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art most holy in all thy ways and just and true in all thy performances, will it be, ere thou take just vengeance on thy bloody and insolent enemies upon earth; who, for thy sake, have spilt our blood, and exercised all manner of cruelty upon thy Saints ?
VI. 11. And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
And there was given unto every one of them a great measure of celestial glory, and it was said unto them, that, for the full consummation of that blessedness of theirs, they should comfortably wait yet a while longer, until the number of the rest of their holy brethren, the Martyrs of Christ which should be killed for his sake, were fully accomplished.
VI. 12. And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
And I beheld when he had opened the Sixth Seal, and I saw a representation of wonderful great and terrible alterations, which should be in the world; both in the Temporal and Spiritual state : so as the powers thereof were shaken; and, those, that were wont to be the commanders and lights of the world, were utterly obscured, and deprived of their wonted glory;
VI. 13. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a figtree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
And those, that were wont to give subordinate light, both in their great authority and doctrine, to the world, were now cast down; and, by the force of persecution, fell away from the Church, as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken by a mighty wind. So also verse 14.
VI. 14. And the heaven departed as a scrowl when it is rolled together; and every mountain and land were moved out of their places.
And no man shall be exempted from the fearful revenges of God; which shall be so intolerable, as that all estates and degrees, even the great Potentates of the earth, &c. shall wish they could be buried quick under the mountains, to avoid the dreadfulness of God's judgments, which shall seize upon them.
VI. 16. And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.
Neither shall those several plagues and vengeances be more terrible unto them, than the very presence of that awful God, who sitteth upon the throne ; and the wrath of that Lamb of God, who, being of himself meek, patient, gracious, is now so irritated by their sins, that his very countenance is worse than death to all his guilty enemies.
VII. 1. And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any
tree. Now, lest I should doubt what, in the midst and issue of these persecutions, might become of God's Church. I saw the powerful executioners of God's wrath, standing on the four coasts of the earth; even those mighty spirits, which, by the appointment of God, have power over the four winds that blow upon the earth, to raise or restrain them : I saw them, by the command of the Almighty, staying and withholding those stormy blasts from blustering upon the earth, or upon the sea, or upon the trees which lie most open to their violence; in short, I saw God's merciful restraint, for the time, of any damage that might come to his Church,
VII. 2, 3. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, haring the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
And I saw another Angel, even the great Angel of the Covenant, Christ Jesus, ascending up from the eastern coast, where Jerusalem stood; who, by virtue of his Mediatorship, had in his hand that seal or mark of the Living God, which, in his eternal decree, is set upon all his elect, whereby they are sealed up both to salvation in the end and to a gracious protection till then: who did, by the mighty voice of his word, command those four Angels to whom power was given to hurt the earth, Saying, Hold your hands from doing any hurt to the earth or sea, to the trees that grow upon the earth or to the people that live upon it, until we have set the seal of God's merciful protection upon all those faithful servants of our God, whom he hath decreed to preserve.
VII. 4. And I heard the number of them which were sealed : and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
And I heard the number of those, whom, out of all the tribes of Israel professing his name, Christ had marked out for his gracious protection, to be a hundred forty-four thousand, that is, for each of the twelve tribes, twelve thousand.
VII. 5. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand, &c. The specialties whereof follow in their order; of the tribe of Juda were marked out twelve thousand converts, or believing Christians, &c.
VII. 9. After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, g'c.
And, beside these converted Jews, I beheld an innumerable number of Christians, chosen out of all nations, kindreds, people, and tongues, which stood before the throne of God, and before that immaculate Lamb Christ Jesus, clothed with glorious and resplendent robes, and having palms of victory in their hands:
VII. 10. And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Who did all, with one voice, cry out aloud to the praise of God; and profess, that salvation and all the glory thereof belongs unto that Almighty God that sitteth upon the throne, and to his Son Jesus, that Lamb of God which takes away
the sins of the world.
VII. 13. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
And one of those glorious Saints, which stood before the throne, as willing to give me occasion to enquire further into the quality, and condition of those innumerable company of triumphant persons, who were clad in long white robes and carried palms in their hands, asked me who those were, that were thus arrayed, and whence they came.
VII. 14. And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
And I, as willing to be informed by him, said, Lord, it is enough for thee to know that: I desire to learn of thee, who they are. And he said, These are Christians, converted from Paganism to the Gospel of Christ, which have suffered great persecution for his Name's sake; and who are clearly acquitted and purged from all their sins, by the blood of Christ.
VII. 15. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in the temple : and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell
them. Therefore are they now in this glorious condition, before the throne of God; and sing praises to him in his heavenly habitation continually: and the Almighty Lord God, who sitteth on the throne, shall make them blessed with the fruition of his presence for evermore.
VII. 16. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
They are now past all the danger of those extremities of hunger, and thirst, and all other bodily complaints, whereto they were subject upon earth; neither shall the sun scorch them
any more, nor any heat or cold annoy them. VII. 17. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains
of waters : and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
For their blessed Saviour, Christ Jesus, which is in the midst of the throne, shall be all-sufficient; both for their nourishment, and refreshing; he shall feed them with hidden Manna, and shall comfort their souls with the waters of eternal life; and God shall fully free them from all trouble and sorrow.
VIII. 1. And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
And now, after that the tyrannical persecutors of the Church, the bloody Emperors which lived in those primitive times, were justly punished by the hand of God, when the Seventh Seal was opened, the Church had peace for a short time.
VIII. 3. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
And the great angel of the Covenant, Christ Jesus, came and stood, as the Mediator and High Priest of his Church, before the altar of heaven, having and executing the gracious office of his intercession ; and many holy and effectual prayers were offered unto him, that he might, by his merciful, and efectual Mediation, present them to God the Father,
VIII. 4. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
And those faithful prayers, being sweetened by the powerful and pleasing Intercession of Christ, were with great acceptation received of God, from the hands of Christ his Son.
VIII. 5. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth : and there were roices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
And the same Angel of the Covenant, the Son of God, who, as he is the just avenger of the enemies of his Church, (and therefore had cast the fire of his wrath upon the earth, on the heads of those tyrants and persecutors, as also of those heretical seducers which vexed his Church) did now also, in much mercy to his church, from that heavenly altar of his, cast down the fire of holy zeal and illumination upon his servants on earth; who, being inflamed and enlightened therewith, desire and endeavour to oppose those wicked heresies, which had been broached in the Eastern Churches; and immediately hereupon followed great tumults, and much opposition.
VIII. 6. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
And now, upon the opening of the seventh seal, and these broils that followed after in the Church, those Seven Angels,
which God had appointed to be the heralds of his vengeance to the earth, prepared themselves to sound forth the reports of those several judgments, and remarkable proceedings of God, with and upon the world.
VIII. 7. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth; and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all the green grass was burnt up.
And the First Angel sounded, and there followed great store of heresies, and very raging, fiery, bloody prosecutions of them in the Church; and the third part of the professors of the Gospel, which are the Churches of the East, were grievously plagued and infested therewith: these were the heresies of Arius, Macedonius, Eunomius, Photinus, Luciferians, Messalians, Apollinaris, Priscillianus, Pelagius, Nestorius Eutyches.
VIII. 8. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea : and the third part of the sea became blood.
And the Second Angel sounded, and there was an eminent part of the Church, even that large and numerous Council, which was met at Ariminum, for the establishing of the Arian heresy; which, being fired with that wicked contention, diffused itself into the world: and a third part of the known Church was infected with it, and moved to a bloody persecution of the truth. So also verse 9.
VIII. 10. And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters.
And the Third Angel sounded, and there fell out a fearful Apostasy from the Church of Christ : partly, by the seducement of wicked Mahomet, who, after some acknowledgment of Christ, fell away and devised with Sergius the Nestorian Monk and John of Antioch the Arian, to frame his cursed Alcoran, and to advance his own damnable impieties; and he corrupted a great part of the world, tainting both the springs and streams of religion : and, partly, by some dangerous errors and superstitions, which began to prevail in the Western Churches.
VIII. 11. And the name of the star is called Wormwood : and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
And the doctrines of that wicked impostor were as bitter as wormwood, and did put an ill savour and odious distastefulness upon all that were mis-seasoned with them : insomuch as these seducements proved deadly to many thousand souls.
VIII. 12. And the fourth angel sounded, and the third p rt of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was