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Temple, built in Rome, which was built by the Saints, and long preferv'd; and this is reprefented as deftroy'd by wicked Men. And a reform'd ftate of Worship is represented by those who praise God in no obfcure Land; and they have no Images, nor Ornaments of Gold to deceive Souls, but worship God, the Father of all Saints, who were only infpir'd Men. This third ftate of the Reman Church represents the Reformation.
But now an ignoble and impure King is come (into Italy), and has deftroy'd this City, and fpoil'd the Structure with a great multitude, and famous Men. He died when he invaded that excellent Land; and theré byls. never was, fuch a Wonder amongst Men, to fee Strangers deftroy this great City.
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Note, This is the laft Deftruction of Rome, by fome Pyrate Turks, who fhall furprize and burn it. The fame Hiftory is mention'd in the Eighth Book. This King is call'd d'eavis, and therefore must be fome inferiour Prince; and he is, call'd day, by which the Mahometans are defcrib'd.
: The Bleffed Man is come from the high christ coming Heavens, having His Sceptre in His Hands to eign in the which God gave Him, and glorioufly go-and builds New verns all, and He reftores to all good Men Jerufalem. the Riches which Men formerly took from them; and He has deftroy'd all Cities with Fire, to their very Foundations, and burnt all Nations of Men, who were guilty of evil Works; but He hath made the City which God loves more fplendid than the Sun,
Sun, and Stars, and the Moon, and hath adorn'd it, and made a Holy Temple, fubftantial, large, and beautiful, and rais'd a Tower great and large, upon many Stadia, as if it touch'd the Clouds, and visible to all, that all holy and juft Men may fee the Glory of the invifible God; a desirable Spectacle! the East and Weft fhall fing in Hymns the Praife of God; for there fhall not be any terrible Evils to miferable Mortals; no Adulteries, nor deteftable Sodomy, nor Murder, nor Sedítion, but all shall ftrive for Virtue and Righteousness. The laft times fhall belong to the Saints; for God Almighty determines them fo to be, who is the Builder of the great Temple.
Note, That Chrift's Reign is here defcrib'd after the Fall of Rome, and then he builds the New Ferufalem.
Alas for thee, O Babylon! who fittest on thy golden Throne and golden Footstool, an ancient Queen, who alone didst com mand the World, a City formerly great and famous! thou shalt no longer remain on the golden Mountains, by the Waters of Euphrates; thou fhalt be thrown down in the time of Earthquakes. The cruel Parthians help'd thee to conquer all. O impure City I ftop thy Mouth, thou Generation of the Chaldeans; neither be follicitous, nor ask how you fhall govern Perfia, or how to conquer the Medes, for he that de.
defir'd thy Empire, for which he hath Hoftages, fent to Rome thofe who ferv'd as Soldiers in Afia; therefore thou, who art a wife Queen, fhalt have the fame Judg. ment as the Athenians, for whom thou didit pay a Ranfom; and thou wilt fuffer feverely from thy Enemies for the perverse Words thou haft given them.
Note, That Babylon will fall by an Earthquake, as the Angel with the feventh Vial declares in the Revelations. She formerly was the Seat of the Babylonish Empire, and at laft fell into the Turks Hands. The Parthian Kings were made by the Romans in the Time of Auguftus, but they foon revolted from the Romans: Tiridates was fet over them by Tiberius, and the Romans kept some Hoftages at Rome. Trajan conquer'd Babylon, Anno 115. This ought to be carefully observ'd, that Rome was deftroy'd before Babylon, and the Sibyls never call Rome, Babylon.
The Sea fhall be dry in the laft Times, No Sea or Ila and Ships fhall not fail into Italy; then great Afia, which is very fruitful, fhall be cover'd by Water, and Crete fhall be a Field, and Cyprus fhall fuffer much damage, and Paphos fhall fuffer a terrible Fate, which may make it wife; and the great City Salamis fhall fuffer great Calamity, and the Land fhall be barren on the Shore again, and a great number of Caterpillars fhall destroy the Land of Cyprus; and Men who fhall look upon Tyre fhall weep.
Note, This is the Account in the Revelations, chap. 16, ver. 20, all Inlands fled away, and the Mountains were not found, and this immediately follows the Fall of Babylon, both in the Revelations and Oracles.
O Phoenicia great Wrath is referv'd for thee, till thou fall, that the Sirenes may truly lament thy Ruin. There shall be in the fifth Generation, when the Destruction of Egypt fhall ceafe, when the fhameless King fhall mix with one another Generations of all People, who fhall fettle them in Egypt: And there shall be a War in Macedonia, Afia, and Lycia, which will perplex the World, and be very bloody, and burn all to Ashes, which the King of Rome and the Western Princes fhall caufe to ceafe.
Note, That this Destruction of Phenicia muft be in the Macedonian War, and in that of Afia and Lycia.
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When the Winter Blafts fhall bring much vafion of the Snow, the great River being froze up, and the great Fenns, prefently a barbarous People fhall come into Afia, and destroy the terrible Stock of the Thracians, now easily deftroy'd: The melancholy Mortals fhall eat their Ancestors, being tormented by Hunger, and fwallow greedily fuch Meats; and every Houfe will yield a Table to all wild Beafts; and the Birds fhall eat all Men; and the Sea fhall be fill'd with the Wicked, from the Rivers in which the
bloody Bodies fwim, as well as the Blood. of foolish Men. Then there will be fuch a little City upon the Earth, that the number of Men and Women may be easily reckon❜d.
Note, This must be an Invasion of the Tartars, near Thrace, in a hard Winter, coming over the River Danube and the Fens of Meotis. This is like the second Vial, where the Sea is turn'd into Blood; but I refer it to the last Destruction of them before the Millennium.
The miferable Generation in the Weft-In Rev.21, there ern Countries will lament infinitely, for was no more fear the remaining part of the Ocean fhould Sea. not return to wash them with its Waters; for it faw the impure Wickedness of many Men: A palpable Darkness shall cover the whole Heaven, and a thick Fogg the Valleys of the Earth; but the Light of God fhall lead good Men, who have prais'd him.
Note, The Seas lie moft on the Weft, and they will become dry at the End of the World, and a Darkness fhall fall on the Wicked, but the Good shall enjoy a divine Light, who praised God.
O Ifis, the unfortunate Goddess! thou fhalt continue at the Waters of Nile alone, mad and raging upon the Sands of Acheron, and thou shalt no more be remember'd thro? all the Earth. And you, Serapis, plac'd on