John Owen NO preterist, more quotations.
- Anyone who has read Owen at length knows just how ridiculous it is to claim
that he was a preterist. There are so many quotes which prove the opposite;
here are some of them:
"Papal usurpation upon these offices of Christ manifests the pope to be the
Man of Sin."
Works, Vol. 1, pp. 610
"There are two sorts of men that I find exceedingly ready to extenuate and
lessen the superstition and popish tyranny of the former days, into which we
were falling....[1.] The darling errors of late years were all of them
stones of the old Babel, closing and coupling with that tremendous fabric
which the man of sin had erected to dethrone Jesus Christ, - came out of the
belly of that Trojan horse, that fatal engine, which was framed to betray
the city of God. They were popish errors, such as whereof that apostasy did
consist which only is to be looked upon as the great adverse state of the
kingdom of the Lord Christ. For a man to be disorderly in a civil state..."
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 39..40
"Now, who would not have thought, that his standing up with all earnestness
for the truth would not have been the ruin of the devil's kingdom of
darkness, and almost have spoiled the plot of the mystery of iniquity? when
the truth is, the largest steps that ever the man of sin took towards his
throne was by usurping of power to suppress errors and heresies."
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 85
"Furthermore, by the ways which were invented, oft from the rule, for the
extirpation of errors, when, by the instigation of prelates, the emperors
were (to their own ruin) persuaded to them, the man of sin walked to his
throne. Those very laws, edicts, and declarations, which were obtained
against erring persons, did the bishops of Rome invert and use against all
the witnesses of Jesus."
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 227
"And indeed, had not the god of this world blinded their eyes, and the God
of the spirits of all flesh hardened their hearts, they would not have so
given up their power to the man of sin as to be made so sordidly
instrumental to his bloody cruelty."
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 245
"For my part, I see no farther into the MYSTERY of these things but that I
could heartily rejoice, that, innocent blood being expiated, the Irish might
enjoy Ireland so long as the moon endureth, so that Jesus Christ might
possess the Irish. But God having suffered those sworn vassals of the man of
sin to break out into such ways of villany as render them obnoxious unto
vengeance, upon such rules of government amongst men as he hath appointed;"
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 286
"What, I pray, hath been their main business for seven hundred years and
upwards, - even almost ever since the man of sin was enthroned? How have
they earned the titles, Eldest Son of the Church, The Catholic and Most
Christian King, Defender of the Faith, and the like? Hath it not been by the
blood of saints?"
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 318
"There have been two most famous and remarkable changes of the government of
these nations; and into both of them what an influence the pope had, is
easily discernible. The first was between the years 400 and 500 after
Christ, when the Roman empire of the west - that which withheld the man of
sin from acting his part to the life (2 Thessalonians 2:6,7.) - was shivered
pieces by many barbarous nations;"
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 320
"Now, such is all the invented idolatrous worship which the kings of the
earth have sucked in from the cup of fornication held out to them in the
hand and by the authority of the Roman whore; this still they cleave close
unto, and will not hearken to the angel preaching the everlasting gospel,
that men should worship Him who made the heavens, and the earth, and the
sea, and the fountains of waters, Revelation 14:6, , - that is, the God of
heaven in Jesus Christ, - in opposition to all their iconolatry, artolatry,
hagiolatry, staurolatry, and mass abominations. This, then, must also be
removed;...The second thing he hath to accomplish is the tremendous, total
destruction of Babylon, (Psalm 137:8,9; Isaiah 47:7-9) the man of sin, and
all his adherents, that are not obedient to the heavenly call, Revelation
18:4. (Jeremiah 51:25,26; Revelation 17:1,2; Zechariah 2:7; Jeremiah 51:6)"
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 323
"This is certain, that all nations whatever, which in their present state
and government have given their power to the dragon and the beast to oppose
the Lord Christ withal, shall be shaken, broken, translated, and turned off
their old foundations and constitutions, into which the antichristian
interest hath been woven for a long season. God will shake the heavens and
the earth of the nations round about, until all the Babylonish rubbish, all
their original engagements to the man of sin, be taken away."
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 448
"But never was there a more horrid, deformed image made of so beautiful and
glorious a head: all the craft of Satan, all the wits of men, cannot invent
any thing more unlike Christ, as the head of the church, than this Pope is.
A worse figure and representation of him cannot possibly be made. This is
he of whom nothing not great, nothing common, nothing not exceeding the
ordinary state of mankind, on the one hand or the other, is thought or
spoken. Some say he is "the head and husband of the church," "the vicar of
Christ over the whole world," "God's vicegerent," "a vice-god," "Peter's
successor," "the head and center of unity" unto the whole catholic church,
endued with a plenitude of power, with other ascriptions of the same nature
innumerable; whereon it is necessary unto every soul, under pain of
damnation, to be subject unto him; - others aver that he is "antichrist,"
"the man of sin," "the son of perdition," "the beast that came out of the
earth with two horns like a lamb, and a voice like the dragon," "the false
prophet," "the idol shepherd," "the evil servant that beateth his
fellow-servants," "the adulterer of a meretricious and false church:" and
there is no mean betwixt these; - he is undoubtedly the one or the other."
Works, Vol. 8, pp. 666
"Hence were those many false prophets, dreamers, and wizards mentioned in
the Old Testament, which the Lord himself forewarns us of; as also those
agents of that man of sin, "whose coming is after the working of Satan, with
all power and signs and lying wonders," 2 Thessalonians 2:9. I mean the
juggling priests and Jesuits, pretending falsely by their impostures to the
power of miracle-working,"
Works, Vol. 13, pp. 50
"Briefly: either the thing is a lie, and so it is easy to feign miracles; or
the performance of it is pure juggling, and so it is easy to delude poor
mortals. Innumerable of this sort, at the beginning of the Reformation, were
discovered among the agents of that
wonder-working "man of sin,""
Works, Vol. 13, pp. 51
"Now, that the temple of God hath been thus made a den of thieves, that the
abomination of desolation hath been set up in the holy place, is evident
from the Jewish and Christian church; for in the one it was clearly so when
the government of it was devolved to the scribes and Pharisees, and in the
other when the man of sin had exalted himself in the midst thereof."
Works, Vol. 13, pp. 56
"His plea for the church-authority of the pope, notwithstanding his being an
idolater, a murderer, the man of sin, an adversary of Christ, because a
civil magistrate doth not by any moral crime, or those whereof the pope is
Works, Vol. 13, pp. 359
"That which is called the "infant state of churches" was, in truth, their
sole perfect estate; - what they grew up unto afterward, most of them, we
know well enough; for leaving, as it is called, their "infant state" by
degrees, they brought forth at last "The man of sin.""
Works, Vol. 13, pp. 428
"And in respect of these enemies of his, Christ is still "he that is to
come;" and as such is believed in, and his coming prayed for by all the
saints. For he is to destroy the man of sin, the head of that apostasy, "by
the brightness of his coming.""
Works, Vol. 22, pp. 723
"(3.) That this last persecution of the church under the old testament, by
Antiochus, was typical of the last persecution of the Christian church under
Antichrist, as is evident unto all that compare the prophecy of Daniel,
Daniel 8:9-14, 23-25, 11:36-39, with that of the Revelation in sundry
places. And indeed the Martyrologies of those who have suffered under the
Roman Antichrist are a better exposition of this context than any that can
be given in words."
Works, Vol. 23, pp. 245
"And therefore, whilst the fatal apostasy of the western world, under the
Roman antichrist, was contriving, carrying on, and heightening, till it came
to its discovery and ruin, he stirs not at all with his old engines, which
had brought in a revenue of obedience to his kingdom in no measure
proportionable to this, which by this new device he found accruing to him."
Works, Vol. 22, pp. 25
"So hath he dealt with many other places, and in particular, notwithstanding
their boasting, with the city of Rome, some time a seat of the gospel, now
the throne of antichrist."
Works, Vol. 21, pp. 372