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have escaped his CrueltyBut this is not all Ej: What his barbarous Teeth could not come ato

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this Cruelty is acted with one and the fame Power. E The Words run thus ; And ftamped the Refidue with

the Feet of it. These Feet have done a world of Mischief. How has this monstrous Beast not only trampled upon the Necks of Kings and earthly Princes; but it has trampled upon the Necks of the Saints; it has trampled upon their Perfons, their Good Names, Estates, and whatsoever was near and dear to them · It has trampled upon the Word of God, with the precious Truths of the Gospel. What Mischief this bloody Beast could not do with the Teeth of Cruelty, it has endeayouired to do with its Feet, by its Emissaries, Cardinals, Doctors, Jesuits, Priests, Monks, and Friars; with the whole Neft and Locuft of Errors and Herefies, coming out of the Smoke of the Bot tomless Pit. Oh how has the Truth of Christ been darken'd, and the clear Waters of the Sanctuary been muddied ! Yea, hath not this Beast set its foul Feet into our Waters, so that the Saints cannot drink the clear Stream, as it comes from the Fountain : Though, blessed he God, we are deliver'd in some measure from the Iron Teeth ; it cannot bite us now, as it has done; the most that it can do in this respect, is only to grin and set its Teeth at us, Yet we are not altogether free from its Feet; I mean in respect to its mudding the pure Streams of the Grace of the Gospel, Wherever the Gospel is not preached in its Pureness, Freeness, Clear

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neis, and Unmixednefs: there the Beat may be said to set its fouil Feet. This is certain ; If it cannot set its Feet upon the precious Truths of God, so as to destroy them; it will endeavour to be setting of its Feet upon them, so as to cloud them, darken them, mud them, and deface the Excellency of them: And this we have and do dismally experience to thisday. How has the Doctrine of Free Grace, and Justification, by the imputed Righteousness of Christ alone, been darkend ; together with the Glory of Christ's blessed Kingdom, and almost every Truth of the Gospel ! Rev. ix, 2. And be opened the bottomless Pit, and there arose a Smoke out of the Pit, as the Smoke of a great Furnace : And the Sun and the Air were darkend, by reafon of the Smoke of the Pit.It is by reason of thisSmoke we cannot see so clearly into many precious Truths of Chrift: It is by reason of this dark Smoke and foul Feet, that the Glory of Christ's Visible Kingdom in this World, cannot be seen by many of the Saints: It is this Smoke (whatever they may think) that is so offenfive to their Eyes : It is the Devil that endeavours to blow it up (either immediately himself, or by his Inftrufients) which makes them quarrel and be so offended at the Truth. It is by reason of this dark Smoke, that there are so many Divisions among the Saints, that the People of God cannot agree, nor walk comfortably together. But I hope (and Grounds there are for to hope that the Time is at hand when all this Smoke, Mist, and Darkness, shall be disperst and blown off from the Eyes of all the Saints, by the Rising of the bright Sun of Righteousness : And then it is that they shall see, Eye to Eye, and lift up their Voices together, when the Lord sal bring again Zion, Ifa. lii. 8.

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ef I shall now proceed to the Consideration of the Tani Ninth and Tenth Verses: I beheld till the Thrones

foz were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did fit; Eins whose Garment was white as Snow, and the Hair of Lartz bis Head like the pure Woul; bis Throne was like the cy: fiery Fame, and his Wheels as burning Fire. A fiery. eis Stream issued and came forth from before him: Thou.

Fi fand thousands minister d unto bim, and Ten thou and Riz times ten thousand food before him. The Judgment LED was set, and the Books were opered. These Words edo are full of Mysteries. I shall endeavour to give

my present Thoughts upon them, according to the i Light that the Lord hath given me; and

that with as much Brevity as posible. Daniel bebeld till the Thrones were call down. By the Word Thrones, an Authority, a Power of Řule and Government is signified. Thrones, in the Plural Number, doth fhew, that there will be other Thrones, besides that which Christ is to fit upon. The Thrones being cast down, I humbly conceive may be taken two ways : First, if they have any relation to he foregoing Words, then they may be unde stood of the Thrones of the Beast, and if so then the Sense will run thus ; That the Thrones

Powers, Authorities, Rule, and Government of to the Beast, shall be totally cast down, consumed,

and destroyed, when the Lord Jesus Christ; or as it haben is in the other Text, the God of Heaven comes to a fet up bis Kingdom in the World. These Throles

take in not only the Four Monarchies represented by the Image ; but the Last of the Laft, or the

Roman Empire, both under its Pagan and Papal 10. Power; yea Turk and Pope, with all the Adherents of Antichrift, fall iben be tali duwn or conju;

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med, by the Breath of Christ's Mouth, and the Brightness of his Coming, 2 Theff. ii. 8. This is a Truth, tho it may not be so naturally the Sense of thefe Worůs: Therefore 2dly, by the Thrones in this

Place, I rather understand them to be the Thrones that Christ will erect, when he comes to set up his King"dom : For you read in theMargin (as coming nearer

theOriginal) instead of I bebeld until the Thrones were were cast down, it is, I bebeld until the Thrones were set up. But to take the Words, as they are in our Translation, the Sense will be agreeable enough to this Interpretation; as thus, I beheld till the Thrones were cast down, or pitched and set down, för Christ and those he counts worthy, to fit upon. If the Word Thrones hath a relation to the Thrones of the Beast, then it will be agreeable with the First Interpretation, but if they have a respect to the Thrones of Christ, as I understand they have, and will more fully appear afterwards ; then the Sense must be, that these Thrones are pitched and set down, or rather set up, in order that they may be fat upon : And therefore it followeth, And the Ancient of Days did fit. This Ancient of Days is look'd upon to be a figurative Representation of God: The Ancient of Days, or the Days of Eternity, must hold forth God's Eternity; and so consequently the Immutability and Unchangeableness of the Divine Majesty. Well !: God the Father is here represented as sitting upon a Throne, as Judges do on their Tribunals; and so shewing his judicial Authority; yet so that the Ordering of the Judgment is by the Father committed into the hands of the Son; as it is in Johnv. 22. For the Father judgeth no Man (but by the Son) and bath

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committed all Fudgment unto the Son. This Vision then sheweth us no less than a Representation of the great Day of Judgment; which according to the Light I have in God sWord, will be first among the Saints, before the Judgment of the Wicked begins.

But Secondly, The Second thing to be opend is, Whore Garments were as white as Snow. These Garments, which are said to be upon this glorious Person, who sits as Judge upon the Throne, shew us two things; First, The Greatness, the Glory, and the Majesty of the Judge. 2dly, The Innocency, Purity, and Integrity of his Justice, or his righteous Proceeding in Judgment.”

3dly, And the Hair of his Head like the pure "Wool." Now however the First Person in the Tri

nity is to be understood in the First Part of this Vifion, yet I cannot see how this Expression can be apply'd to any of the Persons in the Godhead, but as we are to consider God, and look upon him in the Humane Nature of Christ, Here all such like Expressions of the Divine Being (whether we understand them properly or figuratively) will best agree. Therefore if we first look upon the Person of the Father, as sitting upon the Throne, we must look upon hiin in the Son, as sitting upon the Throne too; not as Two, but as One, from the Oneness there is between the Father and the Son : And into whose hands the Order of the Judgment is committed. Those Words of Christ to Philip are very full to this, Fobn xiv. 8. Philip faith unto him, Lord sew us the Father, and it suficeth ys, Philip would fain have seen the Person of the Father, distinct from the Person of Chrift; which could not be ; tho' it is true the Personality

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