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n. 49. So does also Anaftafius. Sinaita. *. * Hom. 10. -. Gregory + mentioning that afore-cited in Hexaëm. en. 49, says, That Antichrift, Thall come Biblioth. at of the Tribe of Dan; for which reason, Patrum. ys he, in the Division of the Camp of Tom. I. rael, Dan pitched first towards the North, I. Lib.31.

in Job, ereby to signifie him who said in his (eart, I will ascend into the sides of the North, will be like the most High, Isa. 14. 13.

of vhom also another Prophet spake, saying, he snorting of his Horses shall be heard from Dan, Jer. 8. 16. And this I think is fairly inted in the Prophecy of Jacob, Gen. 49. -7. Dan is a Serpent in the way, biting the Horses Heels, that the Rider shall fall backward which when he had said, pointing at Antichrift, he adds, by way of Confidence in the Promises and Mercies of God, I have waited for thy Salvation, O Lord ! i. e. The Coming of the Messiah, Luke 2, 30. as if the last and greatest Enemy of the Church of God; but this is my Consolation, that the Messiah shall come upon thee and destroy thee, and bring Salvation unto Ifrael, and unto the Ends of the Earth. And this the Fezvs are so fully persuaded of, that Ben-Dan, or a Son of Dan, is a proverbial Expression amongst them, to signifie a noto-, rious Villain, or Murderer, as David de Pomis observes in his Lexicon upon the Word Dan.

$ 10. As for the Stature, Shape and Fea- of kis filo tures of his Person, his Education in his fancy. Infancy, &c. which have been with great Confidence described by some Writers of

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the middle and later Ages, I shall omit them as things that have no footsteps in Scripture (excepting only Dan. 8. 23. capable of divers Constructions ) nor Primi. tive Antiquity; and shall only observe, that as it is recorded of our Lord Jesus Chrift, Luke 2. 52. that from his Childhood he encreased in Wisdom, and Stature, and Favour both with God and Man; so it is highly probable that Antichrist, during his Minority, shall be continually improving in Magical Diabolical Arts, and converse with Evil Spirits, by which he shall be accomplished and fully instructed for the great

Work which he is to do. The Region

$11. As for the Place of his Birth, there

are Reasons (tho' not equally convincing Mall first appear.

to all ) why we may think he shall be born in the East, tho' his first Appearance may be in the West. But that not being very clear, we shall pass on to consider what St. John says of him, Apoc. Chap. 13. that

he shall arise out of the Sea (for of him * Lib. s. that Place is interpreted by Irenæus *) by Cap. 28. which, upon a two-fold Account, we are to

understand the West. First, Because the Sea, and the Ifles of the Sea, have been conftantly fo understood by the Jews : And, -2dly, Becaufe it agrees with the Prophecy of

Daniel, that he fall arise out of the Ten Horns of the fourth Beaft; that is, the Roman or Weftern Empire. The Region of the Western Empire, from whence he shall come, is the North as appears by comparing Jer. 4.6, and Foel 220. Joel 1. 2. 2. 2.

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Matth. 24. 21. not to mention many other Places, for the same Reasons probably that were mentioned Part I. that Region being more particularly expressive of the Vengeance and Judgment of God.

12. A T his first Appearance in the His firft World he shall (as we observed before ) Appear. seem to be very Religious, Wise, Tempe- World and rare and Peaceable, fo says Cyrill*, by these Conquest of counterfeit Virtues, joined with the great the Ten Powers of Magical Knowledge, he Thall Kings. (says he ) deceive the World, especially the Feavs, (who according to the line of Time,

all then begin to expect their Messiah and Redeemer) into an Opinion that he is the very Christ. Upon which (says Hippolytus aforecited,) they shall offer to make him their King, which he shall craftily rem fuse, but they shall force him to accept it. Here then we find him invested in the Royalty and Majesty of a Kingdom, to whom by degrees shall be gathered from all parts those whose Iniquities are full, and who are qualified for a nearer converse with him, by parraking of his Magical Power, which lie, (in imitation of our Blessed Lord's thedding forth his Spirit upon his Disciples) fhall probably impart to some select Fol. lowers, as the First Fruits, to be as Head Powers and Rulers of his Magical Army described by Joel, Nahum, bc. as I shall prove, of which they shall all be in a less degree Partakers. Now it is probable that the first Act of Power that he shall perform, shall be revenging upon Rome, (which is Baa

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bylon, say the Reformed Commentators) the Ancient Ruines of Jerusalem, at the Instiga

tion of the Jews his Followers. This is the P. 439. Opinion of Irenæus. *

and Hippolytus, 1. 23:449.8 56..and to this both of them apply the 2.7.

Parable of the Unjuft Judge that feared not God, neither regarded man, to whom the Widow, that is, the Earthly Jerusalem applied her felf, entreating him to avenge her of her Adversary, meaning, Rome, which he accordingly did. The Manner, in which he shall punish her, is thought to be that he shall invade the ten Kings, into whose Hands the broken and divided Pow, er of the Roman Empire shall be delivered. These had not received a Kingdom at the writing this Prophecy. Rev. 17. 12. but Shall receive Power as Kings one hour, (or in the same hour or time) with the Beast. We are not therefore to imagine that by the Roman Empire is to be understood the Empire as it was, then, or as it is now, but as it shall be at that time when the Beast or Antichrist shall arise, plainly also intimated to be the last Kings by being called Toes, Dan. 2. 41. Three of these Kings Antichrist shall set upon and overcome, and they shall submit to him, Dan. 7. 24. And the rest being afrighted shall give up their Kingdoms and Authority to him. Whence St. John says of them all, that they have one mind, and give their Strength and Power to the Beast. Rev.. 17. 13. Because the first three submitted by Force, the other seven through Fear: These he shall make his Exe

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cutioners to punish the Romans by making them Slaves and Vassals, and destroying their Polity, and bringing them into lo re

vere a Condition, as may be understood by : making her desolate and naked, and eating : her Flesh and burning her with Fire.

* Which Expression of burning her with Fire + Vid. Ibich may perhaps have a particular regard to the Manner of besieging her, viz. by bombard. ing her. Rev. 17. 16. Which is not to be understood of the utter Destruction of the City, for that is to continue till the pouring forth of the last Vial, when it will perish in the great Earthquake that precedes or accompanies the Destruction of Antichrift; and so far even the Roman Catholick Writers agree, that Antichrist shall se destroy Rome, though none of them say he shall doe it in Person. Which when he has done, it is not improbable that he shall receive Divine Homage and Worship, perhaps in the very Cathedral of St. Peter. Even as Mahomet II. when he had taken Conftan-Ź tinople and entred iç in Triumph, placed himself blasphemously upon the Altar of St. Sophia, to receive a sort of Divine Worfhip from his military Slaves. And this will seem more likely when we shall consider

what Effects such a Conquest will have upg on the Minds of his Followers, who shall

see him Triumphant in that City where once Religion fourished gloriously, and in which at this time, there is more of the Pomp and external Grandeur of the (fo called) Christian Church to be seen than

any

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