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publick, and severe * taxing of the Vices of the Corrupt Clergy of the Romish Church, was the main thing which made him taken notice of, and hated : so we find in his works that his most Remarkable Sermon on that Subject in publick before a Synod of the Clergy at Prague, was preach'd that t very year we enquire about A. D. 1405. And this preaching of Wickliffs Doctrine at Prague, and in Bohemia, had such success that it soon # spread over that Country, and into Germany also: and if the Wars had not cruih'd it, a Reformation in all those parts had immediately followed. However, it was certainly a main preparation and prelude to the great Reformation in Germany afterward, in the next Century. And these prepa. tory spreadings of the Protestant Doctrines in England, and in Bohemia, which so effectually began to discover the frands
and characters of Antichrist in the Church of Rome, to which P. 882. &c. discovery,as Mr. Mede has well shewn, this Prophecy in Daniel
does particularly relate, feem to me considerable enough to be aimed at by these Numbers before us.
VI S I O N. V.
The Second Beast with two Horns like a Lamb.
NDIbeheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he bad two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Apoc. xiij. 15.
* Magister Johannes Hus quam diu in scelera ordinum secularium hominum acriter prædicando invehebatur, omnes dicebant fpiritum sanctum ex eo. loqui; at cum in Clerum convertit sermonem & ftilum, tum ulcus tetigit, & male audire cæpit. In initio Operum Hulli.
Oper. Hus. Vol. 2. p. 28. # A.D. 1403. Luxus immodicus, & superbia Clericorum faciunt ut Hullus Pragæ in Bohemia & alii inquirerent de principatu in Ecclefia: unde hujulmodi disputationes ortæ quibus irritati Romanenfes Articulos Wiclefi 45 publice condemnarunt. Calvis & Hif. Bohem. A. D. 1409. Jnvalescente Huffitica doctrina Pragæ apud Bohemos, reliquæ nationes Pontifici Romano addi&tæ Praga discedunt magno numero. Calvis. Quod Engelbertus Hiftoricus fa&tum refert A. D. 1406. Ut ex Pauli Langii Chronico Citizenfi difcimus.
12. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him ; and canseth the earth, and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed, 13. And he doth
wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the fight of men.
14. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the fight of the beast; j'aying to them that dwell on earth, that they fhould make an Image to the beast which had a wound by a sword, and did live.
15. And he had power to give life to the Image of the beast ; that the image of the beast should both speak; and cause that as many as would not worship the Image of the beast mould be killed.
16. And he canseth all both small and great, rich and and bond to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their forebeads.
17. And that no man might buy or sell save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is fix hundred threescore and fix.
In this fifth Vision; (which includes the sixth also, of the Image of the Beast, of which hereafter ;) we have a plain account of the Rise of Antichrist himself, strictly so called ; or of the Pope of Rome, and his subordinate Hierarchy : having indeed the appearance of a Lamb; professing to be the Vicar of Christ, who is the Lamb of God; Servant of the Servants of God; Successor of the blessed Apostle St. Peter; the great Pastor of the Church, to feed the flock of Christ : but speaking like a Dragox; exalting himself above all that is called God; Excommunicating and Destroying Princes; Absolving, Subje&s from their allegiance; Introducing new, false, and pernicious doctrines and practices; Commanding Idolatry in the · worship of Angels, Saints, Images, and Reliques; Tyrannizing over the Consciencies of Men; and Anathematizing all who will not fubmit to his ungodly doings. He exercises all the power of the first Beast before him; maintains Imperium in Imperio; requires the like or greater submission to his decrees as the Supream Temporal Power expects; and gives out all his
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Laws in the fight, and by the permission of the several Kings by which the distinct Kingdoms of the Roman Empire are govern'd. He causes all to worship she first Beast, whose deadly wound was heald, i.e. He is the common Center and Cement which unites all those otherwise distina Kingdoms; and by joining with them procures them a blind obedience from their Subječts: and so He is the occasion of the preservation of the Old Roman Empire in some kind of Unity, and Name, and Strength:which otherwise had been quite dissolv’d, by the Inundations and Wars succeeding the settlement of the Barbarous Nations in that Empire. He also does,or seems to do a multitude of strange Miracles; and pretends to abundance of lying Wonders; by which he strangely prevails with, and amuzes, and enNaves the World; and so deceives them into an implicit obedience to his Dictates. All which characters are so peculiar to, and notorious in the Pope and his Subordinate Ecclefiaftical Hie. rarchy, that I need spend no more words about them. What
is here chiefly to be consider'd is the time of his rise, and his Pe. 1. Lemma. duration; both of them to be taken from Daniel, where, as
we have prov'd, he is describ'd under the Name of the Little Horn; and therefore, according to what has been there 'already advanc'd, ought to begin some time after the Rise of the Ten Horns or Ten Kings of the Roman Empire ; and to coneinue till their Destruction in being, but in Power no longer than they do so, viz. till the end of his 1110 and of their 1260, years. Now as to the Epocha of the Exaltation of the Papal Power, I take it to be plainly A. D. 606.11 şo years after the Epocha when the Ten Kings were first risen A.D. 456. And certainly this date agrees so well with History that nothing can do more
so. Thus says one very truly, “Concerning the Emer
« fion of the two horn'd bealt out of the Earth, I find a great Mr: Stephens« consent in the Commentaries, Controversies, and Stories of of the Number 666. p. 36.
«the Church : that the two horned Beast began in the Uni“versal Headlip under the Emperor Phocas. Crakanthorp in his "Treatise againitSpalato calleth it theCorner-Stone of the Build“ing. And in very deed many Authors,if you put them upon it SS-60 Itate the original of the Beasts Kingdom, they do generally
“in a manner pitch upon the year 606. And to be sure Pope Boniface the third in that year receiving first from the Tyrant Phocas; and the Popes, his Successors ever after claiming the Stile of Head of the Church, and Universal Bishop of the fame, and accordingly ever after pretending to, and upon all occasions exercising an usurped Power agreeable to so presumptuous a title ; this Epocha of the Pope's Ecclefiaftical Tyranny is fo Eminent and Remarkable in History, and has occasion'd such mighty disputes between the Romanists and Protestants, and has been so often pitch'd upon by those who have attempted this Prophecy, tho they could find so little direct Foundation in Scripture for it, that I need not use many words to thew the exactness of its correfpondence with Daniels Prophecy, and that from hence began that famous Period when Times, and Laws, should be given into the hands of this Little Horn for a T'ime, and Times, and a Division of Time, or for 1110 Propherick Days. Dr. Heylin, a Learned Man who seems not much to have concern'd himself with the Apocalypse,from the great difference there was in History between the Bishops Cosmog p.105. of Rome before, and the Popes of Rome after this Epocha, in his 106. Catalogue intirely distinguishes the one from the other: and having given us a List of the os first Bishops of Rome till A. D. 605 and noted that Sabinianus I. was the last of the Roman Bishops, not having that arrogant Title of Universal Bishop, or Head of the Church, He finishes that branch of the intire Catalogue: and then beginning the second with this Title, The Popes of Rome chalenging a Supremacy over all the Church, From, A.D. 606 and Boniface III. He gives us the Catalogue of the Popes till his own time, being in number 179. And it is very well worth our observation that when just before that time the Bishop of Cona ftantinople had obtain'd the Title of Universal Bishop; the then Popes, Pelagius and Gregory the great vehemently opposid it ; and downright affirm'd that whosoever took the title of Universal Bishop upon him was a Fore-runner of Antichrist; equal to Lucifer in Pride, and had the name of Blasphemy upon him. So that when immediately after, St. Gregory's next Successor but one, Boniface the third accepted of that very Title; and what was more, both himself and his Successors exercisá that Ty.
rannical Power therein imply'd; it is plain by Pope Pelagius's
in the words of that great Man, A. B. Laud in his excellent P. 116. 117. Book against Fijher the Jesuit; and then in the forenamed
Popes own words. The A. B. then giving an account of
Pelagius and St. Gregory; in so much that St. Gregory plainly
dred years after Christ;) there was no Universal Bishop, no i one Monarch over the whole Militant Church. But Mau. * ritius being depos'd and murdered by Phocas, Phocas confer'd upon Boniface the third that very Honour that two of his Predecessors had declaim'd against, as Monstrous and Blasphe. *mous, if not Antichristian. Where, by the way, either these two Popes Pelagius and St. Gregory err'd in this weighty business about an Universal Bishop over the whole Church ; or
if they did not erre, Boniface and the rest which after him See allo Bp. 'took it upon them, were in their very Predecessors judgment Stillingfiect's Antichristian. I shall now produce Pope Pelagius's and St Vindication Pt. Gregory's, sense in their own words. 2. chat. 6.
Siiat fe tamen & ipfe Joannes , nisi errorem suum cito coro rexerit, a nobis excommunicandum fore:-Universalitatis quoque nomen, quod fibi illicite usurpavit, nolite attendere : - Nullus enim Pairiarcharum hoc tam profano vocabulo unquam utatur :Perpenditis, Fratres Charissimi, quid e vicine subsequatur, cum e in Sacerdotibus erumpunt tam perversa primordia. Quia enim juxta eft illi de quo scriptum eft, ipfe eft Rex super nniversos filios superbiæ. Ep. 8. Pelag. II. A pud. Concil. Tom. 4. p.476.
Confacerdos meus Joannes vocari Universalis Epifcopus Conso tur : Exclamare compellor ac dicere o Tempors! 0 Mores !