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An ANALYSIS of the
IN TWO PART S.
This very useful, as well as very curious. and entertaining, to trace the rife and progress of religions and governments; and in taking a furvey of all the different religions and governments of the world, there is none perhaps that will ftrike us more with wonder and astonishment than that of Rome, how fuch a mystery of iniquity could fucVOL. III.
ceed at first and profper fo long, and under, the
All fincere proteftants cannot but be greatly grieved at the fuccefs and prevalence of this religion,
ligion, and the papists as much boast and glory in it, and for this reafon proudly denominate theirs the catholic religion. But it will abate all confidence on the one hand, and banish all fcruples on the other; if we confider that this is nothing more than what was fignified beforehand by the Spirit of prophecy. It is directly foretold, that there fhould be fuch a power, as that of the Pope of Rome, exercised in the Christian church, and that it should prevail for a long feafon, but at last should have a fall. Several clear and exprefs prophecies to this pur pofe have been produced out of Daniel and St. Paul in the courfe of thefe differtations: but others clearer ftill, and more copious and particular, may be found in the Apocalyps or Revelation of St. John, who was the greatest as he was the laft prophet of the Chriftian difpenfation, and hath comprehended in this book, and pointed out the most memorable events and revolutions in the church, from the apoftles days to the confummation of the mystery of God.
But to this book of the Apocalyps or Revelation it is ufually objected, that it is so wrapt and involved in figures and allegories, is so wild and vifionary, is fo dark and obfcure, that any thing or nothing, at leaft nothing clear and certain, can be proved or collected from it. So B 2. learned
learned a man as Scaliger is noted for faying (1)
(1) Calvinus fapit, quod in Apocalypfin non fcripfit. Vide "Scaligerana fecunda. p. 41. But Scaliger was not very confiftent in his opinion of the Revelation. For as the Bishop of Rochefter re
marks, he says in another place,