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be an Allusion to the violent, scorching and fuffocating Heaty of the Sun, and the burning Heat of the East-Wind which affitieted FonahFon. 4.8, 9. and which usually : accompany one another in the Eastern Climates, producing much Trouble and Grief as well in Mind as in Body. * V. AND the Fifth Angel poured out his Vial upon the Seat of the Beast, (i. e. Jerusaleny,) and bis Kingdom was full of Darkness (alluding to the Darkness that overspread the Land of Ægypt') and they gnawed their Tongues for pain, and N. 1 1. blafphemed the God of Heaven, becauses of their pains and their fores, and repented y not of theirs Deeds. i. e. The Terrors of their Minds and Consciences made them blaspheme God and gnaw their Tongues, às in the greatest Rage imaginable, even as the Ægyptians were vexed and tormented during the Darkness that covered them, with the Terrors of their own afrighted Consciences, and the Evil Angels, as the Book of Wisdom teftifieth, Chap. 17, 18.

VI. AND the Sixth Angel poured out his Vial upon the great River Eupbrates, and the Waters thereof were dried up, that the Way of the King's of the East might be prepared. The drying of Euphrates is unquestionably an Allusion to the Exploit of Cyrus, who dreined it, when he took Babylon, as was literally foretold by the Prophet Jeremiah. 50:38.51. 32, 36. and to those Passages of the Prophets where the Return of the Jews into their own Land is described in the like Expressions, Ifa. 11. 15. Zech, 10. 11. Now Euphrates,



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which was one of the Branches into whid the River that watered Paradise was divide after it had passed through it, was also to Eastern Boundary of the Land of Promig to which David and Solomon extended the Conquests, and upon this River was feare che Babylon, the Enemy and Oppressor of Gotha Church, and a Type of Antichristian M over which River the Jews were cari fa. captive for their Iniquities into the Alfy of and Babylonish Countries. The Exprefesa of the Kings of the East is undoubtedly E. Allusion to the Story of Cyrus, of whom th Prophet Isaiah speaks, Chap. 41. 25B: God raised bim up from the East, and c. 2 I. that he shall come from the Rising of the Soul Sa proclaim the Name of the Lord; so then i to allusion to his Personal Character maych meant some great Persons, perhaps of a po Ten Tribes, who shall come from the 7th to the Glory of the Kingdom. See the Ath Book of Esdras. Chap. 13. v. 42, 43.01 W else as Cyrus was a Type of our Bleffed Lah as

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fome Preparations or Dispositions for the Kingdom of the Mefliah by the drying up of Euphrates, fo does it in the next Verse begin to prepare for the Destruction of the Antichristian Powers. For v. 13. Three unclean Spirits, like Frogs, came out of the Mouth of the Dragon (i. e. the Devil) and out of the Mouth of the Beast (i. e. Antichrist) and of the false Prophet ; V. 14. And they are the Spirits of Devils (or Diabolical Spirits) working Miracles, which go forth unto the Kings of the Earth, and of the whole World to gather them to the Battle of that great Day of God Almighty, By which is signified some strong Magical Influence diversified by the Operations of Satan, Antichrist, and the False Prophet; to excite the Kings of the Earth, or Antichristian Powers, to meet together to oppose the Kingdom of the Lamb, who was then begining to overcome the Beast, and that in the place ( called Armageddon v. 16) where God had appointed to destroy them; as is shown under thie Seventh Vial. Now the word Armageddon in the Hebrew Tongue signifies the Hill of Megiddo called Megiddon by the Prophet, Zech. 12. 11. 7710 77 Mayadda, LXXII. a Royal City in the Tribe of Isacharzbut belonging to Manasserb which the Canaanites poffessed in despight of them. Fosh. 17. 11, 12, and this City was famous in Scripture for the Miraculous defear of Siseta and the Kings of Canaan ( a Type of the Kings of the Earth ) by Batak and the Israelites who came down from Mount Tabor (which was not far from that


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place,) and discomfited them at the Waters of Megiddo in the Hilly and Mountainous Parts of that Place, as Grotius upon the Place conjectures. It was also famous for the Death of Abaziah, 2 Kings 9.27. but especially of Josiah, who received his deadly Wound with a great laughter in the Vally of Megiddo, 2 Kings 23. 29, 30. 2 Chron. 35. 20---27. where he was bewailed with fo-great a Lamentation, that the mournings of that Valley is used by way of a Proverbial Speech by the Prophet Zechariah, Chap. 12. 11, and Megiddo is interpreted by the LXXII. the Valley of the Slain, or cut off, as if it fignified a Place of great Grief and Slaughter ; and Megiddo may be chosen to be a Type and Symbol of the Place of this Valley of Decifion; to shew that as the Nation of the Jews did yearly bewail the Death of Fofiab in that Place, fo they should likewise bemoan him whose Type Josiah was, and was slain near that Place just when he had prepared the Teinple of God, which was the Emblem of Christ's Kingdom. See Zech. 12. 11. It may be also signifie (2dly) that God, who overrules Evil Designs for Good, and who declares, Fudg. 4. 7. (the Place here alluded to) that he drew Sisera and his Multitude together, had ordained that these Kings should be totally overthrown as the Kings and of Canaan were at Megiddo; and that the Lamb and his Company should triumph orer them and bless God for the great Victory, as Fehosaphat and the Ifraelites did in the


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lley of Beracha for the defeat of that eat Multitude of wicked People that conerated against Ifrael, 2 Chron. 20. VII. And now the Seventh Angel pours out

Vial, v. 17. into the Air, and there came a quake uxat Voice out of the Temple of Heaven saying, der the is done. i. e. This is the last compleåt- Scvent la g Act of Vengeance upon the Antichri-Vial. in World, in order to make way for the ngdom of Christ. Under this Vial are mprized and effected Two notable E nts. The First is the Destruction of Baon, i. e. the Antichristian City Rome; a of the great City Jerusalem. The cond is the Destruction of the Great itichristian Army at Armageddon. I. That the Great City, the Destructi

whereof is so pompously described, nap: 17: 18, 19; is Rome, has been (i Xvij nk) plainly and fully proved by Dr. More, 1. Mede and all the Reformed Commen

And this City is to be destroyed der this Vial, upon the Effusion whereof, iap. 16. V. 18.

There were Voices, and unders, and Lightnings, and a Great Earthake, such as was not since Men were upon the irth ; So mighty and so Great. Upon which

Great City (viz. Jerusalem) was divided to three parts, and the Cities of the Nations fell, d Great Babylon came into remembrance before d, to give unto her the Cup of the Wine of the Terceness of his Wrath. And the Nands, and e Mountains fled away, and a Great Hail fell om Heaven upon the Men that survived, which




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