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to get quit of the Cherubim by way of Prevention. But the Learned Mr. Foreph Mede, (to whose Judgment he submits) says that they were four Standards, and that St. John's Visions were the same, and cites Aben-Ezra, and two other Apoftates, (what had the Rabbies to do with the Apocalypse?) that the Lion referred to our Saviour ; the Ox to Trajan; the Man to Septimus Severus ; and the Eagle to Maximinus ; and makes their Agreement an Argument of the Omnisciency of God.

His Party already own, that he has outdone his Master the -- when he hath allowed that, p. 8. the Hebrew Scriptures are the Repository of all divine Knoreja ledge ; and has taken upon him to bluster and bully one, who has afferred their Meaning in this and other Points; and afterwards comes and says, it may be this, or that, or nothing, and at last refers his incapable Self to the Opinion of another who knew nothing, but still refers to others, &c.

All he produces from the Apostate Fews, their innumerable Constructions and Stories about the same thing. all he asserts himself, his several Offers about one Object, are Proofs that either they, or

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he would say any thing to get quit of these Words; but that neither of them knew what to say. So proves he knew nothing of the Matter, nor designed to set Mr. Catcott right; but to evade the Authority of the Scriptures, and destroy the Evidence, he has produced for Chrif tianity.

Gusetius, in his Preface, joins with Scaliger, that each Hebrew Root has but one Idea; and he shews and gives his Reafons, that they are not to be taken from Arabick, or other Oriental Dialects, nor from Constructions of the Rabbies; and that we are not to depend upon the LXX, or other Greek Versions, nor' on the Vulgate, or other Oriental Versions, or on New Versions, nor are we to take the Grammar from any of their Rules, but to examine each Word in the Hebrew Scripture, by the Usage in itself, with Rules, &c. So explodes every one of the Authorities, the Observators have produced, to derive or support their Significations of the Words in Conteft. ,

If these Creatures who call themselves the Observators were but indifferent between Right and Wrong, or had any Inclination to be set right, they might see by the Epithets ascribed to the Cherubim,

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Carriers away of Captives home with them, cited The Use of Reafon recovered, p. 56. that they are right construed; and by the Descriptions of the Visages of the Man and the Lion, Ezek. xli. 20. by Tyy_99 dc. in Ifa. li. &c. cited in The Use of Reason, p. 232, 233, that Christ was two of them united.

These Institutions by Hieroglyphicks or Emblematical Exhibition or Representation, under the Figures of four living Creatures, of the Actors and Actions to be and be performed in the Redemption of Man, called the Cherubim, the four Beasts, who were to keep the Way to the Tree of Lives, who had had the Typical Presence the Oracle in them, and the Glory above them, and before whose Emblematical Faces all Emblematical Actions had been performed on Earth, and before whom the Typical Atonement to be exhibited in Heaven had been exhibited in the Type of it, the Sanctum Sanctorum ; When the Person of the Effence in Man had performed what was exhibited on Earth, and was gone to exhibit what was to be done in Heaven, and was by Covenant pofseffed of all Power to rule those he had purchased, destroy the Adversaries,

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and was to have the Glory, the Love and Adoration, and whose Denomination was He that fitteth upon the Throne, and whose Representative was the Lamb, the very Person the Observator is for setting aside; the four Beasts were to give way, to surrender to the Lamb.

As Hieroglyphicks were framed and instituted at first for Men who had not .been taught Languages and Sciences, and were a Species of Evidence which gives the strongest Ideas, and which might be described in any Language ; fo at last the Apocalypse seems to have been writ in that manner for the better Information of those who had been used to them, and who had these sorts of Hieroglyphicks preserved and standing, but did not understand the Hebrew Language ; so for any that should afterwards acquire the understanding of either or both, the one being the Images of the Things, the other the Words for them. So we find in the

Apocalypse, which is most of it writ in this manner, when he conies to this part, Rev. iii. 21. cited Introd. to M.- Jine Principio, p. 218. To him that overcometh will I grant to fit with me in my Throne, even as I also overcame, and am fet down with my Father in his Throne.

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Rev, iv. 2. One fat on the Throne, de fcribed, 6. And in the midst of the Throne, and round about the Throne, were four Beasts full of Eyes before and behind, the certain Emblem of the Presence or Omniscience in them. These Creatures, according to the various Scenes, are placed in different Orders, Ezek. i. 10. The Man and the Lion, the Ox, the Eagle. X. 14. The Bull, the Man, the Lion, the Eagle. xli. 19. The Man and the Lion. xliii. 15.

And from the Lion of God and upward mall be four Horns : Till then the Presence was in them all, so they all full of Eyes. Here Rev. iv. .7. This is a short Scene, and the Time not to be mistaken. The Lion acted without the Man before the Incarnation, and after Union they were parted for some time before the Death, and after the Death of the Humanity till Resurrection ; whether after the Death of the Body till its Resurrection the Soul was separated from the Effence, I determine not now; after the Effence had performed his Part, he claimed his Right, and all Power was surrendered. He took the Rule or Government of this System and Man, and took Precedence. After he had left the Humanity, the Influence of the Holy Spirit was upon or in it; so

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