« PreviousContinue »
The diftance of
Kingdom, in proportion unto that which is between Part 2. harvest and vintage. In our climates, harvest ordinarily begins at the end of Iuly, the vintage at the the two middle of September; The same proportion is every tions an: where found :, where harveji begins sooner , the swers to vintage begins sooner also. They are about fifty
, veft and days distant one from another, or a little more ; vintage let us take fifty, which is a sacred number, made up of seven times, seven. Fifty days make ihe se, venth part of a year, (which is the period of the sowing, budding, springing, growth, and ripeness of grains and fruits) only there are ten days over. Now divide the period of 1260 years, which is that of Antichrift's reign, of his bụdding, his first birth, his progress, his consummation, the steps of his declining, and his destruction; divide, I say, these 1260 years into seven parts, and every seventh part makes exactly 180 years. If now you reckon theie 180 years, from the year 1517. in which Luther began to preach against popery, this brings us to the jear 1697: If you reckon them from the year 1520, the date of Léo the tenths Bull, this will bring us to the year 1700. from which last if
you take away ten years, because seven times 5o make but 350 (whercąs the prophetick year is 360 days, or 360 years, this will exactly fall
upon the year 1690. And this is the time that I judge, muit be the beginning of the vintage : for the witreffes shall then rise: after which France must break off from the Pope, in my opinion before the end of this age ; and in the beginning of the next, the remainder of the Antichristian Kingdom shall be every where abolitht. Thus every ing agrees with my calculation, viz. that we cannot be far from the end of the Kingdom of Pea pery,
space of time. The
Part 2. 'Tis also to be observed, that barvest and vin. Harveg & tage are not gathered in a day, there must be quite some some time spent in reaping and gathering in the
corn, as also the grapes. The first ruin of the Anfit and fe- tichristian Kingdom in the last
about formazioa 30 or 40 years; Germany began in the year 1520, mult allo Denmark and Sweden followed in 1925, and the Tokie pace following years. England drove out the Pope in 1534. France embrace
. I the Reformation under the reign of Henry II. In the fame manner, without doubt, will the Reformation that we expect, be carried on. All those Conntries, that remain under the papal Empire, will not fall off allar the same time: this shall be done in the space of feveral years. Spain, in all appearance will be the last., And as Peter de Lnne, after he had been deposed by the Council of Constance , went and held his Séat in the mountains of Arragon, where he continueda Schism ten or twelve years ; so'tis probable that the Popes being driven out of the rest of Europe, will shelter themselves among the Spaniards, from whose hearts it will be a hard matter to pull popery away.
Lastly, it must be observed, that'tis true, the har. veft does spoil the Earth of a part of her fruits, but it doth not of all, it remains to be a fair and pleafant Teason; the Autumn which follows, hath its beauties, its profits, and advantages ; it is a second
Spring , the medows are crown'd with an afterA lively growth, the trees put forth new flowers. But the Emblem in vintage makes all waste, it spoils the Earth of the vintage of very remainders of its fruits and beauty, and imwhat hath mediately Winter comes, that puts on the Earth and shall the very complexion of death and destruction. This lappen in, is an Emblem of what fell out in the first destruction of popery, and of what shall in the second. The
• Reformation cut down several fair Countries in the Parta. = last age, but notwithstanding many were left tô
it, nay, it had great success, mallacred an infinite number of the faithful , procured to it self the confirmation of a famous Council, engaged thoseKing's who were its vassals; to double their endeavours,
for the preservation of its Worship and Doctrines. e! Įc hath gain'd ground in the East; in China, in the
Indies, in the West, in America, by the conquests of & the Spaniard and Portuguese. It hath fent Missions, o even to the end of the World, hath made an infinite number of false Christians, it hath regain’d on one side as much as it had lost on the other; and hath made its worship and Idolatry to reign as much as ever. For Spain and Italy were never more deeply plunged in Idolatry, then fince the Reformation. It hath strengthned its tyranný; for the Popes [ince the Council of Trent have domineerd and acted as Soveraigns over Kings, and as Superior's over Councils. In the reforming ofthe Calender, Gregory XIII. did an act of an Universal Monarchi which the Popes had never done in the ages of their greatest infolence. They have depored Kings of England; and in France Henry III. and Henry IV. They have laid an Interdict upon the Commons awealth of Venice, and the Kingdom of Portugal In a word, Popery hath had great prosperities, that have comfo ted it under its
disgraces. But as for the blow or stroke which God is ready presently to give it, it will be a dispatching blow, it will be a vintage that fhall spoil it of all its fruits, and utterly take away all its beauty, the Winter shall come upon it, and its desolation shall be irrecoverable. This is the substance of the vision, let us view the circumstances. And I looked , and behold a white clond, and
J. Chrift himself of
Part 2. úpon the cloud one fate like unto the Son of mang
having on his head a golden crown, and in bois hand
a sharp fickle. This personage like unto a man, is ten appears probably the Son of God, found in fashion as a in the vifi- man, on the account of his Incarnation ; the golRevelati-den crown which he wears on his head, does prove
that 'tis be; though he executes his judgements by his Angels , notwithstanding he often himself appears on the scene of the World in the book of the Revelation.
He is probably the Heroe in the fixth Chapter, @hap. 6.2.
who appeared fitting on a white borse, and had a bow; and a crown was given him, and he went
forth "conquering and to conquer. He is the same who appears again in the 19 Chapter , sitting a second time upon a white horse, and was called faithful and true, and in rigbteousness doth he judge, and make war. He always lits upon something that is white; sometimes upon a white horfe, Tome
white cloud. White is the symbol of innocence and mercy. A white cloud is a throne of merey , a red cloud is that of justice. But 'mark, it must be some grand work, for which Jefus Christ himself comes for the Holy Ghost does not bring him upon the stage for some mean matter. Now since the Apostles ago, no work had been done so great as that of the last age. He had a sharp fickle in his hand. He comes upon a white cloud, intending favour to his children, but with asickle for his enemies. 'Twas a great mercy to his own, when he took them out of Babylon, the last age : But 'twas a terrible stroke of a sickle to Ania chrift.
And another Angel came out of the Templeg.cry ing with a loud voyce to him that fate on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle gandireap, for the time is come for
theo li 3
thee to reap, for the harvest of the Earth is ripe. He Pant 2, "who sits upon the cloud, gives out orders to the 01 Angels, and receives none from them: but he re
ceives from his Father, and the Angels may be charged to carry these orders to the Son. Thus the Angel, who here gives orders to Jesus Chrift, speaks not in his own name, but in the name of him that sent him. The time to reap is come. Their iniquity is come to its height : Their measure is full.
Another Angel came out of Heaven, he also having a sharp fickbe. This is the destroying Angela who went through Egypt, the executioner of the judgements of God; this Angel comes onely as a second; for he who fits upon the white cloud, dis. appears not, he is the Master , and’tis under his direction that this second Angel gives the laft blow to popery.
Another Angel came out from the Altar, whicla bad power over fire, and cryed with a loud cry ta. him that had the sharp fickle, &c. Here mention is made of an Angel who hath power over fore, and in the 16. Chapter, we find the Angel.of the waters. Shall we conclude that every Element hath its Ang gel, who presides over it, and the events which fall out by its means, so that one Angel presides over the Sea and shipwracks, another over fire and burnings? This seems very probable to me, for the providence of God makes the winds his. Ane gels, and a flame of fire his Ministers. The Angel of the fire comes out from the altar., which popery. had prophaned by its prophane sacrifices and falle worship. And 'tis the Angel of the fire , who is. here employ'd; to signify, that now the fire shall consume thé Antichristian Kingdom , without any hopes of recovery: