Page images

death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them, and they were judged every man according to their works.

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

VIII. And I saw a new hearen and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the Holy City (New Jerusalem) coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride. adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, Be. hold, 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.

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

And he that sate upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write ; for these words are true a

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

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

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominables, 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 second death.

IX. And I beheld, and lo a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and 9


am Alpha and

people, and tongues, stood before the Lamb, clothed with whire robes, and palms in their hands,

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders *, and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces and worshipped God,

Saying, Amen : blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

And one of the elders said unto me. What are these that are arrayed in white robes ? and whence came they?

And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said unto me, These are they which came out of


tribu. lation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb:

Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him night and day in the Temple ; and he that sitteth


the throne shall dwelt amongst them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters : and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

X. And there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of the LORD, and of his CHRIST, and he shall reign for ever and ever.

And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell apon their faces and worshipped God,

Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty,

* Sce Sect. liia


who art, and wast, and art to come : because thou hast taken unto thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

XI. I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Allelujah ; salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the LORD our God :

For true and righteous are his judgments.And again they said, Allelujah.

And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down before the throne, and worshipped God, who sat on the throne, saying, Amen, Allelujah.

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise God, all

his servants,


that fear him both small

and great.

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Allelujah; for the LORD God Omnipotent reigneth.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him ; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

And an angel said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the marriage-supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

And I fell at his feet to worship him: and he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of JESUS; worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

XII. And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel, to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done, and to say,


Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he that keepech the sayings of the prophecy of this book-Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book; for the time is

at hand.

Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be.

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

Blessed are they who do his commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates to the New Jerusalem.

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come.. And let him that heareth say, Çome, And let him which is athirst come. And who. soever will, let him take of the Water of Life freely.

Amen. Even so, come LORD JESUS!

The grace of our LORD Jesus Christ be with us all. Amen.


This Section is composed from the Revelations of St. John. " In this mysterious book of scripture many revolutions are foretold, which were to take place in the church of God *. They are not indeed so foretold as to afford, a clear and precise information concerning the time of their coming to pass-it would have been, on many accounts, improper to have lifted up too far that awful veil which covers futurity. The intention of the Holy Spirit was not to gratify the curiosity of the learned, but to satisfy the serious concerning the

* See Dc. Blair's Sermon on the Happiness of a Future State, in Vol. i.


general plan of Providence, and final issue of the divine government. Amidst those distresses which befel Chrisa tians during the first ages, the discoveries made in this book were peculiarly seasonable, as they shewed that there was an Almighty Guardian, who watched with particular attention over the interests of the church which be had formed, who foresaw all the commotions which were to happen among the kingdoms of the earth, and would so over-rule them, as to promote in the end the cause of truth. This is the chief scope of those mystic visions, with which the Apostle John was favoured.”

From the first of these extracts we learn, that the con. summation of all things will certainly come, for the Almighty has determined it; TIME will cease to be num-, bered by days, weeks, months, and years, by the revolus tions of the heavenly luminaries, and will be absorbed in an unmeasurable ETERNITY. Then the great mystery of God's providence, in suffering vice and confusion to prevail so much in the world, which has been partly made known to us by the prophets, will be fully cleared.

From the 2d we learn, that God distinguishes as his orun all his faithful servants; and, when he sendeth judgments to destroy the wicked, he has 4 regard to THEIR safety and comfort,

The 3d intimates, that the Gospel will be preached to all nations before the end of the world *

By the 4th we are assured, that good people, imme, diately after their decease, are in a state of bliss; and that their works of piety and goodness will follow them into the presence of God, and will, through his infinite mercy, be recompensed with eternal glory.

The 5th may be considered by us as an emblem of the DAY OF JUDGMENT. It affords a lively image of that * See Sect. liii.


« PreviousContinue »