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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
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,
that was to happen under the fifth Trumpet.
It is commanded these Locusts ; not to 1.4
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
what the five mouths of
their reign in its greatest extent, & that God
The description of these Locusts is nota-
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.
Tristius haud illis monstrum, nec savior ulla Æneid. 3.
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
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,