Eureka - Volume 2

It  is with no little satisfaction  that the author  is at length enabled to place this  volume  of  his in  the  hands  of  its subscribers.  To  subscribers  and  authors  in  general,  the  issuing  of  books  by subscription  must  always  be  a  work  of  anxiety;  especially  where,  as  in  the instance   of   Eureka,   the   subscribers   thereto   have  made   its  author   the depository  of  nearly  two  thousand  dollars  in  advance  of  the  performance  of what he had proposed  in his prospectus. This was a signal act of confidence  in his  integrity,  exceedingly  gratifying  to  his  feelings;  for  which  he  takes  this opportunity  of returning  his sincere and heartfelt  acknowledgment.  It was an act  of confidence  also in his ability to perform  the difficult  work of exposition. He  trusts,  therefore,  that  now  the  volume  is  in  the  subscribers'  hands,  and they  can  leisurely  familiarize  themselves  with  its contents,  they  will come to see  that  their  confidence  has not  been  misplaced.
When  the prospectus  was sent  upon  its mission,  the author  was far  from being  sanguine  of  success.  The  general  indifference,  and  prejudice  existing
against  the  Apocalypse;  the  great  cost  of  the  proposed  exposition;  and  the uncontradicted  calumnies so industriously circulated  by the author's enemies,
cooperated  to  create  no  little  misgiving  in  regard  to  the  success  of  the undertaking. But, when Deity signified  the Apocalypse to the apostle John, did He not intend  it  to  be  understood  by  His  servants?  Was  it  not  revealed  for  their information;  and  especially  for  the enlightenment  of that  generation  of them
which  might  be  contemporary  with  the denouement of  the plot so  skillfully laid, and admirably worked out,  in all the ages and generations of the past, by
"the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root  of David, who had prevailed to open the  scroll,  and  to  loose  the  seven  seals thereof?"  Was  all the  wonderful  and
mighty  working  to  be  lost  upon  this generation,  and  to  be  in  regard  to  it  as though  it had never been? This, the author could not bring himself to believe.
His  thorough  and  abiding  conviction  was, that  the  Apocalypse  was not  only given  to  be  understood,  but  also  to  be  understood  before  the  appearing  of
THE  ANCIENT  OF DAYS. For  otherwise,  how  could  His  servants  watch,  and perceive  the  signs  therein  revealed,  and  be  prepared  for  his  coming?  The apocalyptic  benediction  is  pronounced  upon "HIM who  knows  accurately," and  upon   THEM who  give  heed  to  the  words  of  the  prophecy,  and  observe narrowly  the  things  written  in it."  But,  how  can  this  be  done  by  them  who understand it  not? And  where  are  they  to whom  it  is intelligible?  If  any  such exist, why  is  their  light  under a bushel;  why  hath it not shone forth  to  all that are  in  the  house?
Without  scripiiual,  historic,  and  chronological  exposition,  the  Apocalypse is  unintelligible  to the people  of  the nineteenth century.  Some  imagine that because   it  is  a  revelation,   it  must  necessarily   expound itself to  the illumination  of  a wayfaring man  though  a  fool.  This,  however,  is  but  a poor
compliment to themselves  who, with all their boasted  science and scholarship, are  altogether  in  the  dark  concerning  it.  But,  from  the  days  of DIONYSIUS,
"the great  bishop  of  Alexandria,"   to  the  time  of  Ρίο ΝΟΝΟ, the  present spiritual  incumbent  of  the  tottering  throne  of  the  Roman Orb,  all  "the wise and
  prudent"  declare,  that  without  exposition  the  Apocalypse   is  an  unintelligible  mystery.  Hence many  learned  and  popular  writers  of  divers  of  the
"names  and denominations" have  attempted to expound  it. Among  these are Sir   Isaac  Newton,  Mede,  Bishop   Newton,  Fleming,  Faber,   Bickersteth,
Brooks,  Cunningham, Irving,  Keith,  Maitland,  Elliott,  Cunning, Lord,  and so forth.  But  no one understanding  "THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM," and the
doctrine concerning "THE  NAME  OF JESUS  CHRIST," can possibly admit that they have  succeeded.  Believers  of  this gospel  can come to but one conclusion, which  is,  that  all  their  attempts  are  signal  and  decided  failures.  And,  if  this class  of  writers  have  failed,  whither  shall  we  look  for  an interpreter?
The fact  is  that  there  was  none. The  understanding  of  the  gospel  of  the kingdom  enabled  the  author  to  perceive,  that  the  exposition  of  the  Apocalypse was  still  a desideratum  —  a  thing  to be  devoutly  and earnestly  desired. The Apocalypse  was given by  Deity to Jesus  Christ, that He might  show  it to his  servants;  and  the  reason  why  no  exposition  was  extant,  is,  that  Jesus Christ, who  is the truth, had not given the ability  to "the wise and prudent" of the Laodicean  Apostasy.  His servants  and brethren were  not to be  taught  by the wise and  prudent  of  the  excommunicated COURT OF THE GENTILES. He
had "spewed  these  out  of  his  mouth;" and was  it likely, then, that he  would confer   on   such   the   honor   of   being   the   interpreters   of   his   apocalyptic mysteries?  By  no means. The exposition,  as well as the apocalypse given, must be His. "Let Christ dwell  in your hearts by faith."  These are the words  of Paul; and the Spirit that anointed Jesus  said  through him, "I AM  THE TRUTH." Hence, there can be no correct exposition  of  the  Apocalypse   unless CHRIST THE  TRUTH give it. No writer  on  the  Apocalypse   can  do  anything  aright  apart  from  this  inspiration. Unenlightened by  "the  truth  as  it  is  in  Jesus,"   the  most  learned  are  as incompetent as  the  most  ignorant.  Mr.  Elliott says truly:  "The  Apocalyptic subject  is one altogether peculiar; being  at once so important, so difficult,  and so controverted."  It is  an arena upon which the foregoing  extremes  meet and cordially   embrace.   "None   of   the   guilty   shall   understand."   This   is   the irreversible  decree;  who  can  annul  it? A  correct  interpretation  being  Christ's,  it  was  for  Christ  also  to  provide for  its publication.  Such was the author's conviction.  If the work is the Lord's, he will provide  the means. And  remarkably  has this conviction been  verified.

The  truth  opened  Lydia's  heart  to  attend  to  the  things  spoken  by Paul.  She heard them,  became interested  in them,  and attended to them. This is termed
the Lord opening her heart. Upon the same principle, He opened  some of the hearts  of  the  subscribers  to the  author's  exposition,  that  through  its publication by their means, they and others afar  off  might come to the understanding of the things written  in the apocalyptic prophecy; and that thereby they might obtain  the  blessing  promised  in  chap.  1:3.  The  author  has  made  personal application  to  none.  The  notice  of  his  readiness  to  publish,  if  enabled  so to do, is  all  the  effort  he  has  made  in  the  premises.  But  the  response  was not encouraging;  and  the  author  came  well  nigh  despairing  of  success.  Christ,
however,  in  the  hearts  of  a  few,  willed  otherwise;  so  that,  by  their  spontaneous  liberality  to  the  amount  of  twelve hundred  and  sixty dollars,  he was
enabled  to go to press; with the assurance  also that,  if he would proceed with the  preparation  of  the  third  volume,  the  means  for  its publication  should  be
promptly  furnished.
This  unexpected  success  in bringing  forth  so expensive  a work  has both rejoiced  and  surprised  him. It  is a practical attestation  that  he still lives in the
esteem  of "the excellent,  in whom is all the delight  of the Holy One." As one of  the Holy  City down-trodden  in the earth,  he has not  escaped the  efforts  of
the  Serpent's  Seed  to bruise  him in the heel; but  he rejoices to  find  that  they have  not  fatally  affected  his  usefulness.  Their  "enmity,"  which  broke  out
against  him  while  passing  the  first  volume  through  the  press,  has  coiled around  him  in  all the  labors  of the  second.  He  has, however,  given but  little
heed to it; being assured that when this volume, the fruit  of much thought and labor  amid  great  discouragement  and  conflict,  shall  come  into  the  reader's
hands, he will be able, by a comparison  of the author's  incessant labors, with their  fitful  and ephemeral, but malicious, attacks upon his name, to arrive at a
true  and  righteous  verdict  in the premises. The  elaboration  of  such works as the  author's  leaves  no  spare  time  for  evil courses.  The  matter  of  which  they are  composed,   firmly   believed,   alienates  from   the  petty  jealousies  and rivalries  of  minds  spoiled  by  "science  falsely  so-called,"  and  by  all  sorts  of traditions,  or  crotchets,  which  make  void  the  truth.  "By  their  fruits  ye shall know  them."  Public  writers  and  teachers  can  only  be  thus  known.  Their
writings and discourses are their fruits.  The author's are before the world, and before  "the  saints who are on the earth;"  and though  all called saints are not
"excellent,"  he  has no  apprehension  of  reprobation  from  those  who are. He regards   the   defamatory   writings   of   bad   men   and   hypocrites   as  highly
complimentary   and  laudatory.   In  the  denunciations  of  such,  the  authorrejoices greatly;  for  it is a public testimony to all concerned, that he sits not in
their  seat,  and  that  "the  hope  of  the  hvoocrite"  is not  his.
The  appearance  of  this  volume  at  the  present  crisis  of  human  affairs is well-timed.  The  author  believes  that  two  years  or  so  later  would  have  been
unseasonable,  and  possibly  "Too LATE." If  his  chronology  be  correct,  the current  epoch  must  be  hard  upon  the  terminus  of  the  Papal  Power,  and  the
initiation  of "THE  TIME  OF  THE DEAD." These  two crises are conterminous. Their  contemporary  limitation  is  fixed  to  the  ending  of  a  symbolic  "FORTY
AND TWO MONTHS," which is an Aeon,  or cycle,  of  1260 years. The  signs of the  times,  apart  from  chronological  computation,  clearly  indicate  that  this
cycle  has  nearly  described  its  course.  The  "DRIED UP" condition  of  the THE FOURTH   EUPHRATEAN ANGEL-POWER, enthroned  in  Constantinople;  and daemon-operation  of  the FRANCIC-FROG-POWER for  the  past  eighteen  years upon the Dragon,  the Beast,  and the False Prophet — are unmistakable signs of  the  speedy  manifestation  of THE  ANCIENT  OF  DAYS. He  comes  in  "as  a thief." HE WAS with Moses  at  the Bush. HE IS at the right  hand  of  Almighty Power;  and HE  IS  THE  COMING  ONE — the  Grand  Master  of  the  situation created  by  events  in  the  development  of  which FRENCH   IMPERIALISM has been His subordinate and precreative agency. The working of this is the great sign  "IN THE HEAVEN OF THE SON OF MAN." It has been wonder-working until it  has  brought  the  False  Prophet  into  the  greatest  peril.  The  withdrawal  of French  protection  will,  doubtless,  leave  him  a prey  to  the  hatred  of  his own children,  whose  rebellion  will  rapidly  develop   the  end. And  how greatly is that  end to be desired  by all true believers! And how
intensely interesting must be the proof  of its extreme nearness to all such! It is indeed  true, that  "THE TIME  OF THE  DEAD, that  they should be judged," and
that  "the reward"  so long promised  should  be given to "the prophets, and to the  saints,  and  to  them  that  fear  the  name  of  the  Coming  One,  small  and
great"  —  is  it  indeed  true,  that  this  "Day  of  Vengeance  and  Year  of  the Redeemed,"  is at  the  very  door?  The  author  believes,  that  this  volume  will
assist the reader  greatly  in his endeavour  to acquire a satisfactory  solution of this  highly  important  and  interesting  problem. THE  TIME  OF  THE  DEAD is
contemporary  with  a  time  of  angry  excitement  among  the  nations  —  "the nations  were  angry,  and  thy  wrath  came  and  the  time  of  the dead,  that  they
should  be  judged"  —  Apoc.  11:18.  Their  anger  is  excitecj  against  ROME: which  when  the  Apocalypse  was given,  was  styled,  "that  Great  City  having
dominion  over  the  kings  of  the earth" — Apoc.  17:18. She had  it then; and but  for the working of the revolutionary Frog-Power, would still manifest  it to
a  greater  extent  than  at present  appears. The  approaching  belligerency  of  the  nations  is an  important  element  of THE ROMAN  QUESTION. They are to hate the Harlot,  and make her  desolate and naked,  and to eat her flesh,  and burn her with fire" — Apoc.  17:16, THE PAPAL  DEITY  OF THE  ROMAN  ORB a refugee  from  his capital, or a captive in revolutionary  bonds,  may  evolve  an  unclean,  wonder-working,   daemon-spirit,  from  his mouth,  which will go forth  to the kings of the earth and of the whole  habitable,  including  the  American  Continent,  and  gather  them  to  a conflict  for the suppression  of the approaching EUROPEAN  REVOLUTION, and the reestablishment  of the PAPAL  THRONE, which will signally accomplish the desolation  of  the  Harlot.  The  Convention  between  the  French  and  Italian powers  of  September  15,  1864 contains  the  elements  of  this coming  struggle between DESPOTISM and  the REVOLUTION.
Within  two  years  of  this  date, Rome  is to be evacuated  by the French,  and "THE  GOD  OF THE EARTH" left to  his  own  resources.  The  15th  Sept.,  1866,  is the  fatal  limit  of  the  Franco-Italian  Convention.  May  it  not  also  be  that  at  this  date  will  be  found  the terminus  of  the FORTY AND  TWO MONTHS allotted  to  the  Papal  Power  to practise  — poiesail Forty  and  two  months  of  years  ago  carry  us  back  to A.D. 606,  into the  Phocal Epoch.  At  this time the  Bishop  of  Rome  and the Patriarch   of  Constantinople  were  contending  against  each  other  for  the Pontifical  Supremacy of the Roman Orb. The only authority that could confer this  Pontificate  was  the  Emperor  reigning  in  Constantinople.  Maurice,  the predecessor  of Phocas, was in favor  of the Patriarch; but a revolution  set him aside,  and  elevated  Phocas to  the  Imperial Throne.  This  sanguinary  usurper favored  the  aspirations  of  the  Bishop  of  Rome,  known  as BONIFACE THE THIRD.  In  compliance  with  his  request,  he confirmed the right acquired  by John  11, from  Justinian  seventy-five  years before;  and constituted  "the See of the  Roman  and  Apostolic  Church THE HEAD OF ALL CHURCHES." This was "giving  the saints into  the hand" of  the  Episcopal  Constituent  of  the  Little Horn;  and  authorizing  him  to  practise.  Thus,  by  imperial  authority  "was given  unto  the  beast  a MOUTH speaking  great  things  and  blasphemies;  and power  was given unto him to practise forty  and two months" — Rev.  13:5. It was  only  by  foreign  secular  power  contributing  its support,  that  the Pontiff- King  of Rome has been enabled  to eke out  an existence to the present crisis. But  for  the  French  in  "the  Eternal  City,"  the  Papal  Kingdom  would  have been  numbered  with  the  dead  some  twenty years before  its time.  The  Deity sent  the  French  to  Rome  in  1849 to  strengthen  it,  that  its  Pontiff  might  be enabled to practise imperially to the end of the  1260 years for which its license was  divinely  granted.  That  cycle  of  preeminent  lawlessness  and  blasphemy has nearly  described  its appointed  course. A  few  months more will probably complete  it;  and  the  loss  of  power to  practise,  will be the  death  knell  of  the Papacy,  and  the  deliverance  of  the  saints;  the  giving  to  them  the  honor  of executing  "the  judgment  written"  to  the  subversion  of  all  thrones;  and  the final  abolition  of  this  sanguinary  pontificate  from  the  earth. Such  a  crisis,  then,  being  just  upon  the  world,  how  interesting  and important  must  that  work  be  which  treats  of  the  things,  whose  course  has been  long  tending  thereto.  It  is  the  purpose  of  this  volume  to  unfold  that series  of  events  which  has  been  consecutively  evolved  from  the  time  the Apocalypse  was  given  to  the  formation  of  the  present  situation.  The  labor bestowed   on  its  elaboration   has  been   itself  a  pleasure;  and  the  author earnestly hopes, that  in reading  it its subscribers will find  much advantage; oi at least,  have no cause to regret the pecuniary expenditure  incurred  in causing it  to  see  the  light.
In  conclusion,   the  author  would  invite  the  attention   of  the  reader particularly  to  the CHRONIKON HEBRAIKON, which  he  has appended  to  this
volume.  He  believes  that  it  is a  correct  extrication  of  the  chronology  of  the Scriptures.  But,   if  these  are  not  reliable,  then  all  chronological  inquiries pertaining   to   antiquity   may   be   abandoned   in   despair.   The   Scriptures, however,  are  the  most  authentic  chronological  records  extant;  and  only
require  to  be  understood  to  excite  the  admiration  of  the  student  at  the ingenuity  and  accuracy  of their details. The study  of these  is highly useful  and
improving;  and  calculated  to  fix  firmly  and  methodically  in  the  mind  the events  and  testimonies  of  the  word. The  Author  intends  to  publish  a  small  edition  of  his CHRONIKON apart from  Eureka.  It  will  be  issued  in  a  paper  cover,  at  a  price  not  exceeding seventy-five  cents,  including  postage.
As  to  the THIRD  VOLUME  OF  EUREKA, the  author  will  proceed  to  its elaboration  with  all  diligence,  working  while  it  is  called  today;  for  "the
night  cometh  when  no  man  can work."  His earnest  desire  is, that  a  celestial visitant  may  find  him  thus  engaged;  and  by  divine  authority  serve  upon  him notice to quit; and forthwith  to report  himself  for judgment  in the presence of THE KING. But  if such an event  as this should not transpire  so soon  as he anticipates;  and  time  should  be  afforded   for  the  completion  of  the  work,  the author  will  in  that  case  give  due  notice  to  the  purchasers  of  the  second
volume,  that  they  may  in like manner  possess themselves  of the  third.
January,  1866.
 A.M. 5956.    

John Thomas