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scription given of the apostasy and the Man of Sin by the apostle Paul. Nay, it would appear that the power of working miracles is even ascribed to the present Pope.* In a history of his seizure by order of Bonaparte, and of his journey into France in the year 1809, is to be found the following passage:"Pius the VII. is always a model of patience and resignation; the persons admitted to kiss his feet cannot contain their tears, and every one considers him as a saint; he has indeed performed several miracles." And again, "The Bishop of Nantes and some others who are most favourable to the government, have been sent to Fontainbleau, to endeavour to gain him over; but his Holiness always shows the greatest firmness. His life is that

of the Seven Dolors, and some of the deponents add, that they observed a perspiration issue from the countenance!!! &c. &c. &c.

In the list of the Subscribers to the "Official Memoirs," are to be found the following Romish Archbishops of Ireland:

Most Rev. Dr. Troy, Archbishop of Ireland.

Most Rev. Dr. O'Reilly, Archbishop of Armagh.
Most Rev. Dr. Dillon, Archbishop of Tuam.
Most Rev. Dr. Bray, Archbishop of Cashel,

and also the Bishops of Cloyne, Ferns, Kildare, Elphin, Acanthos, Daulis, Ossory, Cork, Meath, Telmessan, and Ardfort!!!

* That is Pius VII. who was Pope at the date of the first Edition of this work.

of a saint; he is almost always in prayer. He is said to have performed several miracles."*

Thus, in every respect an exact resemblance has been traced between the Man of Sin, as described by St. Paul, and the Papal power, so that we have the same reason for believing their identity, as for maintaining that the sufferings of Christ were intended in the minute and wonderful description of them given in the 53d chapter of Isaiah. In the close of the prophecy, the Apostle shows us the awful danger which is incurred by those who suffer themselves to be deluded by the lies of Antichrist." Let all then who support the errors of the Romish Church see their sin and danger, and by repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, avert from themselves the wrath which shall at length overtake and overwhelm the. Man of Sin and his abettors. "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye re

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* The work from which these passages are taken, seems to bear almost an official character. Its title is "Relation de ce qui s'est passé a Rome dans l'Envahissement des Etats du St Siège par les Francois et Fermeté du St Pere pour defendre l'Eglise ou pièces Officielles et Authentiques qui ont paru a ce sujet." 3 vols. 12 mo. London, Keating and Co. 1812.

ceive not of her plagues; for her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (Rev. xviii. 4, 5.)

CHAPTER VII.

Certain other prophecies briefly considered, relating to the Papacy and Church of Rome-inference therefrom that there is no hope of the reformation of these bodies-the necessity of continued watchfulness on the part of Protestants.-Passage of a late sermon by the Rev. Dr. Chalmers quoted.-Remarks upon it.-Concluding observations.

HAVING Concluded what I had to offer upon St. Paul's prophecy of the MAN OF SIN, I now propose to touch very briefly upon two or three other parts of the prophetical writings, wherein the same subjects are treated of, as in that passage.

In the first year of Belshazzar, king of Babylon, the prophet Daniel beheld in a vision four Beasts ascending out of the stormy sea. These Beasts are said, by the angel who interpreted the vision, to signify four kings, i. e. according to the prophetic style, four kingdoms which were to arise in the world. (Dan. vii. 1-3 and 17.) Now these kingdoms are understood both by Jewish and

Christian interpreters, with an unanimity of sentiment which precludes all rational doubt as to the accuracy of the application, to signify the empires of Babylon, Persia, Macedon or Greece, and Rome; which have successively held rule over the Church of God.

The fourth of the Beasts thus exhibited in vision to the eyes of the prophet, is described as possessing "ten horns." (Dan. vii. 7.) Now these horns are said by the interpreting angel to signify ten kings (Dan. vii. 24.) or kingdoms; and even before the accomplishment of this part of the prophecy, it was so accurately understood, by the Fathers of the Christian church, that they affirmed that these ten kings would divide among themselves the territories of the Roman empire. In exact harmony with the prophetic vision thus interpreted, history informs us, that in the fourth and fifth centuries, the western empire was overthrown by the Goths and Vandals, who divided among themselves its territories; and about the period of the fall of the empire, the following tribes seem to have been in possession of its provinces. 1. The Visigoths in Gaul and Spain. 2. The Suevi in Spain. 3. The Heruli in Italy. 4. The Franks in Belgium. 5. The Bur

gundians in Burgundy. 6. The Saxons in Britain. 7. The Alans in Gaul and Spain. 8. The Ostrogoths in Pannonia. 9. The Lombards in the rest of Pannonia. 10. The Vandals in Africa.

The prophet Daniel further informs us, that "he considered the horns, and behold there came up among them ANOTHER LITTLE HORN, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and behold in THIS HORN were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things."-Daniel was afterwards told by the àngel, that this HORN "should be diverse from the first." "And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws."

Now, it was the opinion of the Fathers, that this Little Horn represented the same power, as the MAN OF SIN and SON OF PerDITION, mentioned in St. Paul's prophecy. But since the Man of Sin has been proved to be the Papacy, if the above sentiment of the Fathers be right, then it must follow, that the Little Horn is also the representative of the Papal power. Let us inquire therefore, how far his character corresponds with that

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