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King's and the ten Kingdoms shall have been bro- Part 2 ken in pieces by this fifth Monarchy. I confess, I have nothing to say to them who are incapable, of beholding this evidence, and I do not conceive how it can be faid, that we must go back beyond the ten King's, that we may place the Monarchy of lefu Chrif before them, when the Prophet so plainly placech it after the ten Kings. Is it not expresly said, that this fifth Monarclay must break in pieces and destroy these ten Kingdoms. How therefore can it go before them, or have its duration parallel to theirs?

In the seventh Chapter of the same Prophecy, we have the fame forr Monarchies; under the Images of four Beasts. 'Tis confessed, that the fourth Beast, that had ren horns, is the Roman Ema pire. All our writers grant, that these ten horns,

that signifie ten Kings, are the ten Kingdoms, into , which the Roman Empire was divided after the time of Valentinian the third, and that those ten horns reign together with the little born, which is Antichrist. When the Prophet had seen both the fourth Beast and the three firit wholly destroyed, and their bodies burnt with fire, he adds, And I che faw in the night.visions, and behold one like the v.13. Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came unto the Antient of dayes, and they brought him near before him, and there was given him. dos. minion, and a glory, and a Kingdom , that all peoa ple, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. And to the same purpose in the explication of the vision. And the ten horns out of this V. 24.25. Kingdom, are ten Kings that shall arise, and another shall arife after them, and be shall be diverse from

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against the most high, and shall wear out the saints of the most: bigh, and think to change times and lawes; and.they shall be given into his hand , untift A time, Andrimes, and the dividing of times, &c. All are agreed that Antichrist is here intended, and all Protestants gránt that this is the Papacy, and that its reign is to last 1260 years. Now

what is to happen after thistime, and times., and 8. 26. a dividing or bålf a time? But, the judgment shall

fit, and they shall take away his dominioning to con. fume, and to defroy it anto the end. Behold, the destruction of Antichrift's Kingdom. Immediately after the Prophet adds, And the Kingdom , and dominion, and the greatness of the Kingdom under. the whole beaven, shall be givenio ihe people of the sąints of the most High, whole Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey bini. Behold the reign and Kingdom of the Saints, and a reign whion succeeds to that of Antichrist. In truth, we must give the lye to the Holy Spirit, if we suppose, that we must go back: two thousand years before the end of AntiChrist's reign, to place the beginning of this reign of the Sunts and of Jesus Christ. Here we have the Son of Man coming in the cloudsof heaven, after that the four Beasts, i.e. the four Empires, have been broken to pieces, to receive the King, dom from the hand of God his Father, and reign

for ever untill the end of the world. We must The fifth Monarchy speak without any judgment; uif we say, that cannot be this everlasting Kingdom of Jesus Christ., is to be understood of the understood of the heavenly reign, after the end Kingdom of the world, and the last judgment. For the after the Apostle St Paul faith in plain terms, that. Jesus day of ... Christ Thall then reign no longer, and that he judgmeat. Chris

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ther. Besides, Daniel speaks of a Kingdom that is
to be under the Heavens, and not of one that is
above them. Further,'tisa meer triffling, to mingle
eternal things with temporal, and bring down the
Heavenly Kingdom of Paradise into the rank of
earthly and temporal Monarchies, by making it
to be a fifth Monarchy. Thus 'tis plain, that the
Prophet treats here of a Kingdom, that indeed is
heavenly on the account of its purity, but is earth-

ly on the account of its Seat, and because it muftbę - upon earth.

I am willing to joyn unto these Prophecies, only that in this 20th Chapter of the Revelation, which is so clear, that it needs not any commentary. The Prophet faith exprefly; After this (so the first verse is rendred in the French ) ;.e. after the last victory over the Beast, and his false Prophet , the Devil Thall be bound, and the Saints sballlive andreign with Christ a thousand years. But 'twill be objected, that this passage is too plain, and this very thing makes our sense of it suspicious. The Prophets are not wont to express future things so clearly. But if this reason holds , the Iews are not to be blamed, for rejecting our Oracles concerning. Iefus Christ; for example, this, A Virgin in shall conceive à Son; and this other, And thou . Bethlebem --- out of thee shall come a Ruler, &c. and the whole 53. Chapter of Isaiah, and thạt Prophe. cy of Daniel ; that Meffiah must be cut off, but not for bimself; And that, very clear Qracle, he shall make his foul an offering for jin, For 'tis evident; that these Oracles, are not less.plain in speaking of Christ, and the circumstances of his birth, his life, and his death; than those in. Daniel and the Revea lasion, which speak of the thousand years reigh,

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Others instead of confeßling, that this Text is too clear to be understood in the literal sense; fay, that it is too obfcure, and must be explain'd by others that are more clear. Truly I do not conceive, how men can speak at this rate. 'Tis obscure, because it faith the contrary to that which these Gentlemen imagin, and becaufe'tis inconstant with their Hy. photheses. A

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The second Spring of Arguments to prove the

thousand years reign, is the reign promised to

the lews. The promises made to them, have : not been fulfilled, but must be. The conver

fion of St. Paul is a Type of thiát of the whole Natión. THe fecond spring of my Arguments shall be the

1 Prophecies and Oracles, which promise unto the Tews extraordinary blessings, a reign upon Earth, a prosperity thăt shall be visible to all Nations; yea , an elevation to a Kingdom unto which all Nations must pay homage. These Oracles are

without number: we must only produce some of Ilai.2.2, them. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that 3: 4."the Mountain of the Lords house shall be establishi cles that in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above great pro. bro. the bills, and all Nations shall flow unto it. 3. And

? fperities to many people sball go and say, Come ye and let us go

u up to the Mountain of the Lord, to the house of the Jews. God of Iacob, and be will teach us of his ways, &c.

. And he shall judge among the Nations, and rebuke many people. And in Chapter 25, v.8. He will swallow up deathin'vi&tory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the rebuke of his

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people shall be take away from off allihe earth, for the Part 2 Lord bath spoken it. And in the beginning of the 32 Chapter. Behold, a King shall raign in righteousmess, and Princes shall rule in judgement. Anda man shall be a hiding place from the storm, and a com vert from the tempest. And in the 41 Chapter, v.8. But thou Israel art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend,&c.v.1o. Fear, not, for I am with thee, be not dismay'd, for I am thy God, I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righa teousness, V.12, Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even the men that contended with thee,&c. V.15. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing Inffrument having teeth, thou shalt thresh the mountains, and shalt make the hills as chaff. . In the 43. Chapter, verf. 1, 2, 3, &c. But now thus faith the Lord , that created thee O Jacob, and he that formed , thee O Israel , Fear nòt, for I have redeemed thee; I have called theaby name; When those passejt through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee ---For I am the Lord thy God, the holy one of Israel ihja Saviour---. Fear not, for I am with thee, I will bring thy feed from the East, and gather thee from the West; * I will say to the North, Give up; and tothe South, keep not back; bring my sons fromfar, and my daugha ters from the ends of the Earth. And in the 44 Chap. v.2, 2. Thus faith the Lord that made thee; and formed thee from the womb, who will help thee. Fear not O Jacob my servant; for I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dryground: I will pour my spirit upon thy feed ; and my blessing upon thine Off-spring. And in the 45 Chap.v.14,1); 16,&c. Thus faith the Lord, the labour of Egyptgand merchandise of Ethiopia, and of the Sabeans, meri of

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