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Bible .N.T. Revelation, Engtish,

A NEW AND ORIGINAL

Erposition

OF

THE BOOK OF REVELATION,

AS WELL AS THE

PROPHECIES OF DANIEL, EZEKIEL, JOEL, &c.

WITH USEFUL AND PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS ;

TOGETHER WITH

NUMEROUS CITATIONS FROM THE JEWISH TALMUDS AND TARGUMS;

AND ALSO FROM

ANCIENT HISTORY AND AUTHORS,
ILLUSTRATING MORE FULLY THE SYMBOLICAL LANGUAGE OF

THIS MYSTERIOUS BOOK.

BY WILLIAM. L. ROY,
Author of the Hebrew and English Dictionary.

" Blessed is he that readeth, and they that understand the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things that are written therein, for the time is at hand."— Rev. 1:3.

EMBELLISHED WITH STRABO'S MAP OF THE WORLD, AS IT WAS AT THE TIME OF OUR SAVIOR.

New-York;

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY D. FANSHAW, 575 BROADWAY;

Printing Office, corner of Ann and Nassau-streets.

1848.

Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, by William L. Roy, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York.

INTRODUCTION.

Saint John, the author of this Book and the Gospel according to St. John, was the son of Zebedee, a poor fisherman of Galilee; he had two sons, James and John; both were brought up to the same occupation with their father.

They were poor and illiterate, and of little or no repute among men, considered “ the filth and offscouring of the world.” “They had nothing, and yet they possessed all things ; were poor, yet made many rich.” They were men of strong minds, great zeal, patience, and resignation to the will of God;

they counted all things but loss and dross for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus ;" were willing not only to suffer but to die for the name of Jesus.

The world at this time was in a state of general expectation that a prince should appear in Judea who would conquer the whole world. The Jews believed this person to be Prince Messiah, who, as they expected, was to come in pomp and splendor, and redeem them from the dominion of the Romans ; but little did they imagine that Jesus of Nazareth was this identical person. And because he assumed the character of the Messiah and of God, and they si saw no form nor comeliness in him, nor beauty, that they should desire him,” they at last crucified and put him to death.

He was directly the opposite of every thing they expected of the Messiah. "Meek and lowly in heart and in life;" plain, simple, and unassuming in his manners, “ he made himself of no reputation, (though the Lord of the whole universe,) stooped so low as to take upon him the form of a servant,” and actually washed his disciples (the fishermen's) feet. He was the friend of the poor, the benefactor of mankind; was holy, harmless, andefiled, and separate from sinners, “ and made higher than the heavens.”

His miracles, mission, preaching, piety, humility, Zol, patience, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance, and pure benevolence, commended him to all who looked for redemption in Israel. He was evidently “God manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."

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