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The defti-' stood than the second. In this second part, the Church which respects the deftinies of the Church, are mosc Antichrist is very plainly feen, & all those Clearly prediad things that míuft befall the Antichristian Em than those pire. But the first part of the Revelation, of the Em- F

which contains the deftinies of the Empire, is so obscure , that hardly any thing of it is understood, tho at this day all the events are come to pafs , & the prophecies fullfilled. fofeph Mede in my opinion is the first, that understood any thing of it. He fet his right foot on the sea ; 8C his left foot on the Earth. This signifies his Empire over the whole terrestrial Globe , composed of Earth and water ; & it fignifies also, that what he was about to fore-tell, respected all the men that dwell in the world. He fet his right foot on the Sea. The Sea in respect to the land of Canaan was on the West ; & this signifies, that the West should be the principal Theater of the Adventures of the Antichristian Eme pire, which he was going to describe.

And he cried with a loud voice as when .Þ. 3.

a Lion roareth ; & when he bad cried, Seven Thunders uttered their voices. This roaring of a Lion was a presage, that

that which he was about to predict, was Výhae terrible : As in truth nothing is more voices & fatal to the Church, than the Empire of Ana thunders

opify in, tichrift. Seven thunders uttered their voices. the Reve. In this Book, Lighinings, Thunders, Voices lation, efpecally always fignify the words & oracles of God. in the The seven Thunders of this fecond little book, partan are exactly the seven Spirits of the former.

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For both the seven Spirits , & the Seven Thunders Ggnify the divine Oracles : Spirits, because of him that dictares them: Thunders, because of their efficacy , because they bear down to the ground, they astonish, & they fhake : Seven, because of their perfection. When Jesus Chrift by his roaring had given the presage of Future Events, the Oracles were given & pronounced concerning those Events.

And when the seven Thunders had uttered 4.4. their Voices, I was about to write , & I heard vision is H voice from heaven saying unto me, seal up an obscure

vision. those things which she seven Thunders uttered, & write them not.

A Sealed Book, a Writing , a Word Sealed,:. according to the Style of the Scripture, is a . word that is not understood. The Vision of Ir. 29. 1r." all is , faith Efay, as a book that is sealed : that is to say, you shall not understand it. God Dan.8.26 faith to Daniel, seal up the vision, för it. Shall be for many Days. And in another place, . O Daniel, Shut up the words , CG feal the Danis

El th Dan 12. book, even to the time of the end : many shall fun to 8 fro, 85 knowledg shall be encreased. That is to fay, God will not have the Prophecies be understood till a certain time. In like manner the Prophecy that respected Antichrist, was Sealed up till an appointed time. For above ten whole ages nothing of it was understood, or so little, that 'tis to be reckon'd as nothing. And write them not: that is to say, do not express them in such

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terms, that in them the events may be read at least not very soon.

V.5. And the Angel which I Saw Htanding upon the Sea and upon the Earth, lified up bis Hand to Heaven.

V.6. And (ware by bim that liveth forever and coer; who created Heaven, and the things that therein are ; and the Earth, and the things that therein are ; and the Sea, and the things which are therein, That there lhould be Time no longer.

9.7. But in the days of the Voice of the seventh Angel, when he shall begin to found, the MyRery of God fhould be finishi, as he barb declared

to bis Servants the Prophets. ÝVhen the The Voice of the seventh Trumpet is that laft Trum. 4 which must found at the moment of the last

Fall of the Antichristian Empire, when Popery shall be destroyed: Then all the Nations shall turn unto God, to make up the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, that is yet to come; as

appears by these words: Gh. 11. 15. The seventh Angel sounded, and there were

great Voices in Heaven, saying, The Kingdoms of this World are become the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of bis Christ, and he shall reign fora ever and ever.

Here our Angel swears, that in that time, that is to say, when the Kingdoms shall be reduced to Jesus Christ, Time shall be no longer. Time in this place is not opposed to Eternity, as if the Angelwould say, that then the World Challend, and Eternity begin; but his mean

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shall be ended , & shall be no more. It must be remembred, that the Holy Spirit, as well by the mouth of Daniel as by that of St. fohn , affigns to Antichrist a time, times, E half a time. This shall be no more. There

shall not be neither time, nor times, nor de half a time for Antichrist. Time shall be no

more for his reign, it shall be the time of his * total destruction.

Then the mystery of God shall be finisht, as e he hath declared to his servants the Prophets : Į viz. The mystery of this glorious reign of de Jesus Christ on the Earth, which hath been

foretold by all the Prophets in fo magnificent

a manner, as we hall shew in the process e of this work , & which Daniel saw so clearly, - as to mark the time&circumstances of it. ; And the voice, which I heard from heaven, Ġ Spake to me again , & said, Go & take the

little book, which is open in the hand of the

Angel, which standeih upon the sea SS upon the 1 Earth.

Ånd I went unto the Angel, & said unto him, give me the little book. And he said

unto me, take it , & eat it up, it shall make
thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth swees

as Honey.
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of the book; I was in the Spirit on the Lord's
day, & heard behind me a great voice as of a

Trumpet, saying, I am Alpha & Omega, the i First & the Lajt. And this also shews, that

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this here is a new prophecy, & not the continuation of the first. . For the same voice of God the Father , thar began the First Reve. lation, returns & begins the second ; as the fame Jesus Christ also appears again a second time. Saint John receives the book from the hand of the Angel, that is to say, of Jeo fus Christ, because 'tis he that fends the Prophets, & that inspires them by his Spirit. This little book is Sweet in Saint John's Mouth, because the Spirit of prophecy & the glory of being the mouth of God from heaven, pleases the inclination of men that love honour. But this little book flade his belly bitter, because that after having reflected on the events which he was about to fore-tell, after having digcited & confider'd them in his own breast, he found them fo dreadful, that they filled his soul with sorrow..

And he said unto me; thou must prophecy Again before many people, a nations, & tongues,

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These words do no longer leave any cause of doubting, whether this be a new prophecy, & not a continuation of the First. Thou must make a Second Prophecy to Kings , People & Nations ; & wheras what thou haft prophecied to them, respected their Temporal state ; for the future that which thou shalt forerellthem , respects their Spirie twall state & the things of Religion.

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