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And doth not she by her fpiritual power sit upon many waters? which waters do signify multitudes of people, nations, and tongues ; doth not she by her spiritual power and temporal both, sit almost upon all Europe? Doth not the fit upon almost all the beasts, that is, the kings of Europe? So that when this whore is made desolate, the world will be at an end. Only this I would have the Fifth-monarchy-men to mind, that they must be wicked reprobate men that do make her desolate ; for all that fight with carnal weapons, that is a sword and gun, they are wicked, though God doth put it into their hearts to do his will, for one wicked man shall destroy another with carnal weapons.
For these ten horns which signify all wicked kings, when they have made the whore desolate, they shall give their kingdoms unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. That is, these conquerors over the whore, shall give their kingdoms unto the beast, who gave them commission and power at the first, to persecute and kill the saints. So that they take no notice that God did put it into their hearts to do his will upon the whore, but they attribute all the power and glory of it to the beast, looking more upon his commission and authority that he gave them, to destroy the saints, and by the same authority they think they do make the whore desolate, not minding God's puting it into their hearts ; therefore it is they give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. That is, they shall give their kingdoms unto the beast, until the end of the world ; when God shall make a final end ; that is, an eternal destruction of the beast, and of the whore, and of these ten horns, that
gave their kingdoms unto the beast, then will the words of God be fulfilled.
CH A P. LXV.
ERSE 18. and the last verse of this chapter. And the woman which thou
sawest, is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. I have spoken of these things in this verse, in divers places before, so that I need not say any more of it; only this I would have the reader to mind, that all this seventeenth chapter, the things contained in it, it was shewed unto John by way of vision. And what judgment should befal in the end, to all those that were concerned in those matters of spiritual and temporal power here upon this earth, this was shewed him in a vision from the first verse to the ninth verfe ; and from the ninth verse to the end of the chapter, it is an interpretation to John's understanding of the things he saw in his vision.
And though John did understand the interpretation thereof, few or none else since that time that could interpret John's vision, or understand them either. Nay, none but he that hath a commission from God can do it, so that there is great need of the interpretation of these mystical sayings in this chapter, and in the whole book of the Revelation of John, unto the feed of faith.
But by the seed of reason, wise, and learned men, perhaps it will be counted but as dreams, and fancies of my own brain, though they themselves do not know how to interpret one verse in the whole book truly. But I shall let them pass, and advise the feed of faith, especially those that understand the doctrine of R2
Спартет, and all the rest, and they will see how one thing depends upon another; fa that great satisfaction may be found, as to their eternal salvation.
CH A P. LXVI.
HAP. xviii. it doch contain a prophesy of the utter downfal and destruc
tion of the spiritual Babylon, who hath shed the blood of prophets, apostles, and saints, for worshiping the true God, and not worshiping her idols; even as the temporal Babylon was utterly destroyed, for her cruelties to Judah and Jerusalem, as you may fee Isaiah xlvii. 6. and Jer. xxv. 12. So that there was a perpetual destruction upon the temporal city Babylon, when the seventy years were expired, for their cruelties to the Jews.
So likewise when the time appointed of God is expired, there will be a perpetual downfal and destruction of this city, spiritual Babylon, for her cruelties to prophets, apostles, and saints, about worship.
In verse 1. of this chapter, John faw another angel come down from heaven, having great power, so that the earth was lighted with his glory. And in verse 2: His message was to cry mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen. She may well be called Babylon the great, because this Babylon is a spiritual Babylon, and of a longer standing than the other Babylon ; for this spiritual Babylon hath had a being ever since Mofes and Joshua were taken out of this world, ever since false worship hath been set up by man, and learned men have had power given them from the civil magistrate, to set up forms of worship. So that it is become the greatest city in the world, and will remain to the end of time before it be utterly destroyed.
Neither was there found in the destruction of the temporal Babylon, any blood of prophets, apostles, or martyrs of Jesus, as there will in this spiritual Babylon ; for though the temporal Babylon was cruel, it was upon a temporal account ; neither was their cruelty to last but a matter of threescore and ten years; but the cruelties of this spiritual Babylon, it hath been upon a fpiritual account. And these cruelties have been acted by her these
years; so that all the blood that hath been shed upon a spiritual account, from the creation to the end of time, may be brought upon this great city spiritual Babylon, because she is become an habitation of devils, and a hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
It may well be said she is a habitation of devils, for none but devils will execute her commands, and such people that are of the worst sort of devils, even unclean fpirits, or like hateful birds. So that her power and authority, it is as a cage to shelter these devils, and unclean spirits, and hateful birds ; for this is to be minded by the reader, that these devils are men, the unclean fpirits are men, and the hateful birds are men, and those wicked men who are imployed in the whore's service, to punish all those that will not worship her idols, or false worship. So that she is become a cage for all wicked spirited people to shroud themselves under, as may be seen in verse 3. For all nations have drank of the wine
of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have commited fornication with her. That is, by her spiritual power she hath sent forth these devils, unclean spirits, and hateful birds, with commission from her to all nations to drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication; that is, if the nations would not commit fornication with idols willingly; that is, worship according her command; for her idolatrous worship, the pleasure the receives in it, is called the wine of her fornication. But if people will not obey to worship, as is required by these unclean spirits, and hateful birds, then they must drink of the wrath of her fornication, perhaps excommunication, or death itself.
For though she hath a golden cup in her hand full of wine, yet if people will not drink with her freely and willingly, she will put poison, that is, her wrath into the wine, and make them drink whether they will or no. So that they must either drink her wine without wrath, or the wine of her fornication, and her wrath together.
Oh how many millions of people have drank her wine alone, and many thousands have drank her wine and wrath together? And that which is more than this, the kings of the earth have commited fornication with her. That is, the kings of the earth have commited fornication with her, in that they have worshiped false gods, by the instigation of the whore, she making them believe that that is the way to save their souls. So that she hath deceived the kings of the earth, and all nations, either by their commiting spiritual fornication with her, or else by drinking the wine of the wrath of her fornication. So that the kings of the earth are in a worse condition than the other, because they commited fornication with her ; that is, they were accessary to the seting up of all false 'worship, and in the council with her. So that the nations that did drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication, they did but obey her command, and so commited fornication with idols from a law, and a command. But it was otherways with the kings of the earth; but however, she, and all those that have commited fornication with her, either by consulting with her, or by obeying her commands, when she is destroyed with an eternal destruction, so will all these that have commited fornication with her, be where she is to eternity.
C H A P. LXVII.
HEREFORE in verse 4. John heard another voice from heaven, saying,
Come out of her my people, that you be not partakers of her fins, and that you! receive not of ber plagues.
How should God's people come out of her? The spirit doth not mean, that they should come out of the world, for she doth deceive all nations, and her power is every where, where God's people do dwell
. So that there is no going out from her power, except they go among the Heathen. But the meaning of the spirit is this, that God's people should come from their idolatrous worship and practice. So that you may not commit fornication with idols, that you may not be partakers with them of their sins, and so you shall receive none of her plagues. For in verse 5. Her fins bave reached up to heaven, and God hath remembered her
iniquities. So that now the must be rewarded as the rewarded the faints, as in verse 6. reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto ber double, according to her works, in the cup which she bath filled, fill to her double. That is, as she hath drank the blood of prophets, the blood of apostles, the blood of saints and martyrs of Jesus, now she must have her own blood to drink. And not only fo, but her cup must be filled up double ; that is, she shall drink the torments of her own soul eternally; as loon as one torment is suffered, the cup of her soul shall be filled up again with another torment; so that her cup shall be always full of torment for her to drink eternally. And thus will her cup be filled double and double again ; for though God hath suffered his servants, the prophets, and apostles, and saints, to have their blood poured out and drank by this whore and the beast, the time will come that he will avenge their blood upon these two, and all their adherents, and give them their own blood double to drink. So that their cup shall be so full of the wine of God's wrath, that they shall be drinking of it to eternity
As for verse 7. there is little matter of concernment, so I shall pass it by, and speak a little of verse 8. where it is said, Therefore small her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine, and she shall be utterly burnt with fire, for strong is the Lord God, who judgeth her. This eighth verse doth determine a total and final destruction of the spiritual whore, or city Babylon, and that her plagues shall come in one day death and mourning. That is the first death, which is a natural death, it shall enter into a second death, and cause much mourning, because it is a living death, and a dying life ; else there would be no mourning in death; and as for the famine she shall suffer, the meaning is this ; that there shall be such a famine, or want of peace in her soul in the second death, that no motion, or thought of peace, or deliverance shall arise in her soul to give any hope, so that there will be a famine of peace indeed, for she will be utterly burnt with fire; it will be a fire indeed, for the fire of God's wrath will burn eternally, and never be quenched, besides the destruction of the glory of this world.
So that the reader may see, what will be the end of this spiritual mystery Babylon, with the beast and all false worshipers ; which thing hath been prophesied of ever since Mofes, he being the first commissionated prophet, and I being one of the last, God hath giving me undeftanding to interpret the Revelation of John the Evangelist, even till I have found out a period of the destruction of that great city Babylon ; which destruction and utter downfal is conclued by John's Revelation in chap. xviii. 8. so that I shall patiently wait the time when God will make it visibly appear ; yet by faith I do know it will certainly be so, even as all prophets and apostles have done before me.
CH AP, LXVIII. .
ROM verse 8. to verfe 20. it is only a relation of the astonishment in the
minds of men, who were merchants, and had trading at sea, who were made rich by trading with idolatrous people. For the kings of the earth, who have commited fornication with her, and lived deliciously with her, they shall
bewail and lament her, when they see the smoke of her burning. They may well lament for her, for they have commited fornication with her, so that they shall suffer with her; for there will be but little time for them to see the smoke of her burning, before they are in it themselves. But the spirit doth speak what the heart of man would speak, in case there were time given men to see such a destruction, and he not in it himself. So likewise it is said, They standing afar off, for fear of her torment.
That standing afar off, is only to set forth what the mind of man doth use to do in the case of a temporal destruction, or if a temporal city were to be burnt up, men that are afraid will stand afar off for fear; there are the same thoughts in man, as to the end of the world, men would stand afar off, when that comes, if they could. So that the kings who commited fornication with her, and the merchants that were maderich by her, they did stand afar off in their minds, for fear of her torment; but they were quickly in it as well as the, and all that lamentation that was made rich by her, in respect of that riches and temporal coftliness that they had by her, it was all in the mind of man, and would have done fo indeed had they had time. For if this great city was destroyed in one hour, there was little time to stand afar off to see her torment;. but the spirit speaks forth what is in the nature and mind of man, and what he doth use to do in temporal things, and would do at that day, if they could. Therefore I shall pass by all their lamentation, Alas, alas this great city? and come to verse 20.
CH A P. LXIX.
ERSE 20. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets;
for God bath avenged you on ber. Here the reader may see, that the holy apostles and prophets are encouraged to rejoice at the destruction of Babylon, before she is destroyed; for she is not destroyed yet, neither are the prophets and apostles as yet capable to rejoice over her destruction, for most of them are asleep in the dust of the earth. But it is a usual thing for the spirit to speak of things at a distance, as at present being, because God, that is truth, or the God of truth, cannot lie; but will give unto his servants, the prophets and apostles, the things he promised them.
And they by faith believed him, and did suffer persecution and the loss of their lives by this city Babylon, giving themselves up to their wicked wills, depending upon God to avenge their blood on her. So that they by faith did obtain the afsurance in themselves that God would avenge their blood on her.
Again, the Revelation of John may bid them rejoice, because it is the nature of faith to rejoice, and not only so, but the holy apostles and prophets shall and will certainly rejoice that God hath avenged them on her. This is in like manner as the kings and merchants aforesaid, did stand afar off, and lament the downfal and destruction of this great city Babylon. The one is required to rejoice at her destruction, and the other is said to stand afar off, and doth lament her destruction; yet neither of them both do fee it visible; but it is in the nature of one to rejoice eternally over her destruction, they being in eternal hap