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Julian Pe- 18 I council thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, Asia Minor.
riod, 4799, that thou mayest be rich : and white raiment that thou
VulgarÆra,
06. 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

| 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
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

CHRIST ALONG REVEALS THE FUTURE STATE OF HIS CHURCH.

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§ 12.

§ 13.

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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.

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.

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

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: tho
wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood,
out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

to open

Julian Pe- 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests : Asia Miner. riod, 4799. and we shall reign on the earth. Vulgar Æra, 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. RÈV. 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.

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.

f 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.

THE OPENING OF THE FIRST SIX SEALS.

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$ 17. Rev. vi. 7, 8.

Asia Minot. vod, 4799. The fourth Seal is opened— The cruel Wars, the Famines,

Æra, 96.

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 openedThe 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. vi.
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 ;

Jalian Pe- 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, Asia Miser. riod, 4799. and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, Valgar&ra, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who sball 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 knowcst. And he

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