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health, and life both; 10. that he deceives the priest both of his health, and money also, just as the priest did him in the matter of his falvation.
And as for the lawyer, he cheats the doctor and the priest both, for they are both forced to make use of him, and they do the the like by him; for the lawyer he must have the priest for his minister to save his soul, and, the doctor to be his physician ; so that they get pretty even one with another; but all people besides that deal with them, are sure to be deceived, and to lose by them.
These three sorts of men are esteemed by the world, the most honourable men of all, but by the spirit of faith, they are branded for the worst of all men, in that they are called frogs; for experience doth shew that these three sorts of men do overflow the earth, like croaking frogs in the water, on a hot sun-shiny day; To that hardly a man can escape being persecuted, or deceived or cheated by them.
These are those that are sent forth by those three unclean spirits, which are called the spirits of devils, which go forth to the kings of the earth, and of the whole world, to gather them together to the battle of that great day of God-Almighty. That is, these three sorts of men shall incite and invite all ignorant kings of the earth, or head magistrates, and all ignorant people to persecute, and kill the innocent saints, who cannot fight with any other weapons, but faith and patience; and such fpiritual weapons as these, muft destroy all the great army of the whole world, when they are gathered together, because this battle will be the last battle that will be fought between the seed of faith, and the seed of reason; therefore called the great day of God Almighty; and the place where this
great battle must be fought, where they were gathered together, it is called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. That signifies the whole world, or that great city mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots, who hath made all nations drink of the cup
of the wine of the wrath of her fornications. When that city is destroyed, the whole world will be destroyed also.
But I shall have accasion to speak more of that in the seventeenth chapter; fo that the reader may see a little more clear what is meant by those three unclean spirits like frogs, what they are, and from whom they did proceed. Also I have interpreted what followed upon the pouring out of the vial of the sixth angel, with many other things which may fatisfy the reader's fpirit, if understood. So I shall pass by a verse or two, there being nothing of any great concernment in them, and shall go on to verse 17.
CH A P. LVII.
ND the seventh angel poured his vial into the air, and there came a great A
voice out of the temple of beaven from the throne, saying, It is done. This seventh angel he poured out his vial into the air. Now this is to be minded, that the vials of God's wrath they are poured out upon the earth, and upon the
the sun, and upon the seat of the beast, &c. and now last of all upon
the air, so that the wrath of God is poured out upon every thing, and place, that doth yield comfort and refreshment unto the heart of man. And air being
the geateit rerreinment of life of any thing, elle, especially when life is like die; this experience doth shew the truth of it. Allo air is the last refuge that life hath to fly unto, for many people will in sickness call for air, because for want of it they die; for air, is the life of nature, and when life is weak, and not strong enough, to take in air into it, then it doth die, for so long as life, can receive air into it, it doth live. So that this seventh and last vial of God's wrath, it is poured out upon the air; because the air is the last, and greatest refreshment unto a natural life, and not only fo, but it is the conclusion of life the want of it. So that the last vial of God's wrath, it is poured out into the air, only to signify the anihilation of all natural life, which he created at the begining of this world.
So now at the latter end of this world, his vial of wrath being poured out upon, or into the air, it will destroy that natural life of man and beast, and all other creatures that have life. Therefore it is that great voice out of the temple of heaven from the throne, saying, It is done ; signifying that the vial of God's wrath being poured into the air, is the conclusion and end of all God's plagues, upon natural life in this world. For though God had destroyed the life of many thousands and millions, more than can be numbered by those fix vials poured out before, as that of the earth, and of the sea, and of the sun, and of the seat of the beast, as aforesaid; I say, they are not to be numbered, the multitude these vials did destroy. Yet this vial poured out into the air, it destroyeth more than all the rest, it being the last, and the utter anihilation of all natural life, and the end of the world; therefore it is said by the voice out of the temple in heaven, It is done; that is, all the vials of God's wrath are poured forth upon this wicked, unbelieving, idolatrous world; neither shall there be any more vials of wrath, or plagues poured out upon men any more to eternity.
For that voice John beard out of the temple in heaven from the throne, it was from no other but from God himself, saying, It is done. And immediately upon chat voice, there were other voices, and thunders, and lightenings, and there was a great earthquake, such as was not fince men were upon the earth, so mighty ari earthquake, and so great, as you may fee verse 18.
These 18, 19, 20, 21. verses have all of them relation to the end of the world, which thing will be done in the pouring out of the vial of the seventh angel; which seventh angel is now pouring out his vial of wrath upon the men of 'this world. For as the seventh and last anti-angel, namely the Quakers ministry, doth found, and hath founded near upon twenty years, fo likewise the seventh vial hath been poured out these twenty years also; and it will last pouring out to the end of time, even as the seventh anti-angel's ministry will last to the end of the world, as aforesaid. And, as I said before, much like unto those plagues that Moses brought unto Egypt, God will bring upon the earth, upon the sea, upon the sun, and upon the air, at the end of the world.
And as there was a great hail in Egypt, so that the Egyptians blasphemed God, because of the plague of the hail ; even so will it be in the end of the world, when those great voices of the four and twenty elders, the four beasts, the holy angels, and saints shall utter their voice in Allelujahs unto God their King and
Redeemer, it will be as the voice of thunders, and lightenings, and will cause a mighty great hail, every stone the weight of a talent. That is, God will rain down fire and brimstone upon the earth, and sea, fun, and air, so that none of these four, which are the life of all creatures, shall yield refreshment to the mind of man, but it shall rain stones of fire mingled with brimstone, which cannot be diffolved. So that men shall blafpheme God eternally, because of the hail, it being exceeding great. It must needs be exceeding great, because it is eternal, it being the last plague, or last vial of God's wrath, it being the end of all time, there being now nothing but eternal misery to remain. For there will fall upon every wicked man's soul, whose name is not written in the book of life, such an hail stone of fire and brimstone, that shall weigh a talent. That is, it shall weigh so heavy upon his heart, that it shall press his soul down into the second death, which is eternal. So much for the interpretation of the chief matters in the sixteenth chapter of John's Revelation.
N the fixteenth chapter of John's Revelation, it doth prophesy of the seven
last plagues that God will pour out upon this wicked, unbelieving, idolatrous world, much like unto those plagues Moses poured out upon Egypt, at the begining of his commission. So likewise will God pour out the vials of his wrath upon the earth, at the end of the world; which will be at the end of the commillion of the spirit. Now what these feven vials are, I have opend in chap. xvi.
Now this seventeenth chapter it doth contain a prophefy of the downfall of the fpiritual Babylon, or mystery Babylon. It is compared by the spirit in John, to a woman arrayed in scarlet, to an adulterous woman, to a whore, to a great city. Now this is to be minded by the reader, that there are two Babylons spoken of in scripture, two sorts of whores, two sorts of fornication, two sorts of cities, two forts of vials of God's wrath, to be poured out upon the earth. That is, there is a temporal Babylon, and a spiritual Babylon, or Babylon in the history, and Babylon in the mystery; or a natural fornication of the flesh with woman, and a spiritual fornication in the soul and mind of man with idols. And so the one is called a whore, or an adulterous woman in the temporal, and the other is called a whore in the spiritual. So that there are two sorts of whores, and two sorts of fornications ; likewise there are two forts of cities; that is, a temporal city, and a spiritual city.
The temporal city is that which the reason of man hath built for its own glory, of wood, and stone, gilded with silver and gold; the fpiritual city is that which God hath built, which is the body of man. Therefore it is said in fcripture, Your bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost; fo likewise the believing Jews and Gentiles, they are called by the spirit the holy city, so that there is a spiritual holy city, and there is a spiritual unholy city; that is, there are true worshipers of God, and false worshipers of God; a mystery Babylon, a mystery of God's temporal plagues, and spiritual plagues.
To sum up all the meaning of John's Revelation, is this, that all the true believers both Jews and Gentiles, that do worship God according to the tenour
of that commission they are under, whether it be the worship of the law of Moses, or the worship of the gospel of Jesus, set up by his apostles, or the worship of the spirit, set up by the witnesses of the spirit, these three being all commiffionated of God, so that whoever doth truly believe in these three commissions in their time, and place, when they were in being upon the earth, I say they are all counted by the spirit but one city, or one woman, as Revel. xii. 1. A woman cloathed with the sun, &c.
So on the contrary, all false worship that is set up by non-commissionated men, who do resemble or imitate the true worship set up by true commissionated men, I say, those men having no commiffion from God so to do, their worship is meer idolatry, and all those people who join in that worship so set up, they are all idolatrous people ; and fo counted by the spirit in John that great city Babylon, in opposition to the holy city of God, as aforesaid.
So that this is to be minded by the reader, that there are but two cities; that is to jay, the city of saints, and the great city of devils. That is, all true worshipers are called the holy city, and all false worshipers are called by the spirit, the great city Babylon, as aforesaid. So likewise they are all called but one woman, or one whore.
So that you that have any true light in your understandings, you may see that all the messengers of idolatry, and all idolatrous people, they are called by the spirit but one whore, or one fornication. So that look what worship hath been set up by a non-commissionated man at the first, in that they did imitate Moses in his worship, and so afterwards did imitate the apostles worship, without a commission from God.
I say, that the first brothers, or imitators of Moses, and the apostles worship, with all the adherents thereunto, and the multitudes of people that are deceived by them, who were the first brothers of this idolatrous worship set up by non-commissionated men, I say they are all counted by the spirit but a whore, in that they and all people who do join in worship with them, they do commit fornication in their spirits with idols
. So that whoever doth worship false gods, by the instigation of the false prophet, or false priest, he doth commit fornication or whoredom with idols. So that this is to be minded, that all opinions in worship that people are in, who have not a true commission from God to be a minister, or preacher, he and they do all commit fornication with idols ; for every opinion in religion that doth not worship the true God, they do commit fornica tion with idols; neither can they do otherwise, because their teachers are false; like priests, like people.
Also this is to be observed by the reader, that the revelation of the spirit, it hath only relation to those people that do profess and confefs the scriptures. So that John's Revelation hath relation to all those that confess the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the gospel of Jesus, and the apostles, and not relating to the heathen, who never heard of the scriptures. So that all those false worshipers under the law of Moses, and all those false worshipers under the gospel of Jesus, they are called by the spirit that great city Babylon, or mystery Babylon, or a scarlet whore. It is called myftrey Babylon, in relation to the mystrey of God, as aforesaid,
Likewise it may be called myitery Babylon, in 'relation to that Babel that men would have built, that should have reached up to heaven after Noah's flood, in respect of the confusion there was in the building of it, so that it all came to utter confusion and dectruction. So likewise there is such a confusion in all falfe worship and worshipers, that at the last that Babylon they have built with idols, thinking to reach in that superstitious way up to heaven, but they shall be confused in their understandings, and in the true knowledge and worship of the true God; so that they shall be utterly destroyed, both them and their Babel, that is their worship, with an eternal destruction. But this is to be minded, that the first mention of this temporal Babel, Gen. xi. 4. where the sons of Noah said, Go to, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven. And in verse 7. God consumed this tower by confounding their language.
So likewise the first rise of this mystery Babylon, it was amongst the Jews. That is, when the Jews would worship other gods, besides that God which Mofes did declare unto them, even the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to wit, the God of Israel ; yet nevertheless those Jews who were the feed of the serpent, they would have other gods, as the Amorites and the heathen had, to go before them,
Therefore they would have a calf to be their God to worship, as Exod. chap. xxxii. 1. This calf was the first false god the people of the Jews did worship; though they murmured against God, and Moses many times before, yet they never fell to worship idols," as gods, before." So that this was the first begining of the setting up, or the building of a false worship, in opposition to that worfhip that Moses set up, which was but a little before. So that as soon as ever God did set up his worship by the hand of Moses, that the people might come to know the true God.
I say the spirit of reason, which is the devil in man, he doth set up his worship in like manner to worship gods of his own imagination, even the works of his own hands, even a calf; for this calf doth fignify all idols, or false worship whatsoever. For though the idols of men are many, and their forms of worship many, yet they all being false, not worshiping the true God, they do but worThip a calf instead of God.
And as these Jews who made this calf for a God, were the first that began to build up a Babel of false worship, this spirit of idolatry did run through the line of the feed of the serpent, until it got great power ; for after Moses and Joshua were gone, the feed of the serpent grew in great power, and did punish those that would not bow down to Baal. For Baal signifies all false worThip, or all false gods; so that when the serpent's feed got power to fet up his worship, as Moses had power to set up the worship of God; and as Moses did plague and punish those serpents for making that calf and worshiping it, or any other idols, in that many of them were destroyed by death, so hath the falfe worshipers served the prophets, and faints ever since, that would not bow down to their false worship; witnefs Jeroboam the fon of Nebat, who made Israel to sin; and Ahab, Manaffes, with divers other wicked kings, and rulers, and head magistrates in the tiine of the law, who persecuted the prophets, and put