Chapter II:30: Arguments against Enthusiastical Additions to the Revelation of Scripture, Part 4

4.  The testimony of the Spirit in the cases of those that have urged it is sufficiently convicted of falsehood, from its conflict with the Scriptures, both mutual and also proper, and from impieties and sins. WITSIUS, in his Miscellaneorum sacrorum, tome 1, book I, chapter XXIV, § 20, asks, “Finally, what is found to have appeared in any sort of writing, by anyone that called himself a Prophet, or was esteemed a Prophet by others, that might deserve to be added to our books, undoubtedly divine, and might contain truths momentous, heavenly, divine, and profitable for faith, piety, and salvation, truths that are not already there? Whatever was ever or anywhere discovered to me by those that hold in contempt the doctrine of the Scriptures as the rude elements of wisdom, that consists either in blasphemous comments, or in superstitious and fabulous trifles, or in pompous grandiloquence of speech, in which there is not even a particle of good sense.”  Who then, in § 29-35, also shows at greater length just how greatly the revelations that Thomas Muntzer and Nicolaus Drabicius[1] boasted had been given to them tend to agitate all things in Church and republic, and were at the same time convicted of falsehood by the event:  which makes for the confirmation,

5. Of our AUTHOR’S argument, concerning all the upset of Order and manifest confusion in the Church, to be introduced necessarily by this principle, and always introduced.

[1] Nicholas Drabicius (1588-1671), son of a burgomaster in Moravia, was admitted to the ministry, but was forced into exile by the severe edicts of the Emperor against Protestantism.  He was more than fifty years old when the visions began.  He prophesied that the house of Austria would be crushed, that Prince Ragotski would command one of the victorious armies, and that Drabicius himself and his brethren would be restored to their native land.  However, Ragotski died, without accomplishing the defeat of the house of Austria; indeed, the house of Austria waxed in strength, rivaling its former power.  Comenius published Drabicius’ prophecies in Lux in Tenebris.

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