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vii. Apoc. xi. xiii. xv. xvii. xix. 2 Tim. iv. 17.
61. Another Signal of these Times is this, that There should be Signs in the Women, as the Arabick has it; or, as the Vulgar Latin, more distinctly, that Menfruous Women jould bring forth Monsters,
8. 62. Another Signal of these Times is this, that Salt Waters fall be found in the sweót, as in the Vulgar Latin Copy ; or, as in the Arabick Copy, Sweet Waters Mall be changed into Salt, v. 9.
63. Another Signal of these Times is this, that All Friends Mall destroy one another. Ibid. See vi. 24.
64. Another Signal of these Times is much the same with the 28th already set down, that Wit or Wisdom shall be concealed, or mall withdraw itself into secret Chambers ; those perhaps which good Men are advised to retire into in such evil Times by the Prophet Isaiah, xxvi. 20, 21. and so shall not be found Abroad in the wicked World.
65. The next Signal is this, that Incontinency, Vileness, and Wickedness, Mall be increased upon the Earth. This is much the same with the 46th Obfervation foregoing.
66. The last Sign in the vth of Ejdras is this, That Men fall labour and hope, but nothing obtain that they labour and hope for: So it is in the Vulgar Latin. As to the Arabick Reading here, that this Hope is for to find one righteous Man, which was not to be done, it contradicts all the other Prophecies belonging to this Matter; which always suppose a select Body of good Men to be then in Being, tho' but few in Number; and promise them
the divine Protection from the common Calamities, and so that must be a false Reading, the Coherence also no Way requiring it. v. 12.
67.4 Esd. vi. 20. The next Signal of these Times is this, That the Books shall be opened before the Firmament ; perhaps those which are supposed in Daniel, xii. I, when he speaks of the Delivery of the good Jews, in the amazing Time of the Trouble of that Nation there foretold, or of every one that fall be found written in the Book [of Life] or perhaps, in that Book in Malachi, iii. 16. when they that feared the Lord spake often one to another, and the Lord bearkened and heard, and a Book of Remembrance was written before him, for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his Name. See v. 17, 18. and 4. 6. which seems all to belong to these very
Times. 68. The next Signal is somewhat a-kin to the 61st Observation foregoing, and informs us, that then little Infants in the Arabick, or in the vulgar Latin more distinctly, Children of a Year old fall Speak, and that Women shall conceive and bring forth in Haste; and that such Children of three or four Months old shall be raised up, shall live, and shall run about, v. 21.
The next Clause is to very different in the two Copies, that I cannot pretend to give it a distinct Number, but shall leave it till some Events shall determine the genuine Reading, v. 22.
69. As for the next Signal, the Sounding of the Trumpet in the bearing of all, I suppose it the same Sounding of the great Trumpet, in Isaiah xxvii. 13: in Matthew xxiv. 31. and in the roth of the xviii
Mr. WILLIAM WHISTON. 35 Prayers of the Jews, which is for their Restoration, See my Sacred History of the Old Testament, Page 479. and the same with the Grand 7th Trumpet in the Apocalypse, for the Exit of Angels with the vii Vials, after the last Temple is finished : . The very Preparation for which is said to be the fulfilling the grand Purport of the Mystery of God, which had been foewon to his Servants the Prophets, (particularly "to Isaiah, Efdras, and St. John] which is therfore to be esteemed the most solemn and important of all the Signals. As to which hear the Jewish Prayers themselves, as very material upon this Occasion. · Apoc. x. 7. xi. 15. xv. 5, 6.
10. Convocate us together by the Sound of the great Trumpet, to the Enjoyment of our Liberty ; ' and lift up thy Ensign to call together all of the
Captivity, and from the four Quarters of the
Lord, our King, who gathereft together the • Exiles of the People of Israel.
11. Restore unto us our Judges, as at the first, • and our Counsellors, as at the Beginning;
and remove from us AMiction and Trouble : And do thou only 'reign over us in Benignity, and in Mercy, and in Righteousness, and in
Justice. Blessed art thou, O Lord, our King, • who lovest Righteousness and Justice.
14. Dwell thou in the Midst of Jerusalem, thy City, as thou haft promised : Build it with a Building to last for ever. And do this speedily,
in our Days. Blessed art thou, O Lord, who buildest Jerusalem.'
70. vi. 24. The next Signal is this, that Friends Jhall figbt one against anot ber like Enemies.
71. Ibid. The next Signal, as before, tho' in the Arabick only, is this, that The Earth Mall be aftonifoed, with all tbofe that dwell therein ; which seems to mean, that the Ground fall tremble, as if it were itself astonished, as well as its Inhabitants, by Earthquakes; which Prediction is still in the Vulgar Latin elsewhere under the very Term Earıbquakes, as we have had it at large in Efdr. ix. 3. Page 27. priùs.
72. The next Signal is this, that The Springs of the Fountains shall stand till for three Hours, vi, 24.
73. The next Signal is, Uproars of People with Changes, and Tumults, and Sedition of the Nations,
74. The next Signal is this, but only in the Arebick, The Tyranny of the Heads and Governors of ibe People. Ibid.
75. The next Signal, but only in the Arabick also, is, the Want of a Director for the Princes. Ibid.
76. The last Signal in Efdras, ix. 7, 8. if I may so call it, or rather comfortable Promise, is this, that every one of the truly good People shall not, as in former common Calamitics, be involved in the Judgments now approaching ; but shall escape them by their good Works, and by their Faith; and Shall see God's Salvation in Judea ; because God batb Jančtified them for himself, and hath fanftified bis Holy Mountain, (Mount Sion,) for his own People,
the good Jews, from the Beginning of the World. The like to which we have had in Isaiah at large ; with Hymns of Praise for God's wonderful Works, at this Conclusion of his providencial Dispensations in the World. See Pag. 14. priùs.
I proceed to the Signals given us by our Saviour himself, in the New Testament.
· Matt. xvii. 10. The Disciples asked Jesus, saying, 1 Why then say the Scribes, that Elias must first come ?
11. And Jesus antwered, and said unto them, Elias truly sball come first, and restore all Things, [as Malachi had foretold, iv. ult. Bebold I will send you Elijah the Prophet, (the Tifhbite in the Septuagint) before the Coming of the great and dreadful Day of the Lord.] See Authentick Records, Page 447, 448.
Matt. xxiv. 29. Immediately after the Tribulation of those Days; (the long Miseries of the Jews and Antichrist. Luke xxi. 24.) shall the Sun be darkened, and the Moon shall not give her Light, and the Stars shall fall from Heaven, and the Powers of the Heavens shall be shaken. Matt. xxiv.
29. 30. And then shall appear the Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven; and then shall all the Tribes of the Land mourn. [Dan. xii. 1.] and they shall sec
the Son of Man coming in the Clouds of Heaven, al with Power and great Glory.
31. And he shall send his Angels with a great Sound of a Trumpet, [perhaps such a Sound as was at the Delivery of the Law on Mount Sinai, Exod. xix. 16. 18.) and they shall gather together his Elect [People, the Jews) from the four Winds, from one End of Heaven to the other.