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any where else, they must needs look upon this to be no less than a vanquishing of Christianity and triumphing over its Holy Author, and by consequence to be a firm
Proof of his own Divinity. of the Ea.
$ 13. WHILST these Things are transactBern Beast ing in the West, St. John sees another Beast Prophet
. arising out of the East, expressed by the
Earth, in opposition to the Sea, which is
the West. This is his false Prophet. Irenæus * Lib. 5. p. * calls him his Armiger (or mom's, as the
Word is preserv'd by Andreas Cæfarienfis ) Serm. 13 and I cannot but think that this is the same + in Apoc. p.
that is mentioned by Lactantius, p. 652. as arising in the Power of the Evil Spirit out of Syria, distinct from Antichrist whom he
mentions, p. 650, as coming out of the far} 2. Dial.theft parts of the North. Sulpitius Severus + f de Vita
also counts two Antichrists, one arising in Cap. 14.
the East, and the other in the West, though it must be confeffed in an order which is the Reverse of ours, supposing that
Nero shall rise again in the West, and AntiDe Pro-christ in the East. And Prosper * asserts the miss. p.65.
fame, understanding the 40th and 41st Chapters of Job concerning Behemoth and Leviathan, one arising put of the Earth and the other out of the Deep or Sea, of these two. This Eastern Antichrist, or false Prophet shall be to the Western, as the Moon to the Sun, his reflex Image or Light, whom in his own Region he shall preach up as the Meffiah, that shall shortly come and take Poffcffion of his Kingdom. So it is observabic in History, that Mabos
met arose in the East very near that notable Æra of Antichristianism 606, when Boni. face III. was declar'd Universal Bishop by
☆ Phocas the Emperor of Conftantinople, the
Vid. HelAntichristian Spirit aiming as it were to p. 108.
vjcus. oppress both Regions at once, to be as a faint Representation of the Universal Monarchy he asserts, and to observe the growth of any Enemy that may arise in either Region. Even so the Angel that limited the Duration of the Antichristian Times is represented as setting one foot upon the Earth or East, and the other upon the Water or West, Rev. ļo. 2. thereby perhaps symboli cally representing as well as foretelling the utter abolition of the Antichristian Power out of the Church both in Body and Soul(if I may so express it); for even that also is I believe hinted in the Distinction of Earth and Water. But to return, this false Prophet shall exercise all the Power of the first or Western Beast, as his Depucy or ViceRoy, Rev. 13. 12. but not so eminently or Universally till after the Western Beast shall have received his deadly Wound, and been healed of it. V. 12 and 13. This deadly Wound shall be probably that he shall seem to die (perhaps to be fain) and rise again in imitation of our Blessed Lord's Death and Resurrection, I say seem to die, for so the expression as topaguenny v. 3. seems plainly to import, after which Sham-Resurrection he shall impower the false Prophet to doe great Wonders in his Name. V, 13, 14, 15. (probably in imitation of
our Blessed Lord, who after his Resur: redion and Ascension sent his Spirit upon his Holy Apostles, giving them thereby a Commission to preach his Gospel, and doe Miracles in his Name ) He shall cause to be made an Image of the first Beast who had the deadly Wound, and by his great Magical Power shall make it live and speak, i, e, perhaps cause some Evil Spirit to inhabit it and give Oracles from it; who shall command all that will not worship it to be put to Death. v. 15. This Image might probably be in this respect represented by the Image which was set up by the King of Babylon. Dan. 3. as Irenæus afferts it was upon another, viz. the Number,it being 60 Cubits high, and 6 broad. Iren. Lib. 5. Cap.29.
S. 14 And as the Mystery of Iniquity The Oppo- shall thus work, so it is probable there fition that
shall be a proportionable Opposition made made by by. fome who shall be anointed to be as the theChurch. First Fruits of the Kingdom of the Lamb,
and who before they are gather'd into one Body, as they shall be afterwards, may bear their Testimony in both these Regions (perhaps in the two Cities of Babylon or Rome, and Jerusalem) against the Blal phemous Usurpations of the Antichristian Beasts. These shall be such who having been long exercised in the Discipline and Patience of the Cross, shall before the Appearance of Antichrist be so perfected, as to be qualif’d to receive the Everlasting Gospel, which shall be preach'd to all
Nations. This we are to understand, Rev. 12. I. By the Woman cloathed with the Sun, crying out, travailing in birth, and being in pain to be delivered. That is, the Church labouring in pain to perfect Christians and convert the Nations, to bring into herself a perfect Number known to God before the great Antichristian Perfecution. And it is not improbable that there shall be at that time a very great EMux of Grace, which may ftir up some pious Souls to a more frequent and Devout Celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and accompany the Celebration of it, which may be the visible Medium whereby their Perfection may be wrought out; answering to that great and notable Passover instituted by good Fofiah a little before the Babylonija Captivity, and that of Hezekiah not long before, of which the Scripture witnesseth 2 Chron. 20. 26. that the like bad not been kept in. Jerusalem since the days of Solomon the Son of David King of Israel. For the reason of that so solemn Inftitution given by Hezekiab himself was, Chap. 29. 'V. 10. that the fierce Wrath of the Lord might turn away from them, and that God might be merciful to their Brethren that were gone into Captivity, Cháp. 30. 9. i. e. the Ten Tribes carried away by the King of Assyria. v. 6. Those then that shall be thus perfected shall go forth preaching the Kingdom of God, and foretelling the sudden coming of Antichrist. So says Abbot Foachim *. The * Lib.7.de Persons whom God hall design for this Tribulat.
High Office, and qualify to bear it, shall probably be chosen here and there one out of all Nations and People whom the Spirit of Wisdom shall instruct and teach, enter into them, and fully possess them making them thereby Friends of God, and Prophets, Wisd. 7. 14; 27. at first she will walk with them by crooked ways, and bring Fear and Dread upon them, and torment them with her Discipline, until she may trust their Souls, and try them by her Laws; then will she return the straight way unto them, and shew them her Secrets." Eccluf. 4. 17, 18. And from this Divine Teaching and Wisdom these Persons are frequently in the Prophet : Daniel, called the Wise, and Men of understanding, and those that know their God, Dan. 11. 35. 12. 3, 10. 11. 32. and as they shall go forth in the Spirit of Wifdom, so shall they also in the Spirit of Power, being accomplished with the high graduated Gifts of the Holy Ghoft. For to them also does the Great Charter of the Apostles extend , Mark 16, 17, 18. that they shall cast out Devils, They shall speak with New Tonguses, they shall take up Serpents, and if they drink any Deadly Thing it fall not hurt them, &c. "For it is not said that these Signs should follow the Apostles, but in general all them that believe, i. e. who have the same Faith that they had, according to what is said Mat. 21. 21, 22. Mark 11. 22, 23, 24. that all things are possible to thein that believe. So also