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All Saints' Dar, evening, to ver. 17. And after these things I 1 There is joy in heaven at the deheard a great voice of much liverance of the faithful. Lu. 1v. 10. people in heaven, saying, Alleluia ; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the ? The mystic Babylon falls,punished Lord our God : ? for true and at length for her idolatries and her righteous are his judgments: persecutions. for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever

4 Twenty-four was the number of and ever.

4 And the four the courses of the Jewish priests, and and twenty elders and the here the number denotes the minisfour beasts fell down and ters of the Gospel. The four beasts, or

living creatures, designate the eheworshipped God that sat on

rubim, who are angelic beings of the the throne, saying, Amen; highest order, attending before the Alleluia. And a voice came

throne of God. out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I ries shall be finally realized; when

6 0 blessed hour! when these gloheard as it were the voice of thou also, O my reader, shalt share a great multitude, and as the this song of thanksgiving, and then voice of many waters, and

voice mingle with these mighty thunas the voice of mighty thun- derings. derings, saying, Alleluia : for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and

7 Jesus is the bridegroom, and the rejoice, and give honour to church, his bride. Having so loved him : for the marriage of the his spouse the church, that he gave Lamb is come, and his wife

himself for it,” his marriage is now hath made herself ready. come, and He claims his own for ever. 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 he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the

10 John was so rapt by holy wonder, true sayings of God. 1o And that he wist not what he did. The I fell at his feet to worship passage is decisive, as condemnatory him. And he said unto me,

of the worship of angels, or of any See thou do it not: I am thy

created thing. (See Exod. xxxi. 6.) fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus : worship God : for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit


of prophecy. " And I saw 11 This sublime language is descripheaven opened, and behold a tive of the Messiah's final victory white horse ; and he that sat

over all his enemies. upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 Many were his conquests, and 12 His eyes were as a flame his name ineffable" I AM that I of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he 13 The Word was with God, and was clothed with a vesture the Word was God.” (John i. 1.) dipped in blood : and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were

14 The white horses and the white in heaven followed him upon

clothing were significant emblems of white horses, clothed in fine untarnished victory and unsullied linen, white and clean. And

holiness. out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations : and he shall rule them with a rod of iron : and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he

10 Jesus thus shall triumph, and hath on his vesture and on assembled worlds shall hail the cruhis thigh_a

name written, cified by the name here writtenKING OF KINGS, AND


LORDS." Hallelujah-hallelujah-hallelujah! Amen! Ver. 17. And I saw an angel standing in the sun ; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God ; that ye may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth : and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

CHAPTER XX. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled : and after that he must be loosed a little season.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection : on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle : the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city : and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away: and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life : and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and 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. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


And I saw a new heaven and a new earth : for the first hearen and the first earth were passed away ; and there was no nore sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, oming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride dorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of leaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, ind 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 crying, neither shall there be any more pain : for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write : for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto 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 abominable, 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. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God : and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal ; and had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel : on the east three gates ; on the north three gates; on the south three gates ; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth four-square, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper : and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper ; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald ; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius ; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus ; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls ; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein : for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it : for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day : for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.


St. John the EVANGELIST, evening. * And he shewed me a pure 1 In this description of the heavenly river of water of life, clear as Jerusalem every object of pure decrystal, proceeding out of the light is set before us. throne of God and of the 2 Jesus, as his name imports, is now Lamb. ? In the midst of the the healer of the nations. street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month : and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him : and they shall see his face ; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 No darkness there ; for there nor * And there shall be no night sin nor sorrow enter. O be wise ! there ; and they need no can

Strive to reach that place of joy. dle, neither light of the sun ; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true : and the Lord

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