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reach to the end of the persecutions, and to the reign of 7. Christ. This appears plainly in the 18th, and the following Chapters, where the ruin of Antichrist is represented and described at large.
If these proofs did not suffice to prove, that the Empire of Antichrist must be a continuation of the Roman Empire, one might bring others from the comparison of the two Beasts of the 13th. Ch. For 'tis clear, that 'tis one and the fame Empire represented by two Beasts. And the thing is so plain, that the Popish Authors themfelves do acknowledg it. We have heard Bellarmin confess it , and fay, that Antichrist must be a King possessing the Roman Empire, but
without the name of the Roman Emperour. · He that did If this be so, what must we understand by poffefs inh
of those words of St. Paul, only he that now letteth, theiime of St. Paul, or poffefseth, will let or possess till be be taken ont of
teras. to the way, and then shall that wicked one be revealed? ved out of It doth not import, till the Roman Empire be. before
y abolisht, as the Ancients did believe , and as Antichrijf the Agents of Antichrist at this day would fain the fixth perswade us. We must remember, that in the head of Bealt in the Revelation, with seven Heads and ten the Beast with ten Horns, the seven Heads are seven forms of GoHorns and vernments, 'under which the Roman Empire hath beads.
past. 1. Kings. 2. Consuls. 3. Decemvires. 4. The Tribunes of the People. 5. Perpetual Diktators. 6. Emperours. 7. and lastly, Popes. Every one of these Heads and these Governments hath had its time, one hath passed away and another hath come in its place. In the time of St. Paul the Head of the Emperoạrs was in posseflion. And 'tis of that wemuit understand those words of his Prophecy, enly be which now wirl-boldeth, or possesseth, i.e.
and was to ad
- the Head of the Emperors , shall cease at Rome,
and then the Antichristian Kingdom shall be revealed, and quickly form the seventh Head, which shall be that of the Popes , calling themselves the Vicars of J.Chrift, but being indeed The true Antichriss...
And thus you have what I thought neceffary" to be added for the explication of that Prophecy of St. Paul contained in the 2d. Ep. to the Thessabonians.
Chapter of the Revelation, and of the two
Beasts that appear tberin,
V tichristian Empire, according as we find it
A bealt that in the style of the Prophets a Beast, signifies fignifies a worldly an Empire. All the world knows it, and conEmpires fesses it. It must only be noted, that a Beat God. signifies an Empire that is worldly , terrestrial,
and an enemy to God. The Kingdom of God and of Jesus Christ, that must be given to the Saints after the fourth Monarchy, is never represented under the image of a Beast. The Beast that appears here, is the fourth Monarchy, which we have seen described in the text of the seventh Chapter of Daniel. The Prophet had said, that it was diverse from all the other Beasts. And Saint John in the explication of it saith, that it was composed of the shape of a Lion , a Leopard, and a Bear ; wheras the fare-going Beasts had but one simple shape, The First was as a Lion with the wings of an Eagle., The second was as a Bear, and the thirdas a Leopard. But this fourth Monarchy hath all the strength, and all the advantages of the three others together. 'Tis couragious and strong as a Lion. It had the swiftness of a Leopard in its conquests. It hath the firmness of a Bear, whose large feet make a firm basis for its whole body...
The Holy Spirit lays before the Prophets eyes Why the fourth Mo
this Roman Monarchý whole and entire, altho narchy about a third part of it was already past, beappears en
Tilhe cause this Monarchy was to be the subject, on Revelati- which åll the great events were to turn. And to
know an object well, it must not be thewn by pieces, but all entire. So that 'tis reasonable the Prophet should see this Beast, or this Monarchy, in its whole extent. He riseth out of the Sea. This is not what was said in the eleventh Chapter, he'rifeth out of the bottomless pit. The bottomless pit and the sea are not the same thing.
The bottomless pit is Hell. Here the sea signifies
He hath ten Hörns. The Prophet doth not say how these Horns were distributed on the Heads. But however it is certain that they were all on the teni the seventh Head, that is to say, on the Head only on of the Popes. For 'tis under the Papal Domi- the sevencki
head. nion, that the Roman Empire is divided amonga ten Horns, that is to say, among ten Kings. Exrope, that obeyeth the Pope, is divided into ten Principal Kingdoms. 1. Germany. 2. Hungary. 3. Poland, 4. Suedeland. 5. France, 6. Spain. 7. Italy. 8. England. 9. Portugal. 10. Scotland. The other Kingdomes and States were dependencies on these. From the first divifionof the Roman Em. pire, that happened in the fifth Age, the partition
was made among ten Kings also, as we shall observe afterwards. Horns always signify power in the Scripture : this is known. So that these ten Horns muft be powers, But to signify that these Powers are Soveraign ones, and not subordinate, the Spirit gives them Diadems. They are Soveraigns in name, but in truth they are dependents on the seventh bead, which is the Pope, and the Papism. For the Papism subjects all Kings to the Pope.
'On the heads there is a name of blasphemy. This is not on one of the heads, but on all of them, And the name of blafphemy, is that of the Queen
of the universe, which she would always bear, . since she attained to her greatness.,
· Terrarum Dea, Gentiumque Ronnia.
'Tis the title of Rome eternal, as Saint lerome Ad Algas. hath observed. The Roman Emperours made themquzft. i lo felves be called your Divinity. They built Tem
ples to them, they burnt incense to their Genius, they facrificed to them. The feventh bead hath also its names of blasphemy. The Pope is called bis Holiness, Vice-Göd, God on Earth, Vicar of Jesus Christ. Rome under his Dominion is cailed infallible Rome, eternal Rome... · The Dragon gives him his power; 'Tis the De
vil which gives to the Roman Empire the false Religion, the idolatries and heresies, by which it makes war against God; the ambition, the cruelty, and the covetousness, by which it makes war de gainst men....
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death, and his deadly wound was healed , and all the world wondered after the Beast. The Prophet doth not say, what bead was wounded: but it can't be doubted, but that it was the last fave