mony of bimself, among many others. . Ego fum Sermo Dei, Ego sum speciofus, Ego Paracletus, Ego Omnipotens, Ego omnia Dei

. Besides those blasphemous Affertions of his, which are quoted by Moses Bar-Cepbas, a Syrian Bishop, in the Third Part of his Commentaries up. on Paradise, which you may fee in the End of Dr. Grabe's First Volume of his Spicilegium. As is also that of Nero, in which I shall only observe, that his Apoftatizing (if I may so speak) from his happy Beginnings in his Quinquennium, observed by almost all the Historians that speak of him, does most exactly answer to the Opinions of the Fathers concerning Antichrist; as doth also the Apostacy of Julian. For thus faith Hippolytus concerning him, in his Oration de Consummatione Mundi, published in the Bibliotbeca Patrum, Tom. II. p. 13 O 14. In

his Beginnings he shall be Merciful, Mild, Religious and Peaceable ; he shall punish Injustice ; he shall not fuffer Idolatry; he shall love the Scriptures; he fhall reverence the Priests : After this he shall cleanse the Lepers; he shall heal the Paralytick ; he Thall cast out Devils; he shall foretell Things to come ; he shall raise the Dead; he shall support the Widows and Fatherless; he shall reconcile Differences. Then all the People, especially the Nation of the Jews, fhall meet together to make him King: At first he shall craftily refuse this Honour ; but they persisting in their Intentions, shall make him King: Then shall he lift up his Heart, and change his Manners; he shall


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become fierce, unmerciful, unjust, proud, doc. agreeable to what is foretold by the

Prophet Daniel concerning him, Chap. 11. E; V. 21. that they shall not give him the Honour of the Kingdom, (i. e.) by a usual Hebraism, The Honour of a Kingdom shall not be given him; meaning that he shall have no Right nor Title to it before this flattering Usurpation, or else it contradicts what follows) but he shall come in Peaceably, and obtain the Kingdom by Flatteries; (nippkna) by insidious treacherous Dealings. The Story of Mahomet is well known and the Parallel very easy and Natural; besides whom there have been many others, who have in some Respects or other typified this Mystery of

Iniquity. 1 98. The Man of Sin then whom these of the

have represented shall certainly arise in the Birth and latter End of the Kingdoms, 1. e. of the Parent age fourth or Roman Empire, when the Transgref- chrift. " Sors shall be come to the full, or ( as the LXXII

read it πληρυμένων των αμαρτιών αυλών) when the Measure of the Iniquities of the World (or perhaps Christendom) shall be filled

up, as we are told Dan. 8. 23. Hippolytus í supposes (Pag. 30. Edit. Paris.) that he shall

be the Devil himself, who shall take upon him the appearance of Human Flesh, and shall fallly appear to be born of a Virgin, (which he expresly asserts) not knowing otherwise how to reconcile to his Opinion that place of Moses, Exod. 13 and 2. That whatsoever openeth the Wòmb is the Lord's, or as



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the Vulgar Latin has it, Sanctum vocabitur Domino. Which Opinion seems to have been transcribed from him by Ephrem Syrus

in his Sermon concerning Antichrist. But Abfurd

this is a contrivance to falve an Hypothesis hereof by

which is so far from being necessary, that Some it contradi&ts the very Letter of the Holy Wijfers. Scriptures, 2 Thef. 2. 3. (where he is ex

presly called The Man of Sin) &c. as well as the common Sentiments of most other Writers. Others have been of Opinion that he shall be an Incarnate Devil, which St. Hilary afferts in his Comment on the aforecited Place of the Thessalonians. This Opi

nion (notwithstanding what has been said * De Carn. to justifie the Poffibility of the Incarnation Chrifti,cap.

of Angels by * Tertullian and + Origen) is, as Rigalt. upon many Accounts unreasonable, so con+ Tom. 2.

tradi&ted by Damascene, Lib. 4. Cap.27. Chryin Joh.

Softom and Theophyla&t upon the Second Epi stle to the Thessalonians. Others are of Opinion that he shall be born of a very impure unclean Woman, and begotten by an Incubus, or Evil Spirit. Whether such Procreation be poslible, and whether the Traditions of the Ancients concerning such Births be true, (as that of Remus and Romulus, and Servius Tullius, recorded by Dionyfius Halicarnaslæus, Lib. 1. that of Plato, by Diogenes Laertius; of Alexander the Great, by Plutarch,

&c.) I shall not here determine, but shall The most only fay, that it appears to me probable, Probables that his Generation shall be according to

the ordinary natural course, between two Persons who shall have filled up the measure

3.66 Ed.


of their Iniquities, the Devil so magically,
co-operating with them, as to take poffel-
fion of him in the very Womb, and make
him throughout as compleatly diabolical as
it is possible for a Man to be. This is the
Opinion of Rabanus Mauriøs (to whom the
later Criticks attribute that little Treatise
de Antichristo, published at the end of the
Ninth Volume of St. Austin's Works *) he * P.259.
shall be born (says he) like other Men, not Edit.

of a Virgin, as fome affirm; in the begin-
ning of his Conception the Devil shall en-
ter into his Mother's Womb, and there shall
cherish and defend him. So St. Cyril offe-
rusalem ť says, The Devil shall use him as t Cat: 153
an Organ, or Instrument through which $ 6.
he shall act. For so he understands that
Expression of his coming ruļvéey har
Ealaya, 2 Thef. 2. 9. His Parents, as most
Writers imagine, shall be fews; but I ra-
ther believe a few and an Apoftate Christian,
such mixt Births having been observed to
be fatal. Such were the Rebel-Giants, be-
gotten between the Sons of God and the
Daughters of Men (whether by the Sons
of God we understand only the Spiritual
Seed of Seth, or the 'Eyshness, as in the Pro-
phecy of Enoch +) such, was rebellious + Syncelli
Absalom,the Son of Maachab, the Daughter


P. II. 24• of the King of Geshar ; and such it is com- Edis. Gear. nonly, thought was Adonijah, the Son of Haggitb; whose Country indeed the Scripture takes no notice of. The oriencinia Thai

Pasagarogh K 2 $9. His wdeed most probable.

That he $9. His Extraction by the Jewish Side fball come shall be from the Tribe of Dan; this is geTribe of nerally asserted by Hippolytus *, by Irenæus t, Dan. who in a mystical Sense interprets that * P. 12. Paffage of Feremiah, Chap. 8. v. 16. The * Lib. 5. Sworting of bis Horses were beard from Dan (or Cap.3c. as the LXXII read it, airsoduedd, we shall

bear, &c.) of the coming of Antichrift. By these Words (faith he)

Jeremiah shows out of what Tribe he shall arise ; adding with

all, That this is the Reason why Dan is * omitted amongst the Tribes that are sealed.

Apoc. 7. St. Ambrose also, de Bened. Patriarch. asserts the same from thefe Words, Gen. 49. '16. Dan shall Fudge bis People (viz. the Jews) as one of the Tribes of Israel (or as the one single Tribe of Israel, to whom the Government is given, i.e. udab ;) speaking, thus, Chap. 7. Sampson indeed came out of the Tribe of Dan, who judged Israel Twenty Years, but the Prophecy pointed not at him, but at Antichrist, who shall arise out

of that Tribe, a severe Judge and cruel + Quaft

. Tyrant. Theodoret $ afferts the same thing; 109. in adding withall, That as the Scepter given Genef.

to Judah, did principally point out our Lord, who arose out of that Tribe, so the promising a sort of Rule or Government to Dan, did point out Antichrift, who should usurp, the Government of Christendom in

the later Days. The same is afferted by De Pro. Profper. Aquitanicus *, in these Words : It is mis. Edit. plain that Antichrist shall arise out of the Duaci.

Tribe of Dan, which is now in Persia, acр, бул cording to the Prediction of the Patriarch,


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