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but before Titus could give any orders, or be determined as concerning those people, the soldiers were in such a rage that they set fire to the cloisters, by which means it came to pass, that some of them were destroyed by throwing themselves down headlong, and were burnt to death in the cloisters themselves; nor did any one escape with his life. He says that a false prophet was the cause of this destruction, who had made a public proclamation in the city that very day that the Romans broke through the walls, that God commanded them to get upon the temple, and that they should receive miraculous signs of their deliverance. So here were six thousand of these tyrants and robbers, which belonged to the two seditious companies, which had destroyed the city with the sword, death, and hunger, which companies belonged to death, and hell. These six thousand were cast
alive into the lake of fire and brimstone. This John calls the second death. So now the last hope these remaining tyrants, and that crew of robbers had, was to fly into the caves and caverns of the earth. These subterraneous caverns were dug under the mountains where the temple stood; and were dug for a place of resort in case of difficulty. And the heavens departed as a scroll, when it is rolled together, and every mountain and every island were moved out of the way. And the heavens and the earth which were spoken of all through the Scriptures, were on fire, and the elements were melting with fervent heat, the Jewish tabernacle with its works were then burnt up; and the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bond man, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and caves of the earth,
and said to the mountains and rocks fall on us, and hide us, from the face of hin that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand. Rev. vi: 14, 15, 16, 17. Hosea refers to the same. The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, cover us, and to the hills, fall on us. Hosea x: 8.
Christ foretold of this same event that took place in the day of Jerusalem's Judgment. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women which also wailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children, for then shall they begin to say to the mountains, fall on us,
and to the hills, cover us. These judg ments fell on the dragon part of Israel, which was the beast with ten horns.
Daniel represents it in this figure. I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him. These were the Gentiles who ministered unto him, in turning the dragon, devil and Satan out of the kingdom, and possessed it themselves. This was the innumerable company of angels, which John saw stand upon Mount Sion with the Lamb; these were the Gentiles who executed the judgments on the dragon or beast. And ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; these were the fallen part of Israel who were judged
out of the books. And the judgment was set, and the books were opened. I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake; this horn was Titus, who was the Gentile commander.
Daniel says, I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flames. Daniel says as concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away; yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
It is evident that there was a part of fallen Israel, that was not destroyed in the judgment day. These These were the beasts whose lives were prolonged for a season and a time. The burning of the beast, which was the dragon of the wilderness, in the lake of fire and brimstone, was what the prophet David had reference to, when he was representing the end of the wicked.