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Very useful to trace the rife and progrefs of religi-
ons and governments; p. 1. None more wonder-
ful than that of Rome in its fuccefs and preva-

lence; p. I, 2. This fignified beforehand by
the Spirit of prophecy, and particularly in the
Revelation; p. 3. The objections made to this
book by feveral learned men; P. 3, 4. This
book difficult to explain; p. 5. A memorable
ftory to this purpofe, of Bishop Lloyd of Wor-
cefter; p. 5, 6. This book not therefore to
be defpifed or neglected; p. 6. The right me-
thod of interpreting it; p. 7, 8. What helps and


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CHAP. I. ver. 1, 2, 3: contain the title of the book,

the scope and design of it, and the bleffing on

him that readeth, and on them that attend to it;

p. 10.
Ver. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: the dedication to the

feven churches of Afia, and a folemn preface to

fhow the great authority of the divine revealer;

p. 11, 12. Ver. 9-20: the place, the time, and

manner of the first vision; p. 12-19. The place,

Patmos, whither St. John was banished in the

reign of Nero more probably than in that of Do-

mitian; p. 14. The arguments for this opinion;

p. 15, 16, 17. The Revelation given on the

Lord's day; p. 18. The manner and circum-

ftances of the first vision; p. 18, 19.

CHAP. II. III. contain the feven epiftles to the feven

churches of Afia; p. 19-41. Why these seven

addreffed particularly; p. 27, 28. These epiftles

not prophetical, but peculiar to the church of that

age; p. 28. The excellent form and structure

of these epiftles; p. 29. In what sense they may

be faid to be prophetical; p. 29, 30. Prefent

ftate of the feven churches; p. 31-41. Of

Ephefus; p. 31, 32. Of Smyrna; p. 32, 33.

Of Pergamus; p. 33, 34. Of Thyatira; p. 35, 36.

Of Sardis; p. 36, 37. Of Philadelphia; p. 37, 38.

Of Laodicea; p. 39, 40. Ufe that we are to

make of thefe judgments; p. 41.

CHAP. IV. the preparatory vision to things which

must be hereafter; p. 42---46. The scenery

drawn in allufion to the incampment of the

children of Ifrael in the wildernefs, and to the

tabernacle or temple; p. 44, 45, 46.

CHAP. V. a continuation of the preparatory vifion

in order to fhow the great importance of the pro-

phecies here delivered; p. 46---59. Future events

fuppofed to be written in a book; p. 48. This

book fealed with feven feals, fignifying fo many

periods of prophecy; p. 49. The Son of God

alone qualified to open the feals; p. 49. Where-

upon all creatures fing praises to God and to

Chrift; p. 49, 50.


CHAP, VI. ver. 1, 2: contain the firft feal or period,
memorable for conqueft; p. 50. This period
commences with Vefpafian, includes the conqueft
of Judea, and continues during the reigns of
the Flavian family and the fhort reign of Nerva;
P. 51. Ver.3, 4: the second seal or period noted

for war and flaughter; p. 51, 52. This period

commences with Trajan; p. 53. Comprehends

the horrid wars and flaughters of the Jews and

Romans in the reigns of Trajan and Adrian;

P. 53, 54, 55 Continues during the reigns of

Trajan and his fucceffors by blood or adoption;

p. 56. Ver. 5, 6: the third feal or period, cha-

racterized by the ftrict execution of justice,

and by the procuration of corn and oil and

wine; p. 56. This period commences with

Septimius Severus; p. 57. He and Alexander

Severus juft and fevere emperors, and no lefs ce-

lebrated for procuring corn and oil, &c; p. 58,

59. This period continues during the reigns of

the Septimian family; p. 59. Ver. 7, 8: the

fourth feal or period, diftinguished by a concur-

rence of evils, war, and famin, and peftilence,

and wild beasts; p. 59, 60. This period com-

mences with Maximin; p. 61. The wars of this

period; p. 61, 62. The famins, p. 62. The pefti-

lences; p. 62---65. The wild beats; p. 65.

This period from Maximin to Diocletian; p. 66.

Ver. 9, 10, 11 the fifth feal or period, remark-

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able for a dreadful perfecution of the Chriftians;

P 66. This the tenth and laft general perfe-

cution, begun by Diocletian; p. 67, 68. From

hence a memorable æra, called the æra of Dio-

cletian, or æra of martyrs; p. 68. Ver. 12,

13, 14, 15, 16, 17 the fixth feal or period
remarkable for great changes and revolutions, ex-
preffed by great commotions in the earth and in
the heavens; p. 68, 69. No change greater than
the fubverfion of the Heathen, and establish-

ment of the Chriftian religion; p. 70. The like

figures of fpeech ufed by other prophets; p. 71,

72. The fame thing expreffed afterwards in

plainer language, p. 73.






CHAP. VII. a continuation of the fixth feal or pe-

riod; p. 74-81. A defcription of the peace

of the church in Conítantine's time; p. 77, 78.

And of the great acceffion of ts to it; p.

79. Not only of Jews, but of all nations; p. 79,

80, 81. This period from the reign of Conftan-

tine the great to the death of Theodofius the

great; p. 81.

CHAP. VIII. ver. 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6. The feventh

feal or period comprehends feven periods distin-

guifhed by the founding of feven trumpets;

p. 82, 83. The filence of half an hour pre-

vious to the founding of the trumpets; p. 83.

As the feals foretold the ftate of the Roman em-

pire before and till it became Chriftian, fo the

trumpets forefhow the fate of it afterwards;

p. 84. The defign of the trumpets to rouse the.

nations against the Roman empire; p. 84.

Ver. 7 At the founding of the first trumpet

Alaric and his Goths invade the Roman empire,

twice befiege Rome, and fet fire to it in feveral

places; p. 85, 86, 87. Ver. 8, 9: At the

founding of the fecond trumpet Attila and his



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