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Part 2 neither more or less; for the H. Ghost is not so cri
tical and precise and often makes use of a round and certain number, tosignify one that is uncertain,untess when he makes use of a broken number , as three. and half; for then we cannot doubt, but we are to reckon exactly fo much. So that these two things Being always doubtfull, we can never knowthe
precise time of the Judgement day. 6.: Obfelter. After this they fay, that if the Church must reign Wollten authausand years on Earth, the World is yet to last for lalt a long dong time, which is not likely it should, because
the Apofler even in their days spoke of the end of
theworld as a thing approaching, and near at hand. We are in the last times, faith St. Paul, The coming of I. Cbriftisat band, faith St. James. My littie children, iris the laf time, faith St. John. They ought to confess, what these passages make against them, instead of being for them. The Apostles called their Days the last times, and the laf hour, and yet almost two thousand years have paslęd fince. Those Texts therefore mult not be taken in toorigid a sense. We bave spent one Chapter, on purpose in this Book to
explain those Paffages. 2. Objea.
7. Lastly, they tell us, that according tothe ScriThe Scris piure
Rtures, at the coming ofour Lord J.Chrift, All the ipeaks but Dead must be raised at once, the Righteous and the of one RC-Wicked: which agrees not with the supposition of
reign of a thousand years, and the rest at theend of it. But how can any one say, that the Scripture faith that, when it speaks the quite contrary ; that one part of the Dead muftrise firft, which is the firft Resurrection; and that the Rest of the Dead are not to rijetilt the thousand years are fullfilled? There are some passages, 'tis true, wherein the Resurrection of the Good and
Bad is spoken of, as that which shallbe at the same Part-2. time, and so it shall accordingly be : for this first, Resurrection will be butofa very few , viz. of the Ancient Martyrs. The remainder of the Faithful shall not be raised, till the end of the World. Mang Dead were risen with Christ, when he rose, and are certainly with him, body and soul in Heaven. Nots withstanding this; the Scripture speaks of the Refurrection of all the Dead, as a thing deferr'd and adjourn'd to the last Day: because one little Exception destroys not a general Rule. Tis strange that these Gentlemen find somuch difficultyin this first Resurrection! Methinks they should remember , the imany Saints who were raised with Chrift. Why may not Christ raise some of the New Testament Saints, at the coming of his Kingdom, as well ás raise fome of the Ancient Patriarchs,
when he rose from the Grave? However, notwithstanding all that I have said on this subject ofthat first Resurre&tion, I once again declare, that I am not sollicitons to decide it. Therefore I have and do again place it among those things which are doubtful. I am informed, that the learned and famous Prof. Mr. Wita fius of Utrecht, hath thought fit to declare his mind on this subject, in some publick Lectures. Iam told, that he agrees with me concerning a great change, which is to be in the Church, before the end of the World, with respect to Manners, Union in Doctrine, and the spreading of the Christian Faith, as, wellamong the lews, as amongthe Nations which as yet are Pagan. He is also willing, that the lews DeXTri should hope to return to their own Land, and re-bubus Il. build Ierusalem. I would ask no more, and am more 5.1.& cap, rejoy't to meet with the concurrence of sogreata ', Sr7, man in that which is Essential, than I can be troubled that he differs from me, concerning that first Re
Part 2: surrection : for I must acknowledge, that I meet
with very great difficulties about it. But when I look upon it on that lide, and in that manner, as I have represented it, I find it to be very probable: Nevertheless, I am får from being fully perswaded of the Truth of it, as I am concerning those Artis cle's wherein we two agree.
These I think are all the Objections wherewith these Gentlemen oppose us. For I regard not what they say, when they tell us, That this Reign of a thousand years is a lewish vision, a Fancy derived from the impure Fountain of their Traditions.
This is to declaim, and riot to prove "Tisnot impossible but there may remain something that is good as mong the Traditions of the lews; at least, St. Paul and St. Inde believed so. The
firf learnt from their Tradition the names of the Magicians of Ægypt who opposed Moses ; and likewise thofe words of Mofes, 1 exceedingly quake and fear, which we no where read in the Old Testament. And St. Inde learnt from thence the combat of Michael the Arch-angel with the Devil, for the body of Moses; also the Prophecy of Enoch. They urge likewise against us a multitude of ancient and modern Aukhors. But I had rather give credit to listin Mar. tyr, and Papias, who might have seen St.John, than to all those who have wrote since. God hath his particular reasons why he will not that the Prophes cies should be understood in every Age.