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by Dr. John Thomas
It is this we must hear if we would have faith; for "faith comes by hearing the word of God".
If the gospel of the kingdom were preached in "the churches," and believed, there would be no more complaints of want of spirituality and life.
There would be so much of these, that they would be too hot to hold the worldlings who overshadow them with the wings of death.
They would go out from them, because they were not of them.
Let the well-disposed in "the churches" try the experiment, and they will soon discover the truth of what is here stated.
The time is come in which there must be no faint-heartedness, and when a courageous testimony must be borne for the word of the kingdom.
Ministerial favour and popularity must be utterly disregarded; and the question be, not "What saith the minister?" or "What will people think?"
It matters not what they say, or think, in the case; the simple question is, "How is it written?", "What saith the word?"
Let this course be pursued in candour, and I doubt not, but in a short time a people will spring up in these islands prepared for the Lord, whom he will acknowledge at his return.
The vision and prophecy of the East -- Of the Ram and the Unicorn -- The Four Horns of the Goat -- Of the fifth, or Little Horn -- Of the Seventy Weeks -- Of the 1,290 years -- Summary of the eleventh of Daniel -- Paraphrase of the first thirty-five verses of Dan. 11 -- Of the King and the strange god -- "Mahuzzim Bazaars".
The Greco-Roman Dragon, or Fourth Beast, is a symbol which represents the dominion of the whole habitable; of a greater extent or territory than the empire of pagan Rome, by so much as is included in the countries of the Little Horn, which lie beyond the frontiers of the old dominion.
But although this symbol covers all this territory, as it were, it was as impossible to signify by it everything necessary to be represented as it was by Nebuchadnezzar's Image.
The Four Beasts were illustrations of the Image.
This was especially the case with the fourth.
But even by these additional symbols many very important details were left unrepresented.
Hence, the Fourth Beast has been itself illustrated by the apocalyptic symbols of the dragon, the ten-horned Beast, the two-horned Beast, and the image of the sixth head of the ten-horned Beast, which was also the sixth head of the dragon.
But notwithstanding all these symbols have been given, all of them in some particular illustrative of the Image, there remains a highly interesting portion of literal prophecy unsymbolized.
The above-named symbols introduce us to the knowledge of things which history has verified, and to events which belong to "the time of the end".
They represent the great truth of the destruction of the Sin-power, and the setting up of the kingdom of God; but of the events connected with the subjects of that kingdom, there is a representation that needs to be supplied by other symbols with their appropriate description.
These are found in Daniel's vision of the east.
But why, it may be asked, has all this symbolography been introduced into the Bible?
[Rev. xi.2; xxi.2,9,10,11 ]