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--Saint Worship is a Denial of Christ's Prerogative-

Bread-Worship in the Eucharist, to what kind of Idolatry

it may be reduced-How Saint. Worship crept into the

Church .......................................... 37

CHAP. VIII.—That Idolatry is the main character of the

Church's Apostasy, proved by three Arguments.......... 50

CHAP. IX.-An Exception against the foregoing Assertion-

That Antichristianism cannot be charged upon those that

acknowledge the true God and Christ—The Answer to this,

wherein is interwoven the Author's serious and pathetical

Expostulation with the Church of Rome-That Antichrist

is a Counter-Christ, and his coming a Counter Resem-

blance of the Coming of Christ, shewed in several Parti-

culars ......

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CHAP. X.—The second particular in the Description of the

great Apostasy, viz. the Persons apostatizing expressed by

TINEE, some-The great Apostasy was to be a general

one-The word [TINEE, some] doth not always imply a

few, or a small number, proved by several Passages in

Scripture-The true Church of Christ was never wholly

extinguished—Wherein we and the Papists differ about

the Church's Visibility-In what respects our Church was

visible, and in what it was invisible, under the Apostasy

and Reign of Antichrist—This is further cleared by the

parallel State of the Israelitish Church under the Apostasy

of Israel.......

Chap. XI.—The third Particular, or the Time of the Apos-

tasy-That the Last Times in Scripture signify either a

Continuation of Time, or an End of Time-That the Last

Times simply and in general are the Times of Christi.

anity; the Last Times in special and comparatively, or

the Latter Times of the Last Times, are the Times of

the Apostasy under Antichrist-That the Times are set out

to us to be as Marks to inform us when the Things to fall

out in them should come to pass; and not the Things

intended for Signs to know the Times by—This Observa-

tion illustrated from Dan. viii.....


CHAP. XII.-A more particular Account of the Last Times

in general, and of the Latter Times of the Last Times-

That the four Kingdoms of Daniel are the Great Calendar

(as the LXX Weeks the Lesser Kalendar) of Times-That

the Times of the fourth or Last Kingdom (that is, the

Roman) are the Last Times meant in Scripture-That the

Latter Times of the Last Times are the Latter Times of

CHAP. XIII.-Two Enquiries concerning the Latter Times,

I. What Durance they are to be of- Answ. That the Times

of the Antichristian State are to last Forty-two Months, or

Twelve Hundred and Sixty Days—That hereby cannot be

meant Three Single Years and a Half, proved by several

Particulars.-Enquiry II. When they begin—Answ. That

they take their Beginning from the mortal Wound of the

Imperial Sovereignty of Rome, or the Ruin of the Roman

Empire-This proved from the Apocalypse and 2 Thess.

ii. where by “ that which letteth” the Fathers generally

understand the Roman Empire-The same further proved

from Dan. vii.—That by the little Horn is meant Anti-

christ or the Man of Sin (and not Antiochus Epiphanes),

was the Judgment of the most Ancient Fathers ........ 79

Chap. XIV.–That we are not to reckon the Latter Times, or

the Times of the Empire's Ruin and the Apostasy attend-

ing, from the full Height thereof: this illustrated from

other Computations in Scripture—The three main Degrees

of the Roman Empire's Ruin-Who are those three Kings

whom the little Horn (or Antichrist) is said, in Dan. vii.,

to have displanted or depressed, to advance himself-

About what time Saint-Worship began in the Church-

That we are not too curiously to inquire from which of the

three Degrees of the Empire's Ruin the Apostatical or

Latter Times take their Beginning .................... 85

CHAP. XV.-That Daniel's Seventy Weeks are a Lesser Ka-

lendar of Times—That in reference to these Weeks must

those Phrases in the Epistles to the Converted Jews, viz.,

“the last hour or Time," " the end of all things," " the

day approaching,” etc., be expounded of the end of the

Jewish State and Service at the expiry of the Seventy

Weeks-That the Apostles were not so mistaken as to be-

lieve the End of the World should be in their Days, proved

against Baronius and other Romanists ........


CHAP. XVI.—The fourth Particular, viz. the Warrant or Proof

of this Prophecy-When the Spirit speaks expressly, and

when by secret Instinct or Inspiration-That the Spirit

foretold the Great Apostasy expressly in Dan., chap. si.,

verses xxxvi-xxxix--An exact Translation of these Verses,

both in Latin and English-The chief Difficulties in them

explained, and incidentally other places of Scripture-The

different Opinions of Junius and Graserus about verse

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crisy of Liars, or by lying Miracles.--No mention of Mi-

racles done by the Bodies or Reliques of Martyrs in the

first 300 Years after Christ; nor was the Mediation of

Martyrs believed in the First Ages of the Church-That

the Gentiles' Idolatry of Demons was advanced by lying

Miracles, proved out of Eusebius, Tertullian, and Chry-

sostem .......

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CHAP. IV.-PART II.—That Saint-worship was advanced by

fabulous legends, this proved from the acknowledged design

of the Latine legends, as also of that Greek legender

Simeon Metaphrastes; particularly his fabulous narrations

concerning Anastasi, S. Barbara, S. Blasius, S. Catharine,

S. Margaret, &c. .................................. 17

CHAP. V.-PART II.-An useful digression concerning the

time when Simeon Metaphrastes lived, and the occasion of

his writing. That his living within the time of the great

opposition against Saint-worship moved him to devise such

Stories as made for the credit and advantage of that Cause

then in danger-A brief Historical Account (even out of

the Records left by the Adversaries) of the great Opposi-

tion in the Greek and Eastern Churches against Worship-

ping of Images and of Saints: when it began, how long it

lasted, and under what Emperors-Of the great Council

held at Constantinople under Constantinus Copronymus

against Idolatry-An attempt to foist in Two Canons in

favour of Saint-worship frustrated-Several Slanders and

Calumnies fastened upon the Council and the Emperor

by the Idolatrous Faction—The original of these Slanders:

that they were notorious Lies, proved from the Decrees of

the Council .......

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That Saint-worship was promoted by Counterfeit Writings

under the name of Antiquity-That Image-worship and

the Idolatry of the Mass-God were advanced by the Hy-

pocrisy of Liars—This illustrated from several Fabulous

Narrations—A foul Story made use of by the Second

Council of Nice in the Behalf of Image-Worship........ 32


Εν υποκρισει κωλυοντων γαμείν, απεχεσθαι βρωματων, &c.

That by these two Characters (forbidding Marriage and

commanding to abstain from Meats) are chiefly decyphered

Monks and Friars—That Prohibition of Marriage and ab-

staining from Meats are inseparable Characters of Monas-

tic Profession-That the Renouncing of Possessions or the

having no propriety in anything (another principle in

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