sceptre that governs them, and all the insults and oppression of the vile satraps of the Tyrant. When a ship of the fieet ar. rives in a port, all the people who can, fly to the mountains, or into the country. Others shut themselves up in their houses, without daring to stir out. Every one in the roads and even in the streets are plundered by the soldiers and failors of the ships; and if they are not cut and wounda ed with a pistol ball, they esteem themselves happy. The captains and officers raise contributions for themselves, and thus the poor Greeks pay another tax to the fleet, which is heavier to those on whom it unhappily falls, than that paid to the Sultan; and they are generally prevented from complaining out of fear left the next ship should take revenge.."

Such is the government, and such are the complicated miseries, under which the East has groaned for many centuries'! The

second Eton, Preface, p. 5. • When Omar, the Saracen Caliph, took Jerufar lem by capitulation in A. D. 637, the Christians were not allowed liberty of worship, but on the most fevere and humiliating conditions. See Ockley, Pococke, &f.



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second wo has been of long duration ; but from the view we have just taken of the decline and present state of the Ottoman empire, we are surely authorized to conclude that it now draws near its close. It will not however terminate the allotted period of affliction ; for when this wo shall be past, behold, a third wo cometh quickly—while the sixth trumpet continues to found.

In the short account already given of the declining power of the Papal Antichrist, we have seen the effects of some of those vials of wrath which were to be succervely poured out upon the men who worship the BEAST and his IMAGE.” And the present state of Rome (supposed to be under the influence of the fifth vial) may be considered as a confirmation of the opinion long ago formed by several of the most able Commentators, that the fixth vial, which is to be “

poured out in the river Euphrates," or the dominion of the

Omar built a mosque on the fite of Solomon's Temple, which remains to this day, walled round at some distance, and it is death for either Jew or Christian to enter the enclosure.



Mahometan Antichrist, would be contemporary with the third wo. The following Chapter will perhaps enable us to conjecture how far the reign of the IMAGE, made at the suggestion, and acting by the power, of the SECOND BEAST, appears to correspond with the THIRD WO; and how far it seems probable that “ the remainder of wrath” will fall with peculiar violence upon the votaries of the INFIDEL ANTICHRIST, or, in other words,“


the worshippers of the IMAGE.”

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FROM the passages in Scripture, which have been brought forward to the observation of the reader in the Introductory Chapter, in order to display the revelation concerning the different branches of Antichrist, we find that the Holy Spirit has spoken in explicit terms, not only of those who were to corrupt the faith, as the Papists have done ; oppose it with open force, as has been the practice of the Mahometans; but of those who were first to undermine it by every insiduous art, and finally, by the union of fraud with violence, were to establish the dominion of Infidelity. “ in the last days.” We have seen that such persons were clearly foretold in the Prophecies of Daniel, St. Paul, St. Pee ter, St. Jude, and St. John. And their characters, principles, conduct, and success are so clearly represented, that these inspired writers have in a manner anticipated the history of thọfe " false teachers,” who have been in the past and in the present age distinguished by the name of Freem thinkers, Sceptics, Philosophists, or Illuminati. These predictions have been shown to be generally applicable to schismatics and infidels in every period, but to have a particular reference to those who should arife in “ the latter times,” and occasion a greas Apostasy from the church of Christ.


The rise and progress of Jacobinism, which seems to include every species of Infidelity, and may be defined to mean Hostility to Religion, to Virtue, to Monarchy, to Laws, to Social Order, Rank and Property, have been examined with industry, and displayed with correctness, by the Abbé Barruel and Professor Robison. The facts brought forward in support of their assertions, have baffled the ingenuity of Jacobinism itfelf to disprove. And these facts have clearly shown, that a consPI



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