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nian the third.
Part 2, more than the City of that name, retained how
'ever the name of Roman Emperors to August n-. lus's time.
Then therefore from the wrecks of the Roman reckon the Empire were formed. 1. The Kingdom of the bring ofthe Britains in Britanny. 2. Of the Saxons. . 3. Of Roman Em- the Franks. 4. Of the Burgundians in the Gauls. ten King- 5. Of the Visigoths in the South of Gaul and in
Spain. 6. Of the Sueves in Gallicia and Portuof Valemi, gal. 7. Of the Vandals, first in Spain, and then in Africa.
8. Of the Allemans in Germany. 9. Of the Ofrogoths in Pannonia, 10. Of the Greeks in the Eait. They took their power with the Beast, that is to say, with Antichristianism; therefore Antichristianism received its birth and power with the ten Kings. That is its Epocha, or Date.
According to which, we shall place the future fall of the Antichristian Empire in the beginning àf the 18th Age. I believe it would be very difficult, to set down precisely the very year. For God doth not so exactly
, observe Chronology in his Prophecies. A few years more or lets, fignify nothing. However one may say, that according to all appearance, it must happen between 1710,
?Tis, I say, the concourse of these four Characters, four Cha- that must conduct us to find out the beginning of
the 1260 years of Antichristianism. 1. The birth Ipina of of Idolatry. 2. The birth of Pride and Tyranny.
3. The progress of corruption of manners. 4. The richristian division of the Roman Empire into ten parts. Till Empire. these four Characters meet together, we cannot
begin the computation of the 1260 years. Therefore I do not reckon them from the year 430, though that be an Epocha that is notable enough, having
The concourse of
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its original in the destruction of the Temple of Part 2, Jerusalem. According to which, the accomplishment of the 1260 years would fall on the year 1690, four years hence. I reckon them not from thence, I say, because in the year 430, the Roman Empire, was not yet entirely dismembred.
Withal it appears not, that then things were ripe for so great an event. We must not imagine, that the Empire of Antichrist and of Idolatry, will fall and be destroy'd in four or five years. He will have some partisans remaining a long time before he shall be entirely brought to nought.
See one thing, that must be well observed. 'Tis Antichris this,
that though we do not begin the 360 years of pianism was the Churches purity , atthe first year of 1. Christ as degrees; it we might have done, to end them in the both year alle falls
by degrees. of the fourth age, according to which the Émpire of Pride and Idolatry should have ended in the year 1620, 65 years ago ; nevertheless, as superitition and tyranny began to be establisht in the middle of the fourth Age, a hundred years or thereabouts, before the point which God marks out for the birth of Antichristianism ; in like manner a hundred years before the entire destruction of this Antichristianism, the tyranny and superstition of the Papism sensibly grow lefs and less, and are visibly falling
Counting the first originalofsuperstition from the Antichri: year of our Lord 360, and reckoning after this the tending to 1260 years of its reign, it fallsas we have seen, on lince the the year 1620. At which time Idolatry and tyran- year 1620. ny must begin to fall, as they did begin to appear in he 360th year of our Lord. And indeed it is certain, that since that time , Images and Saints have extremely lost their credit. And since the year 1620, we thall find more persons among the
From that very time
Part 2. Papifts themselves, that have discredited these false
worships, than we shall find in all the fore going Ages.
The Tyranny of the Popealso since that time hath the power, suffer'd a visible decay. In the past age, the Popes of vitit Pope had pretty well recover'd thai blow, which the diminish Council of Constance, and the reformation of Luin Frante. ther and Zwinglius had given them. Fulius the se
cond, and Leo the tenth , afsembled the last Lateran Council, which abrogated all that had been done ágainst their Authority. The Council of Trent indeed did not pronounce the superiority of Popes above Councils, and the Temporality of Kings; but it left them in a full and entire possession of their pretended Rites, without so much as touching of them. Yea, it did confirm them, if not by its decrees, at least by its practice , in submitting all its Canons to the Pope, in declaring they had no design to diminish the authority of the Holy See, and demanding from thence the confirmation of their de,
In truth, the Popes remained in possession of that superiority, and of that power, as well over Councils as Kings. They deposed since the Council of Irent, the Kings Hinry the third, and Henry the fourth of France. They caused these two Henries to be assassinated; and also during the minority of Lewis the XIII, the Pulpits and assemblies rung, with nothing but the Soveraign power of the Pope over Soveraigns, and the power they have to depose them. In the States in the year 1616. The Clergy of France had the insolence to maintain this Doctrine so prejudicial to the authority of Kings, by the mouth of Cardinal Perron. Edm. Richer, a Doctor of the Sorbon, in the year 1611. made a Book with this title, De Ecclesiastica & Politicâ poteßare, which was the Epitomy of that which we
have at this day under the title of Apologia pro 70-Part2. hanne Gerfono. Therein he proved the superiority of the Council above the Pope, and the independance of Kings. The Author was deprived of the dignity of Syndic of the Sorbon , and of his benefices. His Book was censured by two Provincial Councils held in the year 1612, one at Paris, the other at Aix, and was confuted by D.du Vat.
But since the year 1620, Richer is advanced again to the throne , the power of the Pope hath been always diminisht. And at thisday, 'tis in so great a declension, that it will never more rife up. Sa that Antichristianism falls precisely by the same degreesu by which it role. It was a hundred years a budding before it was blown; it shall be a hundred years det elining, before it shall be entirely overthrown. It had its first beginnings in the year 360. Its great declena fron began precisely 1260 years after. It was borz about the year 450. It shall dye about the year 1710 just 1 260 years after its birth. This may happen fooner; for the Roman Empire even under Valenti. nian, whom I reckon for the laft of the Roman Emperors, was very much dismembred. But I do noć tee that it can go much further, unless it may be to 1714, reckoning the 1260 years after the death of Valentinian.
This, I profess, doth not seem to me to be altogether a simple conjecture, by reason of two passages lo exprefs. Hethat doth let, or possess, will let , or possess , till he be taken out of the way, and then shall that wicked one be revealed. The ten horns are ten Kings, which have received no Kingdom as yet; but receive power as Kings one bour withthe Beast. But that which I fhall now add , is a conjecture to which men may give such entertainment as they please,
'Tis a consequent from what we have faid of Antiochus Epiphanes, and the duration of the persecution, to which the Prophet assigns four times
. 2300 mornings and evenings, that is to fay, 1150 days. Three years and a half, that is to say 12 60 days. 12yo days,and 1335 days. We have faid, that the number of 1260 days, is that of the time of the duration of the prophanation of the Sanctuary, till the time that fudas Macchabeus having taken out of the Temple the Idol of Jupiter Olympius, began the cleansing of the Sanctnary; that he was a month in taking away all the impurities; wherefore Da. niel after the number of 1260 days, adds 30 thereunto, and faith, that it shall be for 1290 days. Lastly, we have supposed, that fudas Macchabaus spent 45 other days in preparing all things for the dedication of the Temple.
That the type may answer the truth,ifthe Empire in which of the Papism must'fall, and be abolisht about the restoration year 1710, we may believe the Church shall not be Church perfectly reformed and cleansed for all that. It may muft beef- be, that all Christians, although they agree to chase away Idolatry, and beat down Tyranny, yet they
every thing. So that I suppose 30 years shall pafs, for the reuniting all Christians in the fame communion, and that this union shall be effected about the year 174.0.
This reunion shall be a path-way for the calling the reft of the Pagan and infidel Nations, who are yer almost innumerable. For we must not hope, that Pagansand Infidels shall enter into the Church, while they see it divided. Into what part of it should they put themselves? It shall be the unanimous consent of all Christians in one only Religion, that shall overcome the obstinacy of the enemies of Jesus Christ. To effect this reunion of all Chri
will not agree