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up) will destroy Antichrist and all his Followers.

By this Period of Time thus differently expressed, I cannot but think are meant Natural Days, Months, and Years, as finding no Reason to the contrary ; besides that I have the Authority of almost all the Ancients upon this Head, whom I have occasionally referred to. However, far be it from me that I should depretiate the Learned Labours of those who have endeavoured to prove the contrary, viz. that thereby are to be understood Days and Months of Years, &c. if they have provod their Point, applying it to the Duration of the Antichristian Church or Mystical

47 Body of Antichrist; yet that will not at all weaken my Affertion, that by the same are to be understood Natural Days, as I apply them to the Person of Antichrift, but will only help to make the Correspondence between the Mystical and Natural Body of Antichrift the more remarkable and Mysterious; if the Duration of the Spiritual Tyranny of his Mystical Body be limited to the same number of Years, as that of his Person or Natural Body is of Days; though even there must acknowledge that if by the times of Antichristian Persecution be meant 1260 Years, it will be something difficult, if not impoflible, to give an Account how that Time should be called a short Time. Rev. 12. 12. as our Blessed Lord promises, Mat, 24. 21,22, Mark. 13. 19, 20.

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Places of S 24. THIS Grand Crisis of the Church Foly Spide under the Workings of this Mystery of Inibuang to

quity hath been variously pointed at by the this Roign Prophets of the Old Testament. St. Jerome of dute has maintained that All the Prophets have

spoken of_Antichrist, in which (says the
I earned Dr. Allix in his Preface upon the
Psalms, p.12) there is no Exaggeration ; for
it was impossible for the Prophets to speak
of the Mefliah's Kingdom, without speak-
ing of that Enemy who was to invade his
Spiritual Kingdom, and without the De-
struction of which he cannot obtain his
Universal Empire over the Israelites, and
afterwards over all Nations. Though it
must be acknowledged that the Doctor
means no more by Antichrist, than an An-
tichristian Kingdom or Church, notwith-
standing his quoting St. Ferom, whom he
could not but know to be a Friend to the
Hypothesis of a Personal Antichrift. I
shall not pretend to be so particular as to
point out all the Remarkable Passages of
Holy Scripture that refer to him, but only
to some few that may be useful for the
clearer understanding of this Theory. May
not this be the Time that the Prophet Isaiah
principally intends, Chap. 5. 14. Therefore
Hell bath enlarged herself, and opened her Mouth
without measure, when the Honourable Men are
famished, and their Multitude dried up with
Thirst, and the Glory and the Multitude and the
Pomp of the careless Rejoycers (mention’d v. 11,
12) Mall descend into the Pit. ' Does he not
mean the Antichristian Army. v. 26, 27,

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28, 29, 39. by a People that shall come with Speed upon the Church, none shall be weary nor stumble amongst them, none Shall Number nor sleep, their Arrows are sharp and all their Bows, bent, their Horses Hoofs shall be counted as Flint, and their Wheels as a Whirlwind, that because of them the Land shall be full of Darkness and Sorrow, and the Light shall be darkned in the Heavens thereof. Is it not of the Times of his Reign that we are to understand the Temptation that the Church shall be under, Chap. 8. v. 19. to have recourse to Familiar Spirits and WizZards, which they are warned against, and advised to seek unto their God, at a Time when the Antichristian Company Shall be hardly bestead and Hungry, and when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves and curse their God and their King, and look upwards, and they shall look unto the Earth, and bebold Trouble and Darkness, Dimness of Anguish, and they shall be driven to Darkness. Doe not the Prophecies against the King of Babylon, Il. 14, refer ultimately to Antichrist? Is not he that Leviathan the piercing Serpent, even Leviathan that crooked Serpent, (who is a King over all the Children of Pride. Job. 41. 34.) that for the sake of his Vineyard (or Church) God will punish with his fore and great and strong Sword. If. 27. Is not this thắt Time to which we must refer I/. 65. 13. My Servants shall eat, but ye

(viz. the Antichristian Company) shall be bungry; behold my Servants shall drink, but ye shall be, thirsty: My Servants shall rejoyce, but ye shall be ashamed. 14. My Servants Fall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for for

poor

row of Heart, and shall bowl for vexation of Sa vit. This I understand to be that day of tre ble which Habakkuk mentions Chap. z. an: which he prays to be delivered from, v. 16. which he calls being at Rest in the Day o Trouble; the Contemplation of which draws

from him this generous and Heroick Relo· lution, that though the Fig-tree should not bi

fom, nor the Fruit jould be in the Vines (25 that time it will not) though the labour oft Olive should fail, and the Fields shall yield = Meat, though the Flocks should be cut off from a Folds, and there should be no Herd in the Stall that he will nevertheless rejoyce in the Lord

, and joy; in the God of his Salvation. It would be endless to refer to the many passages concerning him in the Prophets, but paticularly in the Psalms, in which Sense Dr. Allix explains many of them, though meaning indeed nothing else by Antichris

, but the Pope of Rome. Lastly, (to mention no more ) to him I apply that Prophecy of Feremiah Chap. 49. 19. that he frall come up like a Lion from the swellings of Jordan, and the same Chap. 5o. 44. to which he allo alludes, Chap. 12. s: where after he had talked of the miserable Effects of the Apoftacy of the Church in that dreadful Day

, he 'expoftulates with them, If thou bafi ru with the Fcotinen, and they have wearied they

en how canji thou contend with Horses? ifi the Land of Peace wherein thou trusted Jt they have Wearied thee, (or as the Original seems fiz

. ther to express it, if thou trusted’st in the Land of Peace, z. é been' fecure in the

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Prosperity of thy Land) how wilt thou do in the Swellings of Fordan? i. e. how wilt thou be prepared to bear the last and great Conflict of the Church? For the better understanding of which we will observe, I. That Lactantius asserts, p. 645, and 646. that the last Deliverance of the Church or Children of God out of the Antichristian Earth, was a typified by the Deliverance of the Children of Israel out of Ægypt, as were the Plagues that shall be sent upon the Antichristian Company, by the Judgments fent upon Pharaoh, and the Ægyptians. II. That the Scriptures themselves call their taking Poffeffion of the Land of Canaan their entering into Rest, Psal. 95. 11. Heb. 2. 18. and accordingly the Author to the Hebrew's makes that Reft to be a Figure and Type of that great Sabbatism, that the Church shall enJoy

in the latter Times after the Destruction of Antichrist, Heb. 4. 19.

So that, III. by consequence the last and great Affiliation of the Church, may be aptly represented by the Overflowings of Jordan, which does constantly overflow its Banks in Harvest or Autumn, (at which Season of the Year Antichrist shall also come, as we before observed out of the Prophet Foel) and that does seem to be the compleating Act of the Suffering Oeconomy of the Jews. For as soon as they were got over, Circumcision was commanded anew for those who had escaped it during their Forty Years travel in the Wilderness, which is called the removing the Reproach from

Israel

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