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ubims; thou art the God, even thou alone of all the kingdoms of the earth. Thou hast made heaven and earth. Incline thine ear, O Lord, and see and hear als the words of Sennacherib, which are sent to reproach the living God. Ofå truth Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries; and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods but the work of men's hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand; that all the kingdoms of the earth may know, that thou art the Lord, even thou only.”
Here is an example, worthy of the government of a great, enlightened people, who believe in the being and government of God, when an intriguing foreigner, a haughty Babylonian (either of ancient or modern date) is making mischievous communications. Has our nation had opportunity to witness any event of this kind? If not, is it because no mischievous 'communications have reached this side of the Atlantic? Can we rely on this inference, and say, that no such communications have been made? Is it possible, that the fatal influence of the chambers of modern imagery, having reached the cabinet of this nation, þas there been convived at, or concealed; yea, and has taken its designed effect? Should this prove to be the case, wo bę to our nation, “Wo unto us; for the day goeth away; for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.”
Ancient Babylon was destroyed. Modern Babylon is to be destroyed, with a far more dreadful destruction. The Jews, when they became idolatrous, were most deeply chastised. And when they became antichristian, they were by the Romans destroyed. Just so far, as they partook of the abominations portrayed in the cham. bers of imagery; so far they shared in the judgments symbolized in the ninth chapter there following. The time is, no doubt, drawing near, when the exterminat: ing scenes in that chapter shall be finished. The Holy Spirit has been, and still is, sitting his mark on the men, who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the midst of them. The subjects of this mark will be safe. But the command will be executed, to slay uterly all, destitute of this mark.
And not only is mystical Babylon to be destroy ed; but also all
, who participate in her abominations. There are those, who constitute this Babylon. And we read of those, who partake of her sins; and shall receive of her plagues. We are informed of Antichrist; and of those, who have the spirit of Antichrist. We read of the Beast; and of those, who have the mark of the Beast; who worship his image; and shall share with him the cup of divine indignation, in the battle of that great day of God Almighty,
The voice from heaven then, proclaims to us; “Ho, ho, come forth and fee from the land of the north. Deliver thyself, o Zion, that dwellest with the daughters of Babylon.” “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins; and that ye receive not of her plagues." "And a third angel followed, saying, If any man worship the Beast, and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angel, and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever; and they have no rest, day nor night, who worship the Beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name? Rev. xvi, 8–11. These are pointed warnings from heaven against all affinity with the Beast of the last days. It is worthy of note, that the above warning is given by a third Angel, after the first was flying through heaven, having the Gospel to preach to every nation, and announcing the arrival of the hour of God's judg. ment; and a second Angel had announced the full of Papal Babylon. After the fall of Papal Babylon then, ît seems a great Beast, (the Roman Beast of the last days) is on the ground; with the world worship, ping him; and men in the utmost danger of buig caught in his toils. Such a Beast has appeared before the eyes of the world, And the above Warna
ing voice is addressed to the people of this very period, from the throne of God.
Let men peruse and reperuse the above passages, and similar warnings; and learn to obey the heavenly mes. sages. Look into the graves of the republics and kingdoms, who have fallen under the iron grasp of the tyrant of the age. Behold their fields, white with the bones of their citizens, and fattened with their blood! Their liberties annihilated! Their pomp brought down to the grave, and the noise of their vials! The worms are spread under them; and the worms cover them. The terrible of the nations has cut them off. The earth has shaken at the sound of their fall. God has spoken concerning them, to pull down, to pluck up, and to destroy. And the dreadful event has been seen in tremendous execution.
What has yet appeared, is but the beginning of sor. rows; yet sorrows they are, indeed. So sudden and great a crash of nations probably never before tortured the human ear; or wrent the heart of man. And the scenes must be yet far more dreadful, in the closing parts of the most tremendous and exterminating judgments of the last days.
Must these States share in the terrors of that dav? We must; so certainly as the Heavens bear rule; if we partake of Babylon's sins; if we unite in that blasphemy; if we are caught in those snares. Unless our nation disarm and withstand the abominations depicted in the chambers of imagery, or the diabolical influence, which has already desolated a vast section of the earth, and sent at least ten if not twelve millions of souls to their long home, this nation must unavoidably share the exterminating terrors of the battle of the great and terrible day of the Lord.
The Bastard of Ashdod: Or, the illegitimate Anti:
christian government. We find various names of the ancient noted enemies of the Church, mystically applied to the Papal hierar
chy, and to the great hostile Power of the last days. They are called Babylon, after the name of the capital of Chaldea:- Also Édom, Bozrah, and other names of ancient hostile cities and nations. We might then, rationally expect to find the name of the capital of Syria; and the names of other noted cities in Palestine, that were most hostile to the ancient people of God, applied to the notorious enemies of the Church, in the last day. Had not this been the case, we should not be able to account for the omission. For many of the most vesing and bloody wars against God's ancient people, were from the Philistines, and from nations and people in the land of Syria. We might then, ex. pect to find the names of ancient noted cities in Syria, and among the hostile Philistines, mystically applied to the terrible enemies of the last days. And we inight expect, that denunciations would be uttered of divine judgments against those cities, which, after receiving a primary accomplishment upon those cities, were to receive their ultimate fulfilment upon the destructive enemies of the last days.
And such prophecies are found. I shall now note one of this description. In Zech. ix, we have pre- . dictions of judgments upon hostile cities round about Judea; a promise of protection to the Church; of the coming of Christ; of the restoration of the Jews; the ruin of their enemies; and the commencement of the Millennium. “The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof; when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord.” By the burden of the word of the Lord here, is meant, (says Pool,) "the heavy, sad, grievous, menacing prediction of future evils,” upon Hadrach; and upon Damascus shall it rest, Hadrach was a great city near Damascus; hostile to the Jews. And Damascus, on which the burden of this prophecy should rest, was the capital of Syria. Those names ultimately represent the Papal nations. Hadrach imports joy of tenderness: And Damascus, a sack of blood; or the blood of a righteous man; and was supposed by the ancients, to be the place where Abel
was murdered; and that it hence derived its name. And the nations of the Papal harlot are represented as joy.. ful and delicate; and yet drunk with blood, the blood of martyrs; Rev. xvii, 4, 6; and xviii, 7-10, 24. And the fulfilment of this prophecy is to be, “when the eyes of man, as of the tribes of Israel, shall be towards the Lord.” A striking representation of the state of the true Church, and of the tribes of the Jews, about the time of their restoration.
The judgments that follow, in the fulfilment of this burden, are represented as executed on the cities round about Hadrach ånd Damascus;-as Hamah, Tyre, Zidon; and the more southern cities of the Philistines; - viz. Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and Ashdod. These are here to be viewed as mystical names of the modern nations in the Papal delusion. The judgments, threat. ened in this passage to those nations, are these; verse 4, 5; that behöld, God would cast them orit, and smite their power; and devour them with fire. Ashkelon shall see it and fear. Gaza also shall see it, and be sorrowful. For her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza. And Ashkelon shall not be inhabited. This prediction well accords with Rev. xviii; where, in the fall of Papal Babylon, the different kingdoms of her communion bewail her burnings; and cry Alas, alas. This prophecy, in Zech. ix, no doubt had a partial, typical fulfilment upon those cities in Palestine, when Alexander subdued them, and swept across that region, in his victorious flight into the east: Also, when his generals, in after days, scoured those coun: tries, in their furious invasions of each other, in Syria, and Egypt. But it is acknowledged, that this prophecy is not yet finally fulfilled. What follows in the chapter shows, that its most interesting import, or ultimate fulfilment, was to be in days far future of the time of Alexander; and was to introduce the period, when (as verse 10,) God “will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle-bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak unto the heathen, and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.” Al that fol.