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DISSERTATION XXIV.
An ANALYSIS of the REVELATION,

IN TWO PARTS.

PART I.

p. 150—271, Very useful to trace the rise and progress of religions and

governments; p. 150. None more wonderful than that of Rome in its success and prevalence; ibid. This fignified beforehand by the Spirit of prophecy, and particularly in the Revelation; p. 151. The objections made to this book by several learned men; p. 151, 152. This book difficult to explain ; p. 152. A memorable story to this purpose, of Bishop Lloyd of Worcester; p. 152, 153. This book not therefore to be despised or neglected ;. p. 153. The right method of interpreting it; p. 153, 154. What helps and assistances are requifite; p. 154. Hard fate of the best interpreters of this book ; p. 154, 155. Great encouragement however in the divine benediction;

p. 155. Chap. I. Ver. 1, 2, 3: contain the title of the book, the

scope and design of it, and the blessing on him that readeth, and on them that attend to it; p. 155. Ver. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8; the dedication to the seven churches of Asia, and a solemn preface to show the great authority of the divine revealer; p. 156. Ver. 9–20: the place, the time, and manner of the first vision; p. 156, 157. The place, Patnjos, whither St. John was banished in the reign of Nero more probably than in that of Domitian ; p. 157. The arguments for this opinion; p. 158-161. The Revelation given on the Lord's day; p. 161. The manner and circumstances of the

firit vision; p. 161, 162. Chap. II. III. contain the seven epistles to the seven

churches churclues of Asia; p. 162-175. Why thefe feven addressed particularly : p. 166. Thefe epistles not a prophetical, but peculiar to the church of that age; P. 167, 168. The excellent form and strucure of tlrefe epiftles; ibid. In what fenfe tliey may be faid to be prophetical; p. 168. Prefent state of the feven churches; p. 168–175. Of Ephesus; p. 168, 169. Of Smyrna; p. 169, 170. Of Pergamus; p. 170, 171. Of Thyatira: p. 171. Of Sardis; p. 171, 172. Of Philadelphia; p. 172, 173. Of Laodicea; pa 173, 174. Ufe that we are to make of these judge ments ; p. 174, 175. CHAP. IV. the preparatory vifion' to things which must

be hereafter; p. 175, 176. The fcenery drawn in allufion to the incampment of the children of Israel, in the wilderness, and to the tabernacle or temple; pa

176, 177., CHAP. V. a continuation of the preparatory vision, in

order to show the great importance of the prophea cies here delivered'; p. 177, 178 Future events fupposed to be written in a book; p. 179. This book fealed with feven feals, fignifying fo many periods of prophecy; ibid. The Son of God alone qualified to open the seals; ibid. Whereupon all creatures

fing praises to God and to Christ'; ibid.. CHAP. VI. Ver. ), 2: contain the firft seal or period,

memorable for conqueft; p. 180. This period commences with Vefpafian, includes the conqueft of Judea, and continues during the reigns of the Flavian family and the short reign of Nerva; ibid. Ver. 3, 4. the fecond seal or period noted for war and slaughter; p. 182. This period commences with Trajan; ibid. Comprehends the horrid wars and laughters of the Jews and Romans in the reigns of Trajan and Adrian; p. 182, 183. Continues during the reigns of Trajan and his fucceffors by blood or adoption; p. 184. Ver. 5, 6: the third seal or period, characterized by the strict execution of justice, and by the procuration of corn and oil and wine; ibid. . This period commences with Septimius Severus; p. 185. He and

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Alexander Severus just and severe emperors, and no less celebrated for procuring corn and oil, &c.; p. 185, 186. This period continues during the reigns of the Septimian family; p. 186. Ver, 7, 8: the fourth seal or period, distinguished by a concurrence of evils, war, and famin, and pestilence, and wild beasts; p. 186, 187. This period commences with Maximin ; p. 187. The wars of this period; p. 187, 188. The famins; p. 188. The peitilences; 188, 189. The wild beasts; p. 190. This period from Maximin to Diocletian; ibid. Ver. 9, 10, 11: the fifth seal or period, remarkable for a dreadful perfecution of the Christians; p. 190, 191. This the tenth and last general perfecution, begun by Diocletian; p. 191. °From hence a memorable æra, called the era of Diocletian, or æra of martyrs; p. 192. Ver. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17: the fixth seal or period remarkable for great changes and revolutions, exprefled by great commotions in the earth and in the heavens ; p. 192. No change greater than the subversion of the Heathen, and establishinent of the Christian religion ; ibid. The like figures of speech used by other prophets ; p. 193, 194. The fame

thing expressed afterwards in plainer language; p. 194. CHAP. VII. a continuation of the sixth seal or period; op. 195, 196. A description of the peace of the

church in Constantine's time; p. 197. And of the great accession of converts to it; 'p. 198. Not only of Jews, but of all nations; p. 198, 199. This period from the reign of Constantine the great to

the death of Theodofius the great; p. 199. . . Chap. VIII. Ver. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: The seventh seal or

period comprehends seven periods distinguished by the founding of feven trumpets; p. 199, 200, The filence of half an hour previous to the founding of the trumpets; p. 200. As the scals foretold the state of the Roman empire before and till it became Chriftian, fo. the trumpets forethow the fate of it afterwards ; p. 201. The design of the trumpets to rouse the nations against the Roman empire; ibid. Ver. 7:

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At the founding of the first trumpet Alaric and his Goths invade the Roman einpire, twice besiege Rome, and fet fire to it in several places; p. 201, 202. Ver. 8, 9: At the founding of the second trumpet Attila, and his Huns, waste the Roman provinces, and compel the eastern emperor, Theodofius the fecond, and the western emperor, Valentinian the third, to submit to shameful terins; p. 203, 204. Ver. 10, 11: At the founding of the third trumpet Gepferic and his Vandals arrive from Africa, spoil and plunder Rome, and fet fail again with immense wealth and innumerable

captives; p. 204–206. Ver. 12: At the founding ... of the fourth trumpet Odoacer and the Heruli put an

end to the very name of the weftern empire; p. 206, Theodoric founds the kingdom of the Oftrogoths in Italy; p. 207. Italy made a province of the eastern empire, and Rome governed by a duke under the exarch of Ravenna; ibid. Ver. 13: The three following trumpets are distinguished by the name of the woetrumpets, and the two following relate chiefly to the downfall of the eastern empire, as the foregoing did.

to the downfall of the western empire; p. 207, 208. CHAP. IX. Ver. 1-12; a prophecy of the locufts or

the Arabians under their false prophet Mohammed;
p. 208–217. At the founding of the fifth trumpet'
a star fallen froin heaven opens the bottomless pit, and
the fun and air are darkened; p. 209. 'Mohammed
fitly compared to a blazing star, and the Arabians to
locufts; ibid. A remarkable coincidence, that at this.
time the fun and air were really darkened; p. 210.
The command not to hurt any green thing, or any
tree, how fulfilled ; ibid. Their commission to hurt
only the corrupt and idolatrous Chriftians, how ful-
filled; p. 210, 211. To torment the Greek and
Latin churches, but not to extirpate either; p. 211,
Repulsed as often as they besieged Constantinople ;
ibid. These locufts described fo as to show that not
real but figurative locusts were intended ; p. 212.
Likened unto horses, and the Arabians famous in all
ages for their horses and horsemanfhip; ibid. Having

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