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to 10me, than to others; so that they had a three-fold way to put them to death. But all of them issued out of their mouths only to signify they had a commision to kill three several ways.
CH A P. XXIX.
O in verse 19.
For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails,. for their tails were like unto ferpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. So that the power of this great army, to kill with fire, and smoke, and brimstone, it was in their mouths, and in their tails. That is, there issued out of their mouths, fire, smoke, and brimstone, that many men were killed of these three, as I have shewed before.
But why is it said, They had tails like serpents, and bad beads, and with them they did hurt? They may be said to have tails like serpents, because the most wife and most moderate men in reason, were the hindmost part of the army, and the most lion-like men in the fore front; fo that the fore front of men were so dreadful, their horses being so numerous and fo pampered, that they seemed more like unto the heads of so many lions rather than horses, they were so dreadful; and the horsemen that fate upon them came with such fire, wrath, and vengeance, which issued out of their mouths, which became like unto fire, smoke, and brimstone; and these were in the fore front of the army, and did act as if they had been lions, and as if there had been nothing else in their mouths but fire, smoke, and brimstone. But the tail or hinder part of the army, did act more like subtle serpents ; for the tail of the army had heads, and they had stings in their heads. That is, they had a commission to act like ferpents, and to fting and hurt men as the fore front had which had breast plates of fire. So that the fourth part, or head of this great army, were to act like lions, and the tail or hinder part of this great army, were to act like ferpents; they having commission fo to do from these four angles, which were loosed by the great river Euphrates : and in this sense it may be said that the power was in the mouth, and in their tails. For whosoever did escape the mouth or fore front of fire, smoke, and brimstone, they were sure to be ftung with the tail ; for the tails had heads and stings in them. So that if the mouths of the lions did not kill them, the heads of the serpents that were in the tails, would. So that what with the mouths and what with the tails, the third part of men were killed. For the sting of ferpents lieth in the head, but the iting of scorpions lieth in the tail. Therefore it is that John doth say, the tail of this army were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. For take a serpent by the head and he can do no hurt, though his tail be at liberty. But the heads of these serpents were at liberty, therefore it was they did hurt in killing of men.
This is to be minded, that this great army were heathen men, and those upon whom these great plagues fell were heathen men, wicked, idolatrous people, who worshipped wood and stone guilded over with gold, even the works of their own hands. They make a god with their own hands, and fall down and worship it, as
David faith, Pfal. cxv. 4, 5, 6, 7. Their idols are silver and gold, even the work of mens bands; they have mouibs and speak not; eyes have they, and see not ; noses have they, and smell not ; hands, and handle not; feet, but walk not; neither do they Speak thorow the throat, as that which bath life doth. So Psal. cxxxv. 15. The images of the heathen are silver and gold, &c.
So that these plagues which John law in the vision, it was upon the heathen Gentiles that had no faith in the gospel of Jesus, neither did they repent ever the more of their idolatry and worshiping of devils. That is, those men that were not killed by those plagues, did not leave off worshiping of devils, in that they did ftill worship idols of silver and of gold, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood, which neither can hear, nor fee, nor walk.
So, in the last verse of this chapter, as they did not repent of their wicked idolatry, neither did they repent of their other wicked fins which nature is addicted to. That is to say, their murders, nor of their forceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. But there necdeth no further opening of the two last verses of this chapter, for they are easy to be understood ; therefore I shall say no more as to the interpretation of the ninth chapter.
CHA P. XXX.
OW I have given the interpretation of all the chief things of concernment
in all the nine chapters of the Revelation of St. John, and I have shewed in some measure what plagues and judgments did proceed upon the founding of the trumpet of every one of the six angels.
And as for the seventh angel founding, it sounds in the eleventh chapter of the Revelation, which chapter I have interpreted already in that treatise called The Interpretation of the eleventh chapter of the Revelation.
And as for the chief chings in the tenth chapter, I have spoken of them in that book also; only the seven thunders, what they did utter, I have not written concerning it; because John would have written what the seven thunders did utter, but the angel forbad him to write, saying, Seal up those things which the Seven thunders uttered, and write them not.' So if he that heard them must not write what they uttered, how should I that never heard them? So that I shall pass by the tenth, eleventh and twelfth chapters, for I have spoken of the chief heads of the twelfth chapter in the aforesaid treatise, and in The Divine LookingGlass, so that I shall pass on to the thirteenth chapter.
But before I come to interpet the thirteenth chapter, I shall speak fomething concerning the seven anti-angels founding their trumpets, as the seven true churches of Asia did; and how that there hath plagues and judgments been upon the earth at the founding of the anti-angels, as there was at the founding of those angels of Asia.
Now you may remember that I have shewed before, that the ministers and pastors of every church are called angels. And the preaching of those ministers and pastors, is the founding of the trumpet; so that when the trumpet of every angel did found, there was some great judgment did follow.
As at the founding of the trumpet of the Roman Catholick'ministry, when they did put Christ and the apostles into worship, the Pope being made the first bishop or minister, to succeed and sit in Peter's chair, and so other ministers were ordained under him : Was there not great troubles upon the earth at the first founding of the Popish ministry after the ten perfecutions ? The histories of England do make mention what strange things were acted upon the earth in those parts at that time: But I shall leave that to those that have been accustomed to read histories, who have those books to read. But in the time of its founding, hath there not been many plagues and troubles upon the earth, upon people whose consciences have been tender, and could not bow down to their idolatrous worship? Hath not the Popish ministry invented strange plagues and punishments for them, as they did in the ten persecutions? The Book of Martyrs doth relate many strange torments, besides what other histories do relate ; which the Papists did use to torment men and women that could not bow down to the superstition which the ministry of the Pope did set up. So that it would be too tedious to relate what plagues have been upon the earth, what with the temporal and with the fpiritual plagues at, and in the founding of the trumpet of the Popish ministry, it being the first anti-angel of Europe, in resemblance of the angel of the church of Ephesus in Asia.
Secondly, Were there not great plagues upon the earth about religion, and turning the temporal affairs of the earth, when the Episcopal and Protestant ministry did sound; when Luther, Calvin, and others did blow the trumpet of their ministry, dissenting and differing something about matters of religion? This I suppose most men have the history to shew of that.
And what wonderful things have been acted by Protestant kings, and Protestant ministers, so that great plagues in the temporal, and persecution for concience for differing in religion, hath been acted in the time of the Protestant miniftry? it being the second anti-angel that did found, in resemblance and likeness of the angel of the church of Smyrna.
Thirdly, Were there not great plagues at the founding of the Presbytery and Independent ministry? I put them together, because they founded their trumpets both together, though there is a distinct difference between them in some particulars, in point of worship and church discipline; but they were both of them that which is called Puritans, and their ministry did sound a long time before they got power to persecute; for they could not do that until they had put down the Episcopacy ; neither could the Protestant miniftry persecute until they had turned out the Papist ; so that the founding of one angel did put down the other.
And were there not plagues in the temporal, and persecution in reilgion, when the Presbyterian and Independent founded their ministry? Were not the bishops put down, and the Presbyterian and Independent put in their room, or places ? And did not the Presbytery persecute for conscience sake, in matters of religion? witness the Synod!
And after that was down, the Presbyterian did persecute upon the account of religion, as many can witness at this day. Likewise was not the king driven from Whitehall by the Presbyterians and Independents ? Were not great armies
lalitu again there not many thousands of people undone and destroyed by these plagues and troubles at the founding of these two anti-angels, namely, Presbytery and Independency? when I say Presbytery the Scots are included.
So that plagues did follow upon the sounding of the trumpets of these antiangels, as there did at the founding of the trumpets of the angels of Asia. And the angel of the Presbyterian signifies and resembles the angel of the church of Pergamos. And the angel of the Independent doth signify and resemble the angel of the church of Thyatira.
Fifthly, Were there not great plagues, at the founding of the Baptists, and the angel of the Ranters ? these two founded together allo; that is, their ministry founded forth together, as the Presbytery and Independent did ; and they held together in war as the other two. Did not great plagues follow upon the founding of these two anti-angels ?
Was not Oliver Cromwel upon the Baptists score at the first? Was not he made general? Were not many Baptists and Ranters made great officers of the army
for the Levellers were of the Ranters, and the Fifth-monarchy men were of the Baptists. So that the Levellers were a branch that sprouted forth of the Ranters ; and the Fifth-monarchy men were a branch that sprouted forth of the Baptists.
And were not these the men that overthrew the king's army, and the Scotch army? Did not these beat down all those that stood against them? Did not these cause judgment to be given upon the king when they had overcome him ? Did not these make France, Spain, and Holland to bow, and fear before them?
Was not Oliver's name dreadful to neighbour nations? Was not he a terror to the cavaliers? Was there not great destruction in England, and elsewhere, at the founding of these two anti-angles? These things many that are now living, can witness. So that there were plagues upon the earth at the founding of
every angel; for the angel of the Baptist being the fifth, in resembling the angel of the church in Sardis.
And the ministry of the Ranters being the sixth angel, in relation to the angel of the church of Philadelphia ; so that great plagues have been upon the earth at the founding of every one of these fix anti-angels, far more than I can relate.
Only this may give the feed of faith a hint whereby they may see what a fuitableness there is in the sounding of the trumpets of the anti-angles of the churches of Europe, to the angles of the churches of Asia, and what plagues did follow.
CH A P. XXXI.
O W when the seventh angel of Asia did sound, it is said, That there
hould be time no longer, as in Revel. x. 6. And in Revel. xi. 15. it is said, And the seventh angel founded, and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever ; intimating the end of all time at the founding of the seventh angel.
and as the Revelation Of Jonn hath involved the three records in earth to agree in one ; thar is to say, the water, blood, and spirit ; or the commission of the law, and commission of the gospel, and commission of the spirit. These three being several, and a great distance of time between every one of them, as they were acted upon this earth ; yet all but one record; so is it with the Revelation of John in his vision, he hath joined the sounding of the seven trumpets of the seven angels, as if they did relate to no other but to the seven churches of Alia. When as the same spirit did sound in the time of the law, and so it doth now in these last days in the commission of the spirit. For some of those plagues that were upon the earth at the founding of those four angels, they were acted in the time of the record of the law, which signifies the water, yet seen in the vision by John, as if they were all acted and performed by the seven churches of Asia.
So likewise the seven churches of Europe were included in the vision also, for there is a remnant of the seed of the woman, in all the seven churches of Europe that will be saved, though the ministry of them be anti ; they being non-commissionated angels, yet called angels who found their trumpets. And at the founding of these anti-angels, great plagues hath followed, as I have shewed before.
Now the Quakers being the seventh and last anti-angel that will sound, in refemblance of the angel of Laodicea ; there will fall great plagues upon the earth at the founding, and in the founding of this seventh and laft anti-angel
. For there are no more angels to sound after the Quakers ministry; for this. ministry will last to the end of the world. For there will never come no better nor higher ministry while the world doth laft; for the Quakers ministry is the seventh and last anti-angel that will found, and as the mystery of God was finished in the days of the voice of the seventh angel when it did begin to found, as in Revel. x. and as I have declared in The Interpretation of the eleventh of the Revelation.
So likewise when this angel hath founded out-right, the world will be at an end, and the kingdoms of this world will become our Lord Christ's, and he shall reign for ever and ever, Revel. xi. 15. And this plague will be the greatest plague of all the other fix plagues unto the feed of reason, who have persecuted the innocent, and killed the just. But how long time it will be when these things shall come, it is not revealed to me, nor no man else. Only this by revelation I know, that the last or third commission of the spirit is now extant upon the earth. And that the Quakers ministry, is the seventh and last angel that will fourid; but how long time it will found, is not yet revealed to me. But this I know, that they are the last
, and being the last, they may last a pretty while. Neither would I have the reader to think, that the ministry of the other six angels will be extinguished, for they will last to the end of the world also. Only this I would have the reader to understand, that all sects and opinions in matter of religion, are comprised in these seven churches of Europe.
So that these seven churches are the root and body; and the other opinions in religion, though seemingly they differ from them, yet I say they are but branches tiut are sprouted forth from some of these seven churches of Europe. Though