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2. Miheearth, and Angelcame omaving a sharp
which is in another Angarth was reapenrust in his
Part 2. V. 15. And another Angelcame out of the Tem.
ple, crying with a loud voyce to him that fate on the cloud, Thrust in thy fickle and reap , for the times come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
V.16. And he that fate on the cloud thrust in his fickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
V.17. And another Angelcame out of the Temple, which is in Heaven; he also having a shari fickle.
V.18. And another Ängelcame out from the Altar, which had power over fire, and cryed with a loud cry to him that had the sharp fickle, saying ,Thruftin thy sharp fickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
V.19. And the Angel thrust in his fickle in to the carth, and gather'd the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine-press of the wrath of God.
V:20. And the wine-press was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the wine-press, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and
fix bundred furlongs.. & diftin. In this vision there are circumstances and subction of
o stance; the circumstances are these, the Angel who kances, sits on a white cloud, and his cloathing; another fance in Angel who bids him thrust in his fickle, another this vilion, Angel who appears likewise having a sickle; the
ripeness of the corn and grapes; the wine-press of the wrath of God; the blood that flows out by the space of 1600 furlongs. These, I say, are circum. Aances. The substance is the harvest and the vine tage, which are reapt at two different seasons,by the Angels who have commission thereunto. The underitanding of the circumstances, depends uponthe understanding of the substance; therefore this later must be explain'd, before we go about to explain the former.
But happens the
: I cannot tell by what spirit it is , but at lait I am Part2. strongly perswaded, that the harvest and the vin- The har
veft in the tage, are the Reformations of the Church, that vili which happened, the last age, and that which shall the Refor. happen in the end of this age, and the beginning of ready , the next. The harvest therefore is paft, the vin- made; the
i vintage is tage must presently come. In this matter, Joseph the Refor
Mede seems to be not more happy in his conjeature, than others: He makes the harvest signify be shortly 'the ruin of the city of Rome ; and the vintage, them
total ruin of the Antichristian Kingdom, which must happen a little while after Rome shall be fackt. But I am perswaded, that they who will read me with some attention, and without prejudice, will prefer my thoughts before his.. . The word harvest in the style of the Spirit;fome- Harvest , times signifies good , and sometimes evil. God aken in an
ou ill sepse. • speaks by Jeremy, The daughter of Babylon is like a Jerem.si.
ihreshing floor, it is time to thresh her; yet a little 33. while, and the time of her barveft shall come. And the Prophet Isaiah speaking of the desolation which should befall the tèn Tribes by the Allyrians, faith, And it shall be, as when ibe harvest- isa. 17.5. man gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm. The Prophet joel also represents the day of Icel 3. 136 Gods vengeance, Put in the sickle, for the harvest is
ripe; come, get you down, for the press is full, the fats i overflow; for their wickedness is great. In all these u places, the word harvest signifies destruction and ? ruin. . In other places, harvest signifies sowething that is good. The harvest is great, said our Saviour; Mat.9.33 but the labourers are few, speaking of the conversion of the Gentiles; Lift up your eyes and look on
the fields, for they are white already to harvest. I fent Ioh.4. 35 en you to reap, that whereon yon bestowed no Labour, 38.
Matt. I 30.
Part 2. Lastly, sometimes harvest signifies both Good
and eviltogether. Asin the Parable of the Tares in the field. Let them grow both together until the harveft. And at the time of the barveft, I will say to the reapers, Gather first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat inia my barn. The harvest is the end of the world, the tares are the wicked, the wheat is thegood, the reapers are the Angels, the same harvest that shall cait the chaff into the fire , shall lay up the corn in the garner. The fame judgment that shall adjudge the wicked unto Eternal flames, shall
gather the ele&t into glory. The harvest therefore 1 may signify something that is good, but we cannot
find , that any where the term vintage is taken in cord a good sense. The juyce that comes out of the vintage, grape , hath the colour of blood, which comes always like our
se out of the veins of them that are murthred. For nities, some evil. this reafon vintage always signifies anger ,
wrath, deftruction, vengeance, sheddingofblood. ifa. 63.
I have trod the winepress alone , their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments ; my own arm saved me, my fury it upheld me. In the 19 Chapter of the Revelaiion , 'tis faid of him, who sits upon the white horse, that he treadeth the winepref's of the wrath of God Almighty. The term vintage, that is never taken in a mild sense , in this place determines the sense of the harvest ; that it must likewise signify a time, or season of destruction. And these are the two parts of the fall of the Antichristian Kingdom. Already one half almost of its subjects hath been taken away, in the laft age; the other part shall be taken away, in this, and the next, which is the vintage, : But observe: God hath exaftly put the distance. between these two parts of the fall of the Pepisk
Kingdom, in proportion unto that which is between Part 2. · harvestand vintage. In our climates, harvest or- T
2 baroq olo itance of I dinarily begins at the end of Iuly, the vintage at the the two
middle of September; The same proportion is every dons an. is where found : where harvesi begins sooner , the swers to
fw that of har, vintage begins sooñer also. They are about fifty Test and days distant one from another, or a little more ; vintage let us take fifty, which is a sacred number, made up of seven times, seven. Fifty days make the sea venth part of a year, (which is the period of the sowing, budding, springing, growth, and ripeness of grains and fruits), only there are ten days over. Now divide the period of 1260 years, which is that of Antichrist's reign, of hisbudding, his first birth, his progress, his consummation, the steps of his declining, and his destruction; divide, I say, these 1260 years into seven parts, and every seventh, part makes exactly 180 years. If now you reckon theie 180 years, from the year 1517. in which Lus ther began to preach against popery, this brings us to the year 1697: If you reckon them from the year 1520, the date of Léo the tenths Bull, this will bring us to the year 1700. from which last if you, take away ten jears, because seven times 5o make but 350 (whereas the prophetick year is 360 days, or 360 years) this will exactly fall upon the year 1690. And this is the time that I judge, must be the beginning of the vintage : for the witneses shall chen rise : after which France must break off from the Pope, in my opinion before the end of this age, and in the beginning of the next,. the remainder of the Antichristian Kingdom shall be every where abolisht. Thus every thing agrees with my calculation, viz. that we cannot be far from the end of the Kingdom of Pea pery,
Part2. 'Tis also to be observed, that barvest and vin. Harved & tage are not gathered in a day, there must be vintage re
fome some time spent in reaping and gathering in the space of . corn, as also the grapes. The first rniñ of the Antime. The firt and le-tichristian Kingdom in the latt age, took up about cond Rc 20 or 40 years; Germany began in the year 1520, formation 3 mutt allo Denmark and Sweden followed in 1925, and the
up soine space
following years. England drove out the Pope in of tiine. 1534. France embrace. i the Reformation under the
reign of Henry II. In the lame manner, without doubt, will the Reformation that we expect, be carried on. All those Countries, that remain under the papal Empire, will not fall off allar the same time: this shall be done in the space of feveral years. Spain, in all appearance will be the last., And as Peter de Lune, after he had been deposed by the Council of Constance, went and held his Seat in the mountains of Arragon, where he continueda Schilm ten or twelve years ; so'tis probable that the Popes being driven out of the rest of Europe, will fhelter themselves among the Spaniards, from whose hearts it will be a hard matter to pull popery away.
Lastly, it must be observed, that'tis true,che bara veft does spoil the Earth of a part of her fruits, but it doth not of all, it remains to bea fair and pleasant season; the Autumn which follows, hath its beauties, its profits, and advantages; it is a second
Spring , the medows are crown'd with an afterA lively growth, the trees put forth new flowers. But the Emblem in vintage makes all waste, it spoils the Earth of the harvest and vintage of very remainders of its fruits and beauty, and imwhat hath mediately Winter comes, that puts on the Earth happen'd, and shall the very complexion of death and destruction. This happen in is an Emblem of what fell out in the first destructithe ruin of popery. on of popery, and of what shall in the second. The,