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That they were extant before our Saviour's time, (which in great part had their origi- : nal from the Jewish Theology) and they spoke of the last Conflagration, or Dislolution of this present World; for fo Ovid testifies,
Efe quoq; in fatis reminiscitur affore tempus
I find in Barnabas's Epistle, that he says, in Six thousand Years the Lord shall bring all to an end : And all the best Computations to the Millennium agree with the Jewish Opinion, to whom Barnabas wrote his Allegorical Letter. He conipares the fix thousand Years to the six Days in which the World was made, because one Day is as a thousand Years, and when CHRIST shall come and abolish the Season of the Wicked, judge the Ungodly, and change the Sun, Moon, and Stars, then he shall gloriously rest on the seventh ; and the eighth is the beginning of the other World. By this 'tis manifest that Barnabas believ'd the Millennium : His seventh Day is that thousand Years which he calls the glorious Rest ; and the eighth Day is mention'd by the Sibyls as the beginning of another World. By this Quotation I now muft explain the eighth Day in the Oracles, which I did not at first understand.
I will here place what I omitted concerning Efdras, that he explains the History of the Roman Empire where Daniel
left off, that is, the coming of the Saracens, Turks, and Tartars into Syria, and
Asia; the Destruction of Babylon by the Tártars, and the Saracens by the Turk, chap. 15; and chap. 17, he describes the three Heads of the Eagle (or Riman State), the Saracen, the Constantinopolitail, und The Turk; and in the second Chapter ne treats of the Millennium ; ver. 13, that a Kingdom is prepar'd for the righteous Jews; ver. 16. Those that be dead I will raise up again, and bring them out of their Graves. Ver. 18, and prepar'd for them twelve Trees laden with divers Fruits. Ver. 19, and as many Fountains flom-' ing with Milk and Honey.' Ver. 23. I will give thee the first place in my Resurrection. Ver. 34, Look for your Shepherd, he fhall give you Everlasting Rest : For he is nigh at hand that shall come in the end of the World. Ver. 35. Be ready to the Reward of the Kingdom. Ver. 37. Give thanks unto him who hath call d you to the Heavenly Kingdom. Ver. 38.
Behold the number of those that are seald in the Feast of the LORD. Ver. 40, shut up those of thine who are cloath'd in white. Ver. 41, Esdras saw a great number on Mount Sion, who prais’d the LORD with Songs. Ver. 45. There have confefs'd the Name of GOD, and have put on the immortal Cloathing, they are crown'd, and receive Palms. Ver. 43, & 47, the tell young Man who set Crowns on their Heads, is the Son of GOD, whom they have confefs'd in the World. . .
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This is a plain description of the Fews Return and having a Kingdom ; of the firkt Resurrection; of the sealing and crowning of the Saints, who confess'd the Son of GOD in the World, and all the same are plainly describ'd in the Sibyls. The Prejudice against Efdras is deriv'd from the Fews, because he prophesied fo plainly con
cerning the Son of GOD; therefore they . will not acknowledge him as a Prophet, but suppress’d the original Copy : So Daniel has been ill 'us'd by them, because his Prophesie is so plain in their cutting off the Melliah.
The Devil has brought a Scandal upon Esdras and the Sibyls by our late Criticks, tho’ they both agree with the Revelations. The Romanists will not permit that the 17th Chapter of the Revelations Mould be interpreted concerning the Corruptions of their Church; and their Moderns deny the Sibylline Oracles, because they describe the fanie Fate of Rome as the Revelations do. Tho' Bellarmine allows that the Sibyls are true Prophetesses, they who are ignorant in these Studies, and Strangers to the Prophetic Stile, will not allow that’tis possible to understand them. To which I answer, that St. Fohn's Angel commanded him not to seal up the Prophesies, for the time was at hand, Chap. 22, ver. 10. And Chap. 1. ver. 3, he calls them Blessed that read and
hear the Prophesies of that Book: And 1. Daniel, chap. 12, ver, 10. None of the wicked
jhall Mall understand, but the wise shall understand. And since the Jews told Herod, from the Old Prophets, that CHRIST should be born at Bethlehem, and they then expected the Messiah, why should it be thought absurd that we may now observe that Antichrist is risen, and that none can answer his Character but the present Ottoman in the East ? Christ reproves the perverseness of the Fews, for not observing the Signs deliver'd then in the Prophesies, Mat. 16. ver. 3. Te Hypocrites! can you discern the face of the Sky, but cannot discern the signs of the Times ? These things are plainly deliver'd in the Prophesies above-mention’d, the Conversion of the Gentiles after the Destruction of Jerusalem, the Division and Fall of the Roman Empire, the Rise of Antichrist in the East, and the Whore in the Weft ; and the next great thing we expect is the Return of the Fews, the Fall of the Whore, and afterwards of Antichrist, the Resurrection of the Just, and the Millennium; these are so plainly describ'd, that we cannot mistake them, though the nice Computations, and some other Circunstances, may remain uncertain till the Events explain them. The Historical Order must be observ'd in the Interpretation of Prophesies by Events, which always succeed one another in order; and the Prophesies are only Symbolical Pictures of the History, and must keep the Order in which they are successively deliver'd : What is
wanting in one Prophet is füpply'd by the other, and all agree in the same History, for no other past can suit with the Prophetic Figures.
1. The End of Appendix. :
ERRA TA.. TN the Preface, pag. iii, line 26, r. miscuerit; p. 19. 1 1. 26, r. they solely; p. 34, l. 27, r. Stadia ; p. 41, 1.25, r. power; P. 97, l. 4, r. Syria; P. 195, I. 25, r. 19th Chapter ; p. 209, 1.5, r. by the Pope ; p. 220, 1. 14, r. diftin&t Fates ; p. 244, 1.5, dele the Full-point at Milennium, and put it at mentions; p. 257, 1, 12, r. Nero's Charakter is made use of, (i. e. his killing his Mother) bis Name is mention'd, &c. p. 265, 1. 20, r. Iracke ; p. 288, 1. 31, dele so; p. 296, 1. 20, r. Gog must come after.
NB. There is just come to our hands a small Quarto, publish'd at Antwerp in the Year MDCI, wherein are represented the Heads of 12 Sibyls, done with exquisite Skill and Beauty, by Crispin Pasaus of Zeland, a famous Engraver. Before these Curts there is printed a learned Collection of Testimonies out of the graveft ancient Writers, very much to the advantage of the Oracles.
Onuphrius Panvinius gives a large account of the Sibyls from Varro, Diodorus Siculus, Lactantius, Servius, Suidas, and St. Jerom; who all acknowledg, that they were thought to be Prophetesses divinely inspir'd : Varro names Ten, to which Onuphrius has added several other Sibyls, viz. Elsa, Cassandra K. Priam's Daughrer, Manto the Daughter of Tiresias, Carmenta the Mother of Evander, and all famous Prophetesses in sacred or prophane Story. We have but just room to name