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fes: He shall judge all, and perfwade them who are Enemies: He fhall commend the laudable Stock of his Heavenly Father: He fhall appease the Sea, and free Men from their Diseases: He fhall raife the Dead, and drive away all great Pains; and from one piece of Bread many fhall be fed, when the House of David fhall produce a Branch. In his Hands is all the World, the Earth, and Heavens, and Sea: He fhall thine again on the Earth, (at his fecond coming) fuch as they two faw him at first, when they came out of one another's Sides. There fhall be a time when the Earth fhall rejoice in the Hope of David's Son (in the Millennium.)

O Land of Sodom! great Mifchiefs remain for thee alone; for thou being perverfe, didft not know thy God, but waft deceiv'd by Mortal Imagination; but thou crownedft him with a Crown of Thorns, and didft mix bitter Gall for the greater abufe; therefore the Spirit fhall contrive many Mifchiefs for thee.

O the happy Wood on which God was extended! the Earth fhall not keep thee, but thou fhalt fee the Heavenly Places, when the new fiery Countenance of God fhall appear like Lightning.

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Note, This Book is quoted by Lactantius and Sozomen, who fays, Ipfi Gentiles fatentur hoc effe Sibylle carmen, O Lignum fælix! &c. And Lactantius mentions this Complaint against Judea. If thefe Prophecies had been writ in prophetic SymL 2


bols, the Gentiles would never have understood 'em; nor could they convince 'em when they. came to pals: But the Jews, being us'd to Symbols, would more easily understand those sort of Expreffions, which are very obfcure to us, who live in the Weft. The Jewish Prophets were read in their Synagogues, and there explain'd: And in the Revelations all the Symbolical Expreffions are borrow'd from the old Prophets. It was ne ceffary that the Prophecies concerning Chrift fhould be more clearly given to the Gentiles than the Jews, becaufe 'tis the only Knowledg they had of Chrift; but the Jews had many Prophecies concerning him: Befides, this Prophecy was ob fcure to the Gentiles till Chriftian Religion was preach'd amongst them, and then they found it plainly in their Oracles: And the Chriftians appeal'd to them, to prove the great Articles of their Religion. But Galleus is offended, because fo many Circumstances of Chrift's Baptifm in Jordan, and his Miracles, are mention'd. Is this a greater Circumftauce than the Place of Chrift's Birth, and his Birth of a Virgin, the cafting Lots on his Garinent, and the thirty Pieces of Silver? But I may affirm, that it pleas'd God to deliver Prophecies to the Gentiles more plainly than to the Jews; as appears by the Magi, who found out the Time and Place of Chrift's Birth, they being directed by fome Prophecy to follow the Star that would lead them to Chrift. And this Prophecy the Jews were ignorant of; neither could they by any Prophecy tell the exact Time and Place of his Birth, as the Gentile Magi did. And this is a fufficient Answer to our angry Commentator, that God should infpire Pagan Women, majori Prophe tia dono, than the Jewish Prophets. But I have quoted two Witneffes against him for the Divini


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ty of these Oracles, Lactantiu and Sozomen, who fay alfo the Gentiles do not deny it. This ought to caution Galleus from afcribing them to fome Impoftor, without naming any Perfon, or quoting any Author, to prove that any one believ'd them to be Impostures in the first Centuries, when they were firft quoted.

The Perfica Sibylla wrote of Chrift as God, in the 120th Olympiad, and he was born in the 194th Olympiad : I therefore conjecture that this Book was writ by her.

Because the Sibyl mentions the Names of Cities where great Calamities will happen, they seem more eafie to be understood than the Revelations; but it may be obfery'd, that many old Cities and Temples are long fince deftroy'd, and then the old City muft reprefent the People of that Country, and the Heathen Temple the Turkish Mofchs, or Idolatrous Temples for Saints Worship.

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Delos must be destroy'd by a Widow, Cyprus deStroy'd by the Sea, Sicily burnt by its own Fire, Water fhall destroy all, after which fall follow another Age.

Phrygia is the first place inhabited, and the first which offended by Idolatry. The Ethiopians hall become miferable, and their Bodies flain. Egypt fhall be ruin'd by a Civil Dissension, and then reject Apis. Laodicea fhall be burnt.

A Pillar encompass'd with Fire to deftroy the Wicked. God gives a Throne to the House of David, and subjes all Ages to him,

The Perfian ball reign, and introduce Sodomy; the Roman hall fhed much Blood, but at last be overcome. Ilias fhall not rejoice in her Musical Inftruments, but in Funeral Lamentations. Colophon fhall be burnt, Theffaly unfortunate to her Nymphs, for the Earth fhall never fee them again, nor their Afbes, but they swim away by Sea, and leave the most fordid Prey to their Enemies. Chrift is defcrib'd as baptiz'd in Jordan, tho' he was a Prince before the World, by his Father's Word, and the Holy Ghost; be delights not in Sa


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crifices, Frankincenfe, Silver, and Gold, but in
Piety, Hope, Religious Worship, Charity, and

The Inland Sardo fhall be burnt, and found no more. The Maritime Towns in Mygdonia muft fall by a bot Wind.

Some part of Gallia, near the Alps, fhall be cover'd with Sand.

Rome fhall be deftroy'd when it thinks it self most
Strong and glorious.

Syria fhall be unhappy, and Thebes perish in War,
and all the Land deftroy'd, and all the World

HOU fhalt be the firft of Cities, O

Delos! the firft Widow of Men fhall destroy thee, who is altogether unpleasant in her Diet. O Delos! thou fhalt fwim, and fhalt be unstable in the Waters.

Note, This relates to the Story of Delos rais'd The Birth above Water to receive Latona, who was there te God, in a G deliver'd of Apollo.


O Cyprus! the Waves of the Sea which The Inunda in Cyprus, 2 is married to thee, fhall overflow thee. the Lurning O Sicily! the Fire which burns in thee fhall Sicily, are confume thee; neither canft thou evade the Book of Or: horrible and hated Waters, which God will fend.

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A certain Noah, of all Men, fhall efcape ogge Delu them; the Earth fhall fwim, and the Mountains fwim, and the Air fwim; all things fhall be cover'd by Water, and destroy'd by the fame; but the Winds fhall ceafe, and another Age shall come.



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