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himself king of Italy, and being crowned by the Pope with all solemnity and formalities required on so great an occasion. And it is this period of his life that brings him more immediately on the stage of prophecy. It was this act which especially constituted him “THE SUN," when power was given him "to scorch men with fire,” and which likewise constituted him (Rev. xvii. 3) “the scarlet-coloured beast, full of the names of blasphemy.” And it was in the year corresponding to this, when Sennacherib, a similarly blasphemous character, first appeared in the land of Judea, and for several years—that is, from 714 to 708 B. C.—was a scourge both to Israel and Judah ; until, in the latter year, his immense army was destroyed in a miraculous manner before Jerusalem. After this most memorable deliverance there appeared a reflux in the tide of affairs : a period of repose and quietness succeeded : there was a long pausebut it was the last pause in the work of desolation; -and during this season things returned, as far as the nature of the case would admit, to their accustomed channel. And hence it was that the kingdom of Israel might so far recover itself as to remain still a nation, and its final overthrow not be reckoned until it was afterwards de. stroyed by Esarhaddon.

In like manner Napoleon, after he became head of the empire, for the same number of years

-that is, from 1806 to 1812-rolled on his resistless course of conquest and tyranny; until, by a very similar interposition of Providence, he lost in the snows of Russia a host more than double in number the army of Sennacherib. This great event was attended by a similar reflux in the tide of affairs; things returning also in this case, as far as possible, to their accustomed channel; and affording for an appointed time a similar suspension to the work of devastation and ruin!

The parallel, indeed, between these two renowned conquerors, Sennacherib and Napoleon, is in some respects very striking, particularly in their blasphemy. The language of the former, in reference to Jehovah, was, “Let not Hezekiah ... make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

Who are they, among all the gods of the countries that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?” (2 Kings xviii. 29, 35). The latter declared himself “. superior to all events;" styled his army invincible ;" allowed himself to be addressed as “Your Providence;” and otherwise used the most impious language. Both were likewise in the very zenith of conquest, in the sunshine of prosperity, none daring to move hand or foot against them, when they were at length made to feel, like

himself king of Italy, and being crowned by the Pope with all solemnity and formalities required on so great an occasion. And it is this period of his life that brings him more immediately on the stage of prophecy. It was this act which especially constituted him “THE SUN,” when power was given him “to scorch men with fire,” and which likewise constituted him (Rev. xvii. 3) “the scarlet-coloured beast, full of the names of blasphemy.” And it was in the year corresponding to this, when Sennacherib, a similarly blasphemous character, first appeared in the land of Judea, and for several years—that is, from 714 to 708 B. C.—was a scourge both to Israel and Judah ; until, in the latter year, his immense army was destroyed in a miraculous manner before Jerusalem. After this most memorable deliverance there appeared a reflux in the tide of affairs : a period of repose and quietness succeeded : there was a long pause-but it was the last pause in the work of desolation; -and during this season things returned, as far as the nature of the case would admit, to their accustomed channel. And hence it was that the kingdom of Israel might so far recover itself as to remain still a nation, and its final overthrow not be reckoned until it was afterwards de. stroyed by Esarhaddon.

In like manner Napoleon, after he became head of the empire, for the same number of years

--that is, from 1806 to 1812-rolled on his resistless course of conquest and tyranny; until, by a very similar interposition of Providence, he lost in the snows of Russia a host more than double in number the army of Sennacherib. This great event was attended by a similar reflux in the tide of affairs ; things returning also in this case, as far as possible, to their accustomed channel; and affording for an appointed time a similar suspension to the work of devastation and ruin !

The parallel, indeed, between these two renowned conquerors, Sennacherib and Napoleon, is in some respects very striking, particularly in their blasphemy. The language of the former, in reference to Jehovah, was, “Let not Hezekiah ... make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

Who are they, among all the gods of the countries that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand ?” (2 Kings xviii. 29, 35). The latter declared himself superior to all events ;" styled his army invincible ;" allowed himself to be addressed as “Your Providence;" and otherwise used the most impious language. Both were likewise in the very zenith of conquest, in the sunshine of prosperity, none daring to move hand or foot against them, when they were at length made to feel, like

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A SECOND sign of the times, is the renewed efforts of Popery to shut out the light of truth from the world, and to propagate its antiChristian abominations. And this is likewise remarkably and lamentably exemplified in this country, and forms one of the features of the last days. For it is said in Rev. ix. 20, 21, after giving the particulars of the Turkish woe, that “the rest of the men, which were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood; which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk : neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” In other words, throughout the Latin Empire, the men who were not politically killed by the plagues of the first two woes do not repent of their worship of idols, nor desist from their great wickedness : they maintain their idolatry, with all its abominations, during the whole of the Turkish trumpet, and until it finally ceases; about which time this spiritual or symbolical Babylon shall then fall, before a still more tremendous power, and more impious principle, than that of either the Saracens or Turks. And up to the time that this final and overwhelming judgment comes upon them, it is here fully intimated that they will not repent of their deeds; that

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