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may, I think, fairly be understood in a literal Sense, without any Violence to the Text or the Nature of Things.V.7. And when they fall bave finijbed their Testimony, the Beaft that ascends out of the bottomless Pit (i. e. Antichrist) shall nake War against them (with more Violence than before) and shall overcome them and kill them, V.8. And their dead Bodies shall lie in the Streets (i.e. in one of the Streets, by an usual Hebraism ) of the great City which Spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. This Great City is unquestionably Jerusalem, called Sodom, Isa. 1. 10. and may poffibly be meant by Egypt in many Places of Prophetical Scripture. But that which puts it beyond all doubt is, that distinguishing Character of being the place where our Lord was crucified, which has been most violently wrested by our Modern Expositors to sígnifie Rome, or Christendom. v.9. And they of the People and Kindreds, and Tongues and Nations, shall see their

dead Bodies three Days and half, and shall not suffer their dead Bodies to be put in Graves

. God in this respect making their Madness subservient to his Glory. For by being thus exposed in the open Street, their Resurrection and Ascension shall be the more visible and conspicuous to all that behold them. V. 10. And they that dwell upon the Earth (i. e. The Antichristian Company) shall rejoyce over them, and Mall make merry and send Gifts to one another (as in time of Publick Joy, Hefter 9. 19, 22. Neb, 8. 10-----12.) because these two Prophets tormented them that dwell on the Earth ; ( as the Prophets, and particularly Elijah, were faid to trouble wicked Kings and People; i Kings 18. 17, 18. 21. 20.) V. 11. And after three Days and half, the Spirit of Life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their Feet, and great Fear fell upon all them that Saw them. V. 12. And they beard a Voice from Heaven, Saying unto them, Come up hither; and they ascended up to Heaven in a Cloud; and their Enemies bebeld them. V. 13. And the same Hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the City fell ; and in the Earthquake were slain of Men Seven Thousand, and the Remnant' were afrighted, and gave Glory to God. By Seven Thousand Names, as it in the Original, may be meant Seven Thousand, or perhaps an indefinite great Number, of the * Chief or Principal Members of the Anti


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Men of christian Kingdom, Gen. 6. 4. 7ob 30, 8. Name, or The second Woe is past, the third cometh quickly, Renown; Rev. 11. 14. But here it may be objected, oppos’d to If the Witnesses Prophecy 1260 Days, and Men of no

Name, bethe Times of the Beast are 42 Months,

ing such as which are the same space of time diffe- are not rently expressed, for that in 42 Months, known in or three Years and half, 1260 Days are the World comprehended; then the Destruction of by their

Ats. Antichrist muft synchronize with the Death of the Witnesses, which cannot be, because the Death of the Witnesses is the End of the second Woe, and then what time shall we allot to the third Woe, or the pouring out of the Seven Vials, which is all trantaded within the times of Antichrist, since



he is to live till the pouring out of thels Vial, 'when Rome or Babylon fhall be disa stroyed by the Earthquake, and the Bezia and false Prophet being taken at the Batek

: of Armageddon, fhall be cast into thelake burning with Fire and Brimstone, Reall 14. 19. 20. To this several Answers to been given. Some suppose that by the: Months, whereby the Times of the Bez are measured, are meant Lunar Mor? (the Moon being the Regent -and Gore ness of the Night or Darkness, a prop Emblem of Antichristianism, í Thell.5.:| Prov. 4. 19. Eph. 5. 11, &c.) which do no: << amount to three Solar Years and a half

, by the space of about twenty Days, which they allot to the third Woe, and befides that, the shortness of the Time allotted for its Completion is hinted at by the Expreffon of coming quickly, or speedily, Rev. 11. 1 Others with greater probability would ever truly suppose, that the Witnesses shall be gin' their Testimony before the Beat' Reign, and shall by their Preaching pr. pare the World against his Coming; and that, though they should both be the same space, yet the one commencing before the other, must by consequence end before it, and so the void space of the latter Period may be allotted to the third Woe, or Vials. And better Accounts may probably be given by those who are more exercise in the Knowledge of adjusting Times an beasons, which I am not much concernd



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nefes and certain Period in which the Church is per-the Beasts fected, and fixed in a State of Triumph Reign. and Security, represented by a Sea of Glass mingled with Fire, whereupon were standing those that had gotten the Victory over the Beast, and over bis Image, and over his Mark, and over the Number of bis Name, having the Harps of God, and singing the Song of Moses the Servant of God, and the Song of the Lamb *: As on the other * Rev. 15. hand those that had worshipped the Beast?, 3 and received his Mark, seem to be perfected in the Mystery of Iniquity, and are accordingly represented as ripe for Vengeance,and the full Measure of the Wrath of God poured out of the Seven Vials, Rev. IF. 1. 16. 1. And I cannot but think that the serious Contemplation of this notable Period will afford us a more effectual Solution of the above-mention's Difficulty (viz. the Times of the Third Woe) than any nice Disquisitions in Chronology. I. Then the Forty Two Months of the Beast Rev. 13. 5. do not seem to limit his Duration or Continuance under the Notion and Character of a Temporal Prince or Governour, but as he is more Emphatically Antichist, an Opposer of God and Perfecutor of his Church; and this seems to be the true Import of the Word minor in the Orie ginal; (i.e.) he shall act in his Antichristian


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Spirit and Power, opposing and perfecuting the Church. And so the Marginal Readings of the English Bible render it, be shall make War. So then when the Church fhall be delivered and his Persecution shall be at an end, as it is Rev. 15. 2, 3. He may then be properly said s muitin, and his Forty Two Months be expired; and so the shortning of the Time observed by the Evangelifts, is with a peculiar regard to the Violence of the Persecution, Mat. 24. 21, 22, Mark, 13. 19, 20, which Perfecution must end, and the Church be in Peace before the pouring out of the Vials, though he himself must continue till the Effusion of the last, as was before observed. II. The Prophecying of the Witnesses 1260 Days, and the Church's being fed in the Wilderness for a Time, Times, and half a Time, i, e. Three Years and an half, as it is generally interpreted, Rev. 12. 14. may be fairly supposed to synchronize and run parallel to the Forty Two Months as before ? interpreted. And III. There is no Neces-volfity that the Effusion of the Vials should belong to any part of the Forty Two Months, but to begin upon their Expirati-, on, as being the gradual Steps whereby God (by the Hands of some of his Servants the that had stood out their Time of Tryal un- DE der him, and were now in a State of Tri Y umph, and represented as Angels coming i out of the Temple, probably the inward Ti Court in which the Righteous were shus 12.

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