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of its Foundation and Structure. And this way of counting or calculating this Number (a venerable Piece of the Ancient Ori. ental Learning ) is certainly much more at agreeable to the Sublime Stile of this Mysterious Book, than the forming technical Words out of numeral Letters, which is a piece of Wisdom not so profound as that which I believe is referred to, Rev. 13. 18. But the most probable Opinion is, that as the Number Seven is the Number of Rest and Perfection, as may be largely seen in Holy Scriptures; so the Number Six sig-a nifies Labour, Affliction and Perfecution : Six being the Days of Labour preceding the Seventh Day of Reft and Refrefhment. So we have seen, Ezek. 9. there were Six

Persons appointed to execute Vengeance ; upon the Apostate Church, whereas the

Business of the Seventh was to fet the Mark of Deliverance upon those that were to be preserved from Destruction. So as we before observed, the Usurpation of Athaliah lasted Six Years, when in the Seventh Year Jehoiada the Priest made a Covenant with

the Rulers of the Army, and destroy'd that · wicked Woman, and Weboash was establish'd

on his Throne. Many other Instances i might be produced to strengthen this Ob

servation, but these shall suffice : This Number then thrice repeated, may express the most desperate and deplorable State of the Church.

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of the Two $ 22. Whilst Antichrift shall be thus Witnesses. domineering and lording it over the Earth,

God hath promised to send forth his Two Witnesses, who shall prophecy and bear their Testimony against him; and not only that, but torment him and his Followers for the space of 1260 Days, or 42 Months, the whole space of the Antichristian Kingdom, Rev. 11. That by these Two Witnesses are meant Enoch and Elias, who never saw Death, but were translated alive, was a common Opinion of the Fathers : Of Hippolytus in these Words; As John the

Baptist was the Forerunner of our Blessed

Lord's First Coming, so shall Enoch and * Lib. de Elias be of his Second. Tertullian * Enoch Anima,

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Death, but are reserved to the time of the End, that they may destroy Anti

christ by their Blood. St. Cyprian, in his + P. 36. Tract. de Montib. Sion Sinat; Enoch was opusc. Edit, ' translated alive to a certain Place known

to God, and shall come from thence to oppose and confound Antichrist. Ephrem Syrus, Serm. de Antichristo ; ' The merciful God shall send Enoch and Elias, who shall preach to the People, and warn themi not to believe Antichrist, boldly crying out and saying, This is Antichrift the Deceiver, the Son of Perdition ; Oye Men, let none of you believe him, or hearken to this Tyrant fighting against God: Be not afraid of him, for he shall

soon be destroyed, and his Power broken. St. Ambrose upon that Passage, 1 Cor. 4. 9. I

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think that God hath set forth us the Apostles, &c. says, ' Thus Enoch and Elias, that shall be

the Apostles of the last times, must suffer many Persecutions and Amictions, for they must be sent before to prepare the People of God, and to strengthen the Churches. St. Ferom t; We shall say no- + Ep. 148. thing in this place concerning Enoch and ad MarElias, of whom St. John in his Revelation witnesseth, that they shall come again

upon Earth and die. The same in short) is affirmed by St. Augustin, Lib. 9. de Gen. Cap. 6. by Prosper, de dimid. Temp. Cap. 13. by St. Gregory, in fob, Lib. 9. Cap. 4. by Damascen, de fide Orthodoxå, Lib. 4. Cap.27. Aret as Cæfarienfis, in II Apoc. &c. And as for the Coming of Elias, the Holy Scriptures themselves seem plainly to affert it. For thus faith God by the Prophet Malachy, Chap. 4. 5. Bebold'I will send you Elias the Prophet before the great and terrible Day of the Lord come, he shall

turn the Heart of the Fathers to the Children, and the Heart of the Children to the Fathers, left I come and smite the Earth with a Curse. In which Place the Exprefsions of the great and terrible Day of the Lord, and of /miting the Earth with a Curse,do I think, chiefly (if

not only) relate to his Second Coming; for that his First Appearance, in the form of a Servant, cannot with any tolerable Congruity be called Great or Terrible ; and he came not then to perform any Judicial Acts, but what were purely Spiritual, the Judging of the Earth being the grand Design of his Second Coming To this it is objected,

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that our Blessed Lord expresly asserted, that Elias there meant was already come, Mat. 17. 12. To which I Answer, That our Lord meant no more than that John the Baptist, the Power and Spirit of Elias, or Elias in the Spirit was come, but not in the Body; in which that he was yet to appear before his Second Coming, our Saviour himself doth not deny, but rather plainly assert. For when the Disciples taking our Saviour's Words in too large a Sense, asked him, How then say the Scribes that Elias must first come? Our Lord answers, that Elias shall come, and shall restore all Things ; which Words being spoken in the future Tense, cannot be apply'd to Fohn the Baptist who was already come, but had not restored all Things, which is still reserved to the Coming of Elias in Person at the End of the World, or the times of Reftitution of all Things, which God has Spoken by the Mouth of all bis Prophets since the World began, Acts 3. 21. And the Author of the Book of Eccluf. 48. 10. seems plainly to understand the Prophecy of Malachy, concerning the Person of Elias, of whom he had been speaking, saying, that he was ordained for Reproofs in their times, to pacifie the Wrath of the Lord's Judgment, before it break forth into Fury ; and to turn the Heart of the Father to the Son, and to restore the Tribes of Israel.---These then are the two Olive Trees, and the two Candlesticks, standing before the God of the Earth, Rev. 11.4. Zech. 4. 3. called olive-Trees from the Divine Unction, as

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being anointed Kings and Priests in Christ's Kingdom; and Candlesticks, as bearing in them the burning and shining Light of the Spirit of Truth, who is the Light of the World ; in which Sense the Seven Churches, Rev. 1. 20. are also called Candlesticks. And whereas Grotius upon the Place, has brought it as an Argument to prove, that hereby are not meant Two Persons, but Two Churches, because they are called Candlesticks, which the Angel interprets to be Churches, Rev. 1. 20. we have, I think, as good a Reason to conclude they are Persons, because they are called Olive-Trees, which Zech. 4. 14. are interpreted of Two | Persons, Foshuah and Zerubbabel. Many Scripture-Characters of particular Persons being applicable to Churches (as may be Thewn at large) and vice versa. But to proceed, in St. John's Account of these Two Witnesses, If any Man will hurt these ( Rev. II. 5.) i.e. make any Attempt upon their Persons, either by natural or magical Violence, Fire proceedeth out of their Mouth (à plain Allusion to what Elijah did, 2 Kings 1.) and devoureth their Enemies; and if any Man : will hurt them, be must in this manner be killed.

V.6. These have power to shut Heaven that it rain not in the Days of their Prophecy ; (plainly alluding to what Elijah did, 1 Kings 17.1. 18. 1, 41. as in the following Words to Moses's turning the Waters into Blood, Exod. 7. 17.) and have Power over Waters to turn them into Blood, and to smite the Earth with all Plagues as often us they will

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