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whose life and doctrin were a continual reproach to them. -- But after three days and a half, (ver. 11.) that is in the prophetic stile after three years and a half, for no less time is requisite for all these transactions, they shall be raised again by the spirit of God, and (ver. 12.) Thall ascend up to beaven; they shall not only be restored to their pristin ftate, but shall be farther promoted to dignity and honor ; and that
and that by a great voice from heaven, by the voice of public authority. At the same bour there shall be a great earthquake, there shall be great commotions in the world ; and the tenth part of the city shall fall, as an omen and earnest of a ftill greater fall; and seven thoufand names of men, or seven thousand men
name, fall be fain ; and the remainder in their fright and fear shall acknowlege the great
power of God.
Some interpreters are of opinion, that this prophecy of the death and resurrection of the witneffes received its completion (8) in the case of John Huss and Jerome of Prague, who were two faithful witnesses and martyrs of the bleffed Jesus. It is very well known, that they were
(8) Fox & Vitring. p. 487; de Constance par Jaques Len&c. Vide etiam Fred. Spanhe- fant. Voltaire's General History mii Hift. Christ. Sæc. XV. and State of Europe. Part 2. Cap. 6, 7, Histoire du Concile
condemned to death, and afterwards burnt for herefy by the council of Constance. Which council sitting about three years
and a half, from November 1414 to April 1418, their bodies may that time be said to have lain unburied in the street of the great city, in Constance where was the greatest assembly not only of bishops and cardinals, but likewise of embassadors, barons, counts, dukes, princes, and the emperor himself. But after the council was diffolved, these two preachers were restored as it were to life in their difciples and followers, who propagated the fame doctrins, and maintained them by force of arms, and vanquished the Imperialists in several battles. It was truly said to them Come up hither, when they were invited to the council of Bafil with a promise of redress of grievances : but the council having dealt fraudulently with them, they broke out again into open rebellion, and the tenth part of the city fell
, the kingdom of Bohemia revolted, and fell alike from its obedience pope and
emperor. Others refer this prophecy to (9) the proteftants of the league of Smalcald, who were
and Annals of the Empire. Hift. of the Reformation. B.19, Vol. 2.
&c. Voltaire's Annals of the (9) Brightman and Vitring. Empire. Vol. 2. p. 493, &c. See alsa Sleidan's
entirely routed by the emperor Charles V. in the battle of Mulburg on the 24th of April 1547 ; when the two great champions of the protestants, John Frederic, elector of Saxony, was taken prisoner, and the Landgrave of Hesse was forced to surrender himself, and to beg pardon of the emperor. Protestantism was then in a manner suppressed, and the mass restored. The witneffes were dead, but not buried; and the papists rejoiced over them, and made merry, and sent gifts one to another. But this joy and triumph of theirs were of no very long continuance ; for in the space of about three years and a half, the protestants were raised again at Magdeburg, and defeated and took the duke of Mecklenburg prisoner in December 1550. From that time their affairs changed for the better almost every day ; success attended their arms and counsels; and the emperor was obliged by the treaty of Paflau to allow them the free exercise of their religion, and to re-admit them into the imperial chamber, from which they had ever since the victory of Mulburg been excluded. Here was indeed a great earthquake, a great commotion, in which many thousands were Nain; and the tenth part of the city fell
, a great part of the
(1) Vitring. p. 496, &c. Thuani Hif. Lib. 52, 53, & 62.
German empire renounced the authority, and abandoned the communion of the church of Rome.
Some again may think this prophecy very applicable to (1) the horrid massacre of the proteftants at Paris, and in other cities of France, begun on the memorableeveof St. Bartholomew's day 1572. According to the best authors, there were flain thirty or forty thousand hugonots in a few days; and among them without doubt many true witnesses and faithful martyrs of Jesus Christ. Their dead bodies lay in the street of the great city, one of the greatest cities of Europe; for they were not suffered to be buried being the bodies of heretics ; but were dragged thro' the street, or thrown into the river, or hung upon gibbets, and exposed to public infamy, Great rejoicings too were made in the courts of France, Rome, and Spain; they went in
procefsion to the churches, they returned public thanks to God, they sung Te Deums, they celebrated jubilees, they struck medals; and it was enacted that St. Bartholomew's day fhould ever afterwards be kept with double pomp
and folemnity. But neither was this joy of long continuance; for in little more than three years and
Davila's Hift. B. 5 & 6. Meżeray, Charles IX and Henry III.
a half, Henry III, who succeeded his brother Charles IX, entered into a treaty with the hugonots, which was concluded and published on the 14th of May 1576, whereby all the former fentences against them were reversed, and the free and open exercise of their religion was granted to them; they were to be admitted to all honors, dignities, and offices, as well as the papists; and the judges were to be half of the one religion, and half of the other; with other articles greatly to their advantage, which were in a manner the resurrection of the witnesses, and their afcenfion into heaven. The great earthquake, and the falling of the tenth part of the city, and the slaying of thousands of men, according to this hypothesis, must be referred to the great commotions and civil wars, which for several years afterwards cruelly disturbed, and almost destroyed the kingdom of France.
Others again have recourse to later events, and the later indeed the better and fitter for the purpose. Peter Jurieu, a famous divine of the French church at Rotterdam, (2) imagined that the perfecution then carried on by Lewis XIV against the protestants of France, after the revocation of the edict of Nantes in October 1685,
would (2) Jurieu's Accomplishment of the Prophecies. Part 2. Chap, 12 and 13: