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The Explication of the seventeenth Chapter of the
Revelation , where the Empire of the Papifm
is plainly described. I
N pursuing the picture of Antichrist, according
to the Prophecies to is found in the Papism , we enter on the 17th Chap. of the Revelation, which contains an ex. plication of the 13th Chapter. 'Tis the fame thing under less obscure ænigma's. In the 13.h Chapter we have seen two Beasts. Here only one of them is seen ; but by way of amends for that , here is a woman leen, sitting on the beast. So that here are two persons.
So be carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness; and I saw a woman sit upon; a scarletcoloured beast, full of names of blafphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. See here the first Beast of the 13th Chapter , 1. c. the Roman Empire. The Beast is of a scarlet colour. It was the colour of the Roman Empire. Its Emperours , its Senators, and its Grandees were clothed with purple; all the World knows that. In the following Chapter it shall be proved, that these two Beasts, this here, and that of the thirteenth Chapter , are one and the fame Beast. On this Beaft lits a woman : See here a thing that speaks, and that loudly. A woman: who doth not see, that this signifies a Church? Did any ever see in the Prophets an Empire, as an Empire represented under the image of a woman ? 'Is not this the Emblem, which the Holy Spirit useth every
vhere ; to represent either the true Church, the ipouse of Jesus Chrift; or the false Church, that, s become unfaithful to her Spouse. A woman itting on a Beast. This is visibly a Church engraffed, and sitting upon an Empire. 'Tis the Roman Church engraffed on the Roman Empire. But we shall touch again on this reflection in the following Chapter.
And ihe woman was arrayed in purple, and is scarlet colour, and decked with gold, and precious fones , and pearls. 'Tis not the Beast only that
is of a scarlet colour, the woman alfo is clothed :: with purple. The Church, which is engraffed
on the Empire, hath taken the colour of the Em. piré. The Pope, the Cardinals, the Ministers of the Court of Rome, are distinguisht by the im
perial purple and scarlet. The gold , the pearls, : and the stones, encrease the magnificence. No
thing is more proud than the pomp of the Roman Court. She holds a golden cup in her hand, full of abominations. Poculum Äurenm Plenumi
Abominationum. 'Tis a wonderful accident, that
P.A. make the name of Papa in the Bible of the
to their Gallants to enflame them. The cup of
Upon her fore-head was a name written MY-
the Mother of Har:
And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the Saints? 'Tis no longer the Beast that sheds the blood of Martyrs ; 'tis the Woman. 'Tis
no longer the ancient Roman Empire ; 'tis the false Church ? 'tis the Roman Church that uses the paws of the Beast , the Arms of the Empire, and of Kings, to perfecute the Church. As in the second Beast of the 13th Chapter, the image of the Beast, the Roman Church, though she is but an image of an Empire, gives order for the killing of the Saints.
The Beast that thou saweft, was and is not. 'Tis & the Angel that speaks , explaining the vision to Saint John. The Empire, which thou hast seen represented by the beast , is the Roman Pagan Empire, that tends toward its end, and of which two thirds are already past. He must ascendont of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition. That Empire mult very speedily be brought to nothing; But after it shall have been destroyed , it thall arise again out of Hell, under another form, under the name and the form of a Church, 'Tis the head that was wounded to death, and which was to revive. But this second Empire , that must raise up the first again, and spring from its afhes, Ihall finally perish; whereas the Empire that shall be given to the Saints, shall never perish.
And, they that dwell on the Earth, &c. shall wonder, when they behold the Beast , that was, and is not
and yet is. And the Inhabitants of the Roman Empire shall comprehend nothing of this mystery. They Thall see , that the Romain Empire shall be abolisht, Rome shall cease to be the Mistress of the World by the fall of the Emperours ; and all on a sudden they shall again sec Rome mounted up again to the same dignity. The Beast was. The Roman Empire hath been. He is not; the Empire hath ceased. And yet is: and yet they shall see this Empire return, without
knowing how. This prodigy will make them dizzy
and enchaunt them. 1.9.
Here is the mind, which hash wisdom. The feven heads are feven monntains , on which the woman sittesh. We have seen seven Heads on the Beast on which the Woman fate. These seven Heads signify two things. If. Those seven Mountains on which the Roman Church is raised, by reason of the seven Mountains of Rome, which is its Metropolis. 'Tis a Character that makes her remarkable ; for she hath always been called Septicollis.
These feven heads are also seven Kings , five are fallen , and one is, and the other is not yet come. These seven Heads signify also the seven Kings, that is to say, the seven forts of Soveraign Governments, under which this Empire hath palled, and must pass along. First Kings. 2d. Consuls. 3d. Decemvires. . 4th. Tribunes of the people. sth. Perpetual Diétators. These five are fallen, these five Governments were passed in St. John's time. The one is , viz. the sixth , that is the Government of the Emperours ; and the other is not jer come; that is to say, the seventh Head, which is that of the Popes, is not yet come. And when he cometh , he must continue a short space. I formerly believed, that these words might be
applied to the Pope and to the Papism; but I believe it no longer ; and to understand them, we must read the following verse:
And the Beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth inte perdition. 'Tis it may be designedly,
that is to say , to render the Prophecy more obscure, that the H. Spirit hath inverted, the words. We must therfore resume the last words of the foregoing