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mans. Toutes les plus grosses pierreries sont d'ailleurs attachées en pendeloques, ce qui leur donne un jeu qui augmente beaucoup leur éclat.

Sur le haut de cette Tiare, où étoit auparavant une simple croix, régne une EMERAUDE d'une couleur parfaitement nette et vive, supportée par deux DRAGons d'or que Gregoire XIII., y fit mettre avec ses armes et son nom autour, en cette maniere :

GREGOR. XIII. PONT. OPT. MAX. “ Such a temporal and spiritual kingdom as the popedom, such an Imperium in Imperio, is in open hostility to the public peace and happiness of Europe; even as King Louis XII. (surnamed Le Père du Peuple), had formerly evinced to Pope Julius II., who when he was thundered at by this pope, overthrew him and his adherents in a battle at Ravenna ; and at Pisa assembled a Council against the pope, causing CERTAIN CROWNS OF GOLD to be stamped with this superscription - Perdam Nomen Babylonis ’I will destroy the name of Babylon :' thereby testifying to the whole world his firm belief that Rome Papal is the mystic Babylon of the Revelation. Here then is King Louis XII., One of the 'Ten Horns' or Kings of the PAPAL ROMAN EARTH, purposing to destroy the name of Babylon ; first, by a defeat of the pope and his adherents, in battle; then, by calling a council of the nation to witness his royal intentions against the pope and popery; and then, finishing the whole matter, by causing the impress of his intentions to be put on the gold coin of the realm; and Buonaparte was evidently possessed of the same belief when he compelled Pope Pius VI. to sign the renunciation of his TEMPORAL Power, which he did, beginning with these words :

* In sequito degli ordini superiori si denuncia a tutte le personi dello stato Ecclesiastico di qualunque grado, e condizione, &c.

"G. Della Porta, Tresoriere Generale.'* *Yielding to the orders of our superiors, we denounce all persons of the Ecclesiastical State, of whatever rank or condition, &c.

'G. Della Porta, Treasurer General.' " And when this deed of renunciation and denunciation was signed, it was said the pope undersigned these words,--Noi cediamo l'autorita nostra agl'ordini superiori.--Pio Sesto.'—We cede our authority to force.—Pius the Sixth.' Buonaparte then expelled Pius Sextus from Rome, and sent him to Tuscany, Sienna, and Florence, and ransacked the Vatican, with every other palace and church in Rome, &c.; and on another occasion, the Emperor brought Pope Pius VII. a state prisoner to Fontainbleau, and asked him how he reconciled his temporal kingdom with the words of Christ, “Mon regne n'est pas de ce monde.' But there is only one answer to this inquiry, which may be summed up in the words of Christ to his servant St. Peter, whose Successors the popes pretend to be, in reference to the ecclesiastical office and dignity.

All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
"But the Popes of Rome' take the sword;'
" Therefore the Popes of Rome' shall perish with the sword.'

* See Peter du Moulin's Buckler of the Faith. Second edition, p. 543.

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“ Where was the Romish religion before the Council of Trent? which legitimated all the innovations of popery, and was concluded only about the year 1563, long after Luther began to preach against the profligate sale of indulgences.

“The Romish religion comes into the world fifteen hundred and sixty-four years too late to be the religion of the true church of Christ, because all the dogmas peculiar to the Romish church were never collected together in one formulary until Pius IV. reduced them into the form of a creed, by annexing twelve additional articles to the Nicene or Constantinople Creed, and publishng the whole in a bull, as a creed (which is now commonly called

his name) in the year 1564. Most of the articles superadded to the Christian faith of the universal church, contained in the Nicene Creed, are of known and modern date. The pretended supremacy of the popes or bishops of Rome commenced only with Boniface III., about 600 years after the birth of Christ. The invocation of saints and of the virgin Mary was first introduced by Petrus Gnapheus, a presbyter of Antioch, about A. D. 470, and it was not received into the public litanies until about 150 years later. Temples were erected to the honour of supposed saints only in the 6th century, and it was not till the latter part of the 9th century that the Roman pontiffs impiously arrogated to themselves the power of raising dead sinful mortals to the dignity of immortal saints, and constituting them objects of worship, whose prayers and merits procure blessings, and by whose hands they are imagined to be conveyed. The two Sacraments, instituted by Jesus Christ, were not multiplied into seven until the twelfth century. Peter Lombard being the first writer who enumerates seven, and seven being the number decreed by the assembly of Romanists at Trent, in the 16th century, to be received on pain of an anathema. Transubstantiation, or the conversion of the whole substance of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, was not imposed as a doctrine (though the term had been invented some time before) until the fourth Lateran Council, held in 1215, when an auricular confession was first enjoined. The cup in the communion was not totally taken away from the laity until the Council of Constance, in 1416. Purgatory was not positively affirmed until about the year 1140; nor was it made an article of faith until it was decreed so to be in the 25th session of the Assembly at Trent, in December 1563. The practice of praying for the dead was established in the third century. Now what pretence can Romanists make to antiquity, when we not only see the novelty of their innovations, but can also ascertain the precise time when most of their doctrines were invented or introduced ?-a plain answer to the question, Where was your religion before Luther ?' and also to the false assertion that the Protestant religion is a new religion which had no being in the world 1500 years after Christ.'"

Assertions of the Romish church contradicted by the holy Scriptures : Psalm xix. 7; Deut. iv. 2; Prov. xxx. 5, 6; Rev. XXII. 8, 9; Isai. VIII. 16, 20; Luke xvi. 29; Matt, xvii. 5; 2 Tim. 111. 15–17; Matt. Xlll. 1-9.

Against transubstantiation :-Acts . 21 ; 1 Cor. xi. 26 ; Matt. xxvi. 29 ; 1 Cor. XI. 24,25 ; Exod. xii. 11; John vi. 23, 53, 54, 58, 60-63; Heb. x. 10-14.

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-dom by the Romans;" yet some have reckoned the commencement of the 2300 years from the time Alexander invaded Asia, B. C. 334, and which will terminate in the year 1966. "The time in which the four decrees were issued stands thus :

Edict of Cyrus
Edict of Darius Hystaspes
Edict of the seventh year of Artaxerxes
Edict of the twentieth of ditto

B.C. 536 518 457 444

“ Two thousand three hundred years, calculated from each of these dates will respectively bring us to A.D. 1764, 1782, 1843, and 1856. From these calculations it will be perceived that the two former have already passed ; and the accomplishment of the prophecy not having yet taken place, our inquiry will therefore be limited to the last two; viz., the two edicts given by Artaxerxes, the one to Ezra, and the other to Nehemiah.

“ The former of these two edicts of Artaxerxes has a very great importance attached to it; it is the point of time that marks the commencement of the • seventy weeks,' the prophecy relating to the first coming and death of Christ ; and consequently to the first cleansing of the sanctuary, which He effected in his own person, when he drove the buyers and sellers out of the temple, and publicly ministered within its walls. It was in virtue of this edict that the Jewish church and polity were fixed upon a settled basis, and fully restored from the disorders and confusion of the Babylonish captivity; that the templeservice and all that related to the worship of the sanctuary, was regulated ; and that Ezra, like Abraham, Moses, and David, stood at the head of one of the four great divisions of the Jewish history. As the intrinsic importance of the work which Nehemiah performed in consequence of this favour from Artaxerxes, appears rather for the greater perfecting of Ezra's commission, which was to restore and build the walls of Jerusalem,' than for any original or new privileges which it conferred,

-as well as from consideration of the date of the latter having already been employed in a similar way in a chronological period relating to the same sanctuary; and also from being connected with the memorable preservation of the Jews under Esther and Mordecai,—I have no hesitation in giving it the preference on this occasion ; and, therefore, consider the edict given to Ezra, as that from which the commencement of these 2300 years ought to be dated ;" viz. B.C. 457, and terminating 1843.

The emperor Justinian “in a marked and special manner contributed towards the full establishment of the awful apostacy" of the churches of Christ There are in this case, as in the former period of 2300 years, four edicts from which the commencement of the period of 1260 years might be supposed to be reckoned. The first was issued by the emperors Gratian and Valentinian, in the year 379, and was chiefly for the purpose of regulating appeals to the Roman Pontiff, and giving him jurisdiction over the whole western empire, which was all comprehended within the prefectures of Italy and Gaul.'

“ The second was issued by the emperor Valentinian . in 445, and confers upon the Pope the most extensive authority,' and declares that whatsoever the authority of the apostolic see shall enact, shall be for a law to all.'

“ The third edict is that of the emperor Justinian, issued in 533. And the fourth and last was from the tyrant Phocas, the murderer of the emperor Maurice and his family, and was given A.D. 606; adjudging the palm of ecclesiastical supremacy to the Pope, rather than to the primate of Constantinople; merely, however, confirming, as far as it went, the preceding edict issued by Justinian ... The time for the accomplishment of the two former passed without any particular events transpiring (reckoning 1260 years) in 1638 and 1705. And in choosing between these two I feel no hesitation, with the great majority of modern commentators, in giving the preference to the one of the Emperor Justinian, rather than that of Phocas; and assigning the date of his edict which was March, 533, as the true and proper commencement of this period, and the time when the saints were delivered or 'given' into the hands of the Pope.

“ Mr. Cunningham observes, in giving the quotations which constitute what is called the edict of Phocas, “there is no appearance in them of any new title having been conferred by this emperor, but merely a confirmation of the one previously given by Justinian'. .. On the contrary, by the mandates and edicts of Justinian, the supremacy of the Pope, as head of all the churches, received the fullest sanction that could be given to it by the hand of


“ Although by this edict the saints were delivered into the hands of the Pope, yet it was not until fifty years subsequently that the ten papal kingdoms were finally established, nor that popery assumed its most awful and distinguishing characteristic,—the Divine attribute of infallibility . . . . As all the other kingdoms, with regard to their territorial limits, which is what is contemplated in the prophecy, were confessedly founded before this time .... we appear to be sufficiently warranted in considering that this year is the proper date from which to calculate the assigned duration of the Western Roman Empire in its divided state. It appears, likewise, from Bowyer's History of the Popes, that it was about the year 583 that the then Pope, Pelagius, first assumed the Divine attribute of infallibility. And perhaps no consideration has tended to keep its members so fast bound to its communion, and so completely to depress the true church, as the universal recognition, throughout the papal world, of this daring pretension. It has been the charm which has retained all ranks of persons for so many centuries within its magic circle; the magnet which has attracted the desultory and unstable within its sphere, the foundation of its whole superstructure, the cement of all its parts, and its fence and fortress against all inroads and attacks.”

We now present our readers with a chronological view of the great unfulfilled events. Either the epoch 583 or that of 606 may be conjectured to be the commencement of the 1260 years :

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