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this prophecy, not as a sealed book", but as the pre-
“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,
** 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.
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
The Roman Numerals refer to the Introduction; the letter D to the
, golden . . . N. 165. 201. 255
Bagdat . . . . . . . . . . . N. 270
the second . . . . . . N. 347
of Daniel . . . . . . . N. 422
Bossuet . . . . . . . . . . N. 437
Books of the Ancients . . . N. 118
Britannia personified . . N. 73. 313
Column . . . . . . . . . . . N. ss . Eyes. . . . . . . . . . . . N. 122
Constantine the Great, times of, N. 138 F
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o ...N. o Gagneus . . . . . . . . . N. 252
-, his objections to the