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this prophecy, not as a sealed book", but as the pre-
diction of a train of events, beginning to take place
immediately t.
Fourthly;-Ver. 11, 12. According to a mode of
speaking used by Ezekiel, and by St. Paul ş, and well
explained by Dr. S. Clarke|, we are warned, that as
we act under this view (this awful view of the Divine
judgments), so shall we experience their effects. We
are free to be just or unjust, righteous or wicked, and
must abide the consequences of our own determination.
Fifthly;-Ver. 13, 14, 15. The angel again speaks in
the person of his Lord, by whom the whole Revelation
is given ", again declaring himself to be that great
transcendent Being “who inhabits Eternity”;” and
in his name pronounces a blessing on those who keep
lis commandments. Good works performed from the
operation of such faith, can alone afford access to that
heavenly habitation, from which the wicked ff shall be
excluded.
Sixthly;—Ver. 16. Adverting again to the beginning
of the prophecy, the angel declares, in the name of his
Lord, that it is given for the edification of theChurchestf.
And the great Giver of the prophecy is docribed, to
be both the root and the branch of David $$. He is a
“stem of Jesse,” in his human character, appearing as

“the son of David,” the Messiah expected of that

stem: but in his divine character, partaking of the

* See note, ch. v. 1. + See note, ch. i. 1,
I Ch. iii. 27. § 1 Cor. xiv. 38. -
ll Serm. vol. iv. p. 3S, and vii. p. 14. As Ch. i. 1.

** Isaiah lyi. 15. Mic. v. 2. Note, ch. i. 8.

tt Dogs; by which name, as in Phil. iii. 2, “evil workers" are plainly intended.

:: Note, ch. i. 4. § Isaiah xi. 1.

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divine nature, he is infinitely more; he is the root and foundation, the cause and the means of that Salvation which is denominated “the sure mercies of David.” He is that bright morning-star, which now gives considerable light to the world after a long night of ignorance and superstition; and to those who love such light, a certain earnest and prelude of increasing knowledge and glory, “shining forth unto perfect day.” Seventhly;-Ver. 17. he describes the Holy Spirit as inviting all men to partake the blessings, prepared for them, and now exhibited under the symbol of the bride, or heavenly Jerusalem. And “he who heareth,” he who hath been instructed in the saving truths of the Gospel, is called upon to invite others to participate in its advantages, which are “freely bestowed on all “whom our Lord shall call".” But to him “who “heareth,” who esteemeth himself instructed in the knowledge of the Gospel, and especially in the prophecies of this book, an awful command, under severe sanctions, is added; that he teach others no other things, than those which are written therein; “not diminishing “therefrom, nor adding aught theretof. From the history of the times, following the publication of the Apocalypse, we collect the necessity of this prophetical injunction. For, in the second century, many spurious works, falsely attributed to apostles of Christ, were circulated in the Christian world. And in imitation of this Revelation of St. John, Revelations of St. Peter, of St. Paul, of St. Thomas, and of others, were fabricated. The threatenings here denounced against such fabricators, or those who shall attempt additions or alterations in this inspired work, united to that reverential care, with which the fathers of the Church preserved the true readings of the sacred books, seem to have preserved this prophecy free from material interpolation. Eighthly;-Our Lord concludes the book, as he had begun it, with this interesting declaration;– “Surely I come soon.” To every mortal, short is the time leading to that awful instant, when he “shall stand before the presence “of God l’ Be it our endeavour, by the assistance of his Holy Spirit, so to direct our thoughts and actions, that we may have confidence in our Redeemer, and be of the number of those who “love his appearing * !” Thus may we be enabled cordially to unite with the beloved Apostle, in his concluding prayer; “Amen; “so be it; come, Lord Jesus!”

* Acts ii. 39. + Deut. xii. 32. 2 Cor. iii. 6. T T. true

* 2 Tim. iv. S.

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The Roman Numerals refer to the Introduction; the letter D to the
Dissertation; the letter N to the Notes.

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A Aristotle . . . . . . . . . . N. 106
ADAMSON . . . . N. page 230 || Arnobius . . . . . . . . . . I). 77
Adultery . . . . . . . . . . N. 73 || Athanasius . . D. 83; N. 110. 350
Almansor . . . . . . . . ‘. N. 270 || Athenagoras. . . . . . . . . D. 45
Alogi, D. 38, 39; N. 33. 112. 160 Augustine, N. 110. 146. 157. 182.
Altar, brazen . . . . . . . . N. 165 352. 469

, golden . . . N. 165. 201. 255
Ammonius Marcellinus, N. 139. 265.

270
Andreas Caes. D. 38, 39; N. 33, 112.

100
Apollonius . . . . . . . . . D. 50
Antichrist . . . . . . . N. 225. 356
Apostolical men . . . . . . . D. 7
Arethas . . . . . . D. 14; N. 289
Arians . . . . . . . . . . . N. 139
Antipas . . . . . . . . . . . N. 65
Apocalypse, when written . . . D. 8
—, by whom . . . . N. 6

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Bagdat . . . . . . . . . . . N. 270
Balaam . . . . . . . . . . . N. 65
Basil . . . . . . . . . . . . D. 83
Bede, Venerable . . N. 17. 41. 326
Beast the first . . . . . N. 327. 422

the second . . . . . . N. 347

of Daniel . . . . . . . N. 422
Benson . . . . . . - - N. 364
Beza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxii
Blackwall . . . . . . . . . D. 108
Bochart. . . . . . . . N. 230. 232

Bossuet . . . . . . . . . . N. 437

Books of the Ancients . . . N. 118
Book of Life . . . . . . . . N. 274
Bower . . . . . . . . . . . N. 139

Britannia personified . . N. 73. 313
Brucker . . . . . N. 13. 225. 246
Bull, Bp., . . . . . . . . . N. 165

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Column . . . . . . . . . . . N. ss . Eyes. . . . . . . . . . . . N. 122

Constantine the Great, times of, N. 138 F
Conquer; meaning of the word, N.48 || Faber . . . . . . . . . . . . N. 13
Cowardice . . . . . . . . . N. 480 || Fabricius . . . . . D. 100; N. 13
Creaton, new . . . . . . . N. 475 Fornication . . - - - - - - - N. 72
Crown . . . . . . . . . N. 59. 10s Four, number . . . . . . . N. 105
Quah . . . . . . . . . . . N. 270 || Froissart. . . . . . . . . . . N. 210
Cyprian, D. 77; N. 11. 163. 244. | Frogs - - - - - - - . . N. 406

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o ...N. o Gagneus . . . . . . . . . N. 252
- || Gallic Churches, Epistle of . D. 46
D | Genties . . . . . . . . . . N. 213
D-uboz, N. 27.35. 148. 250.410 Gibbon . D. 76; N. 223.266.450
Pay . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. 57 Gibson, Bp. . . . . . . . . D. 108
Leath, first and second, N. 60.79. | Gncstics . . . . . . N. 47.75. 236
152 | Grabe . . . . D. 22; N. 100. Iss
Diocletian persecution . . . . N. ss | Gray - - - - - - D. 102; N. 470
Dionysius, Alex. . . . . D. 61.71 Gregory of Nazianzum . . . D. 84;

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