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K. Henry. 7. Prophesies concerning the Turke and Antichrist.

vs by blind chaūce, but be administred and alotted vnto vs from aboue: so it is not to be supposed, that such a great alteration and mutation of kingdomes, such a terrible & generall persecutiō of Gods people, almost through all Christēdome, and such a terrour of the whole earth, as is now moued and gendred by these Turkes, cōmeth without the knowledge, sufferaūce and determination of the Lord before, for such endes and purposes, as his deuine wisedome doth best know. For the better euidēce & testimony wherof, he hath left in his Scriptures sufficiēt instructiō, & declaration, whereby we may plainly see to our great cōfort, how these greeuous afflictions & troubles of the Church, though they be sharpe & heauy vnto vs, yet they come not by chaūce or by mās working onely, but euen as the Lord himselfe hath appointed it, and doth permit the same.

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MarginaliaTwo things to be considered in the tyme and order of the olde Testament. The scriptures, & the people.And first to begin with the tyme of the old Testament let vs seriously aduise & ponder, not onely the Scriptures & Prophecies therein conteined, but also let vs cōsider the whole state, order, and regimēt of that people: the Church I meane of the Israelites. For although the Scriptures and Prophetes of the old Testament, were properly sent to that people, & haue their relatiō properly to things done or that should be done, in that cōmō wealth, of which prophetes, Iohn Baptist was the last & made an end, as our Sauiour himselfe witnesseth, saying: The law and Prophets be vnto þe tyme of Iohn. &c. Yet notwithstāding the sayd people of that old Testamēt, beareth a liuely Image & resemblaunce of the vniuersall Church which should folow, plāted by the sonne of God through the whole earth: So that as the Prophetes of God speaking to them from the mouth & word of God, prophecied what should come to passe in that people: so likewise the whole course & Hystory of those Israelites, exemplifieth & beareth a Prophetical image to vs, declaring what is to be looked for in þe vniuersall Church of God dispersed through the world, plāted in Christ Iesus his sonne, according as Phil. Melancthon grauely gathering vpon the same, testifieth in diuers places, MarginaliaIn Dan. Prophe. Phil. Melanct.in his Commentary vpon the Prophete Daniell.

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MarginaliaGen. 4.As first the History of godly Abell slayne by wicked Cain, what doth it importe, or Prophecie, but the conditiō of the people and seruauntes of God, which commonly go to wracke in this world, and are oppressed by the contrary part, which belongeth not to God?

The like may be said also of Isaac, and Ismaell: of Iacob and Esau. Of whō, those two which were the children of promise, and belonged to the election of God, were persecuted in this world, of the other, whiche were reiected. Where moreouer is to be noted cōcerning Ismaell, MarginaliaThe Saracens come of Ismael.that of his stocke after the fleshe, came the Saracens: whose sect the Turkes do now professe & mainteine. MarginaliaResemblāce betweene the 12. sōnes of Ismaell: and the 12. Ottoman Turkes.And as Ismaell had but xii. sonnes: so it were to be wished of God, that this Solyman which is the twelfe of the Turkish generation, may be the last. But of this, better occasion shall folow (the Lord willyng) hereafter.

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Marginalia4. Reg. 17.Furthermore, of the xii. tribes of Israel, the sacrate history so reporteth, that after they had a long season cōtinued together, by the space of. 8. or. 9. C. yeares, at length, for their idolatrie, & transgression of their forefathers. x. tribes of them were cut of, and dispersed amōg the Gentiles. 130. yeares before the captiuitie of Babilon: so that but ij. tribes onely remayned free, and they also at last, after a. 130. yeares, were captiued vnder the Babylonians, for a certaine time. 

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2 Kings 18-23 and 2 Chronicles 36.

MarginaliaThe olde church of the Israelites beareth a representatiō or image of the publicke church of Christ IesusNo otherwise hath it happened with þe Church of Christ almost in the vniuersall world, of which Church the greatest part both in Asia, in Africa, & almost in Europe (where the holy Apostles so laboured and trauailed) we see now to be disparcled among the Turkes, and their cādlestickes remoued 
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See Rev. 2:5.

(the Lord of his great grace, reduce them agayne. Amen:) So that of xij. partes of Christendome, which was once planted in Christ, scarse ij, partes remayne cleare, and they how long they shall so continue,the Lord knoweth: And albeit thorough the mercy of the Lord, they escape the daūger of the Turkes, yet haue they bene so beaten with the Pope, that they had bene better almost to haue bene in the Turkes handes.

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Agayne, after the sayd Israelites returned, being restored of Cyrus, let vs consider well their story, the continuance of tyme, the maner of their regimentes, and what afflictions they susteined in the tyme of the Machabees: and we shall see a liuely representation of these our dayes expressed in that Propheticall people, accordyng as S. Paul writyng of them, Marginalia1. Cor. 10. sheweth how all thynges happened to them in figures: 

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1 Cor. 10:11.

that is the actiōs and doynges of that one nation, be as figures and types of greater matters, what shall happen in the latter times of the whole Church vniuersally in Christ collected.

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MarginaliaThe church of the Iewes a figure of Christes Church.So the transmigration & deluiueraunce agayne of those two tribes, declareth to vs þe affliction of Christes Church for sinne: and yet þt God will not vtterly reiect his people for his sonnes sake, as by manifold examples of þe Church hetherto may well appeare.

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MarginaliaEx Phil. Melanct. In Danielem. cap. 9.Againe, the continuance of the law first geuen by Moses, vnto the destruction of the sayde people by Titus, amounteth to 1564. yeares: So we counting the age of the new Testament, and reckening from the day of our redemption vnto this present, be come now to the yeare 1534. lacking but only 33. yeares of the full number. 

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Phillip Melanchthon, In Danielem prophetam Commentarius (Wittenberg, 1543), fos. 52v-57v.

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MarginaliaThe tymes and yeares of the old church, compared with the newe.Likewise in counting the yeares from their deliuerāce out of captiuitie, to the ende of their dissolution, we finde 564. yeares, during which yeares, as the Churche of the Iewes was not gouerned vnder the authoritie of kings, but the high Priests tooke all the power and authoritie to themselues: MarginaliaThe rule and dominion of the high priestes in the Iewes common wealth, and of our prelates, compared.so we Christians for the space especially of these later 564. yeares, what haue we seene and felt, but only the iurisdiction and domination of the Pope and his high Priests, plaieng the Rex in all countreys, and ruling the whole: whereby, by the count of these yeares, it is to be thought the daye of the Lordes comming not to bee farre off.

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Furthermore, in those latter yeares of the Iewes kingdome, what troubles and afflictions that people susteined three hundreth yeares together, but chiefly, the last 166. yeares before the comming of Christ, by Antiochus and his felowes, the history of þe Machabees cā report. Wherin we haue also notoriously to vnderstād þe miserable vexations and persecutions of Christian Churches in these latter ends of the world by Antichrist: MarginaliaAntiochus beareth a figure of Antichrist.For by Antiochus Antichrist (no doubt) is figured and represented. MarginaliaThe family of Antiochus.Thys Antiochus surnamed Magnus, and Antiochus Epiphanes his sonne, came of the flocke of Seleucus Nicanor, much like as the Mahumetes the Turke, and Solymannus, came of the stocke of Ottomannus. Wherein this is to be noted and pondered, that like as of the sayd Seleucus issued xij. Syrian Kings one after another of that generation, which reigned ouer þe Israelites with much seueritie and tiranny: MarginaliaThe family of the Turkes.so of this diuelish generatiō of Ottomannus, haue come xij. Turkish tyraunts, whereof thys Solyman is now the twelfe, God grant he may be þe last. And as the ij. last Antiochi, being sonnes of the ij. brethrē, did fight together for the kingdome, and in fighting were both slaine, and shortly after the kingdome fell to the Romaines: so the Lorde graunt for Christes sake, that the bloudy broode of this old Solyman, (which had reigned now 46. yeares, may so fight together, and perish in their owne bloud, that the bloudy tyranny of theirs may come to a finall end for euer, Amen.

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And that the truth heereof may the better appeare to such as be disposed to meditate more vpon the matter, I thought good and profitable for the reader, to set before his eies, in tablewise, the catalogue of both these Antichristian families, with the names and succession of the persons,first of the twelue Syrian Kings, then of the twelue Ottomans, in like number and order. 

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These two tables are intended to demonstrate the parallels between the Selucid rulers of Syria (the villains of the books of Macchabees) and the Ottomans. The purpose of this was to depict (and link) both families as 'figures' of Antichrist. The first table is taken from Johannes Lucidus, Chronicon (Venice, 1570), fo. 39r. The second table is taken from Bartholomeo Georgevits, De origine imperii Turcorum (Wittenberg, 1560), sigs. A5r-B2v.

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A comparison betweene the Syrians and the Turkes. MarginaliaResemblāce betwene the Syrian kings, and the Turkes.
¶ The Syrians.¶ The Turkes.
1Seleucus.321Ottomannus.28
2Antiochus Soter.192Orchanes. He slue his two brethren.22
3Antiochus Theos, who killed Bernice his mother3Amurathes. He put out the eyes of Sauces his
in law, and his yong brother.15owne sonne.23
4Seleucus Callinicus, with Antiochus Hierax his4Baiazetes. He slew Solymannus his brother.
brother, whyich two breethren warred one a-5Calepinus. The Greeke stories make no menti-
gainst the other.20on of this Calepinus, the Latin stories say
5Antiochus Magnus.36that Calepinus and Orchanes were both one,
and that hee was slayne by Mahumetes hys
brother.6
6 Seleuchus
VV.iiij.
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