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CHAP. XV.-On the Prophetical Period of Twelve
Hundred and Sixty Years, concluded
CHAP. XVI.-On the Fourteenth Chapter of the Apo
CHAP. XVII.-The Vision of Seven Angels with the
Seven Vials of Wrath
CHAP. XVIII.-The Effusion of the Vials
CHAP. XIX.-Practical Observations on the present
State of the World, in connection with
The first four seals exhibit four hieroglyphics, which are distinct
This hieroglyphic, describes the triumphant progress of the
The rider on the white horse is by some supposed to be our Lord
Reasons to show that the rider is an hieroglyphical character....
Archdeacon Woodhouse has pointed out the erroneousness of the
The black colour of the horse in this seal is an emblem of dark-
The yoke denotes the imposition of a burthen of rites, cere-
The chanix of wheat, and denarius, or penny, explained...........
Recapitulation of the contents of this seal.....
It was accomplished in the rise and prevalence of the Papal
THE FOURTH SEAL.
A pale livid green horse-his rider is Death, followed by hell.... 12 Remarks on the colour of the horse, and on its emblematical signification, with which corresponds the character of his rider .. ib. Terrific import of the whole assemblage of figures
This seal represents the state of the church during the ages of papal persecution......
Address of Innocent III. to Philip Augustus of France to extirpate heretics.-The Albigenses subdued or extirpated
Tribunal of the Inquisition erected-Its consequences
The persecutions of Rome were continued until the revocation of the edict of Nantz....
Detail of slaughters perpetrated in these persecutions
Thus did the rulers of the visible church assume the character of
THE FIFTH SEAL.
The language of this seal also is hieroglyphical
The souls of the slain martyrs are seen under the altar crying for vengeance
This emblem is explanatory of the slaughter of the former seals, particularly the fourth, and confirms the application of that seal and all the prior ones to the history of the church........ ib. It also describes the aspect of the church immediately before the dawn of the Reformation-Brief view of that state............... White robes are given to the slain martyrs, and they are told to rest till their brethren to be killed as they were should be fulfilled
This denotes the improved condition of the church, after the reformation
The second part of this seal fills the interval between the reformation and the sixth seal and seventh trumpet
THE SIXTH SEAL.
In the hieroglyphical language the natural universe is used as a symbol of the political world
The meaning of the symbolical sun and moon-the stars, the
Three passages cited from Joel, St. Matthew, and St. Luke, de-
This seal is very incongruously referred by Mede, and others, to the events of the reign of Constantine
Its hieroglyphics are of too august a nature, to be applied to these
In other respects these events do not correspond with the description of the earthquake
Quotation from Vitringa in support of above reasoning
Further arguments to show that the sixth seal relates to the final revolution, which is to convulse the nations of Christendom before the second advent.
This revolution is predicted by Daniel, and the scene of it is to be sought for in those kingdoms which formed the western Roman empire
It is the same revolution with that mentioned in the seventh trumpet, and seventh vial ......
The principle of this exposition is of very remote antiquityopinion of Victorinus, of Andrew, and Arethas
The further consideration of the first part of the sixth seal deferred, till we arrive at the seventh trumpet, and seven vials.. Reasons for thinking that the sixth seal commenced at the revolution of France......
THE SIXTH SEAL CONCLUDED.
The whole of the seventh chapter of Revelation relates to the period of the sixth seal
The effects of the revolution of the sixth seal briefly recapitulated ib.
What is to become of the church of Christ during these desolations...
The visions seen in Rev. vii. contain an answer to this question The vision of four angels holding the four winds, and an angel with the seal of God..........
Symbolical import of the wind..
The place of this vision in the Apocalyptic chronology
It indicates a term of peace before the end, for the purpose of sealing the servants of God.................
This vision compared with one in Ezekiel, and the mystical number of 144,000 explained....
The four angels are emblems of the powers which shall restrain the calamities of the earthquake-Import of their hurting the earth......
Remarks on the sealing of the servants of God
It is probable that we now witness the fulfilment of this vision in
When the allotted period of peace is past, the commission to hold
The sealed shall be delivered from these judgments by the immediate hand of God .....
The foregoing interpretation of the vision, supported by a quotation from Vitringa
Vision of a countless multitude, clothed with white robes, and
The chronology of this vision is marked by the circumstance, that