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appeared, and the doctrines of devils soon broke loose from him, with which he drew the third part of the Stars of beaven, and cost them to the earth. These stars were ministers, who had some light in the head, but no love to Christ in the heart. The devil drew these from their standing by his own tail : the ancient and boncurable he is the head, and the prophet that teacheth lies be is the tail. Ifa. ix. 15. And now the whole world wondered after the beast. The whole Roman empire became now, in the general, apoftates froin Christ; the stars fell from their orbits, and united to this universal bishop; and those that wondered after him followed him; and this mystical body of apoftates, that joined themselves to this new head of tlie church, the pope, make up the mystical body of the beast, which is to continue for a time, times, and a half; throughout which period Daniel's eye pursued him, till he saw the end of him: I belield then, because of the orice of the great words which the born Spake: I bebeld till the beast was fain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning fiame. Dan. vii. 11. Hence it appears that, when the title of universal bishop took place, then the man of sin was revealed; which was, as most agree, in the year 606: then Daniel's time, times, and a balf, began. Then the woinan saw him, bore her testimony against him, and fled from him; for it was the world that wondered after the bealt, not the church, for she is not of this world, even as Chriít is not of this world. · Now let us see what becomes of her and where she
goes. She fed into the wilderness, just as the form raelites did from the face of Pharaoh (called a river dragon, Ezek.xxxix. 3) into obscurity. The church existed for a while in private families, and after that in different corners of the earth: and this place was prepared of God to hide her in; and since that time God hath prepared more public places for her, and hath raised up some earthly princes to be of her, and to protect her, that her ministers might feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days; that is, a thousand two hundred and threescore years, which number of years appears to be exactly the same as Daniel's time, times, and a half. So that the woman shall live in the wilderness as long as Antichrist lives on the throne ; yea, she shall outlive him, and rise to reign upon his ruin.
During the above time Zion is to be fed; for so it is written-End I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days clothed in fackcloth. Rev.xi.3. But, towards the conclusion of this 1260 years, Daniel's time of trouble is to coine on; and so it follows: And, when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomiefs pit hall make war against them, and Mall overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great cily, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, . where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people, and kindreds, and tongues, and nations, small see their dead bodies three days and a half, and fall not
suffer their dead bodies to be put into graves. Rev. xi. 7, 8, 9. By their not being buried, it feems as it they would be banished from the seat of the church, and so become dead to those that used to be fed by them; and by their lying in the street of the great city, it looks as if they were referred to make sport for the beast, as Samson did for the Philistines : and so it follows; And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and send gifts one to another. And, after bree days and a balf, the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon tbeir feet, and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven, saying unto them, Come up hither. And they afcended up to beaven in a cloud, and their enemies beheld them. Rev. xi. By this we see the glorious rise of the church, which is called heaven; and the rise of the witnesses, which is said to be in a cloud: by which it seems that the number of them will be greatly increased, as Paul says, We are compofed alout with a great cloud of witresses, and these will not be wells without water, or clouds with. out rain, as thousands now are; but clouds full of rain, by whom Christ will come down as rain upon the mown grass, and as howers that water the çarıb.
This Naughter of the witnesses is the time of trouble before us, to which we are hastening apace; and, look which way you will, it appears. The son of perdition was revealed in the year 606, according to the best accounts, and one thousand two hundred and sixty years, or forty-two morths, is all the time that he
is to continue ; which makes it plain that the longest time that this bireling bath to accomplish his days cannot exceed 186, or 1870. And, if the eastern way of reckoning years, which was shorter than ours, is meant, then the account inay be shorter : but that I must leave with the wonderful calculator.'
This is a dark and cloudy day, which Zion hath to meet with next, and the shadows of the evening are stretched our already. The Arminians, as I have shewed, are on the very basis of popery; and the outer çourt, which appears to me to be the bastard Cal. vinifts, who hold the truth in unrighteousness, (for these are the nearest of any to the church, or to the inner court, these are going, nay are already gone, over to the Arminians; they have formerly waged war with them, and opposed their tenets, but now they bave sent an amballage, and desired conditions of peace, Luke xiv. 32, And some there are who detest this, and exclaim against it, who at the same time have drunk into the very murdering spirit of popery, and are in the same bond of iniquity with them that are now killing the protestants in Ireland; these are gone over in spirit to the whore of Babylon; and go over they must and shall, eyen every one but the elect of God; for so it is written: And all that dwell upon she earth shall worship bim,whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb fain from the foundation of the world. Rev. xiii. 8. But wo, wo, wo, be to all such! And fo says truth itself; And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man wor
fbip the beast and his image, and receive bis mark in the forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of bis indignation; and be shall be for. mented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the bely angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. Rev. xiv. 9,10.
In the last number of the Evangelical Magazine, (falsely so called) published by Mr. Chapman in Fleet-street, there is an ambassage of peace held out (though not in direct terms) even to the papists themselves, and this fulfils the word of God, that the outer court is given to the Gentiles, and that all shall worship the beast but the elect of God, whose names are written in heaven. Hence we must ex. pect the cloud to gather thicker and thicker; and wolves in pulpits, and hypocrites in pews, to increase more and more, till the pope's last struggle and Zion's last travail come on; when the man of sin fhall rise to the fulness of his stature, and the whore of Babylon to her highest dignity, saying, I fit as a queen, and small know no forrow, neither widowhood, nor the loss of chil. dren. Then in one hour shall ber judgments come. And the seventh trumpet of the seventh angel shall bring on this ; for the fame divine person in Daniel, who swore the beast should continue for a time, times, and a balf, swears, in John's hearing, that at the expiration of that time popish tyranny shall cease, and perfecution be no more: and so it is written; And the angel, which I saw upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, and fware by him that