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her Empire. Babylon signifies the wbole Antichristian Empire, and this Antichristian

Empire, is said to sit upon seven Mountains, and to Rome must rule over the Kings of the Earth, because this is true always be of its Capital City. Nothing is moreordinary (not together to add, that'tis constantly used) than to denote a with her 'whole Kingdom by the ruling City. Thus, men alEmpire

ways spoke of Rome; Rome hath conquered the Na. tions; Rome hath enlarged her Empire to the end of the World; this signifies; that the Roman Empire hath subdued all Nations, and extended its bounds even to the utmost parts of the Earth.

This being supposed and proved, that the City is part of the the whole Babylonian and Antichristian Empire; of the ten it must be remembred, that this Empire of AntiKingdoms christ is made up of ten Kingaoms, and ten Kings,' up the Em- who must give their power to the beast: Thereh

horns which thou sawelt are ten Kings. These have Chap. 17. .one 'mind, and shall give their power unto the beast.

From which 'tis clear, that the tenth part of the City signifies here one of those ten Kingdoms, under the authority ofthe Antichristian Kingdom. A tenth part of the City fell, s. e. one of these ter Kingdoms, which make up the great City, the Babylonian Empire shall forsake it. This rherefore, is exactly that,, which must happen within a little while after, the three years and a half of the total suppression of the Truih shall be exfpired; and a while after that the Witnesses shall be rais’d, s,c. after the profession of the Truth shall be rais’d to life again in France and elsewhere.

And then, the same bówr, immediately after that, the Reformation shallbe establisht by a Royal Edict, without delay; There shall be an Earthquake, and a tenth

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affairs in the Land of the Papacy, must for that time Part 2. huppen only in the tenth part of the City that shall fall: for this shall be the effect of this Earth quake.

Now what is this tenth part of this City, which Fraktishal shall fall? In my opinion, we cannot doubt that fall, not by, 'tis France. This Kingdom is the most considera un of ble part, or piece of the

ten horns, or States, which chy,but by once made up the great Babylonian City: it fell; this Popiero does not signify, that the French Monarchy shallbe ruin'd; it may be humbled į but în all appearance, Providence does design a great elevation for her afterward. 'Tis highly probable, that God will not let go unpunisht the horrible outrages which it acts at this day. Afterward, it must build its greatness upon the ruins of the papal Empire, and enrich it self with the spoils of those who shalltake part with the Papacy. They who at this day persecute the Protestants, know not whịther God is leading them : this is not the way by, which he will lead France to the height of glory. If she comes thither ; 'tiş because the shall shortly change her road. Her greatning will be no dammage to Proteftant States;on the contrary,the Protestant States shal be enrichtwith the spoils of others; & be strength

Thalia cy; it shallbreak with Rome, and the Roman Relig gion. One thing is certain, that the

Babylonian Empire shall

perish” through the refusal of obedience by the ten Kings, who had given their power to, the Beast... The thing is already come to pass in part. The Kingdoms of Sweden, Denmark, Enga tand, and feveral Soveraign States in Germany, have withdrawn themselves from the furisdiction of the Lope. They have spould the harlot of her riches.




Part 2. They have eaten ber flesh, i.e. seiz'd on her Bene

fices and Revenues, which she had in their Countries. This must goon, and be finisht as it is begun. The Kings, who yet remain under the Empire of Rome, muit break with her, leave her solitary and defolate.

But who must begin this laft revalt? 'Tis most probable, that France shall. Not Spain, which as yet is plunged in superstition, and is as much under the tyranny of the Clergy as ever. Not the Emperor, who in Temporals is subject to the Pope, and permits that in his States the Archbishop of Strigonium should teach, that the Pope can take away the Imperial Crown from him. It cannot be any Countrey but France, which a long time ago hath begun to shake off the yoke of Rome. ?Tis well known, how solemnly and openly war hath been declared against the Pope, by a Declaration of the King, (ratified in all the Parliaments) by the decisions of the Asembly of the French Clergy, by a Difputation against the Authority of the Pope, managed in the Sorbon , folemnly, and by order of the Court. And to heighten the affront, the Theses were pofted up, even upon the gates of his Nuntio. Nothing of this kind had hitherto happened, at least in a time of peace, and unless the Pope had given occasion by his infolences.

Besides this, Superftition and Idolatry lose their credit much in France. There is a secret party, though well enough known, which greatly defpifeth the popular Devotions, Images, worship of Saints, and is convinced that these are humane inPitutions ; God is before-hand preparing for this great work.

To this it may be objected, that for the fast hundred and fifty years, the Popes Empire hath not


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been made up of ten Rings, because the Kings of Paxt 2.
England, Sweden, Denmark, &c. have thrown off
his Government; and consequently, France is not
at this day the tentka part of the Babylonian Empire;
for 'tis more then a tenth part of it. But this is
no difficulty ; for we must know, that things
retain the names which they bore in their original,
(without regarding the alterations which time
does bring along.) Tho at this day
not ten Kingdoms under the Babylonian Empire,
'tis not withitanding certain , that each King-
dom was called, and ought to be called in this
Prophecy , the tenth part ; because the Prophet
having described this Empire in its beginning,
by its ten korns, or ten Kings, 'tis necessary for
our clear understanding, that every one of these.
ten Kings, and Kingdoms, should be called one of
the ten Kings, or of the ten Kingdoms, with
respect to the original constitution of the Antis
christian Empire.

Seeing the tenth part of the City, which must
fall, is France, this gives me some hopes, that
the death of the two witnesses hath a particular
relation to this Kingdom, 'Tis the street or place
of this City, i.e. the most fair and eminent part,
of it. The Witnesses must remain dead upon this
Street, and upon it they must be raised again.
And as the death of the Witnesses and their Refur-
rection have a relation to the Kingdom of France,
it may well fall out that we inay not be far
distant from the time of the Resurrection of the
witnesses, seeing the three years and a half of
their death, are either begun, or will begin

And in the earthquake were fain seven thousand; in the Greek it is , seven thousand names of men,


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Part 2. and not seven thousand men. I confess, that this

seems somewhat mysterious : in other places we find not this phrase, names of men put simply for imen. Perhaps there is here a figure of Grammer called, Hypallage cafus , so that names of men, are put for men of name, i.e. of raised, and conliderable quality, be it on the account of riches, or of dignity, or of learning. But I am more inclined to say, that here these words, names of men, must be taken in their natural signification, and, doc intimate, that the total Reformation of France shall not be made with bloodshed, nothing shall be destroyed but names, such as are the names of Monks, of Carmelites ; of Augustines , of Dominicans, of Iacobins, Franciscans, Capucines, les suites , Minimes, and an infinite company of others, whose number 'tis not easie to define, and which the Holy Ghost denotes by the number feven, which is the number of perfection, to signify, that the orders of Monks and Nuns , shall perish for ever. This is an Institution fo degenerated from its first Original , that 'tis become the arm of Antichrift; These orders cannot perish one without another.

If any will have it, that these seven thousand, flain, signifie, that there. Thall be bloodshed, it, Ihall not be great; for the number seven put foran indifinite number, never signifies a great one. De Launay is very much mistaken when he sayes, that the seven thousand, who had not bowed the knee to Baal, lignified a great multitude; on the contrary they signified a very small number, indeed the number was so small, that Elijab did not know of them: he fayd, I am left alone,

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