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X. He shall compel the Christians to renounce their Baptism.
XI. He is to quercome three Kings, the King of L.ybia, of Egypt and Ethiopia.
Xll. He shall cause fire to come down from Heaven, and feign himself to be dead, to counterfeit a resurrection.
XIII. He is to hate Idols.
XIV. He is to conquer the whole World by Arms.
XV. Enoch and Elias shall be the two witnesles of the eleventh of the Revelation, that shall be sent against him.
XV I. He is to kill the two witnesses , Enoch and Elias.
( XVII. These two witnesses must rise again, after they have lain dead three days and a half.
XVIII. He is to possess all forts of Treasures.
XIX. He shall not only call himself God, but the only God. .
XX. He is not to come., till the Roman German Empire be defroyed.
XXI. His coming is not to be till just at the end of the World; he shall be defeated five and fourty days before the end of it.
XXII. Before he comes, the Gospel must bave been generally preached in all parts of the World.
XXIII. He is to bę à Magician. Of these It would be very tedious to confute all these 23. Artio false characters; and it would be a work more cles , there? are not a. unprofitable than long. There is a very small bove four parcell of them that are the principal ones, which any impor. when they are destroyed, all the rest fall to the tance."
ground of course naturally and necessarily. For instance. 1. That he is to be only one single perPon. II. That he is to reign only three natural
jears and a half. III. That he is to come precisely at the end of the World. IV, That he is to be an open enemy of God and Christ , styling himself Meffial and the King of the Jews.
V. That he is not to come before all that bears the name of the Roman Empire is destroyed. -These five points being proved to be false , all the rest consequently will be so too. These are the only things that are worth our taking notice of. For as for the rest, thật Antichrist must be of the Tribe of Dan, born in an obscure place ; that he shall cause fire to come down from Heaven ; that he shall feign himself dead, that he may counterfeit a Resurrection, that Enoch and Elias must come out of that earthly Paradise, where they are kept in reserve, to fight with him ; that he is to kill them; that they must rise on the fourth day : All this I say is so fabulous, that it would be an injury to so understanding an Age as ours , formally to confute such idle vigions, and so wholly destitute of any foundationi:
This controversy may be reduced to one only all may ba point ; and it is that of the duration ofthe Anti- indari christian Empire. If it can be made very plain question.
and certain ; that the three years and a half of three years E the duration of this Empire must not be taken for and a half
of Antigiataral years į but for three prophetical years and brifts ducas a half, it will also be very certain, that all which cong the Papists say concerning Antichrist , is false.. For if the Antichristian Empire must last 1260 years, Antichrist can never be only one single man; seeing there is no man that hatħ lived, doth, or can live 1260. years. Nor will it be more : true, that Antichrist must not come, but just at the end of the World : For the duration of
1260. years, and the end of the World are not one and the same thing : Neither will it be more true, that the Gospel must have been preached in all the Nations of the World, be. fore the coming of Antichrift. For there is no prophesy that saith, or doth so much as inGinuate, that the Gospel must be preached every where 1260. gears, before the lalt coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. It will be as false ; that Antichrist is not to come , till after the total ruin of the German Empire. For although we do not exactly know the time of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, however this is held for certain, that the World is not to endure yet two or 3000. jears longer , as it must do if Antichrist be not yet come, and must reign 1260. years. For belides these 1260. years, we must find out a 1000. jears of peace for the Church, before the end of the World. Neither will it be true, that Antichrist must be a false Meliab, received by the fews, an enemy of God and of all Religion. For God would not fuffer that , His wisdom would not permit it. There is nothing in the Scripture that gives us any ground to presume, that an Infidel, an open enemy of Jesus Christ, and of his Religion, must remain master of all the World for 1260. jears.
'Tis plain therefore, this is the principal controversy, on which all the rest do depend. Let this be remembred : We will handle this controversy in its proper place. In the mean time, we shall fay something in this Chapter , to lay open the falseness of the other pretended cha
racters of Antichrift. A atichrift I. He must be onely one single person, and not a, is not only carries of men fobicheiro, one fingle Series of men. If this be so, why did Saint Paul
fay, that the mystery of iniquity began in his time? Why did Saint John say in his first Epi. stle , that Antichrist was already come into the World? He was come in his fore-runners, faith Bellarmin. I acknowledge it: But do the forerunners use to go 2000. gears before him, whose fore-runners they are ? Types indeed are and may be two or 3000. years before those perfons of which they are Types. But 'tis not so with fore-runners. Why is Antichrist represented as a Beast, if he be but one single man? Is it not usual in Prophetical visions, to represent an Empire, i. e. all the successive Kings of that Empire , by a Beast? So the Monarchy of the Babylonians and Asyrians with all their Kings, is represented to us by the first Beasi, in the leventh Chapter of Daniel , which was like to a Lion ; The Empire and Emperors of Persia , by only one Bear ; and so of the rest. At least, this makes it undeniably clear, that there is no necesfity, that. we should understand one single person by those two Beasts in the Revelatiori, that represent Antichrist. How can this be reconciled with that which these men have confessed, that the fourih Beast of Daniel, and the first Beast in the thirteenth of the Revelation , all are the same beast ? Seeing the fourth Beast in Daniel by their own confession signifies an Emi pire, and a series of men; 'tis necessary allo thac the first Beast in Saint John should signify a series of Kings and Tyrants.
. 'Tis true, the Scripture often speaks of Antichrist, as of a particular person. It calls him the man of fin, a King, a Horn, &c. “But it speaks of Empires also in the same manner. They are Kings, the ten Horns are ten Kings. They are
beasts, and one Beast in the singular number: The Empire of Persia is one Beasi ; that of the Greeks is another the Empire of the Romans makes the fourth Beast. The Spirit faith concerning the seven Heads of the Roman Empire, the seven Heads are feven Kings; i:e: they are
seven sorts of Governours and Governments. That Anti- II. Antichrist must be a few, of the Tribe of
mult Dan . of a mean birth, and must stjle himself the not be a Jew. Meffiab of the lews. Where are the proofs of
this? He must be a Iéw and of the Tribe of Dan, Gen.49.
because it is written, Dan shall be a Serpent by Jei.8.16.
the way, and an Adder in the path, thài biteth