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Brownlee’s Spectacular Introduction of LECTURES ON ROMANISM by Berg


by Joseph F. Berg,
Pastor of the First German Reformed Church of Philadelphia.

with AN INTRODUCTION by W. C. Brownlee, D. D. of New York




Every one who has studied the Holy Scriptures, is familiar with the remarkable prediction therein recorded, of the rise and reign of a certain mighty power; the greatest and most deadly enemy to the church of God, and the liberties of mankind. By Daniel, from the lofty mount of inspiration, his approach was first descried. He is introduced to him, in vision, as “the little horn;” and his rise is fixed in general terms as posterior to certain great political events. This “horn,” or power, “diverse from the first,” we cannot discover in any Pagan or Moslem nation. Indeed, the attempt to discover it there, instead of a Christian country, would be a positive violation of the truth of the divine prediction. The “little horn” sprung up after the rise of the fourth great beast of Daniel, which is admitted by every sound writer, to be the Roman empire. That was the power which “letteth, and did let, until it was taken out of the way,” of the little horn. Hence it sprung up after the fall of the Roman pagan empire. For it sprung up after the rise of the “ten horns.” But there were no ten horns, or ten distinct kingdoms in Europe previous to the fall of the pagan empire of Rome. Hence this new and “diverse horn,” rose in no Pagan or Moslem country. It sprung up in Christian Europe.

Besides, it is described by the spirit of inspiration as an apostasy, or “a falling away” from the Christian faith. 2 Thess. 2:3. 1 Tim. 4:1. This can be applied to no Pagan or Mohammedan power. These never were in the church of God. In no sense, therefore, can they be called an apostasy from the Christian faith. Thus we get rid of the argument of the Romish doctors who refer this prediction to the persecuting power of Rome Pagan. There is another identifying circumstance. The “little horn” plucked


up three of the other horns by the roots: or, in the words of the angel,” he subdued three of the other kings.” History points out no other power in Europe “diverse from the first power” which has done this, than that one which seized upon 1st, the consular power of Rome, which was equal to a “horn of royalty;” and 2nd, plucked up the royal power of Lombardy, and took possession of it ; and 3rd, attained by characteristic enormities, the exarchate, or royal power of Ravenna. And that power now wears the triple crown; one for each of these royalties. And that is the head of the Roman church, — the Pope of Rome!

This power is identified also with that which St. Paul calls,  “T h e  M a n   o f   S i n.” 2 Thess. 2:3. In this character he fulfills the prophecy of Daniel. “He speaketh great words against the Most High; and thinks to change times and laws:” and also of St. John, — “a mouth was given to him speaking great things and blasphemies.” What “apostate” power has done this? Every papal bull, thundering from the Vatican, proclaims his name and characters!

As  T h e  M a n   o f   S i n, he makes merchandise of “the souls of men.” Rev. 18:13. He deals in sin; he traffics in sin at the confessional. By his seven sacraments,  T h e  M a n   o f   S i n   barters away his ghostly wares to men for money, in granting indulgences, dispensations, and “judicial pardon of sins” by his priests, — tenentes locum Christie — holding the throne and power of Christ! There is a book entitled “T a x e   S a c r e   P e n i t e n t i a r i e;” a copy of it now lies before me. Herein crimes are registered; and a regulated tariff price of each is set down to guide the ghostly tax gatherer in his charges for the sins of the soul.* And from every circumstance it must be manifest to all, that the revenues collected by   T h e  M a n   o f   S i n   will thrive and swell to excess, just in proportion as vices and crimes increase among his subjects. For the greater the sin, the greater

* See Mendham’s Life of Pope Pius Y. p. 267. An original copy of the Roman Catholic edition of the “T a x e,” printed by the authority of Pope Leo X. is in possession of Mr. Mendham. This book we must carefully distinguish from the Pope’s “Chancery Book.” Dr. Milner and Dr. England attempted to bewilder their opponents by confounding” them; in order to escape from the overwhelming- fact of the existence of the Taxe Sacre Penitentiarie, and its disgusting contents.


the price of absolution! Could there be a more appropriate title for the head of this immoral and lawless power than this, given by the Spirit of God,   T h e  M a n   o f   S i n?

There is another prominent feature which will help us to identify   T h e  M a n   o f   S i n with   “t h e   H o r n” of Daniel. He seats himself on his throne “as God, in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

This prediction is fulfilled to the letter in that court, and in that alone, in which one is seated on his throne as the supreme king and head of the church; and receives the spiritual honours of his subjects as they bow down on their knees and kiss his feet, while they give him this salutation of divine honours, ”Noster Dominus Deus, papa/The Lord our God the Pope!”  This prediction is fulfilled in him alone, whom Mussus, the Bishop of Bitonto called in public, “Him who is to us as our God!” It is fulfilled to the letter in Pope Innocent III, who openly declared to the world, that “the Pope holds the place of God.” “Papa locum tenet Dei in terris.” See Pithon, Corpus Juris, Paris edit, of 1687, p.29, and Gibert. Corpus, Tom. ii. p. 9. It is fulfilled in Pope Julius II. who, in the fourth session of the Council of the Lateran in 1512, received this homage from C. Marcellus, assented to by the other fathers, “Tuenim pastor, &c. Thou art the shepherd, thou the physician; thou the ruler; in fine, thou art another God in the earth; tu denique alter Deus in terris.” See Labbei, et Cossartii, Sacra Concilia, Tom XIV. p. 109, Paris edit. 1672. It is fulfilled in the Roman head, who, arrogating to himself the power of “changing laws and times,” has added twelve new articles to the creed of the apostles;* and five new sacraments to the two ordained by Christ; and has “changed the law” of God by virtually abolishing the second precept, and excluding it from his Latin Catechisms, and by rejecting the essential doctrines of the gospel. One of his breviaries, lying before me, sanctioned by two Popes, has excluded the second commandment entirely. It is accomplished in that great apostasy, which decreed in the Council of Trent, (session 14, canon 9,) that “if any one shall say that the sacramental absolutions of the priest is not a judicial act,

* See Pope Pius’s Creed; and Cramp’s Text Book of Popery, pp. 450, 451.


but merely a naked ministry of pronouncing and declaring that sins are remitted to the person confessing, provided only that he believes, &c. let him be cursed ! !” This is fully accomplished in that apostasy from the faith, taught by St. Paul, which “gives heed to the doctrines of devils,” by exalting demons, or departed souls, or saints to the rank of gods, and causing his subjects to worship them under the pain of death; and which “forbids marriage” to his priests and bishops; and as a god over the bodies of men, forbids the use of meats on certain days! See 1 Tim. 4:1, 2, 3.

We identify with this power also the second beast seen in vision by St. John, in Rev. 13:11-18. It rose in the same place, and in the stead of the first beast of St. John, (chap. xiii. I,) which was Rome pagan. “It had power to give life to the image of the first beast.” The papal power has actually put forth this power, and has given life to paganism by raising it up and placing it in its temple as Christianity! For the entire system of popery is  p a g a n i s m  baptized and perpetuated. From the pagan emperor has the Pope borrowed his title of “Pontifex Maximus, chief priest.” The pots of holy water, the altars, the priestly offices, and their motly dresses; the pots of incense, and the office of boys in the surplice; wax candles lighted up at noon-day; the round cakes or wafers of the mass; images; canonized saints; are all of them borrowed exclusively from the temples and worship of the Roman heathen! “All the world was to wonder after the beast” thus revived. The Pope’s claims to catholicity and universal power over all churches and kingdoms, fulfills this to the letter. He was “to cause all men to receive a mark in their foreheads and in their hands.” The Pope’s priests put a literal mark on the forehead and hands of his slaves with holy water and ashes. It was foretold of him that he would permit none of his subjects to buy, or sell, or traffic in any way with those who had not this mark. This mode of persecution the Great Apostasy borrowed from the heathens. Pope Alexander III forbade all traffic with the Waldenses. The Council of Constance abrogated all contracts made with “heretics;” and forbade all commerce between Papists and Christians. The number of the name of this beast was to be 666; that is, a name set down in letters of the alphabet instead of Arabic figures, which should contain the number 666, would


show who that beast should be. Take we the letters of the Greek word  L a t e i n o s, arrange them in a column, place opposite them the number of each from a Greek Grammar, they make exactly 666 ! and  L a t e i n o s  is the Greek word for Latin church; or the Latin man! In like manner, R o m i i t h  contains that number exactly; and that is the Hebrew name for Roman church !

“The woman seated on the scarlet-coloured beast,” seen by the holy apostle, in Rev. 17 is also identified with this power. She occupies the same seven hills. She is borne along by “the beast” whom she rules and directs; and which, clothed in the appropriate robe of vengeance — scarlet, she employs in shedding the blood of the saints. “In Roman Catholic Europe,” says Dr. Jortin, “the Pope was judge, and kings were his hangmen!” Each of the “ten” kingdoms of Europe has given its power to the woman on the seven hills. The papal power has declared all civil power and governments inferior to his spiritual power. Taberna. vol. ii. p. 288, teaches that “a priest cannot be forced to give testimony before a secular judge.” Emanuel Sa, in his Aphor. p. 41, taught that “the rebellion of priests is not treason, for they are not subject to the civil governments.” And this is literally carried out in all the countries of Europe and South America which are subjugated by popery. Bellarmine, who may be styled the prince of Romish writers, declares in his Controv. lib. v. cap. 6, p. 1090, that ” the spiritual power must rule the temporal by all means and expedients when necessary.” But by far the most sublime claim is put forth by Stanislaus Ozichorius, in his book, the Chimæra, folio 99. It is this : “A common priest is as much better than a king, as a man is superior to a beast: nay, as much as God Almighty excels a priest, so much does a priest excel a supreme magistrate.” See Demoulin’s Papal Usurpations, p. 19 ; Morn. Exer. on Popery, p. 67. St. Thomas Aquinas declares, in his Opusc, Contra Græcos, that “it is essential to a man’s salvation to be subject to the Pope’s power.” And the same “saint” gives utterance to the true doctrines of Rome in his book De Regim. Princip. Lib. iii. cap. 10 and 19, thus: “The Pope, as supreme king of all the world, may impose taxes on all Christians; and destroy towns and castles for the preservation of Christianity;” he means to say Romanism. See Barrow on the Pope’s Supremacy, N. York edition, pp. 16, 20.


This “woman” of the Apocalypse was seen in vision, as “clothed in purple, and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones,” &c. Whoever has seen the Pope’s court, or an inquisitorial, or festival procession, or an assembly of the bishops, vicars, and priests, even among ourselves, in their theatrical dresses, can perceive at a glance, who are figuratively intended by this “woman.” She is, moreover, “the mother of harlots,” and every nameless “abomination.” Rev. 17:5. Be this taken in a spiritual or a literal sense, all nations unite in pointing to Rome as the power distinctly marked out here by the finger of prophecy. In spiritual idolatry, and in literal idolatry, and in the leprosy of pollution, the Roman priesthood and laymen, friars, monks, and nuns, stand forth pre-eminent among the guiltiest nations under heaven! Rome stands forth without even the aid of a mask, as “the Mother of Harlots !” The mouth of the Lord had declared it; and impartial history demonstrates the truth of the vision of John !Harlot woman on the Scarlet beast

And to close the appalling prediction, the apostle saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints; and wiih the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” Rev. 17:6. The history of the Roman court and church is written in letters of fire and blood! For several centuries, she has originated the most of the wars in Europe. The number of the victims of her assassination, of her massacres, and the “infernal inquisition,” have never been fully ascertained. Pains have indeed been taken by historians to discover the true amount. But the deaths of myriads have never reached the ear of the historian. Our calculation does, therefore, rather fall short than transgress the bounds of exact truth. These details fill us with horror ! Papal Rome has been “drunk with the blood of the saints and martyrs of Jesus,” besides the blood of millions of others of our fellow-men. Rome has been “drunk with the blood” of fifty millions of martyred Culdees, Waldenses, Albigenses, Bohemian Brethren, Wicklifites, and Protestants ! Rome has been “drunk with the blood” of fifteen millions of Indians, butchered in cold blood in Cuba, Mexico, and South America! Rome has been “drunk with the blood” of three millions and a half of Jews, and Moors in Spain ! !  Thus “the Mother of Harlots,” seated on the scarlet-coloured beast, is drunk with the blood of SIXTY-EIGHT MILLIONS AND FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND HUMAN BEINGS ! !


No wonder is it that the holy apostle John beholding, in vision, the horrid carnage of this sanguinary power, “did wonder with great admiration.” Had it been Rome pagan seen in vision by him, or any other barbarian power, he would not have wondered. But who would not have been overwhelmed with astonishment to have seen, in vision, a church, boasting itself the only Christian church, thus “drunk with the blood” of so many millions of men, women, and children!

And while the sanguinary church of Rome was — to use the words of Daniel — thus “wearing out the saints of the Most High God,” she was, at the same time, giving a fresh and painful evidence of her identity with the “horn” of Daniel, and the great “beast” of St. John. To the head of the papal church “was given a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemies against the Most High.” Daniel 7:25. Rev. 13:6. By his legislators in the Council of Trent, the Pope has solemnly pronounced the Holy Bible to be A PROHIBITED BOOK !* Thus the Antichrist puts himself between God and his subjects; and ventures to declare in the face of the Almighty, and in the ears of all men, that he will not allow man to hear God’s word as it comes from him: that he will not allow our Lord to speak to us through any other medium than his priests; and only in a garbled and corrupted version of the Bible, if it must be allowed at all ! He creates what he calls a living teacher, and a living judge. He puts himself and his priests, with his traditions, bulls and canons, in the stead of God’s holy word, and his ordinances, and his true gospel ministry; the Pope claims to be that living teacher and judge ! ! !

Moreover, the prophet says that “he opens his mouth in blasphemies against the Most High.” He does not even hesitate to declare it as an article of doctrine, that Mary was immaculate; that is, born without sin; that she is “the Mother of God;’‘ and that her mother, St. Anna, was, of course, the grandmother of God ! ! !  By the mouth of his

* Cvitn experimento manifestam est, 8cc. It is manifest from experience that if the sacred Bible, translated into the vulvar tongue, be indiscriminately allowed to each one, more mischief than good will arise from it, by the temerity of man, &c. De Lib. Prohit. Regula. iv.


servant, called St. Liguori, he has put forth as solemn truths of Rome, the following unparalleled doctrines and forms of devotion.* And here let me say, that I quote him in this place for three reasons : St. Liguori is the last saint that has been canonized; this having taken place in 1831, or 1832; besides, the book is little known among us; and lastly, it proves that the doctrines and enormous idolatry of Rome at this day are precisely, in all points, what they were in the Dark Ages.

The Pope, by his sainted servant Liguori, has taught that “as God the Father so loved us, that he gave his only begotten Son for us, — so may we express the love of Mary. Yes, says St. Bonaventure, Mary has so loved us, that she gave us her only son.” Chap. i. Sect. 3. Again: “The king of heaven has given us his mother for our mother; and in her hands he has, if we may say so, resigned his omnipotence in the sphere of grace!” Chap. iii. Sect. 1. Again: “The Lord, O Mary, says St. Anselm, has so exalted you, that his favour has rendered you omnipotent! Yes, says Richard of St. Lawrence, Mary is omnipotent! For, according to all laws, the queen enjoys the same privileges as the king; and that power may be equal between the son and the mother, Jesus has rendered Mary omnipotent, — the one is so by nature, the other by grace !” Chap, vi. Sect. 1. Again: “The Virgin Mary was assumed up into heaven (bodily) to intercede confidently for us. Hence she is the arbiter of our lot. As an arbiter decides between two parties, thus Jesus permits his mother to decide between him and us.” Chap. vi. Sect. 3. Again: “O how many sinners would have persevered in their wickedness, and thence had been damned eternally, but for Mary’s intercession!” Once more: “We can say of the saints, that God was with them; but to Mary it is given not only to conform herself to the will of God; but that God himself has been conformed to her will. And while we say that virgins follow the Lamb; we can say of Mary on earth, that the Lamb followed her.” Chap. vi. Sect. 1. “Who could know God except by you, O holy virgin, says St. Germanus;

* St. Liguori*s Book. The Glories of Mary, the Mother of God, translated from the Italian, and revised by a Roman priest. Dub- hn: printed by John Coyne, 1833.


who could be saved, O all powerful Virgin, except by your intercession !” Chap. v. Sect. 2. “Holy Virgin, I shall no longer apprehend my sins since you can repair them, nor the devils since you are more powerful than hell; nor your son (Jesus) when justly irritated, since one word from you will appease him!” Chap. ii. Sect. 2. “O my sovereign Mary, says St. Francis of Sales, be my advocate with your son; I dare not recur to him.” “When Christ said on the cross, ‘Behold thy mother,’ this means, no one shall be made partaker of the merits of my blood but by the intercession of my mother. My wounds are fountains of grace; but Mary is the canal through which they flow,” &c. “To this question of David, ‘Who, O Lord, shall stand in thy holy place?’ St. Bonaventure replies, he will stand in thy holy place who devotes himself to Mary! If she wills our salvation, it is already secured.” “By you, O Mary, says St. Bernard, heaven has been opened; hell has given up its prey; the celestial city has been peopled; and eternal life given to those who deserve hell.” Chap. viii. Sect. 3.

This is a specimen of “the great things and blasphemies, uttered by the mouth of this antichristian power. And, to crown the whole, this new-made saint adds: “All power, O Mary, is given to you in heaven, and on earth.” “All are subject to Mary’s empire, even God himself, — imperio Virginis omnia famulantur, etiam Deus ! ! !” — (Chap. vi. Sect. 1, p. 131.) And if there be “a lower deep, in this lowest deep,” we find it in the following unique effusion of St. Bonaventure; “O Felix puerpera, nostra plans scelera, jure matris impera Redemptori !” “O holy Mother of God, atoning for our crimes, exercising the rights of a mother, lay thy commands imperatively on the Redeemer; impera Redemptori.” Again: “Jure matris impera dilectissimo tuo filio Domino nostro Jesu Christo.” “Command thy beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!!!”*

And I add, these superlative specimens of blasphemies have been sanctioned by the present Pope, Gregory XVI. In his “Encyclical Letter,” or bull, issued in 1832, he says, in the close, ” Now, that all these events may come to pass

* St. Bonavent. Cor. B. M. Virg. Tom. vi. Morn. Exercises on Popery, p. 523. 1


happily, and successfully, let us lift up our eyes, and our hands to the most holy Virgin Mary, who alone has destroyed all heresies, and is our greatest confidence, even the whole foundation of our hope ! ! !”

Such are the predictions of the rise and establishment of the great and fierce power which was to wage war against Messiah, and the liberties and lives of mankind. And such has been the fulfilment of them, even to the letter, in the rise and establishment of the Roman Catholic Church. But our blessed Lord comforted his church with the assurance that the ghostly and temporal reign of this sanguinary and idolatrous power is limited to “time, times, and the dividing of a time,” that is, three and a half prophetical years; or, in the words of St. John, forty-two months. And multiplying 42 by 30, the number of days assigned by the ancients to each month, we discover its correspondence with the other form of expressions by St. John, namely, 1260 days. And opening this mystery by the key given to us by the Lord to the prophet, Ezekiel 4:6, namely, “I appoint thee each day for a year,” we arrive at the true time of the enemy’s duration, namely, 1260 years. Now, our Divine Master has pronounced his blessing on those who read and understand. Hence, while we search into this, it is delightful to derive courage and consolation from the assurance of the approaching downfall of this Man of Sin. From the year 260 or 270, down to the close of the reign of Constantine, the great Antichrist was born and cradled. Certain rites and superstitions, which were derived from paganism, and peculiar to popery, were introduced into the Christian world, by several individuals. Add the 1260 years to these respective dates, and we arrive at the times of the glorious Reformation; when The Man of Sin received what may be called his first death-blow. But the year 606 is the date of the consummation of the Pope’s spiritual power. He was then made universal bishop, or Pope. These two numbers being added, brings us to the year 1866; when we expect a glorious deliverance from his spiritual tyranny. And, finally, the Pope became, in prophetic language, “T h e   B e a s t,” in 756, when he gained the triple crown, and became a temporal and ghostly power. Adding these two numbers, we arrive at the year 2016, when he will be utterly destroyed in the light and glory of the ushered in Millenial day !


It is generally understood, I believe, by all judicious commentators, that this fierce and sanguinary power will put forth its desperate, persevering, and last struggle, for some time preceding its final overthrow. I am inclined to believe that our readers will admit that we are now living in that very period. The struggle is simultaneous on the continent of Europe, and especially in Britain, Ireland, and the United States. The reckless desperadoes of the Jesuit sect, revived by Pope Pius VII, in 1814, are now enacting in Europe, and in our republic, the very scenes which formerly convulsed every nation in Europe. The present struggle is a desperate one. We are in the midst of it, and it is high time that each one of us should, like our brother Berg, buckle on our armour, in good earnest. This anomalous and persecuting power is pouring in upon our republic its colonies, and invading armies. It must be obvious to every intelligent person, who examines it carefully, that it is not, strictly speaking, a Christian church, or, a religious system, derived from the Holy Bible; if it were, we should not apprehend danger from it, to our free institutions, and our holy religion. We apprehend no danger whatever from any one of all the various denominations of the Christian world. The spirit and pursuits of all these are essentially different from those of the Roman Catholic sect. It is a great P o l i t i c a l  engine, cunningly contrived, and put together by the genius of the mere men of the world, and men of pleasure; for the purpose of obtaining power and dominion over men. Hence it is admirably adapted to abstract the wealth of communities, and nations, and turn it into its own treasuries. Two results follow the steady and continued operation of this political religion. On the one hand, the lay population of the nation under it, waxes poorer and poorer; and that “church” waxes richer and richer. It cost Spain fifty millions, annually, to support this ghostly and tyrannical power; which sat as an incubus on her. The old Mortmain law of England was enacted for the express purpose of preventing the Pope’s tax-gatherers, the Roman priests, from gaining to “the church” the whole landed property of England !


On the other hand, wherever Romanism gains the ascendency, pure religion, and sound morals, wither and die under its blighting doctrines, rites, and priesthood. Were it a true Christian church, the diffusion of its spirit and influence, would make man happy, industrious, steady, temperate, and thence above want. The true church of God has, usually, been poor. The world’s church — the Pope’s church — is rich. Were Rome a Christian church, it would revive, and sustain Christianity, sound doctrine, genuine godliness, and pure morals. But, no, it is merely a great POLITICAL ENGINE, moved and propelled by men of the world, who feel it necessary, for profitable ends, to wear the mask of religion. The great leading sects of Romanism are waked up. The Jesuits take the lead. They are all in full operation, in our republic, and in Europe. Those emissaries of Rome, the successors of those who have convulsed every nation in Christendom, and shed the blood of the saints in torrents, are all now labouring in the one only thing in which they can all agree; namely, to undermine, and ultimately, destroy, the Protestant religion; and Protestant liberty, and, with these, our republican institutions.

We implore the candid, and very earnest attention of every liberal-minded man, who abhors every thing like “a persecuting religion” to this subject. This denomination of POLITICAL religionists are absolute exclusives in the hopes of salvation. No man under heaven is right but themselves! All except themselves are hopeless reprobates ! It is a boldly avowed dogma of Romanism, that not one soul can he saved out of the pale of their sect ! This is not an unjust imputation. Pope Pius’s creed thus closes, after an enumeration of the novel doctrines, idolatrous rites, and marvellously superstitious ceremonies of the Romish church: ” This is the true Catholic faith; out it which no one can be saved; extra quam nemo salvus esse potest.” Hence no charity can be cultivated by the genuine Romanist. In proportion as he rigorously clings to his faith, he hates all his dissenting fellow men, with a zeal proportioned to the strength of his faith in his church. Hence his unsubdued bigotry. He reasons not. There is no use in his hearing reasons. His church is infallible. She cannot err; she never has erred. All, of course, who differ from her, are in MORTAL SIN! Hence a thorough bred Romanist, under the zealous training of his priest, looks on the Protestant, just as


one who meditates slaughter and death, looks on his intended victim, who is soon to perish! Hence, instead of that liberal charity, he nurses the deepest bigotry. Instead of that open-hearted and heaven-born benevolence, entering into his soul, and urging him forward in overcoming evil by doing good, he is taught to nurse a gloomy misanthropy, and a cruel and unchristian bitterness of heart, toward all who differ from his priests, and his religion. Hence, that characteristic, and prompt disposition to resort to personal violence and bloodshed, when truth and argument from a Protestant arrow, happens to penetrate their dark and gloomy hearts ! In the bosom of every bigot and priest-ridden fanatic, in all false religions, and in the bosom of all idolaters, there burns a hidden, but fierce flame, which nothing but blood can quench ! The murderous crusades against the Waldenses, the atrocious massacres of Ireland and France, and the dungeons, the racks, and fires of the Inquisition, are melancholy demonstrations of this. To this, we beg a hearing from every generous and high-minded man, whose soul is deeply imbued with the spirit of our republican liberty, in this land where every thing like persecution, and an overbearing haughtiness of claims over the rights of others, are viewed and treated with abhorrence. This, we assure you, is an essential element, in the composition of Romanism. It is, in its very nature, a persecuting religion. It is very true, we admit, that some Protestants have persecuted their fellow men for their religion. But let no Roman glory in uncovering the nakedness of our forefathers. For no one of them did persecute, who did not learn the cruel lesson of persecution in the bosom of Rome. Besides, when they persecuted, it was in the very face of the Holy Bible and their creed, and just in proportion as Protestants have advanced in their march of truth and godliness, farther and farther from Rome, all the disposition to persecute has vanished utterly away.

But it is quite otherwise with Romanism. It is a necessary and essential part of its creed and its practice, to use violence against those who differ from it in religion. It makes no concealment of this. It boldly avows it in its creed. It has unblushingly taught and practiced the dogma, that “no faith is to be kept with heretics!” It even proceeds to draw proofs from reason! It declares all those


who differ from it, to be heretics; and heretics; are pronounced by the court of Rome, to be the worst of murderers! Because they murder men’s souls by leading them away from Holy Mother, Rome. Hence “they ought, as other murderers and mankillers, to be put to death.” Every body knows that this doctrine is avowedly taught in the notes of the Roman version, called “The Rhemish New Testament.” I simply refer to the notes on Matt. 13:29; Luke 9:55; Heb. 10:29; Rev. 17:6. In all these notes this is the uniform dogma inculcated, namely, that all heretics, wherever Holy Mother has the power, are to be “deprived of their goods, exiled, or executed.”

Their sainted worthies teach the same. For instance, St. Thomas Aquinas lays this truly Roman Catholic doctrine, “Hæretici possent, &c. Heretics may not only be excommunicated, but justly killed.” Thom. Aq. ii. 11, and iii. 58. And Bellarmine in Lib. iii. cap. 21, De Laicis, sustains a long argument in defence of “the time-honoured custom” of putting heretics to death. He pronounces it a necessary duty to do so. He fetches his zealous arguments from civil law, from canon law, from Scripture, from the fathers, and from reason! I beg the attention of our philosophical and political fellow-citizens to this last form of Romish argument. “It is a benefit,” says he, “to the heretic himself to be sent out of the world as soon as possible. For the longer he lives, the worse he becomes; and if he be thus sent off, his hell will he so much lighter!!!”* It is a considerate scheme of mercy, then, which lights up the fires of Smithfield; which digs the dungeons of the merciful inquisition. It is the mercy of considerate priests which invents the rack, and superintends all the characteristic operations of every appalling death form in the AUTO DA FE ! ! !  Verily, such “tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

In view of all this, we would unite our voice earnestly with that of our brother Berg, in making an earnest appeal to every Christian in our land. Dear brethren, materials

* Those who may not have access to Bellarmine, or to St. T. Aquinas, can see numerous quotations collected in our Letters in the Roman Catholic Controversy. New York, second edition, p. 343, &c.


are here laid before you to show you that, in reality, every essential doctrine of the gospel has been corrupted by this Antichristian power of Rome. To the one supreme object of worship, they have added hosts of idols and new-made gods. They profess to believe that the humble Mary is the Mother of God; and actually lays her imperial commands on him!!!  The church of God they have converted into a temple of idolatry. Instead of a gospel ministry, they have revived the office of priests, who offer sacrifices. Instead of our New Testament altar, Christ, on whom all Christians offer up their spiritual sacrifices of prayer, praise, and new obedience, they have reared an altar of idols. Instead of resting their hopes on the atoning blood of our Redeemer, who has “bought the church with his own blood,” they have caused the mass to be repeated weekly as a sacrifice for the sins of the quick and the dead! Instead of justification through our Redeemer’s atonement, through faith, without works of merit; they dispense pardons by the priest, and cleansing by holy water, by priestly absolution, and the fire of purgatory; and thus they reject the Holy Ghost in his blessed work of grace. We have exhibited to you a full specimen of the blasphemies in their avowed worship of Mary. Can you persuade yourselves that those who do, in this enlightened age, advance such revolting doctrines, and practice such gross idolatry, and make saints of those who taught them such impieties, do really either know or believe in the ONE LIVING AND TRUE GOD? Do any of the heathens profess to change their “mola,” or small round cakes into their divinity, and then eat him up!!!  There is nothing in ancient or in modern paganism that can surpass this in respect of impiety and degradation !  It is not to be wondered at that they have lost the true object of divine worship !  It is no wonder they have blotted from their creed all the essentials of the gospel !   With them there is no regeneration of the heart. They call this fanaticism. With them there is no free grace. With them every thing is sold, from holy water to the mass and extreme unction!  With them our Redeemer is not the only and all-sufficient intercessor. As his atonement is displaced by the mass, so his advocacy is transferred into the hands of Mary and a host of canonized saints !  Read, then, the following pages of our brother Berg, and look upon the wide field of moral


desolation around you, from which is sent forth the heart-rending cry of perishing souls ! The Roman Catholic church exhibits a truly missionary ground, urgently demanding our speedy and earnest interposition. Let us hasten to combine our efforts to convert to the Lord Jesus Christ, the slaves of Romanism and priest-craft. Their souls are as precious as ours; and can you name another darker or a more bewildered people than they are? The Roman church is “the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.” Jerem. 50:38.

A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols – Jer. 50:38

We make our appeal also to every patriotic, political man in our republic. This, we beg you to remember, is not merely a religious controversy. We have been summoned to the defense of our free institutions against an invading foe, — the household troops of the Roman despot, and the emissaries of the Holy Alliance. There is no mistake on this point. We have here shown you out of their own creed, that Romanism always unites church and state in the very worst of tyrannies; namely, tyranny over the conscience, and tyranny over the bodies of men !   And hence, just in proportion as these bigoted and fiery religionists gain ascendancy among us, they march on vigorously to the overthrow of our fair Republic! I will give you two extracts to show you that the Holy Alliance are giving an impulse and direction to the movements of the colonies of Jesuit priests and laymen poured in upon us. And first, I must remind you that the leading member of the Holy Alliance is the patron, he and his prime minister Metternich, of the Leopoldine Missionary Institute of Vienna, who send in these emissaries upon us. The first extract is from Lord Brougham, whom you all know to be a shrewd observer of the movements of the enemies of liberty. In a letter to Dr. Parr, published in the South Carolina Observer in 1824, he says: “Whether the Holy Alliance will be mad enough to persist, remains yet to be seen. I believe, however, that they are in a dilemma. For, if they remain passive spectators of the complete establishment of democracy all over the new world, the despotic thrones of the old world will be held by a somewhat frail tenure!”

My second extract speaks out still more clearly. It is from the famous Schlegel, the creature and tool of Metternich, and the emperor. In vol. ii. sect. 17, on History,


p. 286, he thus breaks out against our Republic: “The real nursery of all these destructive principles, the revolutionary school of France, and the rest of Europe, has been NORTH AMERICA. From THAT LAND has the evil spread over many other lands, either by natural contagion, or by arbitrary communication.” By force of arms they well know they can never extinguish the light, nor stop the progress of liberty, the child of the glorious Reformation ! If ever our liberties can be destroyed, it is to be done by the vigorous combination and labours of the Jesuits. The memorable words of General Lafayette I repeat from one who heard him utter them: “If ever the liberty of your Republic of America be destroyed, it will be done by the Roman priests; so beware of them!” These, the servants of the Holy Alliance are accordingly in full operation over Britain and the United States, doing their master’s foul and treasonable work. It is, therefore, your duty, as public guardians, to take good heed, and see that the Republic receive no damage from these crafty enemies !

Christians and brethren in the holy ministry, we bring our urgent appeal to you also; as we urge on your attention these instructions and solemn warnings of our faithful brother, Mr. Berg. We call on you to watch the movements of the foreign Jesuits among us, who have convulsed all Europe in former times, and are now again at the same game !   They are pursuing their systems of conspiracy and subjugation by every possible means, and every variety of ways. With foreign funds they erect, in all prominent points, splendid edifices, and they invite and tempt our youth to witness and unite in their pompous and imposing superstitions. They throw a false veil over their monstrous system by means of their English books and feigned discourses. Like Milton’s demon, they labour too successfully “to make the worse appear the better cause!” They are making a desperate and persevering effort to obtain in their own hands, the education of our Protestant sons and daughters, especially those of the more wealthy and influential of our fellow-citizens. They have originated a conspiracy to obtain, by all possible arts, large funds out of our Public School treasury, to support their own corrupting and sectarian schools !  And as a religious body, they move in a mass in politics, ready to support those who will lavish on them the


highest pecuniary favours.* At the same time, they affect the most extraordinary liberality, and make very plausible appeals to Protestant high-mindedness, and their usual unstinted charity. Priests and lay-brothers are sent forth all over the land, to do their master’s work in any form or way; particularly as teachers of our youth! They attempt to bribe, but more generally to overawe the press. They gravely encourage the fears of weak and timorous Protestants, that very serious danger is really to be apprehended to the property, the churches, and the persons of those who venture out boldly to oppose papists !  And they flatter and caress the timorous and half Protestants in the community in their attempts to persuade us to let papists alone, and suffer them quietly to pursue their conspiracy, unmolested, against our liberties, and our holy religion !  In view of all this, we beseech every MAN of you to come out as honestly, as faithfully, as gallantly as our beloved brother, Mr. Berg, has done, in the pulpit, and by the press.

Let all scholars and lovers of science, also, unite with us in opposing the Roman sect, which has proved itself the avowed enemy of popular education; and which, of course, keeps its votaries in utter darkness. Look at their population in Mexico, South America, and Spain. Alas! they are deplorably ignorant, and covered with the darkness of moral death. Hasten to oppose the progress of this sect in our land, which attempts to draw our youth into their schools and colleges, which are at least a century behind our Protestant seminaries in point of literature. One fair proof is before you. Look into their Pope’s BOOKS, RPOHIBITORY, And EXPURGATORY. All our principal classics in English, are in the list of books utterly prohibited !  All our best histories; our best poets, as Milton; our best philosophical books, as Locke, Paley, Dugald Stewart, are not allowed to be opened, far less read, by papists. What, then, must be the state of education among them? They have no adequate substitutes for our standard works.

Let every lover of the Holy Bible, who delights in a

* This was avowed in a speech, lately, at a meeting- of the cleri- cal members and laymen of the Roman Catholic church when forming their scheme to obtain public funds from the New York City Corporation for their schools.


pure version, and in its universal diffusion among the people, come up promptly to our aid, in stemming the torrent of Romanism. The Pope has again and again denounced Bible societies; particularly Pope Leo XII., and the present Pope, Gregory XVI. “By their perverse interpretations,” says Leo XII., “they (the Bible societies) turn the gospel of Christ into a human gospel; or, what is worse, into the gospel of the devil ! ! !”*  And allow me to give you specimens of the versions they use. Genes, 3:15 : “I will put enmity between thee and the woman; and thy seed and her seed : she (the Virgin Mary) shall crush thy head, and thou shall lie in wait for her heel.” Matt. 3:2 : “Do penance, and believe the gospel.” Luke 13:3,5 : “Unless you do penance, ye shall all perish.” Acts 8:22 : “Do penance for this thy wickedness.” Ephes 5:31, 32, speaking of marriage, this version says: “This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ, and in the church.” Heb. 11:21, this text they translate so as to afford divine authority for the use of images, thus : “By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph: and worshiped the fop of his rod ! ! !” See The Doway Bible; New York edit, of 1836.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. – Gen 3:15-16 KJV

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. – Mat 3:2 KJV

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. … I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. – Luk 13:3,5 KJV

Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. – Act 8:22 KJV

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. – Eph 5:31-32 KJV
By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. – Heb 11:21

I shall give you a specimen, also, from the Bordeaux edition of the New Testament, by the divines of the Louvaine. Acts 13:2 : “As the apostles offered the sacrament of the mass and fasted, &c.” 1 Cor. 3:15 : “He shall be saved, yet as by the fire of purgatory.” And that text in 1 Tim. 4:3, “Forbidding to marry,” they render thus : “Condemning the sacrament of marriage.”** Let your hearts be stirred up against this Antichrist, by zeal for the Lord of Hosts; and sustain with fresh vigour the cause of the Bible society.

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. – Act 13:2

If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. – 1Co 3:15

Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. – 1Ti 4:3

To our Roman Catholic fellow men, we would present our urgent and most respectful appeal. It can be neither your interest, nor ours, to be deceived. You must break the chains thrown over you. You have immortal souls to be saved or lost. By the love of God, and the bowels of mercy in Christ Jesus, we implore you to read, study, pray, —

* See his “Encyclical Letter” of 1824, pp. 16, 54—57, Cramp’s Text Book of Popery, p. 60, note.
** Cramp’s Text Book of Popery gives more specimens, pp. 66—68.



think for yourselves. What right has a sinful, selfish, and avaricious man, called a priest, to lord it over your soul and conscience? Have the courage to shake off this cruel despotism, — this system of espionage, — this system of plundering you, your wife, and your children. Look into your own Doway Bible. There you see this “Man of Sin,” and devouring “Beast,” plainly predicted, and fully described. Open your eyes, we beseech you, to the word of God. Your Creator never can deceive you: your priest for ever deceives you! Christ offers you grace, and salvation “without money and without price.” All that the priest can give you, is sold for his own idol of money. He robs you of your property. His priestcraft will, alas! rob you of your souls. Oh ! for Jesus Christ’s sake, “turn ye, turn ye, why will you die?” “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.” Read the following pages of our brother Berg with attention, and a candid heart, lying frankly open to conviction. The priest, like the horse-leech, is ever crying ‘Give, — give; — your money; I demand your money, for my blessings; my masses; my prayers!’ But this beloved minister of Christ asks none of your money. He seeks not yours, but you, for your everlasting salvation. As often as Friday returns, and the priest “prohibits certain meats.” see ye not the very man, and the very system of Antichrist, as foretold by St. Paul ? As often as you look upon a priest, whom the Pope forbids to “marry,” do you not see the slave of the “Man of Sin,” as foretold by St. Paul, who was to forbid his priests to marry ? Hear ye not this plain and loud voice of God to you. Listen, then, to the sober, and pious instructions which our brother brings to you all, while he offers to you Christ, the only Redeemer, and with him all his blessings, as free as the air you breathe ! “Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found; call ye upon him, while he is near.”

Finally : To the AMERICAN YOUTH we would bring our most urgent appeal on behalf of this common cause of our country and our God. You are, young gentlemen, to be, in due time, the active citizens, legislators, magistrates, and ministers of Christ in this republic. Your country’s destiny, its weal and its wo, are soon to be in your hands. Show yourselves to be the worthy, the gallant, and devout sons of your venerable forefathers ! Take good heed, we implore


you, also, that neither our holy religion, nor our free republic, sustain any damage, from these fierce, and unprincipled colonies of Jesuits, priests, nuns, and laymen, who are charged with the execution of the revolutionary plots of Rome, and the Holy Alliance. Be not deceived with the cry of the ignorant and designing, that this is merely a religious controversy, and no more. We are invaded secretly and slyly by the fanatical troops of a great foreign power, which approaches us under the mask of religion. Our beloved brother has, here, stript the vizor of religion off its face, and shown it in its true colours. Yet it may be that it cares not how many assaults be made, in exposing its idolatry, its superstition, and its fierce bigotry and fanaticism; provided our “holy Protestants,” and godless politicians, will only favour it with their forbearance, and quietly allow it to do the work effectually, of their foreign master, in un- dermining, by all possible means, our fair and flourishing republic. The present watch-word of Rome is, “Be still, — but work harder than ever!”

We implore you to bestow your careful attention on the movements of this fatal enemy. Make yourselves masters of its plans, its policy, and its aims. Although self-styled “a religious,’‘ it is a mere human policy, foreign in its origin; foreign in its support; importing foreign vassals; and sending a most destructive foreign influence over our land. Its Pope and priests are crafty politicians; mere men of the world, and reckless men of pleasure. It is, as a system, in the hands of a foreign enemy of our country, precisely what the Koran is in the hands of the Grand Turk, and his muftis. It is a tremendous weapon, wielded against peace and order; the hilt of which is at Rome !  It is as intolerant in politics, as in its unique creed. Its spiritual head claims the right to tax the subjects and citizens of other nations. It interferes with the internal regulations of governments, and the affairs of every country. As “vicar of God upon earth,” the Pope claims power over all civil magistrates. It has dethroned chief magistrates: dissolved civil governments: suspended commerce: annulled civil laws: and, to gratify its lust of gold, and its unbounded ambition; it has thrown whole nations into utter confusion !  It has, for centuries, waged a war of extermination against THE RIGHTS OF MAN; THE LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE; AND THE


FREEDOM OF THE PRESS !   It has aimed, for ages, at universal dominion over the bodies, property, and souls of men! And to accomplish these ends, it has spared no one; and it spares not the holiest men, nor holiest things. To accomplish its diabolical ends, it has employed dungeons; and chains; and racks; and gibbets; and fire; and sword!! The history of Europe, my honoured young friends, and fellow-citizens, is the continuous demonstration of these terrific facts ! “I speak as unto wise men; judge ye what I say.”

And be assured, young men of America, that if ever, by your culpable negligence, and want of zeal, these sons of Belial should gain the ascendancy, and power, in our land, which they aim at, backed, as they are, by Rome, and the Holy Alliance, they will reenact all the bloody tragedies of Roman Catholic Europe; which will make the ears of every American citizen to tingle! Under ALMIGHTY GOD, THE PROTECTOR of our country, it is in your power, YOUNG MEN of America, to cause this enemy’s “arm to be clean dried up, and his right eye to be utterly darkened !” And our beloved brother, Mr. Berg, and all of us, I trust, will go with you, shoulder to shoulder, with one heart, and one cheering war-shout, under the banner of the Captain of Salvation, in achieving the glorious victory ! And our watchword, as we advance in the defensive war, as well as offensive, is, CHRIST’S CAUSE AND CROWN; GOD, AND OUR COUNTRY’S SALVATION !

C. Brownlee.


New York, Sept. 3, 1840.


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2Th 2:3 KJV Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 KJV Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

1Ti 4:1 KJV Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 KJV Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1Ti 4:3 KJV Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Rev 13:6 KJV And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Rev 18:13 KJV And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

Dan 7:25 KJV And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Luk 9:55 KJV But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.

Mat 13:29 KJV But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Heb 10:29 KJV Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Gen 3:15 KJV And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Luk 13:3-5 KJV I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Act 8:22 KJV Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Eph 5:31-33 KJV For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Act 13:2 KJV As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

1Co 3:15 KJV If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

1Ti 4:3 KJV Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Revelation 13:11-18

Rev 13:11-18 KJV And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Revelation, Chapter 17

Rev 17:1-18 KJV And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.


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