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fifteen thousand men. President Washington in his next speech to Congress, says; “When in the calm moments of reflection the citizens shall have retraced the origin and progress of this insurrection, let them determine whether it has not been fomented by combinations of men, who have disseminated, (from ignorance, or perversion of facts,) suspicions, jealousies, and accu. sations of the whole government." That great man, then at the head of his country, clearly saw the dan. ger, that was rising, and the origin of it. And he did not scruple at all to call them a French party, the curse of this country, spread in societies over the nation, incessantly laboring to sow the seeds of distrust, jealousy and discontent; hoping to effect some revolution in the government! "He himself by them was called a traitor; and held up in the most hateful light. How is it possible the eyes of the people could be so blinded, relative to things so evident, the origin of our national calamities? How strange and interesting was the fact, that after that influence prevailed in this nasion, the very man, (a very suspicious foreigner, from the countries, where the Voltaire principles had cor. rupted the lieart of the community,) the very man, who had headed the above insurrection in the western coun. ties, was selected, above all other men in America, to be the Secretary of our national treasury, and one of the first in the cabinet council!
In the noted paper, the Aurora, published under the eye of Mr. Jefferson, there was shamelessly given to the public the following, on the retirement of President Washington from office; “Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation,” was the pious ejaculation of a man, who beheld a flood of happiness rushing in upon mankind. If there ever was a time, that would license the reiteration of the exclamation, that time is now arrived. For the man, who is the source of all the misfortunes of cur country, is this day reduced to a level with his followcitizens—is no longer possessed of po.ver to multiply evils upon the United States.
If ever there was a period for rejoicing, this is the moment. Every heari in unison with the freedom and happiness of the people, ought to beat high with exultation, that the name of Washington from this day ceases to give currency to political iniquity, and to legalize corruption! A new era is now opening upon us; and an era, that promises much to the people. For public measures now stand upon their own merits; and nefarious projects can no longer be supported by a name. When a retrospect is taken of the Washington administration, for eight years, it is a subject of the greatest astonishment, that a single individual could have cankered the principles of republicanism in an enlightened people, and should have carried his designs against the public liberty so far, as to have put in jeopardy its very existence. Such however are the facts. And with these staring us in the face; this day ought to be a jubilee in the United States"
The language of the French, when the envoys of President Adams were rejected in France, evinces how much they calculated on the success of their agents and influence in this nation. They insolently boasted, that they well knew their strength in America; and that let them do what they would, they could turn all the odium of it here upon those who favored not their designs. These things all accord with the arts of Illuminism. And they indicate how firm a footing was then obtained in this land, by that diabolical system.
Subsequent cvents in our States, which weil accord with all, that has been noted in this section, are fresh in every memory, and need not be mentioned. But what has been passing may well remind us of the following prophetic traits in the character of Antichrist, and of his agents, viz. False accusers, fierce; despisers of them that are good; traitors; heady, highmindel'; crept in unawares; despising government; having men's persons in admiration becuuse of advantage; presumptuous, selfwilled; not afraid to speak evil of dignities; beguiling unstable souls; promising liberty, while they themselves are the servants of corruption; filthy dreamers; murmurers, complainers; speaking evil of things, which they know not; ungodly men, walking after their oreni lusts; these be they that separate themselves.
Much has been seen in modern times, on more than one side of the Atlantic, which appears like an inchoa. tive fulfilment of these prophetic strokes. The rise of Antichrist is from the bottomless pit.* The devil gives him his power, and seat, and great authority. But the devil is a liar from the beginning: Falsehood then, is to be an essential mean of the propagation of the principles of Antichrist. Of the events of this period we accordingly read;In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood; und judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off; for truth is fallen in the streets, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey. What follows this passage, being a prediction of the battle of the great day, and of the commencement of the Millennium, de. cides, that the above prophetic picture relates to the rise and wickedness of Antichrist. And the lying spirit of that day is no less than four times expressly noted in that concise prophetic description. Lying against the Lord--conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood—truth is fallen in the streets -yea, truth faileth. Perfectly does the scheme of Illuminism accord with this description.
And 100 perfectly does much, which our ears have beard, accord with it. We may expect when the above predictions are fulfilled, those, who propagate falschools, will by no means acknowledge this their wickedness, but will deny ii, and highly resent every imputalion of it. Their object is to fasten the falsehood upon others; and to propagate their own schemes under fair pre
But the Holy Ghost says, they lie agoinst the Lord; they conceive and utter from the heart words of false. hood; that with them truth is fallen in the streets; yea, truth faileth! And charity itself is by no mcans at
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liberty to disbelieve this distressing account! It will be found to be verified.
The prophecies relative to the last days are such, as · may well lead us to expect, that this great nation of
ours will not escape the Infidelity, dissensions and judgments of that period. Old corrupt, Popish coun. tries no doubt, will share more largely in the tremendous scenes of the last days. But we have no ground to believe our nation will escape. Some of the last of the vials, no doubt, will reach us, as having the mark of the Beast. All, who partake of Babylon's sins, shall receive of her plagues. Though the fatal judgments of the battle of the great day may open in Palestine, the scenes will roll through the Antichristian empire; and to the ends of the world. A whirlruind shall be raised up from the ends of the earth. The evil shall run from nation to nation. All, who partake of Babylon's sins, shall receive of her plagues. The whole earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. And the slain of the Lord shall be many, from one end of the earth, even to the other end of the earth. According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies, to the isles he will repay recompense. So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. For behold the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall be as stubble, and that day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. And many other predictions there are, of the judgmenis of that day, which seem evidently !o give them a far greater extent than the Roman earth.
Such being the tenor of the predictions, relative to the battle of that great day of God Almighty, America can by no means expect to escape its terrors:
The wicked agency and seductions of Antichrist then, must here be experienced. We shall, to a greater or less degree, be partakers of his sins, and receive of his plagues. And we have reason, from these considerations, and from the general language of the prophecies relative to Antichrist and the last days, to believe that that licentious, and Atheistical influence must be at this time in full operation in this land.
Let none then deceive you, by treating lightly the warnings relative to this subjeci; or insinuating that they are chimerical. People, who are inclined to Infidelity, as well as the real agents of Antichrist, will no doubt discredit every such warning. If ye were of the world, , the world would love his own.
There will be a strange blindness in the wicked world, relative to the agency and seductions of Antichrist. None of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. When any therefore despise the warnings given upon this subject; consider well their characters, to what class they belong, and what connexions, or influence may induce them to wish to keep concealed the iniquity of the system, which is so manifest in the world. Aud take heed that no man deceive you.
The views and conduct of the French Government. I lave had no doubt but the essence of that profound scheme, which produced the French revolution, is now by the Imperial government of France employed with the most fatal success, in nations marked out for con. quest. It was a system calculated to assume new colors and shapes, with the occurrence of new circum. stances; and to become an engine of mischief in the hands of any successive dominant power, that is wicked enough to flatter it, and adopt the use of it. Though for a time it had the subversion of all civil subordination, as well as of religion, for its object; yet when France fell under a military despotism, her great principal and his minions well knew how to take this powerful engine into their hands, and to accommodate it to their purposes of universal dominion. Since finishing the writing of this volume, I have found evidence directly in