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Sacerdotes vanitatis sibi nomina expetunt, ejo novis ac prophanis vocabulis gloriantur. Nunquid ego hac in re, Piissime Domine, propriam cansam defendo ? Nunquid Specialem injuriam vindico? Et non magis caufam Omnipotentis Dei, & caufam univerfalis Ecclefia ? Sed abfit a cordibus Christianorum Nomenillud Blafphemia, in quo omnium Sacerdotum honor adimitur, dum ab uno sibi dementer arrogatur. Greg. L. 4. Ep. 32.

Sed in hac'ejus fuperbia quid aliud nisi propinqua jam Antichristi effe tempora designatur ? L. 4. Ep. 34.

Nullus unquam decesorum meorum hoc tam profano vocabulo nti confenfit ; quia videlicet fi unus pratriarcha Universalis dicia tur, patriarcharum nomen ceteris derogatur. Sed Abit, hoc Abfit a Christiana mente id fibi velle quenquam arripere unde fratrum Suorum honorem imminuere ex quantulacunque parte videatur. - Perpendis, Frater charisime, quis e vicino subsequitur, cujus O in facerdotibus crumpunt tam perverfa primordia. Quia enim juxta est ille de quo scriptum est ipse est Rex super universos filios fuperbiæ, quod non fine gravi dolore dicere compellor : frater do Coepiscopus nofter Joannes mandata Dominica, Apoftolica precepta, regulas patrum defpiciens eum per elationem precurrere conatur in nominé : -ita nt univerfa fibi tentet adscribere, de omnia que foli uni capiti cohærent, videlicet Christo per elationem pompatici fermonis ejufdem Chrifti fibi ftudeat membra Subjugare. L. 4: Ep. 36. & Pelag. ubi fupra.

Tu quid Chrifto, Universalis fcilicet Ecclefiae capiti in extremi judicii es dicturus examine , qui cuncta ejus membra tibimet conaris Universalis appellatione fupponere? Quis, rogo, in hoc tam perverso vocabulo nifi ille ad imitandum proponitur qui defpectis

Angelorum legionibus fecum focialiter constitutis ad culmen conatus eft fingularitatis erumpere? - Omnia qua prædi&ta funt fiunt : Rex fuperbiæ prope eft ; &, quod dici nefas eft, facerdotum eft preparatus exercitus. L. 4. Ep. 38.

In ifto enim fcelefto vocabulo consentire nihil eft aliud quam fidem perdere. L. 4. Ep. 39.

Et quia hoftis Omnipotentis Dei Antichrist us juxta eft, ftudio. fe cupio, ne proprium quid inveniat non folum in moribus, nec etiam in vocabulo sacerdotum, L. 6. Ep. 28. Ego vero fidenter dico, quia quisquis fe Univerfalem Sacere

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dorem vocat., vel vocari desiderat, in elatione fua Antichriftum precurrit; quia fuperbiendo se ceteris præponit. L. 6. Ep. jo.

Sed quia jam vi videmus mundi hujus termino propinquante in precurfione sua apparuit humani generis inimicus, ut ipfos qui ei coniradicere bene & humiliter vivendo debuerunt per boc fuper. bia vocabulum precursores habeat Sacerdotes, L. 7. Ep. 69. Indict. 2.

It is therefore evident, that As in the present Hypothesis, the Dan. vij. S.

Pope arose among the ten Kings in place; his Authority and theirs being in the very fameCountries and Kingdoms; and after them in time, as Antichrist was to do; so that at this Epocha A. D.606. his Power was advanc'd to a height abundantly suffici.

ent to begin the Date of his overbearing Dominion and Tyranny Pt. 1. Lemjo. Over the Christian Church: which being so, and his Duration prius. but in 10 years, as we have already observ'd, we have great rea.

fon to expect the Period of his Grandeur and Tyranny at the Period of those in 10 yearsi. e. at the same time with that of the ten Kings A.D. 1716. and his utter Destruction, with that of the whole Roman Empire, at our Saviour's coming : according to the several Scripture Prophecies hereto relating.

Corollary I. Since we have already asserted that the Little Hornin Daniel, is the same with this Second Beast, or the Popo of Rome and his Hierarchy, we are oblig'd to consider more par. ticularly the description of that Little Horn in this place, and sec whether it will agree with the Popes of Rome, as we have found

that of the Second Beast has done. Daniel's words are as follows. Daa.vij. 8.

I considered the horns, and behold there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns

difplanted; and behold in this born there were eyes, like the eyes of Ver. 11.

a man, and a mouth Speakixg great things. I beheld then, because of the voice of the great words which the horns (pake, I.be

held even tillthe beast was sain, and his body destroyed, and given Ver. 20,&c. to the burning flame. Then I would know the truth of the

son borns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell, even of that horn that had eyes, And a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout shan his fellows. "I beheld, and the same horn made war with the jaints, and prevailed agaiøst them. The ten horns out of this

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kingdom are ten kings that all arise : and another pall arife after
shem : and be Mall be diverse from the first, and he shall fubdue
three kings. And he mall speak great words against the most High,
and Mall wear ont i he saints of ihe most High, and think to change
times and laws: and they all be given into his hand until a time,
and times,and a division of time.But the judgment Mallfit ; and they
Aall take away his dominion to consume, and to destroy it untothe end.
- The several Characters and Descriptions here, have either
been already observ’d, or are generally obvious and easy of them-
felves in their application, excepting that famous one here
thrice mention'd, that he was to displant three of the ten kings;
that before him three of them were to fall; and that he was to
fubdue these three kings; which is too solemn and remarkable a
Character of Antichrift to be here omitted : especially since I

question whether it has yet been rightly Explain'd:tho’Dr.Al.
' lix,and Mr. Mede,to say nothing of an Anonymous Author before
'em both, have come neareft the matter. I shall therefore first give
their two Opinions, in their own words; and then propose my
own to the Reader. As to Dr. Allix, after he had set down
the ten Kingdoms, which he suppos'd to be the same signify-
ed by the ten Horns, above specify'd from him, He adds, Ex P.18.10

his decem regnis tria avulla sunt, ut cresceret parvum Cornu.
Herulorum regnum ab Ostrogothis Regibus deftru&tum est, non

diu poftquam Romam & Italia maximam partem occupaverant:
' Anno scilicet Chrifti 493. Ostrogothi a Longobardis victi funt

Anno 553. Longobardi demum a Carolo Magno ita funt debella.
ti Anno 773. ut ille non fibi Romam & Italiam subjecerit, fed
ipfam Romam Pontifici quoad utile dominium dono dederit. And,
says Mr. Mede. "The three Kings which Daniel saith the Antia .9.
christian HornMould depress and displant to advance himself, were
those whose Dominions extended into Italy, and fostood in his light;
* 1. That of the Greeks, whose Emperor Leo Isaurus , for the

Quarrel of Image-worship, he Excommunicated, and made his
Subjects of Italy Revolt from their Allegiance. 2. That of the
Longobards, (Succeffors to the Ostrogoths,) whose Kingdom be
caused, by the aid of the Franks, to be wholly rnin'd andextir.
pated; thereby to get the Exarchate of Ravenna, (which fince
she Revolt fron the Greeks, the Longobards were seiz'don) for a

or the Exarchate"

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That of the

Patrimony to St. Peter; The last was the Kingdom of the Franks it felf, continu'd in the Empire of Germany: whose Emperors from the days of Henry IV. be Excommunicated, Depos'd, and Trampl'd under his Feet, and never suffer'd to live in rest till be o made them not only to quit their Interest in the Elečtion of Popes,

and Investitures of Bishops ; but that remainder also of 7 urifdia Etion in Italy wherewith, together with the Roman Name, he had once Enfeoffed their Predecessors. These were the Kings, by Die Splanting, or (as the Vulgar hath) Humbling of whom the Pope got Elbow-room by degrees, and advanc'd himself to that height of Temporal Majesty, and Absolute Greatness, which made him

To terrible in the World. Thus he, nearer the truth I think,

,,than Dr. Allix. And truly in my Opinion these three See Pufendorf's

to Kingdoms are 1. That of the Greeks, or the Exarchate of Rao History p. 386. venna, continuing from A. D. 567. till 753. for 186 years. 387. &c. 2. That of the Lombards, continuing from A.D. 570. till 774.

for 204 years. And 3./That of Italy, which immediately suc. ceeded it; and which I may call the Kingdom of the Franks,be. cause its first Kings for many years were chosen out of,andbelong. edto the Franks, and afterwards were succeeded by the Italians,

and then by the Germans : of which Kingdom' we havean intire De Regno Ita- Succession and History in Sigonius continuing from A.D.774. till

1286. for 512 years. And I call these the Kingdoms here re-
fer'd to, because they all were destroy'd after the Rise of the
Power of the Little Horn, the Pope; and all were destroy'd in
great part by his means and interest ; and because every one of
them not only in general belong'd to theten several Original
Kingdoms of the divided Roman Empire abovemention'd, but
especially because they belong'd to Italy, the Country where
the Popes power was to spread, and where it is most natural to
feek for such Kingdoms, as his Kingdom was to difplant or en.
ervate, and to humble, and which were to fall before him, accord-
ing to the express words of the Prophecy before us. That the
Pope was in a great measure, the occasion of the destruction of
the Exarchate of Ravenna, Hear Sigonins and Howel. Leo Impe-
rator rebus Romanis perceptis,handquaquam propofito fuo dimoius,
Spathario altero in Italiã miso, Paulă Exarchá monnit ut fi vitaex-
pellere Gregorií (II. Pontificē) haud poffet, saltemde Ponrificatu de-

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jiceret, atque ei alrerum fubftitueret. Ita Paulus fimul manda. to Imperatoris adduétus, fimul Gregorii Odio stimulatus, quod ab

co tributum Ecclefiis imponere vetaretur, exercitum Ravennatem Spathario tribuit, eumque Romam contendere, eo Pontificem in

vincula conjicere jussit. Aique ne hæc quidem latere Gregorium *res potuit: itaque ut libertatem fuam fimul ac salutem defenderet, coactus est adversus pravas Christiani Imperatoris infidias barbarorum fimul atque hoftium auxilium implorare. Quippe, reliquis remotis fubfidiis, Longobardos ex Spoletano Tuscoque Ducatu excivit ; ac fpe premiifque repletos adventantibus Exarchi "legionibus obtulit. Hi magna animorum alacritate ad Urbem profečti, pontem Salarium, pontem que Milvium cum validis armatorum cohortibus infederunt ; & commisso cum adveniente Sparbario prelio Ravennatem exercitum ab Vrbis aditu fummo* verunt ; Spathariumque ipfum Ravennam fe referre incæpto irris 10 coegerunt. Roma autem Gregorius Pontifex harum rerum certior faétus, favire animo, atque extrema meditari remedia 'cæpit. Itaque Pontificis Conftantini exemplo Decretum propofuit, quo Leonem Imperatorem piorum communione removit; ut qui non folum non Catholicus, sed etiam Catholicis infeftifimus effet: ac mox Italie populos sacramenti, quo fe illi obligaverant religia

one exolvit : & ne ei ant tributum darent, "aut alia ratione obedirent indixit. Quo decreto accepto Romani, Cam. pani, Ravennates , eo Pentapolitani a Leone subito defecerunt; ac variis tumultibus excitaris ipfos etiam violare magia ftratus non dubitarunt. Quippe Ravenna Paulus Exarchus occia

fus eft. Roma. Petrus Dux luminibus captus. In Campania * Exhilaratus Dux cum populos adversus Pontificem incitaret, a Romanis eo profe&tis una cum filio Hadriano eft obtruncatus.

Quinetiam odii sui vim adversus cum vehementer adeo intende. crunt, ut ad hostiles acerbitates prove&ti de Imperio illi abrogando,

alioque Imperatore legendo retulerint. Quod igitur jamprio dem gravibus flagitiis Leonis impulfi spe ac studio destinarant, id . hoc maxime tempore ut facerent prafenti Pontificis Ecclefiæque in.

du£ti periculo funt. Quippe rebus commemoratis exasperati cer'ta animi fententia impium favumque Leonis imperium refpue

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