proceed, the parties to whom they go forth, and the fruit of them mission.

There are three spirits, and three mouths, that is, one spirit proceeding out of each mouth; but as they are all three like frogs and unclean, though proceeding from three different mouths, they are in nature, origin, and tendency, the same.

They are called "the spirits of demons," not because of their uncleanness, or wickedness; but because the mouths from which they issue are the demons, or chiefs, of the dominions represented by the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.

Now the throne of the dragon is Constantinople; that of the two-horned beast Vienna; and that of the image of the beast, Rome.

The thrones being in these cities, it follows that the demon of the dragon is the Sultan; the demon of the two-horned beast, the Emperor of Austria; and the demon of the image, the False Prophet himself.

It is worthy of observation here, that the text says, "out of the mouth of the false prophet," and not "out of the mouth of the image of the beast".