Goodwin - BX9315 G6 v2

112 ~.An EXPOSITION "-AF( with the True Wor!hippers; yet they being inwardly Gentiles,and their Nam;s ~ not written in the Book of Life; therefore they are given unto thefe ,Genttles again, as being their allotted Inheritance (as it were) for fo long a Time here mentioned; which is not fully run out as yet, in this Age of the fixth Trumpet, of which Chrift fpake this. They are }:et within the Bounds and Date of their Leafe, which is 42 Months, not yet expired; and therefore they are to be re– entred upon by them. So that the mention of this their Term comes thus in; as if in a Suit at Law, to recover one's own Ground leafed to one for 21 Ycars; a Man pleads and fhews, at the I 81h Ycar's end, how the whole term of his Lcafe was 2 r Years, as) et not expired ; which he exhibits as a juft Plea, why fome part of it with-held from him, fhould be reftored to him, it being included in the Tenure of his Lea!e, as well as the refl:. Juft fo is it here; this Outward Court being within the Bounds of the City, and being Land belonging to the Pope by Gift, for fo long time (they being not written in the Lamb's Book) and his Leafe of 42 Months not bemg exptred; therefore fays the Angel, Here it is given or reftored to him again ; and fo he Jba/1 accomplifb to tread down it, and the rcft of the Holy City for 42 :Months. Which are the Angel's words in Daniel, Chap. 12. and which this Angel came to interpret. And in the fecond place ; for the mention of that other Computation of J 260 D•ys; it is yet more plain, that this is brought in here, principally to !hew, how this Time fi10uld end and determine now at the !aft. And fo, that both this long Defcription of the Witneffes, and the declaring their whole Time, is indeed but in order to this their !aft Accomplifhment. This is apparent by the 7th Verfe, which is the elate of all the fill'mtr Nan·Jtion. The words there are, [and when they Jba/1 have finijhed their Tejhmony] that 1,,held out to tefl:ify, during that whole Time of 1260 Years. Or they may (and ought rather to) be rendred [ <md wben they are abo11t to finifh J [ Kwv nl\c""'" ]. Which notes our, not a full end firft made, but a being about to make it: So that when they are about or near the fini01ing of this their Teftimony, then !ball this befal them. And further, In that he fpends the better half of his Difcourfe in this Chapter, in the fetting forth this one particular, namely, their !aft flattering, upon the finifhing their mentioned days of Prophecy ; this apparently fhews, that this was the chief (cope which that former part ·of his Difcourfe had tended unto. And in that, although Antichrift, the Beaft, bath had many famous overcomings of thefe Witnefies in former Times (and killings al(o of them); yet that he lbould fingle out this (which alto is no where mentioned in the larger Book– Prophecy, and yet) here, and that haply not for the greatnefs of the prevail– in·g in it (elf confidered, but for its eminency in this refpell:, that it lbould be the !aft, and with which their wholeTime·lbould end. Whichalfo is made emi– nent by this, that after thefe Witnefies had got fo much ground upon the Beafl:, and won a Temple and an Outward Court from him (let up upon his ground, as it were) that then, after all this, this prevailing of his lbould fall on them. Hence it ferveth as the mofl eminent Prognollick and Sign of their Times ex– piring ; and therefore is here mentioned. So that I !ball conclude with this brief Series of the coherence and connexion of one thing with another in thefe firft Verfes. Here is the C1me Period of Time twice mentioned, under a feveral computa– tion; The one of 42 Months, the other of I 260 Days; both which come all to one. But the one is mentioned as the Time that the Pope and his Company fhall reign; and the other, as the Time for the Wimeffes to propheCy in Sack– cloth. And they both come in, in order and reference, unto the two of thole !aft Occurrences, which !ball accomplifh the Reign of the one, and the Oppref– fion and mournful Condition of the other. 1. Their whole Time of treading down the Holy City, !ball end with a re– covery and treading down the Outward Court of the Temple, the Reformed Churches. And fo the mention of that their Time comes in only in that refpell:, to !hew how it ends. And accordingly the Vifion of the Temple, and the An– gel's bidding ']ohn to meafiue it, comes in but as an IntroduCtion to the mention of this !aft Occurrence. And