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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

These enemies were the two seeds; the former, the "Seed of the Serpent"; and the latter, by constitution in Christ Jesus, the "Seed of the Woman".

Hence, in the Apocalypse, "the Old Serpent," and "the Woman," became the symbols by which they are represented.

During 280 years; that is, from the Day of Pentecost, a. 33, to a. 313, when Constantine established himself in Rome, the contest raged between the pagan power and the woman with intense fury.

She was calumniated, accused, and tortured, by the Old Serpent without pity.

Hence the Spirit of God surnamed him Diavbolo," or the Accuser; and Satana`," or the Adversary; so that, when he was "cast out" from the government of the empire, "a loud voice" is represented as "saying in the heaven, Now is come deliverance, and power, and the kingdom of our God, and the dominion of his Christ: for the Accuser of our brethren, who accuseth them before God day and night, is cast down".

The history of this period is a striking illustration of the "enmity" God has put between the seed of the Serpent and the seed of the woman.

In the war between them the heel of her seed was bruised by the Serpent power, as it had bruised that of their great Captain; but thanks be to God who gives them the victory, the time is at the door, when they will leave the dead, and with him bruise the Old Serpent's head upon the mountains of Israel.

There can be no friendship between these parties.

Death or victory is the only alternative.

There can be no peace in the world till one or other be suppressed.

The "enmity" is the essential hostility betwixt sin and God's law, which is the truth.

Either truth must conquer sin, or sin must abolish the truth; but compromise there can be none.

I have great faith in the power of truth, because I have faith in God.

He is pledged to give it the victory; and though deceivers in church and state may triumph for the time, and tyrants "destroy the earth," their end is certain and their destruction sure.

The Dragon is the organic symbol of the Old Serpent power, as the Leopard with four heads and four wings was of the quadrupartite constitution of the Macedonian.

The Dragon appears in four principal scenes in the Apocalypse; first, in taking him who hindered out of the way a.d. 313; second, in the surrendering of the power, throne, and extensive dominion of the west, to papalized imperio-regal Europe, a.d. 800; third, in the present crisis of the gathering of "the powers that be" to their last conflict for the world's dominion; and fourth, in the suppression of the Serpentpower by the Lord Jesus, when he bruises his head, and restrains him for 1,000 years.

As the symbol of the Old Serpent in its pagan constitution, with Rome as his satanic seat, he is styled "the great Red Dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads"; but after the revolution by which paganism was suppressed, the serpent-power of Rome is simply styled "the Dragon".

About a.

334, a new capital was built, and dedicated, by Constantine, and called New Rome by an imperial edict; which, however, was afterwards superseded by the name of Constantinople.

Old and New Rome were now the top capitals of the Dragon-dominion; and so continued to be until Old Rome was surrendered to the imperio-papal power of the West.

New Rome, or Constantinople, then became the sole capital of the Dragon empire; and Old Rome the capital of the Seven-headed and Ten-horned Beast; an arrangement which continued for more than a thousand years: so that "they do homage to the Dragon, and they do homage to the Beast," that is, they of the east are subject to Constantinople; and they of the west, to Rome.

But the time is at hand when the dominion, divided between the Dragon and the Beast, may be re-united; and the old Roman territory, the ojicoumevnh o{lh, with an immense addition of domain, again subject to one sovereign.

This may be by the fall of the Two-horned Beast, and the expulsion of the Turks from Constantinople, which will then become the throne of the dominion, represented by Nebuchadnezzar's Image, which is to be broken to pieces in "the latter-days".