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* Gifford's Preface,to Banditti unmasked.
+ These wars, as we shall hereafter see, are predicted under the third vial, as the massacres and proscriptions of revolutionary France are under the second. These matters will be discussed hereafter.
] swelled, ere the terrific blast of this trumpet has ceased, by the time of trouble predicted by Daniel at the close of the 1260 years; a time, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time * ? We have already beheld the effects of the first and second woes : do we need any further proof to convince us, that the third woe has begun to sound?
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The witnesses then are to be slain, not when they have finished their testimony, but when they are drawing near to finish it. This translation is at once required, both by the Greek idiom, and by the harmony of the prediction itself. The witnesses are to prophesy.in sackcloth only 1260 years : and, at the end of that same period, the power of the beast and the little horn is to begin to be broken. Hence it is manifest, that the slaughter must take place during the period, not subsequent to it: for how can the witnesses be slain at the very time when their calamities are finished ; and how can they be slain by the beast, when the judgments
* As yet we have only been spectators of the harvest of God's wrath, or the first grand period of the third woe-trumpet : the more dreadful period of the vintage is yet future (See Rev. xiv. 14–20.). The two periods of the harvest and the vintage, by the former of which I understand the French recolution considered in all the effects which it has produced, will be discussed hereafter,
of God are gone forth to avenge his Church, and to slay the beast himself?
Let us next note the era of the slaughter. It is placed under the second woe, previous to the fall of a tenth part of the Roman city and the sounding of the third woe. But the 1260 days must necessarily extend to the commencement of the last period of the third woe, because the beast is over thrown under the seventh vial : therefore they cane not expire at the slaughter of the witnesses, which takes place under the second woe, and before even the earliest blast of the third woe.
Still it may be doubted, whether the witnesses be yet slain or not, because it may be doubted wiiether the third woe has begun to sound. Let us for a moment lay prophecy aside, and attend only to history. The rise of Mohammedism and the conquests of the Saracens form one singular époch in history: the rise and conquests of the Ottoman empire form another singular epoch: after these two, where shall we piteh upon a third epoch equally singular? Can any other answer be given, an answer which the passing occurrences of every day render more and more probable, except the French revolution, and its amazingly extensive consequences? Now the Saracens and the Turks are universally allowed to be the subjects of the two first woes. And are they more worthy of a place in prophecy, than the daring impieties, the unheard of miseries, and the vast change in the constitution of the whole European commonwealth,
speaking) one of the ten horns of the Roman beast: nay more; the only one of the ten original 'horns then in existence, and consequently the only monarchy by the fall of which the prophecy could possibly be accomplished. Nine out of the ten original horns had fallen by conquest or other political changes previous to the era of the French revolution: when that revolution took place, the tenth original horn fell: at present therefore none of the ten original monarchical horns are standing*. Hence it is manifest, that, if the prophecy has not been already accomplished, it now never can be accomplished. The result therefore of the whole is this: if the fall of the tenth part of the city be the first French revolution, and if the third 2006 began to sound at the commencement of the reign of Antichrist : in that case, the slaughter of the witnesses 'must be past, because it takes place under the second woe, and consequently previous to the sounding of the third woe.
* The Anglo-Saxon hurn fell by the Norman conquest. But in France, when the crown was transferred from the Merovingians to the Carlovingians, and from the Carlovingians to the Capets, it never ceased to be worn by a dynasty of native princes. At the revolution that ancient monarchy was first overthrown; and now that the 'regal form of government is restored, the sceptre of Pharamond the Frank, of Charlemagne the Frank, and of Hugh Capet the Frank, is wielded by Napoleon Buonaparte the Corsican.
Our. Henry VI. was indeed crowned king of France; but his title was never acknowledged by the Dauphin, and he was himself speedily Dispossessed of the conquests of his father.