The mystery of iniquity doth already work

Revelation 17:3-18

Among other visions, John was favoured to see the destruction of the evil system of Antichrist, which was foreshadowed before him under the image of a base and guilty woman. This mother of harlots some believe to be the Church of Rome. Certainly there is nothing upon earth so like to the description, and it is difficult to conceive that any future system could more fully answer to the prophecy.

Revelation 17:3

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness:

Rome stands literally as well as spiritually in a wilderness.

Revelation 17:3

Names of blasphemy are abundant in that church whose head dares to call himself Infallible.

Revelation 17:4

Dr. Wordsworth remarks that in the description of the official dress mention is made of scarlet robes, a vest covered with pearls, and a mitre adorned with gold and precious stones.

Revelation 17:5

These words are like a photograph of the church head, no portrait could be more accurate.

Revelation 17:8

This beast is thought to be the old imperial power of Rome upon which the spiritual power rode as on a richly caparisoned steed.

Revelation 17:8

God’s own chosen cannot be deluded by her, but myriads of others are.

Revelation 17:8

Every schoolboy knows that Rome is built upon seven hills.

Revelation 17:11

Of this many interpretations have been given, but none seems to us to be clear.

Revelation 17:12, 13

Probably these are the kingdoms which arose at the breaking up of the old Roman empire, and all became vassals of the Papal power.

Revelation 17:14-17

That church  will perish by the hands of the kings who once supported it. Already its temporal power is shorn away, and in almost every nation the rulers are resolved to curb its insolence.

Revelation 17:18

Some insist this must be Rome, for no other city has exercised such imperial authority, and made the kings of the earth her vassals. May the fall of Romanism be speedy and overwhelming.


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