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Day of Midian, Josh. 7. 22. turn their Hands against each other, and like as the Moabites Ammonites and the Children of Mount Seir, 2 Chron. 20. 23. helped to destroy one another, so shall these lift up every one his Hand againft his Brother, and turn his Sword against his Fellow. Even as the Lord hath said, Ezek. 38. 21. I will call for a Sword against bim throughout all my Mountains, every Man's Sword fall
. be against bis Brother. And I will plead against him with Pestilence and with Blood, and I will rain upon him and upon bis Bands, and upon the many People that are with him, an overflowing Rain, and great Hailftones, Fire, and Brim, ftone.
And (Rev. 19. 20.) the Beast and false Prophet tbat wrought Miracles before him, with which be bad deceived them that bad received the Mark of the Beast, and them that worshipped bis Image, were both of them taken and caft alive into the Lake burning zpith Fire and Brimstone. And the Remnant (v. 21.) were fain with the Sword of him that Sate upon the Horse, which proceedeth out of his Mouth, and all the Fowls were filled with their Flesh. This is what St. Paul foretold concerning this Lying Deceiver, 2 Thefl. 2.8. That the Lord Shall consume bim with the Breath of bis Mouth, and destroy bim with the Brightnes of his Coming. When he shall deseend with the Power and Majesty of an Everlasting Kingdom, which shall descend with him upon the Earth, then shall all the Glorious Promises made to the Church be plentifully fulfilled; then shall the Sons and
Disciples of the Cross receive double a: the Lords Hand for the Shame which the have suffered for his sake, and instead o Confusion they shall rejoyce in their Porti on, and in their Land they shall pofsefs the double. He will give them Beauty for Ashes, the Oil of Joy for Mourning, the Garment of Praise for the Spirit o Heaviness. Everlasting Joy shall be up
on them. Yea the Lord shall send ferti Bre the his Spirit *, and renew the Face of the Earth . Omginal. Psal. 104. 30. which is that Restitution of
all things which God bath Spoken by the Mouth of all bis Holy Prophets ever force the World began. Acts. 3. 21.
The Cona N.D now perhaps it may be asked, as the Difciples asked our Bleffed with" some
, Lord, Mat. 24. 3. tell us; when shall these Thoughts Thingsbe? To which Question our Lord concerning has upon another.: Occafion, Atts. I. 7: the signs
of the given us this short Answer, that it is not for:
Times. 28. to know the Times and the Seasons, wbich the Father. bath put in bis own Power. And it mufti be acknowledged, that no one thing has given so fatal an Advantage to the Enemies of Prophetical Truth, as the vast Presumption of some Men, who upon very slender Grounds have dared as in the Name of the Lord to confine the Completion of some very great Revolutions to a very narrow Compass of Time, and that with as much Confidence, as if their Comments had been as Divine and Authentick as the Prophecies themselves which they pretended to explain. The Miscarriages of fuch Pere fons have sò prejudic'd the Men of free thinking and Philosophy, as to make them (generally speaking) entirely neglect the Prophetical Writings; yea, not only neglect but ridicule them, and think all that can be said for them, to be sufficiently answered with that bitter Sarcasme of a cer tain Great Man, that the Book of Revelations either found people mad or left them fo-; which
however sometimes true it may be in Fact,is dire&ly contrary to the Declaration made by the Spirit of God Himself (if they will allow this Book to be Divine) who begins it with the Promise of a Blessing, a special Blefsing to the study of it; Blessed is be that read eth, and they that bear the Words of this prophecy, and keep those things that are written therejn. Rev. 1. 3.
Now though our Blessed Saviour condemns a too positive Curiosity in things of this nature, yet does he by no means difcourage the modest and humble Enquirer, having himself vouchsafed, Mat. 24. Mark. 13. and Luke. 21. to give us some Marks. and Tokens whereby to judge of the near approach of that Time.; at least with as much Certainty as we can judge of the near approach of Summer, when we see the tender Branches of the Fig-tree begin to bud and put forth its Leaves, or judge of the Weather by the appearance of the Sky. Learn (saith he to his Disciples, Mat. 24. 32, 33) a Parable of ibe Fig-tree : when bis Branch is yet tender, and putteth forth his Leaves, ye know that Summer is nigh: So likewise ye when ye shall see all these things (meaning the Signs and Tokens afore-mention'd) know that it (the great Desolation) is near, even at the doors. So Mat.16. 2, 3. When it is Evening, ye say it will be Fair Weather: For the Sky is Red. And in the Morning it will be Foul Wear ther to Day: for the Sky is Red and Lowring. O ye Hypocrites, ye can discern the Face of the sky, but cannot ye discern the Signs of the Times?
Omitting therefore all Chronological Difquisitions, which at the best are attended with infinite Uncertainties, we will take a short view of those Criteria, or Tokens, which our Blessed Lord has given us.
THè first is Mat. 24. 6. re. shall bear of Wars, and Rumours of Wars, Nation shall rise against Nation, and Kingdom against Kingdom,
there shall be Famines and Pestilences and Earth : quakes in divers Places. Upon this let any in
quisitive Christian look a little into the face
of the present Times, and let him seriously 1 tell me, did he ever meet with such a state
of Affairs in any period of History, as that which at this timetembarrasses the Princes and Potentates of Europe. Imean in relation to the different Interests and Pretensions upon which the prefent War is grounded, which by some surprizing Springs and Motions have upon such different Grounds engaged fo many States and Kingdoms, that there is hardly a Neutral Power left to be the Mediator or Guarantee of the so much expected and desired Peace. I cannot upon this Head forbear to mention the visible Weakness and Declension of the Empire, as also their present Differences with the Court of Rome, which may pollibly haften the Completamente il tion of Daniel's Prophecy of the Ten Toes of his Image, Dan, 2. 41. which will be an indisputable Proof of the near Approach of the grand Revolution. As for the other Instances, viz. Pestilences and Famines, by the Mercy of God they have not yet been so universal ; and O may che same 7 which is
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