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AND THERE SHALL BE NO MORE WAR.
And, meekly bending to his fate,
Now fiercely doth the conflict rage;
On darkened thrones of clouds he rides,
And Seraphs countless fly,
Why shrink ye, nations, from the Lord-m
Now sounds the loud triumphant cry;
And countless hosts through all the sky
Hail! Lofty One-who kingly reigns
1 Isa. Lxvi, 15. m Isa. xvii, 13, 14. P Ezek. xxxix, 4; Isa. xxxiv.
n Ezek. xxxix, 3 q Rev. xiv, 20.
r Hos. ii, 18;
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We have received three Numbers of a weekly penny paper called "THE ISLINGTON POPULAR LIBRARY OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE." It dabbles a little with prophecy. In an article headed The present state and future prospects of the World," the writer says, that the tide of intellect is hastening on the renovation of the world; that in the political world every country and village seems electrified into motion ; -the reign of despotism is hurrying to a close; &c. Yet with this advancing knowledge he admits that immorality and crime still increase, which is a sign that something is still wanting to complete this grand renovation." And what (he adds) is the defect? It is neglect in the religious education of the young !" We lament that such views as these should be put into a popular form for circulation.-It is any thing but religious knowledge.
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ON THE APOCALYPSE
OF ST. JOHN.
BY SIR ISAAC NEWTON.
Printed without any abridgement from the quarto edition of his Works on the Prophecies, published in 1733. The figures in the margin refer to the pages of the original Work.
Introductory, concerning the time
Irenæus introduced an opinion, that the Apocalypse was written in the time of Domitian; but then he also postponed the writing of some others of the sacred books, and was to place the Apocalypse after them : he might perhaps have heard from his master Polycarp, that he had received this book from John about the time of Domitian's death; or in236 deed John might himself at that
time have made a new publication
and coming out unhurt, was banished by him into Patmos. Though this story be no more than a fiction, yet was it founded on a tradition of the first churches, that John was banished into Patmos in the days of Nero. Epiphanius represents the Gospel of John as written in the time of Domitian, and the Apocalypse even before that of Nero. Arethas, in the beginning of his Commentary, quotes the opinion of Irenæus from Eusebius, but follows it not; for he afterwards affirms, that the Apocalypse was written before the destruction of Jerusalem, and that former commentators had expounded the sixth seal of that destruction.
With the opinion of the first commentators agrees the tradition of the churches of Syria, preserved to this day in the title of the Syriac version of the Apocalypse; which title is,
The Revelation which was made 237
a Dem. Evang. b. iii. b Vide Pamelium in Notis ad Tertull. de Præscriptionibus, n. 215; & Hieron. lib. i, contra Jovianum, c. 14, edit. Erasmi. c Areth. c. 18, 19.
a story told by Eusebius out of Clemens Alexandrinus,d and other ancient authors, concerning a youth, whom John, some time after his return from Patmos, committed to the care of the bishop of a certain city. The bishop educated, instructed, and, at length, baptized him: but then, remitting his care, the young man thereupon got into ill company, and began by degrees first to revel and grow vicious, then to abuse and spoil those he met in the night; and at last he grew so desperate, that his companions, on becoming a band of robbers, made him their captain; and, saith Chrysostom,e he continued their captain a long time. At length John returning to that city and hearing what was done, rode to the thief; and when he fled, out of reverence to his old master, John rode after him, recalled him, and restored him to the church. This is a story of many years, and requires that John should have returned from Patmos rather at the death of Nero, than at that of Domitian; because, between the death of Domitian and that of John, there were but two years and a half; and John in his old age was so infirm, f as to be carried to church, (being above 90 238 years old,) and therefore could not be then supposed able to ride after the thief.
This opinion is further supported by the allusions in the Apocalypse to the temple and altar and holy city, as then standing; and to the gentiles, who were soon after to tread underfoot the holy city and outward court. It is confirmed also by the style of the Apocalypse itself, which is fuller of Hebraisms than John's Gospel; for hence it may be gathered, that it was written when
John was newly come out of Judea, where he had been used to the Syriac tongue; and that he did not write his Gospel, till, by long converse with the Asiatic Greeks he had left off most of the Hebraisms. It is confirmed also by the many false Apocalypses, (as those of Peter, Paul, Thomas, Stephen, Elias, and Cerinthus, written in imitation of the true one ;) for as the many false Gospels, Acts, and Epistles were occasioned by true ones; and the writing many false Apocalypses, and ascribing them to apostles and prophets, argues that there was a true apostolic one, in great request with the first christians: so this true one may well be supposed to have been written early, that there may be room in the apostolic age for the writing of so many false ones afterwards, and fathering them upon Peter, Paul, Thomas, and others, who were dead before John. Caius, who was contemporary with Tertullian, 239 tells us, that Cerinthus wrote his Revelations as a great apostle,g and pretended the visions were shewn him by the angels; asserting a millennium of carnal pleasures at Jerusalem after the resurrection: so that his Apocalypse was plainly written in imitation of John's: and yet he lived so early, that he resisted the Apostles at Jerusalem in or before the first year of Claudius,h (that is, 26 years before the death of Nero,) and died before John. i
These reasons may suffice for determining the time; and yet there is one more, which to considering men may seem a good reason, to others not. I will propound it, and leave it to every man's judgement. The Apocalypse seems to be alluded to in the Epistles of Peter and that
d Hist. Eccl. lib. iii, c. 23. Chrysost. ad Theodorum lapsum. fHieron. in Epist. ad Gal. lib. iii, c. 6. g Apud Euseb. Eccl. Hist. lib. iii, c. 28: edit. Valesii. phan. Hæres. 28. i Hieron, adv. Lucif.
to the Hebrews, and therefore to have been written before them. Such allusions in the Epistle to the Hebrews, I take to be the discourses concerning the High Priest in the heavenly tabernacle, who is both priest and king, as was Melchisedec;j and those concerning the Word of God, with the sharp two-edged sword; the raßßariopos, or millennial rest; the earth, whose end is to be burned, (perhaps by the lake of fire ;) the judgement and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries; the heavenly city, which hath foundations, whose builder and 240 maker is God; the cloud of wit
nesses, mount Zion, heavenly Jeru-
An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for us, who are kept unto the salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time;" The royal priesthood;" "The holy priesthood;" The 'judgement beginning at the house ' of God;" and "The church at Babylon." m These are indeed obscurer allusions; but the second Epistle, from the 19th verse of the first chapter to the end, seems to be a continued commentary upon the Apocalypse. There, in writing to
the churches in Asia, to whom John was commanded to send this prophecy, he tells them, "that they have a more sure word of prophecy, to be heeded by them, as a light
that shineth in a dark place, until
the day dawn, and the day-star
arise in their hearts,"—that is, until they begin to understand it: “ for no prophecy, (saith he,) of the Scriptutes is of any private inter- 241 pretation; the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Daniel himself professes, n that he understood not his own prophecies ; and therefore the churches were not to expect the interpretation from their prophet John, but to study the prophecies themselves. This is the substance of what Peter says in the first chapter; and then in the second he proceeds to describe, out of this sure word of prophecy," how there should arise in the church false prophets, or false teachers, (expressed collectively in the Apocalypse by the name of the false prophet,) who should bring in dam ́nable heresies, denying even the · Lord that bought them, (which is
the character of Antichrist;) and
many (saith he) shall follow their lusts;" they that dwell on the earth shall be deceived by the false prophet, P and be made drunk with the wine of the whore's fornication, "by reason of whom the way of truth shall be blasphemed;" for the beast is full of blasphemy. 9" And 'through covetousness shall they 'with feigned words make merchan'dize of you;" for these are the merchants of the earth, who trade with the great whore, and their
j Chap. v, vii. k Heb. iv, 9, 12; vi, 8; x, 27; xi, 10, 16; xii, 1, 22, 26, 27.
11 Pet. i, 7, 13; iv, 13; and v, m 1 Pet. i, 4, 5; 18, 19; ii, 5, 9; iv, 17; v, 13; and compare Rev. i, 6; v, 10; xiii, 8; xvii; xx, 6, 12; xxi. n Dan. viii, 15, 16, 27; & xii, 8, 9. ο Ασελγείας in many of the best MSS. P Rev. xiii, 7, 12. q Rev. xiii,
1, 5, 6.