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Church-State Relations and the Book of Revelation
An Introduction to The Parousia: A Careful Look at the New Testament Doctrine of the Lord's Second Coming
by James Stuart Russell (1878) // Written by
Todd Dennis, Curator

Sir Isaac Newton. Christian.

Sir Isaac Newton

Six years after his death, Newton's nephew Benjamin Smith published a small portion of Newton's later writings on the prophetic Books of Daniel and Revelation. For more than two centuries, this book provided the only glimpse into Newton's prophetic thought. The main text conforms to the spelling and italicization of the original 1733 edition, with the English translations of Latin portions given in the 1922 edition of William Whitla provided in the endnotes. This edition was prepared by Stephen Snobelen.


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Sir Isaac Newton


"John was put by Nero into a vessel of hot oil, and coming out unhurt, was banished by him into Patmos. Tho this story be no more than a fiction yet was it founded on a tradition of the first churches, that John was banished into Patmos in the days of Nero. "




Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel.

Chapter 1 Introduction concerning the Compilers of the Books of the Old Testament

Chapter 2 Of the Prophetic Language.

Chapter 3. Of the vision of the Image composed of four Metals.

Chapter 4 Of the vision of the four Beasts.

Chapter 5 Of the Kingdoms represented by the feet of the Image composed of iron and clay.

Chapter 6 Of the ten Kingdoms represented by the ten horns of the fourth Beast.

Chapter 7 Of the eleventh horn of Daniel’s fourth Beast.

Chapter 8. Of the power of the eleventh horn of Daniel’s fourth Beast, to change times and laws.

Chapter 9. Of the Kingdoms represented in Daniel by the Ram and He-Goat.

Chapter 10. Of the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.

Chapter 11. Of the Times of the Birth and Passion of Christ.

Chapter 12. Of the Prophecy of the Scripture of Truth.

Chapter 13. Of the King who did according to his will, and magnified himself above every God, and honoured Mahuzzims, and regarded not the desire of women.

Chapter 14. Of the Mahuzzims, honoured by the King who doth according to his will.

Observations upon the Apocalypse of St. John.

Chapter 1. Introduction, concerning the time when the Apocalypse was written

Chapter 2. Of the relation which the Apocalypse of John hath to the Book of the Law of Moses, and to the worship of God in the Temple.

Chapter 3.Of the relation which the Prophecy of John hath to those of Daniel; and of the Subject of the Prophecy.


Of the Prophetic Language

For understanding the prophecies we are in the first place, to acquaint ourselves with the figurative language of the prophets. This language is taken from the analogy between the world natural and an empire or kingdom considered as a world politic.

Accordingly the whole world natural consisting of heavens and earth, signifies the whole world politic, consisting of thrones and people, or so much of it as is considered in the prophecy: and the things in that world signify the analogous things in this. For the heavens and the things therein, signify thrones and dignities, and those who enjoy them; and the earth, with the things thereon the inferior people; and the lowest parts of the earth called hades or hell, the lowest or most miserable part of them. Whence ascending towards heaven, and descending to the earth, are put for rising and falling in power and honor; rising out of the earth, or waters, and falling into them, for the rising up of any dignity or dominion, out of the inferior state of the people, or falling down from the same into that inferior state; descending into the lower parts of the earth, for descending to a very low and unhappy estate: speaking with a faint voice out of the dust, for being i a weak and low condition: moving from one place to another, for translation from one office, dignity, or dominion, to another; great earthquakes, and the shaking of kingdoms, so as to distract or overthrow them: the creating a new heaven and earth, and the passing away of am old one, or the beginning and end of the world, for the rise and the ruin of the body politic signified thereby.

In the heavens, the Sun and Moon are, by interpreters of dreams, put for the persons of kings and queens; but in sacred prophecy, which regards not single persons, the Sun is put for the whole species and race of kings in the kingdom or kingdoms of the world politic, shining with regal power and glory; the Moon, for the body of the common people, considered as the King's Wife: (Sir Isaac Newton is not here in harmony with himself. In the second paragraph, he hath already told us, that "the things in the heavens signify thrones and dignities, and those who enjoy them. Now the Moon is one of the things in the heavens, and must therefore represent a dignity; which cannot be affirmed of, "the common people," who constitute "the earth." It may be admitted that the Moon represents the King's Wife; but that wife is the body ecclesiastical of his kingdom: the stars are his sons or nobles in their several constellations or ranks and orders: the peoples, those only upon whom they shine. - J. Thomas.) the stars for subordinate princes and great men, or for bishops and rulers of the people of God, when the Sun is Christ: light for the glory, truth, and knowledge, wherewith great and good men shine and illuminate others: darkness for obscurity of condition, and for error, blindness and ignorance: darkening, smiting, or setting of the Sun, Moon, and Stars, for the ceasing of a kingdom, or for the desolation thereof, proportioned to the darkness: darkening the Sun, turning the Moon into blood, and falling of the stars, for the same; New Moons for the return of a dispersed people (or a hierarchy - J Thomas.) into a body politic or ecclesiastic.

Fire and meteors refer to both heaven and earth, and signify as follows:-burning anything with fire, is put for the consuming thereof by war; a conflagration of the earth, or turning a country into a lake of fire, for the consumption of a kingdom by war: the being in a furnace, for the being in slavery under another nation: the ascending up of the smoke of any burning thing for ever and ever, for the continuation of a conquered people under the misery of perpetual subjection and slavery: the scorching heat of the sun, for vexatious wars, persecutions, and troubles inflicted by the King: riding on the clouds, for reigning over much people: covering the sun with a cloud, or with smoke, for oppression of the king by the armies of an enemy: tempestuous winds, or the motions of clouds, for wars; thunder, or the voice of a cloud, for the voice of a multitude, a storm of thunder, lightning, hail, and overflowing rain, for a tempest of war descending from the heavens and clouds politic, on the heads of their enemies: rain, if not immoderate, and dew, and living water, for the graces and doctrines of the Spirit.

In the earth, the dry land and congregated waters, as a sea, a river, a flood, are put for the people of several regions, nations, and dominions: embittering of waters, for the mystical death of bodies politic, that is, for their dissolution: the overflowing of a sea or river, for the invasion of the earth politic, by the people of the waters: drying up of waters, for the conquest of their regions by the earth: (That depends upon whether the drying up results from infiltration, evaporation, or diversion int another channel. The waters of ancient Babylon, were dried up by diversion into new geographical and political channels. This was effected by Cyrus and his successors; not by "the earth" or common people - J. Thomas.) fountains of waters for cities, the permanent heads of rivers politic: mountains and islands, for the cities of the earth and sea politic, with the territories and dominions belonging to those dens and rocks, for the shutting up of idols in their temples: houses and ships for families, assemblies, and towns, in the earth and sea politic: and a navy of ships of war, for an army of that kingdom that is signified by the sea.

Animals also and vegetables, are put for the people of several regions and conditions: and particularly, trees, herbs, and land animals, for the people of the earth politic: flags, reeds, fishes, for those of the waters politic: birds and insects, for those of the political heaven and earth; a forest for a kingdom: and a wilderness for a desolate and thin people.

If the world politic, considered in prophecy, consists of many kingdoms, they are represented by as many parts of the world natural: as the noblest by the celestial frame, and then the Moon and clouds are put for the common people: (We do not find that Moon and clouds represent the common people in prophecy in which the terms are used. They pertain to the heavens politic, not to the earth.- J. Thomas.) the less noble by the earth, sea, and rivers: and by the animals or vegetables, or buildings therein: and then the greater or more powerful animals and taller trees, are put for kings, princes, and nobles. And because the whole kingdom is the Body Politic of the king, therefore the Sun, or a tree, or a beast, or a bird, or a man whereby the king is represented, is put in a large signification for the whole kingdom: and several animals, as a lion, a bear, a leopard, a goat, according to their qualities, are put for several kingdoms and bodies politic: and sacrificing of beasts, for slaughtering and conquering of kingdoms: and friendship between beasts, for peace between kingdoms. Yet sometimes vegetables and animals are by certain epithets or circumstances, extended to other significations; as a tree, when called the Tree of Life or of Knowledge; and a beast, when called the Old Serpent, or worshipped.

When a beast or man is put for a kingdom, his parts and qualities are put for the analogous parts and qualities of the kingdom as the head of a beast for the great men who precede and govern; the tail for inferior people, who follow and are governed: the heads, if more than one, for the number of capital parts or dynasties or dominions, in the kingdom, whether collateral or successive, with respect to the civil government: the horns on any head for the number of kingdoms in that head, with respect to military power: seeing for understanding, and the eyes for men of understanding and policy; in matters of religion, for bishops; speaking, for making laws: the mouth for a lawgiver, whether civil or sacred: the loudness of the voice, for might and power: the faintness thereof, for weakness: eating and drinking, for acquiring what is signified by the things eaten or drank: the hairs of a beast or man, and the feathers of a bird, for people: the wings for the number of kingdoms represented by the beast: the arm of a man for his power, or for any people wherein his strength and power consists: his feet, for the lowest of the people, or for the latter end of the kingdom: the feet, nails, and teeth of beasts of prey, for armies, and squadrons of armies: the bones, for strength, and for fortified places: the flesh for riches and possessions: and the days of their acting, for years: and when a tree is put for a kingdom, its branches, leaves and fruit, signify as do the wings, feathers, and food of a bird or beast.

When a man is taken in a mystical sense, his qualities are often signified by his actions, and by the circumstances of things about him. So the ruler is signified by his riding on a beast; a warrior and conqueror, by his having a sword and bow: a potent man by his gigantic stature: a judge, by weights and measures: a sentence of absolution or condemnation, by a white or a black stone: a new dignity by a new name: moral or civil qualifications, by garments: honor and glory, by splendid apparel: royal dignity, by purple of scarlet, or by a crown: righteousness, by white and clean robes: wickedness, by spotted and filthy garments: affliction mourning, and humiliation, by clothing in sackcloth: dishonor, shame, and want of good works, by nakedness: error and misery, by drinking a cup of his or her wine that causeth it: propagating any religion for gain, by exercising traffic or merchandize with that people whose religion it is: worshipping or serving the false gods of any nation, by committing adultery with their princes, or by worshipping them: a council of a kingdom, by its image: idolatry by blasphemy: overthrow in war, by a wound of man or beast: a durable plague of war, by a sore or pain: the affliction or persecution which a people suffers in laboring to bring forth a new kingdom, by the pain of a woman in labor to bring forth a man-child: the dissolution of a body politic or ecclesiastic, by the death of a man or beast: and the revival of a dissolved dominion, by the resurrection of the dead.


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To the Right Honourable


Lord K I N G,

Baron of Ockham, Lord High Chancellor of Great-Britain.

My Lord,

I shall make no Apology for addressing the following Sheets to Your
Lordship, who lived in a long Intercourse of Friendship with the Author;
and, like him, amidst occupations of a different nature, made Religion your
voluntary Study; and in all your Enquiries and Actions, have shewn the same
inflexible Adherence to Truth and Virtue.

I shall always reckon it one of the Advantages of my Relation to Sir
Isaac Newton, that it affords me an opportunity of making this publick
acknowledgment of the unfeigned Respect of,

  My Lord,
      Your Lordship's
          most obedient, and
              most humble Servant,
                  Benj. Smith.

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Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel.

CHAP. I. Introduction concerning, the Compilers of the Books of the Old

CHAP. II. Of the Prophetic Language.

CHAP. III. Of the vision of the Image composed of four Metals.

CHAP. IV. Of the vision of the four Beasts.

CHAP. V. Of the Kingdoms represented by the feet of the Image composed of
iron and clay.

CHAP. VI. Of the ten Kingdoms represented by the ten horns of the fourth

CHAP. VII. Of the eleventh horn of Daniel's fourth Beast.

CHAP. VIII. Of the power of the eleventh horn of Daniel's fourth Beast,
to change times and laws.

CHAP. IX. Of the Kingdoms represented in Daniel by the Ram and He-Goat.

CHAP. X. Of the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.

CHAP. XI. Of the Times of the Birth and Passion of Christ.

CHAP. XII. Of the Prophecy of the Scripture of Truth.

CHAP. XIII. Of the King who did according to his will, and magnified
himself above every God, and honoured Mahuzzims, and regarded not the
desire of women.

CHAP. XIV. Of the Mahuzzims, honoured by the King who doth according to
his will.


Observations upon the Apocalypse of St. John.

CHAP. I. Introduction, concerning the time when the Apocalypse was

CHAP. II. Of the relation which the Apocalypse of John hath to the Book
of the Law of Moses, and to the worship of God in the Temple.

CHAP. III. Of the relation which the Prophecy of John hath to those of
Daniel; and of the Subject of the Prophecy.

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Prophecies of DANIEL

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Introduction concerning the Compilers of the books of the Old Testament.

When Manasses [1] set up a carved image in the house of the Lord, and
built altars in the two courts of the house, to all the host of Heaven, and
us'd inchantments and witchcraft, and familiar spirits, and for his great
wickedness was invaded by the army of Asserhadon King of Assyria, and
carried captive to Babylon; the book of the Law was lost till the
eighteenth year of his grandson Josiah. Then [2] Hilkiah the High
Priest, upon repairing the Temple, found it there: and the King lamented
that their fathers had not done after the words of the book, and commanded
that it should be read to the people, and caused the people to renew the
holy covenant with God. This is the book of the Law now extant.

When [3] Shishak came out of Egypt and spoil'd the temple, and brought
Judah into subjection to the monarchy of Egypt, (which was in the fifth
year of Rehoboam) the Jews continued under great troubles for about
twenty years; being without the true God, and without a teaching Priest,
and without Law: and in those times there was no peace to him that went
out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the
inhabitants of the countries, and nation was destroyed of nation, and city
of city, for God did vex them with all adversity. But [4] when Shishak
was dead, and Egypt fell into troubles, Judah had quiet ten years; and
in that time Asa built fenced cities in Judah, and got up an army of
580000 men, with which, in the 15th year of his reign, he met and overcame
Zerah the Ethiopian, who had conquered Egypt and Lybia, and
Troglodytica, and came out with an army of 1000000 Lybians and
Ethiopians, to recover the countries conquered by Sesac. And after this
victory [5] Asa dethroned his mother for idolatry, and he renewed the
Altar, and brought new vessels of gold and silver into the Temple; and he
and the people entered into a new covenant to seek the Lord God of their
fathers, upon pain of death to those who worshiped other Gods; and his son
Jehosaphat took away the high places, and in the third year of his reign
sent some of his Princes, and of the Priests and Levites, to teach in the
cities of Judah: and they had the book of the Law with them, and went
about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people. This is
that book of the Law which was afterwards lost in the reign of Manasses,
and found again in the reign of Josiah, and therefore it was written
before the third year of Jehosaphat.

The same book of the Law was preserved and handed down to posterity by the
Samaritans, and therefore was received by the ten Tribes before their
captivity. For [6] when the ten Tribes were captivated, a Priest or the
captivity was sent back to Bethel, by order of the King of Assyria, to
instruct the new inhabitants of Samaria, in the manner of the God of the
land; and the Samaritans had the Pentateuch from this Priest, as
containing the law or manner of the God of the land, which he was to
teach them. For [7] they persevered in the religion which he taught them,
joining with it the worship of their own Gods; and by persevering in what
they had been taught, they preserved this book of their Law in the original
character of the Hebrews, while the two Tribes, after their return from
Babylon, changed the character to that of the Chaldees, which they had
learned at Babylon.

And since the Pentateuch was received as the book of the Law, both by the
two Tribes and by the ten Tribes, it follows that they received it before
they became divided into two Kingdoms. For after the division, they
received not laws from one another, but continued at variance. Judah
could not reclaim Israel from the sin of Jeroboam, and Israel could
not bring Judah to it. The Pentateuch therefore was the book of the Law
in the days of David and Solomon. The affairs of the Tabernacle and
Temple were ordered by David and Solomon, according to the Law of this
book; and David in the 78th Psalm, admonishing the people to give ear to
the Law of God, means the Law of this book. For in describing how their
forefathers kept it not, he quotes many historical things out of the books
of Exodus and Numbers.

The race of the Kings of Edom, before there reigned any King over
Israel, is set down in the book of [8] Genesis; and therefore that book
was not written entirely in the form now extant, before the reign of
Saul. The writer set down the race of those Kings till his own time, and
therefore wrote before David conquered Edom. The Pentateuch is
composed of the Law and the history of God's people together; and the
history hath been collected from several books, such as were the history of
the Creation composed by Moses, Gen. ii. 4. the book of the generations
of Adam, Gen. v. i. and the book of the wars of the Lord, Num. xxi.
14. This book of wars contained what was done at the Red-sea, and in the
journeying of Israel thro' the Wilderness, and therefore was begun by
Moses. And Joshua might carry it on to the conquest of Canaan. For
Joshua wrote some things in the book of the Law of God, Josh. xxiv. 26
and therefore might write his own wars in the book of wars, those being the
principal wars of God. These were publick books, and therefore not written
without the authority of Moses and Joshua. And Samuel had leisure in
the reign of Saul, to put them into the form of the books of Moses and
Joshua now extant, inserting into the book of Genesis, the race of the
Kings of Edom, until there reigned a King in Israel.

The book of the Judges is a continued history of the Judges down to the
death of Sampson, and therefore was compiled after his death, out of the
Acts of the Judges. Several things in this book are said to be done when
there was no King in Israel, Judg. xvii. 6. xviii. 1. xix. 1. xxi. 25.
and therefore this book was written after the beginning of the reign of
Saul. When it was written, the Jebusites dwelt in Jerusalem, Jud.
i. 21 and therefore it was written before the eighth year of David, 2
Sam. v. 8. and 1 Chron. xi. 6. The books of Moses, Joshua, and
Judges, contain one continued history, down from the Creation to the
death of Sampson. Where the Pentateuch ends, the book of Joshua
begins; and where the book of Joshua ends, the book of Judges begins.
Therefore all these books have been composed out of the writings of
Moses, Joshua, and other records, by one and the same hand, after the
beginning of the reign of Saul, and before the eighth year of David.
And Samuel was a sacred writer, 1 Sam. x. 25. acquainted with the
history of Moses and the Judges, 1 Sam. xii. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. and
had leisure in the reign of Saul, and sufficient authority to compose
these books. He was a Prophet, and judged Israel all the days of his
life, and was in the greatest esteem with the people; and the Law by which
he was to judge the people was not to be published by less authority than
his own, the Law-maker being not inferior to the judge. And the book of
Jasher, which is quoted in the book of Joshua, Josh. x. 13. was in
being at the death of Saul, 2 Sam. i. 18.

At the dedication of the Temple of Solomon, when the Ark was brought into
the most holy place, there was nothing in it but the two tables, 1 Kings
viii. 9. and therefore when the Philistines took the Ark, they took out
of it the book of the Law, and the golden pot of Manna, and Aaron's Rod.
And this and other losses in the desolation of Israel, by the conquering
Philistines, might give occasion to Samuel, after some respite from
those enemies, to recollect the scattered writings of Moses and Joshua,
and the records of the Patriarchs and Judges, and compose them in the form
now extant.

The book of Ruth is a history of things done in the days of the Judges,
and may be looked upon as an addition to the book of the Judges, written
by the same author, and at the same time. For it was written after the
birth of David, Ruth iv. 17, 22. and not long after, because the
history of Boaz and Ruth, the great grandfather and great grandmother
of David, and that of their contemporaries, could not well be remembered
above two or three generations. And since this book derives the genealogy
of David from Boaz and Ruth, and omits David's elder brothers and
his sons; it was written in honour of David, after he was anointed King
by Samuel, and before he had children in Hebron, and by consequence in
the reign of Saul. It proceeds not to the history of David, and
therefore seems to have been written presently after he was anointed. They
judge well therefore who ascribe to Samuel the books of Joshua,
Judges, and Ruth.

Samuel is also reputed the author of the first book of Samuel, till the
time of his death. The two books of Samuel cite no authors, and therefore
seem to be originals. They begin with his genealogy, birth and education,
and might be written partly in his lifetime by himself or his disciples the
Prophets at Naioth in Ramah, 1 Sam. xix. 18, 19, 20. and partly after
his death by the same disciples.

The books of the Kings cite other authors, as the book of the Acts of
Solomon, the book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel, and the
book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah. The books of the
Chronicles cite the book of Samuel the Seer, the book of Nathan the
Prophet, and the book of Gad the Seer, for the Acts of David; the book
of Nathan the Prophet, the Prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and the
visions of Iddo the Seer, for the Acts of Solomon; the book of
Shemajah the Prophet, and the book of Iddo the Seer concerning
genealogies, for the Acts of Rehoboam and Abijah; the book of the Kings
of Judah and Israel for the Acts of Asa, Joash, Amaziah,
Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, and Josiah; the book of
Hanani the Seer, for the Acts of Jehosaphat; and the visions of
Isaiah for the Acts of Uzziah and Hezekiah. These books were
therefore collected out of the historical writings of the antient Seers and
Prophets. And because the books of the Kings and Chronicles quote one
another, they were written at one and the same time. And this time was
after the return from the Babylonian captivity, because they bring down
the history of Judah, and the genealogies of the Kings of Judah, and of
the High Priests, to that captivity. The book of Ezra was originally a
part of the book of the Chronicles, and has been divided from it. For it
begins with the two last verses of the books of Chronicles, and the first
book of Esdras begins with the two last chapters thereof. Ezra was
therefore the compiler of the books of Kings and Chronicles, and
brought down the history to his own time. He was a ready Scribe in the Law
of God; and for assisting him in this work Nehemias founded a library,
and gathered together the Acts of the Kings and the Prophets, and of
David, and the Epistles of the Kings, concerning the holy gifts, 2
Maccab. ii. 13. By the Acts of David I understand here the two books of
Samuel, or at least the second book. Out of the Acts of the Kings,
written from time to time by the Prophets, he compos'd the books of the
Kings of Judah and Israel, the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah,
and the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. And in doing this he joined
those Acts together, in due order of time, copying the very words of the
authors, as is manifest from hence, that the books of the Kings and
Chronicles frequently agree with one another in words for many sentences
together. Where they agree in sense, there they agree in words also.

So the Prophecies of Isaiah, written at several times, he has collected
into one body. And the like he did for those of Jeremiah, and the rest of
the Prophets, down to the days of the second Temple. The book of Jonah is
the history of Jonah written by another hand. The book of Daniel is a
collection of papers written at several times. The six last chapters
contain Prophecies written at several times by Daniel himself: the six
first are a collection of historical papers written by others. The fourth
chapter is a decree of Nebuchadnezzar. The first chapter was written
after Daniel's death: for the author saith, that Daniel continued to
the first year of Cyrus; that is, to his first year over the Persians
and Medes, and third year over Babylon. And, for the same reason, the
fifth and sixth chapters were also written after his death. For they end
with these words: So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and
in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. Yet these words might be added by the
collector of the papers, whom I take to be Ezra.

The Psalms composed by Moses, David, and others, seem to have been also
collected by Ezra into one volume. I reckon him the collector, because in
this collection I meet with Psalms as late as the Babylonian captivity,
but with none later.

After these things Antiochus Epiphanes spoiled the Temple, commanded the
Jews to forsake the Law upon pain of death, and caused the sacred books
to be burnt wherever they could be found: and in these troubles the book of
the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel was entirely lost. But upon
recovering from this oppression, Judas Maccabæus gathered together all
those writings that were to be met with, 2 Maccab. ii. 14. and in
reducing them into order, part of the Prophecies of Isaiah, or some other
Prophet, have been added to the end of the Prophecies of Zechariah; and
the book of Ezra has been separated from the book of Chronicles, and
set together in two different orders; in one order in the book of Ezra,
received into the Canon, and in another order in the first book of

After the Roman captivity, the Jews for preserving their traditions,
put them in writing in their Talmud, and for preserving their scriptures,
agreed upon an Edition, and pointed it, and counted the letters of every
sort in every book: and by preserving only this Edition, the antienter
various lections, except what can be discovered by means of the
Septuagint Version, are now lost; and such marginal notes, or other
corruptions, as by the errors of the transcribers, before this Edition was
made, had crept into the text, are now scarce to be corrected.

The Jews before the Roman captivity, distinguished the sacred books
into the Law, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa, or holy writings; and
read only the Law and the Prophets in their Synagogues. And Christ and his
Apostles laid the stress of religion upon the Law and the Prophets, Matt.
vii. 12. xxii. 4. Luke xvi. 16, 29, 31. xxiv. 44. Acts xxiv. 14. xxvi.
22. Rom. iii. 21. By the Hagiographa they meant the historical books
called Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra,
Nehemiah, and Esther, the book of Job, the Psalms, the books of
Solomon, and the Lamentations. The Samaritans read only the
Pentateuch: and when Jehosaphat sent men to teach in the cities, they
had with them only the book of the Law; for the Prophecies now extant were
not then written. And upon the return from the Babylonian captivity,
Ezra read only the book of the Law to the people, from morning to noon on
the first day of the seventh month; and from day to day in the feast of
Tabernacles: for he had not yet collected the writings of the Prophets into
the volume now extant; but instituted the reading of them after the
collection was made. By reading the Law and the Prophets in the Synagogues,
those books have been kept freer from corruption than the Hagiographa.

In the infancy of the nation of Israel, when God had given them a Law,
and made a covenant with them to be their God if they would keep his
commandments, he sent Prophets to reclaim them, as often as they revolted
to the worship of other Gods: and upon their returning to him, they
sometimes renewed the covenant which they had broken. These Prophets he
continued to send, till the days of Ezra: but after their Prophecies were
read in the Synagogues, those Prophecies were thought sufficient. For if
the people would not hear Moses and the old Prophets, they would hear no
new ones, no not tho they should rise from the dead. At length when a new
truth was to be preached to the Gentiles, namely, that Jesus was the
Christ, God sent new Prophets and Teachers: but after their writings were
also received and read in the Synagogues of the Christians, Prophecy ceased
a second time. We have Moses, the Prophets, and Apostles, and the words
of Christ himself; and if we will not hear them, we shall be more
inexcusable than the Jews. For the Prophets and Apostles have foretold,
that as Israel often revolted and brake the covenant, and upon repentance
renewed it; so there should be a falling away among the Christians, soon
after the days of the Apostles; and that in the latter days God would
destroy the impenitent revolters, and make a new covenant with his people.
And the giving ear to the Prophets is a fundamental character of the true
Church. For God has so ordered the Prophecies, that in the latter days the
wise may understand, but the wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the
wicked shall understand, Dan. xii. 9, 10. The authority of Emperors,
Kings, and Princes, is human. The authority of Councils, Synods, Bishops,
and Presbyters, is human. The authority of the Prophets is divine, and
comprehends the sum of religion, reckoning Moses and the Apostles among
the Prophets; and if an Angel from Heaven preach any other gospel, than
what they have delivered, let him be accursed. Their writings contain the
covenant between God and his people, with instructions for keeping this
covenant; instances of God's judgments upon them that break it: and
predictions of things to come. While the people of God keep the covenant,
they continue to be his people: when they break it they cease to be his
people or church, and become the Synagogue of Satan, who say they are
Jews and are not. And no power on earth is authorized to alter this

The predictions of things to come relate to the state of the Church in all
ages: and amongst the old Prophets, Daniel is most distinct in order of
time, and easiest to be understood: and therefore in those things which
relate to the last times, he must be made the key to the rest.

Notes to Chap. I.

[1] 2 Chron. xxxiii. 5, 6, 7.

[2] 2 Chron. xxxiv.

[3] 2 Chron. xii. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9. & xv. 3, 5, 6.

[4] 2 Chron. xiv. 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12.

[5] 2 Chron. xv. 3, 12, 13, 16, 18.

[6] 2 Kings xvii. 27, 28, 32, 33.

[7] 2 Kings xvii. 34, 41.

[8] Gen. xxxvi. 31.

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Of the Prophetic Language.

For understanding the Prophecies, we are, in the first place, to acquaint
our-selves with the figurative language of the Prophets. This language is
taken from the analogy between the world natural, and an empire or kingdom
considered as a world politic.

Accordingly, the whole world natural consisting of heaven and earth,
signifies the whole world politic, consisting of thrones and people, or so
much of it as is considered in the Prophecy: and the things in that world
signify the analogous things in this. For the heavens, and the things
therein, signify thrones and dignities, and those who enjoy them; and the
earth, with the things thereon, the inferior people; and the lowest parts
of the earth, called Hades or Hell, the lowest or most miserable part of
them. Whence ascending towards heaven, and descending to the earth, are put
for rising and falling in power and honour: rising out of the earth, or
waters, and falling into them, for the rising up to any dignity or
dominion, out of the inferior state of the people, or falling down from the
same into that inferior state; descending into the lower parts of the
earth, for descending to a very low and unhappy estate; speaking with a
faint voice out of the dust, for being in a weak and low condition; moving
from one place to another, for translation from one office, dignity, or
dominion, to another; great earthquakes, and the shaking of heaven and
earth, for the shaking of kingdoms, so as to distract or overthrow them;
the creating a new heaven and earth, and the passing away of an old one, or
the beginning and end of the world, for the rise and ruin of the body
politic signified thereby.

In the heavens, the Sun and Moon are, by interpreters of dreams, put for
the persons of Kings and Queens; but in sacred Prophecy, which regards not
single persons, the Sun is put for the whole species and race of Kings, in
the kingdom or kingdoms of the world politic, shining with regal power and
glory; the Moon for the body of the common people, considered as the King's
wife; the Stars for subordinate Princes and great men, or for Bishops and
Rulers of the people of God, when the Sun is Christ; light for the glory,
truth, and knowledge, wherewith great and good men shine and illuminate
others; darkness for obscurity of condition, and for error, blindness and
ignorance; darkning, smiting, or setting of the Sun, Moon, and Stars, for
the ceasing of a kingdom, or for the desolation thereof, proportional to
the darkness; darkning the Sun, turning the Moon into blood, and falling of
the Stars, for the same; new Moons, for the return of a dispersed people
into a body politic or ecclesiastic.

Fire and meteors refer to both heaven and earth, and signify as follows;
burning any thing with fire, is put for the consuming thereof by war; a
conflagration of the earth, or turning a country into a lake of fire, for
the consumption of a kingdom by war; the being in a furnace, for the being
in slavery under another nation; the ascending up of the smoke of any
burning thing for ever and ever, for the continuation of a conquered people
under the misery of perpetual subjection and slavery; the scorching heat of
the sun, for vexatious wars, persecutions and troubles inflicted by the
King; riding on the clouds, for reigning over much people; covering the sun
with a cloud, or with smoke, for oppression of the King by the armies of an
enemy; tempestuous winds, or the motion of clouds, for wars; thunder, or
the voice of a cloud, for the voice of a multitude; a storm of thunder,
lightning, hail, and overflowing rain, for a tempest of war descending from
the heavens and clouds politic, on the heads of their enemies; rain, if not
immoderate, and dew, and living water, for the graces and doctrines of the
Spirit; and the defect of rain, for spiritual barrenness.

In the earth, the dry land and congregated waters, as a sea, a river, a
flood, are put for the people of several regions, nations, and dominions;
embittering of waters, for great affliction of the people by war and
persecution; turning things into blood, for the mystical death of bodies
politic, that is, for their dissolution; the overflowing of a sea or river,
for the invasion of the earth politic, by the people of the waters; drying
up of waters, for the conquest of their regions by the earth; fountains of
waters for cities, the permanent heads of rivers politic; mountains and
islands, for the cities of the earth and sea politic, with the territories
and dominions belonging to those cities; dens and rocks of mountains, for
the temples of cities; the hiding of men in those dens and rocks, for the
shutting up of Idols in their temples; houses and ships, for families,
assemblies, and towns, in the earth and sea politic; and a navy of ships of
war, for an army of that kingdom that is signified by the sea.

Animals also and vegetables are put for the people of several regions and
conditions; and particularly, trees, herbs, and land animals, for the
people of the earth politic: flags, reeds, and fishes, for those of the
waters politic; birds and insects, for those of the politic heaven and
earth; a forest for a kingdom; and a wilderness for a desolate and thin

If the world politic, considered in prophecy, consists of many kingdoms,
they are represented by as many parts of the world natural; as the noblest
by the celestial frame, and then the Moon and Clouds are put for the common
people; the less noble, by the earth, sea, and rivers, and by the animals
or vegetables, or buildings therein; and then the greater and more powerful
animals and taller trees, are put for Kings, Princes, and Nobles. And
because the whole kingdom is the body politic of the King, therefore the
Sun, or a Tree, or a Beast, or Bird, or a Man, whereby the King is
represented, is put in a large signification for the whole kingdom; and
several animals, as a Lion, a Bear, a Leopard, a Goat, according to their
qualities, are put for several kingdoms and bodies politic; and sacrificing
of beasts, for slaughtering and conquering of kingdoms; and friendship
between beasts, for peace between kingdoms. Yet sometimes vegetables and
animals are, by certain epithets or circumstances, extended to other
significations; as a Tree, when called the tree of life or of
knowledge; and a Beast, when called the old serpent, or worshipped.

When a Beast or Man is put for a kingdom, his parts and qualities are put
for the analogous parts and qualities of the kingdom; as the head of a
Beast, for the great men who precede and govern; the tail for the inferior
people, who follow and are governed; the heads, if more than one, for the
number of capital parts, or dynasties, or dominions in the kingdom, whether
collateral or successive, with respect to the civil government; the horns
on any head, for the number of kingdoms in that head, with respect to
military power; seeing for understanding, and the eyes for men of
understanding and policy, and in matters of religion for [Greek:
Episkopoi], Bishops; speaking, for making laws; the mouth, for a law-giver,
whether civil or sacred; the loudness of the voice, for might and power;
the faintness thereof, for weakness; eating and drinking, for acquiring
what is signified by the things eaten and drank; the hairs of a beast, or
man, and the feathers of a bird, for people; the wings, for the number of
kingdoms represented by the beast; the arm of a man, for his power, or for
any people wherein his strength and power consists; his feet, for the
lowest of the people, or for the latter end of the kingdom; the feet,
nails, and teeth of beasts of prey, for armies and squadrons of armies; the
bones, for strength, and for fortified places; the flesh, for riches and
possessions; and the days of their acting, for years; and when a tree is
put for a kingdom, its branches, leaves and fruit, signify as do the wings,
feathers, and food of a bird or beast.

When a man is taken in a mystical sense, his qualities are often signified
by his actions, and by the circumstances of things about him. So a Ruler is
signified by his riding on a beast; a Warrior and Conqueror, by his having
a sword and bow; a potent man, by his gigantic stature; a Judge, by weights
and measures; a sentence of absolution, or condemnation, by a white or a
black stone; a new dignity, by a new name; moral or civil qualifications,
by garments; honour and glory, by splendid apparel; royal dignity, by
purple or scarlet, or by a crown; righteousness, by white and clean robes;
wickedness, by spotted and filthy garments; affliction, mourning, and
humiliation, by clothing in sackcloth; dishonour, shame, and want of good
works, by nakedness; error and misery, by drinking a cup of his or her wine
that causeth it; propagating any religion for gain, by exercising traffick
and merchandize with that people whose religion it is; worshipping or
serving the false Gods of any nation, by committing adultery with their
princes, or by worshipping them; a Council of a kingdom, by its image;
idolatry, by blasphemy; overthrow in war, by a wound of man or beast; a
durable plague of war, by a sore and pain; the affliction or persecution
which a people suffers in labouring to bring forth a new kingdom, by the
pain of a woman in labour to bring forth a man-child; the dissolution of a
body politic or ecclesiastic, by the death of a man or beast; and the
revival of a dissolved dominion, by the resurrection of the dead.

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Of the vision of the Image composed of four Metals.

The Prophecies of Daniel are all of them related to one another, as if
they were but several parts of one general Prophecy, given at several
times. The first is the easiest to be understood, and every following
Prophecy adds something new to the former. The first was given in a dream
to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, in the second year of his reign;
but the King forgetting his dream, it was given again to Daniel in a
dream, and by him revealed to the King. And thereby, Daniel presently
became famous for wisdom, and revealing of secrets: insomuch that Ezekiel
his contemporary, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar, spake thus of
him to the King of Tyre: Behold, saith he, thou art wiser than
Daniel, there is no secret that they can hide from thee, Ezek. xxviii.
3. And the same Ezekiel, in another place, joins Daniel with Noah and
Job, as most high in the favour of God, Ezek. xiv. 14, 16, 18, 20. And
in the last year of Belshazzar, the Queen-mother said of him to the King:
Behold there is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy
gods; and in the days of thy father, light and understanding and wisdom,
like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king
Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father made master of the
magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans and soothsayers: forasmuch as an
excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams,
and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the
same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, Dan. v. 11, 12.
Daniel was in the greatest credit amongst the Jews, till the reign of
the Roman Emperor Hadrian: and to reject his Prophecies, is to reject
the Christian religion. For this religion is founded upon his Prophecy
concerning the Messiah.

Now in this vision of the Image composed of four Metals, the foundation of
all Daniel's Prophecies is laid. It represents a body of four great
nations, which should reign over the earth successively, viz. the people of
Babylonia, the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans. And by a stone
cut out without hands, which fell upon the feet of the Image, and brake all
the four Metals to pieces, and became a great mountain, and filled the
whole earth; it further represents that a new kingdom should arise, after
the four, and conquer all those nations, and grow very great, and last to
the end of all ages.

The head of the Image was of gold, and signifies the nations of
Babylonia, who reigned first, as Daniel himself interprets. Thou art
this head of gold, saith he to Nebuchadnezzar. These nations reigned
till Cyrus conquered Babylon, and within a few months after that
conquest revolted to the Persians, and set them up above the Medes. The
breast and arms of the Image were of silver, and represent the Persians
who reigned next. The belly and thighs of the Image were of brass, and
represent the Greeks, who, under the dominion of Alexander the great,
conquered the Persians, and reigned next after them. The legs were of
iron, and represent the Romans who reigned next after the Greeks, and
began to conquer them in the eighth year of Antiochus Epiphanes. For in
that year they conquered Perseus King of Macedon, the fundamental
kingdom of the Greeks; and from thence forward grew into a mighty empire,
and reigned with great power till the days of Theodosius the great. Then
by the incursion of many northern nations, they brake into many smaller
kingdoms, which are represented by the feet and toes of the Image, composed
part of iron, and part of clay. For then, saith Daniel, [1] the kingdom
shall be divided, and there shall be in it of the strength of iron, but
they shall not cleave one to another.

And in the days of these Kings, saith Daniel, shall the God of heaven
set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not
be left to other people; but it shall break in pieces, and consume all
these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that
the stone was cut out of the mountains without hands, and that it brake in
pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver and the gold.

Notes to Chap. III.

[1] Chap. ii. 41, &c.

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Of the vision of the four Beasts.

In the next vision, which is of the four Beasts, the Prophecy of the four
Empires is repeated, with several new additions; such as are the two wings
of the Lion, the three ribs in the mouth of the Bear, the four wings and
four heads of the Leopard, the eleven horns of the fourth Beast, and the
son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven, to the Antient of Days sitting
in judgment.

The first Beast was like a lion, and had eagle's wings, to denote the
kingdoms of Babylonia and Media, which overthrew the Assyrian Empire,
and divided it between them, and thereby became considerable, and grew into
great Empires. In the former Prophecy, the Empire of Babylonia was
represented by the head of gold; in this both Empires are represented
together by the two wings of the lion. And I beheld, saith [1] Daniel,
till the wings thereof were pluckt, and it was lifted up from the earth,
and made to stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to
it; that is, till it was humbled and subdued, and made to know its human

The second Beast was like a bear, and represents the Empire which reigned
next after the Babylonians, that is, the Empire of the Persians. Thy
kingdom is divided, or broken, saith Daniel to the last King of
Babylon, and given to the Medes and Persians, Dan. v. 28. This
Beast raised itself up on one side; the Persians being under the
Medes at the fall of Babylon, but presently rising up above them. [2]
And it had three ribs in the mouth of it, between the teeth of it, to
signify the kingdoms of Sardes, Babylon, and Egypt, which were
conquered by it, but did not belong to its proper body. And it devoured
much flesh, the riches of those three kingdoms.

The third Beast was the kingdom which succeeded the Persian; and this was
the empire of the Greeks, Dan. viii. 6, 7, 20, 21. It was like a
Leopard, to signify its fierceness; and had four heads and four wings, to
signify that it should become divided into four kingdoms, Dan. viii 22.
for it continued in a monarchical form during the reign of Alexander the
great, and his brother Aridæus, and young sons Alexander and
Hercules; and then brake into four kingdoms, by the governors of
provinces putting crowns on their own heads, and by mutual consent reigning
over their provinces. Cassander reigned over Macedon, Greece, and
Epirus; Lysimachus over Thrace and Bithynia; Ptolemy over
Egypt, Lybia, Arabia, Coelosyria, and Palestine; and Seleucus
over Syria.

The fourth Beast was the empire which succeeded that of the Greeks, and
this was the Roman. This beast was exceeding dreadful and terrible, and
had great iron teeth, and devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the
residue with its feet; and such was the Roman empire. It was larger,
stronger, and more formidable and lasting than any of the former. It
conquered the kingdom of Macedon, with Illyricum and Epirus, in the
eighth year of Antiochus Epiphanes, Anno Nabonass.. 580; and inherited
that of Pergamus, Anno Nabonass. 615; and conquered that of Syria,
Anno Nabonass. 679, and that of Egypt, Anno Nabonass. 718. And by
these and other conquests it became greater and more terrible than any of
the three former Beasts. This Empire continued in its greatness till the
reign of Theodosius the great; and then brake into ten kingdoms,
represented by the ten horns of this Beast; and continued in a broken form,
till the Antient of days sat in a throne like fiery flame, and the
judgment was set, and the books were opened, and the Beast was slain and
his body destroyed, and given to the burning flames; and one like the son
of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Antient of days
[3], and received dominion over all nations, and judgment was given to the
saints of the most high, and the time came that they possessed the kingdom.

I beheld, saith [4] Daniel, till the Beast was slain, and his body
destroyed, and given to the burning flames. As concerning the rest of the
Beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged
for a season and a time. And therefore all the four Beasts are still
alive, tho the dominion of the three first be taken away. The nations of
Chaldea and Assyria are still the first Beast. Those of Media and
Persia are still the second Beast. Those of Macedon, Greece and
Thrace, Asia minor, Syria and Egypt, are still the third. And those
of Europe, on this side Greece, are still the fourth. Seeing therefore
the body of the third Beast is confined to the nations on this side the
river Euphrates, and the body of the fourth Beast is confined to the
nations on this side Greece; we are to look for all the four heads of the
third Beast, among the nations on this side of the river Euphrates; and
for all the eleven horns of the fourth Beast, among the nations on this
side of Greece. And therefore, at the breaking of the Greek empire into
four kingdoms of the Greeks, we include no part of the Chaldeans,
Medes and Persians in those kingdoms, because they belonged to the
bodies of the two first Beasts. Nor do we reckon the Greek empire seated
at Constantinople, among the horns of the fourth Beast, because it
belonged to the body of the third.

Notes to Chap. IV.

[1] Chap. vii. 4.

[2] Chap. vii. 5.

[3] Chap. vii. 13.

[4] Chap. vii. 11, 12.

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Of the Kingdoms represented by the feet of the Image composed of iron and

Dacia was a large country bounded on the south by the Danube, on the
east by the Euxine sea, on the north by the river Neister and the
mountain Crapac, and on the west by the river Tibesis, or Teys, which
runs southward into the Danube a little above Belgrade. It comprehended
the countries now called Transylvania, Moldavia, and Wallachia, and
the eastern part of the upper Hungary. Its antient inhabitants were
called Getæ by the Greeks, Daci by the Latins, and Goths by
themselves. Alexander the great attacked them, and Trajan conquered
them, and reduced their country into a Province of the Roman Empire: and
thereby the propagation of the Gospel among them was much promoted. They
were composed of several Gothic nations, called Ostrogoths,
Visigoths, Vandals, Gepides, Lombards, Burgundians, Alans, &c.
who all agreed in their manners, and spake the same language, as
Procopius represents. While they lived under the Romans, the Goths or
Ostrogoths were seated in the eastern parts of Dacia, the Vandals in
the western part upon the river Teys, where the rivers Maresh and
Keresh run into it. The Visigoths were between them. The Gepides,
according to Jornandes, were upon the Vistula. The Burgundians, a
Vandalic nation, were between the Vistula and the southern fountain of
the Boristhenes, at some distance from the mountain Crapac northwards,
where Ptolemy places them, by the names of Phrugundiones and
Burgiones.[1] The Alans, another Gothic nation, were between the
northern fountain of the Boristhenes and the mouth of the river Tanais,
where Ptolemy placeth the mountain Alanus, and western side of the
Palus Mæotis.

These nations continued under the dominion of the Romans till the second
year of the Emperor Philip, and then for want of their military pay began
to revolt; the Ostrogoths setting up a kingdom, which, under their Kings
Ostrogotha, Cniva, Araric, Geperic, and Hermanaric, increased
till the year of Christ 376; and then by an incursion of the Huns from
beyond the Tanais, and the death of Hermanaric, brake into several
smaller kingdoms. Hunnimund, the son of Hermanaric, became King over
the Ostrogoths; Fridigern over the Visigoths; Winithar, or
Vinithar, over a part of the Goths called Gruthungi by Ammian,
Gothunni by Claudian, and Sarmatæ and Scythians by others:
Athanaric reign'd over another part of the Goths in Dacia, called
Thervingi; Box over the Antes in Sarmatia; and the Gepides had
also their King. The Vandals fled over the Danube from Geberic in the
latter end of the reign of Constantine the great, and had seats granted
them in Pannonia by that Emperor, where they lived quietly forty years,
viz. till the year 377, when several Gothic nations flying from the
Hunns came over the Danube, and had seats granted them in Mæsia and
Thrace by the Greek Emperor Valens. But the next year they revolted,
called in some Goths, Alans and Hunns, from beyond the Danube, and
routed the Roman army, slew the Emperor Valens, and spread themselves
into Greece and Pannonia as far as the Alps. In the years 379 and 380
they were checkt by the arms of the Emperors Gratian and Theodosius,
and made a submissive peace; the Visigoths and Thervingi returned to
their seats in Mæsia and Thrace, the Hunns retired over the Danube,
and the Alans and Gruthingi obtained seats in Pannonia.

About the year 373, or 374, the Burgundians rose from their seats upon
the Vistula, with an army of eighty thousand men to invade Gallia; and
being opposed, seated themselves upon the northern side of the Rhine over
against Mentz. In the year 358, a body of the Salian Franks, with their
King, coming from the river Sala, were received into the Empire by the
Emperor Julian, and seated in Gallia between Brabant and the Rhine:
and their King Mellobaudes was made Comes domesticorum, by the Emperor
Gratian. Richomer, another noble Salian Frank, was made Comes
domesticorum, and Magister utriusque Militiæ, by Theodosius; and A.C.
384, was Consul with Clearchus. He was a great favourite of Theodosius,
and accompanied him in his wars against Eugenius, but died in the
expedition, and left a son called Theudomir, who afterwards became King
of the Salian Franks in Brabant. In the time of this war some Franks
from beyond the Rhine invaded Gallia under the conduct of Genobald,
Marcomir and Suno, but were repulsed by Stilico; and Marcomir being
slain, was succeeded in Germany by his son Pharamond.

While these nations remained quiet within the Empire, subject to the
Romans, many others continued so beyond the Danube till the death of
the Emperor Theodosius, and then rose up in arms. For Paulus Diaconus
in his Historia Miscell. lib. xiv. speaking of the times next after the
death of this Emperor, tells us: Eodem tempore erant Gothi & aliæ gentes
maximæ trans Danubium habitantes: ex quibus rationabiliores quatuor sunt,
Gothi scilicet, Huisogothi, Gepides & Vandali; & nomen tantum & nihil aliud
mutantes. Isti sub Arcadia & Honorio Danubium transeuntes, locati sunt in
terra Romanorum: & Gepides quidem, ex quibus postea divisi sunt Longobardi
& Avares, villas, quæ sunt circa Singidonum & Sirmium, habitavere: and
Procopius in the beginning of his Historia Vandalica writes to the same
purpose. Hitherto the Western Empire continued entire, but now brake into
many kingdoms.

Theodosius died A.C. 395; and then the Visigoths, under the conduct of
Alaric the successor of Fridigern, rose from their seats in Thrace
and wasted Macedon, Thessaly, Achaia, Peloponnesus, and Epirus,
with fire and sword for five years together; when turning westward, they
invaded Dalmatia, Illyricum and Pannonia; and from thence went into
Italy A.C. 402; and the next year were so beaten at Pollentia and
Verona, by Stilico the commander of the forces of the Western Empire,
that Claudian calls the remainder of the forces of Alaric, tanta ex
gente reliquias breves, and Prudentius, Gentem deletam. Thereupon
Alaric made peace with the Emperor, being so far humbled, that Orosius
saith, he did, pro pace optima & quibuscunque sedibus suppliciter &
simpliciter orare. This peace was ratified by mutual hostages; Ætius was
sent hostage to Alaric; and Alaric continued a free Prince in the seats
now granted to him.

When Alaric took up arms, the nations beyond the Danube began to be in
motion; and the next winter, between A.C. 395 and 396, a great body of
Hunns, Alans, Ostrogoths, Gepides, and other northern nations, came
over the frozen Danube, being invited by Rufinus: when their brethren,
who had obtained seats within the Empire, took up arms also. Jerome calls
this great multitude, Hunns, Alans, Vandals, Goths, Sarmatians,
Quades, and Marcomans; and saith, that they invaded all places between
Constantinople and the Julian Alps, wasting Scythia, Thrace,
Macedon, Dardania, Dacia, Thessaly, Achaia, Epirus, Dalmatia,
and all Pannonia. The Suevians also invaded Rhætia: for when Alaric
ravaged Pannonia, the Romans were defending Rhætia; which gave
Alaric an opportunity of invading Italy, as Claudian thus mentions.

  Non nisi perfidiâ nacti penetrabile tempus,
  Irrupere Getæ, nostras dum Rhætia vires
  Occupat, atque alio desudant Marte cohortes.

And when Alaric went from those parts into Italy, some other barbarous
nations invaded Noricum and Vindelicia, as the same Poet Claudian
thus writes:

      ----Jam foedera gentes
  Exuerant, Latiique auditâ clade feroces
  Vendelicos saltus & Norica rura tenebant.

This was in the years 402 and 403. And among these nations I reckon the
Suevians, Quades, and Marcomans; for they were all in arms at this
time. The Quades and Marcomans were Suevian nations; and they and the
Suevians came originally from Bohemia, and the river Suevus or
Sprake in Lusatia; and were now united under one common King called
Ermeric, who soon after led them into Gallia. The Vandals and Alans
might also about this time extend themselves into Noricum. Uldin also
with a great body of Hunns passed the Danube about the time of
Chrysostom's banishment, that is, A.C. 404, and wasted Thrace and
Mæsia. Radagaisus, King of the Gruthunni and succesor of Winithar,
inviting over more barbarians from beyond the Danube, invaded Italy
with an army of above two hundred thousand Goths; and within a year or
two, A.C. 405 or 406., was overcome by Stilico, and perished with his
army. In this war Stilico was assisted with a great body of Hunns and
Ostrogoths, under the conduct of Uldin and Sarus, who were hired by
the Emperor Honorius. In all this confusion it was necessary for the
Lombards in Pannonia to arm themselves in their own defence, and assert
their liberty, the Romans being no longer able to protect them.

And now Stilico purposing to make himself Emperor, procured a military
prefecture for Alaric, and sent him into the East in the service of
Honorius the Western Emperor, committing some Roman troops to his
conduct to strengthen his army of Goths, and promising to follow soon
after with his own army. His pretence was to recover some regions of
Illyricum, which the Eastern Emperor was accused to detain injuriously
from the Western; but his secret design was to make himself Emperor, by
the assistance of the Vandals and their allies: for he himself was a
Vandal. For facilitating this design, he invited a great body of the
barbarous nations to invade the Western Empire, while he and Alaric
invaded the Eastern. And these nations under their several Kings, the
Vandals under Godegisilus, the Alans in two bodies, the one under
Goar, the other under Resplendial, and the Suevians, Quades, and
Marcomans, under Ermeric, marched thro' Rhætia to the side of the
Rhine, leaving their seats in Pannonia to the Hunns and Ostrogoths,
and joined the Burgundians under Gundicar, and ruffled the Franks in
their further march. On the last of December A.C. 406, they passed the
Rhine at Ments, and spread themselves into Germania prima and the
adjacent regions; and amongst other actions the Vandals took Triers.
Then they advanced into Belgium, and began to waste that country.
Whereupon the Salian Franks in Brabant took up arms, and under the
conduct of Theudomir, the son of Ricimer, or Richomer,
abovementioned, made so stout a resistance, that they slew almost twenty
thousand of the Vandals, with their King Godegesilus, in battel; the
rest escaping only by a party of Resplendial's Alans which came timely
to their assistance.

Then the British soldiers, alarm'd by the rumour of these things,
revolted, and set up Tyrants there; first Marcus, whom they slew
presently; then Gratian, whom they slew within four months; and lastly
Constantine, under whom they invaded Gallia A.C. 408, being favoured by
Goar and Gundicar. And Constantine having possessed a good part of
Gallia, created his son Constans Cæsar, and sent him into Spain to
order his affairs there, A.C. 409.

In the mean time Resplendial, seeing the aforesaid disaster of the
Vandals, and that Goar was gone over to the Romans, led his army from
the Rhine; and, together with the Suevians and residue of the
Vandals, went towards Spain; the Franks in the mean time prosecuting
their victory so far as to retake Triers, which after they had plundered
they left to the Romans. The Barbarians were at first stopt by the
Pyrenean mountains, which made them spread themselves into Aquitain:
but the next year they had the passage betrayed by some soldiers of
Constans; and entring Spain 4 Kal. Octob. A.C. 409, they conquered
every one what he could; and at length, A.C. 411, divided their conquests
by lot; the Vandals obtained Boetica, and part of Gallæcia; the
Suevians the rest of Gallæcia; and the Alans Lusitania and the
Carthaginian Province: the Emperor for the sake of peace confirming them
in those seats by grant A.C. 413.

The Roman Franks abovementioned, having made Theudomir their King,
began strait after their conquest of the Vandals to invade their
neighbours also. The first they set upon were the Gauls of Brabant[2]:
but meeting with notable resistance, they desired their alliance: and so
those Gauls fell off from the Romans, and made an intimate league with
the Franks to be as one people, marrying with one another, and conforming
to one another's manners, till they became one without distinction. Thus by
the access of these Gauls, and of the foreign Franks also, who
afterwards came over the Rhine, the Salian kingdom soon grew very great
and powerful.

Stilico's expedition against the Greek Emperor was stopt by the order
of Honorius; and then Alaric came out of Epirus into Noricum, and
requested a sum of money for his service. The Senate were inclined to deny
him, but by Stilico's mediation granted it. But after some time Stilico
being accused of a traiterous conspiracy with Alaric, and slain 10 Kal.
Sept. A.C. 408; Alaric was thereby disappointed of his money, and
reputed an enemy to the Empire; he then broke strait into Italy with the
army he brought out of Epirus, and sent to his brother Adolphus to
follow him with what forces he had in Pannonia, which were not great, but
yet not to be despised. Thereupon Honorius fearing to be shut up in
Rome, retired to Ravenna in October A.C. 408. And from that time
Ravenna continued to be the seat of the Western Emperors. In those days
the Hunns also invaded Pannonia; and seizing the deserted seats of the
Vandals, Alans, and Goths, founded a new kingdom there. Alaric
advancing to Rome besieged it, and 9 Kal. Sept. A.C. 410 took it: and
afterwards attempting to pass into Africa, was shipwrackt. After which
Honorius made peace with him, and got up an army to send against the
Tyrant Constantine.

At the same time Gerontius, one of Constantine's captains, revolted
from him, and set up Maximus Emperor in Spain. Whereupon Constantine
sent Edobec, another of his captains, to draw to his assistance, the
Barbarians under Goar and Gundicar in Gallia, and supplies of
Franks and Alemans from beyond the Rhine; and committed the custody
of Vienne in Gallia Narbonensis to his son Constans. Gerontius
advancing, first slew Constans at Vienne, and then began to besiege
Constantine at Arles. But Honorius at the same time sending
Constantius with an army on the same errand, Gerontius fled, and
Constantius continued the siege, strengthned by the access of the
greatest part of the soldiers of Gerontius. After four months siege,
Edobec having procured succours, the Barbarian Kings at Ments, Goar
and Gundicar, constitute Jovinus Emperor, and together with him set
forward to relieve Arles. At their approach Constantius retired. They
pursued, and he beat them by surprize; but not prosecuting his victory, the
Barbarians soon recovered themselves; yet not so as to hinder the fall of
the tyrants Constantine, Jovinus and Maximus. Britain could not be
recovered to the Empire, but remained ever after a distinct kingdom.

The next year, A.C. 412, the Visigoths being beaten in Italy, had
Aquitain granted them to retire into: and they invaded it with much
violence, causing the Alans and Burgundians to retreat, who were then
depopulating of it. At the same time the Burgundians were brought to
peace; and the Emperor granted them for inheritance a region upon the
Rhine which they had invaded: and the same, I presume, he did with the
Alans. But the Franks not long after retaking and burning Triers,
Castinus, A.C. 415, was sent against them with an army, who routed them
and slew Theudomir their King This was the second taking of Triers by
the Franks. It was therefore taken four times, once by the Vandals and
thrice by the Franks. Theudomir was succeeded by Pharamond, the
Prince or King of the Salian Franks in Germany. From thence he brought
new forces, reigned over the whole, and had seats granted to his people
within the Empire near the Rhine.

And now the Barbarians were all quieted, and settled in several kingdoms
within the Empire, not only by conquest, but also by the grants of the
Emperor Honorius. For Rutilius in his Itinerary, written in Autumn,
Anno Urbis 1169, that is, according to Varro's computation then in use,
A.C. 416, thus laments the wasted fields:

  Illa quidem longis nimium deformia bellis;

And then adds,

  Jam tempus laceris post longa incendia fundis
    Vel pastorales ædificare casas.

And a little after,

  Æternum tibi Rhenus aret.

And Orosius in the end of his history, which was finished A.C. 417,
represents now a general pacification of the barbarous nations by the words
comprimere, coangustare, addicere gentes immanissimas; terming them
imperio addictas, because they had obtained seats in the Empire by league
and compact; and coangustatas, because they did no longer invade all
regions at pleasure, but by the same compact remained quiet in the seats
then granted them. And these are the kingdoms, of which the feet of the
Image were henceforward composed, and which are represented by iron and
clay intermixed, which did not stick one to another, and were of different

Notes to Chap. V.

[1] Procop. l. 1. de Bello Vandalico.

[2] Galli Arborici: whence the region was named Arboricbant, and by
contraction Brabant.

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Of the ten Kingdoms represented by the ten horns of the fourth Beast.

Now by the wars above described the Western Empire of the Romans, about
the time that Rome was besieged and taken by the Goths, became broken
into the following ten kingdoms.

  1. The kingdom of the Vandals and Alans in Spain and Africa.
  2. The kingdom of the Suevians in Spain.
  3. The kingdom of the Visigoths.
  4. The kingdom of the Alans in Gallia.
  5. The kingdom of the Burgundians.
  6. The kingdom of the Franks.
  7. The kingdom of the Britains.
  8. The kingdom of the Hunns.
  9. The kingdom of the Lombards.
  10. The kingdom of Ravenna.

Seven of these kingdoms are thus mentioned by Sigonius. 1Honorio
regnante, in Pannoniam 2Hunni, in Hispaniam 3Vandali, 4Alani,
5Suevi & 6Gothi, in Galliam 4Alani 7Burgundiones & 6Gothi,
certis sedibus permissis, accepti. Add the Franks, Britains, and
Lombards, and you have the ten: for these arose about the same time with
the seven. But let us view them severally.

1. The Kings of the Vandals were, A.C. 407 Godegesilus, 407 Gunderic,
426 Geiseric, 477 Hunneric, 484 Gundemund, 496 Thrasamund, 513
Geiseric, 530 Gelimer. Godegesilus led them into Gallia A.C. 406,
Gunderic into Spain A.C. 409, Geiseric into Africa A.C. 427; and
Gelimer was conquered by Belisarius A.C. 533. Their kingdom lasted in
Gallia, Spain and Africa together 126 years; and in Africa they
were very potent. The Alans had only two Kings of their own in Spain,
Resplendial, and Ataces, Utacus or Othacar. Under Resplendial
they went into France A.C. 407, and into Spain A.C. 409. Ataces was
slain with almost all his army by Vallia King of the Visigoths A.C.
419. And then the remainder of these Alans subjected themselves to
Gunderic King of the Vandals in Boetica, and went afterwards with
them into Africa, as I learn out of Procopius. Whence the Kings of the
Vandals styled themselves Kings of the Vandals and Alans; as may be
seen in the Edict of Hunneric recited by Victor in his Vandalic
persecution. In conjunction with the Chatti, these Alans gave the name
of Cathalaunia, or Catth-Alania, to the Province which is still so
called. These Alans had also Gepides among them; and therefore the
Gepides came into Pannonia before the Alans left it. There they
became subject to the Hunns till the death of Attila A.C. 454, and at
length were conquered by the Ostrogoths.

2. The Kings of the Suevians were, A.C. 407 Ermeric, 458 Rechila, 448
Rechiarius, 458 Maldra, 460 Frumarius, 463 Regismund. And after
some other Kings who are unknown, reigned A.C. 558 Theudomir, 568 Miro,
582 Euboricus, and 583 Andeca. This kingdom, after it had been once
seated in Spain, remained always in Gallæcia and Lusitania. Ermeric
after the fall of the Alan kingdom, enlarged it into all Gallæcia,
forcing the Vandals to retire into Boetica and the Carthaginian
Province. This kingdom lasted 177 years according to Isidorus, and then
was subdued by Leovigildus King of the Visigoths, and made a Province
of his kingdom A.C. 585.

3. The Kings of the Visigoths were, A.C. 400 Alaric, 410 Athaulphus,
415 Sergeric and Vallia, 419 Theoderic, 451 Thorismund, 452
Theoderic, 465 Euric, 482 Alaric, 505 Gensalaric, 526 Amalaric,
531 Theudius, 548 Theudisclus, &c. I date this kingdom from the time
that Alaric left Thrace and Greece to invade the Western Empire. In
the end of the reign of Athaulphus the Goths were humbled by the
Romans, and attempted to pass out of France into Spain. Sergeric
reigned but a few days. In the beginning of Vallia's reign they assaulted
the Romans afresh, but were again repulsed, and then made peace on this
condition, that they should on the behalf of the Empire invade the
Barbarian kingdoms in Spain: and this they did, together with the
Romans, in the years 417 and 418, overthrowing the Alans and part of
the Vandals. Then they received Aquitain of the Emperor by a full
donation, leaving their conquests in Spain to the Emperor: and thereby
the seats of the conquered Alans came into the hands of the Romans. In
the year 455, Theoderic, assisted by the Burgundians, invaded Spain,
which was then almost all subject to the Suevians, and took a part of it
from them. A.C. 506, the Goths were driven out of Gallia by the
Franks. A.C. 585, they conquered the Suevian kingdom, and became Lords
of all Spain. A.C. 713, the Saracens invaded them, but in time they
recovered their dominions, and have reigned in Spain ever since.

4. The Kings of the Alans in Gallia were Goar, Sambida, Eocharic,
Sangibanus, Beurgus, &c. Under Goar they invaded Gallia A.C. 407,
and had seats given them near the Rhine, A.C. 412. Under Sambida, whom
Bucher makes the successor, if not the son of Goar, they had the
territories of Valence given them by Ætius the Emperor's General, A.C.
440. Under Eocharic they conquered a region of the rebelling Galli
Arborici, given them also by Ætius. This region was from them named
Alenconium, quasi Alanorum conventus. Under Sangibanus they were
invaded, and their regal city Orleans was besieged by Attila King of
the Hunns, with a vast army of 500000 men. Ætius and the Barbarian
Kings of Gallia came to raise the siege, and beat the Hunns in a very
memorable battle, A.C. 451, in campis Catalaunicis, so called from these
Alans mixt with the Chatti. The region is now called Campania or
Champagne. In that battle were slain on both sides 162000 men. A year or
two after, Attila returned with an immense army to conquer this kingdom,
but was again beaten by them and the Visigoths together in a battle of
three days continuance, with a slaughter almost as great as the former.
Under Beurgus, or Biorgor, they infested Gallia round about, till the
reign of Maximus the Emperor; and then they passed the Alps in winter,
and came into Liguria, but were there beaten, and Beurgus slain, by
Ricimer commander of the Emperor's forces, A.C. 464. Afterwards they were
again beaten, by the joint force of Odoacer King of Italy and
Childeric King of the Franks, about the year 480, and again by
Theudobert King of the Austrian Franks about the year 511.

5. The Kings of the Burgundians were, A.C. 407 Gundicar, 436 Gundioc,
467 Bilimer, 473 Gundobaldus with his brothers, 510 Sigismund, 517
Godomarus. Under Gundicar they invaded Gallia A.C. 407, and had seats
given them by the Emperor near the Rhine in Gallia Belgica, A.C. 412.
They had Saxons among them, and were now so potent, that Orosius A.C.
417 wrote of them: 'Burgundionum esse prævalidam manum, Galliæ hodieque
testes sunt, in quibus præsumpta possessione consistunt. About the year
435 they received great overthrows by Ætius, and soon after by the
Hunns: but five years after had Savoy granted them to be shared with
the inhabitants; and from that time became again a potent kingdom, being
bounded by the river Rhodanus, but afterwards extending much further into
the heart of Gallia. Gundobald conquered the regions about the rivers
Araris and Rhodanus, with the territories of Marseilles; and invading
Italy in the time of the Emperor Glycerius, conquered all his brethren.
Godomarus made Orleans his royal seat: whence the kingdom was called
Regnum Aurelianorum. He was conquered by Clotharius and Childebert,
Kings of the Franks, A.C. 526. From thenceforward this kingdom was
sometimes united to the kingdom of the Franks, and sometimes divided from
it, till the reign of Charles the great, who made his son Carolottus
King of Burgundy. From that time, for about 300 years together, it
enjoyed its proper Kings; and was then broken into the Dukedom of
Burgundy, County of Burgundy, and County of Savoy; and afterwards
those were broken into other lesser Counties.

6. The Kings of the Franks were, A.C. 407 Theudomir, 417 Pharamond,
428 Clodio, 448 Merovæus, 456 Childeric, 482 Clodovæus, &c.
Windeline and Bucher, two of the most diligent searchers into the
originals of this kingdom, make it begin the same year with the Barbarian
invasions of Gallia, that is, A.C. 407. Of the first Kings there is in
Labbe's Bibliotheca M.S. this record.

Historica quædam excerpta ex veteri stemmate genealogico Regum Franciæ.

Genobaldus, Marcomerus, Suno, Theodemeris. Isti duces vel reguli
extiterunt à principio gentis Francorum diversis temporibus. Sed incertum
relinquunt historici quali sibi procreations lineâ successerunt.

Pharamundus: sub hoc rege suo primo Franci legibus se subdunt, quas
primores eorum tulerunt Wisogastus, Atrogastus, Salegastus.

Chlochilo. Iste, transito Rheno, Romanos in Carbonaria sylva devicit,
Camaracum cepit & obtinuit, annis 20 regnavit. Sub hoc rege Franci usque
Summam progressi sunt.

Merovechus. Sub hoc rege Franci Trevirim destruunt, Metim succendunt,
usque Aurelianum perveniunt.

Now for Genobaldus, Marcomer and Suno, they were captains of the
Transrhenane Franks in the reign of Theodosius, and concern us not. We
are to begin with Theudomir the first King of the rebelling Salii,
called Didio by Ivo Carnotensis, and Thiedo and Theudemerus by
Rhenanus. His face is extant in a coin of gold found with this
inscription, THEUDEMIR REX, published by Petavius, and still or lately
extant, as Windeline testifies: which shews that he was a King, and that
in Gallia; seeing that rude Germany understood not then the coining of
money, nor used either Latin words or letters. He was the son of
Ricimer, or Richomer, the favourite of the Emperor Theodosius; and so
being a Roman Frank, and of the Salian royal blood, they therefore upon
the rebellion made him King. The whole time of his reign you have stated in
Excerptis Gregorii Turonensis è Fredigario, cap. 5, 6, 7, 8. where the
making him King, the tyranny of Jovinus, the slaughter of the associates
of Jovinus, the second taking of Triers by the Franks, and their war
with Castinus, in which this King was slain, are as a series of
successive things thus set down in order. Extinctis Ducibus in Francis,
denuo Reges creantur ex eadem stirpe qua prius fuerant. Eodem tempore
Jovinus ornatus regios assumpsit. Constantinus fugam versus Italiam
dirigit; missis a Jovino Principe percussoribus super Mentio flumine,
capite truncatur. Multi nobilium jussu Jovini apud Avernis capti, & a
ducibus Honorii crudeliter interempti sunt. Trevirorum civitas, factione
unius ex senatoribus nomine Lucii, à Francis captà & incensa est.--Castinus
Domesticorum Comes expeditionem accipit contra Francos, &c. Then returning
to speak of Theudomir, he adds: Franci electum à se regem, sicut prius
fuerat, crinitum inquirentes diligenter ex genere Priami, Frigi &
Francionis, super se crearunt nomine Theudemerum filium Richemeris, qui in
hoc prælio quod supra memini, à Romanis interfectus est; that is, in the
battle with Castinus's army. Of his death Gregory Turonensis makes this
further mention: In consularibus legimus Theodemerem regem Francorum
filium Ricimeris quondam, & Ascilam matrem ejus, gladio interfectos.

Upon this victory of the Romans, the Franks and rebelling Gauls, who
in the time of Theudomir were at war with one another, united to
strengthen themselves, as Ordericus Vitalis[1] thus mentions. Cum Galli
prius contra Romanos rebellâssent, Franci iis sociati sunt, & pariter
juncti, Ferramundum Sunonis ducis filium, sibi regem præfecerunt.
Prosper sets down the time; Anno 25 Honorii, Pharamundus regnat in
Francia. This, Bucher well observes, refers to the end of the year 416,
or the beginning of the next year, dating the years of Honorius from the
death of Valentinian; and argues well, that at this time Pharamond was
not only King by the constitution of the Franks, but crowned also by the
consent of Honorius, and had a part of Gallia assigned him by covenant.
And this might be the cause that Roman writers reckoned him the first
King: which some not understanding, have reputed him the founder of this
kingdom by an army of the Transrhenane Franks. He might come with such an
army, but he succeeded Theudomir by right of blood and consent of the
people. For the above cited passage of Fredigarius, Extinctis Ducibus,
in Francis denuo Reges creantur ex eadem stirpe quâ prius fuerant, implies
that the kingdom continued to this new elected family during the reign of
more Kings than one. If you date the years of Honorius from the death of
his father, the reign of Pharamond might begin two years later than is
assigned by Bucher. The Salique laws made in his reign, which are yet
extant, shew by their name that it was the kingdom of the Salii over
which he reigned; and, by the pecuniary mulcts in them, that the place
where he reigned abounded much with money, and consequently was within the
Empire; rude Germany knowing not the use of money, till they mixed with
the Romans. In the Preface also to the Salique laws, written and
prefixed to them soon after the conversion of the Franks to the Christian
religion, that is, in the end of the reign of Merovæus, or soon after,
the original of this kingdom is thus described: Hæc enim gens, quæ fortis
dum esset & robore valida, Romanorum jugum durissimum de suis cervicibus
excussit pugnando, &c. This kingdom therefore was erected, not by invasion
but by rebellion, as was described above. Prosper in registering their
Kings in order, tells us: Pharamundus regnat in Francia; Clodio regnat in
Francia; Merovæus regnat in Francia: and who can imagine but that in all
these places he meant one and the same Francia? And yet 'tis certain that
the Francia of Merovæus was in Gallia.

Yet the father of Pharamond, being king of a body of Franks in
Germany in the reign of the Emperor Theodosius, as above, Pharamond
might reign over the same Franks in Germany before he succeeded
Theudomir in the kingdom of the Salians within the Empire, and even
before Theudomir began his reign; suppose in the first year of
Honorius, or when those Franks being repulsed by Stilico, lost their
Kings Marcomir and Suno, one of which was the father of Pharamond:
and the Roman Franks, after the death of Theudomir, might invite
Pharamond with his people from beyond the Rhine. But we are not to
regard the reign of Pharamond in Germany: we are to date this kingdom
from its rise within the Empire, and to look upon it as strengthened by the
access of other Franks coming from beyond the Rhine, whether in the
reign of this King or in that of his successor Clodio. For in the last
year of Pharamond's reign, Ætius took from him a part of his possession
in Gallia: but his successor Clodio, whom Fredigarius represents as
the son of Theudomir, and some call Clogio, Cloio, and Claudius,
inviting from beyond the Rhine a great body of Franks, recovered all,
and carried on their conquests as far as the river Soame. Then those
Franks dividing conquests with him, erected certain new kingdoms at
Cologn and Cambray, and some other cities: all which were afterwards
conquered by Clodovæus, who also drove the Goths out of Gallia, and
fix'd his seat at Paris, where it has continued ever since. And this was
the original of the present kingdom of France.

7. The Kings of Britain were, A.C. 407 or 408, Marcus, Gratian, and
Constantine successively; A.C. 425 Vortigern, 466 Aurelius Ambrosius,
498 Uther Pendraco, 508 Arthur, 542 Constantinus, 545 Aurelius
Cunanus, 578 Vortiporeus, 581 Malgo, 586 Careticus, 613 Cadwan,
635 Cadwalin, 676 Cadwallader. The three first were Roman Tyrants,
who revolted from the Empire. Orosius, Prosper and Zosimus connect
their revolt with the irruptions of the Barbarians into Gallia, as
consequent thereunto. Prosper, with whom Zosimus agrees, puts it in the
year which began the day after that irruption. The just time I thus
collect: Marcus reigned not many days, Gratian four months, and
Constantine three years. He was slain the year after the taking of
Rome, that is A.C. 411, 14 Kal. Octob. Whence the revolt was in Spring
A.C. 408. Sozomen joins Constantine's expedition into Gallia with
Arcadius's death, or the times a little after; and Arcadius died A.C.
408 May the 1st. Now tho the reign of these Tyrants was but short, yet
they gave a beginning to the kingdom of Britain, and so may be reckoned
the three first Kings, especially since the posterity of Constantine,
viz. his sons Aurelius Ambrosius, and Uther Pendraco, and his grandson
Arthur, reigned afterwards. For from the time of the revolt of these
Tyrants Britain continued a distict kingdom absolved from subjection to
the Empire, the Emperor not being able to spare soldiers to be sent thither
to receive and keep the Island, and therefore neglecting it; as we learn by
unquestionable records. For Prosper tells us; A.C. 410, Variane Cos.
Hac tempestate præ valetudine Romanorum, vires funditùs attenuatæ
Britanniæ. And Sigebert, conjoining this with the siege of Rome,
saith: Britannorum vires attenuatæ, & substrahunt se à Romanorum
dominatione. And Zosimus lib. 6. The Transrhenane Barbarians
invading all places, reduced the inhabitants of the island of Britain,
and also certain Celtic nations to that pass, that they fell off from the
Roman Empire; and being no longer obedient to the Roman laws, [Greek:
kat' heauton biateuein], they lived in separate bodies after their own
pleasure. The Britons therefore taking up arms, and hazarding themselves
for their own safety, freed their cities from the imminent Barbarians. In
like manner all Brabant and some other Provinces of the Gauls imitating
the Britons, freed themselves also, ejecting the Roman Presidents, and
forming themselves into a sort of commonwealth according to their own
pleasure. This rebellion of Britain and the Celtic nations happened
when Constantine usurped the kingdom. So also Procopius, lib. 1.
Vandal. speaking of the same Constantine, saith: Constantine being
overcome in battle, was slain with his children: [Greek: Bretannian men
toi Rômaioi anasôsasthai ouketi echon; all' ousa hypo tyrannous ap' autou
emene.] Yet the Romans could not recover Britain any more, but from
that time it remained under Tyrants. And Beda, l. 1. c. 11. Fracta
est Roma à Gothis anno 1164 suæ conditionis; ex quo tempore Romani in
Britannia regnare cessaverunt. And Ethelwaldus: A tempore Romæ à Gothis
expugnatæ, cessavit imperium Romanorum à Britannia insula, & ab aliis; quas
sub jugo servitutis tenebant, multis terris. And Theodoret, serm. 9.
de curand. Græc. affect. about the year 424, reckons the Britons among
the nations which were not then in subjection to the Roman Empire. Thus
Sigonius: ad annum 411, Imperium Romanorum post excessum Constantini in
Britannia nullum fuit.

Between the death of Constantine and the reign of Vortigern was an
interregnum of about 14 years, in which the Britons had wars with the
Picts and Scots, and twice obtained the assistance of a Roman Legion,
who drove out the enemy, but told them positively at their departure that
they would come no more. Of Vortigern's beginning to reign there is this
record in an old Chronicle in Nennius, quoted by Camden and others:
Guortigernus tenuit imperium in Britannia, Theodosio & Valentiniano Coss.
[viz. A.C. 425.] & in quarto anno regni sui Saxones ad Britanniam
venerunt, Felice & Tauro Coss. [viz. A.C. 428.] This coming of the
Saxons, Sigebert refers to the 4th year of Valentinian, which falls
in with the year 428 assigned by this Chronicle: and two years after, the
Saxons together with the Picts were beaten by the Britons. Afterwards
in the reign of Martian the Emperor, that is, between the years 450 and
456, the Saxons under Hengist were called in by the Britons, but six
years after revolted from them, made war upon them with various success,
and by degrees succeeded them. Yet the Britons continued a flourishing
kingdom till the reign of Careticus; and the war between the two nations
continued till the pontificate of Sergius A.C. 688.[2]

8. The Kings of the Hunns were, A.C. 406 Octar and Rugila, 433
Bleda and Attila. Octar and Rugila were the brothers of Munzuc
King of the Hunns in Gothia beyond the Danube; and Bleda and
Attila were his sons, and Munzuc was the son of Balamir. The two
first, as Jornandes tells us, were Kings of the Hunns, but not of them
all; and had the two last for their successors. I date the reign of the
Hunns in Pannonia from the time that the Vandals and Alans
relinquished Pannonia to them, A.C. 407. Sigonius from the time that
the Visigoths relinquished Pannonia A. C. 408. Constat, saith he,
quod Gothis ex Illyrico profectis, Hunni successerunt, atque imprimis
Pannoniam tenuerunt. Neque enim Honorius viribus ad resistendum in tantis
difficultatibus destitutus, prorsus eos prohibere potuit, sed meliore
consilio, animo ad pacem converso, foedus cum eis, datis acceptisque
obsidibus fecit; ex quibus qui dati sunt, Ætius, qui etiam Alarico tributus
fuerat, præcipue memoratur. How Ætius was hostage to the Goths and
Hunns is related by Frigeridus, who when he had mentioned that
Theodosius Emperor of the East had sent grievous commands to John,
who after the death of Honorius had usurped the crown of the Western
Empire, he subjoins: Iis permotus Johannes, Ætium id tempus curam palatii
gerentem cum ingenti auri pondere ad Chunnos transmisit, notos sibi
obsidiatûs sui tempore & familiari amicitiâ devinctos--And a little
after: Ætius tribus annis Alarici obses, dehinc Chunnorum, postea
Carpilionis gener ex Comite domesticorum & Joannis curopalatæ. Now
Bucher shews that Ætius was hostage to Alaric till the year 410, when
Alaric died, and to the Hunns between the years 411 and 415, and
son-in-law to Carpilio about the year 417 or 418, and Curopalates to
John about the end of the year 423. Whence 'tis probable that he became
hostage to the Hunns about the year 412 or 413, when Honorius made
leagues with almost all the barbarous nations, and granted them seats: but
I had rather say with Sigonius, that Ætius became hostage to Alaric
A.C. 403. It is further manifest out of Prosper, that the Hunns were in
quiet possession of Pannonia in the year 432. For in the first book of
Eusebius's Chronicle Prosper writes: Anno decimo post obitum Honorii,
cum ad Chunnorum gentem cui tunc Rugila præerat, post prælium cum Bonifacio
se Ætius contulisset, impetrato auxilio ad Romanorum solum regreditur. And
in the second book: Ætio & Valerio Coss. Ætius depositâ potestate profugus
ad Hunnos in Pannonia pervenit, quorum amicitiâ auxilioque usus, pacem
principum interpellatæ potestatis obtinuit. Hereby it appears that at this
time Rugila, or as Maximus calls him, Rechilla, reigned over the
Hunns in Pannonia; and that Pannonia was not now so much as accounted
within the soil of the Empire, being formerly granted away to the Hunns;
and that these were the very same body of Hunns with which Ætius had,
in the time of his being an hostage, contracted friendship: by virtue of
which, as he sollicited them before to the aid of John the Tyrant A.C.
424, so now he procured their intercession for himself with the Emperor.
Octar died A.C. 430; for Socrates tells us, that about that time the
Burgundians having been newly vext by the Hunns, upon intelligence of
Octar's death, seeing them without a leader, set upon them suddenly with
so much vigour, that 3000 Burgundians slew 10000 Hunns. Of Rugila's
being now King in Pannonia you have heard already. He died A.C. 433, and
was succeeded by Bleda, as Prosper and Maximus inform us. This
Bleda with his brother Attila were before this time Kings of the
Hunns beyond the Danube, their father Munzuc's kingdom being divided
between them; and now they united the kingdom Pannonia to their own.
Whence Paulus Diaconus saith, they did regnum intra Pannoniam Daciamque
gerere. In the year 441, they began to invade the Empire afresh, adding to
the Pannonian forces new and great armies from Scythia. But this war
was presently composed, and then Attila, seeing Bleda inclined to
peace, slew him, A.C. 444, inherited his dominions, and invaded the Empire
again. At length, after various great wars with the Romans, Attila
perished A.C. 454; and his sons quarrelling about his dominions, gave
occasion to the Gepides, Ostrogoths and other nations who were their
subjects, to rebel and make war upon them. The same year the Ostrogoths
had seats granted them in Pannonia by the Emperors Marcian and
Valentinian; and with the Romans ejected the Hunns out of Pannonia,
soon after the death of Attila, as all historians agree. This ejection
was in the reign of Avitus, as is mentioned in the Chronicum Boiorum,
and in Sidonius, Carm. 7 in Avitum, which speaks thus of that Emperor.

  ----Cujus solum amissas post sæcula multa
  Pannonias revocavit iter, jam credere promptum est.
  Quid faciet bellis.

The Poet means, that by the coming of Avitus the Hunns yielded more
easily to the Goths. This was written by Sidonius in the beginning of
the reign of Avitus: and his reign began in the end of the year 455, and
lasted not one full year.

Jornandes tells us: Duodecimo anno regni Valiæ, quando & Hunni post pene
quinquaginta annos invasa Pannonia, à Romanis & Gothis expulsi sunt. And
Marcellinus: Hierio & Ardaburio Coss. Pannoniæ, quæ per quinquaginta
annos ab Hunnis retinebantur, à Romanis receptæ sunt: whence it should
seem that the Hunns invaded and held Pannonia from the year 378 or 379
to the year 427, and then were driven out of it. But this is a plain
mistake: for it is certain that the Emperor Theodosius left the Empire
entire; and we have shewed out of Prosper, that the Hunns were in quiet
possession of Pannonia in the year 432. The Visigoths in those days had
nothing to do with Pannonia, and the Ostrogoths continued subject to
the Hunns till the death of Attila, A.C. 454; and Valia King of the
Visigoths did not reign twelve years. He began his reign in the end of
the year 415, reigned three years, and was slain A.C. 419, as Idacius,
Isidorus, and the Spanish manuscript Chronicles seen by Grotius
testify. And Olympiodorus, who carries his history only to the year 425,
sets down therein the death of Valia King of the Visigoths, and
conjoins it with that of Constantius which happened A.C. 420. Wherefore
the Valia of Jornandes, who reigned at the least twelve years, is some
other King. And I suspect that this name hath been put by mistake for
Valamir King of the Ostrogoths: for the action recorded was of the
Romans and Ostrogoths driving the Hunns out of Pannonia after the
death of Attila; and it is not likely that the historian would refer the
history of the Ostrogoths to the years of the Visigothic Kings. This
action happened in the end of the year 455, which I take to be the twelfth
year of Valamir in Pannonia, and which was almost fifty years after the
year 406, in which the Hunns succeeded the Vandals and Alans in
Pannonia. Upon the ceasing of the line of Hunnimund the son of
Hermaneric, the Ostrogoths lived without Kings of their own nation
about forty years together, being subject to the Hunns. And when Alaric
began to make war upon the Romans, which was in the year 444, he made
Valamir, with his brothers Theodomir and Videmir the grandsons of
Vinethar, captains or kings of these Ostrogoths under him. In the
twelfth year of Valamir's reign dated from thence, the Hunns were
driven out of Pannonia.

Yet the Hunns were not so ejected, but that they had further contests
with the Romans, till the head of Denfix the son of Attila, was
carried to Constantinople, A.C. 469, in the Consulship of Zeno and
Marcian, as Marcellinus relates. Nor were they yet totally ejected the
Empire: for besides their reliques in Pannonia, Sigonius tells us, that
when the Emperors Marcian and Valentinian granted Pannonia to the
Goths, which was in the year 454, they granted part of Illyricum to
some of the Hunns and Sarmatians. And in the year 526, when the
Lombards removing into Pannonia made war there with the Gepides, the
Avares, a part of the Hunns, who had taken the name of Avares from
one of their Kings, assisted the Lombards in that war; and the Lombards
afterwards, when they went into Italy, left their seats in Pannonia to
the Avares in recompence of their friendship. From that time the Hunns
grew again very powerful; their Kings, whom they called Chagan, troubling
the Empire much in the reigns of the Emperors Mauritius, Phocas, and
Heraclius: and this is the original of the present kingdom of Hungary,
which from these Avares and other Hunns mixed together, took the name
of Hun-Avaria, and by contraction Hungary.

9. The Lombards, before they came over the Danube, were commanded by
two captains, Ibor and Ayon: after whose death they had Kings,
Agilmund, Lamisso, Lechu, Hildehoc, Gudehoc, Classo, Tato,
Wacho, Walter, Audoin, Alboin, Cleophis, &c. Agilmund was the
son of Ayon, who became their King, according to Prosper, in the
Consulship of Honorius and Theodosius A.C. 389, reigned thirty three
years, according to Paulus Warnefridus, and was slain in battle by the
Bulgarians. Prosper places his death in the Consulship of Marinianus
and Asclepiodorus, A.C. 413. Lamisso routed the Bulgarians, and
reigned three years, and Lechu almost forty. Gudehoc was contemporary
to Odoacer King of the Heruli in Italy, and led his people from
Pannonia into Rugia, a country on the north side of Noricum next
beyond the Danube; from whence Odoacer then carried his people into
Italy. Tato overthrew the kingdom of the Heruli beyond the Danube.
Wacho conquered the Suevians, a kingdom then bounded on the east by
Bavaria, on the west by France, and on the south by the Burgundians.
Audoin returned into Pannonia A.C. 526, and there overcame the
Gepides. Alboin A.C. 551 overthrew the kingdom of the Gepides, and
slew their King Chunnimund: A.C. 563 he assisted the Greek Emperor
against Totila King of the Ostrogoths in Italy; and A.C. 568 led his
people out of Pannonia into Lombardy, where they reigned till the year

According to Paulus Diaconus, the Lombards with many other Gothic
nations came into the Empire from beyond the Danube in the reign of
Arcadius and Honorius, that is, between the years 395 and 408. But they
might come in a little earlier: for we are told that the Lombards, under
their captains Ibor and Ayon, beat the Vandals in battle; and
Prosper placeth this victory in the Consulship of Ausonius and
Olybrius, that is, A.C. 379. Before this war the Vandals had remained
quiet forty years in the seats granted them in Pannonia by Constantine
the great. And therefore if these were the same Vandals, this war must
have been in Pannonia; and might be occasioned by the coming of the
Lombards over the Danube into Pannonia, a year or two before the
battle; and so have put an end to that quiet which had lasted forty years.
After Gratian and Theodosius had quieted the Barbarians, they might
either retire over the Danube, or continue quiet under the Romans till
the death of Theodosius; and then either invade the Empire anew, or throw
off all subjection to it. By their wars, first with the Vandals, and then
with the Bulgarians, a Scythian nation so called from the river Volga
whence they came; it appears that even in those days they were a kingdom
not contemptible.

10. These nine kingdoms being rent away, we are next to consider the
residue of the Western Empire. While this Empire continued entire, it was
the Beast itself: but the residue thereof is only a part of it. Now if this
part be considered as a horn, the reign of this horn may be dated from the
translation of the imperial seat from Rome to Ravenna, which was in
October A.C. 408. For then the Emperor Honorius, fearing that Alaric
would besiege him in Rome, if he staid there, retired to Millain, and
thence to Ravenna: and the ensuing siege and sacking of Rome confirmed
his residence there, so that he and his successors ever after made it their
home. Accordingly Macchiavel in his Florentine history writes, that
Valentinian having left Rome, translated the seat of the Empire to

Rhætia belonged to the Western Emperors, so long as that Empire stood;
and then it descended, with Italy and the Roman Senate, to Odoacer
King of the Heruli in Italy, and after him to Theoderic King of the
Ostrogoths and his successors, by the grant of the Greek Emperors. Upon
the death of Valentinian the second, the Alemans and Suevians invaded
Rhætia A.C. 455. But I do not find they erected any settled kingdom
there: for in the year 457, while they were yet depopulating Rhætia, they
were attacked and beaten by Burto Master of the horse to the Emperor
Majoranus; and I hear nothing more of their invading Rhætia.
Clodovæus King of France, in or about the year 496, conquered a kingdom
of the Alemans, and slew their last King Ermeric. But this kingdom was
seated in Germany, and only bordered upon Rhætia: for its people fled
from Clodovæus into the neighbouring kingdom of the Ostrogoths under
Theoderic, who received them as friends, and wrote a friendly letter to
Clodovæus in their behalf: and by this means they became inhabitants of
Rhætia, as subjects under the dominion of the Ostrogoths.

When the Greek Emperor conquered the Ostrogoths, he succeeded them in
the kingdom of Ravenna, not only by right of conquest but also by right
of inheritance, the Roman Senate still going along with this kingdom.
Therefore we may reckon that this kingdom continued in the Exarchate of
Ravenna and Senate of Rome: for the remainder of the Western Empire
went along with the Senate of Rome, by reason of the right which this
Senate still retained, and at length exerted, of chusing a new Western

I have now enumerated the ten kingdoms, into which the Western Empire
became divided at its first breaking, that is, at the time of Rome's
being besieged and taken by the Goths. Some of these kingdoms at length
fell, and new ones arose: but whatever was their number afterwards, they
are still called the Ten Kings from their first number.

Notes to Chap. VI.

[1] Apud Bucherum, l. 14. c. 9. n. 8.

[2] Rolevinc's Antiqua Saxon. l. 1. c. 6.

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Of the eleventh horn of Daniel's fourth Beast.

[1]Now Daniel, considered the horns, and behold there came up among them
another horn, before whom there were three of the first horns pluckt up by
the roots; and behold in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a
mouth speaking great things,--and [2] his look was more stout than his
fellows,--and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against
them: and one who stood by, and made Daniel know the interpretation of
these things, told him, that [3] the ten horns were ten kings that should
arise, and another should arise after them, and be diverse from the first,
and he should subdue three kings, [4] and speak great words against the
most High, and wear out the saints, and think to change times and laws: and
that they should be given into his hands until a time and times and half a
time. Kings are put for kingdoms, as above; and therefore the little horn
is a little kingdom. It was a horn of the fourth Beast, and rooted up three
of his first horns; and therefore we are to look for it among the nations
of the Latin Empire, after the rise of the ten horns. But it was a
kingdom of a different kind from the other ten kingdoms, having a life or
soul peculiar to itself, with eyes and a mouth. By its eyes it was a Seer;
and by its mouth speaking great things and changing times and laws, it was
a Prophet as well as a King. And such a Seer, a Prophet and a King, is the
Church of Rome.

A Seer, [Greek: Episkopos], is a Bishop in the literal sense of the word;
and this Church claims the universal Bishoprick.

With his mouth he gives laws to kings and nations as an Oracle; and
pretends to Infallibility, and that his dictates are binding to the whole
world; which is to be a Prophet in the highest degree.

In the eighth century, by rooting up and subduing the Exarchate of
Ravenna, the kingdom of the Lombards, and the Senate and Dukedom of
Rome, he acquired Peter's Patrimony out of their dominions; and thereby
rose up as a temporal Prince or King, or horn of the fourth Beast.

In a small book printed at Paris A.C. 1689, entitled, An historical
dissertation upon some coins of Charles the great, Ludovicus Pius,
Lotharius, and their successors stamped at Rome, it is recorded, that
in the days of Pope Leo X, there was remaining in the Vatican, and till
those days exposed to public view, an inscription in honour of Pipin the
father of Charles the great, in these words: Pipinum pium, primum fuisse
qui amplificandæ Ecclesiæ Romanæ viam aperuerit, Exarchatu Ravennate, &
plurimis aliis oblatis; "That Pipin the pious was the first who opened a
way to the grandeur of the Church of Rome, conferring upon her the
Exarchate of Ravenna and many other oblations." In and before the reign
of the Emperors Gratian and Theodosius, the Bishop of Rome lived
splendidly; but this was by the oblations of the Roman Ladies, as
Ammianus describes. After those reigns Italy was invaded by foreign
nations, and did not get rid of her troubles before the fall of the kingdom
of Lombardy. It was certainly by the victory of the see of Rome over
the Greek Emperor, the King of Lombardy, and the Senate of Rome, that
she acquired Peter's Patrimony, and rose up to her greatness. The
donation of Constantine the Great is a fiction, and so is the donation of
the Alpes Cottiæ to the Pope by Aripert King of the Lombards: for the
Alpes Cottiæ were a part of the Exarchate, and in the days of Aripert
belonged to the Greek Emperor.

The invocation of the dead, and veneration of their images, being gradually
introduced in the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th centuries, the Greek Emperor
Philippicus declared against the latter, A.C. 711 or 712. And [5] the
Emperor Leo Isaurus, to put a stop to it, called a meeting of Counsellors
and Bishops in his Palace, A.C. 726; and by their advice put out an Edict
against that worship, and wrote to Pope Gregory II. that a general
Council might be called. But the Pope thereupon called a Council at Rome,
confirmed the worship of Images, excommunicated the Greek Emperor,
absolved the people from their allegiance, and forbad them to pay tribute,
or otherwise be obedient to him. Then the people of Rome, Campania,
Ravenna and Pentapolis, with the cities under them, revolted and laid
violent hands upon their magistrates, killing the Exarch Paul at
Ravenna, and laying aside Peter Duke of Rome who was become blind:
and when Exhileratus Duke of Campania incited the people against the
Pope, the Romans invaded Campania, and slew him with his son Hadrian.
Then a new Exarch, Eutychius, coming to Naples, sent some secretly to
take away the lives of the Pope and the Nobles of Rome: but the plot
being discovered, the Romans revolted absolutely from the Greek
Emperor, and took an oath to preserve the life of the Pope, to defend his
state, and be obedient to his authority in all things. Thus Rome with its
Duchy, including part of Tuscany and part of Campania, revolted in the
year 726, and became a free state under the government of the Senate of
this city. The authority of the Senate in civil affairs was henceforward
absolute, the authority of the Pope extending hitherto no farther than to
the affairs of the Church only.

At that time [6] the Lombards also being zealous for the worship of
images, and pretending to favour the cause of the Pope, invaded the cities
of the Exarchate: and at length, viz. A.C. 752, took Ravenna, and put an
end to the Exarchate. And this was the first of the three kingdoms which
fell before the little horn.

In the year 751 [7] Pope Zechary deposed Childeric, a slothful and
useless King of France, and the last of the race of Merovæus; and
absolving his subjects from their oath of allegiance, gave the kingdom to
Pipin the major of the Palace; and thereby made a new and potent friend.
His successor [8] Pope Stephen III, knowing better how to deal with the
Greek Emperor than with the Lombards, went the next year to the King of
the Lombards, to persuade him to return the Exarchate to the Emperor. But
this not succeeding, he went into France, and persuaded Pipin to take
the Exarchate and Pentapolis from the Lombards, and give it to St.
Peter. Accordingly Pipin A.C. 754 came with an army into Italy, and
made Aistulphus King of the Lombards promise the surrender: but the
next year Aistulphus, on the contrary, to revenge himself on the Pope,
besieged the city of Rome. Whereupon the Pope sent letters to Pipin,
wherein he told him that if he came not speedily against the Lombards,
pro data sibi potentia, alienandum fore à regno Dei & vita æterna, he
should be excommunicated. Pipin therefore, fearing a revolt of his
subjects, and being indebted to the Church of Rome, came speedily with an
army into Italy, raised the siege, besieged the Lombards in Pavia,
and forced them to surrender the Exarchate and region of Pentapolis to
the Pope for a perpetual possession. Thus the Pope became Lord of
Ravenna, and the Exarchate, some few cities excepted; and the keys were
sent to Rome, and laid upon the confession of St. Peter, that is, upon
his tomb at the high Altar, in signum veri perpetuique dominii, sed
pietate Regis gratuita, as the inscription of a coin of Pipin hath it.
This was in the year of Christ 755. And henceforward the Popes being
temporal Princes, left off in their Epistles and Bulls to note the years of
the Greek Emperors, as they had hitherto done.

After this [9] the Lombards invading the Pope's countries, Pope Adrian
sent to Charles the great, the son and successor of Pipin, to come to
his assistance. Accordingly Charles entered Italy with an army, invaded
the Lombards, overthrew their kingdom, became master of their countries,
and restored to the Pope, not only what they had taken from him, but also
the rest of the Exarchate which they had promised Pipin to surrender to
him, but had hitherto detained; and also gave him some cities of the
Lombards, and was in return himself made Patricius by the Romans, and
had the authority of confirming the elections of the Popes conferred upon
him. These things were done in the years 773 and 774. This kingdom of the
Lombards was the second kingdom which fell before the little horn. But
Rome, which was to be the seat of his kingdom, was not yet his own.

In the year 796, [10] Leo III being made Pope, notified his election to
Charles the great by his Legates, sending to him for a present, the
golden keys of the Confession of Peter, and the Banner of the city of
Rome: the first as an acknowledgment of the Pope's holding the cities of
the Exarchate and Lombardy by the grant of Charles; the other as a
signification that Charles should come and subdue the Senate and people
of Rome, as he had done the Exarchate and the kingdom of the Lombards.
For the Pope at the same time desired Charles to send some of his Princes
to Rome, who might subject the Roman people to him, and bind them by
oath in fide & subjectione, in fealty and subjection, as his words are
recited by Sigonius. An anonymous Poet, publish'd by Boeclerus at
Strasburg, expresseth it thus:

  Admonuitque piis precibus, qui mittere vellet
  Ex propriis aliquos primoribus, ac sibi plebem
  Subdere Romanam, servandaque foedera cogens
  Hanc fidei sacramentis promittere magnis.

Hence arose a misunderstanding between the Pope and the city: and the
Romans about two or three years after, by assistance of some of the
Clergy, raised such tumults against him, as gave occasion to a new state of
things in all the West. For two of the Clergy accused him of crimes, and
the Romans with an armed force, seized him, stript him of his sacerdotal
habit, and imprisoned him in a monastery. But by assistance of his friends
he made his escape, and fled into Germany to Charles the great, to whom
he complained of the Romans for acting against him out of a design to
throw off all authority of the Church, and to recover their antient
freedom. In his absence his accusers with their forces ravaged the
possessions of the Church, and sent the accusations to Charles; who
before the end of the year sent the Pope back to Rome with a large
retinue. The Nobles and Bishops of France who accompanied him, examined
the chief of his accusers at Rome, and sent them into France in
custody. This was in the year 799. The next year Charles himself went to
Rome, and upon a day appointed presided in a Council of Italian and
French Bishops to hear both parties. But when the Pope's adversaries
expected to be heard, the Council declared [11] that he who was the supreme
judge of all men, was above being judged by any other than himself:
whereupon he made a solemn declaration of his innocence before all the
people, and by doing so was looked upon as acquitted.

Soon after, upon Christmas-day, the people of Rome, who had hitherto
elected their Bishop, and reckoned that they and their Senate inherited the
rights of the antient Senate and people of Rome, voted Charles their
Emperor, and subjected themselves to him in such manner as the old Roman
Empire and their Senate were subjected to the old Roman Emperors. The
Pope crowned him, and anointed him with holy oil, and worshipped him on his
knees after the manner of adoring the old Roman Emperors; as the
aforesaid Poet thus relates:

  Post laudes igitur dictas & summus eundem
  Præsul adoravit, sicut mos debitus olim
  Principibus fuit antiquis.

The Emperor, on the other hand, took the following oath to the Pope: In
nomine Christi spondeo atque polliceor, Ego Carolus Imperator coram Deo &
beato Petro Apostolo, me protectorem ac defensorem fore hujus sanctæ Romanæ
Ecclesiæ in omnibus utilitatibus, quatenùs divino fultus fuero adjutorio,
prout sciero poteroque. The Emperor was also made Consul of Rome, and
his son Pipin crowned King of Italy: and henceforward the Emperor
stiled himself: Carolus serenissimus, Augustus, à Deo coronatus, magnus,
pacificus, Romæ gubernans imperium, or Imperator Romanorum; and was
prayed for in the Churches of Rome. His image was henceforward put upon
the coins of Rome: while the enemies of the Pope, to the number of three
hundred Romans and two or three of the Clergy, were sentenced to death.
The three hundred Romans were beheaded in one day in the Lateran
fields: but the Clergymen at the intercession of the Pope were pardoned,
and banished into France. And thus the title of Roman Emperor, which
had hitherto been in the Greek Emperors, was by this act transferred in
the West to the Kings of France.

After these things [12] Charles gave the City and Duchy of Rome to the
Pope, subordinately to himself as Emperor of the Romans; spent the winter
in ordering the affairs of Rome, and those of the Apostolic see, and of
all Italy, both civil and ecclesiastical, and in making new laws for
them; and returned the next summer into France: leaving the city under
its Senate, and both under the Pope and himself. But hearing that his new
laws were not observed by the judges in dictating the law, nor by the
people in hearing it; and that the great men took servants from free men,
and from the Churches and Monasteries, to labour in their vineyards,
fields, pastures and houses, and continued to exact cattle and wine of
them, and to oppress those that served the Churches: he wrote to his son
Pipin to remedy these abuses, to take care of the Church, and see his
laws executed.

Now the Senate and people and principality of Rome I take to be the third
King the little horn overcame, and even the chief of the three. For this
people elected the Pope and the Emperor; and now, by electing the Emperor
and making him Consul, was acknowledged to retain the authority of the old
Roman Senate and people. This city was the Metropolis of the old Roman
Empire, represented in Daniel by the fourth Beast; and by subduing the
Senate and people and Duchy, it became the Metropolis of the little horn of
that Beast, and completed Peter's Patrimony, which was the kingdom of
that horn. Besides, this victory was attended with greater consequences
than those over the other two Kings. For it set up the Western Empire,
which continues to this day. It set up the Pope above the judicature of the
Roman Senate, and above that of a Council of Italian and French
Bishops, and even above all human judicature; and gave him the supremacy
over the Western Churches and their Councils in a high degree. It gave
him a look more stout than his fellows; so that when this new religion
began to be established in the minds of men, he grappled not only with
Kings, but even with the Western Emperor himself. It is observable also,
that the custom of kissing the Pope's feet, an honour superior to that of
Kings and Emperors, began about this time. There are some instances of it
in the ninth century: Platina tells us, that the feet of Pope Leo IV
were kissed, according to antient custom, by all who came to him: and some
say that Leo III began this custom, pretending that his hand was infected
by the kiss of a woman. The Popes began also about this time to canonize
saints, and to grant indulgences and pardons: and some represent that Leo
III was the first author of all these things. It is further observable,
that Charles the great, between the years 775 and 796, conquered all
Germany from the Rhine and Danube northward to the Baltic sea, and
eastward to the river Teis; extending his conquests also into Spain as
far as the river Ebro: and by these conquests he laid the foundation of
the new Empire; and at the same time propagated the Roman Catholic
religion into all his conquests, obliging the Saxons and Hunns who were
heathens, to receive the Roman faith, and distributing his northern
conquests into Bishopricks, granting tithes to the Clergy and Peter-pence
to the Pope: by all which the Church of Rome was highly enlarged,
enriched, exalted, and established.

In the forementioned dissertation upon some coins of Charles the great,
Ludovicus Pius, Lotharius, and their successors, stamped at Rome,
there is a draught of a piece of Mosaic work which Pope Leo III. caused
to be made in his Palace near the Church of John Lateran, in memory of
his sending the standard or banner of the city of Rome curiously wrought,
to Charles the great; and which still remained there at the publishing of
the said book. In the Mosaic work there appeared Peter with three keys
in his lap, reaching the Pallium to the Pope with his right hand, and the
banner of the city to Charles the great with his left. By the Pope was
this inscription, SCISSIMUS D.N. LEO PP; by the King this, D.N. CARVLO
REGI; and under the feet of Peter this, BEATE PETRE, DONA VITAM LEONI PP,
ET BICTORIAM CARVLO REGI DONA. This Monument gives the title of King to
Charles, and therefore was erected before he was Emperor. It was erected
when Peter was reaching the Pallium to the Pope, and the Pope was
sending the banner of the city to Charles, that is, A.C. 796. The words
above, Sanctissimus Dominus noster Leo Papa Domino nostro Carolo Regi,
relate to the message; and the words below, Beate Petre, dona vitam Leoni
Papæ & victoriam Carolo regi dona, are a prayer that in this undertaking
God would preserve the life of the Pope, and give victory to the King over
the Romans. The three keys in the lap of Peter signify the keys of the
three parts of his Patrimony, that of Rome with its Duchy, which the Pope
claimed and was conquering, those of Ravenna with the Exarchate, and of
the territories taken from the Lombards; both which he had newly
conquered. These were the three dominions, whose keys were in the lap of
St. Peter, and whose Crowns are now worn by the Pope, and by the conquest
of which he became the little horn of the fourth Beast. By Peter's giving
the Pallium to the Pope with his right hand, and the banner of the city
to the King with his left, and by naming the Pope before the King in the
inscription, may be understood that the Pope was then reckoned superior in
dignity to the Kings of the earth.

After the death of Charles the great, his son and successor Ludovicus
Pius, at the request of the Pope, [13] confirmed the donations of his
grandfather and father to the see of Rome. And in the confirmation he
names first Rome with its Duchy extending into Tuscany and Campania;
then the Exarchate of Ravenna, with Pentapolis; and in the third place,
the territories taken from the Lombards. These are his three conquests,
and he was to hold them of the Emperor for the use of the Church sub
integritate, entirely, without the Emperor's medling therewith, or with
the jurisdiction or power of the Pope therein, unless called thereto in
certain cases. This ratification the Emperor Ludovicus made under an
oath: and as the King of the Ostrogoths, for acknowledging that he held
his kingdom of Italy of the Greek Emperor, stamped the effigies of the
Emperor on one side of his coins and his own on the reverse; so the Pope
made the like acknowledgment to the Western Emperor. For the Pope began
now to coin money, and the coins of Rome are henceforward found with the
heads of the Emperors, Charles, Ludovicus Pius, Lotharius, and their
successors, on the one side, and the Pope's inscription on the reverse, for
many years.

Notes to Chap. VII.

[1] Chap. vii. 8.

[2] Ver. 20, 21.

[3] Ver. 24.

[4] Ver. 25.

[5] Sigonius de Regno Italiæ, ad Ann. 726.

[6] Sigonius ib. ad Ann. 726, 752.

[7] Sigon. ib. Ann. 750.

[8] Sigon. ib. Ann. 753, 754, 755.

[9] Sigon. ib. Ann. 773.

[10] Sigon. de Regno Ital. ad Ann. 796.

[11] Vide Anastasium.

[12] Sigon. de Regno Ital.

[13] Confirmationem recitat Sigonius, lib. 4. de Regno Italiæ, ad An. 817.

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Of the power of the eleventh horn of Daniel's fourth Beast, to change
times and laws.

In the reign of the Greek Emperor Justinian, and again in the reign of
Phocas, the Bishop of Rome obtained some dominion over the Greek
Churches, but of no long continuance. His standing dominion was only over
the nations of the Western Empire, represented by Daniel's fourth
Beast. And this jurisdiction was set up by the following Edict of the
Emperors Gratian and Valentinian.--[1] Volumus ut quicunque judicio
Damasi, quod ille cum Concilio quinque vel septem habuerit Episcoporum, vel
eorum qui Catholici sunt judicio vel Concilio condemnatus fuerit, si juste
voluerit Ecclesiam retentare, ut qui ad sacerdotale judicium per
contumeliam non ivisset: ut ab illustribus viris Præfectis Prætorio Galliæ
atque Italiæ, authoritate adhibitâ, ad Episcopale judicium remittatur, sive
à Consularibus vel Vicariis, ut ad Urbem Romam sub prosecutione perveniat.
Aut si in longinquioribus partibus alicujus ferocitas talis emerserit,
omnis ejus causæ edictio ad Metropolitæ in eadem Provincia Episcopi
deduceretur examen. Vel si ipse Metropolitanus est, Romam necessariò, vel
ad eos quos Romanus Episcopus judices dederit, sine delatione
contendat.----Quod si vel Metropolitani Episcopi vel cujuscunque sacerdotis
iniquitas est suspecta, aut gratia; ad Romanum Episcopum, vel ad Concilium
quindecim finitimorum Episcoporum accersitum liceat provocare; modo ne post
examen habitum, quod definitum fuerit, integretur. This Edict wanting the
name of both Valens and Theodosius in the Title, was made in the time
between their reigns, that is, in the end of the year 378, or the beginning
of 379. It was directed to the Præfecti Prætorio Italiæ & Galliæ, and
therefore was general. For the Præfectus Prætorio Italiæ governed
Italy, Illyricum occidentale and Africa; and the Præfectus Prætorio
Galliæ governed Gallia, Spain, and Britain.

The granting of this jurisdiction to the Pope gave several Bishops occasion
to write to him for his resolutions upon doubtful cases, whereupon he
answered by decretal Epistles; and henceforward he gave laws to the
Western Churches by such Epistles. Himerius Bishop of Tarraco, the
head city of a province in Spain, writing to Pope Damasus for his
direction about certain Ecclesiastical matters, and the Letter not arriving
at Rome till after the death of Damasus, A.C. 384; his successor
Siricius answered the same with a legislative authority, telling him of
one thing: Cum hoc fieri--missa ad Provincias à venerandæ memoriæ
prædecessore meo Liberio generalia decreta, prohibeant. Of another:
Noverint se ab omni ecclesiastico honore, quo indignè usi sunt, Apostolicæ
Sedis auctoritate, dejectos. Of another: Scituri posthac omnium
Provinciarum summi Antistites, quod si ultrò ad sacros ordines quenquam de
talibus esse assumendum, & de suo & de aliorum statu, quos contra Canones &
interdicta nostra provexerint, congruam ab Apostolica Sede promendam esse
sententiam. And the Epistle he concludes thus: Explicuimus, ut arbitror,
frater charissime, universa quæ digesta sunt in querelam; & ad singulas
causas, de quibus ad Romanam Ecclesiam, utpote ad caput tui corporis,
retulisti; sufficientia, quantum opinor, responsa reddidimus. Nunc
fraternitatis tuæ animum ad servandos canones, & tenenda decretalia
constituta, magis ac magis incitamus: ad hæc quæ ad tua consulta
rescripsimus in omnium Coepiscoporum perferri facias notionem; & non solum
corum, qui in tua sunt dioecesi constituti, sed etiam ad universos
Carthaginenses ac Boeticos, Lusitanos atque [2] Gallicos, vel eos qui
vicinis tibi collimitant hinc inde Provinciis, hæc quæ a nobis sunt salubri
ordinatione disposita, sub literarum tuarum prosecutione mittantur. Et
quanquam statuta sedis Apostolicæ vel Canonum venerabilia definita, nulli
Sacerdotum Domini ignorare sit liberum: utilius tamen, atque pro
antiquitate sacerdotii tui, dilectioni tuæ esse admodùm poterit gloriosum,
si ea quæ ad te speciali nomine generaliter scripta sunt, per unanimitatis
tuæ sollicitudinem in universorum fratrum nostrorum notitiam perferantur;
quatenus & quæ à nobis non inconsultè sed providè sub nimia cautela &
deliberatione sunt salubriter constituta, intemerata permaneant, & omnibus
in posterum excusationibus aditus, qui jam nulli apud nos patere poterit,
obstruatur. Dat. 3 Id. Febr. Arcadio & Bautone viris clarissimis
Consulibus, A.C. 385. Pope Liberius in the reign of Jovian or
Valentinian I. sent general Decrees to the Provinces, ordering that the
Arians should not be rebaptized: and this he did in favour of the Council
of Alexandria, that nothing more should be required of them than to
renounce their opinions. Pope Damasus is said to have decreed in a
Roman Council, that Tithes and Tenths should be paid upon pain of an
Anathema; and that Glory be to the Father, &c. should be said or sung
at the end of the Psalms. But the first decretal Epistle now extant is
this of Siricius to Himerius; by which the Pope made Himerius his
Vicar over all Spain for promulging his Decrees, and seeing them
observed. The Bishop of Sevill was also the Pope's Vicar sometimes; for
Simplicius wrote thus to Zeno Bishop of that place: Talibus idcirco
gloriantes indiciis, congruum duximus vicariâ Sedis nostræ te auctoritate
fulciri: cujus vigore munitus, Apostolicæ institutionis Decreta, vel
sanctorum terminos Patrum, nullatenus transcendi permittas. And Pope
Hormisda [3] made the Bishop of Sevill his Vicar over Boetica and
Lusitania, and the Bishop of Tarraco his Vicar over all the rest of
Spain, as appears by his Epistles to them.

Pope Innocent the first, in his decretal Epistle to Victricius Bishop
of Rouen in France, A.C. 404, in pursuance of the Edict of Gratian,
made this Decree: Si quæ autem causæ vel contentiones inter Clericos tam
superioris ordinis quam etiam inferioris fuerint exortæ; ut secundum
Synodum Nicenam congregatis ejusdem Provinciæ Episcopis jurgium terminetur:
nec alicui liceat, [4] Romanæ Ecclesiæ, cujus in omnibus causis debet
reverentia custodiri, relictis his sacerdotibus, qui in eadem Provincia Dei
Ecclesiam nutu Divino gubernant, ad alias convolare Provincias. Quod siquis
fortè præsumpserit; & ab officio Clericatûs summotus, & injuriarum reus
judicetur. Si autem majores causæ in medium fuerint devolutæ, ad Sedem
Apostolicam sicut Synodus statuit, & beata consuetudo exigit, post judicium
Episcopale referantur. By these Letters it seems to me that Gallia was
now subject to the Pope, and had been so for some time, and that the Bishop
of Rouen was then his Vicar or one of them: for the Pope directs him to
refer the greater causes to the See of Rome, according to custom. But the
Bishop of Arles soon after became the Pope's Vicar over all Gallia: for
Pope Zosimus, A.C. 417, ordaining that none should have access to him
without the credentials of his Vicars, conferred upon Patroclus the
Bishop of Arles this authority over all Gallia, by the following

Zosimus universis Episcopis per Gallias & septem
Provincias constitutis.

Placuit Apostolicæ Sedi, ut siquis ex qualibet Galliarum parte sub
quolibet ecclesiastico gradu ad nos Romæ venire contendit, vel aliò
terrarum ire disponit, non aliter proficiscatur nisi Metropolitani Episcopi
Formatas acceperit, quibus sacerdotium suum vel locum ecclesiasticum quem
habet, scriptorum ejus adstipulatione perdoceat: quod ex gratia statuimus
quia plures episcopi sive presbyteri sive ecclesiastici simulantes, quia
nullum documentum Formatarum extat per quod valeant confutari, in nomen
venerationis irrepunt, & indebitam reverentiam promerentur. Quisquis
igitur, fratres charissimi, prætermissà supradicti Formatâ sive episcopus,
sive presbyter, sive diaconus, aut deinceps inferiori gradu sit, ad nos
venerit: sciat se omnino suscipi non posse. Quam auctoritatem ubique nos
misisse manifestum est, ut cunctis regionibus innotescat id quod statuimus
omnimodis esse servandum. Siquis autem hæc salubriter constituta temerare
tentaverit sponte suâ, se a nostra noverit communione discretum. Hoc autem
privilegium Formatarum sancto Patroclo fratri & coepiscopo nostro,
meritorum ejus speciali contemplatione, concessimus. And that the Bishop
of Arles was sometimes the Pope's Vicar over all France, is affirmed
also by all the Bishops of the Diocess of Arles in their Letter to Pope
Leo I. Cui id etiam honoris dignitatisque collatum est, say they, ut
non tantum has Provincias potestate propriâ gubernaret; verum etiam omnes
Gallias sibi Apostolicæ Sedis vice mandatas, sub omni ecclesiastica regula
contineret. And Pope Pelagius I. A.C. 556, in his Epistle to Sapaudus
Bishop of Arles: Majorum nostrorum, operante Dei misericordiâ, cupientes
inhærere vestigiis & eorum actus divino examine in omnibus imitari:
Charitati tuæ per universam Galliam, sanctæ Sedis Apostolicæ, cui divinâ
gratiâ præsidemus, vices injungimus.

By the influence of the same imperial Edict, not only Spain and Gallia,
but also Illyricum became subject to the Pope. Damasus made
Ascholius, or Acholius, Bishop of Thessalonica the Metropolis of
Oriental Illyricum, his Vicar for hearing of causes; and in the year 382,
Acholius being summoned by Pope Damasus, came to a Council at Rome.
Pope Siricius the successor of Damasus, decreed that no Bishop should
be ordained in Illyricum without the consent of Anysius the successor
of Acholius. And the following Popes gave Rufus the successor of
Anysius, a power of calling Provincial Councils: for in the Collections
of Holstenius there is an account of a Council of Rome convened under
Pope Boniface II. in which were produced Letters of Damasus,
Syricius, Innocent I. Boniface I. and Cælestine Bishops of Rome,
to Ascholius, Anysius and Rufus, Bishops of Thessalonica: in which
Letters they commend to them the hearing of causes in Illyricum, granted
by the Lord and the holy Canons to the Apostolic See thro'out that
Province. And Pope Siricius saith in his Epistle to Anysius: Etiam
dudum, frater charissime, per Candidianum Episcopum, qui nos præcessit ad
Dominum, hujusmodi literas dederamus, ut nulla licentia esset, sine
consensu tuo in Illyrico Episcopos ordinare præsumere, quæ utrum ad te
pervenerint scire non potui. Multa enim gesta sunt per contentionem ab
Episcopis in ordinationibus faciendis, quod tua melius caritas novit. And
a little after: Ad omnem enim hujusmodi audaciam comprimendam vigilare
debet instantia tua, Spiritu in te Sancto fervente: ut vel ipse, si potes,
vel quos judicaveris Episcopos idoneos, cum literis dirigas, dato consensu
qui possit, in ejus locum qui defunctus vel depositus fuerit, Catholicum
Episcopum vitâ & moribus probatum, secundum Nicænæ Synodi statuta vel
Ecclesiæ Romanæ, Clericum de Clero meritum ordinare. And Pope Innocent
I. saith in his Epistle to Anysius: Cui [Anysio] etiam anteriores
tanti ac tales viri prædecessores mei Episcopi, id est, sanctæ memoriæ
Damasus, Siricius, atque supra memoratus vir ita detulerunt; ut omnia quæ
in omnibus illis partibus gererentur, Sanctitati tuæ, quæ plena justitiæ
est, traderent cognoscenda. And in his Epistle to Rufus the successor of
Anysius: Ita longis intervallis disterminatis à me ecclesiis discat
consulendum; ut prudentiæ gravitatique tuæ committendam curam causasque,
siquæ exoriantur, per Achaiæ, Thessaliæ, Epiri veteris, Epiri novæ, &
Cretæ, Daciæ mediterraneæ, Daciæ ripensis, Moesiæ, Dardaniæ, & Prævali
ecclesias, Christo Domino annuente, censeam. Verè enim ejus sacratissimis
monitis lectissimæ sinceritatis tuæ providentiæ & virtuti hanc injungimus
sollicitudinem: non primitùs hæc statuentes, sed Præcessores nostros
Apostolicos imitati, qui beatissimis Acholio & Anysio injungi pro meritis
ista voluerunt. And Boniface I. in his decretal Epistle to Rufus and
the rest of the Bishops in Illyricum: Nullus, ut frequenter dixi,
alicujus ordinationem citra ejus [Episcopi Thessalonicensis] conscientiam
celebrare præsumat: cui, ut supra dictum est, vice nostrâ cuncta
committimus. And Pope Cælestine, in his decretal Epistle to the Bishops
thro'out Illyricum, saith: Vicem nostram per vestram Provinciam
noveritis [Rufo] esse commissam, ita ut ad eum, fratres carissimi,
quicquid de causis agitur, referatur. Sine ejus consilio nullus ordinetur.
Nullus usurpet, eodem inconscio, commissam illi Provinciam; colligere nisi
cum ejus voluntate Episcopus non præsumat. And in the cause of
Perigenes, in the title of his Epistle, he thus enumerates the Provinces
under this Bishop: Rufo & cæteris Episcopis per Macedoniam, Achaiam,
Thessaliam, Epirum veterem, Epirum novam, Prævalin, & Daciam constitutis.
And Pope Xistus in a decretal Epistle to the same Bishops: Illyricanæ
omnes Ecclesiæ, ut à decessoribus nostris recepimus, & nos quoque fecimus,
ad curam nunc pertinent Thessalonicensis Antistitis, ut suâ sollicitudine,
siquæ inter fratres nascantur, ut assolent, actiones distinguat atque
definiat; & ad eum, quicquid à singulis sacerdotibus agitur, referatur. Sit
Concilium, quotiens causæ fuerint, quotiens ille pro necessitatum
emergentium ratione decreverit. And Pope Leo I. in his decretal Epistle
to Anastasius Bishop of Thessalonica: Singulis autem Metropolitanis
sicut potestas ista committitur, ut in suis Provinciis jus habeant
ordinandi; ita eos Metropolitanos à te volumus ordinari; maturo tamen &
decocto judicio.

Occidental Illyricum comprehended Pannonia prima and secunda,
Savia, Dalmatia, Noricum mediterraneum, and Noricum ripense; and
its Metropolis was Sirmium, till Attila destroyed this city. Afterwards
Laureacum became the Metropolis of Noricum and both Pannonias, and
Salona the Metropolis of Dalmatia. Now [5] the Bishops of Laureacum
and Salona received the Pallium from the Pope: and Zosimus, in his
decretal Epistle to Hesychius Bishop of Salona, directed him to
denounce the Apostolic decrees as well to the Bishops of his own, as to
those of the neighbouring Provinces. The subjection of these Provinces to
the See of Rome seems to have begun in Anemius, who was ordained Bishop
of Sirmium by Ambrose Bishop of Millain, and who in the Council of
Aquileia under Pope Damasus, A.C. 381, declared his sentence in these
words: Caput Illyrici non nisi civitas Sirmiensis: Ego igitur illius
civitatis Episcopus sum. Eum qui non confitetur filium Dei æternum, &
coeternum patri, qui est sempiternus, anathema dico. The next year
Anemius and Ambrose, with Valerian Bishop of Aquileia, Acholias
Bishop of Thessalonica, and many others, went to the Council of Rome,
which met for overruling the Greek Church by majority of votes, and
exalting the authority of the Apostolic See, as was attempted before in the
Council of Sardica.

Aquileia was the second city of the Western Empire, and by some called
the second Rome. It was the Metropolis of Istria, Forum Julium, and
Venetia; and its subjection to the See of Rome is manifest by the
decretal Epistle of Leo I. directed to Nicetas Bishop of this city; for
the Pope begins his Epistle thus: Regressus ad nos filius meus Adeodatus
Diaconus Sedis nostræ, dilectionem tuam poposcisse memorat, ut de his à
nobis authoritatem Apostolicæ Sedis acciperes, quæ quidem magnam
difficultatem dijudicationis videntur afferre. Then he sets down an answer
to the questions proposed by Nicetas, and concludes thus: Hanc autem
Epistolam nostram, quam ad consultationem tuæ fraternitatis emisimus, ad
omnes fratres & comprovinciales tuos Episcopos facies pervenire, ut in
omnium observantia, data profit authoritas. Data 1-2 Kal. Apr. Majorano
Aug. Cos. A.C. 458. Gregory the great A.C. 591, [6] cited Severus
Bishop of Aquileia to appear before him in judgment in a Council at

The Bishops of Aquileia and Millain created one another, and therefore
were of equal authority, and alike subject to the See of Rome. Pope
Pelagius about the year 557, testified this in the following words: [7]
Mos antiquus fuit, saith he, ut quia pro longinquitate vel difficultate
itineris, ab Apostolico illis onerosum fuerit ordinari, ipsi se invicem
Mediolanensis & Aquileiensis ordinare Episcopos debuissent. These words
imply that the ordination of these two Bishops belonged to the See of
Rome. When Laurentius Bishop of Millain had excommunicated Magnus,
one of his Presbyters, and was dead, [8] Gregory the great absolved
Magnus, and sent the Pallium to the new elected Bishop Constantius;
whom the next year [9] he reprehended of partiality in judging
Fortunatus, and commanded him to send Fortunatus to Rome to be judged
there: four years after [10] he appointed the Bishops of Millain and
Ravenna to hear the cause of one Maximus; and two years after, viz.
A.C. 601, when Constantius was dead, and the people of Millain had
elected Deusdedit his successor, and the Lombards had elected another,
[11] Gregory wrote to the Notary, Clergy, and People of Millain, that
by the authority of his Letters Deusdedit should be ordained, and that he
whom the Lombards had ordained was an unworthy successor of Ambrose:
whence I gather, that the Church of Millain had continued in this state
of subordination to the See of Rome ever since the days of Ambrose; for
Ambrose himself acknowledged the authority of that See. Ecclesia
Romana, [12] saith he, hanc consuetudinem non habet, cujus typum in
omnibus sequimur, & formam. And a little after: In omnibus cupio sequi
Ecclesiam Romanam. And in his Commentary upon 1 Tim. iii. Cum totus
mundus Dei sit, tamen domus ejus Ecclesia dicitur, cujus hodie rector est
Damasus. In his Oration on the death of his brother Satyrus, he relates
how his brother coming to a certain city of Sardinia, advocavit
Episcopum loci, percontatusque est ex eo utrum cum Episcopis Catholicis hoc
est cum Romana Ecclesia conveniret? And in conjunction with the Synod of
Aquileia A.C. 381, in a synodical Epistle to the Emperor Gratian, he
saith: Totius orbis Romani caput Romanam Ecclesiam, atque illam
sacrosanctam Apostolorum fidem, ne turbari sineret, obsecranda fuit
clementia vestra; inde enim in omnes venerandæ communionis jura dimanant.
The Churches therefore of Aquileia and Millain were subject to the See
of Rome from the days of the Emperor Gratian. Auxentius the
predecessor of Ambrose was not subject to the see of Rome, and
consequently the subjection of the Church of Millain began in Ambrose.
This Diocese of Millain contained Liguria with Insubria, the Alpes
Cottiæ and Rhætia; and was divided from the Diocese of Aquileia by the
river Addua. In the year 844, the Bishop of Millain broke off from the
See of Rome, and continued in this separation about 200 years, as is thus
related by [13] Sigonius: Eodem anno Angilbertus Mediolanensis
Archiepiscopus ab Ecclesia Romana parum comperta de causa descivit,
tantumque exemplo in posterum valuit, ut non nisi post ducentos annos
Ecclesia Mediolanensis ad Romanæ obedientiam auctoritatemque redierit.

The Bishop of Ravenna, the Metropolis of Flaminia and Æmilia, was
also subject to the Pope: for Zosimus, A.C. 417, excommunicated some of
the Presbyters of that Church, and wrote a commonitory Epistle about them
to the Clergy of that Church as a branch of the Roman Church: In sua,
saith he, hoc est, in Ecclesia nostra Romana. When those of Ravenna,
having elected a new Bishop, gave notice thereof to Pope Sixtus, the Pope
set him aside, and [14] ordained Peter Chrysologus in his room.
Chrysologus in his Epistle to Eutyches, extant in the Acts of the
Council of Chalcedon, wrote thus: Nos pro studio pacis & fidei, extra
consensum Romanæ civitatis Episcopi, causas fidei audire non possumus.
Pope Leo I. being consulted by Leo Bishop of Ravenna about some
questions, answered him by a decretal Epistle A.C. 451. And Pope Gregory
the great, [15] reprehending John Bishop of Ravenna about the use of
the Pallium, tells him of a Precept of one of his Predecessors, Pope
John, commanding that all the Privileges formerly granted to the Bishop
and Church of Ravenna should be kept: to this John returned a
submissive answer; and after his death Pope Gregory ordered a visitation
of the Church of Ravenna, confirmed the privileges heretofore granted
them, and sent his Pallium, as of antient custom, to their new Bishop
Marinian. Yet this Church revolted sometimes from the Church of Rome,
but returned again to its obedience.

The rest of Italy, with the Islands adjacent, containing the
suburbicarian regions, or ten Provinces under the temporal Vicar of
Rome, viz. 1Campania, 2Tuscia and Umbria, 3Picenum suburbicarium,
4Sicily, 5Apulia and Calabria, 6Brutii and Lucania, 7Samnium,
8Sardinia, 9Corsica, and 10Valeria, constituted the proper Province
of the Bishop of Rome. For the Council of Nice in their fifth Canon
ordained that Councils should be held every spring and autumn in every
Province; and according to this Canon, the Bishops of this Province met at
Rome every half year. In this sense Pope Leo I. applied this Canon to
Rome, in a decretal Epistle to the Bishops of Sicily, written Alippio
& Ardabure Coss. A.C. 447. Quia saluberrime, saith he, à sanctis
patribus constitutum est, binos in annis singulis Episcoporum debere esse
conventus, terni semper ex vobis ad diem tertium Kalendarum Octobrium Romam
æterno concilio sociandi occurrant. Et indissimulanter à vobis hæc
consuetudo servetur, quoniam adjuvante Dei gratiâ, faciliùs poterit
provideri, ut in Ecclesiis Christi nulla scandala, nulli nascantur errores;
cum coram Apostolo Petro semper in communione tractatum fuerit, ut omnia
Canonum Decreta apud omnes Domini sacerdotes inviolata permaneant. The
Province of Rome therefore comprehended Sicily, with so much of Italy
and the neighbouring Islands as sent Bishops to the annual Councils of
Rome; but extended not into the Provinces of Ravenna, Aquileia,
Millain, Arles, &c. those Provinces having Councils of their own. The
Bishops in every Province of the Roman Empire were convened in Council by
the Metropolitan or Bishop of the head city of the Province, and this
Bishop presided in that Council: but the Bishop of Rome did not only
preside in his own Council of the Bishops of the suburbicarian regions,
but also gave Orders to the Metropolitans of all the other Provinces in the
Western Empire, as their universal governor; as may be further perceived
by the following instances.

Pope Zosimus A.C. 417, cited Proculus Bishop of Marseilles to appear
before a Council at Rome for illegitimate Ordinations; and condemned him,
as he mentions in several of his Epistles. Pope Boniface I. A.C. 419,
upon a complaint of the Clergy of Valentia against Maximus a Bishop,
summoned the Bishops of all Gallia and the seven Provinces to convene in
a Council against him; and saith in his Epistle, that his Predecessors had
done the like. Pope Leo I. called a general Council of all the Provinces
of Spain to meet in Gallæcia against the Manichees and
Priscillianists, as he says in his decretal Epistle to Turribius a
Spanish Bishop. And in one of his decretal Epistles to Nicetas Bishop
of Aquileia, he commands him to call a Council of the Bishops of that
Province against the Pelagians, which might ratify all the Synodal
Decrees which had been already ratified by the See of Rome against this
heresy. And in his decretal Epistle to Anastasius Bishop of
Thessalonica, he ordained that Bishop should hold two Provincial Councils
every year, and refer the harder causes to the See of Rome: and if upon
any extraordinary occasion it should be necessary to call a Council, he
should not be troublesom to the Bishops under him, but content himself with
two Bishops out of every Province, and not detain them above fifteen days.
In the same Epistle he describes the form of Church-Government then set up,
to consist in a subordination of all the Churches to the See of Rome: De
qua forma, saith he, Episcoporum quoque est orta distinctio, & magna
dispositione provisum est ne omnes sibi omnia vindicarent, sed essent in
singulis Provinciis singuli quorum inter fratres haberetur prima sententia,
& rursus quidam in majoribus urbibus constituti sollicitudinem sumerent
ampliorem, per quos ad unam Petri Sedem universalis Ecclesiæ cura
conflueret, & nihil usque à suo capite dissideret. Qui ergo scit se
quibusdam esse præpositum, non moleste ferat aliquem sibi esse præpositum;
sed obedientiam quam exigit etiam ipse dependat; et sicut non vult gravis
oneris sarcinam ferre, ita non audeat aliis importabile pondus imponere.
These words sufficiently shew the monarchical form of government then set
up in the Churches of the Western Empire under the Bishop of Rome, by
means of the imperial Decree of Gratian, and the appeals and decretal
Epistles grounded thereupon.

The same Pope Leo, having in a Council at Rome passed sentence upon
Hilary Bishop of Arles, for what he had done by a Provincial Council in
Gallia, took occasion from thence to procure the following Edict from the
Western Emperor Valentinian III. for the more absolute establishing the
authority of his See over all the Churches of the Western Empire.

Impp. Theodosius & Valentinianus AA. Aetio
Viro illustri, Comiti & Magistro utriusque
militiæ & Patricio.

Certum est & nobis & imperio nostro unicum esse præsidium in supernæ
Divinitatis favore, ad quem promerendum præcipue Christiana fides &
veneranda nobis religio suffragatur. Cum igitur Sedis Apostolicæ Primatum
sancti Petri meritum, qui princeps est Episcopalis coronæ & Romanæ dignitas
civitatis, sacræ etiam Synodi firmavit auctoritas: ne quid præter
auctoritatem Sedis istius illicitum præsumptio attemperare nitatur: tunc
enim demum Ecclesiarum pax ubique servabitur, si Rectorem suum agnoscat
Universitas. Hæc cum hactenus inviolabiliter suerint custodita, Hilarius
Arelatensis, sicut venerabilis viri Leonis Romani Papæ fideli relatione
comperimus, contumaci ausu illicita quædam præsumenda tentavit, & ideo
Transalpinas Ecclesias abominabilis tumultus invasit, quod recens maximè
testatur exemplum. Hilarius enim qui Episcopus Arelatensis vocatur,
Ecclesiæ Romanæ urbis inconsulto Pontifice indebitas sibi ordinationes
Episcoporum solâ temeritate usurpans invasit. Nam alios incompetenter
removit; indecenter alios, invitis & repugnantibus civibus, ordinavit. Qui
quidem, quoniam non facile ab his qui non elegerant, recipiebantur, manum
sibi contrahebat armatam, & claustra murorum in hostilem morem vel
obsidione cingebat, vel aggressione reserabat, & ad sedem quietis pacem
prædicaturus per bella ducebat: His talibus contra Imperii majestatem, &
contra reverentiam Apostolicæ Sedis admissis, per ordinem religiosi viri
Urbis Papæ cognitione discussis, certa in eum, ex his quos malè
ordinaverat, lata sententia est. Erat quidem ipsa sententia per Gallias
etiam sine Imperiali Sanctione valitura: quid enim Pontificis auctoritate
non liceret? Sed nostram quoque præceptionem hæc ratio provocavit. Nec
ulterius vel Hilario, quem adhuc Episcopum nuncupare sola mansueta Præsulis
permittit humanitas, nec cuiquam alteri ecclesiasticis rebus arma miscere,
aut præceptis Romani Antistitis liceat obviare: ausibus enim talibus fides
& reverentia nostri violatur Imperii. Nec hoc solum, quod est maximi
criminis, submovemus: verum ne levis saltem inter Ecclesias turba nascatur,
vel in aliquo minui religionis disciplina videatur, hoc perenni sanctione
discernimus; nequid tam Episcopis Gallicanis quam aliarum Provinciarum
contra consuetudinem veterem liceat, sine viri venerabilis Papæ Urbis
æternæ auctoritate, tentare. Sed illis omnibusque pro lege sit, quicquid
sanxit vel sanxerit Apostolicæ Sedis auctoritas: ita ut quisquis
Episcoporum ad judicium Romani Antistitis evocatus venire neglexerit, per
Moderatorem ejusdem Provinciæ adesse cogatur, per omnia servatis quæ Divi
parentes nostri Romanæ Ecclesiæ detulerunt, Aetî pater carissime Augusti.
Unde illustris & præclara magnificentia tua præsentis Edictalis Legis
auctoritate faciet quæ sunt superius statuta servari, decem librarum auri
multa protinus exigenda ab unoquoque Judice qui passus fuerit præcepta
nostra violari. Divinitas te servet per multos annos, parens carissime.
Dat. viii. Id. Jun. Romæ, Valentiniano A. vi. Consule, A.C. 445. By
this Edict the Emperor Valentinian enjoined an absolute obedience to the
will of the Bishop of Rome thro'out all the Churches of his Empire; and
declares, that for the Bishops to attempt any thing without the Pope's
authority is contrary to antient custom, and that the Bishops summoned to
appear before his judicature must be carried thither by the Governor of the
Province; and he ascribes these privileges of the See of Rome to the
concessions of his dead Ancestors, that is, to the Edict of Gratian and
Valentinian II. as above: by which reckoning this dominion of the Church
of Rome was now of 66 years standing: and if in all this time it had not
been sufficiently established, this new Edict was enough to settle it
beyond all question thro'out the Western Empire.

Hence all the Bishops of the Province of Arles in their Letter to Pope
Leo, A.C. 450, petitioning for a restitution of the privileges of their
Metropolitan, say: Per beatum Petrum Apostolorum principem, sacrosancta
Ecclesia Romana tenebat supra omnes totius mundi Ecclesias principatum.
And Ceratius, Salonius and Veranus, three Bishops of Gallia, say,
in their Epistle to the same Pope: Magna præterea & ineffabili quadam nos
peculiares tui gratulatione succrescimus, quod illa specialis doctrinæ
vestræ pagina ita per omnium Ecclesiarum conventicula celebratur, ut vere
consona omnium sententia declaretur; merito illic principatum Sedis
Apostolicæ constitutum, unde adhuc Apostolici spiritus oracula reserentur.
And Leo himself, in [16] his Epistle to the metropolitan Bishops thro'out
Illyricum: Quia per omnes Ecclesias cura nostra distenditur, exigente
hoc à nobis Domino, qui Apostolicæ dignitatis beatissimo Apostolo Petro
primatum, fidei sui remuneratione commisit, universalem Ecclesiam in
fundamenti ipsius soliditate constituens.

While this Ecclesiastical Dominion was rising up, the northern barbarous
nations invaded the Western Empire, and founded several kingdoms therein,
of different religions from the Church of Rome. But these kingdoms by
degrees embraced the Roman faith, and at the same time submitted to the
Pope's authority. The Franks in Gaul submitted in the end of the fifth
Century, the Goths in Spain in the end of the sixth; and the Lombards
in Italy were conquered by Charles the great A.C. 774. Between the
years 775 and 794, the same Charles extended the Pope's authority over
all Germany and Hungary as far as the river Theysse and the Baltic
sea; he then set him above all human judicature, and at the same time
assisted him in subduing the City and Duchy of Rome. By the conversion of
the ten kingdoms to the Roman religion, the Pope only enlarged his
spiritual dominion, but did not yet rise up as a horn of the Beast. It was
his temporal dominion which made him one of the horns: and this dominion he
acquired in the latter half of the eighth century, by subduing three of the
former horns as above. And now being arrived at a temporal dominion, and a
power above all human judicature, he reigned [17] with a look more stout
than his fellows, and [18] times and laws were henceforward given into
his hands, for a time times and half a time, or three times and an half;
that is, for 1260 solar years, reckoning a time for a Calendar year of 360
days, and a day for a solar year. After which [19] the judgment is to sit,
and they shall take away his dominion, not at once, but by degrees, to
consume, and to destroy it unto the end. [20] And the kingdom and dominion,
and greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall, by degrees, be
given unto the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an
everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Notes to Chap. VIII.

[1] See the Annals of Baronius, Anno 381. Sect. 6.

[2] Populos Galliciæ.

[3] Hormisd. Epist. 24. 26.

[4] The words, sine auctoritate, seem wanting.

[5] Vide Caroli a S. Paulo Geographiam sacram, p. 72, 73.

[6] Greg. M. lib. 1. Indic. 9. Epist. 16.

[7] Apud Gratianum de Mediolanensi & Aquileiensi Episcopis.

[8] Greg. M. lib. 3. Epist. 26. & lib. 4. Epist. 1.

[9] Greg. lib. 5. Epist. 4.

[10] Greg. lib. 9. Epist. 10 & 67.

[11] Greg. lib. 11. Epist. 3, 4.

[12] Ambros l. 3. de sacramentis, c. 1.

[13] Sigonius de Regno Italiæ, lib. 5.

[14] See Baronius, Anno 433. Sect. 24.

[15] Greg. M. lib. 3. Epist. 56, 57. & lib. 5. Epist. 25, 26, 56.

[16] Epist. 25. apud Holstenium.

[17] Dan. vii. 20.

[18] Ver. 25.

[19] Ver. 26.

[20] Ver. 27.

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Of the kingdoms represented in Daniel by the Ram and He-Goat.

The second and third Empires, represented by the Bear and Leopard, are
again represented by the Ram and He-Goat; but with this difference, that
the Ram represents the kingdoms of the Medes and Persians from the
beginning of the four Empires, and the Goat represents the kingdom of the
Greeks to the end of them. By this means, under the type of the Ram and
He-Goat, the times of all the four Empires are again described: I lifted
up mine eyes, saith [1] Daniel, and saw, and behold there stood
before the river [Ulai] a Ram which had two horns, and the two horns were
high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.--And
the Ram having two horns, are the kings of Media and Persia: not two
persons but two kingdoms, the kingdoms of Media and Persia; and the
kingdom of Persia was the higher horn and came up last. The kingdom of
Persia rose up, when Cyrus having newly conquered Babylon, revolted
from Darius King of the Medes, and beat him at Pasargadæ, and set up
the Persians above the Medes. This was the horn which came up last. And
the horn which came up first was the kingdom of the Medes, from the time
that Cyaxares and Nebuchadnezzar overthrew Nineveh, and shared the
Empire of the Assyrians between them. The Empires of Media and
Babylon were contemporary, and rose up together by the fall of the
Assyrian Empire; and the Prophecy of the four Beasts begins with one of
them, and that of the Ram and He-Goat with the other. As the Ram represents
the kingdom of Media and Persia from the beginning of the four Empires;
so the He-Goat represents the Empire of the Greeks to the end of those
Monarchies. In the reign of his great horn, and of the four horns which
succeeded it, he represents this Empire during the reign of the Leopard:
and in the reign of his little horn, which stood up in the latter time of
the kingdom of the four, and after their fall became mighty but not by his
own power, he represents it during the reign of the fourth Beast.

The rough Goat, saith Daniel, is the King of Grecia, that is, the
kingdom; and the great horn between his eyes is the first King: not the
first Monarch, but the first kingdom, that which lasted during the reign of
Alexander the great, and his brother Aridæus and two young sons,
Alexander and Hercules. [2] Now that [horn] being broken off,
whereas four [horns] stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of
the nation [of the Greeks], but not in his [the first horn's] power.
The four horns are therefore four kingdoms; and by consequence, the first
great horn which they succeeded is the first great kingdom of the Greeks,
that which was founded by Alexander the great, An. Nabonass. 414, and
lasted till the death of his son Hercules, An. Nabonass. 441. And the
four are those of Cassander, Lysimachus, Antigonus, and Ptolemy, as

[3] And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are
come to the full, a King [or new kingdom] of fierce countenance, and
understanding dark sentences, shall stand up: and his power shall be
mighty, but not by his own power. This King was the last horn of the Goat,
the little horn which came up out of one of the four horns, and waxed
exceeding great. The latter time of their kingdom was when the Romans
began to conquer them, that is, when they conquered Perseus King of
Macedonia, the fundamental kingdom of the Greeks. And at that time the
transgressors came to the full: for then the High-priesthood was exposed to
sale, the Vessels of the Temple were sold to pay for the purchase; and the
High-priest, with some of the Jews, procured a licence from Antiochus
Epiphanes to do after the ordinances of the heathen, and set up a school
at Jerusalem for teaching those ordinances. Then Antiochus took
Jerusalem with an armed force, slew 4000 Jews, took as many prisoners
and sold them, spoiled the Temple, interdicted the worship, commanded the
Law of Moses to be burnt, and set up the worship of the heathen Gods in
all Judea. In the very same year, An. Nabonass. 580, the Romans
conquered Macedonia, the chief of the four horns. Hitherto the Goat was
mighty by its own power, but henceforward began to be under the Romans.
Daniel distinguishes the times, by describing very particularly the
actions of the Kings of the north and south, those two of the four horns
which bordered upon Judea, until the Romans conquered Macedonia; and
thenceforward only touching upon the main revolutions which happened within
the compass of the nations represented by the Goat. In this latter period
of time the little horn was to stand up and grow mighty, but not by his own

The three first of Daniel's Beasts had their dominions taken away, each
of them at the rise of the next Beast; but their lives were prolonged, and
they are all of them still alive. The third Beast, or Leopard, reigned in
his four heads, till the rise of the fourth Beast, or Empire of the
Latins; and his life was prolonged under their power. This Leopard
reigning in his four heads, signifies the same thing with the He-Goat
reigning in his four horns: and therefore the He-Goat reigned in his four
horns till the rise of Daniel's fourth Beast, or Empire of the Latins:
then its dominion was taken away by the Latins, but its life was
prolonged under their power. The Latins are not comprehended among the
nations represented by the He-Goat in this Prophecy: their power over the
Greeks is only named in it, to distinguish the times in which the He-Goat
was mighty by his own power, from the times in which he was mighty but not
by his own power. He was mighty by his own power till his dominion was
taken away by the Latins; after that, his life was prolonged under their
dominion, and this prolonging of his life was in the days of his last horn:
for in the days of this horn the Goat became mighty, but not by his own

Now because this horn was a horn of the Goat, we are to look for it among
the nations which composed the body of the Goat. Among those nations he was
to rise up and grow mighty: he grew mighty [4] towards the south, and
towards the east, and towards the pleasant land; and therefore he was to
rise up in the north-west parts of those nations, and extend his dominion
towards Egypt, Syria and Judea. In the latter time of the kingdom of
the four horns, it was to rise up out of one of them and subdue the rest,
but not by its own power. It was to be assisted by a foreign power, a power
superior to itself, the power which took away the dominion of the third
Beast, the power of the fourth Beast. And such a little horn was the
kingdom of Macedonia, from the time that it became subject to the
Romans. This kingdom, by the victory of the Romans over Persius King
of Macedonia, Anno Nabonass. 580, ceased to be one of the four horns of
the Goat, and became a dominion of a new sort: not a horn of the fourth
Beast, for Macedonia belonged to the body of the third; but a horn of the
third Beast of a new sort, a horn of the Goat which grew mighty but not by
his own power, a horn which rose up and grew potent under a foreign power,
the power of the Romans.

The Romans, by the legacy of Attalus the last King of Pergamus, An.
Nabonass. 615, inherited that kingdom, including all Asia Minor on this
side mount Taurus. An. Nabonass. 684 and 685 they conquered Armenia,
Syria and Judea; An. Nabonass. 718, they subdued Egypt. And by
these conquests the little horn [5] waxed exceeding great towards the
south, and towards the east, and towards the pleasant land. And it waxed
great even to the host of heaven; and cast down some of the host and of the
stars to the ground, and stamped upon them, that is, upon the people and
great men of the Jews. [6] Yea, he magnified himself even to the Prince
of the Host, the Messiah, the Prince of the Jews, whom he put to
death, An. Nabonass. 780. And by him the daily sacrifice was taken away,
and the place of his sanctuary was cast down, viz. in the wars which the
armies of the Eastern nations under the conduct of the Romans made
against Judea, when Nero and Vespasian were Emperors, An. Nabonass.
816, 817, 818. [7] And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice
by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground, and
it practised and prospered. This transgression is in the next words called
the transgression of desolation; and in Dan. xi. 31. the abomination
which maketh desolate; and in Matth. xxiv. 15. the abomination of
desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place.
It may relate chiefly to the worship of Jupiter Olympius in his Temple
built by the Emperor Hadrian, in the place of the Temple of the Jews,
and to the revolt of the Jews under Barchochab occasioned thereby, and
to the desolation of Judea which followed thereupon; all the Jews,
being thenceforward banished Judea upon pain of death. Then I heard,
saith [8] Daniel, one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that
certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the
daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the
sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto
two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Daniel's days are years; and these years may perhaps be reckoned either
from the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in the reign of
Vespasian, or from the pollution of the Sanctuary by the worship of
Jupiter Olympius, or from the desolation of Judea made in the end of
the Jewish war by the banishment of all the Jews out of their own
country, or from some other period which time will discover. Henceforward
the last horn of the Goat continued mighty under the Romans, till the
reign of Constantine the great and his sons: and then by the division of
the Roman Empire between the Greek and Latin Emperors, it separated
from the Latins, and became the Greek Empire alone, but yet under the
dominion of a Roman family; and at present it is mighty under the
dominion of the Turks.

This last horn is by some taken for Antiochus Epiphanes, but not very
judiciously. A horn of a Beast is never taken for a single person: it
always signifies a new kingdom, and the kingdom of Antiochus was an old
one. Antiochus reigned over one of the four horns, and the little horn
was a fifth under its proper kings. This horn was at first a little one,
and waxed exceeding great, but so did not Antiochus. It is described
great above all the former horns, and so was not Antiochus. His kingdom
on the contrary was weak, and tributary to the Romans, and he did not
enlarge it. The horn was a King of fierce countenance, and destroyed
wonderfully, and prospered and practised; that is, he prospered in his
practises against the holy people: but Antiochus was frighted out of
Egypt by a mere message of the Romans, and afterwards routed and
baffled by the Jews. The horn was mighty by another's power, Antiochus
acted by his own. The horn stood up against the Prince of the Host of
heaven, the Prince of Princes; and this is the character not of Antiochus
but of Antichrist. The horn cast down the Sanctuary to the ground, and so
did not Antiochus; he left it standing. The Sanctuary and Host were
trampled under foot 2300 days; and in Daniel's Prophecies days are put
for years: but the profanation of the Temple in the reign of Antiochus
did not last so many natural days. These were to last till the time of the
end, till the last end of the indignation against the Jews; and this
indignation is not yet at an end. They were to last till the Sanctuary
which had been cast down should be cleansed, and the Sanctuary is not yet

This Prophecy of the Ram and He-Goat is repeated in the last Prophecy of
Daniel. There the Angel tells Daniel, that [9] he stood up to
strengthen Darius the Mede, and that there should stand up yet three
kings in Persia, [Cyrus, Cambyses, and Darius Hystaspis] and the
fourth [Xerxes] should be far richer than they all; and by his wealth
thro' his riches he should stir up all against the realm of Grecia. This
relates to the Ram, whose two horns were the kingdoms of Media and
Persia. Then he goes on to describe the horns of the Goat by the [10]
standing up of a mighty king, which should rule with great dominion, and
do according to his will; and by the breaking of his kingdom into four
smaller kingdoms, and not descending to his own posterity. Then he
describes the actions of two of those kingdoms which bordered on Judea,
viz. Egypt and Syria, calling them the Kings of the South and
North, that is, in respect of Judea; and he carries on the description
till the latter end of the kingdoms of the four, and till the reign of
Antiochus Epiphanes, when transgressors were come to the full. In the
eighth year of Antiochus, the year in which he profaned the Temple and
set up the heathen Gods in all Judea, and the Romans conquered the
kingdom of Macedon; the prophetic Angel leaves off describing the affairs
of the kings of the South and North, and begins to describe those of
the Greeks under the dominion of the Romans, in these words: [11] And
after him Arms [the Romans] shall stand up, and they shall pollute the
sanctuary of strength. As [Hebrew: MMLK] signifies after the king, Dan.
xi. 8; so here [Hebrew: MMNW] may signify after him: and so [Hebrew:
MN-H'CHT] may signify after one of them, Dan. viii. 9. Arms are every
where in these Prophecies of Daniel put for the military power of a
kingdom, and they stand up when they conquer and grow powerful. The
Romans conquered Illyricum, Epirus and Macedonia, in the year of
Nabonassar 580; and thirty five years after, by the last will and
testament of Attalus the last King of Pergamus, they inherited that
rich and flourishing kingdom, that is, all Asia on this side mount
Taurus: and sixty nine years after, they conquered the kingdom of
Syria, and reduced it into a Province: and thirty four years after they
did the like to Egypt. By all these steps the Roman arms stood up over
the Greeks. And after 95 years more, by making war upon the Jews, they
polluted the sanctuary of strength, and took away the daily sacrifice,
and, in its room soon after, placed the abomination which made the Land
desolate: for this abomination was placed after the days of Christ,
Matth. xxiv. 15. In the 16th year of the Emperor Hadrian, A. C. 132,
they placed this abomination by building a Temple to Jupiter Capitolinus,
where the Temple of God in Jerusalem had stood. Thereupon the Jews
under the conduct of Barchochab rose up in arms against the Romans, and
in that war had 50 cities demolished, 985 of their best towns destroyed,
and 580000 men slain by the sword: and in the end of the war, A.C. 136,
they were all banished Judea upon pain or death; and that time the land
hath remained desolate of its old inhabitants.

Now that the prophetic Angel passes in this manner from the four kingdoms
of the Greeks to the Romans reigning over the Greeks, is confirmed
from hence, that in the next place he describes the affairs of the
Christians unto the time of the end, in these words: [12] And they that
understand among the people shall instruct many, yet they shall fall by the
sword and by flame, by captivity and by spoil many days. Now when they
shall fall they shall be holpen with a little help, viz. in the reign of
Constantine the great; but many shall cleave to them with dissimulation.
And some of them of understanding there shall fall to try them, and to
purge them from the dissemblers; and to make them white even to the time
of the end. And a little after, the time of the end is said to be a time,
times, and half a time: which is the duration of the reign of the last
horn of Daniel's fourth Beast, and of the Woman and her Beast in the

Notes to Chap. IX.

[1] Chap. viii. 3.

[2] Ver. 22.

[3] Ver. 23.

[4] Chap. viii. 9.

[5] Chap. viii. 9, 10.

[6] Ver. 11.

[7] Ver. 12.

[8] Ver. 13, 14.

[9] Dan. xi. 1, 2.

[10] Ver. 3.

[11] Dan xi. 31.

[12] Chap. xi. 33, &c.

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Of the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.

The Vision of the Image composed of four Metals was given first to
Nebuchadnezzar, and then to Daniel in a dream: and Daniel began then
to be celebrated for revealing of secrets, Ezek. xxviii. 3. The Vision of
the four Beasts, and of the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven,
was also given to Daniel in a dream. That of the Ram and the He-Goat
appeared to him in the day time, when he was by the bank of the river
Ulay; and was explained to him by the prophetic Angel Gabriel. It
concerns the Prince of the host, and the Prince of Princes: and now in
the first year of Darius the Mede over Babylon, the same prophetic
Angel appears to Daniel again, and explains to him what is meant by the
Son of man, by the Prince of the host, and the Prince of Princes. The
Prophecy of the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven relates to the
second coming of Christ; that of the Prince of the host relates to his
first coming: and this Prophecy of the Messiah, in explaining them,
relates to both comings, and assigns the times thereof.

This Prophecy, like all the rest of Daniel's, consists of two parts, an
introductory Prophecy and an explanation thereof; the whole I thus
translate and interpret.

[1] 'Seventy weeks are [2] cut out upon thy people, and upon thy holy
city, to finish transgression, and [3] to make an end of sins, to expiate
iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, to consummate the
Vision and [4] the Prophet, and to anoint the most Holy.

'Know also and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to
cause to return and to build Jerusalem, unto [5] the Anointed the Prince,
shall be seven weeks.

'Yet threescore and two weeks shall [6] it return, and the street be built
and the wall; but in troublesome times: and after the threescore and two
weeks, the Anointed shall be cut off, and [6] it shall not be his; but the
people of a Prince to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary: and
the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war,
desolations are determined.

'Yet shall he confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in half a
week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease: and upon a wing of
abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and
that which is determined be poured upon the desolate.'

Seventy weeks are cut out upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to
finish transgression, &c. Here, by putting a week for seven years, are
reckoned 490 years from the time that the dispersed Jews should be
re-incorporated into [7] a people and a holy city, until the death and
resurrection of Christ; whereby transgression should be finished, and
sins ended, iniquity be expiated, and everlasting righteousness brought in,
and this Vision be accomplished, and the Prophet consummated, that Prophet
whom the Jews expected; and whereby the most Holy should be anointed,
he who is therefore in the next words called the Anointed, that is, the
Messiah, or the Christ. For by joining the accomplishment of the vision
with the expiation of sins, the 490 years are ended with the death of
Christ. Now the dispersed Jews became a people and city when they first
returned into a polity or body politick; and this was in the seventh year
of Artaxerxes Longimanus, when Ezra returned with a body of Jews from
captivity, and revived the Jewish worship; and by the King's commission
created Magistrates in all the land, to judge and govern the people
according to the laws of God and the King, Ezra vii. 25. There were but
two returns from captivity, Zerubbabel's and Ezra's; in Zerubbabel's
they had only commission to build the Temple, in Ezra's they first became
a polity or city by a government of their own. Now the years of this
Artaxerxes began about two or three months after the summer solstice, and
his seventh year fell in with the third year of the eightieth Olympiad;
and the latter part thereof, wherein Ezra went up to Jerusalem, was in
the year of the Julian Period 4257. Count the time from thence to the
death of Christ, and you will find it just 490 years. If you count in
Judaic years commencing in autumn, and date the reckoning from the first
autumn after Ezra's coming to Jerusalem, when he put the King's decree
in execution; the death of Christ will fall on the year of the Julian
Period 4747, Anno Domini 34; and the weeks will be Judaic weeks,
ending with sabbatical years; and this I take to be the truth: but if you
had rather place the death of Christ in the year before, as is commonly
done, you may take the year of Ezra's journey into the reckoning.

Know also and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to
cause to return and to build Jerusalem, unto the Anointed the Prince,
shall be seven weeks. The former part of the Prophecy related to the first
coming of Christ, being dated to his coming as a Prophet; this being
dated to his coming to be Prince or King, seems to relate to his second
coming. There, the Prophet was consummate, and the most holy anointed:
here, he that was anointed comes to be Prince and to reign. For Daniel's
Prophecies reach to the end of the world; and there is scarce a Prophecy in
the Old Testament concerning Christ, which doth not in something or other
relate to his second coming. If divers of the antients, as [8] Irenæus,
[9] Julius Africanus, Hippolytus the martyr, and Apollinaris Bishop
of Laodicea, applied the half week to the times of Antichrist; why may
not we, by the same liberty of interpretation, apply the seven weeks to the
time when Antichrist shall be destroyed by the brightness of Christ's

The Israelites in the days of the antient Prophets, when the ten Tribes
were led into captivity, expected a double return; and that at the first
the Jews should build a new Temple inferior to Solomon's, until the
time of that age should be fulfilled; and afterwards they should return
from all places of their captivity, and build Jerusalem and the Temple
gloriously, Tobit xiv. 4, 5, 6: and to express the glory and excellence
of this city, it is figuratively said to be built of precious stones,
Tobit xiii. 16, 17, 18. Isa. liv. 11, 12. Rev. xi. and called the
New Jerusalem, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the Holy City, the Lamb's
Wife, the City of the Great King, the City into which the Kings of the
earth do bring their glory and honour. Now while such a return from
captivity was the expectation of Israel, even before the times of
Daniel, I know not why Daniel should omit it in his Prophecy. This part
of the Prophecy being therefore not yet fulfilled, I shall not attempt a
particular interpretation of it, but content myself with observing, that as
the seventy and the sixty two weeks were Jewish weeks, ending with
sabbatical years; so the seven weeks are the compass of a Jubilee, and
begin and end with actions proper for a Jubilee, and of the highest
nature for which a Jubilee can be kept: and that since the commandment
to return and to build Jerusalem, precedes the Messiah the Prince 49
years; it may perhaps come forth not from the Jews themselves, but from
some other kingdom friendly to them, and precede their return from
captivity, and give occasion to it; and lastly, that this rebuilding of
Jerusalem and the waste places of Judah is predicted in Micah vii.
11. Amos ix. 11, 14. Ezek. xxxvi. 33, 35, 36, 38. Isa. liv. 3, 11,
12. lv. 12. lxi. 4. lxv. 18, 21,22. and Tobit xiv. 5. and that the return
from captivity and coming of the Messiah and his kingdom are described in
Daniel vii. Rev. xix. Acts i. Mat. xxiv. Joel iii. Ezek. xxxvi.
xxxvii. Isa. lx. lxii. lxiii. lxv. and lxvi. and many other places of
scripture. The manner I know not. Let time be the Interpreter.

Yet threescore and two weeks shall it return, and the street be built and
the wall, but in troublesome times: and after the threescore and two weeks
the Messiah shall be cut off, and it shall not be his; but the people of
a Prince to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, &c. Having
foretold both comings of Christ, and dated the last from their returning
and building Jerusalem; to prevent the applying that to the building
Jerusalem by Nehemiah, he distinguishes this from that, by saying that
from this period to the Anointed shall be, not seven weeks, but
threescore and two weeks, and this not in prosperous but in troublesome
times; and at the end of these Weeks the Messiah shall not be the Prince
of the Jews, but be cut off; and Jerusalem not be his, but the city and
sanctuary be destroyed. Now Nehemiah came to Jerusalem in the 20th year
of this same Artaxerxes, while Ezra still continued there, Nehem.
xii. 36, and found the city lying waste, and the houses and wall unbuilt,
Nehem. ii. 17. vii. 4, and finished the wall the 25th day of the month
Elul, Nehem. vi. 15, in the 28th year of the King, that is, in
September in the year of the Julian Period 4278. Count now from this
year threescore and two weeks of years, that is 434 years, and the
reckoning will end in September in the year of the Julian Period 4712
which is the year in which Christ was born, according to Clemens
Alexandrinus, Irenæus, Eusebius, Epiphanius, Jerome, Orosius,
Cassiodorus, and other antients; and this was the general opinion, till
Dionysius Exiguus invented the vulgar account, in which Christ's birth
is placed two years later. If with some you reckon that Christ was born
three or four years before the vulgar account, yet his birth will fall in
the latter part of the last week, which is enough. How after these weeks
Christ was cut off and the city and sanctuary destroyed by the Romans,
is well known.

Yet shall he confirm the covenant with many for one week. He kept it,
notwithstanding his death, till the rejection of the Jews, and calling of
Cornelius and the Gentiles in the seventh year after his passion.

And in half a week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease;
that is, by the war of the Romans upon the Jews: which war, after some
commotions, began in the 13th year of Nero, A.D. 67, in the spring, when
Vespasian with an army invaded them; and ended in the second year of
Vespasian, A.D. 70, in autumn, Sept. 7, when Titus took the city,
having burnt the Temple 27 days before: so that it lasted three years and
an half.

And upon a wing of abominations he shall cause desolation, even until the
consummation, and that which is determined be poured upon the desolate.
The Prophets, in representing kingdoms by Beasts and Birds, put their wings
stretcht out over any country for their armies sent out to invade and rule
over that country. Hence a wing of abominations is an army of false Gods:
for an abomination is often put in scripture for a false God; as where
Chemosh is called [10] the abomination of Moab, and Molech the
abomination of Ammon. The meaning therefore is, that the people of a
Prince to come shall destroy the sanctuary, and abolish the daily worship
of the true God, and overspread the land with an army of false gods; and by
setting up their dominion and worship, cause desolation to the Jews,
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. For Christ tells us, that
the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel was to be set up in the
times of the Roman Empire, Matth. xxiv. 15.

Thus have we in this short Prophecy, a prediction of all the main periods
relating to the coming of the Messiah; the time of his birth, that of his
death, that of the rejection of the Jews, the duration of the Jewish
war whereby he caused the city and sanctuary to be destroyed, and the time
of his second coming: and so the interpretation here given is more full and
complete and adequate to the design, than if we should restrain it to his
first coming only, as Interpreters usually do. We avoid also the doing
violence to the language of Daniel, by taking the seven weeks and
sixty two weeks for one number. Had that been Daniel's meaning, he
would have said sixty and nine weeks, and not seven weeks and sixty
two weeks, a way of numbring used by no nation. In our way the years are
Jewish Luni-solar years, [11] as they ought to be; and the seventy weeks
of years are Jewish weeks ending with sabbatical years, which is very
remarkable. For they end either with the year of the birth of Christ, two
years before the vulgar account, or with the year of his death, or with the
seventh year after it: all which are sabbatical years. Others either
count by Lunar years, or by weeks not Judaic: and, which is worst, they
ground their interpretations on erroneous Chronology, excepting the opinion
of Funccius about the seventy weeks, which is the same with ours. For
they place Ezra and Nehemiah in the reign of Artaxerxes Mnemon, and
the building of the Temple in the reign of Darius Nothus, and date the
weeks of Daniel from those two reigns.

The grounds of the Chronology here followed, I will now set down as briefly
as I can.

The Peloponnesian war began in spring An. 1 Olymp. 87, as Diodorus,
Eusebius, and all other authors agree. It began two months before
Pythodorus ceased to be Archon, Thucyd. l. 2. that is, in April,
two months before the end of the Olympic year. Now the years of this war
are most certainly determined by the 50 years distance of its first year
from the transit of Xerxes inclusively, Thucyd. l. 2. or 48 years
exclusively, Eratosth. apud Clem. Alex. by the 69 years distance of its
end, or 27th year, from the beginning of Alexander's reign in Greece;
by the acting of the Olympic games in its 4th and 12th years, Thucyd.
l. 5; and by three eclipses of the sun, and one of the moon, mentioned by
Thucydides and Xenophon. Now Thucydides, an unquestionable witness,
tells us, that the news of the death of Artaxerxes Longimanus was brought
to Ephesus, and from thence by some Athenians to Athens, in the 7th
year of this Peloponnesian war, when the winter half year was running;
and therefore he died An. 4 Olymp. 88, in the end of An. J.P. 4289,
suppose a month or two before midwinter; for so long the news would be in
coming. Now Artaxerxes Longimanus reigned 40 years, by the consent of
Diodorus, Eusebius, Jerome, Sulpitius; or 41, according to Ptol.
in can. Clem. Alexand. l. 1. Strom. Chron. Alexandr. Abulpharagius,
Nicephorus, including therein the reign of his successors Xerxes and
Sogdian, as Abulpharagius informs us. After Artaxerxes reigned his
son Xerxes two months, and Sogdian seven months; but their reign is not
reckoned apart in summing up the years of the Kings, but is included in the
40 or 41 years reign of Artaxerxes: omit these nine months, and the
precise reign of Artaxerxes will be thirty nine years and three months.
And therefore since his reign ended in the beginning of winter An. J.P.
4289, it began between midsummer and autumn, An. J.P. 4250.

The same thing I gather also thus. Cambyses began his reign in spring
An. J.P. 4185, and reigned eight years, including the five months of
Smerdes; and then Darius Hystaspis began in spring An. J.P. 4193, and
reigned thirty six years, by the unanimous consent of all Chronologers. The
reigns of these two Kings are determined by three eclipses of the moon
observed at Babylon, and recorded by Ptolemy; so that it cannot be
disputed. One was in the seventh year of Cambyses, An. J.P. 4191,
Jul. 16, at 11 at night; another in the 20th year of Darius, An. J.P.
4212, Nov. 19, at 11h. 45' at night; a third in the 31st year of
Darius, An. J.P. 4223, Apr. 25, at 11h. 30 at night. By these
eclipses, and the Prophecies of Haggai and Zechary compared together,
it is manifest that his years began after the 24th day of the 11th Jewish
month, and before the 25th day of April, and by consequence about
March. Xerxes therefore began in spring An. J.P. 4229: for Darius
died in the fifth year after the battle at Marathon, as Herodotus,
lib. 7, and Plutarch mention; and that battle was in October An.
J.P. 4224, ten years before the battle at Salamis. Xerxes therefore
began within less than a year after October An. J.P. 4228, suppose in
the spring following: for he spent his first five years, and something
more, in preparations for his expedition against the Greeks; and this
expedition was in the time of the Olympic games, An. 1 Olymp. 75,
Calliade Athenis Archonte, 28 years after the Regifuge, and Consulship
of the first Consul Junius Brutus, Anno Urbis conditæ 273, Fabio &
Furio Coss. The passage of Xerxes's army over the Hellespont began in
the end of the fourth year of the 74th Olympiad, that is, in June An.
J.P. 4234, and took up one month: and in autumn, three months after, on
the full moon, the 16th day of the month Munychion, was the battle at
Salamis, and a little after that an eclipse of the sun, which by the
calculation fell on Octob. 2. His sixth year therefore began a little
before June, suppose in spring An. J.P. 4234, and his first year
consequently in spring An. J.P. 4229, as above. Now he reigned almost
twenty one years, by the consent of all writers. Add the 7 months of
Artabanus, and the sum will be 21 years and about four or five months,
which end between midsummer and autumn An. J.P. 4250. At this time
therefore began the reign of his successor Artaxerxes, as was to be

The same thing is also confirmed by Julius Africanus, who informs us out
of former writers, that the 20th year of this Artaxerxes was the 115th
year from the beginning of the reign of Cyrus in Persia, and fell in
with An. 4 Olymp. 83. It began therefore with the Olympic year, soon
after the summer Solstice, An. J.P. 4269. Subduct nineteen years, and his
first year will begin at the same time of the year An. J.P. 4250, as

His 7th year therefore began after midsummer An. J.P. 4256; and the
Journey of Ezra to Jerusalem in the spring following fell on the
beginning of An. J.P. 4257, as above.

Notes to Chap. X.

[1] Chap. ix. 24, 25, 26, 27.

[2] Cut upon. A phrase in Hebrew, taken from the practise of numbring
by cutting notches.

[3] Heb. to seal, i.e. to finish or consummate: a metaphor taken from
sealing what is finished. So the Jews compute, ad obsignatum Misna, ad
obsignatum Talmud, that is, ad absolutum.

[4] Heb. the Prophet, not the Prophecy.

[5] Heb. the Messiah, that is, in Greek, the Christ; in English,
the Anointed. I use the English word, that the relation of this clause
to the former may appear.

[6] Jerusalem.

[7] See Isa. xxiii. 13.

[8] Iren. l. 5. Hær. c. 25.

[9] Apud Hieron. in h. l.

[10] 1 Kings xi. 7.

[11] The antient solar years of the eastern nations consisted of 12 months,
and every month of 30 days: and hence came the division of a circle into
360 degrees. This year seems to be used by Moses in his history of the
Flood, and by John in the Apocalypse, where a time, times and half a
time, 42 months and 1260 days, are put equipollent. But in reckoning by
many of these years together, an account is to be kept of the odd days
which were added to the end of these years. For the Egyptians added five
days to the end of this year; and so did the Chaldeans long before the
times of Daniel, as appears by the Æra, of Nabonassar: and the
Persian Magi used the same year of 365 days, till the Empire of the
Arabians. The antient Greeks also used the same solar year of 12 equal
months, or 360 days; but every other year added an intercalary month,
consisting of 10 and 11 days alternately.

The year of the Jews, even from their coming out of Egypt, was
Luni-solar. It was solar, for the harvest always followed the Passover, and
the fruits of the land were always gathered before the feast of
Tabernacles, Levit. xxiii. But the months were lunar, for the people were
commanded by Moses in the beginning of every month to blow with trumpets,
and offer burnt offerings with their drink offerings, Num. x. 10. xxviii.
11, 14. and this solemnity was kept on the new moons, Psal. lxxxi. 3,4,5.
1 Chron. xxiii. 31. These months were called by Moses the first,
second, third, fourth month, &c. and the first month was also called
Abib, the second Zif, the seventh Ethanim, the eighth Bull, Exod.
xiii. 4. 1 Kings vi. 37, 38. viii. 2. But in the Babylonian captivity
the Jews used the names of the Chaldean months, and by those names
understood the months of their own year; so that the Jewish months then
lost their old names, and are now called by those of the Chaldeans.

The Jews began their civil year from the autumnal Equinox, and their
sacred year from the vernal: and the first day of the first month was on
the visible new moon, which was nearest the Equinox.

Whether Daniel used the Chaldaick or Jewish year, is not very
material; the difference being but six hours in a year, and 4 months in 480
years. But I take his months to be Jewish: first, because Daniel was a
Jew, and the Jews even by the names of the Chaldean months understood
the months of their own year: secondly, because this Prophecy is grounded
on Jeremiah's concerning the 70 years captivity, and therefore must be
understood of the same sort of years with the seventy; and those are
Jewish, since that Prophecy was given in Judea before the captivity:
and lastly, because Daniel reckons by weeks of years, which is a way of
reckoning peculiar to the Jewish years. For as their days ran by sevens,
and the last day of every seven was a sabbath; so their years ran by
sevens, and the last year of every seven was a sabbatical year, and seven
such weeks of years made a Jubilee.

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Of the Times of the Birth and Passion of Christ.

The times of the Birth and Passion of Christ, with such like niceties,
being not material to religion, were little regarded by the Christians of
the first age. They who began first to celebrate them, placed them in the
cardinal periods of the year; as the annunciation of the Virgin Mary, on
the 25th of March, which when Julius Cæsar corrected the Calendar was
the vernal Equinox; the feast of John Baptist on the 24th of June,
which was the summer Solstice; the feast of St. Michael on Sept. 29,
which was the autumnal Equinox; and the birth of Christ on the winter
Solstice, Decemb. 25, with the feasts of St. Stephen, St. John and
the Innocents, as near it as they could place them. And because the
Solstice in time removed from the 25th of December to the 24th, the 23d,
the 22d, and so on backwards, hence some in the following centuries placed
the birth of Christ on Decemb. 23, and at length on Decemb. 20: and
for the same reason they seem to have set the feast of St. Thomas on
Decemb. 21, and that of St. Matthew on Sept. 21. So also at the
entrance of the Sun into all the signs in the Julian Calendar, they
placed the days of other Saints; as the conversion of Paul on Jan. 25,
when the Sun entred [Aquarius]; St. Matthias on Feb. 25, when he entred
[Pisces]; St. Mark on Apr. 25, when he entred [Taurus]; Corpus
Christi on May 26, when he entred [Gemini]; St. James on July 25,
when he entred [Cancer]; St. Bartholomew on Aug. 24, when he entred
[Virgo]; Simon and Jude on Octob. 28, when he entred [Scorpio]: and
if there were any other remarkable days in the Julian Calendar, they
placed the Saints upon them, as St. Barnabas on June 11, where Ovid
seems to place the feast of Vesta and Fortuna, and the goddess
Matuta; and St. Philip and James on the first of May, a day
dedicated both to the Bona Dea, or Magna Mater, and to the goddess
Flora, and still celebrated with her rites. All which shews that these
days were fixed in the first Christian Calendars by Mathematicians at
pleasure, without any ground in tradition; and that the Christians
afterwards took up with what they found in the Calendars.

Neither was there any certain tradition about the years of Christ. For
the Christians who first began to enquire into these things, as Clemens
Alexandrinus, Origen, Tertullian, Julius Africanus, Lactantius,
Jerome, St. Austin, Sulpicius Severus, Prosper, and as many as
place the death of Christ in the 15th or 16th year of Tiberius, make
Christ to have preached but one year, or at most but two. At length
Eusebius discovered four successive Passovers in the Gospel of John,
and thereupon set on foot an opinion that he preacht three years and an
half; and so died in the 19th year of Tiberius. Others afterwards,
finding the opinion that he died in the Equinox Mar. 25, more consonant
to the times of the Jewish Passover, in the 17th and 20th years, have
placed his death in one of those two years. Neither is there any greater
certainty in the opinions about the time of his birth. The first
Christians placed his baptism near the beginning of the 15th year of
Tiberius; and thence reckoning thirty years backwards, placed his birth
in the 43d Julian year, the 42d of Augustus and 28th of the Actiac
victory. This was the opinion which obtained in the first ages, till
Dionysius Exiguus, placing the baptism of Christ in the 16th year of
Tiberius, and misinterpreting the text of Luke, iii. 23. as if Jesus
was only beginning to be 30 years old when he was baptized, invented the
vulgar account, in which his birth is placed two years later than before.
As therefore relating to these things there is no tradition worth
considering; let us lay aside all and examine what prejudices can be
gathered from records of good account.

The fifteenth year of Tiberius began Aug. 28, An. J.P. 4727. So soon
as the winter was over, and the weather became warm enough, we may reckon
that John began to baptize; and that before next winter his fame went
abroad, and all the people came to his baptism, and Jesus among the rest.
Whence the first Passover after his baptism mentioned John ii. 13. was in
the 16th year of Tiberius. After this feast Jesus came into the land of
Judea, and staid there baptizing, whilst John was baptizing in Ænon,
John iii. 22, 23. But when he heard that John was cast into prison, he
departed into Galilee, Mat. iii. 12. being afraid, because the
Pharisees had heard that he baptized more disciples than John, John iv.
1. and in his journey he passed thro' Samaria four months before the
harvest, John iv. 35. that is, about the time of the winter Solstice. For
their harvest was between Easter and Whitsunday, and began about a
month after the vernal Equinox. Say not ye, saith he, there are yet four
months, and then cometh harvest? Behold I say unto you, lift up your eyes,
and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest; meaning,
that the people in the fields were ready for the Gospel, as his next words
shew[1]. John therefore was imprisoned about November, in the 17th year
of Tiberius; and Christ thereupon went from Judea to Cana of
Galilee in December, and was received there of the Galileans, who had
seen all he did at Jerusalem at the Passover: and when a Nobleman of
Capernaum heard he was returned into Galilee, and went to him and
desired him to come and cure his son, he went not thither yet, but only
said, Go thy way, thy son liveth; and the Nobleman returned and found it
so, and believed, he and his house, John iv. This is the beginning of his
miracles in Galilee; and thus far John is full and distinct in relating
the actions of his first year, omitted by the other Evangelists. The rest
of his history is from this time related more fully by the other
Evangelists than by John; for what they relate he omits.

From this time therefore Jesus taught in the Synagogues of Galilee on
the sabbath-days, being glorified of all: and coming to his own city
Nazareth, and preaching in their Synagogue, they were offended, and
thrust him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which
the city was built to cast him headlong; but he passing thro' the midst of
them, went his way, and came and dwelt at Capernaum, Luke iv. And by
this time we may reckon the second Passover was either past or at hand.

All this time Matthew passeth over in few words, and here begins to
relate the preaching and miracles of Christ. When Jesus, saith he,
had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt at Capernaum, and from that
time began to preach and say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at
hand, Matth. iv. 12. Afterwards he called his disciples Peter, Andrew,
James and John; and then went about all Galilee, teaching in the
Synagogues,--and healing all manner of sickness:--and his fame went
thro'out all Syria; and they brought unto him all sick people,--and there
followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from
Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond
Jordan, Matth, iv. 18, 25. All this was done before the sermon in the
mount: and therefore we may certainly reckon that the second Passover was
past before the preaching of that sermon. The multitudes that followed him
from Jerusalem and Judea, shew that he had lately been there at the
feast. The sermon in the mount was made when great multitudes came to him
from all places, and followed him in the open fields; which is an argument
of the summer-season: and in this sermon he pointed at the lilies of the
field then in the flower before the eyes of his auditors. Consider, saith
he, the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they
spin; and yet Solomon in all his glory was not arayed like one of these.
Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is and to
morrow is cast into the oven, &c. Matth. vi. 28. So therefore the grass
of the field was now in the flower, and by consequence the month of March
with the Passover was past.

Let us see therefore how the rest of the feasts follow in order in
Matthew's Gospel: for he was an eye-witness of what he relates, and so
tells all things in due order of time, which Mark and Luke do not.

Some time after the sermon in the mount, when the time came that he should
be received, that is, when the time of a feast came that he should be
received by the Jews, he set his face to go to Jerusalem: and as he
went with his disciples in the way, when the Samaritans in his passage
thro' Samaria had denied him lodgings, and a certain Scribe said unto
him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest, Jesus said
unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but
the Son of man hath not where to lay his head, Matth. viii. 19. Luke ix.
51, 57. The Scribe told Christ he would bear him company in his journey,
and Christ replied that he wanted a lodging. Now this feast I take to be
the feast of Tabernacles, because soon after I find Christ and his
Apostles on the sea of Tiberias in a storm so great, that the ship was
covered with water and in danger of sinking, till Christ rebuked the winds
and the sea, Matth. viii. 23. For this storm shews that winter was now
come on.

After this Christ did many miracles, and went about all the cities and
villages of Galilee, teaching in their Synagogues, and preaching the
gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness, and every disease among
the people, Matth. ix. he then sent forth the twelve to do the like,
Matth. x. and at length when he had received a message from John, and
answered it, he said to the multitudes, From the days of John the
Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence; and upbraided
the cities, Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, wherein most of his
mighty works were done, because they repented not, Matth. xi. Which
several passages shew, that from the imprisonment of John till now there
had been a considerable length of time: the winter was now past, and the
next Passover was at hand; for immediately after this, Matthew, in chap.
xii. subjoins, that Jesus went on the sabbath-day thro' the corn, and his
disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to
eat,--rubbing them, saith Luke, in their hands: the corn therefore was
not only in the ear, but ripe; and consequently the Passover, in which the
first-fruits were always offered before the harvest, was now come or past.
Luke calls this sabbath [Greek: deuteroprôton], the second prime sabbath,
that is, the second of the two great feasts of the Passover. As we call
Easter day high Easter, and its octave low Easter or Lowsunday:
so Luke calls the feast on the seventh day of the unlevened bread, the
second of the two prime sabbaths.

In one of the sabbaths following he went into a Synagogue, and healed a man
with a withered hand, Matth. xii. 9. Luke vi. 6. And when the Pharisees
took counsel to destroy him, he withdrew himself from thence, and great
multitudes followed him; and he healed them all, and charged them that they
should not make him known, Matth. xii. 14. Afterwards being in a ship, and
the multitude standing on the shore, he spake to them three parables
together, taken from the seeds-men sowing the fields, Matth. xiii. by
which we may know that it was now seed-time, and by consequence that the
feast of Tabernacles was past. After this he went into his own country,
and taught them in their Synagogue, but did not many mighty works there
because of their unbelief. Then the twelve having been abroad a year,
returned, and told Jesus all that they had done: and at the same time
Herod beheaded John in prison, and his disciples came and told Jesus;
and when Jesus heard it, he took the twelve and departed thence privately
by ship into a desert place belonging to Bethsaida: and the people when
they knew it, followed him on foot out of the cities, the winter being now
past; and he healed their sick, and in the desert fed them to the number of
five thousand men, besides women and children, with only five loaves and
two fishes, Matth. xiv. Luke ix. at the doing of which miracle the
Passover of the Jews was nigh, John vi. 4. But Jesus went not up to
this feast; but after these things walked in Galilee, because the
Jews at the Passover before had taken counsel to destroy him, and still
sought to kill him, John vii. i. Henceforward therefore he is found first
in the coast of Tyre and Sidon, then by the sea of Galilee,
afterwards in the coast of Cæsarea Philippi; and lastly at Capernaum,
Matth. xv. 21, 29. xvi. 13. xvii. 34.

Afterwards when the feast of Tabernacles was at hand, his brethren
upbraided him for walking secretly, and urged him to go up to the feast.
But he went not till they were gone, and then went up privately, John
vii. 2. and when the Jews sought to stone him, he escaped, John viii.
59. After this he was at the feast of the Dedication in winter, John x.
22. and when they sought again to take him, he fled beyond Jordan, John
x. 39, 40. Matth. xix. 1. where he stayed till the death of Lazarus,
and then came to Bethany near Jerusalem, and raised him, John xi. 7,
18. whereupon the Jews took counsel from that time to kill him: and
therefore he walked no more openly among the Jews, but went thence
into a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and
there continued with his disciples till the last Passover, in which the
Jews put him to death, John xi. 53, 54.

Thus have we, in the Gospels of Matthew and John compared together, the
history of Christ's actions in continual order during five Passovers.
John is more distinct in the beginning and end; Matthew in the middle:
what either omits, the other supplies. The first Passover was between the
baptism of Christ and the imprisonment of John, John ii. 13. the second
within four months after the imprisonment of John, and Christ's
beginning to preach in Galilee, John iv. 35. and therefore it was
either that feast to which Jesus went up, when the Scribe desired to
follow him, Matth. viii. 19. Luke ix. 51, 57. or the feast before it.
The third was the next feast after it, when the corn was eared and ripe,
Matth, xii. 1. Luke vi. 1. The fourth was that which was nigh at hand
when Christ wrought the miracle of the five loaves, Matth. xiv. 15.
John vi. 4, 5. and the fifth was that in which Christ suffered,
Matth. xx. 17. John xii. 1.

Between the first and second Passover John and Christ baptized
together, till the imprisonment of John, which was four months before the
second. Then Christ began to preach, and call his disciples; and after he
had instructed them a year, lent them to preach in the cities of the
Jews: at the same time John hearing of the fame of Christ, sent to
him to know who he was. At the third, the chief Priests began to consult
about the death of Christ. A little before the fourth, the twelve after
they had preached a year in all the cities, returned to Christ; and at
the same time Herod beheaded John in prison, after he had been in
prison two years and a quarter: and thereupon Christ fled into the desart
for fear of Herod. The fourth Christ went not up to Jerusalem for
fear of the Jews, who at the Passover before had consulted his death, and
because his time was not yet come. Thenceforward therefore till the feast
of Tabernacles he walked in Galilee, and that secretly for fear of
Herod: and after the feast of Tabernacles he returned no more into
Galilee, but sometimes was at Jerusalem, and sometimes retired beyond
Jordan, or to the city Ephraim by the wilderness, till the Passover in
which he was betrayed, apprehended, and crucified.

John therefore baptized two summers, and Christ preached three. The
first summer John preached to make himself known, in order to give
testimony to Christ. Then, after Christ came to his baptism and was
made known to him, he baptized another summer, to make Christ known by
his testimony; and Christ also baptized the same summer, to make himself
the more known: and by reason of John's testimony there came more to
Christ's baptism than to John's. The winter following John was
imprisoned; and now his course being at an end, Christ entered upon his
proper office of preaching in the cities. In the beginning of his preaching
he completed the number of the twelve Apostles, and instructed them all the
first year in order to send them abroad. Before the end of this year, his
fame by his preaching and miracles was so far spread abroad, that the
Jews at the Passover following consulted how to kill him. In the second
year of his preaching, it being no longer safe for him to converse openly
in Judea, he sent the twelve to preach in all their cities: and in the
end of the year they returned to him, and told him all they had done. All
the last year the twelve continued with him to be instructed more
perfectly, in order to their preaching to all nations after his death. And
upon the news of John's death, being afraid of Herod as well as of the
Jews, he walked this year more secretly than before; frequenting desarts,
and spending the last half of the year in Judea, without the dominions of

Thus have we in the Gospels of Matthew and John all things told in due
order, from the beginning of John's preaching to the death of Christ,
and the years distinguished from one another by such essential characters
that they cannot be mistaken. The second Passover is distinguished from the
first, by the interposition of John's imprisonment. The third is
distinguished from the second, by a double character: first, by the
interposition of the feast to which Christ went up, Mat. viii. 19.
Luke ix. 57. and secondly, by the distance of time from the beginning of
Christ's preaching: for the second was in the beginning of his preaching,
and the third so long after, that before it came Christ said, from the
days of John the Baptist until now, &c. and upbraided the cities of
Galilee for their not repenting at his preaching, and mighty works done
in all that time. The fourth is distinguished from the third, by the
mission of the twelve from Christ to preach in the cities of Judea in
all the interval. The fifth is distinguished from all the former by the
twelve's being returned from preaching, and continuing with Christ during
all the interval, between the fourth and fifth, and by the passion and
other infallible characters.

Now since the first summer of John's baptizing fell in the fifteenth year
of the Emperor Tiberius, and by consequence the first of these five
Passovers in his sixteenth year; the last of them, in which Jesus
suffered, will fall on the twentieth year of the same Emperor; and by
consequence in the Consulship of Fabius and Vitellius, in the 79th
Julian year, and year of Christ 34, which was the sabbatical year of
the Jews. And that it did so, I further confirm by these arguments.

I take it for granted that the passion was on friday the 14th day of the
month Nisan, the great feast of the Passover on saturday the 15th day of
Nisan, and the resurrection on the day following. Now the 14th day of
Nisan always fell on the full moon next after the vernal Equinox; and the
month began at the new moon before, not at the true conjunction, but at the
first appearance of the new moon: for the Jews referred all the time of
the silent moon, as they phrased it, that is, of the moon's disappearing,
to the old moon; and because the first appearance might usually be about 18
hours after the true conjunction, they therefore began their month from the
sixth hour at evening, that is, at sun set, next after the eighteenth hour
from the conjunction. And this rule they called [Hebrew: YH] Jah,
designing by the letters [Hebrew: Y] and [Hebrew: H] the number 18.

I know that Epiphanius tells us, if some interpret his words rightly,
that the Jews used a vicious cycle, and thereby anticipated the legal new
moons by two days. But this surely he spake not as a witness, for he
neither understood Astronomy nor Rabbinical learning, but as arguing
from his erroneous hypothesis about the time of the passion. For the Jews
did not anticipate, but postpone their months: they thought it lawful to
begin their months a day later than the first appearance of the new moon,
because the new moon continued for more days than one; but not a day
sooner, lest they should celebrate the new moon before there was any. And
the Jews still keep a tradition in their books, that the Sanhedrim used
diligently to define the new moons by sight: sending witnesses into
mountainous places, and examining them about the moon's appearing, and
translating the new moon from the day they had agreed on to the day before,
as often as witnesses came from distant regions, who had seen it a day
sooner than it was seen at Jerusalem. Accordingly Josephus, one of the
Jewish Priests who ministred in the temple, tells us [2] that the
Passover was kept on the 14th day of Nisan, [Greek: kata selênên]
according to the moon, when the sun was in Aries. This is confirmed
also by two instances, recorded by him, which totally overthrow the
hypothesis of the Jews using a vicious cycle. For that year in which
Jerusalem was taken and destroyed, he saith, the Passover was on the 14th
day of the month Xanticus, which according to Josephus is our April;
and that five years before, it fell on the 8th day of the same month. Which
two instances agree with the course of the moon.

Computing therefore the new moons of the first month according to the
course of the moon and the rule Jah, and thence counting 14 days, I find
that the 14th day of this month in the year of Christ 31, fell on tuesday
March 27; in the year 32, on sunday Apr. 13; in the year 33, on friday
Apr. 3; in the year 34, on wednesday March 24, or rather, for avoiding
the Equinox which fell on the same day, and for having a fitter time for
harvest, on thursday Apr. 22. also in the year 35, on tuesday Apr. 12.
and in the year 36, on saturday March 31.

But because the 15th and 21st days of Nisan, and a day or two of
Pentecost, and the 10th, 15th, and 22d of Tisri, were always sabbatical
days or days of rest, and it was inconvenient on two sabbaths together to
be prohibited burying their dead and making ready fresh meat, for in that
hot region their meat would be apt in two days to corrupt: to avoid these
and such like inconveniences, the Jews postponed their months a day, as
often as the first day of the month Tisri, or, which is all one, the
third of the month Nisan, was sunday, wednesday or friday: and this rule
they called [Hebrew: 'DW] Adu, by the letters [Hebrew: W , D , ']
signifying the numbers 1, 4, 6; that is, the 1st, 4th, and 6th days of the
week; which days we call sunday, wednesday and friday. Postponing therefore
by this rule the months found above; the 14th day of the month Nisan will
fall in the year of Christ 31, on wednesday March 28; in the year 32,
on monday Apr. 14; in the year 33, on friday Apr. 3; in the year 34, on
friday Apr. 23; in the year 35, on wednesday Apr. 13, and in the year
36, on saturday March 31.

By this computation therefore the year 32 is absolutely excluded, because
the Passion cannot fall on friday without making it five days after the
full moon, or two days before it; whereas it ought to be upon the day of
the full moon, or the next day. For the same reason the years 31 and 35 are
excluded, because in them the Passion cannot fall on friday, without making
it three days after the full moon, or four days before it: errors so
enormous, that they would be very conspicuous in the heavens to every
vulgar eye. The year 36 is contended for by few or none, and both this and
the year 35 may be thus excluded.

Tiberius in the beginning of his reign made Valerius Gratus President
of Judea; and after 11 years, substituted Pontius Pilate, who governed
10 years. Then Vitellius, newly made President of Syria, deprived him
of his honour, substituting Marcellus, and at length sent him to Rome:
but, by reason of delays, Tiberius died before Pilate got thither. In
the mean time Vitellius, after he had deposed Pilate, came to
Jerusalem in the time of the Passover, to visit that Province as well as
others in the beginning of his office; and in the place of Caiaphas, then
High Priest, created Jonathas the son of Ananus, or Annas as he is
called in scripture. Afterwards, when Vitellius was returned to
Antioch, he received letters from Tiberius, to make peace with
Artabanus king of the Parthians. At the same time the Alans, by the
sollicitation of Tiberius, invaded the kingdom of Artabanus; and his
subjects also, by the procurement of Vitellius, soon after rebelled: for
Tiberius thought that Artabanus, thus pressed with difficulties, would
more readily accept the conditions of peace. Artabanus therefore
straightway gathering a greater army, opprest the rebels; and then meeting
Vitellius at Euphrates, made a league with the Romans. After this
Tiberius commanded Vitellius to make war upon Aretas King of
Arabia. He therefore leading his army against Aretas, went together
with Herod to Jerusalem, to sacrifice at the publick feast which was
then to be celebrated. Where being received honourably, he stayed three
days, and in the mean while translated the high Priesthood from Jonathas
to his brother Theophilus: and the fourth day, receiving letters of the
death of Tiberius, made the people swear allegiance to Caius the new
Emperor; and recalling his army, sent them into quarters. All this is
related by Josephus Antiq. lib. 18. c. 6, 7. Now Tiberius reigned
22 years and 7 months, and died March 16, in the beginning of the year of
Christ 37; and the feast of the Passover fell on April 20 following,
that is, 35 days after the death of Tiberius: so that there were about 36
or 38 days, for the news of his death to come from Rome to Vitellius at
Jerusalem; which being a convenient time for that message, confirms that
the feast which Vitellius and Herod now went up to was the Passover.
For had it been the Pentecost, as is usually supposed, Vitellius would
have continued three months ignorant of the Emperor's death: which is not
to be supposed. However, the things done between this feast and the
Passover which Vitellius was at before, namely, the stirring up a
sedition in Parthia, the quieting that sedition, the making a league
after that with the Parthians, the sending news of that league to Rome,
the receiving new orders from thence to go against the Arabians, and the
putting those orders in execution; required much more time than the fifty
days between the Passover and Pentecost of the same year: and therefore the
Passover which Vitellius first went up to, was in the year before.
Therefore Pilate was deposed before the Passover A.C. 36, and by
consequence the passion of Christ was before that Passover: for he
suffered not under Vitellius, nor under Vitellius and Pilate
together, but under Pilate alone.

Now it is observable that the high Priesthood was at this time become an
annual office, and the Passover was the time of making a new high Priest.
For Gratus the predecessor of Pilate, saith Josephus, made Ismael
high Priest after Ananus; and a while after, suppose a year, deposed him,
and substituted Eleazar, and a year after Simon, and after another year
Caiaphas; and then gave way to Pilate. So Vitellius at one Passover
made Jonathas successor to Caiaphas, and at the next Theophilus to
Jonathas. Hence Luke tells us, that in the 15th year of Tiberius,
Annas and Caiaphas were high Priests, that is, Annas till the
Passover, and Caiaphas afterwards. Accordingly John speaks of the high
Priesthood as an annual office: for he tells us again and again, in the
last year of Christ's preaching, that Caiaphas was high Priest for that
year, John xi. 49, 51. xviii. 13. And the next year Luke tells you,
that Annas was high Priest, Acts iv. 6. Theophilus was therefore made
high Priest in the first year of Caius, Jonathas in the 22d year of
Tiberius, and Caiaphas in the 21st year of the same Emperor: and
therefore, allotting a year to each, the Passion, when Annas succeeded
Caiaphas, could not be later than the 20th year of Tiberius, A.C. 34.

Thus there remain only the years 33 and 34 to be considered; and the year
33 I exclude by this argument. In the Passover two years before the
Passion, when Christ went thro' the corn, and his disciples pluckt the
ears, and rubbed them with their hands to eat; this ripeness of the corn
shews that the Passover then fell late: and so did the Passover A.C. 32,
April 14, but the Passover A.C. 31, March 28th, fell very early. It was
not therefore two years after the year 31, but two years after 32 that
Christ suffered.

Thus all the characters of the Passion agree to the year 34; and that is
the only year to which they all agree.

Notes to Chap. XI.

[1] I observe, that Christ and his forerunner John in their parabolical
discourses were wont to allude to things present. The old Prophets, when
they would describe things emphatically, did not only draw parables from
things which offered themselves, as from the rent of a garment, 1 Sam.
xv. from the sabbatic year, Isa. xxxvii. from the vessels of a Potter,
Jer. xviii, &c. but also when such fit objects were wanting, they
supplied them by their own actions, as by rending a garment, 1 Kings xi.
by shooting, 2 Kings xiii. by making bare their body, Isa. xx. by
imposing significant names to their sons, Isa. viii. Hos. i. by hiding
a girdle in the bank of Euphrates, Jer. xiii. by breaking a potter's
vessel, Jer. xix. by putting on fetters and yokes, Jer. xxvii. by
binding a book to a stone, and casting them both into Euphrates, Jer.
li. by besieging a painted city, Ezek. iv. by dividing hair into three
parts, Ezek. v. by making a chain, Ezek. vii. by carrying out houshold
stuff like a captive and trembling, Ezek. xii, &c. By such kind of types
the Prophets loved to speak. And Christ being endued with a nobler
prophetic spirit than the rest, excelled also in this kind of speaking, yet
so as not to speak by his own actions, that was less grave and decent, but
to turn into parables such things as offered themselves. On occasion of the
harvest approaching, he admonishes his disciples once and again of the
spiritual harvest, John iv. 35. Matth. ix. 37. Seeing the lilies of the
field, he admonishes his disciples about gay clothing, Matth. vi. 28. In
allusion to the present season of fruits, he admonishes his disciples about
knowing men by their fruits, Matth. vii. 16. In the time of the Passover,
when trees put forth leaves, he bids his disciples learn a parable from
the fig tree: when its branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye
know that summer is nigh, &c. Matth. xxiv. 32. Luke xxi. 29. The same
day, alluding both to the season of the year and to his passion, which was
to be two days after, he formed a parable of the time of fruits
approaching, and the murdering of the heir, Matth. xxi. 33. Alluding at
the same time, both to the money-changers whom he had newly driven out of
the Temple, and to his passion at hand; he made a parable of a Noble-man
going into a far country to receive a kingdom and return, and delivering
his goods to his servants, and at his return condemning the slothful
servant because he put not his money to the exchangers, Matth. xxv. 14.
Luke xix. 12. Being near the Temple where sheep were kept in folds to be
sold for the sacrifices, he spake many things parabolically of sheep, of
the shepherd, and of the door of the sheepfold; and discovers that he
alluded to the sheepfolds which were to be hired in the market-place, by
speaking of such folds as a thief could not enter by the door, nor the
shepherd himself open, but a porter opened to the shepherd, John x. 1, 3.
Being in the mount of Olives, Matth. xxxvi. 30. John xiv. 31. a place
so fertile that it could not want vines, he spake many things mystically of
the Husbandman, and of the vine and its branches, John xv. Meeting a
blind man, he admonished of spiritual blindness, John ix. 39. At the
sight of little children, he described once and again the innocence of the
elect, Matth. xviii. 2. xix. 13. Knowing that Lazarus was dead and
should be raised again, he discoursed of the resurrection and life eternal,
John xi. 25, 26. Hearing of the slaughter of some whom Pilate had
slain, he admonished of eternal death, Luke xiii. 1. To his fishermen he
spake of fishers of men, Matth. iv. 10. and composed another parable
about fishes. Matth. xiii. 47. Being by the Temple, he spake of the
Temple of his body, John ii. 19. At supper he spake a parable about the
mystical supper to come in the kingdom of heaven, Luke xiv. On occasion
of temporal food, he admonished his disciples of spiritual food, and of
eating his flesh and drinking his blood mystically, John vi. 27, 53. When
his disciples wanted bread, he bad them beware of the leven of the
Pharisees, Matth. xvi. 6. Being desired to eat, he answered that he had
other meat, John iv. 31. In the great day of the feast of Tabernacles,
when the Jews, as their custom was, brought a great quantity of waters
from the river Shiloah into the Temple, Christ stood and cried, saying,
If any man thirst let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth in me,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water, John vii. 37. The next
day, in allusion to the servants who by reason of the sabbatical year were
newly set free, he said, If ye continue in my word, the truth shall make
you free. Which the Jews understanding literally with respect to the
present manumission of servants, answered, We be Abraham's seed, and
were never in bondage to any man: how sayeth thou, ye shall be made free?
John viii. They assert their freedom by a double argument: first, because
they were the seed of Abraham, and therefore newly made free, had they
been ever in bondage; and then, because they never were in bondage. In the
last Passover, when Herod led his army thro' Judea against Aretas
King of Arabia, because Aretas was aggressor and the stronger in
military forces, as appeared by the event; Christ alluding to that state
of things, composed the parable of a weaker King leading his army against a
stronger who made war upon him, Luke xiv. 31. And I doubt not but divers
other parables were formed upon other occasions, the history of which we
have not.

[2] Joseph. Antiq. lib. 3. c. 10.

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Of the Prophecy of the Scripture of Truth.

The kingdoms represented by the second and third Beasts, or the Bear and
Leopard, are again described by Daniel in his last Prophecy written in
the third year of Cyrus over Babylon, the year in which he conquered
Persia. For this Prophecy is a commentary upon the Vision of the Ram and

Behold, saith [1] he, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia,
[Cyrus, Cambyses, and Darius Hystaspes] and the fourth [Xerxes]
shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength thro' his riches he
shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia. And a mighty king
[Alexander the great] shall stand up, that shall rule with great
dominion, and do according to his will. And when he shall stand up, his
kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided towards the four winds of
heaven; and not to his posterity [but after their death,] nor according
to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be pluckt up, even
for others besides those. Alexander the great having conquered all the
Persian Empire, and some part of India, died at Babylon a month
before the summer Solstice, in the year of Nabonassar 425: and his
captains gave the monarchy to his bastard brother Philip Aridæus, a man
disturbed in his understanding; and made Perdiccas administrator of the
kingdom. Perdiccas with their consent made Meleager commander of the
army, Seleucus master of the horse, Craterus treasurer of the kingdom,
Antipater governor of Macedon and Greece, Ptolemy governor of
Egypt; Antigonus governor of Pamphylia, Lycia, Lycaonia, and
Phrygia major; Lysimachus governor of Thrace, and other captains
governors of other Provinces; as many as had been so before in the days of
Alexander the great. The Babylonians began now to count by a new Æra,
which they called the Æra of Philip, using the years of Nabonassar,
and reckoning the 425th year of Nabonassar to be the first year of
Philip. Roxana the wife of Alexander being left big with child, and
about three or four months after brought to bed of a son, they called him
Alexander, saluted him King, and joined him with Philip, whom they had
before placed in the throne. Philip reigned three years under the
administratorship of Perdiccas, two years more under the
administratorship of Antipater, and above a year more under that of
Polyperchon; in all six years and four months; and then was slain with
his Queen Eurydice in September by the command of Olympias the mother
of Alexander the great. The Greeks being disgusted at the cruelties of
Olympias, revolted to Cassander the son and successor of Antipater.
Cassander affecting the dominion of Greece, slew Olympias; and soon
after shut up the young king Alexander, with his mother Roxana, in the
castle of Amphipolis, under the charge of Glaucias, An. Nabonass.
432. The next year Ptolemy, Cassander and Lysimachus, by means of
Seleucus, form'd a league against Antigonus; and after certain wars
made peace with him, An. Nabonass. 438, upon these conditions: that
Cassander should command the forces of Europe till Alexander the son
of Roxana came to age; and that Lysimachus should govern Thrace,
Ptolemy Egypt and Lybia, and Antigonus all Asia. Seleucus had
possest himself of Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Sustana and Media, the
year before. About three years after Alexander's death he was made
governor of Babylon by Antipater; then was expelled by Antigonus; but
now he recovered and enlarged his government over a great part of the
East: which gave occasion to a new Æra, called Æra Seleucidarum. Not
long after the peace made with Antigonus, Diodorus saith the same
Olympic year; Cassander, seeing that Alexander the son of Roxana
grew up, and that it was discoursed thro'out Macedonia that it was fit he
should be set at liberty, and take upon him the government of his father's
kingdom, commanded Glaucias the governor of the castle to kill Roxana
and the young king Alexander her son, and conceal their deaths. Then
Polyperchon set up Hercules, the son of Alexander the great by
Barsinè, to be king; and soon after, at the sollicitation of Cassander,
caused him to be slain. Soon after that, upon a great victory at sea got by
Demetrius the son of Antigonus over Ptolemy, Antigonus took upon
himself the title of king, and gave the same title to his son. This was
An. Nabonass. 441. After his example, Seleucus, Cassander,
Lysimachus and Ptolemy, took upon themselves the title and dignity of
kings, having abstained from this honour while there remained any of
Alexander's race to inherit the crown. Thus the monarchy of the Greeks
for want of an heir was broken into several kingdoms; four of which, seated
to the four winds of heaven, were very eminent. For Ptolemy reigned
over Egypt, Lybia and Ethiopia; Antigonus over Syria and the
lesser Asia; Lysimachus over Thrace; and Cassander over Macedon,
Greece and Epirus, as above.

Seleucus at this time reigned over the nations which were beyond
Euphrates, and belonged to the bodies of the two first Beasts; but after
six years he conquered Antigonus, and thereby became possest of one of
the four kingdoms. For Cassander being afraid of the power of
Antigonus, combined with Lysimachus, Ptolemy and Seleucus, against
him: and while Lysimachus invaded the parts of Asia next the
Hellespont, Ptolemy subdued Phoenicia and Coelosyria, with the
sea-coasts of Asia.

Seleucus came down with a powerful army into Cappadocia, and joining
the confederate forces, fought Antigonus in Phrygia and flew him, and
seized his kingdom, An. Nabonass. 447. After which Seleucus built
Antioch, Seleucia, Laodicea, Apamea, Berrhæa, Edessa, and other
cities in Syria and Asia; and in them granted the Jews equal
privileges with the Greeks.

Demetrius the son of Antigonus retained but a small part of his
father's dominions, and at length lost Cyprus to Ptolemy; but
afterwards killing Alexander, the son and successor of Cassander king
of Macedon, he seized his kingdom, An. Nabonass. 454. Sometime after,
preparing a very great army to recover his father's dominions in Asia;
Seleucus, Ptolemy, Lysimachus and Pyrrhus king of Epirus,
combined against him; and Pyrrhus invading Macedon, corrupted the army
of Demetrius, put him to flight, seized his kingdom, and shared it with
Lysimachus. After seven months, Lysimachus beating Pyrrhus, took
Macedon from him, and held it five years and a half, uniting the kingdoms
of Macedon and Thrace. Lysimachus in his wars with Antigonus and
Demetrius, had taken from them Caria, Lydia, and Phrygia; and had a
treasury in Pergamus, a castle on the top of a conical hill in Phrygia,
by the river Caicus, the custody of which he had committed to one
Philetærus, who was at first faithful to him, but in the last year of his
reign revolted. For Lysimachus, having at the instigation of his wife
Arsinoe, slain first his own son Agathocles, and then several that
lamented him; the wife of Agathocles fled with her children and brothers,
and some others of their friends, and sollicited Seleucus to make war
upon Lysimachus; whereupon Philetærus also, who grieved at the death of
Agathocles, and was accused thereof by Arsinoe, took up arms, and sided
with Seleucus. On this occasion Seleucus and Lysimachus met and
fought in Phrygia; and Lysimachus being slain in the battel, lost his
kingdom to Seleucus, An. Nabonass. 465. Thus the Empire of the
Greeks, which at first brake into four kingdoms, became now reduced into
two notable ones, henceforward called by Daniel the kings of the South
and North. For Ptolemy now reigned over Egypt, Lybia, Ethiopia,
Arabia, Phoenicia, Coelosyria, and Cyprus; and Seleucus, having
united three of the four kingdoms, had a dominion scarce inferior to that
of the Persian Empire, conquered by Alexander the great. All which is
thus represented by Daniel:[2] And the king of the South [Ptolemy]
shall be strong, and one of his Princes [Seleucus, one of Alexander's
Princes] shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall
be a great dominion.

After Seleucus had reigned seven months over Macedon, Greece,
Thrace, Asia, Syria, Babylonia, Media, and all the East as far
as India; Ptolemy Ceraunus, the younger brother of Ptolemy
Philadelphus king of Egypt, slew him treacherously, and seized his
dominions in Europe: while Antiochus Soter, the son of Seleucus,
succeeded his father in Asia, Syria, and most of the East; and after
nineteen or twenty years was succeeded by his son Antiochus Theos; who
having a lasting war with Ptolemy Philadelphus, at length composed the
same by marrying Berenice the daughter of Philadelphus: but after a
reign of fifteen years, his first wife Laodice poisoned him, and set her
son Seleucus Callinicus upon the throne. Callinicus in the beginning of
his reign, by the impulse of his mother Laodice, besieged Berenice in
Daphne near Antioch, and slew her with her young son and many of her
women. Whereupon Ptolemy Euergetes, the son and successor of
Philadelphus, made war upon Callinicus; took from him Phoenicia,
Syria, Cilicia, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Sustana, and some other
regions; and carried back into Egypt 40000 talents of silver, and 2500
images of the Gods, amongst which were the Gods of Egypt carried away by
Cambyses. Antiochus Hierax at first assisted his brother Callinicus,
but afterwards contended with him for Asia. In the mean time Eumenes
governor of Pergamus beat Antiochus, and took from them both all Asia
westward of mount Taurus. This was in the fifth year of Callinicus, who
after an inglorious reign of 20 years was succeeded by his son Seleucus
Ceraunus; and Euergetes after four years more, An. Nabonass. 527, was
succeeded by his son Ptolemy Philopator. All which is thus signified by
Daniel:[3] And in the end of years they [the kings of the South and
North] shall join themselves together: for the king's daughter of the
South [Berenice] shall come to the king of the North to make an
agreement, but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall she
stand, nor her seed, but she shall be delivered up, and he [Callinicus]
that brought her, and he whom she brought forth, and they that strengthned
her in [those] times, [or defended her in the siege of Daphne.] But
out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his seat [her brother
Euergetes] who shall come with an army, and shall enter into the
fortress [or fenced cities] of the king of the North, and shall act
against them and prevail: and shall carry captives into Egypt, their Gods
with their Princes and precious vessels of silver and gold; and he shall
continue some years after the king of the North.

Seleucus Ceraunus, inheriting the remains of his father's kingdom, and
thinking to recover the rest, raised a great army against the governor of
Pergamus, now King thereof, but died in the third year of his reign. His
brother and successor, Antiochus Magnus, carrying on the war, took from
the King of Pergamus almost all the lesser Asia, recovering also the
Provinces of Media, Persia and Babylonia, from the governors who had
revolted: and in the fifth year of his reign invading Coelosyria, he with
little opposition possest himself of a good part thereof; and the next year
returning to invade the rest of Coelosyria and Phoenicia, beat the army
of Ptolemy Philopator near Berytus; he then invaded Palestine and the
neighbouring parts of Arabia, and the third year returned with an army of
78000: but Ptolemy coming out of Egypt with an army of 75000, fought
and routed him at Raphia near Gaza, between Palestine and Egypt;
and recovered all Phoenicia and Coelosyria, Ann. Nabonass. 532. Being
puffed up with this victory, and living in all manner of luxury, the
Egyptians revolted, and had wars with him, but were overcome; and in the
broils sixty thousand Egyptian Jews were slain. All which is thus
described by Daniel: [4] But his sons [Seleucus Ceraunus, and
Antiochus Magnus, the sons of Callinicus] shall be stirred up, and
shall gather a great army; and he [Antiochus Magnus] shall come
effectually and overflow, and pass thro' and return, and [again the next
year] be stirred up [marching even] to his fortress, [the frontier
towns of Egypt;] and the King of the South shall be moved with choler,
and come forth [the third year] and fight with him, even with the King of
the North; and he [the King of the North] shall lead forth a great
multitude, but the multitude shall be given into his hand. And the
multitude being taken away, his heart shall be lifted up, and he shall cast
down many ten thousands; but he shall not be strengthned by it: for the
king of the North shall return, &c.

About twelve years after the battle between Philopator and Antiochus,
Philopator died; and left his kingdom to his young son Ptolemy
Epiphanes, a child of five years old. Thereupon Antiochus Magnus
confederated with Philip king of Macedon, that they should each invade
the dominions of Epiphanes which lay next to them. Hence arose a various
war between Antiochus and Epiphanes, each of them seizing Phoenicia
and Coelosyria by turns; whereby those countries were much afflicted by
both parties. First Antiochus seized them; then one Scopas being sent
with the army of Egypt, recovered them from Antiochus: the next year,
An. Nabonass. 550, Antiochus fought and routed Scopas near the
fountains of Jordan, besieged him in Sidon, took the city, and
recovered Syria and Phoenicia from Egypt, the Jews coming over to
him voluntarily. But about three years after, preparing for a war against
the Romans, he came to Raphia on the borders of Egypt; made peace
with Epiphanes, and gave him his daughter Cleopatra: next autumn he
passed the Hellespont to invade the cities of Greece under the Roman
protection, and took some of them; but was beaten by the Romans the
summer following, and forced to return back with his army into Asia.
Before the end of the year the fleet of Antiochus was beaten by the fleet
of the Romans near Phocæa: and at the same time Epiphanes and
Cleopatra sent an embassy to Rome to congratulate the Romans on their
success against their father Antiochus, and to exhort them to prosecute
the war against him into Asia. The Romans beat Antiochus again at sea
near Ephesus, past their army over the Hellespont, and obtain'd a great
victory over him by land, took from him all Asia westward of mount
Taurus, gave it to the King of Pergamus who assisted them in the war;
and imposed a large tribute upon Antiochus. Thus the King of Pergamus,
by the power of the Romans, recovered what Antiochus had taken from
him; and Antiochus retiring into the remainder of his kingdom, was slain
two years after by the Persians, as he was robbing the Temple of Jupiter
Belus in Elymais, to raise money for the Romans. All which is thus
described by Daniel. [5] For the King of the North [Antiochus] shall
return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former; and shall
certainly come, after certain years, with a great army and with much
riches. And in those times there shall many stand up against the King of
the South, [particularly the Macedonians;] also the robbers of thy
people [the Samaritans, &c.] shall exalt themselves to establish the
vision, but they shall fall. So the King of the North shall come, and
cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities; and the arms of the
South shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there
he any strength to withstand. But he that cometh against him shall do
according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall
stand in the glorious land, which shall fail in his hand. He shall also set
his face to go with the strength [or army] of all his kingdom, and make
an agreement with him [at Raphia;] and he shall give him the daughter
of women corrupting her; but she shall not stand his side, neither be for
him. After this he shall turn his face unto the Isles, and shall take many:
but a Prince for his own behalf [the Romans] shall cause the reproach
offered by him to cease; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn
upon him. Then he shall turn his face towards the fort of his own land: but
he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.

Seleucus Philopator succeeded his father Antiochus, Anno Nabonass.
561, and reigned twelve years, but did nothing memorable, being sluggish,
and intent upon raising money for the Romans to whom he was tributary. He
was slain by Heliodorus, whom he had sent to rob the Temple of
Jerusalem. Daniel thus describes his reign. [6] Then shall stand up in
his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom, but within few
days be shall be destroyed, neither in anger nor in battle.

A little before the death of Philopator, his son Demetrius was sent
hostage to Rome, in the place of Antiochus Epiphanes, the brother of
Philopator; and Antiochus was at Athens in his way home from Rome,
when Philopator died: whereupon Heliodorus the treasurer of the
kingdom, stept into the throne. But Antiochus so managed his affairs,
that the Romans kept Demetrius at Rome; and their ally the King of
Pergamus expelled Heliodorus, and placed Antiochus in the throne,
while Demetrius the right heir remained an hostage at Rome. Antiochus
being thus made King by the friendship of the King of Pergamus reigned
powerfully over Syria and the neighbouring nations: but carried himself
much below his dignity, stealing privately out of his palace, rambling up
and down the city in disguise with one or two of his companions; conversing
and drinking with people of the lowest rank, foreigners and strangers;
frequenting the meetings of dissolute persons to feast and revel; clothing
himself like the Roman candidates and officers, acting their parts like a
mimick, and in publick festivals jesting and dancing with servants and
light people, exposing himself by all manner of ridiculous gestures. This
conduct made some take him for a madman, and call him Antiochus [Greek:
Epimenês]. In the first year of his reign he deposed Onias the
high-Priest, and sold the high-Priesthood to Jason the younger brother of
Onias: for Jason had promised to give him 440 talents of silver for
that office, and 15 more for a licence to erect a place of exercise for the
training up of youth in the fashions of the heathen; which licence was
granted by the King, and put in execution by Jason. Then the King sending
one Apollonius into Egypt to the coronation of Ptolemy Philometor,
the young son of Philometor and Cleopatra, and knowing Philometor not
to be well affected to his affairs in Phoenicia, provided for his own
safety in those parts; and for that end came to Joppa and Jerusalem,
where he was honourably received; from thence he went in like manner with
his little army to the cities of Phoenicia, to establish himself against
Egypt, by courting the people, and distributing extraordinary favours
amongst them. All which is thus represented by Daniel. [7] And in his
[Philometor's] estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they [the
Syrians who set up Heliodorus] shall not give the honour of the
kingdom. Yet he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by
flatteries [made principally to the King of Pergamus;] and the arms
[which in favour of Heliodorus oppose him] shall be overflowed with a
food from before him, and be broken; yea also [Onias the high-Priest]
the Prince of the covenant. And after the league made with him, [the King
of Egypt, by sending Apollonius to his coronation] he shall work
deceitfully [against the King of Egypt,] for he shall come up and shall
become strong [in Phoenicia ] with a small people. And he shall enter
into the quiet and plentiful cities of the Province [of Phoenicia;]
and [to ingratiate himself with the Jews of Phoenicia and Egypt,
and with their friends] he shall do that which his fathers have not done,
nor his fathers fathers: he shall scatter among them the prey and the
spoil, and the riches [exacted from other places;] and shall forecast his
devices against the strong holds [of Egypt] even for a time.

These things were done in the first year of his reign, An. Nabonass. 573.
And thenceforward he forecast his devices against the strong holds of
Egypt, until the sixth year. For three years after, that is in the fourth
year of his reign, Menelaus bought the high-Priesthood from Jason, but
not paying the price was sent for by the King; and the King, before he
could hear the cause, went into Cilicia to appease a sedition there, and
left Andronicus his deputy at Antioch; in the mean time the brother of
Menelaus, to make up the money, conveyed several vessels out of the
Temple, selling some of them at Tyre, and sending others to Andronicus.
When Menelaus was reproved for this by Onias, he caused Onias to be
slain by Andronicus: for which fact the King at his return from Cilicia
caused Andronicus to be put to death. Then Antiochus prepared his
second expedition against Egypt, which he performed in the sixth year of
his reign, An. Nabonass. 578: for upon the death of Cleopatra, the
governors of her son the young King of Egypt claimed Phoenicia and
Coelosyria from him as her dowry; and to recover those countries raised a
great army. Antiochus considering that his father had not quitted the
possession of those countries[8], denied they were her dowry; and with
another great army met and fought the Egyptians on the borders of
Egypt, between Pelusium and the mountain Casius. He there beat them,
and might have destroyed their whole army, but that he rode up and down,
commanding his soldiers not to kill them, but to take them alive: by which
humanity he gained Pelusium, and soon after all Egypt; entring it with
a vast multitude of foot and chariots, elephants and horsemen, and a great
navy. Then seizing the cities of Egypt as a friend, he marched to
Memphis, laid the whole blame of the war upon Eulæus the King's
governor, entred into outward friendship with the young King, and took upon
him to order the affairs of the kingdom. While Aniochus was thus
employ'd, a report being spread in Phoenicia that he was dead, Jason to
recover the high-Priesthood assaulted Jerusalem with above a thousand
men, and took the city: hereupon the King thinking Judea had revolted,
came out of Egypt in a furious manner, re-took the city, slew forty
thousand of the people, made as many prisoners, and sold them to raise
money; went into the Temple, spoiled it of its treasures, ornaments,
utensils, and vessels of gold and silver, amounting to 1800 talents; and
carried all away to Antioch. This was done in the year of Nabonassar
578, and is thus described by Daniel. [9] And he shall stir up his
power, and his courage against the King of the South with a great army;
and the King of the South shall be stirrd up to battle with a very great
and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they, even Antiochus and
his friends, shall forecast devices against him, as is represented above;
yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat, shall betray and destroy
him, and his army shall be overthrown, and many shall fall down slain. And
both these Kings hearts shall be to do mischief; and they, being now made
friends, shall speak lyes at one table, against the Jews and against
the holy covenant; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end, in which
the setting up of the abomination of desolation is to prosper, shall be at
the time appointed. Then shall he return into his land with great riches,
and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall act,
against it by spoiling the Temple, and return into his own land.

The Egyptians of Alexandria seeing Philometor first educated in
luxury by the Eunuch Eulæus, and now in the hands of Antiochus, gave
the kingdom to Euergetes, the younger brother of Philometor. Whereupon
Antiochus pretending to restore Philometor, made war upon Euergetes;
beat him at sea, and besieged him and his sister Cleopatra in
Alexandria: while the besieged Princes sent to Rome to implore the
assistance of the Senate. Antiochus finding himself unable to take the
city that year, returned into Syria, leaving Philometor at Memphis to
govern Egypt in his absence. But Philometor made friendship with his
brother that winter; and Antiochus, returning the next spring An.
Nabonass. 580, to besiege both the brothers in Alexandria, was met in
the way by the Roman Ambassadors, Popilius Læna, C. Decimius, and C.
Hostilius: he offered them his hand to kiss, but Popilius delivering to
him the tables wherein the message of the Senate was written, bad him read
those first. When he had read them, he replied he would consider with his
friends what was fit to be done; but Popilius drawing a circle about him,
bad him answer before he went out of it: Antiochus, astonished at this
blunt and unusual imperiousness, made answer he would do what the Romans
demanded; and then Popilius gave the King his hand to kiss, and he
returned out of Egypt. The same year, An. Nabonass. 580, his captains
by his order spoiled and slaughtered the Jews, profaned the Temple, set
up the worship of the heathen Gods in all Judea, and began to persecute
and make war upon those who would not worship them: which actions are thus
described by Daniel. [10] At the time appointed he shall come again
towards the South, but the latter shall not be as the former. For the
ships of Chittim shall come, with an embassy from Rome, against him.
Therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the
holy covenant. So shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence
with them that forsake the holy covenant.

In the same year that Antiochus by the command of the Romans retired
out of Egypt, and set up the worship of the Greeks in Judea; the
Romans conquered the kingdom of Macedon, the fundamental kingdom of the
Empire of the Greeks, and reduced it into a Roman Province; and thereby
began to put an end to the reign of Daniel's third Beast. This is thus
exprest by Daniel. And after him Arms, that is the Romans, shall
stand up. As [Hebrew: MMLK] signifies after the King, Dan. xi. 8; so
[Hebrew: MMNW] may signify after him. Arms are every where in this
Prophecy of Daniel put for the military power of a kingdom: and they
stand up when they conquer and grow powerful. Hitherto Daniel described
the actions of the Kings of the North and South; but upon the conquest
of Macedon by the Romans, he left off describing the actions of the
Greeks, and began to describe those of the Romans in Greece. They
conquered Macedon, Illyricum and Epirus, in the year of Nabonassar
580. 35 years after, by the last will and testament of Attalus the last
King of Pergamus, they inherited that rich and flourishing kingdom, that
is, all Asia westward of mount Taurus; 69 years after they conquered
the kingdom of Syria, and reduced it into a Province, and 34 years after
they did the like to Egypt. By all these steps the Roman Arms stood up
over the Greeks: and after 95 years more, by making war upon the Jews,
they polluted the sanctuary of strength, and took away the daily
sacrifice, and then placed the abomination of desolation. For this
abomination was placed after the days of Christ, Math. xxiv. 15. In the
16th year of the Emperor Adrian, A.C. 132, they placed this abomination
by building a Temple to Jupiter Capitolinus, where the Temple of God in
Jerusalem had stood. Thereupon the Jews under the conduct of
Barchochab rose up in arms against the Romans, and in the war had 50
cities demolished, 985 of their best towns destroyed, and 580000 men slain
by the sword; and in the end of the war, A.C. 136, were banished Judea
upon pain of death, and thenceforward the land remained desolate of its old

In the beginning of the Jewish war in Nero's reign, the Apostles fled
out of Judea with their flocks; some beyond Jordan to Pella and other
places, some into Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia minor, and
elsewhere. Peter and John came into Asia, and Peter went thence by
Corinth to Rome; but John staying in Asia, was banished by the
Romans into Patmos, as the head of a party of the Jews, whose nation
was in war with the Romans. By this dispersion of the Christian Jews,
the Christian religion, which was already propagated westward as far as
Rome, spred fast into all the Roman Empire, and suffered many
persecutions under it till the days of Constantine the great and his
sons: all which is thus described by Daniel. [11] And such as do
wickedly against the covenant, shall he, who places the abomination,
cause to dissemble, and worship the heathen Gods; but the people among
them who do know their God, shall be strong and act. And they that
understand among the people, shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by
the sword, and by flame, and by captivity, and by spoil many days. Now when
they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help, viz. in the
reign of Constantine the great; and at that time by reason of their
prosperity, many shall come over to them from among the heathen, and
cleave to them with dissimulation. But of those of understanding there
shall still fall to try God's people by them and to purge them from
the dissemblers, and to make them white even to the time of the end:
because it is yet for a time appointed.

Hitherto the Roman Empire continued entire; and under this dominion, the
little horn of the He-Goat continued mighty, but not by his own power.
But now, by the building of Constantinople, and endowing it with a Senate
and other like privileges with Rome; and by the division of the Roman
Empire into the two Empires of the Greeks and Latins, headed by those
two cities; a new scene of things commences, in which which [12] a King,
the Empire of the Greeks, doth according to his will, and, by setting
his own laws above the laws of God, exalts and magnifies himself above
every God, and speaks marvellous things against the God of Gods, and shall
prosper till the indignation be accomplished.--Neither shall he regard the
God of his fathers, nor the lawful desire of women in matrimony, nor
any God, but shall magnify himself above all. And in his seat he shall
honour Mahuzzims, that is, strong guardians, the souls of the dead;
even with a God whom his fathers knew not shall he honour them, in their
Temples, with gold and silver, and with precious stones and valuable
things. All which relates to the overspreading of the Greek Empire with
Monks and Nuns, who placed holiness in abstinence from marriage; and to the
invocation of saints and veneration of their reliques, and such like
superstitions, which these men introduced in the fourth and fifth
centuries. [13] And at the time of the end the King of the South, or the
Empire of the Saracens, shall push at him; and the King of the North,
or Empire of the Turks, shall come against him like a whirlwind, with
chariots and with horsemen, and with many ships; and be shall enter into
the countries of the Greeks, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall
enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown;
but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom and Moab, and the
chief of the children Ammon: that is, those to whom his Caravans pay
tribute. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries, and the
land of Egypt shall not escape; but he shall have power over the
treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt;
and the Lybians and Ethiopians shall be at his steps. All these
nations compose the Empire of the Turks, and therefore this Empire is
here to be understood by the King of the North. They compose also the
body of the He-Goat; and therefore the Goat still reigns in his last horn,
but not by his own power.

Notes to Chap. XII.

[1] Chap. xi. 2, 3, 4.

[2] Chap. xi. 5.

[3] Chap. xi. 6, 7, 8.

[4] Chap. xi. 10, &c.

[5] Chap. xi. 13-19.

[6] Chap. xi. 20.

[7] Chap. xi. 21, &c.

[8] 2 Maccab. iii. 5, 8. & iv. 4.

[9] Chap. xi. 25, &c.

[10] Chap. xi. 29, 30.

[11] Chap. xi. 32, &c.

[12] Chap. xi. 36, &c.

[13] Chap. xi. 40, &c.

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Of the King who did according to his will, and magnified himself above
every God, and honoured Mahuzzims, and regarded not the desire of women.

In the first ages of the Christian religion the Christians of every city
were governed by a Council of Presbyters, and the President of the Council
was the Bishop of the city. The Bishop and Presbyters of one city meddled
not with the affairs of another city, except by admonitory letters or
messages. Nor did the Bishops of several cities meet together in Council
before the time of the Emperor Commodus: for they could not meet together
without the leave of the Roman governors of the Provinces. But in the
days of that Emperor they began to meet in Provincial Councils, by the
leave of the governors; first in Asia, in opposition to the
Cataphrygian Heresy, and soon after in other places and upon other
occasions. The Bishop of the chief city, or Metropolis of the Roman
Province, was usually made President of the Council; and hence came the
authority of Metropolitan Bishops above that of other Bishops within the
same Province. Hence also it was that the Bishop of Rome in Cyprian's
days called himself the Bishop of Bishops. As soon as the Empire became
Christian, the Roman Emperors began to call general Councils out of all
the Provinces of the Empire; and by prescribing to them what points they
should consider, and influencing them by their interest and power, they set
up what party they pleased. Hereby the Greek Empire, upon the division of
the Roman Empire into the Greek and Latin Empires, became the King
who, in matters of religion, did according to his will; and, in
legislature, exalted and magnified himself above every God: and at
length, by the seventh general Council, established the worship of the
images and souls of dead men, here called Mahuzzims.

The same King placed holiness in abstinence from marriage. Eusebius in
his Ecclesiastical history [1] tells us, that Musanus wrote a tract
against those who fell away to the heresy of the Encratites, which was
then newly risen, and had introduced pernicious errors; and that Tatian,
the disciple of Justin, was the author thereof; and that Irenæus in his
first book against heresies teaches this, writing of Tatian and his
heresy in these words: A Saturnino & Marcione profecti qui vocantur
Continentes, docuerunt non contrahendum esse matrimonium; reprobantes
scilicet primitivum illud opificium Dei, & tacitè accusantes Deum qui
masculum & fæminam condidit ad procreationem generis humani. Induxerunt
etiam abstinentiam ab esu eorum quæ animalia appellant, ingratos se
exhibentes ergo eum qui universa creavit Deum. Negant etiam primi hominis
salutem. Atque hoc nuper apud illos excogitatum est, Tatiano quodam omnium
primo hujus impietatis auctore: qui Justini auditor, quamdiu cum illo
versatus est, nihil ejusmodi protulit. Post martyrium autem illius, ab
Ecclesia se abrumpens, doctoris arrogantia elatus ac tumidus, tanquam
præstantior cæteris, novam quandam formam doctrinæ conflavit: Æonas
invisibiles commentus perinde ac Valentinus: asserens quoque cum Saturnino
& Marcione, matrimonium nihil aliud esse quam corruptionem ac stuprum: nova
præterea argumenta ad subvertendam Adami salutem excogitans. Hæc Irenæus de
Hæresi quæ tunc viguit Encratitarum. Thus far Eusebius. But altho the
followers of Tatian were at first condemned as hereticks by the name of
Encratites, or Continentes; their principles could not be yet quite
exploded: for Montanus refined upon them, and made only second marriages
unlawful; he also introduced frequent fastings, and annual, fasting days,
the keeping of Lent, and feeding upon dried meats. The Apostolici,
about the middle of the third century, condemned marriage, and were a
branch of the disciples of Tatian. The Hierocitæ in Egypt, in the
latter end of the third century, also condemned marriage. Paul the
Eremite fled into the wilderness from the persecution of Decius, and
lived there a solitary life till the reign of Constantine the great, but
made no disciples. Antony did the like in the persecution of
Dioclesian, or a little before, and made disciples; and many others soon
followed his example.

Hitherto the principles of the Encratites had been rejected by the
Churches; but now being refined by the Monks, and imposed not upon all men,
but only upon those who would voluntarily undertake a monastic life, they
began to be admired, and to overflow first the Greek Church, and then the
Latin also, like a torrent. Eusebius tells us, [2] that Constantine
the great had those men in the highest veneration, who dedicated themselves
wholly to the divine philosophy; and that he almost venerated the most holy
company of Virgins perpetually devoted to God; being certain that the God
to whom he had consecrated himself did dwell in their minds. In his time
and that of his sons, this profession of a single life was propagated in
Egypt by Antony, and in Syria by Hilarion; and spred so fast, that
soon after the time of Julian the Apostate a third part of the
Egyptians were got into the desarts of Egypt. They lived first singly
in cells, then associated into coenobia or convents; and at length came
into towns, and filled the Churches with Bishops, Presbyters and Deacons.
Athanasius in his younger days poured water upon the hands of his master
Antony; and finding the Monks faithful to him, made many of them Bishops
and Presbyters in Egypt: and these Bishops erected new Monasteries, out
of which they chose Presbyters of their own cities, and sent Bishops to
others. The like was done in Syria, the superstition being quickly
propagated thither out of Egypt by Hilarion a disciple of Antony.
Spiridion and Epiphanius of Cyprus, James of Nisibis, Cyril of
Jerusalem, Eustathius of Sebastia in Armenia, Eusebius of
Emisa, Titus of Bostra, Basilius of Ancyra, Acacius of
Cæsarea in Palestine, Elpidius of Laodicea, Melitius and
Flavian of Antioch, Theodorus of Tyre, Protogenes of Carrhæ,
Acacius of Berrhæa, Theodotus of Hierapolis, Eusebius of
Chalcedon, Amphilochius of Iconium, Gregory Nazianzen, Gregory
Nyssen, and John Chrysostom of Constantinople, were both Bishops and
Monks in the fourth century. Eustathius, Gregory Nazianzen, Gregory
Nyssen, Basil, &c. had Monasteries of Clergymen in their cities, out of
which Bishops were sent to other cities; who in like manner erected
Monasteries there, till the Churches were supplied with Bishops out of
these Monasteries. Hence Jerome, in a Letter written about the year 385,
[3] saith of the Clergy: Quasi & ipsi aliud sint quam Monachi, & non
quicquid in Monachos dicitur redundet in Clericos qui patres sunt
Monachorum. Detrimentum pecoris pastoris ignominia est. And in his book
against Vigilantius: Quid facient Orientis Ecclesiæ? Quæ aut Virgines
Clericos accipiunt, aut Continentes, aut si uxores habuerint mariti esse
desistunt. Not long after even the Emperors commanded the Churches to
chuse Clergymen out of the Monasteries by this Law.

Impp. Arcad & Honor. AA. Cæsario PF. P.

[4] Si quos forte Episcopi deesse sibi Clericos arbitrantur, ex monachorum
numero rectius ordinabunt: non obnoxios publicis privatisque rationibus cum
invidia teneant, sed habeant jam probatos. Dat. vii. Kal. Aug. Honorio A.
iv. & Eutychianio Coss. A.C. 598. The Greek Empire being now in the
hands of these Encratites, and having them in great admiration, Daniel
makes it a characteristick of the King who doth according to his will, that
he should not regard the desire of Women.

Thus the Sect of the Encratites, set on foot by the Gnosticks, and
propagated by Tatian and Montanus near the end of the second century;
which was condemned by the Churches of that and the third century, and
refined upon by their followers; overspread the Eastern Churches in the
fourth century, and before the end of it began to overspread the Western.
Henceforward the Christian Churches having a form of godliness, but denying
the power thereof, came into the hands of the Encratites: and the
Heathens, who in the fourth century came over in great numbers to the
Christians, embraced more readily this sort of Christianity, as having a
greater affinity with their old superstitions, than that of the sincere
Christians; who by the lamps of the seven Churches of Asia, and not by
the lamps of the Monasteries, had illuminated the Church Catholic during
the three first centuries.

The Cataphrygians brought in also several other superstitions: such as
were the doctrine of Ghosts, and of their punishment in Purgatory, with
prayers and oblations for mitigating that punishment, as Tertullian
teaches in his books De Anima and De Monogamia. They used also the sign
of the cross as a charm. So Tertullian in his book de Corona militis:
Ad omnem progressum atque promotum, ad omnem aditum & exitum, ad vestitum,
ad calceatum, ad lavacra, ad mensas, ad lamina, ad cubilia, ad sedilia,
quacunque nos conversatio exercet, frontem crucis signaculo terimus. All
these superstitions the Apostle refers to, where he saith: Now the Spirit
speaketh expresly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the
faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, the
Dæmons and Ghosts worshipped by the heathens, speaking lyes in
hypocrisy, about their apparitions, the miracles done by them, their
reliques, and the sign of the cross, having consciences seared with a hot
iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, &c. 1
Tim. iv. 1,2,3. From the Cataphrygians these principles and practices
were propagated down to posterity. For the mystery of iniquity did
already work in the Apostles days in the Gnosticks, continued to work
very strongly in their offspring the Tatianists and Cataphrygians, and
was to work till that man of sin should be revealed; whose coming is
after the working of Satan, with all power and signs, and lying wonders,
and all deceivableness of unrighteousness; coloured over with a form of
Christian godliness, but without the power thereof, 2 Thess. ii. 7-10.

For tho some stop was put to the Cataphrygian Christianity, by Provincial
Councils, till the fourth century; yet the Roman Emperors then turning
Christians, and great multitudes of heathens coming over in outward
profession, these found the Cataphrygian Christianity more suitable to
their old principles, of placing religion in outward forms and ceremonies,
holy-days, and doctrines of Ghosts, than the religion of the sincere
Christians: wherefore they readily sided with the Cataphrygian
Christians, and established that Christianity before the end of the fourth
century. By this means those of understanding, after they had been
persecuted by the heathen Emperors in the three first centuries, and were
holpen with a little help, by the conversion of Constantine the great
and his sons to the Christian religion, fell under new persecutions, to
purge them from the dissemblers, and to make them white, even to the time
of the end.

Notes to Chap. XIII.

[1] Lib. 4. c. 28, 29.

[2] In vita Constantini, l. 4. c. 28.

[3] Epist. 10.

[4] L. 32. de Episcopis.

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Of the Mahuzzims, honoured by the King who doth according to his will.

In scripture we are told of some trusting in God and others trusting in
idols, and that God is our refuge, our strength, our defense. In this
sense God is the rock of his people, and false Gods are called the rock
of those that trust in them, Deut. xxxii. 4, 15, 18, 30, 31, 37. In the
same sense the Gods of the King who shall do according to his will are
called Mahuzzims, munitions, fortresses, protectors, guardians, or
defenders. In his estate, saith [1] Daniel, shall he honour
Mahuzzims; even with a God whom his fathers knew not, shall he honour
them with gold and silver, and with precious stones, and things of value.
Thus shall he do in the most strong holds or temples;--and he shall cause
them to rule over many, and divide the land among them for a possession.
Now this came to pass by degrees in the following manner.

Gregory Nyssen [2] tells us, that after the persecution of the Emperor
Decius, Gregory Bishop of Neocæsarea in Pontus, instituted among
all people, as an addition or corollary of devotion towards God, that
festival days and assemblies should be celebrated to them who had contended
for the faith, that is, to the Martyrs. And he adds this reason for the
institution: When he observed, saith Nyssen, that the simple and
unskilful multitude, by reason of corporeal delights, remained in the error
of idols; that the principal thing might be corrected among them, namely,
that instead of their vain worship they might turn their eyes upon God; he
permitted that at the memories of the holy Martyrs they might make merry
and delight themselves, and be dissolved into joy. The heathens were
delighted with the festivals of their Gods, and unwilling to part with
those delights; and therefore Gregory, to facilitate their conversion,
instituted annual festivals to the Saints and Martyrs. Hence it came to
pass, that for exploding the festivals of the heathens, the principal
festivals of the Christians succeeded in their room: as the keeping of
Christmas with ivy and feasting, and playing and sports, in the room of
the Bacchanalia and Saturnalia; the celebrating of May-day with
flowers, in the room of the Floralia; and the keeping of festivals to the
Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, and divers of the Apostles, in the room
of the solemnities at the entrance of the Sun into the signs of the
Zodiac in the old Julian Calendar. In the same persecution of Decius,
Cyprian ordered the passions of the Martyrs in Africa to be registred,
in order to celebrate their memories annually with oblations and
sacrifices: and Felix Bishop of Rome, a little after, as Platina
relates, Martyrum gloria consulens, constituit at quotannis sacrificia
eorum nomine celebrarentur; "consulting the glory of the Martyrs, ordained
that sacrifices should be celebrated annually in their name." By the
pleasures of these festivals the Christians increased much in number, and
decreased as much in virtue, until they were purged and made white by the
persecution of Dioclesian. This was the first step made in the
Christian religion towards the veneration of the Martyrs: and tho it did
not yet amount to an unlawful worship; yet it disposed the Christians
towards such a further veneration of the dead, as in a short time ended in
the invocation of Saints.

The next step was the affecting to pray at the sepulchres of the Martyrs:
which practice began in Dioclesian's persecution. The Council of
Eliberis in Spain, celebrated in the third or fourth year of
Dioclesian's persecution, A.C. 305, hath these Canons. Can. 34. Cereos
per diem placuit in Coemeterio non incendi: inquietandi enim spiritus
sanctorum non sunt. Qui hæc non observârint, arceantur ab Ecclesiæ
communione. Can. 35. Placuit prohiberi ne fæminæ in Coemeterio
pervigilent, eò quod sæpe sub obtentu orationis latentèr scelera
committant. Presently after that persecution, suppose about the year 314,
the Council of Laodicea in Phrygia, which then met for restoring the
lapsed discipline of the Church, has the following Canons. Can. 9. Those
of the Church are not allowed to go into the Coemeteries or Martyries,
as they are called, of hereticks, for the sake of prayer or recovery of
health: but such as go, if they be of the faithful, shall be excommunicated
for a time. Can. 34. A Christian must not leave the Martyrs of
Christ, and go to false Martyrs, that is, to the Martyrs of the
hereticks; for these are alien from God: and therefore let those be
anathema who go to them. Can. 51. The birth-days of the Martyrs shall not
be celebrated in Lent, but their commemoration shall be made on the
Sabbath-days and Lords days. The Council of Paphlagonia, celebrated in
the year 324, made this Canon: If any man being arrogant, abominates the
congregations of the Martyrs, or the Liturgies performed therein, or the
memories of the Martyrs, let him be anathema. By all which it is manifest
that the Christians in the time of Dioclesian's persecution used to
pray in the Coemeteries or burying-places of the dead; for avoiding the
danger of the persecution, and for want of Churches, which were all thrown
down: and after the persecution was over, continued that practice in honour
of the Martyrs, till new Churches could be built: and by use affected it as
advantageous to devotion, and for recovering the health of those that were
sick. It also appears that in these burying-places they commemorated the
Martyrs yearly upon days dedicated to them, and accounted all these
practices pious and religious, and anathematized those men as arrogant who
opposed them, or prayed in the Martyries of the hereticks. They also
lighted torches to the Martyrs in the day-time, as the heathens did to
their Gods; which custom, before the end of the fourth century, prevailed
much in the West. They sprinkled the worshipers of the Martyrs with
holy-water, as the heathens did the worshipers of their Gods; and went in
pilgrimage to see Jerusalem and other holy places, as if those places
conferred sanctity on the visiters. From the custom of praying in the
Coemeteries and Martyries, came the custom of translating the bodies of
the Saints and Martyrs into such Churches as were new built: the Emperor
Constantius began this practice about the year 359, causing the bodies of
Andrew the Apostle, Luke and Timothy, to be translated into a new
Church at Constantinople: and before this act of Constantius, the
Egyptians kept the bodies of their Martyrs and Saints unburied upon beds
in their private houses, and told stories of their souls appearing after
death and ascending up to heaven, as Athanasius relates in the life of
Antony. All which gave occasion to the Emperor Julian, as Cyril
relates, to accuse the Christians in this manner: Your adding to that
antient dead man, Jesus, many new dead men, who can sufficiently abominate?
You have filled all places with sepulchres and monuments, altho you are no
where bidden to prostrate yourselves to sepulchres, and to respect them
officiously. And a little after: Since Jesus said that sepulchres are
full of filthiness, how do you invoke God upon them? and in another place
he saith, that if Christians had adhered to the precepts of the
Hebrews, they would have worshiped one God instead of many, and not a
man, or rather not many unhappy men: And that they adored the wood of the
cross, making its images on their foreheads, and before their houses.

After the sepulchres of Saints and Martyrs were thus converted into places
of worship like the heathen temples, and the Churches into sepulchres, and
a certain sort of sanctity attributed to the dead bodies of the Saints and
Martyrs buried in them, and annual festivals were kept to them, with
sacrifices offered to God in their name; the next step towards the
invocation of Saints, was the attributing to their dead bodies, bones and
other reliques, a power of working miracles, by means of the separate
souls, who were supposed to know what we do or say, and to be able to do us
good or hurt, and to work those miracles. This was the very notion the
heathens had of the separate souls of their antient Kings and Heroes, whom
they worshiped under the names of Saturn, Rhea, Jupiter, Juno,
Mars, Venus, Bacchus, Ceres, Osiris, Isis, Apollo, Diana,
and the rest of their Gods. For these Gods being male and female, husband
and wife, son and daughter, brother and sister, are thereby discovered to
be antient men and women. Now as the first step towards the invocation of
Saints was set on foot by the persecution of Decius, and the second by
the persecution of Dioclesian; so this third seems to have been owing to
the proceedings of Constantius and Julian the Apostate. When Julian
began to restore the worship of the heathen Gods, and to vilify the Saints
and Martyrs; the Christians of Syria and Egypt seem to have made a
great noise about the miracles done by the reliques of the Christian
Saints and Martyrs, in opposition to the powers attributed by Julian and
the heathens to their Idols. For Sozomen and Ruffinus tell us, that
when he opened the heathen Temples, and consulted the Oracle of Apollo
Daphnæus in the suburbs of Antioch, and pressed by many sacrifices for
an answer; the Oracle at length told him that the bones of the Martyr
Babylas which were buried there hinder'd him from speaking. By which
answer we may understand, that some Christian was got into the place
where the heathen Priests used to speak thro' a pipe in delivering their
Oracles: and before this, Hilary in his book against Constantius,
written in the last year of that Emperor, makes the following mention of
what was then doing in the East where he was. Sine martyrio persequeris.
Plus crudelitati vestræ Nero, Deci, Maximiane, debemus. Diabolum enim
per vos vicimus. Sanctus ubique beatorum martyrum sanguis exceptus est, dum
in his Dæmones mugiunt, dum ægritudines depelluntur, dum miraculorum opera
cernuntur, elevari sine laqueis corpora, & dispensis pede fæminis vestes
non defluere in faciem, uri sine ignibus spiritus, confiteri sine
interrogantis incremento fidei. And Gregory Nazianzen, in his first
Oration against the Emperor Julian then reigning, writes thus: Martyres
non extimuisti quibus præclari honores & festa constituta, à quibus Dæmones
propelluntur & morbi curantur; quorum sunt apparitiones & prædictiones;
quorum vel sola corpora idem possunt quod animæ sanctæ, sive manibus
contrectentur, sive honorentur: quorum vel solæ sanguinis guttæ atque
exigua passionis signa idem possunt quod corpora. Hæc non colis sed
contemnis & aspernaris. These things made the heathens in the reign of the
same Emperor demolish the sepulchre of John the Baptist in Phoenicia,
and burn his bones; when several Christians mixing themselves with the
heathens, gathered up some of his remains, which were sent to Athanasius,
who hid them in the wall of a Church; foreseeing by a prophetic spirit, as
Ruffinus tells us, that they might be profitable to future generations.

The cry of these miracles being once set on foot, continued for many years,
and encreased and grew more general. Chrysostom, in his second Oration on
St. Babylas, twenty years after the silencing of the Oracle of Apollo
Daphnæus as above, viz. A.C. 382, saith of the miracles done by the Saints
and their reliques [3]: Nulla est nostri hujus Orbis seu regio, seu gens,
seu urbs, ubi nova & inopinata miracula hæc non decantentur; quæ quidem si
figmenta fuissent, prorsus in tantam hominum admirationem non venissent.
And a little after: Abunde orationi nostræ fidem faciunt quæ quotidiana à
martyribus miracula eduntur, magna affatim ad illa hominum multitudine
affluente. And in his 66th Homily, describing how the Devils were
tormented and cast out by the bones of the Martyrs, he adds: Ob eam causam
multi plerumque Reges peregrè profecti sunt, ut hoc spectaculo fruerentur.
Siquidem sanctorum martyrum templa futuri judicii vestigia & signa
exhibent, dum nimirum Dæmones flagris cæduntur, hominesque torquentur &
liberantur. Vide quæ sanctorum vitâ functorum vis sit? And Jerom in his
Epitaph on Paula, thus [4] mentions the same things. Paula vidit
Samariam: ibi siti sunt Elisæus & Abdias prophetæ, & Joannes Baptista, ubi
multis intremuit consternata miraculis. Nam cernebat variis dæmones rugire
cruciatibus, & ante sepulchra sanctorum ululare, homines more luporum
vocibus latrare canum, fremere leonum, sibilare serpentum, mugire taurorum,
alios rotare caput & post tergum terram vertice tangere, suspensisque pede
fæminis vestes non defluere in faciem. This was about the year 384: and
Chrysostom in his Oration on the Egyptian Martyrs, seems to make
Egypt the ringleader in these matters, saying [5]: Benedictus Deus
quandoquidem ex Ægypto prodeunt martyres, ex Ægypto illa cum Deo pugnante
ac insanissima, & unde impia ora, unde linguæ blasphemæ; ex Ægypto martyres
habentur; non in Ægypto tantum, nec in finitima vicinaque regione, sed
UBIQUE TERRARUM. Et quemadmodum in annonæ summa ubertate, cum viderunt
urbium incolæ majorem quam usus habitatorum postulat esse proventum, ad
peregrinas etiam urbes transmittunt: cum & suam comitatem & liberalitatem
ostendant, tum ut præter horum abundantiam cum facilitate res quibus
indigent rursus ab illis sibi comparent: sic & Ægyptii, quod attinet ad
religionis athletas, fecerunt. Cum apud se multam eorum Dei benignitate
copiam cernerent, nequaquam ingens Dei munus sua civitate concluserunt, sed
in OMNES TERRÆ PARTES bonorum thesauros effuderunt: cum ut suum in
fratres amorem ostenderent, tum ut communem omnium dominum honore
afficerent, ac civitati suæ gloriam apud omnes compararent, totiusque
terrarum ORBIS esse METROPOLIN declararent.--Sanctorum enim illorum
corpora quovis adamantino & inexpugnabili muro tutiùs nobis urbem
communiunt, & tanquam excelsi quidam scopuli undique prominentes, non horum
qui sub sensus cadunt & oculis cernuntur hostium impetus propulsant tantùm,
sed etiam invisibilium dæmonum insidias, omnesque diaboli fraudes
subvertunt ac dissipant.--Neque vero tantùm adversus hominum insidias aut
adversus fallacias dæmonum utilis nobis est hæc possessio, sed si nobis
communis dominus ob peccatorum multitudinem irascatur, his objectis
corporibus continuo poterimus eum propitium reddere civitati. This Oration
was written at Antioch, while Alexandria was yet the Metropolis of the
East, that is, before the year 381, in which Constantinople became the
Metropolis: and it was a work of some years for the Egyptians to have
distributed the miracle-working reliques of their Martyrs over all the
world, as they had done before that year. Egypt abounded most with the
reliques of Saints and Martyrs, the Egyptians keeping them embalmed upon
beds even in their private houses; and Alexandria was eminent above all
other cities for dispersing them, so as on that account to acquire glory
with all men, and manifest herself to be the Metropolis of the world.
Antioch followed the example of Egypt, in dispersing the reliques of
the forty Martyrs: and the examples of Egypt and Syria were soon
followed by the rest of the world.

The reliques of the forty Martyrs at Antioch were distributed among the
Churches before the year 373; for Athanasius who died in that year, wrote
an Oration upon them. This Oration is not yet published, but Gerard
Vossius saw it in MS. in the Library of Cardinal Ascanius in Italy, as
he says in his commentary upon the Oration of Ephræm Syrus on the same
forty Martyrs. Now since the Monks of Alexandria sent the reliques of the
Martyrs of Egypt into all parts of the earth, and thereby acquired glory
to their city, and declared her in these matters the Metropolis of the
whole world, as we have observed out of Chrysostom; it may be concluded,
that before Alexandria received the forty Martyrs from Antioch, she
began to send out the reliques of her own Martyrs into all parts, setting
the first example to other cities. This practice therefore began in Egypt
some years before the death of Athanasius. It began when the
miracle-working bones of John the Baptist were carried into Egypt, and
hid in the wall of a Church, that they might be profitable to future
generations. It was restrained in the reign of Julian the Apostate: and
then it spred from Egypt into all the Empire, Alexandria being the
Metropolis of the whole world, according to Chrysostom, for propagating
this sort of devotion, and Antioch and other cities soon following her

In propagating these superstitions, the ring-leaders were the Monks, and
Antony was at the head of them: for in the end of the life of Antony,
Athanasius relates that these were his dying words to his disciples who
then attended him. Do you take care, said Antony, to adhere to
Christ in the first place, and then to the Saints, that after death they
may receive you as friends and acquaintance into the everlasting
tabernacles, Think upon these things, perceive these things; and if you
have any regard to me, remember me as a father. This being delivered in
charge to the Monks by Antony at his death, A.C. 356, could not but
inflame their whole body with devotion towards the Saints, as the ready way
to be received, by them into the eternal Tabernacles after death. Hence
came that noise about the miracles, done by the reliques of the Saints in
the time of Constantius: hence came the dispersion of the miracle-working
reliques into all the Empire; Alexandria setting the example, and being
renowned, for it above all other cities. Hence it came to pass in the days
of Julian, A.C. 362, that Athanasius by a prophetic spirit, as
Ruffinus tells us, hid the bones of John the Baptist from the Heathens,
not in the ground to be forgotten, but in the hollow wall of a Church
before proper witnesses, that they might be profitable to future
generations. Hence also came the invocation of the Saints for doing such
miracles, and for assisting men in their devotions, and mediating with God.
For Athanasius, even from his youth, looked upon the dead Saints and
Martyrs as mediators of our prayers: in his Epistle to Marcellinus,
written in the days of Constantine the great, he saith that the words of
the Psalms are not to be transposed or any wise changed, but to be
recited and sung without any artifice, as they are written, that the holy
men who delivered them, knowing them to be their own words, may pray with
us; or rather, that the Holy Ghost who spake in the holy men, seeing his
own words with which he inspired them, may join with them in assisting

Whilst Egypt abounded with Monks above any other country, the veneration
of the Saints began sooner, and spred faster there than in other places.
Palladius going into Egypt in the year 388 to visit the Monasteries,
and the sepulchres of Apollonius and other Martyrs of Thebais who had
suffered under Maximinus, saith of them: Iis omnibus Christiani fecerunt
ædem unam, ubi nunc multæ virtutes peraguntur. Tanta autem fuit viri
gratia, ut de iis quæ esset precatus statim exaudiretur, eum sic honorante
servatore: quem etiam nos in martyrio precati vidimus, cum iis qui cum ipso
fuerunt martyrio affecti; & Deum adorantes, eorum corpora salutavimus.
Eunapius also, a heathen, yet a competent witness of what was done in his
own times, relating how the soldiers delivered the temples of Egypt into
the hands of the Monks, which was done in the year 389, rails thus in an
impious manner at the Martyrs, as succeeding in the room of the old Gods of
Egypt. Illi ipsi, milites, Monachos Canobi quoque collocârunt, ut pro
Diis qui animo cernuntur, servos & quidem flagitiosos divinis honoribus
percolerent, hominum mentibus ad cultum ceremoniasque obligatis. Ii namque
condita & salita eorum capita, qui ob scelerum multitudinem à judicibus
extremo judicio fuerant affecti, pro Divis ostentabant; iis genua
submittebant, eos in Deorum numerum receptabant, ad illorum sepulchra
pulvere sordibusque conspurcati. Martyres igitur vocabantur, & ministri
quidem & legati arbitrique precum apud Deos; cum fuerint servilia infida &
flagris pessimè subacta, quæ cicatrices scelerum ac nequitiæ vestigia
corporibus circumferunt; ejusmodi tamen Deos fert tellus. By these
instances we may understand the invocation of Saints was now of some
standing in Egypt, and that it was already generally received and
practised there by the common people.

Thus Basil a Monk, who was made Bishop of Cæsarea in the year 369, and
died in the year 378, in his Oration on the Martyr Mamas, saith: Be ye
mindful of the Martyr; as many of you as have enjoyed him in your dreams,
as many as in this place have been assisted by him in prayer, as many of
you as upon invoking him by name have had him present in your works, as
many as he has reduced into the way from wandering, as many as he has
restored to health, as, many as have had their dead children restored by
him to life, as many as have had their lives prolonged by him: and a
little after, he thus expresses the universality of this superstition in
the regions of Cappadocia and Bithynia: At the memory of the Martyr,
saith he, the whole region is moved; at his festival the whole city is
transported with joy. Nor do the kindred of the rich turn aside to the
sepulchres of their ancestors, but all go to the place of devotion. Again,
in the end of the Homily he prays, that God would preserve the Church,
thus fortified with the great towers of the Martyrs: and in his Oration on
the forty Martyrs; These are they, saith he, who obtaining our country,
like certain towers afford us safety against our enemies. Neither are they
shut up in one place only, but being distributed are sent into many
regions, and adorn many countries.--You have often endeavoured, you have
often laboured to find one who might pray for you: here are forty, emitting
one voice of prayer.--He that is in affliction flies to these, he that
rejoices has recourse to these: the first, that he may be freed from evil,
the last that he may continue in happiness. Here a woman praying for her
children is heard; she obtains a safe return for her husband from abroad,
and health for him in his sickness.--O ye common keepers of mankind, the
best companions of our cares, suffragans and coadjutors of our prayers,
most powerful embassadors to God, &c. By all which it is manifest, that
before the year 378, the Orations and Sermons upon the Saints went much
beyond the bounds of mere oratorical flourishes, and that the common people
in the East were already generally corrupted by the Monks with

Gregory Nazianzen a Monk, in his sixth Oration written A.C. 373, when he
was newly made Bishop of Sasima, saith: Let us purify ourselves to the
Martyrs, or rather to the God of the Martyrs: and a little after he calls
the Martyrs mediators of obtaining an ascension or divinity. The same
year, in the end of his Oration upon Athanasius then newly dead, he thus
invokes him: Do thou look down upon us propitiously, and govern this
people, as perfect adorers of the perfect Trinity, which in the Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost, is contemplated and worshiped: if there shall be
peace, preserve me, and feed my flock with me; but if war, bring me home,
place me by thyself, and by those that are like thee; however great my
request. And in the end of the funeral Oration upon Basil, written A.C.
378, he thus addresses him: But thou, O divine and sacred Head, look down
upon us from heaven; and by thy prayers either take away that thorn of the
flesh which is given us by God for exercise, or obtain that we may bear it
with courage, and direct all our life to that which is most fitting for us.
When we depart this life, receive us there in your Tabernacles, that living
together and beholding the holy and blessed Trinity more purely and
perfectly, whereof we have now but an imperfect view, we may there come to
the end of our desires, and receive this reward of the wars which we have
waged or suffered: and in his Oration upon Cyprian, not the Bishop of
Carthage, but a Greek, he invokes him after the same manner; and tells
us also how a pious Virgin named Justina, was protected by invoking the
Virgin Mary, and how miracles were done by the ashes of Cyprian.

Gregory Nyssen, another eminent Monk and Bishop, in the life of Ephræm
Syrus, tells how a certain man returning from a far country, was in great
danger, by reason all the ways were intercepted by the armies of barbarous
nations; but upon invoking Ephræm by name, and saying, Holy Ephræm
assist me, he escaped the danger, neglected the fear of death, and beyond
his hope got safe home. In the end of this Oration Gregory calls upon
Ephræm after the following manner: But thou, O Ephræm, assisting now at
the divine altar, and sacrificing to the Prince of life, and to the most
holy Trinity, together with the Angels; remember us all, and obtain for us
pardon of our sins, that we may enjoy the eternal happiness of the kingdom
of heaven. The same Gregory, in his Oration on the Martyr Theodorus
written A.C. 381, thus describes the power of that Martyr, and the practice
of the people. This Martyr, saith he, the last year quieted the
barbarous tempest, and put a stop to the horrid war of the fierce and cruel
Scythians.--If any one is permitted to carry away the dust with which the
tomb is covered, wherein the body of the Martyr rests; the dust is accepted
as a gift, and gathered to be laid up as a thing of great price. For to
touch the reliques themselves, if any such prosperous fortune shall at any
time happen; how great a favour that is, and not to be obtained without the
most earnest prayers, they know well who have obtained it. For as a living
and florid body, they who behold it embrace it, applying to it the eyes,
mouth, ears, and all the organs of sense; and then with affection pouring
tears upon the Martyr, as if he was whole and appeared to them: they offer
prayers with supplication, that he would intercede for them as an advocate,
praying to him as an Officer attending upon God, and invoking him as
receiving gifts whenever he will. At length Gregory concludes the
Oration with this prayer: O Theodorus, we want many blessings; intercede
and beseech for thy country before the common King and Lord: for the
country of the Martyr is the place of his passion, and they are his
citizens, brethren and kindred, who have him, defend, adorn and honour him.
We fear afflictions, we expect dangers: the wicked Scythians are not far
off, ready to make war against us. As a soldier fight for us, as a Martyr
use liberty of speech for thy fellow-servants. Pray for peace, that these
publick meetings may not cease, that the furious and wicked barbarian may
not rage against the temples and altars, that the profane and impious may
not trample upon the holy things. We acknowledge it a benefit received from
thee, that we are preserved safe and entire, we pray for freedom from
danger in time to come: and if there shall be need of greater intercession
and deprecation, call together the choir of thy brethren the Martyrs, and
in conjunction with them all intercede for us. Let the prayers of many just
ones attone for the sins of the multitudes and the people; exhort Peter,
excite Paul, and also John the divine and beloved disciple, that they
may be sollicitous for the Churches which they have erected, for which they
have been in chains, for which they have undergone dangers and deaths; that
the worship of idols may not lift up its head against us, that heresies may
not spring up like thorns in the vineyard, that tares grown up may not
choak the wheat, that no rock void of the fatness of true dew may be
against us, and render the fruitful power of the word void of a root; but
by the power of the prayers of thyself and thy companions, O admirable man
and eminent among the Martyrs, the commonwealth of Christians may become
a field of corn. The same Gregory Nyssen, in his sermon upon the death
of Meletius Bishop of Antioch, preached at Constantinople the same
year, A.C. 381, before the Bishops of all the East assembled in the
second general Council, spake thus of Meletius. The Bridegroom, saith
he, is not taken from us: he stands in the midst of us, tho we do not see
him: he is a Priest in the most inward places, and face to face intercedes
before God for us and the sins of the people. This was no oratorical
flourish, but Gregory's real opinion, as may be understood by what we
have cited out of him concerning Ephræm and Theodorus: and as Gregory
preached this before the Council of Constantinople, you may thence know,
saith [6] Baronius, that he professed what the whole Council, and
therewith the whole Church of those parts believed, namely, that the Saints
in heaven offer prayers for us before God.

Ephræm Syrus, another eminent Monk, who was contemporary with Basil,
and died the same year; in the end of his Encomium or Oration upon Basil
then newly dead, invokes him after this manner: Intercede for me, a very
miserable man; and recal me by thy intercessions, O father; thou who art
strong, pray for me who am weak; thou who art diligent, for me who am
negligent; thou who art chearful, for me who am heavy; thou who art wise,
for me who am foolish. Thou who hast treasured up a treasure of all
virtues, be a guide to me who am empty of every good work. In the
beginning of his Encomium upon the forty Martyrs, written at the same time,
he thus invokes them: Help me therefore, O ye Saints, with your
intercession; and O ye beloved, with your holy prayers, that Christ by
his grace may direct my tongue to speak, &c. and afterwards mentioning the
mother of one of these forty Martyrs, he concludes the Oration with this
prayer: I entreat thee, O holy, faithful, and blessed woman, pray for me
to the Saints, saying; Intercede ye that triumph in Christ, for the most
little and miserable Ephræm, that he may find mercy, and by the grace of
Christ may be saved. Again, in his second Sermon or Oration on the
praises of the holy Martyrs of Christ, he thus addresses them: We
entreat you most holy Martyrs, to intercede with the Lord for us miserable
sinners, beset with the filthiness of negligence, that he would infuse his
divine grace into us: and afterwards, near the end of the same discourse;
Now ye most holy men and glorious Martyrs of God, help me a miserable
sinner with your prayers, that in that dreadful hour I may obtain mercy,
when the secrets of all hearts shall be made manifest. I am to day become
to you, most holy Martyrs of Christ, as it were an unprofitable and
unskilful cup-bearer: for I have delivered to the sons and brothers of your
faith, a cup of the excellent wine of your warfare, with the excellent
table of your victory, replenished with all sorts of dainties. I have
endeavoured, with the whole affection and desire of my mind, to recreate
your fathers and brothers, kindred and relations, who daily frequent the
table. For behold they sing, and with exultation and jubilee glorify God,
who has crown'd your virtues, by setting on your most sacred heads
incorruptible and celestial crowns; they with excessive joy stand about the
sacred reliques of your martyrdoms, wishing for a blessing, and desiring to
bear away holy medicines both for the body and the mind. As good disciples
and faithful ministers of our benign Lord and Saviour, bestow therefore a
blessing on them all: and on me also, tho weak and feeble, who having
received strength by your merits and intercessions, have with the whole
devotion of my mind, sung a hymn to your praise and glory before your holy
reliques. Wherefore I beseech you stand before the throne of the divine
Majesty for me Ephræm, a vile and miserable sinner, that by your prayers
I may deserve to obtain salvation, and with you enjoy eternal felicity by
the grace and benignity and mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
to whom with the Father and Holy Ghost be praise, honour and glory for ever
and ever. Amen.

By what has been cited out of Basil, the two Gregories and Ephræm, we
may understand that Saint-worship was established among the Monks and their
admirers in Egypt, Phoenicia, Syria and Cappadocia, before the year
378, this being the year in which Basil and Ephræm died. Chrysostom
was not much later; he preached at Antioch almost all the time of
Theodosius the great, and in his Sermons are many exhortations to this
sort of superstition, as may be seen in the end of his Orations on S.
Julia, on St. Pelagia, on the Martyr Ignatius, on the Egyptian
Martyrs, on Fate and Providence, on the Martyrs in general, on St.
Berenice and St. Prosdoce, on Juventinus and Maximus, on the name
of Coemetery, &c. Thus in his Sermon on Berenice and Prosdoce:
Perhaps, saith he, you are inflamed with no small love towards these
Martyrs; therefore with this ardour let us fall down before their reliques,
let us embrace their coffins. For the coffins of the Martyrs have great
virtue, even as the bones of the Martyrs have great power. Nor let us only
on the day of this festival, but also on other days apply to them, invoke
them, and beseech them to be our patrons: for they have great power and
efficacy, not only whilst alive, but also after death; and much more after
death than before. For now they bear the marks or brands of Christ; and
when they shew these marks, they can obtain all things of the King. Seeing
therefore they abound with such efficacy, and have so much friendship with
him; we also, when by continual attendance and perpetual visitation of them
we have insinuated ourselves into their familiarity, may by their
assistance obtain the mercy of God.

Constantinople was free from these superstitions till Gregory Nazianzen
came thither A.D. 379; but in a few years it was also inflamed with it.
Ruffinus [7] tells us, that when the Emperor Theodosius was setting out
against the tyrant Eugenius, which was in the year 394, he went about
with the Priests and people to all the places of prayer; lay prostrate in
haircloth before the shrines of the Martyrs and Apostles, and pray'd for
assistance by the intercession of the Saints. Sozomen [8] adds, that when
the Emperor was marched seven miles from Constantinople against
Eugenius, he went into a Church which he had built to John the Baptist,
and invoked the Baptist for his assistance. Chrysostom [9] says: He that
is clothed in purple, approaches to embrace these sepulchres; and laying
aside his dignity, stands supplicating the Saints to intercede for him with
God: and he who goes crowned with a diadem, offers his prayers to the
tent-maker and the fisher-man as his Protestors. And in [10] another
place: The cities run together to the sepulchres of the Martyrs, and the
people are inflamed with the love of them.

This practice of sending reliques from place to place for working miracles,
and thereby inflaming the devotion of the nations towards the dead Saints
and their reliques, and setting up the religion of invoking their souls,
lasted only till the middle of the reign of the Emperor Theodosius the
great; for he then prohibited it by the following Edict. Humatum corpus,
nemo ad alterum locum transferat; nemo Martyrem distrahat, nemo mercetur:
Habeant verò in potestate, si quolibet in loco sanctorum est aliquis
conditus, pro ejus veneratione, quod Martyrium vocandum sit, addant quod
voluerint fabricarum. Dat. iv. Kal. Mart. Constantinopoli, Honorio nob.
puero & Euodio Coss. A.C. 386. After this they filled the fields and
high-ways with altars erected to Martyrs, which they pretended to discover
by dreams and revelations: and this occasioned the making the fourteenth
Canon of the fifth Council of Carthage, A.C. 398. Item placuit, ut
altaria, quæ passim per agros aut vias, tanquam memoriæ Martyrum
constituuntur, in quibus nullum corpus aut reliquiæ Martyrum conditæ
probantur, ab Episcopis, qui illis locis præsunt, si fieri potest,
evertantur. Si autem hoc propter tumultus populares non sinitur, plebes
tamen admoneantur, ne illa loca frequentent, ut qui rectè sapiunt, nullâ
ibi superstitione devincti teneantur. Et omnino nulla memoria Martyrum
probabiliter acceptetur, nisi aut ibi corpus aut aliquæ certæ reliquiæ
sint, aut ubi origo alicujus habitationis, vel possessionis, vel passionis
fidelissima origine traditur. Nam quæ per somnia, & per inanes quasi
revelationes quorumlibet hominum ubique constituuntur altaria, omnimodè
reprobentur. These altars were for invoking the Saints or Martyrs buried
or pretended to be buried under them. First they filled the Churches in all
places with the reliques or pretended reliques of the Martyrs, for invoking
them in the Churches; and then they filled the fields and high-ways with
altars, for invoking them every where: and this new religion was set up by
the Monks in all the Greek Empire before the expedition of the Emperor
Theodosius against Eugenius, and I think before his above-mentioned
Edict, A.C. 386.

The same religion of worshiping Mahuzzims quickly spred into the Western
Empire also: but Daniel in this Prophecy describes chiefly the things
done among the nations comprehended in the body of his third Beast.

Notes to Chap. XIV.

[1] Chap. xi. 38, 39

[2] Orat. de vita Greg. Thaumaturg. T. 3. p. 574.

[3] Vide Hom. 47. in. S. Julian.

[4] Epist. 27. ad Eustochium.

[5] Edit. Frontonis Ducæi, Tom. 1.

[6] Ad. an. 381, Sect. 41.

[7] Hist. Eccl. l. 2. c. 23.

[8] L. 4. c. 24.

[9] Hom. 66. ad. populum, circa finem. & Hom. 8, 27. in Matth. Hom. 42, 43.
in Gen. Hom. 1. in 1 Thess.

[10] Exposit. in Psal. 114. sub finem.

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Introduction, concerning the time when the Apocalypse was written.

Irenæus introduced an opinion that the Apocalypse was written in the
time of Domitian; but then he also postponed the writing of some others
of the sacred books, and was to place the Apocalypse after them: he might
perhaps have heard from his master Polycarp that he had received this
book from John about the time of Domitian's death; or indeed John
might himself at that time have made a new publication of it, from whence
Irenæus might imagine it was then but newly written. Eusebius in his
Chronicle and Ecclesiastical History follows Irenoeus; but afterwards
[1] in his Evangelical Demonstrations, he conjoins the banishment of
John into Patmos, with the deaths of Peter and Paul: and so do [2]
Tertullian and Pseudo-Prochorus, as well as the first author, whoever
he was, of that very antient fable, that John was put by Nero into a
vessel of hot oil, and coming out unhurt, was banished by him into
Patmos. Tho this story be no more than a fiction yet was it founded on a
tradition of the first churches, that John was banished into Patmos in
the days of Nero. Epiphanius represents the Gospel of John as written
in the time of Domitian, and the Apocalypse even before that of Nero.
[3] Arethas in the beginning of his Commentary quotes the opinion of
Irenæus from Eusebius, but follows it not: for he afterwards affirms
the Apocalypse was written before the destruction of Jerusalem, and
that former commentators had expounded the sixth seal of that destruction.

With the opinion of the first Commentators agrees the tradition of the
Churches of Syria, preserved to this day in the title of the Syriac
Version of the Apocalypse, which title is this: The Revelation which was
made to John the Evangelist by God in the Island Patmos, into which he
was banished by Nero the Cæsar. The fame is confirmed by a story told
by [4] Eusebius out of Clemens Alexandrinus, and other antient authors,
concerning a youth, whom John some time after his return from Patmos
committed to the care of the Bishop of a certain city. The Bishop educated,
instructed, and at length baptized him; but then remitting of his care, the
young man thereupon got into ill company, and began by degrees first to
revel and grow vitious, then to abuse and spoil those he met in the night;
and at last grew so desperate, that his companions turning a band of
high-way men, made him their Captain: and, saith [5] Chrysostom, he
continued their Captain a long time. At length John returning to that
city, and hearing what was done, rode to the thief; and, when he out of
reverence to his old master fled, John rode after him, recalled him, and
restored him to the Church. This is a story of many years, and requires
that John should have returned from Patmos rather at the death of
Nero than at that of Domitian; because between the death of Domitian
and that of John there were but two years and an half; and John in his
old age was [6] so infirm as to be carried to Church, dying above 90 years
old, and therefore could not be then suppos'd able to ride after the thief.

This opinion is further supported by the allusions in the Apocalypse to
the Temple and Altar, and holy City, as then standing; and to the
Gentiles, who were soon after to tread under foot the holy City and
outward Court. 'Tis confirmed also by the style of the Apocalypse itself,
which is fuller of Hebraisms than his Gospel. For thence it may be
gathered, that it was written when John was newly come out of Judea,
where he had been used to the Syriac tongue; and that he did not write
his Gospel, till by long converse with the Asiatick Greeks he had left
off most of the Hebraisms. It is confirmed also by the many false
Apocalypses, as those of Peter, Paul, Thomas, Stephen, Elias
and Cerinthus, written in imitation of the true one. For as the many
false Gospels, false Acts, and false Epistles were occasioned by true ones;
and the writing many false Apocalypses, and ascribing them to Apostles
and Prophets, argues that there was a true Apostolic one in great request
with the first Christians: so this true one may well be suppos'd to have
been written early, that there may be room in the Apostolic age for the
writing of so many false ones afterwards, and fathering them upon Peter,
Paul, Thomas and others, who were dead before John. Caius, who was
contemporary with Tertullian, [7] tells us that Cerinthus wrote his
Revelations as a great Apostle, and pretended the visions were shewn him by
Angels, asserting a millennium of carnal pleasures at Jerusalem after
the resurrection; so that his Apocalypse was plainly written in imitation
of John's: and yet he lived so early, that [8] he resisted the Apostles
at Jerusalem in or before the first year of Claudius, that is, 26 years
before the death of Nero, and [9] died before John.

These reasons may suffice for determining the time; and yet there is one
more, which to considering men may seem a good reason, to others not. I'll
propound it, and leave it to every man's judgment. The Apocalypse seems
to be alluded to in the Epistles of Peter and that to the Hebrews and
therefore to have been written before them. Such allusions in the Epistle
to the Hebrews, I take to be the discourses concerning the High-Priest in
the heavenly Tabernacle, who is both Priest and King, as was Melchisedec;
and those concerning the word of God, with the sharp two-edged sword,
the [Greek: sabbatismos], or millennial rest, the earth whose end is to
be burned, suppose by the lake of fire, the judgment and fiery
indignation which shall devour the adversaries, the heavenly City which
hath foundations whose builder and maker is God, the cloud of witnesses,
mount Sion, heavenly Jerusalem, general assembly, spirits of just men
made perfect, viz. by the resurrection, and the shaking of heaven and
earth, and removing them, that the new heaven, new earth and new kingdom
which cannot be shaken, may remain. In the first of Peter occur these:
[10] The Revelation of Jesus Christ, twice or thrice repeated; [11] the
blood of Christ as of a Lamb foreordained before the foundation of the
world; [12] the spiritual building in heaven, 1 Pet. ii. 5. an
inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that fadeth not away, reserved
in heaven for us, who are kept unto the salvation, ready to be revealed in
the last time, 1 Pet. i. 4, 5. [13] the royal Priesthood, [14] the holy
Priesthood, [15] the judgment beginning at the house of God, and [16]
the Church at Babylon. These are indeed obscurer allusions; but the
second Epistle, from the 19th verse of the first Chapter to the end, seems
to be a continued Commentary upon the Apocalypse. There, in writing to
the Churches in Asia, to whom John was commanded to send this
Prophecy, he tells them, they have a more sure word of Prophecy, to be
heeded by them, as a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day
dawn, and the day-star arise in their hearts, that is, until they begin to
understand it: for no Prophecy, saith he, of the scripture is of any
private interpretation; the Prophecy came not in old time by the will of
man, but holy men of God spake, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Daniel [17] himself professes that he understood not his own Prophecies;
and therefore the Churches were not to expect the interpretation from their
Prophet John, but to study the Prophecies themselves. This is the
substance of what Peter says in the first chapter; and then in the second
he proceeds to describe, out of this sure word of Prophecy, how there
should arise in the Church false Prophets, or false teachers, expressed
collectively in the Apocalypse by the name of the false Prophet; who
should bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought
them, which is the character of Antichrist: And many, saith he, shall
follow their lusts [18]; they that dwell on the earth [19] shall be
deceived by the false Prophet, and be made drunk with the wine of the
Whore's fornication, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be
blasphemed; for [20] the Beast is full of blasphemy: and thro'
covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandize of you; for
these are the Merchants of the Earth, who trade with the great Whore, and
their merchandize [21] is all things of price, with the bodies and souls of
men: whose judgment--lingreth not, and their damnation [22] slumbreth
not, but shall surely come upon them at the last day suddenly, as the
flood upon the old world, and fire and brimstone upon Sodom and
Gomorrha, when the just shall be delivered [23] like Lot; for the Lord
knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the
unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished, in the lake of fire; but
chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, [24]
being made drunk with the wine of the Whore's fornication; who despise
dominion, and are not afraid to blaspheme glories; for the beast opened
his mouth against God [25] to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle, and
them that dwell in heaven. These, as natural brute beasts, the ten-horned
beast and two-horned beast, or false Prophet, made to be taken and
destroyed, in the lake of fire, blaspheme the things they understand
not:--they count it pleasure to riot in the day-time--sporting themselves
with their own deceivings, while they feast [26] with you, having eyes
full of an [27] Adulteress: for the kingdoms of the beast live deliciously
with the great Whore, and the nations are made drunk with the wine of her
fornication. They are gone astray, following the way of Balaam, the son
of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, the false Prophet [28]
who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the children of
Israel. These are, not fountains of living water, but wells without
water; not such clouds of Saints as the two witnesses ascend in, but
clouds that are carried with a tempest, &c. Thus does the author of this
Epistle spend all the second Chapter in describing the qualities of the
Apocalyptic Beasts and false Prophet: and then in the third he goes on to
describe their destruction more fully, and the future kingdom. He saith,
that because the coming of Christ should be long deferred, they should
scoff, saying, where is the promise of his coming? Then he describes the
sudden coming of the day of the Lord upon them, as a thief in the night,
which is the Apocalyptic phrase; and the millennium, or thousand
years, which are with God but as a day; the passing away of the old
heavens and earth, by a conflagration in the lake of fire, and our
looking for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Seeing therefore Peter and John were Apostles of the circumcision, it
seems to me that they staid with their Churches in Judea and Syria till
the Romans made war upon their nation, that is, till the twelfth year of
Nero; that they then followed the main body of their flying Churches into
Asia, and that Peter went thence by Corinth to Rome; that the
Roman Empire looked upon those Churches as enemies, because Jews by
birth; and therefore to prevent insurrections, secured their leaders, and
banished John into Patmos. It seems also probable to me that the
Apocalypse was there composed, and that soon after the Epistle to the
Hebrews and those of Peter were written to these Churches, with
reference to this Prophecy as what they were particularly concerned in. For
it appears by these Epistles, that they were written in times of general
affliction and tribulation under the heathens, and by consequence when the
Empire made war upon the Jews; for till then the heathens were at peace
with the Christian Jews, as well as with the rest. The Epistle to the
Hebrews, since it mentions Timothy as related to those Hebrews, must
be written to them after their flight into Asia, where Timothy was
Bishop; and by consequence after the war began, the Hebrews in Judea
being strangers to Timothy. Peter seems also to call Rome Babylon,
as well with respect to the war made upon Judea, and the approaching
captivity, like that under old Babylon, as with respect to that name in
the Apocalypse: and in writing to the strangers scattered thro'out
Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, he seems to
intimate that they were the strangers newly scattered by the Roman wars;
for those were the only strangers there belonging to his care.

This account of things agrees best with history when duly rectified. For
[29] Justin and [30] Irenæus say, that Simon Magus came to Rome in
the reign of Claudius, and exercised juggling tricks there.
Pseudo-Clemens adds, that he endeavoured there to fly, but broke his neck
thro' the prayers of Peter. Whence [31] Eusebius, or rather his
interpolator Jerom, has recorded, that Peter came to Rome in the
second year of Claudius: but [32] Cyril Bishop of Jerusalem,
Philastrius, Sulpitius, Prosper, Maximus Taurinensis, and
Hegesippus junior, place this victory of Peter in the time of Nero.
Indeed the antienter tradition was, that Peter came to Rome in the days
of this Emperor, as may be seen in [33] Lactantius. Chrysostom [34]
tells us, that the Apostles continued long in Judea, and that then being
driven out by the Jews they went to the Gentiles. This dispersion was
in the first year of the Jewish war, when the Jews, as Josephus tells
us, began to be tumultuous and violent in all places. For all agree that
the Apostles were dispersed into several regions at once; and Origen has
set down the time, [35] telling us that in the beginning of the Judaic
war, the Apostles and disciples of our Lord were scattered into all
nations; Thomas into Parthia, Andrew into Scythia, John into
Asia, and Peter first into Asia, where he preacht to the dispersion,
and thence into Italy. [36] Dionysius Corinthius saith, that Peter
went from Asia by Corinth to Rome, and all antiquity agrees that
Peter and Paul were martyred there in the end of Nero's reign. Mark
went with Timothy to Rome, 2 Tim. iv. 11. Colos. iv. 10. Sylvanus
was Paul's assistant; and by the companions of Peter, mentioned in his
first Epistle, we may know that he wrote from Rome; and the Antients
generally agree, that in this Epistle he understood Rome by Babylon.
His second Epistle was writ to the same dispersed strangers with the first,
2 Pet. iii. 1. and therein he saith, that Paul had writ of the same
things to them, and also in his other Epistles, ver. 15, 16. Now as there
is no Epistle of Paul to these strangers besides that to the Hebrews,
so in this Epistle, chap. x. 11, 12. we find at large all those things
which Peter had been speaking of, and here refers to; particularly the
passing away of the old heavens and earth, and establishing an
inheritance immoveable, with an exhortation to grace, because God, to
the wicked, is a consuming fire, Heb. xii. 25, 26, 28, 29.

Having determined the time of writing the Apocalyse, I need not say much
about the truth of it, since it was in such request with the first ages,
that many endeavoured to imitate it, by feigning Apocalypses under the
Apostles names; and the Apostles themselves, as I have just now shewed,
studied it, and used its phrases; by which means the style of the Epistle
to the Hebrews became more mystical than that of Paul's other Epistles,
and the style of John's Gospel more figurative and majestical than that
of the other Gospels. I do not apprehend that Christ was called the word
of God in any book of the New Testament written before the Apocalypse;
and therefore am of opinion, the language was taken from this Prophecy, as
were also many other phrases in this Gospel, such as those of Christ's
being the light which enlightens the world, the lamb of God which taketh
away the sins of the world, the bridegroom, he that testifieth, he that
came down from heaven, the Son of God, &c. Justin Martyr, who within
thirty years after John's death became a Christian, writes expresly
that a certain man among the Christians whose name was John, one of
the twelve Apostles of Christ, in the Revelation which was shewed him,
prophesied that those who believed in Christ should live a thousand years
at Jerusalem. And a few lines before he saith: But I, and as many as
are Christians, in all things right in their opinions, believe both that
there shall be a resurrection of the flesh, and a thousand years life at
Jerusalem built, adorned and enlarged. Which is as much as to say, that
all true Christians in that early age received this Prophecy: for in all
ages, as many as believed the thousand years, received the Apocalypse as
the foundation of their opinion: and I do not know one instance to the
contrary. Papias Bishop of Hierapolis, a man of the Apostolic age, and
one of John's own disciples, did not only teach the doctrine of the
thousand years, but also [37] asserted the Apocalypse as written by
divine inspiration. Melito, who flourished next after Justin, [38]
wrote a commentary upon this Prophecy; and he, being Bishop of Sardis one
of the seven Churches, could neither be ignorant of their tradition about
it, nor impose upon them. Irenæus, who was contemporary with Melito,
wrote much upon it, and said, that the number 666 was in all the antient
and approved copies; and that he had it also confirmed to him by those who
had seen John face to face, meaning no doubt his master Polycarp for
one. At the same time [39] Theophilus Bishop of Antioch asserted it,
and so did Tertullian, Clemens Alexandrinus, and Origen soon after;
and their contemporary Hippolytus the Martyr, Metropolitan of the
Arabians, [40] wrote a commentary upon it. All these were antient men,
flourishing within a hundred and twenty years after John's death, and of
greatest note in the Churches of those times. Soon after did Victorinus
Pictaviensis write another commentary upon it; and he lived in the time of
Dioclesian. This may surely suffice to shew how the Apocalypse was
received and studied in the first ages: and I do not indeed find any other
book of the New Testament so strongly attested, or commented upon so early
as this. The Prophecy said: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear
the words of this Prophecy, and keep the things which are written therein.
This animated the first Christians to study it so much, till the
difficulty made them remit, and comment more upon the other books of the
New Testament. This was the state of the Apocalypse, till the thousand
years being misunderstood, brought a prejudice against it: and Dionysius
of Alexandria, noting how it abounded with barbarisms, that is with
Hebraisms, promoted that prejudice so far, as to cause many Greeks in
the fourth century to doubt of the book. But whilst the Latins, and a
great part of the Greeks, always retained the Apocalypse, and the rest
doubted only out of prejudice, it makes nothing against its authority.

This Prophecy is called the Revelation, with respect to the scripture of
truth, which Daniel [41] was commanded to shut up and seal, till the
time of the end. Daniel sealed it until the time of the end; and until
that time comes, the Lamb is opening the seals: and afterwards the two
Witnesses prophesy out of it a long time in sack-cloth, before they ascend
up to heaven in a cloud. All which is as much as to say, that these
Prophecies of Daniel and John should not be understood till the time of
the end: but then some should prophesy out of them in an afflicted and
mournful state for a long time, and that but darkly, so as to convert but
few. But in the very end, the Prophecy should be so far interpreted as to
convince many. Then, saith Daniel, many shall run to and fro, and
knowledge shall be encreased. For the Gospel must be preached in all
nations before the great tribulation, and end of the world. The
palm-bearing multitude, which come out of this great tribulation, cannot be
innumerable out of all nations, unless they be made so by the preaching of
the Gospel before it comes. There must be a stone cut out of a mountain
without hands, before it can fall upon the toes of the Image, and become a
great mountain and fill the earth. An Angel must fly thro' the midst of
heaven with the everlasting Gospel to preach to all nations, before
Babylon falls, and the Son of man reaps his harvest. The two Prophets
must ascend up to heaven in a cloud, before the kingdoms of this world
become the kingdoms of Christ. 'Tis therefore a part of this Prophecy,
that it should not be understood before the last age of the world; and
therefore it makes for the credit of the Prophecy, that it is not yet
understood. But if the last age, the age of opening these things, be now
approaching, as by the great successes of late Interpreters it seems to be,
we have more encouragement than ever to look into these things. If the
general preaching of the Gospel be approaching, it is to us and our
posterity that those words mainly belong: [42] In the time of the end the
wise shall understand, but none of the wicked shall understand. [43]
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this Prophecy,
and keep those things which are written therein.

The folly of Interpreters has been, to foretel times and things by this
Prophecy, as if God designed to make them Prophets. By this rashness they
have not only exposed themselves, but brought the Prophecy also into
contempt. The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this and the
Prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men's curiosities by
enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they
might be interpreted by the event, and his own Providence, not the
Interpreters, be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of
things predicted many ages before, will then be a convincing argument that
the world is governed by providence. For as the few and obscure Prophecies
concerning Christ's first coming were for setting up the Christian
religion, which all nations have since corrupted; so the many and clear
Prophecies concerning the things to be done at Christ's second coming,
are not only for predicting but also for effecting a recovery and
re-establishment of the long-lost truth, and setting up a kingdom wherein
dwells righteousness. The event will prove the Apocalypse; and this
Prophecy, thus proved and understood, will open the old Prophets, and all
together will make known the true religion, and establish it. For he that
will understand the old Prophets, must begin with this; but the time is not
yet come for understanding them perfectly, because the main revolution
predicted in them is not yet come to pass. In the days of the voice of the
seventh Angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be
finished, as he hath declared to his servants the Prophets: and then the
kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and his
Christ, and he shall reign for ever, Apoc. x. 7. xi. 15. There is
already so much of the Prophecy fulfilled, that as many as will take pains
in this study, may see sufficient instances of God's providence: but then
the signal revolutions predicted by all the holy Prophets, will at once
both turn mens eyes upon considering the predictions, and plainly interpret
them. Till then we must content ourselves with interpreting what hath been
already fulfilled.

Amongst the Interpreters of the last age there is scarce one of note who
hath not made some discovery worth knowing; and thence I seem to gather
that God is about opening these mysteries. The success of others put me
upon considering it; and if I have done any thing which may be useful to
following writers, I have my design.

Notes to Chap. I.

[1] Dem. Evang. l. 3.

[2] Vid. Pamelium in notis ad Tertull. de Præscriptionbus, n. 215 &
Hieron l. 1. contra Jovinianum, c. 14. Edit.Erasmi.

[3] Areth. c. 18, 19.

[4] Hist. Eccl. l. 3. c. 23.

[5] Chrysost. ad Theodorum lapsum.

[6] Hieron. in Epist. ad Gal. l. 3. c. 6.

[7] Apud Euseb. Eccl. Hist. l. 3. c. 28. Edit. Valesii.

[8] Epiphan. Hæres. 28.

[9] Hieron. adv. Lucif.

[10] 1 Pet. i. 7, 13. iv. 13. & v. 1.

[11] Apoc. xiii. 8.

[12] Apoc. xxi.

[13] Apoc. i. 6. & v. 10.

[14] Apoc. xx. 6.

[15] Apoc. xx. 4, 12.

[16] Apoc. xvii.

[17] Dan. viii. 15, 16, 27. & xii. 8, 9.

[18] [Greek: aselgeias], in many of the best MSS.

[19] Apoc. xiii. 7, 12.

[20] Apoc. xiii. 1, 5, 6.

[21] Apoc. xviii. 12, 13.

[22] Apoc. xix. 20.

[23] Apoc. xxi. 3, 4.

[24] Apoc. ix. 21. and xvii. 2.

[25] Apoc. xiii. 6.

[26] Apoc. xviii. 3, 7, 9.

[27] [Greek: moichalidos].

[28] Apoc. ii. 14.

[29] Apol. ad Antonin. Pium.

[30] Hæres. l. 1. c. 20. Vide etiam Tertullianum, Apol. c. 13.

[31] Euseb. Chron.

[32] Cyril Catech. 6. Philastr. de hæres. cap. 30. Sulp. Hist. l. 2.
Prosper de promiss. dimid. temp. cap. 13. Maximus serm. 5. in Natal. Apost.
Hegesip. l. 2. c. 2.

[33] Lactant de mortib. Persec. c. 2.

[34] Hom. 70. in Matt. c. 22.

[35] Apud Euseb. Eccl. Hist. l. 2. c. 25.

[36] Euseb. Hist. l. 2. c. 25.

[37] Arethas in Proæm. comment. in Apoc.

[38] Euseb. Hist. l. 4. cap. 26. Hieron.

[39] Euseb. Hist. l. 4. c. 24.

[40] Hieron.

[41] Dan. x. 21. xii. 4, 9.

[42] Dan. xii. 4, 10.

[43] Apoc. i. 3.

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Of the relation which the Apocalypse of John hath to the Book of the
Law of Moses, and to the worship of God in the Temple.

The Apocalypse of John is written in the same style and language with
the Prophecies of Daniel, and hath the same relation to them which they
have to one another, so that all of them together make but one complete
Prophecy; and in like manner it consists of two parts, an introductory
Prophecy, and an Interpretation thereof.

The Prophecy is distinguish'd into seven successive parts, by the opening
of the seven seals of the book which Daniel was commanded to seal up: and
hence it is called the Apocalypse or Revelation of Jesus Christ. The
time of the seventh seal is sub-divided into eight successive parts by the
silence in heaven for half an hour, and the sounding of seven trumpets
successively: and the seventh trumpet sounds to the battle of the great day
of God Almighty, whereby the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of
the Lord and of his Christ, and those are destroyed that destroyed the

The Interpretation begins with the words, And the temple of God was opened
in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the Ark of his Testament: and
it continues to the end of the Prophecy. The Temple is the scene of the
visions, and the visions in the Temple relate to the feast of the seventh
month: for the feasts of the Jews were typical of things to come. The
Passover related to the first coming of Christ, and the feasts of the
seventh month to his second coming: his first coming being therefore over
before this Prophecy was given, the feasts of the seventh month are here
only alluded unto.

On the first day of that month, in the morning, the High-Priest dressed the
lamps: and in allusion hereunto, this Prophecy begins with a vision of one
like the Son of man in the High-Priest's habit, appearing as it were in
the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, or over against the midst of
them, dressing the lamps, which appeared like a rod of seven stars in his
right hand: and this dressing was perform'd by the sending seven Epistles
to the Angels or Bishops of the seven Churches of Asia, which in the
primitive times illuminated the Temple or Church Catholick. These Epistles
contain admonitions against the approaching Apostacy, and therefore relate
to the times when the Apostacy began to work strongly, and before it
prevailed. It began to work in the Apostles days, and was to continue
working till the man of sin should be revealed. It began to work in the
disciples of Simon, Menander, Carpocrates, Cerinthas, and such
sorts of men as had imbibed the metaphysical philosophy of the Gentiles
and Cabalistical Jews, and were thence called Gnosticks. John calls
them Antichrists, saying that in his days there were many Antichrists.
But these being condemned by the Apostles, and their immediate disciples,
put the Churches in no danger during the opening of the first four seals.
The visions at the opening of these seals relate only to the civil affairs
of the heathen Roman Empire. So long the Apostolic traditions prevailed,
and preserved the Church in its purity: and therefore the affairs of the
Church do not begin to be considered in this Prophecy before the opening of
the fifth seal. She began then to decline, and to want admonitions; and
therefore is admonished by these Epistles, till the Apostacy prevailed and
took place, which was at the opening of the seventh seal. The admonitions
therefore in these seven Epistles relate to the state of the Church in the
times of the fifth and sixth seals. At the opening of the fifth seal, the
Church is purged from hypocrites by a great persecution. At the opening of
the sixth, that which letted is taken out of the way, namely the heathen
Roman Empire. At the opening of the seventh, the man of sin is revealed.
And to these times the seven Epistles relate.

The seven Angels, to whom these Epistles were written, answer to the seven
Amarc-holim, who were Priests and chief Officers of the Temple, and had
jointly the keys of the gates of the Temple, with those of the Treasuries,
and the direction, appointment and oversight of all things in the Temple.

After the lamps were dresed, John saw the door of the Temple opened;
and by the voice as it were of a trumpet, was called up to the eastern
gate of the great court, to see the visions: and behold a throne was set,
viz. the mercy-seat upon the Ark of the Testament, which the Jews
respected as the throne of God between the Cherubims, Exod. xxv. 2.
Psal. xcix. 1. And he that sat on it was to look upon like Jasper and
Sardine stone, that is, of an olive colour, the people of Judea being
of that colour. And, the Sun being then in the East, a rainbow was about
the throne, the emblem of glory. And round about the throne were four and
twenty seats; answering to the chambers of the four and twenty Princes of
the Priests, twelve on the south side, and twelve on the north side of the
Priests Court. And upon the seats were four and twenty Elders sitting,
clothed in white rayment, with crowns on their heads; representing the
Princes of the four and twenty courses of the Priests clothed in linen.
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings, and voices,
viz. the flashes of the fire upon the Altar at the morning-sacrifice, and
the thundering voices of those that sounded the trumpets, and sung at the
Eastern gate of the Priests Court; for these being between John and the
throne appeared to him as proceeding from the throne. And there were seven
lamps of fire burning, in the Temple, before the throne, which are the
seven spirits of God, or Angels of the seven Churches, represented in the
beginning of this Prophecy by seven stars. And before the throne was a sea
of glass clear as chrystal; the brazen sea between the porch of the Temple
and the Altar, filled with clear water. And in the midst of the throne,
and round about the throne, were four Beasts full of eyes before and
behind: that is, one Beast before the throne and one behind it, appearing
to John as in the midst of the throne, and one on either side in the
circle about it, to represent by the multitude of their eyes the people
standing in the four sides of the peoples court. And the first Beast was
like a lion, and the second was like a calf, and the third had the face of
a man, and the fourth was like a flying eagle. The people of Israel in
the wilderness encamped round about the tabernacle, and on the east side
were three tribes under the standard of Judah, on the west were three
tribes under the standard of Ephraim, on the south were three tribes
under the standard of Reuben, and on the north were three tribes under
the standard of Dan, Numb. ii. And the standard of Judah was a Lion,
that of Ephraim an Ox, that of Reuben a Man, and that of Dan an
Eagle, as the Jews affirm. Whence were framed the hieroglyphicks of
Cherubims and Seraphims, to represent the people of Israel. A
Cherubim had one body with four faces, the faces of a Lion, an Ox, a Man
and an Eagle, looking to the four winds of heaven, without turning about,
as in Ezekiel's vision, chap. i. And four Seraphims had the same four
faces with four bodies, one face to every body. The four Beasts are
therefore four Seraphims standing in the four sides of the peoples court;
the first in the eastern side with the head of a Lion, the second in the
western side with the head of an Ox, the third in the southern side with
the head of a Man, the fourth in the northern side with the head of an
Eagle: and all four signify together the twelve tribes of Israel, out of
whom the hundred forty and four thousand were sealed, Apoc. vii. 4. And
the four Beasts had each of them six wings, two to a tribe, in all twenty
and four wings, answering to the twenty and four stations of the people.
And they were full of eyes within, or under their wings. And they rest
not day and night, or at the morning and evening-sacrifices, saying,
holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
These animals are therefore the Seraphims, which appeared to Isaiah [1]
in a vision like this of the Apocalypse. For there also the Lord sat upon
a throne in the temple; and the Seraphims each with six wings cried, Holy,
holy, holy Lord God of hosts. And when those animals give glory and honour
and thanks to him that sitteth upon the throne, who liveth for ever and
ever, the four and twenty Elders go into the Temple, and there fall down
before him that sitteth on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever
and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy,
O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all
things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. At the morning and
evening-sacrifices, so soon as the sacrifice was laid upon the Altar, and
the drink-offering began to be poured out, the trumpets sounded, and the
Levites sang by course three times; and every time when the trumpets
sounded, the people fell down and worshiped. Three times therefore did the
people worship; to express which number, the Beasts cry Holy, holy, holy:
and the song being ended, the people prayed standing, till the solemnity
was finished. In the mean time the Priests went into the Temple, and there
fell down before him that sat upon the throne, and worshiped.

And John saw, in the right hand of him that sat upon the throne, a book
written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals, viz. the book
which Daniel was commanded to seal up, and which is here represented by
the prophetic book of the Law laid up on the right side of the Ark, as it
were in the right hand of him that sat on the throne: for the festivals and
ceremonies of the Law prescribed to the people in this book, adumbrated
those things which were predicted in the book of Daniel; and the writing
within and on the backside of this book, relates to the synchronal
Prophecies. [2] And none was found worthy to open the book but the Lamb
of God. And lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four Beasts, and in
the midst of the Elders, that is, at the foot of the Altar, stood a lamb
as it had been slain, the morning-sacrifice; having seven horns, which
are the seven Churches, and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God
sent forth into all the earth. And he came, and took the book out of the
right hand of him that sat upon the throne: And when he had taken the book,
the four Beasts and four and twenty Elders fell down before the Lamb,
having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are
the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to
take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast
redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and
people, and nation; and hast made us, unto our God, Kings and Priests, and
we shall reign on the earth. The Beasts and Elders therefore represent the
primitive Christians of all nations; and the worship of these
Christians in their Churches is here represented under the form of
worshiping God and the Lamb in the Temple: God for his benefaction in
creating all things, and the Lamb for his benefaction in redeeming us with
his blood: God as sitting upon the throne and living for ever, and the Lamb
as exalted above all by the merits of his death. And I heard, saith
John, the voice of many Angels round about the throne, and the Beasts
and the Elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand,
and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb
that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and
honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and
on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that
are in them, heard I, saying, Blessing, honour, glory, and power, be unto
him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And
the four Beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty Elders fell down and
worshiped him that liveth for ever and ever. This was the worship of the
primitive Christians.

It was the custom for the High-Priest, seven days before the fast of the
seventh month, to continue constantly in the Temple, and study the book of
the Law, that he might be perfect in it against the day of expiation;
wherein the service, which was various and intricate, was wholly to be
performed by himself; part of which service was reading the Law to the
people: and to promote his studying it, there were certain Priests
appointed by the Sanhedrim to be with him those seven days in one of his
chambers in the Temple, and there to discourse with him about the Law, and
read it to him, and put him in mind of reading and studying it himself.
This his opening and reading the Law those seven days, is alluded unto in
the Lamb's opening the seals. We are to conceive that those seven days
begin in the evening before each day; for the Jews began their day in the
evening, and that the solemnity of the fast begins in the morning of the
seventh day.

The seventh seal was therefore opened on the day of expiation, and then
there was silence in heaven for half an hour. And an Angel, the
High-Priest, stood at the Altar, having a golden Censer; and there was
given him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all
Saints, upon the golden Altar which was before the throne. The custom was
on other days, for one of the Priests to take fire from the great Altar in
a silver Censer; but on this day, for the High-Priest to take fire from the
great Altar in a golden Censer: and when he was come down from the great
Altar, he took incense from one of the Priests who brought it to him, and
went with it to the golden Altar: and while he offered the incense, the
people prayed without in silence, which is the silence in heaven for half
an hour. When the High-Priest had laid the incense on the Altar, he carried
a Censer of it burning in his hand, into the most holy place before the
Ark. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the Saints,
ascended up before God out of the Angel's hand. On other days there was a
certain measure of incense for the golden Altar: on this day there was a
greater quantity for both the Altar and the most holy Place, and therefore
it is called much incense. After this the Angel took the Censer, and
filled it with fire from the great Altar, and cast it into the earth;
that is, by the hands of the Priests who belong to his mystical body, he
cast it to the earth without the Temple, for burning the Goat which was the
Lord's lot. And at this and other concomitant sacrifices, until the
evening-sacrifice was ended, there were voices, and thundrings, and
lightnings, and an earthquake; that is, the voice of the High-Priest
reading the Law to the people, and other voices and thundrings from the
trumpets and temple-musick at the sacrifices, and lightnings from the fire
of the Altar.

The solemnity of the day of expiation being finished, the seven Angels
found their trumpets at the great sacrifices of the seven days of the feast
of tabernacles; and at the same sacrifices, the seven thunders utter their
voices, which are the musick of the Temple, and singing of the Levites,
intermixed with the soundings of the trumpets: and the seven Angels pour
out their vials of wrath, which are the drink-offerings of those

When six of the seals were opened, John said: [3] And after these
things, that is, after the visions of the sixth seal, I saw four Angels
standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the
earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on
any tree. And I saw another Angel ascending from the East, having the
seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four Angels,
to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the
earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our
God in their foreheads. This sealing alludes to a tradition of the Jews,
that upon the day of expiation all the people of Israel are sealed up in
the books of life and death. For the Jews in their Talmud [4] tell us,
that in the beginning of every new year, or first day of the month Tisri,
the seventh month of the sacred year, three books are opened in judgment;
the book of life, in which the names of those are written who are perfectly
just; the book of death, in which the names of those are written who are
Atheists or very wicked; and a third book, of those whose judgment is
suspended till the day of expiation, and whose names are not written in the
book of life or death before that day. The first ten days of this month
they call the penitential days; and all these days they fast and pray very
much, and are very devout, that on the tenth day their sins may be
remitted, and their names may be written in the book of life; which day is
therefore called the day of expiation. And upon this tenth day, in
returning home from the Synagogues, they say to one another, God the
creator seal you to a good year. For they conceive that the books are now
sealed up, and that the sentence of God remains unchanged henceforward to
the end of the year. The same thing is signified by the two Goats, upon
whose foreheads the High-Priest yearly, on the day of expiation, lays the
two lots inscribed, For God and For Azazel; God's lot signifying the
people who are sealed with the name of God in their foreheads; and the lot
Azazel, which was sent into the wilderness, representing those who
receive the mark and name of the Beast, and go into the wilderness with the
great Whore.

The servants of God being therefore sealed in the day of expiation, we may
conceive that this sealing is synchronal to the visions which appear upon
opening the seventh seal; and that when the Lamb had opened six of the
seals and seen the visions relating to the inside of the sixth, he looked
on the backside of the seventh leaf, and then saw the four Angels holding
the four winds of heaven, and another Angel ascending from the East with
the seal of God. Conceive also, that the Angels which held the four winds
were the first four of the seven Angels, who upon opening the seventh seal
were seen standing before God; and that upon their holding the winds,
there was silence in heaven for half an hour; and that while the servants
of God were sealing, the Angel with the golden Censer offered their prayers
with incense upon the golden Altar, and read the Law: and that so soon as
they were sealed, the winds hurt the earth at the sounding of the first
trumpet, and the sea at the sounding of the second; these winds signifying
the wars, to which the first four trumpets sounded. For as the first four
seals are distinguished from the three last by the appearance of four
horsemen towards the four winds of heaven; so the wars of the first four
trumpets are distinguished from those of the three last, by representing
these by four winds, and the others by three great woes.

In one of Ezekiel's visions, when the Babylonian captivity was at hand,
six men appeared with slaughter-weapons; and a seventh, who [5]
appeared among them clothed in white linen and a writer's ink-horn by his
side, is commanded to go thro' the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark
upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and cry for all the abominations
done in the midst thereof: and then the six men, like the Angels of the
first six trumpets, are commanded to slay those men who are not marked.
Conceive therefore that the hundred forty and four thousand are sealed, to
preserve them from the plagues of the first six trumpets; and that at
length by the preaching of the everlasting gospel, they grow into a great
multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and
people and tongues: and at the sounding of the seventh trumpet come out of
the great tribulation with Palms in their hands: the kingdoms of this
world, by the war to which that trumpet sounds, becoming the kingdoms of
God and his Christ. For the solemnity of the great Hosannah was kept
by the Jews upon the seventh or last day of the feast of tabernacles; the
Jews upon that day carrying Palms in their hands, and crying Hosannah.

After six of the Angels, answering to the six men with slaughter-weapons,
had sounded their trumpets, the Lamb in the form of a mighty Angel cane
down from heaven clothed with a cloud, and a rainbow was upon his head, and
his face was as it were the Sun, and his feet as pillars of fire, the
shape in which Christ appeared in the beginning of this Prophecy; and he
had in his hand a little book open, the book which he had newly opened;
for he received but one book from him that sitteth upon the throne, and he
alone was worthy to open and look on this book. And he set his right foot
upon the sea and his left foot on the earth, and cried with a loud voice,
as when a lion roareth. It was the custom for the High-Priest on the day
of expiation, to stand in an elevated place in the peoples court, at the
Eastern gate of the Priests court, and read the Law to the people, while
the Heifer and the Goat which was the Lord's lot, were burning without the
Temple. We may therefore suppose him standing in such a manner, that his
right foot might appear to John as it were standing on the sea of glass,
and his left foot on the ground of the house; and that he cried with a loud
voice, in reading the Law on the day of expiation. And when he had cried,
seven thunders uttered their voices. Thunders are the voice of a cloud,
and a cloud signifies a multitude; and this multitude may be the Levites,
who sang with thundering voices, and played with musical instruments at the
great sacrifices, on the seven days of the feast of Tabernacles: at which
times the trumpets also sounded. For the trumpets sounded, and the
Levites sang alternately, three times at every sacrifice. The Prophecy
therefore of the seven thunders is nothing else than a repetition of the
Prophecy of the seven trumpets in another form. And the Angel which I saw
stand upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, and
sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, that after the seven thunders
there should be time no longer; but in the days of the voice of the
seventh Angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be
finished, as he hath declared to his servants the Prophets. The voices of
the thunders therefore last to the end of this world, and so do those of
the trumpets.

And the voice which I heard from heaven, saith John, spake unto me
again and said, Go and take the little book, &c. And I took the little book
out of the Angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as
honey, and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto
me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues,
and kings. This is an introduction to a new Prophecy, to a repetition of
the Prophecy of the whole book; and alludes to Ezekiel's eating a roll or
book spread open before him, and written within and without, full of
lamentations and mourning and woe, but sweet in his mouth. Eating and
drinking signify acquiring and possessing; and eating the book is becoming
inspired with the Prophecy contained in it. It implies being inspired in a
vigorous and extraordinary manner with the Prophecy of the whole book, and
therefore signifies a lively repetition of the whole Prophecy by way of
interpretation, and begins not till the first Prophecy, that of the seals
and trumpets, is ended. It was sweet in John's mouth, and therefore
begins not with the bitter Prophecy of the Babylonian captivity, and the
Gentiles being in the outward court of the Temple, and treading the holy
city under foot; and the prophesying of the two Witnesses in sackcloth,
and their smiting the earth with all plagues, and being killed by the
Beast; but so soon as the Prophecy of the trumpets is ended, it begins with
the sweet Prophecy of the glorious Woman in heaven, and the victory of
Michael over the Dragon; and after that, it is bitter in John's belly,
by a large description of the times of the great Apostacy.

And the Angel stood, upon the earth and sea, saying, Rise and measure
the Temple of God and the Altar, and them that worship therein, that is,
their courts with the buildings thereon, viz. the square court of the
Temple called the separate place, and the square court of the Altar called
the Priests court, and the court of them that worship in the Temple called
the new court: but the great court which is without the Temple, leave
out, and measure it not, for it is given to the Gentiles, and the holy
city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. This measuring hath
reference to Ezekiel's measuring the Temple of Solomon: there the whole
Temple, including the outward court, was measured, to signify that it
should be rebuilt in the latter days. Here the courts of the Temple and
Altar, and they who worship therein, are only measured, to signify the
building of a second Temple, for those that are sealed out of all the
twelve tribes of Israel, and worship in the inward court of sincerity and
truth: but John is commanded to leave out the outward court, or outward
form of religion and Church-government, because it is given to the
Babylonian Gentiles. For the glorious woman in heaven, the remnant of
whole seed kept the commandments of God, and had the testimony of Jesus,
continued the same woman in outward form after her flight into the
wilderness, whereby she quitted her former sincerity and piety, and became
the great Whore. She lost her chastity, but kept her outward form and
shape. And while the Gentiles tread the holy city underfoot, and worship
in the outward court, the two witnesses, represented perhaps by the two
feet of the Angel standing on the sea and earth, prophesied against them,
and had power, like Elijah and Moses, to consume their enemies with
fire proceeding out of their mouth, and to shut heaven that it rain not in
the days of their Prophecy, and to turn the waters into blood, and to smite
the earth with all plagues as often as they will, that is, with the
plagues of the trumpets and vials of wrath; and at length they are slain,
rise again from the dead, and ascend up to heaven in a cloud; and then the
seventh trumpet sounds to the day of judgment.

The Prophecy being finished, John is inspired anew by the eaten book, and
begins the Interpretation thereof with these words, And the Temple of God
was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his Temple the Ark of the
Testament. By the Ark, we may know that this was the first Temple; for the
second Temple had no Ark. And there were lightnings, and voices, and
thundrings, and an earthquake, and great hail. These answer to the wars in
the Roman Empire, during the reign of the four horsemen, who appeared
upon opening the first four seals. And there appeared a great wonder in
heaven, a woman clothed with the Sun. In the Prophecy, the affairs of the
Church begin to be considered at the opening of the fifth seal; and in the
Interpretation, they begin at the same time with the vision of the Church
in the form of a woman in heaven: there she is persecuted, and here she is
pained in travail. The Interpretation proceeds down first to the sealing of
the servants of God, and marking the rest with the mark of the Beast; and
then to the day of judgment, represented by a harvest and vintage. Then it
returns back to the times of opening the seventh seal, and interprets the
Prophecy of the seven trumpets by the pouring out of seven vials of wrath.
The Angels who pour them out, come out of the Temple of the Tabernacle;
that is, out of the second Temple, for the Tabernacle had no outward court.
Then it returns back again to the times of measuring the Temple and Altar,
and of the Gentiles worshiping in the outward court, and of the Beast
killing the witnesses in the streets of the great city; and interprets
these things by the vision of a woman sitting on the Beast, drunken with
the blood of the Saints; and proceeds in the interpretation downwards to
the fall of the great city and the day of judgment.

The whole Prophecy of the book, represented by the book of the Law, is
therefore repeated, and interpreted in the visions which follow those of
sounding the seventh trumpet, and begin with that of the Temple of God
opened in heaven. Only the things, which the seven thunders uttered, were
not written down, and therefore not interpreted.

Notes to Chap. II.

[1] Isa. vi.

[2] Apoc. v.

[3] Apoc. vii

[4] Buxtorf in Synogoga Judaica, c. 18, 21.

[5] Ezek. ix.

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Of the relation which the Prophecy of John hath to those of Daniel;
and of the Subject of the Prophecy.

The whole scene of sacred Prophecy is composed of three principal parts:
the regions beyond Euphrates, represented by the two first Beasts of
Daniel; the Empire of the Greeks on this side of Euphrates,
represented by the Leopard and by the He-Goat; and the Empire of the
Latins on this side of Greece, represented by the Beast with ten horns.
And to these three parts, the phrases of the third part of the earth, sea,
rivers, trees, ships, stars, sun, and moon, relate. I place the body of
the fourth Beast on this side of Greece, because the three first of the
four Beasts had their lives prolonged after their dominion was taken away,
and therefore belong not to the body of the fourth. He only stamped them
with his feet.

By the earth, the Jews understood the great continent of all Asia and
Africa, to which they had access by land: and by the Isles of the sea,
they understood the places to which they sailed by sea, particularly all
Europe: and hence in this Prophecy, the earth and sea are put for the
nations of the Greek and Latin Empires.

The third and fourth Beasts of Daniel are the same with the Dragon and
ten-horned Beast of John, but with this difference: John puts the
Dragon for the whole Roman Empire while it continued entire, because it
was entire when that Prophecy was given; and the Beast he considers not
till the Empire became divided: and then he puts the Dragon for the Empire
of the Greeks, and the Beast for the Empire of the Latins. Hence it is
that the Dragon and Beast have common heads and common horns: but the
Dragon hath crowns only upon his heads, and the Beast only upon his horns;
because the Beast and his horns reigned not before they were divided from
the Dragon: and when the Dragon gave the Beast his throne, the ten horns
received power as Kings, the same hour with the Beast. The heads are seven
successive Kings. Four of them were the four horsemen which appeared at the
opening of the first four seals. In the latter end of the sixth head, or
seal, considered as present in the visions, it is said, five of the seven
Kings are fallen, and one is, and another is not yet come; and the Beast
that was and is not, being wounded to death with a sword, he is the
eighth, and of the seven: he was therefore a collateral part of the
seventh. The horns are the same with those of Daniel's fourth Beast,
described above.

The four horsemen which appear at the opening of the first four seals, have
been well explained by Mr. Mede; excepting that I had rather continue the
third to the end of the reign of the three Gordians and Philip the
Arabian, those being Kings from the South, and begin the fourth with
the reign of Decius, and continue it till the reign of Dioclesian. For
the fourth horseman sat upon a pale horse, and his name was Death; and
hell followed with him; and power was given them to kill unto the fourth
part of the earth, with the sword, and with famine, and with the plague,
and with the Beasts of the earth, or armies of invaders and rebels: and as
such were the times during all this interval. Hitherto the Roman Empire
continued in an undivided monarchical form, except rebellions; and such it
is represented by the four horsemen. But Dioclesian divided it between
himself and Maximianus, A.C. 285; and it continued in that divided state,
till the victory of Constantine the great over Licinius, A.C. 323,
which put an end to the heathen persecutions set on foot by Dioclesian
and Maximianus, and described at the opening of the fifth seal. But this
division of the Empire was imperfect, the whole being still under one and
the same Senate. The same victory of Constantine over Licinius a
heathen persecutor, began the fall of the heathen Empire, described at the
opening of the sixth seal: and the visions of this seal continue till after
the reign of Julian the Apostate, he being a heathen Emperor, and
reigning over the whole Roman Empire.

The affairs of the Church begin to be considered at the opening of the
fifth seal, as was said above. Then she is represented by a woman in the
Temple of heaven, clothed with the sun of righteousness, and the moon
of Jewish ceremonies under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve
stars relating to the twelve Apostles and to the twelve tribes of
Israel. When she fled from the Temple into the wilderness, she left in
the Temple a remnant of her seed, who kept the commandments of God, and
had the testimony of Jesus Christ; and therefore before her flight she
represented the true primitive Church of God, tho afterwards she
degenerated like Aholah and Aholibah. In Diocesian's persecution she
cried, travelling in birth, and pained to be delivered. And in the end of
that persecution, by the victory of Constantine over Maxentius A.C.
312, she brought forth a man-child, such a child as was to rule all
nations with a rod of iron, a Christian Empire. And her child, by the
victory of Constantine over Licinius, A.C. 323, was caught up unto God
and to his throne. And the woman, by the division of the Roman Empire
into the Greek and Latin Empires, fled from the first Temple into
the wilderness, or spiritually barren Empire of the Latins, where she is
found afterwards sitting upon the Beast and upon the seven mountains; and
is called the great city which reigneth over the Kings of the earth, that
is, over the ten Kings who give their kingdom to her Beast.

But before her flight there was war in heaven between Michael and the
Dragon, the Christian and the heathen religions; and the Dragon, that
old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world, was
cast out to the earth, and his Angels were cast out with him. And John
heard a voice in heaven, saying, Now is come salvation and strength, and
the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of
our brethren is cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony. And they loved not their lives unto the
death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe be to
the inhabiters of the earth and sea, or people of the Greek and Latin
Empires, for the devil is come down amongst you, having great wrath,
because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

And when the Dragon saw that he was cast down from the Roman throne,
and the man-child caught up thither, he persecuted the woman which brought
forth the man-child; and to her, by the division of the Roman Empire
between the cities of Rome and Constantinople A.C. 330, were given two
wings of a great eagle, the symbol of the Roman Empire, that she might
flee from the first Temple into the wilderness of Arabia, to her place
at Babylon mystically so called. And the serpent, by the division of
the same Empire between the sons of Constantine the great, A.C. 337,
cast out of his mouth water as a flood, the Western Empire, after the
woman; that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. And the
earth, or Greek Empire, helped the woman, and the earth opened her
mouth, and swallowed up the flood, by the victory of Constantius over
Magnentius, A.C. 353, and thus the Beast was wounded to death with a
sword. And the Dragon was wroth with the woman, in the reign of Julian
the Apostate A.C. 361, and, by a new division of the Empire between
Valentinian and Valens, A.C. 364, went from her into the Eastern
Empire to make war with the remnant of her seed, which she left behind
her when she fled: and thus the Beast revived. By the next division of the
Empire, which was between Gratian and Theodosius A.C. 379, the Beast
with ten horns rose out of the sea, and the Beast with two horns out
of the earth: and by the last division thereof, which was between the sons
of Theodosius, A.C. 395, the Dragon gave the Beast his power and throne,
and great authority. And the ten horns received power as Kings, the same
hour with the Beast.

At length the woman arrived at her place of temporal as well as spiritual
dominion upon the back of the Beast, where she is nourished a time, and
times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent; not in his kingdom,
but at a distance from him. She is nourished by the merchants of the
earth, three times or years and an half, or 42 months, or 1260 days: and
in these Prophecies days are put for years. During all this time the Beast
acted, and she sat upon him, that is, reigned over him, and over the ten
Kings who gave their power and strength, that is, their kingdom to the
Beast; and she was drunken with the blood of the Saints. By all these
circumstances she is the eleventh horn of Daniel's fourth Beast, who
reigned with a look more stout than his fellows, and was of a different
kind from the rest, and had eyes and a mouth like the woman; and made
war with the saints, and prevailed against them, and wore them out, and
thought to change times and laws, and had them given into his hand,
until a time, and times, and half a time. These characters of the woman,
and little horn of the Beast, agree perfectly: in respect of her temporal
dominion, she was a horn of the Beast; in respect of her spiritual
dominion, she rode upon him in the form of a woman, and was his Church, and
committed fornication with the ten Kings.

The second Beast, which rose up out of the earth, was the Church of the
Greek Empire: for it had two horns like those of the Lamb, and
therefore was a Church; and it spake as the Dragon, and therefore was of
his religion; and it came up out of the earth, and by consequence in his
kingdom. It is called also the false Prophet who wrought miracles before
the first Beast, by which he deceived them that received his mark, and
worshiped his image. When the Dragon went from the woman to make war with
the remnant of her seed, this Beast arising out of the earth assisted in
that war, and caused the earth and them which dwell therein to worship
the authority of the first Beast, whose mortal wound was healed, and to
make an Image to him, that is, to assemble a body of men like him in
point of religion. He had also power to give life and authority to the
Image, so that it could both speak, and by dictating cause that all
religious bodies of men, who would not worship the authority of the
Image, should be mystically killed. And he causeth all men to receive a
mark in their right hand or in their forehead, and that no man might buy or
sell save he that had the mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of
his name; all the rest being excommunicated by the Beast with two horns.
His mark is [Cross] [Cross] [Cross], and his name [Greek: LATEINOS], and
the number of his name 666.

Thus the Beast, after he was wounded to death with a sword and revived, was
deified, as the heathens used to deify their Kings after death, and had an
Image erected to him; and his worshipers were initiated in this new
religion, by receiving the mark or name of this new God, or the number of
his name. By killing all that will not worship him and his Image, the first
Temple, illuminated by the lamps of the seven Churches, is demolished, and
a new Temple built for them who will not worship him; and the outward court
of this new Temple, or outward form of a Church, is given to the
Gentiles, who worship the Beast and his Image: while they who will not
worship him, are sealed with the name of God in their foreheads, and retire
into the inward court of this new Temple. These are the 144000 sealed out
of all the twelve tribes of Israel, and called the two Witnesses, as
being derived from the two wings of the woman while she was flying into the
wilderness, and represented by two of the seven candlesticks. These appear
to John in the inward court of the second Temple, standing on mount
Sion with the Lamb, and as it were on the sea of glass. These are the
Saints of the most High, and the host of heaven, and the holy people
spoken of by Daniel, as worn out and trampled under foot, and destroyed
in the latter times by the little horns of his fourth Beast and He-Goat.

While the Gentiles tread the holy city under foot, God gives power to
his two Witnesses, and they prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore
days clothed in sackcloth. They are called the two Olive-trees, with
relation to the two Olive-trees, which in Zechary's vision, chap. iv.
stand on either side of the golden candlestick to supply the lamps with
oil: and Olive-trees, according to the Apostle Paul, represent Churches,
Rom. xi. They supply the lamps with oil, by maintaining teachers. They
are also called the two candlesticks; which in this Prophecy signify
Churches, the seven Churches of Asia being represented by seven
candlesticks. Five of these Churches were found faulty, and threatned if
they did not repent; the other two were without fault, and so their
candlesticks were fit to be placed in the second Temple. These were the
Churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia. They were in a state of
tribulation and persecution, and the only two of the seven in such a state:
and so their candlesticks were fit to represent the Churches in affliction
in the times of the second Temple, and the only two of the seven that were
fit. The two Witnesses are not new Churches: they are the posterity of
the primitive Church, the posterity of the two wings of the woman, and so
are fitly represented by two of the primitive candlesticks. We may conceive
therefore, that when the first Temple was destroyed, and a new one built
for them who worship in the inward court, two of the seven candlesticks
were placed in this new Temple.

The affairs of the Church are not considered during the opening of the
first four seals. They begin to be consider'd at the opening of the fifth
seal, as was said above; and are further considered at the opening of the
sixth seal; and the seventh seal contains the times of the great Apostacy.
And therefore I refer the Epistles to the seven Churches unto the times of
the fifth and sixth seals: for they relate to the Church when she began to
decline, and contain admonitions against the great Apostacy then

When Eusebius had brought down his Ecclesiatical History to the reign
of Dioclesian, he thus describes the state of the Church: Qualem
quantamque gloriam simul ac libertatem doctrina veræ erga supremum Deum
pietatis à Christo primùm hominibus annunciata, apud omnes Græcos pariter &
barbaros ante persecutionem nostrâ memoriâ excitatam, consecuta sit, nos
certè pro merito explicare non possumus. Argumento esse possit Imperatorum
benignitas erga nostros: quibus regendas etiam provincias committebant,
omni sacrificandi metu eos liberantes ob singularem, qua in religionem
nostram affecti erant, benevolentiam. And a little after: Jam vero quis
innumerabilem hominum quotidiè ad fidem Christi confugientium turbam, quis
numerum ecclesiarum in singulis urbibus, quis illustres populorum concursus
in ædibus sacris, cumulatè possit describere? Quo factum est, ut priscis
ædificiis jam non contenti, in singulis urbibus spatiosas ab ipsis
fundamentis exstruerent ecclesias. Atque hæc progressii temporis
increscentia, & quotidiè in majus & melius proficiscentia, nec livor ullus
atterere, nec malignitas dæmonis fascinare, nec hominum insidiæ prohibere
unquam potuerunt, quamdiu omnipotentis Dei dextra populum suum, utpote tali
dignum præsidio, texit atque custodiit. Sed cum ex nimia libertate in
negligentiam ac desidiam prolapsi essemus; cum alter alteri invidere atque
obtrectare cæpisset; cum inter nos quasi bella intestina gereremus, verbis,
tanquam armis quibusdam hastisque, nos mutuò vulnerantes; cum Antistites
adversus Antistites, populi in populos collisi, jurgia ac tumultus
agitarent; denique cum fraus & simulatio ad summum malitiæ culmen
adolevisset: tum divina ultio, levi brachio ut solet, integro adhuc
ecclesiæ statu, & fidelium turbis liberè convenientibus, sensim ac moderatè
in nos cæpit animadvertere; orsà primùm persecutione ab iis qui militabant.
Cum verò sensu omni destituti de placando Dei numine ne cogitaremus quidem;
quin potius instar impiorum quorundam res humanas nullâ providentiâ
gubernari rati, alia quotidiè crimina aliis adjiceremus: cum Pastores
nostri spretâ religionis regulâ, mutuis inter se contentionibus
decertarent, nihil aliud quam jurgia, minas, æmulationem, odia, ac mutuas
inimicitias amplificare studentes; principatum quasi tyrannidem quandam
contentissimè sibi vindicantes: tunc demùm juxta dictum Hieremiæ,
obscuravit Dominus in ira sua filiam Sion, & dejecit de cælo gloriam
Israel,--per Ecclesiarum scilicet subversionem, &c. This was the state of
the Church just before the subversion of the Churches in the beginning of
Dioclesian's persecution: and to this state of the Church agrees the
first of the seven Epistles to the Angel of the seven Churches, [1] that to
the Church in Ephesus. I have something against thee, saith Christ to
the Angel of that Church, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember
therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;
or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out
of its place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the
deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. The Nicolaitans are the
Continentes above described, who placed religion in abstinence from
marriage, abandoning their wives if they had any. They are here called
Nicolaitans, from Nicolas one of the seven deacons of the primitive
Church of Jerusalem; who having a beautiful wife, and being taxed with
uxoriousness, abandoned her, and permitted her to marry whom she pleased,
saying that we must disuse the flesh; and thenceforward lived a single life
in continency, as his children also. The Continentes afterwards embraced
the doctrine of Æons and Ghosts male and female, and were avoided by the
Churches till the fourth century; and the Church of Ephesus is here
commended for hating their deeds.

The persecution of Dioclesian began in the year of Christ 302, and
lasted ten years in the Eastern Empire and two years in the Western. To
this state of the Church the second Epistle, to the Church of Smyrna,
agrees. I know, saith [2] Christ, thy works, and tribulation, and
poverty, but thou art rich; and I know the blasphemy of them, which say
they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of
those things which thou shalt suffer: Behold, the Devil shall call some of
you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten
days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
The tribulation of ten days can agree to no other persecution than that of
Dioclesian, it being the only persecution which lasted ten years. By the
blasphemy of them which say they are Jews and are not, but are the
synagogue of Satan, I understand the Idolatry of the Nicolaitans, who
falsly said they were Christians.

The Nicolaitans are complained of also in [3] the third Epistle, as men
that held the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a
stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed
to Idols, and [4] to commit spiritual fornication. For Balaam taught
the Moabites and Midianites to tempt and invite Israel by their women
to commit fornication, and to feast with them at the sacrifices of their
Gods. The Dragon therefore began now to come down among the inhabitants of
the earth and sea.

The Nicolaitans are also complained of in the fourth Epistle, under the
name of the woman Jezabel, who calleth herself a Prophetess, to teach
and to seduce the servants of Christ to commit fornication, and to eat
things sacrificed to Idols. The woman therefore began now to fly into the

The reign of Constantine the great from the time of his conquering
Licinius, was monarchical over the whole Roman Empire. Then the Empire
became divided between the sons of Constantine: and afterwards it was
again united under Constantius, by his victory over Magnentius. To the
affairs of the Church in these three successive periods of time, the third,
fourth, and fifth Epistles, that is, those to the Angels of the Churches in
Pergamus, Thyatira, and Sardis, seem to relate. The next Emperor was
Julian the Apostate.

In the sixth Epistle, [5] to the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia,
Christ saith: Because in the reign of the heathen Emperor Julian,
thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the
hour of temptation, which by the woman's flying into the wilderness, and
the Dragon's making war with the remnant of her seed, and the killing of
all who will not worship the Image of the Beast, shall come upon all the
world, to try them that dwell upon the earth, and to distinguish them by
sealing the one with the name of God in their foreheads, and marking the
other with the mark of the Beast. Him that overcometh, I will make a
pillar in the Temple of my God; and he shall go no more out of it. And I
will write upon him the name of my God in his forehead. So the
Christians of the Church of Philadelphia, as many of them as overcome,
are sealed with the seal of God, and placed in the second Temple, and go no
more out. The same is to be understood of the Church in Smyrna, which
also kept the word of God's patience, and was without fault. These two
Churches, with their posterity, are therefore the two Pillars, and the
two Candlesticks, and the two Witnesses in the second Temple.

After the reign of the Emperor Julian, and his successor Jovian who
reigned but five months, the Empire became again divided between
Valentinian and Valens. Then the Church Catholick, in the Epistle to
the Angel of the Church of Laodicea, is reprehended as lukewarm, and
[6] threatned to be spewed out of Christ's mouth. She said, that she
was rich and increased with goods, and had need of nothing, being in
outward prosperity; and knew not that she was inwardly wretched, and
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. She is therefore spewed out of
Christ's mouth at the opening of the seventh seal: and this puts an end
to the times of the first Temple.

About one half of the Roman Empire turned Christians in the time of
Constantine the great and his sons. After Julian had opened the
Temples, and restored the worship of the heathens, the Emperors
Valentinian and Valens tolerated it all their reign; and therefore the
Prophecy of the sixth seal was not fully accomplished before the reign of
their successor Gratian. It was the custom of the heathen Priests, in the
beginning of the reign of every sovereign Emperor, to offer him the dignity
and habit of the Pontifex Maximus. This dignity all Emperors had hitherto
accepted: but Gratian rejected it, threw down the idols, interdicted the
sacrifices, and took away their revenues with the salaries and authority of
the Priests. Theodosius the great followed his example; and heathenism
afterwards recovered itself no more, but decreased so fast, that
Prudentius, about ten years after the death of Theodosius, called the
heathens, vix pauca ingenia & pars hominum rarissima. Whence the affairs
of the sixth seal ended with the reign of Valens, or rather with the
beginning of the reign of Theodosius, when he, like his predecessor
Gratian, rejected the dignity of Pontifex Maximus. For the Romans
were very much infested by the invasions of foreign nations in the reign of
Valentinian and Valens: Hoc tempore, saith Ammianus, velut per
universum orbem Romanum bellicum canentibus buccinis, excitæ gentes
sævissimæ limites sibi proximos persultabant: Gallias Rhætiasque simul
Alemanni populabantur: Sarmatæ Pannonias & Quadi: Picti, Saxones, & Scoti &
Attacotti Britannos ærumnis vexavere continuis: Austoriani, Mauricæque aliæ
gentes Africam solito acriùs incursabant: Thracias diripiebant prædatorii
globi Gotthorum: Persarum Rex manus Armeniis injectabat. And whilst the
Emperors were busy in repelling these enemies, the Hunns and Alans and
Goths came over the Danube in two bodies, overcame and slew Valens,
and made so great a slaughter of the Roman army, that Ammianus saith:
Nec ulla Annalibus præter Cannensem ita ad internecionem res legitur
gesta. These wars were not fully stopt on all sides till the beginning of
the reign of Theodosius, A.C. 379 & 380: but thenceforward the Empire
remained quiet from foreign armies, till his death, A.C. 395. So long the
four winds were held: and so long there was silence in heaven. And the
seventh seal was opened when this silence began.

Mr. Mede hath explained the Prophecy of the first six trumpets not much
amiss: but if he had observed, that the Prophecy of pouring out the vials
of wrath is synchronal to that of sounding the trumpets, his explanation
would have been yet more complete.

The name of Woes is given to the wars to which the three last trumpets
sound, to distinguish them from the wars of the four first. The sacrifices
on the first four days of the feast of Tabernacles, at which the first four
trumpets sound, and the first four vials of wrath are poured out, are
slaughters in four great wars; and these wars are represented by four winds
from the four corners of the earth. The first was an east wind, the second
a west wind, the third a south wind, and the fourth a north wind, with
respect to the city of Rome, the metropolis of the old Roman Empire.
These four plagues fell upon the third part of the Earth, Sea, Rivers,
Sun, Moon and Stars; that is, upon the Earth, Sea, Rivers, Sun, Moon and
Stars of the third part of the whole scene of these Prophecies of Daniel
and John.

The plague of the eastern wind [7] at the sounding of the first trumpet,
was to fall upon the Earth, that is, upon the nations of the Greek
Empire. Accordingly, after the death of Theodosius the great, the
Goths, Sarmatians, Hunns, Isaurians, and Austorian Moors invaded
and miserably wasted Greece, Thrace, Asia minor, Armenia, Syria,
Egypt, Lybia, and Illyricum, for ten or twelve years together.

The plague of the western wind at the sounding of the second trumpet, was
to fall upon the Sea, or Western Empire, by means of a great mountain
burning with fire cast into it, and turning it to blood. Accordingly in
the year 407, that Empire began to be invaded by the Visigoths,
Vandals, Alans, Sueves, Burgundians, Ostrogoths, Heruli,
Quadi, Gepides; and by these wars it was broken into ten kingdoms, and
miserably wasted: and Rome itself, the burning mountain, was besieged and
taken by the Ostrogoths, in the beginning of these miseries.

The plague of the southern wind at the sounding of the third trumpet, was
to cause a great star, burning as it were a lamp, to fall from heaven upon
the rivers and fountains of waters, the Western Empire now divided into
many kingdoms, and to turn them to wormwood and blood, and make them
bitter. Accordingly Genseric, the King of the Vandals and Alans in
Spain, A.C. 427, enter'd Africa with an army of eighty thousand men;
where he invaded the Moors, and made war upon the Romans, both there
and on the sea-coasts of Europe, for fifty years together, almost without
intermission, taking Hippo A.C. 431, and Carthage the capital of
Africa A.C. 439. In A.C. 455, with a numerous fleet and an army of three
hundred thousand Vandals and Moors, he invaded Italy, took and
plundered Rome, Naples, Capua, and many other cities; carrying thence
their wealth with the flower of the people into Africa: and the next
year, A.C. 456, he rent all Africa from the Empire, totally expelling the
Romans. Then the Vandals invaded and took the Islands of the
Mediterranean, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Ebusus, Majorca,
Minorca, &c. and Ricimer besieged the Emperer Anthemius in Rome,
took the city, and gave his soldiers the plunder, A.C. 472. The Visigoths
about the same time drove the Romans out of Spain: and now the
Western Emperor, the great star which fell from heaven, burning as it
were a lamp, having by all these wars gradually lost almost all his
dominions, was invaded, and conquered in one year by Odoacer King of the
Heruli, A.C. 476. After this the Moors revolted A.C. 477, and weakned
the Vandals by several wars, and took Mauritania from them. These wars
continued till the Vandals were conquered by Belisarius, A.C. 534. and
by all these wars Africa was almost depopulated, according to
Procopius, who reckons that above five millions of men perished in them.
When the Vandals first invaded Africa, that country was very populous,
consisting of about 700 bishopricks, more than were in all France,
Spain and Italy together: but by the wars between the Vandals,
Romans and Moors, it was depopulated to that degree, that Procopius
tells us, it was next to a miracle for a traveller to see a man.

In pouring out the third vial it is [8] said: Thou art righteous, O
Lord,--because thou hast judged thus: for they have shed the blood of thy
Saints and Prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink, for they are
worthy. How they shed the blood of Saints, may be understood by the
following Edict of the Emperor Honorius, procured by four Bishops sent to
him by a Council of African Bishops, who met at Carthage 14 June,
A.C. 410.

Impp. Honor. &. Theod. AA. Heracliano Com. Afric.

Oraculo penitus remoto, quo ad ritus suos hæreticæ superstitionis
abrepserant, sciant omnes sanctæ legis inimici, plectendos se poena &
proscriptionis & sanguinis, si ultra convenire per publicum, execrandâ
sceleris sui temeritate temptaverint. Dat. viii. Kal. Sept. Varano V.C.
Cons. A.C. 410.

Which Edict was five years after fortified by the following.

Impp. Honor. & Theod. AA. Heracliano Com. Afric.

Sciant cuncti qui ad ritus suos hæresis superstitionibus obrepserant
sacrosanctæ legis inimici, plectendos se poenâ & proscriptionis &
sanguinis, si ultra convenire per publicum exercendi sceleris sui
temeritate temptaverint: ne quâ vera divinaque reverentia contagione
temeretur. Dat. viii. Kal. Sept. Honorio x. & Theod. vi. AA. Coss.
A.C. 415.

These Edicts being directed to the governor of Africa, extended only to
the Africans. Before these there were many severe ones against the
Donatists, but they did not extend to blood. These two were the first
which made their meetings, and the meetings of all dissenters, capital: for
by hereticks in these Edicts are meant all dissenters, as is manifest by
the following against Euresius a Luciferan Bishop.

Impp. Arcad. & Honor. AA. Aureliano Proc. Africæ.

Hæreticorum vocabulo continentur, & latis adversus eos sanctionibus debent
succumbere, qui vel levi argumento à judicio Catholicæ religionis & tramite
detecti fuerint deviare: ideoque experientia tua Euresium hæreticum esse
cognoscat. Dat. iii. Non. Sept. Constantinop. Olybrio & Probino Coss.
A.C. 395.

The Greek Emperor Zeno adopted Theoderic King of the Ostrogoths to
be his son, made him master of the horse and Patricius, and Consul of
Constantinople; and recommending to him the Roman people and Senate,
gave him the Western Empire, and sent him into Italy against Odoacer
King of the Heruli. Theoderic thereupon led his nation into Italy,
conquered Odoacer, and reigned over Italy, Sicily, Rhætia,
Noricum, Dalmatia, Liburnia, Istria, and part of Suevia,
Pannonia and Gallia. Whence Ennodius said, in a Panegyric to
Theoderic: Ad limitem suum Romana regna remeâsse. Theoderic reigned
with great prudence, moderation and felicity; treated the Romans with
singular benevolence, governed them by their own laws, and restored their
government under their Senate and Consuls, he himself supplying the place
of Emperor, without assuming the title. Ita sibi parentibus præfuit,
saith Procopius, ut vere Imperatori conveniens decus nullum ipsi
abesset: Justitiæ magnus ei cultus, legumque diligens custodia: terras à
vicinis barbaris servavit intactas, &c. Whence I do not reckon the reign
of this King, amongst the plagues of the four winds.

The plague of the northern wind, at the sounding of the fourth trumpet, was
to cause the Sun, Moon and Stars, that is, the King, kingdom and Princes
of the Western Empire, to be darkned, and to continue some time in
darkness. Accordingly Belisarius, having conquered the Vandals, invaded
Italy A.C. 535, and made war upon the Ostrogoths in Dalmatia,
Liburnia, Venetia, Lombardy, Tuscany, and other regions northward
from Rome, twenty years together. In this war many cities were taken and
retaken. In retaking Millain from the Romans, the Ostrogoths slew all
the males young and old, amounting, as Procopius reckons, to three
hundred thousand, and sent the women captives to their allies the
Burgundians. Rome itself was taken and retaken several times, and
thereby the people were thinned; the old government by a Senate ceased, the
nobles were ruined, and all the glory of the city was extinguish'd: and
A.C. 552, after a war of seventeen years, the kingdom of the Ostrogoths
fell; yet the remainder of the Ostrogoths, and an army of Germans
called in to their assistance, continued the war three or four years
longer. Then ensued the war of the Heruli, who, as Anastasius tells us,
perimebant cunctam Italiam, slew all Italy. This was followed by the
war of the Lombards, the fiercest of all the Barbarians, which began
A.C. 568, and lasted for thirty eight years together; factâ tali clade,
saith Anastasius, qualem à sæculo nullus meminit; ending at last in the
Papacy of Sabinian, A.C. 605, by a peace then made with the Lombards.
Three years before this war ended, Gregory the great, then Bishop of
Rome, thus speaks of it: Qualiter enim & quotidianis gladiis & quantis
Longobardorum incursionibus, ecce jam per triginta quinque annorum
longitudinem premimur, nullis explere vocibus suggestionis valemus: and in
one of his Sermons to the people, he thus expresses the great consumption
of the Romans by these wars: Ex illa plebe innumerabili quanti
remanseritis aspicitis, & tamen adhuc quotidiè flagella urgent, repentini
casus opprimunt, novæ res & improvisæ clades affligunt. In another Sermon
he thus describes the desolations: Destructæ urbes, eversa sunt castra,
depopulati agri, in solitudinem terra redacta est. Nullus in agris incola,
penè nullus in urbibus habitator remansit. Et tamen ipsæ parvæ generis
humani reliquiæ adhuc quotidiè & sine cessatione feriuntur, & finem non
habent flagella coelestis justitiæ. Ipsa autem quæ aliquando mundi Domina
esse videbatur, qualis remansit Roma conspicimus innumeris doloribus
multipliciter attrita, defolatione civium, impressione hostium, frequentiâ
ruinarum.--Ecce jam de illa omnes hujus fæculi potentes ablati sunt.--Ecce
populi defecerunt.--Ubi enim Senatus? Ubi jam populus? Contabuerunt ossa,
consumptæ sunt carnes. Omnis enim sæcularium dignitatum ordo extinctus est,
& tamen ipsos vos paucos qui remansimus, adhuc quotidié gladii, adhuc
quotidié innumeræ tribulationes premunt.--Vacua jam ardet Roma. Quid autem
ista de hominibus dicimus? Cum ruinis crebrescentibus ipsa quoque destrui
ædificia videmus. Postquam defecerunt homines etiam parietes cadunt. Jam
ecce desolata, ecce contrita, ecce gemitibus oppressa est, &c. All this
was spoken by Gregory to the people of Rome, who were witnesses of the
truth of it. Thus by the plagues of the four winds, the Empire of the
Greeks was shaken, and the Empire of the Latins fell; and Rome
remained nothing more than the capital of a poor dukedom, subordinate to
Ravenna, the seat of the Exarchs.

The fifth trumpet sounded to the wars, which the King of the South, as he
is called by Daniel, made in the time of the end, in pushing at the
King who did according to his will. This plague began with the opening of
the bottomless pit, which denotes the letting out of a false religion: the
smoke which came out of the pit, signifying the multitude which embraced
that religion; and the locusts which came out of the smoke, the armies
which came out of that multitude. This pit was opened, to let out smoke and
locusts into the regions of the four monarchies, or some of them. The King
of these locusts was the Angel of the bottomless pit, being chief
governor as well in religious as civil affairs, such as was the Caliph of
the Saracens. Swarms of locusts often arise in Arabia fælix, and from
thence infest the neighbouring nations: and so are a very fit type of the
numerous armies of Arabians invading the Romans. They began to invade
them A.C. 634, and to reign at Damascus A.C. 637. They built Bagdad
A.C. 766, and reigned over Persia, Syria, Arabia, Egypt, Africa
and Spain. They afterwards lost Africa to Mahades, A.C. 910; Media,
Hircania, Chorasan, and all Persia, to the Dailamites, between the
years 927 and 935; Mesopotamia and Miafarekin to Nasiruddaulas, A.C.
930; Syria and Egypt to Achsjid, A.C. 935, and now being in great
distress, the Caliph of Bagdad, A.C. 936, surrendred all the rest of his
temporal power to Mahomet the son of Rajici, King of Wasit in
Chaldea, and made him Emperor of Emperors. But Mahomet within two years
lost Bagdad to the Turks; and thenceforward Bagdad was sometimes in
the hands of the Turks, and sometimes in the hands of the Saracens,
till Togrul-beig, called also Togra, Dogrissa, Tangrolipix, and
Sadoc, conquered Chorasan and Persia; and A.C. 1055, added Bagdad
to his Empire, making it the seat thereof. His successors Olub-Arflan and
Melechschah, conquered the regions upon Euphrates; and these conquests,
after the death of Melechschah, brake into the kingdoms of Armenia,
Mesopotamia, Syria, and Cappadocia. The whole time that the Caliphs
of the Saracens reigned with a temporal dominion at Damascus and
Bagdad together, was 300 years, viz. from the year 637 to the year 936
inclusive. Now locusts live but five months; and therefore, for the decorum
of the type, these locusts are said to hurt men five months and five
months, as if they had lived about five months at Damascus, and again
about five months at Bagdad; in all ten months, or 300 prophetic days,
which are years.

The sixth trumpet sounded to the wars, which Daniel's King of the North
made against the King above-mentioned, who did according to his will. In
these wars the King of the North, according to Daniel, conquered the
Empire of the Greeks, and also Judea, Egypt, Lybia, and Ethiopia:
and by these conquests the Empire of the Turks was set up, as may be
known by the extent thereof. These wars commenced A.C. 1258, when the four
kingdoms of the Turks seated upon Euphrates, that of Armenia major
seated at Miyapharekin, Megarkin or Martyropolis, that of
Mesopotamia seated at Mosul, that of all Syria seated at Aleppo,
and that of Cappadocia seated at Iconium, were invaded by the Tartars
under Hulacu, and driven into the western parts of Asia minor, where
they made war upon the Greeks, and began to erect the present Empire of
the Turks. Upon the sounding of the sixth trumpet, [9] John heard a
voice from the four horns of the golden Altar which is before God, saying
to the sixth Angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four Angels which are
bound at the great river Euphrates. And the four Angels were loosed,
which were prepared for an hour and a day, and a month and a year, for to
slay the third part of men. By the four horns of the golden Altar, is
signified the situation of the head cities of the said four kingdoms,
Miyapharekin, Mosul, Aleppo, and Iconium, which were in a
quadrangle. They slew the third part of men, when they conquered the
Greek Empire, and took Constantinople, A.C. 1453. and they began to be
prepared for this purpose, when Olub-Arslan began to conquer the nations
upon Euphrates, A.C. 1063. The interval is called an hour and a day, and
a month and a year, or 391 prophetic days, which are years. In the first
thirty years, Olub-Arslan and Melechschah conquered the nations upon
Euphrates, and reigned over the whole. Melechschah died A.C. 1092, and
was succeeded by a little child; and then this kingdom broke into the four
kingdoms above-mentioned.

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Notes to Chap. III.

[1] Apoc. ii. 4, &c.

[2] Apoc. ii. 9, 10.

[3] Ver. 14.

[4] Numb. xxv. 1, 2, 18, & xxi. 16.

[5] Apoc. iii. 10, 12.

[6] Apoc. iii. 16, 17.

[7] Apoc. viii. 7, &c.

[8] Apoc. xvi. 5, 6.

[9] Apoc. ix. 13, &c.

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And none was found worthy to open the book till the Lamb of God appeared;
the great High-Priest represented by a lamb slain at the foot of the Altar
in the morning-sacrifice. And he came, and took the book out of the hand
of him that sat upon the throne. For the High-Priest, in the feast of the
seventh month, went into the most holy place, and took the book of the law
out of the right side of the Ark, to read it to the people: and in order to
read it well, he studied it seven days, that is, upon the fourth, fifth,
sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth days, being attended by some of the
priests to hear him perform. These seven days are alluded to, by the Lamb's
opening the seven seals successively.

Upon the tenth day of the month, a young bullock was offered for a
sin-offering for the High-Priest, and a goat for a sin-offering for the
people: and lots were cast upon two goats to determine which of them should
be God's lot for the sin-offering; and the other goat was called Azazel,
the scape-goat. The High-Priest in his linen garments, took a censer full
of burning coals of fire from the Altar, his hand being full of sweet
incense beaten small; and went into the most holy place within the veil,
and put the incense upon the fire, and sprinkled the blood of the bullock
with his finger upon the mercy-seat and before the mercy-seat seven times;
and then he killed the goat which fell to God's lot, for a sin-offering for
the people, and brought his blood within the veil, and sprinkled it also
seven times upon the mercy-seat and before the mercy-seat. Then he went out
to the Altar, and sprinkled it also seven times with the blood of the
bullock, and as often with the blood of the goat. After this he laid both
his hands upon the head of the live goat; and confessed over him all the
iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all
their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat; and sent him away into
the wilderness by the hands of a fit man: and the goat bore upon him all
their iniquities into a land not inhabited, Levit. chap. iv. & chap. xvi.
While the High-Priest was doing these things in the most holy place and at
the Altar, the people continued at their devotion quietly and in silence.
Then the High-Priest went into the holy place, put off his linen garments,
and put on other garments; then came out, and sent the bullock and the goat
of the sin-offering to be burnt without the camp, with fire taken in a
censer from the Altar: and as the people returned home from the Temple,
they said to one another, God seal you to a good new year.

In allusion to all this, when he had opened the seventh seal, there was
silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And an Angel stood at
the Altar having a golden Censer, and there was given unto him much
incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all Saints, upon the
golden Altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense with
the prayers of the Saints ascended up before God out of the Angel's hand.
And the Angel took the Censer, and filled it with fire of the Altar, and
cast it to the earth, suppose without the camp, for sacrificing the goat
which fell to God's lot. For the High-Priest being Christ himself, the
bullock is omitted. At this sacrifice there were voices and thundrings,
of the musick of the Temple, and lightnings of the sacred fire, and an
earthquake: and synchronal to these things was the sealing of the 144000
out of all the twelve tribes of the children of Israel with the seal of
God in their foreheads, while the rest of the twelve tribes received the
mark of the Beast, and the Woman fled from the Temple into the wilderness
to her place upon this Beast. For this sealing and marking was represented
by casting lots upon the two goats, sacrificing God's lot on mount Sion,
and sending the scape-goat into the wilderness loaden with the sins of the

Upon the fifteenth day of the month, and the six following days, there were
very great sacrifices. And in allusion to the sounding of trumpets, and
singing with thundring voices, and pouring out drink-offerings at those
sacrifices, seven trumpets are sounded, and seven thunders utter their
voices, and seven vials of wrath are poured out. Wherefore the sounding
of the seven trumpets, the voices of the seven thunders, and the
pouring out of the seven vials of wrath, are synchronal, and relate to
one and the same division of the time of the seventh seal following the
silence, into seven successive parts. The seven days of this feast were
called the feast of Tabernacles; and during these seven days the children
of Israel dwelt in booths, and rejoiced with palm-branches in their
hands. To this alludes the multitude with palms in their hands, which
appeared after the sealing of the 144000, and came out of the great
tribulation with triumph at the battle of the great day, to which the
seventh trumpet sounds. The visions therefore of the 144000, and of the
palm-bearing multitude, extend to the sounding of the seventh trumpet, and
therefore are synchronal to the times of the seventh seal.

When the 144000 are sealed out of all the twelve tribes of Israel, and
the rest receive the mark of the Beast, and thereby the first temple is
destroyed; John is bidden to measure the temple and altar, that is,
their courts, and them that worship therein, that is, the 144000 standing
on mount Sion and on the sea of glass: but the court that is without the
temple, that is, the peoples court, to leave out and measure it not,
because it is given to the Gentiles, those who receive the mark of the
Beast; and the holy city they shall tread under foot forty and two
months, that is, all the time that the Beast acts under the woman
Babylon: and the two witnesses prophesy 1260 days, that is, all the
same time, clothed in sackcloth. These have power, like Elijah, to shut
heaven that it rain not, at the sounding of the first trumpet; and, like
Moses, to turn the waters into blood at the sounding of the second; and
to smite the earth with all plagues, those of the trumpets, as often as
they will. These prophesy at the building of the second temple, like
Haggai and Zechary. These are the two Olive-trees, or Churches, which
supplied the lamps with oil, Zech. iv. These are the two
candlesticks, or Churches, standing before the God of the earth. Five of
the seven Churches of Asia, those in prosperity, are found fault with,
and exhorted to repent, and threatned to be removed out of their places,
or spewed out of Christ's mouth, or punished with the sword of
Christ's mouth, except they repent: the other two, the Churches of
Smyrna and Philadelphia, which were under persecution, remain in a
state of persecution, to illuminate the second temple. When the primitive
Church catholick, represented by the woman in heaven, apostatized, and
became divided into two corrupt Churches, represented by the whore of
Babylon and the two-horned Beast, the 144000 who were sealed out of
all the twelve tribes, became the two Witnesses, in opposition to those
two false Churches: and the name of two Witnesses once imposed, remains
to the true Church of God in all times and places to the end of the

In the interpretation of this Prophecy, the woman in heaven clothed with
the sun, before she flies into the wilderness, represents the primitive
Church catholick, illuminated with the seven lamps in the seven golden
candlesticks, which are the seven Churches of Asia. The Dragon
signifies the same Empire with Daniel's He-goat in the reign of his last
horn, that is, the whole Roman Empire, until it became divided into the
Greek and Latin Empires; and all the time of that division it signifies
the Greek Empire alone: and the Beast is Daniel's fourth Beast, that
is, the Empire of the Latins. Before the division of the Roman Empire
into the Greek and Latin Empires, the Beast is included in the body of
the Dragon; and from the time of that division, the Beast is the Latin
Empire only. Hence the Dragon and Beast have the same heads and horns; but
the heads are crowned upon the Dragon, and the horns upon the Beast. The
horns are ten kingdoms, into which the Beast becomes divided presently
after his separation from the Dragon, as hath been described above. The
heads are seven successive dynasties, or parts, into which the Roman
Empire becomes divided by the opening of the seven seals. Before the woman
fled into the wilderness, she being with child of a Christian Empire,
cried travelling, viz. in the ten years persecution of Dioclesian, and
pained to be delivered: and the Dragon, the heathen Roman Empire, stood
before her, to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought
forth a man child, who at length was to rule all nations with a rod of
iron. And her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne in the
Temple, by the victory of Constantine the great over Maxentius: and
the woman fled from the Temple into the wilderness of Arabia to
Babylon, where she hath a place of riches and honour and dominion, upon
the back of the Beast, prepared of God, that they should feed her there
1260 days. And there was war in heaven, between the heathens under
Maximinus and the new Christian Empire; and the great Dragon was cast
out, that old serpent, which deceiveth the whole world, the spirit of
heathen idolatry; he was cast out of the throne into the earth. And they
overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death.

And when the Dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the
woman which brought forth the man child, stirring up a new persecution
against her in the reign of Licinius. And to the woman, by the building
of Constantinople and equalling it to Rome, were given two wings of a
great eagle, that she might flee into the wilderness into her place upon
the back of her Beast, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and
half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent, upon the death
of Constantine the great, cast out of his mouth water as a flood, viz.
the Western Empire under Constantine junior and Constans, after the
woman: that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the
earth, the nations of Asia now under Constantinople, helped the
woman; and by conquering the Western Empire, now under Magnentius,
swallowed up the flood which the Dragon cast out of his mouth. And the
Dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of
her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of
Jesus Christ, which in that war were sealed out of all the twelve
tribes of Israel, and remained upon mount Sion with the Lamb, being in
number 144000, and having their father's name written in their foreheads.

When the earth had swallowed up the flood, and the Dragon was gone to make
war with the remnant of the woman's seed, John stood upon the sand of the
sea, and saw a Beast rise out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns.
And the Beast was like unto a Leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a
Bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a Lion. John here names Daniel's
four Beasts in order, putting his Beast in the room of Daniel's fourth
Beast, to shew that they are the same. And the Dragon gave this Beast
his power and his seat and great authority, by relinquishing the
Western Empire to him. And one of his heads, the sixth, was as it were
wounded to death, viz. by the sword of the earth, which swallowed up the
waters cast out of the mouth of the Dragon; and his deadly wound was
healed, by a new division of the Empire between Valentinian and
Valens, An. 364. John saw the Beast rise out of the sea, at the
division thereof between Gratian and Theodosius, An. 379. The Dragon
gave the Beast his power, and his seat and great authority, at the death of
Theodosius, when Theodosius gave the Western Empire to his son
Honorius. After which the two Empires were no more united: but the
Western Empire became presently divided into ten kingdoms, as above; and
these kingdoms at length united in religion under the woman, and reign with
her forty and two months.

And I beheld, saith John, another Beast coming up out of the earth.
When the woman fled from the Dragon into the kingdom of the Beast, and
became his Church, this other Beast rose up out of the earth, to represent
the Church of the Dragon. For he had two horns like the Lamb, such as
were the bishopricks of Alexandria and Antioch: and he spake as the
Dragon in matters of religion: and he causeth the earth, or nations of
the Dragon's kingdom, to worship the first Beast, whose deadly wound was
healed, that is, to be of his religion. And he doth great wonders, so
that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of
men; that is, he excommunicateth those who differ from him in point of
religion: for in pronouncing their excommunications, they used to swing
down a lighted torch from above. And he said to them that dwell on the
earth, that they should make an image to the Beast, which had the wound by
a sword, and did live; that is, that they should call a Council of men of
the religion of this Beast. And he had power to give life unto the image
of the Beast, that the image of the Beast should both speak, and cause that
as many as would not worship the image of the Beast should be killed, viz.
mystically, by dissolving their Churches. And he causeth all both small
and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right
band or in their foreheads, and that no man might buy or sell, save he that
had the mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name; that
is, the mark [Cross], or the name [Greek: LATEINOS], or the number thereof
[Greek: chxs], 666. All others were excommunicated.

When the seven Angels had poured out the seven vials of wrath, and John
had described them all in the present time, he is called up from the time
of the seventh vial to the time of the sixth seal, to take a view of the
woman and her Beast, who were to reign in the times of the seventh seal. In
respect of the latter part of time of the sixth seal, then considered as
present, the Angel tells John: The Beast that thou sawest, was and is
not, and shall ascend out of the abyss, and go into perdition; that is, he
was in the reign of Constans and Magnentius, until Constantius
conquered Magnentius, and re-united the Western Empire to the
Eastern. He is not during the reunion, and he shall ascend out of the
abyss or sea at a following division of the Empire. The Angel tells him
further: Here is the mind which hath wisdom: the seven heads are seven
mountains, on which the woman sitteth; Rome being built upon seven
hills, and thence called the seven-hilled city. Also there are seven
Kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when
he cometh, he must continue a short space: and the Beast that was and is
not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Five are fallen, the times of the five first seals being past; and one is,
the time of the sixth seal being considered as present; and another is not
yet come, and when he cometh, which will be at the opening of the seventh
seal, he must continue a short space: and the Beast that was and is not,
even he is the eighth, by means of the division of the Roman Empire into
two collateral Empires; and is of the seven, being one half of the seventh,
and shall go into perdition. The words, five are fallen, and one is, and
the other is not yet come, are usually referred by interpreters to the
time of John the Apostle, when the Prophecy was given: but it is to be
considered, that in this Prophecy many things are spoken of as present,
which were not present when the Prophecy was given, but which would be
present with respect to some future time, considered as present in the
visions. Thus where it is said upon pouring out the seventh vial of wrath,
that great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the
cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath; this relates not to the
time of John the Apostle, but to the time of pouring out the seventh vial
of wrath. So where it is said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and thrust
in thy sickle and reap, for the time is come for thee to reap; and the
time of the dead is come, that they should be judged; and again, I saw
the dead small and great stand before God: these sayings relate not to the
days of John the Apostle, but to the latter times considered as present
in the visions. In like manner the words, five are fallen, and one is, and
the other is not yet come, and the Beast that was and is not, he is the
eighth, are not to be referred to the age of John the Apostle, but
relate to the time when the Beast was to be wounded to death with a sword,
and shew that this wound was to be given him in his sixth head: and without
this reference we are not told in what head the Beast was wounded. And the
ten horns which thou sawest, are ten Kings, which have received no kingdom
as yet, but receive power as Kings one hour with the Beast. These have one
mind, being all of the whore's religion, and shall give their power and
strength unto the Beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, at the
sounding of the seventh trumpet; and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he
is Lord of Lords and King of Kings; and they that are with him are called
and chosen and faithful. And he saith unto me, the waters which thou sawest
where the whore sitteth, are peoples and multitudes and nations and
tongues, composing her Beast. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon
the Beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and
naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire, at the end of the
1260 days. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to
agree and give their kingdom unto the Beast, until the words of God shall
be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest, is that great city which
reigneth over the Kings of the earth, or the great city of the Latins,
which reigneth over the ten Kings till the end of those days.

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