churches of Afia; p. 162-175. Why thefe feven
addreffed particularly: p. 166. Thefe epiftles not.
prophetical, but peculiar to the church of that age;
p. 167, 168. The excellent form and ftructure of
thefe epiftles; ibid. In what fenfe they may be faid
to be prophetical; p. 168. Prefent ftate of the feven
churches; p. 168-175. Of Ephefus; 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; p.
173, 174. Ufe that we are to make of these judg
ments; p. 174, 175.
CHAP. IV. the preparatory vifion to things which muft
be hereafter; p. 175, 176. The fcenery drawn in
allufion to the incampment of the children of Ifrael
in the wildernefs, and to the tabernacle or temple; p.
CHAP. V. a continuation of the preparatory vifion, in
order to fhow the great importance of the prophe-
cies here delivered; p. 177, 178. Future events fup-
posed 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 quali-
fied to open the feals; ibid. Whereupon all creatures
fing praises to God and to Chrift; ibid.
CHAP. VI. Ver. 1, 2: contain the firft feal or period,
memorable for conqueft; p. 180. This period com-
mences with Vefpafian, includes the conqueft of Ju-
dea, and continues during the reigns of the Flavian
family and the fhort reign of Nerva; ibid. Ver. 3, 4:
the fecond feal or period noted for war and flaughter;
p. 182. This period commences with Trajan; ibid.
Comprehends the horrid wars and flaughters 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 feal or period, characterized by
the ftrict execution of juftice, and by the procuration
of corn and oil and wine; ibid. This period com-
mences with Septimius Severus; p. 185. He and