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fourth Monarchy and Religion, is the Empire of the Arabians. The imperial dignity falls in the fifth Age. In the fixth Age the Arabians are raised up to weary and torment the Roman Empire divided into ten Kingdoms, but above all, for the punishment of the Empire of Constantinople, the most remarkable part of the ten. We shall see that the words of the Prophecy agree very well with this discovery of thole modern

people. Thefal- A star falls from heaven. 'Tis a presage of in the fifth some great event. By this star we must not Trumpet underitand a great Lord, or a false Prophet, grandee

as some have imagin’d. For this ftar doth

nothing, & appears no more in this fifth Prophet.

Trumpet. 'Tis very improperly that De
Launay & many others apply to this Star these
words, a to him was given the Key of the Bote
tomlefs.pit ; as if a star could carry a Key,
use it, and open a door. The Prophecies are
continued Metaphors and. Allegories. Now
according to good Rhetorick, Actions in Me-
taphors must be attributed to Subjects accor-
ding to the nature of those subjects. Here
an Ăngel &aftar are spoken of; 'Tis the Angel
that
opens
the Bottomless-pit,

and not the star. 'Tis the proper office of Angells in the Apocalyptical Visions , to open and shut, and bring in on the stage. So in the 20th. Ch. of the Revelation 'tis an Angel that closes the Bottomless-pit on the Dragon. This star therfore doth nothing else here but only presage a great insurrection against God,

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that was to happen under the fifth Trumpet.
The bottomless-pit being open'd, there comes
out a Smoke black and thick, like that of a Mahomet
Furnace, and the Sun was darkned therby. the black
'Tis the unhappy Religion of Mahomet that smoak,
fills the world with his thick darkness of
Error : & there arose out of the smoke of the
bottomless pit Locusts on the Earth. And this
unhappy and detestable doctrine formed an
Empire, and united the Arabians together
under the deteftable Mahomet. One can't By the
better represent the Arabians than by Locusts. Locufts the
First because of their innumerable multitude. are mcaat,
So'twas the Author of the book of Judges
called them many ages before St. John. And
the Midianites of the Amalekites, all the
Children of the East, were in the valley as
Locufts for number. 2. 'Tis from Arabia that
these inundations of locusts come, that often
cover both Egypt and Ethiopia, and the other
neighbouring places round about.
prodigious twittness of the Conquests of the
Saracens is most admirably represented by
Clouds of Locusts, that fall on the fields in
one night, and almost in a moment. 4. One
can't better represent the hideous desolations
which the Saracens made every where , than
by the hideous condition that the meadows
and fields are in when the Locusts come on
them.

It is commanded these Locusts ; not to 1.4
hurt the Grass of the Earth, nor any green
thing, but only those men which bave not the
feal of God in their forheads. This is to ex-

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press, that these Locusts are men that are lent against other men, wheras true Locults faften on the green things.

And to them it was given, not that they should kill men , but torment them five months. We must know & always remember the foundation we have laid, that the whole Revelation is a history of the Roman Empire , & that all the events refer to that Empire. So that the sense is, the Saracens by the permiffion of God should have a great power to torment & harrass the Roman Empire divided into ten Kingdoms, but not to destroy it. Indeed the Saracens tormented both Greeks & Latins most cruelly. But both the Empire of Conftantinople & the other parts of the Roman Empire defended themselves against their aflaults.

The duration of these Locusts is limited

to five months, these make 190 days. But the reiga

these days do not signify an 150 years, a day of the

for a year according to the prophetick style. Locufts fignify

Joseph Mede that follows this hypothesis, assigns 150 years to the time, during which the Saracens particularly afficted Italy from the year 830 to the year 980. But 'tis not so. We must observe, that the reign of the Locufts is in the five inonths of the fummer , May, fune, July, August , September, & that is their longest reign. For Oftentimes they last not so long, because sometimes in the midst of summer a great wind carries them away, or a long rain makes them burst. So that the Prophet means that the Sarazens Thall fulfill

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their reign in its greatest extent, & that God
will not abate any thing of it in favour of
the men that are the lubjects of the Roman
Empire,

The description of these Locusts is nota-
ble. Their shape was like unto horses prepared
to the battle. Tis to signify the wars & fights
wherby the Saracens were to establish their
government: On their heads were as it were
crowns like gold. All the Empires that at
this day take up the East came from them,
that of the Turks, that of the Persians, that of
the

great Mogull, that of the Tartars.

Their faces were as the faces of men, they had hair as the hair of women, & their teeth were as the teeth of Lions ,' & the found of their wings was as the found of Chariots

. That is to say, they are as great women , with their hair dishevelled, a hideous countenance, & wings on their shoulders. I question not but the Prophet had respect to the description which the Poets make of the Harpyes.

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Tristius haud illis monstrum, nec savior ulla Æneid. 3.
Pestis, & ira Deum Stygiis fefe extulit undis.
Virginei volucrum vultus , fædissima ventris
Ingluvies, Uncaque manus & pallida semper
Orafame.

Where 'tis very observable that the name vvhence of Harpyes , comes from the Hebrew word comes the Arbim or Arpim, which fignifies Locusts. fable of They were the terror of the East. Therfore the Harthe Poets made of them Women with wings

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devouring all they saw , & which came up from Hell , Stygiis fefe extulit undis. Exactly in the fame manner as these according to St. John, afcended out of the bottomless pit. So the Prince of the bottomless-pit , viz. Pluto, is looked on as their Prince among the Poets, & in the Pagan Theology ; fortis he that in that Theology is called Serapio instead of Serarpis or Sararpi, i.e. Prince of Locusts in the Phanisian & Hebrew Tongue ; just as the Phænicians called the same Pluto , Belzebub, 1.e. the God of flies. The flies & locusts being two great plagues to the fruits & plants of the Earth. Pluto was thought to send these plagues. Therfore he is calld their Prince. Tis to this I say the Prophet alludes, & he would tell us that the Saracens should be like these winged women called Harpges, that ascend out of Hell, that have Hooks instead of Teeth, & that devour all things. In truth the Saracens & Arabians were always professed Thieves. ?T was by covetousness & pillaging much more than by slaughter that they made the Eaft defolate.

These Locusts had Tails like Scorpions, e fitings in their tails. All the world knows that the tail & the sting in the Serpent is the seat of venome & poyson. And poyson is the 'Emblem of false Doctrine. Which fignifies 'not only that the Arubians should carry desolation & death every where , but also the venom of a detestable Religion. Therfore 'tis the Devil is called a Serpent & a Dragon, by reason of the poyson of fälle Religions that he spreads, Laftly,

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