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Out of Mr Garret's discourse concerning Antichrist.

Est et alia major necessitas nobis orandi pro Imperatoribus, etiam pro omni statu Imperij, rebus Romanis quod vim maximam universo orbi imminentem, ipsam clausulam sæculi acerbitates horrendas comminantem, Romani Imperij commeatu scimus retardari. Ita nolumus experiri, & dum precamur differri, Romanæ diuturnitati favemus. Tertullian. Apolog. cap: 32. Thus the christians of ye first ages understood St Paul 2 Thess. 2 of him that withheld ye man of sin. But afterward in St Austins time the meaning of ye place became disputable yet not so far but yt St Austin thought it probable to interpret him that withholdeth of ye Roman Empire. De Civit. Dei l 2. c 19.

Sed quæ de septem, totum circumspicit orbem,

{illeg}     Montibus, Imperij Roma Deûm locus. Ovid. Trist. lib: 1 Eleg: 4.

Thou art this head of gold Dan 2.38. This is not spoken of Nebuchan|d|nzzar's {sic} person only but also of his Kingdom as appe{rs}|ar||s| by vers 39 After thee shall arise another kingdom, that is not inferior to thee, that is not to his person but to his kingdom

The number ten is often used indefinitely in scripture as in 1 Sam. 1.8 Nehem 4.12. Iob 19.{2}|3|. Dan 1.20. Amos 6.9. Zech 8.23.

Leo who presided in ye Roman Se{illeg}|e| Anno 456 \circiter/ boasted in his sermon de wherein ye Roman Emperors ceast|ed|, boasted in his sermon de Apostolis that ye temporal government of ye Roman Emperors was changed into ye power of ye Roman See as Bp Morton in his catholick appeal for protestants thus mentions Lib 2, cap 5 sect 10 thus mentions In cujus (viz. Romanæ) sedis potestatem fuit temporale illud imperium (speaking of ye whole imperial authority) commutatum, ut auctor est Leo Papa, sermone de Apostolis. And the general Councel of Chalcedon (in wch Martianus ye Greek Emperor was present in person) in an <1v> epistle to ye said Leo called him caput ecclesiarum: if Bellarmin say true De Rom. Pont. lib 3 cap 3. § Hæc sententia, who there tells us that Phocas was not ye first that called ye Pope head of ye Churches, but Iustinian did it before him & ye Councel of Caledon before him.

In ye contention about Images wth Leo Isaurus Gregory ye second (saith Sigonius) not only excommunicated ye Emperor but absolved all ye people of Italy from their allegiance & forbad ye paymt of any tribute to him: whereupon ye inhabitants of Rome Campania Ravenna & Penta{li}|p|olis (i.e. ye region about Ancona immediately rebelled & rose up{o} in opposition to their magistrates whom they destroyed. At Ravenna Paulus ye Exarch was killed. At Rome Peter ye governour had his eyes put out &c Vnde Petavius l 7. c 8 p 372 part pri Rate|i|o. Temp. speaking of ye con{s}|t|est of Leo Is. & Gregory 2d saith of ye latter, Romæ et quicquid Italiæ reliquum erat a Græcorū abstraxit imperio, tributa ijs ultra impendere prohibuit. The same is affirmed by Theophanes & Zonaras Sigebert, Otto Trisingensis, Conradus Vspergensis, Hieronymus Rubeus &c. Sigonius saith d|t|he people not only cast of ye Emperor but sware to be faithful to ye Pope.

The Ægyptian Dragon waited to devour the Hebrew children as soon as they were born, Then the Hebrew woman fled into ye wildernes from ye Dragon, & her child Moses was caught upt to God & to his throne. And as soon as they came into ye wildnesse they fell into Idolatry.

Caught up to God & to his throne (by an Hendiadis) for caught up to ye throne of God

Remnant of her seed. When any general defection or calamity is described in scripture, those whom it pleases God to save out of it are seldome otherwise expressed then by a remnant s|S|ee 2 King. 19.4, 31. Nehem. 1.3 & many other places there are to ye like purpose.

When St Iohn {wrot} fell down to wp ye Angel, he answers: I am thy fellow servant & of thy bretheren that have ye testimony of Iesus Christ for{illeg} the testimony of Iesus is ye spt of prophesy. Which answer is thus worded to shew that ye Angel is a wth relation to ye two wit{t}|n|esses, {he} to insinuate that he wth ye rest is a type thereof.

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I have appointed thee a day for a year Ezek 4.4, 5, 6 that is, that each day sho a day to signify to ye Iews a year. So|In| Daniels weeks, Schabuahh, (according to ye etimology of ye word signifies indeed seven in general & may as well signify seven years as seven days & so does ἑβδομὰς in greek. But according to ye use of the words they it signifies a week of days as ἑβδομὰς does & {never} in {illeg} when ever it is put absolutely wth out any {thin} other expressions or circumstances to determin it to {illeg} signify otherwise. With {s} In such circumstances it may signify a week of years as in Gen 29.27. Levit 25.8. Otherwise of it self it signifies in common speaking seven days & {illeg} cannot be understood of years no more then ἑβδομὰς And this is ye case of Daniel. {&} The word there literally signifys days, typically years, a day being put for a year. See Lu{e}|k|e 13.32, 33

Satan knoweth he hath but a short time Apoc 12.12 Ergo ye 1260 days are natural days. Resp. In respect o Behold I come quickly Apoc 3.11 & 22.7, 12, 20 Four times repeated & the last time thus Surely I come quickly, to make ye stronger impression, & yet that quickly is not yet {illeg} arrived. In respect of God &|C|hrist & Angels good & bad a thousand years is but a short time, especially to bad angels whose torments {ap} come too quickly in their apprehension.

Idolatry is every \where in ye Apocalyps/ charged on yt Apostacy: \& no other kind of/ blasphemy. And therefore blasphemy must signify Idolatry. Yet if you will: Blaspheming the name of God & his tabernacle & those yt dwell in heaven may be speaking evill of the true God & true Christ (his tabernacle Ephes \Colos./ 2.9 so are ye saints Ephes 3.19 1 Cor. 3.17) & of the true saints as if they were fals ones.

Aventinu{illeg}|s| Annal. lib: 7, relates these words of Everhardus: Romani majestas populi, qua olim orbis regebatur, sublata est e terris: Imperator vana appellatio est et sola umbra est. So Salmeron ye Iesuite (comment on |2| Thes. 2) Imperium Romanum jam diu eversum est, nam qui nunc est Imperator Romanus levissima est umbra Imperij antiqui; us adeo ut ne quidem urbem Romæ possideat, & jam per multos annos Romani Imperatores defecerunt. Hence Mr. Garret thinks the German Empire to be ye Image of ye Beast.

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It was an ancient custome among the Romans to set a mark upon their souldiers & servants, that it might be known to what Mr ye servants & to wt General ye souldiers belonged. The servants usually received this mark in their foreheads & the souldiers in their hands. To this custome ye Apocalyps alludes in the sealed saints & those yt receive ye mark of the Beast, & Chiefly in the latter because they were subjects of ye Romans in ye there spoken of.

That no man should buy or sell save that he had ye mark of or numb name of ye Beast Apoc 13. In ye councel of Lateral held agt ye Waldenses & Albigenses under \Pope/ Alexander ye {7th} there is this canon Nequis eos in domo vel in terra sua tenere vel fovere, vel Negotiationem cum ijs exercere præsumat. Tom 4 Concil. Edit. Rom. pag. 37. And in another Synod of France held under ye same Pope Alexander: – Ne ubi cogniti fuerint illius Hæreseos sectatores, receptaculum quisquam eis in terra præbere aut præsidium impertiri præsumat: sed nec in {venditione}|venditione| et emptione aliqua cum ijs communio habeatur. Apud Rev. Armachan. De success. Eccles. p. 239.

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