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nationality was to appear. That is, it was to arise just exactly 529,984 days after this union of church and state took place, or on July 4th, 1776.
14. The ancient was to destroy church and state, and overturn every throne. No statement is plainer than that the monarchies of Europe were to be utterly annihilated by him. "The judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion." The term "they," plainly refers to the people represented by the ancient, for it can refer to nothing else. Those persons who are so silly as to suppose the ancient was a single person, will see by the term "they," that the ancient represented a great plurality of persons. Again; "I beheld till the thrones were cast down." This refers to the Roman empire, or monarchies of the fourth beast; and indicates, that not one throne only, but many, were confederated in it. To this, St. John agrees. After the overthrow, the ancient is represented as possessing the kingdom, just as the stone kingdom is represented as changing into a mountain.
We have now pointed out all the characteristics of the ancient of days, and proceed to show that the United States coincides with every point of its character.
Coincidence First.-The ancient of days, was a dual Christian nationality. With this character the United States coincides. The church is not united in corrupt alliance with the state, but the religion of Christ is free and pure; it exists in conjunction with the state department as a legitimate partner, but not as its incestuous paramour, as it does in Europe.
Coincidence Second. The political ancient of days, was just and noble. say, that the constitution of the United
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best and most righteous government the world ever knew. The character of our country as a nation, has never been sullied by a single act of national injustice. Charges of injustice have been brought, but they have never been sustained. For humanity, for benevolence, for enterprise, for sympathy, for the good, and for pure religion and undefiled, our name is justly celebrated, and ever has been. For every ennobling trait of national character, we have been distinguished from the beginning.
Coincidence Third.-The religion of the fifth kingdom, or ancient of days, was to be pure and energetic. The history of the purity, energy, and prosperity of the Christian religion in our country, has been unexampled in the history of mankind. Man can not write the deep and wide worth of its progress; heaven alone, can properly portray its true history.
Coincidence Fourth.-The fifth empire, or the ancient. of days, was to affect Europe and the world, before it attacked monarchy. The continued flood of information that has rolled upon printed pages, from our country to Europe, has gone like a flood of lava; and revolution after revolution, by consequence, has filled Europe with dismay. Historians date the great period of revolutions in Europe, from the rise of our country, and its successful establishment of Christian democracy. The French revolution, the first in the great series of political earthquakes in Europe, was generated by the tide of democratic fire that rolled thither from America.
Coincidence Fifth.-The fifth empire, or ancient of days, was to sit in judgment on one hundred millions of people in Europe. At the rise of the United States, Europe's population was just about a hundred millions.
Coincidence Sixth.-The fifth kingdom was to judge, or overthrow, the European thrones. This has not yet been done; but every shadow on the political horizon indicates its approach; and unseen lightnings in the moral atmosphere, are affecting the great barometer of the world's politics, and its pointer is turned toward the region of hurricanes. The peace of the past generation is the lull before the great tornado that shall tear down all the kingdoms of the world in its angry march.
Coincidence Seventh.-The fifth empire was to be a Christian democracy. This is the precise character of the United States, as everybody knows.
Coincidence Eighth.-The fifth empire was to be erected beyond the limits of the fourth monarchy, and out of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The United States is in America, and far removed from the old empire of Rome.
Coincidence Ninth. The ancient of days, or fifth empire, was to be like the democracy of ancient Israel. The United States, at its rise, was exactly such a democracy as that of ancient Israel, except, that it was in a Christian rather than a Hebrew dress. The number of its states was the very same; its confederacy was like it; and its principles were identical. The Christian difference was, that the United States, like Christianity itself, was constructed to embrace the world. Hence, in its constitution, provision was made for the addition of new states, and the principle of representative democracy was incorporated. By these, its universal expansion was provided for.
The fifth empire, or ancient of days, was to rise 529,984 days after the union of church and state, or on the 4th of July, 1776. Now, on this veritable day and year, the United States arose.
We have now shown, that every characteristic the fifth empire of Daniel's vision was to possess, finds a full coincidence in the United States of America, excepting one, and that one belongs to the future, and is by no means necessary to the identification. We therefore claim, that as perfect coincidence between prophecy and history is infallibly a fulfillment of prophecy, that the United States was predicted by the ancient of days, or fifth empire of Daniel's vision of the world.
THE SIXTH EMPIRE, OR MESSIAH'S KINGDOM.
Vision.-"I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man, came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed."
Interrogatory." The time came that the saints possessed the kingdom."
Interpretation." The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him."
This vision of a single person, in the likeness of Messiah, is symbolic of the revelation of the veritable Son of God with his holy angels, at "his appearing
and his kingdom.” All the exposition given of its meaning is, that the people of the Christians shall possess the world, regenerated forever. The term, "people of the saints," is clearly an expression for a Christian nation. If this were not so, it is impossible to account. for the expression; for the term, saints, alone, would have expressed Christians generally, without any special nationality. It is coincident with the stone kingdom, which was to possess the kingdom of the world. No spiritual judgment day, or removal of the heavens and earth, are here alluded to at all. The reason seems to be, that the vision prominently embraced only political kingdoins, and departments of kingdoms; and the spiritual department of government was only mentioned incidentally, when mentioned at all.
This sixth empire embraced all the globe, and it was never to pass away, or be removed from it-nevernever-never. As soon as the Roman empire was out of the way, the fifth empire, or the Christian Israel, filled its place, and dominion over the world was given to it. At the coming of the Son of Man, we learn that he shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity. This implies that many, spiritually wicked, would exist among the people of the saints.
The Millennial period, mentioned by St. John, is not noticed here as being a separate degree in the sixth kingdom, but is blended with it. The Millennium of John is, however, plainly the beginning of the worldwide dominion of the Christian democracy. The fifth empire was the Elias of Messiah's kingdom. The text affirms that the likeness of the Son of Man came to the ancient of days, or fifth empire, after its conquest of