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conferred unde, it cannoto, whichdividi
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
· 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
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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the Bosphorus,and invade the Greek and La-
I Have carried on my conjectures untill I camë
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
hough the time of it by
Part 2. whether they be of Principles and conclusions,
or of Events contain'd in Prophecies , we must
her. Hope deferred maketh the heart fick, faith the Parts. FE! Wise man.
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
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
is before God.
Trumpet, loose the four Angels which are bound in
v.15. And the four Angels were looled, which
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
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