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the Empire of the Papism is an Empire purely, temporal, under the shew of a spirituality and the fourteenth Chapt. where its purely humane, politiques are so clearly brought to light , that not so much as a shadow remains unscatter'd. If any would be assured, that the conduct of the Papism is a most horrible Tyranny , he need but read the 21. and 22. Chapters of the first part, where is an account of the insolent, tyrannical and proud actions and speeches of the Popes towards all men , without excepting even Soveraign
Princes. That of In the same Chapters will be found the proof grees to it that Pride , another Character of the Antichri, allo
stian Empire, perfectly agrees to the Papism. For there its Pride will be seen in its opinions and Divinity; the pride of its Clergy and Priests, that call themselves the Kings, and Emperours of the World, the Pride of its head, who callshim self a God upon Earth, who causes Divine honour to be given to him, who doinineers with authority over the Kings of the Earth ; who spoils them of their Crowns, who gives away their Kingdoms to others, who dispenses with their Subjects Oaths of Allegiance ; who treads them under his feet, and puts his foot upon their throat ; who as for his own person , is clothed with purple, and all the pomp of the Roman Em.
perours. The Empire In the 26th and 27th Chapters of the second
his la part it will plainly be seen, that cruelty perfectEgypt for ly agrees to this Empire. For there you will find cruelıy.
-an Epitome of all the cruel persecutions, which
call theme pride of who cal.omnineers fpoils
ness; antrack of inn those places :
and the incredible number of the faithful that the
: · As to corruption of manners, one may be con- The Em-: vinced that it cannot go further than it hath al- pire of the ready gone in the Papism, by reading what we sndon for have written in the fixth and ninth Prejudice. Com In the sixth we have proved the corruption of aces. the heads of, the Pupilm, by a short History of the abominable immoralities of the Popes. And in the ninth, we have given an account of an infinite number, of witnesses in all Ages, who do depose, that all the most horrible and filthy things that can be imagined , are to be met with in the carriage and manners of the Monks , Priests, and Laity in the Papism. To perfect the description of the corruprion of the Papism, the eighth Prejudice may be added, in which the filthy, sordid, limonia. cal and facrilegious covetoniness of Rome, and all its Agents are discover'd.
The Em. To be assured that Idolatry , one of the prinpire of the
lista cipal Characters of the Antichristian Empire, aBabylon for grees to the Papism, you may read the 33. Chap.
of the last part, where you will find a short de-
Besides all this, we have taken our second Pre. judice from the perfect conformity, that is between the Prophecies concerning the reign of
Antichrift, and the things we see in the lettlement and the nature of the Kingdom of the Papisi. We have alledged all the Prophecies , wherein Pris agreed, that Antichrist and his Empire are both fore-cold and described ; and we have justified it, that all the strokes of these descriptions do agree to the Pope, to his Seat, to his Religion, and to his Empire.
The Roman Religion, is that falling awayand that Apoftacy, of which St. Paul speaks in the second Chap.of the second Epist. to the Thessalonians. 'Tis the first Text we have produced againstit..
Facy, of econd Epift. duced again. That
" That Religion is an Apaltacy, because there is The Pa Fin it Idolatry, prophaning of holy things, an in- pism is an
Apostacy. troduction of new Gods, and the abomination of Images set up in the Sanctuary. Its head is the man of fin and the son of perdition, because his throne is the throne of pride, of covetousness, of
ambition , of Simony. There we find the PoliEtiques of the World, and of the spirit of dark· nels ; cheating, deceit , violence, blood, forni
cation , sodomy, brutishness , magick, and all manner of imaginable wickedness. This head of the Papism fits in the Temple of God; i. e, in the Christian Church, where Jesus Christ dwelt, who is the foundation. He fits there as a God; for he makes his feet be kiss’d by men, yea, even by
the highest powers of the Earth. He is called E God, the Lievtenant of God; the Vicar of Je
sus Christ, and a Vice-God. In the quality of i à God, and as one clothed with his power, he ř changes the times and the Law. He dispenses with Dan. 7a
things against the Law of God, against the Ca
nons of the Church, against the Apostle, against į the Old and New Testament. He lifts up him, í self above all that is called God; for he exalts
himfelf above all the Kings of the Earth, that are ļ the Gods of this lower World. He exalts him: self also above the true God , in making such
laws as make void the Laws of God; for instance,
in commanding to worship Images, which God i hath forbidden us to worship. He exalts himi felf above the Saints, which are his Demy-Gods.
For in the quality of a Judge, and consequently
of a Superiour, he Canonises them, he places themi s in the Heavens, he causes them to be honoured
with Temples and Altars, or he refuseth it to
The Pa- His Religion is a mystery of iniquity; for all that
away from men their juft rights, and from God
The explication and application of that place of St. Paul to the Empire of the Papifm, have been already made so exactly, that we shall not do it
over again, except only that Article , in which 2 Theff. 2. the Apostle faith, re know what with-holdeth,
that he might be revealed in his time, &c. He who now letterb, will let, till be be taken out of the way, and then shall that wicked one berevealed. All the world did formerly believe, and so it doth still, that by him who Held and posseffed, or did let , in St. Pauls time, we must understand the Roman Empire. And it hath been generally apprehended, that the Apostle intended to say that the Antichristian Empire would not appear in the world before the Roman Empire was abolisht and destroyed. Tho we should stick to this, without any other explication , our cause would be much better than that of the Church of Rome. For to demonstrate that the Romish Antichrift is not yet come , she is obliged to prove , that the Romana