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ADDRESS TO THE INCONSISTENT CHURCHES.

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thou art rich,) and I know the blasphemy of them which Asia Minor.
say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of
Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer :
behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that
ye may be tried: and ye shall have tribulation ten days:
be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown
of life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

§ 6. REV. ii. 12-17.

Address to the Church of Pergamos, and to all Churches
which, by relaxing their Discipline, have admitted erro-
neous Teachers.

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write;
These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two
edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there, them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches: To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

§ 7. REV. ii. 18, to the end.

Address to the Church at Thyatira, and to all Churches
which retain the Profession of the true Faith, and abound
in many respects in good Works, yet still permit Immo-
rality and Idolatry to continue among them.

18 And unto the angel of the church of Thyatira
write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his
eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine
brass;

19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and
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20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

22 Behold I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

23 And I will kill her children with death: and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts; and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatiraas many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

25 But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations :

27 (And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers :) even as I received of my Father.

28 And I will give him the morning star.

29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

§ 8. REV. iii. 1-6.

Address to the Church of Sardis, and to all Churches which
permit their Zeal and Faithfulness to decline.

1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write;
These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God,
and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a
name that thou livest, and art dead.

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard; and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white for they are worthy.

5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of

ADDRESS TO ZEALOUS AND LUKEWARM CHURCHES.

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6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

$ 9. REV. iii. 7-13.

Address to the Church at Philadelphia, and to all Churches
which act with Zeal and Fidelity, according to their Op-
portunities and Power.

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,
These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that
hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man
shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my

name.

19 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan,
which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold,
I will make them to come and worship before thy feet,
and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I
also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which
shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon
the earth.

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God; and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

18 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

§ 10. REV. iii. 14, to the end.

Address to the Church at Laodicea, and to all Churches
which are Wealthy, Proud, and Lukewarm.

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans
write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true
Witness, the beginning of the creation of God:

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

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'mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness
do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that
thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zea-
lous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

§ 11. 2 REV. iv. 1, to the end.

The Visions of St. John begin with a Representation of the
whole Creation uniting in the Worship of Jesus Christ
the God of Christianity

1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened
in heaven; and the first voice which I heard was as it
were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up
hither, and I will shew thee things which must be here-
after.

2 And immediately I was in the Spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine-stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass, like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts, full of eyes before and behind.

7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle..

8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and

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10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

§ 12. REV. V. 1-3.

St. John sees in his Vision a Book with seven Seals, con-
taining the future History of the Church of God, which
no human Being was able to open.

1 And I saw on the right hand of him that sat on the
throne a book written within and on the back side, sealed
with seven seals.

2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

§ 13. REV. iv. 4, to the end.

The Son of God, represented under the figure of a Lamb
in the act of being sacrificed, opens the Book, to explain
to the Church the History of its providential Government
to the End of Time ;-the whole Creation renew their
Praise and Homage to the sacrificed Lamb of God.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy
to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: be-
hold the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David,
hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven
seals thereof.

6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb, as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

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