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a Rock, Mall grieve much, and lie a Mònüment of Ruin in miserable Ægypt; and they in Ægypt which desir'd thee, shall all lament thee grievously; and all that have an immortal Soul in them, and as many as praise God; shall know that thou art no

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Nore; That Acheron is pue for the place of the Dead, and the Temple of Serapis was dea stroy'd anno 389, by Theodosius the Great, so that the Christian Idolatry in Ægypt is here represenred by the Worship of Isis and Serapis : And a reform'd Religion is represented here under the notion of a Temple ; and when the Æthiopian; shall destroy it, the World shall have an End. The Turks have long since destroy'd the Heathen, Idolatry, and this here describ'd is at the End of the World, and must be that of the Greek Church.

the party, and ehlong lince demhall har Ethiopian,

The Reforma. And one of the Priests cloath'd in Linnen ion from Idola- shall say, let us build a true and beautiful ry in Agypt, under the horion Temple for God ; come, let us change the of a Temple. evil Customs of our Ancestors, by which

they were taught to make Pomps, and Feast-days, and sacrifice to Gods of Stone and Earth, and did not consider this ; let us turn our Hearts to praise the immortal God, who is the Father of all, and will als ways be the Governour of all, the most true King, the Father and Preserver of Souls, the great God, always living. And then there shall be a great pure Temple built in

Ægypt, and the People who serve God shall bring their Sacrifices, and God will enable

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them to live purely. But when the Athior pians shall leave the insolent Tribes of the Triballi, and shall rest there, and plow Ægypt as their own, then they shall begin their Wickedness, that all things that are to come to pass, may be done, for they Stall destroy the great Temple in the Land of Ægypt. Then God shall pour forth his The Ethiopians

destroy'd in A grievous Vengeance on thepi, so as to de- pro

theul, 10 as to dee cypt, like part troy all the Wicked and Unrighteous; of Gog and Ms. and there's none shall spare them in that's

gog, Rev, 20. Country, because they did not observe the Traditions which God gave them.

Note, That this is the last Scene of Affairs ar the End of the World: In Ægypt there shall be a Reformation of Religion from Idolatry, but thar will be destroy'd by the Æthiopians, after the Millennium, and then the World must be burnt, as is afterwards describ'd. The Triballi are in Lower Mejia, near the River Strymon in Thrace ; and probably these are the remains of the Turkiso Empire, whom the Ethiopians deserted, when the Thracian Turks had bee: murder'd by the Tartars Invasion ; which is describ'd above.

I saw the Threats in the light of the Sun reflected from the Stars, and the cruel An

" The Appearanc ger of the Moon in her Beams. The Stars of Stars fightin began a Fight, because Gud permitted in the end of che

* World. them; for instead of the Sun, long Flames darted at one another, the Morning-Star pursu'd the Fight, getting on the Back of the Lyon, and the miserable Moon chang'd her two-horn’d Figure; Capricorn struck on

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the Tail of the Bull, and the Bull prevented the time of the return of Capricorn, and Orion his Yoke, so as not to remain in his Place; and Virgo chang'd Place with Gemini in the Ram, the Pleiades did not appear, and the Dragon forsook his Zone, and the Fishes came'under the Belt of the Lyon; the Crab did not remain, because he fear'd Orion, the Scorpion turo'd his Tail for fear of the Lyon, and the Dor-Star escaped from 'thé Flaines of the Sun, Aquarius burnt the Strength of the great Morning-Star ; Heaven mov'd it felf, till it had shaken off the Stars that fought, and being angry, it cast thein down on the Earth ; and they destroying the Waters of the Sea, easily burnt all the Earth, and the Heavens remain'd without Stars.

Note, That ar the End, there will be Signs in the Sun and Moon, by the change of their Light and Morion; and this is represented here by the Fight of the Stars, and seeming to fall; for if the motion of the Earth be nearer to the Sun and Stars, and irregular, the Stars will appear to us as falling, and to have deserted their usual Place, in respect of us. This is Poetically describ'd, and is the peculiar Rapture of the Translacor, to express the Confusion of all things, both in Earth and Heaven, at the End of the World.

If we consider, that Adrian is describd in the beginning of this Book, all the Prophecies after must respect the Ages which succeeded him, till the End of the World ; as this imports, fubg; tuis excellentissime ramis, omnia tempora erunt. The Calamities of Egypt are first describ'd, and those

pred Heaven, ater, that Adria the

the Codefcrib’d.ving Nonistories altis describ

which must happen. Tempus ad extremum, quo gens humana futura eft peffima, The Wars at Alexandria are the next; and the Barbarian that destroy'd all that Country is Omar, and the Rex Cissis Misus, is the Chriftians in the West, Cittim being Javan's Son. Then follows the Diluvium of Euphrates, which is the Turks Invasion;'and the Conquest of Theffaly and Corinth are afterwards describ’d. None can believe this Series of Prophecies are raving Nonsence; nor can they apply them to any other Histories after Adrian's Time. The fourth Vial on the Sun is describd in the Oracles, before the third on the Waters, because the fourth has a connexion with the Calamities in Asia, which are related all together; but the Vial on the Waters relates to the Fate of Thrace and the Macedonians in Europe, where the Fate of divers Places must be mention'd; one must be declar'd in Wřiçing before the other, but they may both happen near the same Time in different Countries: So, it may be, in this Prophecy the fourth Vial is in Asia, the third in Europe. The Fall of Babylon in the Revelations is before the Des Atruction of Rome, but in the Oracles after it ; these being in different Countries, may fall out in the same time, but these things being to come, must be explain'd by future Events.

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Christ i defcrib'd to be born, baptiz'd, bis Mis racles, his Death, and coming again, are meno tion'd, and his Croß will appear in Heaven..

i Will fing heartily of the Great and Ce1 lebrated Son of the Immortal God, to whom the Supream Father gave the poster sion of a Throne before he was born ; and taking Flesh, he became of two Natures : He was wash'd in the Streams of the River Fordan, whose Waters are clear, and flow swiftly : He is the first God, of the first Fire, and his Son begotten by a Dove, the Spirit, which appear'd like a Dove with white Wings. He shall flourish like a Flower, very pure; and all things shall then flourish. He shall thew all Men the Ways and Paths which lead to Heaven; and he shall instruct all by his wife Discour

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