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Reason of varying the Figure, under which this little Horn is represented, and that will serve to Confirm the Observations already made.

In the Vision of the four Monarchies, He comes in, in his Order, and as a Power that,

had small Beginnings, in the last Stage of the Dar.VII

Fourth Beast, as a little Horn after. or behind the 20. 24.

rest of the Horns : A. Bishop of. Rome, who was very

considerable at first, but that grew by Degrees to have Eyes like a Man, and a Mouth Speaking great Things,, till his Look was more stout than bis Fellows,

In St. Johns XII Chapter, where the History of the old Heathen Empire, its Persecution of the Christians, and its Deftruction by. Conftantine are the Subject, This little Horn is represented. as the last thing that would arise out of the

Remains of this Roman Empire, and so is proo Rev.

perly expressed by the Figure of a Tail.

In the XIII Chapter, where the rise of the new Western Empire is described, and the Wound it received by the Abolition of its Emperors, and the setting up the Ten Kings in their

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Room, by which the Wound was Healed, that“ xut 3 is the Disorders of the Empire Abated; This little Hors is reprefented, not in his first State of Bishop of Rome. only, who was not very great while the Emperor's lafted, but when the Ten Horns had at last succeeded in their Room, then this little Horn shewed himself in his advanced State, as defcribed by Daniel, of a Dan, VII. Mouth Speaking great Things, and accordingly

8. St John-says of the Beast that was Wounded and Rev. Healed,

And there was given unto him a Mouth Speaking great Things and Blasphemiesi

In the same sense that Aaron was given to Moses, instead of a Mouth, where the Mouth is

Exod. a different Person from him to whom it was given. 1V. 16.

And in the fame Chapter of the Revelations, that this Power may be more particularly described, his original is traced meerly as it relates. to himself.". " And I beheld another Beast rising up out'of

Rer. * the Earth, and he had two Horns likca Lamb, Xillist? * and he spake like a Dragon."

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This Power was to be distinguished' by its being a Succession of Persons, taken out of the

Earth, which signifies, the Common. People, as in fact, the Popes have always been; They are not

like other Princes, of Noble Families, but are 1 Kings, Elected out of a number of Cardinals, who rise

often to that Dignity from little Priests, taken 2 Chron.

xi ,15. from among the lowest of the People. Rev. xiii

The Two Horns like a Lamb, express emphatically his Pretension to be the Representative, or, as he calls himself, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, who was the 'Lamb Slaim; and the Two Horns, fh w whence the Figure is first derived, viz.

from the Lamb of the Passover, which was to Exod. be without Blemish, and a Male ; and this was Lovit. i. always the Rule of the Burnt Offerings, it was

to be a Male without Blemish; for, the. Males E od. xiii. 12, were the Lords.

The speaking like a Dragon, signifies, that Rev. xiii

notwithstanding his Pretences to be the Vicar of Christ, he really would take upon him to Com, mand with the Power and Cruelty of a Heathen " Perfecuting Roman Emperor, who is described

by

xii. 5.

10.

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bya Dragon standing before the Womax ready to Ror. sibi be delivered, to devour ber Child.

And that Woman is Chrifts Church

The last Character given of the See of Romney, is not of the Person of the Popesy or their Sucrcessors, but of the Church of Rome, urcier che

xvii. Figure of a Woman, who is called Babylon, who fitteth on many laters, who are People and Nations, &c. and who Reigns over the Kings of the Earth,

According to this Image it will follow, that the Succession of Popes will be expressed by Bel, which was the Image of the old King Beluss worshipped in Babylons and of this Jeremiah Prophefies,

“ And I will Punish Bel in Babylon, and I 6 will bring forth out of his Mouth that which “ he häth swallowed 'up, and the Nations shall 6 not flow together any more unto him, yea, 66 the Wall of Babylon shall Fall.

And what Bel or Belus had been in the most ancient Time; Nebuchadnezzar was afterwards, and therefore is called the Head of Gold of the Dan. in Terrible Image; and for that reason in this New

Babylos :

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Babylon the Head of that Church is naturally
expressed by Nebuchadnezzar, or the King of
Babylon: And in this sense the fame Prophet
Jeremiah says, just before,

“ Thus faith the Lord the God of Israel, the “ Daughter of Babylon is like a Threshing-Floor, “ it is time to thresh her, yet a little while, and “ the time of her Harvest Thall come.

Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, hath “Devoured me, he hath Crushed me, he hath “ made me an empty Vessel, he hath swallowed

like a Dragon, he hath filled his Belly W with my Delicates, he hath cast me out.

It is very plain, how well this description

agrees with the time when Chrift Thali Math. (a) throughly purge his Floor, and when the (6) V: 12. Time of the Harveft, and of Gathering the Tares xii, 30. 40. to be Burnt in the Fire, is come; and when (0) Rev., The harvest of the Earth is Ripe ; and this, Jer. Nebuchadnezzar who swallowed (d) like a Dra

gon, agrecs very well with the two Horned Beast, Rev. who (e) Spake like a Dragon. And it is very easy to fee, that the Prophet

Jeremiah

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