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Sacerdotes vanitatis fibi 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, & causam univerfalis Ecclefia? Sed abfit a cordibus Christianorum Nomen illud Blafphemiæ, in quo omnium Sacerdotum honor adimitur, dum ab uno fibi dementer arrogatur. Greg. L. 4. Ep. 32.
Sed in hac 'ejus fuperbia quid aliud nisi propinqua jam Antichristi esse tempora designatur ? L. 4. Ep. 34.
Nullus unquam decessorum meorum hoc tam profano vocabulo nti confenfit ; quia videlicet fi unus pratriarcha Universalis dicitur, patriarcharum nomen ceteris derogatur. Sed Abit, hoc Abfit a Christiana mente id sibi velle quenquam arripere unde fratrum suorum honorem imminuere ex quantulacunque parte videatur.
Perpendis, Frater chariffime, quis e vicino subfequitur, cujus & in facerdotibus crumpunt tam perversa primordia. Quia enim juxta eft ille de quo fcriptum est ipse est Rex super universos filios fuperbiæ, quod non fine gravi dolore dicere compellor : frater Coepiscopus nofter Joannes mandata Dominica, Apoftolica præcepia, regulas patrum defpiciens eum per elationem precurrere conatur in nomine : -ita ut univerfa fibi tentet adscrie bere, omnia quæ foli uni capiti coherent, videlicet Chrifto per elationem pompatici fermonis ejufdem Chrifti fobi ftudeat membra subjugare. L. 4: Ep. 36. & Pelag. ubi fupra.
Tu quid Christo, Universalis scilicet Ecclefia capiti in extremi judicii es diéturus examine , qui cuncta ejus membra tibimet conaris Universalis appellatione fupponere? Quis, rogo, in hoc tam perverso vocabulo nifi ille ad imitandum proponitur qui defpeftis Angelorum legionibus fecum focialiter constitutis ad culmen conatus eft fingularitatis erumpere? - Omnia quæ predi&ta funt fiunt: Rex fuperbiæ prope eft; o, quod dici nefas eft, facerdotum eft preparatus exercitus. L. 4. Ep. 38. In ifto enim fcelefto vocabulo con
entire nihil eft aliud quam fidem perdere. L. 4. Ep. 39.
Ei quia hoftis Omnipotentis Dei Antichristus juxta eft,studiofe cupio, ne proprium quid inveniat non folum in moribus, nec etiam in vocabulo sacerdotum, L. 6. Ep. 28. Ego vero fidenter diao, quia quisquis fe Universalem Sacer'dotem vocat, vel vocari desiderat, in elatione fua Antichriftum precurrit; quia fuperbiendo se caseris præponis. L. 6. Ep. jo.
quia jam vi videmus mundi hujus termino propinquante in precurfione fua apparuit humani generis inimicus, ut ipfos qui ei coniradicere bene e humiliter vivendo debuerunt per boc fuperbiæ vocabulum precursores habeat Sacerdotes. L. 7. Ep.69. Indict. 2.
It is therefore evident, that As in the present Hypothesis, the Dan. vij. 9. 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. Lem. 1o. over theChristian Church: which being so, and his Duration prius. but 11 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 1110 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 1. Since we have already asserted that the Little Horn in Daniel, is the same with this Second Beast, or the Popa of Rome and his Hierarchy, we are oblig'd to consider more particularly the description of that Little Horn in this place, and fee 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.
I considered the horns, and behold there came up among thems Dan.vij. 8.
another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns displanted; and behold in this horn there were eyes, like the eyes of a man, and a mouth Speaking great things. - I beheld then, béo Gause of ihe voice of the great words which the horns fpake, 7.beheld 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 horns 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 front shan his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the Jaints, and prevailed against them. The son horns out of this
kingdom are ten kings that shall arise : and another shall arife after
The several Characters and Descriptions here, have either been already observ'd, or are generally obvious and easy of themfelves 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 the fe 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. Allix,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 fuppos'd to be the same signifyed by the ten Horns, above specify'd from him, He adds, Ex P.18, 19.
his decem regnis tria avulfa sunt, ut cresceret parvum Cornu. • Herulorum regnum ab Ostrogothis Regibus deftruétum eft, non diu postquam Romam & Italia maximam partem occupaverant : * Anno scilicet Christi 493: Ostrogothi a Longobardis victi funt * Anno 533. Longobardi demum a Carolo Magno ita funt debella. * ri 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 faith the Anti
P.954 christian Hornshould depress and displant to advance himself, were
those whose Dominions extended into Italy, and foftood 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, (Successors to the Ostrogoths,) whose Kingdom he caused, by the aid of the Franks, to be wholly ruin'd and extir. pated; thereby to get the Exarchate of Ravenna, (which force the Revolt from the Greeks, the Longobards were seiz'don) for a
for 186 years.
• Patrimony to St. Peter. The last was the Kingdom of the Franks
it felf, continu'd in the Empire of Germany: whole Emperors ‘from the days of Henry IV. be Excommunicated, Depos'd, and Tramplid under his Feet, and never suffer'd to live in rest till be
made them not only to quit their Interest in the Election of Popes, ' and Investitures of Bishops ; but that remainder also of Jurisdi• &tion in Italy wherewith, together with the Roman Name, he had
once Enfeoffed their Predecessors. These were the Kings, by Di'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 soterrible in the World. Thus he, nearer the truth I think,
than Dr. Allix. And truly in my Opinion these three
774 for 204 years., And 3.[That of Italy, which immediately fucceeded it; and which I may call the Kingdom of the Franks,because its first Kings for many years were chosen out of,andbelongedto 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 liæ.
1286. for 512 years. And I call these the Kingdoms here refer'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 the ten 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 displant or enervate, and to humble, and which were to fall before him, according 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 proposto
suo dimoius, "Sparbario altero in Italia millo, Paulã Exarcha monnit ut fi vita expellere Gregoriño (II. Pontificē) haud poffet, faltemde Pontificatu de
jiceret, atque ei alterum fubftitueret. Ita Paulus fimul mandato Imperatoris adduétus, fimul Gregorii Odio stimulatus, quod ab *eo tributum Ecclefiis imponere vetaretur, exercitum Ravennatem
Spathario tribuit, eumque Romam contendere, eo Pontificem in • vincula conjicere jussit. Atque ne bæc quidem latere Gregorium
res potuit: itaque ut libertatem fuam simul ac falutem defenderet, coactus est adversus pravas Christiani Imperatoris infidias bar
barorum fimul atque hoftium auxilium implorare. Quippe, (reliquis remotis subfidiis, Longobardos ex Spoletano Tufcoque Du
catu excivit ; ac fpe premiisque repletos adventantibus Exarchi 'legionibus obtulit. Hi magna animorum alacritate ad Urbem
profečti, pontem Salarium, pontemque Milvium cum validis armatorum cohortibus infederunt ; commisso cum adveniente Spathario prelio Ravennatem exercitum ab Vrbis aditæ fummoverunt ; Spathariumque ipsum Ravennam se referre incæpto irri10 coegerunt.Roma autem Gregorius Pontifex harum rerum certior fa&tus, fævire 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 infeftissimus effet: ac mox Italia populos facramenti
, quo fe illi obligaverant religione exolvit : et ne ei aut tributum darent, aut alia ratio ne obedirent indixit. Quo decreto accepto Romani , Cam'pani, Ravennates, Pentapolitani a Leone subito defecerunt; ac variis tumultibus excitaris ipfos etiam violare magie ftratus non dubitarunt. Quippe Ravenna Paulus Exarchus occisus eft. Roma. Petrus Dux luminibus captus. In Campania * Exhilaratus Dux cum populos adversus Pontificem incitaret, a • Romanis eo profectis una cum filio Hadriano eft obtruncatus. “Quinetiam odii sui vim adversus eum 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 impulf
spe ac studio destinarant, id hoc
maxime tempore ut facerent presenti Pontificis Ecclefiæque indulti periculo fint. Quippe rebus commemoratis exasperati cer'ta animi fententia impium fævumque Leonis imperium refpuerunt, ac solemni facramento
se Pontificis vitam ftatumque in per'petuum defensuros, atque ejus in omnibus rebus auctoritati ob