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Full text of "The signs of the times : or, Wonderful signs of wonderful times, being a faithful collection and impartial relation of several signs and wonders, called properly prodigies, (together with some philosophical and theological descants upon them) which have been seen in the heavens on the earth and on the waters .... all which have hapned within the compass of this last year 1680"



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I A Faithful Golledion and Impartial Relation^. 
I offeveral SIGNS and WONDERS, call'd I 
I properly P R O D I G I ES, (together with| 
^ feme Philofofhical and Theological Defcantsl^ 
I upon them ) which have' been feen in the^ 

g H Eu4 FE NS, on the S^MTf/, and on the ^'^ yi T £ i? ^ , as'§| 
§ they have been Teflifyed by very CredibJeHaflds. All which J:^- 
g have hapned within the compafs of this laft Year 1680. ^ 

^ which may well be called another u^nnus Aiirahilisfix IVonderffil Tear^ wherein ^ 
g the Lard hath given us loud Warnir^s to Repent of. our Sins and f^etuinto^ 
S ' hitn^ that he may have Mercy upon us. ^ 

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j ^iVoe to thm that B^gard not tbefyorl^ of the Lord^ neither Confidsr the Operation cf liis}^ 
i5 Hands, Ifa. 5* li> I^jij* ^9 

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By C K:, 

L O N D O N, Printed for the KmhoT. And PubliHied by § 
Lariglq Cnrtijs, on Ltid^atc- Hill. 1 6 8 1 . > 



T'be WorjhiffnlYxdincis Warner^ Efq}, 

Mongft all my fmall Acquaintance, I have n3t had ih^- Hippjnefs 
to know perfonallyany perlon of Quality (though undottbtediy, 
^Dtne fuch th^re be out of my reachj Jo much convcrlant and lo 
exquifitely vers'd'm prophetic k^Myttcucs like your relf.and confi. 
deringThztProdigtei (which ihis poriable pocket-book treat- 
^^^^ _ eth upon) are a kind of mure (yet fpeakirig) Prophecies^ 1 made 

bold toOidtcafe ir (^uale ^uale efi)to your Worlhip, being experimenrally Aflu- 
red.That you are a lover ofLearning>and a candid Patron to all Abftrufe Eflays, 
well knowing that in magnis vAuiJJ'e fit eil^^ DifficiUum,facitis eft venU. Sir,ydur 
Candour, rprefume, will incline you to pardon me in the whole, in as much as I 
have been conftrained throughout this whole Work to tread ail in untrcddcn 
paths, finding none walking in the fame way and Method before me : You wiU 
find the Labour(ruch as ir is) the more elaborate, in finding but Saered (which are 
leaft obvious to Exceptions) as well as rivil Paralleh nafrefent Prodigies j and in 
making (ucfi(rhope; Innocent Defcancs upon them, as the Matter doihrequirt* 
Sir, I look upon you as one above many for Dilcourfing about theSrgnj of the tnnei : 
boththeSigns of Z);T/flf ^w^^'^and ofD/i/i»ffF4t>ci«r. Signum ^ Striatum jlmt 
cyrrelata. Every Sign muft have the t king pgni fie d^no Sign is to dimh^bm it rpeak$ 
famething which only the spije da underHand^ Hbf. 14. p. 'Twis Daniel only and 
not the South'f4yeri,Thzt could Read the Handirriting upon the Wall.^nd give a 
Right Interpretation of it, Dan.s. 8,11. 12, i^, 16. Such as feek to Sorct^rersj 
deferve no better than a Difappointment, the lowelt fruit oftheir fublime Follv, 
Noncofthofe Wizards of the world (though they might have Deep Reaches in 
Humane Affiirts) could give theSenfe of that Divine Orach, that work was reler- 
ved for a better man than they: Stultorum flena fur.t omnia. Store of fuch 
Tools (no better than Dufi heaps) are found in every Corner, who either ks-oiv not 
the mind ofGod'in myftical matters.orSraw/'/ff 4f />. There be too many /ithctUs 
who do extenuate and Mndervalue all Proi/^/'f/, Heathenifltlyafcribine them to' 
Dame Nuttre onVi whereby they do dangeroufly Darken the Power and Provi- 
dence of the Almighty God. but there are not mAny tvife^ t^ife.hearted, and ivif; lu.-r 
f) Silvation. They aie few that Underftand the Sfgis of the Tiir.es. "Tis Oi] Eled 
Prodigies are common Thinf^s. therefore cannot be /;»fc/4/ Pre Pages offunireE- 
vents, or of the End approaching, I Anf. (ij'Tis veryobfervable that the Palmo- 
ci Hamadabbator Pr;«cf o/Prfdc/jer/ preached upon Prodigies thofe ficnsand 
wonders which did prefage the Deftrudion o{JernJa!em,zn] of his laft Comniinp 
occafioned by his Difciples asking [JVhen/^all tbtje things be, and Jl'i^at fign vnU 
there be v hen thefe thirgs /haU come to paf^Xvike 21.7. Mat. 24 2. cMVlar.ij 4 {^0 
Nofoonerhad Chrift prepared them with due Camions concerning themfVlvcs 
but he declared what was fatisfadory to their curious queftion.(2. j Jhc vi-ry firS 
Text that C/>rif?J ^p^ftles pteach'd upon (after Cbriil WdS gon- from them,atid the 
So;r//c^OTf upon them) was concermng Prodigies which the P/ophet ?W foretold 
God would Ihew in theworld,c/».2.z;rr.3o,C5'c and the Apoftle Peter handled thu 
Text fo powerfully as to prevail with 3000 Converts at one Sermon, Adl^s; rr 
ip.4i.ShewinR how Neir Tritament times do iinvjil and Accompiifh the tuj/j 
Prophecies of the Old. fi ) lis the concurrent Opinion of our beft Prcrrftant 
Authors,that there be Pome Special J»^/jjo///j'T/wf/ fcali'd Sacramemii & Kf>' 
racultfcognatanezT a Kin to Sacraments and Miracles) which are more- th>n Na- 
tt^ral, even of a Divme Ordination, declaring how the Great C,d ftands a^cavd 
towards poor min, in rcfpcAofhis Favrurot Ar^er : See PolojiiSyntJPtTtJ '/ 6- ca. 
48,{Sf S9 & many CU/I;ck Auth-ntick Divines. (4 ) Tislikewifc asconcuniPP n 
Sennmmt o^Grnt ^/j/?;r;<f«'{bjih Ancient rt;r^Modcrn;:h;t y.odtgi^, d^mof.iy 

fortcrsd the Futuridon'oFfome extraordinary E\'em&,ii%,Herodo:tu,&:c.sni\Li/catt, 
1. 1, tclleih, how the (ad calamities ofi^flme were prefagcd by mariy ftrange fro- 
(ifgtcs m Heaven^ Burtb 3ii\d Ssj^ fingingor faying,Thjs 
■ ^tipenqtie Minaces 

Prodigiis terrof implerttnt tAthern poyitum 

Tgnota ob/curaviddrunt Sydera Noiles, 

/irdentcmquetolumflammtSf ceeloque yoUntes, 

Chit ijti its fcrlnatie Faces y&i.c. 
All uhichdofignify, ihatthe whole Fabrick of the Univerfe had put upon it fby 
\he /In'ijyG'.d} a moft frightful Face and Afped;, and Heaven, Earth and Sea did 
confpire together to cha'tizet the Pride and Luxury ofi^oweat vhat Time, and 
claudian faith/Fhat after f^/irj Vi*5toiy over Pow/^e^jnotcnly theHeavens drop"d 
tlrody but alfo pits and pools flowed with blood, as a prasfage of Captrs Stablfinj^, 
cum multis aliis,e>c. (y)?liny,l.z. csS. faith, The Heathens werettartled at the 
Vrodigys of his rime, in fomuch that they had their folemn Sacrifices for Diver- 
ting'theEvils portended by them; And will not thofeDicftatcsof the<//wj light o£ 
Dime Nature in thcfe blind Heathens rife up in Judgment againft our Atbei^s^ 
\vho feoff at all thofe -wonderful f>g is fo terrifying in themlelves^ and fo teftifying 
God's wrarh for Man's fin ? Alas, they had nor God's Heifer to plow withall 
(which we have) yet could they Unriddle thofe Myfteries (call'd to. (/.iya^nx xj 
■ri miv'yfjLATv. rS S^^, God's prodigious preachments) better than many of us: 
their very natural Religion was a dark Imitation of the true Divine Devotion, 
though the Devii(God's Ape) did impofe upon them therein muchSuperftition» 
If againft this, it be alledged what is faid, Jer, lo. 2,5. Learn tut the Xfiy of the 
Heathen, and be not Dijrmyed at the Si^ns of Heaven, at they arty for thtir Ctijloms 
Are vain. I Anfwer (i.) God Cautions his people there^ fgoing Captives into 
Chalde.t then) that they learn not the vain Attrology and Idolatry of theCW- 
deans in their Country. (2.) That Aftrology which precendeth to read Fates 
and Fortunes in the Heavens, afcribing all to Scars and not to God, is Idulatrjf, 
condemn'd there by Jeremy and by Ifaiah ch 47: 12,13, £j'c. ( jj Jeremy fpeaks of 
Natural and ordinary Sij^wj of Heaven which the blind Heathens were difmay'd 
ii ?/}';r^ God while they Dfi/zV^ them) as if the Iflues of their Affairs depen- 
'> n them: Wherefore Gods people y^^jw/i/ n^t be fo -. If there were no 
Rcafon but that only, Matth: <S. \%. but there be other Extraordinary 
o:fe..o , dreadful Apparitions, whereby God warns his people of fomeenfuing 
"Wrath, as appeareth from ya?/, ChrtH and Ptffer,&c . (as above) God doth not 
forbid us to mind them and to be affected with them. Efpeciaily confidering 
this is Gods laft way of fpeaking to us, as it was to Phjraohy when God had faid 
fnfcly to him at firft, Lee my People gOy (^c. he hardned his heart, then God 
fpake more fever ely to \\\rx\hy Stgr.s and iponders: So now,our B4r«<i^<«rshatk 
been re jefted, God fends his Bi/^wrr^ej's and preacheth to us by Prodigies ^ and 
fuch as are more than Ordinary without a Parallell for this 800 year, and fo 
attended with fuch concu/Tions of Kingdoms/e'nPopidione againft another,G?f) 
w hich feem to put an Accent on them and though there have been frequent 
Vrodigies , yet may they be Signs of the laft times, as a Difeafc is a fign of 
Mortality, though a Man recover fometimes,yet ceafeth he not to be mortal but 
dyeth atlaft; So thofe figns ^though oft feen) do not cealetobe Signs of the 
Approaching End r and former Prodigies, might have other Prazfages and figni- 
.fications , as thofe in<5o,&c; what barh befaln ever fince, fuch as, Plagne, 
Fnp,5cc. I fpeak to a wife man (skilful in Myfteries) who will judg candidly what 
15 favd by, cu<y/-^ /.// .;<.<5Ck. 

Frotn int Study tf^il ' * 1 t n r 

1 3/ Mav, T <5 s r , Tours t:i the bcjt Bonds ^ 

I'he Signs of the Times: 

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Wonderful Signs 

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OU R Lord and Saviour hath faid , Except mtn fe^ 
SIGNS And WONDERS^ tky rv'ill not Be- 
lieve, ^ohn 4. 48. There is a natural Itch in- 
bred in the nature of all Mankind to fee fome 
figns and Wonders ; Hcnce it is , That fuch an 
univerfal Aptnefs is found in all the Sons and Daughters of 
Men to behold Rare Shows and {Irange Sights,Thus the Peo- 
ple R^n firth our of all the Region round about to get a Sight of 
John the Baptifl, a^ of a burning andfhining Light : Matth. 5.5. & 
1 1.7. Luke ;.7. & ^oh. 5.35. Seeing they had not any one Pro- 
phet born to them from the Building of the SecondTemple un- 
til His Birth: Then was [Cathimaih Chazoyi'] a Sealing up of Pro- 
phefy, Dan. 1 2.4. 9. Ko Prophet 'twixt Malachy and ^ohn Bsl^- 
tifl-,i\/4/.4. 5. Mat. 1 1 . 14. with 1 7. 1 o.Hence that Captivity Ffalm, 
JP/;j/.74.complains, verfe 9. that there was no Prophet amongil 
them. Hence it is alfo, that we read lo oft in Scripture of ma- 
ny men (Good as rvcU as Ba^) asking aitcr a Sight of Signs: 

Indeed {i) It is an evil and Adulter oti-s G e ncr a' ten' 2s:CQidmg to 
Chrill's Charader) that mod /ffi-f//;^// ^ry?f;7/, Matt, 218,30. 
that is, fo earneftly, if that were not Doncjthey wt?re Un Jonc^ : 
(I.) Thofe carnal Scribes and Pharifecs could call for a Sign 
after fo many SIgns.They had been perfon^i Ey-witneifcs How 
Mighty Chrift was both in W^^/-^ and Deed (in Dccftrine and 
^Vix'3iz\cs) before God an ^ all the Per fie, Luke 14 19. which wore 
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Wonderful Signs 

fomany hifalUbk Proofs, Ad. i. 3. that he was the Me/Tiah : 
yet thefe were but SIGNS on Earth, they would not believe 
in him, unlefs he could ihew them a SIGlSi from Heaven, and 
Doe as Mofes, S^irmel at:d tlij,ih had done : for .vofes cali'd for 
Manna, Samuel for Rain, ana eI jah for Fire, All from Heav'n, 
&f. Joh}t^.l^. & 6.50, Chrift (hew'd them many 5/7«j, Jo. 
'20.30. and wrought many Wonden (which no power but that 
which is Divine could work, J^ohn 9. 31. ; '5 ) both beyond 
the Courfc of Nature , and above the Power of Art, yet (as 
the Saying is) they could not fee Wood for Trees. No,thcy 
muil havefuch Signs as were Ihownand fcen upon Mount Si- 
nai^Exod. 19.16,19. Such Thunders and Lightnings though they 
had their Bath-Kol , the Daughter of a Voice (which was, 
as they fay, the only Oracle abiding with the Second Tem- 
ple) and fuch a Voice of God (as Thunder is called, pfal. 29 5, 
to 10) they had from Heaven, fohff la. 19, 30. Therefore 
Chrift checks and chides them for requiring fuch Signs as 
would rather affright thefe Hypocrites than i^firu^t them. 
They (hould have been contented with his Dodrine and Mi- 
racks which did fufficiently demonftate a Divine Power , and 
though the Thunder-Ciaps at the Giving of the Law upon 
Mount SwAi were molt fuitable to the Rigour of that Difpen- 
fation,yet his Miracles of A4er€^ .{cow^rmin^his Do&ine) were 
more fuitable to SI ON, and to the Grace of the Gofpel. 
Therefore irent chrifi ahout Doin<r Good to many by his Mira- 
cles, ^^.10.38. but never (which is very remarkable) Do- 
ing Hurt to Any by them. As mod other Wonder- Workers 
Did, for his Name was JESUS a Saviour, not Abaddon) [A 
bad one] or ^poI/yon, a Deflroyer. In all this thofe wicked 
Hypocrites were wittingly, willingly and wilfully blind, and 
who fo blind as they that will not fee. 

(II, )Anothcr Time Came the Supcrltitious Pharifcesileaving 
behind them the Supercilious Scnbes) and confpir'd with the 
Irreligious S adduces to tempt Chrift by a^ktng a S I G iV, Matt. 
i6, I, &c. Thofe two Seds were dea'dly Enemies each to the 


Of pyonJerfitl Times , 3 

other , yet can they here combine as loving Friends for con- 
fronting of CHRIST. The two Good Sticks (Ifracl and Juda) 
became one in the hand of God, Ezeck. 37.19 but rhofe tw© 
Bad Sticks (the Phartfees and Sadduces^ became one in the hand 
of the Devil, notonely as Herod ^n^ PiUte did, Luk. 2;. 12. 
but ahb as the Fopifli I'riefts and Jefuites, the Monks and Fry-. 
ars (AJl which be at deadly Diiference amongfl themfelves iti 
as much as they do notorioufiy difparage and befpatter one 
another) yet as titrod and PtUte co\i\<i joyn hands againll 
CHRIST,fo thofe Miicreants can allconfpire againft Vroteftants: 
Thus Dogs though they be fighting never fo hercely and tear- 
ing one another, yet if an Hare run by, they can give over, 
and all run after her, Accordingly thofe two forts, though 
of Heterogeneous Principles, could be enough Homogeneous 
toAfTauItChrift with their cavelling Interrogatories, wherein 
their putid Hypocrify(courting him at thefirll,and calling him 
Mafier, whom before they had branded with that black name 
of Selzebub) appeared, defiring him to [hew them a SIGN. Th^m 
by all means, as more worfliipful men than the Multitude, e'n 
fuch as might well feem to merit fuch a fignal and fingular Fa- 
vour. They mult by all means be the only Men to whom the 
McflTiah muft fhew a Sign from Heaven ^ fuch as .^cfuah (hewed 
in commanding the Sun to flandflill; fuch s.s ifai^ih iliew'd in 
caufing the Sun to run Retrogade ten Degrees, or fuch as 
Samuel {hewcdin calhng forThunder and Rain in Harveft,&c. 
or rather fuchas Mofcs fliew'd in Commanding the Corn of Hea- 
ven to come down for daily bread to Ifrael, John 6.9 1.5 2. and 
if the MefTiah would do fo much for them, none, they pre- 
tended^ ihould be more willing to own him : yet, all this 
while, thty intended Malice and Mifchiefagainflhim, contem- 
ning his Miracles on Earth as if done by Magick Art, &c. 

HI. Herod alfo was of no better Bran than thofe, who Dc fired 
to fee Jeftfsfor along tim% that he mi^htfhetv hi?n fome fign^ Luke 
25.8. Such as would recreate his Eyes and his Mind in behold- 
ing, for helook'd apon our Jord iis no better than a Com- 

B 2 men 

4 Wonderful Sign^: 

mon Juggler, that would undoubtedly (to ingratiate himfcff 
with the King) (liew to him the very beft Trick in his Budget. 
Thus that Fox would gladly have been.gratiiied, but he was 
Hotorioufly deceived;, inafmuch as Chrill was not fo profufe 
of his Divine power as to put it for til at the plcafure of bad 
raeji, mearly tofarisfie their vain Curiofity. 

But (Il.)vve do not. only find (upon Scripture Record jwicked 
men.Defirous.to fee Signs,, but even Godly men alfo, as (i.) 
Mofes^E^od.^. I.. who had Experience of his Brethrens rejc- > 
d:ing him, and thruflinghim from them, Exod. a. 14. A6t. 7. 
a7. and fo they might Do again, It he had not fomething to 
ihew what might well warrant his Extraordinary Cail : there- 
fore, lie faith. They will not believe me^ &c. that is^ I dare not 
Vfenture upon a bare Divine Call and CommilTion, unlefs fome 
Divine figns be flievv'd me for my farther Confirmation : Here- 
upon God condefcends. to gratify him wjtii the Two firll: mi- 
raculous Signs ;, Thus., in thefirft Sign 'tis obfcrvable, That 
the turning ofMoJes Rod into a Serpent, was- a manifeft Difclai- 
ming of any Power borrowed from the Devil,in all thofe won- 
ders which he was-to work with that Rod, for that Sign did 
demonftrare Mofes power over the Devil or Se, pin\(his exprefs 
Type) and exercis'd againil him in handling him (though 
not without fame Fear at firft) through a- ftrengthned Faith 
at hisPleafure:. jWofes, indeed^ took this Serpent or Crocodile 
by the Tail only, 'Tw^s the Work of the MESSIAH to break 
the Serpents Head : In. this firll Miraculous fign, the ROD 
/Iiew'dthe flourifliing State of Ifrael while foffpb was- Lord of 
the Land of iEgypt, and fo held the Rod or Scepter for their 
Comfort, but its Turning into a Serpent (or Dragon) did plain- 
ly portend the AfflidcdEflate of that Church, when I'haraoh 
that Z)r^^c;; , Ezek. 29. 3. ) with the Subtlety of the Old 
Serpent mofl grievoufly opprelTed Ifrael; and yet this Serpent 
rnull be turn'd back again into a /?o^, to Agnify that the arili»5l- 
cd Eflate of the Church fliould be turn'd into a fiourilhing E- 
ilate ugain by the Minillry ofMofcs (more glorious than that of 

OflVonderpil Times'. 5 

^ofeph) who was cailed /a>^ in Jcfurum, Deut. 33'.), (a Title 
above that of ^^/^/>/^) and who was commanded to taksths 
Serper/t by the Taii\ Exod.4. 4. which was ciircadial to be donc^ 
becaufe of the Innate Antipathy and probable Danger of the 
Sting, yet Faith fortifies Mo fa's Heart againft his J'car of this 
formidable Creature, and carricshim tlirough the Difficulty of 
this Duty ; he doth as God bids him, and had no Dammage 
thereby, but the Serpent was turnd into a Rod again : 

Moreover (2.) for Humbling.iV/^/(f;f and helping him to know 
That this miraculous Sign was not wrought by the Power of 
his own hand, therefore was his hand .made a Leprous one; 
to Jhew, That fuch great Wonders could not be wrought by fo 
unclean a Hand, without the Helpof a better and greater Hand 
than his own : and yet the AccomplifliLment of this Second 
Sign was a f:rthcr Confirmation ofMofes's Faith,th?it Leprous 
hand of his {as white as Smw) oiuft be return d to its Katural 
ruddy Complexion again, Mcfcs found the Lcprofy in his Eo- 
fom, and there aifo he imm-cdiately left it : This was to ffgni- 
fy to him, That the fore Eftate of the Church ihould prcfent- 
iy be curedj the Time.of Her Healing now was at Hand, tho 
ihc hiid Uifi long, amorjf tie Pots {2,t\d {6 were not only as poor dc- 
fpis'd Lepers covered ovci with a white Lcprofy, but -all blak- 
ned and befmutch'd in the Bofom of ^gypt their Houfc of 
Bondage)' yet God would reftore her agani to a Sound Eilate 
and ^tve her Wn^fs (f Sdvsr^ :ix\d Feathers of Telhtv GoL/, Pfal.\ 
68. 15- Thus the moft high God doth vouchfafc to (loop fo 
low to the meannefs of Man, as to gixc Mofm fign upon fign, 
as he had done bcibrc to him, Exo ;,:?. m. Giving him then 
a Double Coufirmation (j.) That of the n."r:iif?^ b-'-IJ), for tli*? 
prefcnt : (i.) That o£SnvJ^^ Go J at Horth for tlic future. Tiic 
like Favour the Lord likewife vouchfafeth to us by giving us- 
a frec^uent AdminiHration of the Lords Supper,' whereby lie 
doth Seal and Seal again the Confirmation of our faith in the 
(Xiecdir}g g;-.- cat and prtcio.w^ Promi(ts cf ChrtP, 2 Pct. i, 4. God 
ftid to, Mofts, Such as will };oi'H:ar th; rist:: cf the ^-'^ "^i^f? 


^ Wonder fid Signs 

tky rvill hdkvc t^e Voice cf (he Litter fig}\ Exod. 4. ?. Lehol 
HAOih^ the voice of the Sign, plainly impoiteth That every of 
God's Signs hath a Voice, and therefore the Pfalniifl faith, 
That they have not only a Voice, but Words alfo. [^Dibre oth- 
ethiiu ] he lliew'd the Words of his Signs, So 'tis in the Hebr. 
Pfal. 105. 17. They fpeak not to oiir Eyes only, but to our 
Ears alfo. Thus doth Sacramental Signs, Tliey have a Voice, 
SiS AbcCs Blood is faid to have, Gen. j^. 10. Hebr. 11.^. which 
yet fped'eth^ How much more the Blood of Chrift, which ffeak-^ 
€th better things th.in the Blood of .^^f/,Hebr. 12. 14. The fign 
Iiath a Voice in it (as Exod. 4. 10. Ezek. 1.18. c^Job, 4. 16. 
God Annexing his Word with his Sign that it may be the bet- 
ter heard and undcrflood) becaufe it (as it were) fpeaketh that 
to the Eye, which words do to the Eear ; and on the contra- 
ry that which is plainly declared to the Ear, is fometimes re- 
prefented as if It were aded, and exhibited to the Eye, GaL 
5.1. Thus the Adminillratiom of the Lords Supper is a lively 

. Refembiance of Chrift crucified upon the Crofs ; and thus the 
flung Ifraelites were heald by looking upon the Brazen Serpent 
advanced upon the Pole, Num. ii.S. Twasbut Look and live 
then, and, ushiii Look and live no^^ John 5. 16. Astheythat 
look'd upon their Sores, and not upon the Sign, Dyed for it. 
So, they that fix their Eyes upon their Sins, and not upon 

' their Saviour, do Defpair, and Dye : and, as they that look'd 
upon the Sign though but with one Eye, though but with a 
fquint Eye, or but with half an Eye, they were prefently hea- 
led. So, thofe tlmt look up to Chrift, though WeAk in Faith^ 

^ yet Faithful in Weaknef^ are fure to be faved, Ifa. 45.11. Look 
Mnto me Alt the Bads of the Far th^ and be Saved., as the Moon 
when flie looks mofl fully in a dired line upon the Sun, then 
is fhe in the Full,and moil fully inlightned : This is the great 
Duty Required, to lo.k vpcft a Crttctfied Saviour^ Zcch. ii. 10. 
and Salvation (in the Extent of it) is in the former Scripture 
propounded as the Grand Wages of that work and Duty and 
that Uuiverfally to all Right lopkcrs both Jews and Gen- 
tiles. The 

Of Wonderful Timer. j 

The fccond Jnftance of a godly man (defirous to fee Signs ) is 
Gideon; as Mo(ts was the firji\ both of them reckoned among 
God^ Renowned Worthies. Hch. 1 1. zo. 31. This Gideon though 
but weak in Faith, yet was faithful in weaknefs, and therefore is 
he dignified with a Room in that Court-Roll, of the moft radi- 
ant Starrs in Scripture Horizon, yet his Faith though true, be- 
ing weak, required fome Supporters, hence he faith [ then flnw 
me a S gri [ Judg. 6. 1 7. This Sign Gideon fought not, as that 
Adulterous and Evil Generation (the Pharifes, &c.) did, out of 
Curiofity and Incredulity,but (as ^foJes before him, &c.) for far- 
ther Confirmation of his Faith, concerning his call to fo great a 
Work, whereby hemightbefatisfied that it was God (and not 
man or Devil) that called him : A good Caufe, a good Call, and 
a good Confcience, will make a good Courage, and all are nc- i^ 
cellary to a Captain or Soldier. Efpecially ihe Lord looked upon 
to, as well liking his fpeech. -y, 14. vouchfafes him aSign^ 
V. II. fignifving, that the MidiiVniies fiiould be Deflroyed with- 
out mans labour, feeing Fire came out of the Rock (as before 
Water had done, £.v^/. 17. 7, ) without any humane help to 
confume the Sacrifice ; therefore did Oidton cvtdi an Altar to- 
the Lord, who had thus conf rmcd him (not only by theft 
Signs, I'. 17. but by two other Signs, ^'. 56. ;7.) and thus com- 
forted him againft his dcfpondencics, and called the name of 
his k\i2Lr[^'pebo'Vjh ShaLm'] the Lord of Peace, v. 2;. 24. Othat 
this Infcription were upon all our Hearts, as a. Jheif. ^. iG. 
The Lord of Peace give us Vea.ce alivays iyall means^ this would 
anfwcr all Doubts, and advance Faith above Fbar, The fig ii 
of the Fleece, Gideon defircd to be doubled, not outof //;tT^^/v- 
lity to tempt God,but out of Hnmilit) to be fupported under the 
fence of his own weaknefs and unfuirablcnefs to fo great an lin- 
dertaking,again{l which he found marvelous Relief,inthe dou- 
ble Wonder oitliQ. Fleece, which intimated two things to Iiim. 
I. Concerning ifraei i.Concerning Midi.tv. (i.) As xo ijrael', that 
was reprcfented by theFleeqe, being fometimes wet with the 
Dewof Heaven, and fometimes dry., (i.) As to Midiar, tliey 


8 Wonderful Signs 

had Fleeced Ifrael of all their good things, and puU'd all the 
Wooll from off their backs, as the Shearer {m that Fleece) had 
don to the poor Shecp,turning him naked out of doors into the 
open Fields; but now Grdior.{mx.h. the Lords help) fliould fleece 
Midim : the Sword of the Lord and of Gideon ihould do as 
much for them, as they had done' for j(rAe!, pay them home in 
their own Coyn, and requite them to the full, after tlie Law of 
-retaliation : hereby Gideons Faith, weak at firil, did gradually 
grow flrong by thofc confirming Signs ; fo comes he in as a 
Candidate in that Apoflolical Catalogue, ne^ 11.51. Araongft 
the higheft Favourites in the Court of Heaven : Befides thofc 
two Godly Men ( Mojes and Gideon , that defireJi confirming 
Signs) there be many others, to whom God vouchfafed Signs, 
though unde fired : as, the Tree of Life to ^^dam^ Gen. j. ai. 
The Hre of God to AbrAhxm^ Gen. 15. 17. The budding of the 
Rod to Airon^ Num. 17. 5. The Sun ftanding flill to ^ojhfta^^ 
Jo/h. 10. I ;. And its running back to Hez,diah. a. Kings. 10. 
^, 9. Fiery Tongues to the A po files. Ads a. 5, 4- A Draught 
of Fifh to Peter, John, z 1. 6. A Star to the three Wife men,Mat. 
3.. a. 9. Dumbnefs 10 ZecharUh, Luke i. 10. and many other 
Signs to Behevers, Mark 16. 1 7, 1 8 , 10. 

Yet fometimes we find God forcing Signs, even upon wick« 
cd men, as upon that branded one Ahaz, Ifai. 7. 10. 11. 11. 
14. &c. Though thiif fvoj King jhaz, wicked with an accent, 
even he fhall fee, that while he was under the power of a ma- 
licious Devil, yet hath he to do with a moft gracious God, who 
"by a wonderful condefecnfion will needs give him a Sign ,• 'tis 
sn unheard of vouchfafcmcnttovouchfafe a Sign to fuch a no- 
torious Unbeliever, this is more than Chrift would do to the 
PhdrifeeF, whom he calls a baftardly Brood, for defiring a Sign, 
as before. M4tt. i a. 39. \^Ask a Sign either in the Depth, &c.] F^erei 
Was a fair oi?cr to a moft foul Sinner, he might have had a fight; 
of Heaven or of Hell for a Sign, yet inftead of an humble and 
thankful asking, he fordidlyanfwered(tantamont) lie ask no 

askings, I.'ic try no Signs, I Know a trick worth two of that, I'lc 


Of IVondciful Times. q 

fend to the^Aifyriafts fo help my fejf, God may keep hi\ Signs 
to himfelf, I crave no fuchcourtefy at his hands, &c. "JDid e- 
ver any branded Behahi]; or black-mouthed Bedlam fpeak NXorfe 
to God than he in all this : no wonder if Gcd fet a black bnnd 
upon him, faying, t/.'/sjs t'^nt Ahaz, i. C^nn. 28. zi. Yet ni\t- ^ 
withdandingali this ingratit-ude and prGvocation,God (of hinV 
fclf) 'Tfive jjrael a S/gr^Jfs.. •] 14. A /Inguirir Sign,a Signboth 
irom above and from beneath, inafmuch as this Imm.mud, hon\ 
of a Virgin, did joynpure Heaven and bafe Earth together, i\\ 
bis two Natures. Again, thofc Signs which the Scripture men- 
tions are manifold ; as, i. Such as be meerly Natural,6'(';«.i.i4. 
a. Prscternatural, befide the power of Nature in her ordinary 
produdion, fuch are Prodigies in Heaven and Monflcrs on 
Earth, (!^r. 5. Supernatural, which are either Divine (fuch as 
were the Miracles God wrought by the Prophets and Apofllcs) 
ot Diabolic dl^'aiSiht Lf:ng Wonders. Deut. 15. 2.3. 2. TheiT 
7.9. and Rev. 13. i;. As there be Natural Signs, fo there 
bclnflituted Signs,to \^ it,the Sacraments which are czWdSi'^ns p 
and 5f*i/jof the Covenant, Rem. 4. 11. Moreover the Signs God ' 
frjcws to men, are either ordinary or extraordinary , commnma 
aut Ifjfolita Stgna: Except we fee (not common, but) nmlual fi,^n?, 
ry>€ will not bd.eve. John. 4. 48. We have a frequent fight of Na- 
tural Signs, and of Artificial Signs, the former hanging in the 
Heavens, cxpofed to open view, the latter hanging over every 
Houfc(almoll)in this greatCity,yea and fuch figns as be fignifi- 
cant, indeed fome Signs are /ignihcant, ex primAria intentione in- , 
/?>/.Y^;j/;.f, purpofely and primarily Inflitutcd to fignify fdme-' 
thing,, whether the Inflitutor be God or Man. . God \% the on- 
ly Inftitutorof allfignificant flgns in Sacred things,' as hclnflp'' 
tuted the two Sacraments under the Law, and the two Sacra- 
ments under the Gofpcl; other /Ignificani: Signs or Ceremoni- 
es, which arc only mans Infiitution r^/y^'^ffirr c.'meimothe mi-id'} 
if God, Jer. 7. 31." Nor oni of the M^ulffof Ced, Dear. 4. i;'2?>',' 
ought juftly to be exploded All Divine Worfhif muft have /)V- •^' 
vine Warrant, and Divine InP.itinions may not be mingled with' 

C ' Htt- 

I o Wonderful Sigrrs 

Humane Inventions: This is to Plow in Gods Field, with an 
Ox md an Afs,and to fow therein mingled Seeds (even Tares as 
weVas wheats) and to woriliip the Lord in a Linfy-Woolfy Gar- 
ment, Beut. ai. 9. 10. 1 1. There be alfo flgnificant figns in C/- 
1/7 and common things (as well as ^^frf^^) whofe proper and 
primary end in the purpolc of their Inftitutor (man) is to /ignify 
fomething, as the Signs at every Boor in the City^ and at every 
Inn in the Country^ and the Efcucheons at Great mens Houfes: 
And there be other 5';^;??, which be fignificant only by confe- 
quenceand fecondarily, not eflentialJy and from xht pnmvj 
purpofe of their Inftitiitors, Thus Steeples and Pods &c. may 
iignify by their iiiadows what time of the day it is, which is 
not the proper and peculiar purpofe for which they are made, 
or ufe of rhem, as is of Clocks! and Dials, 'tis a fecrtfi^ary ufe 

But toinfifl only upon extraordinary Sgns and Wonders (cal^ 
l^dfigna in(olfta unufuai Marvels) according to my prefent De- 
fign : confider, that as their Erds fo their Kindt are various^ 
I. Their Ends are from their Author and Original) manifold ; 
as, I. They are intentionally defigned, by the great and fole 
Wonder-working God, for the confirming of that Truth, once 
delivered to the Saints,^ Jude 5. Mark 16. 17. 18. io. and 
Hebr. 1. 4. Thofe extraordinary Signs, are well called, the 
Swadling-bands of the Infant Church, therefore was ihc princi- 
pally Viv^nx^z^ and Fortified with Miracles, always and only 
while and when fhe was young, tender, and needed fome corro- 
boration :, Tis true, there were fome fprinklings of Miracles 
upon, other emergent occafions, &c. But the main body of themi 
were wrought firil by Mo^es and 'Jojlmah ; Mojes was thtfirft and 
n<vo gtver of the Laiv^ then the church in the Wilder nefs (fo called 
^/?. 7. ^S-") was but a weak Infant, fo needed thofe Si^ns and 
Wonder t^ which Mojes wrought, both in tAL^yf^t A^.y. ;6. and in 
Vhe Wildcrnefs, pf. 105.39. 4^ 4^- ^^^^ ^"7- to 58 Yet none 
were wrought after ihe got into Canaan, though jo(l>Hah did in 
conveying them thithei;, a. By lUiah and F lijha ^who were the 


Of W onderfui Times. ft 

two new Riflorers of the Ldw , (which amounts almoflto a Giver 
of it, fo tantamont a Law-girer) then the Church was newly 
Born again, and fo llood m need of a fecond fwadhng^by many 
more Miracles, after her Recovery from her worfe Kelaps m 
AhAsXm^.^C. ;. By Chytf and his /Ifoflle^, who were both 
new Givers and Rcftorers of the Gofpel inafmuch as the Gof- 
pel was preached in Paradice, (7f;j. ^ 15.) Then did the Eo- 
d:rine of the Goff el by diverfe Miracles, as by the Wings of 
the Wind, fly abroad and was divulged at firfl all the World 
over; and 'tis very remarkable, though fahn Baptifl camein 
thcfpirit and powerof fZ/yM-^, yet did this Tjpe do no Miracles^ 
as the Ami type did, f,k/> lo. 41. lead he fliould be miflaken" 
for the Meffiah, Luke 3 .1 5. who was to do many^ John 7. 51.- 
and 1 1 . 47. Yet '^john was a hnrning and a fhlning L'lghn , John 5, 
55. burning in himfelf andy7;.'«>;«' to others, he Thundrcd in his 
Dodrine, and Lightned in bis Life without Miracles, there- 
fore was he fo much admired, as agreat Reformer in a moft De- 
formed Age. Chrift and his Apoltlcs were all Wonder- work- 
fecured by it while it is tender, and 'tis oft watered, but 
crs , which was as an Hedge to a young Plant, that is 
when once growji up, the Hedge is removed, and the watering 
left off. Hence we fay to the Romanifts,That all the Miracles 
of the New Teflament, arc ours of the Reformed Religion, in- 
afmuch as they all did Demonflrate the fame Dodrine, which 
we do defend, We need no new Miracle, to conform an old 
Truth that hath been before fo confirmed : He that now rcqui- 
reth a Miracle, is therefore himfelf a Miracle. The Eilablilh- 
mcnt of our prefent Reformation is and will be that great Mira- 
cle, which we are in thefe times to look for : 'tis that wonder- 
ful Work which -former Ages did dcfpair of, iheprcfcnt Admiretli, 
and the /«///r^ will fland ania2ed at : concerning the f-yi^^p^ Wen- 
ders the Rom ilh Church fo much boalls oi, I have difcovcred 
the fallacy of them at large, in my Difeovtj.y'.cf the per (on and pe- 
■riedofAntichriH from pAo^e^%.xo 5>. to whicli I refer thcReader, 
•^ The Second End of Extraordinary Signs ard Wonders is for 

C a Awakg* 

1-2 Wonderful Signs 

Awakning a clroufy, fiuggiih and fecure World, which will not 
know the Signs of the Tiines, Matt 1 6. ;. yea, and for Roufing 
up the Slumbring Virgins of the Church, both the Wife and 
the Foolifh, As the Midnight Cry did. Matt. 15. 2, 5. 6. This 
is certainly the great End why the great Wonder work-ng God 
worketh Wonders and ilieweth fignsfach as are Extraordinary 
and Univerfally aftonilhihg, to Alarm,as with thcfe Trumpets, 
both Saints and Sinners, that none might be furprized , He 
therefore doth molt gracioudy found his Trumpet in and by 
them, . that his Judgments may not come as a Thief in the 
IsJight upon ,us, asjie'hath oft foretold us, Matth. 24. 44. 
iThefT. 5.5. Revel.^.';." and 16.' 15. The Thief gives no 
Warning, but comes unexpedlcdly : So doth not a Gracious 
God who giveth Warning, for which Charles the Great bleileth" 
God £br Rebuking his Sluggiihnefs out of his Tender Mercy by 
thqfc his Signs, as a Blazing Star, &c. As I lliew in my little 
Book of this late. Comet, pag. 22. 'Tis undoubtedly moftdear 
£>tv/rfe Clmenci to give timely Warnings of Approaching Judg- 
ments, for, Humane Calamity lYiQiworc [udder/ ^ the more^i^/t- 
i-^?/^; it is, as (i.)Tt.«w.'/es/orDaunts,)and Ex.mmMes a man, 
aa^ the fudden ^torm doth the Marriner, and as the Devil de- 
fign'd/tf^'s MefTengcrs fliould do him, in coming, one at the 
Heels of another, fo unexpectedly upon him. 2. It furprifes 
him at unawares, he ftands not upoji liis Guard, fo can no; 
niO"re prevent it, than unwcildly Eglon^ could Ehud's deadly 

As -'igns and Wonders are Various, 1 • In their £»^/, ^Q, 2. In 
\\\Q\t Kinds ;as, i, There are MirJCuU ^TMirandj. Many things 
aice^/^^/>^f«/4, much marvelled at^, as exceeding, the common 
Courfe ofprovidcnce which yet are not. Ex naiura Rei, Mird- 
(hU, ofthe proper Nature of Miracles. The Jatter exceed etli'. 
the Pov/er of all created Agents, but the former doth not fo, 
A trae and proper Miracle is the Stopping orAltering the com- 
31^011 Courfe- of Nature, and 'tis a produciiig of fome fuch ^f- 
R£^s ^s do iraiiXcend Natures Law, Power, an^ Capacity ; 'tis 


OflVoJidcrfid Tijnef. i :^ 

indeed, an Extraordinary operation cf the AJniighty Creator 
in Kature, either without the Interpodtion and Concurrence 
of Second Caui'es, or Above tHeir natural Capacity: In a word, 
'tis the prcdudtion of Something out of Nothing, ether as to 
Matter 01 as 10 Manner oi produdion , fo that the Almighty 
can only work true Miracles either in himfelf or in his Ser- 
vants impour'd by him.2. There are w/>^ ecu /w/r^/W/, marvelous 
Works and Wonders, i. of God's Working, and i of the De- 
vil's, who is Gods Ape hcreSn, and who by his Impreflion,, 
which, through his Angelical Nature, he is able to ni;ike up- 
on matter , can do wonderful things to cheat the blind worlds 
as he did PhavAoh and the ^Egyptians by his Vailals the 
Sorcerers. But he cannot work fuch a Wonder as is a Miracle. 
The Lending Power will never accomniodate the Borrowing . 
party with fuch a Power as maybe prejiidicial to ins own ho- 
ly and glorious Berign. The only wife Creator will never gra- 
tify his Creatures, nay the worfr of his Creauires,- fuch are all 
Sorcerers) for any fuch end as either to obf.radt his WOilK, 
or to cheat the World Hereupon duHin^ de Unit ate Fcc.'tf.cap.iG. 
faith excellently , That the pretended- Miracles of his time 
were cilh^z fiomcnta mtndac;um Honnnnir^ ant '^ ortcntJL jalUcium 
SfiYUunm^ either the Forgeries of lying Men, or the. Portents ; 
of Deceitful Devils : for a true Miracle is the work of an In- 
finite Power, whether primarily or Sccoiuiarily performed -• 
and hence Davd faith, That God Ohl-j doth wo;7dr,»s 'ihim^s^ \\. 
1%, I 8. Indeed God (bnu lines ufeth men as moral Indruments., 
but never as natural Caufes in working Wonders, which fur- 
pafs the Power of Nature. Hence alfo N.huch.idnez.z,!ir^ wIkii 
God drove him from men by his owa Courtiers and fub;eds,and 
fo had tam'd him, and taken him a loop or link lovver, by ma- 
king' him graze among the Beads, himfelf becomes a Catho- 
lick Preacher to the VVorld ; publickly proclaiming the Great 
God to be the only KviiYxOz oi Si^ns and Wonders \ Ti « the 
Lord only that Ihaveih them, And they are ail His, with an Em- 
phufls, and n©t only So, but they are [Rab Kabbinl c>eAt^ 


14 yyondcrpd Siguf 

Manj, zwd. Mjgfjff(;€»t^ as the wordfignincs, Dm. 4. 2, 3. n, 
34,37. Mark how he cnlargeth upon this point again and 
again, and he calls Code's great Ads towards iiim, (in his Ex- 
puhlon from his Throne ) i. SIGNS, as they did fignify Gods 
Wifdom, Power and Juflice to him; and 1. VVONDE^IS, 
as worthy to be Wondred at by him, when yet in the Kigh- 
cft Ruffe of his Pride and Profperity, iliould havs both a Vifi- 
on and Execution of his Downial from the Higheft Pinacle of 
Jiis Arch Triumphant : Mark, Nebuchjiin. hereupon celebrates 
God's Kingdom only, had Dlivii handled this, he had added 
(as in his Htllcd Gadol, or great Gratulatory Pfalm, the i ;6.) 
He doth often, His Mercy C'.dureth for ev:r^ which is the foot 
and burthen of the whole Song, not as an idle tautbiogie, or 
vain 'RepUitiof\ but as a mofl notable intimation of the Saints 
mnfatisfiablenefs in praifmg GOD, for his never- failing mercy, 
his Covenant-mercy, his fpecial mercy m CHRIST (who was 
the mofl fignal Sign, ija. 7. 14.) in and by whom God only 
worketh wondrous things. Pj. "Ji- 17. 18. Where David blef- 
feth God, for all the forementioned Benefits by the Lord Chrift, 
of whom his Son SoL msn was but a Type : hereof NebnchAd- 
nczAr was Ignorant, However 'tis admirable, he could go thus 
far, as to acknowledge the Lord Jehovah to be the true and 
wonder-working-God, whereby he tellified his Repentance in 
his admiring (as in a Rapture) the mighty and matchlcfs pow- 
er of God, he was conflrained to give God the Glory of all his 
wonderous Works , hence fonie think he was truly and 
throughly Converted here, feeing he falls {q kindly under the 
mighty hand of God, whereby (as he penitently acknowlcdg- 
cthj thofegreat'^/^//j and i^'W^r/, were wrought concerning 
him, that fuch a mighty Monarch (as he was) (hould be chafed 
from his Kingdom, yea and from among men, and live among 
brute Beafls, feeding upon Grafs as they fed (who had former- 
ly fed on the choiccft fare, the chicfeft Gates and Dclicatcs x^ 
the World) and that for 7 long years, yea deprived of his Hu- 
mane Undcrdanding all this time (oh that the proudeft Poten- 

Of Wonderful Times. l^ 

tates of tJie World, would well ponder this wondo^ful Work) 
and yet after ail this,be reflored to his right J ntelU finals^ and to 
his Rojal Di^mijf. How well doth he flile them Go^s great Stgm: 
a:dWondirs for ]vho but God can look ufo>7 th:pyo:id ,ind bring th-.ni 
low. Job 40. II, II, 13, God did abate his rridc,and abafe his 
Power, to bring him to Repentance 'i ,« etoi'iiu^AA'-oyiJ.c' God hath 
a mofl powerful Eye, both f©r Everfion as here, and for Convcr- 
(ion as Litk. tz. 61. and here (probably) alfo. The Avhole work 
being a fupernatural change (both forward and backward, out- 
ward and inward) and every circumfiance (occafion, manner, 
degree and time, &c.) fecming no lefs then a new Creation. 

Again ;ly. The Wonders of Gods Working are cidicr Or- 
dinarjot ExtrAordjyjary. a. Ordinjiry, God of ten lliews himfelF 
maximum in minimis, the greateft Aruft in ih^fmalejl matters,nou 
only in thxit miraculous plague oiLice (made of the Dud) upon, 
the Land of JE^ypt, which fo fainted under thefc poor Vermin, 
(armed with thcpower of God) tliat they were forced to cry 
out. This ij the ^cry Fmzer of GOD, Exod. 5. 17, 18, 19. where- 
in 'tis very Admirable to obferve how this Ad: of Omnipotent 
tency in fuch bafe and vile Creatures, as are Dud ana Lice, 
confounded the Impoflure and Power cf Jannes and Jambrcs,. 
a Tim. 5, 8, 9. yea, and of the Devil their MaflcrJ yet the 
Great God. was highly honored thereby, for, 'tis £;id> blithe 
duf oft^eLiind was made Lice by Afcfes, ver. 17. then the Magi- 
cians had no matter left them to try their Diabolical Arf-t upon,, 
unlcfs they could create Duff, and fuppofe they had fome Duft 
left them for an Experiment , yet, though they flretch'd out 
their hands v.ith Rods, and did their utmoll Endeavours, They 
ceuld not, verf. 1.8. 'i hey could neither Create Duft where there 
was none , nor, where there was feme, convert it into Lice; 
Kcither could thcfe Magicians fave their own Skins, &c. 

Thus it plainly Appeareth, That the power and Providence 
of God extcndeth even to the lowed and vileft things in the 
Creation, and that God can, after a Miraculou? manner, foil 
the Greateft power cither of Men or Devils therewith at his 



Wo7ihrfiil Signs 

ricalure. And this is Gods {licwinghimfclfthc grcatell Ope- 
i-ator in the lead of his Operations, and not only, I fay, in ex- 
traordinary, but alfo even in ordinary Cafes : Indeed the 
'-> r.iwrc;' , (he eternA Power and God he. d i's manifeft and know- 
able in the whole Creation, yea in the Dccimo-Sexto's as well 
as in the Great I o'io's thereof: Every Creature hath Aiqind 
Dei dqne ^w alqmd N:hib\ Something of God in it as well as 
fomething of Kothing; otherwife it could not be faid to be 
created out of Nothing by theCrcator, and many times we Ad- 
mire that there fliould be more of Art and Ad:ivity4in aDwarf, 
Bee or Ant, than in a Giant, or Elephant, moft great Souls arc 
Sometimes couch'd in mofl little Bodies. Amd the truth is,Truc 
^md real Wonders arc God's daily work (upon which Account 
they may be called Ordinary) as I (hew i\\ my Crown of a Chri- 
itian, upon that Book with Three leaves(the Creation of God) 
"Viz. Heaven , Earth OT Se<i, Pfal. 155.6. There be Wonders 
without mmber in all thofe Three, Job 9.10. Siieh as the Wifefl 
may well wonder at, and more obfcrvable than cither the moll 
are aware of, or affeded with : 'Tis manifeft. That 'Jehovah 
is the true and only Thaumaturgus, the great and ordinary 
Wonder-worker : To omit the Wonders oi the Creation (for 
which fee Pfalm 136, 4, 5,6, 7. and my little Book aforefaid 
upon Meditation, pag. 1 15. to 145. and give but a Specimen, 
or fmall Scantling of them : (i.) 'Tis a Wonder to be won- 
dired at. How the B^nes^^row in her thxt is with chiLd.Ecclcf.ii.'), 
Solomon himfclf, who was Natures Secretary, wonders at this ? 
.and fo did David before him, Pfalm. 159.14. 2. The double 
Motion of the Lungs, call'd Syftole and Diafiole, A\Hlof the 
^(pulfc in mans Body,is a Wonder which that Famous Phy/lcian 
[calen, tho an Heathen, was fo amazed with, that he would 
needs offer Sacrifices to that God whom he knew not, who yet 
as he fuppofed jnuft be the Original of that Wonder, 5 . The 
Strength of the Nether Chap is a Wonder, whereof no man 
.could ever give a Sufficient. Natural Reafon. Nor 4. of 
the Heat jin the Stomach for Digcflion , of all Meats in Stic- 


Of Wonderpil limes. 1 7 ^ 

curn & Sanguinem. into juice and Blood in a little time. Kor, 
5. Of the various Colours in the Rain- bow: Nor, ^. of the 
ilux and R6flux of the Se-j : Nor, 7. of the Magnctick Vir- 
^tues of the Lod^J florae; to let pafs many others, that are Wotidirs 
all, though ordinary : No nor 8 of this common cafe, that 
C/75/ihould befor<7/^, as to keep Sr.ow (hid within it) from 
melting and yet fo warm as to hallen the Ripning of Apples 
which are cover d with it. Gods rvonders are rvithoiit Numbn^ But 
2. Inflances more. The 9th wonder is, God's iumin^ ivater 
into Wine , as his Daily V/orK 'Tis true, this is called, The 
Beginning of chnp M.raclei, Joh. 1. 11. and 'twas a mighty 
Miracle, yea better than that of JW<?/V.<, for, the Giver of the 
Law turnd Water into S.'ocd, but the Giver of the Gofpel tum'd 
Water tr.to Wr/jc ; the former could not be drank without 
danger of dying, the latter was delightful to Drink, and 
Jileart-Reviving: yet this Wonder of turning water intoVVinc, 
'fs'~a daily work with God, as /iuguftin excellently obferveth, 
^nafmuch as the Rain mater which falls upon the Root of the 
Vine and nouridieth the Tree, Doth in time turn into the 
Grape, The Juice, Blood or Wine is originally Water. In 
the loth and lad place, Augujlin excellently alfo makcth Gods 
multiplying a grain of Or;;, fown in the Earth, to 50, 60, or 
100 Corns, a more miraculous wonder than Chrifts multiply- 
ing the few Loves to feed 5000 pcrfons: his words are,w r-i///- 
cr efl Grant in Terra multipltcatio^quiim lUa qumque farmm ^ Trad. 
24. in Joh. 6. 9, 10, II. yet was that miracle of the 5 Joaves^^ 
exceeding marvelous, Tnafmuch as the Loaves, by a llrange 
kind of Ajithmetick, were Multiplied by Divjfion, as they were 
diflributed among the Multitude, and an Addition to them 
was made by Suhjlra^ion: As each perfon had his piece fub- 
traded from the Loaves, yet were they augmented thereby ♦. 
Notwithftanding all this That Reverend Hther prefers the 
common Experience of every Husband-man,thc multiplying of 
one grain, as a greater wonder : 

Thus, fomcthing ?nay be known of God in the whole Greati- 
. on, Rom. 1. 19, and much more in Divine Providence, God 

D never 

1 8 Wonderful Signs 

ncYttleavej ljim[clf without Wit nefs^ A[ls 14.17. ycc, Udveshe 
sUmen without excufi^^,:f^^,^.:,r'r^. without any Apology, Kom^ 
1 . 10. for though natural light is not available to bring faJn< 
Man into the Favour of God, yet it is fufficient to convince 
him of Moral wickcdnefs both againft God and Man : oh then 
what pity it is, that Chrift (liould flill fay , Te will not btlteve^ 
except je fee Signs and Wonders^ whereas men live in the very 
midft of many fuch like Signs and wonders (as are the afore- 
faid : d^r. yet, they come not up to fo much as amounts to an 
Old Teflament Faith , of Believing tn GOD . (though a New 
Teftament Faith is requifitc alfo, as Chrift faith, Te believe m 
Cjcd^ ydieve alfo in Me , John 14 i. ) but are Intoxicated with 
Atheifm, and live according to their Luds, as if they were all 
become Drfi^z/s lools, which fay in their Hearty There is no Cod^ 
though they Daily fee God fufEciently fealing up his General 
Goodncfs to Man, in doing him Good ^ro vilfu & amiifu^ be- 
llowing upon him Daily Bread and Daily Cloathing, 

a. Belides thofc Ordinary, God hath alfc his Exunaordina- 
ry Wonders: The 7* /^'j«/«a n >.« ^ the very great a«d- Won^ 
derful Works of GOD, A^ i. 11. for,, though the Great 
GOD doth limit Nature to her Common. Produds^ yet wilL 
he never limit himfelf, hniW II Do whatever plenfeth him, Pfal. 
IH. %- without either the Help or the Hindi-ancc of any. 
^yhether it be ^'firaclfi or Marvels, or Ordtnanarj occurrences ; 
As to the iirft of thofe, Ihavefpokc io largely already, and: 
ihall only add, that there were never any Miracles (otrtVeight,. 
MfAjure a/idNumbef (forGodds faid to do all things a"'"-^^'*^ men- 
fur a & Nurnrr^) oqual to thofe in the time of theGofpcl : none 
of thofc either ^r/tr^ or under the Law^ can be parraleFd with 
thofe undcrthc Gofpcl,. upon; allthofe three accounts, they 
are not like them for weight,, meafurc and.numkr , It may eafily 
be Demonftrated how far Law-Miracles come fticrt of Goffcl 
vJ<</>dr/e/, in all thefe refpecfis, Tolnftance only in tliat. one, 
aforenamed iMoics indeed turned Water into Blo'jd. but the MeJJt- 
mtgf,ted.:rarer:}7it^JVm,^nd,hoyv^.muchihc latter exceeds and 


u/ Av onderpil Timeir. t^ 

txcels the former, is obvious to ercry ordinary undcrAandirig, 
inafmuch as the former was made fefttfertus tht latter falutf/e- < 
rous Drink : therefore the captious and carnal Jews were excee- 
dingly irrationaI,in r^jedingthofc Miracles the Mfffldh wrought 
amongfl: them, and requeuing feme fuch as Mofes h^d wrought 
for their Forefathers (as giving them Mannd from Heaven, crc.) 
Seeing thofe of the Mtffiah did far furmount thofe of M0[es both 
in quuLtj and qudntitj and in fonder ofiij^ Inafmuch as that Marine 
Mofcs gave their Forefathers melted, Dutrified, bred Worms, 
and perifhedinthcuflng, but the MtfJiM gave himfelfthe true 
Bread from Heaven, to feed them up to Everlafting Life, his 
<y^n Flejh for them to eat, and hit own Bleodiot them to Drink, 
a Meat and Drink that muft laft (without putrifying) fo long 
as the World doth laft, Mann a was but the 7jfe , which is al- 
ways the UJfer^ Chrift is the Arttityf(^ which is always the great- 
er and better; If our Saviour fay of himfclf, that hcis gredter 
/A/;» Solomon, MdUh. i%. 41. Wc may likewrfe fay of him, 
he is^redter and hetter thdn Manna. Moreover, that which more 
aggravated the Jews Contempt oichrifis perfon and his Mira- 
cles, is^ that their knowledge of ^<3/<ri*s Miracles they had 
upon Credit only,thcy received it by Tradition from their Fore- 
fathers : But as to the Miracles of our Bleifed Meffldh^ they re- 
ceived them not by Hear-fay , but were pcrfonal Eye- witnelTes 
of them, therefore doth the Apoftlc Pefer, make his Solemn 
Appeal to their own Knowledge and Confciences. t^^. i. 12. 
So that he leaves them no liberty of doubting, for C H R IS T 
was by fo many manifeft Demo nftrat ions /^/'/r<?'y^<i <?/ G O D (to 
be his grand Embaflador to the World) and fliould therefore 
be alfo dffrevedcfmin, efpecially ofthofe men who could fay 
[Hifce oculu ejus miracuU Vidimus] we have feen with our very 
Eyes, the wonderful Works which he wrought, and which ne- 
ver any Man before him did Work, ^ohn 9. ; i. No not Afofes 
whom they called their Maftcr, fo that even the very Stran- 
gers in ferufalem did know thdt chnfl xvds mij^hty in V^'erd and Deed 
(as wclldfMoks lCf.'j,M.)hth bef$rt God and before all thePeof/e^in, 

D a whofr 

1Q Wonderful Signs 

whofe very prefence Chrifl wrought his Miracles. Luke 14. 1 8 . 
19. for he did nothing tn a corner^ as Ai^. i6. i6. but before mul- 
titudes of Spedators and Eye-witnelTes thereof. As to the 
third, to wit , Ord/nary Occnrrenccj which Cometh to pafs 
commonly and ufually by the forver of Nature ( and often 
by the dexterity of Art is not my defigned Sub edin this ihorc 
Difcourfe, though there be whole bundles of Wonders, even ia 
the common courfeof i\r4f«r4/(if not Artificial) produdiions, as 
I have hiflanced in ten particulars aforementioned, which at 
this time may be fuffi ient. As to the [econd^ to wit. Marvels 
(which are certain middle things, betwixt Miracles s^ndord m- 
n Occurrences) ihoCe Sire the principal matter intended to be 
Difcuded in this litrle Treatife (which though it belittle in its 
Bulk) yet Treatethupon tlic^reat thi/j^s ofGOD. 'Tis aTheo- 
logical Maxim, th^idnMncreated liberty is an Attribute of the 
Divine EfTence, and this being I^fHite, (as well as Incrcated) 
cannot be limitted by any of its objeds, but Ads freely and 
out of his meer good pleafure, and not out of any nece/Tity of 
Nature. Pf iiS- 3- Dan. j^.. 25. ^er. i^. 5.andxS. ^. &c. 
Hereupon the Great God , being 2i Free Agent m^y fometimcs 
ftep out of his common Road, and ordinary courfc of Provi- 
dence, and io work beyond the reach o{ Nature, and above the 
skill of Art, to the producing of not only A'firacles as above) 
but alfo Marvels or Wonders. Thus God is Defcribed to be 
one thai doth ^"fat things andunfea^chable^jea rriArvelous th.vp with^ 
out mimher. Job 5.9. Thus Eliphaz here fpake the Truth, con- 
cerning the wonderful IV/fdom and Almighty Pomr o{ God, ^nd 
Job himfelf doth readily fet his Seal to that great Truth , Joh 
9-. 10. He is a God Glonous in Holtnef^ , fearful m Vrafcs, and 
aoing Wonders, Exod. 15. 11. 'Tis amoft (lately Defcription of 
God, cryingwho is like thee, and David crycs 2i\[o il'h'>, is a Cod 
like cur [rre^t Go^, a God that dtth Wonders. Pf. -]!. i ?. 14- Sua 
mirabilia fant omnimodo memorabilia, F/e m.ikah his rnarvc- 
/t.vr Works, jll ivorthy to he rememhred. Pf. iii 4 

In Sacred Scripture, we f^nd M.raclcs and /rarvtls or Won- 

Of Wonderful Timef. 

2 1 

ders, arc promifcuoufly taken for each other, yet are they not 
convertible Terms : Ali MtracUs are indeed Marvels, but \y cz 
uer\a ] on the other hand all Marvels are not Miraeles '. there is 
this difference [Ex f^rte Ret ] betwixt them^ Miracles do exceed 
the power of Created Agents, but Marvels do not fo, yet are 
they extraordinary Produd:ions of Divine Providence, over- 
ruhng Natural Agents : God isfaid to work three ways : i/. 
•^ jvw according to Nature : 2/y. -^l^- ^^^^v befides Na- 
ture : 3/y uV.f ;ii^f' above Nature ; but never Casfome fay) .'ir? 
z^nv diredly againft Nature : The ordinary products of Pro- 
vidence, ^nQ according to Nature: Extraordinary Miracles are 
above Nature : and extraordinary Marvels are only kfide Nj. 
lure; but fliould the Great God put forth his power againft 
Nature, Nature would be deftroyed, and the Dedrudion of 
Nature would be the Dcflrudion of the World, for it is as a" 
round chain confiding of many links all linked one to another") 
and if one of thofe links be loofed, the whole chain falls in pie- 
ces and becomes ufelefs : As to thofe Marvels or Wcndfrs, which 
are befide Nature ( the prefent Subjed of my Difcourfe.) A 
right underflanding may be had hereof, in this manner ,• We 
muftfuppofe the God of Nature is above Nature, fo can over- 
rule it at his pleafure : No N.iiural Agents can poflibly A6t 
without the leave o{ Supernatural Providence. The Fire cannot 
burn (as in the Cafe of the 5///^, Exod. 5, i. and of the three 
Nobles of ^^^y/^;?, Dan. 3. iS.) nor can the [^/z/^r drown (as 
in the Cafe of the Red-Sea and o£j:ordcir.) without (as Philofo- 
phy phrafcth it) a Divine concur je : God is the pr/mt/s rnotir^ 
and his Providence is the primum mobile of all Created thincrs' 
and have their Dependency upon their Creator (both as to'^ - 
tng and as to cotton and as to all things^ hCt i-. 1^. ^ s.- and 
no created being can make any morion, mere thnn the Iq Jcr 
Wheels can move m a Cioik ct '"f'&tch^ wirljoat rl^e JmpvJilon of 
the greater Wheels thcjcof: yet f'iU wcn-i-Lifl Know, when tliis 
Great Creator workerii any Atarvcls Cycn or Mirac'cs)' j-c {.ill 
ho'dcth Nature ar a ^e:^ LrFerch^in lusi-.aruf cdv.l draws his 



^^ '^yyonderpl bigns 

own Models or Platforms (cither Ordinary or E^ictmrdUdry) ac- 
cording to his own pleafiirc, yea *tis all one with GOD whc- 
ur^^^ ^'*^^ ''^ ^^ without it, by a power that is Almghty. 
Allfufficient (of it felf ) and infinitely Superior to it, for he is 
under no obliging hece/Tity of being confined to ufc mture as 
his Pen or Pern;!, Though this general Difcourfe hath (beyond 
my expcdation) fwoln much upon my Hand, yet have I all 
along )udged it neccflary to fay all that 1 have fiid, for a fuller 
^xpLcaiion of my prefent Subjcd (which ought to be diftiniftly 
dilcourfed) before any .^ppltcdthn can be made thereof: there- 
fore to avoid any farther prolixity, I ihall (for brevity fake) 
confine my felf to three Heads, ift. The Sorts. 1.7. The 
Sce/te;. ^Ij. The Si'^mficittons of thofe marvelous Si^ns znd 
t^ondtrs. Sec. 1. Of the Sorts or Kinds of them : u Philofo- 
phy telleth us of tliree forts of St^ns : 1 ft. Such as are memora- 
tive (called i^^^uiju^ ) which rccalleth fomething that is///? , 
to prefent remembrance, as the Rsin- sow is a ftanding Sign and 
Monument of the pad Flood, and as that flatcly and lofty Pil> 
lar. lately Ere<5lcd m^hZoadon-BridgeM a Monument (fo called) 
of the late dreadful burning of London, ily. Such Si^ns as 
^Q Demtnfirattve (cAlkdyy'^eArfi*) which do fhcw fomething 
thai is prefent, as Smoak doth Demonftratc fomc Fire to be 
V prefent. and the Bufh, that Wine is then and there to be fold, 
and fuch like, as are Ordmaj ; and fo thofe Signs Extraordinury^ 
which accompanied the primitive Believers : Mark 16. 17. 10. 
did all fignify Gods prefence co-working with them, working 
wonderful Works, both in Preachers and Hearers, &c. ^ly. 
Such Sifns as are PrediBive (call'd ^esyy^^'^^^ ) which prcfa- 
gcth orforellieweth fomething that is Fttture, and will come to 
pafs. as rednefs of the Sky, at the Evening, betokens a fair day 
approaching ,♦ but in the morning the fame is a Si^n of Rain or 
Wind, JU/at. i6, 3. This is proved and approved, by Univcr- 
fal Experience, the probable Reafon whereof in the courfc of 
Nature, may be this, the Setting-Sun carries ofF thofe red 
Clouds all along with it, 4)Ut of our Horizon, into the other 



Of Wonderful Times. rj 

Hcmifpherc, and there difperfcth them, either to a Coofumpti- 
on or to a Rainy day unto our Antipodes , but the Rifing Sun, 
carries the Red Clouds up aloft along with it, in'o our Meridi- 
an, and then diflblvcs them into Wind or Rain ; not unlike to 
this, is that PrognoftickMonaftick of the Poet, horn the vari- 
ous colour of the Firmament. 

Curuleus fluvids, JDenuntM Ignttu lures. A watery Sky fore- 
telleth Rain, and a red fiery Sky forcfignifics high, boiltcrous 
and tempeftuous Winds. Thcfe (and fuch like) are call'd na- 
tural and ordinary Prognofticks, and not at all unlawful in thcix 
own nature, for CHRIST did .not reprove the Phanfcs and Sad- 
duces (in Matt. i6. 5. 4.) for t'eir being wcathcr-wifc (though 
it belonged not to their Profcflion) and for their difcerning the 
Fkce of the Sky, concerning fair and foul Seafons, to the more 
aptly ordering their fecuIar»OecafiGns, he did not blame them 
for this diffolutely h\xt comparatively only ^hccpitcthcy could be 
fo skilful in the Book oi Nitnre^ yet were fo unskilful in the 
hook oi ScnptkTc ;. faying, certainly, you Leaders of the Peo- 
ple cannot be igflorant- what the Scripture teftiiies, that the 
MfJlpah ihall make the Deaf to Hear, the Dumb to Speak, tht 
Dead to Livc,.^f . Such [ ftgrtd infignta ] Wonders hath been 
wrought by me, as never were fcen or heard of, and ye your 
felvcs cannot but acknowledg it, Johnii,j^-j. Bcfides, the 
Teftimonicsi. ofAngels. 1. Of the Star. 3. Of the Dove, 
4. Of my Father^ 5. Offohn Bdpfift, 6. Of the very De- 
vils. Yea Tly. Of the Multitude, yet cannot ycc Difcem the 
Si^ns of the rimes. Yee muft all therefore be (faith our Lord) 
cither a fort of fordid forry Sots, or deep Diflemblers and Hy- 
perbolical Hypocrites, or both, in feemingfo critifall to enquire 
after the /iy#j/;, fo cunous to f«arch after the Truth, which: 
yee arc neither C4r<'/«/ /<> i'wflw , not confctencieus to obey, \ct\ 
there be other Signs, which arc) b cfides thofc :Na turd and Or - 
dinarj^ cycnpreternstuAal ^nd extraordinary, wliich are progno- 
flicks alfo of future thiiigs. Neither is it Unlawful, tonafs a; 
Gcacral Judgment, tho a Particular wfthout a Special GHu 


^ 4 Pf'onderful Signs 

nwhs) upon them, as will be made more Diflindly manifeft 
in the ^iptylicanan of the whole. Again, Thofe prognoftick or 
prefciging SIGISS are Reduc'd to Three Heads, They are ei- 
tJicr I. O'r.ens , or i. Mor^ficrs, or ;. Prodigies. As to the 
I. to Omit all the On:ens obfcrved by the Superflitious in a 
way of Divination, as, Sneezings, Valentines, Humbling upon 
the Threihold in the Morning at firfl: going our, ftepping over 
the Thrciliold with the left leg firft, or knocking the Knees or 
Lcggs one againft another, even to a Fall, &c. The Su- 
perilition whereof I hare Demonflrated inmyAntidote againd 
Popcry, pag, 14, loj 8. , However pr:eams appear to be om- 
n us either for, Good or for Evil, or for both, not only out of 
the Plaronick, Stoick and Pythagorean Philofophers, but ajfo 
out of the Scriptures as in 7'/^^/rW/s, young Si'muel.^ Daniels ^ 
^nd J^ofepb's Dreams, there was an C;??^;? in them all : now. 
They are dthe^ !.LiNJ4^vr<i/,and fuchare very Deceitful,EccIef. 
5. 7. So not to be Ivegarded unlcfs, for fuch and fuch Ends, as 
Fhavq mentioned in my ■X^'eacfj-ry of the Heart\ pag. 91. i. Dia^ 
b'dical fuch as (fome fup'pofes ) Pilate's Wives was, whereby 
the Devil might endeavour to hinder the Wcfk of our Redem- 
ption 5, Divine Dreams, which fometimc be doubled, and fo do 
jiiakea deep impre/Ilon,as^hat of Fharaoh,&c. Gen.^i.i,^.&c. 
Thus 'tis faid, God came to ^^jhjmelech in a Drean?, Gen. 10. 5. 
This was frequent under all the Old Teflament, and at the 
beginning of the New : but now fince God has fpoke his Will, 
in his Word, to us by his Son, Hebr. i, i. 1. We mufl not now 
expect any fscw Kcvelatibn about, any DivineTruth from God 
\n Dreams: yet polhbly God niay communicate fome Infor- 
mation about Humane Events to his Godly Servants by Breams : 
Jnflance Mohica's Dream concerning her Son Au^ujim while he 
Wis a Mamcke, That her Son ilipuy return to the true Faith 
of his Mother, . which i]ie conllrucd^as' a good Omen , and ac-- 
cordingly the Lord heard her Prayers and Tears for him, and 
caufed him to return : There be fundry others in Ec-clefiafli- 
cai Hiilory which I pafs-by,and pitch only upon blefTcd Parens . 

Dream, J, 

Of IVonderfulTimes. 25 

Dream, related by his Son rkilip writing his Fathers Life, as a 
Preface to his Comments. Saying this, / dreamed w the year 
1618. (The very year of a great Comets appearing,") that J (au> 
all Hildebcrg in a thick Smoak^ bttt the Princes Paliacc all on a light 
fire : Hereupon I Prdjed, oh tvoJI merciful GOD ! divert f rem us this 
moll fad Omrn, andfave thy Sarepta from th^fe DefaUtions by the E- 
nemy^ hoth mthm and without. Thus the Good man dreamM,and 
thus he pray*d, but the Decree was gon forth, and Hiortly af- 
ter executed acccording to his Dream. Yet this is a moil 
certain Truth, That all Dreams are not fignificant, much lefs 
have any thing Divine in them : Therefore 'tis not only Fol- 
ly but iniquity alfo to put fuch an Univerfal Strefs upon them, 
as if God al way es warn us in and by them concerning future 
Events : This is not only Vain Curiofity.to fearch^into Secrets, 
but alfo a Sjnful Superftition. 

The Second Predictive Sign are Monjlers, fo called a monftrdK- 
ho^ becaufe they do premonftrate fome future Events, though 
it be not every ones part to aflign them in particular ; as be- 
fore the Dcftrudion of Jerufa.'cm, a Cow did bring forth a 
Lamb ; the Deflrudion of the City was prefagM by it,crf. Phi- 
lofophcrs telleth us, That there are no Moi^flcrs properly 
among i lants, but only among Animals, and among them, 
'Tis not barely Excefs, as in Gyants, or Defed of Quantity, as 
in Pygmeci) that make a Monfier : but when the Animal doth 
fo much vary from the Right Difpofition of its own Kind, as 
to make it either Horrible or Mifcrablc , then 'tis a Monfier. 
Thofe Animals arc Monflers,that have two Heads and but one 
Heart, which is the Fountain of Life : this makes but one 
Animal, yet Monflrous ; but. If there be two hearts as well 
as Two Heads, This make 2 Monllrous Animals, for iw fuch 
'tis obferved, when the one fleeps, the other can wake, when 
the one laughs, the other can weep, when the one Dyeth, the 
other may over- live, 2iS Buchanan cMtiytih^ Rcr. Scot- lib.;. 
Some, indeed, do make thofe excefTes and Defeds of Nature 
Cmcntioaed, Lev. 11. 17, to 13.) monflrous marks of Difgrace, 

E as 

q6^ Wonderful Signr 

^s ifNamre had Set her black Brand 02"" Difgrace upon them , 
and as if thofe monllrous Deformities of c>he uody did Demon- 
llrate the likeDefe(3:s and Deformities in the Sotd: 'Tis true, 
concerning thofe that are crook'd-back'd(\vhich is one of thofe 
brands of ISamre mentioned in Lcvit. ai.) Hmarch faith, They 
do [Nemcp/f proprtam parurt'] carry upon their Backs tJjeir owa 
Deflinies , and lo, indeed , our crook-back'd Richard did, &c. 
But the Tendcrnefs of God in the LeviticaJ Law, towards fuch^ 
is very obfervable, that tho none fuch muft be admitted to of^ 
fcr up fire- offerings to the Lord, led 'hc^ IhonU pol/ute Go^s San^ 
<^-*<;rv,. both as they were to be Types of a Comely Chrifl, Pf7 
45.5 and Cant. 5.10. &c. and**as they lliould be better than 
their Sacrifices, which were to have no bjemilh, Levir. ii. 
ao. The Offerer muft be no moie blemilhed than 
the Offering, yet might thc^ edt the Bread of their G^^. Lcvir, 
2-2. 22.. which lliews us. That our inv itntary weaknefJes' fhall 
notDebarr us of the Seals and Benefits ofChrift: Bat the 
other Priefls for Voluntary Uncleanncfs w/?re Dcpriv'd of tlia« 
Priviledgc which the Deformed ones (wherein they were nor 
biamabJe) had AdmifTion unto, Levit, 22. 3. yea further, Thd 
Scripture teiJeth uSy Tliat Halting facoh was true heartcd,tluc 
Blear eyed Z^/^^ was both fruitful and faithful, Stammering 
Mofes was the meekeft man upon Earth, and MephihofJ^^th tho 

^jhc was/.jwf, yet was he loyal, &c. as if the God. of Nature 
Uid commonly compenfate awd Rccompence all the Defeds of 

n{\Q Bodj^ with a better and more bleffed SurplulTage in the 
ShL : But to pafs-by all the Defed:s in Nature, and Speak 
only of the Ext;(f, .which Philofophy phancyeth caniK)tmake 
a Manfler, Seeing 'tis no more than the Highcft Vigour of Na- 
ture, wherein fhe cxertcth licr utmoft iirength for producing; 
of Gfa»ts^ yet thofe prodigious mighty men , tlic Scripture 
mentions, Gen; 6. 4. Numb.i 5. 28, 9;. Deut. i 18. and ^f. u, 
Amos- 2.9,. &c. were probably Mdnfiers , being both monllrous 
in their Manners, and in their Mightinefs : Some as tall asi . 
Oaks and Cedars, Amos 2. 9 and one of thsm, I'iz. o^^ was fo 

foa/Ty, that a Bed of wood was not flrong enough to bear the 1 

_. yaaJ 

OfV/onderful Timef. ^ 

Vafl Weight of Lis overgrown Body in turning himfelf upoti 
it, but he muft have a Bed-flead of Iron, and that too, that it 
might be a^ a juft Proportion to his Bulky Body, mult be fif- 
teen foot, that is, five yards eight Inches Jong and fevcn foot 
broad, D^ut. ;. ii. yea fo great fome of them were, that the 
Greatnefs of the great -God himfelf is afcribcd to them, com- 
pare Numb, i;. 55. with Ifai 40. ii. where other men were 
faidto ^^ as Grafl?opppers, poor,Jow, contemptibJe things in com- 
parifon of thofe Morftrous Gyantj^ as well .is in comparifon 
of the Mtrhfy God, 

So that Theology (more noble than Philofophy) doubteth 
not to call that Race of Rephaims Monftcrs , fuch as ^reat Goli- 
4ih^ who could not only bear and wear Weapons which (at the 
leafl) weighed above two hundred pounds weight, and walk 
" with them, but he was able to weild them and 10 War with 
them. r. Sam. 17. 4, 5, 6, 7. Oh what a prodigious Mnnfier 
was this W4;7, Arm'd Cap-a-pee, and/;?/;^/;?^ in the Field like a 
whole wa/kh^ Armory. However that Gyant (call'd [i/h midda^"] 
a man of mighty meafore) having twenty j cur Fingers andTces. 
2. Sam. 21. 20. i.Chron. 10. 25. may well enough be dee- 
med a MonHer among men, yet notwithftanding thofe two 
mighty Monflers aforenamed went into the Field like Thunder 
and Lightning (defying the God of l^rul) they went off (both 
of them) like footy fmoak, and ftinking Snufl' : Now the God 
of Nature never fent any of thcfe mighty Monfiers into the 
World, in thofe ancient times, but it was to pnnwKftrate that 
much Rapine, Violence, Arbitrary OpprefTion and Tyranny 
fliould be perpetrated by them amongfl: men, as Nimrod ^ that 
mt^hty ane or Gyant (according to the Greek) th^t^f apt: fire, or 
Grand Rebel (asHebr. ^mrrd figniRcs) and that firft Babcl- 
builder, was a crafty and cruel Hunter (not fo much of Bcafls 
as) of mcn,whom he facrificed to hisLuftsJie was the firft whu 
(after theHood)fet up anArbitrary and Violent Domination o- 
verMcn (purfuing thofe that would not fubmit to his Tyran- 
niCiilYoakj with r.o more pitty than Hunters llic-iV to Bcaiis, 

El which 

28 Wonderful Sigtu 

which they Hunt for their Pot or Spit : Hereupon Tyranny- 
is in Scripture alluded to Hunting. y^er.i€. 1 6. Lam. ^. i8 
Mariners in magnitude prove moitly Monflers in manners too, 
this Ntmrod who \y^s a Rebel to God his Superior (as his name 
flgnifies) was alfo a Tjrmt to Men that were his Inferiour.f^ 
havcing a Beffith/e not a Genuine greatnefs : and though our 
prefent Times doth not produce iiich litter al Monshrs^ as the 
ancient Times did, yet (God knows) we have too many myfli- 
^-.i/and moral MoKJiers^ both Infer ionrs who become Monjlers m 
/ni(]uity^ (none [nch Sinmrs and matchlefs among men) and Supe- 
rhur sv^ho become Men flers w Tyranny^ grinding the Faces of 
thcif poor people,both thofe forts of Monllers do premonflrate 
the Judgments of God againft them, they arc link't together : 
but above all, the greateft Monfter^ that this day affbrdcth is 
that Behemoth, that Beaft of Beafls, the /,nttchrft who may 
wellbecall'da i^rc;?/?'^ (according to the I hilofophers definiti- 
on of it ) A Monfier (faith he) ejt fece^tum nasune, &c. A Tranf- 
greffion of Is ature, wherein flrange Members in the Body, and 
Strange qualities in the Mind, are produced and expofecl to o- 
pen view: how well this doth [^.juadrare] and accordeth with the 
Komifli Bead, appearethby confidering two Scriptures. Dart. 7. 
7. and Revel. 1%. ^. &c.) 1 ''. Daniels 4th. Beaft (which was the 
Roman Power (is not likened to any certain Beaft (as the other 
th ree aforementioned are) becaufe no particular Beaft (amongft 
the moft favage the World bringeth forth) can be named fo 
cruel and fo monftrous as to exprefs the Cruelty and Mon- 
ilroufnefs of that fourth Monarchy, no not, although it were 
/ff^?«ji A m ui 07- <£•« A «4<«i'7«Aji> Q ; / aj ^s H. W(r faith,a Lion before, 
a Dragon behind, and in the midft a Chimera : *tis therefore a 
rjameltfs Mor/fier^ made up of all the curfed properties of the 
forcnamcd Beaft s: This i^fw/Hs faid to be diver je from all the 
Beafls, not only for its monflrous*cjHalities jn tie mind (having all 
and more of all the other Beaft s) but alfo for its monfirous ^wtm- 
bers in the Bodj\ Defcribed by D/iniel^ and aly. by john. Revel. 
I ; . 1 . 2.11. Having 7 Heads (to Pkt with) and i o ffcrm (tota 


Of Wonderfhl Times. 1 9 

fujh with) the Feet of a Bear, and the ^'fcuth cf a Ljon, Himjdf 
like a Lecpard^ ^Vid.l}iQ Br agon giving hm Power ^ as ii all Mon- 
Urous Immanity were met together in him ; This is the W4^ of 
Sw, and the mighty Monflir of prefent times,which dcth plain- 
ly premonfi rate, nothing can be exped^ed but Barbarous and 
Savage Out-rages, until chnjt (our true Hercules) ccme to cut 
off all the Hfads of this Ler^ean Monfler, and his Carpenters 
com? to favv oiTallhis Horns. This is that A'v'Z, ^. Chron, 2?, 
12. This is that Nimrod (or Rebel againfl Chrifl, even Ant;- 
chnff) of our Day, zhztwighty Hrtmer (even of the Lives and 
Souls of men) before the Lord, who dare Hunt thus , in fpight 
of an All-feeing God, who beholdeth all his bold, boiflerous 
and brutilh Huntings, Ezod. 3. 7. This is that myfiiry of /w- 
^ttity, and mother of Ha? lots, that has made fo many Kings of the 
Earth drunk, with the Intoxicating Cup, of her (b th of cor- 
poral and fpiritual) Fornications. I have fometimes wondrcd 
why Sir tdx9<rdCook (thatlkenous Lawyer and Lord judge) 
ufed to call Royal "Prerogative, a mighty Mor>fler, and I cannot 
tell how to put a founder fcnfe ^n it, than by Interpreting his 
Words thus; Th^ii Popery in all Kings and Kingdoms brings 
forth Tyranny^ ^^ yJ-<<" x-'of^y-i yj. ^p &> ■■ Evil Bird, Evil Egg, as is the 
Mother fo is the Daughter ; This Monflrous B".^(i brings forth 
moft Monllrous Bhths : no doubt but there is a juft Prerogative 
Cwell butted and bounded) belonging to Kings, yet may it be 
faid of it, as Katuralifls fay of the Dragon [ ferpen^ ferpentes iq. 
randofi Drart ] as when an overgrown Serpent hath devoured 
other Serpents, that are lefler and below him, thereby he be- 
corns a Dragon. So when Royal Prerogative hath fwallowcd 
both Priv;led7e of Parliaments and Liberty or Property of Suhjecis^ 
then doth it Degenerate into a yr Anntc.il Monjler^ and this is 
evident in ■ opilh Kingdoms, where the King is called a Km- of 
A([es, their Subjcds being as fo many Vaffals, Peafants, and fil- 
ly AfTes, t arntly con chi-g down u^ider every fytirdcn that an unlimi- 
ted Prerogative Impofcth on them : As that Crea-ure is com- 
monly Reputed a //^(^/fr wherein the common Rules of ISa- 


2 Wonderful Signs 

ture (which never intendethanymonftrous thing) arc prevari- 
cated : fo this Prerogatinjc ( that Sage Judge ib Styleth ) may 
".veil be accounted a /Uionfltr^ when there is any notorious pre- 
varication from tJie known Fundamental Laws of the Land 
there y, when all Law becomes fwaliowed up with an Abfo- 
•Jute and Arbitrary Domination, and when no rule is obferved 
therein, but Stc VqIo fie fuheo.fi. it pro rat tone voiurfta<. And quod 
libct ^ licet which are the Propofals of Popifli Farafites to PopiQi 
Frinces, Thus one xio^fiet begets and brings forth another in 
its owii Monllrous likenefs. The beaftly ReHgion of that 
Monllroas Bcall of ySd:?»^ , both begets and brings forth Mon- 
llrous Tyranny, changing Dne^rero-rative into a true Aionfier. 
God Almighty blefs this poor Land from all fuch Prerogativc- 
MonOers, which have fo long infcfled E'lrcfe : Though Ajfrici 
Ijath been ahvays accounted famous for affording mo^*M.cn- 
ficrr^ according to that old Adage [ Africa [empsr diqutd nov't feu 
C^ronfiya -^ffert] and I find this Story in Record, That in .ifrica 
near Nilus were found a few Mice, only one half made up. Na- 
ture was there taken in the very Kick; ho^w ihe was prevented 
from perfecting her Work 1 know not, yet this (faith my Au- 
thor) I know, ilie had wrought Life in the foreparts thereof 
(Head and Brcaft' but the hinder parts flill remainedunform'd, 
unquickncd,llill abiding in \he faihion of a little lump otEarth, 
and fo ilie kit them ,• but by the Prcmifes it appeareth that 
Europe as Well as Africa aboundeth with Monflers , and net fo 
much with monfirous ^iiceivhich marr the La>^d,^s i. Sam. 6.5, 
Or as / ///n writes, with fuch Mice which drove out the Inha- 
bitants out of TroM and th^ Illand Gy^rt^^. Pliny lib. 8. caf, aS. 
and 10. and 10. cap,6$.6S. "Nor with fuch Mfce as Speed in 
£ffex mentioncth in the year 1 5 8 1 . (juft an hundred years ago) 
which came in a great Army and over- ran the Marlhes of Z)e^- 
^y Hundred, near unto .^fl«r/; Minfler^ iliearing the Grafe to the 
very roots, and fo tainted the fame with their venomous Teeth 
that a great Murrain fell upon their Cattel that gra7cd there- 
on. Alas EHroi>e is now Infellcd not only with Land Marring 



Of Wonder fnl Times. gi 

Ji'/iui? (which threatneth both a Famine cf Bf^dJ^^nd a Famine of 
the Wcrdwo^ Amos. 8. 1 1.) bur alfo with monfirous and Land- 
marring Bealls, fnch as are butting puihing Rams and fiinking 
n'3iV\iiy Gouts ^ Ezek. 34. 17. 18. 19, io. to wit, the Popifli 
Clergy, vvho eat up the Beit, and beat down the refl, with their 
foul ircct, and for wholefom, obtrude Bra ki ill water upon men, 
to quench theirThiril:,muzling and milleading fome filly Souls, 
to ieed upon Traditions, lying Legends, cheating Indulgences, 
vowed I ilgrimages, hard Fennances, &€. They are glad to eat 
fuch as they can catch, but other more enlightned Souls as- 
cannot truch^ tafl wot hand e with them, thej ih uft rvith the fidc^ . 
and with the Ihonl 'Cr^ v. ii. atod pujl) them with thsir Horns of Ex- 
communications and Perfecutions, unttl thej have fi Altered them 
ahro.id. They force them out of the FoU^ F'o.k, and Pafiure oii 
Gods Ordinances, adminiflred in power and purity : in fuch a 
cafe :vhat can the rughtents do f Pf. 18.3. They are not able to 
abide the pulliings of thofc MonftrouS Z?^/^/^, they muft either 
Fi) or Dy^ they have not a Third for their choice, oh ptay, 
thatChrift (tJic good Shepard) may come and \ave his Flock 
from being n P/ey to thofe Monilefs, and to Judfc between Cattle 
ank Cattle, and to CAufe thofe unclean Btajts to ceafe out of this Land, 
and other La^ds in Europe -v,%:i to a^. The Lion N^ro, and 
other Slaughter-Slaves of Ssltaft, airuredly ihall not worry 
Gods Flock for ever. Tis Gods promife / will caufe the unclean 
S^trtt (of the monilrous Bcaft) to pufs vut of the Land, Zcch. i ;. 
a. But what a deadly Bite,t1;iis deadly Beafl: may give at . paf-^ 
fing and parting we'know not,w(7r///j Befli^ mor't'-'nndAfintmaxi" 
mc mortifert^ the good L©rd give Us a" good Delivbrancc from • 
the laft J3ite. The third Predid:ive Sign or Wonder, is froit^^i- 
es frodigum, ^mo, Etyraologizeth (\na^ pedtcinrn^ bccaufe 'tiS* 
predi^ivc and prognofticatiiig : others c[mfi fano ai^endufn-'. 
[mofe-and further: to do] as a tfodigy poncnds.God h^th fome . 
m&re and furtbcr.gt'.ea W»rk to do in the World : in Greek ^tiS€aI> ■ 
Jed 7i^y< ;\ 7?i« terrer; becaufc a Prodigy is an. affrightful pro- 
fped. In. Hebrew 'tis called [Mophcth] a f-aftph Sfendrntjulftt^^. 

5 2 Wonderful Signs 

J I laxity becaufc Prodigies (efpecially thofe in the Heavens) have 
a fhining fpcndour, which do dane the Eyes of beholders, and 
oft Afloiiiiheth their Minds with their fparkling and Hiiniug 
Luftre. The word [Mopheth] Djut.i^.i. IsTranflated po^- 
te.ttum(ij'da Indicat quid porro tendatur, bccaufe it portends feme 
further tendency of Providence) though there it be ufed forfal- 
Jacious Wonders, which the Devil (by ^-anrjes and Jambres) 
wrought, through Gods permiirion,for the further hardning of 
Ph,iroih\ Heart. True Portents, Prodigies, or Wonders Cthac 
do exceed the common courfe of Nature) are always Gods 
Seals, which he never fcts on for confirming an untruth : they 
have (in the general) a perfwading power to believe, and 
prompting us to awake out of our lazy flumbers; hence one 
wittily compares Prodipcs expofed to View, unto a Mufitians 
firft flrokes upon his Inflrument, to try in what tunc it is : and 
then he puts forth his moil excellent dexterity in playing over 
fundry choice LeiTons, with moll melodious and Ravifhing Mu- 
fick : Thus when the great God doth expofc his wonderful 
*Prodt7ki unto Publick view, and the knowledge of Mankind, it 
plainly portends that he therein is tuning his Inflrument, (as 
he is the chief Muritian,according to DivtAs Dedication to ma- 
ny of his Plalms) andth.it he is about to play over fomc emi- 
nent A(5ls of Providence (which he will mannage throughout 
with moil excellent skill) upon the Stage of the World, even 
fuch curious LeiTons , (though confiding of Difcords) which 
may prove fad cordoliunis to the Wicked, yet fweet Cordials 
to the Godly. ' :.:. v >'- 1 • 

The fecond particular in this General Difcourfe, istfie Scent 
whereon the great God fhcws his marvelous Signs ^ndlVoftdcrSy 
and where they have their extraordinary fcituation : whereof 
we cannot have a better account from any better Hand, than 
from the fweet fmger of Ifracl P(i ^5-6. Where after he had 
declared, i. Gods Goodne[s,v. 3. Then ^. Gods Greatr?e[s, v. 5. 
Yea grtiLtfr than all Gods- either Deputed (as Magiflrates, Pf. 8 a. 
1. 6.) Orifr/'«;r^asId©lsPr n5 4- x.Cor. 8.4. He comes 


Of Wonderful Times. 5 3 

to declare what a raoft free Agent, this gocd zv^dgrent Cod is. v. 
6. Dcino^ nhatever pleafeth h.m, whereby he confuteth three 
forts of the Truths Adverfaries : i/?. The ^toicks that bind 
Gods Almighty Hands, under a Fatal necc/rity,as if God could 
do nothing biit as fecond Caufes do move and oblige him : 
a. The Epfcur(a'Js, who dotingly Dream, that God (called 
Ac^tts punfftmis) is altogether Idlc,{!tting in Heaven at his own 
eafc, and altogether unconcerned with the Affairs of this low- 
er World which (they fay are m:inaged by chance and fortune ', 
5. The Ethmcks, who confefs God to be concerned in the great- 
cfl matters of this lowcrmofi World, but not with the kaft of 
^cm, fr*ying, "" 

Ncn vacat exiguis Rebus Adc^e ^ov'i. 
^ove is not at leifure to be prcfent at fmall matters. 

Djvid here doth Demonflrate the groffncfs of all thofe three 
miftakcs ; faying,God is always at work, as John 5.17. and he 
works freely what he pleafeth.P/.i i f .^.and under no Co.^ftramt 
or Rejlraint^ no fecond caufe can either help him or Uhder him,e- 
ven the feeming Impediments he ovcr-ruleth,and making them 
ferviccable to his own irrefiftible Will ; as vhaorah's Daughter 
is made to freferve Mofes, who was to Defrcy Pharouh's King- 
dom, 'Cf'r. And la(ily,he nameth the three grand Stages or Thea- 
ters whereon God wcrketh what he n-tileth , both his Ordinary 
and extraordinary works, to wii, Heaven Earth and Sea,x.hc great 
God is concern'd in all things that come to pafs in all thele 5 
parts of the vifible World : This leads me from ihc Ger.era to 
a /<jr//V»/4r Difcourfe of thofe mighty ^;^;?/, Wen Jen and /'ro- 
af/^/Vj, which ths great God hath very'latcly fliewn to the 
. World, upon all thofe three Scenti or S a^es. And £rll in the 
Heavens^ this Mighty God ( ' ehbvah not "^ove or Jupier) is de- 
clared to be the uaker cfail Meieors Jcrcm. ic. i ;. IT. i ;5^."9. 
whether they be Fiery, Airy, or Watery, and u j;cther they I e 
Ordina)) or Extraordiriary. i. Grdir'ar'\ 'tis lie threat Gi d 
that caiffcth V>^^o rs to fifccr^dficm the ends ij ths Earth. FT. 135. 

F 7. and 

^^ Wonderful Signs' 

7. And Jcretn. 10. I^ Thofe Vapours the Sun, Moon and 
Stars exhaleth out of the Eanh and Sea (^by the Ordinance of 
the Creator) whereon thofe ufual Meteors (as clouds either 
with Rain or without. Thunders and: the Rainbo^v &c ) are made. 
as on their proper matter : This may be exempHiied in the ///- 
lie World {Man) in whom Vapours are experienced to /^/cf*^ up . 
firom below unto the Brain, and from thence again do Defeend 
inaDefluxion of Rheum down upon the Lungs, &c\ Thus it- 
ism.th&GrcAt World, p-S to the firfl common Meteor, to wit. 
Clouds, which are moid Vapours dra ' n up (as is aforefaid) in- 
to the middle Region, where being, by the coldnefs thereof, 
condenfed and congealed, .they fo continue there, until by the 
warmth of the Sun they come to be diffolved. and turn'd into 
Rain. Zanch.deOpr.^Dit. lib. -i,. caf. 6. f.ig. %%i. Hereupon 
they are called, c*^/ (7 W^;r-/'e/ for watering Plants, where- 
with he duly watcreth, the wide Garden of the World. Now 
thiSi though Common, is one of Gods mighty Sig^.s OLXidWox-^ 
ders, that he fhould ^/«^ up fuch a vaft Keighi of water m bis^ 
Cloud<, which are nothing but Vapours knir together , and fo 
are VelfeJs much thinner than the Liquor: contained in them, 
'tis a mighty ^ ondct\ thatike Cloudi are not rent under tkm. Job. 
16. 8 . And fo to caufe a Cataclyfme (or water Spouts, as Mat? - 
riners call them) to drown not-only Ships at: Sea, but alfo the 
whole Ghhe of the Earth. This wonderful work of God , (that . 
fiiich a MafTy weight oi VV^ater, fliould be confin'd to a thin 
Cloud, as if a ftrong man Ihould be conjur'd into afiender Cot»- 
web, and there be kept Nolens Fde-s) If well weighed, 
would be fufficient to convince the greatefl Atheift in the 
World, of an Omnipotent Deity : no meer man can fpread a- 
ioft the thinned Curtain [ ahfqm fttlcns ] without fome folid^ 
thing to uphold it. Yet the great God /jfrf^^^r//; thofe thia- 
Curtains f the Clouds) over the whole Face of the Firmament, 
9''^'^. a 5 . 9.- %6. 29. fach as haive great Hoods ^(?«^^/r^, fome- 
times//* thep3^ as in a Garment, Prov. ;o. 4. Yet have they no- 
ihing tuvthe.ftuid Air tg fqHajn ihcm- there be.dfo clouds 


Of Wonderful Times. 5^ 

n^i hf)ut water (as well as b>//^) which feetn to carry the Je/s 
V Vonder in them : yet if we Confidcr, that all Ciouds arc 
Goas ^f utiles (as Zxnchj, that Divine Philofophcr calleth them) 
whi hare in tiaie filled with the waters that arc above the 
Firmament, and the true reafon, why fome Clouds do Rain up- 
on the Earth, and others doe not, is, becaufe God doth not 
fqueeze all thofe Spunges with his mighty Hand ; and thus 
God faith,I will command thcClouds toRainnoRain upon this 
or that place. 7/^.5. 7. Thofe are Clouds without Eain.?roy.i$. 14. 
For God preffeth them not, and thofe which God fqueezeth (as 
man doth a Spunge,) he doth it not with all his might, but 
gently, that they may moderately drop upon the Earth to re- 
/relh it, but not to Rntne it, as was done to the Old World, 
when God opened the Catarad^S of Heaven and wrung thofe 
Spunges hard upon them : the Confideration hereof ihould 
hritig man to the knowledge of the Potver^ Wifdom and Gojdnefs 
of Cod, Rom. I. 19. J^ob. ;«. :?7. Jer. 5. ai. The fecdnd 
common Meteot is Thunder^ &c. This is alfo Wonderful^ that Fjre 
and Water ^ (liould mingle in one Cloud, and that Hard Steams ''ac- 
cording to the vulgar Opinion) fliould come out of themidft of 
thin Fitpours. Thefe are iVonderj in Nature far beyond Humane 
Apprchenfion, that one and the fame clond lliould one while be 
an Aer-i Se,i^ to powr down a whole Tide of Water, and ano* 
rhcr while, (even immediately) be as fome Aer-^ Furnace, which 
fcattercth abroad flaflics of Fire, into all parts of the Eartlx, 
adonifhing tlie World with the dreadful noife of tliat Erupti- 
on, and that God fhould fetch Firi out of the midfl of Water ^ 
and hard Thunderbolts out of the niidil of fuch a foft Exhalati- 
on as a Cloud is: H^c funt fa^je Trem ndt, atque adm r,\r)da,\\o icfs 
to be Dreaded than Admired : The tl:iird common Wonder in Na- 
ture i-s the Rain-Eoiv, fixed upon a watery Cloud, by the Refic- 
d:ion of the Sun upon it. This is fuch a wonderful work of 
God, that the very Heathens feigned it to be the Daught- 
er ot Jhaumar/itas which fignifics Wonderment. This is a 
Work top-full of WoiidcjTS, witnefs 1,/?. Th-e beautiful Fo'tn 

i 1 >i)iiid 

^6 Wonderful Signs- 

and FA^:m of it, -a Scmi-Circle,the ends whereof were never fecn 
by any Mortal, but as 'tis terminated; by the Horjfon. ily. The 
Tarious CoLursiiC2itncth. exceeding the fplendour and lively- 
nefs of the deeped Dye in the World) which have (asfome con- 
ceive) their various Significations, as the two grand Deftrucfli- 
onscf the Old IVorU^ and of this Nc-n^ by Wuitr and by Ftre^ 
the watery colour of the RjihBow fignif^j ing the former, and its 
fiery colour the latter. 5 /y. The fevcral Prognofiicks of it, ac^ 
ccraing tO'6'rd/^e-,faYing,a morning Rdin-Uu portends Rain,bLit 
an.evening one, fair weather. 4. The 5^j^f of it, being that 
of a Biw (therefore called the R at ?.-hiv) which yet never ihoot- 
cth any man, unlefs itbewith .iclmjrauo/i. Dea^h!,&cc. 5. The. 
p€jlur( of it, the Bc/:t oftheEowis from xhcEayih and towards- 
Heavrr?, as if n An VvXre ihooting at God^ and not God at tn^m 
This Bow with both ends downwards and its back to Heaven, 
mufl needs be \_ri!.n:ii^ fje^rtsir lerenuatu^ 2in Emblem of 
leace, and a mclTengerof Mercy to mankind, for hethat (lioot- 
cth holdeth the hack of his Bow always from him, and this* 
may be the Signif cation of its third (to wit Green) colour, 
that is, the meicifui prefcrvation of the World, becvYixt thole- 
two grand Defirudiions- of it, fignihed by its watery and fiery 
colours aforefaid. 6 y. l^hQunreo-dt -efs of it, -^s to any Execu^ 
tion of Divine Difplcafurc, DavJ faith, ^oi hdth h.m his Bon\ 
andmadc his Mrrow Te^d\ IT. 7 11. I ;. But here, though the 
Bow feem bent, yet we fee no String, neither do vvc either read 
of (as .^m^m/^ well cbferveth) or behold any ^rr^iri^ ordained 
for thiS Bow : If he doth fo at any time, 'tis, '■ as the pfdlmtft 
i\\tit tells us) ag: infl Ferfecntcrs^ and not agajnft his-. ^'eople i 
The time would fail me. to fpeak of the Wmd, both Tempeliu-^ 
ous and Whirlwinds (whereof I have fpokefomcthing of it 
i2>4ny Cruvn of a ch'^iflir-r:^ in Chapter of Meditation) and of- o- 
diier /i^f^f^//, in the^lirmamcnt, that are ordinary proda6ts of' 
]^atur'\ytt A^fdrveloHS WorJns m !^ature , as tO' mans Capacity 
and Apprehenfions ; It fliall fufficc to fay only this in G</itral 
ajtithis time, which is no lefs aiignal and fingular iVondcr, that- 


Of JJ o?iderfm Times. 5-7 

outof one and the fame equal matter 'to vvir, out of thofe fame 
Favour s^ which are exhaled out of the Earth and iVater) fo ma- 
ny feveral and differing A-ie'eors (hould be engendrcd by the Al- 
mighty Power, and unfearchable VVifdomofGod. 

Come w^e now to thofe that are ExtrA(rdtnary, and confine 
our felves to this paltycar (i6So.) only which God hath made 
^;?;?;.w ^t/.rw^/Z.fc?, a wonderful ) ear, as he did that pad year 
(1660) aifo. How thofe two famous years run in Paralel 
lines, and yet how thztCfr^grmiy hath alfo its D:fpjrjtv^ is made 
manifeflin the Apphcation ; The ifL Sign from Heaven or tro- 
Mil in the Heavens that this Wonder-working God Ihewed to 
the World, was according (to my now modeJl'd method that 
prodigious Ccmer, or B]a2mg-iiar, feen all over Eurofp ^ upon 
which I have Publifbed, (for publick good) a little fiitcht Book 
of three Hicctss Entitukd, A 1 hilofophical and Divine 
D.jcourje Blazoning upon this BLiz,^m-siar ^ unto which,, 
I mud here refer the Reader, for a difiindt difcerning of 
the Pro:/ uSf'^ Form^ CvUur^ .Motion. Scnw.tio^^ and Si(^n,fcat;on or 
PrcbahU Pro^noflicks, &C-. Thereunto Ucte adding this little 
fupplement, at this time : This laft Comet (in theyear loSo.) 
was {o prodigious, that the }il<^e hath' not been Icen (forJength 
and breadth ofits Train) this 8 co years I have confulted o- 
/;/«r/^f;''s-Epicemc of the Centuries, who indeed) m^ntioneih a . 
Comet of an unufual magnitude, a]ittlc before the DeathofCc^r- 
(Im'int x.\\e€rcAt^ which (he faith) was cxpofcu to publick view, 
['4»f/ tnr.cipis < bifum I)cftr/iaf\i'] as a Prognflojck .of the period 
of fo great and ^o good a ] rincc, Cor. 4. . / /A. r. Cuf. i). /w. 
214. And the fame Author tells of rinorhcr^Cr^y^^', of "a prodi- 
gious greatnefs, {hooting his DreadiuPRa^s above the City 
ConfUnt.rioplc^ and reaching almoit (as he faith) ii"0iii Heaven - 
to that City, which was (as he addcth) to give warning 
of Gajan \\\t Scy.hiun and Arriaii'5 Dcfign to fa.thsr' gfcau 
City on Hre, yet through the goodncfs of God (at ,thb pay';.. 
ers of iiis-l eople in it, that Heihih Mot (Jis he.fayrh)\\'as lli'oli^ 
gracioully prevented) and that by an- ^./^;.7. //,-,,, ,.- ,:,>.//,■•''/ ..;' 

3 5 yyonder^nl brgns 

•^ngch, which terri/ied this Curfed Arian, from his burning 
projed:. See Cm. 5. Z;^. i. Cap ic). Pag. ^c^. I would to 
^God the fame mercy may be flic wn to Lo}7Jo»^ for the prayers of 
many in it (7^;;. 18. p. /^^ 65. g. The fame Author al- 
io telleth of another Comet, in the 6th. Century, which did por- 
tend the Overthrow of the Metropolis of cihcia by an Earth- 
quake, and much more mifchief done in the Eaft. Cent. C. Lib, 
T. Cap. 34. and of a nether Horrible one of an unufual Longi' 
tude in 5f?////W^?? the Emperors time, which fore-ran that hor- 
rible Butchery the Hnmn made over moft of Europe. Cent. 6 
Ltb %, cap.<). in the year 5 57. after Ghrift. But I do not 
find (in ray Reading^ any fuch prodigious Comet {^is to itsTrain) 
lave only that one which was the fore-runner of the Turkifh 
Monarchy in the 6th. Century, and who knows, but this para- 
lei Blaze may likevvife prefage the Approach of the fifth Mo- 
narchy of our Dear Redeemer, who will (fooner or later) take 
to himjelf his great poivsr and Reigr?, Rev. 11.17. He will certain- 
ly i)/z//Vf /^^//;^/7nv>/j //;<?/r<7;?f, Ifa. Jv II. He will not al- 
ways be an underling in the World, but will put m for his part 
which his Father gave him. P/ 2. 8. in defpight of a ftrong 
'Turk, flrong Pope, and llrong Totemates, and a ftrong Dc"i//7,(who 
is the Mailer of them all) for his Father will make all his Sons 
Foes his Footllool. 'I'f.iio. i. and c^r^f//;. n. 44. He will 
put down all power that is oppofite to the power of this T'rtme 
ofclofj. I. Cor. 15. 14. and put them (who now Creft it high 
againft Chrifl) into the fitteft place for them, to -^'iz, under 
Chrtfts Feet. Tis beyond douht, that this prefent Ctf/wt:/, put 
Rome into a flrange Conflernation ; oh pray, pray, pray, that 
the Influence of it may confume all the dreggs of the 
iloman Church , m all that B afis Dominions , as A7;- 
lerus foretold long ago , ihould be the effefi: of that 
Conjundion o{ Saturn and Jupiter, in Les, a fign of the Fiery 
Trigon. And the reafon why fuch an Effed wjs cxpcded,may 
be this; The various Returns of thole eminent Trigons, fall 
out very rarely in the World. Acute Tjcbohrahc, thusrcckons 


Of Wonderful Times. ^g 

t£cm. The firitwa sunder H;?<?cA. The fecond under Nm^. 
The third under Mofes, The fourth under SoUwon. The fifth- 
wndtt Chrift, Jdcrracljng m Flijh, Then the Roman Empire 
was in its Zenith or highefl Advance : The fixth under Charles 
the Great, when the A'<y/« J ;^ was turned into the German Em» 
pixe, and the feventh draweth nigh, which is fuppofed to have 
aSabbatiim (as the Sabbath ofReH, follbwed the 6 Days la- 
bour at the Creation) in its Womb. Our Bleffcd [^^f : iTfuMpQ- 
or] Maflcr of the Marriage Feaft, referveth his belt Wine for 
this lafl time : Although (that Univerfal Schollar) Alfled make 
a little variation of thofe 6 aforefaid Gonjundions and Revo- 
lutions, yet he fully agrecth with T-yr^z/^r^/?^ in this, thatthc 
feventh great Revolution of the fuperior Planets, falleth upon> 
our laft times, and doth certainly portend fonie great and uni- 
verfal mutation (as all the other fix hath formerly done (cfpe- 
cially conddering that thofe Planets in their feventh Return, 
hath perfedily compleated their circular Motion, and then are 
in the fame pointand pollure that they were placed in at the 
Creation of the World. Alfleds Encupl. Uranofc. Lib: ii, 
Pag. 115. 

Thatwhich flartled the grcaxtnen of /?tf»»f fo much, at xhc 
Blazing out of this CoT^er, was, the Mathematicians there ob- 
ferved it to be in the Train of itj fix times longer than that 
which did portend the lafl Pope Alexartdn the VII. Exit out of 
theWorld: ThisDifcovery put the prcfentPope into fueh a cold 
paroxyfm, that.nothing but a Dutch Stove could keep him^ 
warm : I doubt not but that cold Sweat which hath feized now 
upon all the Limbs- of Antichrifl, will (in due time i carry off, 
not only him, but fuch as (bould fuccced him, by the Breath of 
ChnJisMeuth^zxidihy the briffhmef of his coming. 2. Thef i 8. 
K prodigious comtt^ and ^CUmcMenal CajDJnmJiort (AflrologerS' 
fay) are a double Seal of the great God, to afcertain this great 

In that leHer Co/ijunCiion of the two fuperior 'p/<i;ff/r, in the 
ycari664. Thc-Ow^feilowcd the Conjundi^inalsa.Vf^/, for 


40 Wonderful Signs' 

Confintiadon that dreadful EffecSts were portended thereby, 
which not only this Land (in rir.% PJague and Pbts, &c.) but 
alfomoilof Europe (in moil Dci'ohting Wars) fmarted -under, 
but as to the Total, Greateft, or Clymadcrical Co^/junciion2i^- 
•preaching (which Cometh to pafs only every 800. year; this 
:hath (asitsSeal) 2iDreadf til Comet as its [ ^-6?=^d9^v] or Har- 
binger going before it, and Ihewing it felfhril to awaken and 
amaze the j3row2y Secure World, d"r. However we (welJ e- 
nough / may call it a Divine Preacher (or Preco) fent from God, 
•to point out fome facred Truth out of Heaven^ to the Inhabi- 
tants upon £4^/^; \\S2.north(>Aox^ and Authenttck Preacher, 
backed with fuch infuperable Authority, as neither the proud 
pj/W of Rome^ nor any of his popilb I'reLtes, can fuffend from 
its Office, or put to silence, until it hath delivered its meflage, 
and done its Work, that itsCreatour gave it to do : It cannot 
be obfcured [i^ its alloniiliing light and lullrc) or dwindle a- 
way by any created Hands, but only by the hands- of its own 
Maker. And now when it is gone off the Stage, Oh that the 
loud Sermom it hath preached, may ftill Sound in our Ears, and 
Sink dorvtn into our Hearts, taking deep Impre/Tions there, 
though it be a good while after, as did thofc Sermons loudly 
and luflily cryed out by Chrifts Cr)er^ or Fore-runner ( ^ehn the 
£aptifi) who didli ft ffp his P^oice l.ke a Trumpet, Ifa. ^8. i. and 
;thofe facred Truth, he had preached long he/ore, had their blef- 
fed and faving £/<f(^, long 4/>^r, as John 10. 41. The Word 
preached fometime ^f/£?r^,fometimes Works, (aiid that confi- 
derable) 4/}fr.Yca,may we not fay of this late Cometshii it was 
fome /'r///rf--/Vr4t/:f/',having fuch Attendants before it and after 
It) all, as fomany Curat ( under it, God himfclf (fpeaking to ^oh 
out of the Whirlwind, 5^.)^ 38. i.) doth magnify ^/-^w/m; that 
Star of the firll magnitude, and that always Mjcth upon the 
. lof/j. of March ex3.d\y when the v^^;? Setteth) by defcribing 
how Stately he is attended withliis Sons fthc little Stars) that 
wait upon him. foh 58. 31. In like manner the great God, 
hathfoOxdered, that this late Blazing-Star (of a prodigious 


Of Wonderful T tines. 41 

Magnitude in its Train/iliould have other Apparitions attend- 
ing it (as fmall Cur.its to that IJitiflrious Preacher the Comet) 
efpeciaily that Fiery Dart which followed its cxtindion, within 
a few weeks after : This is thefecond Ph&norn non or A^parhion, 
which the great God fliewed to poor man as a Srgn from Bed- 
I'er}, feeing none fhewn on Earth will convince us, it being with 
us as it was with thofe Chrtfi-Tcmftirs in the Gofpel. Luke 1 1. 
16. They mull have a Sirrn from Heaven^ over and above all 
thofe mighty and matchlefs Miracles that Chriit wrought a- 
mongft them upon Earth ; They mufl have the MeHiah to 
Thunder from Heaven upon them, as Samuel had done upon 
their Forefathers- i. Sam. iz. 16. 17. to convince them of 
their Sin (in asking 4 King) and to bring them to Repentance : for 
as fohn Baptift, was Chrilts Fore-runner into the WorU^ fo Re- ^ 
fentance mull: be his Fore-runner into Mens Hedrts, Hoitfcs^ Cities 
and Countries, &c. Therefore to bring men to it, when 
they will not comply with the Council of Mortal Minillers up- 
on Earth (as thofe would not with that of Samtel) God fends 
fome Signs Extraordinary from Heaven^ feeing [ (I'^na de Cdo 
f'wt Formi^anda ] fuch Signs as God fends from Heaven are 
moft formidable: Samuel bids that people fi^fl /land and Hear^ 
v. 7. that is, Buflle not, Briflle ror, but fuffer a word of Exhor- 
tation, Hch.i^y 21. When this would not do (the good old 
man being contemned by them, both in his perfon, preaching 
and power) he fet GOD at work to fpeak to them by signs ■ 
and Wonders^ and then Sarmielhixh, Secondly Stand 9.nd fee, ^\i6. 
that fo thofe two Learned Se^^fes (as Ariflotle calls fleann^r and 
6'ff/»^) being both ^jff^(r^, might be alfo Infirucicd: fo God 
faith Jikcwife Hear ye Deaf, look ye Blind, Ifa. 41. i 8 . Thus the 
Lord faith to us in our Day, fo gives us not only the yi^crd to 
Hear, but alfo Signs to fee, and that one Sign upon another, that 
they which will not Hear the Foice cf the firfr Sign, mi^ht be moved to 
hear the Voice of the feconJ, Exod. 4. 8 . Therefore did God {end 
a [ccoyidfi^n (the Bolts of Fiery Dart) immediately after the fi-^fr, 
(to wit, the O//?."/) as a Seal annexed to it, in its direful /'ro- 

G ■ (Pea 

4 2 yyonaerjul ^tgns 

fpe^ s 2i\\di progncft'icks : *Tis true I cannot fay of this latter, as 
I can of the former, that [ hi[cc Ocul/s Vtdi ] I faw it with my 
own Eyes, but fundry fpedators of it doth alTure me, that it was 
a loyig fheam of Firc^ pointing down towards the Earth, and ap- 
pearing but two or th ree nights, which was the caufe of my not 
beholding it ,• Letters alfo irom the Hague and from Cvfe/.hagcn 
give a dark account of this Blaze, about the ivth. of Fcb/uary : 
This Fiery Lance or Dart, Philofophers calleth BoUs^ .icd^.Kco ?a- 
fio, to Cait, as if it were Gods JaveHn which he calleth at finful 
men, as Saul did his againfl D-injid. i. Sam. i 8. ii. The He- 
brew word [chanith] fignifies alfo a very long Spear to thruft 
through at diftance, yet no mortal man is armed with fo long a 
killing Spear, as the creat God is, no not great Goliah (himfelf) 
whofe [chanith] or Spear was of a prodigious length and thick- 
nefs. I. Sam. 1 7. 7. It was 16 foot in length ^ and like a Wea- 
vers Beam for /^.cj^'^^f/}, befides its hsad^ which according to the 
Hebrew [iahab] f limed, and which weighed twenty five pound; 
yet this long Haming Spear is nothing to Gods Glittering Spear , 
Habb, 3. Ii, Which he draweth OHt^ to flop the u^ay of his peo- 
ples Perfecutor-, Pf 55. 5. Where the word [chanith] is ufed. 
And although the great God is able to cut off the Create ft men 
with a bare ncdd of his Head or frown of his Face^ Pf 8 o. 16. Yea 
to blow them away as fo many fmall Duft-Heaps, Job 4. 19. 
Yet the Holy Gholt here atributeth to him, Armour both De- 
fer, five and ofe/ifive, that his appearing for his people might 
appear fufficient, Pf 55. ^,3. Kotwithftanding God needs no 
bigger a [chanith or] La-.ice tv kill an ^thcijl ivith than an Hair, as 
the dying Noble-man once acknowledged upon this occafion: 
He fitting in the Great Moguls Court, dallying with one of his 
MilTes, ihe pluck't an Hair out of his Breafl, this little VVound, 
(made by that fmall means) prefently Feftered, and turning in- 
to, an incurable Cainker foon killed hin:^ : yea,fuppofe,7»rf/? be as 
great as the Great P ope, -yci Adrian the IV. (anEnglilli man) can 
tell them by woful Experience, that though his name (before 
lie was Lope) wsLSBr^ak-fi^ear, yet could he not hcakQods Spear, 


Ojyyonderpillimer. 45 

though it be no flronger then an lUr or Fh (in Gods Hands) 
wherewith he was Choaked ; The word [^^aTJ" J<jr«/«w, A 
Dart, is ufed Heb. 1 2. 10. Yet it alfo fignifies that Plummet 
of Lead which Marriners cafi down with a long Line to plum 
the depth of theWaters, Leaft theShiD run upon the fliallow and 
there be lliut up in the Sands and be broken ; or which Carpen- 
ters ufc, to mcafure and mark out that part which they intend 
to Hew off or Plain. If we take it (in the firft Sence) as a fiery 
Dart, Philofophy faith, it fignifies Drouglir, and portends War. 
^//?f^ Encyclop. Lib. 7. Cap. 9. Pag. 469. If (in the fecond) 
as iy?.The Maftners Plummet, then it may fignify God is found- 
ing the Depth of Religion in our Land, Oh that the Ship (the 
Chur(h) may not be found upon the (hUcrvs. running allReligi- 
on into a F<?r«^ only, denying the P^ryrr of it. z. Tim. 3. 5. 
Alas then the Quick Sands will fwallow us up, or we fliall run 
upon fome fplitting Rock. z'y. As the C^ffer/ters Vlummei^ 
then God Blefsusfromthe dreadful Divine Threatning menti- 
oned i. Kjf7. II. 1;. That God jv/ff not our Jerufalem (or 
Lor?duri) as one tw/'^f^ a Difli when tis dirty, and turn tt up fide 
down. This he will do, if he lay 'judz^^e 4 to the Line and ^ufiicc 
to the fJummet. Ifa a8. 17. This flaould make wicked metis 
(who fhall certainly have their Due) Ears tingle,a.nd their He urts 
tremble^ through Terror, Horror and Dolor, for God will not 
give over wiping untill all the Dirt be done away ; yet loveth he 
to fore-fignify it, thus threatning that he may not flrike, as 
o^;5»7^rt/(? cbfcrverh, God giveth us many warnings hereof. If 
God fay to us as he did to Amoi ch. 7. 9. Wh.u ftcjl thou ? The 
fightof this fecond Apparition was, as Gods Line and Plummet ^ 
to meafurc rut how much is to be cut off, yet the Square Tim- 
her or, Stone ^^W be fparcd : Chrift (that Skilful Carpenter, 
Nark. 6. 3 ) will not cut an Hair-breadth beyond his Mark or 
Meafurc, when he gives the wicked their Due, it may be done 
without damage to the Godly. May we but fee the Line or 
Plummet once mihe I Lirids tf our Zrubbdhds ^ aS Zcch. 4. 10.' 
The Perpendicular put once into Pnrlinm.cntary Hands, ,the 

G 1 wick- 


A A Wonderful Signs 

wicked may l3e pulled down, and the Godly built up. Bat if 
not, and God Jet his m^rk ufon oir Iniquity. Pf. i ;o. 9 , We can 
expedt nothing but the Line of conjufion, and the pm's (or 
flumm:ts)oi Emi>tin'[-. Ifa. 54 n. 

The tkira Dreadful [>:,; ,6 .-'.•,] or ^/'/>-7'/V/<7;2 inthe Air, was. 
on Dec I-]. 1 6 So. at Otter j nigh Exeter, near 5 at night,then ap- 
peared two great Aimies, the one out of xhc North, whofc 
Leader had a Coronet on his Head) the other out of the huih, 
feeming furioufly to loyn Battle, and a little Retrading, charg- 
ed again moil vigorouiiy, this continued about an hour, till at 
laft there came a Referve and joyning with the Souther r^^ beats 
back the Northern in great Diforder, many were Terrified at it, 
and 'tis'as true as it was terrible, cjc This Account came from 
a Reverend Minifter /who (with many others) was an Eye- 
witnefs of it, while viewing the Amaz^ing Com:t, as pubhiliecL, 

in Print. 

And the like before had appeared on %eft. 1 1. Though the 
Relation and Confirmation thereof, came not to Hand till Jm. 
i^.3Lhcr.lhQi^2LmeyQ2Lrn.e2ir Portfnef, m Monmouth-fJjire, as the 
Schef?fe and Letter Teflimonial of a judicious Miniflcr of that 
place, doth abundantly Teftify : The Narrative is as follows. 

The firft things that appeared were a Grove of Trees ^ a Honfs 
on a Mountain, and a church on its South-fide. Next we faw a 
Hill on the North fide,with a Grove and Houfes therein. Then 
we noted ^%xQQri fquare Meadow, between the two Hills, then 
void of men. We faw many great Rocks towards the bottom 
of thGSouthHill,and a great GoldenGlobe, glittering gloriou/ly 
on the top of the Spire of the Chunh, and a red Fane upon it. 
Then a great River broader on the North than on the South, in 
which were Ships Sayling,from North to South imder the Moun- 
tain with the Tide, where one of the Ships which was hinder- 
moft tacked about, and Sailed through the Fleet,and got before 
«he refl. Then we obfcrved the other Fleet Sayling with the 
Wind and againft the Tide, from the South Point of the South 
Hill, and then meeting the other Fleet under the Grove, then 


OflVo7idcrful Times. 45' 

the great Ship in the North Fleet, firfl {hot, and the reft in or 
dcr ,• then the South Ships flio^at them, "the Fire and Smoak 
we clearly difcerned, and we heard the noife of Guns, after 
this we oi3ferved the Army marching under the foot of the 
Hill along the Cliff, by the Sea-fide ; confifting both of Horfc 
and Foot, from the South-point of the South-hill, towards the 
Square Meadow, then the Korth Army over the top of the 
Hill on the North-fide, towards the fquare Meadow, where 
the Armys met, and after a ihout, fought: the Swords and 
Pikes we cleerly difccrned. We noted more Ships in the Nortli 
Fleet, and moft men in the South Army, when we drew to the 
upper end of the Field, and after the.Land Battle, wc heard o- 
ver pur Heads three lamentable and fad Groans, Oh, Oh, Oh, 
at which we were much aifrighted. 

Now this Apfarition of Armys (yea and ex abundanti of iV4- 
•^ies too) was doubled as Was Pharaoh's Dr£&m\ Gen. 41. 33,. 
Oil a three fold account, 1/. To fliew the certainty of its Prog' • 
noflicks accomplilhment. ^ly. The celerity^ or fpeedinefs of 
thefe things coming to pafs. "^ty. To ftrike the greater Terj^r 
and A^ortijhmentm right thinking minds, which ]o(tph the la- 
terpretor of the 2 Dreams) prudently concealed from that In- 
fidel Pharoah^ yet though the Vifions or Apparittom (in the Roy- 
al Dreams) were two, the ugnification was but one. v. 1^. Im- 
porting one and the fame matter ; Thus it may be in this Ae^y 
jpparuton (which was doubled as it is thus alfo in many Bi- 
<uir)e Revelatioyis^ whereof we find in Scripture fome frequent Re- 
petition, which yet have their fingular ufe, to wit, a making 
more deep ImprclTion upon the minds of Men, and importing 
both Afjurance and ExfcdUion of the matters foretold therein : 
Alas we need Line t/pon Liar, and Precept upon Precep>t^ Here a little 
and there a little, Ifa. a.?. 1 5. and all little enough to pra:pon- 
derate the duJnefs of our Hearing,2i^<ixhQdeadijefs of our Hearts'- 
to ivrite the fame things to the I'hilippians, though \\V2iSgrievoHS 
to the Apople, yet was it fafe and advantagious to the People. 
Phil. 5.1. Tvvas not a vain Repetition or an idle Tautology,but 


46 y yonder Jul btgns 

ferved to fet forth the NeceJJiiy^ Difficulty and Excellency of the 
matter fo reinforced. NttriquAmf^tis Dicitur, quod Nunqtt-am fji- 
tis Difciiur^ Truth is never enough faid, till it be enough 
jearnt. And bccaufe mens Breads are Brawny, and their 
Heart-firings Horny, therefore are the ^pparjtmis of Armys in 
the Air Doubled upon us, the more and better to beat upon, in- 
culcate and imprint thofe Divine warnings in the minds of men : 
Upon my diligent Search for Scriptural Paralells, and exempli- 
fication of Apparitions of Armys, I do find three efpecially ; 
The fir fl of them is very Tcrnhle^ yet fuch as might have been 
prevented by a timely and true Repentance : the otlicr are very 
comfort able : The ^rjt is that oifoel the Prophet, who had fuch 
a Prophetical Vifion or y^fparition of iht Bah Ionian Armys, that 
fliould fo fvvarm in upon judxa, as to make that very Day a Day 
cf Darknejs^ and of Gloominefj.^ Dny of Clouds and of thick Darknefs, 
Joel 1. 1. As if it had been (no hght matter as they made it, 
but) a light-lefs Day, and (as it were) a doleful Dooms-da'i, 
Their numerous Armys fhould come in great Swarms, which, 
as the Cloud of Loculls would Darken the Air, fo as to turn 
Dfey into Night, and fpread far and near all the Country over, 
and that fo fuddenly,as the moaning fpread over the tops of the 
Mottf.tmis : and in this ^pp^rition foelhcheld Flames and Flalli- 
ts o£ lire, burning up all befc'rc t hew. v. 3, Thofe Lccufis^ihould 
io confume the Country, as they go along with their vafl Armys 
(as if all had been burnt up by Hre) turning the Garden of Eden 
mo a BarrenWildernefs.^c.v. 4,5,6,7,8,9,10. wherein the Baby 
Imans arcDefcribed. i/?. In their perfons to be //r^ »^, »«»2^r(?«.<-, 
frviff^ terrible^ skilful^ orderly^ couragtcus and Inr^umeri^ble. rly. In 
their Actions^ to wit, Depopulating the Land {which occafioned 
Famine,) Deflroying their fir ong forts, zxid filling alUboth Church 
and State) with Confiifion. 

The Lord God Almighty preferve this Land from fuch Per- 
fons and fuch Actions . Oh pray, pray, That God may not ^ifs 
for the Fly of zAlzjf^y and for the Bee of Babylon. \h, 7. 18. for 
thofe Fljs would Bite us, to diHurbus in cur I'c^ic, but thofe Bees 


Of yVonderjHl Jimes. 47 

would fling us to deprive us of our Lives. God Bkfs us from 
thofe Romiili Locufls Cfo called ReveLc). ; ) to wit, the popi/h 
PrieflSj Monks, Fryars and Jefuites, being (all) both numerous 
znAvoractGus Creatures Oh that lueh Peflilent Vermin may 
never have CommifTion from God to M.irr our Land : As the 
Prophet propofed Repentance as a Remedy (before the Decree 
brought forth) to them. v. ii. 15. 14. faying, now, though 
it be Z^;^, yet not too /^/f, Kunquam fero fi ferio. Though 
fome Lccush be already come,as Kimchy fenfeth it. So your Rc- 
fentin^f<r Stn^ be but proportionable to your P.ebelltri^ <^S^^^'fi 
GOD, So fweet is his Nature, ^o gracious^ fo merciful, fo floiv to 
^nger, &c. He will R'j^cnt of the Evil, and who knonycth, if he 
rviU not leave a Blefflng behind hint. Yea he will certainly turn to 
thofe that turn- to htm. Zach i. ^. Oh that En^U'id knew fuch 
things as belonged to her Peace. Luke 19. 41. Before the Gate be 
fhut, fhe draw-bridge taken up, and the Taper of Mercy be 
quite burnt out, &c. Then God would fend out his Mardamus : 
Pf. 44. 4. and come with his A^i?;; 0^/4«/f, Pf 106. 8. and Ifa. 
57. 15. Yea and////-;? things to the contrary, as in Hamans 
Day. £//. ^. i. 

The fee on d Inflance of a Scripture ^/'/>jri//(j;7, is that of jacoL 
Gen. 51. I. Which was not Tfm^/f, b'Ut C(?»?/^r/4^/d' to him, for 
it was not a vifible A^pirition of Armys of men fighting one a- 
gainit another, but' twas an ^-rmy of angels : neither muft we 
think vwith the Hebrews and fotuG others) that one Troop or 
Company of thofe Angels (which appeared as armed Soldiers) 
were for /acoi? and the other againfl him, or yet that thofe two 
Armys appeared under the command of two diflincSt Generals, 
the one under the Prcfident Angel of the Country of Mefopotx- 
w/4(from whence /^icob was coming) and the other under the _ 
Prefidcnt Angel of the Country of C^;?//^;^. whither faccb was 
• now returning : this is a prefumptuous fancy, and as falfe as 
prefumptuous, for this would have rather afirighted than com- 
forted fac^b^ as to the IlTue, but we find that /"^iff^ without any 
icar, faid upon the hril fight of it [Th/s is Gcds jioft] v. 2. A a- 


^8 Wonderful Signs' 

hdfiAim^ Hebr. or two Armys : The Hebrew Rabbies fay w cU 
in rhis, that facob in this third Apparition knew them to be the 
fame ^:naels whom he had feen (in his Apparition) Afcending 
andD^^^A/^-^^upontheloftyLadder. C7fw.a8. II. The Scope 
of this Apparition of Armys to facob was to (Irengthen 
his FAith in the way of his obedience : Jacob was now going 
whether God had commanded him to go. Gen. 51. 3. Lahans 
lowrine look, makes fnccb look homeward (Oh that the Frowns 
of the World had this blelTed effed on us ) Z.^^^ purfues him, 
which put Ucob^o a fright. ^'. 15. But God had whifpered a 
word in ubans'E^r. v. i^. So was better to him than his own 
Pears. God had fpoke for him (and {o he can for us) in the 
Heart of his EnCmys. Now, 'twas not true that Ldan faid 
\n u m the power of mj mnJ, &G.1 v. 9. ^^ccb was now as one 
that Fled kom^iLyon^Labav had fome fliamefacednefs) and a 
Bear (that had none) to wit, Efa>^ met him, fatth a Rabby ,' This 
Apparition of an Hoflof^ngehc2imQ^oioxii{y his Faith,againlt 
his next and word Fear; that he fhould now hope the fame 
power which had proteded him from the L^ n laban, would 
alfo preferve him from the Bear Efm , though he had 
fworn his Brothers Death, and came armed with 400 <-u^- 
Throats (at his Heels) againft him. ■ , ^ j j 

9acob (who in his excellent Wraftlings) had power with God and 
prevailed. Gen;i. i6. &c, could not want power to fre^a^l 
mthmen. Hof ii. 4- Let Perfons, yea P.ir//.^^^/igo but that 
way God bids them as faoob did, and they fliall not want a M.- 
/,..Lv, or Heavenly Hoft to. (^T^r^; them through a boilterous 
Sea where the Winds are ^p;7fnr;y. Math. 14. H- and to con- 
dud them through a waylefs Wildernefs, through never fonia- 
nvProphanc E(auX with Hundreds and Thoufands of Cut- 
Throats do way-lay them : Jacob was back-fet by Lor,rtnz La^ 
^.;.,andforc-fetby^/..^y£^'/, yet this Hoil of Angels carry 
him through both and all. 

The third Scripture hiHancc of ^pparttHions of Armys, vyas 
that ill ^. Kings 6. 17. which was ^icemfomble^ppArnio^ aUo, 


Of Wonderful Times. 49 

being an Armj o£ 4 f^gels too, nox of Men. Ber^ha^ad fafycO:c<i 
his Coancellor of Treachery : Seine Courtier (tliat had been 
with Naawan ch. ^ ) tells him, it was £////m that ciifc'cfcd h'S 
Secrets, and fo frullrated them by his Prophctick Spirit ; there- 
fore the King fends Horlies and Chariots to fetch hrni. v. i z. 
i;. 14. as loon his Spys brought him Word, iic was come to 
that httic Town iJ(?.7;^/; ; the Town is prcfently begirt with 
the SjrtAn Arn^iy. ' Gihaz.i's SuccefTor (being yet but a little ac- 
quainted with his Matters Miracles) could fee the"Dj?7^fr (io 
cry s^ alas my M^ftcr^ whatjh.dhvedo. 1/. 15.) but could not fce 
xht D dive ranee ^ E//^j.i was no more concerned than to have his 
Servants Eyes opened, (that his Fmth alfo might be above his 
Fear) God opened them, and then he faw better Horfes and 
better Chariots ior their Defence ; Their Kemcdy would over- 
match their MaUdy^ v. 17. The fame fforfessLnd chariots that 
had carried up Elijah,wcrc now come to proted: £///7M,from tJie 
Horfes and Charriots of Benhadad : Horfes and chariots of Fire^ 
mull needs be too hard for the Syrians cf Flefb.: Elijha thus 
guarded, goeth out to his Adverfarjes, and as he prayed open 
his Servants Eyes, he prayed his Enemies Eyes into blindnefs. 
1/. 18. fo led them thence to. Samaria^ where he entrapped 
them, that thought verily they had entrapped him in Do^har., 
noti2.r£i^m Samaria, v. 19. lo. &c. While rhe Prophet flaid 
in Sam art a (\\\s^\2iCt ofchiefeft Rcfidence and the chief City of 
the Kingdom) he was f cure from the Syrians Ailaulting him, 
but if he be Removed to Dothan (to a place of defection, as tlie 
Hebrew word fignifies) a lefler Town of leller flrength, there 
and thither may the Syrian Hoft better AfTemble, but they caa- 
not AiTault, the P. is fafe there alfo, having mere for than agaiy>fi^ 
"v. 16. They that he rvith uf are more than they be with them. z. , 
Chron 51. 7. more Friends than Ad verfaries.- 

Thcre is yet a fourth Scripture apparition of Army s, which, 
according to the Sentiments offomc, is an ^rmy of Men, but o^ 
others an Army cf ^^ngels^ioiccmsd. mixt-ure of both, to wit, 
Zech. 6' from v. i . to 9. ijf. Some fence that Apparition of 4. 

H Ci;a- 

^o Wonderful Signs 

Charriots, to fignify the four. Empires [ in or dine &d Bcckftant ] 
all ordered from their Rife to their.Ruin (in each of them)* by 
the Decrees of God, which lay hid as it were ia Mountains of 
Brafs, and ran like a River under ground, till they broke forth, 
and ihewed themfelves in their.due execution, with refped (all. 
along ; to the Church of God. And if we admit of this Inter- 
pretation, then this -Apparition was an Army of Mey/^ yea of four 
feveral forts of Men, The .4/fyr/4;?, The Perpan, Th^ Grecian 
A^diYiQ Roman. Thus the four 'Empires {cohesively taken) 
muft be underftood : But the jecond Senfe is, that it was an 
^f^.rition of four Squdaron oi Angels, and this is more probable, 
as more agreeable to the Interpretation which tho l-rophctS- 
Tpitor (rather than Tutelar Angel) gives of it, v. 5. calling them 
the Spiri's of Heaven*8>cc. And though the word [Ruachoth] 
Signify fVinds, by y^hich Dame I prefigures the four Monarchys, 
Daf7. ji- i.Yet more emphatically, Angels are called Spirits. 
Hak I. 7; 14. And the Spirits of l^eaven^Mzih. 1^. 56. and 
Galv I. 8. who 2iS Mini ft ring S'^itits doe St and he fore the Lord 
of the whole Earth. Mat. 18. 10. To ferve his Providence and 
to be fent out (ashis Agents and Inftruments) upon various Er- 
. rants,, at his pleafurc : and therefore are they Defcribed here 
\ Gods Chartots, as Pf. 68 . ji 7, and of diverfe colours, i . Blaci\ . 
; when their Errands ztQ Sorrowful, i. White, .when joyful . ^ly, 
.Red, when Bloody. 4. Grizled, when mixt of both : fcyful and : 
Sorrowful, as to contrary Subjeds. 'Tis very Remarkable here. 
iv That Divine Decrees are unfearchable, infuperabic, unavoi- 
dable, unremoveable, they Hand [ike Maintains oi Brafs, which, 
can never be removed : ^iy. All Humane Events are ordered in . 
the World by Dtvine Decrees : Therefore tis our. patt to put^ut 
^menio Gods ^men ; and to fay in the Language of the pri- 
mitive Chriftians {the mUofthe Lord he done) Ad:. ai..i4. 5. An- 
gels are Gods Agents for moveing the wheel of Providence, in 
All Events, The Spirit of the living Creatures is in the Wheels. 
Ezech.i. ao. and 10, 9. 11. 15. 'Tis a Comfort to /^. /y 
.?./?», that all Occurrences arc managed by the Holy Angels, 

4. The 

Ofyvonderjul Times. <\ 

.4. The Work God Employs -angels to work in the World, is 
4?^rious work, -tis BUck work and White ^ox^. Red work and 
JldinvUa work. 5. Their Black work is upon Dal/yl,w^ and their 
Wh/te work is upon i"/^^ : The B/ack Horfes were fent to deflroy 
^.;^^/tf;?,that lay North oijudea^ and the vih.te Horfes were fent 
^fter them into the fame Northern Country to dehver Si^n, 
which then in a great part lay among the Pots in Bdylon, 
6. Their gri2led or mingled work, was upon ^A-gipt and aya- 
hia^ which lay South from ]uded^ the Punilhmeqt whereof was 
fomewhat mixed and mitigated, they fhould be ifl fome better 
cafe than Babylon^ yet not fogood as to retain the Jews there 
from their own Country. 7. Their Black work done upon Bu- 
hyUn is faid 10 quiet Gods Spirit . v. 8. To e^je him of hts Adver- 
saries^ Ifa. 1 . 24. to pacify his Anger and to give God full con- 
tent. S. TheErrandof the i?<f^ Charriot, is wholy omitted, 
probably becaufe 'tis a work rcferved for the lall times, as the 
filack Charret did deflroy Bah)lo^ Literal^fo the red Charet(not 
mentioned as to its going out here) may be Referved to deltroy 
Babylon Myflical, and to give her Blood to Drink, fgr Hie is 
worthy. Eevel. 16. 6. 9. After all this is done, comes in the 
Kingdom of the Branch, v.. 1 1. Thus the Fr^phetjicrc concurrs 
With Daniel, who after he had mentioned the downfal of the 
four Monarchys brings in the Kingdom of ^e StonrX^^LW. i. (the 
Kingdom of Chrifl our dear Redeemer) Darnel had (uch ^ppa/i^ 
tions of miglity things, a? Zuchary had. 

The fourth fearful P/^cc^tf^w^;/^;? was that Eery flying Bullet, 
falling from the \ irmament,wher€of this Account from Rcftock 
in SiWcta is given,^ that in fan. laft, the Heavens feemed to be 
Ruffled up like a (beet of Paper, at which time a white glitt&?r 
ring Bullet appeared, which feemed to yeild fome drops of wa- 
ter, being attended with two great flames of Lightning ; The 
Bullet was feen (by many ipe(5tators) to fall down, but none of 
them could tell where it fell, only in ithis all do unanimouf- 
ly agree, that the faid5'-;//f", in its faling, gave a greater light in- 
to their Houfcs than the greatcft lights they burned for three 

H ^ or 

C2 Wonderful Signs 

or four Miles round the place. I know not how to Exempl/fy 
this y^/>^4r/f/^w with a more fiiitable Paralel, out of Scripture 
Record, than with ^^^f/^^n'si^/^/;?^^?^?^' : Chap. 5. i. a. &c. 
This Roll is called a Volumn, or a Scroll of Paper or Parch- 
ment, relied up (as the Heavens Teemed to be in this Vrodigj) 
yet Tl-^'ing and fleeting fwiftiy all a long as a Bird of Prey in a 
ready pollute to feize on liis Prey. VoUns Velocifjtmum ultioms 
incur fum ^lenotat. This very pofture of Flying doth demonflrate 
.fomefuddenlncurfion of Divine Vengeance, {2iiih chryfffiomr, 
but God only\nows where it will fall : Nemo fcelm gerit in ft- 
if ore ^ qui non idem Nemcfin mfergo. No man can* carry any ^i- 
vellilh wickednefs in his Breafl:, but the fami? man mufl bear 
Kemefm (fo was the Goddefs of Revenge called) or Divine 
Vengeance upon his Back. This the blind Heathens could 
fay, by the light of "Nature, into whofe //f4r// xh^ Rtmarks 
how the Holy God Revengeth himfelf upon wicked men; cafl 
a greater light, than could this Flying Bullet, into the fJoi^fes o£ 
thofe Villages which wercenlightned with it. Hereupon they 
called "Vengeance A/es^H^ which fignifics undvoidahle^ becaufe 
no Oifendercan tither Avert or /^i/^/V the Revenging hand of 
God; there i& no cfcaping its coming, nor abiding it when it 
cometh ; This Flying Roll isdefcribed by the Prophet to be 
ten yarjs long and fiv^braad. 

This Remarkable Meafure of the Flying Roll is i/. Cora- 
menfurate to the Porch efihe Temple, which is exa(ftly defcribed 
to be of the fame Breadth a.nd Length. i^Kin^ 6. 3. And as it 
bore a proportion in meafure to ihc Porch, fo it may be fuppo- 
fed to come out from thence, ^s'Si Voice from tL Temple, lh.66. 
6. And unfolding as it came thence, ic appeared in the Air in a 
Flying poflure, hailning and ' hovering ov«r the Heads of 
wicked Perfons. a/y. It bears likewife a proportion to th(' 
Land of thcfews, which Geographers Defcribe to be twice ai 
long, as it was ^road, and now it being covered all over with th\ 
Gift a and lilth oi Mens Sins, it was ready to be covered all ovei 
mth the [erne And /[mart of Gods ^udgmems. 3 (v. Tis commen- 


Oj I Vomer Jul I tmeT. 5^ 

furate alfo to the whole World cf CertUs^ the length whereof, 
(take it from E^/? icsWefl) much exceeded the breadth of it from 
North toi'<?«//^,asGeography obferveth,and thus it fignified,that 
as all the Habitable Lands had///V^ themfelves with all kind of 
Sins, fo God would nowhil them with all kind of funifjymems : 
'Twas every way large enough to plague all.forts ofSins,and to ■ 
puniili all forts oi Sinners^ wnether in every corner of T^/z^^-r, or 
in the utmoft parts of theHabitabfeWorld. Thus the PlyingRbll 
is faid 10 (TO forth ^ yea Hy (more fwiftly than the Eagle, the' Ar- 
row, ora Fladi of Lightning) over the FACe ofthir whole Earth, . v. 
a, 5. hwdtihtCurje cfGod (contained in the Roll within and 
without) is as tjie Fierj Bullet, that burns on all fides , b^ng 
like Eztkiels Book, filled with fuch contents as Lamentation and 
Nourning, and Woe, Ezek. 2. 9. i o. This Curfc of God when it 
falleth upon the People of G'^?^/ C«r/r, Ifa, 34. 5; hsth a more 
mighty and mortal fall than the bulkieft Bullet in the World, 
far beyond the Burthen of that mountanious Bullet, which (Hi- 
Hory telleth us) was Hiot out of that motiflrous murdering- 
piece, called Grand Diabolof or the great Divel : Inafmuch as 
the mighty Hands of the Almighty and All-Creating God i» 
Heaven, can give a greater and more fatal Blow, than can the 
created Hands of the greatefl DHclin Heili This is the Fiery 
BuUei th^t Droppeth t\iQ bitter Water rvh.'eh cnufcth the Curfe.lSum. 
5.18 .. and which will make the Thigh to Rot, and the Be/Iy to 
Srve/I.v. 21 .. 25. Neither let any man fay,that' the C/zr/ifj writ- 
ten in Gods Book, are but Bug-bears, and th^t words are but jv/w^, 
as they faid, Jer; 5. 15. for the words written in that Book (or 
Hebrew Scro//) fliould caufe the waters thus to work, which (in 
themfelves) had neither any difcerniifg Virtue,nor any deflroy- • 
ing Vigour, yet the Divine Inflitution made *the fame potion, 
either Poyfon or Medicine, according to the cleanefs or un-< 
cleanefs of the party : Thus alfo Gods Word which Seoficrs 
call but- wifjd, yet may have Dreadful Effeds, for even iVjnJ, 
when gotten into the Bomls of the Earth, may caufe an E^rth- 
quake, fo this WprS of the Curfc, when gotten into the ^Bo;vels 


of a mans mind, may make an Heart-quake. 'Befides, that very 
i^V^ which thofe Mocker sm2,^t\\^x.o^ as Wrad^ ihould be- 
come Fire^ and themfelves Fuit to feed it. Jer. 5 . 13 . 14. And 
as Fre flyeth upon /"//f/tliat is fully dryed, ajid confumeth jt 
inaninftant, Nah. i. 10. So Gods Jrljinip-RvH will Jick up 
wicked Livers, as that Fir e.kom Hea^vc^ did the Sacrifice^ the 
JVood^ the StoneSn and the £)///?, with all the Water in x.\iQTr€Kch^ 
I. Kin. 18. 58. P/iz/A/ff 7/'rf4m;7^i, in Gods Flying-Roll, are 
(as ErafrrtM faith of Ez,ek. 5 . 18.) Fulmina. pot/us qriam Fetha. Hot 
Thunderbolts, rather than fuch Words as be hw Wind) The fame 
God that hath denounced it, will certainly do it, he will fee 
his own Law Executed. Zach. 5. 4. and will (himfelf) £a-^- 
cttte the fudi^icnt written in thh Roll: Ff i49,*9 Yea and more 
than ts written: Deut. 18. Gi. Upon the Head of the Thief 
(great as well as fmall, as xht Pj^atetold Alexander') under 
which is comprifed all other Sinners againft thefecon'H Table ; 
and upon the Head of the Swearer (comprehending all againft 
the firfl) God hath Sworn that Swearers lliall not ent^r into his 
Reft. We live in the Dreggs (the laft and worft) of Times, 
wherein Blafphemous Oaths, are belched out of Black Helliih 
Mouths, both ordinary and openly, yea fome Oaths are be- 
come Rhetorical Inrcrjcd:ions of Speech to the Vulgar fort, 
and other fome meer Phrafes of Gallantry to the Damnrc-Gal- 
lants : but mirk the end. The direful Curfe comes flying with 
a Divine Commiffion breaks into theHoufes of thofe Thieves 
and Swearers) which they caJl their Cajlles. wherein they think 
themfelves out of the reach of Gods Rod) there it remains as a 
rroublefome Inmate in defpight of them, they cannot rid or 
remove this curfmgRoll,<mtill it hath not only fauced their Meat 
and fficed their Drink^ with ihcWrathcf God, as ^^6i> lo. 13. but 
until alfo the fire thereof hath kindled the Brim/lone that lay (cat^ 
tered upon their Habitations, Job 1 8. -14. 15. This pu&6 their, All 
into a light Flarfie,con(uming both Timber and Stones^ their p^- 
fons and their Eftates^ which they have raked together by Ra- 
pine, Sacrilcdg, Perjury, and other wieked^ways : Such Balls 


Of Wonderful Times. 5 5 

of Fire (RcfembJing this Flying Roll, &c.) have been fccn fal- 
ing out of Heaven ^ Gods Temple) upon Woods, Ground^, yea 
lirults here in Engltnd, The bigncfs of which Fire Balls, have 
feemed toSpedators as large as the greatell Chaldrons, thefe 
muft be predifHve Signs tp us, SiSj^eremy's Boy ling-Pot was to 
the few, Jer. i, i%, and as Ezektels was, Ezek; 14. 5. 4. i ;. 
Reprefenting Jerufalfm which then had a w/^^^y Scitm in her^ 
but the Fire ofGoSs Wrath fet the Pot on boyhng (by the 
ChddcAns) until it had boyled out all the Bones 3Lnd the Fie /h 
(the Stout ejl and Richefi)2X which they had Scoffed. Ezek. 11. 
;. 7. But when they go r(? /^^ P<7', and boylluftily there, their 
Scoffs are forced back down their own Throat s,and thcirHearts 
might then befpeak them, as the F^eart of the Tyrant Afollodc- 
rus (who dreamed he was taken and flead by the Scythians, and 
boyled in a great Chaldron) did, cry out of the Kettle or Chal- 
dron to him b'" cvi'k^^v hfiici 'tis I that am the Caufe of all; 
this thy Mifery. JS^o lefs a 5/^;; was Ezekiels Iron Pan, to the 
Hard-FIearted ./^jvj. Ezek. 4. 3. both which Hieroglyphicks - 
and Emblems did not only fignify, their City ihould be hardly 
Bcfieged, but alfo that God would fofeeth them in a Pot, and fo ^ 
fry thernin a Pan, as that they fhomld fine away in their Imquitys. ' 
L'cvit. '26. ;9. The good Lord P/i/^r/ this fore Judgment | 
from London, and Dire^ it to Rome or myflic^l Babylon, for ilie is i 
worthy. Revel. 166. 

The fifth rvonderful Signs in the Fleavens, is, xht Several Suns 
ti>at have been feen in the Firmament, at fome due diflance one 
from another, as hath been Teftifycd to me : but I (hall not • 
Infift upon this, (as I have upon the former) not only becaufe 
my Book begins to fwell beyond my Expe(5lation, but alfo be- 
caufe I have refolvcd to enlarge upon nothing, no nor infert 
here any thing upon (lender Evidence, without evident and 
fufficient Tcftimony : It fhall therefore fuffice to fay but little 
to this, fave only, that fuch an Apparition need the lefs to be ^ 
doubted of, feeing natural Phylofophy mentioneth it, as one of 
Nature? Frodu^I^s, though not ordinarily, calling them farelta 

or i 

5 6 " Wonderful Signs 

or Mock-Suns : yei that Divine Philofopher Zanchf^ doth not 
only (in concurrence with Heathen Philofopers) fuppofe fuch 
Apparitions to prognoflicate abundance of wet weather, but 
alio (as he faith. further) various Judgnients,as Faminc,Sword, 
&c. Zanch. de oper. Dei. Pag. 348. Yfa our own Engli(b Chro- 
nicles tell us, "that fuch an Apparition was fcen in the Heavens 
m the beginning of Queen Mdnes Reign as^there liad been the 
iike before, to preface the Death , of that infolcntly proud 
Prelate, Thom.ts Becket Arch-Bilhop o{ Canterbury. 

In a word, both time and room (and it may be Credit too) 
would fail me, Ihould I infert the other Apparitions in the Air 
(we hear off if not fee) as the Dreadful Thunders and Light- 
nings, the Impetuous Wind and Whirlwinds, and manyflrange 
Meteors which I defignedly omit, until I get better prooff, 
(which I truly defire from all good Hands) well knowing my 
Brethren that went before me, in this Work 10 years ago , 
ibme'clo blame for credulity : Alter lus per ditto jnea^t emtio. The 
Cenfure pafl«d upon my Predeceflbrs (in the like work) for \iz^ 
in^oY^r Credulous., hath been cogent to make me a little the 
more Cantelous : Therefore I pafs on to the fecond Sce;7e or 
Theatre, whereon God ihc^s his Wonderful- S ;gnf or Prodigies,, 
to wiuon theBarth (as well as the lirfl: in theHcavens orAir)And 
firfl of thcProdigious Hdil-ftorjes, which God cafl: out of the Air, 
down totlic Fanh, which cannot be called Apparitions in the 
Air (and {o belong to the firft Scene) feeing their prodigious 
bulkinefs could not be diftin(5lly difcerned, until they appeared 
' (fain, taken up, and meafured) upon Earth. This fame Prodigy 
or Wcndtrful^ign., happened upon the i%ih. oi May, 1680. 
which became fo mifchicvous to all the Sky-Lhghts, all over 
London, &c. and knockt down many Rooks, by their vail 
weight, and bignefs, fome of them (being meafured) were 
found fcven Inches about, &c. This Sign alfo may be exempli- 
fied both out of Sacred and Civil HiAory. ifl. Sacred and- i//. 
The Plague of Hail (lones upon zy^gypt, Exod. 9.18. to 17. Such 
jis that Land never (aw or felt before^ for this fcventh Plague was : 

• ill. .More 

Of Wonderful limes, 57 

id. More General than any, being over the whole Land at once, 
aly. None ever was fo Tem^ef''d with fire nhich tan ainrig ihe 
Grouna. V, i;. Though lire and Hail be of two contrary Tem- 
pers, yet in this thiey made a Peace betwixt themfelves, that 
they might obey the Will of their Creatour. This was a ftrangc 
mixture, and a Miracle within a Ahracle, faith Rai; Solomon : 
fuch Kail-rtones and Coals of Hre mingled together are menti- 
oned: rf. 1 8. 15. 14. I), and 7/4. ;o. ;o. 91. as here and 
p/". 7S. 47. 48. and /'/.105. 52 53. ;ly. Kone ever fo pundu- 
2.\ly PredM Jed znd 2iS punctually Performed, according to the 
Prediction. 1^. 18. 25. 24. 25. 4ly. None ever fo X>e//r«c7iT'f 
to Man, Benftsind Trees, v, 25. Pf. 66. 46. 47. 48. and lof. 
; ;. 5ly. Kone ever (o Distin^ttiHun^ though it was over all the 
Land of ^gift, yet the Land ofGojhen { a part of it) was exemp- 
ted- v. 2 5. Such an Exemption (was that Torrent of Fire 
which ran down from Mount ^Aitna,) vouchfafed to thofe Religi- 
ous Children, which ventured to Refcue their Aged Parents, 
from thofe fearful Flames, made /^r//?<?^/f fay,[k3r4 t. -^^ X'o=e^J/ . 6- 
/*.<eriny.Hcr^T3 A-wooc/oj. ] It extottcd from him an acknowledgement 
of Gods good Providence for the Godly here on Earth, when 
he faw the Flames of Fire, dividing themfelves and making a 
Lane for thofe Godly Refcuers of their Flelplefs Parents. The 
fccondfacrcdinilance of Prodigious ^j//-S (j^/^/. Jofli.io.ii.Ob- 
fervcd the like exemption or diflindion(as that in Excd.c) 26.) 
'tis faid [the Lord call down great Stones from F^caven] ex- 
plained there \^beebeni H.ibucd, Hagfdtloth'\ fuch huge Hail- 
llones as brained the Cannaniies, but hurt not the Ihadaes that 
were not only at their Heels, but alfo mingled amongfi them ?s 
they flew them in their Flight and dreadful Thunder and Light- 
ning came along with thofe Na l-Jlones alfo, as not only Jofe- 
fhits faith, but ^liibACcuck likcwife Hahkic 5. 11. Where 
God fliot olThis fliiniiig ^rrjws, and darted from him his Glit- 
tenn^ Spears, yea he IcvePd them (whether Huge Had {io^/es, 
or Hot ■'rhundirbo'ts) v/ith fo even an Fland to tlicir fcvcral 
marks, that he /»/.' the cne and //.'jjjed the cth.r, even when they 

I were 

it)i yronderjul btgm 

were intermingled together : this wsi^DigitHS Dei, ily. Civil 
Hifiory mentions flrange Hai!-J}o^;es, both Ethnick s, as Ltvy De- 
cdd. I. Lib. I. andDecad. ^. Lib. lo. OlauMaK , 8cc. And Ec- 
clcfialticL\^s Eufth/mUh. 5. TenulliAu C^^. 5. Apolog. And 
D16 in the Life of hUrcm Antenins (the PJiilcfopher fo called) 
who fought againfl the Ouahs ,Q.XiAhy xhc prayers^of xhQ Thun- 
dring Let:>n{^% in iAurclws the^ Emperors time they were cal- 
led) of Chriftians, /;«^(r;?/ Gr ando compluri-:qHe fulminA in Hofies Cp- 
C'Jerunf, &c. Such huge Haii-ftones, and hot Thunderbolts 
falleth upon the Enemy doth that Heathen Hiftorian fay, as ii 
h^ had been an Ecclefiaftick Writer) and Fire and Water did 
fall down from Heaven, ih.Q chnfiians and their Party drank of 
the water and were Refrefhed, but the £lmde$ (their Enemies) 
were Burnt by xh^Fire and Periihed, while it feJJ not at all up- 
on the other, or if it did, it was prefently quenched. Neither 
did the Waters Relieve the ^uAd€<, but Inflame them,as if it had 
bfeea Oyl, fo that they called for Water to cool them, when 
the water fell upon them, yea and wounded their own Bodies, 
toj quench their burnings with their own Blood: many more 
fiich ftra nge Stories have we in xho^Ma^i^ehur^^ Cemunjis and in 
Oftanders Epitom (too long to Relate) I add only that out of P<r- 
rerius (the Jefuite) who tells us of a moft grievous f/a/l ihower 
ia.Erance- in the Reign of Lewis Son to cW/f^ theGrcat,which 
was fo prodigious in the weight and bulk of the Stones, that 
it'ilcw both Mar, and Beaff, and at that time a peice-of /^^ of la 
footiong, fell with the Hail out of the Air, &c. If there be 
lUch Wonders in a Hail-ihowcr, 'tis thelefs Wonder that God 
propofeth this great Wonder to y<y^,' asking him, [fiaft iho»fecn 
tde Treasures vf the Hail, which I have Referued again ji the t.mc cf 
Tfcuhle, as the Day cf Battel and War.] Job; 8. a a; a;. Shewing 
tljat the Infpedbion and Adminiftration of all thefe marvelous 
Meteors ^ do only belong to the Great. (7 ^, , he hath vaft 
Treafun sodhcm.m^ny Arrows laid up in his Quiver (which 
can never be emptied, as the Poet faith o£joves) againft the ap- 
pointcdtime for Punilhing his Advcrlarics.thcn he brings forth 


Of y/ onderjHl Timer. 5^ 

his tmer^Lnd krver Troops (as the Rdbbins ^ht2i(c it) ready preft 
for his Serviec, and this he will do againfl ^^^y/^/^jagaintt which 
God hsth a moll Dreadful Shower of Hatl-flonts^ Revel. iG. 
17. 18. ^l. where the feventh Plague upon ^yEqyft is compa- 
red to the feventh Plague upon Hahhn^ yet this latter far 
worfe, as more wxighty than the former, every HaiI-flon« 
weighed a Talent, far bigger than thofe that Drain'd the C.mix- 
rn^ttjh Kings. J^o\h. lo. Stc my Church- fliji or y pdig. 507. When 
oar fofhttj or blelTed fefi^s fliall come forth Conquering and to 
Conquer the World (as that Typical fofhua did Canaan) he hath 
a worfe Shower of Hail-ftones wherewith to knock down not 
only all the Romijh Rooks (that would Rook us of our Refor- 
med Religion) but alfo to Brain all the Grandees of the Earth, 
that lend their Power to uphold the tottering Whore of Baby- 
lon ; thofe prodigious Had-ftones fliall drop down out of ^^^4- 
'L'^;^ and defcend upon the E4r/^. Revel, lo. 9 as if both con- 
fpired to deftroy Chtifts Enemies, as they had done D^j-z^/^j be- 
fore. Pf. 18. i^. 14. 15. and the cWr^e/ Ifa. 50. 30. 51. 
Such as never were feen upen £anh. RcveL i6. 1 8. 

The fccond Wonderful Sign upon Earthy is that ftrangc ui^ 
t^riuon to the MAtd at H At field. 

Elizabeth Freemans 7?f/4//5;;, taken before 5/r Jofeph Jordan Kt, 
and Richard Lee D. D. Chaplain in Ordinary to his Majeflj, and 
Re^or c/ Hatfield, t>« Jan. 51. 80. 

I. CHE faith, That jf^;?. 14. Sitting by the Fire fide about 5 
^ iw the Evening (which was its conftant time of appearing) 
ihe heard a voice behind her, mildly faying. Sweet-heart ! 
She turningback, faw the appearance of a Woman (as fiie 
thought, all in white, with a white Vail, fo that fiie faw no 
Face, but a very white Hand was laid on the back of her Chair) 
which faid to Her ; The 1 5 th. of Ma^ is appomted for the Roy- 
al Blood to be Poyfoned, and further faid, be not afiaid, for I 
am fcnt to tell thee. II. That on Jan. 1 5 . coming home, it ap- 
peared in White and Vaifd; as before, faying,*Do you remcm- 

I 1 ber 

6o Wonderful Signs' 

bcr what Ifaid ? {he Anfwcre-1, yes. She farther faid, /« t^e 
Name of the Father Son and Holf Ghof^, n^af art thou r* It immedi- 
ately appeared in a very glorious (hapc, with a very Beautiful 
Face, and with a Crown on its Head : and harflily faid, Tell K. 
(h.irles from me, not to remove his Parliament, and (land to his 
Council, and charging her to obey its Command, to which Ihc 
anfwered, yes, rjTr. III. On 40. 26 It came again, llie being 
at home, and her Mother perceiving her troubled, faid Daugh- 
ter feeft thou any thing? ilienot being able to fpeak, nodded 
her Head and waving her Hand : the Mother faid, fhall I go 
out ? ilie being enabled to fpeak, and the Apparition nodding 
to her, ihe faid, yes. The Mother going out, the Apparition 
bid her do her MeiTage : iheanfwcred, I will, fo foon as God 
jhall enable me, it faid be not afraid, and fo Vanilhed. IV. It 
appeared Jan. 27. at a Neighbours Houfe, but fpakc not. V. It 
appeared again at home, as formerly, /4;?. 18. her Mother and 
two Neighbours being prefent, feeing her begin to be troubled) 
they ail kneeled down to Prayer, it commanded her to do her 
MeiTage, faying, the Lord will go with you, but the perfons by 
did neither hear nor fee it. VI. Jan, 19. It appeared as (he was 
praying, hut faid nothing. VII. Again the ^o^h. it appeared',! 
hux. faid noth-ng. VIII. fa'ti. ; i. It appeared to her again at her 
Brother-in-Lavv's Hoafe, being in a very glorious fliape, as on 
the 7//f/^^>' before, and faid, God hathfent me to bid you do as 
he hath commanded you.&c. IX. It appeared onrF^^. i. again, in 
white, hut faid noihinr. . X. Fe^. 2. The day (1 e came to Lo». 
don, it appeared again, and commanded her to bid K. ch.i^les 
keep to his Nobles, and them he takes to be his Enemies, and 
keep the Parliament in the City. XI. F<b. 5 She being at 
M^hjtehal^ could not be admitted to fpeak to the King: as (lie was 
coming back. faw the Apparition in white, but it fud nothing. 
XII. Oil the fame day it appeared again, and faid, Youi have 
done your endeavour to the utmoft that God hath commanded 
you, you (hall be troubled no more. 

Fth 9th. This Maid, accompanied with Sir fcfe^h ^rdar^ Dr. 

Uj yyonderjiil 1 imes, 6t 

Li', Mr. Wiliinfon,htz}s\oxhQT and others, attended the King 
and Council, where his Majefty asked her many Quefiions, and 
heard her Relation patiently,aftcr which bidding her Go home 
and fer ve God, and ihe (Inould fee no more fuch Vifions ; or to 
that effed:, and fo llie wasdifmidcd. Yet about the middle of 
^pnl 8 1 . She Relates, that the Viiion hath appeared again to 
her, and hath commanded. her once more to prefent her felf to 
his Majefly. 

The £rft grand Enquiry, is whether this ApfArition were 
a good or an £vil Anzel. Anfwcr, i In general A fift-. 
hie ^pparjion of Invifible Sprits , is preternatural, and 
therefore a Prodigy, whether the Spirit that appears be 
good or -bad : ily. Learned men give this Character of 
DiIlind:ion betwixt the Apparition of a good and of an f^'// 
Angel. That xhcgood always appear in the fliape of heaut'ffl 
Perfofjs or Clear/ Creatures j as, of a Lamb to Clement^ of an // rt 
to Eujiace^ and of a Dove to Gitmmarus, &c. But the £1^// Angels 
A'^^c^zt 2S Deformed mniOX2iS Filthy Be-afis. Thus the Devil 
appeared to an AfTembly of Witches in the Shape of a Sttttkmg 
Coat, and of a filthy Hog, in thefe Churches of A^a-^^a, propha- 
ned by Arrians. Thus Satan (foon after his Fall) took the 
likencfsof a Scrfer>t,2.t\6. is call'd fo, yea a Btagon, and thus, 
he is faid to appear in the ugly Hiape of all loathfomc Grea- 
ture»to H^lhry, Anthonj, &c. As 4thamfius and Hicrcm:^ in their 
fuppofititious Relations have Reported . yea, fome do further 
fay, Hoc eft admcdum mirahii; r.urtquam Vifos ejje D^mones utrccjue 
f:de Hiimanoullhi ^ffaruiffe, &c. Saith Fornerus De Angelis 
Serm. 9. 'Lisa very Wonderful thing faith he, that Devils 
never are fecn appearing any where in mans iliape, with both 
Feet alike, but either with one Foot cloven, or with a whole 
club Foot. All this feems not an infalibly diilinguilhing Ciia- 
radter : for, 'tis true, the groat God can put fuch difcriminating 
Brands upon fuch deceitful Apparitions, of Evil Spirits, and 
poffibly doth often mark them fu : yet this will not hold Uni- 
vcrfally true, for thatDrw/ who caa (as the Scripture of 


6 2 Wonderful Signs 

Truth faith) 'ur» htmfelffHto an Angtl ef Li^ht. a. Cor. 1 1. 14- 
may ajfo Tranform himfelf into the ihape of feme comely Man^ 
OTiovel) Seafi : 3. That which the Apoftle there affirmeth, was 
i/je/i taken for granted among the Learned (fuch as Pauls oppo- 
fers deemed themfclvcs) and this was acknowledged by Porphy- 
?r, ^^amhltchtis, §cc. That the Devil (the Prince of Darknefs) 
could Transform himfclf into an Angel of Light ^ either by aiTu- 
: mingto himfeif a lightfome, comely and glorious Body, as if he 
were an An^el of Heaven, or by fuggefting fomething that fce- 
meth to favour of Piety and Zeal for God, as if it came from 
ifonie blelfed Angel, whereas his fuggeftions (as he fuggefteth 
them) do indeed tend to Gods D jhonour ziiduhe Sauls R'^irie. 
4 The Character that even Porphyry giveth Sataf9 (calling him 
-7i>.y?opofuoy}y-;:ri}vlf^7nv') onc of many Forms and Fafhions, doth 
Evidence, that it was the Opinion of the Ancients, how he 
doth not always appear in one and the fame Form, but hath 
as many feveral Ihapes as Proteus had among the poits : This 
is made more manifeft in the Hiftory of the tA^s of. the Apnftlcs^ 
as, firft at Ljftra he appeared as a Comedian, as if a Scene of 
FUutus were to be A6ted upon the Stage, A^. 14. 11. ii. &c. 
Secondly, at Amiochhe appeared like g. fefuite with Traditions 
inhis Mouth, v. ^6.zndAct. 15. i. Thirdly at Athens, hcM^ 
lyes OMZ like A Philofoper^ A6t. 17. 18. Fourthly, at £/>^f/«j 
lie takes the likcnefs of a ^\2i^tt- Artificer. A6t. i<^. 24. 
And fifthly, ot Corinth^ he tranforms himfeif into an An^elof 
j^ight. a. Cor. 11. 14. v/izh Acf, 18. 6..&C. In all thofe pla- 
ces the Devil A(5led the parts of all the aforefaid, though he 
did not vifibly aflume their ihapes. 5/;. As to the latter Times 
touching vifible Apparitions ; Scverus Sulpitius in the Life of 
Mdrtinw, chap. 15. gives this Account, that Satan appeared in 
the form of a good Angel, among other Apparitions to Amiho- 
Itus a young Monk, &c. He telleth how the Devil appeared 
toSt Af4rr/«(focalled) as he was praying in his Monaftick 
Cell, the apparition feemed very glorious, fparkling with a 
dazeling light, having upon it Royal Robes, upon its Head a 


Uf yyonaerjHl I imef. 61 

Golden Crown befpangled with Jewels, upon its Feet gilded ■ 
Shoes, c-trid%ith a benign Afped: out of a comely mouth fpakc 
as followeth \_/h H o y M.2iiur\^ ack novledg me rvhom4hoH bcholdethj 
&m Chnljt ccmmg donm to the Earthy and I n^ouU firji m-iyiff(fi my felf 
to thee, 'Sec,"] and the Apparition oft Repeati^ginthofe Words, 
the ti\2in{Mjirtin) Anfvvered, thatc^^// had no where foretold, 
be would come again in p ^litterinf And glorious a pofture (upon ' 
Earth) before tht UH day. I will not beliere that it is chnfi ( wiio • 
is come now to me) unlefs he appear in the {2Lmc Fcrm and tidbit 
whereinhe/'<j/f^rf^, and having his five Wounis wherewith he 
VfSLS fitgrnatiz,ed upon the Crofs ; upon this Anfwer tlie Devil va- 
mihedoutof/ight, leaving an horrible flink behind him, as 
faith the Author. See him offundry other Stories of the like 
Delufions : and Johdn.Wierus de pr^tfljcijs DemoKum Lib. ii. 
Gap. i6, 6. There is another Character whereby the Dif- 
courfe of an Ev I ^ngel to #5 may be difcerned from that of a 
(rood one, which reterThjreus Lib. 4. of Apparitions, Chap. 16. 
Numb. 17. mentioneth, faying [The Difcourfe of a ^W -^ngcl 
doth at the beginning aifright a perfon, but afterwards leaves 
that mind qmcted Sivid comforted, h\xx. on the contrary, when an 
Evil Angel appeareth and difcourlcth them, 'tis pleafing and 
infmuatingat the firfl,butit ever leaves themind difturbed and 
in little cafe at the end. The fame Sign doth Pirfedu give, in his 
Notes upon fch, ^, t. 16 Thisalfo is no Infalible Note, but 
afaiacious Sign alfo, for the Apparition of a good Angel i/.To 
Sarf»pfons Mother was no way ailrightful to her, but rather com- 
fortable, encouraging her to run to her Husband, to acquaint 
him with the glad Tidings, /r/^^. 13. 3. G. Neither was her 
Husband terrified with this Apparition, fpeaking boldly to it 
[^art thgu heuhich jpakc to the ^^ oman'] V. 11. Though after his 
departure, a Trembling Seiz'd upon ///w, through want of 
Faith V. 11. not upon her, whofe Faith was ftrong v.i^: and 
1^. The Apparition of an tvd ^ingel (or i)fi///)to .S"^///(asthe 
^ocd Angel was Chnfl to Sumpfofjs Parents, Jud i ;. ai. 50. cal'd 
^£rMm and Jehovah) did drive the King into a Swoon, i. Sar?t. 


Wonclerfiil Signs: 

"a8, lb preaching to him his Funeral Sermon, yetjitthe chfg 
he had Tome Imall cowf art from the Witches fatted Calf, not fo 
much to rcfreni him, as to get him fafe out of her Houfe, and 
leart his qualr^of fear Ihould drive him quite o.T from the 
Devil. Both tr#*fe two Inftances are point-blank contradicto- 
ry to Th:rei4s and /'/.^f^/.^f dilUnguifliing Charad:er. 7 'y. Nei- 
ther is that Sign f which fome fay is diftinguilhing) any better 
than the former, to wit, It mufi he aguod yingd tha,c fm^gt{l good 
things^ whereas the Devil ca.[\^[yo good Coh?.//^ and put upon 
good Duties, but always for evil Ends, as B Jims obferveth m 
jLib,%'}f.^eI>Amor}omAmdCAj}.G and 5^w«<^/ (himfelf ) could not 
have fpoken more gravely and feverely than Satan did i.Sam. 
28. 16. I have read a Story of a good man, who was very 
weak, and after his Solemn calling upon God, on his Knees by 
his Bed-fide, he betakes himfelf to Jlis Bed for Reft, but being 
about to fleep, an y^ppnntiurj {^c^iks to him, faying, rife up to 
Prayer ; The poor Tempted Soul bravely anfwered the Temp- 
ter, Tie pray at God^hidaing not at the Divels, &c. And 'tis a 
known cafe' Satan fuggefts to his Vaftals (Witches and Wiz- 
zards ; to frequent places of Gods Woriliip but all in Hypocri- 
fy) leaft they Hiould feem to be fo bad as they are indeed : yea 
fomctimes to receive the Eucharift, but to referve it for fome of 
their Magick and Diabolical Charms. So that 'tis beft judg- 
ing Ox^Tuch Suggeftions from the f/3^propofed, The Devils e- 
vil £';7^in prompting the Sick man to the Good .^^ion of Prayer 
was to diicompofehim from fleep and to dcftroy him thereby. 
8. But much lefs may an Evil fpirit be diftinguiJhed from a| 
good one by iho pUce where the Afp^irition is appearing; for " 
the Devil fometimes can thruft himfelf in among the Sons of 
Godor fleiJAfjgel'-, Job i. 6. and when Satan thus makcth 
himfelfonc. among the Holy Angels, 'tis by Divine perm ilfion, 
and not without the over-ruling power of God : The good An- 
gels came into Gods prefence for ^o^V to /(?^, but this evil o ne 
for iv.^l to him, to wit, for a CommifFion to hurt him, yet even 
this God over ruled for good : Jam. 5. n. though the begtyi-'^ 


OfWo7iclerfultimes. 57 

ipg was the Devils^ yet tj^e ^nd was the Lords, So Zech. ; . i : . 
\ ea and long before that, that S'vil hnrd was got into lUrAaicr 
the bell pUcc that was then in thcWorld,^'ea,and long after that 
he could not only accompany, but even carry Chrill himfelf to 
the Holi remple, when he placed him upon a Pinaclc of it, thus 
it appearethfromScripture-Record,that ci/z/Spirits maysppear, 
even in ^ocd places, as well as bad ones : to. this Drextlus Vifion 
gives a farther confirmation/aying,//^ fatv tenDcvils at a Scr»-or, 
and but one ai a Market ; the Ke'afon whereof he givcth, is, that 
ataSerr?forj^mci\{\.2ind in Awe of Gods presence there, A6t. lo. 
5 ;. and therefoic ten Devils Satan thinks few enough to tempt 
them, that they m^v mt ferve the Lord without Diftiaaiur/. 
1 . Cor, 7.^5. But at a Market tlie Tempter*nceds not fo many 
tempting Tools,for there one man vvill(faft enough )Tcrnpt ano- 
ther, The Buyer the SeEer, and the Seller the Lycr. The fecond 
great Enquiry is. Whether God ufeththe A'iimflr) of '^oodiy^ngels 
to his Servants now under the Gofpel \ Anfwer i//. without ilf 
controverfyhedoth, yet in an infcnfible and in an invifible 
manner, that God might draw up our Hearts Heaven ward.and 
have our GorJi'erfatwn in Heaven, while our Commoration is on 
Earth. f/W. 5. 10. 2)<fW^ are not more ready 10 tempt and^r- 
"vcur us, than the ^figels are to [uccotir and deliver us : As Evii 
•Angels do'fuggcll Evil Motions^ fo do good Angels good ones^ 
and as outgcod endeavours are oft hwdred by the Evil Spirit : 
I. Thef. 1. I S. So arc our evil undertakings oft by the good 
Angels, otherwile our Protedion were not equal to our Dan- 
ger. The Devil moved ^'aUam to go and curfe Jfrae!^ a good 
Angel refills him, and fpeaks in the mouth of his Afs to con- 
vince him, (jrr. HereBiiliop ^/f//notethwell, in his contempla- 
tion on that Scripture, If an Heavenly fpirit ftands in the way 
ofa SorccrcrSins, how muck more arc all thofc Cstlcdial pow- 
ers ready to flop the mifcarriages of Gods deareft Children; 
how oft (yet more) had we fallen, had not thefe BlciTcd Guar- 
dians upheld us in their Arms. Pf. 9 1. 11. whether by rcmo - 
vingtheoccafions and opportunities of Evil, or l-y mxfliiig. 

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58 Wonderful Signs 

contrary infiinds and motions to Good. As MV^^f / oppofed 
Satan -showi the Bodi of A^ofes, fo do the good Angels about 
the Bodies and Souls o^the Saints while thej live and carry their 
550uls immediately into ^br^hams Bofom when they Dye : there- 
fore Hiould we blefs God for Angels Miniflry, as a part of 
Chriils Purchafe. Heb.i. 6. 7. 14. who haVe their C^ww/j^/^;? 
from him (to keep the Saints in their Way) as well as their 
Co/ifirmat.on by himan their own Everlafting go dnefs : Jicnce 
he is their /^f4^, Col. a. 10. and that 5^4;^^; Z^^i^r on which 
they Afccnd with i\4 ens Defires, and Difccnd wixh. Gods An- 
fwer. Gen. a8. ii. much more I might add, but I avoid pro- 

^ iixity. 4 

The Secnd Answer. It muft be granted that in the times of 
the Old and New Tedament, God did ufe the Vifiblc Miniftry 
of good Angels, as in the Old to Abrah^m^ Gen. 18. 17. to 
Z<7', Gci. 19. 15. to 6'/Vfo;7, Judg 6. 12. 14. and to Manoah^ 
Judg. 15. 5. arc. and in the New Teftament, to fofeph^MsiZt, 
1. 20. to Z<3chary^ Luke i. i 3. and to the BlefTed Virgin, Luke 
1 . 16. &c. Then did God fpeak to his Servants at Simdiy times 
And in d'Verfe wanner s., that is, in Breams and Fifto^ s by his An^e \\ 
hut now he haxh [poke tc f/s by his Son, Heb. i. i. 2, and therc- 

> fore all Fi(ibie /ippariti^.n are ceafed but not their Invtfible Cfcra- 
lions: They Hill Ad for Gods Church and Children, though 
invifibly, therefore their Hands arc reprcfented to be under 
their Wings, E::iek. i. 8. bccaufe their Adions arc for the 
mofl part infenfible and invifible : For God now (Soverns his 

.Church in a fpiritual manner, without the vifible Apparitions 
of Anrels, though they be prcfent with the Church in an in- 
vifible way: £(c'(( $. 6. and i.Ccr. 11. 10. 'Tis true, 
the Retired Saint <c( the primitive Times (as well as the Holy 
Afanyn) fince the NewTeftamcnt Times, had fomctimcs good 
Angels appeared to them, for their confolations in ihcir fori cd 
[ohtudes and [uffcrr>.gs as the bcil Ecclefiallick Hill cry s Record, 

conccrnigg the fh'y F.rrin., ihcr.ph^fa^ A^nes, Luei.i^ducilia^zw^ 

others, toprotcd them in their Chafliry, whi!ft driven into 

Uj yy onaerjHi itmcf. 5^ 

Defarts by Ferfecution ,• as alfo concerning Thec^oms ''who had 
an Angel wiping oif Jiis Sweat, with afoft Handkerchief, while 
he was under h rd Torments by his Toraicntors) and many 
others : but the Elder the Church grew, tlie more rare became 
thofe Apparitions; as of other miraculous Signs, not becaufc 
Gods ^^nn WAS jhortK'e,^, 3cc. but becaufe his Church was 
(through his gracious Providence) now fetled in an ordinary 
way : Thus it was with the Infant Cliurch in the Wildcrncft, 
there fhe had the Pc<?^r/o^/.'f^/jrain'd down daily upon her, 
but when come into Cj/'/'^.i/y that Ceafed, and then Ifrael muft 
purvey fort hemfelves : fo now we mult not expert either the 
Jr'iodox: the y^pparit:on oi Angel'. 

The Third Anfvver, Goubrtitis in his Colledions of the memo- 
rable Hiflories of later (than thofe primitive) Times, makes 
his Reports of fevcral fuch Apparitions, yea Mdanzion in his 
Coment upon Daniel, tells us of his own knowledge, how holy 
Ctyyjxus was delivered from a bloody Popifli Priefls intention to 
Murder him (for reproving him of falfe Dodbrine) by an A»gch 
appearing to MeUhclon (like a grave goodly old man)and warn- 
ing him to bid Gryn&us haflen out ot Spjres quickly, who no 
fooner had got a Boat upon the Khme^ but he w^as immediate- 
ly and eagerly fought for at his Lodging, by his very name, 
which (it feems) the good man had told the Priefl, upon his dif- 
femblingly defiring fome farther Conference with him. 

Anfwer the Fourth, The belt Cafuifts (1 can confult with) do 
fay, that it is ndther pious nor profitable now for men to af- 
fcift cither the ^'pp^r it ion or Confire-.ce with ^Ulj A.^i^ds : in- 
deed the carnal Jows did of Old, attribute much to this, 'M;3 
li. 19. thinking that Bath-kol, or Daughter of a voice from 
Heaven, was the Voice of fome Angel, not only becaufc the 
^ Decdoq^uc (which Godhimfelfis faid to fpca-l<. j was afcribed by 
them tobefpoke by ^^j'^f/j, A(ft 7. ^S. andHcbr. i. a. but 
affo becaufe they did not think God \vould fpcak to Chr'ifl in 
his own pcrfon, beiug they looked upon Mo[es, as greater than 
Chrjjl, :\nd Eiifcl?iHS Hifi. Lib. 5. Cap. 15, Tells us, ho. v the 

K 1 1:0.' 

to Wonderful Signs 

Mofjta^ifs (25 \vc\\2iS J-cws) were great pretenders to ^fig( Is- 
^JpfArinon.', from whom they ventured to Ibretel fundry things 
which came not to pafs, lb event proved them Lyars, &c. Yea 
24a'^',mci (that Grand Cheat) pretended he received his Hodg- 
yPodg A Charon from G^-ibritl the Angel, and the Romanills 
\boait (even out- vying Mahomet^ of a mighty power over AngeJs, 
(Infomuch that they pretend to fliew a PKime of Feathers, that 
|WciS pluckt out ef Gubriels (that Arch-Angels) Wings : poidibly 
jit might be got when Angels (as common Fowls) do Movvt anH 
cafl their Feathers : yea Popery (at this day) afcribeth much to 
the Apparition of Spirits, from whom they underftand the 
' Hate or their friends in Purgatory : Thus are they (for re)ed:ing 
the Truth) judicially given up of God to believe Lyes, as Ex- 
perience (the School Miflrifs of Fools ) do fuffieiently TeacJr, 
1. Thejf. 2. 12. This is a part of the Romi\l) ^fojlaci^ to give 
heed to jeducwg Spirits, and to Dci^rine of Divcls. i . Tim. 4. i . 

A nfwcr the f //}/;, To receive any new Dot'^rine from an Af?- 
gel is now abominable, Gaf. 1.8. For Angels have no Divine 
Inftitution to be Teachers of Men in the Church, they have no 
Sacred M/jffio» or Furj^ion thcTtto, Rom. 10. 15. i. Cor. ii. 
1 8 . Eph. 4. 1 1 . God hath Inftituted the Minifirjoi Man (not of 
^wcls ) to Build up his Church, this Honour God gives to 
Man, and the Word Preached by Man is called the Word of God. 
I. Their. 2. i;. and they that Hear Man (according to the 
Gofpel; are faid to ^^^r (7i?^. Luke 10. 16. yea 'tis fa f;ar the 
fcwir of Gcd, as to pull down the power of the Divel, therefore 
let n6/;e bcb gniUa into a vohtntary VVorfhip of Jnge/s^Co). 1. 18. 

Anfwcr the .9;a-;A. The very light of Nature among the Hea- 
thens, did lead them to fpeak of both L^res^ or good Angels, 
thcGuardiansof r7(?<?.i'Af^;?,and of Ifw«r<'/,roevilAngcls,the/'wr- 
/f/c; s and v:sxers of FtH M.ev, thus a Devil entred into Jndas and 
in Evil Spirit oft Vexed ^.j«/. i. Sam. 16." 14. &c. Yea, *tis 
not fcarce yet out of the Memory of fome men, how frequent 
were the -^pparrtions of Evil Spirits, Phayrie , Hcbgiblins, and 
many frightful Spcdriims, wherewith many places were fre- 

Uj vVonderjm I imes. 6i 

quently Haunted, and many pcrfons horribly diilradled in 
TimGSof Pcpery and grofs Supcrfliticn ; and the rsrenefs of 
fuch fearing Vifions, in thefe Jatter times of Reformation, is 
fiifficient to difcovcr the difference (as Biftiop Hail excellently 
faith)bet^vixt the (late of Ignorant (PopifliJ Supernition, and 
the clear Light of the Gofpel. Biihop H^/i ot Evil Angels, 
tfar, <^^ 3 . And Camerarius (with others) tell us, how ufual tliofc 
Strai>ge Ap/iri^.tons were in times of Darknefs, although r/ov 
(blefTed be God) the Relation thereof is terrible to us. Camit- 
rariits his Hiiiory obfn. L h, 4. Caf. 15. fAg. 1S8. Thcure of 
Cyods judgments ^zg. 5;i. to 457. Mr. 5.rxrf/K Red, Edi. 2. 
p^. IT I. LavAter de jpecfris fcr totitm, &: c *T\vas frequent then 
before the Reformation in £«;-^/'d' (where the Gofpcl hath not 
come to Dethrone the Devil) The Ignorant Indians fee and 
hea^ ftrailge Spedrrums and- Spirits in bodily lliape, Kight and 
Day, whereas in New £;?7/4W (by the Light of the Gofpel) 
is much dehvered from tliat Prince of Darknefs : Sozomc/i 
writes o£ one Ape/ks (a f^movLS ty€gyptia» Smith) who was 
tempted to uncleannefs, by a Dive! in the Ihape of a Woman, 
in which fhape (faith Tnmethha) never any good ^fjgel Appea- 
red ; hereby we may make fome guefs at Dr. Dees GduAh the 
i\/4/^, one of his Spirits, which after appeared as a Mati. Dr. 
Bee^ pag. 11. 16. and at his Friend E. Ketl] , who could not a- 
bide his own Wife, but abhorr'd her. f^^.^o. and at his Unci (a- 
nother of his Spirits; that oft fwore [marry] pA^. 411. yea and 
himfclf who condemns Cdvin^ Luihcr^Slc. and denys the Pope 
to be Antkhrij}, &c. Joh. Bromijir. Sumpradi^. 'v.fi^pe/tia. Tells 
a famous Story of an -^rj^e/^ and an Mermite walking together,^ 
there laid in their way fome linking Carrion, at this the Her- 
miteftops his Nofe, turns away his Head and hafts out of that 
offenfive Smeli, but the Angel heU on his way, without an.y 
flie'vV of diflike : flraightway they met with a very proud, 
pragmatical man, gayly adorned, deeply perfumed, looking 
loftiv, and (Irutting along in a moil ftatcly pofturc, the tinmiu 
gave tliis man great reverence and r.d.iiirarion, but the ^ih^L-l 


P.op't his KoarilIs,t-irn'd away his Head, &c. Rcndring tljis 
Kcafon, that the flench ofrridewas more loathfome to go<^ 
and his ,Anvels, thai: that {linking Carcafs couid be to him : 
Here was a better Character of the Apparition of a good .^k^ 
^A. than of thcfc S^.rt:<, that Dr. Dee mentioneth : I might add 
much more, &c. 

Anfsver the yezern'j : Suppofe an -^yp^iritioK of Evl St)ir^ts Ca- 
fuifb concki Je it unfafe to c::}jf.r with them ; our Grandmother 
-Eve got a fall by holding Chat with the Divcl in Paradice. That 
Fort or Calile whfch yields to a Parley, is accounted half lofl] 
they are too wily for us, having much advantage over us* 
funding upon higher ground to us, &c. Biihop Ha/i's Cafes 
©fCa/;;t/c';5tY, pag. i6i. dc. Saying he admired at the Jefuitc 
C(5//^;?y confidence, who provided many CK^eftions to propound 
to a D(morj!.ick, (bme whereof were matters of State, concerning 
the then French King, and the King of England, pag. 165. and 
Cotton being; queflioned for this, anfwered he had Licence 
from Rome for his fo doing, ibid, and much more of Romes trafli. 
As to this ^ippAntion in particular, though at hrft /Ight, it fee- * 
med to me drefledup hke the Divels Oracle at Delphos, in am- 
biguous Expre/Tions, yet upon fecond thoughts (which fliould 
always be the befl, as being moft dehberate) I (hall not take 
upon me to Determine, either its o;oodnefs or Lid»efs, as to ki/jd 
or thing, but ihall refer my Reader to a ferious comparing it 
with the Circumftances of the aforegoing general Anfwers, fub- 
joyning only, that it is Gods declared Will, we iliould Live iy 
Faith, and not M'aik by Senile or fight of fuch Apparitions^ where- 
in there may be much D.?ceptio Fifus. Hiliory (indeed ) tell us, 
that i{\ fome extraordinary cafe, God hath given out fome y^p- 
jaritions for the difcovery of fome fecret heinous Murder, &c. 
and this he may do by Devils, who are reputed ready to make 
fuch Difcoveries, that their Prey may come fooncr into their 
Hands, by the ftrokc of JuHice. As to the Predrdtions of fu- 
ture Events, which ^ppantions do pronounce ; fome few things 
(for Brevity fake) only, Hiall be faid here. As firfl, 'tis God 
and God alone (who is Omnifcient) that himfclf can forctel ///- 


Of Wonderful Times. 6j 

iuH Events, Ifa 41. ^^. a;. The Prophet conviiiceth the 
Heathen of the Vanity of tlicirGods (or Idols, faying. That 
all certain Fredidions of future Providences (which yet 
have no afTurcd natural Ca'tfe or figniHcant ^igri) bciongcth on- 
ly to the true God. Thus the Prophet Argues, ch. 44. 7. and 
45. 10. II. and46. 10. and 48. 14. Idols cannot declare 
things to come. Secondly. The Devil (though a moft Intelli- 
gent Spirit, can know nothing of what fliall befal for the future, 
fave only thofe things he feeth in their Caufs, or in the light 
o£ par tic. p. u 10)7 : The Devil can better Difcover what is pa ft ?.nd 
done, by his own Infligation, as that Murder committed on a 
Stranger, at an Inn in Exeter, 30 years before the Difcovery was 
made by an y^fp^ntion : as was likewife the Fraud of an Fs?- 
cutror converting a Gent!emans Edate from his Children to his 
owi^ufe, who was aifriglited by an /ipptirjio i unto a Rellituti- 
cn to the right Heirs, both hapned lately, and feem to be well 
attefled by Godly Miniflers. Tis certain that future Contin- 
gents are not within the compafs of the Devils Cogni2ance a- 
ny other way, feeing they are wholy at Gods difpoHng : yet 
^4;.i;z in fome Cafes, and at fome times, can foretell things to 
come, as i//. He being a A/zV^/v NatHrdif, able (by his Angeli- 
cal fagacity) to dive into the deepell CA'i^es and /^rri'/.j of Nature 
which men cannot do) and fo accordingly to frame his Prcdit, 
dions, fach as feem fupernatural.to us, he is alfo an Ex.xci y r- 
iift, attained (bcth by his acute Obicrvations, and almofl 6cco 
ycarsExpericnce) to an acquaintance of all natural, moral, and 
political caufes of things, as the P^rw///f;, hence may he give 
ihrewd gueflcs (though he know nothing Infalibly > and gather 
fach cdnfequences, as may probably come to pafs, if the great 
God be notplcafed to interrupt this Cluiin of Caufes, as lie 
fumetimcs doth, by his over-ruling Power. Tliough S.%i,in be 
a PrinceofDarknefs, yet may he have fccondly f.icJi a /u. - 
t:cipai!on of fomc li^[ht by Divine 'not ovAy p.tmjji /?, but) Corn' 
m'ffion^ when God makes him tlie Executioner of his Judg- 
ment?, and in facli a ;:rifc 'lis ca.^' for l'i:T» to forctc! future 


64 Wonderful Signs' 

things, as in the Cafe of ^oh^ he could prcdid: (without d^- 
HcLihy) thatfuch and fuch Evils would ihortly bcfal that good 
man, when he had got a CommiHion from God for them, and 
wanted no tools to work, them : and as in the Cafe of the4Co 
faife Prophets of ^hah^ in whofe Mouth he had a Commiffi- 
on from God to be a L^mg Sfirit^ and delude them. i. Kin. ii, 
6 21, which Ihews A'/>(^ ^/;4^*s Death, was revealed to the 
Devil, and then he could Reveal it to whom he pleafed. The 
Devil Deceived thofe Deceivers the falfe Prophets, and they 
Deceived Ahal^, and draws him (as the Moujc) into the Trap, 
where he Perifhed, not only for his Crtielti to A'dot.h^ but by his 
Credid'iN to thofe many curfed Sycophants : yea, and in the 
Cafe of ^^«/ (which is yet highen he only could have foretold 
the Fall of King Ah.ib {nt p'pra) but he a(itua!ly did foretel the 
Death of King Saul. i. Sam. i8. 19. Naming the time, though 
in ambiguous Words, as [to morrow] is indefinitely ufed, Exod. 
r;. 14, ^nd Mdtt. 6. 54. Thus the Devil Equivocates in all 
his Oracles (as in this and in that of ^hab) The Lord (l^alidelfvtr 
into th: Hands of the Ki-ag) I. Kin, ^. 16. where the Particle [/t] 
is not in the Origmal : The word [thee] may as well be fup- 
plycd : and this Lying Spirit names not which of the 
Kings he meant, whether ^hah or Benhadad., yea his quibling O- 
racle (as the D^//'''/Vi: Devil had many) might be conilrued in a 
quite contrary Senfe: either i/. The Lord will deliver {thee] 
«s^/'/iHnto the. hands of Benhadad^ or "i/>. [It] to wit, Ramoth 
GUfai into the hand of ^hd : thus the deceitful Devil will fave 
his Credit, what ever hapned, and yet aS bad as this Abaddon 
is, he flicws more ingenuity here than doth the J°-cfujts, for he 
ingenioudy acknowledgeth hi-s Eqitivocaang Oracle, to bcrto bet- 
ter than a Bafe Lyc^ faying / will^o and be a Lfmi Spirit., in the 
Mouth of all ^habs Pa- afyt/cal Prophets. o'.m.Howevcr Satan (that 
mock' Sa7?iv el) feems more pofitive and peremptory in his Pre-j 
didtions of Saids Dorv fai (as above) yet this was no more thatij 
what a prudently-thinking man might have con;e6tured from 
the concurrence of fccundary Caufes. ho^ much more mii^hi 


uj yyonaerjui i tmes. 05 

an acutely- obferving Devil make up a flircwd Guefs (by com- 
paring things with things) of Sauls approaching Ruine : He 
could not be ignorant both of ^d///j Rqccfior, and of i).:i//rfx E~ 
UBion^xhc Courage and Cor.f deuce of the rhitijltnes Army, the 
JOeffondencies and Dfidmce o£Saul and his SouUters (both which 
had been formerly Valorous) were not unknown to him, or pof- 
fibly he might peep into thofe Prophetick Predidions concern- 
ing Saul and Ddvid^ in ch. 15. and. 16. of the hrft o)iSam. Yea 
he well knew, what himfelf defigned to do in the day of Battle 
(with Gods Permiflion) againft i^/// who had forfeited: 
Gods Proteffion, The third Confideration I fliall conclude 
with is, that the Dcvd hath his Inflruments or VaiTals amongft 
Mankind, to whom he imparts his Predidions, that they may 
impart them to others ; and thofe are mollly Women ( of the 
Devils choice^ more than Men, becaufe they are Weaker F'dels, 
whofe credulity is fooner impofed upon,and eafilyer abufed and 
deluded by the Devil :we have two famous Inllanccs one in the 
Old the other in theNewTeflament) the i/I hereof is i. Sam. 28. 
7.where5^«/faid,/(ffi: me out AWomAn thit hjth a f amJlijr Spirit ^not 
a Mart but a Woman^ he had put downWitchcs beforc,yet hoped 
hcfome might be remaining (though not oiMen^yct) oiWvwc?}, 
which are wont to be lighter and proner to Superftition, not 
only becaufe of weaker Wits and apcer to be Deceived, but, fee- 
ing they cannot, compafs any Fame or Glory by Koblc Ex- 
ploits (as men can) they therefore would become Famous by 
Magick Art : hence this Woman became a Dame to a familiar 
Spirit, and thither ^4/// comes, who rather than fail would crave 
help from Hell, Oc And the fecond Inflance is not unlike 
this firft, y/^. 16. 16. The Dm/? /;7^Damorcl, who probably 
foretold many things that came to pafs , othcrwife Ihc could 
never have brought [0 much Cairt to htr Mjfters, as that Scripture 
faith : ihe might make unhappy Hits fometimes, from the fa- 
gacityof(her grand Mafler) Satan ; yet mifs too at oilier time;*; ' 
for if the Divel himfelf cannot foretcl all future Events, nor 
any thing Infaiibly himfelf, but cither as it is Revealed to h\n 

L by 

eo vronaerjm drgnr 

by God f&s^iSLAha!*s¥a\\^t RamohGileAd) or as he forefeeth them in 
rhc Cnnfes^ Si^ns or Prophecies o( HAy Scripture, wherein he is not a Jitcic 
skii'djund out of which he fomecimes Iteaicth a parcel. Far be it from nie 
tj apply our prcfenr yipparitionio either of thcfe aforementioned, cfpecial- 
jy upon thcfe Grounds, \fi. We do not find that this apparition required 
zn'^ Adoration 'f when S-iw/ bowed himfelf to Satan (xhat Mock- Samuel) 
I. Sam. 28. 14. That ^<^or<«/xtf« was the main thing that the Devil chiefly 
aimed at : 2//. Wc do not find (in our Cafe) any feeking to this apparition 
for that is fTantamount) a Worjhipptn^, though there be no bowiDg, and 
howiar amounts /;<?/«/; «^ Conference mth Apparitions (fee above^ but yet it 
Teems an higher ftep to obej their Commands, efpecially fuch as arc dillonant 
to the Law ot Nature' 01 Nations, or Scripture, which is not ourGafe, nei- 
ther doth this comport with the latter Inftance, though here's a Divinin? 
Damfel, yet not fuch an one as the Septuagints ufually call «>-j<4S-e;f*v'dBf 
becaufe the Devil fpake out cf their Bellysj for which caufe alfo the He- 
brew s call them Ohoth or Bottles, becaufe the Bellys of thofe Women (thus 
made ufe of by the Devil) fwelled as big as Bottles, wlien they began to Pro- 
phefy.2/)'. Neither do we hear of any gain eithet to her felf or to hcrMafters 
here, as appeareth r/?(rrtf. 5/7. Neither do we find any Difturbance given to 
Gods Worfliip under fpecious pretences here^ as is found there. They that 
dcfire to know more of thofe Divining Intrigues, let them confult BaUwint 
Cafes ofConfcicnce . Lib, 3. Pag. j^^.to 610. &c, too Jong here (fomuch 
as to abridge in this fmall Trcatife) and other Cafttifls j I add this on- 
ly, \ft. If the Death of any be foretold by the Devil we ought not to believe 
it, as from him (the Z,/4rj God can Crofs if, ilj. IfGod permit it, 'th 10 
harden the fuperftitious Obfervcrs of it: ^tj^ 'tis enough Gods Word fore- 
tels that all (hall fall out for the beft to them that love God, Rom^, S.iS.So 
all's welcome: fo far as Gods Word guidcth us, we walk fafely, but if we ftcp 
farther into a By-way 'twill lead us down into the Chambers of Death. 

I Omit the ftrange Apparitiors ztPons Town in Tipper Arj in Ireland, at- 
teftedby 16 pcrfonsEye Witneffes, and Print«d, The Jaft and Jateft of 
Lind-Prodigies (omitting many others thai ccme not yet well proved to my 
Hsnd (i%l)^^'Death of 3 Tower- Lyons j called Old Char Is, Q^een and Duke 
which is the moreRemarkable,becaufe we do not find(fcarce in a wholeAge) 
anyRecord of thcDeathoffo mnch as one of thofeKoyalLong-LivedCreatures 
(^the Keeper whereof is fo much obliged both by Loyalty and Advantage to 
prcferve thcm)much lefs of fo many and that within few days^as if they had 
confp'red to march off together, the more to amufc and amaze this 
Tripple Realm, for every Kingdom one : to Exemplify it in our ^'w^* 
l,Jh [hronicL s, though fgraethirg like it is faid to happen in King JH- 


Uj y/onaerjm i imer. u/ 

charis Relcn, yet I canr.ot find a fit P^ralclunto this ftrangc Prodigy *i^»» 
Record, fave only in i/e«r; the fixths Reign, Whereof Sir Rschard Ba^er 
?who is generally owned as an Impartial Chronicler of former T>mes; ^ivttH 
usthis Account. That In the i 8ch. year of Henrjr the fixth all the Ljon-s 
in the Tower DjeL Bakers Chron. pag. 1 99. This Kings Reign was at- 
tended with many raifchiefs betwixt him and the then Dnkf of ror{. Henry 
the Fifth after he had Conquered France, and kept his Court with incompa- 
rable Magnificence for fomc time, then he Returns with his Qa^cen into E«^-^ 
land, who^vas delivered of a Son at {ri*«^y"(»/-,cailcd thcrctorc H^nrj the 6. ot 
^/W/(7r (upon whom at his Birth his Father fpake L>ropheucaily [/ Her,r)o^ 
Monmouth have gairAi much and ihall remain but afhort time: but Nenrj 
oifVmdfor fhall Reign long and loofeali] and acordingto ihh Paternal Pro ^ 
phefy the Son firft loft Ws All in France^ and after, liy. His All in Eh^- 
iand. In this Henrj the fixths time, France, Normandy, Aqfutdm, were ail 
loft from the Englifo, and in Sngland fuch were the bloody Contentions be- 
tween the two Hoults of r^r^^ and Lancafler, that ten feveral fierce Batt-els 
were fiercely fought between the two Fadions, whereof j were fought ia 
Henrj the fixths time. T\\c firft at St. Alhans in which Torks prevailed : the 
JecondAt Black^Heath, in which the Confederate Lords rvere Qonquerors : 
tha third at Northampton^ in which Henrj the fixth was again overthrown : 
the fourth at Waks field, in which the King was Vi<aorious : the fixth at Tow- 
ton, in which the new Du^e of Tork, carried it, who became thereby King 
Edward thclV, In whofc time alfo five more feveral fet Battels were 
fought upon the fame Quarrel : zs firft, ihat at Exham : ficondlj ^rhat at Ban- 
bttr) : thirdly, the Bittcl oiLbofe-Coats : fourthly, that in Barnet Fields : 
and fifthly zhzt At Tew xhrj. Thus even the fVhite Rofc was Dyed Kedi^ 
over and over again, with the blood of many brave men, and a Period was 
never put to this Contention twixt the White and Red Rofe^ until that conclu- 
ding Battel at Bofworth Fields, in which theT lantagincts expired, and both 
the Houfet were after united in Henry the VII. ^o^^'sHiftory of the 
World, />4^. /54. &c. and Dr.Trideaux^s Hiflorj of Succefions in our 
own Land, ^^^. 35;. Who tells a memorable Story of thofe fuch Catch- 
ing Times (as he calls thtm) of one Burdet a Mercer in (^heap-fide, who jo- 
cularly faid to his Son, if he would ply his Book, he ftiould be Heir to the 
Crown (meaning his own Houfe, which had the Crown for Its Sign, and had 
IK) Relation to the Crown of the Kingdom) for this Jeft.thc Man loft his Life : 
zi{\iTcd\y zn Honeft fury would not have given him (\ich h^rd Meafure : 
God blefs us from fuch Contentious and (nahcatching Times ^^hich were pre- 
faged not only by the Death of the Tower Lyons, zs above,, but alfo by feve- 
ral other Prodigies, as si'Slaung Star, Monftrous'Btrthf, a proi'g'ous 

L 1 C>c^ 

to yyonaerjui :^tgnf 

Cock^Qiii of the Sea at PortUnd, crowing three times,and turning his Head to 
the South, North and fVesf, and Pauls Steeple was fired with Lightning : 
See RtQes Ilifiory cfthelVortd, pag. 5-34. And S'w Richard Bakers Chnno- 
logy of the fame time, all thcfe Prodigies were Prefages of fad future Cala- 
mities. Enquiry, Whjfmuft the Death of Lyons be made a '^rgdl^y, feeing 
thej are M--rtal as other Be^fis, and Dye only in the common cottrfc of Na- 
tnre ? AnAver ihefirfi, Confider in the general, A Lyon ifi. For his Ma- 
j(fiy, that fits enthroned in his looks, zly. For his Magnanimity ^ as difdain- 
ing to go out of his (lately pace, though Danger purfiie him, Prov. 3 o. t/. ; o. 
3//. For his Formidablenefsj infomuch that when tb^ Ljon Roareth, all the 
Beafts Tremble, Aw, j. 8. and have not power to fly from him, though 
they can cut- run him ; hence he is the HjerogljphicJ^ oi Dominien^ and vcor- 
thtly as weli as vulgarly is called the Kmg of^eafls. Hereupon the Fall of 
a Lyon is as the Fall oiAbner^lht Fall ef a Trince^ 2.Sam. ;,. 38. 'Tis look- 
ed on as a Fatal Fall, the Death of a Lyon was the prefage oi Julians death, 
faith AmmianusMarcelli}:uf,An[\\er the/^C(?«^,more fpeciaUy as the living 
Xre» Kcfembleth Majefly'Dsmineering (according to «^/£?;';Apologuejover 
rh^tAJs and thei="tf;c in fliaringthePrey they had joyntly caught in Hunting : 
So the Dead Lyon leprefenteth Majefi-yDeceafed (according to Alciats Em- 
fclem and the GiCek Epigram 'ojAo] vik^x! Q5(xa.\io/j& e^i/Ce^^w hctyufu 

Though the Z//o» while living be the Nobleft of Beafts, T*rov, 30. 30. yet 
when Dead, this N'obleBeaftis expofed to the Scorn of themoft weak and 
timorous //"/jr^-,;. Hence arofe the Hebrew Proverb, thsiiz living Ddi^(with 
them the bafefi of Creatures) was better than a Dead Lyon (both as to Ufe 
and as to Effence) Scclef. 9. 4. Importing that the meane^ man Livings is 
better than the greatefi man Dead. Anfwer the third. The Death of a Tow 
tr L)on is more portentous than the Death of many Lyons in the Wilds of 
Lybia^ whereof no notice would be taken, h\xi 2iTovcer Lyon is the Darling 
as wen as Emblem of Trinces^ and the Delight as well as ivonder of the Peo- 
ple that have been admitted to behold them j and feeing they naturally live 
longer than the oldeft of Men, fcarceanyone Age brings Tidings of the 
Death of a Tow^r L^on (as before) fo carefully attended, e^^. This occafions ' 
the general Opinion, that fuch an Occurrence is a Fore-rnnner of Come FaL 
taltty. AnCwcT the fourth. How much more the Death of 3 Torver Lyons 
at once, as if a Lyon Peftileme f that ro 0hov or Divine Thing had been fent 
to kill three Lyons at' one blow, this hardly finds a ParalelinHiftory,tbey?;'tf«^ 
ToVfcr (i^ (e\i) with all its high Walls, deep Trenches, brafj Guns, great 
Guards, and warded Gates, could not be a Tower of Defence to them or to 
any one them, and if Tria had been Omnia here (as it is in Philofophy) the 
Fover had been left a Lyon-lefs Tower, Sacred Story fpeaks of one Prodi- 

Of Wonderful Timer. 6<^ 

gy, ftot altogether diflbnant to this, to wit, Santfon tmnedafide to fee the Car- 
cafs of the Lyon, and heboid there was a Swarm of Bees and Honey in the 
Carcafe^ Judg. 14. 8. prodijricffiM efi (faith Lavater) qued Mellificarunt 
u4pes in Cadavere, &c. 'Twas no \zk than a Vrodigj^ that Bees fhould Breed 
andmakc Honey fofoon infuch a place, feeing thej are naturally driven 
away by an ill Smell, as abhorring all ftink'n|; things, fuch as this Carcafc 
muft needs be upon its Putrefadion j herein Tliny, Columella.tyEUan^ Var- 
roy and all Naturalifts do unanimoufly concurr : Indeed fome fas ytr^U O- 
vid^Scc.) do fay. Bees may breed in theCarcafe of a Bullock r^iturallj, 
butnever in the Carcafe of a Lyon, which hath a more fcetid flt{h and a 
more ftinking fnsell ; however, not in fo (hort a time as was between Sam- 
fons Contrad and the folemnizing of his Marriage. It therefore only came 
to pafs,by the fpecial Providence of God producing ihis Prodigy^ not, only 
by z preternatural, bat alfo by a Supematttral power. Now that the 7o\v~ ' 
er Lyons be de^d ^though we had no hand in their Death, as Sarr.f.n had \x\ •, 
his; let us turn afidc (^ little) to view thefe Carcafes, as Samfon did thfsjand 
behold both the Congruitj and Difparitj of them : As ifi. God Blefs us, that 
no Swarms of thofe BcesoCBaify/on (Ifa. 7. 18.; may breed out of thcip 
Carc^es, nor out of them whofe names they bore, to Sting us with their Fa- 
tal Stings: And God blefs us not only from thofe Honey-lefs Wafps and 
Dronifh Robbers, but alfo that the right Honey may^ be bred in the bodyt of 
lh%{xi^txv[\\ugL^onfi3\\*dCharles the Il.and in him whofe name he beareth: 
3/;.Though we find no Honey in any of thofe 3 Carcafes,as Samfon did in his 
one,yct may wefind fuch a Riddle in them which may puzzle and Non-Plus 
aUtheuncircumcifed7'^/7//?>>;j,Judg.i4, .11. 14. O tit of thofe Eaters may 
came forth Meat and out oftheftrongfweetnefs. This Problem (as many of 
Gods Trtfz//^r«f«) is -made up of contraries, yet the arnigmatical Sentence 
Icems to fignify^that it (hould come to pafs, the fhilidms which ruled with 
rigour over the //r^fZ/Vfj at that time, fhould be fabdued and eaten up by 
the IfraeUtes, and when they were moft ftrong, they fhould not damnify but 
accommodate the //f^r^iv/: The good Lord grant the fame Priviledges to 
the Pyotejiants over the Papip, who have eaten us up as their Daily Bread, 
wirh the hke voracity as the Hungry devour ^r^rf^, Pf. 14. 4, Yea, thofe 
cruel Cannibals makes Flefh as well as 'Breadof poor Proteflants, and do as 
barbaroufly and brutifhly worry them with open Mouth, as the bloody Lyo^s 
dc the helplefs Sheep, Pf. 27. 2, O that they may now ftumble and fall in 
attemptmg it, and both they and their Leviathan (the Pope) with his broken 
Head, may be given as meat to the people Inhabiting the mldernefs, Pf. 74 
13. 14- Then would God unriddle, how p«? of the grand £. iter coma h 
Me at J and out of thefir9ng comtth Smctnefs. 


"JO Wonderful Signs 

This L?a(Is me to the third and hfi Scene or Theatre, wherccn Gcd 
ihewshls H^onderffil Signs y to \vit,(asin i/Mt/f»and on ihcSarth, Co) upcn 
the iVaters: As I do defignedly omit maqy marvelous things, mentlcned 
in For reign .and Domeftick Letters, fuchas the Earth, qHake at MaUgo^ 
which overturnM their Religious Houfes, and put all Sp^n into a Fr:ght,0'f.' 
And fuchas have lately hapned alfo in our Lanlis) becaufe they come not 
well Atteftedto make them enough A-uthentick, in rhe foregoing. Stage or 
Theatre : fo I muft do inthislalt,oroittirgmany Stories, and pitch firft up- 
on that which hath unqueftionablc Teftimony of the Truth thereof, to wic, 
the Drying up of the River Jr^r in Pr<»/a, between Radnorjhirc and Breek^- 
nocl^.Jhire ("where *tis near as broad as Thames at Bradford) about a ftones 
caft over, asd of a fierce Current, yet on the a j-th. of /'^w/r^r; laft at LewjS" 
fordy it itop'c its ccuife and parted it felf, and became dry, (b that feverai 
perfons walked over Dry- fhodjfome gathered up Fifhcs'for feverai Milis, 
this cortinued for feverai Hcurs : This is Attefted for Truth, by Mr. Frobnt 
HighSherriiTof ^4^«cr/fexrr, and Mrs. fones* (whofe letter hereof I had to 
afl'ure mej both Eye-Witneffes, and it wasalfo obferved that the t\To Rivers 
{Ithon and Trvon) which fall into that River Wye^ were at the fame rime Hke-i 
wife fuddenly dry : but after a few hours flowed-with more Violence, and 
higher than ufutl : and Casmy Letter addeth) no natural Reafon could be 
rend red hereof: Now to exemplify this Pr«^i^/ by Paralel Inftances, from 
Sacred and Qvil Hiftory : \fl. SarredSzoYj faith, that when Godbrak,e the 
Heads of the Dragon (Satans fworn Sword-raen and Pharoahs chief Cap- 
tains) and the //^4<^ of the grand LeviathAU or Tharotkh bimfelf, then did 
God alfo Divide the Sea^and clave alfo the Fountains and the Fioed^ Pf. 74. 
i;, 14. 15. Drying up mighty Rivers, as fordan, Euphrates and the Red 
5ff/i, which (in refped of the Alain Ocean) was but a mighty River, This 
tbe 'uingel of God Dividedand drjedup, for fix hundred Thoafand to pafs 
ever in Rank and File. Exodi^. 11. 22. P/. 136. 13. andiotf. 9. Godi 
Rebuke was upcn the Waters, clove them in twain, and bound them up with 
his Swadling Band (as e«fily as a Nm fe doth her Infant) Job ; S. 9. fo that 
rhey could neither wave, nor fwell, nor flow, but became as a firm Wall (fr«« 
zcn into hard Ice^ on both fides ofIfrael^?C. 78,1 i. Thus the fluid Waters^, 
were fixed and became as Stone Walls, on each hand ofthem, while they paf- 
fed through with eafe and fafety. This the Pfalmift Wonders at, and asks 
the yji/iiteTS,VVhat ailed iheefi thou Sea, Sic, VC. 114. y. and thence he paf- 
iethtojordafij (more Paralel to our Cafe) asking what was the matter with 
you hath, that the one Fled and the other was Driven backji can ther^e any 
natural Reafon given ? or was't the powerful prefencc of God that afuightw 
you into this Retrograde Run or Motion, v. 7. This Inftancc (hewcth we roaj 

Of yVonderpil J imes. 7 1 

many times ask Queftfons, and yet neither douht of the matter^ nor be »V«<?- 
raat of the Canfe : This more Parald Cafe of th^ drying up Jordan, Jc(h. ;. 
1 3 . The Waters of that River were cut off, that is, the Waters that came from 
above were cut off fo as toftand ftili as on a H-ap, and the watei s that were 
below ('accordirgto their ordinary courfe) ran away into the Dead Sea, fo 
the Channel was left Dry, having no waters coming down from above to teed 
and fill it. This was a wonderful Work of God, and much admired by the 
Pfalmift in his Pf. 1 14. Now thisfordan was acomp«und of two Rivers (/or 
and Dan) as our Welfli River was, yet the Courfe of both the ftreams were 
ftop'tfor fome Hours, fo the Channel was dry, though ('tis true) the Camp. 
ofZ/r-^r/ was not there with the Ark to pa fs over into (^anaan : The Chaldee 
Paraphrafe Addeth the drying up of ^rfjon and fabbol^^ whereof fee Num. 
11. 14. and D^»f. 2. 37. zs Revel. 16, it. mentions the drying up of £«- 
fhratei for the Kings of the Eafl topafs over^ Sic. but leaving Sacred, come 
we to Ot/i/ Story : Our famous Camhden Reports of another River in 
Merionith Jhlre in Wales, the River Dee that runneth throuch TimbU- 
Meer ot L^i/^f, it mingles not her Streams with the Waters of the Lil<e, 
though this be a great Marvel, and hath alfo a good Amoral (to wit, that 
we (houldnot mingle the /?r^rfw/ oionr j^jfe^ ions with the puddle Water of 
(^orrHpt Ccmpanjtf when carried headlong at unawares among them) yet it is 
far fliort of our pi^cnx. Prodigy, and the fame Cambden-TelsLtQs^ how 
the River Oftfe near Bedford (in the laft year of King Richard the II.) flood 
ftill, and ceafed his Courfe, fo as the Channel remained dry for the fpace of 
three miles together, ^ambdtrt Brit, pug, 399. which was then adjudged to 
fignify the Revoltings of the Subjefts from their Prince. 'Bakers Chron, pag. 
154. 167, He being miflead by his Favorite Michael de -la-pool and other 
SjcophantSf did incurr the hatred of his People, Prideaux Introda^ioyj, pag. 
324. Inhistimcwas the marvelous ?<«r//<«wf«r-, and that which wrought 
Wondc rs. See Baker of his Reign. Alfo in the Reign oi Henry the VI. The 
fameR;i;^r Onfe (on New-Years Day) fuddcnly flood ftill and divided it 
fclf, which (as was conceived) did portend the prodigious Broyls between the 
Houfes of r<?r^ an d L<««r^)?fr, {^q Bakers Chron. ^mor\^iht Cafuaities (as 
he calls them j of his Reign. The like hapned in the year 1660. to the 
River Derwent near Darhj/^ which was dryed up upon Nov.rht 29. for many, 
miles and fome hours, fo that the Mills flood, the Boats were on ground^ the 
F.fhes taken up upon the Sand by Children, and men walked over dry (hod. 
This was the ^r^^i/^ryro^/^/, not cnlybecaufe 'tis a broad River and runs 
with a fierce and full Stream (as Cambden Britt. pag. y 54. relateth) but alfo 
^becaufc the Waters of the San^aar) were dryed up foon after, by the Silen- 
jcing of fome tfaoufandsofOrthoJoxM'nifters.As thofcRivcrsrcturnedfallof 


7i Wonderful Signs' 

^.hem) to their courfe again, fo the good Lord k»ow us in our WiUernefs and 
'»the Land of gre/tt Drought ^\io£^ 15. 5. and make us again as a Wdtered 
(jarden^whofe Waters fail not : Ifa* y8. 11. That our FleecCyas Gideons 
may not Jiili h 1>ry. Judg. 6. 39. but the Lord be as fpr tugs of Water to 
us ^ioT all our frejh fprings aretn him,?C. 87. 7, an everfi.QVfing and over" 
flowing Fountain of Grace and Comfort. 

Were not my Book already fwoln too bulky, I might inflft alfo upon the 
prodigious Whale, which was found lately in the River iyrv«^r,within 6 miles 
of Colc^ejlerjjo foot in length,and 28 in thickne{s,vvbo broke off his own Tail 
with ftrugiing, andturn'dthe River into Blood with his Blood : an undoubted 
Trodigy^iot the Whale never breaks forth out of her beloved Ocean Cwhich is 
her peculiar Dominion) intonarrovv Riyers,but it prefages Storms,wherefuch 
a thing bapneth : AiTuredly fonah'*$ was the greateft of Prodigies, who (hip'd 
him to the fliore,and in the mean time afforded him ^lu Oratory a place to • 
pray in. Four Prodigious Wonders were concurring therein faith Mercer ^ ifi". 
That the Heat of the Whales Stomach did notConfume fonah as it did other 
Food. 2/f. That in fo clofe a Prifon he could both breath and live, without 
the common ufe of y^/r and /i^Ar. ;/>-. That be was not choaked with the 
Stench of fo filthy a Jakes as the Whales Belly. 4//. That he had his Senfes 
('as well as Life) there, to />c«r o»^fuch an excellent Trayer and T*raife to 
God. fonah was the true uirion (the Poets mention j out of u'hofe Hifiory 
Chrift gathers the My fiery of his own Death y Burial,znA RefurreBion, Jon. 
a. 17. and 2. lo. with Matt. 12. 40. This great Sea-Monlter (that never 
ufeth to come near the Shore, but Sports himfeif in the deep Waters Pf. 1 04. 
2, 6.) yet when the Great God (the chief Centurion) commands him thitherj 
he mufl go and Vomit up fonah upon dry Land. He breaks the Head) as 
well as TWj of this W[oiii\to\x% Leviathayt, and gives him to he Meat to the 
Teople inhabiting the fVildernefs Pf74.j4. Though no Mortal man ean 
Rincrhim likcan Hog, or Rule him like a Bear, Job.4i.i. &c. yet the /w- 
mortalGodcanai\ddidfo^to Senacherib that crooked Leviathan, lfa.27.1. & 
37, 29. and doth fo, both to the (jreat Tnrk^y who would Devour Surope^ 
and to the Great Pope, who would deitroythe Reformed Countrys : Troco- 
piM tells of a great Whale in hisTime, that much Infefted the Coafts of 
Confiantinople, and did much Mifchief for fifty years together, but atlaft, 
was taken and tamed (b'^ ^3iM^x.Qr) though 50 Cubits long and ten broad J 
Thus Jehovah will Take and Tame both !B(fAr»»orA, the Ti«r/;^ who Eats up 
men like Grafs upon the Mjuntains. J0b.4o.1y. (^c. and Leviathan the | 
Pope who Sports himfeif in his See to devour "Trotefiants ^God will pullthofe 
z Kings of the (^htldren o/PnWff out of their Seats (though they have Infe- 
iled the Church many fifty years, and both Saddle and Bridle them Jub. 
41. 13. 34. In due Time God wtH make this latter {Leviathan) tohreak,his 

Of Py onderful Times, j^l; 

^WfpTail, 'arid let out kis own Bloody as f hat Cokhejior whale aid,, and God 
-mil hreukjois Headi and give him to be meat to his People : There be many^ 
more Signs- and Wonders! omit (though mentioned in publick IntcnfgencesJi 
bcc^afe not (to mc zTio\j°)\ ^uthenticall] ty4ttefled^ I would alTo rab)o}n 
here the many marvelous and prodigious Providences_,nQt only Reported^hut 
iikewife Recorded in cur own Land of late (were it not toavoio prolixity^, 
fuch as the Wonderfnl Difcovcry of fufiice Codfrep D^ath ; The fVonderful. 
delivery, of Jnflice Arnolds Ufe. Th^ Wonderful difappoiLtmcnt {hitherto) 
of all tlie Popilh Plots (ooth ShAm and i^f^/ againft King and Kingdom. The 
Wonder[til Death of- three grand Enemies (to an hone ft Alderman ^ ill . 
Hull) who all dyed in three Weeks time, inthehcat andbeuhc of their Per- 
fecutions againft him : with many more (lich maryelous Occurrcvic.es, befil- 
lin-^ fever al Per fecutors and Prophane Scoffers (as him whoie. Eyes dropi; 
*>at of his Head, immediately afceir his Scoiimg at^the./^j^;^(7^»i«ef j;xict yet c 
pjenarily proved. - ■ - -^ ..... 

The n^pplicatjon'm fliort fafter a long Explication general and particu- 
lar, yet Applicatorily Explained all along) is twofold, ifi. General, ilv. 
PartictiUr,ihc latter ofthofeto be poffirive and pci^'''''P^9''y hi (without a 
peculiar Gift,whichwe preter.d not to) isby thebeit Cafuifts caiied Ncfns-^ 
and no better than prefunription to pry too curioufly into the ^^^of Divine 
Secrets, for which fiftjf Tho ft fan d Bethjhemites tvere Jl'^tny ii.Saxu. 6. 19. ^r- 
cana^fi fuHt jirca Dei, v/c m^ynozfearch inta CJods Secrets. Deut. 29.. 
a^, Afirari Qportet^rimari. non Uce:^, 'tis as unmannerly to pi jimo our Neigh- 
bpurs Houfe, as 'tis to/>rf/}into if, C^id Xatocrates : hqw- much more' may 
raen be paid for peeping into, Gods Houfe, as the mtn .ai BefJ:fr:e.mcfi were,' 
contrary to. Gods Command. Num. 4. 20, Soramque fcirs ne.c Datur n<c. 
fas eB, Dttia eft ignorantia , ifliHsfctentiA u^ppetentia efi t.vffnia fpccies^ 
(Hth A nfiin: Tis a learned Ignorance not to Know what wc ought not to 
know, and 'tis a ^ind of madnefs to del^re it,: /•'/*ic.(;;//jfings well, faying, 
Tftfuge feu peflem rbj^i Trj.v^re^.-yiMauuhjA h nd i'^ter giv-eth charge again/t t h is 
Impious ^^r/(5yj7 asagainlt 77)^/r and AI fir drr, i. Pet. 4. ij. 'tis a I eing 
too l;Mify with Gods matters. Baldwin therefore concludes this point, frxfrat 
^rgo, dec, 'tis better topafs oyer prodigies in filence, and leave the particular 

be Wffe, unto S'Miety, fteing Events in ail Afcs do e\idcrcc, il at l]ia}.i'l]e^ 
do portend (in the general) a Fu^uriticn or Approacli' of fen-. c ihif j^s '(|'ig|l 
yet e^iiflcnt) and fuch as bear f' me proport'cn in cuan'ty ro the Vridic]\s 
themfc! vcs : ^s Armit s per tcjid Wars, &c, Tni-s is ac kn..w:c JpC-d i^y ikro - 

, • " ' M ^ ' dutiii 

8 2 Wonderful Signs 

^etitsini Machiavel^ that no extraordinary Calamiries befal Nations cf 
Cities, but Ms fore fhewn by forie Extrdordinary Signs and fVonders, as the 
Reverend Dr. facl^fon (in his Sermen preached before King Charles the !♦} 
quoreth them. pag. 9. 10. Yea,our Saviour himfelf did Inftitute Signs and 
Wonders tZ% immediate forerunners of that final Deftrudion of Jernfalem,^Q 
forely tbreatned and fo feverely executed by Titus f^efpajian, Matth. 7^. 
Mark^ 1 3 . and Lul^ 1 1 . and Jofephpu hath a good Note upon it, hh, 4. cap, 
J 1. of the Wars of the fews, that it was Gjds Clemency to Mankind to forc- 
fhew by thofe extraordinary ,9(^«/ and Wonders, what wilting Defolations 
were approaching, that his people hid^^ fore warned might be forearmed alfo 
and take the be(t Courfe for their owafafety. The General application of 
Prodigies, (which are unqueftionafelej be principally two, according to Cor- 
tteliMs a Lapides Notion, on J eel. 2, ; o. Prodigia funt Credentibus benefica, 
incredalis vero Malefica 64 Horribilia.- ift. The) do portend much mi f chief 
to that part of the World ^ which -wallows in Wickjdnefs without Repentance: 
The Signs and ^VondersGo^^tv^^A. to Pharoah ^tiQV\:>i%h\^ Meffengers^ 
but even Harbingers of bis and his Peoples De/lruftion, fo was the Hand^ 
wnV/V;^ upon the IKrf// a Prodigy portending Belfhaz,z,ars Downfai for his 
Drunken and Debauched Quaffings, Dan. ly. 22. a;. So were the Prodi'.: 
gies in Heaven, Earth and Sea ("as Luke ranks them Lu\e 21. 2j.) Infallible 
portents and prefages of the final fail of the fews and their Jerufalem, for 
Perfecating Ghrift and his Apoftlcs, &c. Thus it was of latter times in ^tr- 
man], as their wickednefs and Debauchery increafcd, fo did their Prodigies^ 
Signs and TVonders, Hift. Iron- Age, pag. 65. Yea and in our Land Sir Rich* 
"Baker hath worthily Recorded, How the many Mifchiefs fthat have befallen 
thisNationJ trere all fcrcfliewed by many foregoing Signs and Wonders 
f which he calleth Cafualties) in every Reign, whereof I have extrafted an 
Epitome, and thought to have inferted it here, were not my Book too bulky 
already. 2/y. They do Prognoftkate Relief and Remedy to the Religious 
part of the World. ty£gypts Orerthrow was Ifraels Deliverance, and fo was 
^ndimWh^BAhylonsioSion. Therefore Ghrift encourageth his Servants 
at the fight of fuch Signs, to lift up their Heads for their Redemption draweth 
nigh, Luke 2 i. 2/. 28. AU men ought therefore to Regard the Works of 
the Lord and to confider the Operations of his Hand's^ltaSi by negleft tlacre- 
of they provoke a Jealous God to T>e^roy them and not httild them up' Pf. 
28. f. How oft doth God call on 'L'^charj, lift up thine Eyes and behold,c^c. 
and what feefi thou ? Sic. God {hews his Signs and Wonders, rot that men 
fhould cs&fcmrilous Scoffs ^i them, fwhoknoweth whether fuch have a mi- 
Kute betwixt his lafl /^Z? in this World, and his Everlafting Sarnefl in a 
worfe World) bat to mTikt feriofis Ontemphtions on them: what curious 


Of Wonderful Times. ^ b j 

Artift can endure (when he expofcs fome fpecial peice to publick ViewJ to 
Cetfottifh msn take no notice of it, or filljfpe^ at or s fthat cannot underiland 
its Admirable Art) Deride it, God is Certainly Tnmng his Ir.ftrument 
fas I fay inpag. 32. ) and will (hortly play fome choice Tune, though made 
up of Difcords. The good Lord help us to Dance after his Tipe, and to 
weefhim in the wajf of bis Jfidgmems^ or in the vaj of his Mercies, Ifa. 26. 
8. Otherwife the (jreat Turk^ (who ('tis faidj is fo allarm'd with tho{e Pro- 
digies that he hath proclaimed a Faft to be kept throughout all his Domini- 
ons) will rife up in Judgment againft all Scoffers, as the Queen of ShebamW 
againll the Jews, ilZ/f*/?;. 11.42. T^Q Heavens, thofe Catholick Preachers : 
TJ. 19. I. The fpangledCurtainsoftheBridegroomes Chamber, hath Read 
fuch a Divinity-Ledureto us in Sig^ns and Wonders, and fo hath the Earth 
and the Sea, all terrifying and tefti^) ing Gods Anger againll Mans Sin, yea 
in his own people, in whom he will pardon, but not patronize Evil : and fliall 
we look on xhok Signs of the t.mes, to htlnaniaTerricHUmenta^w^d^ux^c^nt 
Scar-crows, which the Sorcerers of ^^gypt (were they here to fee them; 
would acknowledge to be the Finger of god. Asferufalem (that Slaughter - 
houfe of Saints') hadherS/^«i of Deftrudion. So i?(w^ (the like Slaught- 
er- houfe) had (at the Rife of Luther) fnch a Storm upon her chief Church, 
asftruck tlie Keys out of P^^fr^ Hands, while the PtJ/?^ was creating Cardi- 
nals in it : ever fince a cold Sweat hath ftuck upon all the Limbs of Anti- 
chrift, as Sellarmine (his greatChampion) confeffeth, a ffaredly the pouring 
out oi the feaven Vials (mentioned ReveL 1 6.) will produce fuch a prodigi- 
ous Storm upon Rome, as will not only blow down her Kejs, but her ImaT^es 
alfo, yea blow away all the Trafli and Trumpery of that Scarlet ivhore, and 
the Whore her felf with all her proud helpers j ali Oirifts Foes fliall then be 
made his Joot-ltool (the fitteft place for them) in all Lands ; yet before the 
accopiplifhment hereof, fad Calamities, (if not the Slaughter of the'Witnef- 
fes') maybe fecn,yea fuch Tribulation ^s hath not heretofore. Afmtt. 24. 21. 
The very Time may fecm nothing elfe but AffitBlon it felf. Mark^ 13. i^ 
So befel it to the Jews that fhad not God cut fliort thofe Days Matth. 14. 
22. No Flejk had been Saved ) no Jewish Flefh had been left alive. What 
Woes may befal the Gentile World, after fuch prodigious prefages, we know 
not. *Tis good for us to get into ^ugnflns^s pofture, (who once fitting 
'twixt Ttrgi! (a frequent figher) and Horace (that had watery Eyes) pleafant- 
ly faid, he fat inter Sufpiria & Lachrjmas, betwixt Sighs and Tears : fare I 
am. Our Day calls upcn us, not only to fay jo, but alfo to fitfo, wiwhaWferi- 
cufnefs : Chrilts Council to the Jcvfs was {prayye"] Matth, 14. 20. 'Tis no 
lefs the Duty ifi us Gentiles, Pra/cr is the beft Ordinance and Artillery, 
wherewith to Batter Heaven, f/<tif/V^r IratHsFoceRoganie Dens: Wher.G <i 


c34., Wonieiful Signs 

Ceeiiis pn ^fl bitterly' tent, yet willbe yield foraeching to prayer, v :ch is the 
bcft Icvcr at ade^dlifc,^tovided icbe the)'?v7fr of.FAith,i^T asGndsiBer- 
cyisthe Mothtr^ fo rhejChurebes'F<«ii^^ is the Mifcife. u£ Deiivefance^ 
Hereupon J^o// infecting down the Dreadful Signs of direTal Days (teait a- 
i>y fliould defpondifjgly tay, as ^/*j? /^ l o. 26. Who then^itn be favedytftx* 
cliidcth)y|tH this comfortable Corollary, M-hoever callsth oW.the N^me of the 
LordJhAll be fayed. Jjelz. ;i. 32. ThAtfacbmay beReterved as^t^em- 
nant ''or Royal Uie being4«<;co/<«ffrii worthy to efcai^ethofe liiings that a. .•• 
yet come topafs : L/jI^c 21, ^6* Is the H;-arty prayer of C.xV, 

F I N 

T/^Reaiev is re-cju^edto corrsB'thcfefolhivmg\Fmlt:s.thuthavceJc^^^ , 
rlj'e-Frefs:, j 

Eirata. . *^ -l 

PAg. r; lifitf sK>. r^ad Math. 12. p. X5. \- i4-J^. Ear p. 11. reat^I««e 20.. be/ore line J 
19. F.iS.I. 2r..'for.So.jc,TO. p.ji.;l:i-^. foriS. r.ii. p.?7-"l-. -F-^-.f/^'^lfif^i 
p. 40 .1. ^4. r. Truths, p. 4S.I. ip,'; for through r. though, p.- 49. l.i. for Cotin- 
ceio'rt. CounceL'^.Si.\.i6.x:'kya:^r S7-\}' thcUtter r, 6^,66,6/, 0c. to;7i, in' 
pi whfch Ihould be p(S.l. 1 1, r.'tjricr /?«/iPer .(^is M<#tf"^?ri only, not-ls Mf^ii*? w-Jr, _ 
according to the PopiftiDodkrine, and 1. 2 i. after are r.moftly : and 1. 34, for" 
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