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ness to the Truths of the Gospel, with a holy and becoming Coversation, the more doth this strike a Lread. Terror, and Torment upon the Conscience of a Sinner, which are as terrible to his Mind, as these Plagues are to the Body; and seems to be spoke in Allusion to Elijab's praying that the Heavens Nould not give any Rain for a long time, and it rained nota, Again, his praying that Fire might come down from Heaven, and destroy the Company of Fifties, that was sent to him by the King of Israel, Now as Fire figuifies Torment or Misery ; such Power thefe Witnesses will have in a spiritual Refpect, to torment and afflict the very Hearts and Consciences of their Enemies, during the time of their
Thirdly, The time in which these Witnesses are to prophely, is the time of Antichrist's reigning, and the time of the Saints suffering, while the Woman, the Church, is in her Wilderness Condition. Therefore though the People of God have been, and in all Ages may be said to be the Lord's Witnesses in a more general way; yet the Witnesses mentioned in this eleventh of the Revelati'ns, are to be understood more particularly of those, who are to prophesy, and to bear witness to the Truth of the Coming, Glory, and Kingdom of Christ, and what they have prophesied, fucceffively one after another, for the Term of a thousand two hundred and sixty Years, as the Word Days in the ACcount of Scripture is oftentimes taken."
Fourthly, When they shall have finished their Testimony, the Beast (that is the Antichristian Beast) who a cended, and had his Rise out of the bottomless Tit, Mall make War against them, overcome
xi. 7, 8.
wid kill them, their dead Bodies are not to be buried, 'but tủ lic in the Street of the great City. This fiaying of the Witnesses is not a literal, but a myftical Slaying, aš the Street where their dead Bodies are to lie, is fpirituály called Sodom and Egypt, Sod',18 for 1 ickedness, Egypt for Cruelty, where our Lord (not in his Person, but in bis Mem. bers) was crucified. Therefore as their Death is a spiritual Death, fo will their Resurrection be a fpiritual Resurrection, Which I look upon will be in the first Branch, the beginning, or firft breaking out of the spiritual Kingdom of Christ. Rev.
Fifthly, Upon this Account it is, I do humbly conceive, that the Witnesses are not yet slain, and so consequently the one thousand two hundred and fixty Days not yet ended.' My Reasons are as follow, first because Antichrist is not yet de stroyed, who is to continite no longer than the forty two Months, which ageees to the same Time of the one thousand two hundred and sixty Days, excepting the three Days and a half, Cafter this) in which he is to make War, overcome and say the Witnesses. Secondly, The Church of God is not yet delivered, who is to continue no longer in her Sackcloth and Wilderness Condition, than the forty two months, or the one thousand two hundred and sixty Days, excepting (as before) the three Days and half, in wbich she is to be spiritually pain, so as not to appear to give an open Testimony. Thirdly it has never yet appeared unto me, however great Men have writ upon this point, that the Witnesses have been slain,
so as to lie dead in the Street of the great City. This · City is Babylon the great, the Mother of Harlots,
and the Abominati ns of the Earth, and therefore : by the Street of the great City, must be understood
of those Nations or Kingdoms belonging to this
City; for this great Whore is said to fit upon many & Waters, that is upon mary: Kingdoms, or Nations => where she reigneth. And if so, when was it? What E Age can be produced, wherein the Witnesses lay
dead, as that none of them appeared in any of the Streets of the City, to bear a Testimony for Chrift, against the Corruptions and Abominations of Rome? Surely, there has been always fome, that diil, and will bear an open Testimony, until the Erid of the one thousand two hundred" and fixty Days For this flaying of the Witnesses, I look upon it to be a general saying not in one but in all the Streets of
the City, where any of the Witnesses are to be - found. Though we read, bit of one Street in the.
Text, yet I apprehend that this Street will reach
Fourthly, Their Resurrection will be as univere sal, visible, and confpicuous, as their faying was, Verse 11. And after three Days and a balt, the Spa rit of Life from God entered into them; and they ftood upon their Feet, and great Fear fell upon all which rap them. Now if the slaying of the Tit nesses be past, according to the Account of some; the Resurrection of them is past also which iga thing that I cannot yet see into, though I love, value and esteem,' what these Men have writ in unfolding these great Mifteries of the Kingdom, But when was it, that the Spirit of Life from God did re-enter into the Witnesses ? When did they arise and stand upon their Feet ? When did, they hear a Voice from Heaven, saying, crime up hither, no as that their very Enemies beheld them? When did those great and wonderful Effects follow their Refurrection, as great Fear to fall upon all that fall th. them? When was that great Earthquake (wbżib it for to be in the same Hour)as caused the tenth Part of the great City to fall? When was there seven thousand Men, or seven thousand Names of Men sain by the Earthquake? Seven being a perfect Number, and among reven thousand Names or Denominations of Men, mi certainly shew, that there will be a dismal Slaughter
th of the Enemies of Christ, upon the Resurrection' of the Witnesses; the Reinnant that escape will be be: so affrighted, as to give Glory to the God of Heating Upon this the second Woe being past, bebola di the third Woe cometb. quickly, in the wter Ruim Bi of all the Antichristian Piwer. Then the seventh lie Angel will foon begin to sound, with great Voices it in Heaven, saying, the Kingdoms of this World i ter become the Kingdoms of quý I.ord and his Chrift. Arif it is in the 12, 13, 14, and is, Verses, but this
to be in the tem was that greatas upon all the
E time has not yet been, therefore the Witnesses are ER not yet risen. Neither are they (as I conceive) yet - slain.
Sixthly, If the Witnesses are not yet sain, then the one thousand two hundred and fixty Days are
not yet run out, and therefore until the end of that i time the Witnesses will continue prophesying of
the Kingly Office, Power, Glory, Coming and Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, with his Saints, i in the thousand Years. All the Plots and Rage of
the Enemy, cannot put a stop unto the Teftimony of the Witnesses, until the Time of their Prophecy is expired. But this time, (as afore) must certainly be at hand. If the time he not past, it cannot
now be long, according to the Judgment of mast * Expofitors, who have writ upon there things : My
Thoughts are that we must now certainly be upon the Expiration of the time, times and balf time, the forty two Months, and the one thousand two hundred and fixty Day of Tears. And upon the ending of them, Antichrift will rendezvous and gather up all his Power, which he will bend against the People of God. For it is my Judgment, that the Beast of Rame will strike another Blow, he will give another Struggle, and will be so fuccessful therein, as to do more at last than all his Predecessors could do before, which Blow pill be given by the Papist, and will fall heavy upon the outward Court : According to the Prophecy of that great Man of God,
Bishop Usber; which Predidion I cannot but be(lieve was from the divine Spirit ; and if so, then
it shall certainly come to pass : Though the Matter has been deferred longer than was expected, yet if the Vision was of God it shall surely come.