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EXPOSITION

OF THE

BOOK OF REVELATION,

IN A

SERIES OF LECTURES.

BY THE

REV. EDWARD IRVING, A.M.

MINISTER OP THE NATIONAL SCOTCH CHURCH, REGENT SQUARE,

LONDON.

Vol. 1

LONDON:

Printed by Ellerton and Henderson,

Gough Square ;

FOR BALDWIN AND CRADOCK,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCCCXXXI.

८-24-3388

VOLUME I.

CONTAINING

LECT. I. ARGUMENT OF THE WHOLE.

II. THE SEER’S COMMENDATION OF THE

BOOK.

III. THE FIRST VISION OF CHRIST THE

UNIVERSAL BISHOP.

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IV. THE EPISTLE TO THE CHURCH OF

EPHESUS.

V. THE EPISTLE TO THE CHURCH OF

SMYRNA.

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gift Tappan Prest. Issoc.

3-22-1933

PRE FACE.

verses.

I had intended in this Preface to take a view of the progress of Revelation, from its beginning in the Garden of Eden to its completion in the island of Patmos; and to exhibit the gradual and progressive evolution of those ideas which are in the Apocalypse wrought together into one comprehensive and complete system of truth: but I have not leisure at present for such an undertaking, and must postpone it until the completion of the whole work. These four volumes contain a minute exposition of the first six chapters, except of a few

The sixth and seventh seals, whereof the materials are scattered up and down the Revelation, in chapters vi. vii. xv. xvi. xix. and xx., I purpose to make the subject of the next volume, which I will publish, when it is completed, uniform with these four; and so continue from time to time, as God gives me opportunity. I feel that it would be breaking faith with the readers of these Numbers, were I to proceed further on the present plan of monthly publication, which also I found inconvenient on many accounts; and therefore it is that I propose bringing out the work volume by volume, as health and strength are afforded me.

When I undertook these Lectures, my calculation was that within the compass of twelve lectures, the number which I delivered in Edinburgh, May 1829, I should have been able to embrace a popular exposition of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And

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