Fifth monarchy

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a universal monarchy, supposed to be the subject of prophecy in Daniel ii.; the four preceding monarchies being Assyrian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman. See Fifth Monarchy men, under Fifth.

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He focuses on Rhode Island-based, antinomian Fifth monarchists committed to liberating men from anti-Christian and arbitrary bondage, including all forms of political and economic enslavement.
For the Fifth Monarchists and other radical prophets who rose to prominence during midcentury, archaism served an even more nuanced purpose.
They are Baptists, Levellers, Diggers, Ranters, Quakers, Fifth Monarchists, and Muggletonians.
Simpson distinguishes Milton's thinking from that of a range of other thinkers, from Calvin to Fifth Monarchists and from mainstream Puritans to radicals.
Sauer focuses on how millenarian expectations shaped efforts at the readmission and (of course) conversion of the Jews, reading texts by Fifth Monarchists, Quakers, and the Jewish scholar Menasseh Ben Israel, who came to England to argue for readmission.
Referring to themselves as the "godly" or the Saints, these Dissenters--including the Fifth Monarchists, who believed in the imminent return of King Jesus to establish an earthly reign--felt the established state Church was too "Catholic" and defined themselves in opposition to the "popery" they associated with the Beast.
16) These persecutions created a dichotomy amongst the Fifth Monarchists, as some became submissive and took a quietist approach, while others, such as Thomas Venner, continued to be active and were put on trial and executed.
In a strict sense, sectarianism, as defined as a church-type distinct from well-established denominations, became a much more important issue with the arrival in Ireland of Baptists, Quakers, Fifth Monarchists, and other Protestant sects in the 1650s.
In Venner's two risings in 1657 and 1661 and in the texts that supported them, A Standard Set up and The Door of Hope, it is rather clear that these Fifth Monarchists more than Trapnel and her followers "took on the role of an organizing oppositional vanguard for small producers and the poor" and revealed "a vision of power from below.
As for the brief Parliament of 1653, he notes that their attempt "to satisfy both Fifth Monarchists and presbyterians" was an "impossible brief" (60).
Students of dissent will find intriguing and useful the lengthy selections on the Clubmen, political Presbyterianism, the Levellers, Fifth Monarchists, and the Diggers.