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the Elements of Antichristianism are no where more plainly and fully laid down than by this unhappy Writer in that Book. And indeed I cannot but be of the Opinion, from the Manner of the Performance of this cele. brated Piece of his, that he may well deserve for it to be accounted one of the Prophets and Forerunners of Antichrift: and that when this grand Leviathan shall
arise in the World, whose Arm is his God; and shall establish his Kingdom, by lifting up the Banner of Maozzim, in Opposition of the Cross of Christ, and make his Name and Image to be adored by most of the Inhabitants of the Earth; he will be so far from seeming to favourSuperstition and Idolatry, that under the Pretence of driving them out of the World, he will labour to banish all Sense of Religion, and especially to expose the whole Chriftian Revelation to the utmost Scorn and Contempt. + There cannot, Ithink,be a more certain characteristick of Antichrist than this : and the Advances that have been made within our Memory,and daily are making, by the Apostles of Satan, for bringing about this End, are so Notorious to all;
as no more need be said to justifie the Design of a Treatise which is to promote a fairExamination of the various Phänomena and Signs which now every where appear, and to awaken all Sober-Thinkers carefully to watch against the Evils of the Laft Times,
and especially against that Antichristian Leaves which is working powerfully in theChildren of Disobedience and Infidelis 's Day,
who are employed to prepare the Way of Antichrif the Great, and to fill up the Mystey of Iniquity.
I cannot better conclude than with the Vords of a Great Prince, under the afflicting Iand of God, which were written about Kwenty Years fince, to one of the principal Lords of his Court.
“ B e not insensible of the Plagues with
which God is afflicting the greatest Part !, of Europe : WAR,FAMINE, PESTILENCE,
lay all things Waste; and these Chastisements give us to understand, that there is a juft Judge Above, who governeth the
World, and whom we ought to fear. ind what this Penitent King then said to that ìreat Lord his Friend, having pretty
feerely chid him for his Indifference in Reliion, and his frequenting of Balls, Opera's, nd other Diversions and Amusements, may ow be said to every one that shall read hese Sheets, or reflect on the Face of these Cimes, 1Be not you the Lał that shall pzofit by hele wholesom warnings of Heaven.
Ma 2 iis iiet op verliche to napoil i'ne frenat al, maar dat
we are halian: but at the second restssinne ha la fin
mi caselor din har
A Word in Seafon.
HE Author is not insensible that the
Publication of such a Treatise as this at a Time when the SWORD (the first of
In. Evils here treated of) is now ready to be Sheathed in these parts of the World where it hath so long and so cruelly ravaged, will be judged by a great many very Unseasonable. And so indeed it would be, were but the Minds of people disposed to receive the Bleffings of Peace : or could they be brought to understand and consider their true Interest: which cannot be expected without strictly pursuing the Methods of Justice, without either Favour for or Prejudice against Any Person or Party whatsoever, and by closely adhering to the immutable Standard of God's Everlasting Truth, without which no Establishment of Man can long stand. No doubt had we lived in Nineveh in the Days par of Jonah, or in Babylon in the Days of Daniel, R there are great Numbers among us that LEA would have thought the Preaching of the "f former and the Interpretation of the latter not more Seasonable than This now is. Buli Nineveh was reprieved from its impending Ruin by Attention to the One: and Babylon which repented not perished with its King, lise and fo muft Spiritual Babylon likewise with me her King, and all that drink out of her Cup. except they repent.
cata 107 54 2. The State of the Controversy 6. The material or instrumen.' concerning 4 personal Antiial Causes of chem. 59 chrift,
The C O N T E N T S. .. The Homily of St. Ephrem. 8. Who they are that fall e
Page xxix. Scape this Evil.
lxxxii. 1. The FAMINE the proper che" The Introdu&ion.
Punisoment of the Last of the
73 de 1. The SWORD the proper 2. This Branch of Sin more ged, Punishment of the Luft of the particularly consider’d. 75 Ege.
That this Sin does usually burs 2. That this Judgment soall produce this Punishment. 77 Jurely come.
10 4. That there mall be great 3. An Obje&tion answer'd. 17 and universal Famines. 4. A 2dObje&tion answer'd. 18 5. The Causes of this Evil ex5. The End or Design of those 'ceffive Heat. This prov'd from Desolations.
86 wil 6. The Region or Quarter where Blights, Mildews, &c. impuin thisFudgment shall begin. 23 ted to Heat.
88 7. A Remnant saved. 28. Devouring Infe&ts produc'd by 8. The Manner of their Pre- Heat.
92 fervation consider'd. 32 6. A Recapitulation of these 9. A Recapitulation of this three Evils.
ibid. .. whole First Part.
37 7. A Remnant saved. 94 P'ART II. 8. The Manner consider'd. 97 Dir The PESTILENCE.
42 9. An Address to those who 1. The Pride of Life. 43 are unqualify'd for Preserva2. Ibid. further confider'd. 44
98 3. That this Sin will be very 10. Of the other leffer Evils rife in the last Days. 47 that foall prevail at that time. 4. That there mall be fore Di seases in the last Days.
PART IV. 5. That these Diseases are the 1. The Word ANTICHRIST proper Punishments of the consider'd.
109. 7. That there shall be a concur. 3. Of the Mystical and Naturence of these Causes in the ral Body of our Lord. IIO 66
Pride of Life.
4. Of the Mystical and Natu-
attributed to Antichrist it
117. His Worshipping the God M-
Two Objections answer'd. 121 that time consider'd. 161
III. From the Jews. 124 And concerning the Marko
129 23. The Death of the Witnes:
the Tribe of Dan. 132 Reign.
shall first appear.
False Prophet. 138 The Seven Vials diftin&tly con-
explain’d in this Sense. 149 The Conclusion of the whole,