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-- Μακάριος ο αναγινώσκων, και οι ακούοντες τους λόγους της προφητείας, και τηρούντες
" Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the word of this Prophecy, and keep
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARN,
IN THE COMMENTARY ON THE APOCALYPSE.
Page 20, line 8, for θυγατέρες read θυγατερας
48, 9, for conclusion read concussion
5 from bottom, for is read are
REVELATION OF ST. JOHN,
Soon after the commencement of the French revolution, which engaged the attention of all ranks and conditions of men in this country, as well as in the other provinces of Europe, my mind was first awakened to a consideration of the book of the Revelation of St. John, by the remark of a friend, not very well versed in Scripture, that the circumstances of the revolution which had just taken place, the change of political systems, the overthrow of kings and nobility, and the exaltation of the lower ranks of society, were, (as he had heard it asserted,) all predicted in that book. This remark induced me to refer to it for the first time, as an object of study. I read it with great attention, and I may say that I never found the eyes of my understanding more opened, nor my mind more
illumined, than by the devout perusal of this holy book.
I soon discovered that my friend had been quite misinformed in the supposition that the French revolution, and the changes it effected in government, formed any prominent part of that comprehensive prophecy, though it might be included under the various events predicted to happen in the latter days.
I read this prophecy in the first place with Clark's Commentary, with which, though I do not entirely concur at the present time, yet I must fully acknowledge, that the interpretation of the great apostasy, so manifestly applicable to the Roman Catholic corruption of Christianity, was thoroughly satisfactory to my mind, and carried with it complete conviction. But I soon after met with Mede, and, with gratitude to God, let me confess, that in his clear and indubitable elucidation of the whole scheme of this last prophecy, vouchsafed to the beloved disciple of Christ for the benefit of his Church, I felt as if I was endued with a new sense, which enabled me to discover, through the telescope of this wonderful man, the object and meaning of the prophetic visions, and the succession of events affecting the empires of the world, and the fates of the Church, even to the final termination of all things.