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XVI. 1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying: seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the pre: God upon the earth. And I heard a great voice, as proceeding from God, out oi Temple in heaven, saying to those Seven Angels, which wer: signed to be the executioners of this vengeance of God, Go ways, and pour out the several plagues upon the people earth.
XVI. 2 And the first went, and poured out his viel upen 1 earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the main had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped image. And the First Angel went, and poured out his vial upon those 3 gions of the Earth, which are under the Roman Empire; and the fell a noisome and grierous sore and botch, like to the sixth plass of Egypt, upon the idolatrous clients of that bestial goreroox: and the successors therein; and, spiritually, great exasperation : mind, through envy and malice, against those which prezdte the sincere Gospel of Christ.
XVI. 3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the ss and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soui in the sea. And, that no part might be free, the Second Angel poured his pointed plagues upon the Sea, to the effusion of the blood of the that dwelt by or upon it; in so large quantity, as that the water seemed as the congealed blood of a dead man; so as the corrupter moisture thereof could not but kill all that lived therein: Tris was literally fulfilled, in those bloody battles, betwixt the Turks and Christians; and those of hostilely affected Christians and themselves.
XVI. 4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rider and fountains of waters; and they became blood. Yea, that nothing might remain pure and wholesome, as the eart and the sea were smitten with plagues, so the Rivers and you tains also were by the vial of the Third Angel turned into blood; as it was done in the first plague of Egypt; through that extres bloodshed, which the avenging hand of God should justly can amongst men, by their own cruel divisions.
XVI. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art niet: teous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou has judged thus. And I heard that angel, which had special charge given him over the waters, confess, how just the proceedings of God were in this vengeance of his; saying, O thou Eternal God, who art of the self, and hadst thy being from thyself before all beginning of time, and shalt be everlastingly, thou art just and righteous in the plaguing these wicked persecutors of thy servants.
XVI. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, au thou hast given them blood to drink : for they are worthy. . . For they have not stuck to shed the blood of thy Saints, in the
orrible and frequent massacres; and now thou hast given them lood to drink: neither are they worthy of any other portion, who ook delight to spill it.
XVI. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. And I heard a voice of one of those martyrs, which had cried fornerly for revenge from under the altar, (Chapter vi.) now applauding tlie justice of this vengeance ; saying, Even so Lord God Almighty, thou hast heard our prayers, and hast approved thy judgments to be most true and righteous.
XVI. 8 And the fourth ungel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And yet further, that even the very heavens, whose infuence had wont to be wholesome and beneficial to mankind, might now be turned harmful and deadly to wicked men; the Fourth Angel poured out his vial upon the Sun; and, thereupon, that goodly planet, which was wont to bring comfort, by the light thereof, to the ini babitants of the earth, became so fiery and scorching, that the
beams thereof were intolerable; breeding extreme plagues and calentures, and other deadly maladies amongst men. . XVI. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues : and they repented not to give him glory. And men, being broiled as it were with the extremity of heat, and tormented with the diseases which followed thereupon, instead of humbling themselves under the just and powerful hand of God, wickedly blasphemed his Name; who had the power to inflict these plagues: and they repented not of their sins, nor gave him the glory of his justice.
XVI. 10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast ; and his kingdom was full of darkness ; and they gnawed their tongues for pain; And the Fifth Angel poured out his vial on the Prime Seat and Metropolis of the Empire; and the power and government thereof, both spiritual and temporal, began to be obscured and abased; and the followers and abeitors thereof gnawed their very tongues for indignation;
XVI. 11 And blasphcmed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. And, instead of acknowledging their error, they blasphemed the God of Heaven, because of their deep discontent and vexation, and repented not of their wickedness. · XVI. 12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates ; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And the Sixth Angel poured out his vial upon the great River Euphrates, which was the defence of the Eastern Babylon; and, as Cyrus, when he went about to take that city, first drained the channel of the Euphrates and derived the streains another way, so shall it be now ordered, by the Providence of God, that this great rirer shall be made passable to the kings of the East, that so those of the Turkish Empire may bave way and opportunity for their mies against the West.
XVI. 13 And I saw three unclean spiriis like frogs come ! : the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, mida of the mouth of the false prophet. And I saw a resolute conspiracy and combination of Satan, a his two powerful instruments, the secular and spiritual poren who agreed to send forth their most forcible agents, for the mak; of a strong party on their behalf.
XVI. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracu. which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole went to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. For they are the emissaries of Satan; and, for the effecting" their purpose, do and pretend strange miracles; stirring up us kings of the earth, to arm all their powers, and to bring the forth to that great battle, wherein Almighty God bath determine: to give that notorious foil unto the enemies of his Church.
XVI. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watchets, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see te shame. Behold, this, which I intend to do, I will do it suddenly and eexpectedly. Blessed is he, that abideth in prayer and watching, keeping about him the garments of true righteousness and incecence; lest, being stripped thereof, he be put to just shame and confusion.
XVI. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called : the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. . And these people were gathered together by the Providence of the Almighty, through the instigation of their emissaries, into a place designed by God for their destruction; as Sisera and his army were brought into the valley of Megiddo for their overthrow.
XVI. 17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the ar and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from 122 throne, saying, It is done. And the Seventh Angel poured out his last and most universal plague, into the very Air, wherein the enemies of his Church do! breathe; and there came a great voice out of the heavenly Temple, even from the throne of the Almighty, saying, The overi throw of mine enemies is now come to a very speedy execution :
XVI. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since wen wert upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And, in a kind of heavenly applause to this sentence and decree of the Almighty, and as an effect of those plagues which were poured out of the seventh vial for the confusion of the enemies of God, there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, and strange commotions, and alterations of the states of the world; such as were never formerly seen, or known.
XVI. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell; and great Babylon came in remerke
brance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And the great city, which was the Empress of the World, by the force of that commotion was divided into three parts: while some adhered unto their old superstitions and errors, others professed dislike and detestation of them: and a third sort carried them in a neutrality betwixt both; and the cities of the Paganish, Jewish, Mahometan profession fell off from their wonted mis-religion: and that great city, the Mystical Babylon, came in remembrance, for her speedy revenge, before God; who now was ready to pour upon her the fierceness of his wrath and indignation.
XVI. 20 And every island fied away, and the mountains were not found. And every island fell off and revolted from her; and those firm
stays, which she thought to be most assured, were no more found ; to stand out for her maintenance.
XVI. 21 And there fell upon mien a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent : and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. And, as it was in the days of Joshua, that God fought against his enemies from heaven, by casting down great and weighty hailstones upon their heads; so shall be confound bis Antichristian enemies, at the last : and men, in the bitterness of their anguished souls, shall be ready to blaspheme the Name of God, which sendeth this judgment upon them.
XVII. 1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteih upon many waters : And there came one of those Seven Angels, which had the charge of the Seven Last Plagues to be poured upon the world, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, and I will shew thee the judginent of that Great City, who is infamous for her spiritual fornications, and who ruleth over many nations :
XVII. 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed for's nication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. By whom the kings of the earth have been drawn into abominable idolatries; and the inhabitants of the earth have been deceived and bewitched, with the pleasing doctrine and practice of her superstitions.
XVII. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness : and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. So he ravished me away, in a holy ecstasy of spirit, into the wil. derness: and there, for the more free and full contemplation of these matters, by the opportunity of the solitariness of the place, he represented unto me the Antichristian State, in the form of a Woman sitting upon that great and glorious seat of the empire; which was distained with horrible and great blasphemies, bere situated upon seren bills and having the command of ten kings.
XVII. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scare colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, herung a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of the fornication : And the Woman was very gorgeously set forth, in all manner rich ornaments, that the earth or sea could afford: and she be in her hand a golden cup, specious in shew, but full of error a. abomination ; which was that poisonous and intoxicating doc. trine of heresy and idolatry, wherewith she hath seduced the peiple of the earth :
XVII. 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, VT: TERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OI HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And, in the open shew and carriage of her, any indifferent mas might read thus much ; This is that Mystical Babylon, the Grez: City of the World, the most Infamous Author and Pattern of 2 both Spiritual and Bodily Fornications, and all Outrageos Wickedness.
XVII. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus : and when I say her, I wondered with great admiration. And I saw the cruelty of this state and government such, as that it was eren overlaid with the excess of that innocent blood of God's Saints and holy Martyrs, which it had causelessly shed: and when I saw this sigbt, I stood marvelling, with great astonishment and admiration.
XVII. 7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou mnarvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her. And the angel, seeing me thus amazed, said unto me, Why wert thou thus astonished at this sight! I will shew thee the true and plain meaning of this vision ; and the signification, both of the Woman, and of the Beast that carrieth her.
XVII. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shell ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition : and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not writter in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they be hold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. The Beast, then, which thou sawest, is no other than the Roman Empire ; the port and magnificence whereof was very great, in the days both of their former governors, and especially in the reign of their late emperors, Julius, Augustus, Tiberius, and Claudius: but now, in the following times of Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Domitian, is much abated of the former glory and greatness, and is now void by the death of the late gorernor; but shall be supplied again by much rariety of usurpers, as it were out of hell itself; into which place of perdition they shall soon return: and those, that do not belong to the election of God, nor are acquainted with the course of his providence,' shall