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Waldenses there perished of these poor creatures in France alone a million. From the first institution of the Jesuits to the year 1480, that is in little more than thirty years, nine hundred thousand orthodox Christians were Nain. In the Netherlands alone, the Duke of Alva boasted, that within a few years he had dispatched to the amount of thirty fix thousand souls, and those all by the hand of the common executioner. In the space of scarce thirty years, the Inquisition destroyed by various kinds of tortures a hundred and fifty thousand Christians. Sanders himself confesses, that an innumerable multitude of Lola lards and Sacramentarians were burnt throughout all Europe, who yet he says were not put to death by the pope and bishops, but by the civil magistrates ; which perfectly agrees with this prophecy, for of the fecular beast it is faid, that he should make war with the saints, and overcome them. No wonder that by these means he should obtain an universal authority over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations, and establish
fuit, ut per Galliam solam, fi iffe trucidata, notat Balduinus de P. Perionius in ejus belli hiito- Antichrifto. In Belgio solo,idque ria rectè calculum inierit, occi- manafolum carnificis, fævus ille sa fint ad decies centena hominum pugil
Romanæ fedis dux Albanus, millia.--Aborigine Jesuitarum, ad 36 animarum millia, se auad annum 1480, hoc eft, paulo thore,intra paucos annos fublata pluribus quam 30 annis, ortho- gloriatus eft. Teftatur Vergerius, doxorum nongenta fere millia fu- qui optime novit, Inquifitionem,
his dominion in all the countries of the western Roman empire : and that they should not only submit to his decrees, but even adore his person, except the faithful few, whose names, as citizens of heaven, were inrolled in the registers of life. Let the Romanists boast therefore that theirs is the catholic church and universal 011pire ; this is so far from being any evidence of the truth, that it is the very brand infixed by the Spirit of prophecy.
was customary with our Saviour, when be : would have his auditors pay a particular attention to what he had been saying, to add He who hath ears to hear, let him bear. St. John repeats the same admonition at the end of each of the seven epistles to the seven churches of Asia, and here in the conclusion of his description of the beast, (ver. 9.) If any man have an ear, let him hear : and certainly the description of the beast is deserving of the highest attention upon many accounts, and particularly because the right interpretation of the Apocalyps turneth
ut vocant, hæreticæ pravitatis quos tamen ait ille non a papa vix triginti annorum fpatio, et episcopis, sed a politicis centum quinquaginta Chriftia- magiftratibus neci datos fuisse. norum millia diversis afflictio- 'Nimirum fic juxta propheti.. num generibus consumpfiffe. am rem geri oportuit: nam Fatetur Sanderus infinitos Lol. de fæculari biftia dicitur, quod hardos et Sacramentarios in tota fanctis bellum faceret, eo que Europa ignibus traditos fuisse; vinceret. Mede på 501, 594.
upon it, as one of its main hinges. It is added by way of consolation to the church, that these enemies of God and of Christ, represented under the character of the beast, shall suffer the law of retaliation, and be as remarkably punished and tormented themselves, as they punished and tormented others. (ver. 10.) He who leadeth into captivity, Mall go into captivity; He who killeth with the sword, must be killed with the sword. Such a promise might administer some comfort; and indeed it would be wanted; for the patience and the faith of the saints would be tried to the utmost during the reign of the beast. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Of all the trials and persecutions of the church this wouid be the most severe, and exceed those of the primitive times both in degree and in duration
11 And I beheld another beast coming up
out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. · 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth, and them which dwell therein, to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the fight of men, 14
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of i the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast, should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads :
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and fix.
From the description of the ten-borned beast or Roman ftate in general, the prophet passeth to that of the two-horned beast or Roman church in particular, The beast with ten crowned horns is the Roman empire as divided into ten kingdoms; the beast with two horns like a lambris the Roman hierarchy, or body of the clergy regular and secular. This beast is otherwise called the false prophet, as we shall see in several instances; than which there cannot be a stronger or plainer argument to prove, that false doctors or teachers were particularly designed. For the false prophet no more than the beast is a single man, but a body or succession of men propagating false doctrins, and teaching lies for facred truths. As the first beast rose up out of the sea, that is out of the wars and tumults of the world; so this beast (ver. 11.) groweth up out of the earth, like plants filently and without noise; and the greatest prelates have often been raised from monks and men of the lowest birth and parentage. He had two horns like a lamb; he had, both regular and secular, the appearance of a lamb; he derived his powers from the lamb, and pretended to be like the lamb all meekness and mildness. But be spake as a dragon, he had a voice of terror like the dragon or Roman emperors, in ufurping divine titles