15 [a]And he said unto them, (A)Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to [b]every creature.

16 He that shall believe and be baptized, shall be saved: (B)but he that will not believe, shall be damned.

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  1. Mark 16:15 The Apostles are appointed, and their office is limited unto them, which is to preach that which they heard of him, and to minister the Sacraments, which Christ hath instituted, having besides power to do miracles.
  2. Mark 16:15 Not to the Jews only, nor in Judea only, but to all men, and everywhere: and so must all the Apostles do.

19 (A)[a]Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them [b]in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the holy Ghost,

20 Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, (B)I am with you [c]alway, until the end of the world, Amen.

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  1. Matthew 28:19 The sum of the Apostleship is, the publishing of the doctrine received of Christ throughout all the world, and the ministering of the Sacraments: the efficacy of which things hangeth not of the ministers, but of the Lord.
  2. Matthew 28:19 Calling upon the name of the Father, the Son, and the holy Ghost.
  3. Matthew 28:20 Forever: and this place is meant of the manner of the presence of his spirit, by means whereof he maketh us partakers both of himself and of all his benefits, but is absent from us in body.

24 2 The destruction of the Temple. 4 The signs of Christ’s coming. 12 Iniquity. 23 False Christs. 29 The signs of the end of the world. 31 The Angels. 32 The fig tree. 37 The days of Noah. 42 We must watch. 45 The servant.

And (A)Jesus went out, and departed from the Temple, and his disciples came to him, to show him the building of the Temple.

[a]And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, (B)there shall not be here left a stone upon a stone, that shall not be cast down.

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, his disciples came unto him apart, saying, Tell us when these things shall be, and what sign shall be of thy coming, and of the end of the world.

[b]And Jesus answered, and said unto them, (C)Take heed that no man deceive you.

For many shall come in my Name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many.

And ye shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars: see that ye be not (D)troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the [c]end is not yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and realm against realm, and there shall be famine, and pestilence, and earthquakes in [d]divers places.

All these are but the beginning of [e]sorrows.

(E)Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated of all nations for my Name’s sake.

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

11 And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many.

12 And because iniquity shall be increased, the love of many shall be cold.

13 (F)[f]But he that endureth to the end, he shall be saved.

14 And this [g]Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached through the whole [h]world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.

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  1. Matthew 24:2 The destruction of the city, and especially of the Temple is foretold.
  2. Matthew 24:4 The Church shall have a continual conflict with infinite miseries and offences, and that more is, with false prophets, until the day of victory and triumph cometh.
  3. Matthew 24:6 That is, when those things are fulfilled, yet the end shall not come.
  4. Matthew 24:7 Everywhere.
  5. Matthew 24:8 Word for word, of great torments, like unto women in travail.
  6. Matthew 24:13 The Gospel shall be spread abroad, rage the devil never so much: and they which do constantly believe, shall be saved.
  7. Matthew 24:14 Joyful tidings of the kingdom of heaven.
  8. Matthew 24:14 Through all that part that is dwelt in.

15 For behold, the Lord will come with fire, and his chariots like a whirlwind, that he may [a]recompense his anger with wrath, and his indignation with the flame of fire.

16 For the Lord will judge with fire, and with his sword all flesh, and the flame of the Lord shall be many.

17 They that sanctify [b]themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst eating [c]swine’s flesh, and such abomination, even the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord.

18 For I will visit their works, and their imaginations, for it shall come that I will gather all nations, and tongues, and they shall come, and see my [d]glory.

19 And I will set a [e]sign among them, and will send those that [f]escape of them unto the nations of [g]Tarshish, [h]Pul, and [i]Lud, and to them that draw the [j]bow, to [k]Tubal and [l]Javan, isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory, and [m]they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.

20 And they shall bring all your [n]brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations, upon [o]horses, and in chariots, and in horse litters, and upon mules, and swift beasts, to Jerusalem mine holy Mountain, saith the Lord, as the children of Israel offer in a clean vessel in the House of the Lord.

21 And I will take of them for [p]Priests, and for Levites, saith the Lord.

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  1. Isaiah 66:15 This vengeance God began to execute at the destruction of Babylon, and hath ever continued it against the enemies of his Church, and will do till the last day, which shall be the accomplishment thereof.
  2. Isaiah 66:17 Meaning, the hypocrites.
  3. Isaiah 66:17 Whereby are meant them that did maliciously transgress the Law, by eating beasts forbidden, even to the mouse, which nature abhoreth.
  4. Isaiah 66:18 The Gentiles shall be partakers of that glory, which before I showed to the Jews.
  5. Isaiah 66:19 I will make these that I chose, that they perish not with the rest of the infidels: whereby he alludeth to the marking of the posts of his people, whom he preserved, Exod. 12:7.
  6. Isaiah 66:19 I will scatter the rest of the Jews, which escaped destruction, into divers nations.
  7. Isaiah 66:19 That is, Cilicia.
  8. Isaiah 66:19 Meaning Africa.
  9. Isaiah 66:19 To wit, Lydia, or Asia minor.
  10. Isaiah 66:19 Signifying the Parthians.
  11. Isaiah 66:19 Italy.
  12. Isaiah 66:19 Greece.
  13. Isaiah 66:19 Meaning, the Apostles, Disciples, and others, which he did first choose of the Jews to preach unto the Gentiles.
  14. Isaiah 66:20 That is, the Gentiles, which by faith shall be made the children of Abraham as you are.
  15. Isaiah 66:20 Whereby he meaneth that no necessary means shall want, when God shall call the Gentiles to the knowledge of the Gospel.
  16. Isaiah 66:21 To wit, of the Gentiles, as he did Luke, Timothy, and Titus first, and others after to preach his word.

43 1 The Lord comforteth his people.  He promiseth deliverance to the Jews. 11 There is no God but one alone.

But now thus saith the Lord, [a]that created thee, O Jacob: and he that formed thee, O Israel, [b]Fear not: for I have redeemed thee: I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine.

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  1. Isaiah 43:1 After these threatenings he promiseth deliverance to his Church, because he hath regenerated them, adopted them, and called them.
  2. Isaiah 43:1 When thou seest dangers and conspiracies on all sides, remember this benefit and the love of thy God, and it shall encourage thee.

10 You [a]are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my [b]servant, whom I have chosen: therefore ye shall know and believe me, and ye shall understand that I am: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

11 I, even I am the Lord, and beside me there is no Savior.

12 I have declared, and I have saved, and I have showed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore you are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

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  1. Isaiah 43:10 The Prophets and people to whom I have given my Law.
  2. Isaiah 43:10 Meaning specially Christ, and by him all the faithful.

15 [a]When ye (A)therefore shall see the [b]abomination of desolation spoken of by (B)Daniel the Prophet, set in the holy place (let him that readeth consider it.)

16 Then let them which be in Judea, flee into the mountains.

17 Let him which is on the housetop, not come down to fetch anything out of his house.

18 And he that is in the field, let not him return back to fetch his [c]clothes.

19 And woe shall be to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days.

20 But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the (C)[d]Sabbath day.

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the world to this time, nor shall be.

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  1. Matthew 24:15 The Kingdom of Christ shall not be abolished when the city of Jerusalem is utterly destroyed, but shall be stretched out even to the end of the world.
  2. Matthew 24:15 The abomination of desolation, that is to say, which all men detest and cannot abide, by reason of the foul and shameful filthiness of it: and he speaketh of the idols that were set up in the Temple, or as others think, he meant the morning of the doctrine in the Church.
  3. Matthew 24:18 This betokeneth the great fear that shall be.
  4. Matthew 24:20 It was not lawful to take a journey on the Sabbath day; Josephus, book 13.

25 Know therefore and understand that from [a]the going forth of the commandment to bring again the people, and to build Jerusalem, unto Messiah the Prince, shall be seven [b]weeks and [c]threescore and two weeks, and the street shall be built again, and the wall even in a [d]troublous time.

26 And after threescore and two [e]weeks, shall Messiah be slain, and shall [f]have nothing, and the people of the [g]prince that shall come, shall destroy the city and the Sanctuary, and the end thereof shall be with a flood: and unto the end of the battle it shall be destroyed by desolations.

27 And he [h]shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to [i]cease, [j]and for the overspreading of the abominations, he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

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  1. Daniel 9:25 That is, from the time that Cyrus gave them leave to depart.
  2. Daniel 9:25 These weeks make forty-nine years, whereof 46 are referred to the time of the building of the Temple, and three to the laying of the foundation.
  3. Daniel 9:25 Counting from the sixth year of Darius, who gave the second commandment for the building of the Temple are 62 weeks, which make 434 years, which comprehend the time from the building of the Temple unto the baptism of Christ.
  4. Daniel 9:25 Hebrew, in straits of time.
  5. Daniel 9:26 In this least week of the seventy, shall Christ come and preach and suffer death.
  6. Daniel 9:26 He shall seem to have no beauty, nor to be of any estimation, as Isa. 53:2.
  7. Daniel 9:26 Meaning Titus, Vespasian’s son, who should come and destroy both the Temple and the people without all hope of recovery.
  8. Daniel 9:27 By the preaching of the Gospel he confirmed his promise, first to the Jews, and after to the Gentiles.
  9. Daniel 9:27 Christ accomplished this by his death and resurrection.
  10. Daniel 9:27 Meaning, that Jerusalem and the Sanctuary should be utterly destroyed for their rebellion against God, and their idolatry: or as some read, that the plague shall be so great, that they shall be all astonied at them.

20 (A)[a]And when ye see Jerusalem besieged with soldiers, then understand that the desolation thereof is near.

21 Then let them which are in Judea, flee to the mountains: and let them which are in the midst thereof, depart out: and let not them that are in the country, enter therein:

22 For these be the days of vengeance, to fulfill all things that are written.

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  1. Luke 21:20 The final destruction of the whole city is foretold.

16 The Prophet declared the benefits of God toward Jerusalem. 15 Their unkindness. 46 He justifieth the wickedness of other people in comparison of the sins of Jerusalem. 49 The cause of the abominations, into which the Sodomites fell. 60 Mercy is promised to the repentant.

Again, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,

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22 And in all thine abominations and whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood.

23 And beside all thy wickedness (woe, woe unto thee, saith the Lord God)

24 Thou hast also built unto thee an high place, and hast made thee an high place in every street.

25 Thou hast built thine high place at every [a]corner of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred: thou hast opened thy feet to everyone that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredom.

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  1. Ezekiel 16:25 Or, head.

36 Thus saith the Lord God, Because thy [a]shame was poured out, and thy filthiness discovered through thy fornications with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thine abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst offer unto them,

37 Behold, therefore I will gather all [b]thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated: I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy filthiness unto them, that they may see all thy filthiness.

38 And I will judge thee after the manner of them that are [c]harlots, and of them that shed blood, and I will give thee the blood of wrath, and jealousy.

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  1. Ezekiel 16:36 Or, … parts.
  2. Ezekiel 16:37 Egyptians, Assyrians and Chaldeans, whom thou tookest to be thy lovers, shall come and destroy thee, Ezek. 23:9.
  3. Ezekiel 16:38 I will judge thee to death, as the adulterers and murderers.

23 Of the Idolatry of Samaria and Jerusalem, under the names of Oholah and Oholibah.

The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one [a]mother.

And they committed fornication in [b]Egypt, they committed fornication in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

And the names of [c]them were Oholah the elder, and Oholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters: thus were their names: Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem Oholibah.

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  1. Ezekiel 23:2 Meaning, Israel and Judah, which came both out of one family.
  2. Ezekiel 23:3 They became idolaters after the manner of the Egyptians.
  3. Ezekiel 23:4 Oholah signifieth a mansion or dwelling in herself, meaning Samaria, which was the royal city of Israel and Oholibah signifieth my mansion in her, whereby is meant Jerusalem, where God’s Temple was.

29 And they shall handle thee despitefully, and shall take away all thy [a]labor, and shall leave thee naked and bare, and the shame of thy fornications [b]shall be discovered, both thy wickedness, and thy whoredom.

30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.

31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister: therefore will I give her [c]cup into thine hand.

32 Thus saith the Lord God, Thou shalt drink of thy sister’s cup, deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision, because it containeth much.

33 Thou shalt be filled with [d]drunkenness and sorrow, even with the cup of destruction, and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.

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  1. Ezekiel 23:29 All thy treasures and riches which thou hast gotten by labor.
  2. Ezekiel 23:29 All the world shall see thy shameful forsaking of God to serve idols.
  3. Ezekiel 23:31 I will execute the same judgments and vengeance against thee, and that with greater severity.
  4. Ezekiel 23:33 Meaning, that its afflictions should be so great that they should cause them to lose their senses, and reason.

18 2 The horrible destruction of Babylon set out.  11, 16, 18 The merchants of the earth, who were enriched with the pomp and luxuriousness of it, weep and wail:  20 but all the elect rejoice for that just vengeance of God.

[a]And after these things, I saw another [b]Angel come down from heaven, having great power, so that the earth was lightened with his glory,

And he cried out mightily with a loud voice, [c]saying, (A)It is fallen, it is fallen, Babylon that great city, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of all foul spirits, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

For all nations have drunken of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich of the abundance of her pleasures.

[d]And I heard another voice from heaven say, [e]Go out of her, my people, that ye be not [f]partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues:

For her sins are [g]come up into heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

[h]Reward her, even as she hath rewarded you, and give her double according to her works: and in the cup that she hath filled to you, fill her the double.

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  1. Revelation 18:1 The second place (as I said before, 17:1) of the history of Babylon, is of the woeful fall and ruin of that whore of Babylon. This historical prediction concerning her, is threefold. The first a plain and simple foretelling of her ruin in three verses, the second a figurative prediction by the circumstances, thence, unto verse 20. The third, a confirmation of the same by sign or wonder, unto the end of the Chapter.
  2. Revelation 18:1 Either Christ the eternal word of God the Father (as often elsewhere) or a created Angel, and one deputed unto this service: but thoroughly furnished with greatness of power, and with light of glory, as the ensign of power.
  3. Revelation 18:2 The prediction or foretelling of her ruin, containing both the fall of Babylon, in this verse, and the cause thereof uttered by way of allegory concerning her spiritual and carnal wickedness, that is, her most great impiety and injustice, in the next verse: her fall is first simply declared of the Angel: and then the greatness thereof is showed here by the events, when he saith it shall be the seat and habitation of devils, of wild beasts and of cursed souls, as of old, Isa. 13:21, and often elsewhere.
  4. Revelation 18:4 The second prediction, which is of the circumstances of the ruin of Babylon: of these there are two kinds: one going before it: as that beforehand the godly are delivered unto the ninth verse: the other following upon her ruin, namely the lamentation of the wicked and rejoicing of the godly, unto the twentieth verse.
  5. Revelation 18:4 Two circumstances going before the ruin, are commanded in this place: one is, that the godly depart out of Babylon: as I mentioned, chapter 12, to have been done in time past, before the destruction of Jerusalem: this charge is given here, and in the next verse. The other is, that every one of them occupy themselves in their own place, in executing the judgment of God, as it was commanded the Levites of old, Exod. 32:27, and that they sanctify their hands unto the Lord, verses 6, 7, 8.
  6. Revelation 18:4 Of his commandment there are two causes to avoid the contagion of sin, and to shun the participation of those punishments that belong thereunto.
  7. Revelation 18:5 He useth a word which signifieth the following of sins one after another, and rising one another in such sort, that they grew at length to such an heap that they came up even to heaven.
  8. Revelation 18:6 The provocation of the godly, and the commandment of executing the judgments of God, stand upon three causes which are here expressed: the unjust wickedness of the whore of Babylon, in this verse her cursed pride opposing itself against God, which is the fountain of all evil actions, verse 7, and her most just damnation by the sentence of God, verse 8.

40 2 Remission of sins by Christ. 3 The coming of John Baptist. 18 The Prophet reproveth the Idolaters, and them that trust not in the Lord.

Comfort [a]ye, comfort ye my people, will your God say.

Speak comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her [b]warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she hath received of the Lord’s hand [c]double for all her sins.

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  1. Isaiah 40:1 This is a consolation for the Church, assuring them, that they shall be never destitute of Prophets whereby he exhorteth the true ministers of God that then were, and those also that should come after him, to comfort the poor afflicted, and to assure them of their deliverance both of body and soul.
  2. Isaiah 40:2 The time of her affliction.
  3. Isaiah 40:2 Meaning, sufficient, as Isa. 61:7, and full correction, or double grace, whereas she deserved double punishment.

18 Son of man, the house of Israel is unto me as [a]dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead in the midst of the furnace: they are even the dross of silver.

19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Because ye are all as dross, behold, therefore I will gather you in the midst of Jerusalem.

20 As they gather silver and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it to melt it, so will I gather you in mine anger and in my wrath, and will put you there [b]and melt you.

21 I will gather you, I say, and blow the fire of my wrath upon you, and you shall be melted in the midst thereof.

22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof, and ye shall know that I the Lord have poured out my wrath upon you.

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  1. Ezekiel 22:18 Which before was most precious.
  2. Ezekiel 22:20 Meaning, hereby that the godly should be tried, and the wicked destroyed.