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The Seventh Age of the World. after CHRIST 30. John,ii.13. temple (understanding the temple of his body), and in

three days he will raise it np. Mat. xiv. Herod the tetrarch casteth John the Baptist into

3. prison for reprehending his incest with his brother Mark, vi. Philip's wife, and other evils done by him.

17. Luke, ii.

19. John, iv. Christ discovers himself to the woman of Samaria.

7, 42. Luke, iv. He goes throughout all Galilee, teaching in the

43. synagogues, and working miracles. v. 27. Matthew called to be a disciple.

The Second Passover of Christ's Ministry, John,

v. 1, compared with iv. 3, 5, from which the Second Year of the Seventieth Week of Daniel

begins. John, v. Jesus comes up to Jerusalem at the time of the 1.

feast, and heals on the sabbath-day a man that had
an infirmity thirty-eight years, lying at the pool of
Bethesada. He makes a most divine apology to the
Jews that sought to kill him, because he said that

God was his Father.
Luke, vi. ' Christ, out of the multitude of this disciples, chooseth

13. twelve, whom he calleth apostles ; nainely, Peter, Mat. v. vi.| Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew,

vii. | Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, Simon called Luke, vi. Zelote, Judas the brother of James, aud Judas Iscariot. 120. ix. 1. To these our Saviour chiefly directs his discourse in that Mark,vi.7 glorious, full, and admirable sermon on the mount. Mat. x. 1. Jesus sends his twelve apostles by two and two to

preach, and heal the sick. xiv. 9. John the Baptist is beheaded in prison, by Herod's

command. 32. Mat. xiv. Jesus feeds five thousand men, besides women and

| 15. children, with five barley loaves, and two little fishes, IMark, vü.) He refuses to be made a king.

35. Luke, ix.


1, 15.

John, vi.

The Third Passover of Christ's Ministry, John,

vi. 4, from which the Third Year of the Seven.

tieth Week of Daniel begins.
Mat.xvii.il Jesus is travsfigured on the mount : Moses and
Mark,ix.1. Elias are seen to talk with him ; and a voice from
Luke, ix. heaven is heard a second time, saying, This is my

28. beloved Son; hear bim.

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after CHRIST 32. Mat. xvii.

Christ payeth tribute to Cesar.



Lake, is. A certain village of the Samaritans refuseth our 51. Saviour entertainment in his way to Jerusalem; the

disciples desiring to call for fire from heaven to con

sume them, are severely reprehended. X. I. The seventy disciples are sent out by two and two

to work miracles, and to preach. xi. l. Christ teacbeth his disciples to pray. John, xi. Christ raiseth Lazarus, that had been buried four

days. 47. Caiaphas, high-priest of the Jews, prophesieth

concerning the death of Christ. Loke, sis. Zacchæas, a Publican, converted.


Mark, x. Christ restoreth to blind Bartimæus his sight.

46. John, xii. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anoints our Saviour's

feet with costly spikenard, and wipeth them with the

hair of her head.
Mat. xxi. Christ rideth in triumph to Jerusalem : the multi-
Mark, xi. tade spread their garments in the way, and cry Ho-
Luke, six. sanna to the son of David. Coming near the city, he
John, xii. weeps over it, and foretells its destruction. He enters
| Isa. lii. the temple, and casteth out those that bought and sold
Zec. ix. 9. there; and heals the blind and lame.
Mat. xxi. He curseth the fruitless fig-tree, and the next morn-
17. ing it is found dried up and withered : Thence he

laketh occasion to show the power of faith.
The Fourth Passover, in which Christ our Pass-

oder was sacrificed, 1 Cor. v. 7, and so an end is
put to all legal Sacrifices prefiguring this great
Expiation. The Fourth or middle Year of Da-

niel's last Week begins, Dan. ix. 27. xxvi. On the first day of unleavened bread, when the Mark, Passover of the Jews was to be slain (April 2), in the

xiv. evening, Jesus eateth the Passover with his disciples, Luke,xxii. and institutes the sacrament of his body and blood in

bread and wine. John, xiii. Christ washeth his disciples' feet, and exhorteth

them to humility and charity. xviii. In the self-same night Christ is betrayed by Judas,

mocked, buffeted, and spit upon by the soldiers. Matthew, Next day he is condemned by Pilate, and crucified ;

xxvii. the sun during the crucifixion is darkened, and the Mark, xv. vail of the temple rent in the midst. Christ, praying Luke xxiii for his enemies, gives up the ghost. Joseph of AriJohn, xix. mathea begs the body, and lays it in a new sepul

| Ps. xxii. chre. VOL. IV.

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The Seventh Age of the World. after CHRIST 33. Matthew, On the third day, the next after the Jewish sabbath

xxviii. (April 5), Christ riseth from the dead ; his resurrecMark,xvi. tion is declared by angels to the women that came

Luke, to the sepulcbre. Christ first appeareth to Mary

xxiv. | Magdalene, and afterward to his disciples, and dineth John, xx. with them. Acts, i. Christ bringeth his apostles to mount Olivet; com

mandeth thein to expect in Jerusalem the sending Matthew, down of the Holy Ghost; sends them to teach and xxviii.

baptize all nations, and blesses them; and while they behold, he is taken up, and a cloud receives him out of their sight. After his ascension his disciples are warned by two angels to depart, and to set their minds upon his second coming ; they accordingly return, and, giving themselves to prayer, choose Matthias to be an

apostle in the place of Judas. Acts, ii. On the day of Pentecost (May 24) the Holy Ghost

descendeth on the apostles in the form of cloven tongues, like as of fire, and enableth them to speak all languages. Peter the same day preacheth Christ and the resurrection, and about three thousand believers are added to the church.

Peter, by faith in Christ's name, healeth a lame man.

The rulers of the Jews, offended at Peter's sermon, and his miraculous cure of the lame man, cast both him and John into prison; upon their examination, they boldly avouch the lame man to be healed by the name of Jesus, and that by the same Jesus we must be eternally saved. After this the Jews forbid them to speak any more in that name; but the apostles answer, That it is fit they should obey God rather than men.

They are threatened, and let go. v. 1,

| Ananias, and his wife Sapphira, for their hypocrisy,

| are suddenly struck dead. 17.

The apostles are again cast into prison by the highpriest, but an angel sets them at liberty, and bids them preach the Gospel to the people without fear; being taken again teaching in the temple, they are brought before the council ; where, by the advice of Gamaliel, a Pharisee and doctor of the law, they are

delivered. 34. vi.

The nuinber of believers increasing at Jerusalem, the apostles ordain seven deacons, who should dis| tribute the alms of the whole church to the widows, and poorer sort of believers. Stephen, one of these deacons, having confounded some that disputed with

him, is by them falsely accused of blasphemy, and vii. brought before the council, where he reprehends their

rebellion, and murdering of Christ. Whereupon they

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The Seventh Age of the World. after CHEIST 34. Acts, vii. east bim out of the city, and stone bim; be in the

mean time praying for them. viii. A great persecution of the church at Jerusalem

follows after the death of the first martyr, Stepben. | Philip, one of the seven deacons, preacheth' at Sa| maria, and converteth many; worketh miracles, and

healeth the sick. Simon the sorcerer, seeing the · Fonders that are done by Philip, believetb, and is i baptized. : The apostles at Jerusalem, hearing that Samaria had

received the faith, send thither Peter and John to con: firm and enlarge the church. The apostles, by prayer and imposition of hands, confer the Holy Ghost on all believers. Simon Magus offers them money, that he may receive power of conferring the same, whose impiety is sharply reproved by Peter. Having completed their ministry in those parts, they return to

Jerusalem. 35. i 26. An angel sendeth Philip to teach and baptize the

Ethiopian eunuch. ix. I, 1 Saul, a violent persecutor of all that call on the

name of Jesus, and one who consented to the death of Stephen, goes now towards Damascus, witb commission from the high-priest and the council, to apprehend all Christians in those parts, and to bring them bound to Jerusalem ; on the way be is miraculously 1 converted by a voice from heaven; and tbree days · aíter baptized by Ananias at Damascus, where he i preacheth the Gospel of Christ with great boldness, to

the astonishment of those that knew upon what desigu

i he was sent thither. 38. Acts, ix. Saul having preached the Gospel at Damascus a

23. long time, the Jews lay wait to kill him, but he es2 Cor. xi.' capeth from thence, and comes to Jerusalem ; there he 1 32. sees Peter, and James the brother of our Lord, and Gal.i. 18. abides with them fifteen days. Here he speaks boldly

in the name of Jesus, and disputes with the Grecians, or rather Jews that used the Greek tongue. These

| also consult how they may kill him. ; Acts, ! Wbile Saul prays in the temple, he is in a trance, :xxii. 17. and the Lord appears unto him, and bids him to de

part from Jerusalem, because they will not receive his ix. 30. | testimony; adding, that he will send him to the GenGal. i. 21. tiles. Saul, leaving Jerusalem, goes to his own country,

Tarsus, and from thence travels into Syria and Cilicia. Acts, ix. Peter visits the churches of Judea, Galilee, Sa.

maria, &c. At Lydda he cureth Æneas of the palsy;

36. and at Joppa restoreth Tabitha to life. 41. X. At Cæsarea, Cornelius, a centurion, by prayers and alms, finds favour in the sight of God, and is com

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manded by an angel to send for Peter, now at Joppa. God, by à vision, teacheth Peter not to despise the Gentiles; and, being sent for by Cornelius, goes and preacheth Christ to him, and a great company that were met at his house. While Peter preacheth, the Holy Ghost falls upon them all ; and immediately the apostle baptizeth them.

Peter, at his return to Jerusalem, is accused by those of the circumcision, for conversing with the Gentiles; but he declares to them his vision, and the whole matter concerning Cornelius; and they glorify God, for granting to the Gentiles also repentance unto life.

The believers, who, ever since the martyrdom of Stephen, and the persecution thereupon ensuing, had been dispersed throughout all Phenice and Cyprus, come now to Antioch, and preach the Gospel to the Greeks there, having before preached to none but the Jews. The church at Jerusalem understanding this, and that the number of believers increased exceeed. ingly, send Barnabas thither to confirm them; he goes to Tarsus, and takes Saul along with him to Antioch, where they continue a whole year, convert. ing multitudes to the faith. Here the disciples were first called Christians.

About this time James, the brother of John, is be. headed by the command of Herod Agrippa. He also imprisoneth Peter, whom an angel delivers upon the prayers of the church. This same Herod, not long after, speaking to the people at Cæsarea, some of them cry out, It is the voice of God, and not of man; and immediately an angel of the Lord smites bim, because he gave not the glory to God; and he is eaten of worms, and dieth.

Barnabas and Saul set forward in their preaching of the Gospel. They plant the Christian faith in Seleucia, Cyprus, and other places. At Paphos they preach the Gospel to Sergius Paulus, governor of that country. Elymas, a sorcerer, withstanding them, and endeavouring to turn away Sergius from the faith, is at Saul's rebuke struck blind. From this time Saul is always called by his new name, Paul. He preacheth at Antioch; the Gentiles believe, but the Jews gaidsay and blaspheme. Whereupon he and his assistants turn to the Gentiles, and come to Iconiom.

At Iconium they are persecuted, and ready to be stoned. From hence they fly to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonja. At Lystra, Paul healing a cripple, the multitude cry out that the gods are come down, and call Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius ;

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