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ter, so as to spread peftilential Influences all round, to ravage not only a Town, but a Country or a Kingdom. Such dark Magicians there are already some in the World; but (God be praised ) we are not yet abandoned to their Fury. The Measure of our Iniquities is not as yet quite full;. but that we are not very far off from that fatal Period, we have but too much Reason to fear. Whilst the Powers of Darkness are thus amicting the Church, i. e. those Christians who have not so far wrought out their Salvation, as to be out of the reach of the Enemy, as it is plain some shall be; the Vengeance of God shall by his Instruments, the two Witnesses, vex and torment the Antichristian Company. These two Witnesses (of whom more hereafter) being endued with Power to devour their Enemies, with Fire proceeding out of their Mouths. These have also Power to shut Hear ven that it rain not in the Days of their Pror phecy, Rev. 11.5,6. that is, for three Years and an half: Even as it was done by Elijah in the Days of that wicked Prince Ahab, which were no doubt a Type of these Times, Compare i Kings 17. 1. with James 5. 17. So that from hence must proceed great Fa, mine and want of Provisions; to which the following Quotations do frequently allude. Hear the dismal Account St. Hippolytus gives of those Days.

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rits in Human Shapes, and shall mock and insult over the Jews who have made him their King, and shall set Devils to

be Princes over them. And when the * Famine shall be fore upon them, the Hea- .

vens being shut up, then (says he) he shall send forth his Messengers, both Men and Evil Spirits, saying, There is a great King

the Earth, come ye and wor, ship him, and behold his Power, he shall give you Bread to eat, and Wine to drink, with great Riches and Honours. Again, Then (says he) shall he send forth Legions of Evil Spirits into the Mountains, and Dens, and Caves of the Earth, to search out them that have hid themselves froni him, and shall bring them to worship him; and those that obey him, he shall Seal with his Mark; but those that refuse, shall he punish with unheard-of Torments. Then they that have received his Mark, and cannot find either Bread or Water, shall come to him, and with a forrowful Voice shall say, Give us Meat and Drink, we languish' for Hunger and

Thirst, command the Heavens to give us f Rain, and drive away from us the rave

nous Beasts. Then shall he mock them and say, The Heavens refuse to give us Rain, the Earth will not bring forth Fruit, Whence shall I supply you? When they hear this Answer, then shall they lament and bewail their Misery, and with Sighs and Tears shall call upon that merciful God that shall deliver them out

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of his Hands, and by an invisible Power
protect those that call upon him wor-
thily._So great shall be the Trouble of
that Time, that in the Morning they
fhall wish for Evening; and as soon as
the Darkness of the Night shall cover
them, they shall be so terrified with
Earthquakes, Storms and Tempests, that
they shall long for Morning. The whole
Earth shall bewail a Life so full of Mi-
series. The Sea shall mourn, the Earth
shall mourn ; the Sun in the Firmament
of Heaven, the Beasts of the Earth, the
Fowls of Heaven, the very Mountains
and Hills shall mourn for the Miseries
of Mankind, because all have forsaken
their God. The Churches shall mourn
with great Lamentation, for there shall
be neither Offering nor Holy Worship in
those Days : Churches shall be as Stables;
nor shall the precious Sacrifice of the
Body and Blood of Christ be celebrated
in those Days: There shall be no Pray-
ers, no singing of Psalms, nor shall the
Scriptures be read. (A little after) With-
out shall be Fear, within Trembling;
both at Home and Abroad dreadful
Scenes of Horror, Hunger and Thirst,
Lamentation and Sighing. The fine
Faces, shall languish, Paleness shall co-
ver the beautiful Countenances. The

Charms of Women fhall vanish. And
in many other Instances does he describe
the Horrors of that time. So also Lattan-
tius* ;? Then shall the Cities be. utterly * Lib.m.

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* ruin’d and destroy'd, by Fire, Sword,

Earthquakes, Inundations, Famines, and Pestilences. The Air shall be corrupted and pestilential; fometimes there shall be scorching Heats, then pinching Cold, Óc. so that the Earth shall not bring forth Fruit ; the Corn shall be blighted ; the Trees and Vines shall fail. The Springs and Rivers shall be dried up; fo that the Beasts shall die upon the Earth, the Fowls in the Air, and the Fishes in "the Sea. A little after he speaks of the False Prophet; how that he shall Seal those that obey him ; shall burn the Holy Scriptures, and make the World defolate for Forty Two Months, doc. St. Cyril of FeruSalem, Cat. 15. after he had spoken largely of Antichrift, adds, “This is the cruel

Beast, the great Dragon, fighting against
Mankind, being ready to devour them;
therefore the Lord knowing the Power

of the Adversary, commanded the Chri' ftians that should live in those Days, to

flee to the Mountains, Matth. 24. 16. But <if any one knoweth that he hath Strength

enough to resist the Devil, let him ftay; ' for I do not despair of the Strength of

the Church : But let the fearful take heed to themselves, for then shall be Tribulation, such as never was since the Beginning of the Creation to this present Time, nor never shall be. My dear

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the Faithful and the Saints, and great Tribulation shall there be in those Days, when great Signs and Wonders shall be wrought by the Power of that Hellish Beast, Antichrist. (A little after) Who, my Brethren, amongst you all, shall be found at that Day lo compleatly armed with the Shield of Faith, as to be fully persuaded in his Mind, that the Coming of the Son of God is nigh, when he shall see this inexpreflible Tribulation upon every Soul of Man, without any Allay of Ref or Comfort ; when thou shalt see the whole world in Confusion (for every one shall fiee to the Mountains for shelter ;) when thou shalt see some perishing for Hunger, others languishing with intolerable Thirst, and none to pity them? (A little after) There shall be ač that time no Rest upon the Earth, but great Tribulation, Trouble and Confufion, Famine and Death, in all the Corners of the Earth. Then shall the Saints shed Rivers of Tears, and flee to the Deserts. They shall hide themselves in the Mountains, and in the Valleys, covering their Heads with Dust and Ashes,

praying to be delivered from the Beast. "The Mountains, the Hills and Trees of

the World shall mourn. The Lights of Heaven shall mourn, because Men have forsaken their God, and believed the De

ceiver, &c. And in many other Instances does likewise this Holy Father elegantly bęwail the Miseries of that Time : A's

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