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24. For there shall a 24 For there shall rise Impostors and De arise false Chrifts,

and false prophets, ceivers, who shall each and shall thew great pretend to be the Mef- figns and wonders ,

insomuch that (if it fiah, and shall and shall work

pere possible) they strange Wonders and De. Thall deceive the yelusions

so as to deceive, ry cle£t. not only the unbelieving Jews, but, if it were pofsible, even fincere Chriftians also. 25. Take heed now,

25 Behold, I have and be not deceived: Be told you before. hold, I have expresly cautioned and forewarned you.

26. If therefore it shall 26 Wherefore, if be reported that Christ they shall say unto appears visibly in the De- in the desert, go not sert, and is preparing to forth : behold, he is come and deliver his Ser: bers, believe it not. vants ; regard it not. And if they say he is fe. cretly in any private place, ready to fhew himself and appear publickly give no credit to it at all.

2728. For as Light 27 For as ping shineth through all lightning cometh out places in an instant, and neth even unto the as Eagles gather them weft : fo shall also

the coming of the Son of man be.

2

the

all parts

28 For whereroe selves with incredible ver the carcase is, swiftness

to
there will the eagles
be gathered toge where the prey is to be
ther.

found ; so the Power of
Christ in destroying his
Enemies shall demonstrate
it self evidently through
all the Land at once; and
his Kingdom shall be esta-
blished, not with Observa-
tion in of this or that par- + See Luko
ticular place, but by 17. v. 20,
the wonderful effica 21,22,23,
су

of the Divine Pow.
er it shall appear and
prevail through the
world, as it were in a
moment.

& 24.

29. For immediately 29 ( Immediate ly after the tribula. after

these fatal Wars, and tion of those days, the Destruction of Jeru. darkened, and the salem by the Romans; the moon shall not give whole Jewiss Polity, Goher light, and the stars fall fall from vernment, Laws, and Reheaven , and the ligion , shall be utterly powers of the hea- dissolved. vens shall be shaken.

30 And then shall 30 e 31. And then appear the sign of it will become evident, the Son of man in that Jesus was the true shall all the tribes and only Messias ; and of the earth mourn, the Jews shall lament and they shall see the Sori of man coming

and

and mourn, and be for- in the clouds of hea. ced to acknowledge the ven, with power and

great glory. Power, and Glory, and 31 And he fhall Majesty of Christ; who send his angels with will then send forth his trumpet , and they Ministers among

the shall gather together Gentiles, and will gather four winds,from one

his elect from the into one Body those who end of heaven to the Believe and Obey his other. Gospel, from among all the Nations of the Earth. (In like manner at the end of the World, after long Persecutions and Afflictions of the Church, and after great Disturbances and Revolutions in all the Nations of the World, Christ will at last appear in the Clouds of Heaven with Power and great Glory; and he will Jend forth his Angels through the World and gather together his Elect; that is, all good Men who have Believed and Obeyed God, and reward them with Eternal Life.)

32 Now

tree:

when

ce these Chap.XXIV, S. MATTHEW. 32 Now learn a

326 33. Now observe parable of the fig and hearken to this Simili

his branch is yet tender, tude, which I am about and putteth forth to tell you. In the same leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.

manner as when ye see the 33 So likewise ye, Leaves and tender Buds of when these things, know a Fig-tree begin to sprout that it is near, even forth, ye know certainly at the doors, that Summer is coming on:

Signs, which I have foretold you, come to pass; ye may know certainly, that the destruction of Jeru. Salem, and of the Nation of the Jews, is just at

Hand. 34 Verily I say 34. Assuredly I tell you, unto you, This ge all the things that I neration shall not pafs, till all these have now declared to things be fulfilled.

you concerning this great Desolation, shall be fulfilled in this present Generation, in the Age of some

that are now alive. 35 Heaven and

35. And sooner shall earth shall pass away, Heaven and Earth be debut my words shall not pass away.

stroy'd, than one Word of what I have foretold you, fall short of being fully accomplish'd

36. Only as to the exact 36 ( But of that 1 day and hour, when this day and hour know

eth no man, no not final Desolation shall be the angels of heacompleated, God has Re- ven, but my Father vealed that neither to Man

only. nor Angel. (And in like manner the Time, when the End of the World, and the Last Judgment shall be, God has reserved as a secret known only to himself.)

37. But this I may tell 37 But as the days you, that all these things, allo the coming of

of Noe were, so shall which I have now fore- the Son of man be. warned you of, shall come suddenly and very unexpectedly to the generality of Mankind. 38&o 39. For as in the

38 For as in the days of Noah, Men went days that were beon secure and intent upon were eating

fore the flood, they

and their Worldly Business, drinking, marrying and had no regard to the and giving in marri

riage, untill the day Preaching of that good that Noe entred into Man, till the very day that the ark,

+ It is an extraordinary ingenious Conjecture of Grotius, to make ruées exeun here, opposed to Tauta Torta in v.34. So that the Senfe may be, Tauta Távta, the Destruction of the Fews, shall be presently; but fuéeg exekun, the last day of Fudgment, is known to none. Yet the Sense may be carried on entire, without this opposition; as in the Para, phrase.

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