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by Dr. John Thomas
Now, if the apostle had said, "I saw three unclean spirits like lilies come out of the mouths," he would have intimated by such a similitude that the French Bourbons were the cause of the "unclean spirits" issuing forth from the Sultan, the Emperor, and the Roman prophet.
But he does not say this; he says they were like frogs.
The truth, then, is obvious.
96, when John was an exile in Patmos, the Franks were savages in an unnamed country, living by hunting and fishing like American Indians.
But the Holy Spirit revealed to him that this people would play a conspicuous part in the affairs of nations; and, foreseeing by what symbol they would represent themselves, He symbolized their nation by it, and styled them "Frogs".
He informed John that under the sixth vial their influence would be remarkably apparent.
That the Frog-nation would have much to do with the dragon, beast and false prophet; in fact, that so intimate and direct would their dealing be with them, that its effect would be perceived in the warlike tendency and influence of the measures proceeding from the Sultan, the Emperor and the Pope; who, being so completely entangled in the complications created by the policy of the Frog-power, would in their endeavours to extricate themselves, involve the whole habitable in war, which would end in the destruction of the two-horned beast and the false prophet, and in the subjugation of the surviving horns to a new Imperial dominion for a time.
The foregoing analysis of the eleventh, and sixteenth, chapters of Revelation will be found in no other book that I am aware of.
It is entirely new.
But, as I have said before, no interpretation of prophecy in relation to the past, or present, is worth any thing which is not in harmony with facts.
My interpretation must be tried by the same rule, and if it will not stand the test, then let it fade away into everlasting forgetfulness; but if it prove to be correct, I have no apprehension that it will be lost.
Facts, then, I remark, are in strict accordance with the exposition given, as I shall briefly point out.
In the last week of February, 1848, the Parisian democracy, ever foremost in revolution, plucked the Bourbon Lily from its throne, and thrust it deep into its native mud.
This dynasty of a thousand years was abolished, and the nation resumed its original Westphalian right of choosing a ruler better suited to its taste.
The Fleur-de-lis being thrown aside, the Frogs by a vote of six millions set over themselves the nephew of their democratic emperor, who had done such good service in executing judgment upon their enemies.
The President of the French Republic is therefore the incarnation of the Frog-power, as the Bourbons were of the Beast while ruling the tenth of the kingdoms.
From February the outbreaks of the democracy in other countries became frequent and formidable; and the National Assembly and its Provisional Government constituted in fact the Parliament and executive of the democracy throughout Europe.
Under the shadow of their favour Germany and Italy became insurgent, and Hungary followed in the wake of insurrection.
The earth shook on every side.
Urged on by its democracy, Sardinia attacked the Beast; and, provoked by the treachery of the false prophet, the people of Rome rose, and scared him into exile.
After this, the plucking up of the Lombard kingdom by the roots, and the defeat of the Sardinian horn at Novara, by which the Little Horn became triumphant in Italy, caused the Frogs to seize on Rome, that their interests in the Peninsula might be preserved from annihilation.
By this move the Frog-nation placed itself in antagonism to the two-horned Beast and the false prophet.