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"The sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared."

This vial will be poured out upon Mahomedanism. When Christendom has been purged of its heathenism, the fairer aspect which pure Christianity will present will have its influence upon Mahomedanism. Mahomedans will begin to inquire into the doctrines, and will, therefore, acquire the truths of Christianity. They will then perceive that Christianity is a purer faith than Mahomedanism. Under the influence of Gospel truth, Mahomedanism will "be dried up," or, as it is in Daniel, "be broken without hand."

Every other commentator, as I think, has assigned a termination of Mahomedanism in our day. I assert, that it will yet continue a thousand years. The period of time in which we live, and the dispute concerning Mahomedanism, was foreseen by Daniel. He has expressed it in the following words: "I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." The 2,300 days, for years, are said to have commenced prior to Christianity. It is not so. They commenced with Mahomedanism. The sacrifice taken away is Christ's daily, perpetual sacrifice. Mahomedanism took this away, and trod under foot both the sanctuary and the host. It is expressly said "by him;" and therefore, if the "him" refer to Mahomet, or Mahomedanism, then

by Mahomet, or "by "him, the daily sacrifice was taken away."

Between the pouring out of the sixth and seventh vials, "three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet."

Towards the close of the next millenary, the remains of Paganism, a raked-up Romanism, and a surviving Mahomedanism, will, like frogs, be croaking about their several supposed excellences. This passage synchronises with Rev. xix. 21; Rev. xx. 8; and Ezek. xxxviii. and xxxix.

This resuscitation of all but extinct doctrines will bring on another and final struggle. The seventh vial will then be poured out.

"The seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple saying, It is done."

This vial is poured into the air, or is universal. At this, the final conflict, every false system is destroyed. Every island, or Gentile isle, will flee away, and the mountains of heathenism, or heathen worship, will not be found. To intimate that Romanism had before been overthrown, great Babylon is said "to come into remembrance."

CHAPTER VII.

THE JUDGMENTS OF POPERY AND PAGANISM.

THE 17th and 18th chapters contain the judgments of Popery, the 19th of Paganism.

In the 17th chapter, Rome Papal is represented as

a woman arrayed in purple and scarlet, seated upon a scarlet-coloured beast, "having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication; and upon her forehead a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth."

She sits upon seven mountains. Here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven mountains are the combined heathen sentiments which give her a seat. The dragon having the seven horns, with seven crowns, symbolising all false religions, gave her a seat. She sits upon, as I have before said, combined false religions, of which Popery is compounded.

Rome

The scarlet-coloured beast has ten horns. The beast from the sea had ten horns. The ten horns of the one are not the ten horns of the other. Rome Pagan, with its ten horns, was broken up. Papal followed, and this was compounded of ten European kingdoms. These kingdoms gave their strength to the beast; the time is now fast approaching when they, as a portion have already done, "shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate."

The 18th chapter proclaims her end. Two angels follow each other, as we have seen announced in the 14th chapter. One proclaiming, Babylon is fallen, is fallen-the other, inviting her people to "come out of her, that they be not partakers of her sins, and that they receive not of her plagues."

The three angels announced in the 14th chapter, the third, fourth, and fifth vials, and the judgments upon Popery, synchronise, and are identical in their objects.

The judgments upon Popery will be very marked and very sudden. God's voice will be heard in tones

to command attention. “Alas! alas! that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones and pearls. In one hour so great riches is come to nought. in one hour is she made desolate. . . . A mighty angel took up a stone, like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city, Babylon, be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all." The one hour may signify, as I believe it does, in accordance with the previous explanation of the half-hour, an eighth of a thousand years, or about one hundred and thirty years, during which the fifth vial will be pouring out; but it also probably means instant. The judgment is sudden, like a great millstone thrown into the sea. "Thus with violence shall that great city, Babylon, be thrown down." This will probably take place very shortly. When this has occurred, the other angel will say, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen." Probably, one hundred and thirty years will be employed in the overthrow of Papal doctrines, when the Hebrew or first sabbatical rest will begin.

The judgment upon Paganism follows in the 19th chapter. This chapter opens with exulting voices, rejoicing over the destruction of Popery, and saying, "Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: for true and righteous are His judgments for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand."

The judgments upon Popery have been completed in the pouring out of the fourth and the fifth vials; and the first harvest of the earth, mentioned in the 14th chapter, is ripe.

Now a voice is heard proclaiming the marriage supper of the Lamb. This voice is the voice of a multitude; but it is also a special individual voice, crying, "These are the true sayings of God." John falls at his feet to worship him. And he said unto John, "See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Now is heaven opened, and Christ, the Faithful and True, and His army, go forth to conquer. The Word of God has now free course, and its effect is to destroy all heathenism.

In this chapter are two suppers described. The first is, as we have before stated, "the marriage supper of the Lamb." The wife hath made herself ready. True Christianity prevails. The second This supper

supper is "the supper of the great God." is prepared at the pouring out of the seventh vial. This is brought on by the faithful preaching of the Word of God. The result is, that all remaining principles, after the first supper, adverse to Christianity, are cast into a lake of fire, and consumed.

CHAPTER VIII.

THE MILLENIUM.

THE 20th chapter presents in itself a completed picture. Its predictive details commence in our day, and terminate with the close of the next millenary,

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