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British empire arose out of the Roman empire, and was originally a part of it.
Coincidence Third.-This other beast or empire was to speak as a dragon, or to assume imperial power over the nations and people. If we look to the times of Henry VIII., we shall see that then the British empire broke off from the papal dominion, and acted as an indepen dent empire, and spoke with the greatest and most dra conic authority.
Coincidence Fourth.-This new empire was to exercise the same kind and extent of power in its dominions, that the papal power did in its dominions. How true this was accomplished by Henry, and how fully it has been since his day, by the British government, the full page of history records. Henry set himself up as possessed of authority equal to the papal, and used all his imperial strength to sustain the papacy. He murdered and overturned all that opposed his dictation, and compelled all to worship, or do homage to the Latin church; so that he caused all to worship the first beast. Every reader of English history is familiar with these things.
Coincidence Fifth.-The false prophet was to humble the word of the true church, and produce disaster to all that opposed him in his course. The monarch of England burnt all the copies of scripture that were first printed in English; and also burnt Tyndal, the translator and reformer. He summoned the universities to decide that he could divorce himself at pleasure, and they responded satisfactorily. He wrote, in reply to Luther, and in defense of the Pope, and was named by him the "Defender of the Faith;" a name which England's monarchs have inherited ever since. He destroyed all the reformers in his reach, and made his people wor ship at the shrine of the beast, or murdered them.
Coincidence Sixth.-This new government was to make an image to the Roman hierarchy. This was done, by Henry. Macaulay says, "Henry attempted to constitute the Anglican church, differing from the Roman on the point of supremacy alone, and his success was extraordinary." "He meant nothing in the world less than a Reformation."-(Worcester Hist.) "He arrogated infallibility to himself, and caused the law of the six articles of religion, called 'the bloody statute,' to be enacted."-(b.) This law required implicit obedience to the doctrines of the Roman church, and death, or imprisonment, was the penalty of disobedience. This new church was, in all respects, an image of the papal, or of the beast with the wounded head.
Coincidence Seventh.-Power was to be given to this new church, to have a separate and authoritative life. The church of Henry, the image of the beast, has lived ever since his day with great authority.
Coincidence Eighth.-"And cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." Let any man read the statutes of conformity to the English church, from Henry to William, and read the accounts of the deaths of martyrs, and extensive persecutions, for non-conformity to the English church, and he will see this coincidence in fire, and blood, and tears; and hear it in groans and screams of the tortured and imprisoned.
Coincidence Ninth.-Each one was to receive in their hands, or foreheads, or to have the name, the mark, or the number of the name of the beast. As with the ancients, the name of a false god represented the God; and as his mark represented him, and also the number of his name, so the name of the beast, which was a state religion, represented that kind of religion, and the mark and
number of the beast also represented a state religion. Hence, this new empire was to endorse three religions. Now, this was the state of the case in England, and in no other country in the world. During the reigns of Henry's successors, acts were passed by the government, restricting all civil offices to Catholics, members of the churches of England and Scotland, which were all, by turns and together, endorsed by the government; and non-conformity was punished in the severest manner. We could quote act after act, from the statutes of England, proving these points; but we refer the reader to these universal laws of blood, as they are indelibly recorded in English history. Small readers can not appreciate the depth of these laws of iniquity. There was the strongest line of demarcation drawn between the three religions and dissenters, and it was drawn with "fire mingled with blood," for several generations.
Coincidence Tenth.-This empire was finally to have two horns, like a lamb, or two established religions much like the Christian. Such has been the case in the British empire. The Anglican church was much reformed after the fire that burned John Rogers, and was conformed to many evangelical doctrines of scripture. The kirk of Scotland was erected into a state religion, and approaches very near to true Christianity. The great antipathy of God to a state religion is, because it places a human being at its head, and allows the state to rule where He alone has a right to rule. All state religions are, from the nature of things, subject to the secular head of the state. In England, the oath of supremacy, as head of the church, is taken by the king; on the day of his coronation, he puts on a stole, a dalmatica, and a surplice. Religion in America differs from all religion in the world, for it never had, and never will
have, a secular head. The two great state religions of Britain coincide with the two lamb-like horns of the beast from the earth.
Coincidence Eleventh.-The number of the name of the beast or Roman church, whose imperial character was to be borrowed by the beast, we have already seen, was the Roman church.
To recapitulate the new empire was to rise from the Roman territory; it was to organize a church like the Roman; it was to give aid and comfort to three great religions; it was to persecute all others; it was ultimately to have two established religions. The British empire arose from the Roman; it organized a church like the papal; it gave aid and comfort, to the papal, English and Scotch imperial or empire churches; and finally, established two state religions, the church of England, and the kirk of Scotland.
We have now shown a mathematically exact coincidence between the two-horned beast and the British empire. And, as perfect coincidence is infallibly perfect fulfillment, the two-horned beast infallibly predicted the British empire. No clawing off here, gentlemen; the coincidence is perfect, and so is the fulfillment; receive the interpretation, or deny the infallible rule. This empire is to be overthrown, and it will be the last to fall of all the monarchies. We have now finished the interpretations given in the little book, and shall take up the seven trumpets in order.
THE SEVEN TRUMPETS-SECOND GREAT PANORAMA.
THESE trumpets are announced as soon as the cessation of the revelations under the seals occurs; nothing being given by the seventh seal at the time of its opening. Nothing is said of the seven trumpets occurring after the seals, and, the sixth seal and seventh vial of the seventh trumpet coinciding, is full proof that the seals and trumpets rehearse the history of the same great era of the bondage of the church. Besides this, the seals and trumpets are seen to coincide chronologically, throughout the whole field of vision. The introduction to seven trumpets is marked by seven angels standing before God, and an angel standing at the altar with a censer, offering the prayers of the saints to God. An angel always symbolizes an agent or agency, and, doubtless, also represents a real spirit, for one of the seven engaged in conversation with John. The prayers of the saints would certainly be offered for the "kingdom to come in earth as it is in heaven." The altar symbolizes religion; and the angel at it, seems to cast the fire from his censer, indicative of the curses earth is to feel in working out its great redemption through sufferings. The thunders, lightnings, voices, and earthquakes, are prophetic of, either the whole period of the seven trumpets, or, of their initiative at church and state union.