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10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: Asia Minor. riod, 4799. and we shall reign on the earth.

VulgarÆra,

96.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

§14. REV. vi. 1, 2.

The first Seal is opened, the Vision which follows announces
the general Conquest of the Gospel over Jens and
Gentiles.

1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals;
and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the
four beasts, saying, Come and see.

2 And I saw, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

§ 15. REV. vi. 3, 4.

The second Seal is opened-The savage Persecutions, and
total Dispersion of the Jews, under Trajan and Adrian,
are announced. 102-138.

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3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

§ 16. REV. vi. 5, 6.

The third Seal is opened-The Peace and Plenty of the
Reign of the Septimian Family are announced. 193-235.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the
third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo, a
black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances
in his hand.

6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts
say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures
of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and

the wine.

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THE OPENING OF THE FIRST SIX SEALS.

§ 17.

REV. vi. 7, 8.

riod, 4799. The fourth Seal is opened-The cruel Wars, the Famines,
VulgarÆra,
Persecutions, and Pestilences, which prevailed in the
reigns of Maximin, Decius, and Valerian, are announced.
255-271.

7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard
the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death, and hell followed with him: And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

§ 18.

REV. vi. 9-11.

The fifth Seal is opened The last Heathen Persecution of
Christianity, and the Apprehensions of the Christians are
announced. 286-304.

9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under
the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of
God, and for the testimony which they held :

10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

11 And white robes were given unto every one of
them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest
yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also, and
brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be
fulfilled.

$ 19.
REV. vi. 12, to the end, and chap. vii.
The sixth Seal is opened-The Convulsions of the Roman
Empire are represented at the final Overthrow of Pa-
ganism, and the triumphant Establishment of the Chris-
tian Church in its Place-In this Part of the Vision also,
is pointed out the Eternal Happiness of the early Mar-
tyrs, and the Praise which they render to God and the
Lamb. 323.

12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal,
and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun be-
came black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as
blood;

13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig-tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind:

14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places:

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bond-man, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

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Asia Minor.

Julian Pe- 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, Asia Minor. riod, 4799. and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, Vulgar Era, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 96.

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

5 of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he

Julian Period, 4799. Vulgar Era, 96.

THE CONVULSIONS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE PREDICTED.

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said to me, These are they which came out of great tribu- Asia Minor.
lation, and have washed their robes, and made them white
in the blood of the Lamb.

15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and
serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sit-
teth on the throne shall dwell among them.

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

17 For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

$ 20. REV. viii. 1—5.

The seventh Seal is opened-Seven Angels, with the seven
Trumpets, appear in Heaven-The grateful Prayers of
the Christians who are now at rest, and the acceptance
of their Prayers, are announced with the approaching
Desolation of the Empire by the Barbarians.

1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there
was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

§ 21. REV. viii. 6, 7.

A new Era of the overthrow of the Roman Power, which
had hitherto depressed the Man of Sin, now commences
with the sounding of the seven Trumpets-The first
Trumpet sounds-The Prodigies which ensue prefigure
the Invasion of the Roman Empire by the barbarous Na-
tions of the North. 323-412.

6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets
prepared themselves to sound.

7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Julian Period, 4799.

96.

§ 22. REV. viii. 8, 9.

Vulgar Era, The second Trumpet sounds-The Vandals and Alani under Genseric destroy the political Power of the Western Roman Empire. 395-455.

8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died: and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

§ 23. REV. viii. 10, 11.

The third Trumpet sounds-The deposition of Augustulus,
the last Roman Emperor of the West, or the Apostasy
or Corruption of ambitious Churchmen, or the prevalence
of the Opinions of Augustine, which more than any
others have embittered the Waters of Life, and destroyed
Christian Union, may be here prefigured. 455-476.

10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great
star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell
upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains
of waters:

11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

$24. REV. viii. 12.

The fourth Trumpet sounds-The Wars in Italy between
the Conquerors of Rome, the Generals of Justinian, and
the Goths, and the Establishment of the Exarchate of
Ravenna, which annihilated all the remaining Authority
of Rome, are now predicted, to the Year 606.

12-And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part
of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon,
and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of
them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third
part of it, and the night likewise.

$ 25. REV. viii. 13.

Another memorable Period in the History of Mankind is
now ushered in-The general Corruption among Chris-
tians, and the political Weakness of the Empire pre-
pares the way for the two great Apostasies, which should
continue for the space of 1260 Years, and rise together
in the Eastern and Western Empires, 606.

13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through
the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe,
woe to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other

Asia Minor.

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