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by a special commandment from Christ, were in a readiness to execute their mis. chief. This ascending by decrees from a Thort time unto longer and longer; From can hour to a day,' &c. doth signify, that as the devils were prest, and at hand at an hours warning, as we say, to put in practice whatsoever they had plotted; so they were as forward to continue the same, Fron:

an hour to a day, from a day to a month, and from a month to a year, that is, from time to time, until the date of their commission was out: for their time was limited, and their commisfion bounded, as afterward we shall fee. And this is our comfort, that both the Papacy is limited to five months, and the Turkism to hours, days, , months, and years. The dirers power is limited, though it grieveth the full sore: They cannot do what they list, they cannot continue as long as they would.

After the number of horse-mén of war, were twenty thousand times ten thousand,

for I heard the number of them." Rev. ix. 16... ...Now, upon the loosing of these devils, here followeth the description of a most horrible plague which they raised up; and it is a huge army, a murdering army, an army in number exceeding great; for he faith, · They were twenty thousand times ten thousand;' that is, two hundred millions, or two hundred thousand ten thousands. But we may not think that this army was ever all at one time, or in any one age, but here are the armies of many ages reckoned up, and the full plague of many years fet forth. How could St. John number fuch an army, may some man fay? He anfwereth this doubt, and faith, He heard

the number of them.' He did not number them; but the number was told him.

Moreover, it is to be noted, that as this army did exceed in number, so also in ter ror and strength, 'and therefore they are said to be all horsenen. For an army of horsemen are both more strong and niore terrible, than an army of footmen. :::..

"And thus I saw the horses in a vision, "and them that fat on them, having breast.

plates of fire, and of jacinth: and of brim. • itone, and the heads of the horfes were was the heads of lions; and out of their

mouths went forth fire and smoke, and • brimstone.' Rev. ix. 17.

Here is the description of the horse-men and horses, as they appeared to John in a vifion. First, Touching the horse-men, it it is said, that they were very well armed with habergions; that is, coats of inale, corfiets, or curets, and that of a fiery colour, 'and of the colour of jacinth;' that is of smoke, appeareth in the last claufe of this verse, and also of the colour of < brimstone.'. For as horse-men in com. plete armour were wont to wear in their breast-plates and targets certain ensigns and, colours, whereby they might be made terrible to their enemies: Soithese Turkish warriors and horse-men do hold out their colours of fire, smoke, and brimstone, as it were flags of defiance against the whole world, threatning present death to all that fhould withstand them, or as if they meant to fpit fire and flame at them, or to choke. them with smoke and brimstone, and then burn them up with fire and brimstone. All this their colours and ensigns in their breaft. plates and habergions did portend, Now, as concerning horses, no doubt they were as fierce as the horse-men. They wear great lances, they had heads like lions;' that is, they were full of anger and fiercenefs, and out of their mouths went forth "fire, and smoke, and briinstone:'. Rev. ix. 18. that is, they had the same colours and enfigñs upon them that riders had...

“Of these three was the third part of men killed, that is, of the fire, and of the smoke, and of the brimstone, which came out of their mouths.?

Here is set down the great slaughters and massacres which these martial horse-men

and Turkish armies made throughout the most part of Europe. For he faith, the

third part of men, that is, great numbers in Europe were slain by the fire, the <smoke, and the brimstone, which came "out of their mouths:' that is, by their bloody cruelty, and barbarous inhumanity, fome being murdered in their bodies by cruel death, and others violently,drawn to the wicked religion of Mahomet. For partly by external violence, and partly by a subtile fhew of religion and devotion, they destroyed thousands, both in their fouls and bodies. And therefore it is said,

Their power is in their mouths, and in (their tails, for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads wherewith they hurt. But for the better understanding of these things, I think it not amiss a little to, open and lay forth the rising up, and increasing of the power of the Turkse!

About the year of our Lord five hundred and ninety one, was Mahomet born, in a certain village of Arabia, called Itrarix, for so histories do report. This Mahomet, by fraud and coozenage, grew into great credit and fame among the seditious Arabians and Egyptians, insomuch that they made him a captain over them, to war against the Períans.

After this, he married a rich wife, and

by that means he won the hearts of many with gifts. In the days of Heraclius the emperor, which was in the year of our Lord 623, he grew to be very mighty. After this he feigned himself to be a prophet, and said that he had visions and revelations, and talked with angels. "And so by the help of Sergius, a' monk, he framed a new worship and religion, a patched part out of the Old Testament, partly from the Papists, and partly froni the heathen. He reigned nine years, and so died.: 7 After him succeeded in the kingdom of the Saracens, Ebubezar, who reigned two years. Haumar who reigned twelve years, Muhavias who reigned twenty-four years. All these made great war against the Pere fians, and fundry other nations, and over. came them, and set up the religion of Mahomet against them, and so the kingdom of the Saracens grew mighty: but in process of time the kingdom of the Turks grew great, and the kingdom of the Saracens diminished. Within a short tiine after this, the Tartarians, a barbarous people, waxed strong and made war against the Turks, and prevailed greatly for a time. But about the year of our Lord 1300 the empire of the Tartarian's was over-thrown, and the empire of the Turks did flourish imore than ever before: for now came the great

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