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13 God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow with them.
The Gathering of the Saints out of the World.
By the Reformation, our blessed Lord is called upon to gather his servants out of the world through their fiery trial, till the last persecution of the witnesses at the battle of Armageddon, when the mystery of God is finished, and the fulness of the Gentiles is come in.
14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his 15 hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle and reap for the time is come for thee to reap: 16 for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
well in doctrine as in the whole spiritual agency,” i. e. in other words, as well in settling the faith by Act of Parliament, as in scattering among the ecclesiastics the spoil and the prey, according to their Whig or Tory principles. See Hooker, Eccl. Pol. B. VIII.
The Punishment of the Roman Church.
Now that the iniquity of the Roman churches has come to the full by the last persecution of the saints, they in turn are visited with a most awful and signal overthrow.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire: and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully 19 ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine-press of the wrath 20 of God. And the wine-press was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse-bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
THE FOURTH VISION
THE SEVEN VIALS.
THE VISITATION OF THE EMPIRE AND PAPACY BY THE ANCIENT OF DAYS, AND THE VICTORY OF THE SAINTS OVER THE ROMAN AND GERMAN EMPIRES.-A.D. 1518 -1843.
The Seven Stages of the Session of the Ancient of Days.
XV. 1. And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues for in them is filled up the wrath of of God.
The Victors over the Beast and his Image.
The saints, who overcome the corruptions of the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire and the Holy Roman Church, are here represented in possession of
eternal life obtained through a fiery trial, and as celebrating the overthrow of the Antichristian confederacy by the last judgments of God. A.D. 1843.
2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire; and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, 3 having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty: just and true 4 are thy ways, thou king of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
THE SEVEN STAGES OF THE CONSUMPTION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE PAPACY TO The end. a.d. 1518-1843.
The Opening of the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony.
On the glorious display of the grace of God made by the Reformation, the seven series of the Reformers must go forth with the republication of the mystery of the gospel, to take away the dominion of the Papacy, and
consume and destroy it to the end, before the saints of the Most High can take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. The iniquity of the Church of Rome is now come to its full-the thrones are set-the Ancient of Days does sit-and the books are opened.
5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was 6 opened and the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts 7 girded with golden girdles. And one of the four living creatures gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials, full of the wrath of God, who liveth 8 for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no one was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels XVI. 1 were fulfilled. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
First Stage of the Session or Republication of the
ROME, into which as the capital of the Christian commonwealth, the riches of all Europe had flowed during many centuries without having been once violated by any hostile hand, is suddenly attacked and plundered by the