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THE APOCALYPSE

We have also a more sure 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, and the day star arise in your hearts '- 2 Pet. i. 19,

WITH

A. COMMENTARY

AND AN INTRODUCTION ON THE

REALITY OF PREDICTION, THE HISTORY OF CHRISTENDOM,

THE SCHEME OF INTERPRETATION, AND THE

ANTICHRIST OF ST PAUL AND ST JOHN

BY THE

REV. EDWARD HUNTINGFORD, D.C.L.

VICAR OF ST SAVIOUR'S, CHOBHAM LATE FELLOW OF NEW COLLEGE, OXFORD

LATE HEAD MASTER OF EAGLE HOUSE SCHOOL, WIMBLEDON

• The giving ear to the Prophets is a fundamental
character of the true Church'- SIR ISAAC NEWTON

FIBIOTHECA

FEB '182
PODLELANEY

LONDON
KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, & co., 1 PATERNOSTER SQUARE

1881

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• The city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it'-- Rev. xxi. 23.

And there no sun shall daily need to rise:
And there no moon shall nightly sail the skies :
What need of sun by day, or moon by night-
The LORD thy glory, and the LAMB thy light!
Thy portion there, where Time itself shall be
One long, long rest—one Sabbath Day to thee.'

Petra (J. W. BURGON).

(The rights of translation and of reproduction are reserved.)

PREFACE.

THE AUTHOR of this volume has not attempted to speculate upon unfulfilled prophecy, except in a very general manner, and so far only as the observed results of the working of good and evil principles in Christendom, and the plain words of Holy Scripture, may seem to justify. It is his chief object to show by a somewhat eclectic, but, as he hopes, consistent interpretation, how much of the Apocalypse has been in course of fulfilment in the Roman World from an early date up to the present time, and therefore what hopes and fears we may fairly entertain about the future trials and prospects of the Christian Church.

He has not ventured even to conjecture the time of the Second Advent, although he has closely studied the chronological predictions of Scripture, and is convinced that a day is in figurative prophecy the symbol of a year. The date of the Second Advent is, he believes, a profound secret ; and the evident failures of those who have attempted to predict it have done more than almost anything else to create a distaste for the

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