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your souls. (10) Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: (11) Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. (12) Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. (13) Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
The Apostle, in vv. 4 and 5, above, represents the inheritance of those whom he is addressing as for the present “reserved,” or securely kept for them “ in heaven," but as “ready to be revealed," or brought out from this treasure-house, “ in the last time,” or, as it is afterwards expressed, “at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”
In v. 6, the Greek translated “ for a season is oliyov, a little while. 1 Pet. iv. 3, “For the time past of our life may
suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries : (4) Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: (5) Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. (6) For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. (7) But the end of all things is at hand : be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. ... (12) Beloved, think it not strange, concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing hap
pened unto you. (13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Pet. v. 1, “ The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be [uellouons, about to be] revealed: (2) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (3) Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. (4) And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (5) Likewise ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility : for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. (6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you
in due time: (7) Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. (8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (9) Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (10) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus after that ye have suffered a while [oréyov, a little while), make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."
2 Pet. ii. 1, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2) And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (3) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise 'of you: whose judgment
now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
2 Pet. iii. 13, “ Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (14) Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace,
without spot, and blameless.” Acts iii. 19, “ Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your
be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (20) And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: (21) Whom the heaven must receive, until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets, since the world began. (22) For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord
of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things, whatsoever he shall say unto you. (23) And it shall come to pass, that every soul which will not hear that Prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. (24) Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel, and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.”
The force of this passage is greatly marred by an evident mistranslation. No argument can be needed to show, that ows, in v. 19, does not mean when (a sense of the word which Prof. Robinson, in his Lexicon of the New Testament, nowhere admits, and which even Liddell and Scott, in their full general Lexicon of the language, do not recognize at all with the subjunctive mode), but, according to its familiar use, so that, in order that. The passage would therefore be correctly translated : “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, for the blotting out of your sins ; so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send Jesus
Christ,” &c. The Apostle Peter is here urging the Jews to invite the return of Christ with its attendant blessings, by that repentance and obedience which were essential as a preparation for this great event, — an event so glorious, and so blissful to all true believers.
4. JUDE. — 20, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (21) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. ..:(24) Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."
5. John. - 1 John ii. 28, " And now, little children, abide in him ; that when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. (29) If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. (ii. 1) Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God! therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be : but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (3) And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."
Rev. i. 1, " The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: (2) Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. (3) Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein ; for the time is at hand.”
Rev. iii. 11, “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”
Rev. vi. 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 their brethren, that should be killed as they were,
should be fulfilled." Rev. xxii. 6, “ And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true. And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. (7) Behold, I come quickly; blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. ... (10) And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book : for the time is at hand. (11) He that is unjust, let him be unjust still : and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still : and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still : and he that is holy, let him be holy still. (12) And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be.... (20) He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly: Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
Is it not wonderful that such explicit declarations at the beginning, in the middle, and at the close of the Book of Revelation, have not prevented commentators from looking so far down in the vista of ages for the antitypes of St. John's visions ? One would suppose, that the mere comparison of v. 10 of the last chapter with the passages in the Book of Daniel upon which it appears to be founded, might have secured them from this error. The language to Daniel was,