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148 years; which indeed is long in comparison with the former vials; but if it be considered in relation to the fourth, fifth, and sixth trumpets, it is but short, seeing the fourth lasted 190 years, the fifth 302, and the sixth 393*.
If any inquire farther, whether the sun of the Popish kingdom is not to be eclipsed himself at length I must positively assert he will; else this vial were not a judgment upon him and the Romish party. But if yet again the question be, when this is to fall out, and how? I must tell you, that I have nothing farther to add to what I have said as to the time. But as to the manner, how this is to be done, our text does lay a foundation for some more distinct thoughts. Therefore, in the fourth and last place, we may justly suppose, that the French monarchy, after it has scorched others, will itself consume by doing so; its fire, and that which is the fuel that maintains it, wasting insensibly, till it be exhausted at last towards the end of this century. * Days in a
Prophetical and Julian
This Prophetical Discourse of Robert Fleming, in 1701, not only points to the overthrow of the French monarchy in 1794, and the fatal blow the papal authority will thereby receive, but likewise seems to look on them as they are at this day proving to be,-the forerunners of its rapid decline, and speedy downfall.
The Visions and Predictions of J. Daut, delivered before the Senate at Frankfort.
Extracted from a copy translated from the Dutch; printed 1711.
AND the Lord God showed me, in a vision of the night, a certain spiritual person, who was a virgin, and had a great printed table in her hand, which she held twice before my eyes, in which I saw written, Great Pestilence! and within, round about the brim or verge, stood cities and men described in their forms, and by them stood written the names of the several places and men. And Great Pestilence was written round about the whole edge, as one city stood after another; the one was marked for the plague, the other not; and one man was marked out for the plague, another not. Thus it was round about the margin. And a voice cried unto me, Death is come
in at their windows! And the virgin that held the table said unto me, I will now go away, and declare unto all men in the cities and countries, the judgment of the plague. And I saw her depart, and cry out unto cities and countries to repent; for the Lord would smite them with great pestilence. And I followed this spiritual virgin, and I also declared all these things that I had seen and read in that printed table, upon which arose a great tumult among the people; and the plague came, and took away great multitudes.
And the Lord of Hosts called unto me the next night, and said, Arise, my messenger, arise, my servant, and write this saying which I shall tell thee, to wit, thus: "The Lord God will arise with the judgment of his jealousy, and smite the whole city of Vienna, with the towns and countries round about her, far and near, with great pestilence and famine, towards the east and towards the north, towards the west and towards the south, as I shewed thee written in the before-mentioned table, which I represented to thee in a vision. Therefore preach repentance unto the city of Vienna, with the cities and countries round about her, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Hosts, change your wicked Cain's minds, and cease from unrighteousness. And you rulers in the land, exercise justice, and cease from your wick
edness, with which you cause the land to sin; and all ye that dwell in cities, towns, and countries, must humble yourselves before my great and high majesty, whether high or low, young or old, rich or poor, learned or unlearned, for I the Lord am a jealous God."
And the Lord God said unto me, "Take up a lamentation for the Roman empire, and for their kings and princes, from the 32d chapter of Ezekiel, with an appendix, as I shall tell thee ::
"And it came to pass in the twelfth year, on the first day of the twelfth month, came the word of the Lord unto me, saying," ver. 2. "Son of man, take up a lamentation for the destroyer, that hath destroyed my chosen Israel, that I have named after the spirit, in the Roman land of oppression, and say unto him, Thou art like a lion of the nations, and as a whale in the seas; and thou comest forth with thy rivers, which are thy people, and troublest the waters of the people with thy feet, of kings, princes, mighty ones, judges, rulers, captains, counsellors, sheriffs, earls, noblemen, and such like, wherewith thou troublest the water of the people.
"Moreover, I will make many people's hearts afraid, when I cause the nations to see thy plagues, and many countries which thou dost not know; yea, many nations shall be affrighted at thee, and their kings shall be terrified, when I shall brandish my sword against thee, they shall stand alto
gether amazed, and their hearts shall fail them by reason of thy fall."
And the Lord God showed me a horrible city, in a vision, that was full of cruelty and idolatry. I asked the Lord, what city that was, and what was the name thereof? And the Lord said unto me, "It is the capital city of Rome, and the whole land thereof; that greatest of whores, and the beginning of all abominations that have been committed in Christendom. O, woe unto thee, thou blood-thirsty, murderous city of Rome! I will send forth the sword, famine, and dreadful pestilence, as the messengers of my fierce wrath upon you, murderers; for you of Rome, you, even you, have shed, and caused to be shed, so much blood of my faithful and true witnesses, that it is beyond all number and measure.
"Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will bring strangers upon thee." ver. 7. “The Turks and Swedes, and all manner of tyrants of the heathen nations, with all the kings in Christendom, and their people, these shall draw their swords against the beauty of wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness, and they shall bring thee down to the pit; and thou shalt die as those that are slain in the midst of the sea.
"O Rome! O Rome! I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth, in the sight of the whole world. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee, that thou art so suddenly