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the way for the revelation of the
man of sin; and the three, which comprehend the
whole history of the Apostasy in its dominant state
both in the Fast and in the West, and which are styled
woe-trumpets. The silence at the opening of the sea
venth seal indicates the anxious expectation of the
troubles about to be produced by the sounding of the
trumpets, By the sounding of the four first trumpets,
he, that letted or prevented the revelation of the man
of sin, is taken out of the way. p. 3.
1. At the sounding of the first trumpet, the northern nations,
under Alaric, Radagaisus, and Attila, overrun the Rom
2. At the sounding of the second, Genseric king of the Van-
dals assaults the Western Empire from the south, and
3. At the sounding of the third, the line of the
Cesars becomes extinct in the person of Augustulus.
4. At the sounding of the fourth, the Roman empire, consi
dered as one great whole, experiences an eclipse of
half. p. 21.
four first trumpets is adopted in preference to that of
CHA P. VIII.
of the three last apocalyptic trumpets, or, as they are peculiarly
styled, the three woe-trumpets. THE
HE prophecy here divides itself into two distinct lines, treating severally of the eastern and western branches of the great Apostasy. The first of the thrce woe-trumpets describes the commencement of the dominance of the two-fold Apostasy: the second represents it in the zenith of its power, until the primary and only partial manifestation of Antichrist: the third
exhibits its downfall, displaying at the same time the multiplied + horrors of the harvest and the vintage of the Lord, of the un
controuled reign of the atheistical king and his subsequent de. struction along with the other enemies of God. p. 27.
Concerning the effects of the two first woe-trumpets in the East,
1. AT the sounding of the fifth trumpet, or the first woeАт
trumpet, in the East, the apostate star Sergius operis
2. At the sounding of the sixth trumpet, or the second woe
trumpet, the four sultanies of the Turkish horsemen are loosed from the river Euphrates; and, in due sea-. son, slay the third part of men, or subvert the Constantinopolitan monarchy, p. 37.
Contents of the little book-History of the western Apostasy under
the three woe-trumpets. The little book comprehends the eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth, chapters of the Revelation. These chapters, in point of chronology, run parallel to each other, forming a complete history of the western Apostasy. p. 46. 1. The first describes the prophesying of the witnesses during
the 1260 years. p. 47. 2. The second describes the war of the infernal dragon with
the mystic woman the Church, c.uring the same pe
riod. p. 48. 3. The third describes the actions of the two apocalyptic
beasts during the same period. p. 48. 4. The fourth describes the internal state of the true Church
during the saine period, and the harvest and the vin
tage of God's wrath. p. 49. The contents therefore of the little book may be properly divided into five sections: 1. The prophesying of the witnesses ; 2. The war of the dragon with the woman; 3. The history of the ten-horned beast of the sea; 4. The bistory of the twohorned beast of the earth ; 5. The collateral history of the true Church, of the Reformation, and of the harvest and vintage of God's wrath. po 50.
Concerning the prophesying of the two witnesses.
1. THE little book commences with the year 606, or with the
beginning of the first woe-trumpet. What is meant
court of the Gentiles. p. 51.
the Old and New Testaments. Bp. Newton is. per-
versal Church, those that are Israelites indeed. p. 54. 2. The circumstance of their being said to prophesy is no ob
jection to the supposition, that they symbolize all
prophesying. p. 58.
III, Nature of the death, revival, and ascension, of the two wita
nesses. p. 62. 1. Their death.
to the close of their prophesying, but before the sound-