Notes on the Apocalypse

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Apr 2, 2016 - 352 pages
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The Apocalypse is one of the most sublime and wonderful dramatic exhibitions presented for human contemplation. Internal evidence concurs with authentic history, in demonstrating to the devout and intelligent reader, its divine origin. God, angels and men, are the principal actors. Men's natural curiosity may find entertainment in this book; and from no higher principle, many have doubtless been prompted to attempt a discovery of its mysterious contents. What is true, however, of supernatural revelation in general, is equally true of this book: -"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." To the right understanding of the Apocalypse, so far as the prophetical parts of it are contemplated, the following prerequisites would seem to be indispensable: - 1. A competent knowledge of what may be termed the fundamental doctrines of the gospel: such as the unity of the Divine Nature; the distinction of persons in the Godhead; the atonement and intercession of Christ; the total depravity and renovation of human nature; the resurrection and final retribution, etc. 2. Acquaintance with symbolical language, as the only language common to all men since the confusion of tongues. 3. Familiarity with the typical dispensation, from which most of the symbols are taken. 4. Freedom from all political bias.

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