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Parta. tions, means which the Court of Rome make use of.

to make her self Mistress of all Benefices. France, not only rejected Reservations and Expectations, but annullä Annats, Provisions, and all other exactions of the Court of Rome. Then were laid the foundations of the pragmatick Sanction, which gave the Popes so much trouble , because it cut off all the fimonaical tricks, which the Court of Rome used to enrich her self; even Italy itself, during the Schisme, did shake off the yoke; the City of Bolonia made a Law, that the Benefices of that Church should be conferred upon none but of that City and Territorý. To conclude, it cannot be expressed by how many ways that grand Schisme, which divided the Sun of the Antichriftiari World, did spoil it of its frength and lustré. After this time, the Authority which the Popes had so mischievously used, (to ruin the Kings and Kingdoms of Europe) did scarcė doany more mischief. 'Tis evident, that then the Kingdom of the Beast was darkned, because by this Eclipie it loft halfof its beams, i.e. of its Authority.

They gnawed their tongues for pain. History must be consulted to know how many calamities, war's, combats, how much shedding of blood, rage and fury, did spring from this shameful Schisme. Every one of these Popes gnasht his teeth, and bit his tongue against the Antipope : There were nothing but thunderbolts, excommunications, Croisades, wars and combats, of one against another, Nay, still to this day, the slaves of the papal Seatare vext to the death, when we press them with this

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· But under all their forrows, they blasphemed the God of Heaven, and repented not of their deedsa In those Ages , Idolatry was so far from looling

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any thing, that it encreased; then was the reign Parta, of Monks, of superstition, of Fables, of Legends, and a thousand abominations. In that age Šimony was come to its height. While the Court of Rome. · fate at Avignon, is invented a thousand wayes of felling holy and prophane things; Crimes,Paradise, Sacraments, Ministry, Marriages, and in a word every thing. Then came abroad that famous book, the Tax of the Roman Chancery and Penitentiary, which at that time and yet every day, forces to make the Kingdom of the Beast full of darkness. This period lasted from 1395 untill 1440.,

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CH A P. i X
The sixth Plaque are the Turks , who pass over

the Bosphorus,and invade the Greek and La-
tin Empires. The three unclean fpirits, which
come out from the mouth of the false Prophet,
are the papal Laws, armed with Excommunia
cations.

I Have carried on my conjectures untill I camë
Ihither, and did somewhat content my self in
what I had said about the five first Plagues; but Thc ceea,

tainly of
I confess that the remainder of this Chapter was what hacha
thick darkness to me. And understanding nothing been said

S ought to of it ; I put it among those things that are be encrea. to come, according to the usual custome of them led by that

" which folg who Interpret Prophecies; who say of every thing lows.

which they understand not ; that it is not yet este . come to paß : And this made me ready to think, and that my perswafion, as to the five first plagues, was iš but a meer opinion: For in the framing of systems

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Part 2. whether they be of Principles and conclusions,

or of Events contain'd in Prophecies , we must
pierce through them all, that we may see them
clearly, and be assured of their truth. Whileft I
thought that the remainder of the Chapter con-
cerned the time to come , I was content io under-
stand nothing of it, but I was afflicted with the fear,
that the end of Antichristianism was not at hand.
But at last, after I had knockt twice, thrice, four,
five, yea fix times; with devout attention and deep
humility, I believe, that the door is open'd to me.
I dare speak thus, though I know that some have
said, that this favours of Enthusiasme; to whom
I answer, that there is one Article at least more
in my Creed, then there is in theirs, viz. I believe
in the Holy Ghost, and his operations. I am in this
matter a Disciple of the Author of the enguiry
after Truth , and am perswaded that we see no
truths but in God, and by the assistance of God:
we contribute nothing besides our attention, our
prayers and our desires. However, I think, that I
have found out the two plagues that follow in this
Chapter, and by this means, that which was only a
conjecture of mine concerning the fivefore-going,
is risen to a real perswafion. I am therefore per-
swaded, that through the Divine assistance I have
pierced into the Syfcme of the seven periods; a fa-
vour for which I willrender to him immortal thanks
as long as I live. For I confess, that I cannot ex-
press the ravishing consolation that my heart hath
telt, in seeing such evident reasons, to perswademe
of the approaching deliverance of the Church. If
these two plagues had been yet to come , I felt
my heart began to faint , at the prospect of the
dismal calamities which now oppress the Church,
without reckoning those which do still threaten

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v.12. And the sixth Angel pour'd out his viol Sixth e upon the great river Euphrates, and the water! y thereof was dryed up, that the way of the Kings of the E Eat might be prepared... the) The Rings of the East, and the river Euphrates

do give light to this Text. As for thë Kings of the
East, we cannot doubt buï that they are the Turks,

for they arethe only Kings of our East. They posMosess exactly that part of the Roman Empire, which

is called the East, and hath kept the name of Natoa of dia: in the Text they might have been translated the

Kings of Anatolia , for that is the word which is
used. Now all know that the Turks are the Kings
of Natolia. As for Euphrates, we find it in the
fixth Trumpet, as it is herein the sixth plague..
. v. 13. And the sixth Angel sounded, and I heard Revét:
a voyce from the four horns of the golden Altar,which čh.

is before God.
. v. 14. Saying to the sixth Angel, which had the

Trumpet, loose the four Angels which are bound in
the great river Euphrates.

v.15. And the four Angels were looled, which
were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a moneth,
and a year, for to say the third part of men.

v. 16. And the number of the army of the horsemen, were two hundred thousand thousand : and I heard the number of them...

V.17. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that fate on them, having breft-plates of fire, and of jacin&t , and brimstone, and the heads of the horses were as the heads of Lions; and out of their months issued fire, and smoke, and brimstone,

The moit skillful Interpreters, have in this Metaphorical defcription discerned the Turkish Cáo

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Part 2. valry, which was formerly so formidable, and after The Turks the reading of what fofeph Mede hath wrote upon and their invasions this, I think it cannot be doubted that the thing is are fores, so. This barbarous Nation which came out of told in the 9th chapt. Tartary , had carried on its conquests even to En.

fthe Re- pbrates, nigh to which is formed four Dynasties or velacion.

Governments; and there it abode a long time: these are the four Angels, who were bound behind Euphrates. This River for some time served as a boundary, or barriere of the Empire of Conftanti. nople against the Turks. But they leapt over this barriere, and spread themselves as far as the Euxine Sea, and the Bosphorus, and the Ægean Sea, or the Archipelago. The Croisades, about the end of the eleventh Age, drove them back, took from them Nice and a part of the lefler Asiu. But afterwards they came again, and waiting the Grecian Empire, they took all away from it as far as the Sea called

Bosphorus, and as far as the Archipelago. , Behold, these are the Kings of the East, which

appéar again in our fixth viol: behold the Euphrates,

which again comes upon the stage. But what is this Here Eu- Euphrates ? In this Prophecy whatever serves as a

Some barriere to the Turks, is called Eupbrates, because cian Dolpho this River was the first barriere, which did seperate rus, thc se: cond bar: that people from Christendom. After the Turks had rjere of the got over that River, they find another Euphrates, Turks.

viz. the Bosphorus. This in their last irruptions was the same, that Euphrates had been in their first, namely, a barriere, that for a little while stopt their course, though at last they leapt over it. This figure is yery ordinary in Orators, (and conquently, there is ground to seek it in Prophets, whose Style is much more figurative.) Thus one will say, Here are my Herculis's pillars; meaning, here I will bound my conqueftsi another will say, Here

the Thy

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