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contrary, the mystery of Iniquity, doth not so much as principally signify that. He that says a Mystery, faith a Religion. This ought to have been minded. So then, in this term the Papism is described with respect to its Religion and Idolatry : And its tyranny and impiety is properly meant in these words, that exålts himself above all that is called God.
Some mens heads have run so much upon this Character of Antichrist , viz. Tyranny, as if that were the only one, that they will not find Antichrist, even in the Papism before the time that the Pope began to act the part of a temporal Prince, which they find he did towards the Year 755.
This is the opinion of Monficur du Moulin in his accomplishment of the Prophecies. This also is the reason, that he hath sowidely mistaken the time of the birth of Antichriftianism; and that he hath set the time of his ruin fo far off : For he thinks that Antichriftianism will not be at an end before the Year 2015. so we should have yet 330. Years longer to suffer. He should have remembred, that Idolatry is more Antichristian than Tyranny , orat least as much. And therefore, that there is no reason to exclude out of the Antichristian Period, the sixth, seventh, and eight centuries, wherein Idolatry was so strongly established. Corruption and looseness of man-, ners were introduced into the Church, and were the way for Antichristianism, its progress followed by the introduction of Idolatry. And at last Antschristianism was consummated by Tyranny. These are the three true Cbaratters of that Empire, the union whereof will shew us the true point of its birth.
* That the three Characters of the Antichristian
Empire do perfectly agree to the Empire of the
; that the names of the Antichristian Eme pire are Egypt, Sodom, Babylon ; and that its
Characters lignified by these names, are Tyranny, Pride , Cruelty, extream corruption of manners, Idolatry and Paganism. We have fixed this Bas bylonish Empire every where, where these charatters are to be found. We have reckon'd the Papism for the center and the body, Rome for the capital place, and the Pope for the head. We must now prove, that thcle Characters do perfectly agree to the Papism , to its capital place, and its head. But we do pretend, that as to us, this thing hath been already done : we have done it in our just prejudices against Popery , afwell as we are able; and indeed that whole work is but a proof of this proposition, that all the Charafters of the Antichristian Empire do agree to If any desire a pro
a proof of this, that the Papism The Chai is an Egypt, and that tyranny is exercifed there, Tyranny he need only read the twelfth and thirteenth agrees to
the Papilio Chapters of the first part, where he will see that
the Empire of the Papism is an Empire purely temporal, under the thew of a spirituality and the fourteenth Chapt. where its purely humane, politiques are so clearly brought to light, that not so much as a shadow remains unscatter'd. I any would be assured, that the conduct of the Papism is a most horrible Tyranny , he need but read the 21. and 22. Chapters of the first part, where is an account of the infolent, tyrannical and proud actions and speeches of the Popes towards all men without excepting even Soveraign Princes.
In the same Chapters will be found the proof grees to it that Pride , another Character of the Antichri.
stian Empire , perfectly agrees to the Papifm. For there its Pride will be seen in its opinions and Divinity; the pride of its Clergy and Priests, that call themselves the Kings and Emperours of the World, the Pride of its head, who callshimself a God upon Earth , who causes Divine honour to be given to him, who doinineers with authority over the Kings of the Earth ; who spoils them of their Crowns who gives away their Kingdoms to others who dispenses with their Subjects Oaths of Allegiance ; who treads them under his feet and puts his foot upon their throat ; who as for his own person, is clothed with purple, and all the pomp of the Roman Em.
perours. The Empire In the 20th and 27th Chapters of the second pismis an part it will plainly be seen, that cruelty perfectEget for ly agrees to this Empire. For there you will find cruelty.
an Epitome of all the cruel persecutions, which the Church hath suffered by this mystical Babylon; the blood she hath spilt, the fires she hatlı kindled, the witty punishments the hath invented,
and the incredible number of the faithful that the hath murder'd. If enough of this be not found in that piece, you may have recourse to our History of Poperi
The żd recrimination is wholly spent in shewing, that the Papism since more than 700. Tears ago, is like a cruel beaf, armed vvith teeth & claws, that tears in pieces & devours all that opposes its greatness; and that one cannoç follow it in History, but by the track of innocent blood that it hath thed. It will appear in all those places, that the Papism is always the same, and that at this very day as well as formerly, it is cruel, bloody, and tyrannical ; which we have proved by the persecutions of Bohemia, Hungary, Savoy, and lastly, that of France which at this day is driven on to extremity, and is the most terrible of all that ever the Church endured.
As to corruption of manners, one may be con- The Emvinced that it cannot go further than it hath al- pire of the ready gone in the Papism, by reading what we sodom for have written in the fixth and ninth Prejudice. of man. In the fixth we have proved the corruption of acrs. the beads of, the Pupilm, by a short History of the abominable immoralities of the Popes. And in the ninth, we have given an account of an infinite number, of witnesses in all Ages, who do depose , that all the most horrible and filthy things that can be imagined , are to be met with in the carriage and manners of the Monks , Priests, and Laity in the Papism. To perfect the description of the cortuption of the Papism, the eighth Prejudice may be added , in which the filthy, sordid, limoniacal and facrilegious covetonsness of Rome, and all its Agents are discover'd.
To be assured that Idolatry, one of the prinpapirom ile cipal Characters of the Antichristian Empire, a Babylon for grees to the Papism, you may read the 33. Chap. idolatry.
of the last part, where you will find a short defcription of the extravagant and abominable worship , which the Church of Rome gives to the Holy Virgin and all the Saints ; in which worShip we have plainly discovered an evident Character of reprobation and Antichristianism. Lastly, for the proof of the Paganism of that Church, you may read the 12th of our prejudices. We have there made a very exact Parallel between Popery and Paganism, enough to convince any one, that they both had the same spring and Author , because they have the same objects diftinguisht into the very fame clasles , and very near the very fame ceremonies. To which may be added the History of the fables of the Papism, more filthy and more numerous than those of Paganism. You will find it in the sixteenth Prejudice.
Besides all this, we have taken our second Pre. judice from the perfect conformity, that is between the Prophecies concerning the reign of Antichrift, and the things we fee in the settlement and the nature of the Kingdom of the Papism. We have alledged all the Prophecies wherein 'tis agreed, that Antichrist and his Empire are both fore-cold and described ; and we have justified it , that all the strokes of these descriptions do agree to the Pope, to his Seat , to his Religion, and to his Empire.
The Roman Religion, is that falling away and that Apoftacy, of which St. Paul speaks in the second Chap.of the second Epift. to the Thessalonians. 'Tis the first Text we have produced againstit.