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tended to prepare the public mind for future innovations, made with a RUDER HAND, and upon a much larger scale.” After naming some acts of spoliation of this monarch, he adds: “ Joseph was also the first Catholic sovereign who broke through the solemn degree of reverence attached by that religion to the person of the Sovereign Pontiff. The Pope's fruitless and humiliating visit to Vienna furnished the shadow of a precedent for the conduct of Napoleon to Pius the Seventh.”

In another place (p. 96) with regard to this year, he thus fixes the attention to the important principles which it developed, and which marked it as the spring-head of the revolution :—“ Looking back on the period of 1780 with the advantage of our own experience, it is possible to see a chance, though perhaps a doubtful one, of avoiding the universal shipwreck which was fated to ensue."

As the preliminary events which, under God, brought on the fall, and those which are to bring on the restoration of Israel, have thus corresponded to the period of "seven times;"

seven times;” so the next dates, of 1789 and 1793, equally correspond to those of 731 and 727 B.C., and bring us to the acmé of thatawful catastrophe by which the nicely poised balance of power among the European nations (the work and boast of ages) and the old institutions and long-established barriers of civil society, were shattered to the earth ; the constitution of the republic formally pro. claimed; the Christian era abolished; all religious worship suppressed; and death declared to be an eternal sleep! Thus was the important event of Shalmaneser's carrying the Israelites into captivity, and irrecoverably destroying the well-being of their nation, responded to by an equally important event, that has shaken all modern kingdoms, previous to their restoration.

The next date is the year 1796, which brings us to the first appearance of God's modern scourge and destroyer of nations, Napoleon Bonaparte, who in this year began his victorious career as the leader of the infidel hosts against the Papal nations. In the year 1798, the French army took and entered ROME; making the Pope a prisoner, banishing the cardinals, and abolishing for the time the whole system of Popery: after which they fell upon the Italian states, ravaged and spoiled them, and annexed Savoy and other territories to the French republic.

The year 1806 is exceedingly remarkable, in the farther successes of Bonaparte, as marking the time when, after the deepest humiliation of the Emperor of Germany, he obliged him to resign his imperial headship over the Western empire ; thus abolishing for ever the “ sixth head" or form of government, and establishing in his own person the “seventh head;" making

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Nebuchadnezzar, that “ the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.”

These correspondences between the dates of the events which hastened Israel's final ruin, and those which portend their restoration, are at least very remarkable and striking, and must be considered to have a deeply ominous aspect. It may be observed in general, with regard to the dates respecting the kings of Assyria, that they vary a year or two, or sometimes more, in different authors. The destruction of Sennacherib's army, and the date of his own death, for instance, will be found to be placed, respectively, in all the years from 710 to 706 B. C., although the most general is 709. In Calmet's Chronology this latter date is given as the year when Sennacherib invaded Hezekiah's dominions; and 708 (the following year), as the year in which his son Esarhaddon succeeded him :—708, therefore, is the one which I have fixed upon, as having a great degree of probability attached to its being the true date of the destruction of the Assyrian army.

IV. Another reason which has induced me to consider the expression seven times” as implying a chronological term, is the present

SIGNS OF THE TIMES.”

In the first place, the nations of the earth, forgetful of the awful lesson that has so lately

been read to them, are again in a most fearful manner rearing the standard of Infidelity, and men of every rank are unblushingly avowing their total denial of the Bible as the word of God. In France, particularly, to such an extent is this feeling said to prevail, that an imputation of having taken a part in any religious observance, or of believing in Christianity, would be shrunk from as if it were a moral degradation. The blasphemies of Atheism, as they so awfully appeared at the breaking out of the French Revolution, are giving fearful indications that they only wait the opportunity to exhibit anew the same revolting and diabolical scenes of ferocity as those which characterized the days of Robespierre. Even in our own country, to a more fearful extent than many are at all aware of, is this fatal poison, in unison with other causes, working the ruin of the country; and increasing in strength, in virulence, and in influence, beyond all former example. Thus are the Apostle's words fulfilling : “ This also know, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times shall come: for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God!"

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Nebuchadnezzar, that “the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."

These correspondences between the dates of the events which hastened Israel's final ruin, and those which portend their restoration, are at least very remarkable and striking, and must be considered to have a deeply ominous aspect. It may be observed in general, with regard to the dates respecting the kings of Assyria, that they vary a year or two, or sometimes more, in different authors. The destruction of Sennacherib's army, and the date of his own death, for instance, will be found to be placed, respectively, in all the years from 710 to 706 B. C., although the most general is 709. In Calmet's Chronology this latter date is given as the year when Sennacherib invaded Hezekiah's dominions; and 708 (the following year), as the year in which his son Esarhaddon succeeded him:708, therefore, is the one which I have fixed upon, as having a great degree of probability attached to its being the true date of the destruction of the Assyrian army.

IV. Another reason which has induced me to consider the expression “ seven times” as implying a chronological term, is the present SIGNS OF THE TIMES.”

In the first place, the nations of the earth, forgetful of the awful lesson that has so lately

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