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“ comfort of humanity *, they may be compelled
to repent of the error of their ways. Pope “ Martin the fifth, in his bull set out after the “ council of Constance, commands in like man-:
ner, that they permit not the heretics to have " houses in their districts, or enter into contracts,
or carry on commerce, or enjoy the comforts of humanity with Christians t.”
9. The sum then of the whole is this. The two apocalyptic beasts are the two contemporary Roman Empires, temporal and spiritual, each subsisting under its proper head. The last head of the one, under which it will go into perdition, is its double head, the patricio-imperial line of the Carlovingian Emperors : the sole head of the other is the line of Popes from the year 606, when the saints were forinally given into the land of the little horn, and when the period of 1260 days commenced. These two Empires mutually support each other in their joint tyrannical persecution of the witnesses; and are primarily, though unconsci
# Such are the convincing arguments used by Papists against those whom they are pleased to style heretics. The same pains and penalties appear to be still attached to excommanication in Iruland, so far as the Popish priests are able to enforce them. In the debate in the house of Lords (May 10th 1805) on what has been insidiously termed the catholic emancipation, Lord Redesdale publicly declared, that he knew a protestant gentleman, who had saved an unfortunate man under a popish sentence of excommunication from starving in the streets. † Bp. Newton's Dissert. on Rev. xiii,
ously, influenced in their proceedings by the infornal serpent.
III. In order that the close connection of the two empires may the more evidently appear, St. John gives us a complete double, though united, symbol of them both, as they stand leagued together till their final destruction under the last vial at the termination of the 1260 years.
" And there came unto me one of the seven angels, which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew
unto thee the judgment of the great whore, that " sitteth upon many waters: with whom the kings “ of the earth have committed fornication, and the
inhabiters of the earth have been made drunk “ with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me
away in the spirit into the wilderness; and I “ saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, “ full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads " and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in “ purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold " and precious stones and pearls, having a golden
cup in her hand, full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And upon her forehead was a nume, written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE' EARTH. And I saw the
woman drunken with the blood of the saints, " and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus : 56 and, when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration."
Here again we behold the great secular Roman beast seven-headed and ten-horned, now represented as closely leagued with a mystic harlot, in the same manner as he was before connected with the twohorned beast. The reason is this: a harlot is only another symbol of an apostate idolatrous church : both the woman and the second beast equally typify the spiritual empire of the Papacy. In the former symbol, Popery was described as the coadjutor and instigator of the temporal beast : in the present symbol, it is represented in the plenitude of its power, riding triumphantly upon the neck of kings, and exalting its authority far above that of its secular colleague*
1. The great whore is said to sit upon many waters --These waters are explained by the angel to mean peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. The sitting therefore of the whore upon many waters is precisely equivalent to her sitting upon the beast; for the beast symbolizes the divided
i Roman empire, and consequently all the waters or pations which it comprehends.
* The construction of this compound hieroglyphic fur: pishes another argument, in addition to those already adduced, to prove that the ion-horned beast cannot be the Papacy. The harlot is evidently a distinct power from the beast upon which she rides. But the Harlot is the Papacy. Therefore the beast cannot be the Papacy likewise. It is not unworthy of observation, that 'the love of system has actually led some commen: țators to assert expressly, that the beast is the same as his rider. " Idem Antichristus: per mulierem et per bestiam spectandus “ producitur." Pol. Synop, in loc.
2. She is the whore, with whoin the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with whose infatuating cup all their subjects have been intoxicated---The kings of the earth are the kings within the precinets of the Roman earth or empire ; and the fornication, which they have comınitted with the whore, is spiritual fornication, or an idulatrous apostasy from the simplicity of the Gospel.
As the kings or horns of the secular beast sup ported with all their might the corruptions of the whore, so were their subjects made drunk with her poisonous doctrines. None escaped, but the two mystic witnesses : and their refusal to partake of the wine of her fornication was the cause of all the persecution which they endured both from the kings and from the inhabitants of the Roman earth, who had tasted of her maddening cup.
3. The place, where St. John beheld the whore riding upon her scarlet beast, was the wilderness--He saw the woman, once the chaste spouse of Christ, now polluted with spiritual fornication, and preferring the wilderness of error, sin, and delusion, to her former appointed place the inclosed vineyard * of the Church: He saw her, so far from testifying any shame on account of her adulteries, glorying and triumphing with the brazen front of a determined strumpet in her manifold abominations. He saw her advancing yet another step in iniquity; and, instead of possessing the compacative innocence of resting satisfied with her awp
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whoredoms alone, labouring to make proselytes to her fornications, tyrannizing over the struggling conscience of the irresolute, aud“ drunken with “ the blood of the saints and martyrs of Jesus.” When he saw a church of Christ thus fallen from her high estate, thus a postate, thus corrupted, thus persecuting the faithful with even more bitterness than pagan Rome; well might he wonder with exceeding great admiration. To a primitive believer the thing would seem as it were impossible; and St. John, who doubtless like the other prophets fully understood the general meaning of his own symbolical language, was probably at a loss to conceive how his prediction could ever be accomplished in a professed church of his meek and lowly master *
4. Upon the forehead of the whore was written, Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth-Hence we may conclude, that Babylon was not her real, but only her mystic, name. Accordingly, when the angel teaches St. John “the mystery of the woman, and
of the beast that carrieth her,” he explicitly informs him, that." the woman, which he saw, is that
great city which reigneth over the kings of the
* St. John with the books of the ancient prophets before him could not but know, that a harlot was the type of an apostate and idolatrous church. The days of Aholah and Ahulibamah were now past; Israel was no longer the church of the Lord. St. John therefore would be certain, that the scarlet whore must mean some future Christian church: hence naturally arose his great admiration, See Ezek. xvi. and xxiii.