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end of time, which thing will be unexprellibly lad to all thole who have no water of life in their souls to drink.
It is said by the spirit of John, that this great river Euphrates was dryed up, that the way of the kings of the East might be prepared. Now what these kings of the East arc, is very necessary to know. These kings of the East, I declare they are all good kings, further I declare that Christ the king of heaven, is faid to come out of the East, as you may read, Math. ii. 2, 3. where the wise mene from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, where is he that is born king of the Jews, for we have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship hin?
So that this Jesus the king of the Jews, he is called the king of the East, because his star in the East directed the wise men to find him out that they might worship him. Now this is to be minded by the reader, that prophets, apostles, and saints, they are called by the spirit kings, and priests unto God, as the scripture faith ; so that all prophets, apostles, and true believers may be called kings. And seeing the King of Kings came out of the East, these all following him in the fame steps of faith and patience, they are called by the spirit, kings of the East. So that Christ, his prophets, apostles, and saints, are those kings of the East, who have the aforesaid waters dryed up, that the way for these kings of the East might be prepared. That is, there are no natural rivers upon earth, that shall hinder or keep from being dryed up, neither temporal nor spiritual.
For the vial of God's wrath, it will dry up all the rivers of waters upon earth natural, and all rivers of waters spiritual, when Christ shall come in the clouds of heaven with all his saints, the kings of the East, to put an end to this bloody, persecuting, unbelieving world, and to dry up all the waters of peace in men's Touls. And the kings of the East, by their faith and patience, shall walk upon
the waters of wicked, persecuting men's souls
, as upon dry ground. That is, the kings of the East shall rejoyce in the eternal dectruction of their enemies, even as their enemies did over them, when they persecuted and put them to death; som that the way, that is, the hearts of the saints enemies, may be as a way for the kings of the East to tread and trample upon all that joy, and peace, and comfort, that the dragon beast, and false prophet had, when they persecuted the faints; which faints are the kings of the East, and that faith and patience the faints had, it prepared themselves to suffer with chearfulness the persecution, and death itself. So that the waters of the great river Euphrates, even the waters of their persecutors fouls were dryed up, that the kings of the East, that is, the saints might be prepared to fight that good fight of faith, as the saints did in the time of the ten persecutions. So much for the interpretation of the twelfth verse,
CH A P. LII.
ERSE 13. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs, came out of the mouth
of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
These three unclean fpirits like frogs, they are said to come out of the mouths of three several persons, to wit, the dragon, beast, and false prophet; yet these
three proceed all from one fpirit, even the spirit of the fallen angel, or as I may say, the spirit of Cain that dragon-devil, who was the first murderer. And the fpirit of Cain remaining in the seed, it bringeth forth many dragon-devils like himself. So that all dragon-devils make up but one dragon, and so all wicked beasts make up but one wicked beast; so all false prophets, and false priests, or false speakers, they make up but one false prophet.
Now they are called three unclean spirits, like frogs, in regard of the threefold operations and workings of them; for they proceeded from that one spirit of reason, the devil ; only this one spirit of reason it doth work three several
ways, and by three several persons, yet all three of them were like frogs; they were all alike for wicked idolatry, and persecution of the saints, and to deceive the people; for they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth, and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty, as in verse 14. of this chapter.
So that these three spirits like frogs, that came out of the dragon's mouth, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, they were to go forth to all the kings of the earth, and not only so, but to all great men in the whole world, to invite them to persecute, and to fight against the saints with a sword of steel, and with other cruel deaths; when as the faints had no, other weapons of war, but those that were fpiritual, to wit, the fword of the spirit, the thield of faith, the helmet of salvation ; these and such like weapons of war the saints do fight withal.
But the dragon, beast, and false prophet, they by their council, power, and authority, did invite all the kings of the earth, and of the whole world to fight against the Lord Jesus, and the remnant of the feed of faith, who are the saints, with perfecution and death as aforesaid, with carnal weapons, and inventions of cruel deaths, as the scriptures, and history doth make mention of.
But the Revelation of John gave him to fee, that the last battle that will be fought between God Almighty, and the dragon, beast, and falfe prophet, it will be at the end of the world ; that is, Jesus Christ he is God Almighty, he, and his saints, and angels, shall fight with the dragon, beast, and false prophet, and with all the kings of the whole world ; and he, and his faints shall give them an utter overthrow; that is, an eternal overthrow, so that the dragon, beaft, and false prophet, with all the adherents unto them, shall be destroyed with a fecond death, which shall burn as a lake of fire, for ever and ever.
TT will be necessary to open something more of the dragon, beast, and false
prophet, and of those three unclean Spirits like frogs that came out of their mouths.
The reader may remember that I shewed before, that there were many dragons since Cain, yet all counted by the fpirit but one dragon; and fo of the beait, and false prophet, all are included into one. Now this dragon spoken of, he is meant the same great read dragon spoken of in Revel. xii. who perfecuted The woman, namely, Herod; though there were many dragons after him, yet
it is called all but one dragon, they being all partakers of the same fpirit, and acted in the same perfecution of the saints.
So likewise that beast that did arise out of the sea, with seven beads, and ten borns, as in chap. xiii. 1. is that beast spoken of here by the spirit, though there were divers other beasts after him, yet they acting by the fame fpirit of persecution of the saints, they are all called by the spirit, but one beast.
So likewise the false prophet is meant that government of worship that was established upon the chief or high priests of the nations, so that there was a spiritual government of worship which did belong to those images and idols that were set up by the power and authority of the beast; as all forms of worships, let them be true or false, there must be some particular head; as 'Aaron was high priest of the worship of the law, and Christ the head of the gospel worship; yet there were many more high priests besides Aaron ; yet all called but Aaron the high priest. Even so it was with the false prophet, the same spirit of idolatry and
persecution for conscience fake, for not submiting to worship the beast and his image, it did run through the spirits of all the false priests, as it did in him that was the chief, who was set up by the power of the beast at the first.
So that though there were many priests that succeeded him, and many that did officiate the priests office besides, yet they being all of one and the same spirit, they are called by the spirit in John but one false prophet. For priests are called by the spirit many times prophets, as Baal had four hundred false prophets did belong to him ; that is, they were four hundred false priests.
Now this I would have the reader to mind, that these three spirits like frogs, that came out of the dragon's mouth, and the beast's mouth, and the false
prophet's mouth, I would not have reader to think that these three spirits like frogs, did cease in the time of the ten persecutions, neither would I have him to think that there is no dragon, nor beast, nor false prophet now, though there was then. Although I confess the main drift of John's Revelation had relation chiefly to those wonderful strange actions that were acted by the dragon, beast, and falfe prophet, unto the saints, in the time of that commission of the gospel
. But this is for certain, that the spirit of the dragon, and the spirit of the beast, and the spirit of the false prophet, remains in its feed to this day, and will do to the end of the world. So that the spirit of the dragon, beast, and false prophet, these three unclean spirits do fend forth their fpirits like frogs, to the kings of the earth, to encourage them all to fight against truth, and against true worshp, and to make the saints to submit to their idolatrous worship; for, as I said before, all forms of worship that are set up by men who have no commission from God, are all false worships; and whoever is the chief minister in that worship fo fét up, he may
be said to be a false prophet. And by this rule, all opinions in religion, and forms of religion, or worship, that are set up in the world at this day by feveral sorts of people, they are all false, because the ministers are false; and so they may be all called but one false prophet, even from the first Pope, to the last Quaker, their ministry being all false, even one as well as the other.
CHA P. LIV.
of these three spirits, and yet they all join together to fight against God Almighty; and yet cozen and cheat one another, and cheat the people of the world also. So that very few in the whole world do escape being deceived by one, or more of these three unclean spirits like frogs that come out of the dragon, beast, and false prophet's mouths.
First, the unclean spirit of the dragon it seeketh after natural wisdom, as natural philosophy, astrology, magick, and so becomes a physician, or a doctor of physick to cure defeases.
The wisdom of the dragon ic doth pry into the knowledge of the stars, and the influence of them, as the magicians of Egypt did, that they may be counted wise men.
Likewise this spirit of the dragon it doth pry unto the nature of herbs, plants, with the spirits of all vegetables, and all things of curious arts, so that the spirit of the dragon comes to be wiser in things of nature, than all other men.
So that all other men that are not skill'd in this wisdom of nature, they are subverted and deceived by this spirit, and do honour him as a god, thinking that God hath given him more wisdom in this kind, than to all other men. So that this knowledge of natural philosophy, astrology, and physick, makes men become honourable in the fight of all people. Also it makes the people to part with their silver freely; also it cloathes the physician in rich velvet, so that people may know what he is by his vesture.
All this honour, and much more than I can relate, doth the spirit of the dragon procure by that unclean spirit that cometh out of his mouth, for all those wise magicians, astrologers, 'natural philosophers, doctors of physick, are those frogs that came out of the dragon's mouth; for these afore-mentioned they are a great multitude, and do swarm as the frogs in a warm day, and do deceive multitudes both of their health, and of their silver, under pretence of doing them good. This is the proper work and operation of the spirit or wisdom of reason, that cometh out of the dragon's mouth.
ECONDLY, The unclean spirit that cometh out of the beast's mouth, it is
those persons that study the laws of the land. In as much as the beast is the head of the law, it is he that doth authorize men to be expounders and interpreters of the law, he doth authorize fome to be judges, some councellors, some attorneys, with many other titles that lawyers have.
So that this unclean spirit that cometh out of the beast's mouth, it is the multitude of lawyers that are authorized by him; and these lawyers they may be said to come out of his mouth, because without his power and authority they can do nothing. That is, they cannot cheat and deceive the people as they do;
so that the lawyers who practice cales of law, they are 10 numerous that they can hardly be numbered. Also they are cloathed with fine fcarlet, with deceiving the people; yet the lawyers are but the sproutings forth of the unclean spirit that cometh out of the beast's mouth. And it is the proper work of the spirit of the beast to cloathe these lawyers in scarlet, even as the spirit of the dragon did the doctors of physick, cloathe them in velvet; yet notwithftanding they are in their natures no other but frogs, fent forth by these two fpirits aforesaid, 'to deceive them that dwell upon the earth.
HIRDLY, The other unclean spirit it came out of the mouth of the false
prophet. This false prophet signifies the chief and head governor of spiritual worship, as the Pope, or any head minifter, of any religion watsoever, but more especially of that head minister, or head priest that is upheld by the beast, or the civil power. For there is a spiritual power invested upon the false prophet by the beast, or civil power, so that none shall exercise or officiate the office of a minister, but such as the false prophet shall send forth. So that those men this false prophet, or chief priest doth send forth to preach, these are sent forth from that unclean spirit that cometh out of the falfe prophet's mouth. For the false prophet hath full power to ordain and send forth men to preach, to deceive the people in a way of false worship, as the dragon had to the physician ; and as the beast had to the lawyer.
And as the doctor of physick by his deceit came to be cloathed in velvet, and the lawyer by his deceit came to be cloathed in scarlet; fo likewise the preachers ordained by the false prophet, they came by their deceit to be cloathed in sheeps cloathing, made of the finest wool, with garments down to the heel:
So that the outward garb and clothing of these three, they do carry such a glory, honour, and majefty among the people in outward appearance; that the people do believe or think there is more honour and glory within, whereby they are mightily deceived in their expectations. For these three sorts of men aforementioned, are counted by the spirit of revelation in John, no other but three forts of frogs ; and those three spirits that sent them out, they were but three unclean spirits.
And the work those frogs aforesaid are to do, it is to go forth to deceive the people of the earth; for where is there a man hardly to be found, not fourteen years ago upon the earth, but they were deceived either by the physician, lawyer, or prịeft ; nay, they deceive one another; for the priest is is deceived by the doctor of physick; and the doctor of physick he is deceived by the priest; for the priest deceives his soul, in that the doctor thinks he can preach such faving doctrine that may save his soul; but alas, he is altogether deceived, for the priest doth not know what will become of his own soul after death, much less of another's. So likewise the doctor of physick he deceives the priest, making him believe and think that he will give him such a potion of physick, as shall restore him to life and health, when as many times it doth cause the want of