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as being all still future, and so beyond the bounds of our prefent Enquiry, or of the seven Thunders, which are, I think, all still future also, as being included in the seventh Vial. I shall presently therefore only set down the bare words of the Pro. phecy, and leave the Exposition to future Ages.

Scholium 2. It will here be not unseasonable to fet down. what Daniel saies of these two Woes, we have lately treated of, the Saracens and the Turks. And what is to be the fate of. the Turks afterward. And I esteem that Prophecy to be sa plain, as well as remarkable, that I shall not need to add but a few words by way of Notes, as we go along for the under

standing of it. Dan.. xj. 40. And at the time of the end mall the king of the fouth (the

Saracens) push at him, (the Romans,) and the king of the north. (the Turks) Mall come against him like a whirlwind with chariors; and with horfemen, and with many fips, and Mall enter into the countries, and mall overflow and pass over.

41. And Mall enter into the glorious land, (the land of Judea,) and many countries shall be overthrown: but these pallescape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon, (the wild Arabs.)

42. And fallstretch forth bis hand also upon the countries, and the land of Egypt fball not escape : (being at last conquered by the Turks A. D.1917.) :

43. But shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Lybians, and Cushites shall be at his steps: (The Algerincs, on the Coast of

Africa, and the Arabians about Mecca and Medina.) . See Ifa.LX 1.25. 44. But tidings out of the east, (perhaps from the Jews re

settled in Yudea, Ezek. 38.) and out of the nortb (perhaps from the Muscovites) Malltrouble him: therefare he mall golforth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.

45. And he pallplant the tabernacle of his palace between the seas (the Mediterranean, and Dead Seas,) in the glorious holy mountain, (Mount Sion, or Moriab,or Sinai,) yet he mall.come

10 his end, and none shall belp him. Dan. xij. 1,&e.. 1. And at that time mall Michael stand up, the great prince

which standerh for the children of thy people, (the Fews:) and there

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fallbe a time of trouble, such as never was fince there was a nation, even to that same time: and at that time thy people (the

Fews) mallbe delivered, every one that fall be found written in the book.

2. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake ; fome to everlasting life, and some to mame and everlasting contempt.

3. And they that be wise mallpine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever:

4. But thou, O Daniel Mut up the words, and feat the book, .! even to the time of the end: many mall run to and fro, and know. ledge or learning shall be increased • This is Daniel's Account of the Turks quite down to the first Refurrection ; and if we look into Ezekiel, we shall have a more large and particular Account of that famous Warin Judea, here hinted at, which will utterly destroy that Kingdom for ever. But 'tis too large to be set,down here ; it taking up two entire Chapters, the 38th and 39th of that Prophecy. •

The Seventh TRUMP E T, containing

seven VIAL S.

ND I saw another fignin heaven, great and marvellous, for Apoc. xv. A ven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

2. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire; and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. . 3. And they fing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God almighty: juft and true are thy ways, thon King of saints.

4. Who hall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee ; for thy judgments are made manifeft.


s. And

S. And after that, I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened;

6. And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the for ven plagues, clothed in pure and white linnen, and baving their breasts girded with golden girdles.

9. And one of ihe four animals gave unto the seven angels see ven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

8. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the fever angels were fulfilled.

A ND I heard a preat voice out of the temple, saying to the sea 11 ven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

2. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noifom and grievous fore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

3. And the fecond angel poured out bis vial upon the fea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living foul died in the sea.

4. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and i bey became blood.

s. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous; o 'Lord, which art, and wast, and all be, becanje thou hajt judged thus:

6. For they have foed the blood of Saints and prophets, and thox haft given them blood to drink; for ihey are woriby.

7. And I beard another out of the altar say, Eden , Lord God almighey, true and righteous are they judgments.

8. And the fourth angel poured ont his vial upon the fron; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

9. And men were scorched with great beat, and blafphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues : And they rro pented not to give him glory.

10. And the fifth angel poured out his vial spon the seat of the beaft; and his kingdom uns full of darkness, and they graweede their tongues for pain.

1. And

11. And blafphemed the God of heaven, because of their pains and their fores, and repented not of their deeds.

12. And the sixthangel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east, might be prepared.

13. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

14. For they are the Spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth, and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God almighty,

15. Behold, I come as a thief, Blessed is be that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, left he walk naked, and they see his Mame.

10. And he gathered them together into a place, called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon.

17. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

18. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great carthquake, such as was not fince men were upon the earth, So mighty an earthquake and so great.

19. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cia ties of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto ber the cup of the wine of the fierceness of bis wrath.

20. And every iland flea and the mountains were not


21. And there fell upon meen a great hail out of heaven, every ftone about the weight of a talent: and men blafphemed God, be cause of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

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ON THE Revelation of Saint John.


OR, A short View of the Prophecies containd in the

OPEN CODICIL. -AVING thus dispatch'd the former part of my Expos

sition, viz. of the Prophecies contain'd in the Sealed Book, which were more obscure and difficult; I am

now come to those in the Open Codicil: which being, according to the Importance of that name, much more plain and explicit than the former, our Task in this part will be proportionably easier and lighter. If therefore we have any reafon to hope that we have had some Success in the unfolding the hide den Mysteries of that more close and concealed System of Vifions, we have less reason to fear a Disappointment in our Attempt to explain this Open Collection before us : Supposing that the great Author and Revealer of these Sacred and Divine Predictions. be but pleas'd to afford the continuance of his Grace and Bler fing; without which the most laborious and promising Attempts of this nature, must and will be still vain, fruitless, and ineffe&tual : and supposing also, what is imply'd therein, that the proper time be come wherein these Mysteries are to be


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