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Gen. 49. So does also Anaftafius. Sinaita ** Hom. 1o. St. Gregory + mentioning that afore-cited in Hexaën. Gen. 49. says, That Antichrift fhall come Biblioth. out of the Tribe of Dan; for which reason, Patrum. says he, in the Division of the Camp of Tom. I. Israel, Dan pitched firft towards the North, I. Lib. 31.
in Job, thereby to signifie him who said in his
Сар. 18. Heart, I will ascend into the sides of the North, I will be like the most High, Isa. 14. 13. of whom also another Prophet spake, saying, The snorting of his Horses shall be heard from Dan, Jer. 8. 16. And this I think is fairly hinted in the Prophecy of Jacob, Gen. 49.
, 17. Dan is a Serpent in the way, biting the Horses Heels, that the Rider fħall fall backward which when he had said, pointing at Antichrist, he adds, by way of Confidence in the Promises and Mercies of God, I have waited for thy Salvation, 0 Lord! i. e. The Coming of the Mefliahi, Luke 2, 30. as if
. he had said, Dan, out of thee shall arise the last and greatest Enemy of the Church of God; but this is my Consolation, that the Messiah shall come upon thee and destroy thee, and bring Salvation unto Ifrael, and unto the Ends of the Earth. And this the Jews are so fully persuaded of, that Ben-Dan, or a Son of Dan, is a proverbial Expression amongst them, to signifie a noterious Villain, or Murderer, as David de Pomis observes in his Lexicon upon the Word Dan.
$ 10. As for the Stature, Shape and Fea- Of bis 19. tures of his Person, his Education in his fancy. Infancy, &c. which have been with great Confidence described by some Writers of
the middle and later Ages, I shall omit them as things that have no footsteps in Scripture (excepting only Dan. 8. 23. capable of divers Constructions ) nor Primitive Antiquity; and shall only observe, that as it is recorded of our Lord Jesus Chrift, Luke 2. 52. that from his childhood be encreased in Wisdom, and Stature, and Favour both with God and Man; so it is highly probable that Antichrist, during his Minority, shall be continually improving in Magical Diabolical Arts, and converse with Evil Spirits, by which he shall be accomplished and fully instructed for the great
Work which he is to do. The Region
$11. As for the Place of his Birth, there
are Reasons (tho' not equally convincing shall first appear.
to all) why we may think he shall be born in the East, tho his first Appearance may be in the Weft. But that not being very clear, we shall pass on 'to consider what St. John says of him, Apoc. Chap. 13. that
he shall arife out of the Sea (for of him * Lib. s. that Place is interpreted by Irenæus *) by Cap. 28. which, upon a two-fold Account, we are to
understand the West. First, Because the Sea, and the Ifles of the Sea, have been conftantly fo understood by the Jews : And, 2dly; Because it agrees with the Prophecy of Daniel, that he fhall arise out of the Ten Horns of the fourth Beast; that is, the Roman or Western Empire. The Region of the Western Empire, from whence he shall come, is the North as appears by comparing Jer. 4. 6. and Foel 2. 20, Joel 1. 2. 2.2.
l not France
l'hoty to mana the County?
Matth. 24. 21. not to mention many other Places, for the same Reasons probably that were mentioned Part I. that Region being more particularly expressive of the Vengeance and Judgment of God.
§ 12. A T his first Appearance in the His firft World he shall ( as we observed before ) Appear seem to be very Religious, Wife, Tempe- World and
ance in the rate and Peaceable, so says Cyrill*, by these Conquest of counterfeit Virtues, joined with the great the Ten Powers of Magical Knowledge, he Thall Kings. (says he ) deceive the World, especially the Jews, (who according to the line of Time,
s. shall then begin to expect their Mefliah and Redeemer) into an Opinion that he is the very Christ. Upon which (says Hippolytus aforecited,) they shall offer to make him their King, which he shall craftily re. I fufe, but they shall force him to accept it. Here then we find him invested in the Royalty and Majesty of a Kingdom, to whom by degrees shall be gathered from all parts those whose Iniquities are full, and who are qualified for a nearer converse with him, by parvaking of his Magical Power, which lie, (in imitation of our Blessed Lord's thedding forth his Spirit upon his Disciples) fhall probably impart to fome select Fol. lowers, as the First Fruits, to be as Head Powers and Rulers of his Magical Army described by Joel, Nahum, bc. as I shall
& prove, of which they shall all be in a less degree Partakers. Now it is probable that the first Act of Power that he shall perform, shall be revenging upon Rome,(which is Baa
bylon, say the Reformed Commentators) the Ancient Ruines of Jerusalem, at the Instiga
tion of the Jews his Followers. This is the P. 439. Opinion of
of Irenæus. and Hippolytus, 1:23:449.5 56..and to this both of them apply the
Parable of the Unjuft Judge that feared not
Widow, that is, the Earthly Jerusalem apfzplied her felf, entreating him to avenge
her of her Adversary, meaning, Rome, which he accordingly did. The Manner, in which he shall punish her, is thought to be that he shall invade the ten Kings, into whose Hands the broken and divided Pow, er of the Roman Empire shall be delivered. These had not received a Kingdom at the writing this Prophecy. Rev. 17. 12. but Shall receive Power as Kings one bour, (or in the same hour or time) with the Beast. We are not therefore to imagine that by the Roman Empire is to be understood the Empire as it was, then, or as it is now, but as it shall be at that time when the Beast or Antichrist shall arise, plainly also intimated to be the last Kings by being called Toes, Dan. 2. 41. Three of these Kings Antichrist shall set upon and overcome, and they shall submit to him, Dan. 7, 24. And the rest being afrighted shall give up their Kingdoms and Authority to him. Whence St. John says of them all, that they have one mind, and give their Strength and Power to the Beaft. Rev. 17. 13. Because the first three submitted by Force, the other seven through Fear: These he shall make his Exe
cutioners to punish the Romans by making them Slaves and Vaffals, and destroying their Polity, and bringing them into so fe
vere a Condition, as may be understood by : making her desolate and naked, and eating
her Flesh and burning her with Fire. * Which Expression of burning her with Fire + Vid. ibido may perhaps have a particular regard to the Manner of besieging her, viz. by bombard, ing her. Rev. 17. 16. Which is not to be understood of the utter Destruction of the City, for that is to continue till the pouring forth of the last Vial, when it will perish in the great Earthquake that precedes or accompanies the Destruction of Antichrift; and so far even the Roman Catholick Writers agree, that Antichrift fhall 57 destroy Rome, though none of them say he shall doe it-in Person. Which when he has done, it is not improbable that he shall receive Divine Homage and Worship, perhaps in the very Cathedral of St. Peter. Even as Mahomet II. when he had taken Conftantinople and entred it in Triumph, placed himself blasphemously upon the Altar of St. Sophia, to receive a sort of Divine Worfhip from his military Slaves. And this will seem more likely when we shall consider
what Effects such a Conquest will have upé on the Minds of his Followers, who shall
see him Triumphant in that City where once Religion flourished gloriously, and in which at this time, there is more of the
Pomp and external Grandeur of the (fo I called) Christian Church to be seen than