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' ruin’d and destroy'd, by Fire, Swo:
Earthquakes, Inundations, Famines, 2 Pestilences. The Air shall be corrup: and peftilential; sometimes there ih be scorching Heats, then pinching Co. oc. so that the Earth mall not brir: forth Fruit ; the Corn shall be blighted the Trees and Vines shall fail." TH Springs and Rivers shall be dried up: that the Beasts shall die upon the Ear.
the Fowls in the Air, and the Fishes 'the Sea. A little after he speaks of False Prophet; how that he shall Seal th: that obey him; shall burn the Holy Sc ptures, and make the World defolate Forty Two Months, &c. St. Cyril of fr. falem, Cat. 15. after he had spoken larga of Antichrift, adds, " This is the cu • Beast, the great Dragon, fighting again
Mankind, being ready to devour then therefore the Lord knowing the Powof the Adversary, commanded the Chr ftians that should live in those Days, flee to the Mountains, Matth. 24. 16. Bu if any one-knoweth that he hath Strengu enough to resist the Devil, let him ftay for I do not despair of the Strength the Church : But let the fearful tak: heed to themselves, for then shall be Tr bulation, such as never was since the Beginning of the Creation to this pro fent Time, nor never fhall be. My dea
Brethren, (fays Ephrem Syrus, Serm. -. Antichristo, p. 222.) ' then shall there be a
great Trial upon all Men, but especially
the Faithful and the Saints, and great Tribulation shall there be in those Days, when great Signs and Wonders shall be wrought by the Power of that Hellish Beast, Antichrist. (A little after) Who, my Brethren, amongst you all, shall be
found at that Day so compleatly armed ' with the Shield of Faith, as to be fully
persuaded in his Mind, that the Coming of the Son of God is nigh, when he shall see this inexpreflible Tribulation upon every Soul of Man, without any Allay of Reft or Comfort; when thou shalt see the whole World in Confusion ( for every one shall flee to the Mountains for shelter ;
;) when thou shalt see some perishing for Hunger, others languishing with intolerable Thirst, and none to pity them ? (A little after) There shall be at that time no Rest upon the Earth, but great Tribulation, Trouble and Confusion, Famine and Death, in all the Corners of the Earth. Then shall the Saints shed Rivers of Tears, and flee to the Deserts. They shall hide themselves in the Mountains, and in the Valleys, covering their Heads with Dust and Ashes, praying to be delivered from the Beast. The Mountains, the Hills and Trees of the World shall mourn. The Lights of Heaven shall mourn, because Men have forsaken their God, and believed the Deceiver, &c. And in inany other Inftances does likewife this Holy Father elegantly bęwail the Miseries of that Time : As
does also St. Augustin, Lib. 20. Cap. 8. St. 7 rom in the 11th and 12th Chapters of Dani, St.Cyril, Lib. 11. in Gen. St. Gregory, Lib. 1. Moral
. and Lib. 32. Cap. 12.
D 21. Upon the aforegoing Quotation servations I cannot but observe, I. That Hippolytu preceding asserts, that the Means whereby the Church Quotati- (or Christans of that time, which are not ons, and counted worthy to escape) shall be deci concerning ved by Antichrist, will be by his offeri
them Food in that great Famine. Whic of the Beaft.
same thing is attested by Anaftafius Sinai ( Contempl. in Hexaemer. Tom. I. Bib. Par P: 327.) in these Words: God said to the
Serpent, He shall bruise thy Head, and the shalt bruise his Heel; i. e. The excreme Parts of the Body of Christ, which is bi Church ; so that the Heel' shall be the Presence of Antichrist in the last Times and the evil Serpent waits for that Tim, when he may again supplant the Church by offering them Food, twhen there fhal
be a great Famine. So that they who have not Faith to believe that Man det not live by Bread alone, but by every Word the proceedeth out of the Mouth of God, shall 101 have Patience to expect God's Accomplishment of his Promises, that God wil at last be Jealous for his Land, and pity his People, and send them Corn, and Win and Oil, to satisfie them therewith, Full 2. 18, 19. They, I say, that will not for this wait upon God, shall trangress th Law of their God, and pollute the Holy
One, for handfuls of Barley and pieces « & may not this food he the Phileaning uneripturae di
Polity which are ini agents embraced
Bread, Ezek. 13, 19. II. That those who thus Apoftatize and go over to the Enemy, shall be sealed with the Mark of the Beaft; concerning which the Holy Scriptures and Fathers speak expresly, only with this difference, that as the Scripture attributes this Sealing to the Eastern Beast, or False Prophet, Rev. 13. 16. The Fathers attribute it to Antichrist himfelf; understanding, I suppose, the Falfe Prophet, as being in the Spirit of Antichrist, to be as the Instrument by which he Seals them (even as we are fealed by the Spirit of God to the Day of Redemption, Eph. 4. 30.) That the Impresion of this Seal, and the Number of the Beast, are both one, is generally supposed by Ancient Writers ( as may be seen at large) who therefore use them promiscuously. But what that Seal, Mark, or Number' is, or wherein it confifts, is hard to determine. Most of the Ancients suppofed that it was to be a Name composed of the Numeral Letters which compofe , 666. Of which fort many . are reckoned up by Hippolytus, Irenæus and others, to the Number of Sixteen or Seventeen, many of which are most violently drawn in ; and there is indeed so great a Latitude in that way of Interpretation, that some of the later Writers of the Church of Rome have made Luther and Calvin bear the Name of the Beast: And when Monsieur Jurieu, Minister of the French Church at Rotterdam, upon the Authority of Irenæus, had asserted that Axl6@ was it, his Adversaries, found that Rotterdam was comprized in the same Number, and assertu
. that to be the Name of the Beast. L short, by this way we may make any thing out of any thing; for which very Reason Hippolytus, p. 39. owns he does not under stand it. A very probable Hypothesis wa that of the Learned Dr. Potter, who affer: ed that the counting of it consists in e trading the Root of it, which is 25, tha being the only Number, which by bein multiplied into it felf, makes the Squar Number 666, when the Fraction (which is 41 in this Operation) is added to it, which is what is meant by the Square Rooi of a Number. And this, as for many other Reasons reckoned up by that excellen: Writer, fo especially for this, that the Number 25 has always been esteemed by Sacred and Prophane Writers, who had never thought of Antichrist or his Kingdom, to be mysteriously Evil; and to be an roglyphical Character of some unhappy
; desperate, deplorable, and apostate Stare jof the Church, because it is an oddly uneven Number, which is unevenly measured by an odd Number, so uneven indeed, tha: no square perfect Number can arise our ci it, but what is made up of fractional Aiditions. Whereas, on the contrary, Number 12, the Root of the Pure Church
, is an even Number making 144000, 1 Square perfectly and entirely, to shew the Perfection, Entireness, and Agreeablenel