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"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those
things that are written therein for the time is at hand." Apoc. i. 3.

"The word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that
shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn." 2 Peter i. 19.

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RETROGRESSION OF THE VISIONS.

So we enter on the Fourth and Supplemental Part of

the Revelation to St. John :-a Part, the peculiar charac-
teristic of which was the exhibition of certain individual
figurative impersonations on the scene, especially of the
Beast from the abyss: whereby not only was an omis-
sion in the former Apocalyptic series of visions supplied;
but a connecting link also established between them and
Daniel's celebrated vision of the fourth Beast, an im-
personation similar or identical with the Apocalyptic.

Before proceeding however to consider the vision here
beginning, it will be necessary to call the Reader's atten-

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