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AS IN THE TWO FORMER DISPENSATIONS IS PREDICTED.

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them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and
for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the
beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark
upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived
and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the
thousand years were finished. This is the first resur-
rection.

6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first re-
surrection : on such the second death hath no power, but
they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign
with him a thousand years.

REV. XX. 7, to the end.
Towards the End of the Millenial Dispensation the Spirit

of Evil begins to revive, but its further progress is stopped
by the general Resurrection, and the final Judgment of
Mankind.

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan
shall be loosed out of his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved, city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false, prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat 'on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled

away : and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God: and the books were opened : and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was ot found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

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and Evil, and Grief, shall exist no more among Man-
kind.

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth : for the
first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there
was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes ; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.

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REV. xxi. 5—8.
Christ declares the Certainty and Truth of this Representa-

tionand invites all Men to partake of this Happiness.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make
all things new. And he said unto me, Write; for these
words are true and faithful.

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and
Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him
that is athirst, of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,
and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone ; which is the se-
cond death.

§ 52. Rev. xxi. 9, to the end, and xxii, 1–9.
The spiritual Happiness of the heavenly Church, which has

been collected from among all Mankind, is further re-
presented under the Emblems of a New Jerusalem, and
another Paradisethe well known Types of the heavenly
State to the two former Dispensations.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels
which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues,
and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee
the bride, the Lamb's wife.

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and
high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy
Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

IN THE PRESENT, AND IN THE INVISIBLE WORLD.

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11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like Asia Minor. 4799. VulgarÆra,

unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear 96. as crystal;

12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel :

13 On the east three gates ; on the north three gates ; on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the namas of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the walls thereof.

16 And the city lieth four-square, and the length is as large as the breadth : and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length, and the breadth, and the height of it are equal.

17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is of the angel.

18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper ; and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald :

20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius ; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl ; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls ; every several gate was of one pearl; and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple of it.

23. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

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2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month : and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall be no more curse : but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him :

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true; and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servant the things which must shortly be done.

7 Behold I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not : for I am
thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and
of them which keep the sayings of this book : worship
God.

REV. xxii, 10–15.
Christ declares that the Prophecies of the Revelation are

not to be sealed up, as they are intended for the Know-
ledge and Improvement of the whole human Race.

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the
prophecy of this book : for the time is at hand.

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still : and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still : and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with

me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

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LAST APPEAL OF CHRIST TO THE CHURCHES.

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Christ now makes his last Appeal by the Spirit of Prophecy 6.

to the Worldby again declaring both his Divinity and
Humanityinviting all Mankind into the Christian
Church-commanding them to make the Scriptures their
Guide, and announcing his future Advent.

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you
these things in the churches. I am the root and the off-
spring of David, and the bright and inorning star.

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come: and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book :

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come
quickly; Amen.

§ 55. REV. xxii. part of ver. 20, and 21.
St. John concludes the Apocalypse with an ardent Aspira-

tion for the coming of Christ-and a Prayer for a Bless-
ing on the Churches.
-Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Amen.

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SECTION XIX.
St. John writes this Epistle *, to confute the Errors of the

false Teachers, and their different Sects-against the

37 The place which has here been assigned in this arrange-
ment to ihe Epistles of St. John, will excite much surprise
among those who have been accustomed, with the generality of
commentators, to fix an earlier date, and arrange them beforo
the Apocalypse. In the absence of all positive and decisivo
evidence of the precise year in which they were written, we are
unable to depend, with satisfaction, upon the conjectural ar-
guments by which both an early or a late date may be defended.
Many reasons, however, have suggested themselves, which ap-
pear to be sufficient to justify the conclusion which I have here
adopted, that the Epistles of St. John were written immedi.
ately before the compilation of his Gospel, and after the Reve
Jations, at the close of the life of the apostle, and consequently
at the termination of the apostolic age.

When the Holy Spirit inspired the various writers of the
Old and New Testament, it imparted only the instructions and
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