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truth shall reveal falsehood; for, to reveal a lie, is to destroy it at once!' (The Pope Confounded, p. 177.) The laity therefore shall not destroy the Pope;' that is, they shall not destroy him' finally. The Papacy, which has taken the sword, shall perish with the sword at the termination of the Second Woe, or of the 1260 years. But the final destruction of the Pope shall be at the termination of the Third Woe, in other words, at the coming of Christ.
THE POPE THE BEAST.
IN THE PRESENCE OF THE KING AND SAID-THOU ART THIS HEead of gold.” -DANIEL II. 27, 38.
THE Head of Gold represented the Babylonish Empire, and yet Daniel scrupled not to say to the King of Babylon, "Thou art this Head." In like manner the Beast before us represents the mystical Babylonish Empire, and we scruple not to say to the Pope, the King of this mystical Babylon, THOU art this Beast. THOU, O POPE, art this Beast, for thy heads betray thee. Thy Seven Heads are the Seven Hills on which Rome is built. They are the Seven Mysteries on which the Woman, whose name is " Mystery," sitteth. They are the Seven Sacraments of the Church of Rome. Thy Seven Heads are also "Seven Kings' or Rulers, who have preceded thee in the government of Rome, viz. Kings, Consuls, Dictators, Decemvirs, Military Tribunes with Consular authority, Emperors and Dukes-and thou, O Pope, art "the Eighth."
Thou art also" of the Seven;" for thou art an "ecclesiastical Dictator" to the whole world, and thou dost set thyself up above all Kings and Emperors whatsoever. Whatever the Seven" were in a temporal, that thou art in an ecclesiastical sense. Thou hast succeeded to all their power and authority; and dost exercise this authority and power in a manner in which none of " the Seven" ever did.
THOU, O POPE, art this Beast; for thy horns betray thee. At the present moment thy kingdoms are "ten" in number; and, as there are "ten" kingdoms, so there are ten crowns." The Sovereigns of Europe, who acknowledge thee as Head of the Church, are
I. The King of Prussia,
II. The King of the French,
IX. The Queen of Portugal,
X. The Queen of Spain.
If we go back to the beginning of the eighth century, the horns of the Roman Empire were still "ten," namely,
I. The Exarchate of Ravenna,
VI. The Kingdom of the Franks,
X. The Kingdom of the Saxons.
Of these kingdoms, thou, O Pope, didst pluck up the first three by the roots, and these do constitute thy dominions at the present day. By plucking up these three kingdoms by the roots thou dost shew thyself to be the little horn of Daniel.
THOU, O POPE, art this Beast, for thou hast surpassed the Babylonish "Lion," the Persian " Bear,' and the Grecian "Leopard" in tyranny, cruelty and idolatry. If therefore the kingdoms of Babylon, Persia and Greece are rightly compared to a lion, a bear, and a leopard respectively, thou art rightly compared to a compound of the three.
THOU, O POPE, art this Beast; for thou declarest that thou dost not derive from the Scriptures, but the Scriptures from thee-authority, power and dignity. If thou dost not derive from the Scriptures authority, power and dignity, from what dost thou derive them ? St. John has informed us.-THE DRAGON, i. e. THE DEVIL has given thee "his Power and his Seat, (viz. Rome), and great authority." Thou art therefore, not the Vicar of Christ, but the Vicar of the Dragon; not Vice-Christ, but Vice-Devil. Thou pretendest to be the friend of Christ; but thou art the enemy of Christ and his holy Gospel.
THOU, O POPE, art this Beast; for "upon thy seven heads are names of blasphemy." Five of thy sacra
ments are bastard-sacraments, and the remaining two are changelings. Thou makest the Sacrament of Baptism to wash away sin "sua vi" by its own inherent efficacy, by the mere " opus operatum." Thou hast changed the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper into the blasphemous sacrifice of the Mass, contrary to the declaration of Scripture, "There remaineth no more offering for sin."
THOU, O POPE, art this Beast; for "one of thy heads," the sixth head, "has been wounded as it were to death." Thou thyself art "the Eighth," but thy predecessor, the sixth or Imperial head, was, as it were "wounded to death," when the Roman Empire was overturned by the northern nations, and an end was put to the very name of Emperor in Momyllus Augustulus. Thy seven heads denote also thy seven Sacraments, and the sixth Sacrament is that of Orders, which may be called the "Imperial" Sacrament, according to the description given of it by the Council of Trent, which compares persons in Orders to Magistrates, quorum auctoritate et IMPERIO regitur respublica." Thy sixth head, then, O POPE, is the
Imperial" Sacrament of Orders, which has been severed from the seventh head, and "as it were wounded to death" by thy Bulls, enforcing celibacy on the clergy. Thy sixth head "had the wound by a sword" in the time of Gregory VII., who did not confine himself to the legitimate weapon of spiritual censure, but gave over the married priests to the civil magistrates to be punished, as disobedient and unworthy subjects. Gregory wounded thy sixth head