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importance , tpe success of trath and trae religion . Am I never to see you ? I must conclude , then , by assuring you that I am . My dear Sir , Yours most sincerely , JAMES N 1 COL .
Attempt to illustrate Jude , ver . 9 . Letter III . Sm , NOW proceed to consider the ac-I count we have of Michael in the New Testament : this is contained in
only two places , Jude 9 , and Revelation xii . 7- We have already seen that Michael ( as described by Daniel ) is a great temporal prince . €€ In the vision of the above chapter of the Revelation , a prophetic view is given of the state of the Christian Church
both before and after her apostacy from the religion of the New Covenant promulgated by Jesus and his apostles . " There appeared a great wonder ( tign , as it should be rendered , and as it is in the margin of the Bible )
in heaven ; n woman clothed with the 8 tm + and the moon under her feet , and npoii her head a crown of twelve star * . Here , under the type of a woman , the church is emblematically described as representing " the state of the church as first instituted by the apostles , invested with the splendour of that heavenly light which is ordained to illuminate the understanding * of all mankind , and--which forms a
most Striking contrast with the darkness of that unintelligible mystery with which she is described a « branded in her forehead m her apostate state , chap . xvii . 5 . She wears upon her
head a crown ot twelve stars , typifying the doctrine ^ f the twelve apostles of Jesus ; and tratnplea the inferior light of the old partial cowixant ufider her feet , to denote her hijectiotai of all carnal ceremonies and the ritual of the
observances of tunes * and seasons of the Mofiafc law . " . And she being' with child cried , trd ~ vailing in birth , and pained to be delivered , ver . 2 > and there appeared another emblematie * ti > Y& in hetiven ; and behold a great red rfrcigon , htttiitig seven head& and fen korns , and seven vt * oTon ^ upon A «> head * . —And the dragt > n
Hood before the woman whiekwas ready to be delivered , for to devour her child as soon as she was delivered . Vers . 3 , 4 . From the explanation itt Daniel of the fourth beast , * and ift the seventeenth chapter of this book , of the beast vrith seven " heads and
ten horns , it is certain that the dragon is intended to typify the civil power of the Roman empire in its original state of Pagan idolatry . " This dragon stood before the woman who brought
forth a man child , who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron : and her child was caught up to God and his throne . This is universally understood to refer to the conversion of Constantine to the Christian faith ,
* ' who , by the Divine providence , was elevajed to the imperial throne , and ordained to govern with despotic power all the nations comprised within the limits of the Roman empire / ' la consequence of his conversion , Christianity was raised to imperial dignity , and an alliance was formed between
the Church and the State , which alliance led to the degradation and corruption of the pure religion of thfe gospel into the vilest superstition and id 6 latfy . The woman , we are told > fled into the wilderness , where she hath a place prepared of God , that
they should feed her there a thousand , two hundred and three score days , ver . 6 ; typifying that state of immorality to which she was reduced , as described chap . xvii . 3 : He carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness , and I saw a woman sitting upon a sCarlei 7
coloured beast , th p Roman empire , by which fc * he was supported in all heiabominations , full of the names of blasphemy , hading seven heads and ten horns . And again , ver . 18 , The woman which thou suwest is that great city , which reigneth over the kings of the earth . ** Upon this adaption and
avowed protection of tjie nominally Christian Church by the Emperot Constantine , it was to be expected that the majority of the subjects of the empire , who were habituated to th 6 polytheism and idolatrous ceremonies of their ancestors , wbUld con'tend in Opposition to the counsels of Divine Providence w ^ richT had ordained * See cfcap . vil .
Attempt to illustrate Jfade , ver . 9 . Letter HI . 7 ^ 7
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1822, page 737, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2519/page/17/