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let kirn that thinketh he ttandeth take heed lest he fall.—Cor. ». j«.
WOE, WOE, WOE TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH BY REASON OF THE OTHER VOICES OF THE TRUMPET OF THE THREE ANGELS WHICH ARE YET TO SOUND.
Rct. 8th Chap. 13th Verse.—The Verse immediately preceding the ten Chapters, and the first woe.
THE elucidation of the six chapters with the short address were sent in manuscript to Mr. Addington, on the 24th March, 1803, I took it to the post office at Tideswell, saw it put into the bag, the bag sealed and sent away, it therefore must have reached its destination: a letter inclosed expressed my views respection its publication; and as a number of the passages have now taken place as they are there explained, I should think myself inexcusable in withhold ing it.
Since the elucidation was forwarded to Mr. Addington, serious reflections induced me to apprehend that the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and s
twelfth chapters, were strongly connected with the six following; they, therefore as well as^ some parts of Daniel's visions which has peculiarly struck me, must be taken as a preface or introduction to them. The five preceding chapters in Revelations (4, 5, 6, 7, and 8,) are constituent parts, and greatly strengthen the whole prophecy, the seven sears, and four of the seven trumpets in the-said chapters, as well as the three trumpets in the three after chapters being explained by the seven vials: that is, the seven seals are opened by the sounding of the seven trumpets, announcing the approach of the seven vials. Let each of them be accurately examined and compared, both as Seals, TrumPets, and VIALS. The seventh chapter is evidently a restoration of the Jews, the four angels in the first verse, (let the verse be compared with the latter part of the 8th verse of the 8th chapter of Daniel, and remarks upon it) being the same as the four angels in the ninth chapter.
The nature of this work must cause it to be very desultory, and cannot have that proper arrangement necessary in general publications; therefore every allowance must be made for method, style, order, &c. nor does the elucidator pretend to an elegant diction, or grammatical accuracy, he attempts to give the truth, and. to tread in the steps of his Great Master, the Prophet of Nazareth.
An introduction was wrote soon after the manuscript of the six chapters was sent to Mr. Addington, which I had intended adding notes to as circumstances occurred, but upon reflection, I judged it right to throw them into their proper situations, as the work would read better, and be a more regular series; therefore copious explanatory annotations are given only to the six chapters.
A few of the latter remarks elucidating recent events, cannot but be very obvious to the intelligent examiner. The accurate reader will likewise see various words put in italics, or small and large capitals, he of course will make his own comments.
I would recommend the readers of this elucidation to have their Bibles open, and ready for inspection, when they are perusing it, as the explanations are sometimes so long and frequently for a single word, that it causes the text to be often broke into, and renders it more complex.
The connexion, the regular series, and the different visions must be accurately attended to through the whole of the elucidation.
I begin the introduction of the prophecies with the seventh chapter, and introduce them by a quotation from a valuable author.
The present kingdoms of Europe are unquestionably represented by the feet and toes of the great image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in his prophetical dream; and upon the feet of this image will the stone cut out of the mountain without hands, which represents the kingdom to be set up by Christ, and which, after dashing in pieces the whole image, will itself become a great mountain, filling the whole earth. From