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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 slain. 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 Lollards and Sacramentarians were burnt through'out all Europe, who yet he fays were not put to death by the pope and bishops, but by the civil magistrates j which perfectly agrees with this prophecy, for of the stcular bcasl it is said, that he should make war with the saints,'and overcome them. No wonder that by these means he should obtain an universal authority ever all kindreds, and tongues, and nations, and establish
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ut hi$ 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 iarolled in the registers of life. Let the Romanists boast therefore that theirs is the catholic church and universal empire; this is so far from being any evidence of the truth, that it is the very brand infixed by . the Spirit of prophecy.
It was customary with our Saviour, when he . would have his auditors pay a particular attention , to what he had been saying, to add He H/z?fat hath , ears to hear, let him hear. St. John repeats the fame 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 spatio, et episcopis, fed a politicis centum quinquaginta Christia-r magistratibus neci datos fuisse. norum mllha diversis afflictio- ' Nimirum sic juxta propheti-, / num generibus consumpsisse. am rem geri oportuit: nam Fatetur Sanderus infinitos Lol- desrrculari b'stia dicitur, quod hardosetSacramentariosin tota sandis bsllum sacerct, eo'que Europa ignibus traditos fuisse; vinceret. Mcde p. 56^, 554.
• Q_4 (;-) Winston's 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 punistied and tormented others, (ver. 10.) He who leadeth into captivity, Jhall go into captivity; He who killetb with the sword, must be killed with the sword. Such a promise might administer some comfort; and indeed it would be wanted j 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 faints. Of all the trials and persecutions of the church this woukl be tiie most severe, and exceed those of the primitive times both in degree and in duration.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out ot the e~rth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and he i~p tke as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth, and them which dweil 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 sight 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 the beast, faying td them that dwell on the earth, that thev should make an imajre 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 mould 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 fell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.
Let him that hath From the description of the ten-horned beast or Reman state 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 beajl with two horns like a lamb'is 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 sacred 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. r1.) groweth up out of the earth, like plants silently 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 he spake as a dragon, he had a voice of terror like the dragon or Roman emperors, in usurping divine titles