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The 19th. Chap. is as it were a recapitulation Chap.19. of all that respects the ruin of Babylon. Therin 7. Christ appears riding on a White horse, is called the faithful, and true , & the Word of God. He affembles all his forces, & the Babylonish Em. pire assembles all its forces; the fight begins, the Beast and the fàlse Prophet, i.e. the Antichristian Empire and Antichrist that is the head, are taken and utterly destroyed. "Tis the same thing we met with before in the 14. Chap. at the end of the 16. at the end of the 17. and throughout the whole 18. Chap. The frequent repetition of the same thing is to note the certainty of it,
The three following Chapters, viz. the 20, 21 and 22. contain the History of the third & last general Period of the duration of Christianity. It is the reign of 7. Christ upon Earth. The matters contained in the 20 Chapter are so remarkable, that they deserve a particular attention. But seeing that hereafter we fhall have occafion carefully to examin them, it is not necessary to stay about them at present.
So much suffices for a general Idea both of the Chronology & of the History, of the twelve last Chapters of the Revelation, which contain the destinies of the Church.
reference to Antichrift , which will serve to
E seek First the Character of the Babylonish
Empire; 2dly, the time of its duration ;
zdly, Its Establishment & end; 4thly, What must happen after its ruin. The two first points respect what is past or present , & shall be the subject of the first part of this work. About the first of these four things there is no controversy among the Orthodox. But there is a great dispute
about it between the Papists & the true Church. However we have one great advantage for the determining this controversy, viz. there are some çertain principles in which both sides do agree. În controversies where men are agreed in nothing, but where every thing must be proved, it is very hard to determin any thing But where men are agreed in many things, ordinarily those things which they are agreed in , serve for the clearing up of those things wherin they are not agreed. I think it best therfore before we enter upon the Chara£ters of the Babylonish Empire, to consider those things wherin the Papists as to thiş
matter do agree with the true Catholicks. All agree 7. We are agreed about almost all the places, little horn whence we are to draw the pourtraiture of Anin the 7th: tichrist and his Empire. 'Tis confessed, that the Antichriť. Little horn in the 7th. Chap. of Daniel is Anti
chrift; that 'tis of him that the Prophet speaks. Dan. 9.8; 1 confødered the horns, and behold there came up
among them another litile born, before wbomibree of the first borns were pluckt up by the roots; and
behold in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, 1,24,25. and a mouth Speaking great things. The ten Horns
out of this Kingdom are ten Kings that shall arise, and another ball rise after them, and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three
, Kings. And he i ball speak great words against the mol High, and shall wear out the saints of the em oft bighs, and think to change times and laws; o
they fall be given into his band for a time, and times, and half a time.
We are agreed that the First Beast in the 13th, of the Revel. is the same with the fourth Beast Beasts of in the 7th. Chapt. of Daniel , and that both the Rev.13. one and the other signify the Roman Empire, chrift. Tis acknowledged, that the ten Kings that must be born of this Beast, which are represented by the ten Horns of the fourth Beast in Daniel, and of the first Beast in the 13th of the Reve- , ļation , are the ten Kings, which in the time of Antichrift are to divide the Roman Empire among them, and give their power to Antichrist.
'Tis contest, that the little Horn, i.e. Antichrift, must be grafted on the Roman Empire, enter into its place, and the last that shall possess the Roman Empire. Antichrist , faith Bellarmin, Bellarm. shall be the last head of the wicked, and the last parties King that shall possess the Roman Empire , but yet is.
Ref: without the name of a Roman Emperour.
priorem The fame Author in the very same place con- &c. felles, that the head of the first Beast, which received the deadly wound in the 13th. Ch. of the Revelation is Antichrist. This miracle of a feigned Resurrection, faith he , must be attributed to Antichrist, in the opinion of Primafius , Beda,
and others whom he names. We are agreed, that the two Beasts of the 13th. of the Revelation do both of them fignify the Antichristian Empire. According to the opinion of Bellarm, Rupert. The second Beast in the Revelation signifies the very fame Antichrift. For Antichrist is represented by two Beasts; by the one , his royal power and tyranny, by which be will offer violence to men, is represented. And by the other his magical power and crafty tricks, by which he will
feduce them. But according to Richard and Anselm, and many others, the second beast fignia fies the Preachers of Antichrist. Thus it agrees to the Babylonish Empire to be the seventh bead of the Roman Empire, however
, without bearing the name of a Roman Emperour ; to be a bead wounded unto death, and raised up again; to have ten Horns on its Head, ten Kings for its subjects ; to have a false Prophet with two Horns like those of a Lamb, which causes the image of the Beast to be worshipped, whose name contains the Number 666, and who makes all those that he causeth to submit to his Empire to bear his mark in their foreheads.
We are agreed that a time, times, and half a time the 42 Months, the 1200. days do denote the time ofthe duration of the Antichristian Empire ; and that all that while the Church must be afflicted , beaten down, obscured, as it were bidden & swallowed up by persecution.
Tis acknowledged that the great Wbore in the 17th of the Revel and the city with seven Moun
tains , is Rome. Some would have it be Rome are forced Pagan, but others shewing either more knowledg in confefs or more sincerity, do confess that Rome in the fon in the 14th and the 17th. Ch. of the Revelation is not
Rome Pagan, but of Christian become Antichristian. Eftius and some others go a little further, and are forced to acknowledg ; that Rome must be the seat of Antichrift. Others, as Ribera, Viega; Cornelius a Lapide , retaining the common hypothesis among the Papists, viz. that ferufalem must be the seat of. Antichrist are howa ever forced to confess that Babylon in the Revelation is the city of Rome, wherat the end of the times an Idolatrons Empire, persecutor of
the Church, and Enemy of God mustarise; who (say they) shall join himself to the Empire of Antichrift, when he shall be come. Cornelius a
Lapide confesses, that the Waters on which the er & rear Whore fits , fignify all the Nations and people
which Rome Shall command over, who shall agree together in their subjection, and in the vanity and idolatry of Rome as their lady and the mistress of the universe, i. e. Rome become Idolatrous after having been Christian.
We do agree that the Prophecies of the Eighth Tisagreed & the eleventh of Daniel, that literally respect that what Antiochus Epiphanes , & the cruel persecution Antiochus that he raised against the Church of the Jews, be- agrees allo long also to Antichrift ; fo that Antichrist is that chrift. King that small do according to his will, 8 shall: exalt himself, & magnify himself above every God, 36,37, E Shall. Speak marvellous things against the God of 38. Gods , & Sball prosper till the indignation be accomplisht. Neither shall be regard the God of his Fathers , nor the desire of women , por regard any God, for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his Estate shall be honour the God of forces, as a God whom his Fathers knew not, shall be honour, with gold on with silver o with precious stones &. pleasant things : He shall enter also into the glorious Land, and many shallbeoverthrown, &c.
We are agreed, that it is he of whom St. Paul speaks in the 2d. Chap. of his second Epistle to the Tessalonians, & consequently that he is that man of sin that was to be revealed, when he that then did let,i.e. the Roman Empire, should cease to hinder ; that 'tis he that is to fit in the Temple of God, as if he were God, whose Reli, gion is to be a Mystery of iniquity , & who is to lift up himself above all that is called God.