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Alexander Severus juft and fevere emperors, and no

lefs celebrated for procuring corn and oil, &c., p. 185,

186. This period continues during the reigns of the

Septimian family; p. 186. Ver, 7, 8: the fourth

feal or period, diftinguished by a concurrence of

evils, war, and famin, and peftilence, and wild

beafts; p. 186, 187. This period commences with

Maximin; p. 187. The wars of this period; p. 187,

188. The famins; p. 188. The peftilences; 188,

189. The wild beafts; p. 190. This period from

Maximin to Diocletian; ibid. Ver. 9, 10, 11: the

fifth feal or period, remarkable for a dreadful perfe

cution of the Chriftians; p. 190, 191. This the

tenth and laft general perfecution, begun by Diocle-

tian; p. 191. From hence a memorable æra, called

the era of Diocletian, or era of martyrs; p. 192.

Ver. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17: the fixth feal or period

remarkable for great changes and revolutions, ex-

preffed by great commotions in the earth and in the

heavens; p. 192. No change greater than the fub-

verfion of the Heathen, and establishment of the

Christian, religion; ibid. The like figures of fpeeck

ufed by other prophets; p. 193, 194. The fame.

thing expreffed afterwards in plainer language; p. 194.

CHAP. VII. a continuation of the fixth feal or period;

p. 195, 196. A defcription of the peace of the

church in Conftantine's time; p. 197. And of the

great acceffion of converts to it; p. 198. Not only

of Jews, but of all nations; p. 198, 199. This

period from the reign of Conftantine the great to

the death of Theodofius the great; p. 199.

CHAP. VIII. Ver. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: The feventh feal or

period comprehends feven periods diftinguished by

the founding of feven trumpets; p. 199, 200. The

filence of half an hour previous to the founding of

the trumpets; p. 200. As the feals foretold the state

of the Roman empire before and till it became Chrif

tian, fo the trumpets forethow the fate of it after-

wards; p. 201. The defign of the trumpets to rouse

the nations against the Roman empire; ibid. Ver. 7:


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At the founding of the first trumpet Alaric and his

Goths invade the Roman empire, twice befiege Rome,

and fet fire to it in feveral places; p. 201, 202. Ver. 8,

9: At the founding of the fecond trumpet Attila, and

his Huns, wafte the Roman provinces, and compel the

eaftern emperor, Theodofius the fecond, and the

western emperor, Valentinian the third, to fubmit to

fhameful terms; p. 203, 204. Ver. 10, 11: At the

founding of the third trumpet Genferic and his Van-

dals arrive from Africa, fpoil and plunder Rome, and

fet fail again with immenfe wealth and innumerable

captives; p. 204-206. Ver. 12: At the founding

of the fourth trumpet Odoacer and the Heruli put an

end to the very name of the weftern empire; p. 206.

Theodoric founds the kingdom of the Oftrogoths in

Italy; p. 207. Italy made a province of the caftern

empire, and Rome governed by a duke under the ex-

arch of Ravenna; ibid. Ver. 13: The three following

trumpets are diftinguished by the name of the woe-

trumpets, and the two following relate chiefly to the

downfall of the eastern empire, as the foregoing did

to the downfall of the weftern empire; p. 207, 208.

CHAP. IX. Ver. 1-12; a prophecy of the locufts or

the Arabians under their falfe prophet Mohammed;

p. 208-217. At the founding of the fifth trumpet

a ftar fallen from heaven opens the bottomlefs pit, and

the fun and air are darkened; p. 209. Mohammed

fitly compared to a blazing ftar, and the Arabians to

locufts; ibid. A remarkable coincidence, that at this

time the fun and air were really darkened; p. 210.

The command not to hurt any green thing, or any

tree, how fulfilled; ibid. Their commiffion to hurt

only the corrupt and idolatrous Chriftians, how ful-

filled; p. 210, 211. To torment the Greek and

Latin churches, but not to extirpate either; p. 211.

Repulfed as often as they befieged Conftantinople;

ibid. Thefe locufts defcribed fo as to fhow that not

real but figurative locufts were intended; p. 212.

Likened unto horfes, and the Arabians famous in all

ages for their horfes and horfemanfhip; ibid. Having



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