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The second Beast works great signs to seduce Rev.13.14. men: And deceiverb them that dwell upon the Earth, by ineans of those miracles, which he had power to do in sight of the beast. "Tis therefore a false Prophet , that works false Miracles, to cause his false Gods to be worshipped. 'Tis a Prophet of Babylon and of Idols. He causes all them to be killed, that do not worship the image of the beast. Its cruelty and tyranny makes this Empire a true Egypt.
In the 14th Chapter , 'tis said of this Babylon, that she made all nations drunk with the wine of the wrath of her fornications. They are her Idolatrics, that are so called. And in the 19th Chap. she is more largely described as a prostitute woman , arrayed in purple and scarlet colour , and decked with gold. and precious Stones and Pearls, having a golden Cup in her hand full of abaminations and filthiness of her fornication. And upon her fore-head was a name writien MYSTERY, i. e. Religion; and for the explication of this. word Mystery, 'tis added, the mother of fornia çations or idolatries; this is Babylon. She is also the mother of the abominations of the Earth; This is Sodom, whose corruption spreads it self even to the end of the World. She makes her self drunk with the blood of the Saints, this is Egypt, 'tis cruelty and tyranny.
One cannot question whether these be the whereloCharacters ofthe Babylonish Empire. But we must over the carefully observe, that in all places of Christen- raders are
found, dom where these Characters are found, the pride the and tyranny of Egypt, the filth and abominations Antichri
Stianism. of Sodom, and the Idolatries of Babylon , there 'It is not is the Antichristian Empire, in whole or in part, confined, And hereupon we muit conclude, that this Em-Empire
i pire the Popes
pire is not confined to what we call the Papisom
the Places subject to the Pope, the Latin Church The Greek In the Greek Church there is Idolatry, there i Church Babylon ; for there they invocate Saints, ani makes a
Bar worship Images and Reļicks. There is Sodom; bylon for the corruption of manners there is great; and
this corruption when the Eastern Church was no: under the Turkish Cross, appeared much more than it doth at this day. Lastly, There is Egypt, for there were tyranny and pride in that Church. The Patriarchs and Prelates of the East, in their time, and in their prosperity, carried themselves like Masters and 7 grants, though in that respect They did not go so high as the Bishop of 'Rome. The Greek Church did not separate from the Latin before the tenth Century; when the Latin Church was already become Sodom, by the horrible corruption of her manners ; Egypt by her Tyranny and Pride ; Babylon by her Idolatries. These two Churches made but one Body and one Babel. And we must not imagine, that the Greek Church by her separation became a ferusalem, seeing she retained the corruption of Babel.
But this doth not hinder, but that we may look Yet Rome for the capital of this Anti-christian Empire in ccaseth, not Rome, and find the man of sin, the head of the to be the head of the Babylonish Empire, in the Pope. The Greek Babylonish Churches, and those of the Eastern Communion Empire.
do no longer obey him. They are revolted Provinces, over which he pretends a right, and who. indeed ought to obey him , seeing they have taken his mark and sign, which is Idolatry. The Pope always keeps his Titles, and as he pretends, he keeps his ancient rights over these separate Churches, calling himself the universal Bishop. Besides , we mult consider all the Churches that
have revolted from their obedience to God, as united under one spiritual head which is Saran; just in the same manner as Churches of different communions remain united under one fpiritual head, which is lefus Christ, if they hold the fundamental Doctrines. In like manner the corrupt Societies are united under one spiritual head, which is the Devil , as far as they follow the Doctrine of Devils, which is Idolatry, though they are ofdifferent communions j yea; and excommunicate each other.
I therefore make no scruple to affirm, that the Babylonish Empire is in all places , whereever tyranný, pride", corruption of worship man. ners' and Government mingled with Christianity are to be found. And that which I say in respect of places , must be extended to times also. Tis in those ages, where pride , tyranny, corruption of manners and idolatry , have been visibly eftablisht in the Church, that we must look for the birth and beginning of the Antichristian Empire. And in the process of this discourse, this observation will be usefull to us; to find out that which we principally seek for in this work , i.e. the time where we are to begin the 1260. years, that are afligned for the duration of Antichristianism.
'Tis this chiefly, that hath caused our Inter- Mens mida preters to be at a loss about the time of the birth ding.no
mother Chan of the Antichristian Empire. They have looked racter but onlý tó Tyranny , as if that were che only Cha-ta racter of this Empire. Monsieur du Plessis hath made them
miftake the made a great Book about it, with this Title The time of An Mystery of Inigmiix; in which he traces this Ty- tichrifts
birth, ranny of the Church of Rome and the Popes, from *** its birth to its periection ; as if the Mystery of Iniquity fignified nothing else : Whereas on the
contrary, the mystery of Iniquity doth not fo much as principally signity that. He that says a Mystery , faith a Religion. This ought to have been minded. So then, in this term the Papilmi is described with respect to its Religion and Idolatry : And its tyranny and impiéty is properly meant in these words, that exålts himself above all that is called God.
Some mens heads have run so much upon this Character of Antichrist , viz. Tyranny, as if that were the only one, that they will not find Antichrist, even in the Papism before the time that the Pope began to act the part of a temporal Prince, which they find he did towards the Year 755. This is the opinion of Monficur du Moulin in his accomplishment of the Prophecies. This also is the reason, that he hath so widely mistaken the time ofthebirth of Antichristianism; and that he hath set the time of his ruin so far off : For he thinks that Antichristianism will not be at an end before the Tear 2015. so we should have yet 330. Years longer to suffer. He should have remembred, that Idolatry is more Antichristian than Tyranny , orat least as much. And therefore, that there is no reason to exclude out of the Antichristian Period, the sixth, seventh, and eight centuries, wherein Idolatry was so strongly established. Corruption and looseness of manners were introduced into the Church, and were the way for Antichristianism, its progress followed by the introduction of Idolatry. And at last Antichristianism was consummated by Tyranny. These are the three true Characters of that Empire, the union whereof will shew us the true point of its birtb.
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CHAP. XIV. =That the three Characters of the Antichristian
Empire do perfectly agree to the Empire of the
Papism. Proofs out of History and Prophea
cond Chapter of the second Epistle to the Thes-
Vy that the names of the Antichristian Em21 pire are Egypt, Sodom , Babylon ; and that its
Characters signified by these names, are Tyranny,
İdolatry and Paganism. We have fixed this Ba-
capital place, and the Pope for the head. We E must now prove, that thcle Characters do per
fectly agree to the Papism , to its capital place,
racter of is an Egypt, and that tyranny is exercised there, Tyranny
he need only read the twelfth and thirteenth Spilo 5 Chapters of the first part, where he will see that