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from the Empire of the Mahometan Power of Antichrist; and though this attempt has apparently failed, we shall not find our
from an intercepted Letter, written by citizen Boyer, Etat Major in Bonaparte's army, and dated, Grand Cairo, July 28, 1798, proves, beyond a doubt, that an establishment in Egypt and. Syria, was the object of this extraordinary expedition. It certainly had an ultimate view to our possessions in India ; but it was never intended that this army should go thither. " Fraught with these ideas, and to indemnify herself for a loss [meaning the loss of the West India Colonies, and the destruction of her commerce) which seems almost real -the Government have turned their eyes towards Egypt and Syria : countries which, by their climate, goodness, and fertility of soil, may become the granaries of the French commerce, her magazine of abundance, and, by the course of time, the depository of the riches of India. It is most indubitable, that when popJeffed of, and regularly organized in thefe countries, we may throw our views still farther, and, in the end, destroy the English commerce in the Indies, turn it to our own profit, and render ourselves the sovereigns also of that, of Africa, and Asia. All these considerations united, have induced our Government to attempt the expedition to Egypt. That part of the ROMÁN POWER [Intrô ductory Chapter, Class II.] has been governed for many -ages, by a species of men called Mamalucks, who have Beys at the head of each district. These deny the authority of the Grand Seignior; governing themfelves despotically and tyrannically a people and a country, which, in the hands of a polished nation, would become a source of wealth and profit.”
selves authorized to conclude that Empire secure from any future attack, when we recollect the activity and machinations of a Power that has succeeded in its enterprises, beyond all calculation of probabilities. Of this, however, no very confident opinion can yet be formed 4. We know that both the Mahometan and Infidel Powers must fall, as well as the Papal Power ; but whether France will extend her conquests over the Ottoman Empire, and,“ pour out the vial upon the Euphrates ; " or whether the exasperated Turk “ will” again“ rise up with great fury to destroy"_whether the worshippers of the Papal Beast will “ strengthen themselves for the battle," or whether the power of the Greek Church will be involved in the work of wrath, both as executing and suffering punishment, time alone can determine; we “ hear of wars, and rumours of wars,” and we may be certain, that “ the days of vengeance are near, even at our very doors," if it can be doubted that they are begun. But the END IS NOT YET*. Much remains to be done before the mystery of God's Providence shall be finished, and flaila conviction on an unbelieving world.
done * See Introductory Chapter.
* I am happy in having the concurrence of the Biihop of Rochester, as expressed in his Letter to Mr. King. From his Lordship’s able elucidation of the xviiith
It has been objected, that the fall of the
chapter of Ifaiah, which accords with my system of Interpretation, and which was published since this work appeared, I prefent my Readers with the following valuable extract.
« I fear I see too clearly the rise instead of the fall of the Antichrist of the West. Or rather I fear I see him rapidly advancing to full stature and ripe age. His sise, strictly speaking, the beginning of the monster, was in the Apostolic age; for it were easy to trace the pedigree of French Philosophy, Jacobinism, and Bavarian Illumination, up to the first heresies. But it is now we see the adolescence of that Man of Sin, or rather of Lawlessness, who is to throw off all the restraints of religion, morality, and custom, and undo the bands of civil society. That son of Perdition, who is to rise out of an apostasy; that Son of Perdition, who shall be neither a Protestant, nor a Papist; neither Christian, Jew, nor Heathen; who shall worship neither God, Angel, nor Saint-who will neither supplicate the invifible Majesty of heaven, nor fall down before an idol : He will magnify himself against every thing that is called God, or is worshipped; and with a bold fight of impiety soaring far above his precursors and types in the times of Paganism, the Sennacheribs, the Nebuchadnezzars, the Antiochus's, and the Heathen Emperors, will claim divine honours to himself exclusively, and consecrate an IMAGE of himself. I doubt not but this Monster will be made an Instrument of that pruning which the Vine must undergo.”
Protestant powers of Holland and Switzerland, militates against this scheme of Prophecy, which supposes the present tyranny of France. designed to execute the judgments of God upon the kingdom of the Papal Beast. But surely few objections can be more futile. The word of the Lord appears to be express upon this subject also. “ They" (the false teachers) “ Thall even allure those who were clean escaped from them which live in error," and the promise of protection and deliverance is given only to those, who “ shall continue faithful unto the end.” We have seen, in the former part of this Chapter, that Holland“ was the grand asylum of Infidelity in the north, the nursery and chief propagator of its works, by the licentious liberty allowed to the press”–We have seen her“ support its cause, and basely yield to the torrent, because the enemy represented, that she would be unable to resist it ;" and resign the establishment of that Religion, which preserved her in the purer days of infancy, to the dictates of Distrust, Avarice, and Indifference to the cause of Christ.-Can we suppose, that such a nation as this, because she enjoyed the light and rational freedom of the Reformed
Church, would be faved. by a miracle, when she neglected, perverted, nay, threw away these bleffings? It is not the name of
Christians, but the Spirit, which will be · found a security in this “ day of trial, which is come upon all the earth.”
· With respect to Switzerland, we need not observe that, as a state, the greater number are Popish Cantons. We have seen, that its Protestant Cantons, particularly that of Berne, and the Pays de Vaud, have been long infected by the poison of Infidelity, daily issuing from that polluted Spring, Geneva ; which, “ though Calvin's own town,” as D'Alembert triumphantly observed, long ago, exchanged his principles, for those of the Philosopher of Ferney. And this city must, perhaps, be allowed the earliest claim to infamy, as a seminary of corruption, from the multitude of pupils and emissaries educared and sent forth under the immediate influence of Voltaire and Rousseau.
It is impossible to read the destruction of the Helvetic League, and Liberty," without astonishment at the infatuation which palsied their strength, and gave up