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It does not take place till the second advent of our Lord ...... 42 The application of this vision to the times of Constantine, is strained and unpatural
ib. Recapitulation of the contents of the first six seats
44 They give an epitome of the history of the church, from our
Lord's ascension till the establishment of his kingdom ... ib. The prophecies of Daniel in like manner, open with a general
epitome of what is afterwards revealed more in detail ........ ib. Further arguments for the preceding interpretation of these seals 45 That interpretation contrasted with the theory of Mede, and Bishop Newton
46 Scriptural view of the great and solemn importance of the Apocalyptic prophecies ...
ib. Remarks on the interpretation of the first four seals by the above
writers, and Bishop Newton's view of the third seal stated.... ib. It is unworthy of the solemn and important nature of the prophecy 47 Archdeacon Woodhouse's view of that seal, commends itself with the native force of beauty and of truth.....
THE SEVENTH SEAL.
Archdeacon Woodhouse's explanation of the silence in heaven at
the opening of the seventh seal, as indicative of a new series of prophecies, adopted.....
49 Şeven angels are seen, to whom are given seven trumpets
ib. The seventh seal coinprehends the whole of the trumpets...... ib. The trumpets are cotemporaneous with the first six seals, and
relate to the great revolutions in the Roman empire, till it is
destroyed to make way for the kingdom of the Son of Man.... 50 An angel offers incense, be casts fire on the earth, and there follows an earthquake .........
51 Incense signifies the prayers of saints .
ib. Fire is a syinbol of the influences of the Spirit, and also of the wrath of God......
ib. In this passage it is used in the last of these senses, and denotes wrath descending on the Roman empire
58 The effects which follow, denote a political convulsion in that empire, and a revolution
53 These events occur before the sounding of any of the trumpets.. ib. Argument hence deduced that the above revolution was that which took place in the time of Constantine....
ib. The above erpretation is new-Argument in confirmation of it
THE FIRST FOUR TRUMPETS.
That which takes place under these trumpets, is the partial de
struction of a symbolical universe Archdeacon Woodhouse refers these trumpets wholly to spiritual
objects— Reasons why this cannot be the true interpretation.. Some interpreters refer them partly to the fortunes of the
Roman empire, and partly to the church
the waters of life
to the church and partly to secular objects But must apply exclusively to secular objects Accordingly the first four trumpets are applied by the great body
of interpreters to the overthrow of the Western empire by the
Goths and Vandals—this interpretation adopted...
the Visigoths are transported across the Danube, and admitted
into the Roman empire ...
irruption- Remarks on the symbols of that trumpet
death of the great Theodosius...
the second trumpet ...
menced when Attila invaded the eastern empire
by Odoacer, who is elected king of Italy
61 ib. 62 ib. 63
64 65 65 66 ib.
Remarks in confirmation of the foregoing interpretation of the
first four trumpels One circumstance in these trumpets bas perplexed interpreters,
viz. that under each trumpet only a third part of the object is
the Holy Spirit in the different symbols....
75 ib. ib. 76
ib, ib. 79
THE FIFTH TRUMPET, OR THE FIRST WOE.
of the earth, from the voices of the three remaining trumpets
opening the pit of the abyss.....
which overspread the Christian church, during the fifth and
Pope, or bishop of Rome....
smoke is only the medium of their ascent
Mahometan religion and power, and the language of Gibbon
quoted to illustrate this...... Gross darkness of Christendom favoured the imposture of Ma
had not the seal of God......
84 ib. 85
86 Reasons for rejecting the interpretation of the smoke from the
abyss, which refers it to the false religion of Mahummud .... ib. Inference from the right interpretation of that symbol, that the fallen star can be no other than the pope
THE SIXTI TRUMPET, OR SECOND WOE.
sixth angel to loose the four angels bound in the Euphrates 89 Remarks on the golden altar, and the voice from the altar...... ib. This trumpet relates to the overthrow of the Eastern empire by the Turks
ib. Mede and others think the four angels denote four sultanies
united under the Ottoman empire, but this opinion appears erroneous .
90 Another explanation of the four angels suggested
91 But it is not satisfactory- A better one proposed
ib. The Euphrates is a symbol of the Turkish nation which was long
restrained from overrunning the Eastern empire, but at length was to be the instrument of its overthrow..
ib. The power of the Turks is symbolized by the four angels
92 Observations upon
the symbolical import of the number “ four” ib. Remarks on the expression, “ an hour, a day, and a month, and " a year”
93 The slaughter of the third part of the men, denotes the subversion of the Eastern empire
94 Remarks on the prophetical description of the armies of the Euphratean angels .....
ib. Concluding reinark on the interpretation which has been given of the six first trumpets..
THE VISION OF THE ANGEL WITH AN
After the sounding of the sixth trumpet, a prophetic intimation
is given, with a peculiar reference to the Latin church......... 97 A mighty angel descends from heaven with a little book having been opened .....
ib. This angel is our Lord
ib. Reference to a passage in Daniel, and inference from it, that our Lord's descent belongs to the time of the end
99 Meaning of the time of the end ascertained
Reason of the various circumstances which accompany and follow our Lord's descent ....
100 His crying with a loud voice explained, and the seven thunders. ib. Meaning of the expression, that there should be time no longer 101 The apostle commanded to take the little book and eat it
ib. Inquiry into what is intended by the little book
102 It is not a codicil or supplementary prophecy, but a part of the
sealed book, and we may conclude that it is the seventh seal.. 103 What is intended by the apostle eating the book .
104 Why the book was sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his belly... ib.
THE TWO WITNESSES.
The apostle commanded to measure the temple
105 An analysis of the spiritual meaning of the different compartments of the temple.......
ib. The holy of holies is a type of heaven, and of the millennial
church, when the tabernacle of God shall be with men ..... ih. The holy place is a type of the spiritual invisible church of Christ on earth
106 The altar of burnt offerings, and the sacrifices offered on it, are symbols of the sacrifice of Christ .....
107 The outer court denotes the visible professing church of God.... 108 Inquiry as to which of the compartments of the temple is measured by the apostle....
ib. It could not be the holy of holies, but it is the holy place, with the interior court, and altar of burnt offerings
ib. Meaning of this measurement ......
109 What is intended by leaving out the court without the temple...
ib. The two witnesses
ib. The true spiritual church is here signified by three different em
blems, two witnesses, two candlesticks, aud two olive trees ... ib. The meaning of this symbolical description.....
110 What is intended by fire proceeding out of the mouth of the witnesses ...
111 And by their shutting heaven and turning waters into blood ib. The beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit, makes war with
them and kills them—After three days and a half they rise and ascend into heaven
112 Argument to show that the death and resurrection of the witnesses must be already past
113 This part of the prophecy was accomplished in the events which followed the dissolution of the Smalcaldic league