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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 Bould bring forth Monsters, v. 8.

62. Another Signal of these Times is this, that Salt Waters fall be found in the swert, as in the Vulgar Latin Copy ; or, as in the Arabick Copy, Sweet Waters fall be changed into Salt, v. 9.

63. Another Signal of these Times is this, that All Friends shall 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 Esdras 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 Matters which always suppose a select Body of good Men to be then in Being, tho'but few in Number ; and promise them D


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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 Sigoal of these Times is this, That the Books fall be opened before the Firmament ; perhaps those which are supposed in Daniel, xii. 1. 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 shall 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 beard, and a Book of Remembrance was written before bim, for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon bis 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 Hafte; 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 Soanding 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


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 716 Trumpet in the Apocalypse, for the Exit of Angels with the vii Vials, after the laft 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 goewn to bis 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. 56.

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

Earth, into our own Land. Blessed art thou, • Lord, our King, who gathereft together the • Exiles of the People of Ffrael.

"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 hast promised : Build it with a Building to last for ever. And do this speedily,

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in our Days. Blessed art thou, O Lord, who buildest Jerusalem.'

70. vi. 24. The next Signal is this, that Friends jhall fight 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 sbose that dwell therein ; which seems to mean, tha the Ground ball 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 Tbe Springs of ibe 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,

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ix. 3.

74. The next Signal is this, but only in the Arebick, The Tyranny of the Heads and Governors of the 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 fall

fee God's Salvation in Judea ; because God bath Jan&tified them for himself, and hath fan&tified bis Holy Mountaini, (Mount Sion,) for his own People,


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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 Teftament.

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 shall come first, and restore all Things, [as Malachi had foretold, iv. ult. Bebold I will send you Elijah the Prophet, [the Tiskbite 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 Antichrift. Luke xxi. 27.) shall the Sun be darkened, and the Moon shall not give her Light, and the Scars 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, 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 gacher cogether his Elect [People, the Jews) from the four Winds, from one End of Heaven to the other.


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