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V. 14. of Ophir, &c. She shall be brought unto the King
in raiment of needle-work: the virgins her companions that follow her, shall be brought unto thee. Supposing the Spouse to be the Church, it will be very difficult to tell what these daughters signify, that are introduced to Jefus Chrift, different from the Church. I know well indeed, one may eafi- . ly imagine something thereupon , but I do not believe that it would be folid. "Tis the fault which they fall into , that do explain the types: they stretch the parallels, and fain would have the pictures in every thing resemble the original, Whereas we must not search after the refemblance, but in the principal subject. All the reft is but as the leaves that do adorn the picture.
'Tis according to these principles, that we must explain the Prophecies of the eighth, eleventh and twelfth of Daniel. As to the latter, 'tis the bistory of Antiochus. This Antiochus having been the most considerable type of Antichrift, as David was the most glorious type of Iefur hrif; 'tisnot to be doubted, but that there are in the Prophee cies that respect Antiochus, many things that must have a myftical reference to Antichrist. But 'tis not necessary, that all that is said of Antiochus in the literal sense, must be applied to Antichrist in a mystical sense. In some places Antichrist is there with Antiochus , in some other places Antiochus is there alone, and it may bethere are some places where Antichrist is alone. Let us briefly
review them. Ch.8. v.g. From one of the four hsrns of the he.goat, which more signified the Empire of the Greeks, cameforth ano.
ther little horn toward the South , and toward the
called a litle horn.
?Tis certain, this little Horns is Antiochus. He is described by alittle Horn, because he chimbed the throne not by the lawful right of succession, publickly and with full right; but by subtilty he ravisht the Kingdom from Demetrius the son of his brother Seleucus. Therfore the H. Spirit explaining the Prophecy in the following part of the 8th. Ch. faith, and at the end of their Kingdom, 1,233 & King of a fierce coumtenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
And in the 11th. Ch. where the History of Antiochus is more large, it is said , And in his estate 1.21. Shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give ihe honour of the Kingdom, but he shall come in peaceably , and obtain the Kingdom by flatteries. It was because. Antiochus was “an hoitage at Rome that he was reputed as a stranger, and that he liad no right to the crown of Asia , having an elder Brother, who left a son, a lawful heir of his Estate. Antiochuis being returned from Italy, applies himself to be liberal to the people. He was affable and familier , he bathed in the publick baths, and by these means he got away the King, dom from his Nephew. This agrees well enough to the head of the Antichristian Empire , who is also called a little Horn in the 7th. Ch. This is plainly that which hath deceived two of our Interpreters; who would have the little Horn in the 17th. Ch. also to be Antiochus. Which I call the little a mighty great overlight, and utterly unworthy Horn in of great men.
For for this we must metamor- Ch. is not phose the 4th. Bealt; and wheras by the consent of all Interpreters, it signifies the Empire of the strange Romans it must be made the Empire of the of forme Greeks, in despight of as great evidence as can be inrerpres found in the Prophecies. For one must be blind, ters,
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not to see the Roman Empire, the 4th. Monarchy, in this 4th. Beaft.
The Empire of Antichrist therfore is a little is myfti. Horn, despicable in appearance ,, that raiseth it cally the self up from a low place ; and from a beginning
that seemed to promise nothing that was great, is mounted to thát
, grandeur, that hath given it both the form and the power of an Empire. The head of this Empire is of understanding in dark sentences , &c. it is by subtilty, that he made
himself master of the Western Empire. The little The Popa
Horn of the 8th. Ch. which Gignifies Antiochus,
waxed great, even to the bof of Heaven , cast down againnt
some of the haft , and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Tea he magnified himself cven to the Prince of the boft.
Thele words agree to Antiochus and to Antichrift. To Antiochus, because he insolently exalted himself against God, the head of the heavenly armies, and of the Church ; made a great part of the nationi , and even some of the Priestly
fall into Apostacy. To Antichrift, and the Papilm, because he hath exalted himself against 7. Christ, and engaged the whole Church in his revolt.
Antiochus makes the daily sacrifice to cease by makes the reason of transgression, and castetb down the truth to
the ground, and prospers. The history of the
adoration of Images and their reliques and in establishing a new continual facrifice in the room of the true one. It hath prosper'd, for its fuccefles have been prodigious for 8 orien Ages.
In the 11th. Ch. the Prophet begins from the 2116. verse to speak of Aniiochus. But we must not look for Antichrift therein till the 34. v. The ten firit verses are a description of the victories, which Antiochus obtain'd over his neighbours; and of his quarrels with the Kings of Egypt, quarrels which in my opinion had nothing Typical in them. And the reason of it is clear , because Antroclus was not a Typebut in what he did against the Clourch. For the itrange nations had no reference to the Church; nothing that the Tyrants did against them is mysticall
. At the 31. v. begin the violences which this persecuting Prince was to offer to the Church of Israel
. Arms (ball stand on his pare, and they shall polluie the lunetuary of firengib, and shall take away she daily sacrifice. This is what was already said in the 8th Ch. and what we have applied to the Papism and its head. The Prophet adds, And frichas do wickedly against v. 32. 33 the covenant shall be corrupe by flatteries; anaihey ibai inderstand among the people shall inftru&t many. He continues to the ;6.h. v. to describe the ways The På full of fraud and violence, which the Tyrant pisn was was to make use of, to pervert the nation of the stabluthed Jews , the constancy of some , the falling of a svog : many. And all this without doubt agrees to the lace, head of the Papilm, as well as to A niochus; the application is eaiy, every one may make it. For all the world knows, how many frauds have been used by the Papilm to engage the true believers in a revolt , and how always violence hath been used together with fraud.' In the 36. y. the I.
self above all that is called God.
Spirit pursues the description of the Tyrant, and faith, This King soall do according to his will, and Sallexalt himself, and magnify himself above every God, and shall.speak marvellous things against the God of Gods , and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplisht; for that that is determin'd shall be done. This is so like what St. Paul faith, that the
some of perdition shall exalt himself above all that is esalts him. called God, and that he small fit in the Temple of God
if he were God; And to that which St. John faith of the First Beast in the 13th. Ch. that there was given to him a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemies, and that he open'd his mouth in blaf phemy against God, to blafpheme his name , and his Tabernacle, and them that dwellin Heaven. This, I fay, is fo like, that tis inposlible not to see that is the fame thing. This passage of Daniel gives us a great deal of light for the understanding that pf the Revelation. When we would apply these words to the Papism and its head, he shall.exalt kimself above all that is called God, and speak blafpbemies against God, they cry out 'tis notorious to all the world that the Pope calls himself the mult obedient fervanı of the true God, and doth not blaspheme his name. Just the very fame is said of
Antiochus , be shall magnify himself above every Antiochus. God; He shall not regard the God of his fathers,
and be shall not regard any God. This doth not Pope have exalced appear in his History. 'Tis well said that he was a themselves wicked person, and I would easily believe it ; but *y God, the Prophecies do not predict the thoughts of the bot by Atheism,
heart, but events. Now asto the event, so far was Antiochus from being impious towards his Gods, and from exalting himself above them, that on the conțrary he had a furious and outragious zeal to cause thein to be worshipped. Never did any ido.